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 Martis, 25 Aprilis, 1643.
A LETTER from Sir Jo. Sedley, of the Twentyfourth of April 1643, concerning Mr. Dixon, an ill-affected Person, apprehended and taken by Captain May, Cornet to Captain Livesay:
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Dixon be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Computer, in Southwarke; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House: And that Cornet May be thanked for his Pains and Service: And that the Examination of the Matters concerning Mr. Dixon be referred to the Committee for Examinations.
The House being informed that one Aston, by Colour of some Warrant, had broken up Sir Matthew Lister's Stable, and had taken away from him Four Horses, and has set them up at the Bell in Smythfield, does Order, that the said Horses be forthwith restored unto the said Sir Matthew Lister, or such as he shall appoint to receive them: And that the said Aston be forthwith sent for, 'to answer the Fact; and that the Master of the Bell be required to deliver the Horses forthwith, upon the Sight hereof.
Restoring Saddles, &c.
Ordered, That the great Saddles and Arms, taken away out of the Chamber of Captain Anthony Buller, a Captain in actual Service of the Parliament, be forthwith restored unto him:
That the Parties, that took them, be brought to this House, in safe Custody, to answer their Fact.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have appointed on Friday next, to take into Consideration the Sequestrations of divers Spiritual Livings, sent to them from this House; and desire, that in the mean time to send up the Proofs: The Names are Watton, Shenfield, Aldenham, Stapleford, Fiefield, Staines, and Witham.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
This House has considered their Lordships Message; and has resolved, That the Proofs, concerning divers Sequestrations, shall be ready to make their Proofs, on Friday next, as is desired.
Proceedings concerning Earl of Chesterfield, &c.
A Letter from the Committee at Derby, of the Twentieth of April, concerning an Order from the Lords of the Thirtieth of March, enjoining them to send up the Earl of Chesterfield, and his Son, there Prisoners, from Sheriff to Sheriff; and to admit his Physician, and his Lady, to come to him: And likewise concerning an Order of the Fifteenth of this Instant, requiring them to obey the former Order: And desiring the Resolution of this House herein; was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, that a Conference be desired with the Lords; and this Letter communicated at this Conference; and the Lords desired, that such Prisoners as shall be taken Prisoners in actual War, though they be Peers, may not be released, without this House being first acquainted herewith, or the Lord General being consulted with; the Business importing the whole Kingdom.
Sir Jo. Corbett is appointed to desire this Conference, concerning a Letter received from the Committee at Derby.
He likewise carried up to the Lords * *.
Mr. Glyn, &c.
Mr. Glyn, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Strode, Mr. Pym * *
Grant to Bullmer, &c.
Ordered, That Captain Bullmer, who apprehended and staid Mr. May upon the Highway, shall have Fifty Pounds of the hundred Pieces taken about him; and that the rest of the Monies be paid into the Hands of Mr. Holland, upon Account, for the Relief of maimed and sick Soldiers: And that Mr. May be referred to the Committee for Examinations; and that he be kept in Custody in the mean time.
Oats for Army
Ordered, That the Oats at the Stores at the Mews, be sent away forthwith to my Lord General's Army; and the Owner of them be paid for them out of the King's Revenue, according to the Price of the Market: And that Mr. Darley and Mr. Allen do take care for the present sending of them away, according to former Order, unto the Commissary for Provisions for the Horse; with Directions, that they may be orderly delivered out to the Captains upon Account, and deducted out of their Pay.
Mr. Rous, Sir H. Vane, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Bond, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Pym, Mr. Trenchard, are appointed to consider how the King's Revenue may be received, and improved to the Advantage of the Kingdom: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.; and to meet when and where they please.
Manifesto on the Treaty.
Ordered, That the Power of the Committee appointed to prepare a Manifesto concerning the Proceedings of the Treaty, shall be enlarged; to express the Causes of the War, and of the Distractions of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Ireland, and the whole State of these Matters.
Lords desire a Conference.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Ben..
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House; to communicate divers Letters they have received; one from the Queen of Bohemia; one from the Lord General; another from Colonel Gell.--
Lords agree to Conference.
Sir Jo. Corbett brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to a Conference, as is desired.
Queen of Bohemia.
