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 Veneris, 7 Junii, 1644.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Sir Hen. Cholmeley shall have the Leave of the House to go into the Country.
An Ordinance to settle and establish Mr. Rich. Aske in the Place of Coroner and Attorney of the King, in his Highness' Court of King's Bench, with the Profits and Advantages thereunto incident, during Life, was this Day read; and, upon Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of Tho. Richardson, Waggonmaster General, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee at Haberdashers Hall.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Wentworth shall have the Leave of this House to go into the Country.
The humble Petition of divers well-affected Persons, Inhabitants in the City of London and Suburbs, concerning the Relief of poor maimed Soldiers: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Holland, to prepare an Order, upon the Desire of the Petitioners; and likewise to insert a Clause for requiring the Sequestrators to send in such Linen and Woollen Cloaths as shall come to their Hands, of no great Value, to be sold; and yet may be of great Relief to the poor maimed Soldiers.
The humble Petition of that Part of the Parish of Margarett's in Westminster, which usually resort to the New Church, in or near Tuttle Fields, was this Day read; and referred . . . Sir Rob. Pye, Sir Jo. Trevor, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Rous, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Sallwey, Mr. Jennour, Sir Edm. Fowell, Sir Gilb. Gerard, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Wm. Allanson, Mr. Ashherst, * Holland: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Committee to Common Council.
Mr. Solicitor reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, that they are of Opinion, That Mr. Nicholls do this Day relate to the Common Council, as he did Yesterday to the House, the Passages concerning both Armies; but hold it not fit to open unto them the Particulars intended to be insisted upon; but to desire a Committee may be appointed to meet, with the Committee of this House, to debate what Number of Foot, and the Way of Supply, and what other Things necessary to be concluded of; and to relate unto them the State and Condition of Oxford at this Time; and of what Advantage it will be to the City to have Oxford reduced.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Perepointe, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Nicolls, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Long, Mr. Winwood, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Knightley, are appointed as a Committee to go to the Common Council, to acquaint them with the State and Condition of Oxforde; and the great Advantage that will come unto the City by the reducing of that Place.
Mr. Selden, Mr. Whitelock, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Lisle, are appointed to withdraw, to consider of the Commission to be granted to Serjeant Major General Rich. Browne.
An Ordinance for arming the Committee of Militia with Power, to several Purposes, was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time To-morrow, between Ten and Twelve of Clock.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Matter of Passes is referred, do meet this Afternoon, and make Report of this Business To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That Assizes shall be kept in the several Counties under the Power of the Parliament this next Summer's Vacation.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Lisle reports the Amendments to Serjeant Major General Rich. Browne's Commission: The which were Twice read; and assented unto; and the Commission, with the Amendments, passed, upon the Question.
Buckingham, &c. Assessments.
Resolved, &c. That such Hundreds and Townships of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire, as now are, or lately were, under Contribution to pay the King's Forces, shall now be weekly assessed towards the Pay of several Troops of Horse, voted in this House, to be sent into Oxfordshire, and other Forces to be sent into that County: And that therein Consideration is to be had touching the Forces that are to march against Greenland House.
Resolved, &c. That all Papists and Delinquents Estates in the said Hundreds and Townships, in the said Counties of Bucks, Berks, and Oxon, before-mentioned, shall be liable to the Pay of the said . . . to be sent into Oxfordshire, as aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That the Members of the House of Commons, serving for the said Three Counties, do forthwith take into Consideration the Manner and Proportion of assessing the said Monies; and bring in an Ordinance to the same Purpose: And the Care of this Business is especially referred to Mr. Whitelock.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen, that serve for the Counties of Bucks, Berks, and Oxon, be added to the Committee where Mr. Pury has the Chair, Yesterday appointed to consider of the Payment of the Forces to be sent into Oxfordshire; and do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Ordered, That the Committee of the associated Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, &c. and the Gentlemen of the other Counties, in Contribution to Newport Pagnall, do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber, to raise Five hundred Pounds presently, to be paid, upon Account, to Captain Purbeck Temple, in Part of the Arrears of his Entertainment.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Lisle do carry up to the Lords, the Order concerning the felling of One thousand Poundsworth of Mr. Hacon's Timber, of Norfolk, to provide Powder: The Order concerning Mr. Eliott; concerning Beer for the Navy to be Excise-free; concerning Mr. Aiske to be Coroner and Attorney of the King's Bench: The Commission to Serjeant Major General Rich. Browne.
Ordered, That, To-morrow, Mr. Lisle do make Report of the Business concerning Colonel Kinge.
Exporting Wool, &c.
Ordered, That the Ordinance prohibiting the Exportation of Wool, Fullers Earth, and Corn, &c. be read To-morrow Morning.
Essex, &c. Association.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the associated Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, &c. be reported To-morrow Morning.
