DIE Martis, 3 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Gibson.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
E. of Kent excused.
The Earl of Kent is excused for his Absence this
Day, in regard of his ill Health. The Earl of Bolingbrooke acquainted the House herewith.
Message from the H. C. about a Pass for the Lords coming from the King;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nicolls, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in divers Particulars:
1. To acquaint their Lordships with the Opinion
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning a safe
Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of
South'ton. (Here enter it.)
with Ordinances, &c.
2. An Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance for
3. An Ordinance concerning the County Palatine of
4. An Order for paying One Hundred Pounds to
Mr. Haynes, and the Man that procured his Escape.
5. An Order to pay Two Hundred Pounds to the
Speaker of the House of Commons.
The Answer returned was;
That their Lordships do agree to that concerning a
safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond, &c. To the
rest of the Particulars, their Lordships will send an
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer
to the Message sent to the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Ordinances for Sixty-six
Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen
Shillings, Four Pence, and concerning the Forts and
Works about the City, with the Alterations; and concerning Mr. Sharpe's Business, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence; about Sheriffs and Justices of Peace in several Counties.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons by Sir John Potts, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence, in Votes concerning High Sheriffs and Justices of Peace of several
That Thomas Lister Esquire be High Sheriff of the
County of Lincolne.
That Nicholas Denton Esquire be High Sheriff of the
County of Bedford.
That Sir Ric'd Everard be High Sheriff of the
County of Essex.
That Sir John Reyney Baronet be High Sheriff of the
County of Kent.
That John Bradshawe Esquire be High Sheriff of the
County of Lancaster.
Ordered, (fn. *) That the Sheriffs already named and
appointed, for the Counties of Cornwall, Devon,
Som'sett and Dorsett, who have been scarce Half a
Year in their Places, shall still continue till their Year
Ordered, That such Gentlemen as shall be named
and appointed High Sheriffs by both Houses of Parliament, and shall refuse, upon Tender of their Commissions, to be sworn, and to execute thereupon, shall be
sent up in safe Custody.
Ordered, That such Justices of Peace as shall be
appointed by both Houses, and shall, upon Tender of
their Commissions, refuse to be sworn, and to execute,
shall be sent up in safe Custody.
That Sir Valentyne Pell be High Sheriff for the County
The Answer returned was,
That this House agrees to all the Particulars of this
Message to the H. C. for Committees to examine Griffith, concerning his Scandal against the Prince Elector and others;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch:
To let them know, that the House of Peers having
Yesterday appointed a Committee of Four Lords, to
join with a Committee of the House of Commons, for
the Examination of a Scandal and Wrong, of a high
Nature, put upon his Highness the Prince Elector Palatine, with other Persons of Honour, by John Griffith Esquire, which they hold fit for the Examination of
both Houses; their Lordships do desire a proportionable
Number of the House of Commons to join with them,
this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's
with Deputy Lieutenants Names.
2. To desire their Concurrence in the Names of the
Persons to be added Deputy Lieutenants of the County
A Paper of the French Resident was read.
(Here enter it.)
Ordered, That Serjeant Whitfield is appointed to
attend the Committee for Mr. Griffythe's Business.
Narrative of the Proceedings of the Committee who attended the King with the Propositions.
The Earl of Denbigh reported to the House, "That
he having advised with the rest of the Committees,
about the Particulars concerning their Delivery of
the Propositions to the King, have drawn up a Narrative;" which he presented to this House, and was
read. (Here enter it.)
E. of Denbigh to receive Thanks for this Business.
Ordered, That the Speaker of this House do give
the Earl of Denbigh Thanks for his Carriage in this
Business; which accordingly he did.
Examination of Col. Butler, concerning the Loss in the West.
The Lord Wharton brought in divers Papers from
the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Examinations of Colonel Butler, and the Business of the
Loss in the West, which were read. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House will take into Consideration this whole Business on Thursday Morning
Archbishop of Cant's Attainder.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Archbishop of Canterbury shall be taken into Consideration
To-morrow Morning the First Business; and the Speaker
is to put the House in Mind of it.
