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ORDERS FORMERLY Conceived and Agreed to be publiſhed by the Lord Major and the Aldermen of the City OF LONDON: AND The Juſtices of Peace of the Counties OF MIDDLESEX and SƲRREY, CONCERNING The Infection of the Plague.

And now Re-printed and publiſhed by Order of the Honourable Houſe OF COMMONS.

Printed by Richard Cotes, Printer to the Honourable City of LONDON, 1646.

Die Jovis, 20. Auguſti, 1646.

ORdered by the Commons Aſſem­bled in Parliament, That the Lord Major of the City of London, and Court of Aldermen, of the Committee of the Militia, and the Juſtices of the Peace for the City of Weſtminſter, and for the Coun­ties of Middleſex, Eſſex, and Surrey, doe take care, that all ſuch Houſes and Perſons, in and about the ſaid Cities of London and Weſtminſter, Lines of Communication, and Weekely Bils of Mortality, that are or ſhall bee infected with the Peſtilence, be ſhut up, and the uſuall Markes ſet upon their Doores, to the end they may be knowne; And that ſuch further care may be taken to prevent the ſpreading of the Infection, and for proviſion of ſick Perſons as formerly hath been accuſtomed. And that no Perſon or Perſons, that ſhall die of the Infection, be buried in the day time, but after the houre of ten of the clock in the night. And for the better carrying on of this Service, It is further Ordered, that the late Orders and directions concerning the Plague, be forthwith printed and publiſhed, and put in due execution, and Mr. Alderman Pennington, and Mr. Alderman Atkin are to acquaint the Lord Major with this Order.

H. Elſynge Cler. Parl. Dom. Com.

ORDERS FORMERLY Conceived and agreed to be publiſhed by the Lord Major, and the Aldermen of the City of London, and the Juſtices of Peace of the Counties of Middleſex and Surrey: And now Re-printed and publiſhed by Order of the Honourable Houſe of COMMONS.

WHereas in the firſt Year of the Reigne of our late Soveraigne King James of happy memory, over this Realme of England, an Act was made for the cha­ritable reliefe and ordering of Perſons infected with the Plague: whereby authority is given to Juſtices of Peace, Majors, Bayliffes, and other head-Officers to appoint within their ſeverall Limits Examiners, Searchers, Watchmen, Keepers, and Buriers for the Perſons and Places infected, and to miniſter unto them Oaths for the performance of their Offices. And the ſame Statute alſo authoriſeth the giving of other Directions, as unto them for the preſent neceſſity ſhall ſeeme good in their diſcretions. It is therefore upon ſpeciall conſideration thought ve­ry expedient for the preventing and avoiding of the Infection of Sickneſſe (if it ſhall pleaſe Almighty God) which is now dangerouſly diſperſed into many places within the City and Suburbs of the ſame: that theſe Officers following bee appointed, and theſe Orders hereafter preſcribed be duly obſerved.

Examiners to be appointed in every Pariſh.

FIrſt, It is thought requiſite and ſo ordered, that in every Pariſh there be one, two, or more perſons of good ſort and credit, choſen and appointed by the Alderman, his Deputy, and Common-Councell of every Ward, and by the Juſtices of Peace in the Counties, by the name of Examiners, to continue in that Office the ſpace of two moneths at leaſt: and if any fit perſon ſo appointed as aforeſaid, ſhall refuſe to undertake the ſame, the ſaid parties ſo re­fuſing, to bee committed to priſon untill they ſhall conforme themſelves accordingly.

The Examiners Office.

THat theſe Examiners bee ſworne by the Alder­man, or by one of the Juſtices of the County, to enquire and learne from time to time what houſes in every Pariſh be viſited, and what perſons be ſick, and of what Diſeaſes, as neere as they can informe themſelves, and upon doubt in that caſe, to com­mand reſtraint of acceſſe, untill it appeare what the Diſeaſe ſhall prove: and if they finde any perſon ſicke of the Infection, to give order to the Conſta­ble that the houſe be ſhut up: and if the Conſtable ſhall be found remiſſe or negligent, to give preſent notice thereof to the Alderman, or the Iuſtice of Peace reſpectively.


