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 Mercurii, 14 Junii, 1643.
UPON the Petition of Anne Viscountess, Wife of Tho. Lord Viscount Baltinglasse, Daughter to Sir Peter Temple;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write a Letter to Sir Peter Temple, to desire him, form this House, to take his said Daughter into Consideration; and to afford her some Means of Subsistence, according to her Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of Christ. Roper, Serjeant Major to the Right honourable the Earl of Kildare, be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland.
Customs on Calves Skins.
Upon a Report from the Committee for the Navy, to whom the Cause of Mr. Hotworthy of Bristoll, Alderman, was referred, concerning Customs to be by James Crofts paid for a Parcel of Calves Skins entered upon the David, shipped and bound for Marseilles, and, by the Way, many of them taken by some Spanish Men of War;
It is Ordered, That, whereas he ought to have paid about One hundred and Ninety Pounds Customs for the said Calves Skins, that, in regard of his great Loss, that he shall pay but an hundred Pounds for Customs, Duties, and Licence Money, payable for the said Calves Skins.
Earl of Sancourt's Pass.
Ordered, That the Earl of Sancourt, a French Baron, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass the Seas, with Eight Servants, whose Names are to be inserted in the Body of the Pass, with their Coffers, Portmanteaus, Apparel, and such other Necessaries as shall be requisite and useful for them in their Journey and Voyage; being lawfully exportable out of the Land.
Market Deeping Parsonage.
An Order of this House for sequestring the Parsonage of Market Deeping, in the County of Lincolnc, whereof Paul Prestland is Parson, into the Hands of certain Sequestrators, named in the said Order, to the Use and Benefit of Tho. Redman Master of Arts, a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine; who is hereby appointed and required to preach every Lord's Day, and to officiate as Parson, and to take care for the Discharge of the Cure of the said Place, in all the Duties thereof, until further Order shall be taken; was this Day read: And, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered accordingly.
Proceedings on the Plot.
Mr. Rous, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Green, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Solicitor, are appointed presently to withdraw, and to state the Narrative of the Fact, and of the Danger of the late Plot, as it appears upon the Proof made in the House.
A Commission, under the Hands and Seals of the Lord Mohun, Sir Ralph Hopton, and * * * *
Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Strode, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Pym, are forthwith to withdraw; to prepare Heads for a Conference to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Great Seal.
Affairs at Liverpoole.
A Letter from Liverpoole, from Sir Wm. Brereton, of the Seventh of June, was this Day read; and referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider of the Desires in the said Letter, concerning the Ships at Liverpoole to continue there, for the Safety and Defence of the said Coasts; and concerning the Customs of those Ports for the Maintenance of the said Ships: They are likewise to write to the Earl of Warwick, to take some Course to proceed against the treacherous Master of the Pinnace. Mr. Asherst is likewise to desire my Lord General to grant Commissions of Martial Law to Sir Wm. Brereton: And Mr. Reynolds is to make some Observations upon the Letter and Commissions: And the Letter and Commissions to be printed: And the Commissioners of the Admiralty are to take Order to dispose of so much of the Wines, seized by Sir Wm. Brereton's Barks, as belong to the State.
A Letter from my Lord Fairefax, of the Ninth of June, was this Day read; and, likewise, divers Letters, from the Lord Gray, Sir Wm. Brereton, and others, to my Lord Fairefax; rendering their Reasons, why they could not so speedily come to his Assistance; were this Day read; and ordered, that my Lord General be acquainted with these Letters; and desired to take such Course, that my Lord Fairefax may receive all Encouragement: This recommended unto Mr. Nicholas.
Articles of Portesmouth.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Lewes, Governor of Portesmouth, do send an express Messenger to Portesmouth, for the original Articles assented unto upon the taking of that Town; and that he first cause a true Copy to be made, attested under good Hands, to prevent the Inconveniencies that may happen, if the Original of the said Articles should miscarry.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Jepson carried up to the Lords the Declaration concerning Ireland; and was appointed to desire them to speed the Answer to the Imputations laid upon this House, touching the Monies borrowed of the Stock of Ireland; to know whether the late Prisoners that could make Relation of the Usage of the Prisoners at Oxon, were examined upon Oath, as is desired; and, if they be not, to desire they may be examined; to desire them to pass the Ordinance concerning the listing of Horses, &c. to pass the Ordinance and Rules concerning Prisoners.