A Letter from the Queen of Bohemia, of the Thirteenth of April, from the Hagh, was this Day read; and ordered to be entered in the Journals of this House: And that, on Thursday next, the House take this Letter into Consideration: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Military Affairs, &c.
A Letter from Sir Sam. Luke, concerning the searching and seizing the House and Goods of Sir Lewis Dive's, and some other Passages of his Forces; and likewise concerning some Passages of the Forces at the Leaguer at Redding; was this Day read:
And it is Ordered, That the Soldiers employed in this Service of seizing the Goods, and searching the House, of Sir Lewis Dive, be recompensed for their Service, out of the said Goods.
Letter to Lord Fairefax.
Mr. Nicoll went up to the Lords, to desire that at this Conference, they might communicate the Draught of a Letter to be sent from both Houses to the Lord Fairefax.
He likewise carried up the Names of some Committees, to be added to the Committees for the County of Devon.--
-Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Letter to Lord Fairefax.
-A Draught of a Letter, to be sent, from both Houses, to the Lord Fairefax; of Encouragement to him and his Officers, and of Acknowledgment of his good Services; was this Day read; and assented unto; and ordered to be communicated unto the Lords at this Conference.--
Warrant to Leviston.
Resolved, &c. That Mrs. Leviston, the Wife of Mr. James Leviston, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go to Scotland, the next and directest Way, with her Horses and ordinary Retinue.
St. Giles Cripplegate, Ministers.
Upon the humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate, London;
It is Ordered, That Henry Greene, and Rob. Dawlman, Churchwardens of the said Parish, do provide honest and able Ministers to preach there To-morrow, being the Publick Fast Day.
Conference with Lords.
The Managers of that part of the Conference, concerning Sir Jo. Gell's Letter, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Mr. Pym reports from the Conference, and presents Three Letters; one from the Queen of Bohemia; another from the Lord General;-The Lords observed one Particular in That Letter, concerning . . . "that those that are for the Parliament are undone and ruined, and those that are against it protected;" another from the Committees at Derby. They knew not who were Sheriffs; they intended nothing but a safe sending him up to the Town. Since, they are more fully informed of the Particulars.
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, on Thursday Morning next, concerning the Letter received from my Lord General, and delivered by the Lords at the last Conference; and to represent unto them, the Grounds, that moved this House to desire the Lords to pass the Ordnance concerning my Lord Capell's Estate; that my Lord General's Interest was not like that of another private Man; and that this was not a diverting of the Publick to any particular Use, but to the general: And the Lords are to be desired at this Conference, to join in the Ordinance for passing the Estate of the Lord Capell to my Lord General, towards his Satisfaction.
Mr. Pym, Sir H. Vane junior, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Sir Christo. Yelverton is appointed to desire this Conference.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That whatsoever Persons shall suffer for their Service to the Parliament, shall have Satisfaction and Reparation made unto them out of the Estates of Delinquents.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Ordered, That this Letter from my Lord General be communicated to the Lord Mayor, Court of Aldermen, and Committee for the Militia: And that they be desired, that some speedy and effectual Resolution may be taken thereupon, for sending present Supplies to my Lord General's Army; and preventing any Succour to come to the King's Forces.
Sir H. Vane junior, Mr. Vassal; Mr. Strode, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Pym, Sir H. Mildmay, are to communicate this Letter to the City, according to the former Order.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do meet this Afternoon, and consider of the Letter from my Lord General: And that they take Order for the sending of additional Forces and Supplies to my Lord General's Army; and for preventing of any Succours or Ammunition to come to the King's Forces.
Affairs of Norfolk.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Jo. Potts, and Mr. Gawdy, do forthwith repair into the County of Norfolk, to put in Execution, in the said County, the Ordinances for levying and raising of Monies; and likewise for putting into a Posture of Defence and Readiness, the Train Bands, and other Forces of that County: And that they weekly give an Account to this House, of their Proceedings herein.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Jo. Potts, and Mr. Gawdy, do this Day write to the Committees in the County of Suffolk, to quicken them, and enliven them in the Execution of the Ordinances for raising of Monies in that County, in the mean time, till they can come down themselves: And Sir Jo. Holland is to go down, after some convenient Time of dispatching his Lady beyond Seas.
Mr. Erle brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the raising Forces for Sir Wm. Waller's Supply.
