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 20, 1644.
ORDERED, That Captain John Lovering, who had a Ship taken, coming from Dartmouth, shall have Liberty to take out his Goods, in respect they are perishable, upon giving good Security, that he will stand to the Sentence in the Admiralty.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That, Yesterday, the States Ambassadors came unto him, and told him, That the High and Mighty Lords the States General of the United Provinces, their Superiors, had commanded them to desire Address to the Parliament of England: They had expressed their Desires to the Parliament, by a publick Minister the Master of the Ceremonies; and had as yet received no Answer; which caused them to come to him. This was all delivered to Mr. Speaker in English, by the Heer van Reinswood. Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That the House had made a Committee in the Business; They mistaking Mr. Speaker, and conceiving that they should be heard by a Committee, replied, That the Instructions, which they had received from their Superiors, was to address themselves to the Parliament of England, that is, to both Houses, which they understand to be the Parliament of England. Mr. Speaker rectified their Mistaked And then they desired Mr. Speaker to acquaint the House with their Desire, and the Desire of their Superiors.
Mr. Pury reports from the Committee to whom the Business concerning the Vintners, and the Contrivers of the Wine Project, was referred, certain Propositions for, and on-the Behalf of, the Generality of Vintners: Which were read, in hæc verba; viz.
That all Vintners, Parties to any Indentures of the Forty Shillings per Ton, or for farming that Imposition, or that have taken the Advance of the Prices upon Retail, be absolutely discharged and freed from any Claim, Demand, or Delinquency, for or concerning the same, as well those named within any Bill depending in the Honourable House of Commons in Parliament, as not therein named.
Secondly, That all Bonds and Bills given for the Forty Shillings per Ton, and all Arrears in any wise depending upon the same, be for all such as the Subscribers hereunto, or any Three of them, shall signify their Desire in that Behalf to this Honourable Committee, discharged, and the Bonds and Bills delivered up, and the Books crossed: And that, for that Purpose, the Subscribers to have a Schedule of the Bonds, and Copy of the Books, at their Charge.
For which Favour to be extended to them by the Honourable Houses of Parliament, and an Order declaring the same, the particular Subscribers do undertake to pay, to the Use of the Parliament, the Sum of Four thousand Pounds, in manner following; viz.
|Within One Month from this Day -||2,000||4,000|
|And within Two Months from this Day, more - - - -||2,000|
The Question being put, Whether this House would concur with the Committee in accepting the Four thousand Pounds, offered by the Vintners, upon the Conditions expressed in the Writings now delivered, for the Use of the Garison of Gloucester;
|Sir Nevile Poole, Sir Jo. Corbett,||Tellers for the Yea: With the Yea,||63.|
|Sir Arth. Hesilrig, Mr. Skinner,||Tellers for the Noe: With the Noe,||48.|
It is Resolved, upon the Question, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That this House doth concur in Opinion with the Committee; and doth order, That the Four thousand Pounds offered by the Vintners, shall be accepted, upon the Conditions expressed in the Writing delivered to the Committee, for the Use of the Garison of Gloucester.
Person to be brought up.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Gloucester, where Mr. Pury has the Chair, to consider of and examine the Soap Business, the new and the Project: And that what Monies shall come in upon that Business, shall be employed for the furnishing the publick Stores with Powder and Ammunition; with the Addition to the Committee of Sir H. Vane, Mr. Crew, Mr. Holles, Sir Walt. Erle; Sir Jo. Curson, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Green, Mr. Rolle, Sir Arth. Hesitrig, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Cage, Sir Gilb. Pykering, Mr. Bainton, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Vassall: And are to meet To-morrow, at Three of Clock, in the Star Chamber; And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Money due to Southampton, &c.
Ordered, That the first Monies that shall be brought in by the Committee of Accounts, shall be employed to the Discharge of the Two thousand Pounds borrowed of the Town of Southampton, with the Interest due; and of One thousand Nine hundred Pounds borrowed of Mr. Cholmeley, with the Interest due; and of Three thousand Six hundred Pounds borrowed of Mr. Stuart, for the publick Service of the State, in Times of great Exigency, with the Interest due.
Stores for Aylisbury.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Ordnance do out of the Five hundred Pounds whereof the greatest Part was assigned to Mr. Berisford, furnish a Ton of Match, and a Ton of Bullet for the Service of the Garison of Aylisbury.
Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the whole House, where Sir Tho. Widrington has the Chair, do meet, and sit To-morrow, at Eight of Clock, to take into Consideration the Rules of Ordination, presented from the Assembly of Divines.
State of Money.
