[7 May, 1643.]
Whereas the King seduced by evill Counsell hath raised an
Army and leavied War against His Parliament, and great
numbers of Forces are daily raised under the Commands of
Papists and other ill affected persons, by commissions from His
Majestie. And whereas divers Delinquents are protected by
His Majesties said Army from publike Justice, and sundry
outrages and Rapines are daily committed by the Souldiers of
the said Army, who neither respect the Laws of God or the
Land, but burne and plunder the houses, and seize and destroy
the persons and goods of divers His Majesties Subjects: And
whereas for the maintenance of the said Army, divers Assesments are made upon severall Counties and persons of vast and
insupportable sums of money, and His Majesties Subjects are
compelled to pay the same, which said Army (if it should
continue) would soon ruine and waste the Kingdom, and utterly
overthrow Religion, Law, and Libertie. For suppressing of
which said Army and ill affected persons, there is no
probable way under God, but by the Army raised by the
authority of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, which said
Army cannot be maintained without great sums of Money: Yet
for raising such sums, by reason of His Majesties withdrawing
himself from the advice of the Parliament, there can be no Act
of Parliament passed with his Majesties assent, albeit there is
great justice that the said moneys should be raised.
Persons that have not contributed to maintenance of Army to be taxed.
The Lords and Commons in Parliament, taking the same into
their serious consideration, and knowing that the said Army
raised by them hath been hitherto for the most part maintained
by the voluntary and free Contribution & Loans of divers well
affected persons, who have freely Contributed or Lent to the
maintenance thereof, according to their abilities, but considering
there are divers within the Kingdome of England and Dominion
of Wales, that have not Contributed or Lent at all towards the
maintenance of the said Army, (or if they have, yet not in any
reasonable measure answerable to their Estates) who notwithstanding do and may receive benefit and Protection by the said
Army raised by the Parliament, as well as any others, and
therefore it is most just that they as well as others should be
charged to Contribute or Lend to the maintenance thereof.
Namesof Persons to be Committees.
Be it therefore Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the persons hereafter named shall be
Committees for the severall and respective Counties and places
hereafter mentioned, That is to say.
For the County and Town of Bedford, Sir John Burgoyn,
Baronet, Sir Thomas Ashton Knight and Baronet, Tho. Rolfe,
Tho. Sadler, James Beverley, Hampton Monox, Edw. Osborn,
Robert Stanton Esquires, Sir Roger Burgoyn Baronet, Sir
Oliver Luke Knight, Sir Samuel Luke Knight, Samuel Brown
For the County of Berks, Sir Francis Knollis senr', Sir Francis
Pile, Sir francis Knollis, junr', Knights, Peregrine Hobby, Roger
Knight, Henry Powle, Thomas Fetiplace Esquires.
For the Town of Reading, Sir Francis Knollis senr', Sir Francis
Knollis junr', the Major, Henry Martin, Tanfield Vachel Esquires.
For the County of Bucks, Sir Richard Ingolsby Knight,
Henry Bulstrode, Tho. Tirrill, Richard Grenvill Esquires, Sir
Peter Temple Baronet, Anth. Ratcliff, Thomas Westall Esquires,
Sir Wil. Andrews, Sir Tho. Sanders Knights, Boulstrode
Whitlock, John Hampden, Arthur Goodwyn, Richard Winwood
County of Cambridge.
For the County of Cambridge, Sir Dudley North, Sir John
Cutts, Sir Tho. Martin, Sir Miles Sands, Tho. Becket, Walter
Clopton, Rob. Castle, Tho. Bendish, John Welbore, Rob. Clarke,
Michael Dalton junr' Captain Symonds, Dudley Hope, Francis
Russell, Tho. Parker, John Hubberd, Tho. Castle, George Glapthorne, John Towers, Ed. Leeds Esquires, Oliver Cromwell,
William Fisher, Thomas Thompson, Thomas Becket, William
Marsh, Hummerston Marsh Esquires.
Town and University of Cambridge.
For the Towne and University of Cambridge, The Major for
the time being, Talbot Pepys Recorder, Esquire, John Sherwood,
Samuel Spaulden, Thomas French, Robert Robson.
For the Countie of Chester, Sir George Booth Knight and
Baronet, Sir William Brereton Baronet, Thomas Stanley, Henry
Manwaring, Henry Brooke, John Bradshaw, Robert Duckenfield,
Henry Vernon, John Crew, William Marbury Esquires.
