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 Jovis, Octobris 31, 1644.
Webb's Claims, &c.
THE humble Petition of F. Webb of London, Merchant, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for Examinations; to report their Opinions upon it to the House: And that if these Goods prove forfeitable to the State, that then the Moiety of the Proceed of these Goods shall be paid to the Petitioner, upon Account, towards the Discharge of the Debt due unto him for Arms delivered to the Service of the State; the other Moiety to be employed for the Payment of the Two hundred Pounds formerly assigned for the Mariners of Sunderland, to pay the Monies assigned to Colonel Wardlowe, and to defray the Charge of sending some godly Ministers into the Bishoprick and Northumberland, Towns of Newcastle and Barwick; and the Remainder of that Moiety to be employed towards the Discharge of the Arrears of the Waggoners employed to my Lord General's and Sir Wm. Waller's Armies.
Mr. Blakiston to take care of this Business.
Mr. Browne of Dorsettshire presents Instructions, Rules, and Directions, to be observed and put in Execution by Colonel Martyn Pindar, Thomas Harbert, Harecort Laiton, and Captain John Potter, Commissioners of Parliament in the Army of the Lord General the Earl of Essex; and likewise by Captain Stephen White and Jo. Prickman, Commissioners of Parliament in the Army of Sir Wm. Waller respectively, and by such others as these Instructions do or may concern: Whereupon,
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Establishment of the Army, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider of the same; and present their Opinions with Speed unto the House: And are to meet on Friday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Mr. Bond reports the Case of Sir Wm. Uvedale, in respect of his Absence: And, upon Consideration of it,
It is Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Uvedale be forthwith admitted into the House, to sit as a Member thereof.
Mr. Speaker presented, from the French Resident, a Remonstrance, in French and English, in Writing, concerning a free Trade to all the Ports of England, and Dominions thereof; and concerning the Restitution and Reparation of the Losses sustained by the French King's Subjects: The which was read; and referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms: Who are desired to take it into speedy Consideration; and to return their Opinions upon the Whole.
A Letter from Poole, of Octobris 28, 1644, concerning the State of the Dorsettshire Forces, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of the West.
Attainting Archbishop of Canterbury.
An Ordinance for adjudging William Laud Archbishop of Canterbury, attainted of High Treason, and to suffer the Pains of Death upon his Impeachment of High Treason was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Niclas, Mr. Browne, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, and all the Lawyers of the House: Who are to meet upon it this Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and to bring it in on Saturday Morning: And Mr. Browne is then to sum up the State and Matter of the Evidence to the House: And all the Members are enjoined to be present.
Mr. Niclas is to take care of this Business.
Sir Robert Barkley.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Ordinance concerning the Archbishop of Canterbury, to represent their Opinions to the House, upon the Matter of Fact, in the Case of Sir Robert Barkley, upon his Sentence touching his Practice as a Lawyer.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning Mr. Rous do give Account to the House of the intercepted Letter in his Custody, concerning Gerardus Johannes Vossius of Amsterdam.
An Ordinance for erecting Forts and Boats, and raising of Forces, for the Streightening and Annoying the Garison of Crowland, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee for the Earl of Manchester's Association, and the Knights and Burgesses of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutlandshire: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon, in the Duchy Chamber.
A Letter from the Committee at Leicester, of Octobris 29; and a Letter inclosed, from Captain Hacker, to the same Committee, relating the Taking of Six hundred Horse, and Four hundred Foot, of * * * *.
Ordered, That Mr. Pelham do To-morrow bring in the Ordinance concerning Wesbeech and the Isle of Elye.
Taking of Newcastle.
Two Letters from the Commissioners of both Houses, of the 22th and 24th of October, from Newcastle, concerning the Taking of the said Town; and concerning the Rendering of the Castle in Newcastle upon Mercy; and desiring to know what is fit to be done with Sir Jo. Marlay, late Mayor of Newcastle: And
Sir Jo. Marlay.