He likewise carried up the Order for the Addition of the Name of Mr. Nich. Moseley, of Aucoates, in Com. Lanc', to be inserted into the former Order for seizing the Goods of Delinquents, &c. in the County of Lancaster.
Horses, &c. for Army.
The Ordinance for furnishing my Lord Fairefax with Horse, and other Succours, with some Amendments to it, since it was returned from the Lords, was this Day read, thus amended; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto, with the Amendments.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do deliver unto the Committee for Accounts, where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, the Ordinance he has in Preparation, to be added to the Ordinance for Sequestrations; to be considered of by that Committee.
Assembly of Divines.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have taken notice, that Mr. Shute, named for one of the Assembly, was lately deceased; and they do think fit to nominate Mr. Simeon Ashe, of St. Bride's, in his Place: And desire the Concurrence of this House therein.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth concur with the Lords in the nominating and approving of Mr. Simeon Ashe, of St. Bride's, to be one of the Assembly of Divines, in the Place of Mr. Chute, formerly chosen, and since deceased.-
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for regulating Printing.-
Assembly of Divines.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and do fully agree with the Lords, in the nominating and appointing Mr. Simeon Ashe to be one of the Assembly of Divines.
Sir Wm. Armyn went up to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence in the making of a new Great Seal, to attend the Parliament.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Tho. Cheeke, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Grimston, are appointed to go into the County of Essex, to acquaint them with the Letters of my Lord General Essex, for the raising of such Forces as they can in that County to be sent unto his Excellency, to promote that Service.
Prisoner of War, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Suffolk, to dispose, into such Place of safe Custody as they shall think fit, Mr. Scrivener, formerly sent for, and now taken Prisoner by Captain Johnson; and, likewise, to dispose of the Seventy Poundsworth of Plate, or thereabouts, received by the said Captain Johnson.
And it is further Ordered, That the Horse Arms, seized and taken, by the said Captain Johnson, from Sir Rob. Kemp, be bestowed upon him, for his Encouragement.
Persons to return to England.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Kemp, Sir H. Beddingfieldd, Sir Wm. Paston, Sir Edw. Sylyard, Sir Jo. Tracy, Sir Wm. Doyly, Rob. Jeggon Esquire, Rob. Bacon Esquire, Tho. Peyton Esquire, Sir Tho. Willis Knight, Jo. Tracle, and Tho. Gross, Esquires, now residing at Rotterdam, and other Parts beyond Seas, doing ill Offices against the Parliament, as this House is informed, shall be forthwith required to return into England, within a Month after Notice hereof shall be left at their Mansion Houses; or, otherwise, that all their Estates, real and personal, shall be sequestred, and employed for the Service of the Commenwealth: And Notice of this Order is to be left at their usual Places of Abode, or Dwelling Houses of the said Sir Rob. Kemp, and Persons aforesaid, here in England.
Ordered, That the Bailiffs of Yarmouth, and Captain Johnson, be authorized to seize any Letters or Pacquets going to Sir Rob. Kemp beyond Seas, or to any other illaffected Person to the Parliament; or coming from them here into England.
Impeachment of the Queen.
Ordered, That the Impeachment against the Queen be peremptorily brought in on Friday Morning.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Rob. Kemp, and Rob. Smith Esquire, shall be appointed Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Essex.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Rob. Pye the younger shall be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Berks.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Jepson brings Answer, that the Lords will examine the Witness speedily, concerning the hard Usage of the Prisoners at Oxford; that they agree to the Order for inserting Mr. Moseley into the Ordinance for Lancaster; that they will speedily take into Consideration the Declaration touching the disposing of the Monies for Ireland: That, to the other Things carried up by him, they will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn brings Answer, that the Lords told him they had sent a Message for a Conference touching the Matter of the Message sent up by this House.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leeche and Dr. Aylett;
That the Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, presently, if it stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Great Seal.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Sir Wm. Armyn, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Narrative of the Plot.
