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, 4 Augusti, 1643.
Passing beyond Seas.
ORDERED, That the Officers at the Custom-house do take special Care, that no Person do pass the Seas without especial and particular Leave from this House, unless it be a Merchant, that passes upon his Trade.
It is further Ordered, That they take especial care, that no Goods whatsoever be transported, excepting Merchandize: And that they send Copies of this Order to all other Ports.
A Letter from divers of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent, and an Information against Huguessen of Linsted, in Kent; and Huguessen's own Examination; were this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That James Huguessen of Lincksted, in the County of Kent, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Lord Peter's House, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House; for being an Actor in the late Insurrection and Commotion of Kent.
Pass Warrants granted.
Ordered, That Mr. Rich. Browne, Grandchild to Mr. Browne, a Member of this House, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass beyond Seas, with his Tutor, Mr. Godfrey.
Ordered, That Mr. Edm. Wilde shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go beyond Seas.
Transactions with Scotland.
An Answer to the Propositions sent from Scotland by Mr. Meldrum, and this Day presented from the Committee appointed to prepare the same, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and, Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired therein; and to be carried up by Sir Rob. Pye.
Robert's Indemnity, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Roberts shall be kept indemnified and saved harmless, for the good and acceptable Service he did in raising a Troop for suppressing the late Insurrection and Commotion in Kent: And that those Persons, that were apprehended and brought up by the said Sir Jo. Roberts and his Forces, shall bear and defray their own Charges: And that the said Sir Jo. Roberts shall be reimbursed by the said Prisoners, and their Estates, such Expences as he has been at.
Rebels in Kent.
An Ordinance for seizing the Horse and Arms, Lands, Cattle and Chattles of the late Rebels in Kent; and for compounding with such, as the Commissioners shall think fit Objects of their Mercy, was this Day read.
Bishop of London, &c.
Ordered, That the Bishop of London, Dr. Turner, and Mr. Juxon, shall pay unto Mr. Browne and Mr. White, Members of this House, the Seventeen hundred Twenty-five Pounds Seven Shillings and Four Pence, formerly ordered, upon their Acquittances: And that an Acquittance, or Acquittances, under the Hands of the said Mr. White and Mr. Browne, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Bishop of London, Dr. Turner * * * *.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Cromwell shall have the like Order for free Quarter upon his March, as my Lord General had.
Ordered, That the Three thousand Pounds, already levied in the associated Counties, and ordered to be sent to Cambridge, shall be paid to Colonel Cromwell, for Pay of his Forces.
Ordered, That the Six associated Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, &c. do forthwith raise Two thousand Men more, and besides the Two thousand Men lately raised; and send them, with a Month's Pay, to Colonel Cromwell, to be under his Command, and to go with him upon the Services entrusted with him. - Referred to the Committee of the Six associated Counties to put these Votes in Execution.
Leave to speak to Prisoners.
Ordered, That Sir J. Norcliffe shall have Liberty to speak with Sir Jo. Hotham, in the Presence and Hearing of his Keeper.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Wray shall have Liberty to speak with Captain Jo. Hotham, in the Presence and Hearing of his Keeper.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye carried up to the Lords the Answer to the Propositions from Scotland, sent by Mr. Meldrum: The Order concerning Sir Wm. Balfour's Troop: And was to put the Lords in mind of passing the additional Ordinance for Sequestrations; and the Explanations of the late Vow and Covenant.
An Ordinance and Instructions for the Committees of the Six associated Counties, were this Day read; and committed to the Committee of the Six associated Counties: Who are to meet this Afternoon upon it; and to report it To-morrow Morning.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Heath.
The Lords have lately received these Letters from the Lord Willoughby of Parham, which they thought fit to communicate to this House.
Ordered, That the Committee at Grocers Hall, the Committee at Merchant Taylors Hall, do meet this Afternoon at Four of Clock with the Committee of the Militia, at Guildhall.