Paper from Mons. Sabran the French Minister, concerning his Audience.
"Monsieur le Chevalier de Flamin, Maistre des Ceremonies du Parlement d'Ang're, À Londres.
"J'ay veu par la v're que les Seigneurs du Parlement vous ont ordone de scavoir [ (fn. *) de moy] aunet
la Qualité et Caractere que je tients de sa Majeste très
Chrestiene, pour se pouvoir regler selon, aut faict de
mon Audience, et que vous estime necessaire que
je vous le mande par Escrit. Il est malaise que je
d'ruine le Subject de ce Doubte, puisq' les dits
Seigneurs ont trois Escrits de part donnez au Nom du
Roy mon Maistre accompagnez des Lettres que j'ay
de sa Majeste et mesme le la derniere qui me presse
pour la Resolucion des Choses que j'ay demandées
ou il me met la Supres-scription mesme que vous me
metez en la votre, de considerer en son Counsiel
d'Estats & Resident pour son Service en Ang're, si
cela doit À Droit en quelq' Chose a la Cogneissance
qu'ilz en ont depuis sept Mois; je suis très aise que le
Bill et les Satisfare sur quoy je demeure de tout
A Londres, ce 3 Decem. 1644.
"V're très humble Serviteur,
Letter to be wrote to the King's General, about a Pass for the Lords coming from the King.
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms at Derby
"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses,
as the Opinion of this Committee, That my Lord
General be desired to write a Letter to this Effect, to
the General of the King's Army.
"The Letter to begin thus:
"There being a Message sent from His Majesty, by
the Committees of both Kingdoms that were lately
at Oxford, concerning a safe Conduct for the Duke
of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, without
any Direction; I am commanded, by both Houses of
Parliament, to give your Highness Notice, that, if the
King be pleased to desire a safe Conduct for the
Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, with
their Attendants, from the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westm', to
bring to the Lords and Commons assembled in the
Parliament of England and the Commissioners of the
Parliament of Scotland now at London an Answer to the
Propositions presented to His Majesty for a safe and
well-grounded Peace, it shall be granted."
Narrative of the Proceedings of the Committee who attended the King with the Propositions.
"Upon Saturday, 23th of November, being at Bensington, and having Notice from the Governor of
Walling ford, that the King would be that Night at
Oxford; we sent thence a Trumpeter, and some Servants with him, to provide our Lodgings at Oxford, and
a Letter to the Governor there to that Purpose. Ourselves followed some Two Hours after; and when we
came near the Town, we sent another Trumpeter,
who sounding near the Guards, a File of Musketeers
came to us, to desire us to tarry there till our Lodgings
were ready. We staid some Two Hours. Then Mr.
Killigrew came riding to us, and said, "His Majesty
knew not that we were there, until He came into
the Garden, and saw us where we stood upon the
Hill, and was very angry we had staid so long; but
that He had taken Order we should be admitted and
provided for immediately; and that he was come to
tell us so." Just at that Time came likewise the Lieutenant Governor of Oxford, who brought us into the
Town, carried us to an Inn at the Sign of The Catherin Wheele, and told us, "He had provided some
Chambers at another Inn, The Starr, for the Scotts
Commissioners." That Night we sent to the Duke of
Richmond, desiring him to acquaint His Majesty, "That
we were a Committee sent from the Parliaments of
both Kingdoms with Propositions of Peace, and to
know when His Majesty would be pleased we should
attend Him with them." He sent us Word, "The King
had appointed next Day, Two of the Clock in the
Afternoon, for us to attend Him at Christ Church;"
which we did, and in the Garden there, after we
had kissed His Hand, presented the Propositions to
Him, which were read by the Earl of Denbigh, and
were heard by His Majesty with a great deal of Patience, so as there being some Noise and Disorder
among the Standers-by, upon mentioning the Names
of the Two Princes Rupert and Maurice amongst the
Persons excepted out of the General Pardon, His
Majesty was angry at it, reproved them for it, and
commanded them to be silent. They being read, He
asked us, "If we had power to treat?" We answered,
"We had not; that our Commission was, to present
the Propositions, and desire his Answer in Writing."
