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 Martis, Junii 4, 1644.
Warrant to Longvile.
ORDERED, That Mr. Tho. Longvile, Mrs. Hester Longvile, Mr. Edw. Andrewes, together with Mons. Peter La Fountaine (their Tutor) and Elizabeth Mansell, Servant, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go beyond Seas.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Colonel Jo. Berrowe be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Examinations.
And it is further Ordered, That if, according to the Petition, any Estate or Monies shall come to the State, being the Estate of Delinquents or Papists, not yet under Sequestration, nor discovered, and shall by his Endeavour be discovered; out of the said Monies, discovered by him, and not otherwise discovered, Nine hundred Thirty-nine Pounds shall be paid and imprested unto the said Colonel Berrowe, upon Account; and the Overplus, if any, shall be employed for the Benefit and Advantage of the Garison of Gloucester.
Publick Treasurers, &c.
Whereas divers Treasurers and Collectors appointed by the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds to pay their Receipts into the City of York, have paid divers Sums of Money unto the Committees appointed by Parliament, in the several Counties; It is hereby Ordered, That the said Treasurers and Collectors shall be allowed all such Monies as they have paid unto any such Committees, by virtue of any Order or Direction of one or both Houses, upon their Accounts: And the Auditors, and all other Officers, are hereby ordered to allow of all such Payments.
Ordered, That a Magazine of a Hundred Barrels of Powder, with Bullet and Match proportionable, be forthwith provided, and sent to Aylisbury, to be stored up there for the Use of my Lord General's Army: And it is referred to the Care of the Lieutenant of the Ordinance to make Provision of this Powder and Ammunition accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider whether Mr. Cordewell has performed his Contract, in delivering the Proportions of the Powder which he ought to deliver in by the Contract.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, and Sir H. Mildmay, do treat with Mr. Berisford, upon what Terms he will furnish the Powder desired by my Lord General, and otherwise supply the Stores.
The humble Petition of Capt. Tho. Plunkett was this Day read; expressing his Sorrow for his Refractoriness in refusing the Oath proffered him by the Court of Admiralty; desiring his Liberty, and his Re-admission to the Charge and Command he formerly had; And
It is Ordered, That Captain Plunkett shall be forthwith discharged from Restraint, upon Security given to answer such Things as shall be objected against him.
Informations against Higgons.
Ordered, That the Petition and Informations against Captain Higgons, be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee where Mr. Tate has the Chair.
Ordered, That the Horse of Coventry, under the Command of Colonel Purefoy, and now with Colonel Massey, do stay with him, till the House take further Order: And that Mr. Bosevile and Mr. Knightley do write a Letter to the Committee of Coventry, to acquaint them, that there is Course taken for the Recruiting of Colonel Massey's Regiment of Horse with all the Speed that may be; and to desire them, that the said Horse may still remain with Colonel Massey, until they shall hear further from the House.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Barrington do prepare a Letter, to be written to the Governor of Nottingham, to take some Course, that the Prisoners lately taken near Newarke, may be further examined upon their Confession, "That their Design was to enter the associated Counties, with Promise from some Gentlemen of those Counties, that a Party would appear for their Assistance."
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Browne, of Carrickfergus, Merchant, and Thomas Garven, Master of the Gennet of Belfast, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Maynard, Mr. Pury, Mr. Knightley, and Sir Walter Erle, to state the Matter of Fact of the whole Business, concerning Currans, upon the several Ordinances and Orders made for inhibiting the Importation of Currans, licensing their Landing, and imposing an Excise upon them.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Rob. Pye do, To-morrow, go to the Lords, to desire them to expedite their Answer to the Ordinance for excluding such Members as have deserted the Parliament, without the Consent of both Houses; and likewise the Ordinance for regulating the Proceedings of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Payment to Povey.
Ordered, That, out of the Monies allotted to the Reformadoes, and appointed to be . . . unto Sir Walter Erle, he the said Sir Walt. Erle do forthwith give Order for the Payment of Fifty Pounds to Captain Povey, wounded in the Parliament Service.