Defence of Dorsett.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dorsett shall have Power to dispose of the Six Pieces of Ordnance in Waymouth, belonging to Captain Nicholas Strange, for the Defence of that County.
Ordered, That all those that were named Commissioners in the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, for the County of Suffolk, be named Committees to put in Execution the Ordinances for raising Monies in the said County.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Wm. Savage, and the Mayor of Dorchester for the Time being, be nominated and appointed Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Dorsett.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate, appoint, and approve of Mr. Ralph Freeman, to be one of the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Herts'.
Ordered, That Captain Henry Bonner, Captain Tho. English, and Nicholas Saunders Gentleman, be added to the Committees named in the Ordinance of Sequestration for the County of Somersett.
Ordered, That Mr. Salloway, Mr. Blakeston, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Cawley, and the Burgesses that serve for the City of Westminster, be added to the Committee for demolishing superstitious Pictures: And they, or any Four of them, are to meet.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, the House do take into Consideration the whole State of the Business of Money, both for raising it, and bringing it in.
Mr. Speaker adjourned the House till To-morrow Seven of Clock.
Ill-affected in Cambridge, &c.
Whereas Authority was formerly given, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, to Colonel Oliver Cromwell and others, for the seizing of the Persons, Horses, Arms, Money, and Plate, of Malignants, and ill-affected Persons, within the County of Cambridge, the Isle of Ely, and other Counties, Cities, and Places, in the said Ordinance mentioned: It is now further Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Colonel Cromwell, and other the Committees and Deputy Lieutenants in the said Ordinance mentioned, as also Captain Charles Fleetwood, Captain Edward Whalley, and Captain John Disborough, or any Two or more of them, together with any of the said Committees or Deputy Lieutenants formerly appointed, shall have the like Power and Authority, for the seizing, as well of the Corn, Cattle, and other Goods and Chattels of the said Malignants, or any of them, as by the said Ordinance is given, for the seizing of Horses, Arms, Money, or Plate; the same to be disposed of, used, and employed to the same Uses, as in the said Ordinance is specified; upon Account therefore to be made to both Houses of Parliament: And that they, and every of them, for so doing, shall be protected, and saved harmless, by the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, by the Commons House of Parliament, That the Treasurer at Wars, and all other Treasurers, Receivers, Commissaries, and all other Persons whatsoever, who have received by way of Imprest, or otherwise, any Monies for the Armies, and other Affairs, for the Relief and Defence of the Kingdom of Ireland, by virtue of any Acts or Ordinances of this Parliament, and all other Accounts for Provisions furnished by them for the said Affairs, shall forthwith make up and deliver their Accounts for the same, respectively, unto the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, where Sir Henry Vane Knight has the Chair: Who are to transmit the same unto William Collins Gentleman, the Auditor appointed, and hereby authorized, to take, examine, and ingross, the said Accounts; to be delivered by the Accountants, upon their Oaths, before One of the Barons of his Majesty's Exchequer; and thereupon to be by the Auditor presented unto the said Committee; who are to peruse and perfect the same, to be allowed and determined by this House. And it is further Ordered, That the said Auditor shall be allowed Ten Shillings per Diem for his and his Clerk's Pains, Necessaries, and Expences, to commence from the Twentieth Day of January last past; and to be paid unto him upon Sight of this Order, or a Copy thereof, by the Chamberlain of the City of London for the Time being, out of such Money as is or shall be remaining in his Hands for the said Affairs of Ireland; and that the said Allowance shall be continued and paid unto him during his Employment in this Service, and until the House take further Order.
Taking Horses for Army.
