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 Lunæ, Julii 15, 1644.
Newport Pagnall Garison.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal, that are Members of this House, and the Committee of the Revenue, do join as a Committee, with the Earl of Kent, and Earl of Bolingbrooke, for the taking of the Examination and Trial of the Pixe in the Tower of London: And are to meet this present Monday, being the Fifteenth of this Instant July, by Eight of the Clock in the Morning, in the usual Place near the Star Chamber.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye carried them up; and the Order for Two thousand Pounds to the Town of Southampton, out of the first Monies that come in from the Committee of Accompts; and the other Messages appointed on Saturday, to be carried up by Sir Robt. Harley.
Duty on Coals.
Resolved, &c. That Four Shillings a Chaldron, Sunderland Measure, being after the Rate of Two Shillings a Chaldron, London Measure, or thereabouts, shall be laid upon all Coals to be shipped and transported from Port to Port.
Langley's &c. Collieries.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Langley, Mr. Geo. Grey, Mr. Geo. Lilbourne, and all other well-affected Persons in the like Condition, shall be restored to the Possession of their Collieries, Coals, and all things incident thereunto, according to their respective Interests, which they had before the Enemy had the same in their Power: And that they have Restitution for their Coals sold by the Commissioners, out of Delinquents Estates.
Resolved, &c. That no Coal, Sunderland Measure, shall be sold there at above Fourteen Shillings the Chaldron, the best, and Twelve Shillings the Chaldron the worst, to be delivered at the Ship Side: These Rates to continue Six Months.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Langley, Mr. Geo. Grey, and Mr. Geo. Lilbourne, shall take the Delinquents Collieries in Sunderland to Lease, if the Committee of the Parliament there shall think fit; and employ them, and work them, unless other well-affected Gentlemen of the Country shall offer to take them, and to work them.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to contract in Writing with Sir Wm. Langley, Mr. Geo. Grey, and Mr. Geo. Lilbourne, upon the aforesaid Articles, for the better carrying on and transacting the Business of the Collieries of Sunderland, and transmit the said Contract in Writing to the Committees of Parliament in Sunderland.
Plymouth, Garison, &c.
Sir Jo. Hotham, &c.
Three Letters, Two from Sir Jo. Hotham the Father, One from Jo. Hotham Esquire the Son, to the Earl of Newcastle, found and seized in his Coach at the late great Defeat of Prince Rupert's and the Earl of Newcastle's Forces, were all this Day read; and ordered to be delivered to Mr. Millington, who has all other Papers and Evidences against them: And were all delivered unto him.
Earl of Holland, &c.
Earl of Westmerland, &c.
The Lords have received from the Spanish Ambassador, Two Papers: The which they, for their Parts, have referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to prepare an Answer to it: And desire, that this House would like-wise refer it in like Manner.
Guernsey and Jersey.
Kent, &c. Association.
Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, and by Authority of the same, That Robert Earl of Essex, Captain General of the Forces raised by the Authority of Parliament, Algernon Earl of Northumberland, Henry Earl of Kent, Philip Earl of Pembroke, Oliver Earl of Bullingbrook, Edward Earl of Manchester, Basill Earl of Denbighe, Philip Lord Wharton, Wm. Lord Gray of Work, John Lord Roberts, Philip Lord Lisle, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir John Corbett, Sir John Bampfeild, Sir Henry Heyman, Colonel Alexander Popham, Colonel Stapeley, Colonel Whitehead, Colonel Morley, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Venne, Edward Bainton Esquire, Colonel Wm. Jepson, Colonel Alexander Rigby, Thomas Arundell Esquire, Serjeant Major General Skippon, Sir Nathaniel Brent, Dr. Thomas Eden, John Bradshaw Esquire, Wm. Steell Esquire, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Browne, Colonel West, Colonel Charles Fleetwood, Colonel Wm. Strode, Colonel Turner, Colonel Manwaring, Colonel Whitchcote, Colonel Pindar, Lieutenant Colonel Weldon, Lieutenant Colonel Underwood, Lieutenant Colonel Wilson, Major Solloway, Major Tichborne, Colonel Humfrey, Colonel Player, Colonel Prince, Colonel Harswett, Major Camfeild, * Molyns, Colonel Owen, Lieutenant Colonel Webb, * * Lieutenant Colonel Bradley, or any Twelve or more of them; whereof the said Robert Earl of Essex, Algernon Earl of Northumberland, Henry Earl of Kent, Philip Earl of Pembroke, Oliver Earl of Bullingbroke, Edward Earl of Manchester, Philip Lord Wharton, Wm. Lord Grey, John Lord Roberts, Philip Lord Lisle, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir John Corbett, Sir Henry Heymon, Colonel Alexander Rigby, Colonel Wm. Jepson, Colonel Venne, Sir Nathaniel Brent, always to be; Three shall be Commissioners: And shall have full Power and Authority to hear and determine all such Causes as belong to military Cognizance, according to the Articles in this present Ordinance mentioned; and to proceed to the Trial, Condemnation, and Execution, of all Offenders against the said Articles; and to inflict upon the Offenders such Punishment, either by Death or otherwise, as the said Commissioners, or the major Part of them then present, shall judge to appertain to Justice, according to the Nature of the Offence and Articles here ensuing.
