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 Jovis, 7 Septembris, 1643.
AN Order for sequestring the Parsonage of Pluckley, whereof Jo. Copley is Parson, to the Use and Benefit of Samuel Jemmatt, Master of Arts, a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine; who is hereby authorized and required to officiate the said Cure; and to preach diligently to the Parishioners; and to discharge the said Cure in all the Duties thereof.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth confirm the Order of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, requiring Mr. Robinson, Head Searcher at Gravesend, to restore unto Mr. Waldoe the Sum of One hundred and Twenty Pounds, seized by him; and do, accordingly, require the said Mr. Robinson forthwith to deliver back the said Sum of One hundred and Twenty Pounds, to the said Mr. Waldoe.
Discharging Aylett, &c.
An Ordinance for discharging Mr. Aylett, and his Tenants, from any Contempt or Restraint, &c.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Petition of Captain Charles Skrimsher be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, where Mr. Rob. Goodwyn has the Chair.
Earl of Southampton's Sequestration.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth confirm the Opinion of the Committee, in sequestring the Estate of the Earl of Southampton.
Ordered, That the Committees of the several Counties do respectively forthwith prepare Rentals of all the Rents of all the Lands and Estates that are seized, or to be seized, and paid to the State, by Force of any Order or Ordinance; and to send them up to the Committee for Accounts appointed to receive the same: The which Committee is likewise to take care of the putting of this Order in Execution, in all Points and Circumstances, to the best Advantage, for the bringing in of all Monies that are payable to the State, upon any Order or Ordinance of Sequestration, or otherwise: And that, in all such Counties where the Ordinance of Sequestration is not yet put in. Execution, that the respective Committees do forthwith put the same in Execution; and that they give publick Notice to all the Tenants of all such Persons whose Estates are sequestrable, and payable to the State, that they do detain, in their Hands, all such Rents. And it is further referred to this Committee, to appoint Agents and Auditors for the several Counties, for the better managing of this Business of bringing in all Monies upon any Order or Ordinance: And that the Sequestrators in the several and respective Counties do send up a List of all the Estates and Lands in the several and respective Counties, that they have sequestred; and an Account of such Sales they have made of any Goods, and of all such Monies as they have received; and that they take care that all the Goods sequestred be presently sold: And that they appoint Men of Trust and Credit to see the Goods sold.
Earl of Northampton's Goods.
Ordered, That the Goods of the Earl of Northampton, sequestred and seized in Crosby House, be forthwith sold; and that the Proceed thereof be employed for the Benefit and Advantage of Hull, either in Provisions, or ready Money: And Mr. White, my Lord Fairfax his Agent, is appointed to take care of putting this Ordinance in Execution; and that he . . present at the Sale of them.
Newcastle Coal, &o.
Ordered, That the Consideration of Felling of Under and Fellable Woods, about the Town, for Relief of the Poor, and for the Preservation of Timber, whether it be convenient to adventure the fetehing of Coal from Newcastle; be referred to the Consideration of the Committee (Members of this House,) formerly appointed for the Business of Newcastle.
Declaration to Scotland.
A Declaration to our Brethren of Scotland, concerning the Fifth Article in the Covenant, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Sir Robert Harley is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, at such Time as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Affairs of Scotland, and the Business of Excise.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Rous, Mr. Browne, Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Pym, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs do permit Mr. Courten to land his Goods out of the Two East India Ships, upon the Payment of Six hundred Pounds in Hand, and upon his Security, and Mr. Berisford's, to pay Six hundred Pounds monthly, till the whole Duties of those Ships, for Customs, be fully satisfied: And that the Committee of the Navy do take Notice of this Order, and give Order to the Commissioners of the Customs, in pursuance hereof.
Proceedings against Sir Jo. Hotham.
Sir Jo. Hotham, according to an Order of Yesterday, was brought to the Bar: And, being acquainted, by Mr. Speaker, that he had Liberty to speak to the House, if he did desire it; He had (he said) some Petitions to present to the House: Which was, That this Lady might come up, with her Coach and Horses, Children, Servants, and Evidences, and some Goods and Plate which he hath left for her Maintenance, and the Maintenance of her Children: He desired he might continue where he is, till his Trial; and did protest his own Innocency; and did not doubt but if he might know his Charge, but to make his Innocency appear as clear as the Sun.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Hotham's Lady shall have Liberty, and a Pass, to come from Hull, with her Coach and Horses, Children, Servants, and Evidences.
Sir Jo. Hotham was again called in: And being demanded whether he knew of any Members of this House, or of the Lords, that have conveyed any Treasure beyond Seas; he answered, He knew of none, if he were to die To-morrow. Being demanded, whether he knew that Mr. Pym had conveyed any Treasure beyond Sea; - with some Astonishment asked, If this Question were asked him in earnest; - Did protest he knew nothing of it: And being asked, If he had reported any such thing; answered, No.
Sir John Hotham was again called in: And the Examination taken by the Committee, concerning the Correspondency he held with the Lord Digby, was read unto him: And being demanded by Mr. Speaker, whether it was true, or not, which he had there expressed; answered, It was true; only concerning that of Sir Hugh Cholmley, and Keys, his Son's Servant, - some Mistakes: Which he desired to have read over again. Which was read accordingly: Then, he said, that when Keies came unto him at Hull, he wondering to see him, said "How the Devil camest thou hither ? - How couldst thou come through the Queen's Army?" and That was all he said unto him. He said further, it was true, that my Lord Digby did send a Declaration unto him, to present unto the World, of the Reasons of his turning in Allegiance to the King; but he tore it in Pieces; and told him, that he could not serve the King, till he had sent just Propositions to the Parliament: And, being pressed by the Committee to answer to some further Questions concerning the Lord Digby; he said to the Committee, He was not bound to accuse himself; and so made no further Answer: And confesses, he did refuse to set his Hand to that Examination.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Hotham shall be discharged of being any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Ordered, That Sir John Hotham be delivered over to the Serjeant; who is hereby required to carry Sir John Hotham to the Tower; to be there kept, in safe Custody close Prisoner; and none permitted to speak with him, but in the Presence and Hearing of his Keeper.
