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, 6 Septembris, 1643.
Lady Grey's Petition.
THE humble Petition of Dame Elizabeth Grey Widow, Mother to the Earl of Stamford, who has lost all her Estate in Ireland; desiring Relief for herself, and the Wife of her Son Captain Bingley, Brother to the said Earl of Stamford, who lost his Life in the Parliament's Service; was this Day read; and ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Consideration of the Committee for the Safety.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Captain Arnold Crosby, this Day presented to the House, be referred, in an especial Manner, to the Committee for the Safety, to take some speedy Course for his Relief, in granting Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, for the Pay of their Arrears; or Part thereof.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That all the Prisoners, now on Shipboard, be forthwith removed from Shipboard, and committed to the several and respective Prisons they were formerly committed; and that the Ships be forthwith discharged from any further Entertainment of the State in this kind; and that the Committee for Prisoners do present a List of the Names of such Prisoners as are on Shipboard, that they may be committed to the several Prisons by new Warrants from Mr. Speaker: And the Committee is likewise to discharge such poor Prisoners as are fit to be discharged.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Tho. Lenthall, F. Lenthall, Jo. Marston, Merchants, and others, Owners and Laders of the Ship Hopewell, this Day presented to the House of Commons, be referred to the Committee for Obstructions in Courts of Justice; to take it into a speedy Consideration; and to proceed to the full Hearing and Determination of the Cause, to the Relief of the Petitioners, according to the Course of Law and Justice.
An Ordinance to enable the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, to command Regiments of the Trained Bands, and Auxiliaries of Foot, and as many Troops of Horse, to march, under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, to the Assistance of my Lord General, and for the publick Safety, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Mr. Recorder is appointed to carry it up to the Lords.
Passes for De Gressy.
Ordered, That Monsieur de Gressy, Baron of Goulay, Counsellor of State to the most Christian King, and Steward of his House in ordinary, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, for himself, Two Gentlemen, an Interpreter, One Cook, Butler, and Lacquey, with their Horses and Necessaries, to go from the French King to the Court to the King and Queen, where they shall be.
Pass for Darell.
Ordered, That Johanna Darell, Widow of Captain Geo. Darell, Seven Years since deceased, and Dorothy Darell her Daughter, with Elizabeth Foster their Servant, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to return to Utrecht, where she dwelleth, and from whence she came some Five Weeks since, with her Apparel and Necessaries for her own Use.
Ordered, That Captain John Peterson do forthwith make Sale of the Barque Fortune, of Topsham in Devon, which he took as Prize, with her Arms, Ammunition, and Tackle; and receive the Proceed thereof, upon Account, towards the Payment of the Arrears due unto him for his Service for the King and Parliament.
Excise on Soap.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be an Excise set upon Soap, of Ten-pence the Firkin of the best Sort of Soap; Nine-pence the Firkin of the next Sort; Eight-pence the Firkin of the last Sort.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Falconbridge shall be Auditor of the Accounts, upon the Matter of Excise.
An Ordinance to repeal an Ordinance Yesterday made, for the assigning Five thousand Pounds out of the Arrears of the Three Months weekly Assessments of the Counties of Essex, Kent, Norfolk, and Sussex; and for assigning the said Sum of Five thousand Pounds, out of the said Monies, for the providing of Arms in another manner than was appointed by That Yesterday; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and carried up to the Lords presently, by Sir Rob. Pye; before a Copy could be taken of it.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye likewise carried up to the Lords, the Ordinance to enable the Committee of the Militia to send forth Regiments of the Trained Band and Auxiliaries, to march forth, under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, to the Assistance of my Lord, and for the Defence of the publick Safety.
He likewise carried up the Two Ordinances Yesterday passed, concerning Suffolk; and the Six associated Counties.
The Ordinance of Excise was this Day put to the Question; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer that the Lords do agree.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have received a Letter from the Queen Regent of France, which they thought fit to communicate to this House.
They have likewise received a Petition concerning some Houses and Goods of my Lord Marshal's, touching which they had formerly desired a Conference: They desire this House would take this Petition into a speedy Consideration.
Covenant from Scotland.
Mr. Pym presented from the Committee the Alterations in the Covenant from the Commissioners now in Scotland, with relation to the adding the Church of Ireland, and comprehending that Kingdom within this Covenant, and preparing the Contexture fit for the said Additions; were this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Rob. Anderson Esquire, now Prisoner to the Parliament Forces, for Mr. Ralph Arderne, of Hardern in Cheshire, now Prisoner to the King's Forces in Worcester.
And it is Ordered, That, upon Certificate that the said Mr. Arderne is discharged, the said Mr. Anderson be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Mr. Rone, a Minister in Peter House, for Mr. Jones, a Prisoner with the Lord Capell in Shrewsbury; and do order, that, upon Certificate that the said Mr. Jones is discharged, that then the said Mr. Rone be forthwith released from any further Restraint.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Theodore Mayherne, a Stranger born, who hath testified a good Affection to this Kingdom, shall be exempted from Payments of Assessments upon any Ordinance, of one or both Houses: And the Collectors are hereby required to take Notice of this Order.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Mr. Holt be heard To-morrow.