THat to every Infected houſe there be appointed two watchmen, one for the day and the other for the night: And that theſe Watchmen have a ſpeciall care that no perſon goe in or out of ſuch in­fected houſes, whereof they have the charge, upon paine of ſevere puniſhment. And the ſaid Watch­men to doe ſuch further Offices as the ſick houſe ſhall neede and require: and if the Watchman bee ſent upon any buſineſſe, to lock up the houſe and take the key with him: and the Watchman by day to attend untill ten of the clock at night: and the Watchman by night untill ſix in the morning.


THat there bee a ſpeciall care, to appoint wo­men Searchers in every Pariſh, ſuch as are of honeſt reputation, and of the beſt ſort as can bee got in this kinde: And theſe to be ſworne to make due ſearch and true report, to the utmoſt of their knowledge, whether the Perſons, whoſe bodies they are appointed to Search, doe die of the Infection, or of what other diſeaſes, as neere as they can. And for their better aſſiſtance herein, foraſmuch as there hath beene heretofore great abuſe in miſreporting the diſeaſe, to the further ſpreading of the Infection: It is therefore ordered, that there bee choſen and ap­pointed three able and diſcreet Chirurgions, beſides thoſe three, that doe already belong to the Peſthouſe: amongſt whom, the City and Liberties to be quar­tered as the places lie moſt apt and convenient: and every of theſe ſix to have one quarter for his Limit: and the ſaid Chirurgions in every of their Limits to joyne with the Searchers for the view of the body, to the end there may bee a true report made of the diſeaſe.

And further, that the ſaid Chirurgions ſhall vi­ſit and ſearch ſuch like perſons as ſhall either ſend for them, or be named and directed unto them, by the ex­aminers of every Pariſh, and informe themſelves of the diſeaſe of the ſaid parties.

And for as much as the ſaid Chirurgions are to ſe­queſtred from all other Cures, and kept onely to this diſeaſe of the Infection: It is ordered, that every of the ſaid Chirurgions ſhall have twelve pence a body ſearched by them, to bee paid out of the goods of the party ſearched, if he be able, or otherwiſe by the Pariſh.

Orders concerning infected Houſes, and Perſons ſick of the Plague.

Notice to bee given of the Sickneſſe.

THe Maſter of every Houſe, aſſoone as any one in his houſe complaineth, either of Botch, or Purple, or Swelling in any part of his body, or falleth otherwiſe dange­rouſly ſick, without apparent cauſe of ſome other diſ­eaſe, ſhall give knowledge thereof to the Examiner of health within two houres after the ſaid ſigne ſhall ap­peare.

Sequeſtration of the ſick.

AS ſoon as any man ſhall bee found by this Exa­miner, Chirurgion or Searcher to be ſick of the Plague, he ſhall the ſame night bee ſequeſtred in the ſame houſe. And in caſe hee bee ſo ſequeſtred, then though he afterwards die not, the houſe wherein hee ſickned ſhall bee ſhut up for a moneth, after the uſe of due Preſervatives taken by the reſt.

Ayring the Stuffe.

FOr ſequeſtration of the goods and ſtuffe of the in­fected, their Bedding, and Apparell, and hangings of Chambers, muſt be well ayred with fire, and ſuch perfumes, as are requiſite within the Infected houſe, before they bee taken again to uſe: this to be done by the appointment of the Examiner.

Shutting up of the Houſe.

IF any perſon ſhall have viſited any man, known to bee Infected of the Plague, or entred willingly into any knowne Infected houſe, being not allowed: the houſe wherein hee inhabiteth, ſhall be ſhut up for cer­tain dayes by the Examiners direction.

None to bee removed out of infected houſes, but &c.

