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, Augusti 5, 1644.
AN Ordinance for raising a Proportion of Horse and Foot, for reducing to the Obedience of the King and Parliament the County and City of Worcester, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Jesson, Mr. Sallowey, Sir Wal. Erle, Mr. Bond, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Mr. Strode, Sir Rob. Pye, * Dewes, * Lisle, * Pury, * Browne, Mr. Cage, Mr. Holland, Sir Tho. Dacres, Mr. Noble, Mr. James Fienis, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Bosswell, Sir Wm. Allanson, Mr. Hallowes, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Rigby, the Knights and Burgesses of Wor- cestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire: And are to meet on Wednesday, at Two post Meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That the Declaration and Remonstrance concerning the associated Counties of Warwick, Worcester, Salop, and Stafford, presented from the Earl of Denbigh, be read on Wednesday Morning next: and that the Gen- tlemen that serve for the said Counties be here then present.
An Ordinance concerning the removing of scandalous and ill-affected Ministers in the County of Southampton, and putting in learned, able, and well-affected Ministers, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto Mr. Lisle, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Wm. Alanson, Mr. Strode, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Rous, Sir Wal. Erle, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Tate, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Noble, Mr. Browne, Sir Jo. Wray, Mr. Cage, Mr. Holland, Mr. May- nard, Mr. Blackiston, Mr. Bond, Mr. Knightley, Sir. Gilb. Pykering, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Hoyle, Sir Hen. Worseley, Mr. Gourdon, the Knights and Burgesses of Hantshire: And are to meet upon it on Friday next, at Two post Meridiem, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve and allow of the Exchange of Captain Barker, a Prisoner to the Parliament, for Captain Hercules Huncks, a Prisoner to the King, in Belvoir Castle.
A Letter from the French Resident, of the Fourth and Fourteenth of August, desiring Audience of this House, in the Name of his Master the French King, was this Day read; and ordered to be taken into further Con- sideration, on Wednesday next.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the Committees of Huntington, with one small Amendment: And, as to the Ordinance, sent up by this House, con- cerning the Excise of Flesh, the Lords do agree unto it, without any Amendment.
The Amendment was read; and assented unto.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Strickland went up to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Ordinance concerning martial Law: And carried up two Ordinances; the one concerning Mr. Hoyle, the other concerning Mr. Sallwey; and an Order for reimbursing some Monies laid out by the County of Northampton.
Persons hanged in the West.
Ordered, That the Committee for the West do, on Wednesday Morning next, bring in the Report concerning the Informations of the Fourteen hanged in the West.
Bishop of Canterbury.
Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Lane, Mr. Hill, Mr. Wm. Whit- tacres, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Rigby, and all the Lawyers of the House, are appointed and injoined to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Cham- ber, to consider of the Bishop of Canterbury's pleading the large Treaty of England, and Act of Oblivion.
Ordered, That, on Wednesday next, the first Business, Mr. Sam. Browne do report the Ordinance concerning Tythes.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has taken their Lordships Message into Considera- tion; and do agree to the Amendment to the Ordinance concerning Huntingtonshire.
Mr. Ashherst reports the Amendments and Provisoes to the Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance for Addition of Power to the Committee of Hertfordshire: The which Amendments and Provisoes were read; and assented unto: and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Governor of Lyme.
Whereas the Governor of the Town of Lyme was ne- cessitated, for Preservation of the said Town, to take up an Hundred and Nineteen Pounds arising from the Col- lections of the Customs of the said Town: It is this Day Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs do make Allowance of the said Sum of an Hundred and Nine- teen Pounds, and discharge the said Governor thereof.
An Ordinance for sequestring the Estates of the Delin- quents now remaining in the Island of Jersey, which can be discovered to be in London, or any other Port, Town, or Place of England, was this Day read the First and Second Time; and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee this Day appointed concerning the scan- dalous Clergy of Hantshire.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Printing, to peruse the Answer of the Protestants of Ire- land to the Rebels Remonstrance, of March 17, 1642; and the Declaration composed by the Protestant Agents; of the Transaction of their Agency at Oxon; and to give Order for the Printing of them.
Ordinances, &c. to be printed.
Ordered, That Mr. Usbands, the Printer, do print all the Ordinances and Declarations that have passed since the Setting-forth the last Volume of Ordinances and Declarations, set forth by him: And, that he do take care diligently to compare his Copies with the Originals: And that no other presume to print the same.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and ap- prove of Sir Gregory Norton Baronet, Humphrey Edwards, Rich. Keeble, Wm. Jones, Esquires; Edw. Martyn, and John Biscoe, Gentlemen; to be added to the Committee of Sequestrations for the City of Westminster.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Maynard, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Jephson, Sir Jo. Clottworthy, Lord Lisle, and Mr. Cage, to peruse and consider of the Declaration sent from the Protestants of Munster; and to present their Opinions to the House concerning the Printing thereof: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two, in the Court of Wards.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Wm. Strickland brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinances concerning Mr. Hoyle; and Mr. Sallwey; and for reimbursing the Monies disbursed by the County of Northampton; and, as to the Ordinance concerning martial Law, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Watford Vicarage, &c.
