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 Lunæ, 26 Junii, 1643.
Sermon before the Assembly.
ORDERED, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire, that they would concur with this House, that both Houses may be present to hear the Sermon to be preached at the Meeting of the Assembly on Saturday next, by Dr. Twist.
Mr. Wheeler, Sir Rob. Pye, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Salloway. Mr. Ellis, are to see that all Things be prepared for the Meeting of the Assembly, and Places kept for both Houses to be present at the Hearing of the Sermon to be preached at the first Meeting of the Assembly; and to prepare some convenient Lodgings, at the Dean's House or other vacant Houses of the Prebends, for the Divines of the Assembly to lodge in.
Payment to the Earl of Ancram.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Pye do pay unto my Lord of Ancram Two hundred and Fifty Pounds out of the Exchequer, being Part of Five hundred Pounds formerly ordered to be paid to my Lord of Ancram, out of the Exchequer, by an Order of * * * *.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Commission to Sir Jo. Corbett, with the Consent of Sir John Corbett, be referred to the Consideration and Disposal of the Earl of Denbigh, Lieutenant General of the Forces of that County and other associated Counties.
Ordered, That the Proceed of the concealed Goods, belonging to Sir Tho. Nott, and Mr. Nott his Father, seized by Mr. Mollyns, be paid over to the Treasurers for Sequestrations; and by them paid over, upon Account, to Mr. Marten, to be allowed him towards the raising of his Regiment.
A Letter from the Committee of Kent, from Gravesend, of the Three-and-twentieth of June, certifying, that 'tis fit and proportionable to his Estate, to pay One thousand Pounds, to take off the Penalty of the Sequestration of his Estate.
The Question being put, whether Sir Norton Knatchbull should pay a Thousand Pounds for the Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate;
It was Resolved, negatively.
Resolved, That Sir Norton Knatchbull do forthwith, or by this Day Sevennight, pay a Thousand Marks, upon Account, to Mr. Trenchard and Mr. Serjeant Wilde, for the Service of the Forces under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, for Discharge of the Order of the Sequestration of his Estate.
Affairs in Kent.
Ordered, That the Committees and Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent do consider of what Sum is fit to be allowed to their County, towards the Defray of their publick Charge, and out of what Monies; and present it to the further Consideration of this House.
Intelligence from Court.
A Relation, intituled, a Certificate of certain Intelligence from Court, was this Day read; and attested by Mr. Dodd, a Minister lately come out of Ireland, and from Oxon, was this Day read: And it is Ordered, that he, and the Relation, be referred to the Examination of the Committee for Examinations.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do prepare a Letter for Mr. Speaker to write unto my Lord General, to acquaint him what the Countries suffer, by Parties of the King's Forces that come forth and spoil and rob the Countries; and to desire him to take some Course to prevent it; and likewise to desire him to tender the Covenant to all the Officers and Soldiers in his Army; and forthwith to certify the Names of such as refuse.
Ordered, That it be left to my Lord General to dispose of Captain Bladwell's Horses.
Resolved, &c. That a Message shall be forthwith sent to the Lords, to desire them to quicken their Answer to the Ordinance for Listing of Horses.
Mr. Strode, by Order, went up with this Message; and was to press the Necessity of passing this Ordinance, so much conducing to the Safety of the Parliament and these Parts.
Swords for Army.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do take care forthwith to send down to my Lord Gray a Thousand Swords.
A Letter from my Lord General, from Thame, of the Two-and-twentieth of June, concerning the establishing and constituting a Garrison at Bristoll, was this Day read; and referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Garrison of Bristoll; who are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Trial of Conspiratore.
Upon Mr. Pym's Report, that my Lord General had sent a Commission for the Trial of the late Conspirators to the Earl of Manchester, with Power to take unto him Assessors, of Men of Ability and Experience in Matters of Martial Law, to the Number of Twelve at least; that, accordingly, he had named Twenty: That the Committee shall be ready for the Trial on Thursday next; which they desire may be at Guildhall, London, if this House do think well of the Time and Place.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, That Thursday next may be the Day, and Guildhall the Place, for the Trial of the late Conspirators against the Parliament and City; and that the Committee to whom the Examinations of the Conspirators are referred, do prepare the Place fit for the Solemnity of that Trial.
The Draught of a Letter, to be sent from both Houses to the Lords of the Council in Ireland; in Answer of a Letter from that Board, of the Tenth of June, directed to the Speaker of the House of Commons; accompanied with an Act of State; in the Preamble whereof is an Expression to this Effect; "that the present Difficulties are occasioned through the Failure of the Houses of Parliament in England, who undertook the Charge of this War;" was this Day read; and, by Vote, assented unto; and ordered to be delivered to the Lords at a Conference, To-morrow.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, that the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Heath;
The Lords desire a Conference by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, presently, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House; concerning a Proclamation, of great Importance, by his Majesty; received from my Lord General.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.-
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do, To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, report from the Committee, the Reasons to be propounded to the Lords at a conference, for passing the Great Seal; and that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.-
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Peter Wentworth, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning peremptorily, the Petition sent down from the Lords, at a Conference on Wednesday last, * * * *.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde presented from the Conference, a Proclamation, intituled, " A Proclamation, warning all his Majesty's good Subjects no longer to be misled by the Votes, Orders, and pretended Ordinances, of one or both Houses; by reason the Members do not enjoy the Freedom and Liberty of Parliament; with his Majesty's gracious Offer of Pardon to the Members of both Houses, and of Protection to such of them as shall repair to him:" The which was read: And then he presented in Writing the Sense the Lords had of this Proclamation, and their Resolution upon it, in hæc Verba; viz.