His Majesty replied, "We should have it as soon as
He could." On Wednesday in the Evening, the Earl
of Dorsett sent a Gentleman to us, to let us know,
"That His Majesty was resolved upon His Answer,
which we might receive that Night, or in the Morning, as we would." Unto which we answered, "We
were ready to attend His Majesty at what Time He
pleased to command us." The Messenger speedily
returned, and brought us Word, "His Majesty was
ready to give us His Answer presently." We forthwith attended Him at Christ Church, where His Majesty delivered a Paper to One that stood by, and
commanded him to read it unto us; after the Reading whereof, His Majesty used these Words, as near
as we can recollect, "That He had ever expressed
His Desires of Peace, which did never more appear
than by giving this Answer; and if He had not a
great Desire to Peace, He would not have given it."
Upon hearing the Paper read, the Earl of Denbigh,
at our Desire, did move His Majesty, "That we might
withdraw, and attend Him again presently;" upon
which His Majesty demanded if we had Power to
treat; and said, "He knew we had none, for we had
told Him so; that we had received no Power from
London since; and He did bid us answer as Persons of
Honour, if we had received any. I know, said He,
you have had no Post since." The Earl of Denbigh
moved again, "That we might withdraw for a little
while, or have the Liberty to attend His Majesty
again before our Return, as conceiving our Instructions would engage us to some Reply to the Paper
delivered unto us." Then His Majesty said, "I will
hear any Thing that you have to deliver from London, but none of the Fancies and Chimeras taken up
at Oxford, by your Favour;" and added, "You shall
put no Tricks upon me." The Earl of Denbigh answered, "We were not Persons to put Tricks upon
any, much less upon His Majesty." The King replied, "I mean it not to you." Then, by our Advice, the Earl of Denbigh desired of His Majesty to
know to whom that Paper was directed. The King
said, "That is My Answer; I give it to you; it is
your Duty to take it; you may deliver it to them
that sent you." The Earl of Denbigh pressing it
the Second Time, the King replied, "You must take
it, if it were a Ballad, or a Song of Robbinhood;"
and said further, "You told me Twice, you had no
lower to treat; My Memory is as good as yours;
you were only to deliver the Propositions; a Postillion might have done as much as you." The Earl of
Denbigh replied, "That was not our Condition, though
he would be glad in these distracted Times to do
to His Majesty and to the Kingdoms Service in any
Condition." His Majesty replied, "I mean it not to
your Persons. Then Mr. Hollis said to the King,
"Sir, we had in Charge to bring the Propositions to
You, and to desire Your Answer in Writing, which
we have with all Humility done. The Reason why
the Earl of Denbigh desired we might withdraw was,
that we might consult with our Instructions, because
the Paper delivered unto us hath no Direction; and
therefore we beseech Your Majesty to let us know
to whom it must be delivered." To which the King
said, "I am not bound to answer that Question."
Mr. Hollis replied, "If we can have no other Answer,
we must carry this." Then Mr. Parpoint said, "Our
Instructions are only to deliver the Propositions to
Your Majesty, to desire Your Answer in Writing,
and to return with it; but, in this Paper delivered
by Your Majesty, there is (fn. *) a Message." His Majesty
to this said, "That is all one; this is My Answer;
if it were a Song of Robbinhood, you must carry it."
and, after a Pause, He added, "I desire you to further
the procuring of the safe Conduct, than which you
cannot do better Service to the Kingdom. I and these
honest Men about Me are most desirous of Peace.
