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, 26 Septembris, 1643.
ORDERED, upon the humble Petition of Wm. Chamberlyn of London, Merchant, That George Minify (against whom the said Chamberlyn has a Suit, upon a Matter of Account) shall not depart the Kingdom, nor transport his Estate, until he give Security, such as the Committee for Obstructions shall allow, to answer what shall be found due to the Petitioner.
Courts of Justice.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee for Obstructions in Courts of Justice shall have Power to commit, upon Contempts.
The Covenant, &c.
Ordered, That a Narrative of the whole Proceedings and Manner of taking the Covenant Yesterday, together with the Prayers, Exhortations, and Psalms, be all printed.
Mr. Rous and Sir Jo. Clotworthy are to acquaint Mr. Henderson, and the Divines, with this Order and Desire of the House.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That on Saturday next the House be called; and that such Members, as have not yet taken and subscribed the Covenant, do then take and subscribe it.
House will view City Forces.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords resolve, this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, to go into Finsbury-fields, to see the City Forces that will then be drawn out there: And desire this House would do the like, 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 have resolved to be, this Afternoon, at Finsbury-fields, as is desired.
Lord General thanked.
Resolved, &c. That this House shall go to my Lord General this Morning, to gratulate his Success; and to return the Thanks and Acknowledgment of this House for the great Service done to the Commonwealth, by the Blessing of God upon his Excellency's great Valour and faithful Conduct.
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Additional Articles against the Archbishop of Canterbury, were this Day read; and ordered to be read again on Thursday Morning.
Courts of Justice.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to receive and examine Informations, concerning Obstructions in Courts of Justice, shall have Power to commit unto Prison all and every such Person and Persons, as either have not, or hereafter shall not, yield Obedience to such Order or Orders, as the said Committee shall make, in or concerning any Cause or Matter, which doth or shall depend before them, upon any Petition: and shall also have Power to discharge all and every such Person and Persons, as shall be by them committed, upon their Conformity to those Orders, or otherwise, as they shall see Cause: And that such Persons, as shall be so committed, shall have Power, as they shall see Cause to appeal to the House.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy shall have Power to treat with the Merchant Adventurers; such of the Four-and-twenty Companies as they shall think fit; or any other Company or Person; and to speak with my Lord Mayor and Common Council, if they shall see Cause; for the Loan of Thirty thousand Pounds, upon the Credit of the Excise, or any other Engagement: And are to sit and meet upon this Business, this Afternoon, at Guildhall, London, at Six of Clock.
Assignments to Lord Fairefaxe.
Resolved, &c. That the Proceed of the Goods of the Earl of Northampton, assigned to my Lord Fairefaxe, by an Order of Thursday the Seventh of September, shall not be reputed to be Part of the Ten thousand Pounds formerly assigned to the Lord Fairefaxe.
It is further Resolved, upon the Question, That the Eight thousand Pounds assigned to the Lord Fairefaxe, by Order of the Sixteenth of September, are not, nor shall not be reputed to be, Part of the Ten thousand Pounds, formerly assigned to my Lord Fairefaxe: But it is declared, that the Proceed of the said Goods, and the Eight thousand Pounds are additional Sums to the former Sum of Ten thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety, to make speedy Provision of the Supplies desired by my Lord Fairefaxe.
Isle of Wight.
Whereas it is thought fit, by the Lords and Commons, now assembled in Parliament, That Serjeant Major Struce, or some other Engineer, shall forthwith repair to the Isle of Wight, to make such Fortifications there, as the Deputy Lieutenants of the said Island, or any Two of them, shall agree on, for the Safety of the same: And whereas, Care is already taken, by the said Houses of Parliament, That Thirty Pieces of Ordnance, viz. Ten Culverins, and Twenty Sacres, shall be forthwith sent into the said Island for the Strength of such Fortifications: Be it now Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, For defraying the Charges of making and maintaining the said Fortifications, for the paying the said Serjeant Major, or some other Engineer, and such Commanders, Gunners, and other Soldiers, as are to guard and manage the said Works and Fortifications; that the Collectors of the said Island, nominated or to be nominated by virtue of the Ordinances for the weekly Assessments, shall and may issue forth, and deliver, by the Warrant and Direction of the Deputy Lieutenants of the said Island, or any Two of them, such and so much Monies, as are or shall be remaining in their Hands, collected or raised by virtue of the said Ordinances for the weekly Assessments, to be employed as aforesaid, by Order and Direction of the said Deputy Lieutenants, or any Two of them: And the Deputy Lieutenants of the said Island, or any Two of them, shall hereby have Power and Authority to cause to be cut and felled out of any his Majesty's Woods in the new Forest in the County of Southampton, so many Timber Trees, as they shall hold fit and requisite to be used for the making of the said Fortifications; provided no Timber fit for Ships be cut: Which said Timber is to. . brought into the said Island, and to be employed accordingly. And be it further Ordered and Ordained, That a true and perfect Account shall be made in Writing, to be subscribed by the said Collectors, of all such Sums of Money as shall be issued forth by virtue of the present Ordinance; and shall be returned to the Speaker of the Commons House of Parliament: Where the said Deputy Lieutenants, and all others, observing their Commands and Directions herein, are only to be accountable; and shall be protected, defended and saved harmless, in whatsoever they shall do in pursuance of this Ordinance, by the Authority and Power of both Houses of Parliament.