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, 26 Octobris, 1643.
Sir H. Pollard.
A Letter from the Lord Fairefaxe, from Kingston upon Hull, of the Eighteenth of October, concerning some Ordnance and Ammunition furnished by Captain Ashlye, Captain of the Ship called the Imployment, at the late Fight at Hull, was this Day read: And Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to refurnish the said Ship, with the like Proportions as the said Captain Ashley from time to time furnished the Lord Fairefaxe.
Guardian of Fleet Prison.
An Ordinance for the nominating of a new Guardian of the Prison of the Fleet, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, referred unto Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Browne, Mr. Hill, Mr. Noble, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Vassall, Sir Edw. Aiscough, Mr. Tate, Mr. Green, Mr. White, Mr. Whittacre, * Millington, Sir F. Popham, Sir Jo. Corbett, or any Four of them, are to examine the Truth of the Allegations and Informations against the Guardian of the Fleet, what Prisoners he has permitted to escape; and to give notice, that if he come not within Ten Days, that then, according to the Ordinance of Sequestrations his Place be sequestred: And that if, upon Proof against the said Guardian, there shall be Cause to sequester the said Place, that the Committee do take care to provide that there may be good Course taken to prevent any Inconvenience that may happen by the Escape of Prisoners: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Waste of Woods.
For preventing any Waste and Destruction of the Woods and Timber in the Parks and Woods near about London and Westminster, it is Ordered, That Sir Jo. Hippisley shall take care, that some reasonable Competency of Firewood be appointed for the Guards, until Fuel can be provided for them by the late Ordinance for cutting and felling of the fellable Woods of Delinquents: And he is to give Directions to the Courts of Guards, that they use their best Means to hinder all People from committing that Spoiland Waste of Timber and other Wood, as now they do.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That, as to the Name of * * to be of the Assembly, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the Assessment of the Earl of Middlesex, for the Twentieth Part, that they have assessed him at a Thousand Pounds, for his Twentieth Part: And as to the Moiety of the Fine of Justice Berkely to * * * *
Ordered, That the Covenant shall be forthwith tendered here, in the House, to the Clerks, Serjeant, and other Attendants upon this House, and their Clerks and Servants; and that the Lords be acquainted, at the next Message, that the Clerk, and Serjeant, and other Attendants upon this House, and their Servants, have taken the said Covenant; and to desire, that their Officers and Assistants may likewise take the Covenant.
Smithfield, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of West Smithfield, St. John's Street, Islington, Clerkenwell, and Parts adjacent in the County of Middlesex, was this Day read; and ordered, by the House, to be referred to Sir Tho. Fowler, Sir Rich. Sprignall, Sir Sander Duncombe, and Jo. Smith Esquire, to take care for the Petitioner's Relief.
Upon the humble Petition of the Governors, Assistants, and Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers of England, this Day presented to the House, It is Ordered, by the Commons in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Vassall do desire my Lord Mayor to call a Common Council, to meet To-morrow at Three of Clock, to the End that they make Choice of another Person to be one of the Committee to reside in the North, in the Place of Mr. Samuel Avery, formerly chosen to reside there; in regard of the many and publick Employments he has for the Parliament and the Commonwealth.
Sir Thomas Wiseman.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Thomas Barrington, Sir Wm. Massam, and Captain Henry Mildmay, to certify this House, if they have any thing to object against Sir Thomas Wiseman, besides the Matter of Recusancy; and that they be acquainted, that he hath taken the Oath of Abjuration, according as is appointed by the Ordinance of Sequestrations.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Strode went up to the Lords, To desire the Moiety of the Fine upon Mr. Justice Berkley, may be employed to the setting forth of Sir Wm. Waller; and to desire that they would pass the Ordinance concerning the Two thousand Pounds in Sutton's Hospital, for Gloucester; and to put them in mind of * * * *
The humble Petition of the Mayor of Southampton on the Behalf of... Town of Southampton, was this Day read; and referred unto Mr. Gallop, Mr. * Mr. Hill, Mr. Lisle, Sir Francis Popham, Mr. Wallop, and the rest of the Gentlemen that serve for the County of Southampton: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Debt to Turner, &c.
The Lords have sent down an Ordinance, which they received from this House, for the raising of Forty thousand Fifty-one Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Eightpence, for Payment of so much Money due unto Mr. Turner and others, by Sequestrations, &c. of Papists and Malignants Estates.
The Lords having lately received a Message from this House, for Ten thousand Pounds, of the Fine set upon Mr. Justice Berkley, to be employed to the West; they have taken this Message into Consideration; and have lately received a Letter from my Lord General, expressing his great Wants of Money; and they think fit, that That Fine should go to my Lord General, for the Forces under his Command.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Ordinance for the Two thousand Pounds in Sutton's Hospital, into a speedy Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to that Business concerning the Moiety of Mr. Justice Berkelye's Fine, they have sent Answer by Messengers of their own.
Lords to sit.
Sir Christopher Yelverton went up to the Lords, To acquaint their Lordships, that, upon some urgent and pressing Affairs that desire Expedition, this House has resolved to sit this Afternoon; and desire the Lords would do the like, if it may stand with their Conveniency.
A Letter from the Committee in Scotland, of the Fifteenth of October; and divers Papers concerning the Cessation of Arms in Ireland; the taking of the Covenant in that Kingdom; and the Scotts Army in Ireland; were read.
Raising Money for Scotts.
And it is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for raising of Monies for the Scotts, to apportion the Rates to be set upon the several Counties, Cities, Towns, and Boroughs: And all that will come are to have Voices at this Committee, as to this Business: And Sir Henry Vane junior is added to this Committee.