Ordered, That the Narration and Commission be read in all Churches and Chapels in and about London and Westminster, on Thursday, being the Day of Thanksgiving for the Deliverance of the Parliament and City from the late horrid Plot: And Sir Rob. Pye and Mr. Wheeler are to take care to send printed Copies thereof to the Churches in Westminster, to be read there: And the Lord Mayor to see them read in London; and Sir John Francklyn to take care they be read in the adjacent Parishes in Middlesex; and Mr. White, for Southwark.
Ordered, That the Mare and young Horse, belonging to Mr. Endimion Porter, lately brought from Enfeild Chase to London, be forthwith delivered to Mr. John Rushworth, to be employed in the Service of the Parliament, in sending Messengers between this House and the Lord General: And such Persons as seized the same, or that have the said Mare or Horse in Custody, are hereby required to deliver them, forthwith, to the said Mr. Rushworth.
Mr. Pym reports the Conference with the Lords: And from thence presents the Votes passed with the Lords, concerning the Great Seal, in hæc verba; viz.
"Die Sabbati, 27 Maii, 1643."
"Resolved, &c. That the Use of the Great Seal of England ought to be applied to the Commands of the Parliament, according to the Laws of the Land."
"Resolved, &c. That it is the Duty of both Houses of Parliament to use their best Endeavours to provide a fitting and a speedy Remedy for these Mischiefs."
"It was put to the Question, whether that a Great Seal of England shall be forthwith made, to attend the Parliament and Dispatch of the Affairs of the Parliament and Kingdom;"
"And it was Resolved, negatively,"
"That the Parliament having in all their Resolutions and Actions gone upon the Power of their Ordinances, their Lordships conceive it will be proper to continue upon that Ground and Way: That the making of a new Great Seal will not hinder or prevent the Use and Power of the King's Great Seal, if we find, that the sealing of Original Writs, and Writs of Error, be denied; we then shall join with them to take it into our Care, to do in this what may be necessary, and of most Advantage to the Parliament, the free Course of Justice, and the Laws of the Kingdom."
"The Lords desire Proofs to confirm and evidence the Reasons presented by this House for the making of a new Great Seal."
Ordered, That the Matter of this Report be referred to the Committee formerly appointed for the Great Seal; with the Addition of Mr. Prideaux: And they are to prepare Reasons in Answer to this Conference; and to bring them in upon Friday Morning.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Fleming, now a Prisoner in the King's Bench, be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint, or Imprisonment, and bestowed upon my Lord General, to do with him as his Excellency shall think fitting.
Whereas the Parsonage of Thornchill, in the County of Yorke, is become void, by reason of the Death of Mr. Greenwood, late Parson thereof, formerly Chaplain to the Earl of Strafford: And whereas the Gift of that Place is in the Power of Sir Wm. Savile, who is actually in Arms against the Parliament: It is therefore Ordered, That Mr. Joshua Witton, Chaplain to the Lord Fairefax, a painful Preacher, is appointed by this House to supply the said Cure, and to officiate as Parson there, and to receive the Profits of the said Parsonage: And all Persons are hereby required to permit him to preach there, without Lett or Interruption; and to pay all such Duties and Rents to the said Mr. Witton, as usually have been paid to Mr. Greenwood aforesaid.
Affairs in Salop.
Whereas, by an Ordinance of the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, made for the Association of the County of Salop with the several Counties of Warwick, Stafford, and Chester, and the several Counties and Cities of Chester, Coventry, and Leichfeild, amongst other Things, it is ordained, that, in case any Person or Persons shall lend any Sum or Sums of Money for Advancement of the present Service of the said County of Salop; an Acquittance, under the Hands of any Three of the Committee (whereof Sir John Corbett to be one) shall be sufficient to such Persons, to require Payment thereof, upon the publick Faith; or out of such Monies as shall be levied by Assessments to be made in the said County of Salop, by virtue of the Instructions in the said Ordinance mentioned: It is now Ordered, by the said Lords and Commons, That an Acquittance, under the Hands of any Three of the said Committee for the said County of Salop, shall be sufficient to such Person or Persons that shall lend Money for the Purpose aforesaid, to require Payment thereof upon the publick Faith; or out of such Monies as shall be levied by Assessment, as is before-mentioned.
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