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 Sabbati, 24 Junii.
ORDERED, That the Case concerning Serjeant Wilde, and the Tenants and Occupiers of the Manor of Belsis in Hampsted, in the County of Middlesex, and such others as he desires. Relief against, in that Behalf, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Obstructions in the Courts of Justice; to take such Order therein, as they shall think fit: And that the said Tenants be required and enjoined to pay their Rents to no other than to the said Serjeant Wilde, until that Committee take further Order, concerning the same, to whom they shall be paid.
Whereas the Office of Custos Brevium, and all the Profits and Perquisites thereof belonging to Sir H. Compton, is sequestred by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament; and that one of the Prothonotaries Places in that Office is become void by the Death of Mr. Gulson, and in the disposing of Sir H. Compton: It is Ordered, That Sir H. Compton do not nominate unto, or dispose of, that Place; and that the Judges of that Court do not admit, or swear, into that Place, any Man of his Nomination, or any other, until the House take further Order.
Whereas there are divers Persons imprisoned, by the Order of one or both Houses of Parliament, who are indebted to several Persons in great Sums of Money; and, by reason of their aforesaid Imprisonment, are not liable to the Suits and Actions of their Creditors: It is Ordered, That the Committee for Obstructions in Courts of Justice, shall have Power to consider and order some fitting Course, and means, whereby Justice may have her due Course, and the Creditors relieved, by being enabled to lay and charge their Actions upon such Debtors, as aforesaid.
Restoring a Horse.
Ordered, That the black Nagg belonging to Mr. Wm. Brocas, seized and taken by Captain Robinson, (the which Nagg, as this House is well informed, is listed for the Service of the Parliament, and that the said Brocas is well-affected to the Parliament) be forthwith restored unto him; and that the Business of the taking this Horse so unduly, as is informed, be referred to the Committee for Examinations.
Ordered, That the Commissary appointed for valuing and inrolling of Horses and Arms in London, shall enter and value all such Horses and Geldings, as shall be sent or brought to them, by Sir Thomas Midleton Knight, or any of his Friends, to serve under his Command; and shall deliver them over accordingly to the said Sir Thomas, or such Person or Persons as he shall appoint to receive the same; giving Certificates or Tickets of their Values to the Use of the Owners or Proprietors of every such Horse or Gelding respectively; whereby they may have the publick Faith for the said respective Values, according to the Propositions of both Houses of Parliament, in that Behalf.
Assessments on Cathedrals.
Ordered, That the Treasurer and Receiver of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church Canterbury, do pay all such Taxes and Assessments, as are or shall be set upon any of the Foundation of that Cathedral, and yet unpaid, out of the first Monies, as shall come to their Hands.
Lady Newport's Trunks.
Service in the Country.
Members disabled to sit, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Poole be forthwith discharged and disabled for sitting or continuing any longer a Member of this House during this Parliament, for being in actual War against the Parliament; and that a new Warrant do issue for a new Election.
It is Ordered, That the said Two thousand Five hundred Pounds be sequestred for the Use of Sir Wm. Waller, upon Account, for the Service of the Forces under his Command: And that, for his so doing, he shall be indemnified, by Ordinance of Parliament, against Sir Wm. Poole.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Ogle be forthwith discharged and disabled for sitting or continuing any longer a Member of this House during this Parliament, for being in War against the Parliament; and that Mr. Speaker's Warrant do issue for a new Election.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Harrison be forthwith discharged and disabled for sitting or continuing any longer a Member of this House during this Parliament, for being in actual War against the Parliament; and that Mr. Speaker's Warrant do issue for a new Election.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Accounts, where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, to contract for and make Sale, unto him or them that shall give most, of all the Adventures in the East India Trade, belonging to Sir Peter Ricauts; and that he or they that shall buy them, shall be saved harmless, by Ordinance of both Houses, against Sir Peter Ricauts, or any other: And that it be referred to the Committee for Accounts, to reward Captain Willett, and such others, employed under him in this Service, as they shall think fit.
Sir H. Worseley.
Member to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Spurstoe do carry the Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, and the Letters inclosed (intercepted) from Sir Nick. Byron, to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, now at London; to be communicated by them to the Citizens; and that Mr. Reynolds do make use of them, in the Declaration he is to prepare.
Ordered, That such Horses as shall be brought in and advanced by any Friends of Sir Tho. Middleton, for the Service of the Parliament, intrusted to Sir Tho. Middleton: And that the Parties that bring in those Horses shall have the publick Faith for their Re-payment.
