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, Martii 16, 1643.
Sir W. Brereton.
MR. Ashherst reports from the Committee, the Amendments to the Ordinance for Sir Wm. Brereton: The which Amendments were twice read; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Timber for Navy.
Mr. Green reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for cutting and felling of Timber-trees in the Forest of Waltham, for the Use of his Majesty's Navy Royal: The which Amendments were Twice read; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, upon the Question, passed.
Mr. Green reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for cutting and felling of Timber-trees in the Woods of divers Delinquents and Papists, for the Use of his Majesty's Navy Royal: The which Amendments were Twice read; and assented unto; and ordered to be fair written, for the Third Reading.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Navy shall have Power to treat with the Planters of the Carybe Islands, to lay One Peny more Custom upon Tobaccoes of their Growth, for the Setting-forth to Sea a Man of War of good Strength, for the Defence of those Islands; such a Ship as the Lord Admiral shall think fit and appoint.
"Provided always, and be it Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That in the Absence of his Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord General, the said Sir Wm. Waller shall command, and have the full Power of a Commander in Chief, in the said associated Counties, over all the Forces raised or to be raised, as aforesaid; notwithstanding any Expressions in this Ordinance."
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth assent to the Lords Two Amendments; the First, to the Title of the said Ordinance; the Second, to the Preamble of the said Ordinance; with this Explanation or Proviso: And
It is Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords on Monday Morning: And that Mr. Lisle do manage this Conference; and present Reasons for the House not assenting to the Third Amendment of the Lords to the said Ordinance; and for their desiring this Proviso may be added; and their assenting to the Two first Amendments, with the Addition of this Proviso and Explanation.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses for Northamptonshire do prepare an Ordinance for the laying of a weekly Assessment upon the County of Northampton, to continue for Six Months longer, for maintaining of the Town of Northampton.
Governor of Rockingham Castle, &c.
A Letter from Captain Horseman, Governor of Rockingham Castle, to Sir Gilb. Pyckering, of the Ninth of March; touching his being arrested by the Marshal of the Lord Greye's Brigade; and summoned, by a Warrant under the Hand of Isaac Dorisla, Advocate to his Excellency's Army;
The Letter was read: The Warrant was read: And an Order of the House of Commons of December 23. made concerning Captain Horsman's continuing Governor of Rockingham Castle; and the Copy of a Letter from Colonel Wayte to the Lord Grey, were both read: Which was the same Copy as was read Decembris 23.
Ordered, That the whole Business concerning the Governor and Government of Rockingham Castle, Colonel Wayte, the County of Rulland, and the Lord Grey, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Leicestershire Business, appointed on Saturday, Januarii 20 1643; to compose all Differences, if they can; or otherwise to report it to the House: And that the Lord General be desired, that all Proceedings by the Council of War against the Governor of Rockinghum Castle, in the mean time, be staid.
Proceedings against Smyth, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Smyth shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Poltrey Compter, there to continue during the Pleasure of the House, for levying actual War against the King, Parliament, and Kingdom; and kept safe within his Chamber and the Gates of the Prison, and no Man suffered to speak with him, but in the Presence of his Keeper: And the Sheriffs, and the Keeper, are required to have a very great Care of his safe Imprisonment.
Mr. Wm. Smyth was called in: And Mr. Speaker asked him concerning his Cornet: Who said, it was his Serjeant Major's, and not his; and that the Motto was, Urbs illa, Urbs Rebellis est, et Nocens Regibus: He confessed, that he had taken the Protestation of adhering to this Party, and of yielding no Assistance to the contrary Party.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Alexander Denton shall be forth-with committed Prisoner to the Tower; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House, for levying actual War against the King, Parliament, and Kingdom.
Sir Alexander Denton was called in to the Bar; and did acknowledge, that he had taken the Protestation of adhering to my Lord General; and the Protestation of adhering to this Party, and of yielding no Assistance to the other Party.
Resolved, &c. That a Fortnight's Pay shall be advanced for my Lord General's Army, upon Muster; as much as can be spared, out of the Monies that come in at Haberdashers Hall, and the rest out of the Excise.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate do proceed in his Report of the List of the Officers of my Lord General's Army, on Monday, the first Business; and that Mr. Scawen do then also proceed in his Report concerning the Ordinance touching the Lord General's Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Recorder, Mr. Scawen, and Mr. Edw. Ashe, to take care that, in the same Manner as was formerly appointed, Persons may be appointed to take the Musters of his Excellency's Army.