There are Three Things I will not part with; the
Church, My Crown, and My Friends; and you will
have much ado to get any of them from Me. I will
not press you to go presently; you may, if you will,
stay some Time; but the sooner you send Me a safe
Conduct the better." So we kissed His Majesty's
Hand, and came away to our Lodgings. The next
Morning, Mr. Ashburnham came to the Members of
both Houses; said, he was sent from the King to
every One of them severally, to deliver a Message,
which was to this Effect, "That His Majesty was sensible, some Words might have fallen from Him suddenly in His Passion, which might give Discontent;
that it was not so intended by Him; and He desired
the best Construction might be made of it." To this
they answered severally, and afterwards all of them
together, "That they took this Message for a very
great Honour; and desired him to express their
humble Thanks unto His Majesty in the best Language he could." Afterwards, being ready to take
Coach, another Message was brought us from His
Majesty, "That we would tarry a little, till a Trumpeter might be ready to go along with us, who was
sent by Him to bring the safe Conduct;" which we
did, and accordingly he is come with us for that
Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, of the Examination concerning Col. Butler and the Loss in the West.
"Die 23 Septembris, 1744.
"At a Committee of both Kingdoms at Derby House;
E. of Northumberland.
E. of Warwicke.
L. Say & Seale.
Sir Gilbert Gerrard.
Sir Hen. Vane Junior.
E. of Loudoun.
Sir Charles Erskin.
"Ordered, inter alia, N° 9,
"That a Sub-committee be appointed, to examine
upon the Miscarriage of Colonel Butler, and the Buness of the late Loss in the West:
E. of Northumberland.
E. of Loudoun.
"Die Martis, 24 Septembris, 1644; present,
Sir Gilbert Gerrard.
E. of Loudoun.
"That Mr. Deane be desired to be here To-morrow
in the Afternoon, between Four and Five.
"That a Letter be written to my Lord General, to
desire him to send up Colonel Butler in safe Custody, upon some Informations given to this Committee
against him, of a very high Nature.
"That the Examinations touching the late Business
in the West, so far as concerns Colonel Butler, be
reported to both Houses.
"Die Jovis, 26 Septembris, 1644.
Sir Gilbert Gerrard.
E. of Loudoun.
"That so much of Comptroller Deane's Examination, as concerns Colonel Butler, be reported to the
House, together with the Instructions.
"That Major General Skippon and Comptroller Deane
shall have Copies of their Examinations.
"Die Lunæ, 2 Decembris, 1644.
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby
"Resolved upon the Question, &c.
"That it be reported to the Lords House, That the
Sub-committee, that were appointed the 23th of September, to examine upon the Miscarriage of Colonel
Butler, and the Business of the late Loss in the West,
did nothing therein but in Pursuance of their Power
given them from this Committee.
"By Command of the Committee, signed
"Secretary to the same Committee.
"Die Lunæ, 2 Decemb. 1644.
(fn. *) "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the raising of
Sixty-six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six
Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, Four Pence, by
Way of Loan, for the better enabling of our
Brethren of Scotland for our Assistance and
Defence in this common Cause of Religion and
Ordinance for raising Money for the Scots Army.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament, for the better enabling of our Brethren of
Scotland to assist us in this War, did think it fit to
publish an Ordinance of the 16 of October, 1643,
for the raising of the Sum of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds, by Way of voluntary Loan, to be
paid unto them, towards the Maintenance of their
Armies in England and Ireland; since which Time,
the said Lords and Commons, taking Notice of the
Refractoriness of many wealthy Persons, who have
either refused to lend at all, or at least any competent Sum of Money, for the Purpose aforesaid, did
likewise publish a Second Ordinance, of the 27 of the
said Month of October, for the levying of the Sum of
Sixty-six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds,
Thirteen Shillings, Four Pence, being the One Third
of the said Two Hundred Thousand Pounds, upon such
backward and ill-affected Persons as did or should so
refuse to contribute, as fearing that the whole Sum
would not be raised by voluntary Loan; and whereas
(notwithstanding the said Second Ordinance) a great
Part of the said Two Hundred Thousand Pounds is yet
uncollected, by Reason of the great Number of illaffected and wilful Persons, and likely to be delayed
(if not altogether lost) unless some further Course
be taken to constrain them to contribute in Proportion with the honest and well-affected Party:
