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, 30 Januarii, 1643.
AN Ordinance for taking off Mr. Courten's Salt-petre, according to Articles agreed upon by the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, and Mr. Courten; was this Day read the Second time; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Clause in the Ordinance for reimbursing the Eight Thousand Pounds, advanced by the Levant Company, which concerns securing them out of their own Customs, shall be left out; there being other Means expressed in the Ordinance for their Security.
Court of Wards, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the King's Revenue, do, on Thursday next, bring in Resolutions and Votes from that Committee, to be Matter of an Ordinance, concerning such as have paid Monies upon Compositions for Wardships, otherwise than to the Use of the Parliament, since August 1642; and concerning such as have compounded, and not here, since the Twenty-eighth of September 1643: And likewise, that they certify the House, what Sums of Money have been at Oxford, and by whose Direction, of the Revenue of the Court of Wards, since August 1642.
Ordered, That the Lords, at the next Message, be desired to pass the Ordinance concerning the Officers of the King's Revenue.
Ordered, That the Master of the Wards be desired to admit Mr. Corbett into the Place in the Court of Wards, assigned unto him by the Committee for the King's Revenue.
Sir Wm. Strickland and Sir H. Mildmay are appointed to move the Master of the Wards herein.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
An Ordinance for constituting joint Committees and Commissioners of both Kingdoms, to reside near the Houses, for the better managing the Affairs of both Kingdoms in their Common Cause, according to the Ends expressed in the late Covenant and Treaty, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, by Vote upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Recorder, Sir Gilb. Gerard, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Millington, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Holles, Mr. Crew, Sir H. Vane jun. Sir H. Vane sen. And they are to consider of the Number of the Commissioners to be nominated in this Ordinance; and to present it to the House: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And they have likewise Power to consider of that Expression in the Ordinance touching Ireland.
Associated Counties, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Safety do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock; and take into their speedy Consideration the Condition of the Four associated Counties; and of present Supplies to be sent unto Sir Wm. Waller.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Nicoll carried up to the Lords the Ordinance, For Accounts: For taking off Courten's Salt-petre: For tendering the late Solemn League and Covenant to all Officers and Clerks in all the Courts of Westminster: For reimbursing the Eight thousand Pounds to the Levant Company, advanced by them for the Service of the Navy, out of the Ordinances of Excise upon Flesh and Salt: The Ordinance for Liberty to import Morea Currans: The Ordinance for accommodating the Commissioners from Scotland in Worcester House.
He was likewise appointed to desire the Lords, that the Committee for the Safety may meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, upon Matters that import the Safety of the Kingdom.
League and Covenant.
Instructions for the taking of the Solemn League and Covenant throughout the Kingdom, were this Day read; and particularly voted; and assented unto.
Ordered, That the Assembly of Divines be desired to prepare an Exhortation, to accompany the Instructions for the taking of the Covenant through the Kingdom: And that Mr. Rous do acquaint the Assembly herewith.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be prepared and framed upon the particular Instructions voted for the taking of the Covenant: And it is referred to Mr. Solicitor and Mr. Rous to bring in this Ordinance.
Ordered, That Mr. Rous be added to the Committee appointed to meet with the Committee of the Assembly, and * * * *
Recruiting the Army.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for recruiting the Army under the immediate Command of his Excellency; and the Petition from the City relating to that Army; the Report from the Conference with the Lords, concerning the recruiting his Excellency's Army; be peremptorily taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next, the first Business; and that no Business * *
Pacquet from LordGeneral.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have received a Pacquet from the Lord General; which he received from a Trumpeter: The Lords have forborn to peruse it; but have appointed a Committee of Six of their House, and desire this House to appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number; and they have given Power to their Committee to peruse it, and consider of it; and to deliver their Opinions concerning it; and desire this House to give the like Power; and desire that this may be speedily.
Sir Philip Stapleton, Sir Hen. Vane jun. Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Gil. Gerrard, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Den. Hollis, Sir Christo. Yelverton, Mr. Nicoll, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Arth. Haselrigg, Mr. Crew;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, presently, to peruse the Pacquet mentioned in this Message; and to deliver their Opinion concerning it.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and has appointed a Committee of a proportionable Number, to meet presently, as is desired.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Finch and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have read the Declaration of both the Kingdoms, that was delivered at the Conference Yesterday; and do agree to it unanimously; and have ordered it to be printed in a fair Letter, and very good Paper, by the Printer to their House; and that none else shall print it: They have appointed a Committee of Five Lords, to meet with a Committee of this House, of a proportionable Number, to consider of the dispersing and divulging of it through the Kingdom.
That they have passed the Ordinance concerning Worcester House, with some Amendments, which they have here sent down.
They understand this House to have made a Committee for the King's Revenue; and they conceive them to be Ten in Number: They have nominated Five Lords to be of that Committee; viz. The Earl of Northumberland, the Earl of Salisbury, the Earl of Pembrooke, the Lord Say et Seale, the Lord Wharton. They intend to sit at Four of the Clock.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the printing of the Declaration of both Kingdoms, by their Printer; and that none else shall print it: And have appointed a Committee, of a proportionable Number, to meet and consider of the dispersing and divulging of it. They do agree to the Amendments sent down to the Ordinance of Worcester House. And, as to the Five Lords to be added to the Committee for the King's Revenue, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Declaration of both Kingdoms.
Sir Phil. Stapleton, Sir Hen. Vane jun. Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Den. Hollis, Sir Christo. Yelverton, Mr. Nicoll, Sir Tho. Barrington;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to consider of the dispersing and divulging of the Declaration of both Kingdoms through the Kingdom.