Resolved, &c. That Serjeant Glanvile shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower, there to remain a Prisoner, during the Pleasure of the House, for deserting the Parliament, and adhering to the Forces in Arms against the Parliament; and for sitting upon a Commission, whereby divers Members of both Houses were indicted of High Treason, for performing their Duties in Parliament, according to the great Trust reposed in them.
Isle of Wight.
The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do Order, Establish, and Ordain, That Sir Henry Worsley Baronet, Sir Wm. Lisle, Colonel Thomas Carne, John Lisle, John Button, John Bulkley, John Hobson, Edward Cheek, Wm. Boreman, Bart. . . . Mieux, Thomas Boreman, Esquires, Sir John Leigh, Captain Thomas Mauell, Captain Baxter, Mr. Mathews of Newport, Mr. Wm. Maynard, and Sir Gregory Norton, or any Five of them, shall be and are hereby authorized and appointed to be a Committee, to put all Ordinances of Parliament in Execution concerning the Isle of Wight: And they, or any Five of them, shall be, and are hereby appointed, in the Absence of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Governor of the said Island, to take the Care and Trust of the said Island upon them, and of all the Forts, Castles, and Magazines in the said Island: And are hereby required to perform the same accordingly; and to do and perform all Acts and Things for the securing of the same: And shall observe and execute all such further Directions for securing of the said Isle, as shall, from time to time, be given them by both Houses of Parliament, or the Committee of both Kingdoms, or from the said Earl, Governor of the said Isle: And they, or any Five of them, shall have Power to raise more Forces and Companies in the said Island; and to place and displace Captains and Officers over them; and to reduce those Companies already raised, as they shall think fit. And be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Committee, or any Five of them, shall have Power and Authority, from time to time, to raise any Sums of Money, in the said Island, for the Payment of the Forces and Companies already raised, or to be raised, as aforesaid, and for fortifying the said Island, by an equal Assessment, in such manner as they shall think fit; the said Assessment not to exceed the Sum of Fifty Pounds by the Week: And, if any Person or Persons assessed towards the Payment of the same, shall not pay the Assessment upon him or them imposed, within Five Days after Notice given of the said Assessment; that then it shall and may be lawful to and for such Person or Persons by the said Committee authorized, to distrain and take the Goods and Chattels of the said Person so assessed; and for default of Payment within Five Days after the Distress taken, then to make Sale of the said Goods so taken; whereby to satisfy the said Assessment; and, out of the Value of the Goods so sold, to pay the Sum assessed upon him or them, to Thomas Wavill and John Hall, Treasurers, appointed of such Monies as shall be raised by virtue of this present Ordinance: And if any Overplus shall be upon the said Sale, then to return the same to the Party so distrained. And, whereas all the Receipts of the Excise in the said Island, excepting the Excise of Flesh and Salt, are granted for and towards the Payment of the Forces of the said Island: It is hereby Ordered and Declared, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Receipt or Receipts of the said Excise, except the Excise of Flesh and Salt, under the Hand of the said Committee, or any Five of them, for the Use of the Forces within the said Island, shall, from time to time, be a sufficient Discharge unto the Commissioners of Excise, for so much Money as shall be paid by their Sub Commissioners within the Island, until both Houses take further Order. And be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the Committee, or any Five of them, to take and receive any Complaints or Informations against any Minister whatsoever, inhabiting or officiating within the said Island, which is or shall be infamous or scandalous, either in Life or Doctrine: And, after such Complaints and Informations made, the said Committee, or any Five of them, shall have hereby Power and Authority, as well to send for, and call before them, any Witnesses, Inhabitants within the said Island, who may make a Proof of the said Complaints, as to use all other Ways and Means for the Discovery of the Truth thereof: And, after a sufficient Proof and Evidence of the same, then the said Committee, or any Five of them, are hereby required to make a Certificate to the Committee appointed to provide for plundered Ministers, who are hereby authorized to proceed, and give Judgment thereupon, as if the said Complaints, Informations, and Proceedings thereupon, had been first made to the said Committee for plundered Ministers. And all Persons whatsoever, in the said Island, are hereby required to yield Obedience, and to be assistant, to the said Committee hereby appointed for the Isle of Wight aforesaid. Provided nevertheless, that no Person or Persons, nominated a Committee in this present Ordinance, shall execute any Power or Authority in the said Island, by virtue hereof, or of any other Ordinance of Parliament, until he or they have taken, in the Presence of Five at the least of the aforesaid Committee, the late solemn National Covenant, ordained to be taken by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament: And the said Committee, or any Five of them, have full Power hereby given, to tender the said Covenant to any of the said Committee. And be it also provided, that this Ordinance shall continue for Four Months, from the time of passing this Ordinance, and no longer.