Sir Robert Harley reports, the Lords will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Siege at Lynne.
A Letter from Norwich, of the Fourth of September 1643, was read; desiring the Assessments of that County, to pay their Forces in the Siege at Lynne; but nothing was done upon it.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Thomas Stockdale Esquire, this Day presented to the House, he especially recommended to the Committee of Haberdashers Hall; to furnish and accommodate the Petitioner with those Necessaries desired in his Petition.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Lord Fairfax to repair Mr. Stockdale, out of the Estates of Delinquents in the County of York, in Arms against the Parliament, for the Losses he sustained, as is mentioned in his Petition.
Restitution to Lowanger.
It is this Day Ordered, by the House of Commons, that the Apparel, and other Goods, belonging to Major Lowanger, which formerly was seized upon by the Committee in Hull, be forthwith restored to him; and that the Committee at Hull do certify this House what Monies of Major Lowanger's hath been seized upon by them; that so Restitution may be made thereof, accordingly: And, because it appears, by Letters from the Committee at Hull, that, through the want of Monies there, they have been enforced to make use of it for Payment of the Garison; It is therefore this Day Ordered, That so much Monies as appears to be due unto the said Major Lowanger, be forthwith paid unto Sir Christopher Wray, for the Use of Major Lowanger, out of the Sequestration Monies, or any other assigned to the Use of the Lord Fairfaxe: And that the Committee at Hull do accordingly certify this House what Monies are in their Hands, belonging to the said Major Lowanger.
Ordered, That Captain Hotham be brought unto the House To-morrow Morning; and that the same Two Members, that were appointed to go for him To-day, do bring him To-morrow, accordingly: And the Master of the House, where he lies, is hereby required to deliver him to the said Members.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
That, by reason of the Thinness of the House, they could not proceed with the Trial of Judge Berkley; but resolve To-morrow, at Nine of Clock, to proceed therein:
Ordered, That Mr. Maynard have Notice to attend the Trial of Judge Berkley.
Preventing landing of Irish.
A. Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leeck and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have sent us down with the Ordinance for preventing of the Irish to land; which they condescend unto, with this Addition, "or that shall have Licence to be transported from thence thither, by both Houses of Parliament."
Resolved, That this House doth assent unto this Amendment.
Which Answer was accordingly returned by the same Messengers.
Brownlow's &c. Assessment.
Whereas by a former Order of this House, made 17 Augusti 1643, upon Information unto this House, that the Committee at Lincolne had, for the Defence of that County, assessed Sir John Brownlow at One thousand Pounds, Sir Wm. Brownelow Three hundred Pounds, Sir Ralph Maddison Three hundred Pounds, Mr. Edward Maddison Three hundred Pounds, Sir Robert Therold Three hundred Pounds, Mr. Copledyke One hundred and Fifty Pounds, Mr. Lister Two hundred Pounds; being Gentlemen of that County, that reside in these Parts, and have neglected to pay the said Proportions assessed upon them; it was ordered, that it be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall to call the Gentlemen before them; to the end they may pay their said Assessments.
It is this Day Ordered, That the said Parties do pay the said Sums to Sir Christopher Wray and Sir Edward Aiscough, for the Use of the Lord Willoughby of Parham, for Payment of his Soldiers, and for Arms: And the Committee at Haberdashers Hall are to give Allowance of the said Monies, as Part of the Rate set upon the said Parties for their Twentieth Part.
Deputy Lieutenants of Hertforde.
Resolved, &c. That Jo. Heydon, Gabriel Barber, Jo. Robotham, Ric. Porter, Dr. Jo. King, Esquires, shall be nominated and appointed Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Hertforde: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Mr. Ashurst reports, that as to the Irish Ordinance, they will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own; and agree to the rest.
Stores for Lyme.
Ordered, That it be specially recommended to the Committee of the Navy, to write to the Committees at Portsmouth to furnish the Town of Lyme with Twenty Barrels of Powder, a Tun of Match, and Half a Tun of Sacre and Minion Shot, to be delivered on board a Barque at Lyme, now at Portesmouth.
Ordered, That the Petition of Sarah Jerhom Widow, be referred to the Committee for Obstructions in Courts of Justice.
Newgate Prison, &c.
Ordered, That the Order of this House, made 16 Augusti last, of Reference to the Committee for Prisoners, to consider of the Differences between the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London, about the Prison of Newgate, and Under Sheriff of London and Middlesex, shall be revoked, and That Power resumed.
Ordered, That the Vicarage of Dulow, in the County of Cornewall, the Inheritance of Jo. St. Aubyn of Clevance in Cornewall, and of Tho. Arundell of Tremedarte, which is now become void, be forthwith sequestred into their Hands, to put in a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine, by way of Sequestration: Who is hereby authorized to officiate there as Vicar, and to discharge the Cure of the said Place, in all the Duties thereof; and to preach diligently to the Parishioners; and to receive the Profits thereof, until such time as the Patrons can conveniently present to the Living.