1. No Person or Persons whatsoever shall, from hence-forth, voluntarily repair or go, from the Cities of London and Westminster; or from any other Parts of the Kingdom, under the Power of the Parliament, unto the Person of the King or Queen, or Lords of the Council abiding with him, or her, or to any Commander or Officer of the King's Army; or shall give or hold any Intelligence by Letters, Messages, or otherwise with any in Arms against the Parliament, without Consent of both Houses of Parliament, or the Committee appointed by Ordinance of Parliament for managing the War, the Lord General of the Forces raised by the Two Houses, or from the respective Officers that shall command in Chief any of the said Forces, upon Pain of Death, or other Punishment, at Discretion.
2. Whosoever hath or shall plot, contrive or endeavour the betraying, surrendering or yielding up, to the Enemy, or hath or shall, contrary to the Rules of War, surrender, yield up, or betray any Cities, Towns, Forts, Magazines, or Forces, which now are, or hereafter shall be, under the Power of the Parliament, shall be punished with Death.
3. No Person or Persons whatsoever, not under the Power of the Enemy, shall voluntarily relieve any Person, being in Arms against the Parliament, with any Money, Victuals, or Ammunition, upon Pain of Death; or shall, voluntarily and knowingly, barbour or receive any, being in Arms as aforesaid, upon Pain of Punishment at Discretion.
And it is hereby further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Commissioners, or any Twelve or more of them, whereof the said Robt. Earl of Essex, Algernoone Earl of Northumberland, Henry Earl of Kent, Philip Earl of Pembroke, Oliver Earl of Bullingbroke, Edward Earl of Manchester, Philip Lord Wharton, Wm. Lord Grey, John Lord Roberts, Philip Lord Lisle, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir John Corbett, Sir Henry Heymon, Colonel Alexander Rigby, Colonel Wm. Jepson, Colonel Venne, Sir Nathaniel Brent, always to be, Three shall be authorized, from time to time, so often as they shall think fit, or shall be ordered thereunto by both or either House of Parliament, to sit in some convenient Place within the Cities of London, Westminster, or Lines of Communication; and to appoint a Judge Advocate, or Provost Martial; and all other Officers needful. And it is hereby further Ordained, That all Mayors, Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, Constables, Bailiffs, and other Officers, shall be aiding and assisting to the said Commissioners in the Execution of the Premises: And that the said Commissioners and every of them, and all and every other Person and Persons, that shall be aiding and assisting to them in the Execution of the Premises, shall be saved harmless, and indemnified, for what they shall do herein, by Authority of Parliament. Provided nevertheless, that no Member of either House of Parliament, shall be questioned or tried before the Commissioners appointed by virtue of this present Ordinance, without Assent and Leave first had and obtained of both Houses of Parliament. And be it also provided, That this present Ordinance, and the Authority hereby given and appointed to the Persons hereby nominated, shall endure and have Continuance for Four Months, from the making hereof, and until both Houses take further Order.