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That it be signified to the Commissioners of both Houses, by way of Answer to that Particular of their Letter touching Sir Jo. Marlay, that this House has thought fit to except Sir Jo. Marlay, from all Mercy and Pardon; and do therefore appoint and direct, that he may be proceeded with according to the Course of War.
Grant to Vossius.
Mr. Rous informing the House, that the Letter intercepted, in his Custody, was not from Conradus Johannes Vossius, as was supposed;
It was Resolved, &c. and so Ordered, That the Committee of Sequestrations in the County of Kent do, out of the Rents and Revenues of the Dean, Dean and Chapter, of Canterbury, make Payment of One hundred Pounds per Annum, payable out of the said Rents and Revenues, to Mr. Gerardus Johannes Vossius, Professor of History in Amsterdam, formerly granted to the said Mr. Vossius out of the said Rents and Revenues; together with the Arrears thereof due.
Affairs of Newcastle.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed to treat with the Scotts Commissioners; who are likewise to confer with the Committee for the Northern Affairs; to consider what is fit to be done for the Settlement of the Affairs and Civil Government of Newcastle to the best Advantage of the State; and to present their Opinions to the House.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
And Sir Tho. Widdrington is to carry up these Votes, and the Letters from Newcastle.
Members in Publick Service.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Privileges, where Sir Robert Harley has the Chair, to consider what Members of this House are in publick Service, or otherwise; and to bring in a List of them; and of what Nature their Employments are.
Battle of Newbury.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Blewbery, of Octobris 28, 1644, relating the Success the Parliament Forces had against the King's Forces, near Newbury, was this Day *.
Payment to Harley.
Whereas it was ordered by the Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Robert Harley, a Member of the House of Commons, should be paid out of the Monies at Haberdashers Hall, One thousand Pounds, by him mentioned to be lent towards the Supply of the Army raised for the Defence of the King and Parliament; wherein the Concurrence of the Lords was desired: But, before That was obtained, the said Sir Robert Harley received Eight hundred Pounds out of the Proceed of * * * *, sold at Haberdashers Hall: It is therefore this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Two hundred Pounds of the Monies at Haberdashers Hall be forthwith paid to Sir Robert Harley: And the Committee of Lords and Commons, for Advance of Monies, that sits at Haberdashers Hall, are desired to take care, and give Order, that the said Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith paid to the said Sir Robert Harley, accordingly.
Provisions, &c. for Army.
Upon Mr. Trenchard's Report from the Committee for my Lord General's Army;
Resolved, &c. That the associated Counties under my Lord of Manchester shall advance, towards these Provisions, Twelve hundred Pounds: That One thousand Pounds, towards these Provinces, shall be advanced out of the Monies appointed for my Lord General's Army; and Eight hundred Pounds by the associate Western Counties; for Sir Wm. Waller's Army.
Sir John Potts undertakes to supply the Twelve hundred Pounds in Money, or Credit, so as he may, by Ordinance, be enabled to receive the same again, out of the weekly Assessments within that Association: Which is thought fit by the Committee he should have.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard do the like for the Thousand Pounds; and be reimbursed out of the next Monies he shall receive for the General's Army.
Mr. Trenchard undertook to supply Four hundred Pounds of the Eight hundred Pounds: And Sir Richard Onsloe and Mr. Browne undertook to supply the other Four hundred Pounds, in Money or Provisions.
That the Eight hundred Pounds, undertaken by Mr. Trenchard, Sir Richard Onsloe, and Mr. Browne, be employed for the Provision of Horse-meat; and the One Third of the Two of the Provisions in Horse-Meat.
That Mr. Bond, the Commissary of the Army be enjoined the Making of these Provisions, and Sending of them down.
This Committee is of Opinion, That, for such Provisions or Money as have been, within Ten Days last past, delivered in by the County of Surrey or Hants, upon the Warrants of Sir Wm. Waller's Commissary, shall be reimbursed them out of their weekly Assessment: And, if upon the Warrants of any other Commissary, then by their respective Treasurers.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Richard Onsloe, Mr. Trenchard, and Sir John Potts, do bring in their several and respective Ordinances according to this Report.