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, Augusti 7, 1644.
RESOLVED, &c. That Mr. Selden, Sir Nath. Bar- nardiston, Mr. Ellis, Sir Tho. Woodhouse, Mr. Ash- herst, Sir Jo. Trevor, and Mr. Gurdon, be added to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Mr. Browne is appointed to carry them to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Cambridge Clerk of the Peace.
Memorandum, That, this Day, the humble Petition of Tho. Parker, with a Certificate annexed, from the Committee of Cambridgeshire, concerning the Clerkship of the Peace of the County of Cambridge. . .; and likewise there was, this Day, Motion made for Mr. Wm. Robin- son for the same Place: And
It is Ordered, That the Petition, Certificate, and Mo- tion, for Mr. Robinson, be taken into further Consider- ation on Friday Morning next.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, concerning the Grievance by Farthing Tokens, be re- ferred to the Committee for the King's Revenue, &c.
Tyrall, &c. Ships.
The humble Petition of Colonel Holmestead, and others his Associates, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this House doth agree with the Committee of the Navy, in Opinion, That, for the present, the Petitioners be permitted to lade aboard the Ships Tyrall, Blossom, Sea-flower, Dolphin, mentioned in the Petition, the several Goods contained in Four Bills of Store, signed by Mr. John Johnson, Surveyor General to the Commissioners of Excise; and that they be licensed to transport the said Goods by Bills of Store, and freely to pass on their intended Voyage.
Ships to be restored.
Resolved, &c. That the Two French Barks, of Sixteen Tons apiece, belonging to James Le Normond of Mor- leis, and John Serrott of St. Malo's, with their Goods, Tackle, and Equipage, be forthwith discharged, released, and restored; notwithstanding any Pretence whatsoever.
Transactions with Holland.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House, appointed to consider of the States Ambassadors Complaints touch- ing the Detention of Ships, do meet the Committee of the Lords this Afternoon: And that Mr. Rolle take Charge of Mr. Green's Papers, in the Absence of Mr. Green: And that he take his Chair, both at that Committee, and at the Committee of the Navy, during the Absence of Mr. Green.
The humble Petition of Sir Nath. Finche Knight, and Serjeant at Law, &c. concerning some Lands in Kent, now in the Possession of his Brother, to which Lands he stands Heir apparent, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Trading to hostile Parts.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to peruse and consider of the Ordinance con- cerning the Reprisal of Stranger Ships that trade to any of the Ports in Hostility with the Parliament; and to present their Opinions upon it to the House, as it relates to the Treaty, or the Law of Nations.
Mr. Sam. Browne reports the Amendments to the Or- dinance concerning the true Payment of Tythes, &c.: The which were twice read; and the Ordinance, toge- ther with the Amendments, read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed: And Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired.
Mr. Browne is appointed to carry it up.
Victory at Ridmarley.
A Letter from Colonel Massy, relating a great Victory obtained by his Forces against Colonel General Mynne's Forces, about Ridmarley, where Colonel General Minne was slain, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Adrian May shall he forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower, for adhering to the Party in Arms against the Parliament.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Reynolds went up to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Commission for Martial Law: Carried up the Ordinance for Hertfordshire; the Ordinance concern- ing Lyme; the Names of the additional Committees for Sequestrations in Westminster.
Ordered, That the Committee at Stafford do deliver into the Custody of Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Fr. New- port, Sir Gerard Eaton, and Major Manly, Prisoners there, Mr. Fr. Newport, to be, by the Care of Sir Tho. Middleton, sent up in very safe Custody, Prisoner to the Parliament; the others either to be sent up, or their Persons to be secured by his Care.
Money due to Merchant Adventurers.
Mr. Vassall acquainted the House, That, whereas there is Ten thousand Pounds due to the Merchant Adven- turers, and payable out of the Receipt of the Excise, the which Payment is to begin on the First of September next, that they are willing, upon the Desire of this House, to forbear the Receipt of the said thousand Pounds for Four Months longer, so that they have an Ordinance for their Security and Repayment, with Interest for Forbearance, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent.
Ordered, That Mr. Vassall do bring in an Ordinance to that Purpose.
Money for Army.
Ordered, That Captain Swanley do take in here, or at Portesmouth, the Monies now sent to my Lord General, and convey it to my Lord General, for his Army.
Ordered, That, on Friday next, in the Morning, the Grand Committee of the whole House do meet, to con- sider of the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Ordinance concerning Martial Law into speedy Con- sideration: And, as to the Ordinance concerning Hert- fordshire, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And do agree to the Ordinance concerning Lyme; and to the Names of the additional Committees for Sequestrations for Westminster.
Forces in Ulster.
Ordered, That the Committee for the British Forces in Ulster do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the usual Place; and make Report of that Business on Friday Morning.
Gloucester, &c. Commit- tees.
Instructions for the Committees of Gloucester, Here- ford, &c. were this Day read, and passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Upon the Report this Day made for the Committee of both Kingdoms, by Mr. Pierrepont;
It is Resolved, &c. That Eighteen hundred Foot be sent for Recruiting of the Earl of Manchester's Forces, out of the Forces to be levied upon the new Ordinance within the Association.
