August 1645: An Ordinance for continuance of the weekly Assessment for Ireland six Moneths longer; with some additions and alterations for the further managing of the Irish affairs.

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Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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August, 1645

[15 August, 1645.]

Ord. 18 1644.; Recited Ord for relief of British Armies in Ireland to continue 6 months; longer with certain alterations

Whereas the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, have by their Ordinance dated the eighteenth day of October 1644. Ordained that a weekly Assessment should be had, made and leavyed through the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales for the relief of the British Armies in Ireland, to commence from the first day of September then last past, and to continue for one whole year, as by the said Ordinance more at large appeareth. Forasmuch now as the wants and necessities of those Armies do require further supplies then can be raised by that Ordinance for that time; Be it hereby Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Ordinance of the eighteenth day of October, 1644. Intituled, An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, For the Assessment through the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, for the present relief of the British Armies in Ireland, and every Clause and Article therein contained, shall after the time limited therein for continuance thereof be revived, and have continuance for the space of six moneths longer, to commence the first day of November, 1645. and to end the last of April, 1646. with the Alterations, Limitations and Provisoes herein after mentioned: that is to say


It is now Ordained and Declared, That Thomas Andrews and William Berkley, Aldermen of the City of London, be hereby added to the Treasurers appointed by the beforementioned Ordinance of the 18. of October 1644. who, together with them as Treasurers are also authorised to receive all such Moneys as shall be brought in by vertue of that Ordinance, and of this present Ordinance for these last six Moneths hereby added, and to do all other Act and Acts, and receive all allowances belonging to the Treasurers in such maner as in the said Ordinance is expressed: And those Treasurers shall from time to time issue out those moneys which shall be brought in for the six Moneths hereby added, in such maner and to such person for the service of Ireland, as the Committee of Lords and Commons nominated in the Ordinance of Parliament of the first day of July, 1645. for receiving, preparing and considering of Propositions for Ireland, shall by their Orders or Warrants direct, who are hereby authorized to dispose thereof for the service aforesaid, and accordingly to give Warrants and Orders for issuing of the same; and are hereby further authorized to engage the credit of the said Ordinance, as to the Moneys coming in thereupon for these last six moneths added by this Ordinance, for repayment and satisfaction to be made and given to any persons that shall lend Money or other necessary Provisions for the service of Ireland, with the usual forbearance after the rate of eight pounds per cent. for a year, under such cautions and limitations as in the said Ordinance is expressed, their said engagements not exceeding Thirty thousand pounds.


And to the intent the Houses of Parliament, or the Committee aforesaid, may from time to time readily receive satisfaction, what Money shall be brought in for the aforesaid six Moneths hereby added, it is hereby Ordained, (in regard that the person formerly imployed for keeping a Checque upon the Receipts of the Treasurers is since disposed of for service of greater concernment) that the Acquittances given by the Treasurers for the several sums of Money paid unto them for the aforesaid six Moneths hereby added, shall be brought unto Mr. William Hawkins of Westminster, who is to give his attendance by himself, or his sufficient Deputy, in or neer the place where the Treasurers are appointed to receive those Moneys, and there to enter the same immediately they are brought unto him in a Book to be kept for that purpose, and subscribe his name unto them, and then the said Acquittances shall be a sufficient discharge to the parties that paid in those sums of Money, and not otherwise: and the said Mr. William Hawkins is to receive for his labor and attendance in this service the same allowance that is set down and appointed by the Ordinance of the eighteenth of October 1644.


And be it further Ordained, That the several and respective Committees named in the aforesaid Ordinance, and every of them, and all Collectors, Receivers and others imployed for the bringing in of the said Assessment, and keeping the Accompt thereof, shall from time to time give a true and perfect Accompt of all their doings and proceedings in the execution of this and the former Ordinance of the eighteenth of October 1644. for as much as concerneth the last six moneths hereby added, to the Houses of Parliament, or to the said Committee of Lords and Commons of the first of July, 1645. who are hereby authorized to make and send forth their Warrants and Orders, and to send for persons, and to use all other good means for the better effecting of the service in all points necessary.

Provided nevertheless, that all arrerages which shall be due and unleavied for the weekly Assessment upon the said Ordinance of the eighteenth of October 1644. for the time of continuance first limited therein, the same shall be leavied, brought in, and paid to the Treasurers according to that Ordinance; and that the same shall be disposed and issued out for the discharge of the Orders and Contracts made with the Houses of Parliament, or the Committee of the two Kingdoms, in pursuance of the said Ordinance, not withstanding this Ordinance or any thing therein contained to the contrary: And after such Contracts and Orders shall be satisfied, the residue, if any be, to be disposed by the Committee of Lords and Commons of the first of July, 1645. before mentioned.

Committee of Lords and Commons to sit continuously.

And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That for the speedier dispatch of the Affairs of Ireland, the said Committee of Lords and Commons be hereby authorized and required to sit de die in diem, to advise and direct the managing of the war of Ireland, and all things thereunto belonging, in such maner as shall be most for the advantages of the affaires both of England and Ireland.

And whereas the credit of the Excize standeth ingaged by three Ordinances of Parliament of the sixth day of this instant August for the furnishing of five thousand pounds for the present relief of Munster, viz. to Master Maximilian Beard for two thousand pounds, to Master Iohn Parker for two thousand pounds, and to Master Thomas Brown for one thousand pounds, with interest for the same; It is hereby Ordained and Declared, That for the discharging of those Engagements upon the Excize, and payment of the persons aforesaid as soon as may be, the Treasurers appointed to receive the Moneys to be raised by this Ordinance for the six moneths hereby added, be authorized and required to pay in to the Commissioners of Excize out of the first Moneys to be brought in by this Ordinance the said five thousand pounds together with such interest after the rate of eight pounds per cent. as shall be due for the same, to be forthwith paid over unto the said Master Maximilian Beard, Master Iohn Parker, and Master Thomas Brown respectively, in discharge of the Moneys so lent by them, and the interest which shall be then grown due; and for their so doing this shall be their Warrant and discharge.

Powers of Committee.

And be it further provided by the Authority aforesaid, That the Committee nominated in this Ordinance, or any five of them, shall be a Committee, and shall have full power and authority to put this Ordinance in full execution to all intents and purposes, except in case of issuing out Moneys, or ingaging the credit of this present Ordinance, and in every such case the Committee to consist of two Lords and four Commoners at the least.