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 Mercurii, 10 Maii, 1643.
Sir B. Aylett.
Ordered, That Sir Ben. Aylett, a Prisoner in the Tower, shall have Liberty, with a Keeper, to go and visit his Daughter, that lies very sick at Tower Hill; and then to return thither, as a Prisoner again.
Persons sent for.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Sheeres and Mr. Geo. Melbourne shall be sent for, as Delinquents, for not only refusing to pay the weekly Assessments, but for abusing the Collectors, when they came to demand it; as appears under the Collectors Hands.
Ordered, That the Letters that come from the Gentlemen of the several Counties that are employed to take care of the weekly Assessments, shall be returned to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall; to take care, and give Order upon them, as Occasion shall require.
Resolved, &c. That the Ship Cæsar, whereof Captain Vincent Harris is Master, shall be discharged from any further Restraint, and proceed in a Merchant, upon Security given to the Committee for the Navy.
Resolved, That the Business of the Greenland Trade and Fishing, being in Difference between the Greenland Company, and others of Yermouth, be referred to the Committee for the Navy; to take such Security of those of Yermouth, as may content both Parties, that the Proceedings of those of Yermouth, in their Fishing upon those Coasts, may not prejudice the Right of the Greenland Company, invested in them by Patent, and confirmed by Act of Parliament.
Message to Lords.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be moved, that a Messenger may be appointed to carry the Treaty between the Parliament and the Scotts, concerning their Army in Ireland, to be presented unto his Majesty, for his Signature.
Sir, William Armyn carried it up accordingly: And, the Orders, concerning Colonel Maleverer raising Eight Troops of Horse; touching the weekly Assessments in the Borough of Southwarke; touching an Additional Instruction for the Arrears of the Contribution Monies; some additional Names to the Committees in Kent.
Treaty with Scotland.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, where Sir H. Vane has the Chair, to consider of the Proposition this Day received from the Earl of Lindesay; and to prepare Resolutions upon it, to be presented, as Heads, at a Conference with the Lords.
Mr. Jepson, Sir Rob. Parkhurst, Mr. Scawen, Sir Edw. Pathericke, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Hunt, Sir J. Coke, are added to this Committee: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Advance from Customs.
The Customers, being called in, did present unto the House, something, in Writing in way of Answer to the Proposition made to them by the House, concerning the Advance of Monies to supply the Necessities of the Navy: The which was read: and referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Navy; who are to report their Opinions hereupon to the House.
Commissioners of Customs.
Ordered, That the advancing of Credit to the present Commissioners, upon the Debts of the old Commissioners, and the Consideration of giving them Power to recover those Monies, be referred to the Committee for the Accounts of the old Commissioners, where Mr. Hoyle has the Chair; who are to use all Means for the bringing in of those Monies.
Peace of Linne.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do certify unto the Committee at Haberdashers Hall the Names of such Vintners as were Delinquents upon the Project of Wines; and the Sums that such of them owe, as have submitted themselves to the Parliament: And they have Power to call before them such as have submitted themselves, and to appoint them Days to bring in their Monies; and, if they should not pay in their Monies at the Days assigned, to give Order for their Monies to be levied upon their Estates, by way of Distress.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Wm. Armyn brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Three Orders; and to additional Names to the Committees in Kent: And, as to the Business of the Treaty, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Earl of Roxborough, &c.
Mr. Marten presented, from the Committee, the Draught of a Letter to be sent to the State of Scotland, concerning those Six Lords, that subscribed the Letter, that was intercepted by the Lord Fairefax, and sent to the Parliament: The which was read, and ordered to be re-committed unto the same Committee; to be brought in To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That all the Estates of these several Scotts Lords, wheresoever they shall be found in England, shall be seized and sequestred, according to the Ordinance of the Lords and Commons, for Sequestrations.
Ordered, That this House shall take into Consideration the Matter of Great Seal; and that the Report concerning it shall be made by Mr. Serjeant Wilde To-morrow Morning at Ten of Clock: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That the King's Answer concerning the Business of Ireland, be taken into Consideration by the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland; who are required, with all Speed, to bring in their Answer unto so much of it as concerns Ireland, and the Imputations laid upon the Proceedings of Parliament.
Commissary for Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Frost, a Commissary for Ireland, employed by the Parliament, shall have the Protection and Privilege of Parliament; and be freed from the Arrest laid upon him; and discharged of the mean Process.
Privilege of a Member in a Suit.
Ordered, That a Trial, intended this Day to be had, in an Executione firme, by Valentine Hayward, against John Wilcocks and others, concerning a Messuage in St. Sepulchre's London, (the Inheritance of which Messuage is in Sir Thomas Pelham, and the immediate Interest for Years is in John White Esquire, both Members of this House) and all Proceedings in that Suit, be stayed, and not proceeded in; being contrary to the Privilege of the said Members of this House.
Ordered, That the Committees for Sequestration, in the County of Essex, do seize and sequester Two Parts of the Estate of Sir Thomas Wiseman the elder, in the County of Essex, as being a Papist, according to the Ordinance for Sequestrations; there being found bid, in his House, a Priest's Coat, Surplice, Chalice, and other Things belonging to the Mass.
Ordered, That the Nine hundred Seventy-six Ounces and one Quarter of Plate, seized at Sir Thomas Wiseman's House in Essex, by Colonel Long, together with the Cup and Chalice, shall be forthwith sent up into the Treasurers at Guildhall; to be by them coined or sold: And that the Proceed thereof be paid unto Sir Gilbert Gerard; to be by him paid over unto Mr. White, Agent for the Lord Fairefax; for the Use of the Northern Army, and for no other Use.
Privilege of a Member in a Suit.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde shall have Privilege of Parliament for himself and Servant (Wm. Palmer) in the Action commenced, or attempted, by Sir Francis Williamson Knight; and that he and his Agents forbear any further Proceeding thereupon.
Ordinance to be brought in.
Sandwich Town Clerk.
The humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of the Town and Port of Sandwich, in the County of Kent, was read; complaining of Robert Jaggar their Town Clerk; whom this House, for Misdemeanours against the Parliament, formerly committed to Newgate, where he now remains.
It is this Day Ordered, by the House of Commons, That the Mayor, Jurats, and Commons, according as the Custom hath formerly been, do proceed speedily to a new Election of a Town Clerk, well-affected to the Parliament, that the Town may be no longer destitute of a Servant in that Place.