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 Martis, Decembris 3, 1644.
Importing Whale Oil, &c.
THE humble Petition of the Fellowship of English Merchants, for Discovery of new Trades, desiring, That the Importation of Whale Oil, and Whale Fins, from any Parts beyond Seas, except from Greenland, might be prohibited, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Navy: And all the Burgesses of the Out Ports are added to this Committee, as to this Business.
A Letter from Serjeant Major General Crawford, from Reading, of December 2d, directed to the Earl of Manchester; relating, how that he had relieved Abingdon, and that the Party was returned safe to Reading; was this Day read.
Passes to Duke of Richmond, &c.
Mr. Recorder reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Copy of a Letter to be sent by my Lord General to the General of the King's Army, concerning the Safe Conduct desired for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton: The which was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Payment to Haines, &c.
Ordered, That an Hundred Pounds be forthwith paid by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall to the Committee of the West; to be by them distributed, Fourscore Pounds to Captain Haines, and Twenty Pounds to the Man that procured the Escape of Captain Haines, being formerly Prisoner in Portland.
Sending a Challenge.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve what the Committee of the West hath done in the Commitment of Colonel Leighton, who sent a Challenge to Colonel Lutterell: And it is referred to the Committee of the West, to dispose of the said Colonel Leighton as they shall think fit.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have sent down an Ordinance concerning the Raising of Monies for our Brethren the Scotts; to which they agree, with some Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise returned an Ordinance for raising of Monies for maintaining the Guards about London; to which they agree, with some Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise received a Petition of the Inhabitants of Sandwich in Kent; and a Petition of Mr. Sharpe, Master of Arts; and a Letter from Mr. Casingherst, whereby he resigns his Interest to the Rectory of Dunriche. The Lords do approve of All; and agree unto the Desires of the Petitioners; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
Amendments agreed to.
The Amendments to both the Ordinances were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Inhabitants of Sundriche in Kent, and the Petition of Mr. Samuel Sharpe, and the Letter of Mr. Casingherst, be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers; to inform themselves of the said Mr. Samuel Sharpe; and to inform the House.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Amendments to the Ordinances, they do agree unto them: And, as to the Business concerning Sundriche, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Letter from Monsieur Sabran, Resident for the French King, of December. 2d, directed to the Speaker of this House; desiring a Day of Audience, was this Day read; and ordered to be communicated unto the Lords; with a Desire, That they would refer it to the Consideration of a Committee.
Mr. Wheeler is appointed to carry it up.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to receive the Complaints of the States Ambassadors shall have Liberty to deliver in to the States Ambassadors, the Demands made on the Behalf of the Subjects of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That on Thursday Morning next, perempto- rily, the Committee do report the Answer referred unto them to be given to the States Ambassadors to their Offer of Interposition: And Mr. Reynolds is more particularly required to give an Account hereof.
Sheriff of Norfolk.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Valentine Pell, to be High Sheriff of the County of Norfolk.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Sir Philip Stapilton reported from a Council of War, to which Major Hamond was referred for a Trial, upon the Slaying of Major Grey at Gloucester, the Result of the said Council of War; by which the said Major Hamond was acquitted, Nemine dissentiente, from any thing, but that he slew him in his own Defence; as appears by the Certificate, under the Hand of Sir Wm. Balfour President, and Isaac Dorisla Advocate of the Army, dated Essex House, November. 28, 1644.
Ordered, That Serjeant Major Hamond be discharged from any further Restraint; and his Bail discharged; and his Bonds delivered up.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Nicoll carried up to the Lords the Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance of Martial Law: The Opinion of the Committee of both Kingdoms, touching a SafeConduct for the Duke of Richmond, and the Earl of Southampton: The Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall to Mr. Speaker: The Order for One hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall, Eighty Pounds to Captain Haines, and Twenty Pounds to the Man that procured his Escape.
The House being informed, That the Committee for taking the Accounts of the Kingdom were at the Door;
They were called in; and did present an humble Desire and Certificate of theirs.
The which was read.
Ordered, That, on Friday next, Mr. Browne do bring in an Ordinance concerning an Appeal in some Cases from the Committee of Accounts: And that then the Debate of this Business concerning this Certificate, presented from the Committee of Accounts, be resumed.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Nicoll brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Letter to be sent to the General of the King's Forces, concerning the Safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond, and the Earl of Southampton: As for the Two Sums upon Haberdashers Hall, and the Ordinance for Continuance of the Ordinance for Martial Law, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to Lords.
Sir Jo. Potts carried up to the Lords the Names of divers Gentlemen to be High Sheriffs of several Counties; and in the same Paper, an Order for Continuance of the Sheriffs of Cornewall, Devon, Sommersett, and Dorsett: The Order that the Gentlemen that are appointed Sheriffs of the several Counties, by both Houses, and shall not be sworn, upon the Tender of their Commissions, shall be sent up in safe Custody: The like Order for Justices of Peace.- Brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Sheriffs in the Paper.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and Serjeant Finche;
The House of Peers having Yesterday appointed a Committee of Four Lords, to join with a Committee of Committee of Four Lords, to join with a Committee of the Commons, for the Examination of a Scandal and Wrong, of a high Nature, put upon his Highness the Prince Elector Palatine, with other Persons of Honour, by John Griffith Esquire, which they bold fit for the Examination of both Houses; their Lordships do desire a proportionable Number of the House of Commons to join with them, at Three of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
We are likewise commanded to bring down the Names of Four Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Northumberland; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Committee with Lords.
Mr. Heveningham, Sir John Wray, Sir John Hippesley, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Broxholme, Mr. Nicoll, Sir Henry Cholmley, and Sir Edward Bainton, are appointed to meet with the Lords, according as is desired in this Message.
Deputy Lieutenants of Northumberland.
Ordered, That Henry Ogle of Eglingham Esquire, Wm. Shaftoe of Babington Esquire, Thomas Lorraigne of Kirkhart Esquire, and George Payler of Barwick Esquire, are assented to, to be Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Northumberland.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the first Business, the Letters from Newcastle be read: And that, next after That Business, The Report be made of the Conference with the Lords, touching the Relation made by the Earl of Manchester, concerning the Business of Dennington Castle, &c.
Negotiations with the King.
Upon Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, it is Ordered, That the Lord General be desired to write a Letter to this Effect, to the General of the King's Army:
" There being a Message sent from his Majesty by the Committee of both Kingdoms, that were lately at Oxford, concerning a Safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, without any Direction; I am commanded, by both Houses of Parliament, to give your Highness Notice, That if the King be pleased to desire a Safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, with their Attendants, from the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, at Westminster, to bring to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, and the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, now at London, an Answer to the Propositions presented to his Majesty for a safe and well-grounded Peace, it shall be granted."
Mr. Holles presented, from the Commissioners that attended his Majesty with the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace, a full and large Narrative of the Passages of their Proceedings, and the Entertainment they received.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Charles Erskine be added to the Assembly.