"We, therefore, the Lords and Commons, considering our Engagements to our said Brethren of
Scotland, and the present Necessities of their Army,
by Means of the great Scarcity which must necessarily
be in the Northern Parts, by reason of the Multitude of Soldiers so long Quartering there, and the
extreme Oppression, Rapine, and Spoil, committed by
the Enemy, as also the Extremities they may be
driven to without seasonable Supplies from us, together with the dangerous Consequence that will
thereupon arise; and for the better Ease of such
Persons who are well-affected, and have, in this and
other Services, expressed their Freeness, by lending
very considerable Sums of Money; do hereby Order,
Ordain, and Declare, That the like Sum of Sixtysix Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, Four Pence, another Third of the said
Sum of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds, shall with
all convenient Speed be raised, by Way of Loan,
upon such able and wealthy Persons, as have not already, nor shall hereafter, voluntarily, and proportionably to their Estates and Abilities, lend
any Sums of Money, for the Purpose aforesaid;
the said Sum of Sixty-six Thousand Six Hundred
Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, Four Pence, to
be assessed and raised within the Cities, Towns,
Counties, and Places respectively, according to their
Proportions in the said Ordinance of the 27 of October aforesaid allotted and charged, upon every partilar City, Town, and County, therein expressed; the
same to be ordered, levied, and collected, in Manner,
and by such Persons and Means, and paid to such
Men, as in the said Ordinance of the 27 of October
is directed, and as hath been hitherto observed by
the Persons intrusted with the managing of this
"And it is hereby further Ordered, Ordained,
and Declared, That the said Sum of Sixty-six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, Four Pence, shall not be levied, but upon such
Persons whose Estates are of the Value of Five
Hundred Pounds, or upwards of that Sum.
"And it is likewise Ordered, Ordained, and Declared, That Seventy Thousand Pounds, out of the
Rents, Issues, and Profits, that shall be received upon
the Ordinances of Sequestration of the Estates of
Papists, Delinquents, and other Malignants, shall be,
and is hereby Ordered, for the Re-payment of the
Sixty-six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty-six Pounds,
Thirteen Shillings, Four Pence, to be raised upon
this present Ordinance, with Interest after the Rate
of Eight Pounds per Centum, in such Manner as in
the said former Ordinance is mentioned.
"And it is hereby further Ordered, Ordained, and
Declared, That if any Person, who shall not willingly
contribute proportionably to his Estate, have any
considerable Estate, Real or Personal, in any the
Counties, Cities, great Towns, or Places, in the
former Ordinance mentioned, and doth not inhabit
there, where his said Estate shall be nevertheless subject to the Assessment, and he constrained to pay the
same, unless he bring Certificate from some other Committee employed in the said Service elsewhere, that he
hath paid proportionably to his whole Estate; and the
Persons so assessed, in Case of Obstinacy and wilful Refusal, or Case of Want of sufficient Distress, shall be
liable to such Forfeitures, Penalties, and Perils, as in
the said Ordinance of the 27th of October are in that
Case provided and expressed; and it shall be lawful for
the Collectors of the Sums assessed, in any of the Cities, great Towns, and Counties aforesaid, for Want
of other Distress, to seize the Rents, and Arrears of
any Rents, Issues, and Profits whatsoever, due to
such Person, however they shall grow due; for
which, an Acquittance under the Hands of any Three
or more of the Committee or Commissioners employed in this Service shall be a sufficient Discharge
to the Tenant, for any Sum paid in to the Use
"Provided, That no Peers of this Kingdom, Member of either House of Parliament, or Assistant or
Attendant of either of the Houses, be assessed by
this Ordinance, but by the respective Houses whereof
they be Members or Assistants or Attendants, and
the other Peers by the House of Peers.
"Provided also, if any City, County, great Town,
or Place, in the said Ordinance mentioned, already
hath, or shall pay, into the Treasury at Goldsmiths
Hall, the Proportion laid on them, over and above
all necessary Charges and Disbursements, that is to
say, Treble the Sum expressed in the said Ordinance
of the Twenty-seventh of October last, either upon
voluntary Loan, or upon Assessment, there shall be
no more required of them, by virtue of this or any
former or other Ordinance, towards the raising of the
said Sum of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds.