Sir John Hotham, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Hotham be removed from Alderman Bunce's House to the Tower of London, there to be kept close Prisoner; and no Man be permitted to speak with him, but in the Presence of his Keeper.
The Question being put, whether Sir John Hotham should have the Liberty of the Tower;
It passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That Sir John Hotham and Captain Hotham be brought to the House To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock; and that Colonel Long, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Pelham, and Sir Christopher Wray, do take Care to bring them to the House; and that the Masters of the Houses where they are, do deliver them accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Waller be removed to the Tower, there to be kept close Prisoner; and not to speak with any, but in the Presence of his Keeper.
Trial of Sir J. Hotham, &c.
Ordered, That my Lord Say be moved to appoint a Time for the bringing of Sir John Hotham, and his Son, to Trial; and that the Committee of Six do move him accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Sequestrations, to inquire what Estates those Persons have, that have been committed to private Houses in London: And that they give them Satisfaction, out of their Estates: And if in case their Estates be not sufficient, that then the Committee do consider some other way of providing of Monies for their Satisfaction.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill do consider of the Ordinance for Pressing of Men; and to consider out of what Counties Men shall be pressed for the Island of Gernsey; and what Number.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do provide Two Ships, of lesser Burden, to lie before Garnesey.
Ordered, That the Committee for Irish Affairs do not sit till Friday.
Ordered, That the Petition of Colonel Arthur Hill, this Day presented to the House, be especially recommended to the Committee for Irish Affairs, where Mr. Goodwyn has the Chair; who are to take care of the particular Desires of the Petitioner; and to present them to the House.
The Petition of the Commanders in Windsor Castle on the Behalf of themselves and Soldiers, was read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, in a special Manner, to take care to provide Monies for the Petitioners.
Messenger to Denmark.
Ordered, That the Merchant Adventurers do recomment a fit Person to be sent as a Messenger from Parliament to the King of Denmark; and that it be referred to Dr. Eden, to state the Matter of Fact as to the Court of Admiralty; and referred to Mr. Pym and Mr. Green, to prepare Instructions for the Messenger that goes over to Denmark.
Earl of Arundell's Plate, &c.
Upon reading the humble Petition of Wm. March, Servant to the Right honourable the Earl of Arundell and Surrey, having the Charge of his Lordship's Houses, and Goods therein, in his Lordship's Absence, now beyond the Seas; being recommended to this House by the House of Peers; it is Ordered, That the Plate, Money, Jewels, and other Goods, seized at the Duke's Place in Norwich, and Kenninghall Place, or in any of his Lordship's Houses in the County of Norfolk, and City of Norwich, do remain in the Hands of Sir Thomas Woodhouse Knight; and be not removed out of his Custody, notwithstanding any former Order for the removing of them, till it be examined by the Committee for Sequestrations of Lords and Commons, whether they belong unto the Earl of Arundell, or the Lord Mowbray, or to what Person else: And that the same be so certified unto this House.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, in any County of this Kingdom, or any Five or more of them, shall have Power to take the Examinations of all Witnesses against any Ministers that are scandalous, either in Life, or Doctrine, or any others that have deserted their Cures, and joined themselves actually with, and are assistant unto, the Forces raised against the Parliament: And, to the end that those, who will appear, may have the Witnesses examined in their Presence,
It is further Ordered, That Summons (with sufficient Warning of the Time and Place, when and where the Charge against them shall be proved) be either given to their Persons, or left at their Houses; and (if they desire it) they shall have a Copy of the Articles against them, within convenient Time, to give in their Answers under their Hands; which, together with their Charge, and the Proofs upon every Particular of it, the said Deputy Lieutenants, and Committees of Parliament, shall send up to the Committee of this House, appointed for to provide for plundered Ministers: Which Committee shall from time to time transmit them to this House.
Affairs in Lancaster, &c.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, in the several Counties of Lancaster and Chester, shall make choice of one able Person in each County, to be an Auditor, who shall take perfect Accounts of such Monies, and other Goods and Profits, as have been taken or seized by virtue of any Order or Ordinance of either or both Houses of Parliament, or any other Power derived from Parliament; that so there may be a perfect Account given to this House, when it shall be called for; and for that End the said Auditors shall have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, and Writings.
And it is further Ordered, That the said Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, in each of the said Counties, shall likewise make choice of one able and sufficient Person to be a Treasurer, unto whom all Monies collected for the Maintenance of the Soldiers in the said several Counties shall be paid; who is to issue the same, upon Warrant from Seven or more Deputy-Lieutenants in either County; which Warrants shall not be paid by any respective Treasurer, until the said Warrant be first entered with one of the Auditors, and attested under his Hand.
And it is further Ordered, That the said Deputy Lieutenants shall have a special care, that all the Soldiers be indifferently paid, as well for their Arrears, as for the time to come.