The Admiralty Committee to the Navy Commissioners. January 4, 1652/3. (N.R.S. xxx, p. 339.)
5. You are to consider what relief is fit to be made to the widows, children, and impotent parents of such as shall be slain in the service.
6. You are to inform yourselves of all hospitals employed for the cure of sick and wounded people, etc.
Proposals of Navy Commissioners (undated). (N.R.S. xxxvii, p. 223.)
That three persons of approved ability and godliness (whereof one to be a surgeon) be appointed to attend this service, with a competent salary.
That the Commissioners thus constituted give seasonable and timely direction to the mayors and chief officers of all sea-port towns to make provisions for all sick and wounded men as they shall be set on shore from any of the ships in the State's service, and to employ what surgeons or other means are in those several places attainable, for their relief and cure; and upon notice of a deficiency in any place of such helps as are necessary, in that kind, they are to provide either by removing them, or by sending surgeons and medicaments to them, that the recovery and cure of the distressed may not be retarded or prejudiced.
That the Commissioners aforesaid, or any two of them, do seriously consider the condition and damage of all such persons as are or shall be wounded in the service of the Commonwealth, and give them such allowance as they shall judge requisite, not exceeding £10 gratuity to any one person, nor £6. 13s. 4d. yearly pension to any, and in such cases wherein they, or any two of them, do judge a greater allowance ought to be given, they are to certify their opinions, with the grounds, to the Commissioners of the Admiralty, and act further therein, as order from them shall be given.
The said Commissioners, or any two of them, shall likewise duly consider the condition of the widows, children and impotent parents of such as have been, or shall be, slain in the service, and to give such gratuities to them not exceeding £10 as in their judgments be most agreeable to rules of charity, and may demonstrate the State's sense of their suffering conditions, and in extraordinary cases to report as before. In all which a vigilant eye is to be had to the certificates that are brought to evince the truth of the suffering of any, that they come from known creditable persons, and so thereby deceits in abuse of the State's bounty may be prevented.
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