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 Veneris, 27 Octobris, 1643.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Mail and Packet of Letters from France, addressed to the French Ambassador, and his menial Servants, shall be permitted to pass freely to Oxon to the Ambassador.
St. Peter the Poor Rectory.
An Order for sequestring the Rents and Profits of St. Peter the Poor, London, whereof Dr. Holdisworth is Rector, to the Use and Benefit of John Strickland, Batchelor in Divinity, a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine; who is hereby required to officiate the said Cure, and to preach diligently to the Parishioners; and, paying all Duties due to his Majesty out of the said Parsonage, to receive the Tythes, Profits, and Revenue, belonging to the same; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Ordered, That be it referred to the Committee for Prisoners, to take good Security of Captain Rob. Rookes and Ensign Rich. Shelley, who have my Lord General's Pass to go to Oxon, to solicit the Exchange of divers Prisoners, to return and render themselves Prisoners again, if they effect not the Exchange.
The humble Petition of John Castle Esquire, one of the Clerks of his Majesty's Privy Seal, desiring a Pass to go to Oxon, in his waiting Month; was this Day read; and denyed.
Sir John Hobart.
Upon a Certificate from divers Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Norfolk, concerning Sir Jo. Hobart's Weakness of Constitution, and Inability to travel, and to take such a Journey as he ought to do, being required to attend this House; and upon a Letter, and other Testimony of his Affections and good Intentions to the Service of the Parliament; It is Ordered, That the said Sir Jo. Hobart be excused for his not appearing, until further Order; and, that, in the mean time, he do apply himself to the Service of the Parliament: And Mr. Lisle is to acquaint him, that the House expects so much from him.
Resolved, That this House doth assent to the additional Ordinance for the levying of Fourteen thousand Pounds within the Line of Communication, with the Amendments sent down from the Lords.
Keepers of the Records.
Ordered, That the Office of the Clerk and Keeper of the Records in the Tower of London, be sequestred into the Hands of Mr. Jo. Selden, a Member of this House; and that Mr. Collett and Mr. Ryley, Clerks in that Office, do continue still in the Execution of the said Place, under Mr. Selden, as formerly they did under Sir Jo. Borough, or any other; and that Mr. Selden receive the Profits of the said Place.
Ordered, That Isaac Penington Alderman, and now Lord Mayor of the City of London, shall, in Absence of the Lieutenant of the Tower, and until both Houses give further Order, execute the Office of Lieutenant of the Tower, in as full and ample manner as the Lieutenant himself might do.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of Limitations and Obstructions to the general Vote of invalidating the Great Seal, do go forth presently, to consider thereof.
Whereas Mr. Mayn of the County of Bucks is to pay Sixscore and Twelve Pounds to the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, whose Estates are sequestrable by the Ordinance of Sequestrations; whereof he has paid Fourscore Pounds to Mr. Marten of this House, and has remaining in his Hands Fifty-two Pounds: It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Mayn do forthwith pay unto the Treasurers for Sequestrations, and They to pay the same unto Sir Gilb. Gerard Treasurer at Wars, the Fifty-two Pounds remaining of the Seventy-two: That Sir Gilb. Gerard do pay Thirty Pounds thereof to Sir Wm. Waller's Chirurgeons; and the Two-and-twenty Pounds to the Boy that came from Gloucester: And that this Order shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Mr. Main for the Sixscore and Twelve Pounds.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Waller's Chirurgeons shall have the Mare informed of by Sir Jo. Hippisley.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Western Parts do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, at Sir Rob. Harleye's House.
Raising Money for Scotts.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have returned the Ordinance which they received from this House, concerning the raising of Sixty-six thousand Six hundred Sixty-six Pounds Thirteen Shillings Four-pence for the Scotts; to which they do agree; with the Addition of a Proviso, for the Members of either House to be assessed but by the House, whereof they are Members; and likewise with the Addition of a Title unto it.
The said Proviso and Title were read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be added to the Ordinance.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Title and Proviso of the said Ordinance.
Ordered, That the Committee for Advance of Monies for the Scotts, be present at the Common Hall this Afternoon, to encourage and countenance that Service.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Gilb. Ireland to be one of the Committees for the County of Lancaster.
