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 Sabbati, 23 Septembris, 1643.
ORDERED, That the County of Bucks' shall have the Arrears of the First Three Months weekly Assessments in the County of Bucks', upon Account, towards the Maintenance of the Garison, and Repairing the Works, at Aylisbury.
Mr. Fountaine, Mr. Winwood, and Sir Rich. Ingoldsby, are appointed to see what Monies have been received upon the weekly Assessments, and other Ordinances of Payments to the said Garison; and to examine and take all other Accounts concerning the said County; and to return up a State of the Account, and of the Obstructions (if any have been) of the coming in of the Monies to the said Garison, or to the Parliament.
The House being informed, that divers of the Assembly were attending without, they were called in: And Dr. Temple acquainted the House, That he was commanded, by the Assembly, to consider of the Articles of the Church of England, and speedily to return our Answer; and also to consider and examine the Antinomian Books, which we find to be a Business of a large Nature, and will require Time to give present Satisfaction: Yet, as Time will give Leave, they will fall on that Work also; and, in Time, give Answer to this honourable House. And presented, in Writing, what they had already agreed on.
Ordered, That these Resolutions and Opinions, presented from the Assembly of Divines, concerning the Opinions of the Antinomians, be read, and taken into Consideration, on Tuesday next.
Battle of Newbury.
A Letter from Mr. Baldwyn, my Lord General's Secretary, of the Two-and-twentieth of September, concerning the Fight on Wednesday last at Newbury; and likewise, a Gentleman that brought the Letter, and another Gentleman that came from the Army the last Night, were called in; and made the whole and particular Relations of the Fight and Passages of the Armies, on Wednesday and Thursday last.
Ordered, That a Committee of this House shall be sent to my Lord General and the Army forthwith, to acquaint his Excellency what Value and Esteem this House sets upon the great Service done, by the Blessing of God, upon the Conduct of his Excellency, and the Valour of the Army:
To acquaint his Excellency what Care the House has taken for supplying the Army with all Sorts of Supply necessary:
To see the State of the Army; and to consider what further is to be done to improve this Opportunity, for the Advantage of the Commonwealth:
To acquaint his Excellency, that there are Endeavours to send additional Forces for the Prosecution of this Opportunity, to the perfecting of the Work:
To recommend it to my Lord General, so to dispose the Officers and Commanders of the City Regiments, that they may not take any Resolution of returning Home; but that they may receive all Encouragements to continue still there; and to go on to the Perfecting of the Work:
To consider, with my Lord General, of any other Matter or Thing that may conduce to the Advance and Perfecting of this Service.
Lords to sit.
Sir Rob. Pye is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile.
Mr. Jo. Ashe, Mr. Holland, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Vassall, are appointed to go to the Militia, to desire them to send some of their own Body to Reding: To desire the Officers of the City Regiments to consider a little what is further to be done, before they take any Resolution of coming Home.
They carried my Lord General's Secretary's Letter: And were to desire my Lord Mayor to call a Common Council, to meet at Three of Clock; at which Time a Committee of both Houses will come to them, upon Matters of very great Importance.
They were likewise to recommend unto the Committee of the Militia, to take great care, that the Guards be very careful, by Land and by Water, that no Ammunition; or other Provision, be carried to the King's Quarters.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House shall go to the Common Council, at Three of Clock this Afternoon (at which Time the Lord Mayor is desired to call a Common Council to meet) to represent unto them, the State of the Lord General's Army at this Time, with all the Advantages that may be hoped from a present and vigorous Prosecution; the Necessity of recruiting the Army, of reinforcing it with fresh Supplies, of furnishing it with Supplies of Monies, and other Provisions: And likewise, to recommend it to the City, that there may be good Care and Diligence used by the Guards, by Land and by Water, that no Ammunition, or other Provisions, be carried to the King's Quarters. To desire the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, that the Four-and twenty great Companies be desired to advance Thirty thousand Pounds for the Service of the Navy; to be repaid out of the first Monies that shall come in upon the Ordinance of Excise.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired, in nominating a Committee to go to my Lord General; and likewise, a Committee to go to the Common Council, at Three of Clock, upon the Instructions to the several Committees.
King's, &c. Revenue.
