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 Lunæ, Junii 3, 1644.
ORDERED, That the Petition of the Merchants trading into France, presented to this House, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Removing a Prisoner.
The humble Petition of Sir Alexander Denton Knight, Prisoner in the Tower, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That he be removed from the Tower, and committed Prisoner, for levying War against the King and Parliament, to the Lord Petre's House, London; there to remain a Prisoner during the Pleasure of this House.
Register of Chancery.
Mr. Knightley brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the Register's Place of the High Court of Chancery.
An Ordinance for paying the Arrears to Colonel Jo. Foxe, out of the Profits of Edgbaston Hall in Warwickshire, and other Londs of Richard Middlemore, a Papist, lying in the Parishes of King's Norton, Yardley, and Northfield, in the County of Worcester, was this Day read the First and Second time; and committed unto Mr. Cage, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Bossevile, Mr. Sallwey, Sir Ro. Harley, Mr. Jennour, Sir Hen. Cholmeley, Sir Nevile Poole, Sir Wm. Allanson, Mr. Holland, Mr. Long, Mr. Bond: And are to meet on Wednesday next, at Two post Meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Upon the Report from the Committee for absent Members, declaring the Reasons of the long Absence of Sir Thomas Widdrington;
It is Resolved, &c. That Sir Tho. Widdrington shall be admitted forthwith to come into the House.
Colonel Kinge, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Business concerning Colonel Kinge and Lincolneshire is referred, do bring in the Report of that Business, on Wednesday next, peremptorily.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Green carried up to the Lords the Ordinance concerning the Garison of Portesmouth; Concerning Mariners and Prize Goods; The Order concerning the Prisoners in Newgate; For reimbursing Twenty-two thousand Pounds to the Commissioners of the Customs; For continuing Sir Wm. Brereton's Ordinance for Two Months longer; For associating of Pembroke, Caermarthen, and Caerdigan; The Order for referring Mrs. Bastwick's Petition to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall.
Relief of Eliott.
The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, in Consideration of the Losses sustained by Jo. Eliott Esquire, for his adhering to the Parliament, and otherwise, do hereby Ordain, That the Goods and personal Estate of such Delinquents as are declared to be Delinquents within the Ordinance of Sequestrations, and shall be so adjudged by the Committee for Examinations to be sequestrable, whose Goods and personal Estate are not yet sequestered, and shall be discovered and seized by the said Mr. Eliott, within Three Months next after the publishing of this Ordinance in Print, shall be allowed unto the said Mr. Eliott for his Relief; provided always, that the said concealed Estate exceed not the Sum of One thousand Pounds.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Taking of South Shields.
A Letter from the Committee in Sunderland, of the Two-and-twentieth of May, concerning the taking of the South Shields by the Newcastellians; being delivered up by the Captian of that Fort without a Stroke striking; was this Day read; and referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Gratuity to Seamen.
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds be bestowed on the Seamen and Mariners at Sunderland, who have expressed very great Affection and Fidelity to the Parliament: And it is referred to Sir H. Vane sen. and to Mr. Blakiston, to make Provision of the said Two hundred Pounds to be sent to Sir Wm. Armyn, and the rest of the Committee at Sunderland, to be given to those well-affected Mariners as a Gratuity.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy to examine the Business concerning the Ship lately taken by a Ship of Yermouth, as it was going into the River of Maes; and to give such Direction, that the said Ship may be proceeded with in a usual and legal Way to Adjudication.
Excise of Flesh.
An Ordinance for the better regulating and levying of the Excise of Flesh within the Cities of London and Westminster, Suburbs, and Line of Communication, was this Day read the First time.
And the Question being put, whether it should be now read the Second time;
It passed with the Negative.
Ordered, To be read the Second time, To-morrow, between Ten and Twelve of Clock.
King's Parks, &c.
Ordered, That the Consideration of making use of the King's Parks and Forests, and other Parks about the Cities of London and Westminster, and Twenty Miles Compass, for the Feeding and Preservation of Cattle, that shall be sent up for Relief of the Cities, be referred to the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen that serve for the County of Wilts, be added to the Committee for Gloucester, and the City and County of Gloucester, upon all Occasions and Businesses.
Deputy Lieutenants of Sussex.
The Names of Deputy Lieutenants to be added to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Sussex, sent from the Lords, Saturday, December 30, 1643, were read; viz. Hall Ravenscroft, Tho. Middleton, Wm. Micklebourne, Anth. Fowle, Henry Shelley, Herbt. Hay, Jo. Baker, Law. Ashburneham, Jo. Busbridge, Peter Farnden, Esquires: And these Names were all assented unto, to be added to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of . . . , excepting only to the Name of Lawrence Ashburneham.