Ordered, That all the Goods brought in the Duynkirke Ship, and forced into the Parts about Arundell Castle, and there stranded, do remain unmeddled withal, till the Court of Admiralty hath determined, what Allowance shall be reasonable and fit to be made to the Soldiers, in respect of the Salvage.
Timber for Navy.
The Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, having, out of their especial Care for the Preservation of Timber-trees, excepted them out of a late Ordinance of Parliament dated the * * last past, for the Felling and putting to Sale the Woods of all Delinquents, sequestered by the said Ordinance for the Use of the Commonwealth; yet being informed of the great and pressing Wants of Timber, for the Supply and Use of his Majesty's Navy Royal, without which there can be no Fleet put to Sea for the Defence of the Kingdom, it is Ordered, by the said Lords and Commons, That it shall and may be lawful for Peter Pett and Henry Goddard, Master Shipwrights to his Majesty's Navy Royal, and Robert Clement, Husband of the said Navy, and Peter Pett jun. or any Two of them, with the Allowance and Approbation of Sir Thomas Barrington, Sir Wm. Massam, Henry Barrington Esquire, Sir Tho. Honywood, Richard Harlackingdon, Sir Peter Wroth, Augustin Skinner, Richard Lee, and Thomas Blunt, Esquires, to enter into certain Copses, Woods, and Springs, in the Counties of Kent and Essex, belonging unto * Earl of Thanett, Wm. Lawde Archbishop of Canterbury, and Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, Sir John Lucas, Sir Henry Audley, Sir Francis Mannock, and * Nash of Marden Esquire, who for their Delinquencies, by several former Ordinances of Parliament, have had their Lands, Rents and Goods, sequestered for the Use of the State: And the said Peter Pett, and Henry Goddard, and Rob. Clement, or any Two of them, with the Approbation and Consent of Sir Thomas Barrington, Sir Wm. Massam, Henry Barrington Esquire, Sir Tho. Honywood, Richard Harlackingdon, Sir Peter Wroth, Augustin Skynner, Richard Lee, and Thomas Blunt, Esquires, or any Two of them, shall have Power, and are hereby required, to mark out, fell, cut, and carry away, or cause to be cut, and carried away, all such Trees of Oak, Elm, and Ash, within their several Woods, Copses, and Springs of the said several Persons, according to the Numbers, Quantities, and Qualities, as are hereafter mentioned; or so many thereof as the said Peter Pett, Henry Goddard, and Rob. Clement, shall find necessary, for Supply of the present Stores of Timber for the Use of * * * *
The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, having received Information that there are to the Quantity of Six hundred Timber-trees, in his Majesty's Forest of Waltham, fit and useful for several Services, as Wallpieces, Planks, Trenails, &c. for his Majesty's Navy Royal; which, unless some speedy Course be taken for the felling, cutting, and bringing of them away, for the Use aforesaid, are like to be cut down and destroyed by divers Persons who presume to do what they list in these Times of Distraction; do thereupon Order and Ordain, That it shall and may be lawful for Peter Pett and Henry Goddard, Master Shipwrights to his Majesty's Navy Royal, and Robert Clement, Husband of the said Navy, or any Two of them, with the Approbation, Consent, and Allowance of Sir Henry Holcroft Knight, Sir Henry Mildmay Knight, Sir Wm. Marten Knight, Carey Mildmay Esquire, and * Lake Esquire, or any Two of them, to enter into the said Forest; and there to mark out, fell, cut, and carry away, or cause to be felled, cut, and carried away, Three hundred of the said Trees, or so many of them as the said Sir Henry Holcroft, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Wm. Marten, Knights, Carey Mildmay Esquire, and * Lake Esquire, or any Three of them, shall think fit for the present Occasions of the Navy, as aforesaid: And they are hereby required to acquaint the Woodward belonging to the said Forest herewith, from time to time; who is likewise required to attend the said Service, and to see that no Waste be made therein.