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, Junii 28, 1644.
AN Ordinance for the settling of certain Houses in Lime-street, London, of Sir Nich. Crispe Knight, in actual War against the Parliament, upon Edmund Peisley of London, Grocer, his Executors and Assigns, for the Term of Ninety-nine Years, was this Day read the First time:
And the Question being put, whether it should be rejected;
It passed with the Negative.
Writs of Error, &c.
Mr. Ellis, * Selden, * Widdrington, * Maynard, * Cage, * Lisle, * Sandys, * Long, and * Young, and all the Lawyers of the House;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to state unto the House, on Monday Morning next, the whole Business concerning Writs of Error, and the Obstructions that are caused in the Course of Justice, by the not allowing of them, &c.: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended unto Mr. Ellis: And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Ordered, That the Paper this Day presented to the House of Commons by Mr. Speaker, from the Spanish Ambassador, and read, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Colonel Rous, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Lisle do, To-morrow, make Report of the Business concerning Colonel Rous, and concerning Mr. Nicoll.
Queen of Bohemia.
Mr. Holles reports from a Conference with the Lords, a Letter from my Lord General, of May 27mo, from Abington, directed to the Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro tempore; representing the Necessities of the Queen of Bohemia, and mediating her Relief, her Wants being so well known to this House: My Lord Pembroke was pleased to say, that there was a Person about her, that did a great deal of Hurt (as many of his Coat have done to the Parliament); but he would name nobody; but was confident he had done very ill Offices to this Kingdom; and did her a great deal of Wrong.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue to take into Consideration this Report concerning the Queen of Bohemia; and to report their Opinions upon it, how her Necessities may be provided for, without the least Prejudice to the State.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do write a Letter to the Queen of Bohemia, to desire her to remove Dr. Johnson from being her Chaplain; the House conceiving him to be very ill-affected to the Parliament and Religion.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Assembly of Divines, to consider of a godly, learned, conscionable Divine, to be sent to the Queen of Bohemia.
Divines for the West.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to confer and consider with the Assembly of Divines, about the sending of some godly Divines into the West.
Letter from Waller.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms, from Downeswell, of June * *
Resolved, &c. That this House will adjourn, and not sit every Tuesday and Thursday in every Week, till the House take further Order.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robt. Harley carried up to the Lords, the Covenant to be taken by the Servants at Saint James's; The Letter to my Lord General from both Houses; The additional Names of Deputy Lieutenants to the County of Sussex: Was appointed to put the Lords in mind of the Conference concerning Colonel Edw. Kinge; and to acquaint them, that this House has appointed to adjourn every Tuesday and Thursday in every Week.
Ordered, That the Twenty thousand Pounds provided for my Lord General's Army, and the Ten thousand Pounds provided for Sir Wm. Waller's Forces, be forthwith sent down to them: And that it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to appoint sufficient Convoys, for the convoying of these particular and respective Sums.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Waller's Army shall be established, and consist of the Number of Seven thousand Foot, and Three thousand Horse, with Field Officers, and other necessary Officers, with a Train of Artillery proportionable.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee shall be named, to consider of the Recruiting of Sir Wm. Waller's Army to the Number of Seven thousand Foot, and Three thousand Horse; and of the paying, and continuing the Pay of them, and of providing and paying of a Train of Artillery proportionable: It is likewise referred to the Committee, to consider what is fit to be done upon the Point of Commissions granted to other Associations, where this Army may come: They are likewise to consider of the Pay of my Lord General's Army:
Mr. Recorder, Sir N. Vane, Sir Christ. Wray, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Holles, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Scawen, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Sir Robt. Pye, Mr. Ashe, Sir Jo. Clottworthy, Sir Jo. Francklyn, Sir Gilbt. Gerard, Mr. Tate, Mr. Crew, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Cage, Colonel Venn, Sir Tho. Walsingham, Mr. Selden, Mr. Pierrepont, Lord Lisle, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Bond, Mr. Long, Mr. Green, Sir Arth. Heselrig, and the Committee for the West, and the Gentlemen of the Four associated Counties of Kent, Sussex, Surry, and Hants, and the Committees of the Counties of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And the Care of this Business is especially referred to Mr. Scawen: It is likewise referred to this Committee, to consider of providing of Five thousand Pounds, to be presently sent down to Sir Wm. Waller: And they have Power to confer with the Committee of the Militia, and such other Persons as they shall think fit, for the better Advance of this Service.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords desire to put this House in mind of an Order they formerly sent down, concerning their Reception of the States Ambassadors, to which they desire this House to expedite their Answer.
