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, 24 Julii, 1643.
Court of Wards.
RESOLVED, That a Committee shall be appointed to prepare an Ordinance for the taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries and the Tenures; and for allowing the King a full annual Satisfaction, instead thereof, by a yearly Revenue or otherwise.
Mr. Selden, Serjeant Wilde, * Prideaux, * Rudyard, * Anderson, * Hill, * Solicitor, * Rous, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Recorder, * Young, * Millington, * Noble, * Ruthen, * Pye, * Dacres, * Maynard, * Cage, and all the Lawyers of the House: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended to Mr. Selden: And are to meet To-morrow post meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Whereas divers Gentlemen are and may be employed in this present War, for King and Parliament, and for the Maintenance of the true Protestant Religion; and some of them have lost, and others may lose their Lives, in the said Service, which they have performed, and do perform, with a great deal of Care, Fidelity and Valour, to their great Cost and Charge; by means whereof their Sons are and do fall Ward to the King's Majesty: We the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, takeing the same into Consideration, have Resolved, and do, by Power and Authority of Parliament, Order and Ordain, That the Wardships of the Bodies and Lands of the Sons of all such Persons as have been killed or shall be hereafter slain, in the Service aforesaid, shall be granted Gratis to the Mother, or next Friend, of any such Ward, to the Use of the Ward: And if any have made Composition before the making of this Ordinance, it is likewise Ordered, and Ordained, by the said Power and Authority of Parliament, that such Compositions shall be vasated and totally annihilated and made void: And hereof all the Officers of the Court of Wards and Liveries, and all other Persons interested herein, are to take Notice, that no Charges, or any Writ, may issue forth upon the Persons or Lands of any such Ward.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
An Order for placing Ministers in the Churches of Plymouth, become void by the Death of the Incumbent, was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That Joseph Hunscott, Mr. Jo. Wright, nor any other do print the Ordinance of Excise, or the Schedule thereof, without the Consent and Order of this House.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Jepson carried up to the Lords the Ordinance concerning Wards; the Ordinance for the Committee of the Militia in London, to command all the Forces within the Line of Communication; the Ordinance for raising Forces within the County of Surrey; the Ordinance for making Mr. Jo. Rushworth Cursitor for the County of Yorke: And was to put the Lords in Mind of passing the Ordinance touching Sir David Watkins.
Forces in Surry.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Anth Vincent Knight and Baronet, Sir Ambrose Browne Baronet, Sir Rob. Parkhurst Knight, Henry Weston, Geo. Farewell, Geo. Evelyn, Esquires, be added to the last Ordinance for raising Forces within the County of Surry.
An Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance of the weekly Assessments for Two Months longer, to begin from the First of August next, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto: And ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
A Letter from Sevenock in Kent, of the 23th of July, at Five at Night, from Sir H. Vane, Sir Mich. Livesay and others; shewing, that Sir Edw. Batthurst, Captain Stanley, Mr. Geo. Hart, and Mr. Lance Batthurst, and other of the chief Leaders of the Mutineers of Kent, did profess * * * *.
That Mr. Pym do write a Letter to the Deputy Lieutenants and Officers of the Forces in Kent, to pursue the Directions sent unto them on Saturday last; and to let the Mutineers know, that this House will accept no Petition from them till they have laid down their Arms, and returned to their Dwellings.
Ordered, That the Hundred Horse, raised by Colonel Long in Essex, be brought up to this Town to be armed here, and employed in the Service of the State.
Taking of Gainsborough.
A Letter, from Sir Edw. Aiscough, from Colonel Cromwell, to the Committee of Cambridge; and a Letter from the Committee at Cambridge, relating the good Success it has pleased God to bless the Lord Willoughby of Parham, in taking in of Gainsborough; and the Names of the Prisoners and principal Officers, were all this Day read.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Jepson brings Answer, that he has delivered unto the Lords all the Ordinances sent up by him; and that they will take them into speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of their own; as likewise to the Ordinance concerning Sir David Watkins.