Resolved, &c. That the Regiments and Forces of Essex and Hertfordshire shall be those that shall be employed according to the Ordinance.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider which of the Forces of Norf. or Suff. shall be employed according to the Ordinance; and which to recruit the Earl of Manchester's Army.
Sir Rob. Pye carried up these Votes to the Lords for their Concurrence.
He likewise carried up the Instructions for the Com- mittee of Gloucester.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Association at Cambridge, to make the Charge of the Counties equal upon this Alteration.
He further reported, That the Committee will speedily take into Consideration the Disposing of the Forces of Sir Wm. Waller's Association, and of the other Counties; and give the House an Account thereof.
He farther reported the Letter from Lieutenant General Middleton of August 3, to Sir Wm. Waller; and that one attended at the Door, with the Copes and Plate sent from Salisbury.
He farther reported the Letter from Gloucester.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Finche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have this Day received an Ordinance con- cerning Hertfordshire, which they have returned; and do agree unto it, with some Amendments. They do agree to the additional Committees for Sequestrations; and have added Three of their House. They have received a Letter from Monsieur Sabran, the French King's Resident: And this Day his Secretary came to their Speaker, to signify that he had received Letters of Credence from the King his Master: And therefore their Lordships think it fit to have the same Committee of the House of Peers, that was appointed touching the States Ambassadors, to consider of the Reception of the French Resident: And, desire this House will direct their Committee for that Business to join with their said Committee, touching the Receiving of the French Resident.
The Lords Amendments to the Ordinance concerning Hertfordshire was read; and, by Vote upon the Ques- tion, assented unto.
The Names of the Lords to be added to the Commit- tee for Sequestrations were the Earls of Kent and Lin- colne, and the Lord North.
The House upon reading the Names, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto the Earl of Kent, and the Lord North:
And the Question being put, whether the Name of the Earl of Lincolne should be put to the Question;
It passed with the Negative.
The Letter from the French Resident, of Augusti 4, was read: And
It is Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the Reception of the States Ambassadors, do meet with the Committee of the Lords, to consider of the Reception of the French Resident.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Amendment to the Ordinance concerning Hertfordshire: They do agree to the Addition of the Earl of Kent and the Lord North to the Committee of Sequestrations; and, as to the Name of the Earl of Lin- colne, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And they do agree, that the Committee formerly ap- pointed to consider of the Reception of the States Am- bassadors, do meet with the Committee of the Lords, to consider of the Reception of the French Resident.
Ordered, That the Petition of Mr. Augier, his Ma- jesty's Agent into France, be read on Friday Morning next.
Horses for Army, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee ap- pointed to consider of supplying the Armies, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider of furnishing Sir Wm. Waller's Army with Draught Horses.
It is further Ordered, That the humble Petition of divers poor Men whose Teams have been long in the Service under Sir Wm. Waller, be referred to the Con- sideration of this Committee.
Ordered, That the Report be made concerning the Re- cruit of Sir Wm. Waller's Army on Friday next.
Church Plate, &c.
The Plate, Copes, Hangings, Cushion, and Pulpit Cloth, sent from Salisbury by Lieutenant General Middle- ton, were all brought in to the View of the House: And
It is Ordered, That the Plate and Pulpit Cloth shall be restored, the superstitious Representations upon them being first defaced.
It is further Ordered, That the Copes, Hangings, and Cushion, shall be returned to Sir Wm. Waller: And that the superstitious Representations upon them be defaced and destroyed: And, That done, that the said Copes, Hangings, and Cushion shall be sold; and the Proceed of them employed and disposed among the Soldiers that took them, and brought them up.
Felt Makers Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Company of Felt Makers, in and about the City of London, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the New Excise, where Mr. Whittacre has the Chair: Who are to hear the Petitioners in the Business.
Ordered, That Edmund Peisley, Citizen and Grocer of London, shall have the Publick Faith to be repaid the full Sum of Six hundred and Eighty-three Pounds, for so much Goods and Merchandizes of the said Mr. Peis- lie's laden in a Ship called The Unicorn, and taken away by the Parliament Ships, under the Colour of malignant Goods; of which Goods the Ship Men sold and disposed to the Value of Two hundred and Eighty-three Pounds; and the Residue was sold for Four hundred Pounds, and the Money paid to Sir Wm. Brereton, for the Service of the Parliament.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That the Committee for Gloucester do pay Twenty Pounds to the Messenger that came from Glou- cester.
A Letter from the Committee for Gloucester, of the Third of August, was read, informing the House of a Victory it hath pleased God to give unto Colonel Massy against Colonel General Mynn: Also a Letter from Colonel Massy, of the Thirtieth of July, concerning Cap- tain Freeman, was read.
Church Plate, &c.
A Letter from Colonel Middleton, of the Third of August, informing the House of certain Copes and Church Plate, . . was seized on by the common Soldiers in Salisbury Church; which he hath sent up.
Money for Shropshire.
