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, Maii 9, 1644.
THE humble Petition of Sir James Harrington Knight, Colonel of the Trained Bands of the City of Westminster, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred, in general, to the Committee for the King's Revenue, to think of some other Way of providing for the Petitioner; who hath lost so much, and hazarded himself so far, for his Affections to the Parliament; the Place he desires in his Petition being already disposed of.
A Letter from the Lord Admiral, from the Downs, of May the Sixth, concerning Two Ketches with Six Guns apiece, and a Ship of some reasonable Strength, to be provided for the Service of Plimouth, be referred to the Committee of the Navy for providing the said Vessels accordingly.
Towns of Portesmouth, &c.
This Committee is appointed to consider of some Way of discharging the former Engagements, incurred for the Towns and Forts of Portesmouth, Hurst Castle, Cassiott, and South Sea Castle; and to prepare an Establishment of a constant Pay, for the Preservation of these Places, over and above the old Establishment: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended unto Mr. Whitehead.
An Ordinance for the further Demolishing of Monuments of Idolatry and Superstition, brought from the Committee, with the Addition of a Proviso, was this Day reported; and the Proviso twice read; and the Ordinance, with the Proviso, assented unto; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence: And that the former Ordinance, of this Nature, be printed, together with this.
The humble Petitions of the Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Colchester; and of the Clothiers in the new Drapery, in the County of Essex; of many Thousands of the Inhabitants of the County of Suffolk; desiring they may have the like Liberty to trade in the new Drapery as formerly they had, before the Ordinance granted to the Company of Merchant Adventurers, of the 11th of October last; were this Day read: And likewise the humble Petition of divers Merchants and Traders in Drapery, and other Woollen Manufactury, was this Day read: And ordered to be committed unto the Committee for the Merchant Adventurers, where Mr. Whitlock has the Chair: And the Committee for the Associations are added to this Committee: And all that will come are to have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Sir R. Berkeley.
An Ordinance concerning Sir Rob. Berkeley Knight, late one of the Justices of the Court of King's Bench, was this Day read the First and Second time; and committed unto Mr. Recorder, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Lisle, Mr. White, Mr. Whitlock, who are presently to withdraw upon it.
Taking of Lincolne.
A Letter from the Earl of Manchester, from Lincolne, of the Sixth of May, relating the Taking of the upper Town of Lincolne, on Monday Morning last, by the Earl of Manchester's Forces, by Storm, was this Day read.
Affairs in Leicester.
Ordered, That a Letter be directed to the Committee at Leicester, to raise another Fortnight's Pay unto the Lord Graye's Regiment, to complete that Regiment a Month's Pay, and to enable that Regiment to march according to the Lord General's Direction.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be prepared, and brought in, for raising of Forces for the Preservation and Settling the County of Leicester: And Sir Arth. Haselrigg is to bring it into the House; and also the Letter to the Committee.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
The Lords have formerly sent down an Ordinance, for nominating a Committee of both Kingdoms, to which they have received no Answer; and the former Ordinance being near expired; They desire you to take into Consideration their Lordships Ordinance; and to agree to it.
Message to Lords.
Earl of Holland.
The Lords, according to a Request made unto them from the Earl of Holland, they have given him Leave to attend my Lord General in his Expedition: And, according to another Request, expressed in a Letter to the Lords, they have thought fit to desire your Concurrence.
Answer from Lords.
Earl of Holland.
Colonel Ven, Mr. Ashe, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr. Recorder, are appointed to go to the Committee of the Militia in London, to acquaint them with what the Sub Committee of the Militia of the Suburbs hath represented to this House; and to desire them to consider, what Power is fit to be allowed to the Sub Committee for preventing the Inconveniences represented; and likewise to desire them to take some effectual Course, to prevent the Return of the City Regiments; and that they may receive such Satisfaction, as may encourage them to continue the Service with his Excellency and Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane jun. do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Committee of Kent, to continue forth their Horse still; and to assure them, that they shall not be employed, but in order to the Safety of the County: And that the Committee do tender Propositions to the House, for the taking those Horse, for the future, upon the Pay of the State.
Resolved, &c. That all the Arrears of the weekly Assessment, of the several Divisions of Surrey, be levied by the Committee of Surrey: And that they call to their Assistance whom they shall think fit: And the Money, so levied, to be employed, upon Account, for the Payment of the Regiment of Colonel Jones, and the Garison at Farneham: And that, if this Assessment shall not be levied by the Committee within a Month, that then Colonel Jones shall have Power to levy it.
Surrey Committees, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Surrey Petitions, to employ their most effectual Endeavours, for composing the Differences between the Gentlemen and Committees of Surrey, and to settle the Peace of that County.
Ordered, That the Sussex Regiment, belonging to the Association, do forthwith march up to Sir Wm. Waller; And that Sir Tho. Pelham, and the other Gentlemen of Sussex, do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Committee in Sussex, requiring them to take effectual Course, that the said Regiment may forthwith march according to this Order.
This Committee has Power to treat, and call in such Monies as may be procured upon the Bail Bonds, or upon the Debts, of Sir Peter Ricaut, both which were formerly assigned for the Support and Maintenance of Sir Wm. Waller's Army: And are to meet when and where they please: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Ordered, That, for the future, all such Monies as shall be brought in, and assigned for Sir Wm. Waller's Army, shall be, from time to time, paid in, upon Account, to Mr. Trenchard; and issued out according to Sir Wm. Waller's Directions and Order.
Ordered, That the Committee at Haberdashers Hall do take Course, to make Provision of Round-shot for Demyculvering Sacre and Minion, Hand Granadoes, and Granadoes for Mortar-pieces, for the speedy March of my Lord General's Army, in such Quantities as shall be represented unto them by Sir Walt. Erle: And Sir Walt. Erle is to take care hereof.
Ordered, That the General of the Ordinance do give an Account, to this House, why, in all this Time, Notice was not given to the Office of the Ordnance, to make Provision of Round-shot, and Hand Granadoes, and Granadoes for Mortar-pieces, necessary for the March of my Lord General's Army.
Ordered, That the House, having consented to most of the Propositions, presented this Day from the Committee of both Kingdoms, doth recommend it to the same Committee, this Afternoon, to consider how the Forces, under my Lord General and Sir Wm. Waller, may prosecute the Design intended, and speedily be upon Action.