Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, Augusti 2, 1644.
THE House, according to an Order of July the One-and-thirtieth, was resolved into a Committee, to take into Consideration the Matter of Ordination.
Sir Tho. Widdrington was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Ellis reports the Reasons to be offered to the Lords at a Conference, why this House cannot agree to their Lordships last Amendment to the Ordinance con- cerning Martial Law; nor the last Proviso desired by the Lords to be added to the Ordinances concerning Martial Law.
Sir Walth. Erle is appointed to go to the Lords, to de- sire a Conference by a Committee of the whole House, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Amendments, sent down by their Lord- ships, to the Ordinance concerning Martial Law; and to desire the Lords Concurrence in the Names of th * * * * .
Military Affairs, &c.
Sir Philip Stapleton reports from my Lord General, the State and Condition of my Lord General's Army; and what Provisions are necessary to be made for that Army; what Services have been performed by them, and by the Forces which sallied out of Plimouth; of his Ex- cellency's Taking of Lanceston Horse Bridge, and other Places.
A Letter from my Lord of Warwicke, dated at Tur- bay, 29 July, to the Committee of both Kingdoms; and another to Mr. Speaker, of the same Date; about speedy providing a Winter Guard; were read: And also a Letter from Colonel Kerr, Governor of Plimouth; and another from Captain Batten; were both read; informing the Taking of Saltashe, &c.
He further informed the House, That he had received Instructions from my Lord General, earnestly to move the House, that some Course may be taken for constant Payment of his Army; and that some speedy Order be taken for seconding the Army, by some considerable Force, to wait upon the Motions of the King's Army.
He likewise presented some Directions given him by my Lord Admiral, concerning the State and Condition of the Fleet abroad.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of providing Supplies for my Lord General's and Sir Wm. Waller's Army, be injoined; and do meet this Afternoon; and make Report To-morrow Morning, peremptorily: And, it is referred to this Committee, to report their Opinions To-morrow, what is fit to be done to prevent the Inconvenience that may arise, by the negligent Col- lecting and Bringing-in the Monies of the weekly Assess- ments; and for the speedy Levying, Collecting, and Bringing of that Money in: And likewise to consider what is done in the Business concerning the Merchant Adventurers forbearing their Receiving of their Monies.
It is further Ordered, That the respective Committees for the weekly Assessments in London, Westminster, Suburbs, and Borough of Southwarke, do, this After- noon, give an Account to this Committee, of the State and Condition of these Collections.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Walth. Erle reports, That the Lords do agree to a Conference, as is desired, presently, in the Painted Chamber: And, as to the Names of the Committees for Derbyshire, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have sent down a Petition from the Lord Hunsdon; and do desire this House to hasten the Articles and Trial against him; and that, if their great Occasions will not permit the same, to signify, that their Lordships (in respect of the great Expences he now lies at) think it fit to admit the Lord Hunsdon to be bailed.
The Lords desire, that there may be a Stay made of the Sale of the Goods in the Ship called the Tyger, of Rotter- dam, until the Committee of both Houses have had a fuller Hearing concerning the same.
They desire to put this House in mind of the Petitions of the Countess of Dorsett and Serjeant Finche.
Lord Huns- don's Im- peachment.
Ordered, That the Articles of Impeachment against the Lord Hunsdon, be brought in on Monday next.
Prize Ships, &c.
Ordered, That the Report concerning Prize Ships and Goods be made To-morrow Morning.
Transactions with Hol- land.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to meet with the Committee of the Lords, to consider of the Com- plaints of the States Ambassadors, do meet this After- noon, at Five of Clock.
Countess of Dorsett's, &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That the Petitions of the Countess of Dorsett and Serjeant Finche be read, and taken into Consider- ation, on Wednesday next, peremptorily; and, that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and, to the several Particulars of it, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane jun. shall have the Leave of this House to go into the Country, for Recovery of his Health; and to stay for a Fortnight, or thereabouts.
Excise of Flesh, &c.
Ordered, That the Five thousand Pounds for Powder, charged on the Excise of Flesh and Salt, be discharged from upon the Excise; and that an Ordinance be brought in accordingly, to discharge the Five thousand Pounds on the Excise of Flesh and Salt for Payment for Powder: And that a Report be made To-morrow, of the Reprises.
Poole, &c. Committee.
Ordered, That Sir Samuel Rolle shall be added to the Committee for Poole, Lyme, and Plymouth.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in, to dis- pense with that Part of the Oath of Sheriffs, not to stir out of their Counties: And that Mr. Temple, Sheriff of Leicestershire, and Mr. St. Aulbyn, Sheriff of Cornwall, be dispensed with in that Ordinance, as to that Part of their Oath.
Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration the Ordinance concerning maimed Soldiers, To-morrow Morning, the first Business.