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 Sabbati, Septembris 7, 1644.
AN Ordinance for settling Edm. Prideaux Esquire, a Member of this House, in the Office of Master of the Posts and Couriers, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux, according to the Desire of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do settle Post Stages in the West, in such Places as he shall conceive to be safe and convenient for the better Maintenance of a good Intelligence between the Parliament and their Forces: And that the Couriers so established and employed by him in this Service, shall have the Protection of this House for their Horses and Goods: And that Mr. Speaker do grant Protections unto them accordingly: And that Mr. Prideaux do confer and consult with the Committee of his Majesty's Revenue, about some Expedient for defraying and upholding this Charge, for the public Service of the State.
Ordered, That Edm. Prideaux Esquire, a Member of this House, for his better Accommodation in the Service of the Parliament, and of Merchants in their Trading, shall have Liberty to use such Rooms in the House late of Alderman Freeman's, and where the Committee for the Accounts of the Kingdom now sit, as he shall conceive to be necessary for erecting and settling his Letter Office there: And all Parties whom it shall concern, are to take Notice hereof accordingly.
King's Parks, &c.
Ordered, That no Trees or Underwood be felled or cut in Birch Wood, Cranborne Chace, or in any other of the Parks, Forests, Chaces, or Woods, of the King's, under the Power of the Parliament, by virtue or colour of the Ordinance of Parliament for Felling of Woods for the City, without the Knowledge, Consent, and Allowance, of the Committee of the King's Revenue: And that whatsoever Timber, or other Wood, is already felled and cut in any of those Places, that none of it shall be carried away without the Consent and Allowance of the said Committee; and that those who have felled any Trees, or received or bought any of the Trees in any of the said Forests, Chaces, Parks, or Woods, be brought to an Account by the Committee of the Revenue.
Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Long, Mr. Holles, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Maynard, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. White, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Bond, Mr. Scawen, Lord Wenman, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Oldisworth, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Bence, Sir Ben. Rudyerd, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Blakiston, Sir Edw. Partheriche, Sir Jo. Hippisley;
This Committee is appointed to consider of the Ordinance for Felling of Wood for the Provision for the City; and to bring in an Ordinance for suspending of that Ordinance, if there shall be Cause; and to consider what is fit to be done for the Preservation of the Timber and Woods of the Kingdom: And the Care of it is especially recommended unto Sir Tho. Widdrington: And they are to meet upon it on Monday next, at Two post Meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Resolved, &c. That a Fine of Two hundred Pounds shall be set upon Sir Mathew Lister, for his Offence in sending a Bill of Exchange of an Hundred Pounds for supplying of his Wife's Daughter, now in Oxon, with Monies: And that he be discharged from further Question, and his Estate from Sequestration for the same.
Earl of Westmorland's Fine.
Resolved, &c. That the Sequestration of the Earl of Westmorland's Estate shall be taken off, from this Day forward; provided that all Rents, and Arrears of Rent, due to this Day to the State, be paid in: And that an Ordinance be brought in to this Purpose.
Upon Certificate from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, that Sir Jo. Baker has entered into Bond, with good Security, to pay Two thousand Pounds of his Fine at or before the Twentieth Day of September next, and One thousand Pounds within Three Months after: It is
Resolved, &c. That the Sequestration of the Estate of Sir Jo. Baker be taken off from this Day forward; provided that all Rents, and Arrears of Rent, due to the State to this Day be paid in; and that the Monies be paid in according to his Bonds; otherwise, that he receive no Benefit thereof: And that an Ordinance be brought in to this Purpose.
Hants, &c. Committees.
Ordered, That the Committee for the West do meet this Afternoon; and take Order, that the Gentlemen that are Committees of Hants, Wilts, Dorsetshire, Somersettshire, and Devon, do go down into their several and respective Counties forthwith: And that on Monday next they return the Names of such as do not go.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to send Directions to the several Committees of the several and respective Counties, out of which Forces are designed for Sir Wm. Waller, to expedite the sending of their Forces unto him with all Diligence.
Portsmouth Garison, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for Gloucester do receive the Examinations concerning the Goods and Monies seized and discovered, in pursuance of an Ordinance of Parliament, for the Payment of the Garison of Portsmouth, and other Officers mentioned in that Ordinance; and to deliver their Opinions upon the several Causes; and to report the same to the House.
Ordination of Ministers.
Resolved, &c. That this Paper of the Return of the Assembly of Divines, concerning Ordination of Ministers, pro tempore, shall be taken into Consideration by this Committee: And that the Committee shall likewise have Power to look into, and take into Consideration, the other Papers from the Assembly concerning this Matter.
Sir Wm. Lewes reports the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning the Ministry of the County of Southampton: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, thus amended, ordered to be ingrossed; and read the Third time.
Sheriff of Chester.
An Ordinance for appointing and authorizing Hen. Brooke Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Chester, and for regulating some other Passages in the same Office, was this Day read the Second time.
It is Ordered, That the Committee appointed to receive all the Rents belonging and payable to the Dean and Chapter of Paul's, do allow unto Mr. Wilkinson Minister of Faith's, London, the Rent he is to pay for the House he lives in; the which is to be defalked out of the Allowance due to him for his Service in the Assembly: And that the Rents due from the Parish of Faith's, and payable to the Dean and Chapter, be paid unto him the said Mr. Wilkinson, and added to his Living, for his better Maintenance and Support.
House to meet.
