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, 28 Octobris, 1643.
AN Order for sequestring the Rent and Profits of the Rectory of Heney in the County of Essex, whereof Charles Forbench is Rector, into the Hands, and to the Benefit and Advantage, of Mr. James Sutton Master of Arts, a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine; who is to preach diligently to the Parishioners; and to officiate the Citre, in all the Duties thereof; and to receive all the Profits belonging to the same, paying all Duties due to his Majesty; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Rob. Smyth Clerk, Minister of the impropriate Church of Sudbury St. Gregory, in the County of Suffolk, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Obstructions in Courts of Justice.
Government of Portesmouth.
Ordered, That Mr. Whitehead, Sir Thomas Jervoise, Mr. Wallopp, Mr. Lisle, do forthwith confer with my Lord Wharton, concerning the Government, State, and Condition of the Town of Portesmouth; and, after Conference had with him, that they repair to my Lord General, and acquaint his Excellency with the Importance of that Place; and do desire him to take such Care of it, that some fit Man may be put in, whose Occasions will give him Leave to reside upon the Place.
Ordered, That Mr. Fielder be desired to take Care of the Government and Security of the Town of Portesmouth in the mean time, until his Excellency, or the Houses, shall further settle the Town: And it is referred to the aforesaid Gentlemen, Mr. Whitehead, Sir Tho. Jercoise, Mr. Wallopp and Mr. Lisle, to furnish the said Town with all Things necessary.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Accounts, to take and receive the Accounts of Sir Wm. Lewes, of all the Monies he received and disbursed during the Time he had the Charge of Portesmouth, that if, upon the Foot of his Account, any thing may appear to be due to Sir Wm Lewes, Order may be taken for the Payment of what shall appear due.
Claims on Sir Jo. Hotham.
The humble Petition of Sir Tho. Norcliffe Knight, was this Day read; shewing, that Sir Jo. Hotham has in his Hands Three thousand Pounds, which belongeth unto certain Orphans, the younger Brothers and Sisters of the Petitioner, whose Mother Sir Jo. Hotham married; which Monies, as Sir Jo. Hotham affirms, were the Monies which were seized on at Hull, by Order of this House, and otherwise disposed of; and that the said Orphans are destitute of all Means for their Portions, and for their Education and Maintenance, unless this House relieve them, being in Number Seven; as by the Petition and Paper annexed appeareth: It is therefore Ordered, That the said Sum of Three thousand Pounds, for the Orphans Portions, acknowledged by Sir Jo. Hotham, in the Writing under his Hand annexed to the Petition, shall be paid unto the said Orphans; as also Two hundred and Forty Pounds per Annum for their present Maintenance, until their said Portions shall be paid, out of the, Estate and Lands of Sir Jo. Hotham's at Scarbroughe in the County of Yorke.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Irish Cessation do make Report on Monday, what was committed unto them upon Sir Hen. Vane's Report from Scotland; or, in Default thereof, the House will then take it into Consideration.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House, and of the Adventurers of London, for Irish Affairs, shall have Power to send over Mr. James Traile into Ulster, with such Instructions as they shall think fit, for the Encouragement of the Soldiers there, to oppose the Cessation.
Ordered, That the Committee for Gloucester, or any Two of them, shall have Power to break open and search any Trunk, Chest, Cabinet, Study, Closet, or other Place in Sutton's Hospital, for Monies belonging to the said Hospital; and to secure what Monies they find there, or in the Receiver's Hands.
Affairs at Plymouth.
Ordered, That the Letters and Examinations, from Plymouth, be referred to the Committee for the Security of the Western Parts; to consider of them; and to take care of furnishing the said Town with Powder, Ammunition, and other Necessaries.
Ordered, That Mr. Edward Ash, furnishing Two thousand Pounds for the Service of Plymouth, shall be secured out of the Four thousand Pounds formerly assigned to Plymouth, out of the Fifty thousand Pounds advanced by the City upon the Security of the weekly Assessments.
Sir Henry Berkley.
Beer for Navy.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Excise, and all others employed by them, do forbear to require or take any Monies of the Brewers, for the Excise of such Beer as shall be provided for the Use of the Navy, and the particular Quantities, certified under the Hands of the Commissioners of the Navy, or any Three of them, until the said Brewer shall be paid for the said Quantities of Beer.
Ordered, That the Examination of the Packets, returned from Captain Lee, be referred to the Committee for Examinations; and that, if they see no Cause to the contrary, that they give the Bearer a Pass, to convoy him and his Letters into France.