For the Citie of Chester,
For the County of Cornwall, Sir Richard Carew Baronet,
Francis Buller, Alexander Carew, John Trefucis, John St. Aubin,
Rich. Erisey, John Moyle, Francis Godolphin, Thomas Thewen,
John Carter, Thomas Arundell Esquires.
For the Countie of Devon, Sir Peter Prideaux, Sir George,
Chudley, Sir John Poole, Sir John Northcott Baronets, Sir
Edmond Fowell, Sir Samuel Roll, Sir Shilston Callmady, Sir
Nicholas Martin Knights, Sir Francis Drake Baronet, Robert
Savery, Henry Wallron Esquires, John Dany Baronet, John
Worthy, Hugh Fortescue, Arthur Upton, George Trobridge
For the Citie of Exon. Christopher Clerke Major, Richard
Sanders, Thomas Crossinge, Adam Bennet, Walth. White, John
Hakewill, Aldermen, and James Gould Sheriffe of the said
For the County of Cumberland, Sir George Dalston Knight
William Lawson, William Briscoe, Thomas Lamplugh, Richard
For the County of Derby,
For the Countie of Dorset, Sir Tho. Trenchard, Sir Walter
Earle, John Browne, John Fitz-James, Tho. Tregunell, John
Bingham, John Faunham, John Trenchard, Denis Bond, Rich.
For the Town and County of Poole,
For the County of Duresme, Henry Warmooth, George
Lilborne, Thomas Mitford, Robert Hutton, Thos. Shadforth,
Richard Lilborne, Francis Wren, Iohn Blackston, Henry Draper,
Iohn Brockenbury, Esquires.
For the County of Essex, Sir Thomas Barrington, Sir Henry
Mildmay of Wansted, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Richard Everard,
Sir Will. Hicks, Sir Henry Holcroft, Sir William Row, Sir
Thomas Honywood, Sir William Martin, Sir John Barrington,
Sir William Massam, John Wright, Master Raymond, Harbottle
Grimston, John Sayer, John Burket, Anthony Luther, Timothy
Middleton, Captain Thomas, Dean Tyndall, Iames Hearn, William
Goldingham, Iohn Attwood, Iohn Sorrell, Richard Harlockenden,
For Colchester, the Major for the time being, and Master
For the East-Riding, Sir Iohn Hotham Knight and Baronet,
Sir Philip Stapleton, Sir William Strickland, Sir Thomas
Rymmington, Richard Rymmington, John Hotham, John Anlabey,
Henry Darley, Rich. Darley, John Alludred, Esquires.
For the North-Riding, Sir William Sheffeild, Sir Henry
Foules, Bryan Stapleton, Henry Darley, Henry Anderson, Iohn
VVastall, Christopher Perchley, George Trotter, Matthew Smelt,
Iohn Legard de Malton, Francis Lassells, Ieffery Gate Iohn
Dent, Thomas Robinson, Francis Boynton, Esquires, Sir Matthew
For the West-Riding, Fardinando Lord Fairefax, Sir Thomas
Malleverer, Sir William Lyster, Sir Arthur Ingram, Sir Edward
Rodes, Sir William Fairefax, Sir Iervis Cutler, Sir Iohn Savill,
Sir Thomas Fairefax, Charlese Fairefax, Henry Ardington, Master
West, Iohn Farrer, William White, Thomas Malleverer,
George Marwood, Iohn Robinson, Thomas Stockdale, Thomas
Westbey, Iohn Bright, Thomas Bosseville, Godfrey Bosseville,
Sir Iohn Reresby.
City of York.
For the City of Yorke, Sir Thomas Fairefax, Sir Thomas
Witherington, Knights, Thomas Hodson, Iames Hutchinson, Iohn
For the County of Gloucester, Nathaniel Fienis, Sir Robert
Cooke, Knight, Nathaniel Stephen, Iohn George, Edward
Stephens, Thomas Pury, Esquires.
For the County of the City of Gloucester, Nathaniel Fienis.
For Bristoll, Richard Allworth Major, Ioseph Iackson, Hugh
Brown, Sheriffs, Richard Hallworthy Alderman, Luke Hodges,
For the County of Southampton, Sir Thomas Iervoyse, Sir
William Waller, Knights, Master Withers, Iohn Feilder, Iohn
Button, Richard Whitehead, Iohn Dorrington, Iohn Lisle,
Robert Wallop, George Withers, Baynard, Esquires.