Mr. Bainton went up to the Lords, to desire that they would pass the Moiety of the Fine of Mr. Justice Berkeley to be employed to the sending of Forces for the Recovery of the West.
Message to Lords.
He carried up the Vote for enabling Alderman Pennington, now Lord Mayor, to execute the Place of Lieutenant of the Tower, in the Absence of the Lieutenant, and until both Houses shall otherwise order: And likewise the Order for raising Men, by the Way of Imprest, in the County of Lancaster: And the Vote of Gilb. Ireland, to be one of the Committees for the County of Lancaster.
Countess of Carllell.
The humble Petition of the Lady Margaret, Countess of Carllell, was this Day read:
And it is thereupon Ordered, That it be in a special manner recommended unto the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, as concerning a Lady whom this House does look upon as a Lady of very cordial and good Affections to the Proceedings and Service of the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Votes concerning the Town Garison of Barwick shall be forthwith sent into Scotland, to Sir Wm. Armyn Baronet, and Henry Darley, Commissioners from both Houses residing there; and they authorized and required to settle the Town and Garison, according to these Votes.
Scotch Bills of Exchange.
Ordered, That Sir Gilb. Gerard, as Treasurer at Wars, do accept the several Bills of Exchange from the Commissioners of Scotland, drawn upon the said Sir Gilb. Gerard; and that it be referred to the Committee for Advance of Monies for the Scotts; and the Committee for Advance of Monies at Haberdashers Hall, do take care, that these Bills be complied with.
Ordered, That the Five hundred and Eight Pounds, seized and stayed at the Guards last Night, shall be employed, Twenty Pounds of it to the Guards that took and seized it; and, That Twenty Pounds being deducted, the Moiety of the Residue to be paid unto my Lord General; the other Moiety to Sir Gilb. Gerard, to satisfy, in Part, the Bills of Exchange from Berwick.
Ordered, That several Letters be prepared to be sent from this House to the several and respective Committees of the several and respective Counties, to require them to speed away the Monies already collected, and to take a speedy Course to collect the Arrears upon the last Two Months weekly Assessments; and that the Messengers and Agents employed about the same, shall have Power to take into their Custody, and bring up to London, such Persons as shall be committed unto them by the respective Committees, for their Negligence or Delinquency in the said Service.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for the West shall have Power to make what Use they can, by way of Security, or otherwise, of the Bonds given for Bail and forfeited.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Bond, Mr. Hill, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Nevile Poole, Sir Walth. Erle, Sir Fr. Popham, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Wallopp, and the rest of the Knights and Burgesses of Southampton, Gloucestershire, Dorsettshire, Wilteshire, Somersettshire, Devonshire, and Cornewall, be a Committee appointed to take care of the Safety of the Western Counties; and to consider of and execute all Things that may conduce to that Service: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and to sit when and where they please.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Baynton brings Answer, that the Lords do agree, that the Moiety of Mr. Justice Berkcley's Fine shall go towards the setting forth of Forces for the Security of the West: To the Order for Gilb. Ireland: And, to the Ordinance concerning the Lieutenant of the Tower, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have sent down an Ordinance concerning the Lieutenant of the Tower; which is the same in Substance with that came from hence.
The Order was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Archbishop of Canterbury.
They likewise brought down a Petition concerning the Archbishop of Canterbury; who desires, that he may have the Papers that were taken from him: The Lords think fit, that he should have such Papers as may be for his Defence.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and doth concur in the Ordinance for the Lieutenant of the Tower; and doth order, that the Archbishop of Canterbury shall have Copies of the Papers taken from him, at his own Charge.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Isaac Pennington, now Lord Mayor of the City of London, shall, in the Absence of the Lieutenant of the Tower, execute the Office of Lieutenant of the Tower, in as full and ample manner as the Lieutenant himself might do, until both Houses of Parliament shall order to the contrary.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
An Ordinance for levying of Money upon several Counties for the Relief and Maintenance of sick and maimed Soldiers, and of poor Widows and Children of Soldiers slain in the Service of the Parliament, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Payment to Pickering.
Ordered, That the Cistern of Plate, found at Whitehall, and seized on, shall be forthwith sold; and the Proceed thereof disposed to Sir G. Gerard, for Payment of One hundred Pounds to Mr. Pickering, towards the Payment of Monies due unto him for his Employments into the North.
