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, 29 Aprilis, 1643.
ADRAUGHT of a Letter to be sent unto my Lord General, concerning Supply to be made to the Town of Nottingham, for Security of that Town.
Resolved, &c. That Daniel Colwall, one of the Under Searchers of the Port of London, shall be sequestred from his Place and Profits of the said Place, of Under Searcher, for his neglecting of his Place, and his being absent above Three Weeks; and is at Oxon: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider of, and present, a fit Man for this Service.
Ordered, That the Committee for the King's Revenue do meet this Afternoon.
Letters referred, &c.
Ordered, That the Letter, with the Letters inclosed, from Colonel Morley, be referred to the Committee for Examinations; and that as for the Saddles, that they be bestowed, as a Reward upon the Soldiers, in such manner as Colonel Morley shall direct.
Ordered, That this Letter from the Leaguer before Reading, concerning the Pay of the Forces come out of Essex, was this Day read; and referred to the Committees for the Five associated Counties: Who are presently to withdraw, and to bring in some Resolutions upon it forthwith; that the Desires of the Letter may be effected, for another Month's Pay to be allowed and continued to the Forces sent out of the Associated Counties.
Taking of Reading.
A Letter from the Leaguer, of the Twenty-seventh of April, concerning the taking in of Reading, was read; and forthwith sent to be printed.
Resolved, That Order be given for Thanks to be rendered unto God, for his Blessing upon the Parliament Forces, in taking in of Redding; and the Lords Concurrence to be desired herein:... Who is likewise to carry up the Ordinance for Maidstone Sequestration; for Colonel Cromwell; for the City Captains; the Ordinance concerning Sir Wm. Waller, with the Addition of the Words "with Interest."
Defeat of Cornish Cavaliers.
Letters from Mr. Prideaux, and Serjeant Major James Chudleigh, concerning a great Defeat given by some small Remainder of his Forces, to the whole Army of the Cornish Cavaliers, were this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom: Who are to meet upon them this Afternoon.
Ordered, That Thanks be returned to Major James Chudleygh, and the rest of the Captains of the County of Devon: And that Mr. Rous and Mr. Strode do prepare a Letter to be sent to Major James Chudleigh, &c. in Acknowledgment of the great Service done by them, and the great Blessing of God upon their Endeavours.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do bring in an Ordinance for the Fortifying of Barnestaple; and for the Indemnity of such as shall fortify it.
Ordered, That the Committee for Examinations do examine and inquire of Mr. Adam Bowen, where the Six hundred and fifty Pounds, deposited in his Hands, belonging to one Smyth, a Ward, is; and how it may be had, for the Service of the State, at this present, according to former Orders.
An Ordinance for furnishing the State with Saltpetre was this Day read; and re-committed unto the Committee for the Navy: And they are to bring it in on Tuesday Morning.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. White, one of the Singing Men of the Abbey, be forthwith committed Prisoner to Winchester House; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House: And that the several Contempts committed by him against this House, in reading of Declarations, and fixing up of Proclamations * *
Person sent for.
Ordered, That Sir Fred. Cornewallis be forthwith sent for in safe Custody.
Ordered, That the Committees for raising Monies, by laying Charges upon Commodities, do meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, at Haberdashers Hall; and that they do consider of the Paper concerning that Business returned from the Committee in London; and bring in their Opinions upon it, on Monday next.
Ordered, That the four Irish Traitors, now Prisoners in the Tower, be removed Prisoners to Newgate.
Sheriffs not to publish Proclamation.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, or either of them, do not publish, or suffer to be published, in any of their Liberties or Jurisdictions, a Proclamation, intituled, "A Proclamation prohibiting the assessing, collecting, or paying any weekly Taxes, and seizing or sequestring the Rents or Estates of our good Subjects, by colour of any Orders, or pretended Ordinances, of one or both Houses of Parliament:" And for their Obedience herein, they shall be protected, and saved harmless, by Authority of this House.
Loan from the City, &c.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday Morning, Alderman Soame do give his positive and absolute Answer, concerning the Two thousand Pounds desired to be borrowed of him; which, in like manner, was borrowed of the rest of the Court of Aldermen, and by them paid in: And that, at the same time, Mr. Trenchard to make Report of such Members as have not contributed, or as have subscribed, and not brought in their Monies, according to their Subscriptions.
Essex Forces, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Massam and Sir Martin Lumley do forthwith go to Reading, to encourage and keep together the Forces sent out of Essex to the Army: And that Sir Tho. Barrington do forthwith go into Essex, for advancing the Service of raising another Month's .... for the Forces sent out of Essex to the Lord General's Army; and likewise for returning such Soldiers as are now come away from the Army.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of the County of Dorsett do meet this Afternoon, to consider of some Forces to be raised for the Service of that Country; and of one to command them in chief.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Rob. Harley brings Answer, that the Lords do agree, that there shall be a publick Thanksgiving To-morrow, in all the Churches and Chapels of London, Westminster, and the Places adjacent. They do agree to the Addition of the Words "with Interest," to be added to the Ordinance concerning Colonel Waller: And as to the three Ordinances, concerning Maidston Sequestration; concerning Supplies to Colonel Cromwell; concerning the City Captains; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Whereas some of the Judges stand impeached, among other Things, for the Judgments, Resolutions, and extrajudicial Opinions, they gave, in the Point of Shipmoney: It is Ordered, That the Lords be desired to appoint a speedy Day, when this House may come to demand Judgment against them, for that particular of Ship-money only, at this time.
Mr. Waller went up with this Message.
Ordered, That Sir Christ. Yelverton do, from this House, desire the Earl of Holland, not to make any other Captain of the Company of Train Bands, in Clerkenwell Parish, than He that is at this present, and now in the Service of the Parliament.
Mr. Waller brings Answer, that, as to Judge Bartlett, the Lords have given Time till Thursday come Fortnight; and, to the rest of the Judges, Fourteen Days, to put in their Answer.
The humble Petition of the English Reformado Officers, was this Day read.
The Question being put, whether any of the English Reformado Officers, that received any Part of the Two hundred Pounds, bestowed upon them, by Order of this House of the Four and-twentieth of December last, should receive any more Monies;
It passed with the Negative: The House declaring, that, upon the Payment of that Two hundred Pounds unto them, they were discharged.
Ordered, That Mr. Green do make his Report, concerning the Navy, on Monday next.
Ordered, That the Earl of Erwin, brother to the Marquis of Argile, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass to Oxon; with some Eight Persons and Horses in his Company.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker, according to a former Order, shall sign the Warrant to the Duke d'Espernoon.
Ordered, That Mr. Rich. Gorge, eldest Son to the Lord Gorge, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go into France, with two Servants.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Jo. Thoroughgood shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass beyond Seas, with two Servants, for Recovery of his Health.
Searcher of Gravesend.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons now assembled in Parliament, That Richard Ward, one of the Searchers of Gravesend, who hath neglected his Place, and hath been absent above Three Weeks, contrary to the Law; and hath refused to pay the Assessment; and is at Oxon; shall be suspended his said Place of Searcher, and from all Fees and Profits belonging to the same: And that John Bird Gentleman, be put into, and admitted to execute, the said Place; who shall take and receive all the Fees, Profits, and Commodities, belonging to the said Place, in as ample manner, as the said Richard Ward, or any other Person or Persons, at any time heretofore, that hath executed the said Place of Searcher of Gravesend: And that the Commissioners of the Customs, Head Searchers, Surveyor, Comptroller, and all other Officers in the Port of London, or whom it may concern, shall take Notice thereof accordingly.
Clerk of the Pells.
Whereas his Majesty's Subjects, Receivers, Farmers, and Fee Farmers, and others, according to their several Grants, and Letters Patents, are bound (and many upon great Penalties and Forfeitures) to pay their Monies unto the Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer at Westminster: And whereas divers Persons, this last Hilary Term, in Discharge of their Duty, and in Pursuance of the Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, have paid in their Monies into the said Receipt; and other have offered, but have carried back the same, for want of a Discharge by Tally; which neither those that have paid, nor that offered, could receive, by Reason that Sir Edw. Wardour Knight, and Edw. Wardour Esquire, Clerk of the Pells, have not only refused to enter the Tallies, according to the Course of the said Court, and as by their Oaths they ought; but, in Contempt of the Ordinance of the Lords and Commous, in Parliament, have withdrawn themselves; to the great Disservice of the Commonwealth: The Lords and Commons, therefore, taking the same into their serious Consideration, do order and appoint Arthur Squibb the younger, Gentleman, to execute the said Place or Office of the said Clerk of the Pells, during their Absence; and to do and perform all and every Act and Acts, Thing and Things, which to the said Place or Office belongeth or appertaineth, and which the said Sir Edward Wardour Knight, and Edward Wardour Esquire, or the Clerk of the Pells, for the time being, may, might, or ought to do. And the Lords and Commons do further declare, that they will, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, protect, and keep indemnified, not only the said Arthur Squibb, for whatsoever he shall do in Performance of this Ordinance, but also all the Officers and Ministers of his Majesty's said Receipt, and others his Majesty's Subjects, whom this may any-wise concern.
Ordered, That one Month's Pay be forthwith raised in the Associate Countries of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, the County of the City of Norwich, and the Isle of Ely, for the maintaining of the several Forces of Horse and Foot sent out of the several Counties.
And it is further Ordered, That, for the present and speedy Payment thereof, it be raised, by way of Contribution, in the said Five Counties, of such as have already subscribed, or sent Men, Horse, and Arms, under the Command of the Lord Grey of Werk: And that one further Assessment, according to the weekly Assessment, be raised in the said Five Counties, for one Month, other than what is already assessed; and this further Assessment, to begin the First of May; which is to be employed in the Reimbursement of such as shall lend any Money, or be at any Charge for the sending of the said Forces out of the said Counties, and maintaining of the said Forces for the Time to come. It is likewise further Ordered, That all the Monies now in the Hand of Colonel Long, or of any other employed by him, or, by his Command, raised in the County of Essex, other than such as is already disposed of by Order of this House, and such as is due to himself, his Officers and Soldiers, for their Pay, be paid over to the Treasurer of the Association for the County of Essex, upon Account; to be employed, with other Monies, toward Payment of the Forces sent out of Essex to my Lord General's Army.
It is further Ordered, That Sir Thomas Barrington shall go To-morrow, being Tuesday, into the County of Essex, and take special Care of the speedy Execution of the several Parts of this Order, wherein the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants are required to be assisting to him; as also, for the speeding away of the Forces of Foot and Dragoons, with their Month's Pay in the Hands of some Treasurer, who are forthwith to march, according to the Lord General, and the Lord Grey of Werk, their Directions; as also, to take special Care, that all those who have departed from their Colours without Leave, may be returned again, and, that are found refractory, punished.