November 1645: An Ordinance concerning those that shall come in from the Kings Quarters, without giving an accompt thereof within five days to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to be taken as Spies, and proceeded against by Martial-Law.

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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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November, 1645

[13 November, 1645.]

All that come in from King's quarters to London to report themselves within 5 days to Committee.; Names of Committee.

Whereas Information is given of divers persons that have been in Arms against the Parliament, and some who have deserted it, and others that have assisted the Enemy, do resort to the City of London, or the City of Westminster, and give no accompt of their coming in or aboad there: The Lords and Commons do Declare and Ordain, That all such person or persons as have been in Arms against, or deserted the Parliament, or have adhered to, or afforded any voluntary aid or assistance to the Enemy, being now, or hereafter shall be in the City of London, or within the Line of Communication, shall within five days after the Date hereof, repair to Colonel Manwaring, Sir David Watkins, Mr.

Aires, Colonel Sowton, Mr. Maurice Thompson, Major Robert Thompson, Major Vaughan, Major Sallaway, Captain Jones, Lieutenant Colonel Tailor, Colonel Prince, Captain Coe, Mr. Corbet, Captain Storey, Mr. Francis Soute, Colonel Bradley, Mr. William Hiccock, Mr. Ward, Mr. Gabriel Beck, Mr.

Persons neglecting to be dealt with as spies.; Powers of Committee.; Register and Accounts.

Greensmith, Mr. Richard Hill, Mr. Samuel Moyes, Mr. Hatley, or any three or more of them sitting in a Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, and there enter their Names and Qualities, and most usual place of aboad, immediatly before and since the beginning of this War, and also the place of their Lodging, which they are not to remove without first giving notice to the said Committee: And it is declared by the Authority aforesaid, That if any such person or persons shall not enter their appearance as aforesaid within the time prefixed, they shall be taken as Spies, and proceeded against by Martial Law accordingly; And all such person or persons beforementioned, as shall come in to the City of London, or within the Line of Communication after the Date hereof, and shall not within five days after his or their coming in, enter their appearance as aforesaid, shall be taken as Spies, and proceeded against by Martial Law accordingly: And the said Committee, or any three or more of them, are hereby Authorized to sit constantly as a Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, and to take the Examinations, and enter the Names. Qualities, places of Residence, and Lodgings of all such persons as shall appear before them; and also shall take notice of the removals of their Lodgings from time to time: And the said Committee is hereby required to keep a Register and Accompt of all such appearances and confessions as shall be made before them, and to certifie the same to the Committee of Examinations.

Ord. to be published and proclaimed.; Members of both Houses excepted.

And it is hereby further Ordered and Ordained, That this present Ordinance be speedily Proclaimed and Published in all usual places within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Liberties thereof, and at the respective Courts of Guards, That so the persons whom it concerns may take notice thereof: Provided always, that this present Ordinance nor any part thereof, shall not extend to any Peer of this Realm, or Member of Parliament; But that they shall make their Addresses to the Speakers of the respective Houses, within the time limited in this Ordinance, in case they have not formerly been taken notice of in the respective Houses.