There was likewise an Order read, for the publishing of the Ordinance concerning the King's, Queen's, and Prince's Revenue, by the Care of the Deputy Lieutenants in the several and respective Counties; the which was assented unto, by Vote upon the Question; and ordered to be delivered to the Lords, as a Head at this Conference.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Strode went up to the Lords with the Ordinance for supplying the City with Fewel: And was to desire the Lords to expedite the Ordinance concerning Saltpetre.
Advance from Customs.
Ordered, That the whole Thirty thousand Pounds, advanced by the Commissioners of the Customs, be paid to Sir Henry Vane, or his Deputy; and that an Acquittance, under either of their Hands, shall be a sufficient Discharge.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Strode reports, the Lords will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Message to Lords.
Sir John Wray went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning the Affairs of the Army at Land, and the Navy at Sea; and carried up with him the Ordinance for swearing of the Sheriffs; the Ordinance concerning the Assembly's adjourning to another Place; and divers Ordinances concerning Monies due to several Persons, concerning Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashton, Mr. Harvy, and Mr. Scawen, Members of this . . ., do, on Tuesday next, declare whether they will do the Service as Receivers, according to the Ordinance for the King's Revenue, and the Direction of the House in that Business.
Person to attend.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Scowen be summoned forthwith to attend the House.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Jarvois Scroope, Mr. Munson, and Mr. Cordwell, be forthwith committed to such Prisons as Mr. Speaker shall make his Warrant for.
Ordered, Mr. Simon Killigrew be discharged, without Fees.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Wray reports; The Lords do agree to all the Ordinances carried up by him; and will give an Answer by Messengers of their own: But, as to the printed Paper, which they conceive was a Mistake, they hold it not fit to return any Answer.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Nicoll, and Mr. Hatcher, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Bailiffs of Ipswich do take care, that none of the Prisoners committed thither by this House be permitted to go Abroad, but such as the Bailiffs shall give Warrant for to the Keeper of the Prison.
Ordered, That the City of Norwiche be added to the Ordinance for the Lord Fairfaxe to raise Monies.
An Ordinance for sequestring the Rectory of Ashted, in the County of Surry (become void by the Death of Mr. Quennell, the late Incumbent, and now in the Patronage of the Lord Mowbray, in actual War against the Parliament) into the Hands, and for the Benefit, of Mr. Wm. Kinge, a godly and orthodox Divine; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
An Ordinance concerning the Chapel of Holland in Lancashire was read; and, by Vote, assented unto.
At the Instance of the Governor, Deputy, and Fellowship of the Company of Merchant Adventurers, for the Enlargement of George Mosse, a pretended * * of his Majesty of Denmarke, lately committed by this House for several Contempts by him committed against the House; it is this Day Ordered, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Marshal or Keeper of the Prison of the Marshalsea do, upon Sight hereof, discharge the said Mosse from any further Restraint.
Robinson, a Lecturer.
Ordered, That Mr. Robinson, a Lecturer at Bishopsgate, do go forth with Serjeant Major Turner, that commands the City Regiment of Horse under Sir Wm. Waller: And the Parishioners are desired not to oppose or prejudice him, that is so willing to serve the Publick.
An Order for a Collection to be made on the next publick Fast Day, in the several Parish Churches of London, Westminster, Suburbs and Liberties, for the Relief of the maimed Soldiers; being the same, as formerly; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be printed.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords do agree to all the Votes sent up from this House, and delivered at this Conference: and have appointed my Lord Howard of Escrig to go to my Lord General, with a Committee of a proportionable Number of this House; and have appointed Six of their Lords to be a Committee, to join with a Committee of a proportionable Number of this House, to go to the Common Council: And desire, that the Committee may have Power to desire the Lord Mayor, that Notice may be given to all Ministers, that publick Thanksgiving be given, To-morrow, in all Churches, for the great Success it has pleased God to give the Army, under the Command of the Earl of Essex; and that the Committees may think of all Ways and Means fit to be proposed to the Common Council, for the raising of Monies for the present Supply of my Lord General's Army.
Committee to Lord General.
Mr. Solicitor, Sir Gilb. Gerard, are appointed forthwith to go to his Excellency my Lord General, together with a Committee, of a proportionable Number of the Lords, upon the Votes, Propositions, and Instructions, delivered at the last Conference, and agreed upon by both Houses.
