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 Sabbati, 24 Februarii, 1643.
ORDERED, That those Members that shall be presented for not paying their Twelve-pence, according to the Order, shall, for their Default, pay Five Shillings.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Palmer, who lost his Eyes in the Service of Ireland, shall have the next Soldier's Place in Sutton's Hospital.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
The humble Petition of divers poor and maimed Soldiers and Widows, desiring a Continuance of their Weekly Pay of Four Shillings per Week, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Bishop of Yorke's Goods, sequestered and seized, and brought into Guildhall, be forthwith sold; and, out of the Proceed thereof, that Mr. Collins, who has discovered these Goods, and many other Delinquents Goods, and brought in to the State, shall have such a Consideration as the Committee at Haberdashers Hall shall think fit; and, that the Residue be disposed of to the Relief of the maimed Soldiers. And it is likewise referred to the Committee appointed to consider of some Course for the Payment of Debts for Arms and Ammunition out of the Excise, to consider of some Course for the constant Settlement and Supply of Monies, out of the Excise, or otherwise, for the future; for the defraying of the Charge of the Relief and Support of sick, wounded, and maimed Soldiers; and of the Widows of slain Soldiers in the Parliament Service: And the Committee at Haberdashers Hall is desired to advance Three hundred Pounds in the mean time till the Bishop of Yorke's Goods can be sold; and to be repaid out of the Proceed of those Goods; and to be employed for the present Relief of poor maimed Soldiers: And it is referred to the Committee for maimed Soldiers, to take course, and provide, that such maimed Soldiers as receive Relief and Pay here, may not also stand upon the List and mustered in the Army, and his Pay received there.
Ordered, That the Accomptants named in the Ordinance for receiving the Accounts of the Kingdom, do attend this House on Monday Morning next, at Eight of Clock; to be sworn, according as in the said Ordinance is provided.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Jeremie Watts be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Examinations.
Ordered, That, out of the Box Money, Mr. Speaker dispose of Forty Shillings to the poor maimed Soldiers he moved the House for.
Court of Wards.
An Ordinance for the taking away of the Court of Wards and Liveries, and of all Wardships, Liveries, Premier Seisins, Ouster les Mains, and other Charges ariseing or growing for or by reason of any Wardships of Body or Lands, either of his Majesty, or of any other Lord or Lords, was this Day read the Second time; and, by Vote upon the Question, committed unto a Committee of the whole House: And are to meet upon it upon every Tuesday and Thursday in the Afternoon, at Two of Clock; and to begin on Tuesday next.
The Letters from the Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral, and a Remonstrance from the Commissioners of the Navy, representing the State and Condition of the Winter Guard now at Sea, and the Summer's Fleet to be set forth, were all this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do make speedy Payment of Thirteen hundred Pounds due and payable for a Frigate, bought at Rotterdam by Mr. Maurice Thompson, by the Directions of the Lord Admiral, for the Service of the State: And
It is further Ordered, That Mr. Maurice Thompson, who did hire the Ship George, whereof Captain Zacharie is Master, and employed her to keep in the said Frigate, being loaden with Arms, by Browne Bushell, to be employed against the Parliament, shall have the Thanks of this House for his special Service; and to be saved harmless by this House for his said Service.
Reprizal Ships, &c.
Mr. Green reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for nominating of Collectors and Commissioners, to take care of the Sale of Reprizal Ships and Goods, were this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance with the Amendments, passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Affairs in Sussex.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Parts of the County of Sussex, and the Letter from the Committee from Horsham, of the Three-and-twentieth of February, were this Day read; concerning the Parishioners of Nuthurst; who, in Defence of their Town, slew some Soldiers; and are imprisoned by the Soldiers, and in Danger to be tried by a Council of War.
Upon the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Parts of the County of Sussex; and the Reading of a Letter from the Committee at Horsham, on the Behalf of the Inhabitants and Parishioners of the Parish of Nuthurst, imprisoned at Arundell, by the Council of War there, upon the Death of Two Soldiers, slain by the said Parishioners; The House doth declare, That the Council of War ought not to proceed to Examination or Trial of the said Parishioners; and do enjoin the said Council of War not to proceed either to Trial or Examination of any of them: And Sir Wm. Waller is required forthwith to send down this Injunction to his Council at War: And
It is further Ordered, That Sir Wm. Waller do take care that these Parishioners at Nuthurst, now Prisoners at Arundell, be forthwith sent Prisoners to the County Gaol, and referred over to the Justices of the Peace of those Parts, to he proceeded with, and tried, according to Law.
Ordered, That the further Consideration of the Petition from Sussex, and the Letter from the Committee at Horsham, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee appointed to consider of the Letter from the Committee at Lewes.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to consider of some Ways and Means for Payment of Part of the Arrears due to Colonel Hurveye's Regiment of Horse; and to present their Opinions to the House.
Resolved, &c. That the whole Proceed of the Monies, that shall arise from the Tin Business, shall be disposed of for the Service of the Western Counties; and be allowed to discharge Part of the Credit of Twenty thousand Pounds given to the Western Gentlemen by this House; And, out of the Proceed of the said Monies, they are to furnish. Two thousand Pounds for the recruiting, reducing, and setting forth Colonel Turner's Regiment, with Sir Wm. Waller.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeilde and Mr. Page;
That the Lords have sent down two Ordinances to this House, which have passed their House; One is for the Importation of Bullion; the other is concerning the Lord Edw. Howard, a Member of this House, that hath deserved well of this Kingdom; and desire your speedy Concurrence in them both; That they did long since send down a Petition of the Countess of Cleeveland's; and desire this House to take the same into speedy Consideration.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Ordinance concerning the importing of Bullion, they do agree to it: And, as to the Ordinance concerning the Lord Edw. Howard; and the Petition of the Countess of Cleveland; they will take them into a speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Lords and Commons, now in Parliament assembled, having received Information by Merchant Strangers, and others, concerned in the Importation of Plate and Bullion into this Kingdom, that their Correspondents inhabiting in the Parts beyond the Seas, have conceived many Fears and Jealousies, which have and do discourage them in the usual importing of Bullion into this Kingdom; For the better Security and Encouragement of all Merchants, and Importers in of Bullion or Coin into this Kingdom, do Ordain and Declare, That all Bullion and Coin that shall be brought in any English Shipping, shall have free and safe Passage and Protection, as in any former Times, both by Sea and Land, into the Ports of Dover and London; and that no Seizure or Detention from this State shall, upon any Pretence whatsoever, be laid upon the same, or any Part thereof, in whose Hand soever the same shall be intrusted, either Stranger or Native; but that the said Plate, Bullion, or Coin, shall be brought into and out of his Majesty's Mint in the Tower of London, as heretofore. And further, That, as in former Times, they shall have free Liberty to transport the two Third Parts of such Bullion or Coin that shall be so imported, paying Two per Cent. Duty for the same, as formerly: And the other Third Part is to be brought to the Mint. And further, That, from the Downes, they shall have Convoy, as usually heretofore, or free Liberty to transport the said two Third Parts in Shipping of their own.
Ordered, That Mr. Green go on with his Report concerning the Navy.
Ordered, That the Report concerning the Garison of Aylisbury, be made on Monday Morning next.
Recruiting the Army.
Ordered, That the Business concerning recruiting and reforming of the Lord General's Army, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Report concerning Windesore. Garison, be made on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the English and Scotts Reformado Officers, be read on Monday Morning next.
Report from the City.
Mr. Vassall is appointed to make his Report from the City of London, on Monday Morning next.