An Ordinance for raising of Men, in a compulsory way, to serve for the Defence of the Parliament and Kingdom, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto: And
Ordered, To be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Propositions to the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Finch;
The Lords desire a Conference To-morrow at Eleven of Clock, in the Painted Chamber, by Committees of both Houses, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning some propositions to be sent to his Majesty.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer to this Message shall be, that the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do, To-morrow, put the House in mind of this Message; and of the Answer this House promised to send by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Colonel Fienis-to make his Relation To-morrow Morning.
Treatment of Prisoner.
Ordered, That the Book intituled, The Inhumanity of the King's Prison Keeper at Oxford; be referred to the Committee for Examinations.
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the speedy raising and impresting of Men, for the Defence of the Kingdom.
Forasmuch as the true Protestant Religion, the Laws and Liberties of the Subject, and the Parliament, are in Danger to be subverted, Idolatry and Tyranny like to be introduced, by the Force and Power of several Armies raised by Pretence of the King's Authority, consisting of Papists, and other dangerous and ill-affected Persons of this Kingdom, and Irish Rebels, and of divers Popish Soldiers, and others of foreign Kingdoms and Nations, being not under the King's Obedience, for the Ruin and Destruction of this Kingdom, unless the same be prevented by a considerable Power of Forces to be suddenly raised by both Houses of Parliament; being, with God's Blessing and Assistance, the most probable way to preserve this Kingdom, our Religion and Liberty; Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, and by the Authority of the same, That the Committees of the Militia for the City of London, the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, in every County, City, or Place, within this Realm, or any Two or more of them, within their several Limits and Jurisdictions, shall, and are hereby authorized, from time to time, until other Order be taken by both Houses of Parliament, to raise, levy, and imprest such Number of Soldiers, Gunners, and Chirurgeons, for the Defence of the King, Parliament and Kingdom, as shall be appointed by both Houses of Parliament, or by my Lord General; and to command all Constables, and other Officers to be aiding and assisting to them in the said Service of impresting: All which Persons, so to be imprested, and every of them, shall have such Imprest Money, Coat and Conduct Money, Wages and Entertainment, and other necessary Charges and Allowances, as shall be fit and convenient, according to the Discretion of the said Committees and Deputy Lieutenants, or any Two or more of them respectively. And if any Person, or Persons, shall wilfully refuse so to be imprested for the said Service, that then it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Persons so authorized as aforesaid to commit them to Prison, until they shall yield Obedience, or pay the Sum of Ten Pounds to the said Committees, or Deputy Lieutenants, to be employed for the Supply of the said Service.
Provided always, That this Ordinance shall not extend to the pressing of any Clergyman, Scholar, or Student, in any of the Universities, Inns of Court, or Chancery, or Houses of Law; or any the Trained Bands, in any County, City, or Place; or any Person rated in the last Subsidies granted by this Parliament; or the Son of any Person rated at Five Pounds Goods, or three Pounds Lands, in the Subsidy Books; or of any Person of the Rank or Degree of an Esquire, or upwards, or the Son of any such person, or the Son of the Widow of any such Person; or to the pressing of any Person under the Age of Eighteen, or above the Age of Fifty Years; or of the Members or Officers of either House of Parliament; or of the menial Servants of the Members or Officers of either of the said Houses; or any the Assistants of the Lords House, or any of their menial Servants; or any the Inhabitants of the Isles of Wight, or Anglesey, or Cinque Ports; or of any Mariner, Seaman, or Fisherman.
Insurgents in Kent.
