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, 9 Martii, 1643.
THE humble Petition of Geo. Whittmore Knight, now a Prisoner in Winchester House, for his Fifth, and Twentieth Part, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, in regard that Winton House is full of Sickness, to remove him to some other Prison clearer and and freer from Sickness.
Bishop of Canterbury's Trial.
The humble Petition of Wm. Bishop of Canterbury, desiring that Sir H. Mildmay may be examined as a Witness in his Business, he being to come to his Trial on Tuesday next, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, according to his Petition, That he shall be examined as a Witness, at the Trial of the said Bishop accordingly.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane sen. Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Jo. Corbett, Sir Arth. Heselrigge, Sir Ben. Rudyeerd, Sir F. Popham, Alderman Pennington, Alderman Hoyle, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Jo. Ashe, Mr. Jo. White, Colonel Stapeley, Mr. Young, Mr. Asketon, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Mich. Oldisworth, Mr. Rous, Mr. Edw. Stephens, Mr. Tho. Pury, Dr. Eden, Mr. Prideaux, Members of this House, shall be examined as Witnesses, in the Cause, and at the Trial, of the Bishop of Canterbury.
Ordered, That Serjeant Wilde do desire the Lords, that the Earl of Warwick, Earl of Pembroke, Earl of Salisbury, Earl of Lincolne, Mr. Baron Trevor, and Dr. Aylett, may be examined as Witnesses, in the Cause, and at the Trial, of the Bishop of Canterbury.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Sequestrations, to consider of some convenient Recompence, for such Clerks and Solicitors, or others, as have been employed, or shall be employed, in the transcribing of Breviats, and other Services, done by them to the Committee for the Bishop of Canterbury's Trial.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of Haberdashers Hall do pay unto the Treasurers for the maimed Soldiers, Two hundred Pounds, to be employed for the Relief of maimed Soldiers, and the Widows of slain Soldiers; and that the said Treasurers do repay the said Two hundred Pounds, out of the first Monies that shall come in to the said Treasury.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Corbett and Sir Tho. Barrington, to prepare an Order for applying the Monies formerly collected in the several Counties for maimed Soldiers, to the maimed Soldiers in the Parliament Service, in the several Counties.
Ordered, That the Committee for maimed Soldiers do meet this Afternoon, at Two post Meridiem, in the Court of Wards; and that they do diligently meet, as Occasion shall be.
Advance from Excise.
Whereas Jo. Towse Esquire, and Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, for the Supply of the Garison at Windesore, are willing to advance and lend the Sum of Two thousand Pounds; Be it hereby Ordained, by the and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That they, the said Commissioners of Excise, shall and may have Power to repay themselves the said Two thousand Pounds, with Interest after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. out of the Receipts of the Excise, within such Intervals of Time, as other Assignments already passed by both Houses of Parliament shall not happen to fall due: And the said Commissioners of Excise are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of Two thousand Pounds; by them lent as aforesaid unto Colonel John Venn Esquire, Governor of the Castle of Windesore; whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in this Behalf.
Ordered, That the Order for a Thousand Pounds for the Garison of Windsore, out of the Excise, be forthwith vacated.
Superstitious Pictures, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for demolishing superstitious Monuments, do consider of Heads for a Conference to be had with the Lords, for the demolishing of all superstitious Pictures and Monuments in Whitehall, and all other Places of the King's Houses and Chapels; and for the taking away, out of the King's Houses and Chapels, and disposing of, all Copes, Surplices, and other superstitious Utensils.
Court of Wards.
Mr. White, Sir Jo. Curson, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Sam. Browne, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Corbett, Sir Ed. Fowell, Mr. Hill, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Pury, Mr. Cage, are appointed to consider of the Ordinance for taking away the Court of Wards: And all that will come are to have Voices at it: And are to meet in the House, on the Days appointed in the former Order: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Kent, &c. Association.
The House resumed the Consideration of the Amendments to the Ordinance for associating of the Counties of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, and Hantshire: The which were in hæc Verba; viz.
1. In the Title, in the Fourth Line, after the Word "Forces," and before the Word "and," insert, "under his Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord General:" The which was put to the Question, and, by Vote upon the Question, assented.
