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 Martis, 25 Julii, 1643.
GERARD, . . Recorder, . . Prideaux, . . Rolle, . . Rous, . . Wilde, . . Rudyard, . . Ro. North, . . Cage, . . Pye, . . Wasthall, . . Wheeler, . . Whitlock, . . Millington, . . Whittacre, . . Irby, . . Goodwyn, . . Hobby, . . Sam. Browne;
This Committee is appointed to consider of the Ordinance of the Twentieth Part; and to consider of some Course and Means to prevent the Inconveniences and Mischiefs, that happen and arise by the Execution of that Ordinance, as it is now executed; and to present it to the House: And are to meet this Afternoon in the Star Chamber, at Two of Clock: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended unto Mr. Wheeler.
Ordered, That the Lady Pagett, Sir Tho. Porter, and Mr. Cholmeley of the Temple, be discharged and acquitted of the Payment of the Sums of Monies assessed upon them by the Ordinance of the Twentieth Part.
Taking of Tumbridge.
A Letter from Colonel Rich. Browne, from Tunbridge, of the Twenty-fourth of this present Month, relating the Victory it pleased God to bestow upon him, in the taking of Tunbridge; was this Day read.
The Question being put, Whether Garisons should be left in Tunbridge and other Towns of Colonel Browne's Forces by Order of this House.
It passed Negatively.
Ordered, That Sir Christ. Yelverton and Mr. Recorder do prepare a Letter to be sent to Colonel Browne, and to give him Thanks in Acknowledgment of his Service; and to give the rest of the Gentlemen Thanks.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That such Monies as shall be collected in the Parish Church of St. Margaret's Westminster, on Wednesday the Twenty-sixth of this Instant July (being the Day appointed for the publick Humiliation) shall be detained in the Hands of the Churchwardens, and other Officers of the said Parish, and employed for the Relief of the sick and maimed Soldiers within the said Parish, and for the Relief of the Widows of such Soldiers as have been slain in this Service, notwithstanding any other Order requiring the said Collections to be paid in to the Treasurers for sick Soldiers at Tallow Chandlers Hall near Dowgate.
Insurrection in Keut.
Resolved, &c. That Directions shall be sent to Sir Tho. Barrington, and the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, to desire them, upon this Exigent of the Affairs of Kent, forthwith to send a Regiment of Foot and a Troop of Horse into Kent; for suppressing the Commotion there.
Resolved, &c. That the sending of a Supply of a Regiment of Foot into Kent be recommended to the Committee of the Militia in London; and that they be acquainted with what this House has done in requiring Aid from the County of Essex; and that what Forces they shall send at this time of Necessity, shall stay no longer there than till the Supplies come out of Essex.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Committee for the Militia in London, to furnish the Troops raised by Colonel Long with Saddles, Pistols, and Carabines; and to set them forth, upon this Expedition into Kent; and that, after this Business shall be done, the City shall have these Troops for their own Guard: And Colonel Long is hereby required forthwith to deliver those Troops, and all such Horse as he has raised in Kent and Essex, for the Service of the State, to the Committee of the Militia.
Ordered, That the Sequestrators in London do deliver up to Lieutenant Colonel Rowe the House of Sir Peter Ricaut, for him to lay up Part of the Magazine in for the Use of the State and Commonwealth: Which is ordered accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Mr. Johnson, of Ries in the County of Yorke, to be one of the Assembly, in the Place of Mr. Carter, lately deceased.
The Lords Concurrence * * * *.
Farnaby sent for.
The House was this Day informed, that Mr. Farnaby, the Schoolmaster at Synnocke, told the Rebels, assembled at Synnocke, that the King's Forces would come suddenly to their Assistance; tending to their Encouragement.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Farnaby shall be forthwith sent for in safe Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Ordered, That Mr. * Young of the City of London, shall be required to pay the Sum of Two hundred and Fifty Pounds unto the Treasurers for Sequestration; which Sum is due from the said Mr. Young to Randall Stevens, whose Estate is to be sequestred within the Ordinance of Sequestration: And this House will save him harmless, and keep him from Indemnity for Payment of the same: And this Money to be disposed of for the Use of the Lord Fairfaxe, and paid to the Hands of Mr. White his Agent.
Ordered, That Mr. Smith, the Merchant in Aldermanbury, shall forthwith pay the Sum of Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, which he owes unto the Bishop of Gloucester, unto the Treasurers for the Sequestrations: And this House will save the said Mr. Smith harmless: Which said Monies is likewise for the Use of my Lord Fairfaxe; and to be paid to the Hands of Mr. White.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for listing and raising of Horses, be forthwith printed; and that the Knights of the several Counties do send some of them down into the Counties.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Lewis went up unto the Lords, to acquaint them, that this House has agreed to the Ordinance for raising Six thousand Horse; and carried up with him the Letter from Colonel Browne of the Fight with the Kentish Men at Tunnbridge; and also to desire them to pass the Ordinance, enlarging the Power to the Committee for the Militia; and the Ordinance concerning Newcastle: He carried up with him the Ordinance concerning * * * .