ITem, that none be removed out of the houſe where he falleth ſick of the infection, into any other houſe in the City, Borough, or County (except it bee to the Peſt-houſe or a Tent, or unto ſome ſuch houſe, which the owners of the ſaid Viſited houſe holdeth in his owne hands, and occupieth by his owne ſer­vants) and ſo as ſecurity bee given to the Pariſh whi­ther ſuch remove is made, that the attendance and charge about the ſaid viſited perſons ſhall be obſerved and charged in all the particularities before expreſſed, without any coſt of that Pariſh, to which any ſuch remove ſhall happen to be made, and this remove to be done by night: And it ſhall be lawfull to any per­ſon that hath two houſes, to remove either his ſound or his infected people to his ſpare houſe at his choice, ſo as if hee ſend away firſt his ſound, hee may not af­ter ſend thither the ſick, nor againe unto the ſick the••und; And that the ſame which hee ſendeth, be for one week at the leaſt ſhut up and ſecluded from com­pany for fear of ſome infection, at the firſt not appea­ring.

Buriall of the dead.

THat the buriall of the dead by this Viſitation be at moſt convenient hours, alwayes either before Sun riſing, or after Sun ſetting, with the privity of the Churchwardens or Conſtables, and not otherwiſe; and that no neighbours nor friends be ſuffered to accom­pany the Coarſe to Church, or to enter the houſe viſi­ted, upon pain of having his houſe ſhut up, or bee im­priſoned.

No infected Stuffe to be uttered.

THat no Clothes, Stuffe, bedding or garments bee ſuffered to be carryed or conveyed out of any In­fected Houſes, and that the Criers and Caries abroad of Beddding or old Apparell to bee ſold or pawned, be utterly prohibited and reſtrained, and no Brokers of Bedding or old Apparell be permitted to make any outward Shew, or hang forth on their Stalls, Shop­boards or Windows toward any Street, Lane, com­mon Way or Paſſage, any old Bedding or Apparell to be ſold, upon pain of Impriſonment: And if any Broker or other perſon ſhall buy any Bedding, Appa­rell, or other Stuffe out of any Infected houſe, within two months after the Infection hath been there, his houſe ſhall be ſhut up as Infected, and ſo ſhal continue ſhut up twenty dayes at the leaſt.

No perſon to be conveyed out of any infected houſe.

IF any perſon viſited doe fortune, by negligent loo­king unto, or by any other meanes, to come, or bee conveyed from a place infected, to any other place, the Pariſh from whence ſuch Party hath come or been conveyed, upon notice thereof given, ſhall at their charge cauſe the ſaid party ſo viſited and eſcaped, to be carryed and brought back again by night, and the par­ties in this caſe offending, to be puniſhed at the directi­on of the Alderman of the Ward, and the Juſtices of the Peace reſpectively: and the houſe of the receiver of ſuch viſited perſon to bee ſhut up for twenty dayes.

Every viſited houſe to be marked.

THat every houſe viſited, bee marked with a Red Croſſe of a foot long, in the middle of the doore, evident to be ſeen, and with theſe uſual Printed words, that is to ſay, Lord have mercy upon us, to bee ſet cloſe over the ſame Croſſe, there to continue untill lawfull opening of the ſame houſe.

Every Viſited houſe to be watched.

THat the Conſtables ſee every houſe ſhut up, and to be attended with Watchmen, which may keep them in, and miniſter neceſſaries unto them at their owne charges (if they be able,) or at the common charge if they be unable: the ſhutting up to be for the ſpace of foure weeks after all be whole.

That preciſe order bee taken that the Searchers, Chirurgions, Keepers and Buriers are not to paſſe the ſtreets without holding a red Rod or Wand of three foot in length in their hands, open and evident to bee ſeen, and are not to goe into any other houſe then into their own, or into that whereunto they are directed or ſent for, but to forbeare and abſtaine from company, eſpecially when they have bin lately uſed in any ſuch buſineſſe or attendance.

And to this end it is ordered, that a weekly Tax bee made in every Pariſh viſited: If in the City or Bo­rough, then under the hand of the Alderman of the Ward where the place is viſited: If in either of the Counties, then under the hands of ſome of the Juſtices next to the place viſited, who, if there be cauſe, may extend the Tax into other Pariſhes alſo, and may give warrant of Diſtreſſe againſt them which ſhall refuſe to pay; and for want of Diſtreſſe, or for aſſiſtance, to commit the offendors to Priſon, according to the Sta­tute in that behalf.

Orders for cleanſing and keeping of the Streets ſweet.

