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, 1 Januarii, 1643.
RESOLVED, &c. That Walter Higden, Husbandman, formerly sent for as a Delinquent, be forthwith, upon the Entreaty of Sir Tho. Barrington, discharged from any further Restraint.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Newport Pagnall, be forthwith printed, and published.
An Ordinance for taking and directing the Accounts of the whole Kingdom, &c. was this Day read the Second time; and, by Vote, upon the Question, committed unto this Committee following; viz.
Mr. Sam. Browne, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Mr. Millington, Sir Tho. Cheeke, Mr. Maynard, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir F. Popham, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Spurstoe, Sir Oliver Luke: And are to meet upon it To-morrow, at Two post Meridiem, in the Court of Wards: And the Care of it is especially recommended to Mr. Browne and Mr. Maynard: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
This Committee is to think of Men fitting to be the Committee nominated in the Ordinance for Accounts; and to present the Names of them to the House;
Concealing Fanshawe's Goods.
Mr. Sam. Browne, * Pierrepont, * Dudley North, * Maynard, * Luke, * Dacres, * Hill, * Gurdon, * Blackistone, * Holland, * Barnardeston, * Wentworth, * Bond, * Partheriche, * Recorder:
This Committee is to examine the Case of Sir Wm. Litton's supposed concealing of Part of Sir Tho. Fanshawe's Goods: And are to meet on Thursday come Sevennight, at Two a Clock in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records. And the Committee in Hertfordshire are to have Notice of this Order; and, in the mean time, to surcease from any further Proceedings in that Business.
A Letter from Mr. Wm. Gould, 27 Decembris last, was read; informing the House of another Fight with the Cavaliers; and of their raising the Siege.
Sheriff of Devon.
Resolved, &c. That Wm. Gould Esquire shall be nominated and appointed High Sheriff of the County of Decon: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Mr. Jo. Browne, Sir Jo. Hepsley, Colonel Long, Mr. Millington, Mr. Bond, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Harbert, Mr. Erle, Sir Gil. Pickeringe, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Tho. Midleton, Mr. Bainton;
These are added to the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the Business between Colonel Strode and Colonel Horner: And are to meet To-morrow, at Eight a Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Upon Information, that the Lord Conway, the Lord Chandos, and Colonel Dutton, a Member of this House, are raising Forces against the City of Glocester;
It was Resolved, &c. That Mr. Dutton shall be disenabled and discharged from being any longer a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
The humble Petition of Captain Jo. Hotham, expressing his Willingness to be examined, was read:
Ordered, That the Committee, formerly appointed to examine Mr. Hotham, do go To-morrow to examine him on such Matters as they shall think fit: And to report the same to the House on Wednesday next.
Proceedings concerning Gifford.
The humble Petition of John Gifford Esquire, Major General and Colonel, under the Command of the Right honourable Fardinando Lord Fairfaxe, was read.
Ordered, That Major General Gifford shall be tried by a Council of War.
Ordered, That Major Gifford shall be brought to his Trial within this Month: And that, in the mean time, Mr. White, Agent to the Lord Fairfaxe, do pay him One hundred Pounds, to be all allowed upon the Arrears due unto him; or otherwise, to signify to this House, that he cannot furnish his Hundred Pounds: And the Committee is to give Notice, of this Order, for the Trial of Major Gifford, and the Time, to the Advocate of the Army: And Mr. White is to give Notice hereof to my Lord Fairfaxe, that he may send up such Witnesses and Depositions, as he shall think necessary for the Trial.
Money for Gloucester.
The humble Petition of the Gentlemen and Inhabitants in the County, of Gloucester, was read; propounding a Way for the raising of Three thousand Pounds, for the Service of Gloucester.
Ordered, That the Committee of Gloucester do bring in an Ordinance to the Purposes mentioned in the said Petition: And that, in the mean Time, they have Power to send for Persons and Witnesses, to discover Delinquents Estates.
