AN ORDINANCE OE THE Lords and Commons Assembled in PARLIAMENT: For the inabling of Sr. William Brereton Baronet, one of the Members of the House of Com­mons, speedily to put in Execution the Ordinances for the Sequestration of the Estates of Papists and Delinquents, the Fifth, and Twentieth Part, Weekly Assessement; and all other Ordinances of Parliament, within the County of Chester, and County and City of Chester: And to take Subscriptions for the better supply and main­tenance of the Forces under his Command, for security of the said Places, and preventing the Accesse of the Irish Forces into those Parts.

Also allowing unto the said Sir William Brereton the per­sonall Estates of all Papists and Delinquents, in and about London, and within 20. miles thereof, as are not yet sequestred, or discovered for the Service aforesaid.

Die Martis 26. Martii. 1644.

ORdered by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, that this Ordinance be forthwith printed and published.

Joh. Browne, Cler. Parliament.

Printed for JOHN WRIGHT in the Old-Baily, March 29. 1644.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE LORDS and COMMONS in PARLLIAMENT: To inable Sir William Brereton Baronet, one of the Members of the House of Commons, to execute the severall Ordinances of Parliament, for Advance of Money within the County of Chester, and County and City of Chester, and to take Subscriptions for the better Sup­ply and Maintenance of the Forces under his Command, for the security of the said Places, and for prevention of the Accesse of the Irish Forces into those Parts.

THE Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament taking into their serious Consideration the present condition of the County of Chester, and of the County and City of Chester, and the Parts adja­cent; and the dammage which hath already hap­pened, and may still accrue to this Kingdom, by the frequent Accesse of the Irish Forces into the said Place, (by meanes of the Haven of Chester being yet within the enemies power) joyning themselves with such Delinquents and Papists as are now in Armes in those Parts against the Parliament; have thought fit that course be timely taken for prevention of further mischiefs, by landing of more Irish Forces in those Parts. And therefore that they might speedily reduce the said County and City of Chester, and Places aforesaid, to their due obedience to the King and Parliament, have thought it necessary, that competent Supplies and Provisions be had [Page 2]and established, as well for the Discharge and paiment of such Arreares as are already due and owing to the Officers and Souldiers imployed in the service aforesaid, as for their future maintenance and allowance du­ring such time as their service shall be requisite. To which end and purpose the said Lords and Commons having had good experience, and being fully assured of the Fidelity and Resolution of Sir William B [...]ereton Baronet, one of the Members of the House of Commons, and of the forwardnesse and good affections of the Deputy-Lieute­nants, Commanders, and Inhabitants of the said County of Chester, have ordained, and be it ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Sir William Brereton shall have full Power and Authority, to take the Subscriptions of all such persons, as will voluntarily lend or contribute any summe or summes of Money towards the Supplies and Provisions aforesaid, and for other necessaries for the advancement of the said Service: Which sums of Mony to be subscribed as aforesaid, the said Sir William Brereton, and his Assignes, shall and may receive and imploy for the Service aforesaid, and give Notes or Acquittances for the severall sums so received; which said Notes or Acquittances shall be a sufficient Specialty and Evidence for the severall persons that shall lend or contribute any Money as aforesaid, to demand repaiment there­of, with such increase as shall be agreed upon, so as the same shall not exceed eight pounds per centum. And for the better inabling the said Sir William Brereton to make repaiment of such Moneyes as shall bee lent for the said purposes, and to performe such Conditions and Agree­ments as the severall Subscribers and Lenders shall agree unto as afore­said; and for the maintenance and supplies of the said Forces, and fur­ther advancement of the aforesaid Service. Be it further ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Sir William Brereton, to­gether with the Deputy-Lieutenants, and Committees of the laid County of Chester, and the County of the Citie of Chester, or any two, or more of them, shall have full power and authority to put in Execution, within the said County of Chester, and the County of the Citie of Chester, (when the same shall bee reduced) the severall Ordi­nances of this present Parliament hereafter mentioned: That is to say, The Ordinances for sequestration of Malignants, Delinquents, and Pa­pists Estates. The Ordinance for the levying of Moneyes by way of Excise, or New Impost. The Ordinance for the raising of money, by taxing such as have not at all contributed, or not according to their [Page 3]Estates. The Ordinance for the Weekly Assessements, and all other Ordinances made this present Parliament, for advance of Money through the Whole Kingdome and Dominion of Wales, for the Ser­vice of the King and Parliament, so farre forth as they, or any of them, have not beene already fully executed within the Pla­ces aforesaid: And to take care for the full and due Execution of the said Ordinances according to the Tenour and true meaning of the same, respectively. And for the more speedie raising of Moneys for the repayment of such Summes as shall be brought in by Subscriptions, as aforesaid, and towards the satisfaction of such Officers and Souldiers as are or shall be in Arreare of their just pay and allowance, and for whom there shall not be present Pay and Provision allowed: Be it Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that the said Sir William Brereton, together with such Deputy Lievtenants and Committees as aforesaid, shall have hereby full power and authority to set and let the Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments, of all Papists and Delinquents which are or shall be seized and sequestred according to the Ordinance of Parliament for sequestration, within the said County of Chester, and Countie and Citie of Chester, or either of them from year to year, or by Lease or Leases for the intents and purposes aforesaid, so long as the said Sequestration shall continue. And in case the Lenders or Sub­scribers shall not receive full satisfaction of their principall money to be lent or subscribed as aforesaid, with the interest thereof, out of the Estates of Papists and Delinquents, as aforesaid, or by such other means as is hereby provided as aforesaid, That theu the said Lenders, and Subscribers, and every of them, shall have the publique faith of the Kingdome for the payment of such Summe and Summes of Mo­ney as shall bee due unto them. And whereas the said County of the Citie of Chester, is wholly subjected to the power and tyranny of the Forces raised against the Parliament, by reason whereof no Commis­sioners or other Officers could as yet put in execution any of the said Ordinances of Parliament: And whereas some persons formerly ap­pointed by authority of the Parliament to be Commissioners and Of­ficers within the said County of Chester, and County of the Citie of Chester, to execute the Ordinances aforesaid, for the service of the Par­liament, have since neglected and deserted the same, and manifested their disaffections thereunto. Be it therefore ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that for the supply thereof the said Sir William Brere­ton, [Page 4]together with such Deputy Lievtenants and Committees as afore­said, shall have full power and Authority to name and appoint such Commissioners, Treasurers, Collectors, and other officers within the said County of Chester, and County and City of Chester, when the same shall be reduced, as shall be necessary (through the defect afore­said) for the better putting in execution of all and every the Ordinan­ces of Parliament before mentioned, and of all other Ordinances of Parliament, in case either no Commssioners or other Officers be na­med by the Authority of Parliament, to put the same in execution within the said County of Chester, and County and City of Chester, or either of them, or in case the Commissioners or other Officers al­ready named, have neglected or deserted the said Service, or otherwise discovered their disaffections to the proceedings of Parliament, which said Commissioners and other persons so to be named and ap­pointed by the said Sir Will. Brereton, together with the Deputy-Liev­tenants and Committees as aforesaid, shall by vertue of this present Ordinance have as ful power and authority to put the said respective Ordinances in execution, as if they were named by both Houses of Parl. and their names inserted into the said respective Ordinance.