An Ordinance for the Settling of Mr. Philip Goodwyn in the Vicarage of Watford, and of Dr. Burges in the public Lecture of the Church of Paul's, London, was this Day read . . . . time; and ordered to be read the Second time, on Wednesday next.
A Letter from the Committees residing with the Army in the North, from Yorke, of July 24, concerning Mrs. Darleys, and concerning one Greenway, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Navy.
Copley's Bail, &c.
A Letter from my Lord General, from Tiverton, of July 10, 1644; and a Petition inclosed, from Commis- sary Lionell Copley; were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Commissary Lionell Copley shall be forthwith bailed upon good Bail: And that the Com- mittee appointed to consider of the Informations and Complaints against Commissary Lionell Copley, be re- vived; and do hear and take his Answer to the said Informations and Complaints.
Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Roll, Mr. Waddon, Mr. Prideaux, Two Mr. Bences, Mr. Rigby, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Vassall, Sir Tho. Woodhouse, Sir Sam. Roll;
This Committee, or any Four of them, have Power to consider of the humble Petition and Remonstrance of Sir Walt. Erle Knight, Lieutenant of the Ordnance: And are to examine the Particulars therein mentioned: And to send for Parties, Witnesses, Books, Papers, and Records: And are further to consider of the Ways and Means of preventing the like Inconveniencies, and of the settling such Course as shall be most advantageous to the State, in the managing of the Office of the Ordnance; and likewise to consider of some constant Establishment for the Supplying of the Stores, and publick Magazine, for the future: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Duchy-Chamber; and so, from time to time, as they shall agree.
Ordered, That the Committee of the whole House do meet To-morrow, at Nine of Clock, to take into further Consideration the Rules of Ordination: And that they do likewise meet To-morrow Morning, to consider of the Ordinance concerning the Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Duty on Currans.
Upon Information given to the Committee of the Navy, by the Commissioners of the Customs, That the Collectors of the Half per Cent. do refuse to give way to an Entry to be taken in the Custom-house, of a Ship of Currans, belonging to Mr. Fairfax and Partners, claiming the Half per Cent. upon the Duty of Six Shillings upon every Hundred of Currans assigned to the City of Glou- cester; It is the Opinion of the said Committee, That the Half per Cent. is not due, to be paid upon that Assign- ment. Which this House taking into Consideration; It is this Day Ordered, That the Half per Cent. is not due to be paid upon that Assignment: And the Collectors are to take notice hereof accordingly.
Ordered, That the Arrears already incurred for the Three Regiments, raised by the Committee for the Militia of Herts, is not intended in the Limitation of Three hundred Pounds per Week, mentioned in the Ordinance: But that, if the Assessments and Levies already made, come short of paying the same, they are, notwithstanding, to be raised by the Power of the said Ordinance.
An Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance, intituled, An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Par- liament, for the further Addition of Power to the Committee for the County of Herts, with the Names of the Knights, Gentlemen, and Officers, which are of the said Committee, during the Plea- sure of both Houses.
It is Ordered and Ordained, by the and Com- mons in Parliament assembled, That the Ordinance, made the Eighteenth of December last, for a further Ad- dition of Power to the Committee for the County of Herts, enabling them to raise and maintain Forces for the Defence and Preservation of the said County, shall be, and is hereby continued, and shall be of Force and Ef- fect, to the Intent and Purposes therein mentioned, until both Houses of Parliament shall give Order to the con- trary. Provided always, and be it hereby Ordered and Ordained, That the Committee mentioned in the said Ordinance have full Power and Authority to raise Money within the said County of Herts, as by the said Ordinance is appointed, so as the same do not exceed Three hun- dred Pounds per Week. And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That the Treasurers mentioned in the said Ordinance, shall present a true and just Account under their Hands, quarterly, of all Monies by them received and disbursed, unto the Deputy Lieutenants of the said County of Herts, or any Four of them, being thereunto required by the said Deputy Lieutenants. Provided, and it is further Ordained, That no Man shall meddle, as one of the Committee, till he take the new Covenant of the Twenty-ninth of June 1643, and the National Covenant; neither shall any be Commander or Officer of the Forces there raised, or to be raised, that shall refuse or neglect (being tendered) to take the said Covenant.
Military Instructions for Dorsett.
