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 Lunæ, 11 Septembris, 1643.
Debt to Turner, &c.
AN Ordinance for taking Order and providing Ways, for satisfying the Debt of Forty thousand and Fiftyone Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Eight-pence, to Rich. Turner the elder, Rich. Turner the younger, &c. for Cloaths they have furnished to the Soldiers in Ireland, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cage, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Browne, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Hill, Mr. Ellis, Sir Jo. Young, Mr. Millington, Lord Ruthen, Mr. Bond, Mr. Moore, Mr. Long, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Asherst, Sir Christ. Wray: And are to meet To-morrow at Two, Post Meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
Lady Cullen's Goods.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write a Letter to the Committee at Coventry, to dispose of the Goods of the Lady Cullen, according to the Order of the Committee at Northampton.
Divers Letters from the Committee at Hull, and from my Lord Fairefaxe, (representing the Condition of the said Town and Garison, and the Wants of the Town, in respect of Meal and Monies) of the Twenty-eighth and Thirty-first of August; and of the Fourth of September; were all this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee for Accounts do proceed, with all Diligence, to bring in the Monies upon the Sequestrations; and that the Members of this House, that are of the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, do give all Furtherance to this Committee; and that they do receive Mr. Stockdale's Propositions, and the Information from Mr. White, concerning sequestrable Goods, privileged by Members of either House,
Ordered, That the Committee for Accounts shall go into Whitehall, and there make Seizure of all such particular Mens Goods, as they shall be informed, upon good Proof, to be sequestrable.
Steel Mills for Hull.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety do give Order that Threescore Steel Mills be forthwith sent down to Hull, to my Lord Fairefaxe.
A Letter from the Earl of Warwick, from aboard the Prince, in the Downs, of the Eighth of September; relating the Wants and Necessities of the Fleet; was this Day read.
An Ordinance for confirming the Privileges of the Fellowship and Assistants of Merchants Adventurers, with a Promise to pass them hereafter by Act of Parliament, was this Day read.
Transactions with Scotland.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett.
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, to impart unto you some Papers they have lately received from the Scotts Commissioners, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Holles, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Mr. Pym reports the Conference with the Lords:
That the Lord Say delivered, that the Lords desired, at this Conference, to communicate unto this House the Papers which they had received from the Scotts Commissioners; the which were Three in Number: And further said, That the Scotts Commissioners had somewhat else to say, in Answer to the Assembly here; which they desired to present with as much Speed as may be, and that a Committee might be appointed by the Assembly to receive them.
Ordered, That the Assembly shall have Power to nominate a Committee, to receive such Papers from the Commissioners of Scotland, as shall come, directed to them, from the Assembly in Scotland.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Clotworthy do go up to the Lords, with a Message, to the Purpose in the Order mentioned; and to desire their Concurrence: And likewise to desire the Lords to hasten the passing of the Covenant.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leeche and Dr. Aylett;
That the Lords do desire this House to join with them to enable the Assembly to appoint a Committee to receive certain Propositions from the Scotts Commissioners: And they have appointed the Earl of Denbighe, Earl of Bullingbrooke, and Lord Gray of Warke, to be of the Assembly, instead of Three Lords now gone away.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House doth agree with their Lordships.
Sir Jo. Clotworthy reports, that the Lords do agree to the enabling the Assembly to appoint a Committee to receive the Papers from Scotland: And as to the Covenant, they would take it into Consideration in a due Time, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Fewel for the City.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare an Ordinance, for the providing of Fewel for the City, do bring in the same To-morrow Morning; and that Mr. Blaxeton do put Mr. Glyn, and the Committee, in mind of this Ordinance.
Transactions with Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to receive the Propositions from the Scotts Commissioners, shall make known unto the said Commissioners, the Reasons why this House has not at this time assented unto the Fifth Article of the Covenant sent from the Commissioners now in Scotland.
Ordered, That Mr. Hatcher do report the Business of Scotland To-morrow Morning.
The House resumed the Debate of the Business concerning the Merchant Adventurers: Whereupon it was
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Merchants, commonly known by the Name of the Merchant Adventurers of England, shall continue and be a Corporation.
Resolved, &c. That this Company shall have Power to levy Monies on the Members of their Corporation, and upon their Goods, for their necessary Charge, and Maintenance of their Government.
Resolved, &c. That they shall have Power to levy such Sums of Money on their Members of their Corporation, as shall be advanced for the Benefit of the Kingdom; and be approved of by both Houses: And likewise, to levy Monies for the Payment of such Debts as they are engaged in for the Service of the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That none shall trade in those Parts limited by their Incorporation, but such as are of that Corporation.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a saving of all Rights confirmed by Act of Parliament, or ancient Charters.
Resolved, &c. That they shall have Power to imprison Members of their Company, in Matters of Government.
Resolved, &c. That they shall have Power to give such an Oath as shall be approved of by both Houses.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to call before them the Commissioners of the Customs, and the Merchant Adventurers; and to treat with them about the Security of the Customs, for present Monies.
Sir Henry Heyman, Sir Henry Mildmay, and Sir John Curson, are appointed to go to the Lord Mayor, and Committee for the Militia, to know what the Obstructions are, why Sir Wm. Waller marches not, and in what Forwardness he is; and by what Time he will be enabled to march: And that they use all possible Means to speed his March; and to report the same to the House To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Petition of * * be referred * * * *