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, 15 Octobris, 1643.
Newporte Pannell Garison.
WHEREAS Sir Dudley North was Yesterday appointed to go to my Lord General, to consult concerning the settling of a Garison at Newporte Pannell; by reason of his Sickness, it is Ordered, That Mr. Lowry do forthwith repair thither.
An Ordinance for constituting Governors, and settling the Government, of the Islands upon the Coasts of America, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Mr. Bond is appointed to carry it up.
Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Holles, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Wheeler, are appointed to go to the Messenger that brought the Letters from the Prince D'Harcourt; and to acquaint him, that what has been offered to him at the Guards, was not done with the Knowledge of this House; and that they do absolutely disavow it; and will inquire into it; and take Order that it shall be prevented for the future.
This Committee is appointed to bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose To-morrow Morning, that it may be printed and published.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Examinations, to examine and inquire, How, and by what Means, Colonel Reade, an Irish Rebel, escaped out of Prison, and passed the Guards.
Ordered, That the Votes, concerning the Propositions from Scotland, and the Covenant, be compared, and made to agree in both Houses; and so sent into Scotland.
French Ambassador's Messenger.
Upon the Report from the Commission, it is Ordered, That the Messenger from the Prince D' Harcourt shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant for himself, and his Letters, to pass into France.
Instructions for Earl of Rutland, &c.
Additional Instructions for John Earl of Rutland, Sir Wm. Armyn Baronet, Sir H. Vane jun. Knight, Tho. Hatcher, and Henry Darley, Esquires, &c. were this Day read; and particularly, one by one, voted; and, by Resolution upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be delivered unto the Lords at a Conference.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye went up to the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile.
And carried up to them the Ordinances, For Relief of maimed Soldiers: For the Associating of the Counties of Southampton, Sussex, Kent, and Surrey: The Ordinance for transferring upon Mr. Selden the Office of the Clerk of the Records in the Tower: The Order for disposing the Five hundred and Eight Pounds in Gold, seized at the Courts of Guard.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate Jo. Kendrick Alderman, to be one of the Committees to reside in the North.
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the Nomination of Alderman Kenrick, to be one of the Committees to reside in the North, that he shall be excused for his going as yet, until the House take further Order.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Great Seal shall be delivered as a Head of this Conference.
Money for Army.
Resolved, &c. That Twenty thousand Pounds, out of the First three Months Excise, shall be assigned to my Lord General's Army; provided that this Order do no way impeach or prejudice the former Orders for Monies out of the Excise: And that the Commissioners of Excise be required to pay the same accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Three Thousand Pounds shall be allowed to my Lord General, out of the Excise Monies, over and above the Twenty thousand Pounds ordered for his Excellency's Army, in the former Vote, to recruit his Army: And that the Commissioners of Excise do pay the same accordingly; the former Orders being first satisfied.
Conference with Lords.
Mr. Hatcher went up to the Lords, to acquaint them, that this House is ready to give a Meeting at a Conference, upon the Heads Yesterday desired; and to desire, that, at the same Conference, this House may deliver something unto them concerning the Affairs in Scotland; the Scotts Army in Ireland; my Lord General's Army; and the Great Seal of England.
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Pury, Mr. Hatcher, are appointed Managers, and Reporters, of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Committee for providing Supplies for the Lord General's Army do meet this Afternoon; and that the Lords be desired, that their Committee may meet likewise.
Ordered, That the Petition of Geo. Franke be referred to the Committee for Obstructions in Courts *
The House being informed, the Sheriffs of London were at the Door; the House commanded them to be called in: Who presented unto the House several Bundles of Proclamations, and Writs for the publishing thereof; Part whereof, they informed the House, were delivered to the Under Sheriff of Middlesex, and other Part thereof to the Lord Mayor of London, by a Messenger of the King's, that came from Oxforde, who was appre hended, and brought to the Door: And desired to know the Commands of this House concerning these Proclamations, viz. a Proclamation to declare the Process of Green Wax may be settled at Oxforde, as well as at London, for the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, during these Times of these unhappy Distractions: A Proclamation for a general Fast, to be held throughout this Kingdom, on the second Friday in every Month: A Proclamation declaring certain Monies, coined in the Kingdom of Ireland, to be current in this Kingdom: A Proclamation forbidding the tendering or taking of a late Covenant, called, A solemn League and Covenant.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs of London, be required not to publish the said Proclamations, nor any of them; and that this House will save them harmless for the not publishing of them.
