House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 12 August 1644

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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 12, 1644.


Message to Lords.

ORDERED, That Mr. Strode do go to the Lords, to acquaint them, that there was a Mistake in a Message sent to them, on June 13, 1644, concerning Four hun- dred Pounds to the Divines, Two hundred Pounds of which should have gone out of Sequestrations in London, and was desired to be had out of the Revenue: He is to desire, that the said Two hundred Pounds may be had out of the Sequestrations in London.

Martial Law.

He is likewise to acquaint the Lords, That this House is, at this present, ready to give a Conference concerning Martial Law, as was desired upon Saturday last.

Augier's Petition.

The humble Petition of Rene Augier, late his Majesty's Agent, and Secretary of his Extraordinary Ambassage to the French King, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it at this Time.

Glanvile's Sequestra- tion.

A Copy of the Petition of Serjeant Glanvile, accused by the Commons of High Treason, and a Prisoner in the Tower, to the Lords; and an Order of the Lords upon it, of July 27, 1644, concerning the securing of his Estate from Sequestrations, until he be evicted before the Lords; were this Day read: And

It is Ordered, That all Committees shall proceed against the Goods and Estate of Serjeant Glanvile; ac- cording to the several Ordinances already made for Se- questrations, or otherwise; notwithstanding any Order made to the contrary.

Mr. Strode is appointed to acquaint the Lords with this Order concerning Serjeant Glanvile; and to shew them how much against the Ordinance of Sequestrations this Order * *.

Person sent for in Custody.

Resolved, &c. That Mr. Baskervile be forthwith sent for, in safe Custody, and examined by the Committee for Examinations.

Lord Rocheford's Impeach- ment.

Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare the Articles of Impeachment against the Lord Viscount Rocheford, . . . . . this Afternoon, and bring in the Articles on Wednesday Morning next.

Persons from King's Quarters.

Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and Committee of the Militia be desired, from this House, to put in Execution the Order for securing the Persons of such as come from the King's Quarters, and putting them out of the Line of Communication.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for my Lord General's Army, where Mr. Tate has the Chair, to prepare an Oath, to discover those that come from the King's Quarters, whether they come in, Really, or upon Design: And are to meet upon it this Afternoon.

Arms, &c. for Munster.

Upon the Report made by Sir Arth. Hesilrig from the the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning Munster, in Ireland; It is Resolved, &c. That Twelve hundred Musquets, whereof Five hundred to be Firelocks and Snaphance Musquets, and Three hundred Pikes, shall be forthwith provided, for the Service of Munster in Ireland.

Resolved, &c. That Fifteen hundred spare Swords and Belts, and Two hundred Barrels of Powder, with a double Proportion of Match, and Lead answerable, be likewise forthwith provided for the Service of Munster in Ireland.

Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Horse-arms, Saddles, and Furniture, Shot for Cannon, Demy Culverin, and Sacres, be forthwith provided for the Service of Munster in Ireland.

Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Adventurers for Ireland, of this House, do meet daily, and call to them the Committee and Body of the Adventurers of London; and consider how these Arms may be speedily provided and paid for; and of all Ways and Means how the Pro- testants in Munster may be speedily relieved; and that they use all Expedition in providing and sending over these Arms, to the end that, if possible, they may be sent by Captain Swanley; provided that Captain Swanley be no way retarded hereby.

It is referred further to this Committee, to consider of some Ways and Means how the Parliament may be se- cured, that these Arms, Provisions, and Supplies, when sent over, may not be turned to the Prejudice of the Parliament.

Ordered, That the Lord Lisle be added to the Committee, of this House, of Adventurers for Ireland.

Answer from Lords.

Mr. Strode brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to a present Conference concerning Martial Law; will send Answer by Messengers of their own, to the Ordinance concerning Martial Law, and to the Message concerning Serjeant Glanvile; and do agree to the Alteration of the Order of June 13, 1644, concerning the Money for the Divines; that the Two hundred Pounds appointed by that Order to issue out of the King's Revenue, may issue out of the Sequestrations.

Report deferred.

Sir Arth. Hesilrig to proceed with his Report after the Conference.

Martial Law.

The House went up to the Conference.

Mr. Reynolds reports, That the Lords do adhere to the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning Martial Law, as they were sent from them, both touching the Term of the Continuance of it; viz. For Four Months only; and that no Execution be done upon the Ordinance, till the Houses be first acquainted with it.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords in the first Amendment touching the Continuance of the Ordinance concerning Martial Law for Four Months only.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the leaving out of the Second Proviso concerning the ac- quainting the Houses before any Execution done upon the Ordinance concerning Martial Law.

Ordered, That Sir Rob. Harley do go to the Lords, on Wednesday next, to desire a free Conference, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning Martial Law.

Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Arth. Hesilrig, Mr. Strode, are appointed Managers of this free Conference.

Trading to hostile Ports.

Sir Arth. Hesilrig presents, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Report concerning the Reprizal of such foreign Ships and Goods as trade to Ports in Hosti- lity with the Parliament; in hæc Verba, viz.

