A Commission from the Lords Justices of Ireland, to disarm all Papists – 16420909

Commission to disarm all Papists in Ireland.

Charles, by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our well-beloved Our Mayor of the City of Dublin from the time being, Sir William Anderson Knight, Sir Christopher Forster Knight, Sir William Usher Knight, Sir Philip Percival Knight, John Bysse Esq; Recorder of Our City of Dublin, Richard Barry ofDublin Alderman, Char. Forster of Dublin Alderman, Will. Smith of Dublin Alderman, Will. Bladen of Dublin Alderman,Will. Plunket Esq; Capt. Theodore Schout, Robert Savill Serjeant at Arms, Matthew Ford, Anthony Dopping, Capt. Philip Fernely, Robert Kennedy, John Woodcock, John Pue, Sankey Sulliard, Joshua Carpenter, Brian Jones, Thomas Tallis, William Rowls, Thomas Leigh, Thomas Hill, William Scott, Daniel Forster, Richard Francis, Joseph Hall, Daniel Adrian, Thomas Hooke, Frederick Panchart, Captain Balthazar Creamer, John Wogan, Randal Becket, James Smith, John Fisher, Ralph Bryen, Richard Stone, Robert Davies, Ralph Wallis, Daniel Hutchison, Peter Wybrant, John Hill Merchant,John Norris, Thomas Hawkins, Thomas Windall, Nathanael Neve, and Robert Scarborow, Greeting, Whereas we have taken into our Princely consideration the strange and unusual concourse of Papists to our City of Dublin and the Suburbs thereof; some of them not having formerly dwelt there, and others of them (as well Masters of Families as Servants) having formerly dwelt there, but withdrew themselves into the Country for a time since the present Rebellion began, and of late returned again to the said City and Suburbs, and there all of them now continue as Inhabitants or Sojourners, not only to the needless and exceeding great Burden of the Inhabitants, and disappoinment of the Soldiers, as well in their Lodging, as in the raising of the Price of Meat and other needful Provisions, but also to the Terror of many of our good and loyal Subjects inhabiting in this City and Suburbs thereof, as well in respect of the numbers of those Papists, as in the Advantages observed to be daily thereby gained to the Rebels, as well in frequent Intelligences from our said City, as in Supplies of needful Provisions from thence from time to time. And forasmuch as in these times of open Rebellion, when the Rebels appear in all parts of this our Kingdom in open Arms, with Banners displayed against us and our Royal Authority, we are necessitated to take some extraordinary way whereby to free our said City and good Subjects therein from the Fears and Dangers threatned against us and them, and against the Peace and Safety of this our Kingdom, by that unlimited concourse of People flocking so dangerously to our said City and Suburbs, and for reformation of sundry other Abuses and Disorders in our said City of Dublin and the Suburbs thereof.

Know we therefore, That we, reposing special Trust and Confidence in your sidelity and circumspection, have nominated, constituted and appointed, and by these presents do nominate, constitute and appoint you to be our Commissioners. And do hereby give unto you, or any two or more of you, full Power and Authority from time to time, and, as often as you, or any two or more of you shall think fit, to repair to all and every part of the said City and Suburbs; and there, as well by Examination of Witnesses upon Oath, which Oath and Oaths we hereby authorize you, or any two or more of you, to administer, when, and as often as you, or any two or more of you, shall from time to time think fit, as by all other lawful ways and means whatsoever, to examine, search for, enquire, and find out what Arms or Munition are or shall be remaining in any House, Houses, or other place or Places in the said City or Suburbs belonging to any Papists, or in the House or Houses of Protestants whose Wives and Children are Papists. And the same so found out, to enquire bow, when, and where he or they came by them, and all other matters touching and concerning the same, which you, or any two or more of you shall think sit.

And it is our Pleasure, and we do accordingly require and authorize you, or any two or more of you, to seize upon, and take into your hands, or the hands of any two or more of you, all the said Arms and Munition, as also all the Arms of what kind soever, which you, or any two or more of you, shall find any Papist carrying about him, either in his House or Dwelling, or abroad in the Streets, whether he or they be commorant in Town, or Traveller to or from the said City or Suburbs; giving the Party from whom the same shall be so taken, a Note in writing under the hands of you, or any two or more of you, mentioning the particulars and quantity of Arms or Munition, or both so to be taken from him, her or them, to our Use; and that thereupon you, or any two or more of you, cause the same to be delivered forthwith after you shall so seize the same into our store of Arms and Munition at our Castle of Dublin, taking the Clerk of the Stores Hand for receipt thereof, which shall be a good Discharge for you against your said Note or Notes formerly given.

And we also require and authorize you, or any two or more of you, as well by examination of Witnesses upon Oath, as by all other lawful ways and means whatsoever, to examine, search, enquire, and find out what titulary Popish Archbishops, Bishops, Vicars General, Jesuits, Priests, or Friars, or other superstitious Orders of the Popish pretended Clergy, are, or shall be in and about the said City or Suburbs; and them to apprehend and commit to Prison, there to remain until further direction from us, or our said Justices, or other our chief Governour or Governours, and Council of this our Kingdom.