Die Sabbati, Septembris 7, 1644; Post Meridiem.
SIR Henry Vane junior reported, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Letter from my Lord General, from Plymouth, of September 3, one from my Lord Admiral, from Plymouth, of September 2. And that thereupon the Committee had sent Directions to Sir Wm. Waller to advance, with all Diligence, to Dorchester: That they had likewise sent this Fourth Letter to the Earl of Manchester, to march with all the Foot and Horse he can to them into the West. The Committee was likewise of Opinion, that Six thousand Arms, and Six thousand Suits of Cloaths, be forthwith sent to Portsmouth, for my Lord General's Foot.
The humble Petition of Wm. Pennoyer, of London, Merchant, was this Day read, concerning Arms long since contracted for by the Committee of the Safety, to be bought for the Service of the State, and now brought over.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are appointed to treat with Mr. Pennoyer, for the Arms brought over by him, both upon the Price, and Conditions he will deliver them, for the Service of the State. They are likewise to take care that the Arms may be tried. They are likewise to treat and take care for the providing of Six thousand Coats and Breeches, Shirts, Stockings, Shoes, and Caps, to be sent to Portsmouth, for my Lord General's Foot.
Message from Lords.
Lord Chancellor of Scotland.
Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Hollis, Lord Wenman, Sir Philip Stapleton, Sir Arthur Hasilrig; are appointed to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to go meet and entertain the Lord Lowdon, Lord Chancellor of Scotland.
Deputy Lieutenants of Lancaster.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to Colonel Haughton to be Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Lancaster; and have appointed a Committee of a proportionable Number to meet with the Committee of the Lords, to go and meet and entertain the Lord Lowdon, the Lord Chancellor of Scotland.
Ordered, That Colonel Jephson do billet the Soldiers that came from Wareham and are now at Portsmouth, in the Isle of Haling: And that Colonel Jephson do send his Warrants to the Parts near adjoining, to send in Victuals for those Soldiers.
Ordered, That Colonel Jephson do make Provision of Victuals in the County and Isle of Wight, for Five hundred Soldiers to be sent into Ireland: And that he take them up upon the best Conditions he can: And that the Country shall be repaid for them, out of the first Monies that shall be raised for Ireland: Out of which Monies also, the Ships that shall be taken up for the transporting the said Soldiers into Ireland, shall be paid their Freight.
Ordered, That the Three hundred old Musquets, now in the publick Magazine, in the Custody of Lieutenant Colonel Owen Roe, be sent down to Portsmouth, to be sent over with the Soldiers that are to be transported into Ireland.
Pistols for Army.
Resolved, &c. That Five hundred Pair of Pistols shall be forthwith provided and sent to Portsmouth, for the Service of my Lord General's Horse: And that it be referred to the Committee appointed to take care of providing the Arms, Coats, and Breeches, to take care of providing these Pistols likewise.
Provisions for Army.
Ordered, That all the Provision of Victual for Horse and Foot intended for my Lord General's Army, and now in shipping, be forthwith sent away and left at Plymouth, for the Use of the Town and Forces there: And that the Committee of the Navy take care herein, and give their Orders accordingly.
Money for Army.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise do forthwith comply with the former Ordinance of Parliament, for the Issuing of One thousand Two hundred Pounds for the Service of the Soldiers that came out of Wareham: And that they do pay the same upon Account to Colonel Jephson, or such as he shall appoint to receive the same.
Governor of Plymouth.
Letters to Lord General, &c.
Money for Army Service.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons at Haberdashers Hall, do make present Payment of Two hundred Pounds for impresting of Two Ships to transport the Soldiers that came out of Wareham into Ireland: And that the same Two hundred Pounds be paid unto Mr. John Bence, upon Account; who is appointed to take up the said Ships.
Farthing Tokens, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to go to the Common Council about the Farthing Tokens Business, &c. do desire the Common Council [to] meet upon Monday in the Afternoon, concerning my Lord General's Business.
Committee for Jersey.
Ordered, That the Committee for Jersey, or any Three of them, shall have Power to meet when and where they please: And that they shall have Power to receive and present to the House any Declaration, or other Matter, against George Cartwright of Jersey.
Purging the Mews.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Gallant, John Thurnwood, and others, now Prisoners in Wassford, be referred to the Committee of the Navy; to consider and appoint some fit way how the Petitioners may be released, and exchanged for the Irish Mariners now Prisoners in the Marshalsea.
Answer from Lords.
The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, finding, by Experience, that it is most necessary for keeping of good Intelligence between the Parliament and their Forces, that Post Stages should be erected in several Parts of the Kingdom; and the Office of Master of the Post and Couriers being at present void, and none to take care thereof; and having had good and sufficient Testimony and Assurance of the Diligence and careful Endeavours of Edmond Prydeaux Esquire, a Member of the House of Commons, in erecting and settling of Post Stages for the Service of the State; do Ordain, That the said Edmond Prideaux Esquire, a Member of the House of Commons, shall be, and is hereby constituted and appointed, Master of the Posts, Messengers, and Couriers: And Mr. Solicitor General is to prepare a Patent, to be passed under the Great Seal of England, by which the Office of Master of the Posts, Messengers, and Couriers, together with all Fees and Profits therewith usually passed and enjoyed, shall be granted unto him, during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament, in such manner as formerly hath been used and accustomed: And the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby authorized and required to pass the same under the Great Seal of England accordingly.