Isle of Wight.
For the Isle of Wight, Sir Henry Worseley, Sir Henry Lee,
Sir Iohn Lee, Thomas Kerne, Iohn Lisle, John Bulkley, Iohn
For the Towne and County of Southampton,
For the Citie Winchester,
For the County of Hertford, Charles Lord Viscount Cranborn,
Robert Cecill, Esquire, Sir John Garrat Baronet, Sir Thomas
Dacres, Sir Iohn Witterounge, Knights, Richard Iennings, Ralph
Freeman, Will. Leamon, William Prisley, Iohn Heydon,
Alexander Wild, Rich. Porter, Adam Washington, Esquires.
For Saint Albans, The Mayor for the time being, Charles Lord
Viscount Cranborn, Robert Cecill, Esquires, Sir Iohn Garret
Baronet, Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Iohn Witterounge, Knights,
Richard Iennings, Ralph Freeman, William Leamon, William
Prisley, Iohn Heydon, Alexander Wild, Richard Porter, Adam
Washington, Iohn Robotham, Ralph Pemberton, Esquires.
For the County of Hereford, Sir Robert Harley Knight of the
Bath, Walter Kirle, Rich. Hobson, John Brocket, Henry
For the City of Hereford,
For the County of Huntingdon, Sir Thomas Cotton, Sir Iohn
Hewet Baronets, Onslow Winch, Torrell Ioslelyne, Tho. Templer,
Iohn Castle, Oliver Cromwell, Abraham Burwell, Edward
For the County of Kent, Sir Thomas Walsingham, Sir
Anthony Weldon, Sir Edward Boyse, Sir Iohn Sydley, Sir
Humphrey Tufton, Sir Basil Dizwell, Sir Edward Scot, Sir
Henry Heyman, Knight and Baronet, Sir Henry Vane Junior,
Sir Edward Hales, Sir George Sands, Sir Iohn Honywood, Sir
William Brook, Sir Michael Lewcey, Tho. Silliard, Iohn Boys
Senior, Augustine Skinner, Richard Lee, Thomas Blunt,
For the Citie of Rochester, The Major for the time being,
Richard Lee, Esquire.
For the Citie and County of Canterbury, The Major for the
time being, Sir William Master, Sir William Man, Knights,
Thomas Coulthorpe Esquire, Avery Savine Alderman.
For Kingston super Hull, Sir Iohn Hotham Knight and
Baronet, Iohn Hotham Esquire, Thomas Raykes Major, Launcelet
Roper, Iohn Bernard, Ioshua Hall, Nicholas Denman, William
For the County of Lancaster, Sir Ralph Ashton, Sir Thomas
Stanley, Baronets, Ralph Ashton, Richard Shuttleworth,
Alexander Rigby, Iohn Moore, Richard Holland, Edward Butterworth, Iohn Bradshaw, Peter Egerton, George Dodding, Nicholas
Cunliff, Thomas Fell, Esquires.
County of Leicester.
For the County of Leicester, Henry Lord Grey of Ruthen,
Thomas Lord Gray, Sir Arthur Haslerigg Baronet, Sir Edward
Hartopp, Sir Thomas Harcopp, Wil. Hewit, Iohn Bembridge, Peter Temple, George Ashby, William Roberts, Richard
Bent, Arthur Staveley, William Danvers, Iohn Goodwyn,
Town of Leicester.
For the Towne of Leicester, the Major for the time being,
William Stanley, Alderman.
For the County of Lincoln, Sir Iohn Wrey, Sir Edward
Ascough, Sir Samuel Ofield, Knights, Iohn Wray, Willoughby
Hickman, Edmond Hichcott, Edmond Anderson, Edward
Rossister, Henry Massingburgh, Iohn Broxholm, Esquires.
For Kestaven parts, Sir William Armyn, Sir Hamond
Whitchcott, Sir Iohn Brownlow, Sir Thomas Trollop, Thomas
Grantham, Thomas Lister, Iohn Archer, Esquires.
For the City of Lincoln, and the Close of Lincoln, The Major
for the time being, Thomas Grantham, Iohn Broxholm, Esquires,
Robert Moorcroft, William Watson, Steven Dawson, Aldermen.
For the County of Middlesex, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Iohn
Franklyn, Sir Edward Barkham, Sir Iohn Hippesley, Sir
William Roberts, Sir Richard Sprignall, Laurence Whittaker,
Thomas Wilcox, Iohn Morris, Richard Downton, Esquires.