The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, being informed of the great Abuses in the several Counties of this Kingdom, by the taking of Horses for the Service of the Parliament, by reason, the Officers assigned for that Purpose can neither judge of the Affections, nor Abilities of the People; not knowing what they have contributed, nor in what Proportion, upon the Propositions; and that other Officers do suffer the Horses so taken to be sold again; and others likewise take Compositions, and spare the Horses that are fit for Service: By all which Ways and Means the Countries are distasted and discouraged, the Parliament injured, contrary to their Intentions, and the Service much hindered and prejudiced: It is therefore Declared, and Ordained, That every Captain, or other Officer or Soldier, that hath, or shall have, any Commission or Order to take any Horses within any County, that he or they respectively repair to Two of the Deputy Lieutenants, or Two of the Committees for the Propositions for raising and bringing in of Horses, Plate, and Money, being and residing in those Parts or Limits where he or they intend to take such Horses; or if no such Deputy Lieutenants be in that Part of the County, nor any of the said Committees, then to the next Two Deputy Lieutenants or Committees dwelling nearest to the Place within the said County: And that neither he nor they do take any Horse, without the Direction or Privity of the said Deputy Lieutenants or Committees, as aforesaid; and that every Horse, so taken as aforesaid, be marked by the said Deputy Lieutenants or Committees, or Two of them, and the Captain, or other Officer or Soldier; and, a Duplicate, to be made and signed respectively under the hands of the Deputy Lieutenants or Committees, as aforesaid, and the said Officer or Soldier so employed; and, therein to be entered, the Party's Name from whom the Horse is so taken, the Colour of every Horse, the Number taken within that Part of the County, and the Mark set upon them; one Part of the Duplicate to be sent to the Commissary General for the Horse belonging to the Army, wherein the Lord General may receive, upon all Occasions, an Account; the other to remain with the said Deputy Lieutenants or Committees. And if any Officer or Soldier shall do any Act, in any County, otherwise than is here expressed, the Deputy Lieutenants, or any One of them, shall then have Power to stay the said Horses, otherwise taken; and also apprehend the Officer or Soldier, and bring them to the Lord General, or the Parliament; that he or they may be proceeded against, as Contemners of the Orders of Parliament, and Abusers of the Country, and Disturbers of the Peace thereof.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Sir Rich. Onslow is appointed to carry it up.
Letter from Queen of Bohemia.
HAVING understood, by imperfect Reports, of the Interception of some Letters, which I wrote occasionally to the King, and my Son, whereat the Parliament had taken Offence, I cannot be at Rest, till I have endeavoured to remove all such Impressions, as might deprive me of their good Opinion, which I so truly value, and have ever found favourable in my behalf: I would therefore intreat you to acquaint the honourable House of Commons, whereof you are Speaker, that albeit I cannot at present remember what I then particularly writ, yet if any thing did perchance slip from my Pen, in the private Relation between a Mother and a Son, which might give them the least Distaste, I intreat them to make no worse Construction of it, than was by me intended; having never admitted of any Thought or Resolution, which hath not been sincere and constant to the publick Peace and Prosperity of the Kingdom: With this Profession, I desire the honourable House to rest satisfied; that I may stand as upright, in their Judgments, as I am in my own Affections; and that thereupon, considering of the Distress, whereunto I am brought, by the Wrong and Oppression of mine Enemies, they would not give them Occasion to rejoice, by stopping those necessary Supplies, which by the Love of the King my Father, and King my Brother, I have hitherto enjoyed, and without which I have no other Subsistence in this World.
I do therefore intreat the honourable House to take my pressing Wants into their kind Consideration; and give such speedy Order for my Relief, that I may be kept from Inconvenience in a foreign Country.
Sir, I crave your Favour in representing hereof; and I shall ever remain,
Your most assured Friend,
Haghe, 13 April, 1643.
For Mr. Wm. Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons.
Raising Forces, &c.
The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, having received Information by Sir Arthur Hasilrig, a Member of the House of Commons, that there is great Need of a present Supply; both of Horse and Foot, to be sent to Sir Wm. Waller, the better to enable him to keep the Field, the Enemy being very strong; they do hereby declare, that all such as shall assist for the promoting this great Work now in hand, and to the End shall lend to Sir Wm. Waller, or to Sir Arthur Hasilrig, either Horse or Men, fitted and prepared for the War, or Money for the carrying on of the Work, shall not only manifest their being well-affected to the Publick, but shall do an acceptable Service to the Kingdom: And further, the Lords and Commons do hereby give, order, and declare, that what Money shall be by any disbursed and lent, or other Charge undergone in this Behalf, upon just Accompt, shall be repaid with Interest, out of the publick Stock of the Kingdom; for which, they do engage the publick Faith: And likewise, the said Lords and Commons do authorize all such Persons, as shall be appointed by Sir Arthur Hasilrig to receive the Monies, Horse, Arms, and other Provisions, as aforesaid, to have full Power and Authority to give Receipt and Certificate for the same.