They have likewise thought fit to add Sir Rich. Bettison to be one of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of of Surrey.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the giving Audience to the States Ambassadors, be taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind thereof.
Deputy Lieutenant of Surry.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords; and doth approve of Sir Rich. Bettison to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Surry.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will take the Business concerning the Reception of the States Ambassadors into speedy Consideration; and have assented unto Sir Rich. Bettison to be added to the Deputy Lieutenants of Surry.
A Letter from the Earl of Denbigh, from Oswaldstre, of June 24, concerning the taking of the said Town and Castle of Oswaldstre, with a List of the Arms and Prisoners; the Prisoners that were taken being as many or more than those that took Them, the Town, and Castle.
Resolved, &c. That a Thousand Pounds in Money, and Six hundred Pistols, shall be forthwith provided, and sent down to the Earl of Denbigh, upon Account, for the Pay and Arming his Forces: And that it be referred to the Committee for Shropshire to take care for providing of these Arms and Money; and to make Report on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That Mr. Pierrepont do prepare a Letter to be sent to the Earl of Denbigh, from both Houses, in Acknowledgment of the great and good Services done by him. The faithful and great Services, done by Colonel Mitton, are likewise to be acknowledged and taken notice of in the said Letter.
Ordered, That the first Two hundred Pounds that shall be discovered to the Committee of Examinations, and come to their knowledge, and within their Power of Disposal, shall be paid unto the Wife of Colonel Mitton, for the Relief of Her, and her Children, and Family.
Ordered, That the Executors of Mr. Oxenbridge, Merchant, who died at Legorne, and bequeathed a Thousand Pounds, by his last. Will, to the Parliament, to be disposed of by them for the Service of the Publick, do forthwith pay into the Hands of Mr. Spurstoe, upon Account, Five hundred Pounds, for Colonel Mitton, for the Service of Shropshire.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robt. Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Ten thousand Pounds for Sir W. Waller: As to the Letter to my Lord General; and to the Covenant for the Servants at Saint James's; and to Deputy Lieutenants in Sussex; and to the Business . . Colonel King; will send an Answer by Messengers of their own: That he had acquainted the Lords with the Resolution of this House, to adjourn every Tuesday and Thursday.
An Ordinance for constituting divers Persons to be Committees in the Western Counties, and for enabling them to put all Ordinances of Parliament in Execution in those Counties, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto the same Committee; to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard do, To-morrow, make Report of the Ordinance concerning Middlesex and Bucks.
Fewel for the City.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do, To-morrow, report the Ordinance concerning Fewel for the City.
Leave to see a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Corbett shall have Leave to see Sir Tho. Littleton, Prisoner in the Tower.
Advance from Excise.
Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and New Impost, have, as appeareth by two several Ordinances of Parliament, dated the Second of April, and Fourth of May last, advanced and lent the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, in Two equal Portions, for the Service of the West: And whereas the said John Towse Esquire, and Alderman, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and New Impost, have now further advanced and lent Ten thousand Pounds more for the same Service: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise and New Impost shall or may reimburse themselves of the said Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent, for so long time as they shall be out of the same, or any Part thereof, out of the Receipts of the Excise, which are to commence from the Eleventh of September next, by Five thousand Pounds per Month, with the Interest as aforesaid to that time arising; the first Payment to begin from the Eleventh of September, as aforesaid; and so to continue in the Receipt of Five thousand Pounds, and Interest, monthly, until the said whole Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds, and Interest, shall be fully satisfied and paid: Which said several Sums shall be allowed them, upon Accompt, accordingly. And the said Commissioners of Excise are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, before-mentioned, unto John Trenchard Esquire; whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto them, and every of them, in that Behalf.
Abuses in felling Timber.
Whereas several Ordinances of Parliament have been passed for the Felling of Timber in several Woods in the County of Essex, Kent, and elsewhere, for the Use of the Navy: And whereas divers Complaints have come to the House of Commons, of many Abuses committed by the Officers, and others, employed in that Service; and for that divers Things are required for carrying on of that Service: It is this Day Ordered, That the whole Business be referred to the Committee of the Navy; who have hereby full Power for the examining all such Abuses as have been committed by any in the Performance of this Service; and to make Report thereof to this House. And it is further Ordered, That the said Committee, do give Order for the disposing of Four hundred small Trees, which are felled in Essex, near Colechester, and are not fit for the Service of the Navy, to the best Advantage of the State: And they are likewise to give Order, from time to time, for the Carriage of the said Timber for the Use of the Navy; and to do all such other Things that are necessary in the Managing of this Business.