For the County of Monmouth,
For the County of Norfolk, Sir Thomas Woodhouse, Sir
Iohn Holland, Sir Iohn Potts, Sir Iohn Hubert, Sir Miles
Hubert, Sir Thomas Huggen, John Cook, John Spelman.
Philip Beddingfield, Samuel Smith, The Sheriffes of Norwich,
The Bayliffs for Yarmouth, Master Toll, and Master Percivall of
Lyn, Thomas Windham, Francis Iermy, Robert Wood, Gregory
Gawsell, John Haughton, Thomas Weld, Martyn Sedley,
Thomas Sotherton, William Heveningham, William Cooke,
Robert Rich, Brigg Fountain, Esquires, Sir Edmond Mountford,
Sir Richard Berney, Baronets, Sir Isaac Ashley, Sir John
County of Northampton.
For the County of Northampton, Sir Rowland Saint-Iohn,
Knight of the Bath, Sir Iohn Norwich, Sir Gilbert Pickering,
Baronet, Sir Richard Samuel, Knight, Iohn Crue, John Barnard,
Edward Harbey, John Sawyer, Edward Farmer, John Norton,
John Chappole, Esquires, Sir John Draydon, Richard Knightly,
Town of Northampton.
For the Town of Northampton, The Mayor for the time being,
Thomas Martin, John. Fisher, Aldermen.
For the Town and County of Newcastle,
For the County of Northumberland, Sir John Fenwick
Baronet, John Dallevell Knight, Thomas Middleton, William
Shafto, Michael Weldon, Henry Ogle, Esquires.
For Newcastle upon Tyne, Henry Warmouth, Ralph Gray,
Henry Lawson, John Blackston, Esquires.
For Barwick upon Tweed, John Steigh Major, Sir Robert
Jackson Knight, Ralph Salkeld, Esquire.
For the County of Nottingham, Francis Pierpoint, Esquire;
Sir Francis Thornhagh, Knight; Francis Thornhagh, Joseph
Widmerpole, Robert Reynes, Gilbert Millington, Thomas
Hutchinson, Esquires; Sir Francis Molinoux, Charles White,
Henry Ireton, Esquires.
Town of Nott.
For the Towne of Nott. The Major for the time being, Francis
Chadwick, Esquire, Huntington Plumtree, Doctor in Physick,
John James, Alderman; John Gregory, Gent.
For the County of Oxon.
For the County of Rutland, Sir Edward Harrington, Knight,
Evers Armyne, Robert Horseman, John Osborne, Christopher
Browne, Robert Horseman junior, Thomas Wayte, Esquires.
For the County of Suffolk, Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston, Sir
William Spring, Baronet; Sir Roger North, Sir Thomas Barnardiston, Knights; William Heveningham, Nathaniel Bacon of
Freeston, Nicholas Bacon, Henry North, Robert Brewster, Francis
Bacon, Theophilus Vaugham of Beckles, William Cage, John
Gurdon, Edmond Harvey, John Basse, Esquires.
The Bailiffes of the Towne of Ipswich, John Sicklemer, Richard
Puplet, John Aldus, Gentlemen.
St. Edmonds Bury.
For Saint Edmonds Bury, Master Samuel Moody, Master
Thomas Cole, Master Chaplyn. The Bayliffes of the Towne of
For the County of Surrey, for the West Division, Sir Richard
Onslowe, Sir William Elliot, Sir Robert Parkhurst, Knights;
Nicholas Stawton, George Evelin of Wotton, Henry Weston,
Arthur Onslowe, Esquires.
Middle Division of Surrey.
For the middle division, Sir Ambrose Browne, Sir Anthony
Vincent, Sir John Dingley, Sir Matthew Brand, Knights; Francis
Drake, Thomas Sands, George Myn, William Mauschampe,
East Division of Surrey.
For the East division, Sir John Howland, Knight, John
Goodwyn, Esquire; Master Vaughan, Master Cornelius Cooke,
For the County of Sussex, Sir Thomas Pelham, Baronet;
Anthony Staple, Harbert Morley, Thomas Whitfield, John
Baker, Herbert Hay, Equires, Ralph Cooper, Hall Ravenscroft,
Edward Apsley, John Downes William Carolp, George Oglander,
George Simpson, James Bacheler, Gentlemen.
