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, Junii 13, 1644.
State of Lancashire.
ORDERED, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do meet now, presently, and receive Information of the State of Lancashire, and take into their special Care to order Relief for that Country: And that this Business be recommended unto that Committee by Mr. Recorder, and Mr. Ashherst, and Mr. Green: And that Care be taken that such Directions as they shall send, may be pursued.
Defence of Leverpoole.
Ordered, That such Publick Monies, either Customs, Excise, or others, as are or shall be raised in Leverpoole, shall be made use of, and employed for the Safety and Defence of that Town.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Sir Harbottle Grimston, and Mr. Grimston, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Sir Wm. Moreton.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Moreton, now taken Prisoner at Sudley Castle, be forthwith sent up in safe and strict Custody, a Prisoner; and that he be not exchanged or enlarged, without the Privity and Consent of this House.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That Twenty Pounds shall be bestowed upon Mr. Jennings the Messenger, for bringing the first Tidings to this House, of taking Shewdley Castle.
The humble Petition of Edmund Peisley, Citizen and Grocer of London, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for Gloucester, to consider of the Offer made in the Petition; and to present the State of it to the House; and bring in an Ordinance upon it.
Saint Michael's Coventry Vicarage.
The humble Petition of the Mayor of the City of Coventry, and others, Citizens and Inhabitants of Saint Michael's Parish in that City, desiring Mr. Vines to be their Vicar, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it, till the Consent of Mr. Vines be known.
Ordered, That Colonel Bosevile shall have Two hundred Musquets, out of the publick Stores, for the Service of his Regiment.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for the Ordinance for Explanation of a former Ordinance for the taking and receiving the Accounts of the Kingdom, be revived; and do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And that they, or any Four of them, shall have Power to meet.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the West, to bail Lieutenant Colonel Ferrer, if they shall so think fit.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Ordnance do cause to be delivered, out of the Stores remaining in the Tower, Twenty Barrels of Gunpowder unto Mr. Henry Bridges of Poole, for the Defence of that Town.
Kent, &c. Association.
An Ordinance for continuing and enlarging the Time of a former Ordinance for associating the Four associated Counties of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, and Hants, under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, Major General, was this Day read the First and Second time; and committed unto the Committee of the Association: And are to meet this Afternoon upon it.
An Ordinance for Addition of Power to the Committee of the Militia in divers Particulars, concerning the raising and setting-forth of Forces, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto Mr. Law. Whittacre, Mr. Jo. Ashe, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Cage, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Vassal, Mr. James Fienis, Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr. Green, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Lane, Mr. Long, Mr. Selden, Mr. Edw. Ashe, Mr. Erle, Mr. Wheler, Mr. Holland, Mr. Bainton, Sir Ben. Rudyerd, Mr. Strode, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Mr. White, Mr. Squire Bence, or any Four of them: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Star Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c. And are to bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Solicitor reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Letter from the Earl of Manchester, from the Leaguer before Yorke, of June the Eighth; with a Copy of a Letter from the Marquis Newcastle to General Leven; with General Leven's Answer; and an Extract of divers Letters from the Leaguer before Yorke, of the Eighth of June; was all read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree in Opinion with the Committee of both Kingdoms, that the Forces before Yorke should pursue their Resolutions and Intentions concerning that Place.
Ordered, That the Information of Three hundred Pounds of Fee-farm. Rent, payable to the Six Clerks, and now in the Hands of Sir John Parsons, be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee for Bucks, Berks, and Oxon; and if, upon Examination, it shall appear to be Delinquents Estate; that then it be employed for the Benefit of Aylisbury.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Lane carried up to the Lords, the Ordinance concerning Mr. Cheney's Wardship; and the Ordinance concerning Colonel Ridgeleye's Arrears, out of Sir Edw. Littleton's Estate.
Assembly of Divines.
The House being informed, that divers Divines of the Assembly were at the Door, who desired to present a Petition to the House;
They were called in; and did present a Petition.
The which was read.
Resolved, &c. That Six hundred Pounds shall be forthwith paid unto Mr. Marshall and Mr. Calamy, to be distributed among the Divines of the Assembly, according to the most important Necessities; and that Two hundred Pounds of this Money shall be paid out of Haberdashers Hall: Two hundred Pounds out of the Monies upon the Sequestrations; Two hundred Pounds out of the Committee for the Revenue.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired in so much of this Order, as concerns the Two hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall, and the Two hundred Pounds out of the Sequestrations.
Ordered, That Mr. Browne, and Mr. Selden, do prepare and bring in an Ordinance concerning the Payment of Tythes.
Ordered, That the humble Information and Petition of the Assembly of Divines be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, upon the whole Matter, to consider of their present and future Maintenance.
The Divines of the Assembly were called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them what the House had done upon their Petition.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords desire to put this House in mind of a Committee they formerly desired this House to join in, for considering of some Course of giving Audience to the States Ambassadors.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer shall be, That this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Earl of Bridgewater's Assessment.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired, that the Earl of Bridgewater may be assessed, by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, the Twentieth, and Fifth Part; and that the Monies assessed, may be employed for the Benefit and Advantage of the Forces to be sent, presently, into Oxfordshire, and the Counties adjoining.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Countess of Banbury.
