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, 5 Februarii, 1643.
Sir Wm. Essex's Arrears.
ORDERED, That Sir Walt. Erle, out of the Monies arising upon the Currans, next after the Reformadoes Two thousand Pounds being satisfied, do pay unto Sir Gilb. Gerard, Treasurer at Wars, the Arrears due unto Sir Wm. Essex, to be forthwith paid unto his Lady; notwithstanding any the Order for Aylisbury.
Searching the Council Board, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of Westminster, at Stofford House, do visit the Goods discovered in the Treasury of the Records of the Council Board, and open all the Trunks there; and that likewise they do visit the Vestry at White Hall; and that they do report what they find there.
Comptroller, &c. at Sandwiche.
Ordered, That the Order, this Day presented to the House, concerning the making Mr. Rich. Davis, Comptroller of the Customs in the Port of Sandwiche and the Members, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the King's Revenue; to examine the State of the Business; and of the Fees due and received; and to report it to the House on Monday next: And that Sir Gilb. Gerard do make Report of all the Particulars of the Business concerning Sir Anth. Percivall, and the Comptrollers and Collectors Places, and Fees exacted, due, or received in the Port of Sandwiche, Dover, and the Members.
Colonel Venn, Mr. Holland, Mr. Strode, Sir Walt, Erle, Lord Lisle, * Winwood, * Hobby, * Whittlock, * Trenchard, * Reynolds, * Gourdon, the Knights and Burgesses that serve for Bucks, Berks, Surrey, and Middlesex, the Citizens that serve for London;
This Committee is to consider of some Way of raising of Monies, for the Payment of the Arrears due to the Garison at Windsore; and of some Way, for the future Supply of that Garison; and to consider what Garison is fit for the Preservation of that Place.
And it is likewise referred to this Committee, to take the Accounts of such Provisions and Money as have been furnished to this Garison by the Counties adjacent; and to think of some Way for the Satisfaction of those Counties: And are to inquire after such Parties as have voluntarily carried or contributed any Assistance to the King's Forces: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards: and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Reynolds is appointed to go to the Lords, upon the Message touching the printing the Names that have subscribed the Covenant; and to desire, that their Assistants and Officers might likewise take and subscribe it: And was to put the Lords in mind of the Ordinance for the Garison of Woxbridge; and the Ordinance concerning Accounts: And carried up to the Lords, the Order concerning the Reimbursement of Five thousand Pounds, borrowed for Plymouth.
Proceed of Prizes.
An Ordinance for Disposal of the Proceed of adjudged Prizes, to the Use of the Navy, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, by Vote upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy: And the Members of That Committee are enjoined to meet: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Treasury Chamber.
Recruiting the Army.
Committee to treat with Scotts Commissioners.
The Lords do desire, that the Committee of this House appointed to treat with the Scotts Commissioners, may meet with the Committee of the Lords appointed for this Purpose, presently, this Morning, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, That, as to the Ordinance for Accounts; and That concerning Uxbridge; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, to the rest of the Messages, carried up by him, they do agree.
City Forces, &c.
And Mr. Sheriff Foulke, in the Name of them all, related that the Lord Mayor was not far off; and ready to come hither, if he should be required: That the Occasion of their coming, at this Time, was upon the Occasion of the late Ordinance for the Weekly Meal; and of some Misunderstandings growing between the Committee at Salters Hall, and the Committee of the Militia, by the Carriage and Artifice of one Man, whom he was to name, Mr. Bradshawe. He then said, he was commanded, and, by reason of some Aspersions cast upon the Committee of the Militia by the said Mr. Bradshaw, enforced, to enumerate the good and faithful Services performed to the Publick by the said Committee. He further desired, that a Committee might be appointed to consider of the Condition of the City Forces, what is fit to be done with them, and for them. And then delivered the Act of the Common Council, relating to these Matters, of the Third of February 1643.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane sen. Mr. Holles, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Millington, Sir Ph. Stapilton, Mr. Bond, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Arth. Heselrig, Sir Wm. Waller, be added to the Committee for the Ordinance for the Weekly Meal;
This Committee is appointed to consider of the Ordinance for the Weekly Meal; the Declaration of the Common Council; the Informations delivered by the Committee of the Militia at the Bar, and the Complaints against Mr. Bradshaw. It is likewise referred to this Committee, to consider of the present State of the City Forces, and what is fit to be done for them, and with them: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two post Meridiem, in the Star Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
The Sheriffs, Aldermen, and Committee of the Militia, were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, expressed unto them, how very sensible this House is, and ever has been, of the great and faithful Services at all Times, and upon all Occasions, which, not only this House at this time, but Posterity hereafter for all times, will have Occasion to acknowledge: And, for the present, have appointed a Committee, to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock, to consider of your Informations, Complaints; the Ordinance for the Weekly Meal; the Condition of the City Forces.
Papers from Scotts Commissioners.
The Lords have this Day received Two Papers from the Scotts Commissioners; which, in regard of the Importance of them, they desire this House to take into a speedy Consideration: And, to prevent all Delays, they have sent down the Originals; and desire, that, when the Clerk of this House has taken Copies of them, that he may deliver the Originals to their Clerk.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will take the Papers into a speedy Consideration; and have appointed their Clerk to take Copies of them; and to deliver the Originals to the Clerk of their House.
Papers from Scotts Commissioners.