For the County of Sommerset, Sir John Horner, Sir Thomas
Wroth, Sir George Farwell, Knights; Christopher Walker,
William Strode, Richard Cole, John Harrington, John Hippisley,
William Long, John Preston, Henry Henley, Henry Sampford,
John Pyre, James Ashe, Esquires. Roger Hill, George Searle,
Jesper Chaplyn, Gentlemen; William Capell, William Bull,
Robert Harbin, John Hunt, Alexander Popham, Esquires.
For the County of Salop, Sir John Corbet, William Perepoint,
Richard Moore, Thomas Mytton, Walter Barker, Thomas
Nichols, Robert Corbet of Stannerden, Humphrey Mackworth,
Andrew Lloyde of Aston, Lancelot Lee, Esquires.
For the Citie of Lichfield, the Bailiffes for the time being, the
Sheriff for the time being, Richard Brasgate, Richard Baxter,
Thomas Burns, Gentlemen; Michael Noble, Esquire.
For the County of Stafford, Sir Richard Sceffington, Richard
Pyot, Mich. Bidolphe, Edward Manwaring, Matthew Morton,
John Birch, Philip Rudyard, Michael Low, Edw. Leigh, Esquires;
Sir Walter Wrotesley, Sir Edward Littleton, Baronets.
For the County of Warwick, and Citie of Coventry the Major
for the time being.
Of the City of Coventry, Sir Peter Wentworth, Master John
Hales, Master Godfrey Boswell, Master John Barker, Master
William Purefoye, Master Anthony Staughton, Master George
Abbot, M. Thomas Bonghton, M. William Colmore, M. Thomas
Basnet, M. William Jesson, M. Gamaliel Purefroy, Thomas
For the County of Wilts, Sir Edward Hungerford, Sir Edward
Bainton, Sir Nevill Poole, Sir John Evelyn, Knights; Edward
Bainton, Edward Tucker, Edward Goddard, Alexander Thistlewhaite junior, Edward Poole, Thomas Moore, Edward Ash,
Robert Jennor, Esquires.
For the County of Westmerland, Sir Henry Bellingham,
Knight and Baronet; George Gilpin, Edward Wilson, Nicholas
Fisher, Thomas Sleddall, Rowland Dawson, Allen Bellingham,
Esquires; Roger Bateman, Richard Branthwaite, Robert
Philipson, Gervase Benson, Gentlemen.
County of Worcester.
For the County of Worcester, Serjeant Wilde, Humphrey
Salway, Edward Dingley, Edward Dingley, Edward Pytt, Thomas
Greves, William Jeffereyes, Ambrose Elton, Serjeant Creswell,
City of Worcester.
For the Citie of Worcester, Henry Ford, Esquires, Major:
Robert Seaborn, Henry Philips, Aldermen: John Rea.
Meetings of Committees
Which said severall Committees of the said severall and
respective Counties and Places, or the greatest part of them
shall with all convenient speed after notice of this Ordinance
given to them or any of them meet together within the said
severall Counties and places respectively where they are Committees, in some convenient place within the same Counties or
places, and may there agree to sever and divide themselves for
the execution of the said service into such Hundreds, Places
and Divisions within their respective Counties and Places, as
to them shall seem meet and expedient.
Inquiry as to persons who have not contributed on the propositions.; Collectors.; Power to levy by distress.
And afterwards the said Committees, or any two of them
respectively shall direct their Warrants to such number of
persons, as they shall thinke fit within their severall and
respective Divisions, to appeare before them, or any two of them,
and upon their appearance, the said respective Committees or
any two of them shall nominate and appoint such persons as
they shall thinke fit within their respective Divisions, which
said persons so nominated or any two of them shall respectively
have power to inquire by the best means of any that shall
remaine or be within such respective Divisions that have not contributed, or lent upon the propositions of both Houses of Parliament, for raising Money, Plate, Horse, Horsmen and Armes for
the defence of the King, Kingdome and Parliament, or shall not
contribute or lend according to their abilities aforesaid, within
ten dayes after such persons are named for the Parishes or
places where they shall inhabit, & also of such as are able, &
have contributed or lent, yet not according to their abilities and
estates; And the persons so nominated to make enquiry as
aforesaid, or any two of them within their severall and respective
limits, shall have power to assesse such person and persons as
are of ability, and have not contributed or lent, and also such
other able persons as have contributed and lent, yet not according
to their abilities, to pay such sum or sums of money to the uses
aforesaid according to their Estates in Lands & Goods as the
said respective Assessors or any two of them shall respectively
thinke fit and reasonable, so as for their Lands they bee not
rated above the fift part of their yeerly Revenue, and for their
goods and chattels, and personall estate, not above the twentieth
part of the value of them. And it is further ordained, that the
said respective Committees, or any two of them shall have full
power and authority within their severall and respective Divisions, where they shall execute this Ordinance, to nominate
Collectors for the money so assessed and rated, as aforesaid,
according to this Ordinance, who shall collect the said moneys
so assessed, and pay the same to the Treasurers for receiving
of Money, and Plate at Guild-Hall London, before the foure and
twentieth day of Iune, 1643. And if any person or persons
shall refuse to pay the moneys assessed upon him or them, or
shall not pay the same upon demand made at the place where
such person shall be assessed, It shall be lawfull to and for the
respective Collectors, or any of them to leavy all and every
such sum or sums so assessed by way of distresse, and sale of the
goods of the person or persons so assessed, and refusing wheresoever the same shall bee found, and to breake open any House,
where any such goods are.
