Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Jovis, Januarii 16, 1644.
REsolved, &c. That it be referred and recommended from this House, to my Lord General, to proceed according to the Course of War against Edw. Dobson, Citizen and Stationer of London, for publishing a libellous and seditious Pamphlet against the General and the Parliament, living here in a Garison-Town, and the Head Quarter of the Parliament Forces.
A Letter from my Lord Robarts, from Plymouth, of Januarii 10, from my Lord Robarts, Governor thereof, relating, That the Enemy alarmed the Outworks, and siercely stormed Four of them, and took-in One; but were surrounded, and yielded it up to our Forces, and themselves Prisoners, upon Quarter only; was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Collections upon the next extraordinary Fast-Day, or Day of Publick Thanksgiving, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, be paid to such as the Committee for Plymouth shall appoint to receive the same; to be employed for the Relief of the poor maimed Soldiers and Widows of the Town of Plymouth, impoverished and wasted by a long-continued Siege.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland do bring in an Ordinance for Regulating and the better Managing the Relief of poor maimed Soldiers and Widows.
An Ordinance for the Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto a Committee of the whole House: And that the House be resolved into a Committee, to meet upon it on Tuesday Morning next, peremptorily, at Eight of Clock.
Resolved, &c. That the Time for the Continuance of this Ordinance shall be from the Twenty-fifth of March, inclusive, for Two whole Years then following.
Rules, How the Customs may be managed for the present and best Advantage of the State, were this Day read; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the whole House: Who are to meet upon the Consideration of them on Tuesday next, at the same time that the Ordinance for Tonage and Poundage is to be considered of.
The Opinion of the Committee of the Navy, for ascertaining the annual growing Charge of the Navy, arising by Estimate to the annual Charge of Two hundred and Eight thousand Pounds, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the whole House: To meet upon it on Tuesday next.
Sir Edw. Hungerford is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning the Ordinance for FreeQuarter and Billet: And likewise carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of the Lord Pagett's Estate; and dischargeing him of his Fifth, and Twentieth-Part.
Sir Edw. Hungerford brings * * * *.
The Answer of the Commissioners of the Customs, of November 28, 1644, to the Proposition of the Committee for carrying on the Service of the Navy, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the whole House: Who are to meet upon it on Tuesday next. And the Committee hath Power to hear the Commissioners of the Customs, or any other, touching such Propositions as shall be made, for the Carrying on of the Service of the Customs, and the Navy.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with, and approve of, the Order and Directions, given by the Committee of the Navy, for the Grounding, Graving, and Fitting, of the King's Ships for Service for the next Summer's Fleet: And likewise doth agree with, and approve of, the Order and Directions they have given for providing Victuals for Four thousand Men for the next Summer's Fleet: And do give Order, That they proceed in their Care of perfecting their Provisions of Victuals for the said Number of Four thousand Men.
Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Lane, Mr. Ashherst, are appointed Managers of this Conference concerning the Ordinance for regulating the Billet and Free-Quartering of Soldiers.