Ordered, That Notice be given to the several Ports, that, if the Countess of Banbury shall come into any of the Ports, that they seize her, and keep her under Restraint, until the House shall take further Order.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Harley carried up to the Lords, the Order for Four hundred Pounds to the Divines of the Assembly; and the Order for the Earl of Bridgewater's Assessment, of the Twentieth, and Fifth Part.
Mr. Recorder reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, Two Letters from Sir Wm. Waller, from Teddington and Evesham, of the Tenth of June, 1644, concerning the taking of Sudeley Castle; and the Copy of a Letter from the Committee of both Kingdoms to his Excellency my Lord General, concerning his Return into Oxfordshire, and the Parts adjoining.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Letter, of Junii 12, 1644, sent from the Committee of both Kingdoms to my Lord General, touching his Return into Oxfordshire, and the Parts adjoining.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Lane brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning Mr. Cheneye's Wardship: And, as to the Ordinance concerning Colonel Ridgeley, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Monies payable for the Wardship of Mr. Charles Cheney, and all other Monies to be advanced for setting-forth Forces into Oxfordshire, and the Parts adjoining, shall be paid unto such Person or Persons as the Committee for the Counties of Oxon, Berks, and Bucks, shall appoint: And that an Acquittance or Acquittances under the Hand of the said Treasurers, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto such Persons as shall pay in any Monies for the Service aforesaid.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Rob. Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for Four hundred Pounds, to be paid to the Divines of the Assembly, out of Haberdashers Hall, and the Sequestrations; and will assess the Earl of Bridgewater his Twentieth and Fifth Part.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended unto the Committee of the Navy, to take into speedy Consideration the Business touching Colonel Moore's Ship employed in the Service of the State, about the Coasts of Lancashire, for a Year passed, or thereabouts, that Satisfaction may . . given for the Service she has done, in such manner as to them shall seem most convenient.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre do, To-morrow, make Report of the new Excise.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds per Week shall be allowed, out of the Receipts of the Excise, for the Relief of maimed Soldiers, and the Widows and Children of Soldiers slain in the Parliament Service, and paid unto Wm. Greenhill, John Pocock, John Randall, and Richard Hutchinson, appointed Treasurers to receive the same: And that an Acquittance under their Hand, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Commissioners of the Excise for the said Two hundred Pounds per Week.
And it is further Ordered, That the said Two hundred Pounds per Week, or so much as shall be issued out upon this Order, shall be reimbursed to the Commissioners of Excise, out of the first Monies that shall come in upon the new Excise.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Earl of Stamford.
Ordered, That Mr. Ellis do, To-morrow, the first Business, make Report of the Business concerning the Earl of Stamford.
Grant to Stringer.
Ordered, That Ten Pounds shall be forthwith bestowed upon Lieutenant Samuel Stringer, wounded before Oxon, and sent to London for Cure; and paid out of Haberdashers Hall.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Plate, &c. at Saint James'.
Ordered, That the Committee for Saint James's do deliver unto the Committee for the Counties of Oxon, Berks, and Bucks, or such as they shall appoint to receive the same by Inventory, the Cabinet, Money, Jewels, and Plate, found at Saint James's, and ordered to be engaged for the Advance of Monies for setting-forth of Forces into Oxfordshire, and the Parts adjoining: And that a Receipt under the Hand of the said Committee, or such Persons as they shall appoint for that Purpose, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the Delivery of the said Cabinet, Money, Jewels, and Plate, &c.
Whereas there are many poor, sick, and wounded Soldiers, who have ventured their Lives, and lost their Limbs, in the publick Service of the Kingdom, who are in great Want and Necessity of Linen and Woollen Cloaths, for relieving them in their Distress; which Want canseth their Misery to become more uncomfortable, and keeps back the Cure of their Wounds and Sickness: It is therefore this Day Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers shall appoint Three or Four such meet Persons, as they shall think fit, to go from Parish to Parish, within the Line of Communication, Bills of Mortality, and the associated Counties, who may earnestly stir up and desire all well-affected People to contribute their old Cloaths, either Linen or Woollen, towards the Relief of the aforementioned poor Soldiers; and all such Linen and Woollen, as shall be so contributed, shall be delivered into the Charge of the Church-wardens of the said Parishes, where they are contributed, to be by them conveyed to the aforementioned Treasurers of London for maimed Soldiers at Tallow Chandlers Hall, near Dowgate, on every Wednesday, betwixt the Hours of Two and Five a Clock in the Afternoon: And the said Church-wardens are hereby required forthwith to deliver in to the aforesaid Treasurers for maimed Soldiers, and at the aforesaid Place, all such Linen Surplices, as are now remaining or belonging to their several Parishes, to be employed for the Uses abovesaid.