And in like manner to examine, search, enquire, and find out, what Men and Women that are Papists, and what Papists Children, of what Quality or Degree soever he or they be, have come to the said City or Suburbs to reside, sojourn, or any way to continue therein, since Easter last; where they now lodge, and since their coming to Town have lodged, either in the Houses of Papists or Protestants; what their Names and Surnames, and of what Sept or Kindred they be; whence they came; what occasions called them thither; what now detains them there; and all other matters concerning their being there, which you, or any two or more of you, shall think fit. And then that you, or any two or more of you, do command so many of them as you or any two or more of you shall think fit, to depart from the said City and Suburbs, within so many hours as to you, or any two or more of you, shall be thought fit; and not to return back to the said City or Suburbs, without special license from us, or our Justices, or other chief Governour or Governours of this our Kingdom for the time being. And to enjoin all those in whose House or Houses, either Papists or Protestants, such person or persons so to be commanded away do or shall lodge, sojourn or live, that they or any of them presume not thereafter to entertain them or any of them into his or their House or Houses, as they will answer their so doing at their extreme peril.

And we do also require you, or any two or more of you, to cause two Books to be made up, and in one of them to cause to be inserted in writing the Names, Sirnames, and Qualities of all Men and Women, ordinarily Town-dwellers in our said City or Suburbs, as well Matters of Families as Servants, that are Papists; and in the other Book to cause to be inserted the Names, Sirnames, and Qualities of all Men and Women whom you shall so command to depart from this City and Suburbs; and in another part of that Book to insert the Names, Sirnames, and Qualities of all such Men and Women that are Papists, whom you admit to stay, and expressing at their Names for what time their stay is admitted, that so you may upon a new search (wherein we require you to be diligent and frequent) find out whether or no they have exceeded the time limited for their stay.

We do also require and authorize you, or any two or more of you, to charge and command all person or persons whatsoever in the said City and Suburbs, in whose Houses any such person or persons formerly lodged, sojourned, or lived, and to publish and declare to all others whom it may concern, That in case any of the said persons so to be commanded away, shall return again at any time to the said City or Suburbs, or any other Men or Women whatsoever that are Papists, and not resident continually in the said City and Suburbs, without any late intermission, since the first ofOctober last, shall hereafter come to the said City or Suburbs, that then the person or persons to whose House or Houses he, she, or they so returning, shall return or come, do from time to time, and as often as any such shall happen, within two hours after the receipt or entertainment into his, her, or their House or Houses, of any such person or persons, return under his, her or their Hand, unto two or more of you, the Names, Sirnames, Qualities and Conditions of all and every such person or persons so received, lodged, or entertained.

We likewise require and authorise you, or any two or more of you, in like manner, to examine what Victuals, Clothes, Arms, Munition, or other Provisions whatsoever, have been carried, or shall be carried out of the said City or Suburbs forthe relief of the Rebels, and by whom, or who were furtherers and privy thereunto, and what Townsmen or their Servants that are Papists, have been since Easter last admitted into any Horse-Troop, or Foot-Company, or Ward in our pay; and by whom; and in whose Troop, Company, or Ward so admitted; and what Arms of any kind have, are, or shall be sold by any Soldier, Horse-man or Foot-man, to any Townsman or other Inhabitant in the said City and Suburbs; and where the said Arms now are; and what Masters or Mistresses of Families or Servants that are Papists, that formerly resided in the said City and Suburbs, have between the three and twentieth of October and the first of April last withdrawn themselves into the Country, and having continued there a while, returned again to live in the said City and Suburbs. And if, upon Examination, you, or any two or more of you, shall find them, or any of them, to have been with the Rebels, to cause all such to be apprehended and committed to Prison, and to certifie their Names under the Hands of you, or any two or more of you, to our Justices, or other our chief Governour or Governours and Council of this our Kingdom; and what else shall appear unto you concerning them.

And we also require and authorize you, or any twelve or more of you, to view all the thatch’d Houses and Cabins in and about the said City and Suburbs, and to give six days warning to the Possessors of such the said thatch’d Houses and Cabins, as you, or any twelwe or more of you, shall find to be dangerous to the Safety of the said City and Suburbs, and therefore ought necessarily to be removed or pulled down, to remove or pull them down: Wherein if they fail, then and in such case, you, or any twelve or more of you, are to cause such of the thatch’d Houses and Cabins to be removed and pulled down, as you, or twelve or more of you, shall find not to have been pulled down by the Possessors within the said six Days, according to the said warning given.

And in case you, or any two or more of you, shall find any person or persons disobedient to your Commands in and concerning the execution of the Premises, or any part thereof, we do in such case authorize you or any two or more of you, to commit to Prison such persons or persons, when, and as often as there shall be just Cause; and afterwards to release such person or persons, when you, or any two or more of you shall think fit. And for the better and more full and due performance of these Services, It is our Pleasure, and we do hereby authorize you, or any two or more of you, as aforesaid, to administer from time to time an Oath or Oaths to any person or persons, Witnesses touching or concerning all or any the Points, Clauses, Articles, Authorities or Commands in these presents above-mentioned; And that you, our Commissioners, do divide your selves in and throughout the said City and Suburbs, into several Limits, Streets and Parishes; and so to proceed in the execution of the premisses, either all together or severally, as you shall find cause; And that you be frequent, at least weekly, or oftner if you find cause, in the Searches, Examinations, and other Services by these presents committed to your Trust.

And we require all Mayors, Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, and all other our Officers, Ministers, and loving Subjects whom it may concern; and particularly, all Colonels, Commanders, Officers and Soldiers of our Army, to be unto you, or any two or more of you, alwaysaiding, helping and assisting in the due execution of the premisses from time to time, as there may be occasion. And we require you from time to time to give an account of your Proceedings to our Justices, or other our chief Governour or Governours of this our Kingdom for the time being. And this our Commission is to continue inforce during our Pleasure. Witness our right trusty and well-beloved Cousellors Sir William Parsons Knight and Baronet, and Sir John Borelase Knight, our Justices of our said Realm of Ireland. At Dublin the ninth day of September, in the eighteenth Year of our Reign. Carleton & Exham.