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, 20 Aprilis, 1643.
RESOLVED, &c. That Sir Matthew Lister shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass to Oxon, with his Coach, and four Horses, two Servants, and one Footman.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Nich. Selwyn shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go to Oxon, with Richard Rainscroft, his Servant, with two Horses.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Richard Bettison shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass to Oxon, with two Hackney Horses.
Proceedings against Restall, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Restall, Vintner, and the other Three sent up from the Committee at Rochester, be forthwith committed Prisoners to Newgate; and the whole Business, and the Letter, Papers, and other Warrants, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Examinations: And that it be referred to them, to consider how the Horses seized by them may be disposed of; and to dispose of them accordingly.
Ordered, That * Bridges, Servant to Mr. Parker, Clerk to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, be forthwith taken into the Serjeant's Custody.
Restall was called in; and, being demanded, whether he see any of the Committee to sign this Warrant; answered, No:-Who gave him this Warrant: He said, Mr. Bridges.-Being demanded, what he paid for it; said, Ten Shillings, in Money, besides Wine.
Ordered, That the Examinations and Proofs against Restall, and the other three sent up with him, be transmitted to the King's Bench; and the Parties remitted to their Trial at the King's Bench.
Sir Peter Wentworth, and Mr. Browne, are to write a Letter to the Deputy Lieutenants, to give them Satisfaction, what Course this House has taken, concerning these Delinquents, sent up from them; and for the freeing of the Country from the Inconveniencies that might happen, by the employing of such Men upon such general Warrants.
Ordered, That the Committee for Examinations do grant their Warrant to Mr. Wheeler, forthwith to pay Ten Pounds to the Guards that brought up Restall, and other three Prisoners.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Rich. Onslowe, and Mr. Asherst, to prepare an Order to prevent the Mischiefs that do, and may arise, by general Warrants for seizing Horses, Persons, &c.
Ordered, That Sir H. Vane do prepare a Letter to be sent to the Lord General, to acquaint his Excellency with the Inconveniences that happen, upon the general Warrants for taking Horses, in the several Counties, by the Mis-execution of the said Warrants; and to desire his Excellency, that the said Warrants may be executed, in the several Counties, by the Advice of one or two of the Deputy Lieutenants.
Mr. Bridges was called in; and did confess the Warrant was of his own writing; and that he conceives the Hands were all the Hands of the Committees: He saw Mr. Hollis sign: Mr. Nicoll got the rest of the Hands: That he never made above four or five of them; that he thought, that there were two or three hundred of them made out by the other Clerks: That he had not a Farthing for the Warrant.
A Letter from the Committee at Derby, of the Fifteenth of April, concerning an Iron-work in Derbyshire, belonging to the Earl of Pembroke, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Sir Wm. Savile; and in Pretence of the Earl of Pembroke's Right, all the Interest and Profits of Sir Wm. Savile are protected and coloured, under that Subterfuge:
Ordered, That this Letter be showed to Mr. Oldsworth; and that he give an Account of it To-morrow Morning.
Provisions for Reading.
Ordered, That Sir Gilb. Gerard do thank those wellaffected Countrymen, that have provided Victuals in a Cart to be sent to Reading; and that he do desire them to carry it to the Committee for the Militia; who are now sending away Provisions to the Army.
Resolved, upon the Question, and Ordered, That the Gold and Silver Thread of Sir Peter Ricaut's, seized and forfeited for not Payment of Custom, be sold, according to the usual Custom by the Candle; and that the Proceed of it be paid over to the Treasurers at Guildhall London; to be by them paid over unto the Treasurer at Wars; and by him, paid, upon Account, to Colonel Ven, towards Payment of the Garison at Windesore; and that the Treasurer at Wars do hereafter pay unto the Committee for the Navy such Monies as shall be raised upon the Sale of the said Gold and Silver Thread, and received by Colonel Ven.
Message to Lords.
Sir Tho. Dacres carried up to the Lords the Order concerning the Regiment of Volunteers of the County of Herts'; the Sequestrations of Stystead, Aldenham, Stapleford, and Shenfield.
Seizing Horses, &c.
Ordered, That the Clerks attending the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, do bring in their Books of Entries of all the Warrants that have passed the said Committee for seizing of Horses, Money, and Plate, to the Committee for Examinations; to peruse them, and report them to the House.
Ordered, That what Monies shall be raised by the Assessment upon Mr. Robinson, shall be paid over by the Treasurers at Guildhall, to the Treasurer at Wars; and by him forthwith paid, upon Account, to Colonel Ven, towards Payment of the Garison at Windesore.
Ordered, That the Four hundred Pounds, or thereabouts, owing by Mr. Claxston, in Cheapside, to Sir Peter Ricaut, be paid to the Treasurers at Guildhall London; and by them paid over to the Treasurer at Wars; and by him paid, upon Account, to Colonel Ven, towards Payment of the Garison at Windesore.
Bailing Reading, &c.
Ordered, That the Judges of the King's Bench do take good and sufficient Bail of Rich. Reading, and * Pym, Prisoners in Newgate, for seditious and dangerous Words spoken, (where they have lain eight Months, and only accused, and no Trial, or other Proceedings, had against them) to be forthcoming, to answer the said Words.
Subscriptions for Ireland.
Mr. Selden, Mr. Glyn, Sir Walth. Erle, Mr. Bagshawe, Mr. Sam. Browne, Sir Simonds d'Ewes, Mr. Jepson, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. White, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Young, Dr. Eden, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Goodwyn:
This Committee is to consider of the Amendments, sent down from the Lords, to the Bill for paying in the rest of the Monies subscribed for Ireland: And are to report the same To-morrow: And are to meet To-morrow, at Seven of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
The Amendments, sent down from the Lords, to the Bill for paying in the Residue of the Monies subscribed for Ireland, were twice read; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee just before named.
Provisions for Army.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia in London, and such as they shall appoint, be hereby required and authorized to take up Carts, Barges, Lighters, and Carriages, within the City of London, and Parts adjacent, to carry away the Provisions appointed to be sent to my Lord General's Army; agreeing with them for reasonable and usual Rates; which shall be forthwith paid by Sir Gilb. Gerard, Treasurer at Wars.
And it is further Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia do appoint Two Commissaries, to take care of the Convoy of these Provisions, and of the disposing of them, in the Army, in a fit and orderly Way, according as my Lord General shall direct: And the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom are hereby required to grant their Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, for Payment to be made accordingly.
Whereas a Regiment of Volunteers, raised in the County of Herts', for the Association of the said County, with other adjacent Shires, is now ready to march out of the Limits of their Association, for the publick Service of the King and Parliament; and to such Places as shall be appointed them, either by the Lord Gray of Werke, Serjeant Major General of that Association; or by his Excellency the Earl of Essex: For the better Provision and Pay of the said Regiment, it is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons; That the Deputy Lieutenants of the said County, or any Two of them, shall, by their Warrant to the Treasurers of the said County, cause to be delivered, to Sir John Witteronge Knight, Colonel of the said Regiment, out of the Monies and Plate subscribed, or to be subscribed, in that County, for the Propositions, either already collected, or to be collected, such Sums of Money, upon Account, to be made by the said Sir John Witteronge, as shall be due, and payable to the said Regiment, or any Part of them, during the Time that the said Regiment, or any Part of them, shall be employed in the publick Service, for Defence of the Kingdom, out of the Limits of their Association.