Resolved, &c. That the Officers Pay shall be made unto the Officers of the Army under the immediate Command of the Lord General, in the same Manner, and with the same Limitations, as the Forces under the Command of the Earl of Manchester are, by the late Ordinance, ordered to be paid.
Furniture in Whitehall.
Ordered, That Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Blakiston, and Colonel Venne, shall take Order for the removing and laying up of the Bed and Furniture taken at Whitehall; and not to dispose of it to Sale, till the House take further Order; and to open the Trunks, and to inventory them, and to dispose of them safely.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for superstitious Pictures, where Sir Rob. Harley has the Chair, to take into their Custody the Copes, Surplices, and other Chapel-stuff, at Whitehall; and to view the superstitious Pictures about Whitehall; and to report what they are: And they are likewise to search and view all the Plate in Sir H. Mildmay's Custody; and to search and view such other Things in Whitehall, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That the Product of the Goods, Copes, and Surplices, seized at Whitehall, and also of the Plate in Sir H. Mildmaye's Custody, belonging to his Majesty, be employed and disposed of to the Lady Essex, for Payment of the Arrears to Sir W. Essex her Husband, who died at Oxford; and the Remainder to Colonel Ven, for Payment of the Arrears due to the Garison at Windsor.
Worcester House, &c.
Whereas Worcester House was lately, by Ordinance of Parliament, appointed for the Commissioners of Scotland; in which House the Sub Committee for the Militia for Westminster and the Suburbs did formerly use to sit: It is this Day Ordered, by the House of Commons, That the said Sub Committee of Westminster shall have Stafford House to sit in: And that the Committee for Sequestrations do sit at Mr. Porter's House, or Sir Francis Windebanke's, or such other House, which is sequestrable and convenient, or fit for that Service.
Lists of Officers.
Ordered, That my Lord General be desired to send unto this House a List of the several Officers of his Army under his immediate Command; and also of the Officers of the Train of Artillery: And Mr. Nicoll and Mr. Recorder are to acquaint my Lord General herewith.
Goods in Whitehall.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to seize the Goods at Whitehall, do take care that an Inventory be exactly taken of such Goods as are informed to belong to the Duke of Lcnox; and that the Goods so inventoried be left in the Custody of the Earl of Pembroke; who doth undertake they shall be ready to be disposed of, when this House shall give further Order therein.
Person sent for.
Assault on Bointon, &c.
Mr. Prideaux, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Mr. Dunce, Colonel Purefoy, Sir Henry Vaine, Colonel Stapley, Mr. Holland, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Erle, Mr. Blakiston, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir John Corbett, Mr. Scawen, Sir John Clotworthy, are to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards; and are to examine the Truth of the Informations given concerning the several Mr. Wraies, their Manner of coming to Colonel Bointon's Lodging; and to examine the State of the whole Business concerning them and Colonel Bointon; and also Colonel Aiscough's Carriage of the Challenge to my Lord of Manchester: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
Declarations of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That Four thousand of the Declarations and Covenants, made by both Kingdoms; and the Declaration of the Kingdom of Scotland, expressing their Reasons of their coming; be forthwith printed by the Printer of the House, and brought unto this House, to be sent by the Members of this House into their Counties, or elsewhere.
Ordered, That the Plate of Mawdlyn College in Cambridge, seized as it was conveying away to Oxford, be referred to my Lord of Manchester, to be disposed of for the Use of the Publick, as his Lordship shall think fit.
Debt to Jordan.
Whereas there is due unto Colonel Jordan the Sum of One hundred Sixty-one Pounds Six Shillings and Six-pence, as appears by a Warrant from the Committee of the Safety, directed unto the Treasurer at Wars for the Payment thereof: Now, forasmuch as Colonel Jordan is willing to take the publick Faith of the Kingdom for the same, It is Ordered, That the Treasurers at Guildhall, London, for Plate and Money, shall, upon Sight of an Acquittance given unto the Treasurer at Wars for the said Sum, to be a Receipt from the Treasurer for the said Sum; and thereupon give unto the said Colonel a Ticket for so much to be repaid to him upon the publick Faith.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Tho. Whitmore Baronet, Mr. Edward Action, Mr. Ralph Godwyn, Mr. Charles Baldwyn, Mr. Thomas Littleton, Sir John Meux, Sir Thomas Jermyn, Mr. Jo. Taylor, Mr. Wm. Bassett, Sir Wm. Portman, Mr. Edward Philips, Mr. Robert Hunt, Rich. Lord Buckhurst, Sir Edw. Griffyn, Mr. George Low, Sir Walter Smyth, Mr. Richard Hardney, Mr. Wm. Pleddall, Mr. John Ashburnham, Sir Thomas Eversfeild, Mr. John White, Sir Tho. Peyton, Mr. Jo. Bodevile, Mr. Walter Lloyd, Mr. Henry Vaughan, Mr. F. Lloydd, Mr. Wm. Thomas, Mr. Giles Thelwall, Mr. John Mostyn, Mr. Jo. Salisbury, Mr. Wm. Herbert, Mr. Wm. Price, Mr. Richard Herbert, Mr. Philip Warwick, Mr. Roger Mathew, Lord Ranulagh, Members of the House of Commons, shall be forthwith discharged and disabled for sitting, or being any longer Members of this House, during this Parliament, for deserting the Service of the House, and being in the King's Quarters, and adhering to that Party.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton do move my Lord General, to propound such fit Persons in Exchange for Sir Hugh Owen and Sir Jo. Price, as his Excellency shall think fit: and to exchange them accordingly.