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 Mercurii, 23 Augusti, 1643.
UPON Mr. Green's Report from the Committee for the Navy;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That there shall be a Winter Guard.
Resolved, &c. That Fifteen of the Merchant Ships shall be kept forth, for a Winter Guard, upon the Coasts of England and Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That Seventeen of the King's Ships shall be kept forth, for a Winter Guard, upon the Coasts of England and Ireland.
An Ordinance for the Recovery of Debts due upon the Accounts of the late Commissioners of the Customs, was this Day read; and nothing more done in it at this time.
Upon the Report from the Committee appointed for the Accounts of the late Customers;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth concur with the Opinion of the Committee; and do order, that the late Commissioners and Collectors of the Customs do forthwith pay in, to the Treasurer of the Navy, the Sum of Three thousand Seven hundred Pounds Ten Shillings, which they have overcharged by their Account, for Officers Fees; having put to Account the whole Midsummer Quarter Fees in Anno 1641, and the Acts of Tonage and Poundage did but begin the Five-and-twentieth of May before: And the said Sum is to be employed for the Relief of the Navy.
Ordered, That the late Commissioners and Collectors of the Customs be enjoined forthwith to account, from the Time of their last Account, to the Five-and-twentieth of May 1641; and so forward during the time of their Receipts: And Auditor Bingley, Auditor Phillips, and Auditor Collins, and any Two of them, whereof Auditor Collins to be one, are appointed and assigned Auditors, to audit and perfect the said Account.
Whereas the late Commissioners and Collectors of the Customs demand, upon their Account in the Exchequer, for the Five-and-twentieth of May 1641, divers Tallies that were struck upon the Account from the Nine-and-twentieth of September 1640, the Sum of Seven thousand Eight hundred and Seventy-four Pounds Ten Shillings and Nine-pence; which Sum the House thinks not fit to allow it upon their Account since the Five-and-twentieth of May 1641; and do order the said Commissioners forthwith to pay in the said Sum of Seven thousand Eight hundred and Seventy-four Pounds Ten Shillings and Ninepence, to the Treasurer of the Navy; to be employed for the Service of the Navy.
Whereas there rests in the Exchequer, upon the Account by the Acts of Tonage and Poundage, the Sum of One thousand Two hundred and Eighty-seven Pounds Twelve Shillings and Eleven-pence: It is Ordered, That the Tellers of the Exchequer do forthwith pay the said Sum of One thousand Two hundred and Eighty-seven Pounds Twelve Shillings and Eleven-pence, to the Treasurer of the Navy; to be employed for the Use of the Navy.
Whereas there rests in the Hands of Sir Jo. Jacobs, for Petty Customs in the Time of the Ordinance, the Sum of One thousand and Sixty-eight Pounds Six Shillings: It is Ordered, That the said Sir Jo. Jacobs do forthwith pay in, to the Treasurer of the Navy, the said Sum of One thousand and Sixty-eight Pounds Six Shillings; to be employed for the Use and Service of the Navy.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the late Customers Accounts, to consider what Monies are in Sir Jo. Jacob's Hands of the Petty Customs: And to report it to the House.
Relief of Gloucester.
An Ordinance concerning Forces to be sent by the Committee of the Militia of the City of London to my Lord General, for the Relief of Gloucester, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence: And was presently carried up accordingly by Sir John Wray.
He likewise carried up the Order, to the Assembly, touching the Nine next Articles, &c.
An Ordinance for saving harmless and indemnified the Tenants of such Landlords as are assessed and rated towards the raising of a Body of Horse appointed to be raised by a late Ordinance of Parliament, for such Sums as they shall pay of those Assessments, on the Behalf of their Landlords, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence, by Mr. Nicholas.
Cambridge, &c. Assessments.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Four hundred thousand Pounds, in the several and respective Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Surry, Sussex, Hants', Bedford, and Herts', do forthwith meet, and sit, upon the second Payment of the said Four hundred thousand Pounds; and grant out their Warrants and Orders for the levying, collecting, and returning up the Monies upon the said second Payment, according to the said Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds; and return a speedy Account of their Service herein to the House.
Relief of Gloucester.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Finche and Dr. Aylett;
That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the sending forth of Forces by the Committee for the Militia, to the Relief of Gloucester, with one Amendment, viz. "that Service" to be made "those Services."
The Amendments were read; and assented unto.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Amendments.
Advance from Customs.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs do attend To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock, to give an Answer to the Propositions made unto them, by this House, for the Advancement of Monies for the Navy.
Commissioners to Scotland.
A Letter from Scotland, was read, dated 11 Augusti 1643, from the Commissioners of both Houses there; informing the House of their good Acceptation there.
Money for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the raising of Two hundred thousand Pounds for Ireland, be read To-morrow.
