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, 5 Decembris, 1643.
Watterton's, &c. Petition.
THE humble Petition of John Watterton, Elizabeth Punt Widow, and others, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee for the Navy, to give him Relief for his Damages sustained.
The humble Petition of Geo. Long Gent. was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Charter House; being especially recommended unto them from this House, to be the Officer of Register and Solicitor for Sutton's Hospital in the said Charter House: And That Committee, or any Four of them, have Power to meet, and are to meet on Thursday next, in the Afternoon, in the Court of Wards, to consider of the Petition.
Strickland's Credentials to Holland.
Credential Letters, for Walter Strickland Esquire, to the States of Holland.
To the States of Zealand;
To the States of Guelders;
To the States of Utrecht;
To the States of Friezeland;
To the States of Over-Issell;
To the States of Groninghen;
To the City of Amsterdam; in Latin, were all this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker; and to be sent to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard do take Order, that Colonel Pottleye's Men, that lie here in Middlesex, may receive Three Days Pay each Man, to carry them to Sir Wm. Waller; and that they be forthwith sent away unto him; and that these Men be delivered all to one Captain, such as Mr. Trenchard shall appoint.
Ordered, That the Inhabitants of Middlesex shall be satisfied their just Debt, for billetting Soldiers, out of the Twentieth Part within the County of Middlesex.
The like Order for Surrey, Kent, and Herts'.
Ordered, That Mr. Strode be desired to move my Lord General, to appoint a Provost Marshal for * * *
Advance from Excise.
An Ordinance for securing the Commissioners of the Excise a Thousand Pounds, advanced by them for Sir Wm. Waller's Forces, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Earl of Warwick Lord High Admiral.
An Ordinance for making and constituting Rob. Earl of Warwick, Lord High Admiral of England, was this Day read the First and Second time; and committed unto Sir H. Vane sen. and jun. Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Reynolds, * Lisle, * Pierrepont, * Holles, * Mildmay: And they are to consider of some Clause, in respect of the Votes passed both Houses, touching the Earl of Northumberland: And they, or any Four of them, are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Recruiting the Army.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for recruiting my Lord General's Army, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Tin Farmers, be taken into Consideration, To-morrow, the next Business.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leeche and Dr. Ailett;
"The Lords have, since the last Conference, received Letters from the Earl of Denbigh; the one to my Lord General; the other to the Speaker of the House of Peers; and therein a Protestation and Declaration; which they desire this House to take into Consideration."
"The Lords have appointed Four Lords, Members' of their House, to examine the Business between the Lord Wharton and Sir H. Mildmay, a Member of this House; and do signify thus much unto this House, that some Members of this House may be present at the Examination, if they shall think fit; and do desire, that some Members of this House may be examined in this Business."
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and, as to the Letters from the Earl of Denbigh, they will take them into Consideration; and as to That concerning my Lord Wharton, and a Member of this House, they will speedily send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
"The Lords have received a Petition from Trinity College, the Scholars there; They have likewise received a Letter from the Earl of Manchester, concerning the same Business; and desire this House to take them into their Consideration."
"They desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, To-morrow at Eleven of Clock, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Business of Prince D'Harcourt."
"They agree to the Ordinance for Four hundred Pounds to the Ministers of the Assembly; and have appointed Seven Lords of their House, and desire this House would appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number, to consider of some fit Place to settle Scholars in, that are come from Oxon, to employ their Studies in."
Ordered, That the Petition from Trinity College, and the Letter from the Earl of Manchester, be read, and taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Scholars from Oxford.
Mr. Rous, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Oldisworth, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Selden, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. White;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to consider of some fit Place to settle Scholars in, that are come from Oxon, to employ their Studies in.
Sir A. Carew committed.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Alexander Carew be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House; for endeavouring (as Information is given) to betray to the Enemy the Island of St. Nicholas, and the Fort there, at such time as he was intrusted with it for the King and Parliament.
Message to Lords.
Sir Walt. Erle carried up to the Lords a Desire, that Baron Henden might be assessed; and the Ordinance for securing the Commissioners of Excise the One thousand Pounds, advanced by them for the Brigade, now under Sir Wm. Waller's Command.
Sir Walt. Erle brings Answer, That they do agree, that Baron Henden shall be assessed: And, to the Ordinance, they will send Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Advance from Excise.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and Mr. Page;
The Lords do agree to the Ordinance, for securing the Commissioners of Excise the Thousand Pounds, advanced by them for the Brigade now under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller; with some small Amendments.
The Amendments were read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir A. Carew.
Sir Alexander Carew was called in to the Bar; and, kneeling there, the Speaker acquainted him with the Order of the House, that he should be committed to the Tower; and the Cause of his Commitment.
Answers to Lords.
Answer returned by the Second Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed a Time to take the Petition from Trinity College and the Letter from the Earl of Manchester, into Consideration: And do agree to the Conference concerning the Prince D' Harcourt, as it is desired: And have appointed a Committee, of a proportionable Number, to meet with a Committee of the Lords, for the settling of Scholars, in some Place to employ their Studies in.
Answer returned by the Third Messengers, That this House doth agree to the Amendments, returned from the Lords, to the Ordinance for securing the Commissioners of Excise the Thousand Pounds, advanced by them for the Brigade now under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller.
Advance from Excise.
Whereas the Commissioners of Excise in London have, upon an Ordinance of Parliament, dated the Twentyseventh of December last, advanced Four thousand Pounds . . . the Five thousand Pounds thereby assigned for the Use of the Brigade now under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, out of the Excise, and received Two several Ordinances of both Houses of Parliament, dated the Twentyeighth, and last of November, for their Reimbursement: And whereas the said Commissioners are ready, and willing to advance One thousand Pounds, the Residue of the Five thousand Pounds, assigned by the said Ordinance of the Twenty-seventh of November: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, shall and may repay themselves, out of such Monies as shall first come in upon the Receipt of Excise, over and above such Monies as, by former Ordinances, are assigned unto the Merchants Adventurers, or advanced by them the said Commissioners of Excise, upon any former Ordinance or Ordinances; and to pay themselves, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. Interest, for so long Time as the said Commissioners shall be out of the said Sum of One thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof: And John Trenchard Esquire is hereby authorized to receive the said One thousand Pounds, for the Use of the said Brigade now under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, as aforesaid.