Sir Wm. Lewis reports, the Lords do agree to the Ordinance; and, as to the rest, will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
St. Martin's in the Fields Clerk.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sequestrations, and for St. Martin's, shall appoint a fit Person to be Clerk for the Parish of St. Martyn's in the Fields; and that he do execute the Place accordingly.
Declarations concerning Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Husbands do forthwith cause to be printed Six thousand of the Declarations concerning Ireland; and that Mr. Wheeler is desired to take care that he be paid for the same; and that several Quantities of them shall be sent to the Committees in the several Counties, to be there published and read in all Churches on the Fast-days, between the Time of the Sermons; and that they be sent to the Army; and into Scotland, the Low Countries, and other Parts: And Mr. Gurdon, and Mr. Ashhurste are required to take care that this Order be put in Execution: And that Books be also sent to the several Parishes in and about the City and Suburbs; to the end they may be read To-morrow in the several Churches and Chapels.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeild and Serjeant Finch;
The Lords have sent you this Message; That there is one John Wright, who has been employed in their Service, this Parliament, to print the Things that passed their House: That, in pursuance of an Order of their House, he had printed the Ordinance of Excise, and the Schedule: That, by a Petition from the said John Wright, they understand that he is therefore in Restraint, under the Officer of this House; which they conceive to be a great Breach of the Privilege of their House; and desire, for Satisfaction, that the said Wright may presently be released.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has received their Lordships Message; and will return Answer by Messengers of their own, presently.
Forces in Surrey.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Surrey, with some Amendments:
Which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; (viz.)
In the Second Line, after the Word "by," put out all till the Word "and," in Third Line; and, instead thereof, put in these Words, "Forces raised against Authority of Parliament."
Sir Rob. Perkhurste went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Matter of their Lordships last Message.
Proceed of Wines, &c.
Ordered, That the Overplus of the Proceed of the Wines, after Mr. Pennoyer's Payment of Two thousand Nine hundred Pounds, and the Plate in the Hands of Mr. Smith, and the Two Rings, and the Four Pounds Four Shillings, shall be disposed of to Mr. White, for the Use of the Lord Fairefax: Which Plate and Monies is to be delivered to the Treasurers for Propositions; who are to sell it, and pay the same to Sir G. Gerard Treasurer at Wars; and he to pay it over to Mr. White.
Ordered, That the Committees in the several Counties do forthwith send up to the Treasurer at Wars, Duplicates of the Assessments made in the several Counties upon the Ordinance of the Weekly Assessments, and of the particular Charge of the Collectors thereof: And that the Knights and Burgesses of the several Counties do send down Copies of this Order to the respective Committees of the several Counties.
Ordered, That Colonel Stapley and Colonel Morley do return up to the Treasurer at Wars an Account of what Monies they have received upon the Ordinances of the weekly Assessments, the Twentieth Part, and the Sequestrations, in the County of Sussex; and from whom: And that the Residue of the Monies raised and collected upon the said Ordinances within the said County, be returned to the respective Treasurers appointed to receive the same: And likewise, a Note of Arrears and of the Names of such Collectors and Receivers, in whose Hands any such, Arrears are: And Mr. Cawley is to take care of this Order.
Vindication of the Covenant.
Ordered, That Mr. Rowse do on Thursday Morning bring in the Explanation and Vindication of the Covenant.
That it be referred to the Knights and Burgesses of Middlesex and Surrey, to call before them Captain George Whithers; and to know of him, what Money or Goods he hath received upon the Orders of the Ninth of February; and from whom; and what Lands he possesseth; * * Inventory of all such Goods he hath received by virtue of the said Orders: And they are to report the whole Matter to the House.
Rebellion in Kent.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Kent shall, for the suppressing of the present Rebellion in Kent, make Use of such Monies, upon Account, as they can raise upon the Goods sequestered by virtue of the Ordinance of Sequestrations; and as shall be necessary for that Occasion.
Ordered, That the Report concerning Ireland be made on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Sutton Marsh be made on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Order concerning my Lord General's Army, according to the Votes Yesterday passed, be reported on Thursday Morning next.
Geo. Bragge, the Serjeant's Man, being this Day called in again, acquainted the House, that Wright the Printer said, when he served the Order of this House upon him, that he would forbear but little the less for that Order.