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 Jovis, 18 Aprilis, 1644. Post Meridiem.
Payment to Lord Fairefaxe, &c.
AN Ordinance for Payment of Eight thousand Pounds out of the Sequestration Monies, to the Lord Fairefaxe and Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, next after the Monies formerly assigned to our Brethren the Scotts shall first be satisfied, was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Newport Pagnall Garison.
Resolved, &c. That Letters shall be written to the several Counties that are contributary to the Garison at Newport Pagnall, to enjoin them forthwith to raise the Proportions of Men set upon them, and the Monies for the Maintenance of those Men; and to return Answers of these Letters to the House: And Mr. Browne is appointed to prepare these Letters.
Money advanced for Artillery.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Soame, Mr. Hoyle, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Tate, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Knightley, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Pury, Sir Martin Lumley, and Mr. Long, shall have the Fifty Pounds apiece respectively, which they have engaged to advance, to enable the Train of Artillery to march To-morrow, secured, and repaid unto them, out of the Monies that come in at Haberdashers Hall, at a Month's End; and that the said Gentlemen do pay their several and respective Fifty Pounds to Sir Walth. Erle, Lieutenant of the Ordnance, upon Account; who is forthwith to pay the same to Captain Cannon, upon Account, to provide Necessaries for the Train of Artillery; and that an Acquittance under the Hand of the Lieutenant of the Ordnance shall be a sufficient Warrant to the said respective Advancers, to demand their Monies accordingly.
Message from Lords.
The Amendments to the Ordinance for Gloucester were read: And, as to the Lords Alteration for leaving out the Sequestration of the Estates of Delinquents, Papists, &c. the House adheres to the Ordinance, as it went from hence.
Resolved, &c. That the Alterations and Amendments to the Ordinance concerning Gloucester shall be committed to the former Committee of Gloucester: And are to meet at such Time and Place as they shall think fit: And are to bring in a sudden and speedy Report.
Successes in Pembrokeshire.
Mr. Simon Theloall, who sent up the Relation of the Proceedings and good Successes in Pembrokeshire, came into the House: And Mr. Speaker by the Command of the House, returned him hearty Thanks, for the good Service done by him in Pembrokeshire, and other Parts of Wales; and further required him to prepare Heads of such Instructions, or other Matters, as shall be necessary for carrying on the Affairs of Pembrokeshire, to the best Advantage of the Parliament.
Answer to Lords.
Advance from Excise.
The Commissioners of Excise were called in; and presented to the House their Answer in Writing, to the Proposition of advancing Twenty thousand Pounds, for the present setting-forth of my Lord General: Which was the same as was presented by them to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Message to Lords.
Sir Walt. Erle carried up to the Lords the Order for Repayment of Five hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall, to divers Members that advanced the same for the Train of Artillery; and likewise an Ordinance for Eight thousand Pounds to the Lord Fairefaxe: And brings Answer, that the Lords agree to both.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Farnham, of the Seventeenth of April, to my Lord General, relating the beating up of a Quarter of the Enemies at Sunning, near Reading, wherein some Officers Troopers were taken, was this Day read: And likewise a Letter of the same Date, from the same Place, to Mr. Speaker, was likewise read; relating the beating up the Enemies Quarter at Sunning, near Reading; and desiring a Supply of Money, and other Necessaries for his Armies; informing the House, that the City Regiments were come to their Quarters near Farneham, and that he hopes the Four Kentish Troops will be there To-morrow.
Advance from Excise.
The Committee Yesterday appointed to treat with the Commissioners of Excise withdrew to treat again with them, for the Advance of Twenty thousand Pounds within a shorter Time; or to pay Ten thousand Pounds within Three Days; and to lend Ten thousand Pounds, upon Interest, to be repaid at Six Months End.
Mr. Recorder reports from the Commissioners of Excise, That, according to their Answer in Writing, they will have Ten thousand Pounds ready within Three Days; and that, for the other Ten thousand Pounds, they desire to adhere to their own Offer of furnishing it in the Manner expressed in their Answer in Writing.
Mr. Green is appointed to go to the Commissioners of Excise, to acquaint them, that this House expects, that the first Ten thousand Pounds mentioned in their Answer in Writing, should be paid in on Saturday next, which is the Third Day from the Delivery in of that Answer.
Loan from Sutton's Hospital.
