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, 5 Maii, 1643
ORDERED, That the Collection, made at the last Fast, in St. Margaret's Westminster, be assigned and allowed for the Relief of the Poor maimed Soldiers of the said Parish; and that the Collections of this Parish shall not be comprehended within the General Order for disposing the Collections made in the several Parishes of London and Westminster, nor disposed of in such manner as is limited and assigned by the said Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to pay unto the Master, Officers, and Seamen of the Ship Confidence, of Dublyn, under the Command of Captain Bartlett, the Sum of an Hundred and Forty Pounds, out of such Monies as they shall think fit; to satisfy and discharge the Pay due unto them for their Service; being employed in the Parliament's Service.
Thomson's, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Maurice Thomson and Partners, Merchants, be referred to the Judge of the Admiralty, or, in his Absence, to the Deputy Judge, Register, or Deputy Register; who is to call to their Assistance some Civil Lawyers; and to inquire into the Particulars of the Business; and to make a State of it, and what Course may, by the Law of Nations, done in Equity upon it; and to report it to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider of lessening the Charge of this Summer's Fleet, by calling in some of the greater Ships, or otherwise, as they shall think fit.
Declaration on the Treaty.
A Declaration, relating and expressing the State and Result of the Treaty at Oxon, brought from the Committee, was this Day read.
Killingworth Castle, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicoll, or who else has in Custody the Letters sent to the Close Committee, do bring in the Letter concerning the betraying of Killingworth Castle, or Warwick Castle, found in the Earl of Northampton's Pocket when he was slain.
Manual of Prayers.
Ordered, That the little Book, intituled, A Manual of Prayers for Sir Ralph Dutton's Regiment, be referred to the Committee appointed to prepare the General Declaration.
Resolved, &c. That, in this Declaration, Mention shall be made of the Letter sent from the King to the Queen, and intercepted, concerning the disposing of the great Offices of the Kingdom; and that this Letter be printed with this Declaration.
Advance from Customs.
The Customers (according to an Order Yesterday made) attending without, were called in; and Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them with the State of the Navy, and with the Necessity of providing Fortv-five thousand Pounds for the present Necessities, and Subsistence of it: And did demand of them whether they will advance this Sum of Forty-five thousand Pounds upon their own Credit, or otherwise. They desired to withdraw, that they night confer together before they give any Answer to this Demand.
Message to Lords.
Sir Wm. Strickland carried up to the Lords, the Order concerning Mr. Moseley of Manchester; concerning the Six hundred and Fifty Pounds to be paid by Sir David Watkins; concerning Monies seized, to be returned to Captain Rich. Moore; concerning the making Sir Rob. Harley Work-master of the Mint: The Sequestrations, of St. Magdalen's Bermondsey; of Buttolph's Bishopsgate.
He was likewise to desire the Lords to speed some Answer to the Conference concerning Commissioners to be sent into Scotland; and to the Ordinance for enabling one to strike Tallies in the Exchequer, in the Absence of Sir Edw. Wardour, the Officer.
Sir Wm. Strickland brings Answer, that the Lords will immediately take the several Messages and Orders carried up by him, into a speedy Consideration, and send a speedy Answer by Messengers of their own.
Committee for Sequestrations.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Bennett;
The Lords have thought fit to add Two Lords more to the Committee for Sequestrations.
Commissioners of Customs.
The Commissioners of the Customs are appointed to attend the House To-morrow Morning, at Nine of Clock.
Treaty with the King.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Whittlock, to compose and lay together all the particular Papers, Passages, and Messages of the Treaty; and to prepare for the printing of them.
Whereas, in Obedience to an Order and Command of the House of Commons in Parliament, of the Two-and twentieth of April last, Sir David Watkins Knight, and Henry Clarke Serjeant at Law, did pay unto the Treasurers of the Guildhall London, appointed by an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, for the Propositions of Money, Plate and Horses, made the Tenth of July 1642, the Sum of Four hundred Pounds, which they had in their Hands, to be paid into the Court of Wards, in Part of the Fine for the Wardship of the Body of Robert Smyth Esquire, Son and Heir of Sir John Smyth Knight, deceased, upon Composition made by the Master and Council of the Court of Wards; and Two hundred and Fifty Pounds due at or upon the Five-and-twentieth Day of March 1643, which was to be paid into the said Court of wards for a Rent of the Lands of the said Ward: The Lords and Commons do declare and ordain, that the said Sir David Watkins, Serjeant Clark, and Robert Smyth the Ward, shall be secured, and saved harmless, by both Houses of Parliament; and they and every of them, are hereby discharged, for time to come, against the King, and all Persons whatsoever; from Payment of the said Sums, and every Part thereof.
Whereas Francis Mosley of Manchester in the Country of Lancaster Gentleman, and Nicholas Mosley his Son, are now in actual Rebellion against the King and Parliament; the Lords and Commons do hereby order and declare, that Mr. Thomas Stones, Mr. Thomas Browne, Mr. Wm. Barton, Mr. Thomas Markland, and Mr. James Wainwright, or any Three of them (formerly appointed by Warrant from the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to receive such Monies as by the Warrant is assigned for the Relief of that County of Lancaster) shall have full Power and Authority, by searching and examining the Books of such Persons as are known to have dealt for them the said Francis and Nicholas Mosly, or by any other good Ways and Means, to find out, seize and take into their Possession, all the Monies, Goods, Debts, Bills, Bonds, or any other Specialties for Money, they can find in or about the City of London, belonging to them the said Francis and Nicholas Mosley: And all their Creditors, Factors or other Persons, who have in their Hands any Part of the Estates of the said Francis or Nicholas Mosley, are hereby commanded and required to deliver them into the Hands of them the said Thomas Stones, Thomas Browne, Wm. Barton, Thomas Markland, and James Wainwright, or any Three of them; who are to receive them, according to their full Value, in Part of Satisfaction of the said Warrant; and to dispose thereof for the Service of the said Country of Lancaster, according to the same Warrant. And all Persons are hereby fully discharged of all such Monies, Goods, Bill, Bonds, or other Specialties, belonging to the said Francis and Nicholas Mosley, which they shall so deliver to the Parties, for the Use abovesaid: Who are hereby required to make Duplicates of Rolls of all such Goods, Money, and other Things they shall take or receive, by virtue of this Ordinance; that so they may give a speedy Account of the same unto the Parliament; that so, if there happen to be any Overplus, above what is due upon the same Warrant, it may be disposed of as they shall appoint. And whatsoever any Person shall do in pursuance of this Ordinance, they shall be saved harmless, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament.