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 Lunæ, 27 Novembris, 1643.
Time of Sitting.
RESOLVED, &c. That the House shall sit Tomorrow till Twelve of Clock, and no longer: The Lords to be acquainted herewith. Mr. Strode went up.
Term not to be adjourned.
Ordered, by the and Commons, that the Judges of the several Courts in Westminster, and all Prothonotaries, Clerks, Attornies, Criers, and all other Persons and Officers whatsoever, be required and enjoined not to adjourn the Term, or execute any thing, upon any Writ, Letter, or other Direction whatsoever, sent from Oxon, or elsewhere, without the Order of both Houses of Parliament.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Strode is appointed to carry up this Order: - The Vote to raise the Five thousand Pounds for Sir Wm. Waller upon the Credit of the Excise: - Was to acquaint the Lords with the Necessity of expediting the Votes upon the Great Seal, in regard of the Obstructions in Justice, by Want of it.
Upon the humble Petition of Hen. Austyn and Edw. Austine, it is Ordered, That the Petitioners shall be restrained by this House from going to Oxforde, to prove the Will of George Austyn, mentioned in their Petition: And that Mrs. Frissis Austyn, or any employed by her, be restrained from Probat of the said Will at Oxforde.
Upon the humble Petition of the Cursitors of the High Court of Chancery, this Day read; it is Ordered, That they be required not to send any Writs to Oxforde to be sealed; and that their Petition be presented to the Lords, in a Message, as a Motive to pass the Great Seal with Expedition: And Mr. Strode is to go to the Lords with this Message.
Military Affairs in Wales.
A Letter from Sir Tho. Middleton, from Wrexam in Denbighshire, of the Fifteenth of November, relating the good Success the Forces under his Command have had, in entering into Wales, taking Holt, Wrexam, Flinte, Hardinge Castle, and Moston Castle, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do move my Lord of Warwick forthwith to send unto Sir Tho. Middleton some Ships to ride upon the Coasts of North Wales.
Lord Lisle, Mr. Recorder, and Mr. Ashherst, went to my Lord of Warwick.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton and Mr. Recorder do forthwith repair to my Lord General, and acquaint his Excellency with the Letter from Sir Tho. Middleton; and with the Necessity of sending some present Relief, in such manner, as shall seem best to his Judgment, to Sir Tho. Middleton; and to desire his Excellency, that he will, by some Way or Means, send some present Assistance to Sir Tho. Middleton.
Ordered, That it be referred unto Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Pierrepont, Mr. Long, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Recorder, Mr. R. Moore, Mr. Pury, the Gentlemen that serve for any Part of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Lancashire, and Cheshire, to consider of all Ways and Means for the speedy raising and procuring of Two thousand Pounds, and Five hundred Arms, to be sent forthwith to Sir Tho. Middleton.
They are likewise to consider of raising Maintenance for Sir Tho. Middleton out of the Woods and Timber of the Lord Capell: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, &c.
House to sit.
Resolved, &c. That the House shall sit, on Thursday next, till Twelve of Clock.
The Lords to be acquainted herewith: Mr. Strode is appointed to acquaint the Lords herewith.
A further Ordinance touching the Excise, for securing the Duty thereof, was this Day read the first and second Time; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Answers from Lords.
Sir Philip Stapilton brings Answer from my Lord General, That he will take the Assistance and Relief of Sir Tho. Middleton, and the Gentlemen about Chester, into his speedy Thoughts; and will send Order to send them Supplies of the Forces nearest unto them.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, That the Lords do concur with this House in all the Messages carried up by him: And, as to that Business concerning the Great Seal, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own, forthwith.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords, upon the Suit of the Earl of Stamford, who declared unto him the great Arrears due unto him and to his Soldiers, and the great Disbursements which he has laid out; they think it proper, and only proper, for this House to consider hereof; and desire them to take a fitting Consideration of it.
State of the Fleet.
They have received a Letter from the Earl of Warwick, and some Papers concerning the State of the Fleet, which they have commanded them to communicate to this House. -
Earl of Stantford, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leeche and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of Two Peers of their House, the Earl of Stamford, and the Lord Wharton, do suffer much in their Honours by Two Members of this House: They have formerly sent down concerning this; they now desire this House to take it into a speedy Consideration. -
Sir II. Mildmay, &c.
A Letter from Sir H. Mildmay, of the Twenty-sixth of November, relating, That one of his Children being dead, and not without Suspicion of the Plague (whom he had been with on Thursday last) he desired to know the House's Pleasure, whether he shall attend the House, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That Sir H. Mildmay do attend the House forthwith; and that the Business concerning the Lord Wharton and Sir H. Mildmay be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, if Sir H. Mildmay can have timely Notice to be here by that Time: Otherwise, that peremptorily it be considered of, on Thursday next; and that then peremptorily Sir H. Mildmay do attend the House.
Earl of Stamford, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee upon the Business concerning the Earl of Stamford and Mr. Nicoll, do meet this Afternoon peremptorily in the Court of Wards; and that they do make Report of this Business with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That the Committee from Gloucester do confer with the Earl of Stamford; and know if there be any Obstructions that hinder the Soldiers, that they do not march; and to report them to the House: And, that so soon as the Earl of Stamford shall pass his Account with the Auditors, they will take his Arrears into speedy Consideration.
