Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[9 July. 1647.]
All disbanded officers and soldiers to depart from London, Westminster and Lines of Communication.; Not to return for 2 months, under penalties.; Officers' and soldiers' arrears to be paid as soon as accounts shall be audited.
Whereas there hath been of late an extraordinary confluence, and resort of Officers, Souldiers, and other persons pretending themselves to have been Souldiers of reduced or disbanded Forces from severall parts of the Kingdome to the Cities of London and Westminster, some of which have assembled themselves in tumultuous manner in severall parts of the City of London and neer the Houses of Parliament, to the disturbance of the said Houses in the great affaires they have in hand; For remedy whereof; and as one means by the blessing of God to prevent the increase and spreading of the Plague in the said Cities, and other inconveniences; Be it therefore Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled that all such Officers and Souldiers or other persons aforesaid shall by the fifteenth day of this instant July 1647 depart from the said Cities of London and Westminster, and Lines of Communication, not having had their usuall habitations within the said Cities of London and Westminster, or within the Lines of Communication aforesaid, nor having and just and necessary occasion for their abode and continuance there, to be allowed by the Committee of the Militia of the City of London or any four of them under their hands, And that the Persons aforesaid shall not return to the said Cities of London or Westminster, or within the said line or Communication within the space of two moneths next after the publication of this present Ordinance, upon pain of three months imprisonment, and losse of their Arrears. And it is further Ordained, That the said Committee of the Militia are hereby authorized and required to see this present Ordinance to be effectually put in Execution. And it is likewise Ordained that after the said fifteenth day of July aforesaid the said Committee or any four of them shall have hereby power and authority, and are hereby required to imprison the said persons, according to the tenour of this Ordinance, that shall offend against the same. And the said Lords and Commons do declare that it is not their intention to deprive any Officer, or Souldier of their just dues, owing unto any such Officer or Souldier from the Parliament, but that their Accompts being audited as is directed by several Ordinances of Parliament, and so soon as the pressing affairs at the Kingdom will permit, the said Lords and Commons will take order to give just satisfaction to them or to any other person or persons unto whom they shall assigne their Arrears, or any part thereof.
Certain officers and soldiers excepted.
Provided that this shall not extend to the Officers or Souldiers of the Trained Bands or Auxiliaries within the said Lines of Communication, or to any Colonel or Officer of Estate or quality which shall have occasion to stay in Town, or to such as are lately come from the Army, and shal manifest the same to both Houses, or to the Speakers of both Houses, and shal have allowance thereof accordingly under the hands of the said Speakers.