The Streets to be kept cleane

FIrſt, it is thought very neceſſary and ſo orde­red, that every Houſholder do cauſe the ſtreet to be daily pared before his doore, and ſo to keep it cleane ſwept all the week long.

That Rakers take it from out the Houſes.

THat the ſweeping and filth of houſes be daily car­ryed away by the Rakers, and that the Raker ſhall give notice of his comming by the blowing of a Horn as heretofore hath been done.

Layſtalls to be made far off from the City.

THat the Layſtals be removed as farre as may bee out of the City, and common paſſages, and that no Nightman or other bee ſuffered to empty a Vault into any Garden near about the City.

Care to be had of unwholſome Fiſh or Fleſh, and of muſty Corne.

THat ſpeciall care be taken, that no ſtinking Fiſh, or unwholſome Fleſh, or muſtie Corne, or other corrupt fruits of what ſort ſoever, be ſuffered to bee ſold about the City or any part of the ſame.

That the Brewers and Tipling houſes be looked un­to, for muſtie and unwholſome Cask.

That order be taken, that no Hogs, Dogs, or Cats, or tame Pigeons, or Conies bee ſuffered to bee kept within any part of the City, or any Swine to bee, or ſtray in the Streets or Lanes, but that ſuch Swine bee impounded by the Beadle or any other Officer, and the Owner puniſhed according to the Act of Com­mon-councell, and that the Dogs bee killed by the Dog-killers appointed for that purpoſe.

Orders concerning looſe Perſons and idle Aſſemblies.


FOraſmuch as nothing is more complained on, then the multitude of Rogues and wandering Beggers that ſwarm in every place about the City, being a great cauſe of the ſpreading of the In­fection, and will not be avoided, notwithſtanding any Order that hath been given to the contrary: It is there­fore now ordered, that ſuch Conſtables, and others whom this matter may any way concerne, doe take ſpeciall care, that no wandering Begger be ſuffered in the Streets of this City, in any faſhion or manner whatſoever upon pain of the penalty provided by the Law to be duely and ſeverely executed upon them.


THat all Playes, Beare-batings, Games, Singing of Ballads, Buckler-play, or ſuch like cauſes of Aſſemblies of people, bee utterly prohibited, and the parties offending, ſeverely puniſhed, by any Al­derman, or Juſtice of the peace.

Tipling houſes.

THat diſorderly Tipling in Tavernes Ale-houſes and Cellers, be ſeverely looked unto, as the com­mon ſinne of this time, and greateſt occaſion of diſ­perſing the Plague: and where any ſhall be found to offend, the penalty of the Statute to be laid upon them with all ſeverity.

And for the better execution of theſe Orders, as alſo for ſuch other directions as ſhall be needfull, It is agreed that the Juſtices of the City and Counties ad­joyning doe meete together once in ten dayes either at the Seſſions houſe without Newgate, or ſome other convenient, place to conferre of things as ſhall be need­full in this behal.

And every perſon neglecting the duty required, or willingly offending againſt any Article or clauſe con­tained in theſe Orders, he to be ſeverely puniſhed by impriſonment, or otherwiſe, as by the law he ought.

God ſave the King.

Orders formerly thought meet and neceſſary by His Majeſtie to bee put in exe­cution throughout the Counties of this Realme, in ſuch Towns, Villages and other Places as are or may bee hereafter Infected with the Plague, for the ſtay or further increaſe of the ſame, now commanded to be Reprinted by the Ho­norable the Houſe OF COMMONS.

INprimis, All the Juſtices in every County, as wel within the Liberties as without, immedi­ately upon knowledge to them given, ſhall aſ­ſemble themſelves together at ſome one generall place accuſtomed, being cleare from Infection of the Plague to conſult how theſe Orders following may be duly put in execution: not meaning that any Juſtices dwell­ing in or neere places infected, ſhall come thither, whiles their comming may be doubtfull. And after their firſt generall aſſembly, they ſhall make a diſtribu­tion of themſelves to ſundry Limits and diviſions, as in other common ſervices of the County they are ac­cuſtomed to doe, for the proſecution thereof.