"Provided also, That if any Person hath or shall
subscribe or promise any Sum of Money, either in
the Parish where such Person shall inhabit, or before
any Committee appointed for the Dispatch of this
Service, and hath or shall, after any such Promise
or Subscription, refuse to pay the same, it shall
then be lawful for the Collectors of the Money to be
advanced for this Service, to distrain for such Sums
of Money, and to claim their Fees thereupon, according to the Allowance made by the said last Ordinance, as if the same had been assessed on them.
"Cler. Parl. D. Com."
"Die Martis, 3 Decemb 1644
(fn. *) "An Ordinance of the I ords and Commons assem
bled in Parliament, for the raising of Money to
pay the Charge of the Fortifications and
Guards, and for other necessary Uses, for the
Safety of the City and Parts adjacent, within
the Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bills
Ordinance to raise Money for maintaining of the Guards &c about London
"Forasmuch as the Fortifications and Guards within
the Cities of London and Westminster, and Parts ad
jacent, within the Lines of Communication and
Weekly Bills of Mortality, are very necessary for the
Safety and Defence of the said Cities and Places, and
Preservation of the Parliament, in these Times of
Distraction and Danger, and for that the Citizens and
Inhabitants within the said Cities and Places have
been, and are daily, at great Charges, in maintaining
the same For raising of Money to pay the Charge
of the Fortifications and Guards aforesaid, and for
satisfying the great Debts thereby already incurred,
and other necessary Uses, the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled have Ordained, and be it Or
dained by the said Lords and Commons, That there
shall be Monthly charged and levied, upon the Cities
of London and Westminster, the Hamlets of The
Tower, and Borough of Southwark, and all other
Parishes and Places within the Line of Communication and Weekly Bills of Mortality, the Sum of Six
Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty two Pounds, Four
Shillings, that is to say, upon the City of London,
Five Thousand Four Hundred Eighty two Pounds,
Ten Shillings, Three Pence, upon the City and Liberty of Westminster, Six Hundred Sixteen Pounds,
Ten Shillings, Eight Pence Half penny, upon the
Hamlets, Four Hundred Ninety three Pounds, Four
Shillings, Seven Pence, upon the Borough of South
wark, Three Hundred Sixty nine Pounds, Eighteen
Shillings, Five Pence Farthing, for the Purposes
aforesaid, for Six Months, to commence from the
First Day of November last past
"And to the End the several Sums of Money may
be duly raised, levied, and paid, as hereafter is di
rected, be it further Ordained, by the said Lords
and Commons, That the Lord Mayor and Aldermen
of London shall be Committees for the City of Lon
don and Liberties thereof, and the Lord Mayor and
Aldermen of London, and Six such Persons of every
of the Sub committees for the Militia, within the
Lines of Communication and Weekly Bills of Mortality, as the said several and respective Committees
shall nominate and appoint, for this Service, and the
former Committees named in the Ordinance for the
Two last Months Assessments, for the City of Westminster, Borough of Southwarke, Hamlets of The
Tower, and other Places within the Line of Commu
nication and Weekly Bills of Mortality, without the
City of London and Liberties thereof, shall be Com
mittees for the said City of Westminster, Borough of
Southwarke, Hamlets of The Tower, and Places
aforesaid, without the City of London and Liberties
thereof, within their several and respective Divisions,
which said Committees, in their several and respective
Divisions, or any Two or more of them respectively,
are hereby authorized and required to direct their
Warrants to such Number of Persons as they shall
think fit, within their several and respective Divisions,
to be Assessors for the said Rates, which said Persons
are hereby authorized and required to assess all and
every Person and Persons, wheresoever they shall live
and inhabit, either within the said Limits or without,
having any Real or Personal Estate within the Limits,
Circuits, and Bounds, of their respective Divisions,
according to the Rate and Proportion in this Ordinance mentioned
"And be it further Ordained, by the Lords and
Commons, That the several Sums which shall be here
after assessed or taken, upon the several Cities and
Places aforesaid, shall be assessed and taken, both for
Lands and Goods, upon such Persons and Estates and
in such Manner and Form, as is directed for the
Weekly Assessments in an Ordinance of Parliament of
the Fourth Day of March, 1642, intituled, "An
Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, for the
speedy raising and levying of Money, for the Main
tenance of the Army raised by the Parliament, and
other great, Affairs of the Commonwealth, by a
Weekly Assessment" And to the End the said Rates
be equally and indifferently assessed, and the Monies
