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, 25 Martii, 1643.
Payment to Dike.
ORDERED, That Four thousand Pounds be paid by the Treasurers and Receivers of the Four hundred thousand Pounds Bill, to Andrew Dike Esquire, before all other former Orders and Assignments whatsoever, out of the Money now present in their Hands, or the Monies that shall next come into their Hands, of the first or second Payments of the said Bill, due by the Citizens of London and Westminster, and the Suburbs of them; for and towards the Payment of the brotherly Assistance due from this Kingdom to the Kingdom of Scotland, at Midsummer last: And that this Order, with the said Mr. Dike his Receipt, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurers for so much as they shall pay upon this Order.
Arms, &c. for Nottingham.
Ordered, That Jervase Burrowes, the Carrier of Nottingham, shall have Liberty to carry down to Nottingham, for the Service of the Town and Committee there, Ten Muskets, with Rest, Worm, and Scowerer; three great Saddles, with the Furniture; six Swords; two Case of Pistols; two Pair of Traces.
Persons sent for in custody.
Resolved, &c. That Tho. Rackett of New Exchange, Jo. Clifton, Servant to Henry Hyett of Westminster, John May of Westminster, Hen. Scrubbing, Edw. Osmond, Servant to Geo. Cooperthwayte, Jo. Grant of the Bank Side, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, for receiving Prest Money, to serve as Mariners in this Summer's Fleet, and notwithstanding refuse to serve.
Reflections on Parliament.
Lecturer of Dartford.
Upon the humble Petition of some of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Dartford, whose Names are underwritten, desiring that Mr. William Wickins may be their Lecturer, to preach every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, the Market Day, and every Fast Day in the Afternoon; it is Ordered, That the said William Wickins be recommended unto the said Inhabitants, to be their Lecturer, at their own Charge, to preach at the Times desired; and that the Vicar, or whomsoever else it may concern, do permit and suffer the said Mr. Wickins to exercise his Ministry, by preaching, without any Lett or Interruption, at the Times aforesaid.
Lecturer of Lidd.
Upon the humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Town of Lidd, in the County of Kent, desiring that Mr. Sam. Fisher, Master of Arts, may be their Lecturer, to preach every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, and one Day in the Week; it is Ordered, That the said Mr. Sam. Fisher be recommended unto the said Inhabitants, to be their Lecturer, at their own Charge, to preach at the Times desired; and that Dr. Asgile, Vicar of the said Town, and all others, whom it may concern, do permit and suffer the said Mr. Sam. Fisher to exercise his Ministry, by preaching at the Times desired, without any Lett or Interruption.
Lectures of Beales.
A Certificate in Writing was read, under the Hand of Mr. John Shardelow, Parson of the Parish of Beales, in the County of Suffolk, declaring his Consent, that the Parishioners should make Choice of Mr. Jo. Clerke to be Lecturer to the said Parishioners; and a Certificate in Writing, under the Hands of the Parishioners, was likewise read; desiring the said Mr. Clerke to be their Lecturer; it is therefore this Day Ordered, That the said Mr. Clerke shall be appointed to preach weekly to the said Parishioners, on such Days as shall be most convenient for the Inhabitants and Parishioners: And all Persons, whom it may concern, are hereby required to permit him to preach, at the Times appointed, without Interruption.
Firing Tower Guns.
|Mr. Holles, Sir Peter Wentworth,||Tellers for the Yea: With the Yea,||61.|
|Sir Rob. Harley, Sir Nevile Poole,||Tellers for the Noe: With the Noe:||56.-|
Message to Lords.
Mr. Trenchard carried up to the Lords, the Order concerning the Payment of Four thousand Pounds, Part of the brotherly Assistance, to Mr. Dyke, out of the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds; the Order for bestowing upon the Bishop of Ardagh One hundred Pounds, out of the Contribution Monies; the Letter to be sent to the Committee at Oxon, concerning the Restitution of Mr. Jo. Afhe's Cloths taken by the Forces at Redding.-
Firing Tower Guns.
|Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Evelyn,||Tellers for the Yea: With the Yea,||75.|
|Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Strode,||Tellers for the Noe: With the Noe,||57.|
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Navy shall appoint a Proportion of Powder, not exceeding twenty Barrels, to be issued out of the Stores in the Tower, for the firing and discharging of the Guns and Chambers on Monday next.
