Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[23 July, 1647.]
One moyety to Widows and maimed Souldiers. The other to discoverers.; Treasurers.
The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, being informed of the pressing necessities of many poor Widows, who have lost their Husbands in the service of the Commonwealth, and many maimed Souldiers that have received their wounds in the said Service, towards supply of whose necessities it is Ordered and Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That of all Fines and Forfeitures levied and raised for nonpayment, or otherwise, touching the Excise, by vertue of any Ordinance or Ordinances of Parliament whatsoever; the one moyety thereof shall be imployed towards the maintenance of Widowes and maimed Souldiers; and the other moyety to the discoverers, or such person or persons which shall give information of any abuse committed by any person or persons contrary to the said Ordinances of Parliament touching the Excise, or any of them: And the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, are hereby authorized and required to pay the moyety appointed for maimed Souldiers as aforesaid, unto William Greenhill, John Pocock, John Randall, and Richard Hutchinson Treasurers appointed for that purpose, or any two of them, and the other moyety to the Discoverers, or persons that shall give information of abuse as aforesaid: And the Receipt of the respective Treasurers and Discoverers shall be the Commissioners of Excise their sufficient discharge for pay ment of the respective moyeties, for the uses and purposes aforesaid.
Ord. to be in force as from 11 June, 1645.
And it is further Ordained, That this Ordinance shall be of force from the eleventh of June 1645. And all the profits arising upon Forfeiture in the Excise, shall be disposed to the uses afore-mentioned from that time.