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 Mercurii, Julii 3, 1644.
ORDERED, That the humble Petition of Wm. Barnes, and Rob. Barnes, late of Dartmouth, this Day read, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Navy, for the Relief of the Petitioners, according to the Demerit, Truth, and Equity of their Cause.
St. Thomas' Hospital.
The humble Petition of the Governors of Saint Thomas' Hospital in Southwarke, desiring to have their Rents set free from Taxes; and their Ale, which they expend upon the sick Soldiers, to be free from Excise; was this Day read.
An Ordinance for exempting the Rents of the Hospitals of London from Taxes and Payments, in regard of their great Wants, and of the great Number of sick wounded Soldiers, besides Poor, that lie upon them, was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time on Friday Morning next.
Mr. Whittacre reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for Addition of new Excise: The which were Twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Amendments, passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Affairs in Essex.
A Letter from the Committee of Essex, from Hattfield, of Julii 1, 1644, relating the Readiness of that Country, and the great Expressions of their Affections to this great . . . , who, upon this present Occasion, sent Three thousand Foot, besides some Horse, to the present Rendezvous, to Major Browne.
Sir H. Mildmay is appointed to prepare a Letter to be sent to the Committee of Essex, to return them Thanks, in Acknowledgment of their great Service; and to desire them to prepare some Propositions to be offered to the Houses, by which they may receive Satisfaction for their extraordinary Charge; and to desire them to continue their Allowance to their Soldiers for a little time longer.
Sir Tho. Dacres is appointed to prepare a Letter to be sent to the Committee of Herts, to the same Purpose.
A Letter from the Officers of my Lord General's Army, of June 28, from Chard, relating the Motives that induced that Army to go into the West; desiring the Ministers to be sent down to that Army, and into those Parts.
A Letter from the Committee in Sunderland, of June 22, 1644, concerning the Collieries, and the Proceedings in them, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Navy.
Message to Lords.
Sir Hen. Mildmay is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Ordinance of the Seven associated Counties of Essex, Herts, Norfolk, &c. And to the Letter to be sent to my Lord General.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, from Hulmes Castle, of June 28, 1644, relating the State of those Counties, and of the Forces there, was this Day read.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Burton, of July the First, concerning the Fight that had . . between the King's Forces and his, was this Day read.
Letters from Gloucester.
Ordered, That the Letter from Colonel Massie, from Gloucester, of June 21, 1644; and the Letter from him to the Committee of Gloucester; be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And that Captain Backhouse, who brought those Letters, do attend the said Committee with them.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Rowe, a Member of the House of Commons, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, to go to the Bathe, for Recovery of his Health.
Ordered, That the Committee for Fewel do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Place formerly appointed.
A Letter from Coventry, of June 22, 1644, from the Committee there, concerning Worcester Cloths, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Business concerning the Differences that do occasionally arise at Sea between the Ships in the Service of the Parliament, and the State's Ships; and concerning divers Ships taken of both Sides.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Examinations, to examine who printed, and for whom, and who composed, the Pamphlet, intituled, A Discourse of a true hearted Englishman.
Fight at Cropredy Bridge.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, of the last of June, informing the House of the particular Passages of his Engagement with the King's Forces, near Cropredy Bridge: Also a Letter from Sir Sam. Luke, of the First of July, was read, informing the House, that the King moves towards Northampton.
A Letter from the Earl of Warwicke, of the Twenty-eighth of June, informing the House of a Ship taken as Prize with Arms; and of his hindering a States Man of War to Wash and Tallow in Dartmouth; and yet, notwithstanding, inviting him to Wash and Tallow in any Port in Subjection to the Parliament; was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to write an Answer, in Approbation of what was done by his Lordship, in relation to the States Man of War.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Navy do make Allowance of the Tenths of all Prize Goods, to the Lord Admiral, as well of all Prizes taken by the King's Ships, as of the Prizes taken by private Men of War, or Merchant Ships, upon Letter of Mark, or any other whatsoever.
Mr. Corbett is appointed to inform the House, whether any Composition has been made concerning the Wardship of the Heir of Sir Charles Blount, or any other Person that has died in actual War against the Parliament: And that he do take out the Order prohibiting any Compositions to be made concerning the Wardships of any Persons whose Ancestors died in actual War against the Parliament; and inform the Court of Wards therewith.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Widdrington do, on Friday Morning next, bring in the Ordinance concerning the Heirs of such Persons as have died in War against the Parliament: And That Committee, or any Five of them, has Power to meet in the mean time.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That Mr. White do, on Friday Morning next, bring in the Ordinance for taking away the Court of Wards.