Ordered, That the Petition of Andrew Kenrick and Matthew Kenrick, Merchants, be referred to the Committee for Sequestrations in the County of Kent.
Ordered, That all that will come shall have Voices at the Committee for the Ministers Petition, to receive Information against the Antinomians.
Ordered, That Mr. Niclas do carry up the Ordinance for raising of Horses.
Forces for Gloucester.
Ordered, That Mr. Spurstoe and Sir Jahn Clotworthy do go to the City with the Ordinance for Forces to go to Gloucester.
The humble Petition of Sir Anthony Aucher was this Day read; acknowledging the Cause of his Imprisonment to be about the Kentish Petition; and that he had suffered Nine Months Imprisonment in Winchester House for the same: Whereupon it is this Day Ordered, That the said Sir Anthony Aucher be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint in the said Prison; and that he be delivered over to the Serjeant at Arms, his Deputy or Deputies, to be brought before the Committee at Rochester; who are hereby authorized to release the said Sir Anthony Aucher from any further Restraint under the Serjeant, if they find him willing to conform himself to Payments, as other the Gentry of the County do.
Ordered, That Mr. Peter Heyman shall have a Warrant, under Mr. Speaker's Hands, to pass the Sea into France.
Ordered, That Mr. Kenrick's Petition be referred to the Committee for Sequestrations in Kent.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That the Master of the Ship or Ships where any Prisoners are kept aboard on Thames, and the Keeper or Keepers of any Prisons, be required from time to time to bring to the Committee for Prisons, where Mr. Richard Moore has the Chair, such of the said Prisoners as the said Committee shall send for by Warrant from the Committee, under the Hand of Mr. Moore the Chairman.
Evidence against Hales, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for Prisoners do state the Matter of Evidence against Sir Edward Hales and Sir George Sandys, Mr. Hales, Mr. Huggessyn, and other Prisoners; and present the same to the House.
Collectors of Subsidies.
Ordered, That Mr. Fanshaw, or his Clerk, that takes in the Schedules and Bonds of Collectors for Subsidies, do To-morrow by Nine of Clock, certify and deliver to the House of Commons the particular Names of such Persons as are returned or certified to be Collectors of the Second Payment of the Four hundred thousand Pounds Bill, and the Hundreds and Limits for which they are returned or certified to be Collectors, with the particular Sums of their particular Charges.
Ordered, That Sir John Hubbard, Sir Tho. Woodhouse, Sir Miles Hubbard, Sir John Potts, Miles Corbett Esquire, and Mr. Owner, or any Two of them, do call before them such Collectors as have been appointed by Act of Parliament, or by Ordinance of both Houses, to collect Monies in the County of Norfolk, and require an Account of them; and to commit such of them as refuse, or can give no good Account, and send them up to this House, in safe Custody.
Defence of Fishermen.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do take care for a Guard at Sea, for Defence of the Fishermen at Sea about Yarmouth, and the Northern Coasts.
Earl of Bedford.
Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Bedford be discharged of his Commission of Lieutenancy in the Counties of Somerset and Devon: And that the Lords be moved to join herein.
Earl of Holland.
Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Holland be discharged of his Commission of Lieutenancy in the Counties of Middlesex and Berks.
Earl of Bedford's House.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Waller shall take Possession of the Earl of Bedford's House in the Strand, and there inhabit with his Family, till this House take further Order.
Loan from the City.
The Ordinance concerning the securing the Fifty thousand Pounds, borrowed of the City, was read; and assented unto: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Crew of Danish Prize.
Ordered, That Captain Ribkins, Captain of the King of Denmark's Ship, lately seized, and the Mariners that came in her, shall be permitted to pass beyond Seas to Denmark again, leaving the Ship behind them.
Money for Navy.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett and Mr. Cage, or either of them, have Power to treat with the Bailiffs, Merchants, and Inhabitants at Yarmouth, and Ipswich, and other maritime Towns thereabous, about the advancing Monies for the setting forth of a Winter Guard, upon Security of receiving the Customs, or any other Ways of Security: And they, or either of them, have Power to send for Parties, &c. And they have Leave to go down into the Country, to further the said Service.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Bridges of Yarmouth, one of the Assembly, have Leave to go down into the Country; And that Mr. Rous do move the Assembly herein.
Ordered, That the Committee for Newcastle Business do make a Report to this House of that Business To-morrow: And that Mr. Rob. Goodwyn do report the same.
Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Rows, Mr. Prideaux. Mr. Hill, Mr. Rose, Mr. Asherst, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Cage, Mr. Ashton, Mr. Harbert, Lord Ruthen, Mr. Browne, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Benjamin Rudyard, Sir Henry Ludlow, Mr. Millington;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are appointed to consider of such Members of Parliament as have taken the Covenant, and have violated the same; and what is fit to be done thereupon: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards.