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, Septembris 16, 1644.
MR. Rous presented from the Assembly of Divines, their humble Advice, That, after the Word "Church," in the Preface of the Ordinance touching Ordination pro tempore, the Words "by Preaching Presbyters," may be added.
The House took the same into Consideration; and, after some Debate thereof, by Vote, upon the Question, ordered, That those Words "by Preaching Presbyters," be added after the Word "Church," in the Preface, according to the humble Advice and Desire of the Assembly of Divines therein: And that Mr. Rous do acquaint the Assembly herewith.
Leicestershire, &c. Association.
Resolved, &c. That the Business concerning Leicestershire, as to the Associating of that County, and of the Counties of Nottingham, Derbyshire, &c. be re-committed to the same Committee, and to the Committee for the Northern Counties, where Sir Tho. Widdrington has the Chair.
Powder for Barnstaple.
A Letter from the Committee at Kingston, of Septembris 16, 1644, concerning Five hundred and Seventeen Barrels of Powder taken by them at Weybridge, and by their Care brought into the Tower, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Tower, to examine Mr. Cordwell, the Powder-maker, upon this Business; who, by an Order of the Committee of both Kingdoms made in March last, was to send up all the Powder he made to the Tower.
Ordered, That the Two hundred Barrels of Powder formerly ordered to be issued forth by the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, and sent, to the Scotts Army in the North, be issued forth to that Army, upon Account, out of the Powder now sent from Weybridge into the publick Stores.
Conveying Arms, &c.
Protestants of Dublin.
The humble Petition of Sir Robert King, in the Behalf of the Protestants of the City of Dublin, reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred back to the Committee of both Kingdoms; to consider what is fit to be done upon this Petition; and to present their Opinions to the House.
Affairs at Plymouth.
A Letter from Captain Wm. Batten, Vice Admiral, from Plymouth Sound, of Septembris 11 1644, concerning the State of Plymouth, and that it has been summoned by the King; and a Letter inclosed, from the Lord Digby to the Lord Robarts, Governor of Plymouth.
Resolved, &c. That the, Town of Plymouth shall be satisfied for the Billet due unto them from the Soldiers: And that it be referred to the Committee for Plymouth, forthwith to consider of some speedy Way and Means to satisfy the said Billet.
It is further Ordered, upon the Question, That what Damages the Town of Plymouth, or the Inhabitants, shall suffer by reason of their long Siege, and the Enemies Attempts upon it, shall be taken into Consideration, and repaired hereafter.
Sir Jo. Young and Mr. Waddon are appointed to prepare a Letter to be sent from the House to give them all Encouragement; and to acquaint them with what Provision the House has made for their Security and Encouragement: and to confirm unto them the Particulars of Encouragement, sent unto them in a Letter on Saturday last, to the Town of Plymouth, from the Committee of Plymouth.
Trade with France.
Mr. Speaker represented unto the House a Memorial, in French, in Writing, from Monsieur Sabran, Resident for the French Affairs, touching free Commerce: The which was ordered to be referred to the Committee of the Navy, in the like manner as the former Memorial touching the same Business, was referred.
The humble Petition of Martin de Rous, Magistrate of Rotterdam, touching the Tiger of Rotterdam, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to Mr. Green, Doctor Eden, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Holles, Mr. Bence, and Mr. Vassall; to consider of an Order fit to be made upon this Petition; and to present it to the House.
Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Jo. Hippisley, Lord Lisle, are added to the Committee appointed to treat with the Committee of the Militia: And all the Members of that Committee are enjoined to meet from time to time with that Committee, upon the Service committed unto them; until that Service be effected.
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Letter from the King.
They have appointed a Committee of Thirteen of their Members; and desire this House to appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number; to meet To-morrow at Nine of Clock, in the Painted Chamber; to consider what is fit to be done upon this Letter.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed a Committee of a proportionable Number to meet with a Committee of the Lords To-morrow at Nine of Clock, in the Painted Chamber; to consider what is fit to be done upon the Letter from the King.-
Letter from the King.
Mr. Solicitor, Sir Hen. Vane junior, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Holles, Sir Henry Heyman, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Christofer Wray, Mr. Oldesworth, Sir Tho. Woodhouse, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Pierpoint, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Purefoy, Lord Grey, Mr. Tate, Mr. Crew, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Whitlock, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Long, Doctor Eden, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Hodges, Sir Benjamin Rudyard;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, To-morrow, at Nine of Clock, in the Painted Chamber; to consider what is fit to be done upon the Letter from the King, directed to the Lords and Commons of Parliament assembled at Westminster.
Resolved, upon the Question, That one of the Articles for the Commissioners for Martial Law shall be, to have Power, and they are hereby authorized, to proceed against such Officers and Soldiers as have departed, or shall bepart, from their Colours without Leave; according to my Lord General's Articles: And the Committee of the Militia is to have Notice of this Order: Who are hereby enjoined to give Directions to the several Courts of Guards, to apprehend such Officers and Soldiers as they come to the Courts of Guards. And this Order is to be forthwith Printed and Published.
The Lords and Commons do Declare, That all Officers and Soldiers that are in or about the Cities of London and Westminster, and are under, or have, Command abroad, and do not depart the same by Friday next, and go to their Colours and Charges, shall be proceeded against, by the Commissioners for Martial Law, according to my Lord General's Articles: Who have hereby Power to proceed against them accordingly; except against such as are to attend by Order of Parliament: And that the Committee for the Militia do publish this Order by Beat of Drum.
Upon the humble Petition of Marten de Rous, and Company, presented to the House, for to have such of the Goods lately taken and unladen out of the Tiger of Rotterdam, to which they have made Claim before the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed to treat with the States Ambassadors, to be delivered unto them upon depositing of so much Money as they are appraised at;
It is Ordered, That the Commissioners and Collectors of Prize Goods do make Stay of the Sale of the said Goods for the present: And, in case that the said Martin de Rous doth before Saturday Night next make Payment unto the Collectors for Prize Goods, of the Money at which which they are appraised, then the said Goods to be delivered unto him.
It is further Ordered, with the Consent of the said Martyn de Rous; That if, upon Trial hereafter, the said Goods shall be adjudged unto him and Company; then that no other Reftitution be made, upon Pretence of Damage, or otherwise, out of the Money by him duly paid for them.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, in regard of the extraordinary pressing Occasions of the Western Parts at this present, that the Assessment of the Twentieth Part of the Lord Coventry, and likewise of Mr. Palmer, now a Prisoner in the Fleet, shall be employed and bestowed in such manner, and for such Uses, as, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the associated Western Counties, shall be directed and appointed.