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, 24 Martii, 1642.
Person sent for in custody.
RESOLVED, That Johnson Mellidge of Poole, Innkeeper, and Collector for the Commissioners of the Customs, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms: And that the Commissioners of the Customs be required to put him out of the said Place of Collector of the Customs: And that in the mean time, till he can be sent up, that he may be kept Prisoner aboard the Ship that lies in the Harbour of Poole.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Henry Harbin, the Mayor of Poole, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent; and that in the mean time, till he can be sent up, he be kept Prisoner where he is, aboard the Ship that lies at Poole.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill do prepare an Ordinance for the Indemnity of Captain Wm. Slutt, Captain of the Volunteers in the Town of Poole, who took and apprehended the Mayor.
Exemption from Assessments.
The humble Petition of the Yeomen Warders of his Majesty's Tower of London, being Forty in Number; and the Petition of the now Moneyers in the Tower of London; were this Day read.
And it is Ordered, That their Petitions be referred to the Committee of the Tower; and that in the mean time the Collectors of London, Middlesex, or elsewhere, do forbear to levy any Assessment upon them, or any of them; or to make any Distress for any Assessment upon any of their Estates.
The humble Petition of the Gunners and Soldiers of Hurft Castle in the County of Southampton, whose Names are underwritten, desiring the Payment of their Arrears, and a Supply of Powder and other Necessaries, for that Castle, was this Day read.
And it is Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; to take care for the*; and that they recommend it to the Committee for regulating the Payment of Monies.
Payment to Ld. General.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for regulating the Payment of Monies, to give Order for the Payment of the Five thousand Pounds assigned to my Lord General, in such Proportions as with most Conveniency they may.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Trenchard, to consider out of what Monies the Five hundred Pounds, due to Mr. Cambell, and the Five hundred * *
Detention of a Ship.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Bullard of Clay, next the Sea, in the County of Norfolk, Merchant, who had a Ship, laded with Malt, detained at Scarborough, be referred to the Examination of the Committee for the Navy; and that, if they find the Suggestions in the Petition to be just and true, that they give Directions for the Discharge of the Ship, Master, and Company; and for Satisfaction to be made for the Goods, if Sale be made of them.
Ordnance for the City.
Ordered, That the East India Company be required to lend unto the City such Ordnance as they can conveniently spare; the City giving them good Security to restore them again, or to make Satisfaction for them, so soon as they shall have no further Use of them.
Ordered, That Sir Beauchamp St. John, Sir Roger Burgoyne, and Sir Oliver Luke, do take care for the sending down the Books for the weekly Assessments into the County of Bedford: and that one of them do go down into the said County to advance the Service there; and to put it into a speedy Execution.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of Hantshire do meet this Afternoon, and confer together; and consider of some one Gentleman of their County to be sent down into that County, to advance the Service of the weekly Assessments.
Printer to the House.
Ordered, That Usbands the Printer shall have the Benefit of his own Copy; and that no Man, but such as he shall appoint, shall presume to print a Book intituled, A Collection of Declarations, Orders, Votes, &c. for the Space of Six Months after the Date hereof.
Upon a Report this Day made from the Committee, to whom the Business of Mr. Price's obtaining Licence to trade into the Sound, was referred; it is Resolved, &c. That this House holds it prejudicial and dangerous to the Kingdom, and Company of Eastland Merchants in general, and of ill Precedent, for any particular Person or Persons to carry any Letters of License, safe Conducts, or Instruments of Accommodation, which may procure more free Passage for his or their Ships and Merchandizes through the Sound of Denmark, than the rest of the Company may have.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Cage, Mr. Hill, Mr. Blackiston, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Bond, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Bedenfield, Mr. Bence, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Corbett;
This Committee is to consider of the whole Business concerning the procuring of Licences, from his Majesty to trade into the Eastland Country, or any other Parts beyond the Seas; and of the Prejudice and Inconvenience, that may happen to Trade upon these and the like Occasions; and likewise of the Petition of the Governor, Assistants, and Fellowship of Eastland Merchants, and his Majesty's Answer thereunto; and the Commitment of some of those deputed by the Company to attend his Majesty at Oxon for delivery of one of their Ships stayed in the Sound; and what Course and Proceedings are fit to be held and taken herein: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Lewes went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning some Letters received from Sir Wm. Brereton.