Mr. Pym, Sir H. Mildmay, Colonel Long, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Sir Jo. Curson, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Lisle, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Rob. Pye, Sir Oliver Luke, Mr. Edw. Ashe, Sir H. Heyman;
Committee to Common Council.
This Committee is appointed to go to the Common Council this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, upon the Votes and Propositions delivered at the late Conference; and upon the Propositions sent down from the Lords at the last Message.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
Answer to Lords.
That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed a Committee, to go with a Committee of a proportionable Number, to his Excellency my Lord General; and have appointed a Committee, to go with a Committee of a proportionable Number, to the Common Council, this Afternoon at Three of Clock, upon the Votes and Propositions of both Houses; and do agree to the additional Instructions and Propositions for the Committee appointed to go to the Common Council.
Surrender of Exeter.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Safety, to consider of the Surrender of Exeter, and upon what Terms; and by what Authority, the Pamphlet intitled, Articles of Agreement between his Excellency and the Earl of Stamford * * * *.
Surrender of Bristoll.
Ordered, That it be left to my Lord General, at the Request and Desire of Colonel Fines, to hear and examine the Business concerning the Surrender of Bristoll.
Provisions for Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of the Letter from Major Jepson, concerning the sending of Two Ships to conduct the Provisions into Munster; and that they take care to provide them accordingly.
Charter House Committee.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Charter. House be revived: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And Mr. Lisle and Mr. Nicolas are added to this Committee.
Ordered, That Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Holland, and Mr. Bond, or any Two of them, do forthwith take Order, that the House of Mr. Henley in Blackfryers be provided for the Commissioners from Scotland; and that they take care of the Rent, payable to the Marquis of Hartford or his Assigns, may be sequestred according to the Ordinance: And that Mr. Rob. Henly and his Assigns be treated with, by the said Committee, that the said Commissioners be accommodated.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety, to give Warrant for the Payment of Five Pounds to the Messenger that came this Day with a Letter from the Army.
Resolved, That Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Gallop, Mr. Axton, and Mr. Hoyle, are added to the Committee for the Garisons of Glocester.
Committee to Lord General.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Henry Vane do go with Mr. Solioitor to my Lord General instead of Sir Gilbert Gerard, who desires to be excused in regard of his Lameness.
Ordered, That Mr. Rous do take the Chair of the Committee for the Revenue in the Absence of Sir Henry Vane.
Ordered, That Alderman Hoyle do sit in the Chair of the Committee for the Navy, in the Absence of Sir Henry Vane.
Sir John Evelyn.
Ordered, That Sir John Evelyn of Wilteshire shall have Leave to go with his Keeper, to his Wife, and to take the Air, and also to the Church: And that Mr. Pym do make Report to this House of the Business concerning Sir John Evelyn.
Searching Trunks, &c.
Ordered, That all Trunks and other Carriages that come out of the City to pass the Courts of Guards, shall not pass, till they be searched by such Men as the Committee for the Militia shall depute, or by the Court of Guards: And that my Lord Mayor be desired to give Order that no Flax, Brimston, or Saltpetre, or other Things that tend to the making Provisions for War, be permitted to pass these Ten Days, either by Water or by Land, unless it be by Warrant under the Hand of Mr. Speaker: And that such Goods shall be good Prizes as shall be so seized: And it is left to the Committee for the Militia, to reward those that shall so seize the same, out of the said Goods: And the Persons that shall so send any of the said Goods, as aforesaid, shall be secured and tried by a Council of War. And this Order is to be printed and published; and to be sent to the several Courts of Guards, by the Committee for the Militia.
Ordered, That the Ship Endeavour, set out as a Man of War, by those of Silly, to the Prejudice of this Kingdom, and taken by Captain Wm. Hodges, Captain of the Lourne of London, upon Letters of Mart from the Earl of Warwicke, shall be detained by the said Captain, and by him employed, free from all Suits and Arrests, other than by Petition and Complaint in Parliament, and until both Houses of Parliament shall take further Course therein.
Ordered, That Captain Molton be permitted to transport Three hundred Quarters of Wheat at Portsmouth (formerly appointed for providing Victual for the Navy) he giving Three Shillings the Bushel for the same.
Ordered, That the House rise on Tuesday next in convenient Time, that the Members of this House, such as will, may be present at the general Muster on that Day: The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.