Arms for Huntington.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do write, as from this House, effectually to the Earl of Warwick, to send some Ships of Strength for the Defence of Milford Haven; it being a Place of great Importance.
A Letter from my Lord General from Thame, of the Two-and-twentieth of June, shewing the Inconvenience comes to the Service, by reason of the last Ordinance concerning the taking of Horses, was this Day read; And
Ordered, That such Colonels, Captains, and other Officers, as have received Monies of the State to raise Forces, and are listed, and in the Pay of the State, do, by Tuesday next, repair with such Forces already raised to my Lord General, or to such other Services as they are designed; upon such Pains as they are liable unto, by the Law and Rules of War.
Whereas it is Ordered, That the Oath and Covenant shall be tendered to every Man within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Liberties thereof, on Sunday the Five-and-twentieth of this Instant June in the Afternoon after Sermon, in all the Parish Churches and Chapels, within the said Cities and Liberties aforesaid: It is this Day Ordered, That the said Oath and Covenant shall be tendered to every Man within the Parishes within the Bill of Mortality, in the same Manner as it is ordered to be tendered to every Man within the Cities of London and Westminster and Liberties thereof; and that it may be tendered to such as shall not take it upon the Sunday, as aforesaid, upon the next Fast Day.
Upon the humble Petition of Wm. Burton, and Samuel Cooper, on the Behalf of themselves and the rest of the Owners of the Ship Constance (whereof Muriell Lucas is Master) of the Burden of One hundred and Thirty Tons; it is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy; who has Power to take some effectual Course to cause the Ship mentioned in the said Petition to be restored to the Owners; and of some like Way how the Owners may be satisfied for the Use and Employment of the Ship.
Blessing on the Assembly.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you an Order (prepared by their Lordships) for Ministers, on the next Fast Day, to desire a Blessing upon the Assembly appointed to meet on Saturday next: They do think fit, that the time should be on Saturday next, at Nine of Clock in the Morning, in Henry the Seventh's Chapel: If you concur in this Order, they desire it may be printed.
Message to Lords.
Sir W. Armyn carried up to the Lords, the Declaration, Letter of Credit, and Instructions for the Messenger to be sent into Scotland: The Order for Doctor Twist to preach this Day Sevennight before the Assembly: The Name of a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent; and the additional Names of some Committees for Herts': The Ordinance for raising Three hundred Men, for the Defence of the Isle of Wight: The Ordinance concerning the Executors of the Lady Campden: And was to put the Lords in mind of the Ordinance for preventing Intelligence between the King's Quarters, and those of the Parliament.
Blessing on the Assembly.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, that all Ministers employed in the publick Fast on Wednesday next shall, in their Prayers, particularly and earnestly desire the Assistance and Blessing of Almighty God upon the Assembly appointed to meet upon the Saturday following, to be consulted by both Houses of Parliament touching Matters of Religion: And that this Order be forthwith printed, and sent abroad to all Parishes, and read by every Minister publickly in every Church, at the Beginning of his Prayer before his Sermon.
Sir Christ. Yelverton reports from Signior Amerigo Salvietti, that he has not nor ever had any such black Box, Note, Bond, or Bill; and this be protested, upon his Faith, and as he was a Gentleman; and that, if you would desire it, he would wave all publick Character upon him, and take an Oath to this Purpose.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn brings Answer, that the Lords do agree, that Dr. Twist do preach on Saturday next: To the Preachers in their Sermons on the next Fast to desire a Blessing upon the next Assembly: To the Deputy Lieutenant for Kent: To the additional Names of Committees for Hertfordshire: And, as to the Ordinance, for listing Horses; and to prevent Intelligences; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Providing for Forces.
Grant to Lady Cawfield, &c.
Upon a Report from the Committee for Irish Affairs, to whom the Consideration of the Condition of the Lady Cawfield, and her Son, was referred; it is Ordered, That in respect of the great Sufferings, and distressed Estate of the said Lady, and my Lord her Son, that the Treasurers of the Contribution Monies for Ireland, do pay, unto the said Lady, One hundred Pounds to my Lady, one other to the Lord her Son, out of the first Monies that shall come in upon the Contributions, for their present Relief.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are appointed to consider of the manner of Instructions for the taking the Covenant lately made and taken by the Lords and Commons in Parliament; and of some fit Course for sending and dispersing them through the Kingdom; and of an Oath for Men in Garrison to take.