He likewise carried up an Ordinance concerning Exeter, passed on Saturday last; and an Ordinance for sequestring the Vicarage of Weston Zoiland: And was appointed to put the Lords in mind of passing the Ordinance for seizing and sequestring the Estates of Papists, and other notorious Delinquents:
Brings Answer, That, as to the two Ordinances, the Lords do agree; as to that concerning the Estates of Delinquents, they will send a speedy Answer by Messengers of their own; and, as to the Conference, they will give a present Meeting as is desired.
Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Ashhurst, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Ordered, That Mr. Progers, again stayed, be forthwith discharged, and suffered quietly to pass according to the Warrant of the House, under Mr. Speaker's Hand.
An Ordinance of Association for the Forces in the County of Salop, under the Command of Sir Jo. Corbett, to be appointed, by Commission from my Lord General, Colonel General of the Forces raised or to be raised in that County, &c. was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto.
Not to fire the Tower Guns.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower be required and enjoined not to fire the Ordnance in the Tower, nor the Chambers upon Tower Hill London, on Monday next; in regard of the great Expence it will cause of Powder, and the great Concourse of People: And the Committee for the Tower is to take care, that this Order be observed.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for sequestring the Office and Estate of Sir Peter Osborne, this Day read, be recommitted to the same Committee; to consider of such Persons as shall be thought fit to be Sequestrators; and of inserting their Names into it.
Loan from London.
Whereas Forty thousand Pounds per Month is assessed by an Ordinance of both Houses upon the City of London; it is this Day Ordered, That Twenty-four thousand Pounds of this Forty, so assessed as aforesaid, shall be borrowed upon the publick Faith; and an Ordinance prepared and brought in for the Repayment thereof.
Mr. Glyn is appointed to prepare this Ordinance.
Treaty with the King.
Sir Jo. Wray is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a Conference, concerning the Message Yesterday received from his Majesty.
Mr. Holles presents from the Committee the Message to be sent to his Majesty, in Answer to his Majesty's Message.
The Question being put, Whether the Clause in the latter End of the Answer to his Majesty's Message, concerning giving his Majesty Reasons for adhering to the former Articles of Cessation ....;
The House divided:
The Yeas went forth.
|Mr. Holles, Sir Wm. Litton,||Tellers for the Yea: With the Yea,||55.|
|Mr. Marten, Mr. Strode,||Tellers for the Noe: With the Noe,||40.|
Then the Answer itself was put to the Question; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be delivered at this Conference: And likewise, that the Votes, Yesterday passed, concerning this Business, be delivered at this Conference; and the Lords Concurrence desired therein.-
Ordered, That Sir Walth: Erle, and Sir Chrift. Yelverton, be added to the Committee for the Tower.
Restitution to Ashe.
A Letter, to be sent to the Committee at Oxon, concerning the Restitution of some Cloths belonging to Mr. Jo. Ashe, a Member of this House, was read; and assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Treaty with the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Dr. Bennet;
The Lords do agree to all that was brought up at the last Conference; and do intend to send it, in a Letter inclosed, this Afternoon, by Sir Peter Killegrew, to the Committee at Oxon.
Sheriff of Essex.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning the House do take into Consideration the Business concerning the Sheriff of Essex.-
May it please your Majesty,
Treaty with the King.
We your loyal Subjects, the Lords and Commons in Parliament, having received a Message from your Majesty, in which you are pleased to express yourself not to be satisfied with the Articles of Cessation presented unto you by our Committee now attending you at Oxford; and yet a Signification of your Majesty's Pleasure, of your Majesty's Willingness to treat upon the Propositions themselves, even without a Cessation; do with all Humility give our Consent, that our Committee shall have Power to treat and debate with your Majesty upon the two first Propositions, according to their Instructions, for four Days after the Day of Receipt of this Message, notwithstanding that the Cessation be not yet agreed upon; that (as much as in us lies) there may be no Delay in the Proceedings for the obtaining of a blessed Peace, and the healing of the miserable Breaches of this distracted Kingdom: And do purpose to represent very speedily to your Majesty, those just Reasons and Grounds, upon which we have found it necessary to desire of your Majesty a Cessation so qualified as that is: Whereby we hope you will receive such Satisfaction, as that you will be pleased to assent unto it; and, being obtained, we assure ourselves, it will be most effectual to the Safety of the Kingdom, and that Peace, which, with so much Zeal, and loyal Affection to your Royal Person, and in a deep Sense of the bleeding Condition of this poor Kingdom, we humbly beg of your Majesty's Justice and Goodness.
Person to be examined.
Ordered, That the Committee for Examinations do examine the Frenchman sent up by Sir Edw. Boys.