Trained Bands and Volunteers to assist Collectors.; Tenant distrained on may deduct sum from rent.; Collectors' powers where no sufficient distress.
And if any person so distrained, or other shall make resistance,
it shall be lawfull to and for the said respective Collectors, or any
of them as they shall see cause, to call to their assistance any
of the Trained Bands, or Companies of Voluntiers, or other
forces of or within the County or Counties, place or places
where such resistance shall be made, or any other person or
persons whatsoever, dwelling in or neere the place, And the
Trained Bands Voluntiers, or Forces, or other persons so to be
called, are hereby required to be aiding, and assisting to the said
respective Collectors in the premisses, as they will answer the
contrary thereof. And if any under-tenant shall be distrained
for any sum to be assessed by vertue of this Ordinance, which
the Land-lord ought to pay according to the purport and true
meaning hereof, Then it shall be lawfull for such Tenant to
deduct such sum out of the next payment of his Rent, and
this Ordinance shall be his discharge. And if no sufficient
distresse be found, then the said Collectors respectively shall
have power to inquire of any summe or summes of money due, or
to bee due unto the persons respectively so assessed as aforesaid,
from any person or persons, for any Rents, Tithes, Goods or
Debts, or for any other thing or cause whatsoever. And to
compound any of the said Rents, Tithes, Goods or Debts due
unto the said person so assessed respectively as aforesaid, with
any person or persons, by whom the said Rents, Tithes, Goods,
or Debts, are or shall be owing: as also to give full and ample
discharge for the money by them so received upon Composition
or otherwise, which discharge shall be good and effectuall to all
intents and purposes.
Remedy for persons aggrieved.
And be it further Ordained, that if any person or persons
shall find themselves aggrieved, that he or they are, or is overrated, such person or persons at any time before distresse taken
of his or their goods (hee or they then paying the one moity of
what he or they shall be assessed at to the Collectors for the
place or places where such person or persons shall bee assessed)
may complaine to the respective-Committees, who have executed this Ordinance within the division or limit, where any
such person or persons over-rated shall inhabit, which said
respective Committees, or any two of them shall have power
upon examination, to releeve such person or persons if they shall
Collectors to have 2d. in the £.
And for the better incouragement of the Collectors in the said
service; It is ordained, That the said respective Collectors shall
have for the money to be Collected by them, which they shall pay
into the said Treasurers at Guild-hall London, two pence in the
pound, for every sum by them, or any of them, paid in there
according to this Ordinance, which said allowance the treasurers
aforesaid, are hereby Authorized to make accordingly.
Assessors to make returns.
And to the end all the moneys aforesaid may be duly collected,
Be it further Ordained, that the severall and respective Assessors
within the Kingdome of England, and Dominion of Wales, shall
within one weeke next after their respective Assessements made,
returne their severall Assessements unto the respective Committees aforesaid for the respective divisions or limits where the
said Assessements shall be made, who or any two of them are
hereby respectively required within ten dayes after the respective
returns of such severall Assessements to deliver a Copie thereof.
subscribed with their or two of their hands, to the severall
Collectors, within their said respective Divisions or Limits. And
also within the like ten dayes to send up another Copie thereof
to the said Treasurers in Guild-Hall London, to the end the said
Treasurers may thereby know what they are to receive of every
Parish and place within this Kingdom of England, and Dominion
Punishment of negligent Assessors.