Answers to Lords.
Answer returned by the First Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message, concerning the Arrears of the Earl of Stamford; and the Letter from the Earl of Warwick; and they have put them both in a ready Way of Proceeding.
Answer returned by the Second Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message, concerning Two Peers of their House, and Two Members of this House; and have put into a speedy Way of Consideration and Examination. -
Ordered, That the Letters and Papers from Sir H. Anderson, intercepted at Leicester, and remaining in the Custody of the Committee for Examinations, be all brought in To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Accounts be read the first Business To-morrow Morning; and that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Newport Pagnall Garison.
An Ordinance for the erecting and maintaining a Garison at Newport Pagnall, in the County of Bucks, was this Day read the first and second Time; and committed to the Committee for the associated Counties, and to the Members of this House that serve for the other Counties mentioned in this Ordinance: And are to meet at Three Clock, this Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber: And are to report the same to the House To-morrow Morning.
An Ordinance touching the regulating and maintaining the Garison at Aylesbury, in the County of Bucks, was this Day read the first and second Time; and committed to the Committee for the Ordinance for Newport Pannell, with the Addition of the Knights and Burgesses for Middlesex: And the Certificate concerning Aylesbury is likewise referred to that Committee.
Settling the Army.
Ordered, That To-morrow, at Eight of the Clock, the Committee of the whole House do meet, and take into Consideration the Ordinance for settling my Lord General's Army.
An Order for a Collection on the next Fast Day, in all the Parish Churches and Chapels within the Bills of Mortality, for the maimed Soldiers, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for the Parishes of St. Giles in the Fields, St. Martin's in the Fields, and St. Margaret's, as was formerly, to detain a Moiety of the Collection on Wednesday next, being the next Fast Day.
Money for Army.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard do solicit the getting in of the Five thousand Pounds assigned to Sir Wm. Waller; and that he be authorized to receive the same; and to send it to Sir Wm. Waller.
Provisions for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee of Adventurers in London be joined to the Committee of the House of Commons that are Adventurers: And all those Members of this House that are Adventurers are added to this Committee: And have Power to treat for the procuring of Four thousand Pounds, for the buying of Provisions for Relief of the Soldiers in Ulster, that have not agreed to the Cessation: And that they constantly sit in the Exchequer Chamber, as formerly.
Ordered, That, when the Ordinance for Ireland is reported, that Sir Peter Wentworth do make his Report: And that the Petition, and Paper of Propositions, from the Committee of Adventurers in London, be then read.
Supply for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for a new Supply for Ireland, presented by Mr. Goodwyn, be read on Thursday Morning, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind thereof.
Ordered, That Joseph Windmerpoole, Charles White, and Thomas Salesbury, Esquires, be added to the Committees for Sequestrations for the Town and County of Nottingham: And to have as full and ample Power as any of the other Committees formerly appointed by the Ordinance, have.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords and Commons at Haberdashers Hall do take the Arrears of the Garison in Windsor Castle into their present Consideration; and, with all convenient Speed, do pay unto Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Treasurer at Wars, the Sum of Two thousand Pounds: Who is hereby required and ordered, forthwith upon the Receipt of the Whole, or any Part thereof, to pay the same unto Colonel John Venn, Governor of the said Castle, or to such as he shall authorize to receive the same, for and towards Satisfaction of the said Arrears due unto the said Garison.
Ordered, That the Account this Day presented by Colonel Venn, of his raising Three hundred Pounds about Windsor, for the Relief of that Garison, be referred to the Committee for Examinations.
Whereas, by a late Ordinance of Parliament, divers Sums of Money were levied upon the City of London, and other Counties near adjoining, for the Relief and Succour of wounded and maimed Soldiers; Part whereof was expected would have been returned before this Time to the Treasurers appointed for that Purpose, according to the Directions in the aforesaid Ordinance: But, in respect of the Default thereof at this present, as also of the pressing and urgent Occasions for Money, the Commons in Parliament have thought fit to recommend it to the pious and charitable Consideration of the well-affected People, dwelling and residing in and about the Cities of London and Westminster: And therefore do Order, That, on Wednesday next, the Twenty-ninth of this Instant November, being the Day appointed for publick Humiliation, a Collection be made in all the Parish Churches that are mentioned in the Weekly Bill of Mortality, as also in the several Chapels within the said Limits, by the Church Wardens, and other Officers, of the said Parishes and Chapels: And the Monies so collected they are not to detain, upon any Pretence whatsoever; but to make Payment thereof unto Mr. Wm. Greenhill, Mr. John Pocock, Mr. John Randoll, and Mr. Richard Hatchinson, Citizens of London, or any Two of them, at Tallow Chandlers Hall, near Dougate, on Friday next, being the First of December 1643, by them to be issued out for the Relief of sick, wounded, and maimed Soldiers: And the Ministers of the said several Parishes and Chapels are hereby required to publish this Order on the Fast Day in the said Churches and Chapels; and earnestly persuade the People freely and liberally to contribute to this so pious, charitable, and honourable a Work; it being for those that have, and will be ready again, when God shall enable them, to venture their Lives for the Defence of our Lives, Liberties, and Religion.
Ordered, That the Petition of Sir Rob. Honnywood be referred to the Committee of Sequestrations that are Members of this House.