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, 11 Decembris, 1643.
Trial of Bishop of Canterbury.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Trial of the Bishop of Canterbury do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber; to prepare the Evidence against the Bishop of Canterbury, and to summon such Witnesses as are needful, and prepare the Business fit for Trial; and to acquaint the House when they are ready: And this they are to do with all the convenient Speed they can: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And the Care hereof is particularly recommended unto Serjeant Wilde.
Court of Wards.
Upon the Report made by Sir H. Vane, from the Committee of his Majesty's Revenue, concerning the Court of Wards;
Resolved, &c. That the Office of Receiver of the Court of Wards be forthwith sequestered from Sir Wm. Fleetewood.
Resolved, &c. That the Office of the Clerkship of the Court of Wards be forthwith sequestered from Rich. Chamberleyne and Hugh Audeley, now Clerks of the same Court.
Ordered, That the Disposal of the Office of Clerkship of the Court of Wards, now sequestered, be referred to the Committee for his Majesty's Revenue.
Resolved, That the Petition of Arabella Fane, Widow and Relict of Anthony Fane Esquire, deceased in the Parliament Service, be recommended, from this House, to the Committee for his Majesty's Revenue, for the Relief of the Petitioner and her Daughter, the Daughter of the said Anth. Fane, slain in the Parliament Service.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Disposal of the Office of Receiver of the Court of Wards, now ordered to be sequestered, be referred to the Committee for his Majesty's Revenue.
Resolved, &c. That the Case and Petition of Captain Charles Fleetewood be recommended, from this House, to the Committee for his Majesty's Revenue, to take his Relief into Consideration.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Committee, upon the Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards, do meet on Wednesday, at Two post Meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Committee for taking away the Court of Wards do meet on Thursday next, at Three of .... post Meridiem; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit.
Receiver of the Duchy.
Resolved, That Mr. Ashton shall be injoined to pay Five hundred Pounds of the Monies in his Hands, upon the Receipt, as Receiver of the Duchy, according to the Ordinance for the King's Revenue, on Thursday next; and afterwards Five hundred Pounds weekly, till Fifteen hundred Pounds be paid.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Ashton be injoined to account, upon Oath, within Eight Days, before one of the Barons of the Exchequer, for all such Monies as are in his Hands, or that in Arrear that he has not accounted for, upon his Receipt, as Receiver of the Duchy.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Harvey shall pay in a Third Part of the Monies as are in his Hands, as Receiver of his Majesty's Revenue, on Thursday next; and the rest weekly, by equal Portions, for Three Weeks, until the whole Arrears, in his Hands, be paid in: And that he be injoined to account, upon Oath, before one of the Barons of the Exchequer, within Eight Days.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Scawen shall pay in a Third Part of the Monies as are in his Hands, as one of the Receivers of his Majesty's Revenue, on Thursday next; and the rest weekly, by equal Portions, for Three Weeks, until the whole Arrears, in his Hands, be paid in: And that he shall be injoined to account, upon Oath, before one of the Barons of the Exchequer, within Eight Days.
Ordered, That, the Complaint and Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Stepney, this Day presented to the House of Commons, be referred, in an especial Manner, to the Committee for the Militia in London.
Pym's Estate, &c.
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Monument and Burial.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are appointed to consider of the Estate of Mr. Pym, deceased; and to offer unto the House what they think fit to be done in Consideration of it: And that the Committee shall take care for a Monument to be prepared for him, at the Charge of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Body of Mr. Pym be interred in Westminster Abbey, without any Charge for breaking open the Ground there: And that the Speaker, and the whole House, do accompany his Body to the Interrment.
Captain Pym's Arrears.
Ordered, That Captain Alexander Pym shall have his Arrears forthwith paid him: And that Sir Gilb. Gerard bring in an Order for his Payment forthwith, notwithstanding any former Order.
Letter from Coventry.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Committee, at Coventry, this Day received by Mr. Speaker, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom: And they are enjoined to meet.
Lieutenant of Ordnance.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Walter Erle Knight, shall be nominated, appointed, and constituted, Lieutenant of the Ordnance; and do, and execute the same Place in all Points, and receive Profits, Advantages, and Emoluments, belonging unto the said Place, in as ample manner, as any Lieutenant of the Ordnance formerly did, might, or ought to have received the same.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Duke De Soubizae's Goods.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do examine the Business concerning some Goods and Servants of the Duke De Soubizae's; and, if they find no prohibited Goods to be among them, that they give Order to the Commissioners of the Customs, to permit such Servants of the Duke De Soubiza, and their Goods, to pass, being duly visited.
Resolved, That the Proceed of the Goods, seized by Captain Drinkewater, and at Richmond, be paid, upon Account, for the Service of the Towns of Poole and Lyme, to the Treasurers nominated in the Ordinance for Plymouth, Poole, and Lyme; the Jewel and Rings to be sold by the Direction of Mr. Jennour.
Message to Lords.
Sir H. Vane jun. carried up to the Lords, the Consent of this House to the Report from the Lords, concerning Prince D'Harcourt: The Orders for Twelve hundred Pound apiece to the Garisons of Aylisbury and Windsore Castle: The Order for Satisfaction of Billet Money to Middlesex, &c.: The Order for Treasurers for Plymouth: And was to acquaint the Lords, That this House had consented to the Orders, sent down from them, touching the Disposal of Offices attendant upon the Great Seal, not in the Gift of the Lord Keeper, or the Master of the Rolls.
Letters from Earl of Essex, &c.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leeche and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords have received a Letter from his Excellency the Earl of Essex, and some Letters inclosed in them; which they are commanded to bring down to this House.