Defence of Rutland.
Whereas Thomas Waite Esquire is, for the Service of the County of Rutland, and Defence there, to provide divers' Arms, Saddles, and Ammunition: It is this Day Ordered, by the House of Commons, That what Monies he shall disburse or engage himself, for such Arms, Saddles and Ammunition, shall be repaid him out of the Third Part of the Moiety of the first Money that shall come in, upon any of the Ordinance for the raising of Monies in the said County of Rutland, until such Sums, as he shall so truly disburse be satisfied; provided (his Soldiers being paid) that he do send up the other Two Parts, of what he raise, in the said County, to the respective Treasurers at London, appointed to receive the same.
An Order for sequestring the Rents and Profits of the Rectory of Acton, in the County of Middlesex, whereof Dr. Feately is now Rector, to the Use and Benefit of Philip Nye Master of Arts, a Man of approved Faithfulness and Ability in his Function of the Ministry; who is hereby required to preach diligently to the Parishioners; and to catechise the younger Sort; and to reside among them; and to receive all Rents and Profits belonging to the said Rectory, paying all Fees and Duties due to his Majesty; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir H. Vane's Return from Scotland.
This House doth approve of Sir Hen. Vane's Return from Scotland, in respect of the present and eminent Necessity; and doth acknowledge it to be an acceptable Service; and that Thanks be given to Sir Hen. Vane for his great Pains taken in the Employment he was sent about; and that they give Power to Sir Wm. Armyn, and Hen. Darley Esquire, in the Absence of the other Commissioners, to perform all Things, in as full and ample Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as if the Number of the Commissioners were full, according to the Instructions.
Die Jovis, 26 Octobris, 1643, Post Meridiem.
ORDERED, That Sir Jo. Hippisley be required forthwith to convoy to Windesore, with a competent Strength of Horse, Six Case of Drakes for the Service of Sir Wm. Waller's Forces; and that they be discharged from any further Service, after this Service done, till further Order.
Transactions with Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Scotts Affairs do take care for dispatching into Scotland, the Resolutions and Instructions of both Houses, concerning Berwick, the Treaty, and other the Affairs of Scotland, and the Army of Scotts in Ireland; and to prepare further Instructions to enable the Committee farther, as Occasion shall be: And Sir H. Vane is added to this Committee.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of this House, appointed to meet with the Committee of Lords concerning the Cessation of Arms in Ireland, to consider of the Government and Subsistence of the Scotts and English Army, in the North of Ireland, and of supplying them with all Necessaries; and to report the same to the House; and to consider of any thing else that may conduce to that Service: And Sir Hen. Vane junior is added to that Committee.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye went up to the Lords, To desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the State of the Affairs in Scotland, and of the Scotts Army in Ireland: The Ten thousand Pounds, Part of Mr. Justice Berkeley's Fine, to be employed for the setting forth the Forces in the West, under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller.
Sir William Parsons, &c.
The Accusation of Sir Wm. Parsons, Sir Adam Loftus, Sir Jo. Temple, and Sir Rob. Meredith, in Ireland, &c. was read: And this House doth thereupon declare, That if, in Ireland, the said Sir Wm. Parsons, Sir Adam Loftus, Sir Jo. Temple, and Sir Rob. Meredith, or any of them, shall be proceeded against for any Thing they have done in pursuance of any Order, or Directions, from the Houses, in this War, against the Rebels there; or for favouring the Proceedings of the Parliament here; or for countenancing and assisting Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Goodwyn, sent thither as Committees authorized by both Houses of Parliament; that they will proceed in the like Manner against such Persons as have adhered to the Forces raised against the Parliament, in this Kingdom, and now in the Power of the Parliament.
Lords agree to Conference.
The Lords desire, that this Conference, for so much of it as concerns the Ten thousand Pounds, out of Mr. Justice Berkelye's Fine, for the setting forth of the Forces to be sent into the West, may be a free Conference.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree that this Conference, for so much of it as concerns the Ten thousand Pounds for the West, shall be a free Conference.
Upon the Report from the Committee of Adventurers for Ireland, of London, concerning Mr. Jerome Alexander; affirming, that what Mr. Jerome Alexander did in the conveying of the Monies to the Marquis Ormond, he did by Directions of that Committee, and in pursuance of an Order made by them; it is Ordered, That the said Mr. Jerome Alexander be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint.
Raising Money for Scotts.
Upon a Report made from the Committee appointed to assess the particular Counties, Cities, and Towns, towards the raising of Sixty-six thousand Six hundred Sixty-eight Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence for the Scotts; it is Ordered, That within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Places adjacent, within the Bills of Mortality, be assessed and levied the Sum of Twenty-six thousand Six hundred and Sixty-six Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Fourpence; the County of Herts Three thousand Pounds; the County of Bedford Two thousand Pounds; the Residue of the County of Middlesex One thousand Pounds; the County of Essex Five thousand Pounds; the County of Suffolk Five thousand Pounds; the County of Norfolk, with the City and County of the City of Norwich, Six thousand Pounds; the County of Kent, with the City and County of the City of Canterbury, Six thousand Pounds; the Residue of the County of Surry One thousand Five hundred Pounds; the County of Sussex Four thousand Five hundred Pounds; the County of Cambridge, with the Isle of Elie, Two thousand Pounds; the County of Huntington One thousand Pounds; the County of Northampton Two thousand Five hundred Pounds; the County of Rutland Five hundred Pounds.
This Clause was inserted into the Ordinance for raising of the Sixty-six thousand Six hundred Sixty-six Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence for the Scotts, this Day passed, before the said Ordinance was carried up.