The House further Ordered, That Edw. Dowse, Wm. Cawley, and John Downes, Esquires, Members of . . . , be added to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Sussex: And that the Lords be acquainted with the leaving out of Lawrence Ashburneham; and their Concurrence desired, in the Addition of Mr. Dowse, Mr. Cawley, and Mr. Downes, to be Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Sussex.
Lady Gibb's Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Dame Anne, Wife to Sir Henry Gibb Knight and Baronet, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the King's Revenue, for the Petitioner's Relief.
Newport Pagnall Garison.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for the Garison of Newport Pagnall, be revived; and do meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the Duchy Court.
Cabinet at St. James's.
Ordered, That the Committee for Saint James's do view the Cabinet seized and taken at Saint James's; and inventory it; and present a Copy of it to the House; and acquaint the Commissioners of Scotland herewith.
Sir Hen. Heyman and Sir Jo. Trevor are ordered to be there, at the Opening of this Cabinet.
Oath to King's Children's Servants.
Mr. Rous reports the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning an Oath to be administered to the Servants of the Family at Saint James's: The which were read; and assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Amendments, passed upon the Question; and ordered to be returned to the Lords, with these Amendments; and the Lords Concurrence desired therein.
Upon a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Ordered, That Two hundred Barrels of Powder, with a proportionable Quantity of Match and Bullet, be forthwith provided and sent to Hull for the Northern Armies; and Fifty Barrels of Powder, with Match and Bullet proportionable, be likewise forthwith provided and sent to Hull, for the Service of Lancashire: And the Committee of the Safety are ordered to grant out their Warrants accordingly.
Money for Army Service.
Whereas Six hundred and Fifty Pounds belonging to one Mr. Tho. Browker, (who is in the King's Army) is in the Hands of Mr. Walter Smith; It is Ordered, That Five hundred Pounds of the said Monies shall be paid unto Sir Wal. Erle: and disposed of for the Buying of Powder, Match, and Bullet, for the Service of the Armies in Yorkshire and Lancashire: And that One hundred Pounds thereof be allowed to the Parties that made Discovery of the same; and Forty Pounds of the Residue to be paid unto Mr. Wakerlin, towards the Monies arrear and due unto him for his Entertainment: And this House doth undertake to save the said Mr. Smith, or any other concerned therein, in Payment of the said Monies, harmless.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett do bring in an Ordinance for the felling and putting to Sale, for the Use of the Commonwealth, a Thousand Pounds-worth of Timber, belonging to one Mr. Hacon, a Papist, of the County of Norfolk.
Letters from Denmarke.
Two Letters from the King of Denmarke, one of the Fifth of January, another of the Twelfth of March; and one Letter from Frederick Archbishop of Breme, Son to the King of Denmarke; were this Day read; and ordered to be communicated to the Lords, at a Message.
Sir Simonds D'Ewes is appointed to carry them up.
A Letter from Colonel Jones, from Farneham, of the Second of June, relating good Success the Forces of Farneham had against the Forces of Bassing, at Odiham, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider what is fit to be done upon it.
Oath to King's Children's Servants.
I A. B. do promise, in the Presence of Almighty God, that I will not hinder the Education of any of the King's Children in the true Protestant Religion, Piety, or Holiness of Life; but will, according to my Place, Calling, and Duty, advance the same: And if I know that any Person doth endeavour to hinder such Education of any of them, I will make the same known, at least to Three of the Committee appointed by the Two Houses of Parliament for the Regulating of the Houshold of Saint James's, whereof there shall be One Lord and Two Commons. I do further covenant and promise, that I will no Way endeavour to work or cause any Misunderstanding or Disaffection between any of the King's Children and either House of Parliament, or any Member of either House; but if I know any Practice or Endeavour of this Kind, I will reveal the same, as aforesaid. And I do further promise, that if I receive any Message or Letter from Oxford, or the Court, or any Place wheresoever, that concerns the Removal of any of the King's Children, or any of them, or that may be prejudicial to the Houses of Parliament, or any one of them, or any Member thereof, I will reveal the same, as aforesaid. Neither will I send any Lettter, or give any Word or Message, to be sent to Oxford or elsewhere, that may be prejudicial to the King's Children, or to either or both Houses of Parliament, or any Member of either House. Neither will I, in my own Person, repair to Oxford, or any other the King's Quarters, during this War, without Leave first had of the foresaid Committee, or Five of them at the least.