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, 16 Januarii, 1643.
Members to meet at Christ's Church, &c.
King's Proclamation for Members to attend at Oxford.
A Letter from his Majesty, of the Twenty-eighth of December, 1643, directed to the Earl of Suffolk; and a Proclamation inclosed, requiring the Members of both Houses to meet at Oxon, January the Two-and-twentieth; the which Letter was thrown into the Earl of Holland's House, and by him sent to my Lord General, and by his Excellency delivered to the Committee of the Safety; was this Day read.
Col. Stapeley, &c.
The Copy of a Letter, of January Tenth, from his Excellency to Colonel Stapeley; and a Letter, of the same Date, from Colonel Stapeley to his Excellency; and another Letter, of the Thirteenth of January, from Chichester, from Colonel Stapeley to his Excellency, in Answer of his, of the Tenth of January; were all this Day read; and all delivered to Sir H. Cholmeley.
Sir Philip Stapilton and Sir H. Cholmeley are appointed to acquaint his Excellency with the Desire of this House, That he would take this Business between Sir Wm. Waller and Colonel Stapeley into his own Hands and Consideration; to do in it, for the Accommodation of it, and the publick Safety, as his Excellency shall think fit.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of regulating the Musters of the Forces of Sir Wm. Waller's Brigade; and of preparing Instructions for bringing the Monies designed for those Forces, to an Account; do meet this Afternoon: And that Mr.Scawen, Mr. Holles, and Mr. Strode, be added to this Committee.
Petition to be presented
Advance from Excise.
The humble Answers of the Commissioners of Excise, to the Proposition of the Loan of Ten thousand Pounds, were this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of Excise, to consider what is fit to be done upon them.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of Excise shall be desired, by Thursday Night, to advance Ten thousand Pounds, upon the Credit of Excise, for my Lord General's Army; to be repaid at Seven Months End, with Interest at Eight per Cent.
Bishop of Canterbury's Impeachment.
Superstitious Images, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House for demolising superstitious Images, Pictures, and Monuments, do take care to deface or burn such superstitious Images, Pictures, or Monuments, as are seized on, and brought into Cambden House, on Thursday next; and likewise any superstitious Pictures, or Monuments, in any other Part within and about the City; and to appoint such Persons, for the doing of the same, and in such Place, as they shall think fit.
A Letter from the Earl of Manchester, dated 13 Januarii, directed to Mr. Speaker, was read; informing the House of Captain Gifford, Mayor of Northampton, his Readiness in advancing Five hundred Pounds, upon an emergent Occasion, for the Service of the State.
Ordered, That Captain Gifford, late Mayor of Northampton, who advanced Five hundred Pounds for the State, be satisfied the Three hundred Pounds Arrear thereof, yet due unto him, out of the Sequestration Monies, or the Monies brought in upon the Twentieth Part, next after the former Ordinances already made be satisfied out of those Monies raised upon the said Ordinances.
Army Pay, &c.
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Lord Fairfax shall be desired, from this time forward, to receive Eight Shillings per diem for a Captain of Foot, and Twenty Shillings per diem for a Captain of Horse; and, for the Arrears to be regulated as the rest of the Army: And that the Lord Fairefax be desired to accept of Half-pay from henceforth: And the same Pay to be made for the rest of the Officers of his Army under his Command.
Resolved, &c. That the Customs of the Port of Hull shall be paid to the Lord Fairfax, upon Account, for the Payment of the Garison of Hull; and that the Treasurer of the Army repay it to the Treasurer of the Navy.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners for the Excise may be moved by the House, to grant a Commission to such as they shall think fit, for the Excise of the Town and County of Hull, to be paid over to the Lord Fairfax, for the Payment of the Garison of Hull: And this to be likewise upon Account.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Revenue do give Warrant, to enjoin Mr. Ashton, a Member of this House, forthwith to pay Fifteen hundred Pounds, remaining in his Hands, of the King's Revenue, to Mr. White, for the Use of the Lord Fairfax.
Resolved, &c. That such Persons, resiant here, as have not been assessed the Twentieth Part, whose Estates are under the Lord Fairfax, may be assessed the Twentieth Part, and pay there, except of the Members of both Houses.
Resolved, &c. That there be added to the Committee of Sequestrations in the County of Yorke, Sir Wm. Constable Baronet, Sir Wm. St. Quintyn Baronet, Sir Richard Darley Knight, and Francis Thorp Esquire, in the East Riding; and John Lambert Esquire, and Captain Edward Briggs, for the West Riding.
Sir Hugh Cholmley.
Resolved, . . . . Sir Hugh Cholmley shall be disabled from the executing any Ordinance of Parliament; and that Sir Henry Cholmley be added to all Ordinances, in his stead, wherein the said Sir Hugh is nominated for the whole County of Yorke, or any of the Ridings in that County.
Pressing Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Millington do bring into the House an Ordinance, for to enable my Lord Fairfax to press Men; and to enable him to put godly and learned Divines in the Places of such Ministers, as are scandalous, or disaffected to the Parliament.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Lord Fairfax, to consider of the present raising Four thousand Pounds, out of the Pictures, and other things, of the Duke of Buckingham's, remaining at York House; or of the Pictures and Goods of the Duke of Richmond's and Marquess Hamilton's and that the Committee inform themselves, of the Earl of Northumberland, or otherways, of the true State of the Pictures, and other things, of the Duke of Buckingham at York House, in what Condition they are assigned to remain there; and also to consider of the Estate of Mr. Harcie's in Mr. Courten's Hands; to raise the Four thousand Pounds; and to consider of any other Way for present raising of the same.
Member disabled to sit.
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Smyth be disabled for continuing any longer a Member of this House during this Parliament, for deserting the Service of the Parliament, and going to Oxford, and continuing there in the Enemies Quarters.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Jordan Fairfax Merchant, and Laders in the Ship Rainbow, shall have Liberty to import and land all such Currans, as are brought into the Port of London in the Ship Rainbow, paying Six Shillings per Cent. for every Hundred of the said Currans, over and above the Custom and Excise due for the same: And the Commissioners of the Customs are hereby required to take Entries for the said Currans, and to receive the said Six Shillings per Cent. for every Hundred, over and above the Custom and Excise, as aforesaid, of the said Fairfax and Laders: And the Proceed, of the said Six Shillings per Cent. the said Commissioners are hereby required to pay over unto Nathaniel Stevens, Thomas Pury, and Thomas Hodges, Esquires, Members of the House of Commons, for the Use of the Garison of the City of Glocester, taking their Receipt for the same; which shall be to the said Commissioners, and every of them, a sufficient Discharge.