And if any Assessor or Collector nominated as aforesaid shall
be negligent or faulty in the said service, The said Committees
for the Division or limit where such Assessor shall so be negligent
or faulty, or any two of them shall have power to commit such
Assessor or Collector to prison, and to set such fine upon him
as they shall thinke fit, not exceeding the summe of one hundred
pounds, the same to be leavied by distresse, and sale of the
offenders goods to the uses herein mentioned, in such sort, as
is herein before appointed, for such as refuse to pay the Rates
assessed upon them; And shall have power to nominate other
Assessors and Collectors in their rooms, and shall also certifie the
said Offence to the Lords and Commons in Parliament.
Acquittances to persons paying voluntarily.
And it is further Ordained, that if any person or persons so
assessed as aforesaid, shall within ten dayes next after the
Assessement made, & demand thereof made, or notice left in
writing, at his or their usuall place of residence or aboad, of the
sum so assessed, voluntarily pay the sum on such person or
persons so assessed, to the Collector or Collectors, for the place
where he or they shal be assessed without being distrained for the
same, Then the said Collector or Collectors shall give such
person or persons, an Acquittance for such sum & sums of
money, and the same shall be repaid upon the publick faith, in
such sort as moneys let upon the Propositions aforesaid are to
Where goods concealed.
And if any person or persons so assessed and rated as aforesaid, shall conceale or convey away his or their goods, so that no
distresse can be taken, or that the said summe or summes so
assessed upon him, cannot be had or levied by any the wayes
or meanes in this Ordinance mentioned, then the said Collectors
shal respectively certifie the same to the Committee of the
Commons house in Parliament for Examinations, who shall
hereby have power to send for such person or persons as Delinquents, and to commit him or them prisoners to such place or
places within this Kingdome, and for so long time as the said Committee shall by the said Ordinance appoint. Provided also, that
where any former Ordinance of both houses of Parliament, hath
beene made for the taxing and assessing of any Countie, Citie, or
place, according to the Tenor or effect of this present Ordinance;
Which former Ordinance is, by the Committees therein named,
executed in part, and not wholly; That there the Committees
appointed by such former Ordinance shall proceed in the full,
and through execution of the same former Ordinance, and that
this present Ordinance shall not be there executed.
Persons rated in London, etc., under Ordinance of 29 Nov. 1642, not to be rated elsewhere.
Provided alwayes, and be it further Ordained, that such which
have beene rated and Assessed in London, VVestminster, South
warke, or the Suburbs of London or VVestminster, by vertue of
an Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Parliament of the
twenty-ninth of November last past, and have paid their
Assesments, or their said assesments fully satisfied by distresse,
shall not again be rated in any other place by vertue hereof.
Indemnity to Assessors and Collectors.
And be it lastly ordained, That all and every the Assessors
and Collectors aforesaid, and all that shall assist them in the
premisses, shall be protected by both Houses of Parliament, from
all damage that may come to them, or any of them by this
service: And shall further receive such allowances for their
pains and charges in the execution of the premisses, as the
Committee of Lords and Commons for advance of moneys, and
other necessaries for the Army raised by the Parliament shall
limit and appoint.
Provided also, That no person shall be rated or assessed by
force of this Ordinance, who is not truely worth ten pounds, per
annum, in Lands or other yeerly profits, or worth one hundred
pounds in goods, or personall estate at the time of such
Where no Committees.
Lastly, be it ordained, That where no Committees are by this
Ordinance named, for any County, City, or place, That such
other Committees as shall be hereafter nominated by both
Houses of Parliament, or any two of such Committees, shall and
may put this Ordinance into execution, within any such County,
City, or Place, in such manner and forme as the Committees
herein named, or any two of them may, according to the purport
and true meaning thereof.
Conveyances not to be taken away.
Provided that no Evidences, or Conveyances, or writings concerning Lands of any person or persons whatsoever shall be
distreined, or taken away by vertue of this Ordinance, or any
thing herein contained.
Members of both Houses not to be rated hereunder.
Provided always that no Member of either of the Houses of
Parliament, or any assistant of the House of Peers shall be
rated, assessed, taxed, distreined, or otherwise molested, by vertue,
or reason of this Ordinance, or any thing herein contained
in any wise. But that the Members of either House shall be
assessed by that House whereof they are Members, and the
assistants of the Peers, by the Peers, by the House of Peers.