Saint Thomas' Hospital.
Whereas there was an Order of this House, for the recommending of Henry Cleer, Surgeon, to be in the Place of Mr. Molins, in Saint Thomas' Hospital, who was taken Prisoner in Arundell Castle: And whereas, upon a Petition from the Governor of that Hospital, who desired that Mr. * might be admitted into that Place, in regard of his Skill in the Cutting of the Stone, and of Mr. Cleer's want of Experience in that Particular, That Order was withdrawn: But this House being now informed, upon the Petition of Mr. Cleere, that the said Mr. Molyns held Two Places, the one belonging to the Cutting of the Stone, and the other as an ordinary Surgeon: It is therefore Ordered, That it be especially recommended from this House to the Governors of the said Hospital, to admit the said Mr. Cleere, he being known to be able and sufficient, into the Place of an ordinary Surgeon in the said Hospital; and to receive the Profits belonging to that Place, and the Arrears due to the said Molins, as granted by the former Order.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are in Town, and have not taken the Covenant, do attend the House To-morrow, after the Second Sermon, and take the Covenant: And this Order is to be set upon the Posts.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Worcester House be forthwith fitted and prepared for the Receipt and Accommodation of the Commissioners and Committees sent from our Brethren of Scotland; and that all manner of Houshold Stuff, Linen, and other Necessaries for the same, be provided and supplied out of any of his Majesty's Wardrobes, or other Stores, to make up what is wanting, at the present, in the said House: And, in case there be not found sufficient, in all Particulars, in the said Wardrobes, the Residue shall then be supplied out of the sequestred Goods at Camden House, or elsewhere: And the Care of the Premises is committed unto Cornelius Holland and Michael Holdsworth, Esquires, Members of the House of Commons, and Mr. Kendall, Mr. Steele, and Mr. Ball: And they, or any Two or more of them, are, by virtue of this Order, to demand and receive such Houshold Stuff, Linen, and other Necessaries, as aforesaid, out of the Wardrobes or Places above-mentioned; and are to cause true Inventories to be made of what shall be delivered, as aforesaid; which, subscribed by the said Committee, shall, by virtue thereof, be a sufficient Warrant to all Persons whom it may concern, for the Delivery of the Premises for the Uses aforesaid: And the said Committee are hereby directed to require the Aid and Assistance of all such Persons in whose Charge the foresaid. Wardrobe, Stuffs and Stores are: And that the Committee of the King's Revenue do supply all such Monies as shall be found necessary for the said Service, by the Advice of this Committee (fn. a).
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Reducing North Wales.
The Ordinance for reducing of North Wales, by the Forces under the Command of Sir Tho. Middleton, was read the Second time; and re-committed to the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the said Ordinance, with the Addition of Sir Richard Onslowe, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Nicholas: And are to meet on Thursday next, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Saint Alban's Minister.
An Ordinance for raising of Twelve-pence in the Pound upon the Rents in the Town of Saint Alban's, for maintaining a Minister in the Parish of Saint Alban's in the said Town of Saint Alban's, was once read.
Earl of Carnarvon's Estate.
Ordered, That, to the former Order of the Ninth December, 1643, concerning the discharging of the Sequestration of the Earl of Carnarvon's Estate, it be further added, That all the Rents and Profits of the Estate due unto the said Earl, at his Death, be paid to the Earl of Pembrooke: And that the Committee for Sequestrations give Order therein accordingly.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Custos Brevium Office be carried up to the Lords by Mr. Herbert.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Excise do consider of an Ordinance, for an Excise to be set upon all, Goods imported, except Arms, Ammunition, and Victual.
Letter from Prince of Wales, &c.
Mr. Hollis reports . . . the Committee of the Lords and Commons, concerning the Letter sent to my Lord General; That it was in Parchment, subscribed by Charles P. the Duke of Yorke, Duke of Cumberland, and divers Lords and Gentlemen, that were (many of them) formerly declared Traitors, and expelled one or both Houses; that they did not take any notice of the Parliament here: That it was the Opinion of the Committee, That this should not be communicated to either of the Houses; and that they should take no Notice of it.
Whereupon it was ordered.
Scotch Declaration, &c.
Ordered, That my Lord General be desired to send to the Earl of Forth the Declaration of the Kingdom of Scotland, concerning their coming in; and the Declaration lately passed both Kingdoms; and the Covenant; and such other Matters, as his Excellency, in his Wisdom, shall think fit.
Mr. Hollis and Sir Phil. Stapleton are to acquaint my Lord General herewith.
Isle of Weight.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Safety, to consider speedily of the Letters, and other Papers, concerning the Isle of Weight, and Mr. * * * *
An Ordinance for the better raising of Monies in the Four associated Counties, under Command of Sir Wm. Waller, was read the First and Second time; and committed to Sir Thomas Pelham, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Sands, Mr. Lisle, Sir Henry Vane jun. Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Arthur Haselrigg, Sir John Trecor, Sir Rich. Onslowe, Mr. Ravenscroft, Mr. Browne, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Trever, Sir Walter Strickland, Mr. Long, Mr. Baynton, Sir Tho. Jervois, Mr. Hay, Mr. Wallopp, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Noble, Sir Hum. Tufton, Mr. Waddon, Sir Rich. Young: And are to meet on Thursday next, at Two Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That Sir George Sand's Estate be excepted out of this Ordinance of the Four associated Counties.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen that serve for the Six Western Counties be appointed a Committee, to meet together when and where they please, to consider of the present Raising of Forces in those Counties, to be under the Command of Sir William Waller.