2 Firſt, they ſhall enquire, and preſently informe themſelves by all good meanes, what Townes and villages are at the time of ſuch aſſembly infected with­in every their Counties, & in what Hundred or other Diviſion the ſaid Townes & Villages are, and how many of the ſame places ſo infected are Corporate Townes, market townes and Villages, and ſhall conſi­der of what wealth the inhabitants of the ſame towns & Pariſhes are, to be able to relieve the poore that are or ſhal be infected, & to be reſtrained in their houſes.

3 Item, thereupon after conference uſed according to the neceſſity of the cauſe, they ſhall deviſe and make a generall taxation, either by charging the Towne infected with one ſumme in groſſe, or by charging the ſpeciall perſons of wealth within the ſame, to be forthwith collected for the rate of one moneth at the firſt; and ſo if the ſickneſſe ſhall con­tinue, the collection of the like ſumme, or of more or of leſſe, as time and cauſe ſhall require, and the ſame to be every firſt, ſecond, third or fourth weeke employed to and for the execution of the ſaid Or­ders. And in caſe ſome of the ſaid Townes Infected, ſhall manifeſtly appeare not to be of ſufficient ability to contribute ſufficient for the charges requiſite, then the Taxation or Collection ſhall be made or further extended to other parts, or in any other further li­mits, as by them ſhal be thought requiſite, where there ſhall be any ſuch Townes or Villages ſo infected, and unable to relieve themſelves. And if the ſaid Townes be ſituated in the borders and confines of any other Shire, then as the Juſtices ſhall ſee cauſe and need for the greatneſſe of the charge requiſite, that the parts of the Shire joyning to the Townes infected be not able, they ſhall write their letters to the next Iuſtices of the other Shire ſo confining, to procure by collecti­on ſome reliefe, as in like caſes they are to relieve them, in reſpect of neere neighbourhood of the place, and for that the ſame Infection may be the better ſtayed from the ſaid adjoyning places, though they be ſeparated by name of the Countie.

4 Item, they ſhall cauſe to be appointed in every Pariſh as well infected as not infected, certaine per­ſons to view the bodies of all ſuch as ſhall die, be­fore they be ſuffered to be buried, and to certifie the Miniſter of the Church and Churchwarden, or other principall Officers, or their ſubſtitutes, of what pro­bable diſeaſe the ſaid perſons died: and the ſaid viewers, to have weekely ſome allowance, and the more large allowance where the Townes and Pa­riſhes bee infected, during the infection, towards their maintenance, to the end they which ſhall be in places infected, may forbeare to reſort into the com­pany of others that are ſound: and thoſe perſons to be ſworne to make true report according to their knowledge, and the choiſe of them to be made by direction of the Curate of the Church, with three or foure ſubſtantiall men of the Pariſh. And in caſe the ſaid viewers either through favour or corruption ſhall give wrong certificate, or ſhall refuſe to ſerve being thereunto appointed, then to cauſe them to be puniſhed by impriſonment, in ſuch ſort as may ſerve for a terrour to others.

5 Item, the houſes of ſuch perſons out of the which there ſhall die any of the Plague, being ſo certified by the viewers, or otherwiſe known, or where it ſhall be underſtood, that any perſon re­maineth ſick of the Plague, to be cloſed up in all parts during the time of reſtraint, viz. ſix weekes, after the ſickneſſe be ceaſed in the ſame houſe, in caſe the ſaid houſes ſo infected ſhall be within any Towne having houſes neere adjoyning to the ſame. And if the infection happen in houſes diſperſed in Villages, and ſeparated from other houſes, and that of neceſsity, for the ſerving of their cattell, and manu­ring of their ground, the ſaid perſons cannot con­tinue in their houſes, then they bee nevertheleſſe re­ſtrained from reſorting into company of others, ei­ther publiquely, or privately during the ſaid time of reſtraint, and to weare ſome mark in their uppermoſt garments, or bear white rods in their hands at ſuch time as they ſhall goe abroad: if there be any doubt that the maſters and owners of the houſes infected, will not duly obſerve the directions of ſhutting up the doores, ſpecially in the night, then ſhall there be appointed two or three Watchmen by turnes, which ſhall be ſworne to attend and watch the houſe, and to apprehend any perſon that ſhall come out of the houſe contrary to the order, and the ſame per­ſons by order of the Iuſtices, ſhall be a competent time impriſoned in the ſtockes, in the high way next to the houſe infected: and furthermore, ſome ſpeci­all marke ſhall be made and fixed to the doores of every of the infected houſes, and where any ſuch houſes ſhall be Innes or Alehouſes, the ſignes ſhall be taken downe for the time of the reſtraint, and ſome croſſe or other mark ſet upon the place thereof to be a token of the ſickneſſe.