Instructions for the Deputy Lieutenants and Commit- tees of the County of Dorsett, for the Ordering of the military Affairs of that County, for the better preventing of Disorders in raising of Horse there.
No Horse shall henceforth be there raised, but with the Consent of Three, or more, Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of the said County; and, by their Warrant, to prevent such Inconvenience as may grow, by putting the Commands of Horse and Foot both into one and the same Hand; No one Man shall have henceforward a Commission of Horse and Foot both.
No Gentleman of Estate and Quality, in that County, being a Field Officer, shall take Pay as a Field Officer, but only as a Captain, during his Abode in the County.
The Governor of a Garison Town shall have the Half Pay of a Colonel of Foot, namely, Ten Shillings as Co- lonel, and Seven Shillings and Sixpence as Captain; in all Seventeen Shillings and Sixpence, per Diem.
There shall be, for the Ordinary Guard of the Garison Towns, and the Country, Two Regiments of Foot, and Five single Troops of Horse.
Mr. Fitz-James, Major Sydenham, Colonel Bruen, Co- lonel Brodripp, Captain Starre, (the Captains that are to command the Five Troops) paid and maintained the Regiments, consisting each of Eight hundred or a Thou- sand; and the Horse Troops, of Eighty, to be disposed of as the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees, or the greater Part of them shall think fit.
The Officers of each Regiment, Troop, or Company, shall be such as the said Deputy Lieutenants and Com- mittees, or the greater Part of them shall approve of; and those to be paid according to the last Establishment of the Lord General's Army.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
The House of Commons in Parliament assembled, being informed, That many Officers and Soldiers, under the Command of Colonel Richard Shuttleworth and Colonel Alexander Rigby, were slain and wounded at Bolton, and in other Places, do, Order, That all Officers and Soldiers belonging unto the said Colonels, as have passed the Chirurgeons Hands, or do lie under Cure, or by the Loss of any Member, or other Maim or Hurt, are or shall not be able to maintain themselves, during the Time of such their Inablity; and such Widows and Chil- dren, whose Husbands or Fathers, as have been slain, or died in the Service, and are not able to maintain them- selves, shall, from and after the last Day of July, 1644, be provided for and maintained out of the several Seques- trations of Papists and Delinquents Estates within the respective Hundreds of Blackborne Leyland and Amun- dernes, in the County of Lancaster; and out of such Assessments and Taxations as are made, or to be made, according to several Ordinances of Parliament heretofore passed: All which Sums of Money, arising out of the Estates of Papists and Delinquents, and all other Sums of Money arising by the Ordinances aforesaid, shall be paid to the Hands of Wm. Cottom, Mayor of Preston, and Captain Wm. Pateson, or either of them; whose Acquit- ances respectively shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the several Sequestrators, Receivers, and Collectors of such Monies: Which said Wm. Cottom and Wm. Patteson, and either of them, shall dispose and employ all such Monies by them received to the Uses and Purposes aforesaid; and shall be accountable to the Commons in Parliament for all such Sums of Money by them received, and disposed of, according to the Intents of this Order. Provided always, That no one Person shall receive, by way of Main- tenance, above the Sum of Four Shillings and Eight-pence by the Week out of the aforesaid Allowances.
Lyme Regis Garison.
Whereas the Garison and Inhabitants of the Town of Lyme Regis, in the County of Dorset, by their late Valour and Vigilance in defending the Places, through God's great Mercy, against the Enemy's Forces, which lately besieged it, deserve all due Encouragement and Maintenance: For their own future Security, and better Defence of the Western Parts, The Lords and Com- mons, assembled in Parliament, have thought fit, and do hereby Order and Ordain, That there shall be a Garison of Six hundred Foot, and a Troop of One hundred Horse, settled and maintained in the said Town, as long as both Houses of Parliament shall deem it necessary: And that, for the better Maintenance of the said Gari- son, the Sum of Nine hundred Pounds a Month shall be henceforth levied and paid by the several Committees of the respective Counties hereafter named, to Wm. Kerridge, Mayor of the said Town, upon Account, for the Use and Maintenance of the said Garison, in Manner and Form following; That is to say, Three hundred Pounds a Month out of the County of Dorsett, Three hundred Pounds a Month out of the County of Somersett, and Three hundred Pounds a Month out of the County of Devon, out of the Monies raised by the said Committees by weekly and monthly Assessments, Sequestrations of Papists and Delinquents Estates, the Fifth, and Twentieth Part, and other Taxes, in the said respective Counties: Which said Sums of Money the said Committees, and their Treasurers, are hereby ordered and required to pay in monthly to the said Wm. Kerridge, or as soon as they shall levy the same, by the Means aforesaid.