[31 October 1643.]
Sick and maimed Soldiers, and Widows and Orphans of those slain in Parliament's service to be provided for during six months.; Money to be raised for the purpose.
The Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament, being
desirous to use their utmost care for the reliefe and maintenance
of the sicke and maimed Souldiers of the Parliaments Army, and
to provide for the sustenance of poore Widows and children of
such Souldiers as have been slaine in the Service of the Parliament, doe hereby Ordaine, and be it Ordained by the said Lords
and Commons, That all such poore Souldiers as have either
passed the Chyrurgions hand, or shall lye under cure, and by
the losse of any member, or other maime in the Service of the
Parliament, are or shall not be able to maintaine themselves
during the time of such inability, and all such sicke and wounded
Souldiers, as are or shall be sent sick or wounded from the said
Army, during the time of such sicknesse and disability for
service; And all poore Widowes and children of such Souldiers
as have beene slaine in the aforesaid Service, and are not able
of themselves to subsist during the time of such poverty, shall
for the space of six moneths to begin from the first of November
next, be provided for, and maintained in manner as is by this
present Ordinance, Provided Ordered, and appointed: For
which purpose the said Lords and Commons doe Ordaine, that
the severall sums of Money ensuing shall be rated and levyed
upon the severall counties following, (viz.)
Counties to be rated and in what proportion.
Upon the County of Berks, one hundred and twenty pounds.
Upon the County of Bedford, one hundred pounds. Upon the
County of Bucks, one hundred and twenty pounds. Upon the
Counnty of Cambridge, and the Isle of Ely, one hundred and
twenty pounds. Upon the County of Essex, three hundred
pounds. Upon the County of Hertford, one hundred and twenty
pounds. Upon the County of Huntingdon, eighty pounds.
Upon the County of Hampshire, two hundred pounds. Upon
the County of Kent, three hundred pounds. Upon the County of
Middlesex, one hundred and twenty five pounds. Upon the County
of Northampton, two hundred pounds. Upon the County of
Norfolk and City of Norwich, three hundred pounds. Upon the
County of Suffolke, three hundred pounds. Upon the County of
Sussex, two hundred and fifty pounds. Upon the County of Surry,
with the Burrough of Southwarke, one hundred forty five pounds.
The Cities of London and Westminster, within the Suburbs, one
thousand two hundred pounds.
High Constables to meet to proportion sums.; and issue Warrants for collecting same.; Distress of goods on refusal to pay.; Names of persons that refuse to pay to be certified to Treasurer.
For the rating, levying, and collecting whereof, Be it Ordained
by the said Lords and Commons that all and every the High
Constables of the severall Counties aforesaid, shall upon the first
notice hereof, meet together, and divide the sums set upon the
severall Counties, and upon the severall Hundreds, in such Proportion as they were rated upon the first payment of the Subsidie
of foure hundred thousand pounds. And after the division of
the said sum in the severall Hundreds, then the particular High
Constables of every Hundred respectively shall be hereby
Authorized and required, forthwith to issue out their Warrants
and Precepts to the Petty Constables of the Towns, Parishes, and
Hamlets within their respective Hundreds and divisions, and also
to such other persons as the said High Constables shall thinke
fit to employ as Assistants therein, for the levying and collecting
such sums of Money as by the High Constables of each Hundred
or division, or such as they shall appoint, shall be proportioned
and rated upon the severall Inhabitants of each Parish, Towne
or Hamlet, within their respective Hundred or division, and in
case of refusall or neglect of any person or persons so rated to
pay the same, to Authorize the said Petty Constables, and the
said other persons to be appointed as Assistants therein, to distraine the Goods and Chattels of such person so refusing or
neglecting as aforesaid, and to sell the same for the service and
purposes aforesaid and that for the Cities of London and Westminster, and Suburbs thereof, the Committee for the Militia doo
likewise upon notice hereof Issue forth their Warrants and Precepts to the Churchwardens of the severall Parishes within the
said Cities and Suburbs, and such others as they shall thinke fit
for the rating, levying, and collecting such sums of Money as
they shall proportion to be rated and collected upon the severall
Parishes within the said Cities of London and Westminster, and
the Suburbs thereof, and in case of refusall or neglect as abovesaid, the like course to be taken by way of distresse, is in afore
directed for the severall Counties, And also that the said High
Constables and Church-wardens doe certifie the names of all such
persons so refusing or neglecting, to the Treasurers hereafter
named, who are to signify the same to the Committee of the
House of Commons for maimed Souldiers, to the end such persons
may be proceeded against according to Justice.
Moneys by whom to be received and where returned.; Treasurers' Names.
And it is also Ordained, that the high Constables of the
severall Counties shall receive the moneys so levyed and collected
within their respective Hundred and divisions, and upon receipt
thereof shall within three weekes next after the receipt of this
Ordinance bring the said moneys, or cause the same to be brought
to Cord-Wainers-Hall, in London; And the Church-wardens of
the severall Parishes within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Suburbs, are to receive the moneys levyed upon
their respective Parishes, and within fourteen dayes to make
returne thereof to Cord-Wainers-Hall in London as aforesaid:
at which place of receipt, William Greenehill, John Pocock, John
Randall and Richard Hutchinson, Citizens of London, or some
of them, are hereby appointed to receive the same every Tuesday,
and Friday, and to be Treasurers for the same, and to give receipts and discharges for the same under their, or some of their
Moneys how to be disposed.
And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons
that the money so levyed, and received by the said Treasurers as
aforesaid shall be by them or any two of them, disposed of for
the best advantage, and for the uses and purposes aforesaid, so
that not above foure shillings be allowed weekly to any such
maimed, wounded, diseased, or Sicke Souldier or poore family as
Agents.; Their Office.
And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons
that for the better executing of this Ordinance, Nathaniel
Wyburne and Roger Bincks Gent or such others as the said
Treasurers shall appoint, shall be employed as Agents into the
said severall Counties, to give notice hereof to the said severall
high Constables, and to certifie the Committee of the House of
Commons, for maimed Souldiers, of any obstruction or neglect
that shall be or arise in any person or persons, to hinder the
execution of this Ordinance, and who causeth the same, and to
doe and performe such other service in the pursuance hereof, as
to the said Committee, or to the Treasurers aforesaid, shall be
conceived requisite for the due execution of this Ordinance.
Allowance to Treasurers and Agents.
And it is lastly Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that
the said Treasurers and Agents from time to time shall receive
such allowance for their paines and charges in the executing of
this present Ordinance, as by the said Committee of the house of
Commons shall be allowed and appointed, by which Committee
the said Treasurers shall be from time to time directed, and shall
yeild an accompt unto them, when the same shall be required.
Provided alwayes, that where any Captaine under whose command any such sicke or maimed Souldiers is, or hath beene listed
shall receive pay for any such sicke or maimed Souldiers, that notwithstanding the allowance before mentioned to any such sicke or
maimed Souldier, the said Captaine that shall receive such allowance, shall pay and allow the same to the said Souldier.