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 Martis, 12 Septembris, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Committee appointed to treat with the Scotts Commissioners upon the Fifth Article of the Covenant, shall have Liberty and Power to treat with the Scotts Commissioners upon the whole Covenant.
It is further Ordered, That the Assembly of Divines shall have Power to nominate a Committee of their own Members, to be present, and assisting to the Committee of this House, in the whole Treaty and Debate of this Business: And that Mr. Solicitor do propound This to the Assembly of Divines, to appoint a Committee accordingly.
And it is Ordered, That Sir Wm. Waller shall be added to the Committee at Portesmouth; and that he take care of the Safety of that Place for the present, till further Order be taken: And that it be recommended to my Lord General, as the earnest Desire of this House, to desire his Excellency to grant a Commission to Sir Wm. Waller to be Governor of the said Town; with Power, in his Absence, to make a sufficient Deputy, for whom he will answer.
Supply of Navy.
An Ordinance was read, concerning the raising of Monies in Ipswiche, for the Supply of the Navy; wherein Security is given for Repayment of the said Monies, so advanced: And, upon the Question, the Ordinance was assented unto.
Ordered, That Sir Geo. Whitemore Knight, Mr. Beadle, Mr. Laney late Recorder of Ipswiche, Mr. Garnish, Mr. Clearke, Mr. Beaumont, Mr. Aldgate, Mr. Nightingall, Mr. Fassett, Clerks, shall be removed from the Ship called the Hopeful Luke, now riding in the Road of Yarmouth, to Winchester House; there to be kept in safe Custody, till the Pleasure of this House be further known.
St. Clement's Danes, &c. Streets.
Upon the humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Clement's Danes, and St. Giles in the Fields, whose Names were subscribed, complaining of those great Persons, and others, that do inhabit in the new Buildings in Lincoln's Inn Fields, and Parts adjacent, for suffering the Ways to be unpassable, and refusing to contribute to the Amendment of them, though some of the Owners have been indicted for the same; it is this Day Ordered, That a speedy Care be taken, by the Inhabitants in, and Owners of, the said new Buildings, and Grounds, and Houses adjacent, to make the Ways fit for Passengers; and that it be recommended to Mr. Bently and Mr. Gorst, and the Constables of the Parishes of St. Giles and St. Clement's, to see this Order put in Execution forthwith.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Assembly of Divines to compare the Opinions of the Antinomians with the Word of God, and with the Articles of the Church of England; and to return their Opinions and Judgments upon them speedily.
Letter read, &c.
A Letter from the Assembly of Divines in Scotland, to the Assembly here, was read; and ordered to be printed, together with the Letter from the Assembly here: And that Mr. Byfeild do take care to see it done.
Transactions with Scotland.
Agents to Protestant States.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Pym, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Recorder, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Millington, Mr. Samuel Browne, or any Two of them, to dispatch away a fitting Agent, or Agents, with Instructions, for procuring a closer Union with the Princes and States of the Protestant Religion; to vindicate and clear the Proceedings of the Parliament; and to use their Endeavour for the borrowing of Monies upon Occasions.
Soldiers, &c. for Plymouth.
Ordered, That the Two Prize Ships of Axemouth, that are now at Portesmouth, brought in thither with Corn Prize, shall be employed for the carrying of the Soldiers, and other Provisions, ready there, and assigned for Plymouth: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Navy to take present Course for the same.
Ordered, That the Mayor and Committee at Dartmouth shall have Power to seize the Ships of Malignants in their Harbour, and to make Sale of them; and to receive the Proceed, upon Account; and to employ it for the Defence of the said Town.
Timber for Navy.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sequestrations, in the County of Kent, do forbear to make Sale of the Parcels of Timber belonging to the Earl of Southampton at Erith, and to Mr. Roper at Woolwich; but that the said several Parcels of Timber be appraised and delivered unto the Commissioners of the Navy, for the Use of the Navy.
Assembly of Divines.
Ordered, That the Proceed of the seized Goods of Sir John Wolstenholme's, assigned for the Payment of his Twentieth Part, be forthwith paid over to Sir Wm. Waller, upon Account, for the Supply of the Forces under his Command, according to a former Ordinance.
Billeting Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That upon the Tickets given by the Commissary of Sir Wm. Waller to the particular Inhabitants and Quarters where Sir Wm. Waller's Officers and Soldiers have had Billet, this House doth undertake the speedy Satisfaction and the Payment of those Tickets.
Mr. Ashes ambo, Mr. Cage, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Wheeler, and Mr. Trenchard, are appointed to receive the Accounts of Sir Wm. Waller's Officers and Soldiers, according to an Order of Reference to the Committee for Accounts, made upon Saturday last: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Duchy Court.
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Foot Soldiers shall be forthwith raised, by way of Imprest, to be under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, by Virtue and Power of the Ordinance for Impresting, according to the Directions and Limitations in the said Ordinance expressed, and according to these Propositions following: viz. within the Cities of London, and Westminster, the Line of Communication, and Parishes in the Bills of Mortality, Two thousand; in the County of Essex Five hundred: in the County of Kent Six hundred; in the County of Middlesex Two hundred; in the County of Surrey Four hundred; in the County of Herts Two hundred; in the County of Sussex Six hundred.
Judgment against Berkeley.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde and Mr. Nichlas are appointed to prepare an Ordinance for the Indemnity of such Watermen as shall put themselves in the Service of the Parliament, under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller; and that the Time of such Apprentices as shall list themselves in that Service, shall go on, and continue, notwithstanding that they have not their Masters Leave.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do write to the Earl of Manchester, that he will consent, that the Horses to be raised in the Counties on the South Side of the Thames, by virtue of the Ordinance for raising of a Body of Horse, may, for the present, be put under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller.
Judgment against Berkeley.
Upon the coming down of the Gentleman Usher of the Lords House, signifying, that the Lords were now ready to give Judgment against Mr. Justice Berkeley, if this House were ready to come up, and demand it;
Mr. Speaker, with the whole House, went up, to demand Judgment against Mr. Justice Berkeley, in their own Name, and the Name of all the Commons of England, upon that Point of their Impeachment only, that concerns the Judgment and extrajudicial Opinions given by him in the Point of Ship Money.