"The Lords do apprehend, that, by the Proclamation, this Parliament being declared to be no free Parliament; and that the People are required thereby not to look upon the Votes or Actions of the Persons now remaining as upon the Two Houses of Parliament; this is destructive, as to the present Parliament, and all Acts therein, so also therein to the established Government of this Kingdom: Which Declaration being maintained and pursued by Force, the Lords do conceive themselves bound to defend this present Parliament; and to maintain the Freedom thereof with their Lives and Fortunes; and are resolved so to do."
"They think it fit also, that a Declaration to that Purpose be made to all the Kingdom; and to invite therein all Englishmen, both of the Nobility, Gentry, and Common People, to join with them; assuring such as shall do so, that they shall be embraced and received into the Protection of the Parliament, and acknowledged as those who have done a good Service to the State; except it be such Persons whom we shall find to be the Contrivers of these destructive Counsels; those to be named and excepted in the Declaration."
He further reported, that the Lords had appointed a Committee of Four, to prepare a Declaration to this Purpose.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, in the Declarations and Opinions they have given upon this Proclamation set forth by his Majesty; and to a Committee to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords.-
Great SealImpeachment of the Queen, &c.
Mr. Solicitor, Sir H. Vane jun. Sir Hen. Ludlow, Sir Gilb. Gerard, Mr. Pym, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Sam. Browne;
This Committee is to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards; to consider of some Reasons for a Conference to be had with the Lords, concerning the Great Seal; the Impeachment of the Queen, holding Correspondency with Foreign Parts; sending Committees to Scotland; the Ordinance for Listing of Horses; the Ordinance to prevent sending Intelligence to Oxford, &c. and to consider of such other Matters, as they shall think fit further to be done; and to present the same to the House; and to consider, how such as have suffered in their Estates or Offices for their Service and Attendance in Parliament, may be relieved. -
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Pym, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Recorder, Sir Henry Ludlow, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Gilb. Gerard, Mr. Browne;
This Committee is to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, concerning the Matter of the last Conference touching the Proclamation.
Gideon's &c. Pass.
Upon Mr. Rous his Motion, it is Ordered, That Mrs. Frances Gideon, with Abigall Roche, and James Faucett, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass into France, and to return; with such Necessaries for her Journey as are lawfully exportable.
Mr. Dighton was called in to the Bar: And, being required to pay in the Money to Mr. Rosse, according to a former Order, refused the same.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Dighton shall be forthwith committed to the Prison of the Fleet, for contemning the Orders of this House; there to remain during the Pleasure of this House.
Person sent for.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Robinson the Searcher shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for disobeying the Orders of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do write to my Lord Admiral the Earl of Warwick, to send Two Ships to guard the Scotts Coasts, between the North of Ireland and Scotland.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of the Exchange of Mr. Bassett, a Prisoner to the Parliament, for Mr. Lutterell, a Prisoner to the King's Forces.
Mr. Noble further reports from the Committee of Excise, That Part of the Ordinance that was re-committed: Which was read.
Resolved, &c. That Two Pence shall be laid upon every Pound of Pepper.
Resolved, &c. That, in the Ordinance of Excise, these Words "or the major Part of them," shall be added, instead of "they, or any Five of them."
Resolved, &c. That Six Pounds shall be imposed upon every Tun of Wine, of all Sorts; and that an Abatement be made, proportionably, of Wine for private Use.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Wm. Methold and Peter Hazard, Merchants, to be Treasurers for the Excise.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Rushworth shall be recommended to the Committee of this House for Excise, and to the Treasurers and Commissioners, to be employed in some Office or Place, suitable to his Condition, and the Recommendation of this House; towards a Recompence for the several Services he hath done for the Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be moved to join in the Ordinance for the Excise.
King's Children's Attendants, &c.
Mr. Holland, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Benjamin Rudiard, Mr. Bond, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Marten, Mr. Holdsworth, Mr. Guordon, Mr. Hill;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are appointed to inform themselves, what Papists, and other disaffected Persons to the Parliament, are Attendants upon or Servants to the Children at St. James'; and to report to the House, which of them they hold fit to be removed: And also, to inform themselves, what disaffected Ministers do preach there; and to appoint able Divines to preach there in their stead; and to see defaced any superstitious Pictures at the Chapel at St. James'.
Taxing Moneyers, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Tower do consider of the Taxation of the Moneyers and Wardens in the Tower; and report to the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenckard report, To-morrow, the State of the Accounts upon the weekly Assessments.
Lady Butler's Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Gratian Butler, Wife to Colonel Cocherain, shall have a Warrant, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to pass to Oxford.