duly collected, and true Accompt thereof made, the
said Assessors are hereby required, within Six Days
after such Assessment made, to deliver Two Copies
of their respective Assessments, fairly written, and
subscribed by them, unto the said respective Committees, or to any of them, whereof One to remain
with the said Committee, and the other to be delivered
to the Collectors, with Warrants to levy the said
Monies, and the said several Committees, or any
Three of them, are hereby respectively authorized,
from Time to Time, to nominate One or more sufficient and honest Persons, in every Division or Allot
ment, to be Collectors of the said Monies so assessed
and rated, which said Collectors are hereby authorized and required to collect the said Monies so assessed, and the said respective Committees, or any Six
of them, are hereby authorized to allow and pay
unto the said respective Collectors Two Pence in the
Pound, for their Pains in collecting the said Monies,
and One Penny in the Pound to then Clerks, for then
Pains in fair writing the said Assessments, and if any
Person or Persons whatsoever shall resuse or neglect
to pay any Sum or Sums of Money, whereat he or
they shall be rated and assessed, that then it shall and
may be lawful, to and for the said Collectors, or any
of them, to levy the Sum so assessed by Distress and
the Sale of the Goods of such Person or Persons so
refusing or neglecting to pay, deducting the Sum
assessed, and the reasonable Charges of distraining,
and restore the Overplus to the Owner thereof, and
likewise to break open any House, Chest, Trunks,
Box, or other Thing, wherein any such Goods are,
and to call to their Assistance any of the Trained
Bands, Constables, Headboroughs, or any other
Forces, within the Cities and Places where any Resistance shall be made, or any other Person or Persons
whatsoever, which said Forces and Persons are hereby required to be aiding and assisting in the Premises,
is they shall answer the contrary at then Pauls And
if any Question or Difference shall happen to arise
upon the taking such Distress, between the Parties
distrained and distraining the same shall be ended
and determined by the said Committees, or any Two
of them, and the said several Committees, or any
Two or more of them, are hereby authorized and
required to use such other Ways or Means, for the
speedy levying of the said Assessments, as to them
shall be thought fit And if any Person or Persons
shall purposely convey away his or their Goods, or
any other Personal Estate, whereby the Sum of
Money so assessed cannot be levied according to this
Ordinance, then the said respective Committees, or any
Two of them, are hereby authorized, by themselves
or such other Persons as they shall appoint, to imprison the Persons, and the Sequestrators to sequester
the Estates, of every such Person, for the Advance
ment of the said Service And the Tenants of all
Houses and Lands, which shall be rated by virtue of
this Ordinance, are nereby required and authorized
to pay such Sums of Money as shall be rated upon
every such House and Lands, and to deduct out of
their Rents so much of the said Rates as, in respect
of the Rents of every such House and Lands, the
Landlords should or ought to pay or bear; and the
Landlords, both mediate and immediate, according
to their respective Interests, are hereby required to
allow such Deductions and Payments, upon the Receipt of the Residue of their Rents, and to give Acquittances for their whole Rents, as if no Deductions
had been made; and if any Landlord refuse to make
any such Deduction or Allowance, or to give such
Acquittances, then the respective Committees for the
Sequestrations, in the Cities and Places aforesaid,
upon Proof thereof made before them, are hereby
authorized, for every Time they shall so refuse, to
seize and sequester, for the Service aforesaid, One
full Half Year's Rent, payable to such Persons so
refusing, allowing out of the same the Sum of Money
so paid by that Tenant as aforesaid; and if any Difference shall arise between Landlord and Tenant, or
any other, concerning the said Rates, the said several
Committees, or any Two of them, in their several
Divisions, have hereby Power to settle the same as
they shall think fit; and the said Collectors, and
every of them, are hereby required from Time to
Time to pay such Sum and Sums of Money as shall
be by them collected by virtue of this Ordinance, to
such Treasurer or Treasurers for the City of London
and Liberties thereof, as the Common Council of the
said City shall appoint; and for the Lines of Communication, and within the Weekly Bills of Mortality,
without the City and Liberties, to such Treasurer or
Treasurers as the respective Sub-committees in their
several Divisions shall appoint; and the said several
Committees are hereby required to take special Care,
that the said Monthly Assessments be constantly levied,
collected, and paid, to the said Treasurer or Treasurers, Once in every Month, during the Continuance
of the Term mentioned in this Ordinance.
