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 Sabbati, Julii 27, 1644.
AN Ordinance concerning the Disposing of the Legacies of Sir James Cambell deceased, given to charitable Uses; viz. a Thousand Pounds to the Repair of Paul's; and Ten thousand Pounds to be disposed of, by the Executors, to the Forces of Lancashire, and Sir Thomas Middleton; and the Repayment of them upon the publick Faith; was this Day read the First and Second time.
Resolved, &c. That this Ordinance shall be committed unto the Committee for Lancashire and the Northern Counties; And are to meet upon it this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And are to send for the Executors to attend the Committee, and for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have appointed Monday Morning next, at Eight of Clock, for their Committee appointed to consider of the Complaints of the States Ambassadors to meet in the Prince's Lodgings; and do desire, that the Committee of this House may meet at the same time, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House. They do again recommend unto this House Serjeant Finch's Petition; and desire them to take it into Consideration.
Transactions with Holland.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House appointed to meet with the Committee of the Lords to consider of the Complaints of the States Ambassadors, &c. do meet with the Committee of the Lords, on Monday Morning next, at Eight of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have ordered, That the Committee of this House shall meet with the Committee of the Lords, as is desired.
Leave of Absence.
Hertford Militia Committee.
An Ordinance for continuing of the Ordinance, intituled, An Ordinance for a further Addition of Power to the Committee of Herts, with the Names of the Knights, Gentlemen, and Officers, which are of the said Committee, during the Pleasure of both Houses, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee for Reforming of my Lord General's Army: And, that the Committee for Regulating the Musters of my Lord General's Army is added to That Committee, as to this Business. They are likewise to consider of the Petition this Day presented by divers Gentlemen of the County of Herts; and like-wise of the several Complaints and Informations given against divers of the Committee for the Militia of Hertfordshire; and by some of the same Committee against others of the said Committee; together with the Papers of Instructions to the Gentlemen attending the Parliament; and the Petition concerning Mr. Barber; and all other Papers and Informations concerning this Business: And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And are to meet on Monday next, at Two post Meridiem, in the Court of Wards.
Sir Hen. Vane sen. reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, Propositions made by Sir Adam Hepburne and Mr. Hatcher, concerning the Scotts Army; a Memorial presented by them, concerning my Lord Fairefaxe's Army; and a Desire, from the Generals of the Three Armies in the North, and Committees residing with the same, to shew the said honourable Committee, that they will, at all Occasions, send an Account of the Proceedings of the Armies; and do therefore desire, that no Credit may be given to Reports, nor any Relations suffered to be printed, till they shall come from the said Generals and Committee.
He further said, He was commanded, from the Committee, to desire, that Letters might be sent to the associated Counties, to quicken them to send their Supplies to the Earl of Manchester's Forces; and to propose it to the Consideration of the House, that the Scotts Army is without Cloaths and Shoes, wanting of all other Provisions.
Mr. Ashe reports the Opinions and Votes of the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, concerning the Compositions of the Earl of Thanett, &c. and other Persons, referred to their Consideration by Order of the House of the Four-and-twentieth of June 1644, with their Reasons moving the same.
It appearing to us, that he hath been several times in actual War against the Parliament; and hath sent Plate and Money to his Majesty; and that his real Estate as we are informed, is 10,000 l. per Annum at the least.
Appearing that he put the Commission of Array in Execution in Leicestershire; hath been a main Incendiary of the Divisions between the King and Parliament, and a continual Persecutor of good Men; and hath not, to this Day, shewed himself, in any considerable Matter, that hath conduced to advance the Proceedings of Parliament; hath 1,800 l. Lands per Annum, under his own Stock; besides, he rents much, and stocks it himself; and therefore we hold him fit to pay the said 5,000 l.; his Son's Estate not being considered in this Valuation.
Appearing that he was at the Battle of Edghill against the Parliament; is yet unsettled in his Judgment, in the Differences between King and Parliament; hath 200 l. per Annum in Possession, besides the Expectation of more.
Appearing that he hath been in Service against the Parliament; and having an Estate, as we are credibly informed, of 1,200 l. per Annum, in Woods and Rents, in Kent and Surrey; of 800 l. per Annum more; out of which he alledgeth 400 l. per Annum issues in Charge.
Resolved, &c. That whatsoever Rents, Issues, and Profits, of any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, of any the several Persons afore-mentioned, which are and shall be behind and unpaid at the Time of their Compositions concluded, shall be paid to the Parliament's Use; their Compositions notwithstanding.
Resolved, &c. That all and whatsoever Goods, Chattels, Cattles, Timber, or other Wood, cut down and felled, and other personal Estate of and belonging to any the said Persons, which the Sequestrators have neglected to make Sale of, or preserved to stock the Lands of the said Delinquents, shall be sold for the Use of the Parliament, and not accounted as any Part of their Compositions aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That the Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, of all and every the said Persons, be continued still in Sequestration; and the Rents, Issues, and Profits, of their Lands, to be received to the Use of the Parliament, until they shall satisfy and pay the several Sums of Money aforesaid; or give such Satisfaction for Payment thereof, as the Parliament shall think fit.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, to call the Parties whose Compositions are this Day reported, before them; and to agree with them according to the Votes of the House; and, in case of their Refusal, to consider what Course may be taken, by any other Means, for the speedy Levying of the said Sums; and to present their Opinions to the House.
Discovery of Delinquents Property.
Whereas a Discovery hath been made unto the Committee for the Ordinance of Gloucester, of a certain Trunk, Plate, and Goods, hidden and buried under Ground, being the Goods of a Delinquent, whose Estate is already sequestered: It is Ordered, That the Committee of Gloucester, or any Three of them, shall seize and possess themselves of the said Trunk, Goods, Money, and Plate, for the Use expressed in the said Ordinance.
Ordered, That Thomas Lewis, Servant to Mr. Graves, Clerk of the Peace for Middlesex, shall have a Pass, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to go to Oxford with some Deeds, to be sealed by Sir Henry Spiller, who is the only surviving Feoffee for Hix Hall.