Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 2, 1640-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, 3 Martii, 1642.
Payment to Stevens, &c.
WHEREAS the Lords and Commons have granted their Ordinance, of the 15th of February last past, unto Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Jennor, and Mr. Ashe, for the Payment of Four thousand Pounds, which they have advanced unto Sir Wm. Waller Knight, Serjeant Major General of the County of Gloucester, and the other adjacent Counties, for his more speedy March: This is to declare and require the Treasurers at Guildhall, London, to make Repayment of the said Four thousand Pounds unto Mr. Stevens, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Jenner, and Mr. Ashe, as well out of the Monies brought in by Distresses as Subscriptions; and to be paid them forth of the First Monies coming in.
Levies by Distress.
Whereas the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, have Ordered, That all such Monies, levied by Distresses, shall be brought in to the Treasurers of Guildhall, London: This is to authorize and order the said Treasurers to give Receipts and Discharges for such Sums as the particular Persons, appointed for that Service, shall bring in unto them: And, for so doing, this shall be their sufficient Warrant.
Neutrality of Dorsettshire.
A Letter from Sir Tho. Trenchard, and Mr. Jo. Browne, of Dorsettshire, of the First of March, concerning some Agreement made between them and some other Gentlemen, concerning the Disbanding of all Forces of all Sides in their County; and touching the Opposing of all Forces whatsoever that shall enter that County, to the Disturbance of the Peace there; and likewise an Assent in them, that the Ship Charles, now riding in Waymouth Road, should be recalled; was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Gentlemen of Dorsett, Wilteshire, Sommersettshire, and Devonshire; to meet at the Rising of the House, to consider what is fit to be done upon it; and to present their Opinions to the House To-morrow Morning.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Harley carried up to the Lords the Order for the Indemnity of the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex for not publishing Proclamations, &c.: The Order for securing such as shall advance any part of the Threescore thousand Pounds, desired at a Common Council by a Committee of Lords and Commons: The Order concerning the Pix Money in the Mint: The Order for Repayment of Seven hundred and odd Pounds, advanced by the Lord Viscount Say and Seale, for the Use of the King's Children at St. James's: An Order concerning the Spanish Merchants: An Order concerning Merchants to pay their Arrears due upon Customs: The Ordinance for Redress of some Mistakes in an Ordinance late set forth for the weekly Assessments: Five Orders for sequestring Five several Parsonages into the Hands of Sequestrators named in the said several and respective Ordinances.
Subscriptions for Ireland.
The House, according to an Order of Tuesday last, resumed the Debate and Consideration of the Report then made by Mr. Maynard, touching the Act of Subscriptions for Ireland.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the Orders, Ordinances, and Sequestrations, carried up to him.
Mr. Rigby carried up to the Lords the Ordinance concerning New England: And
Brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
The Lords have sent down this Ordinance concerning New England, with some small Amendments: And do agree unto it with these Emendations.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer to this Message shall be, That the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That Mr. Sam. Cordell, appointed by the Parliament to make Powder for the Service of the Navy and State, at his Works near unto Guilford, in Surry, be permitted freely and quietly to carry his Salt-petre, and all other Materials necessary for that Service, to the Place of his Works aforesaid, without the Lett, Interruption, or Hindrance of any Man whatsoever.
Resolved, &c. That a Bill shall be prepared, wherein the Heads shall be, that those that have subscribed upon the former Act of Adventure shall pay in their Monies subscribed; and shall have the Benefit of that Subscription, as if they had paid in their Monies according to the Days in the former Act: And Mr. Maynard and Mr. Prideaux are to bring in that Bill.
Resolved, &c. That such Persons as shall subscribe and pay in all their Monies within Thirty Days, shall have Lands according to the Measure of the Irish Acre.
Waggonmaster General of Munster.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Waggonmaster and Carriagemaster General of Munster in Ireland, and the Letter from my Lord Inchiquin, concerning him, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to take into a Speedy Consideration; and to give him a speedy Dispatch, in regard of the Importance of his Employment.
Resolved, &c. That it shall be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to speak again with the Customers To-morrow at Eight of Clock.
Ordered, That the Commissioners and Collectors of the Customs do attend the Committee for the Navy To-morrow Morning at Eight of Clock.
Percivall's &c. Debts to the State.
Sir Antony Percivall, Collector of the Customs at Dover, indebted to the State Six thousand Five hundred Pounds, upon the Collection of the Customs, was called in to the Bar: And being demanded, Wherefore the Money was not paid; he made some Answer to it: Which when he had done,
He was commanded to withdraw.
And the House having considered of his Answer, he was again called in.
And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, told him the House is well satisfied of the Debt; and injoined him forthwith to pay the Money: And does require your Answer, Whether you would pay it, or no.
He answered, He could not.
Resolved, &c. That the Estate of Sir Antony Percivall shall be sequestred and seized, to make Satisfaction for this Debt, due to the State upon the Customs.
Resolved, &c. That the Estate of Sir Nicolas Crispe shall be sequestred and seized, to make Satisfaction for the Debt he owes to the State upon the Customs.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill and Mr. Serjeant Wilde do draw an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Plate found in Essex.
Ordered, That the Plate found in a Pond in Essex, near Chelmesford, and now in the Custody of Mr. John Derevall, One of the High Constables of Chelmesford Hundred, be presently brought up to Guildhall, London, by the said Mr. Derevall, to be employed for the Service of the State.
Ordered, That Mr. Vassall do repair to the Committee for the Militia in London; and require them, from this House, to take a better Care, that their Out-guards be diligently and well kept.