Battle of Salth Heath.
A Letter from Uxeter, of the 20th of March, relating the Fight on Sunday last between the King's Forces and the Parliament Forces, on Salth Heath, some four Miles short of Stafford, was this Day read.
Payment for Staffordshire.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do grant their Warrants to the Treasurers at London, forthwith to pay unto the Treasurer at Wars a thousand Pounds, to be by him paid immediately to Sir Edw. Littleton and Mr. Noble, for the Service of Staffordshire; and that the Committee for regulating Payments do take Notice of this Order, and give Order for the present complying with it.
Message to Lords.
Seizure of Money, &c.
Mr. Marten, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Blakeston, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Rigby, are appointed, and hereby authorized, to seize all such Monies, Plate, Rents, and Goods, which do belong to any Person or Persons, that are in actual War against the Parliament.
Lords to sit.
Answers from Lords.
Sir Peter Wentworth brings Answer, That as to the Ordinance for the seizing the Estates of notorious Delinquents, they will go on with it with all Expedition; and as to the Ordinance for the Association of Salop, &c. they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Lecturer of St. Dunstan's in the West.
Ordered, Upon the humble Petition of the Common Council Men, and divers others of the Parish of St. Dunstan's in the West, London, shewing, that, by Order of the House of Commons, they enjoyed Mr. Francis Peck, to be their Lecturer on Thursday Mornings; and since, by an Order of the said House, he is removed to serve the Cure of a Parish Church in Hertford, whereby they are destitute of a Lecturer upon Thursdays aforesaid, desiring the said Lecture may be continued by Mr. Froizell, a pious and orthodox Divine; it is Ordered, That the said Mr. Thomas Froizell shall preach the Lecture at St. Dunstan's aforesaid, every Thursday in the Forenoon; and that Dr. Marsh, and all other, whom it may concern, do permit the said Mr. Thomas Froizell the free Use of the Pulpit in St. Dunstan's abovesaid, to preach accordingly, without any Lett, Hindrance, or Interruption, whatsoever.
Die Sabbati, 25 Martii, 1643. Post Meridiem.
Lecturer of Ilminster.
ORDERED, That Mr. Timothy Batt, a learned and orthodox Divine, and in Orders, be recommended unto the Inhabitants of Ilminster, in the County of Somerset, to be their Lecturer, to preach there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon; and that the Parson of the said Parish, and all others, whom it may concern, do suffer and permit the said Mr. Timothy Batt to exercise his Ministry, by preaching there every Lord's Day in the Afternoon, as is aforesaid, at the Charge of the Inhabitants.
Removal of Capuchins.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the former Order for the Removal of the Capuchins shall be forthwith put in Execution; and that the Gentlemen, with whom the Care of that Order is intrusted, do forthwith proceed in the Execution of this Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to my Lord Mayor of the City of London to take care, that the Assessments upon the Protestant Strangers may be very moderate, in regard they are Protestants, and well affected to the Service of the King and Parliament; and that he do especially recommend it to the Assessors of the several Wards, to have a Care herein.
The humble Petition of divers of the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants, of the County of Herts, desiring that the same Proportion of Monies, by a weekly Assessment, may be raised in the said County, as is already appointed by the Ordinance for the weekly Assessments; and that the Monies raised upon this latter Assessment may be employed for the Maintenance of a moving Body, and constant Garison, to be placed, and kept, in such Places as shall be most convenient and necessary for the Safety of the said County; and for the buying of Ammunition, Arms, fortifying of such Towns where such Garisons shall lie, sending out and maintaining of Scouts, and doing such other warlike Services; was this Day read;
And an Ordinance, likewise, in pursuance of the Desires expressed in the said Petition, was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Cheshire Forces, &c.
Ordered, That this Desire of Sir Wm. Brereton's, of Twenty Barrels of Powder, with Match proportionable; Two hundred Muskets; Forty Pair of Pistols; and Twenty Carabines; be especially recommended to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom.
Message to Lords.
Treaty with the King.
Prisoner in the Fleet.