Hexham, &c. Right of Common.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants and Commoners of Hexham and Holme, in the County of Norfolke, complaining of their Right of Commonage to be taken from them by Sir Hamon Le Strange, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the High Sheriff of the County of Norfolk, the Governor of Lynne, Sir Valentine Pell, Sir Rob. de Grey, or any Two of them, to take a Care, that the Cole Seed and Grain may be reaped and preserved until the Right be determined: And that they sell so much of the Cole Seed and Grain, as shall bear and defray the Charges of reaping and inning the said Cole Seed and Grain: And that they do take especial Care, that the Peace of the County be preserved.
Deputy Lieutenants of Lincoln.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Colonel Edward Rosseter, to be one of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Lincoln.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Articles of Lynne.
Ordered, That the Articles upon the Surrender of Lynne, be taken into Consideration on Friday next.
Toll's, &c. Losses.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Lynne (who were appointed to consider of the Losses of the Inhabitants in Lynn, by the late Defection of that Place, and of their Reparation) to consider of the Losses and Injury sustained by Mr. Toll and Mr. Percivall during that Defection; and what Reparation is fit to be made unto them.
Message to Lords.
Sir Hen. Mildmay likewise carried up to the Lords, the additional Names of the Deputy Lieutenants, and of the Committees for Sequestrations, for the County of Lincolne; the Ordinance for Explanation of a former Ordinance made for taking the Accounts of the Kingdom: And was to put the House in mind of the Matter of the last Conference, concerning Colonel Rous.
Essex, &c. Association.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have returned an Ordinance concerning the associated Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, &c.; which they have passed, with one Amendment, in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Amendment was read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Amendment, sent down from the Lords, to the Ordinance concerning the associated Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk. &c.
Privilege- Witness committed by Lords.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Edward King shall be forthwith discharged from Imprisonment, without paying Fees; notwithstanding that he is committed by Order of the House of Peers.
Ordered, That the Warden of the Fleet be required forthwith to bring to this House Colonel Edward King.
Sir Charles Dallison.
Ordered, That Sir Charles Dallison, now a Prisoner to the Parliament, taken by the Earl of Manchester's Forces, be not discharged without the Consent of this House.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Bond, Minister of the Savoy, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the West.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Mr. Huntley, Minister, and the whole Business concerning him and his Sufferings, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for plundered Ministers.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write a Letter to my Lord Grey, to desire him to put the Custody of Burleigh House, in the County of Rutland, into the Hands of Major Lafeild, until the Business against Colonel Wayte be cleared and determined: And that the Committee of Rutland do take care to put Forces into the said House; and to take care for the Payment of the Forces there.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Names of the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of the Sequestrations for the County of Lincolne; and to the Ordinances concerning the associated Counties of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, &c. And, as to the other Messages carried up by him, the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That the Heir of Major Berry, who died in the actual Service of the Parliament, be discharged from Wardship: And that the Officers of the Court of Wards do pass all Matters requisite for the clearing of that Wardship, without Fees.
County Courts for Papists, &c.
An Ordinance for the keeping of the Courts of Papists and Delinquents, in the several and respective Counties, was this Day read the First and Second time; and committed to Mr. Bond, Mr. Ellis, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Case, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Prideaux, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Sandis, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Niclas, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Jo. Trevor, Mr. Winwood, Mr. Geo. Buller, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Trenchard, Dr. Eden, Mr. Hill, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Rose, Sir H. Mildmay: And are to meet on Friday, at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Court: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee concerning the Court of Wards, where Sir Thomas Widdrington has the Chair, to consider of Relief to be given to such Persons whose Ancestors died in the Service of the Parliament, and leave their Heirs and Lands in Wardship.
An Ordinance for the due Payment of Tythes, and other such Duties, according to the Laws and Customs of the Realm, was this Day read the First time.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to acquaint them what the House has done concerning Colonel King: And to desire them to expedite their Answer to the Business concerning Colonel Rous.
Fewel for the City.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for the Ordinance for providing Fewel for the City, do confer with the Common Council upon the Ways and Prices of bringing of Turf and Pete from Egham, and the Fens of Wisbeche, and Isle of Elye, and other Places, for the Service of the City.
Sir Henry Gibb.
Ordered, That the Paper, of June Twenty-ninth, representing the Condition of Sir Henry Gibb, this Day reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, upon the Recommendation of the Scotts Commissioners, be, from this House, in especial Manner recommended unto the Committee for the King's Revenue; and to do therein, for the Party's Relief, in such manner as shall seem best to their Judgments, upon the Recommendation aforesaid.
Colonel Edward King, according to the former Order, with the Servant of the Warden of the Fleet, was brought into the House. And Mr. Speaker acquainted the Servant of the Warden of the Fleet, that Colonel Edward King is discharged from his Imprisonment, by Order of this House.
And he was immediately discharged accordingly; and commanded to attend the House, as formerly he did.