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 Veneris, Septembris 6, 1644.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Granthan, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Resolved, &c. That the Proceed of the Goods discovered by Colonel Ven, and belonging to Sir Tho. Nott, and now in the Hands of the Sequestrators at Westminster, be issued out by the said Sequestrators to Colonel Ven, upon Account, for the Service of the Garison of Windesore.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Jo. Puleston, of Ermerall in the County of Flint Esquire, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Examinations; to examine the State of the Matter set forth in the Petition: And that if the Estate petitioned for shall, upon Examination, prove forfeitable to the State, that then Mr. Puleston, according to the Desire of his Petition, shall have the Benefit of the Estate, and the Arrearages.
Monsieur Sabran's Pass.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker shall grant his Warrant to Monsieur Sabran, to pass to the King, if he shall desire it.
Mr. Speaker presented unto the House a Letter from the States Ambassadors, in French and English.
That in English, directed to Wm. Lenthall Esquire, Speaker of the House of Commons assembled in Parliament of England at Westminster, was this Day read; and ordered to be taken into Consideration, so soon as the Committee appointed to treat with the States Ambassadors shall come in.
Mr. Speaker is then to put the House in mind thereof.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Robert Jenkinson, now a Prisoner to the Parliament, shall be bailed, upon such Bail as Mr. Speaker shall approve of; provided that he go not further from the Lines of Communication than Five Miles.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do prepare a Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to my Lord Inchiquin, and the rest of the Officers of Munster, in Answer to the Lord Inchiquin's, and the rest of the Officers Letter.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do prepare a Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to my Lord Admiral, to desire, That since those of Munster have declared themselves, that there may be a free Trade to those Ports that have declared for the Parliament.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Prisoners, to consider what Prisoners of War, as Corporals, and such as are under their Degree, are fit to be sent into Ireland, to fight against the Rebels; and to report their Opinions: And that the Committee of both Kingdoms do appoint the Officers that are to have these Men, to attend that Committee for Prisoners.
Transactions with Holland.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have added Two Lords to the Committee of their House appointed to treat with the States Ambassadors upon the Complaints touching the Surprisal of Ships; and desire this House to appoint a Committee of proportionable Number.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder, Sir Hen. Heyman, Mr. Whitelock, Lord Lisle, be added to the Committee appointed to meet and treat with the States Ambassadors, touching the Surprisals of Ships.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have added a Committee of a proportionable Number to meet with the States Ambassadors, as is desired.
Holy Island Garison.
Upon a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Business of Holy Island; It is this Day
Ordered, By the Commons House of Parliament, That the Arrears of Pay due to the Governor, Officers, and Soldiers, in the Garison of Holy Island, until the Surrender thereof to the Use of King and Parliament (being the 1st of June 1643,) and since, being audited and perfected, shall be paid and satisfied out of the Sequestration or Sale of Delinquents Estates in the Northern Counties: And that it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to settle that Garison for the future, both for the Number, and the Pay.
Hartley's, &c. Goods.
Ordered, That such Goods or Monies as formerly were staid by the Mayor of Liverpoole, Lawrence Mercer, Mr. John Walker, Thomas Hodgeson, John Wood, or any Person, or other Officer, of the Town of Liverpoole in the County of Lancaster, which, upon due Examination before Two or more Deputy Lieutenants of the said County, or Order from the Admiralty, are or shall be found justly to belong unto John Hartley, Edward Johnson, or Nicholas Hawett, of Manchester, Merchants, or to Gerrald Conon of Droheda, in the Kingdom of Ireland, Merchant, shall forthwith be delivered, by the Mayor of Liverpoole, and the said Persons and Officers of the said Town, unto the said Jo. Hartley, Edward Johnson, and Nicho. Hawett; they first paying all Customs for the same, if any be due; and also giving sufficient Security unto the said Deputy Lieutenants to be answerable to all Claims and Demands, by any Person or Persons whatsoever, concerning the said Goods: And the said Deputy Lieutenants are hereby required to see a due Execution of this Order.
Farthing Tokens, &c.
The House took into Debate the Consideration of the Business concerning Farthing Tokens, upon the Complaint of the Citizens against them, and the Petition of the Poor, complaining that there is no Re-change for their Farthings; which turns to their great Damage, even to their utter Undoing.
The Citizens that were at the Door, attending upon the Business of Farthing Tokens, were called in: And being demanded, whether they were appointed by the Common Council to negociate this Business;
Answered, They were.
Whether the Propositions presented by them to the Grand Committee, touching that Matter, were approved by the Common Council;
Answered, They were so pressed in Time, that the Common Council were not yet acquainted with them.
Sir Thomas Soame, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Beddenfeild, Mr. Vassall, Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr. Scawen, Colonel Ven, Mr. Spurstoe, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Jephson, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Strode;
This Committee is to inform the Common Council, That this House has taken into Consideration the Matter of Farthing Tokens; and, upon the Debate of it, have met with many Inconveniencies that will happen upon the sudden decrying of them, to the Poor; and of the Clamour raised by the Poor by reason there is no Re-exchange.
They are to represent to the Common Council the whole Matter of Debate and Consideration of this Business; and to desire the Common Council to take the whole Matter into a speedy Consideration; and return their Opinions, in which manner the Inconveniences on all Sides may be prevented, and the Poor receive the best Satisfaction.
They are likewise to represent unto the Common Council the Necessity of Ireland; and to acquaint them with the Assessment that in general is to be laid upon the whole Kingdom for the Relief of that Necessity; and withal, to acquaint them with the Sum of Five hundred and Fifty Pounds Weekly, offered to the House from the Committee, to be set upon the City.
Whereas the Rectory of the Parish Church of Braybrook in the County of Northampton, was sequestered from the Incumbent Nicholas Bent, for his great Unworthiness, and Jonah Uty, Master of Arts, an able and orthodox Divine, was placed in his stead: Now, so it is, that the said Nicholas Bent lately died at Asby de la Zuch, a Garison of the Enemies; and the Presentation to the aforesaid Rectory is in Sir Edward Griffin Knight, who hath been, and now is, in actual Arms against the Parliament: The Lords and Commons do therefore Order and Ordain, and be it Ordered and Ordained, That the said Jonah Utie be forthwith presented as full Parson to the Rectory of the Parish Church of Braybrook aforesaid: And that this present Ordinance shall be, to all Purposes, a Presentation of him to the same. And these are further to command all Officers whom it may or shall concern, that they do admit, institute, and induot, the said Jonah Uty to the Rectory aforesaid. And it is also Ordained, That any Officer or Person, that shall be aiding or assisting to the said Jonah Uty, in doing any thing by virtue of this Ordinance, shall be defended and saved harmless therein, by Authority of both Houses of Parliament.