The humble Petition of the Committee of the County of Cambridge, in the Behalf of themselves, and the whole County, was read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for the Six associated Counties.
Sir. W. Waller's Commission.
Ordered, That his Excellency the Lord General be desired forthwith to grant a Commission to Sir Wm. Waller, to command the Forces of the associated Counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Hamshire, according to the Ordinance of both Houses for that Association.
Mr. Nicoll, is to send this Order to my Lord General.
Ordered, That the Officers of the Stores and Magazines in London do issue out such Particulars, out of the Stores under their Charge, for the Supply of Sir Wm. Waller, and as the Committee for the Safety hath given Order for the furnishing out of the Stores out of the Tower, and cannot be had There for their present Service, and are to be had in Their Stores.
Excise on Flesh, &c.
Mr. Green reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for setting of an Excise upon Flesh and Salt.
And the Question being put, whether an Excise should be set upon the Poultry-ware;
It was resolved Affirmatively.
And then the Two Particulars of Rabbets and Pigeons were to put the Question; and, by the Question, the Rate of an Half-peny set upon a Rabbet; and Three-pence upon a Dozen of Pigeons.
And then the Amendments were put to the Question; and assented unto; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, ordered to be ingrossed.
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Sir J. Meldrum, &c.
Mr. Gage, Sir H. Vane sen. Mr. Bond, Mr. Bence, Mr. Rolle, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Millington, Mr. Holland, Mr. Bence, Sir Edw. Patheriche, Mr. Hoyle, Sir Wm. Allanson, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Whittacres, Sir H. Vane jun. Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Green, Mr. Lisle, the Burgesses of the Cinque Ports;
This Committee is to consider of this Petition: And have Power to send to my Lord Admiral, and the Trinityhouse Men, to inform themselves by them of the Consequence of these Lights; and to consult the Proceedings of This, and former Parliaments, in this Business of the Lights: And have Power to think of all Ways for a Reward for Sir Jo. Meldrum's Service, especially out of Sir H. Griffith's House and Estate: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Ordered, That the Information of the Legacies given by Mrs. Alice Tracie to Sir Humphry Tracy, and others, and the whole Business thereupon, be referred to the Examination of the Committee for Gloucester: And that, out of the Proceed of such Legacies, as shall appear to be given unto Sir Humphry Tracie, and others, Delinquents and Malignants to the Parliament, Two hundred Pounds shall be forthwith advanced to Rich. Ayleworth, Captain of a Troop of Horse, upon Account, towards the raising and compleating of the said Troop, for the Garison of Gloucester.
Officers in Courts of Justice.
Whereas divers Officers and Clerks of or belonging unto his Majesty's several Courts of Records at Westminster, have, to the great Hindrance of the Administration of the publick Justice of this Kingdom, absented themselves from their due Attendance in the Execution of their Offices and Places; and have betaken themselves to the Forces raised against the Parliament; and have, with their Persons and Estates, contributed to the making or maintaining of this unnatural and bloody War, now levied in this Kingdom, against both Houses of Parliament: The and Commons, now assembled in Parliament, taking the Premises into their Consideration, do Order, Ordain, and Declare, That all the several Estates and Interests, in the several and respective Offices and Places, of all and every such Officers and Clerks, who have taken up Arms against the Two Houses of Parliament; or have been resident in the Armies raised against the said Two Houses; or have voluntarily contributed any Money, Plate, Horse, Arms, Munition, or other Assistance, towards the Maintenance of any such Forces, raised as aforesaid; or have joined in any Oath, or Act of Association, against the said Two Houses; are, and shall be, absolutely determined, and become utterly void, to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever, as if such Persons, Officers and Clerks, were naturally dead.
Recruiting the Army.
Ordered, That the House be forthwith resolved into a Committee, to proceed with the Ordinance for recruiting the Army under the immediate Command of his Excel-lency the Lord General.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Whittacres called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.