By Treaties betwixt these Kingdoms and that of France, Spain, and the States General, free Trade is ap- proved and accorded mutually in all Parts amongst the Subjects.

Without Breach of the Treaties, Strangers cannot be hindered in the Trade of free Goods with this Kingdom.

The Committee recommends it to the Houses, That an Explanation be made, that the Ordinance for taking Ships, shall extend only to Foreigners that colour the Goods of English Merchants, and to the Subjects of this Kingdom.

That Notice of the Explanation be given to the Am- bassadors, Residents or Agents of France, Spain, States General, &c. and to my Lord Admiral.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of the explanatory Declaration of the Ordinance concerning the Reprizals of Ships and Goods trading to the Ports in Hostility with the Parliament; and likewise of the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, this Day made, concerning this Business.

Military Affairs, &c.

A Letter from Oswaldstree, of August 6, 1644, from Sir Thomas Middleton; and an intercepted Letter, from Sir Tho. Dallison, to Prince Rupert, &c. were this Day read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Lancashire and North Wales, to consider how Fifty Bar- rels of Powder may be forthwith provided for, and sent unto Sir Tho. Midleton: And this Committee has Power to consider, how Monies may be provided and raised for the Service of North Wales; and to present to the House, what Proposition they think fit for that Purpose.

Alsforde's Assessments.

Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Alsforde shall be assessed at Four hundred Pounds for his Twentieth Part.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to call Mr. Alsforde before them, for Payment of the said Sum, unless they find Cause to abate him some Part thereof upon hearing of him.

Ordered, That the Committee at Haberdashers Hall do forthwith advance the Sum of Two hundred Pounds to Mr. Trenchard, for the Use of Sir Wm. Waller, for the present sending away of some Arms: And that they do repay themselves out of the Twentieth Part set upon Mr. Alsford's *.

Persons to go into the West.

Ordered, That the Committee for the West do consi- der what Gentlemen of the West Country are fit to be presently sent down into the West; and to present their Names to the House on Wednesday next.

Money for Army.

Ordered, That the Committee for the West do consi- der how the Fifteen thousand Pounds, formerly ordered for Sir Wm. Waller, may be presently provided.

Payment from Excise.

Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard and Mr. Holland do go to the Commissioners of Excise, and hasten the Payment of the Ten thousand Pounds ordered out of the Excise, for Sir W. Waller, being the Ten thousand Pounds pay- able to the Merchant Adventurers, and forborn by them.

Harvey's Payment.

Resolved, &c. That Mr. Harvey, a Member of this House, do pay One hundred and Fifty Pounds more, besides the hundred Pounds already paid for his Twen- tieth Part.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds shall have the Leave of the House to go into the Country.

The Mint.

Ordered, That on Wednesday Morning next, the Ordinance concerning the Monies in the Mint be brought in.

Prisoner to be sent up.

Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Denbigh be desired to send up to Mr. * Newport, Sir Gerard Eyton, and Major Manley, Prisoners at Stafford: And that it be referred to his Care, notwithstanding any former Order.

Irish Ad- venturers.

Ordered, That the Committee of Adventurers for Ire- land, of this House, do meet on Wednesday next, at Two post Meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber: And that the Committee and Body of the Adventurers of London have Notice hereof; and do then attend this Committee: And the Committee of Grocers Hall are to take care to see this published, that the Body of Adventurers may have timely Notice.

French Am- bassador.

Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Page;

The Lords do very much fear, that the not receiving of the French Ambassador in so long Time after the De- sire of Audience coming from so great a Prince, may be Ill resented by the French King: The Lords have met twice; and their Meeting has been ineffectual, in regard the Committee of the House did not meet.

The Lords have injoined their Committee to meet this Afternoon, at Four of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings; and do desire, that this House would injoin their Mem- bers to meet at the same time.

Ordered, That the Members of this House that are of the Committee for Reception of the French Ambassador, be injoined to meet with the Committee of the Lords this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.

Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have injoined the Members of their House to meet with a Committee of the Lords, this Afternoon, concerning the Reception of the French Ambassador, as is desired.

Excise on Servants Wages.

Upon Mr. Rolle's Report from the Committee of the Navy, concerning a new Excise to be set upon Servants Wages; the House would not agree to any such thing; nor would do any thing upon it.

Letter to Middleton.

Mr. Theloall is appointed to prepare a Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to Sir Thomas Middleton in Acknowledgment of his good Services.

Advance from Excise.

Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, That Jo. Towse Esquire, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, do forthwith advance unto Mr. Walter Frost Esquire, to be sent unto Colonel Wm. Jephson, Governor of Portsmouth, the Sum of Twelve hundred Pounds, to be paid to the Irish Companies who surrendered the Town of Warham, to the Use of the King and Parliament, according to the Articles of Surrender of the said Town, made with Lieutenant General Midleton. And it is fur- ther Ordained, That the said Commissioners of Excise do reimburse themselves the said Twelve hundred Pounds, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. out of such Monies as shall come in to the Receipts of Excise, between the Intervals of Time, as other Ordi- nances of Parliament, already assigned, shall not fall due: And this Ordinance shall be a sufficient Warrant, &c. to the Commissioners of Excise for Payment of the same.