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 Mercurii, 12 Aprilis, 1643.
ORDERED, that Mr. Welsh, who is well-affected to the Proceedings of the Parliament, has contributed very fairly, and has my Lord General's Protection, and a Protection from the Committee at Northampton, and yet has his Horses taken from him, shall have a Warrant to search for his Horses, and to seize them again into his own Possession.
Privilege Unauthorized Printing.
Ordered, That Sir Fred. Cornewallis be forthwith sent for in safe Custody, for dispersing a Book (which he brought with him from Oxforde) printed without the Order of this House; intitled, "The Reasons of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, why they cannot agree to the Alteration and Addition, in the Articles of Cessation offered by his Majesty: With his Majesty's gracious Answer thereunto."
An Ordinance for raising of auxiliary Forces, by way of Voluntiers, upon voluntary Subscriptions, within the Cities of London, Westminster, and Suburbs, and Liberties, and Out Parishes, and other Parishes within the Bill of Mortality, was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence, and to be printed.
Treaty with the King.
Resolved, &c. That the Committees of this House attending his Majesty at Oxon, be enjoined to come from thence on Saturday next, personally to give Account to this House, of the Proceedings of the Treaty: And that the Lords be desired, at this Conference, to send the like Injunctions to their Committee.
Jackson's &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Joseph Jackson, and Hugh Browne, Sheriffs of the City of Bristoll, and Captain Whichcock, and others, well-affected to the Parliament, concerning Two Ships, in which they had Interest, stolen away by the malignant Fugitives and Delinquents of that Town; concerning Debts owing unto the said Persons by the said Delinquents; desiring Satisfaction to be made unto them out of the Delinquents Estates; was this Day read; and nothing done upon it: And the Petitioners appointed to bring in another Petition.
Message to Lords.
Sir Tho. Barrington is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a Conference by Committees of both Houses, concerning Forces to be raised in the Cities of London and Westminster; and likewise, concerning some Instructions to be sent to the Committees at Oxon.
Resolved, That a Committee shall be nominated to confer with the City of London, or others, concerning the raising of Monies, by the laying a Charge upon Commodities, for the Security of Trade, and for Maintenance of the Parliament Forces, both by Sea and Land.
Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Holles, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Green, Mr. Selden, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Waller, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Thomas Soame, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Rowse, Mr. Cage, Mr. Marten, Mr. Whithead, Sir William Allansan, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Sir Gilb. Gerard, Mr. Bence, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Bond, Mr. Noble, and the Members of this House that are Committees for Advance of Monies at Haberdashers Hall;
This Committee is appointed to confer with the City of London, or others, concerning the raising of Monies, by laying a Charge upon Commodities, for the Security of Trade, and for Maintenance of the Parliament's Forces, both by Sea and Land.
Sir Gilbert Gerard and Mr. Noble are appointed to take care of this Business; and to give the House an Account of their Proceedings herein: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Grant for Army.
Ordered, That the Commissioners appointed to sign the Warrants for the issuing of Monies upon the Act for the Four First Subsidies, do sign Warrants to the Treasurers for those Monies, to pay unto Sir Gilb. Gerard, Treasurer at Wars, a Thousand Pounds, Remainder of the said Monies; to be immediately sent away to my Lord Fairefax, towards the Supply of the Forces under his Command; and for Relief of the Northern Parts.
Mr. Strode went up to the Lords, to desire, that the Committee for seizing the Estates of Papists, Bishops, Deans and Chapters, and notorious Delinquents, may meet this Afternoon; and that any Five of them may meet, and act, and perfect the Business.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer, that the Lords will give a present Meeting, as is desired, by Committees of both Houses, upon the two Particulars desired by him: And, as to the Order concerning my Lord Capel's Estate, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Strode brings Answer, that the Lords do agree, that the Committee for sequestring the Estates of notorious Delinquents shall meet this Afternoon at Five of Clock: And, as to the Committee to have Power (any Five of them) to meet, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, do, this Afternoon, consider of sending and yielding unto my Lord Fairfax, some present Supplies of Horse and Foot: And that the Committee appointed to consider of raising of Monies, for the Maintenance of the Forces raised by the Parliament, do consider of speedy sending away a good and considerable Supply of Monies to my Lord Fairefax: And that the Committee do write a Letter to my Lord Fairefax, to let him know, what Care this House has taken, for sending speedy Supplies of Money and Forces unto him.
A Letter from divers of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex, addressed unto Sir Tho. Barrington, &c. concerning a Letter from my Lord General to Colonel Long, to send him forthwith some Troops of Horse, and Two or Three Thousand Dragooners and Foot, with Money in their Purses, for a Month at least; and that Colonel Long, in pursuance of that Order, summoned the Deputy Lieutenants to give him a Meeting on Sunday last, for the speedy raising and sending away of all the Train Forces in that County; was this Day read:
And it is Ordered, That Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Wm. Massam, be enjoined forthwith to repair to my Lord General, and to acquaint him with the Letter from the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Essex; and to inform his Excellency with the State of that County, and with the Proceedings of Colonel Long, in pursuance of a Warrant from his Excellency, for sending some Supplies of Forces out of that County; that, upon Conference of the State of those Parts, his Excellency may do therein as to his Judgment shall seem fit.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Honywood and Mr. Nathaniel Bacon of Ipswich, be named Committees, with Sir Harbottle Grimston and Mr. Squire Bence, of this House, for the Employment concerning Landguard Fort; and that they, or either of them, be required to be aiding and assisting unto them herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Playter do forbear to make any Farthings, till he have brought in his Account to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall; and that he bring in his Patent to that Committee; and that the Tools and Farthings in his Custody be forthwith seized.
Ordered, That the Alnage Money, informed by Captain Long to be discovered in Essex, be seized by him, and sent up; to be employed according as the said Monies have been designed by former Orders, towards the Relief of the Prince Elector.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of divers the Inhabitants of St. Dunstan's in the East London, this Day presented to this House, be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee for Examinations.
Resolved, &c. That Jo. Sawyer, F. Dorrington, Henry Bullock, and Martin Weblin, who were formerly sent for, as Delinquents, for refusing to pay the weekly Assessments, and for abusing the Collectors; and have since conformed themselves, and paid their Assessments; be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint, paying Fees.
Ordered, That Five hundred Pounds, of the Contribution Money, formerly appointed by the Parliament for some poor People of the Province of Conaught, but not yet paid out by the Treasurers for that Purpose, may now, by an Order of both Houses, be issued for the Relief of the Fort of Galloway in the same Province, in such a Way as the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland shall direct; and that the Committee appointed for that Purpose do issue out their Warrant accordingly.
Affairs at Berwick.
Ordered, That Thanks be returned to the Mayor and Aldermen of Berwick, for their Care of, and Respects to, those Persons that are well affected to the Parliament, and are fled thither for Refuge; and for certifying this House of the State of Affairs there.
And it is further Ordered, That the Earl of Warwick be desired to send a Ship to Berwick, to the end they may have Assistance, if they be necessitated: And that they be required to stand upon their Defence against the Forces raised in the County of Northumberland, who have no Authority from both Houses of Parliament.