Defence of Gainsborough, &c.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Committee at Cambridge, to require them, that they do presently send all the Forces they have and can spare, that are at Cambridge or elsewhere employed upon the Frontiers of the associated Counties, as likewise Sir Jo. Palgrave's Regiment, to the Defence of Gainsborough, and the Parts adjacent; and Care taken, that out of the associated Counties Forces shall be sent to Cambridge to reinforce that Garison, and the Frontiers and Places, from whence these Forces shall be drawn: And that the Committee of the Six associated Counties do take care, that Three thousand Pounds be presently collected, by a rateable Proportion upon those Counties; and sent to Mr. Rob. Castle, the Chairman of the Committee at Cambridge, upon Account, for Pay of those Forces: And the House will take care, that these extraordinary Disbursements of these Counties shall be repaid.
Sir J. Palgrave.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Palgrave be required to go into the County of Norfolk, to be assistant to the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants of that County; and that his Lieutenant Colonel do march away with his Regiment to Gainsborough.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants Committees of the associated Counties shall have Power, for the speedy making up of these Three thousand Pounds, to borrow and make use of the Sequestration Monies in the respective Counties; they undertaking to repay the same, to be disposed of according to the Disposition of the Ordinance.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde and Mr. Ellis do prepare the Letter to be sent to the Committee at Cambridge; and that the Committee of this House of the associated Counties do prepare Letters to be written into the respective associated Counties.
Isle of Ely.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Six associated Counties do meet this Afternoon, and consider of the Business touching a Governor and Government of the Isle of Ely: They are likewise to consider of the Letter from Mr. Jocelyn of the 22th of July.
Intercourse with London.
A Proclamation prohibiting, from henceforth, all Intercourse of Trade between the City of London, and other Parts of this Kingdom, was this Day read: And it is ordered, that it be communicated To-morrow to the Lords, at a Conference.
Mr. Pym, * Recorder, * Solicitor, do prepare Heads for this Conference, and some Observations upon this Proclamation; and present them to the House.
Mr. Pym reports from the Committee appointed to receive Informations from the Officers, sent from his Excellency my Lord General.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare that the Arrears of the Army shall be accounted as a Debt of the Kingdom, and paid and satisfied.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, that though it should happen that the Soldiers should not be paid just according to the set Times of Payment, yet that they shall lose no Pay by their Forbearance.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance shall be prepared to enable my Lord General to take free Quarter for his Army upon his March, for Two Months, if the War shall so long continue, upon giving Tickets, which this House will take care shall be satisfied and defalked out of the Soldiers Pay.
Resolved, &c. That it be earnestly recommended to the Deputy Lieutenants of the several and respective Counties to give their best Assistance to such Officers as my Lord General shall dispatch into their Counties for recruiting his Army with Voluntiers.
Resolved, &c. That if any Person, that have been heretofore listed in my Lord General's Army, shall come away from that Army, without any warrantable Discharge, and shall entertain themselves in any other Service, shall lose all the Pay due to him, and suffer such further Punishment, as by this House, or my Lord General, shall be thought fit.
Resolved, &c. That Money shall be prepared for paying for Five hundred Horse, at the Rate of Ten Pounds a Horse, to recruit my Lord General's Army: and likewise for paying for Two hundred Horse, monthly, for the further recruiting of my Lord General's Army: And that it be referred to the Committee for disposing of Monies, to provide and assign Monies for the Payment for these Horse from time to time.
Mr. Niclas, Mr. Ellis, and Mr. White, are appointed to prepare an Ordinance upon these Votes.
George Bragg, the Serjeant's Man, informeth the House, that Mr. Wright was served with the Order of this House, not to print the Ordinance for the Excise; who said, he had an Order of the Lords to print the same, and would put it out in Print To-morrow; and would forbear but little the less for this Order: And that Mr. Hunscott said, he would obey the Order.
Resolved, &c. That Jo. Wright Stationer, be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms, for disobeying the Order of this House.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning the Palatine Remonstrance be taken into Consideration at Nine of Clock: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind thereof.
Ordered, That a Report be made To-morrow Morning of the Affairs of Ireland.