"And be it further Ordained, by the said Lords
and Commons, That if any Person or Persons shall
wilfully neglect or refuse to take upon him any Office
or Place herein mentioned, incident to this Service,
or, having taken upon him such Office or Place, shall
resuse or neglect to execute or perform the same, or
if any other Person or Persons shall neglect or refuse
to perform his Duty in the due and speedy Execution
of this present Ordinance, the Lord Mayor of the
said City for the Time being, or any Two of the
Aldermen of the same City, for the City of London
and the Liberties thereof; and the said respective
Committees without the Liberties of the said City,
and within the Lines of Communication and Weekly
Bills of Mortality, or any Five of them; have hereby Power to commit such Person or Persons, so refusing or neglecting this Service as aforesaid, to Prison, there to remain without Bail until he shall conform himself; or otherwise to impose upon such Person or Persons so refusing or neglecting the said Service, or their Duties therein, such Fine or Fines as
to them shall be thought fit, and cause the same to
be levied by Distress and Sale of Goods, in Manner
and Form aforesaid.
"Provided, That no Fine to be imposed upon any
of the said Committees shall, for any One Offence,
exceed the Sum of Five Pounds; and that no Fine
to be imposed upon any Assessor, Collector, or any
other Person to be employed by the said Committees
in the said Service, or refusing to be employed therein, shall for any Offence exceed the Sum of Five
Pounds; and that no privileged Place or Person,
within the Cities and Places aforesaid, shall be exempted from the said Assessments and Taxes.
"And be it further Ordained, That the said several
and respective Committees, and every of them, shall
from Time to Time give a true and perfect Account
of all their Doings and Proceedings, in the Execution of this Ordinance; (videlicet), the Treasurer or
Treasurers for London and the Liberties to the Lord
Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the
said City of London, or to such Persons as they shall
appoint; and the said Sub-committees and their
Treasurers to the Committee for the Militia of the
"And be it further Ordained, That the Treasurers
appointed to receive the Money by virtue of this
Ordinance are appointed, and hereby authorized,
to issue out the said Monies so gathered and received,
for the Purpose aforesaid, and not otherwise, within
the City and Liberties, as the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, in Common Council assembled,
or such Persons as they from Time to Time shall appoint for that Purpose; and without the said City
and Liberties, and within the Line of Communication
and Weekly Bills of Mortality, as the said Sub-committees within their several Divisions, shall appoint,
for the Uses aforesaid, and not otherwise.
"And be it lastly, by the said Lords and Commons,
further Ordained, That all and every the respective
Committees, Assessors, Treasurers, and Collectors, of
the respective Divisions aforesaid, and all that shall
assist them in the Premises, shall be, by the Power of
Parliament, protected and saved harmless, both for
what according to the true Meaning of the Premises
they have or shall do therein.
"Provided always, That such Rates and Assessments
as shall be made, by virtue of this Ordinance, upon
any Peers of this Kingdom, or Members, Assistants,
or Attendants, upon either the Houses of Parliament,
shall, before the same be levied, be presented to the
respective Houses, whose Members, Assistants, or
Attendants, shall be concerned therein respectively;
and by such respective House allowed and approved
of; any Thing in this present Ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding.
"Jo. Brown, Cleric. Parliamentorum.
"H. Elsynge, Cler. Parl. Dom. Com."
House adjourned till 9a cras.