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, 15 Januarii, 1643.
A LETTER from Sir Wm. Waller, from Arundell, of the Twelfth of January; relating the Condition of the Forces with him, and his Prisoners; and a Desire, that the Product of the Goods in the Duynkirke Ship, may be employed to pay the Arrears of the Forces under his Command; was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for the Safety: And likewise, that the further Relation, entrusted to Sir H. Heyman and Colonel Alexander Popham, be referred, to be made at the Committee for the Safety.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That such Monies, or other Advantage that will produce Monies, that shall accrue to the State by the Committee for Examinations, not exceeding the Sum of Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, shall be allowed and paid over to the Committee for Prisoners, upon Account, to be allowed to the poor Prisoners of War.
A Letter from Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle, of the Third of January, to Mr. Millington; relating the Condition of that Fort, and of the Forces with him; and desiring some Supply of Monies; was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Monies coming from the Excise, arising within the Town of Nottingham, and County of the same, be allowed and designed, upon Account, for the Maintenance of the Garison in the Castle and Town of Nottingham: And that it be referred to the Commisioners of Excise to take care herein.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Judges that rode the Western Circuit, do meet peremptorily this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the usual Place.
Ordered, That the Goods belonging to the States Ambassadors shall pass Custom free, and without Search.
Sir Gilb. Gerard reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for raising and maintaining Forces for Defence of the County of Middlesex: The which were Twice read; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, ordered, upon the Question, to be ingrossed.
Resolved, &c. That the Name of Anth. Withers shall be left out for being one of the Committees of the * *
Prosecution of Taylor.
Whereas * Norman was bound by Recognizance to prosecute Humphry Taylor; It is this Day Ordered, That the said * Norman be required to forbear Prosecution: And that the Recognizance be withdrawn.
A Letter from Mr. Marlott, from Shoreham, of the Thirteenth of January; relating the particular Condition of the Duynkirke Ship, stranded . . . Heene, near Arundell Castle.
Ordered, That the Goods brought upon the Duynkirke Ship, stranded at Heene, near Arundell Castle, be reshipped, and inventoried, and the Ship and Goods brought about to London, and perfect Inventories of all the Goods sent up hither; to the End that Proceedings may be had, concerning her, in the Court of Admiralty, according to Law: And that the Committee of the Navy, and the Judge of the Court of Admiralty, do take care herein, for the speedy Dispatch of this Business.
Mr. Green and Sir Arth. Heselrig, are appointed to write a Letter, to Sir Wm. Waller, of Thanks, for his Care in this Business; and send it together with this Order.
Ordered, That Sir Arth. Heselrig be added to the last Committee for Excise, concerning the regulating the Musters of the Forces under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller.
Pennoyer's &c. Claims.
The humble Petition of Wm. Pennoyer and Rich. Hill of London, Merchants, concerning some Goods, Arms, and Ammunition, detained from them at Duynkirke, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to examine the Truth of the Premises; and to take Consideration what is fit to be done for the Petitioners Relief; and to report it to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to regulate the Musters of the Forces of Sir Wm. Waller's Brigade, do, with all Speed, meet; and make Report of the Instructions to that Purpose.
A Letter, intercepted, from Sir Jo. Byron to the Earl of Newcastle, from Sambich, of December 26, 1643; relating, that his Forces had beaten the Rebels, as he terms them, out of the Church at Butundey, and put them all to the Sword; which he finds to be the best Way to proceed with these kind of People; for Mercy to them is Cruelty: These are his own Expressions.
Ordered to be printed.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Sir Tho. Middleton, and the reducing of North Wales, be reported on Wednesday next: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Safety, to provide Arms for the Counties of Chester and Lancaster; and to write Letters to the Gentlemen of Stafford and Lancaster.
State of the Army.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concernthe State of my Lord General's Army.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Sir Philip Stapilton, Sir H. Vane sen. Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Holles, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Surgeon of SaintThomas' Hospital.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Master and Wardens of Saint Thomas's Hospital in Southwarke, to discharge Mr. Molins, taken in Arms against the Parliament, and Surgeon to that Hospital, of his Employment there, and of all the Advantages and Emoluments belonging to the said Place of Surgeon; and to put Mr. Cleere, a Surgeon, that has attended the Service of the Parliament ever since the Beginning of these unhappy Differences, and hath done very faithful and good Service in his Charge ever since; and to enable him to receive the Profits belonging and Advantages accruing to the said Place, together with the Arrears due.
Ordered, That . . . . . the Case concerning Mr. Charleton's Part of the Tin, in relation to his Twentieth Part, be made To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Reception of the States Ambassadors, do meet this Afternoon at the House Rising: And the Care hereof especially referred to Sir Wm. Strickland.
Mr. Holles reports from the Conference, That his Excellency had received a Letter from the Lord Roberts, the which the Lords thought good to communicate to this House; and, for preserving a good Correspondence, they had sent down the original Letter, and not a Copy.
The Letter was read:
And then Mr. Holles further reported, That my Lord General further said, that he had made a Protestation to live and die with the Parliament; that he could not but make the Parliament acquainted with the Condition of his Army, that if any thing happened otherwise than was expected, that he might be acquitted: He further said, that he could not but wonder, that the Ordinance for recruiting his Army should hang so long: If any Doubt arise concerning him, or any of his Officers, that they were ready to give Satisfaction.
Resolved, &c. That Ten thousand Pounds shall be forthwith raised and furnished, for the present Supply of the Army under the immediate Command of his Excellency my Lord General.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider with the Commissioners of the Excise, what can be furnished from thence to my Lord General's Army, do meet this Afternoon, and make Report To-morrow Morning, of the positive Answer from the Commissioners... Excise, whether they can, within Four or five Days, furnish Ten thousand Pounds for his Excellency's Army.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leeche and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Earl of Holland.
The Adventurers for setting forth Ships for the Guard of the Seas desire that the Word "rob" may be left out; and that the Ordinance may be reprinted without it.
The Lords intend to adjourn will To-morrow One of Clock; at which Time they intend to proceed with the Trial of the Bishop of Canterbury.
Conference with Lords.
Resolved, &c. That Answer shall be returned by the Messengers, That this House will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Letters of Marque.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the leaving out of the Word "rob" out of the Ordinance for setting forth of Ships, by way of Adventure, for the Guard of the Seas; and that the Ordinance shall be reprinted with that Word left out.
House to meet.
Ordered, That this House shall meet To-morrow at the usual Time.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired; and do agree to the leaving out of the Word "rob;" and to the reprinting of the Ordinance with that Word left out; and do take Notice of the Lords sitting To-morrow at One of Clock.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Philip Stapilton, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Ordered, That Rob. Abdy Merchant, who hath received Eighty Pounds, in Cinnamon, Part of the Dividend of Sir Thomas Abdie's, shall forthwith pay the same to Mr. Blakiston, according to a former Order; for which this shall be his sufficient Discharge.
Ordered, That a Suit commenced by one Robinson against Captain Moses Smyth, in the Service of the Parliament, and endeavoured, by the said Robinson, to be prosecuted to the Outlawry; and all Process thereupon; be stayed, till this House give further Order.