Ordered, That Thanks be returned unto the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs of London, for acquainting this House, with the Proclamations; and for their Care of the Honour and Proceedings of this House.
The Sheriffs of London were called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them with the Orders of this House, of Thanks, and Indemnity, and the prohibiting the publishing these Proclamations.
Ordered, That the Committee for Examinations do examine the Man that brought these Proclamations from Oxford; and that he be secured, and sent, in safe Custody, to my Lord General, to be tried by Martial Law, as a Spy.
Proceedings concerning Lord Macquire, &c.
Mr. Corbett reports the Examination of the Business concerning Colonel Read, Macquire, and Mac Mahun; the Endeavour used to procure their Escape.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Macquire and Mac Mahun shall be committed to the Tower, and kept close Prisoners there.
Resolved, &c. That Seven Shillings apiece be allowed them weekly, during their close Imprisonment.
Resolved, &c. That Macquire and Mac Mahun shall be speedily tried; and that Mr. Solicitor, and the King's Counsel, do meet together, and consider of the Manner of the Trial of them, and prepare the Evidence accordingly.
Ordered, That whatsoever Prisoner is committed by this House, or by any Authority derived from this House, to any Prison, and permitted to go abroad, without the Order of this House, or of others authorized by them, that it shall be taken as an Escape; and that the Keeper be proceeded against accordingly for the same.
And this Order is to be printed, and published, and sent to every Prison.
Warrant to Earl of Pembrok.
Ordered, That the Earl of Pembrok shall have a Warrant, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to convey One hundred Ton of Wine to the North of Trent, in Exchange of a Hundred and twenty Ton of Iron to be conveyed hither, the Excise upon the Tons of Wine being first paid; and that Care be taken, a Search be made, that no Monies, or other things, be conveyed with the said Wine.
Letters from Earl of Essex.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page;
That the Lords are desirous at the Conference, to impart unto you some Letters they have received from my Lord General the Earl of Essex.
Answers from Lords.
Mr. Hatcher brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Message he carried up.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, the Lords do agree to all the Papers he carried up, except that of the Association of Kent.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House doth agree with the Lords, as is desired.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Pury, Sir Phil. Stapilton, and Sir Henry Vane, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Plot to betray Ailesbury.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports from the Lords, the Letter from my Lord General to the House of Peers, of the Plot to betray Ailesbury into the King's Hands; as appears by Letters from Sir Jo. Biron, subscribed by the King.
Governor of Ailesbury.
Whereas Two hundred Pounds, of the Five hundred Pounds seized on at the Court of Guard, was formerly ordered to be paid to my Lord General, for Monies borrowed of him; which is since satisfied: It is now Ordered, That the said Two hundred Pounds in Gold be paid to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Treasurer at Wars; who is ordered to pay the same to Colonel Aldrich, Governor at Ailesbury, as a Gift, from this House, for his Fidelity in that Place he is intrusted withal; which he hath testified in a high measure: And that a Letter of Thanks be written unto him by Mr. Speaker: And Mr. Fountaine is to convey this Two hundred Pounds unto him: And Sir Philip Stapilton is to bring in this Letter.
Ordered, That Mr. Browne, Sir Oliver Luk, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Fountaine, and Mr. Winwood, Committees for Buck', Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire, be required to meet together, and take care that forthwith the Arrearages due to the Garison at Ailesbury, and, in particular, the Arrearages due to Colonel Aldrich, be paid; and to inquire, how the Monies received for that Garison, were disposed of; and, what Monies have been paid the said Garison.
Ordered, That Sir John Clotworthy do make Report To-morrow of the Irish Business.
Ordered, That the Committee for my Lord General's Army do speedily meet, to consider of the supplying the Army.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde further reports * * * *