6 Item, they ſhall have good regard to chuſe honeſt perſons, that either ſhall collect the ſummes aſſeſſed, or ſhall have the cuſtodie thereof, and out of the ſaid collection to allot a weekly proportion for the finding of victuall, or fire, or medicines for the poorer ſort, during the time of their reſtraint. And whereas ſome perſons being well diſpoſed to yeeld almes and reliefe, will bee more willing to give ſome portions of victuall, as corne, bread, or other meat, the ſame ſhall bee committed to the charge of ſome ſpeciall perſons that wil honeſt­ly and truly preſerve the ſame, to be diſtributed as they ſhall be appointed for the poore that are in­fected.

7 Item, to appoint certaine perſons dwelling within the Townes infected, to provide and deliver all neceſſaries of victuals, or any matter of watch­ing or other attendance, to keep ſuch as are of good wealth being reſtrained, at their owne proper coſts and charges, and the poore at the common charges: and the ſaid perſons ſo appointed to be ordered, not to reſort to any publique aſſembly during the time of ſuch their attendance, as alſo to weare ſome marke on their upper garment, or to beare a white rod in their hand, to the end others may avoid their com­pany.

8 Item, that in the ſhire Towne in every Coun­tie, and in other great Townes meete for that pur­poſe, there may be proviſion beſpoken and made, of ſuch Preſervatives and other remedies, which o­therwiſe in meaner townes cannot be readily had, as by the Phyſitians ſhall be preſcribed, and is at this preſent reduced into an Advice made by the Phyſi­tians, and now printed and ſent with the ſaid Orders, which may be fixed in Market-places, upon places uſuall for ſuch publique matters, and in other Townes in the bodies of the pariſh Churches and chappels: in which Advice only ſuch things are preſcribed, as uſu­ally are to be had and found in all Countries without great charge or coſt.

9 Item, the Miniſters and Curates, and the Church­wardens in every pariſh, ſhall in writing certifie weekely to ſome of the Juſtices reſiding within the Hundred or other limit where they ſerve, the num­ber of ſuch perſons as are infected and doe not die, and alſo of all ſuch as ſhall die within their Pariſhes, and their diſeaſes probable whereof they died, and the ſame to be certified to the reſt of the Juſtices at their aſſemblies, which during ſome convenient time would be every one and twenty dayes, and thereof a particular book kept by the Clerk of the Peace, or ſome ſuch like.

10 Item, to appoint ſome place a part in each Pa­riſh for the buriall of ſuch perſons as ſhall die of the Plague, as alſo to give order that they be buried after as Sun-ſetting, and yet nevertheleſſe by day light, ſo as the Curate be preſent for the obſervation of the Rites and Ceremonies preſcribed by the Law, fore­ſeeing as much as conveniently he may, to be diſtant from the danger of infection of the perſon dead, or of the company that ſhall bring the corpſe to the grave.

11 Item, the Juſtices of the whole County to aſſemble once in one and twenty days, to examine whether thoſe Orders be duly executed, and to cer­tifie to the Lords of the Privy Councell their procee­dings in that behalfe, what Townes and Villages be infected, as alſo the numbers of the dead, and the diſ­eaſes whereof they dyed, and what ſummes of money are taxed and collected to this purpoſe, and how the ſame are diſtributed.

12 Item, the Juſtices of the Hundred, where any ſuch infection is, or the Juſtices next adjoyning thereunto, to aſſemble once a weeke, to take accompt of the execution of the ſaid Orders, and as they finde any lacke or diſorder, either to reforme it themſelves, or to report it at the generall aſſembly there, to bee by a more common conſent reformed.

