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, 13 Februarii, 1643.
Prince's Attorney's Chambers, &c.
ORDERED, That Mr. Whitelock shall have the Chambers in the Middle Temple, formerly belonging unto the Prince's Attorney Mr. Lane; and the Garden; and all the Books in those Chambers, freely bestowed upon him: The Goods and Books to be inventoried: And that he enjoy the Chambers, Goods, and Books, in as free and ample Manner as Mr. Lane, the Prince's Attorney, did, or might have done, in his own Right, or any Right conveyed upon him.
Mr. Maynard and Mr. Lisle are appointed to acquaint the Benchers of the Middle Temple with this Order, and Intentions of the House; and to see this Order put in Execution, to the full Advantage of Mr. Whitelock, according to this Order, and the Intentions of this House; and to see that the said Mr. Whitelock be admitted into those Chambers and Garden, according to the Custom of that Society.
Sequestered Books, &c.
Ordered, That no Books, Records, Writings, or Manuscripts, shall be sold without the Perusal, Viewing, and Directions of the Committee appointed to that Purpose, or any Two of them, according to the Ordinance, 8 Novembris last, notwithstanding any Order whatsoever heretofore made for the Sale of Goods sequestered: And that the Sequestrators do not sell any Books, Records, Writeings, or Manuscripts, seized by Sequestration, until they receive Order and Direction from the said Committee, or any Two of them, according to the Ordinance aforesaid.
A Letter from the Lord Digbye, of the Eighth-and-twentieth of January, to the Archbishop of Canterbury, for Consecration and Confirmation of Dr. Frewen, in the Bishoprick of Coventry and Lichfield, was this Day read.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Rous is appointed to go up to the Lords, to acquaint them, that they appointed Usbands, the Printer to this House, to print Four thousand of the Declarations of both Kingdoms, for the Service of the Kingdom; which does not hinder but their Printer may print as many as their Lordships shall think fitting for their own Service; and to desire he may be forthwith discharged: And to put them in mind of the Ordinance concerning Writs of Error.
Earl of Westmorland.
The humble Petition of Mildmay, Earl of Westmorland, desiring the Sequestration of his Estate to be taken off, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Timber for Navy.
An Ordinance for felling of Timber-trees in Waltham Forest, for the Use of ... Majesty's Navy Royal, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy; with the Addition of the Knights and Burgesses for Essex; with the Addition of Sir Simonds D'Ewes and Sir Dud. North.
Sir Wm. Brereton coming into the House, having been long absent, attending his Charge in Cheshire;
The House commanded Mr. Speaker to acquaint Sir Wm. Brereton, That the House did take special Notice of the great and faithful Services performed by him; and do set a great Value and Esteem upon them; and do return him great Thanks, in Acknowledgement and Testimony of the said great and faithful Services.
Two Letters from Mr. Averie, from Hambourgh, of the Twelfth of January, to the Lord Digby and to Sir Tho. Rowe; and a Duplicate of the Lord Digbye's Letter to Secretary Nicholas; were this Day read; and ordered to be printed.
A Letter from the Lord Goring, from Paris, of the Second of February, to the Lord Digby, was read; and ordered to be kept as a Record.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
Sir H. Vane jun. reports the Answers to the Reasons offered by the Lords, at the Conference Yesterday, touching the Ordinance for appointing a Committee to meet with the Committee and Commissioners from Scotland, for carrying on the War, and giving them the Power of ordering and directing.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth think fit to adhere to the Words "Order and Direct" to stand in the Ordinance, as a Power necessary to be granted to the Committee of both Houses for the managing the War.
The Reasons formerly offered were presented in Writeing; and again read; assented unto; and ordered to be again insisted upon, and offered in Writing.
The Reasons, in Answer to the Reasons offered by the Lords, Yesterday, at the Conference, were read, one by one; and, by Vote, assented unto; and ordered to be delivered to the Lords, at a Conference.
Mr. Rous is appointed, with the other Messages formerly appointed to be carried up by him, to desire a free Conference, by Committees of both Houses, so soon as will stand with their Lordships Conveniency, upon the Matter of the Conference Yesterday had, touching the Committee appointed for the better managing and carrying on the War.
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Prideaux, are appointed Managers and Reporters of this free Conference.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and Sir Edw. Leeche;
The Lords have sent down an Ordinance passed their House, touching Ireland; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have returned an Ordinance concerning Sir Tho. Middleton; which they agree unto, with the Amendments: They sent down Passes Yesterday for the Prince D'Harcourt, which, in writing, was mistaken; they have sent down others, in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
French Ambassador's Passes.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Passes sent down from the Lords, for the Prince D'Harcourt to go into France.
Sir Tho. Middleton.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Amendments sent down to Sir Tho. Middleton's Ordinance; which were only, That "the House of Commons to be acquainted concerning taking the Possession of Goods into his Hands," to be made "the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations."
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and, as to the Ordinance concerning Ireland, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own. They do agree to the Amendments to the Ordinance for Sir Tho. Middleton; and to the Passes for Prince D'Harcourt.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Nicoll carried up to the Lords the Ordinance for Payment of Five hundred Pounds to Hurst Castle and Limmington, and Two hundred Pounds to Serjeant Major Skippon borrowed for Newport Pagnall, out of the Excise.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Rous brings Answer, That the Lords will give a present Meeting at a free Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber:- Will release the Printers, but not discharge them: And are content, that the Four thousand Books should be delivered, and the Books dispersed. As to the Ordinance concerning Writs of Error, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the Ordinance of Accounts, they will give a speedy Account of it.
Resolved, &c. That this House will undertake the Payment, and satisfying of the Debts, of John Pym Esquire, late a Member of this House, and since deceased, not exceeding the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein, by Mr. Solicitor.
Advance from Excise.
Whereas there is a present Necessity for the Use of Five hundred Pounds, for the Castle of Hurst and Lymington Fort; and Two hundred Pounds for the Garison at Newport: These are to will and authorize John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, to advance or deliver, or cause to be delivered, the Sum of Seven hundred Pounds to Sir Gilb. Gerard, Treasurer of War; Five hundred Pounds whereof to be by him paid to Mr. Exton and Mr. Gallop, for the Service of Hurst and Lymington; and the Residue unto Major General Skippon: And a Receipt, under the Hand of the said Sir Gilbert Gerard, shall be a Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise; who are to reimburse themselves out of the Excise; upon the Ordinance of the Eleventh of September.