The Lords having received a Vote from this House, for borrowing of a Thousand Pounds at Sutton's Hospital, have inquired into the State of that Hospital; and have received it in Writing: Which they have sent down to this House.
A Proclamation, dated at Oxon, Aprilis 15, 1644, enjoining all Inhabitants of the Counties of Oxon and Berks, to bring in their Corn, and Grain, and other Victual, and Provisions, for Men and Horse, into Oxon, upon Pain of destroying all with Fire, and fetching it away by Force by the Soldier, was this Day read; being sent in by my Lord General, with an Expression of his Resolution, and Readiness to use those Forces he has, or would make ready to the best Advantage for the Service, to prevent the ill Consequences and Effects of this sad Proclamation, and to protect those Counties from Ruin.
Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Mr. Reynolds, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Whitelock, are appointed to go to my Lord General, to return him Thanks, for his being so sensible of the sad Effects of this Proclamation, and for his Desire and Resolution to use his best Endeavours to protect those Counties mentioned in the said Proclamation from Ruin, with all the Forces that can be raised and set forth with the Money that is already provided.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take care that all the Forces that can be set forth, with the Money that is ready, and in View, may speedily advance to their Rendezvous.
Grant to Mitton.
Resolved, &c. That One hundred Pounds shall be forthwith paid to Colonel Mitton, out of the King's Revenue: And the Committee for the King's Revenue are required to give Order, that this Hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto him, accordingly: And Mr. Herbert is appointed to return Thanks to Colonel Mitton, from this House, for the faithful Services be hath done for the Commonwealth in Shrapshire, by maintaining and defending the Garison of Wem, and those Parts, from the Enemy.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, that all Currans whatsoever, brought in, since the making of the First Ordinance, for prohiting the Importation of Currans, are within the Intention of the Ordinance lately made for imposing Six Shillings on every Hundred.
Advance from Customs.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of the Customs be desired to advance Two thousand Three hundred Pounds, for Payment of the English and Scotts Reformadoes, upon the Security of repaying themselves out of the Six Shillings Imposition upon every Hundred, according to the Declaration now made; and that the same be paid to Sir Walter Erle, appointed Treasurer.
Whereas Almighty God, by his good Providence, hath lately given a very great Victory over our Enemies, by the Forces under the Command of the Right honourable Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, at Selby in Yorkshire; for which, Tuesday, the Three-and-twentieth of this present April, is set apart for a Day of Thanksgiving: And whereas one especial Duty, on such Occasions, is, setting apart for them who are in greatest Want: It is this Day therefore Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That a Collection be made in every Church and Chapel of London and Westminster, within the Lines of Communication, on the aforesaid Day of Thanksgiving, for and towards the Relief of such poor Soldiers as are now imprisoned in Oxford, or elsewhere, who have ventured their Lives for the Preservation of the Kingdom and Parliament; whose Wants are exceeding great: And that the Churchwardens, and other Officers of the said Churches and Chapels, do collect the same, and pay it in at Chandlers Hall to John Pocock, Wm. Greening, John Randall, and Richard Hutchinson, Treasurers for the maimed and sick Soldiers, on the Friday following, being the Twentysixth of this Instant April; and that the said Treasurers do disburse the same as the Earl of Essex Lord General shall direct.
Money for Army.
Whereas the House of Commons, by their Order of the Sixteenth of September last past, did order and appoint, That the several Committees for Sequestrations, should cause all such Goods as were sequestered and seized, to be sold, for raising of the Sum of Eight thousand Pounds for the Lord Fairfax; which said Sum of Eight thousand Pounds could not then, nor as yet, be raised, by reason of former Orders of both Houses, for Payments preceding the same: The Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, do Order, Ordain, and Appoint, That the Treasurers for Sequestrations at Guildhall, London, do make Payment of the said Sum of Eight thousand Pounds to Wm. White Esquire, for Supply of the Forces under Command of the said Lord Fairfax, according to a further Order of the said House of Commons, bearing Date the Sixteenth of January last, concerning the same; provided that no Ordinance already passed, whereby any Sum of Money is payable to our Brethren of Scotland out of the Sequestrations, be prejudiced thereby: And that the Acquittance and Acquittances of the said Wm. White shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Treasurers, from time to time, for so much thereof as shall be paid by them accordingly.