13 Item, for that the contagion of the Plague groweth and encreaſeth no way more, then by the uſe and handling of ſuch cloths, bedding and other ſtuffe as hath beene worne and occupied by the Infected of this diſeaſe, during the time of their diſeaſe: the ſaid Juſtices ſhall in the places in­fected take ſuch order, that all the ſaid clothes and o­ther ſtuffe, ſo occupied by the diſeaſed, ſo ſoone as the parties diſeaſed of the plague are al of them either wel recovered or dead, be either burnt and clean con­ſumed with fire, or elſe aired in ſuch ſort as is pre­ſcribed in an eſpeciall Article contained in the advice ſet downe by the Phyſitians. And for that perad­venture the loſſe of ſuch apparell, bedding, and o­ther ſtuffe to be burnt, may be greater then the poore eſtate of the owners of the ſame may well beare: it is thought good & very expedient, if it be thought meet it ſhall be burnt, that then the ſaid Juſtices, out of ſuch Collections as are to be made within their Counties for the relief of the poorer ſort that be infected, allow alſo them ſuch ſumme or ſummes as to them ſhall be thought reaſonable, in recompence of the loſſe of their ſaid ſtuffe.

14 Item, the ſaid Iuſtices may put in execution any other Orders that by them at their general aſſem­bly ſhall be deviſed and thought meet, tending to the preſervation of his Majeſties Subjects from the infection. And to the end their care and diligence may the better appeare, they ſhal certifie in writing the ſaid Orders newly deviſed: and if any ſhall wilfully breake and contemne the ſame, or any the Orders herein ſpe­cified, they ſhal either preſently puniſh them by impri­ſonment, or if the perſons ſo contemning them, ſhall be of ſuch countenance as the Iuſtices ſhall thinke meet to have their faults known to His Majeſty or to the Councell, they ſhall charge and binde them to ap­peare before Vs, and the contempt duely certified, that there may be a more notorious ſharpe example made by pnuiſhment of the ſame by order of His Ma­jeſty.

15 Item, if there be lacke of Iuſtices in ſome parts of the Shire, or if they which are Iuſtices there, ſhall be for the time abſent, in that caſe the more number of the Juſtices at their aſſembly ſhall make choiſe of ſome convenient perſons to ſupply thoſe places for the better execution hereof.

16 Item, if there be any perſon Eccleſiaſtical or Lay, that ſhall hold and publiſh any opinions (as in ſome places report is made) that it is a vain thing to forbeare to reſort to the Infected, or that it is not charitable to forbid the ſame, pretending that no per­ſon ſhal die but at their time prefixed, ſuch perſons ſhall be not onely reprehended, but if they be Eccleſi­aſticall, ſhall be forbidden to preach, and being Lay, be enjoyned to forbeare to utter ſuch dangerous opinions upon pain of impriſonment, which ſhall be executed if they ſhall perſevere in that errour. And yet it ſhall appeare manifeſtly by theſe Orders, that according to Chriſtian charity, no perſons of the meaneſt de­gree ſhall bee left without ſuccour and reliefe.

17 And of theſe things above mentioned, the Iu­ſtices ſhall take great care, as of a matter ſpecially and directed commanded by his Majeſty upon the princely and naturall care he hath conceived towards the pre­ſervation of his Subjects, who by very diſorder, and for lacke of direction do in many parts wilfully pro­cure the increaſe of this generall Contagion.


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TextOrders formerly conceived and agreed to be published by the Lord Major and the aldermen of the City of London: and the justices of peace of the counties of Middlesex and Surrey, concerning the infection of the plague. And now re-printed and published by order of the Honourable House of Commons.
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Bibliographic informationOrders formerly conceived and agreed to be published by the Lord Major and the aldermen of the City of London: and the justices of peace of the counties of Middlesex and Surrey, concerning the infection of the plague. And now re-printed and published by order of the Honourable House of Commons. Laws, etc. City of London (England)., England and Wales. Parliament. House of Commons., City of London (England). Court of Aldermen.. [24] p. Printed by Richard Cotes, printer to the Honourable City of London,[London] :1646.. (Signatures: A-C⁴.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Aug 31".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Plague -- England -- Early works to 1800.

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