Upon the humble Petition of Dame Mary Lytcott, of Moulsey, in the County of Surrey, desiring, that Mr. Gibon, a Prisoner in the Fleet, in Execution, at her Suit, for a Debt owing to her Husband, of Three hundred Pounds, might not so freely go abroad, as now he does, but that he might be kept close Prisoner; It is Ordered, That the Warden of the Fleet be required to keep the said Mr. Gibon Prisoner, within the Walls of the Prison, and not to suffer him to go abroad, with Keeper, or otherwise, until he make Payment of the said Debt.
Answer from Lords.
Sir H. Vane brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the Customers; and as to the other Ordinance, concerning the Sequestration of Thorly, in the Com. of Herts, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Treaty with the King.
Mr. Rogers went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by Committees of ... Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning some Reasons to be sent to the Committee, to be presented unto his Majesty, and enforced by them, as Grounds why the Houses cannot agree to the Alterations and Additions made to the Articles of Cessation, sent by his Majesty.
Mr. Pym presented, from the Committee, the Reasons to be sent to the Committee at Oxon, and to be pressed and enforced by them, as Grounds why the two Houses cannot agree to the Alterations and Additions made to the Articles of Cessation, by his Majesty; and likewise additional Instructions to the Committee upon this Occasion; The which Reasons and Instructions were all particularly read by the Clerk; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be delivered unto the Lords, at a Conference; and their Concurrence to be desired: And that they be sent unto the Committees at Oxon.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Dewell, lately sent for as a Delinquent, for not paying in his Assessment, upon the second Payment of the Monies upon the Four hundred thousand Pounds, (being oftentimes demanded it by the Sub Collectors) who hath since paid the same, as appears by an Acquittance under the said Collectors, shall be forthwith discharged, paying his Fees.
Treaty with the King.
The Lords do agree to the Reasons, and to the Instructions, brought up at the last Conference; and that they have given Order to the Speaker of their House to send them with all Speed to the Committee at Oxon.
Commissioners of Customs.
Whereas Thomas Andrews, John Fowke, Richard Chambers, and William Barkely, Aldermen of the City of London, Maurice Thomson, Francis Allyn, James Russell, and Stephen Estwick, Merchants, according to divers Propositions, voted and assented to by the honourable House of Commons, the Fourteenth of January last, are, by an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, ordained and constituted to be Collectors, or Commissioners, enabled to receive all such Sums of Money, as shall, at any time hereafter, be paid for Customs, or advanced by way of Loan, or otherwise, for and in respect of Goods and Merchandizes exported out of, and imported into, the Port of London, and all other Ports within the Realm of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick; and have advanced, by way of Loan, for the Supply of the pressing Necessities of the Navy, the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds lawful Money; it is now ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Commissioners shall repay unto themselves, by way of Defalcation, out of the one Half of the said Receipts, the aforesaid Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year, at the End of Six Months next to be elapsed and expired, to be accounted from the One-and-twentieth Day of January last, when the said Money was paid.
It is likewise ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, that the said Commissioners shall continue in the said Employment for one intire Year, to begin from the Twenty-fifth of March 1643; and shall not be displaced, nor dismissed from the said Employment, without Order of both Houses of Parliament; nor until they be reimbursed the said Twenty thousand Pounds, advanced and lent, as aforesaid; and all other Sum and Sums of Money, which they shall, at any time or times hereafter, further advance or disburse, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum for the same; and be likewise paid all such Allowance and Salary, for the said Service, as shall be in Arrear and unpaid at the Time of such their Dismission and Discharge; and that the said Commissioners shall, Quarterly, defalk the Sum of Two thousand five hundred Pounds, and all such other Allowances as the former Commissioners have had, out of the said Collections and Receipts, for their Performance of the Service aforesaid, during the whole Time of their said Employment; and shall be allowed the same upon their Accompts: And as for all Payments to be from time to time made by the said Commissioners, or their Deputies, as well to Merchants and others, for Customs of Goods exported, which formerly were imported, according to the Orders annexed to the last Book of Rates; as also to Clerks, and every other Person, which they shall find necessary to be employed, in this Service, under them; the said Commissioners, or their Deputy or Deputies, by their Appointment and Order, shall issue the said Payments out of the Receipts aforesaid, and be likewise allowed the same in their Accompts.