Whereas divers ill-affected Persons of the County of Kent have unlawfully and traiterously assembled themselves together, and in a warlike and hostile Manner possessed themselves of divers Towns and Places in that County; and have traiterously and rebelliously levied War against the King and Parliament; and robbed, killed, and spoiled divers of his Majesty's Subjects; and notwithstanding they were invited, by an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, to lay down their Arms, and every Man to depart in Peace to their several Places of Habitation, with an Offer, not only to pass by their Offences then already committed by them, but to give Redress to any just Grievance, that they should, in a peaceable and parliamentary way, present to the Parliament; yet they wilfully and contemptuously refused that Favour offered unto them, and gave Battle to those Forces sent by Authority of both Houses to suppress that Insurrection; where, by God's great Goodness, they were wholly routed, and a very great Number taken Prisoners: Now, to the end, the like Inconveniency may be prevented hereafter; and that the Peace of the County may be the better settled; It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, That Sir Henry Vane senior, Sir John Sidley, Sir Anthony Welden, Sir Michael Levesay, Sir Henry Hayman, Mr. Nutt, Mr. Augustine Skinner, Mr. Thomas Blount, Mr. Thomas Francklyn, Sir Edward Bois, Mr. Browne, Sir Wm. Springatt, Sir Edward Master, Mr. John Bois, Sir Peter Wroth, Mr. Richard Lee, Sir Thomas Walsingham, Mr. Thomas Seyliard, and Sir John Roberts, or any Three of them, shall forthwith seize upon all the Arms and Horses of those that have in Person appeared in that Insurrection and Rebellion; and such as have willingly assisted or countenanced the same; or that have willingly relieved any of the said Rebels with Arms, Ammunition, Money, or otherwise; or that have refused to give their Assistance (being thereunto required) to suppress the said Insurrection or Rebellion: And that the Horses that shall be so seized, shall be sent to the City of London to the Commissary for Horses there, to be entered and listed for the Service of the State: And that the Arms, so to be seized, shall be laid up in some Place of safety in that County, to the end the same may be distributed to the well-affected Party of that County, when Occasion requires.
And it is further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Sir Henry Vane senior, Sir John Sidley, Sir Anthony Welden, Sir Michael Levesay, Sir Henry Hayman, Mr. Nutt, Mr. Augustine Skinner, Mr. Thomas Blount, Mr. Thomas Francklin, Sir Edward Bois, Mr. Browne, Sir William Springatt, Sir Edward Master, Mr. John Bois, Sir Peter Wroth, Mr. Richard Lee, Sir Thomas Walsingham, Mr. Thomas Seyliard, and Sir John Roberts, or any Three of them, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to enter upon, and seize, all and singular the Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, and the Goods, Cattle and Chattels, of all and singular the Persons that were Actors, Countenancers, or Abettors in the said Rebellion; who did not submit to the said Ordinance, and immediately lay down their Arms, and repair to their Places of Abode; and to seize and imprison their Persons, to the end they be proceeded against, according to the Law, and the Merit of their Offence.
Provided always, and be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Sir Henry Vane senior, Sir John Sedley, Sir Anthony Weilden, Sir Michael Leavisay, Sir Henry Hayman, Mr. Nutt, Mr. Augustine Skinner, Mr. Thomas Blount, Mr. Thomas Francklin, Sir Edward Bois, Mr. Browne, Mr. Wm. Springatt, Sir Edward Master, Mr. John Bois, Sir Peter Wroth, Mr. Richard Lee, Sir Thomas Watsingham, Mr. Thomas Seyliard, and Sir John Roberts, or any Three of them, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to compound with such of the Persons aforesaid, as they shall think to be fit Objects of such merciful Proceedings; and to receive of them such Sums of Money, by way of Fine and Ransom, as they or any Three of them shall think fit (having respect to the Offence, and the Estate of the Person offending); and to certify the Names and Sums received of every Person, and return the same to the Guildhall, London, to the Treasurers appointed to receive Money and Plate upon the Propositions: And every Person, that shall compound, and pay their Money, according to this Ordinance, shall be freed in their Persons and Estates, and discharged from any further Prosecution for the Crimes and Offences committed by them in that Rebellion and Insurrection.
And it is further Ordained, That the said Sir Henry Vane senior, Sir John Sedley, Sir Anthony Welden, Sir Michael Levisey, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Nutt, Mr. Augustine Skinner, Mr. Thomas Blount, Mr. Tho. Francklin, Sir Edw. Bois, Mr. Browne, Sir Wm. Springatt, Sir Edward Master, Mr. John Boys, Sir Peter Wroth, Sir Richard Lee, Sir Thomas Walsingham, Mr. Thomas Seilaiard, and Sir John Roberts, and every of them, shall be protected, and saved harmless, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, for what they shall do in pursuance of this Ordinance.