[10 June, 1645.]
Whereas the County of Southampton hath been and is miserably oppressed, not only by the Enemies Armies, but by their
Garisons there, and in the adjacent Counties;
Power to Committee for Southampton to execute former Ords. for levying moneys.; To appoint Collectors and Treasurers.
Be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons in this present
Parliament assembled, That the Committee hereafter named, or
any five or more of them, and no other, are hereby Authorized
to put in execution the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament,
for Sequestring the Estates of Papists and Delinquents in the
County of Southampton, the Ordinance for raising the Fifth and
Twentieth parts and all other Ordinances of Parliament, not yet
executed, for the Raising and Leavying of Money in the said
County, and are to have as full and ample power as any of the Committees in any of the aforenamed Ordinances had thereby for the
raising thereof, by vertue of any of the said Ordinances. And
the said Committee to be nominated by vertue of this present
Ordinance or any five of them, shall nominate and appoint
Collectors for the said Moneys, and a sufficient Treasurer or
Treasurers for the receipt of the said Money from the Collectors;
and have also power hereby to call to an Accompt all Collectors,
Treasurers or others of the said County, that have or shall be
thought to have any Moneys in their hands Raised or Leavyed by
any of the Ordinances aforesaid, and to cause the Money in their
hands to be paid to such Treasurer or Treasurers of the said
County, as shall be nominated by vertue of this present Ordinance.
Penalty for Collectors and others making default.
And if any the said Collectors, Treasurers or others, shall
refuse to accompt or to pay in such Moneys which shall appear
before the said Committee, or any five of them, by the Testimony
of two sufficient Witnesses, or by the parties own confession, or
by any other sufficient proof so appearing, to remain in his or
their hands; Then the said Committee or any five of them, shall
and are hereby Authorized to grant a Warrant or Warrants to
distrain for the same: And at the end of three days after such
distress taken, to sell the same for the payment thereof, and to
return the overplus to such person or persons distrained as afore
Power to fortify places, raise Forces, etc., for reduction of County.
Be it also further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
for the relieving and more speedy reducing the said County, the
Committee hereafter named, or any five or more of them, whereof
three to be Members of Parliament, shall have power to Fortifie
any Place or Houses in the said County, and to raise and regulate
the Forces of that County both Horse and Foot, according to
the commands of Parliament, or Committee of both Kingdoms;
and to nominate and appoint Commanders over the said Forces
both of Horse and Foot, who upon their recommendation, or any
five of them, whereof three to be Members of Parliament, to the
Members of both Houses of the Committee of both Kingdoms, are
to have from them, or any five of them, Commissions for the said
Commanders, the said Members of both Houses of the said Committee of both Kingdoms being hereby Authorized for their
To press soldiers.; Penalty or such as refuse to be imprest.
And it is also hereby further Ordained, That the said Committee or any two or more of them, shall and are hereby
authorized and injoyned to Raise, Leavy and Imprest in the said
County, such a number of Soldiers as shall be necessary for the
service aforementioned, and to command all Constables and other
Officers, to be Ayding and Assisting them in the said Service of
Impresting; and if any person or persons shall wilfully refuse
so to be Imprest for the said Service, that then it shall and may
be lawful to and for the said persons so Authorised as aforesaid,
to commit them to Prison until they shall yield obedience, or pay
the sum of five pounds to the said Committee for the supply of
the said service.
Persons exempted from being pressed.
Provided always, That this Ordinance shall not extend to the
pressing of any Clergymen, Scholar or Student in any the Universities, Inns of Court or Chancery, or House of Law, or any
the Trained-Bands in the County, or of any person rated in the
last Subsidies granted by Parliament, or the son of any person
rated at five pounds goods, or three pounds Lands in the Subsidy
Books, or of any person of the rank or degree of an Esquire or
upwards, or the son of any such person, or the son of the Widow
of any such person, or to the pressing of any person under the
age of eighteen, or above the age of fifty, or of the Members or
Officers of either Houses of Parliament, or of the menial servants
of the Peers of the Kingdom, or Officers of either of the said
Houses, or any the Assistants or Attendants of the Lords House,
or any of their menial servants, or any the Inhabitants of the Isle
of Wight or Cinque Ports, or of any Mariner, Seaman, Waterman or Fisherman, or any Officer imployed in the Office of
Excize, or in the Office of Customs for Tunnage and Poundage.
Power to Committee to tax County, not exceeding £600 weekly.
And for the purposes aforesaid, It is Ordained, That the said
Committees or any five or more of them, whereof three to be
Members of Parliament, shall have hereby full power and
authority to Tax and Assesse the said County what they in their
discretion shall think fit, so that it exceed not the sum of Six
hundred pounds by the Week, and to constitute and appoint
Assessors, Collectors and Treasurers for the Assessing, Leavying
and Receiving of the sum Assessed, and shall have full power
and Authority to compel the payment thereof, and punish the
several Assessors, Treasurers, Collectors and other Officers
neglecting their duty therein either by Fine or Imprisonment,
so the Fine exceed not the sum of Ten pounds, nor the Imprisonment the time of two Moneths.
Moneys, how to be used.
And be it further Ordained. That the several sums of Money
raised in the said County by this present Ordinance, or by vertue
of any of the forementioned Ordinances, shall be issued out for
the purposes aforesaid, and for payment of the Debts of the
County contracted for the service of the Parliament, by Warrant
of the said Committee, or any five of them, whereof three to be
Members of Parliament.
Committees for execution of Ord.
And be it Ordained, That the persons hereafter named and no
other, shall be Committees to put in execution this present Ordinance (viz.) Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, and
William Earl of Salisbury, Sir Henry Worsley and Sir William
Lewis Baronets, Sir William Uvedal, Sir Thomas Iervoise, Sir
Ihon Evelin, Sir William Waller, Sir Henry Mildmay and Sir
Ihon Compton, Knights, Robert Wallop, Richard Whitehead,
Richard Norton of Southwick, William Iepson, Edward Dodington, Richard Iervoise, Iohn Lisle, Iohn Button, Edward Hooper,
Iohn Bulkley, Iohn Kemp, Iohn Saint Barbe, Iohn Hook,
Richard Major, Nicholas Love, William Pit, Iohn Wouldridge,
Edward Douse, Henry Campion, Iohn Fielder, Thomas Bettesworth of Chidden. Francis Rivet, William Ball, William
Wither, Thomas Cole, Henry Bromfield, Iames Tut, Richard
Moor and Thomas Creswel of Heckfield, Esquires, Robert Knapton, Alexander Wilson, William Woulgrave, Iohn Hildesly,
Thomas Dowse of Elden, William Goor, Thomas Gale and Iohn
Eliot, Gentlemen Moor Faunticroy, George Gallop and Edward
No Soldier to be Collector or Treasurer.
Provided always, That no Soldier be any Collector or Treasurer
of any Moneys within the said County, without special Warrant.
And be it so provided, That no free quarter be taken in that
County but by Order from the Committee or five of them; and if
that upon any necessity free quarter be taken either by Horse
or Foot raised or maintain as aforesaid, upon complaint, the
said Committee or any five of them, shall have power to give
satisfaction to the party agrieved there, and shall conduct a reasonable Allowance for the same out of the pay of the Officers and
Soldiers taking the same as aforesaid.
Isle of Wight expected.
And be it lastly Provided, That this Ordinance nor any clause
therein contained shall extend to the Isle Wight.