The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, do hereby constitute and appoint Serjeant Major General Richard Browne to be Serjeant Major General of all the Forces raised. or to be raised and employed, by Authority of Parliament, for the reducing of the City of Oxon, the Town and Castle of Walling ford, the Fort of Greenland House, and the Town and Castle of Banbury; as also Serjeant Major General of the Counties of Oxford, Berks, and Buck', and the said City of Oxon; to serve for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom: And do hereby will and require the said Serjeant Major General Richard Browne to take the said Forces into his Charge as Serjeant Major General, and to make his present Repair unto the said Counties; giving him hereby Power and Authority to command, lead, and conduct, the same into any Part of the said Counties, or Parts adjacent; or, in the Absence of the Earl of Essex Lord General, to do any other Act or Thing as he, in his Judgment, shall think fit, for the Defence and Security thereof; and also to draw forth of the said Counties such well-affected Soldiers, as will follow him for the Service aforesaid; and also to secure the several Forts, Castles, and Towns, within the said Counties; for the Safety of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, as aforesaid, and Preservation of the aforesaid Counties, and Parts adjacent, from Spoil and Rapine. And the said Lords and Commons do hereby likewise authorize the said Serjeant Major General Richard Browne to nominate and appoint all such Officers, as shall be by him thought requisite, for the better Conduct of the said Forces, and diligently to exercise the said Forces in Arms; as also to call together and assemble a Council of War, to consist of Twelve Colonels, or other Officers, or more, as he, in his Discretion, shall think fit, (none to be under the Degree of a Captain); and do constitute and appoint him President of the said Council, to examine, upon Oath, all such Witnesses as he shall find necessary for the clearing of the Truth in Cases which shall depend before him; and to hear and determine all and every Crimes and Offences to be committed or done by any Officers or Soldier under his Command, by virtue of this Commission; and to punish, and execute Justice upon them, and all Enemies which shall be under his Power, as he, in his Judgment, by the Advice of his Council of War, according to the Rules of Martial Law, published by his Excellency the Earl of Essex Lord General of the Forces for the King and Parliament, shall think fit; and to do any other Thing whatsoever, as to him shall seem requisite, for the infesting and destroying of the Enemy in those Parts, and reducing the said City of Oxford, Town and Castle of Walling ford, the Town and Castle of Banbury, the Fort of Greenland House, and Parts adjacent; commanding all Officers and Soldiers, of the said Forces, to obey him as their Serjeant Major General, for the Service above-mentioned, according to this Commission given him: And the said Serjeant Major General Richard Browne is likewise, from time to time, to observe and follow such Orders and Directions, as he shall receive from both Houses of Parliament, the Committee of both Kingdoms, and the Earl of Essex Lord General, or any of them.
Beer for Navy.
Whereas the Committee for the Navy, appointed by Parliament, did, on or about the Tenth Day of February last past, contract and agree with sundry Brewers of the City of London, and Parts adjacent, for the providing and furnishing of Three thousand Seven hundred and Thirty Tons of Beer, fit and necessary for the Use and Service of such Ships as should be appointed for this Summer's Fleet, for the necessary Guard and Safety of the Seas and Kingdom; by which said Contract and Agreement, the said Brewers (in regard the said Beer was for the publick Use and Service of the Kingdom) were to be freed from Payment of any Excise for the same; which, according to the Rate limited by the Ordinance of Excise, September 11, 1643, amounted to the Sum of Five hundred Fifty-nine Pounds Ten Shillings: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That these several Brewers, for the several Quantities hereafter named; viz. Leonard Leonards, for One thousand Ton of the said Beer; Robert Houghton, for One thousand Three hundred Ton of Beer; Wm. Hiccox, for Four hundred Tons of Beer; Wm. Crosse and Pawles, for Two hundred and Thirty Tons of the said Beer; *Chapman, for Two hundred Tons of the said Beer; Abraham Woodroofe, for Two hundred Tons; * Cope, Two hundred Tons; and Henry Patridge, for Two hundred Tons of the said Beer, shall be freed and exempted from the Payment of any Excise for the said Beer.
Whereas Thomas Fanshaw Esquire, late Coroner and Attorney of the King in his Highness' Court of King's Bench, and lately a Member of the House of Commons, hath, contrary to his Duty, deserted the Parliament, and neglected the Execution of his said Office, and is put out of the House of Commons, and his Office or Offices sequestered, and his Estate therein avoided, by Authority of Parliament: It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England shall pass a Patent, under the said Great Seal, in Form usual, unto Richard Aiske Esquire, of the Office or Offices of Coroner or Attorney of the King in his Highness' said Court of King's Bench, to hold and enjoy the same, during his natural Life. And it is hereby further Ordained, That the said Richard Aiske shall hold and enjoy the said Office or Offices, with all Profits and Advantages thereunto belonging, as fully and amply as the said Thomas Fanshaw, or any other Person, heretofore lawfully held or enjoyed the same: And the Justices of the said Court of King's Bench, and every of them, are and is hereby required to swear and admit the said Richard Aiske into the said Office or Offices accordingly.
An Order for sequestring the Rents and Profits of the Parish Church of Cottenham, in the County of Cambridge, whereof John Manby, Doctor in Divinity, is Rector, for the Use of Peter French, Master of Arts, a godly and orthodox Divine; who is hereby required to officiate in the said Place, as Rector, and to take care for the Discharge of the Cure of the said Church, in all the Duties thereof; and shall have for his Pains in officiating the said Cure, the Parsonage House and Glebe Lands, and all the Tythes, Rents, Duties, and Profits, of the said Parish Church, until further Order shall be taken to the contrary; was this Day read; and assented to.