The Letters inclosed, were, one of the Eighth of December, from the Committee at Coventry; the other from the Committee at Wemo', of the 26th of November.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Long carried up to the Lords, the Order for the Committee of the Bedfordshire Gentlemen: And was appointed to desire the Lords Concurrence in the Order for my Lord General to send for the Earl of Denbigh to come to his Excellency's Quarters.
Advance from Excise.
An Ordinance for securing the Commissioners of Excise a Thousand Pounds, advanced by them for the City Forces, with the Brigade, now under Sir Wm. Waller's Command, was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence, by Mr. Recorder.
Scotts Army in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Letters from Scotland, touching the Scotts Army in Ireland, be read, and taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Report made by Mr. Reynolds, concerning the Summer's Fleet, be taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning.
House to sit.
Ordered, That the House do sit To-morrow.
Sir Rob. Pye went to the Lords, to acquaint them, that this House intends to sit To-morrow.
Ordered, That this House doth nominate Mr. Trenchard and Colonel Alexander Popham to be added to the Committee for Plymouth: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Lords to sit.
Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer, That the Lords are resolved to sit To-morrow.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Long brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for the Committee of Bedfordshire Gentlemen; to the Order for my Lord General to call my Lord of Denbigh to come to his Quarters; to the Ordinance for One thousand Pounds, by the Commissioners of Excise, for the City Forces, with the Brigade, now with Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Harley do, on Thursday next, report the State of the Election at Tewxbury.
ORDERS, to be duly observed in the Family of the Duke of Gloucester and Princess Elizabeth, were this Day read; and by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Hen. Vane reports, the Lords do agree to the several Papers, except that of Plimouth, Windsor, and Middlesex; to which they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Recruiting the Army.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair: And
The House was turned into a Committee, to consider of recruiting my Lord General's Army.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Message from Lords.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leeche and Dr. Aylett;
That the Lords have sent down the Order concerning Plimouth; and do agree unto it, with the Addition of these Words in the 11th Line, "in pursuance of the Orders of both Houses of Parliament."
They have likewise sent you an Ordinance for the putting a Garison in Newporte Pannell; wherein they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, in the Amendment of the Ordinance concerning Plimouth.
Newport Pannell Garison.
The Ordinance for the putting a Garison of Hartfordshire Men into Newport Pannell, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the Committee, by them intended, in this Ordinance concerning Newport Pannell, is the Committee appointed by the Ordinance of Parliament, dated the 14th of September last.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers, that this House doth concur with the Lords in both the Ordinances.
Recruiting the Army.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair: And
The Grand Committee re-assumed the Business concerning the Recruiting of my Lord General's Army.
Newport Pagnell Garison.
Whereas there is an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, of the Thirtieth of November 1643, for the leading of the Hartfordshire Regiment, near Lutton, unto Newport Pagnell; it is now Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Hartfordshire do take care for the Execution of the said Ordinance with all Speed: And that the Committee shall have hereby further Power and Authority to send any more Forces thither, with the said Regiment, as the said Committee shall judge fit and convenient: Which shall be paid by the associate Counties, according to the Ordinance for settling Garison: And if any appointed by the said Committee for this Service, which so much importeth the Safety of the Kingdom, and that County in particular, shall refuse to go; the said Committee shall have Power to send up any such Person so refusing, in safe Custody, unto the Parliament, to answer their Contempt therein. And, for better Encouragement of those which shall be sent by the Authority of this, or the former Ordinance; it is further Ordained, That the said Committee shall, from time to time, relieve those which are now sent, or any Number of them, by any other Forces of like Numbers, as the said Committee shall find expedient, until the Garison be otherwise settled by Ordinance of Parliament, out of the associated Counties; wherein the Lords and Commons will have an especial Care, that all possible Expedition shall be made.
Isle of Wight.
Whereas Five hundred Men are now raising, by Authority of Parliament, to be sent to the Isle of Wight, for Security of the said Place: And whereas Two hundred Men were there formerly raised by the same Authority: And whereas several Fortifications are now making in the said Island, by Ordinance of Parliament: Be it now Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, for the disposing, ordering, paying, and billeting of the said Soldiers, and of their several and respective Captains and Officers, and for the Purpose aforesaid, that Colonel ThomasCarne, Wm. Bowreman, and Thomas Bowreman Esquires, shall be a standing Committee in the said Island: And the said standing Committee or any Two of them, shall have Power and Authority, and are hereby required, to put all Ordinances of Parliament in Execution in the said Island, as any other Committee, nominated in the said Island, ought, or might have done; and shall have Power to expel out of the said Island, or to commit, as they shall think fit, all such Persons as shall refuse the National Covenant, agreed on by the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, upon the Tender of the same by the said Committee, or any of them. And be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That Thomas Wavell and John Hall, Gentlemen, Treasurers and Receivers, nominated and hereby appointed, in the said Island, for such Monies as are or shall be raised by Authority of Parliament; and all other Treasurers, Receivers, and Collectors, in the said Island, nominated by the Authority aforesaid; may issue forth, and are hereby required so to do, all such Sums of Money as they shall receive, as Treasurers, Receivers, or as Collectors aforesaid, by the Warrant and Order of the said Standing Committee, or any Two of them, for the Purposes aforesaid; and not upon the Warrant or Order of any other Person or Persons whatsoever. And be it likewise Ordained, that the said Committee, or any Two of them, shall have Power and Authority, to use all Ways and Means for the ordering, paying, and billeting of the said Captains, Officers and Soldiers; and for the Disposing of Monies for the Purposes aforesaid, to the best Contentment of the said Island.