2. In the Body of the Ordinance, in the Fourth Line, Fol. 1, after the Word "Forces," and before the Word "raised," insert, "under his Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord General:" The which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
3. In Folio 5, Lin' 15a, before the Word "the," add, "his Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord General:" The which was read; and the Ordinance, as to this Third Amendment, committed unto Sir Arth. Heselrig, Mr. Lisle, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Holles, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Edw. Stephens: And they are presently to withdraw into the Committee Chamber.
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Message to Lords.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde likewise carried up to the Lords, the Order for Two thousand Pounds, out of the Receipts of the Excise, to Colonel Jo. Venn, for the Garison of Windesore Castle; For a Thousand Pounds, to Colonel Venn, for the Garison of Windesore Castle, out of the Revenue of the Court of Wards; The Order of Two hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers Hall, for the maimed Soldiers: And was to desire the Lords to expedite the Ordinance concerning a Weekly Meal; and the Order for One hundred Pounds to Mr. Peters.
Report to be made.
Ordered, That the Sub Committee appointed to acquaint the Scotts Commissioners with the Resolutions of the Committee concerning the Declaration of both Kingdoms, that admit such as offer themselves to come in, to take the National Covenant, do make their Report on Monday Morning next.
King's Letter, &c.
Sir H. Vane presents, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Opinion of the Scotts Commissioners, of the King's Letter; and of the Lords Opinion upon it; and likewise a Letter from That Committee, to be sent, in Answer to the King's Letter: The which was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto: And
Ordered, To be delivered unto the Lords at a Conference; and their Concurrence desired therein.
Sir Rob. Pye is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a Conference, concerning the Matter of the last Conference, touching the King's Letter.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, that the Scotts Commissioners, according to a Clause in their Paper, may have Time to communicate to those that sent them, and receive their Direction, concerning that Business of giving Day to the King to come to his Parliament; and that This be delivered as one Head of the Conference: And that it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to acquaint the Scotts Commissioners herewith.
Ordered, That no Copy be taken of this Answer to the King's Letter, nor the Letter divulged, until such time as it may be probably conceived, that it may come to his Majesty; and that This be delivered as a Head at the Conference: And that the Lords be desired, that Strangers may be kept out of the Painted Chamber at this Conference.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to prepare and expedite the Declaration to be sent forth to the Kingdoms, upon this Letter from the King, and the other Letters.
Resolved, &c. That this Letter shall be signed by the Speakers of both Houses; and the Lord General desired to send this Letter speedily away: And that this be delivered at a Conference.
Allowance for Intelligence.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of a convenient Sum, Weekly to be allowed, for incident Charges of Intelligence, &c.; and that they do consider, out of what Monies such Allowance may be had.
Intercepted Letter, &c.
A Letter intercepted, from Secretary Niclas to Mr. Talbott at Venice, with some Papers included, was read; and ordered to be communicated to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Papers concerning Scotts.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords do agree to those Papers, delivered at a late Conference, concerning the Scotts.
Lords agree to Conference.
Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to a present Conference, as is desired.
Sir H. Vane jun. Mr. Solicitor, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, that the Lords desired, may be examined at the Trial of the Bishop of Canterbury: And, as to the rest of the Messages carried up by him, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That my Lord General be desired by the House, to give Order to his Serjeant Major General of the Army, that he do appoint some Officers of the Army to join with such Gentlemen of the County in the several Divisions of Hartfordshire, as the Knights of that Shire shall nominate, to take the Account of all such Money as is owing by the Soldiers and Officers of the Army, to the Inhabitants of the Country, for Billet and Free Quarter; and to settle the Accounts betwixt them; and make a Return to the Committee appointed to examine the Accounts of the County of Herts due by the Soldiers to the Country; that it may appear what is justly due to the Country, and by whom; that some Course may be taken to reimburse the Inhabitants, out of the Soldiers Pay: And, in case the Officers of the Army which shall be appointed for this Purpose by his Excellency, or his Major General, shall refuse or neglect to meet the Gentlemen of the Country, at such Days and Places as shall be appointed by the Gentlemen of the Country, and thereof shall give convenient Notice to the Major General; that then the Gentlemen of the Country, or any Two or more of them, in their several Divisions, are to proceed in the Service alone; and to certify, in Manner as before is expressed.
The like Order for all the Counties of England.