And be it also ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that the severall Summes of Mony which shall be lent for the advancement of the said Service, and such increase as shall be due for every respective Summe so lent according to the true intent and meaning of this Ordi­nance, shall be satisfied and paid out of the Moneys that shall be raised within the places aforesaid, by vertue of the afore-mentioned Ordi­nances, or of this present Ordinance. And the said Sir William Brereton, with such Deputy Lievtenants and Committees as aforesaid, are here­by enabled and authorized to call to Accompt upon Oath all such persons of the said County of Chester as have received any Moneys by Authority from the Parliament: As also to take Accompts upon Oath from time to time of the said Commissioners, Treasurers, and other persons who shall receive any Moneys within the said places by such Authority as aforesaid, and the same to convert and imploy for the services aforesaid, and to give such fitting and reasonable allow­ances unto such persons as shall be imployed in the execution of the Ordinances aforesaid, and of this present Ordinance, or any of them, for their pains and charges therein, as the said Sir William Brereton shal think fit, provided that such allowance shal not exceed the respe­ctive [Page 5]Rates allowed in other Counties of the Kingdome for putting the said Ordinances in execution: And if any Treasurers, Collectors or others shall refuse to accompt or pay in the Moneyes where­with they are charged, then the said Sir William Brereton, toge­ther with such Deputy Lievtenants and Committees as aforesaid, shall returne their Names to one, or both Houses of Parliament. And the said Sir William Brereton, together with such number of De­puty-Lievtenants, or Committees, as aforesaid, is hereby Authorized to Administer the severall Oaths specified in the aforesaid Ordinances unto such Commissioners and Persons (which have not already taken the same) as by the true meaning of the said Ordinances, or of this present Ordinance, or any of them, ought to take the same. And be it further ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That the Personal Estates of such Delinquents and Papists within the Cities of London and Westminster, and within twenty miles of the same, not yet seque­stred nor discovered; and which shall bee discovered by the said Sir William Brereton, or such Person or Persons as he shall Authorize un­der his Hand and Seale for that purpose, within two Months next af­ter the publishing in Print of this Ordinance, shall be allowed unto the said Sir William Brereton, for the further Advancement of the said Ser­vice, provided that the said concealed Estates exceed not the Summe of five thousand pounds: And that the said Sir William Brereton, or any Person Authorized by him, as aforesaid, nor any of them, shall possesse themselves of the said Papists or Delinquents Estates, before he or they acquaint the Committee of Lords and Commons for Seque­strations therewith, to the end they may judge of the Delinquencie of the Persons, before his, or their Estates be sequestred and taken away.

And be it further Ordained by the Lords and Commons, That the said Sir William Brereton shall have Power and Authority, and is here­by required to Administer the Covenant (appointed to be taken by the three Kingdomes of England, Scotland, and Ireland) to all Persons within the said County of Chester, and the County of the City of Chester, who ought to take the same (by the late Ordinance and In­structions for that purpose) and have not already taken it.

And be it further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that the said Sir William Brereton, together with the Deputy-Lievtenants and Committees, as aforesaid, shall have Power to call before them all Ministers and Schoolemasters within the County of Chester, and the [Page 6]County of the City of Chester, that are scandalous in there lives, or ill-affected to the Parliament, or Fomenters of this unnaturall Warre, or shall wilfully refuse obedience to the Ordinances of Parliament, or shal have deserted their ordinarie place of residences not being imploi­ed in the Service of the King and Parliament; and they shall have power to send for any Witnesses, and examine any Complaint or Te­stimony against them, upon Oaths of such Persons as shall and may be produced to give Evidence against them: and upon such Proofs of the aforesaid Crimes, the said Sir William Brereton, together with the Deputy-Lieutenants and Committees aforesaid, have hereby power to remove and eject all such scandalous Ministers & Schoolemasters, and in their places to nominate and apoint such learned, able, godly, and fit Persons, as they (with the advice and consent of three, or more, godly and learned Divines of the said County of Chester, which they shall call unto them for that purpose) shall thinke fit; and shall cause all such Ministers and Schoolemasters, so nominated, appointed, and placed, to be put into possession of the said Churches and Schools, who shall and may respectively take, receive, and perceive to their own uses, the Profits and Revenues belonging to the said severall Churches and Places, in as large & ample manner, as the severall Mi­nisters & Persons in the said severall places have formerly used to do.

FINIS.

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