The Ordinance for authorizing the Executors of Mr. Oxenbridge to pay One thousand Pounds to Colonel Mitton, for the Use of Shropshire, which was given by Mr. Oxenbridge to the Parliament, was read; and as- sented unto; and carried up to the Lords by Mr. Pier- point for their Concurrence.
Deputy Lieu- tenants, &c.
Ordered, That no additional Names be presented to the House to be added to the Deputy Lieutenants, or to be of the Committee in the several Counties, until such Time as the Committees in the several Counties, or the major Part of them, and the Members of this House that serve for those Counties, do first certify, under their Hands, what Persons they hold fit to be added.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Waller shall have Power to ex- change, or otherwise to dispose of, Prisoners of War, taken by his Forces; except such as have been Members of the House, or such as are, or shall be, restrained by particular Order of this House.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Collas, Prisoner in Mai- den Lane, shall be exchanged for Lieutenant Parry; and that he be discharged accordingly without Fees.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Colonel Lee, Prisoner to the Parliament, be exchanged for Lieutenant Colonel Wright and his Servant, Prisoners amongst the King's Forces.
Meldrum's &c. Arrears.
Ordered, That the Committee for Hertford do give order for the Felling of so much of the Woods of the Lord Capell, as will amount unto Two hundred and Fifty Pounds; and that Two hundred Pounds of the Proceed of the Sale of the said Woods, be disposed of to Colonel Meldrum's Widow, in Part of the Arrears due to her Husband; and Fifty Pounds to the Widow of Colonel Conningham, in Part of the Arrears due to her Husband.
Military In- structions for Gloucester, &c.
Instructions for the Committee of Parliament for the Garison of Gloucester, and for the Counties of Glou- cester, Hereford, Monmouth, Glamorgan, Brecnock, and Radnor.
1. First, For the preventing Disorders in raising Horse, levying Monies, and taking and seizing Goods without Authority, it is Ordered, by the Lords and Com- mons, in Parliament assembled, That, from henceforth, no Horse shall be there raised, or Money levied, or Goods taken, of any Person or Persons, without the Consent and Order of the said Committee, or the major Part of them then present, expressed by Warrant under their Hands.
2. That no free Quarter shall be assigned or taken of the Inhabitants under Contribution, by the Commanders and Officers of Horse, and their Troopers, but by like Order and Consent of the said Committee, or the major Part of them present, by Warrant as aforesaid: And for so long Time as any of the said Troopers have free Quarter, they are to have but Half Pay, and the Officers to allow in Proportion out of their Pay.
3. That all Officers and Soldiers, both Horse and Foot, shall be paid according to the late Establishment of the Lord General's Army: And no Commander or Officer shall receive any Pay, but such as duly attend their Charge, unless otherwise especially employed in the Service of the Parliament: And that no other Commander or Officer shall be paid, but such as are received into Service, and such as shall be hereafter received and approved of by the said Committee, or the major Part of them: And that no Officer or Commander shall receive Pay, as an Officer and Commander both of Horse and Foot, by virtue of any Commission granted to any one Person for Horse and Foot, except Colonel Massy, Governor of Gloucester.
4. That all such Horses, Beasts, and Cattle, as are taken and driven by any of the Forces in the said several Counties out of the Enemy's Quarters, shall be delivered to the said Committee, or to such Persons as they shall appoint, to they End they may be employed towards the publick Charge, according to the said Ordinance; save reasonable Reward to be allowed to the Soldiers who shall do the said Service, as the said Committee shall think fit.
5. That the said Committee, or any Three or more of them, shall hereby have Power and Authority to imprison all such Persons, Soldiers, or others, as shall be muti- nous, or cause any Tumults or Insurrections, in Disturb- ance of the Peace, in any of the said several Counties; or shall oppose or resist them, or their Commands, in Execution of the said Ordinance, or these present Instruc- tions; and to impose any Fine or Fines on such Offend- ers, not exceeding the Sum of Five Pounds apiece; and to detain them in Prison, until they pay the said Fine or Fines.
6. That for the better enabling the said Committee to put in Execution the said Ordinance, and these In- structions, all Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers, in the said Garison of Gloucester, and several Counties afore- said, shall be, and are hereby required to be, from time to time, aiding and assisting unto the said Committee, in Execution of the Power and Authority to them commit- ted by the former Ordinances, and these present Instruc- tions, whensoever they shall be thereunto required by the said Committee, or any Three of them.
Advances on Excise.
Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and New Impost, have agreed to make up those Monies which they have in their Hands, of the Receipts assigned unto the Lord General's Army, unto the full Sum of Ten thousand Pounds: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said Com- missioners of Excise shall and may reimburse themselves of such Sums of Money, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. as they shall advance of their own, to- wards the making up of the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, out of such Receipts of the Excise as shall hap- pen to come in between such Intervals of Time as other Ordinances of Parliament already assigned upon the Ex- cise shall not fall due. And it is further Ordained, That this Ordinance shall be sufficient Warrant unto the said Commissioners to pay the same to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Treasurer at Wars; and to reimburse themselves, as aforesaid.