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, 20 Februarii, 1643.
Debt to Turner, &c.
THE humble Petition of Rich. Turner the elder, and others, desiring that they might offer some Commodities to be excised, that are not yet excised; out of which their Debt may be satisfied, which the State owes unto them; was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Committee at Haberdaskers Hall do pay unto the Petitioner Mr. Turner, and other the Petitioners, a Thousand Pounds every Three Months, upon Account, by equal Proportions, monthly, towards the Satisfaction and Payment of a Debt owing unto them by the State.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That on Thursday Morning, peremptorily, Mr. Serjeant Wilde do make Report of the Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards; or in his Absence, Mr. Sam. Browne: And that Sir H. Vane do next make his Report concerning the bringing in of the Revenue of the Court of Wards, now in Arrear.
Ordered, That, out of the first Monies that shall come in out of the Court of Wards, Two thousand Pounds shall be sent down to the City Regiments under the Command of Serjeant Major Browne: And the Committee of the Revenue is required to advance One thousand Pounds, to be sent presently to those Forces; and to reimburse themselves out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Revenue, in Arrear, of the Court of Wards: And they are enjoined to pay the said Thousand Pounds to such Persons as the Committee of the Militia shall appoint to receive the same: And Mr. Recorder is appointed to acquaint the Militia herewith; and to desire them to write down to their Forces; and to encourage them to continue in the Service.
Resolved, &c. That the Case and Condition of the Imprisonment of the Lord Lowthian be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider what is fit to be done for his Release; and to report their Opinions at the next Sitting of the House.
Money for Army.
Ordered, That a Thousand Pounds shall be advanced and paid, out of the Monies that shall be brought in of the Revenue in Arrear, of the Court of Wards (next after the Two thousand Pounds shall be paid to the City Forces) to be employed, Five hundred Pounds, as Credit to the Gentlemen of Hantshire, for the dispatching away of the Regiment of Horse, for Sir Rich. Grenvile, and to be paid in to Sir Tho. Jervoise; and Five hundred Pounds to Mr. Trenchard, upon Account, for the present sending away of Sir Arth. Hesilrig's Foot to Sir Wm. Waller: And the Committee of the King's Revenue are enjoined to issue out this Thousand Pounds, and to reimburse themselves out of the Monies in Arrear of the Court of Wards: And Sir Arth. Heselrig is required, presently, upon the Receipt of these Monies, to dispatch away these Foot.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Sparrow shall be added to the Committee of Essex.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye is appointed to carry up to the Lords the Vote concerning the Earl of Lowthian; and the Forces of the Kingdom, &c.
-Brought Word, That the Lords are risen.
Affairs in Sussex, &c.
Ordered, That, at the next Sitting of the House, the Gentlemen of Sussex and Surry do inform the House, in what Time they will be ready to move and march.
Sir H. Vane, sen. & jun. Sir Rob. Pye, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Oliv. Luke, Sir William Litton, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Pury, Sir Tho. Walsingham, Mr. Crewe, Sir Harb. Grimston, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Bond, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Stephens;
This Committee, or any Four of them, is appointed to examine the Matter of Fact contained in the Letter, from the Committee in Sussex, of the Sixteenth of February; and other Carriages of the Forces in that County, informed of to be grievous to the Country: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and are to report the Matter to the House: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Business between Sir Wm. Waller and Colonel Stapeley; and to settle and determine it forthwith.
Upon the humble Petition of Ralph Asheton Esquire, a Member of this House, now Prisoner in the Tower of London; and upon his Promise therein expressed, for that he would comply with the Orders of this House, and pay in the Fifteen hundred Pounds, according to former Order, upon Saturday next, the Four-and-twentieth Day of this present Month;
It is Resolved, &c. That the said Ralph Asheton be forthwith released and discharged from any further Imprisonment or Restraint.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of the Six Western Counties do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock in the Star Chamber, to consider of raising of Monies for the enabling of Sir Wm. Waller speedily to march.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
Mr. Browne reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, an Oath to be tendered to the Members of that Committee, in hæc verba; viz.
I A. B. do, in the Presence, and by the Name, of God Almighty, promise and swear to be faithful in this Trust committed unto me; and that I will not reveal or disclose any thing, in Whole or in Part, directly or indirectly, that shall be debated or resolved upon by this Committee, without the Command or Direction of those by whom I am intrusted; or without the Order and Consent of the major Part of this Committee which shall be present at such Debates or Resolutions: So help me God.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to this Oath.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, be enjoined to take this Oath: And that the Lords be desired, that the Members of their House, that are of that Committee, may likewise take it: And that the Chairman of that Committee, for the time being, do tender it to the rest of That Committee; and afterwards, That Committee to the Chairman.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Officers of the Field, and other Officers of the Army, of the Train of the Artillery of the Lord General's Train; and to give Order, that an Establishment of the Lord General's Army may be drawn up and settled, according to the Ordinance and Orders for the regulating of that Army: And they are to report their Doings in the whole Matter to the House.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Pye do, To-morrow, carry up to the Lords the Oath for the Committees for both Kingdoms; and the other Messages, this Day appointed to be carried up by him.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Irish Affairs at Goldsmiths Hall, to take into Consideration the Letters out of Ireland, and to consult with the several Gentlemen come from thence; and to make a full Representation of the whole State of that Kingdom unto this House, with their Opinions thereupon: And the whole Care of this Business is referred to Mr. Reynolds, Sir John Clotworthy, and Mr. Jepson.