Searcher of Lynne Regis.
Whereas Wm. Bird, Searcher of the Port of Lynne Regis, in the County of Norfolk, is a Man very ill-affected to the Parliament, as appears by a Letter from the Earl of Manchester, directed to the Commissioners of the Customs; and hath, ever since his Lordship's reducing the said Town, absented himself from the Execution of the said Place; It is therefore Ordered, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said William Bird's Place of Searcher in the said Port of Lynne Regis, together with all Fees and Profits belonging to the said Place, be sequestred into the Hands of Robert Harwer Gentleman; who is hereby authorized and required to execute the said Place, in all the Parts and Circumstances thereof, during the Pleasure of this House. And it is further Ordered, That the said Wm. Bird, his Deputies, Agents, and Assigns, do deliver up to the said Robert Harwer the Seals, Books, and all other Things belonging and appertaining to the said Office of Searcher: And likewise all other Officers of the Custom House of the said Port of Lynne Regis, are hereby required to be aiding and assisting to the said Robert Harwer, in the due Execution of the said Place, as they will answer their Contempts to this House.
Sequestered Books, &c. in the Temple.
Ordered, That the Books, and Manuscripts of those whose Chambers of the Inner Temple, or Middle Temple, are or shall be sequestred, by virtue of any Ordinance of Parliament, shall be severally inventoried and laid up in some convenient Place, in the said Temples respectively, as by the Fellows of the said Temples, Members of the said House of Commons, respectively shall be ordered and disposed: And the Committees for Sequestrations are hereby required to yield Obedience hereunto; the said Books and Manuscripts being still liable to be disposed of for the Use of the Commonwealth.
Whereas, by an Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for the Impresting of Soldiers, the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, in every County or Place within this Realm, or any Two or more of them, in their several Limits and Jurisdictions, are authorized, from time to time, until other Order be taken by both Houses of Parliament, to raise, levy, and impress such Number of Soldiers, Chirurgeons, and Gunners, for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, as shall be appointed by both Houses of Parliament, or by the Lord General: It is now Ordered, and Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Three thousand Soldiers, with so many Gunners, Trumpeters, and Chirurgeons, as the Committee of Parliament, now resident in the County of Lancaster, or any Five of them shall think fit, shall be forthwith raised and imprested, within the a said County, for the Defence of the King, Parliament and Kingdom, according to the several Proportions to be be set upon the said County, by the said Committee of the House of Commons, or any Five of them: And the Deputy Lieutenants and Committee of Parliament of the said County, or any Two of them, are hereby authorized and required forthwith to raise the said Number of Soldiers, together with the said Gunners, Trumpeters, and Chirurgeons, or so many of them as the said Committee of Parliament shall think fit, within the said County, according to the Proportions set, or to be set, upon the said County, by the said Committee of the House of Commons, or by any Five of them. And it is lastly Ordered and Ordained, That the said Committee, of Parliament, or any Five of them, shall have Power, by virtue of this Ordinance, to do every thing for the providing of Monies, and all manner of Necessaries, for the Accommodation and Support of the Forces, raised, or to be raised, within the said County; at the Charge of the said County, indifferently to be rated, as the emergent Necessity of the Service shall, from time to time require.
An Ordinance for the associating of the Counties of Sussex, Kent, Surry, and Hampshire, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Answer from Lords.
Sir H. Vane reports, That as for the Ordinance touching a Searcher for Lynne Regis, they do agree to it: And for that of Berwick, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have commanded us to return this Ordinance concerning Berwick; and do agree to it, thus amended; viz.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, that the Votes concerning the Town and Garison of Berwick, shall be forthwith sent to John Earl of Rutland, Sir H. Vane junior Knight, Sir Wm. Armyn Baronet, Tho. Hatcher, and Henry Darley, Esquires, Commissioners in the Kingdom of Scotland: And that Sir Wm. Armyn and Mr. Henry Darley, residing now in Scotland, are hereby authorized and required to settle that Town and Garison according to these Votes."
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Amendments to the Ordinance for Berwick.
Isle of Jersey.
Ordered, That Mr. Lisle do bring in an Ordinance, according to the Petition of the Governor of Jersey, touching the Rents and Revenues of Malignants of that Isle, to be employed to the Maintenance of the Forces there.