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 Veneris, 2 Februarii, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Condition of the Lady Essex, Wife to Sir Wm. Essex, dead in Prison, taken Prisoner in the Service of the Parliament, be referred to the Committee for Reformado Officers, where Sir Walt. Erle has the Chair: And Sir Walt. Erle is required to pay the Arrears due to her Husband, out of the Proceed of the Monies that shall arise upon the Importation and Landing of Currans, since the Ordinance inhibiting the Importation thereof, unto the Treasurer at Wars, to be by him paid unto the Lady Essex, or her Assigns.
Resolved, &c. That the Levant Company shall have Liberty to import and land the Zant Currans, brought by the said Company upon the Ship Golden Falcon, paying the Custom and Excise due for the same, and Six Shillings per Hundred Weight over and above the Custom and Excise.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Affront by Ambassador's Servants.
. .Whittacre,. . Reynolds,. . Wentworth,. . Strickland, . . Mildmay, . . Harley, . . Holles;
This Committee is appointed to examine the Business and Affront done to Sir Tho. Walsingham, by one Mr. Dillon, Servant to the States Ambassadors; and to report their Opinions what is fit to be done upon it.
Victory at Namptwiche.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, of the Twenty-eight of January 1643; relating the great Victory it pleased God to give the Forces under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaxe and Sir Wm. Brereton, on the Twenty-sixth of January, at the raising of the Siege at Namptwiche; was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That publick Thanks be given unto God, in all the Churches of London, Westminster, Suburbs, and within the Bills of Mortality, for his great Mercy and Blessing, bestowed upon the Forces under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaxe and Sir Wm. Brereton, at the raising of the Siege before Namptwiche; and that Copies of this Order be sent forthwith to the Lord Mayor, and to the Committees of the Suburbs. And it is referred to Mr. Ashherst, Sir Thomas Middleton, Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Millington, to take care for the printing of the most perfect Relations of that great Victory; and to take order, that this Order for publick Thanksgiving be dispersed, and sent accordingly: And that the Lord Mayor and Committees do take some Course, that the House may be certified of such Ministers as shall refuse to publish this Success, and to give publick Thanks for it.
Ordered, That Colonel Craford do, To-morrow, come to the House, to inform the House, his Knowledge of the Affairs of Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashton do pay in the Fifteen hundred Pounds in his Hands, of the King's Revenue, speedily unto the Lord Fairefaxe his Agent, according to former Designation.
Army Supplies, &c.
Ordered, That the Matter of this Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, and the Desires of Supplies therein expressed, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Safety, to consider what Proportions are fit to be provided, and where to be had, and what Sums they will amount unto; and that they make Report of their Results To-morrow: And it is further referred to the Committee for the Safety, to consider of preventing the coming over of the Irish, and th. .* * *
Ordered, That, on Sunday next, likewise, publick Thanks may be given in all the Churches, for the Aid and Assistance that is come in from our Brethren of Scotland; and for the great Deliverance God hath given to the Garison of Nottingham: And that the Printer of the House of Commons do print these Relations, and nobody else reprint the same.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, Thatmy Lord General bedesired, that he would take special Care, that the Colonels, Lieutenant-Colonels, Serjeant Majors, taken Prisoners at the raising of the Siege at Namptwich, may be safely sent up hither.
The Ordinance and Instructions for taking the Covenant was read; and assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords, for their Concurrence; and ordered to be sent up to Mr. Rous.
Ordered, That Mr. John Britton and Mr. John Thornton be added to the Committee for Northampton.
Ashfeild's Goods, &c.
Ordered, That all the Goods, personal Estate, and Household-stuff of Captain Ashfeild, a Papist, now in Arms against the Parliament; and hid and concealed within the City of London, or elsewhere, and now discovered; shall be disposed of by the Committee of Glocester, for and towards the raising of Horse under the Command of Captain of Aileworth, for the Service of Glocester.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That the Ordinance, sent down from the Lords, concerning a Committee of both Kingdoms, be taken into Consideration To-morrow, at Ten of Clock: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Garison in Windsore be taken into Consideration To-morrow.
The House being informed, that some Hartfordshire Gentlemen were at the Door; they were called in: And Dr. King presented a Petition: Which was read: Whereupon
It was Ordered, * * * *
Ordered, That the Committee, or any Three of them, appointed in Northamptonshire to certify concerning scandalous Ministers, shall have Power, from time to time, to make such Certificate.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards, be taken into Consideration, and reported Tomorrow Morning.
Ordered, That publick Thanks be given unto God, in all the Churches of London, Westminster, Suburbs, and within the Bills of Mortality, upon the next Lord's Day, for his great Goodness and Mercy in sending so seasonably to the Aid, our Brethren of Scotland; and in giving so great and absolute a Victory unto the Forces for the Parliament near Namptwich, within the County of Chester; and for the great Deliverance God hath given to the Garison at Nottingham: And that Copies of this Order be forthwith sent to the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and to the Committees for the Suburbs: Who are to take course, that this Order be dispersed accordingly; and to take order, that the Names of such Ministers, as shall refuse to publish this Order, may be returned to this House.