A Letter from the Gentleman of Pembrokeshire, dated at Carmarthen the Fourth of May 1644, was read; and also a Relation of the Fight near Carmarthen, with a List of the Enemy's Commanders then engaged.
Ordered, That Captain Swanley have the Thanks of this House returned unto him, for his faithful Services, and valiant Actions, performed by him, for the Good of the Publick, both at the Isle of Wight, Pembrokeshire, and Carmarthenshire: And that a Chain of Gold, of Two hundred Pounds Price, with a Medal annexed unto it, be bestowed upon him: And a Chain, of One hundred Pounds Value, of Gold, be bestowed on Captain Smith, with a Medal, in a Token of the good Services done by him for the Publick.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do take care, that a Chain of Gold, of Two hundred Pounds Value, with some Medal unto it, be provided and bestowed on Captain Swanley; and a Chain, of One hundred Pounds Value, in Gold, with a Medal, to be bestowed on Captain Smith: And it is specially recommended to Sir Henry Mildmay and Mr. Jenner, to see these Chains provided accordingly.
Captain Swanley was called in: And Mr. Speaker returned him the Thanks of the House; taking notice of the special Services done by him; and acquainted them with the Resolution of the House, to bestow a Chain of Gold upon him: And that, in due Time, they will take him into further Consideration.
The like was expressed to Captain Smith, after he was called in, upon Captain Swanley's withdrawing.
Sir Edw. Bainton, &c.
The humble Petition of Sir Edw. Bainton Knight, a Member of the House, was read.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Edw. Bainton shall be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint, and admitted to sit in the House again.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do injoin Sir Ed. Bainton, at his coming into the House, that he do not go into the Country without the Leave of the House.
Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Stevens, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Holles;
This Committee is to use their Endeavours to compose the Differences, if they can, between Sir Edw. Hungerford and Sir Ed. Bainton; or, otherwise, to report the same to the House.
Pym's Debts, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of paying the Debts of Mr. Pym, and providing for his Children, do report on Thursday next.
Trial of Gifford, &c.
The humble Petition of Jo. Gifford, Major General to the Lord Fairfaxe, was read; and a Certificate under Mr. White's Hand.
Ordered, That Major Gifford be removed from the Tower, and returned in Custody to the Lord Fairfaxe; to the end he may speedily receive his Trial.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Hotham shall be sent down to the Lord Fairfaxe, to be tried there for his Offence.
Ordered, That Mr. Millington do prepare a Letter to be sent to the Lord Fairfaxe, to acquaint him, That this House has ordered Mr. Jo. Hotham to be sent down to him to be tried: And that his Lordship do make Preparation for the speedy Trial of him.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Martial Law be brought in To-morrow Morning.
Trunks, &c. at St. James's.
Ordered, That the Trunks and Cabinet, with the Plate and Jewels therein found at St. James's, and now in Mr. Holland's Custody, be brought in to the Exchequer, and be kept in an Iron Chest there.
Contract for Powder.
Sir Walter Erle reports, That he hath spoken with Mr. Berisford, who is willing to provide Three hundred Barrels of Powder, provided he have One Third Part of the Money in Hand presently; and that the Timber, designed to be cut down, and sold at * in Norfolk, be assigned unto him for his further Security, for Payment of the Residue of the Monies that shall be Arrear for the said Three hundred Barrels of Powder; and for the Payment of Five hundred and Four Pounds, Arrear and due unto him, for Powder delivered the last Year for the Service of the State: Whereupon
It is Ordered, That Sir Walter Erle and Mr. Corbett do bring in an Ordinance accordingly, for felling so much Timber, in the Place aforesaid, as shall make Satisfaction for the said last Year's Arrears, and Pay for Two hundred of the Three hundred Barrels of Powder now bought; and that the Bark and Lops of the Trees be likewise sold to the best Advantage.