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 Martis, Aprilis 8, 1645.
Whereas there is a Bill passed both Houses, for granting the Election of Knights and Burgesses to fit in Parliament to the County Palatine of Durham; which is not to take Effect till after the next Session of Parliament: It is Ordered, That they may, at time convenient, bring in a Bill to pass, to take Effect from henceforth.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in, to enable the several Committees of the respective Counties of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick, to compound with all Protestant Delinquents, whose Estates exceed not One hundred Pounds per Annum in Lands, Leases, or Revenue, according to the Values of Lands at the Beginning of this Parliament, or Five hundred Pounds in Goods: And that, by the said Ordinance, all such Protestant Delinquents, as have not above Ten Pounds in Lands, and Two hundred Pounds in Goods, shall be discharged, according to the Propositions.
An Ordinance for securing Thomas Hudson touching the Personal Estates of Henry Hudson and Robert Holiday, Delinquents, late in Partnership with him, was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for Discharge of the Delinquency and Sequestration of Sir Humphry Foster Knight was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for Discharge of the Delinquency and Sequestration of Sir Richard Norton Knight and Baronet was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for Discharge of the Delinquency and Sequestration of John Clarke, Alderman of the City of Coventry, was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for the Discharge of the Delinquency and Sequestration of Sir John Kaye Knight and Baronet was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Robert Pye carried up to the Lords the Vote for referring the Supply of the Commands of the Members of this House to a Committee: The Order for the Earl of Kent to have the Duchy-House: And the Vote for William Colemore Esquire to be High-Sheriff of the County of Warwick.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the Two thousand Pounds, assigned for Payment of Two Regiments of the Association now at Abingdon, late under the Earl of Manchester's Command, and for other Services, be secured out of the Excise, after the Monies already assigned, in case that the said Two thousand Pounds shall not be satisfied and secured out of the Arrears of the weekly Assessments, Fifth, and Twentieth-Parts, and Third-Part, of the Sequestration due before January last past in the said Associate Counties, to the present Treasurers, who shall advance the same.
An Ordinance for freeing and discharging the Vintners from any Demand or Delinquency for or concerning the Imposition of Forty Shillinge per Ton on Wines; or any thing concerning the same (except the Persons therein excepted); was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of Gloucester, and the Committee of the West: And the humble Petition of Richard Travers Merchant, on the Behalf of himself, and others, employed in the Service of the Parliament, be referred to the Consideration of this Committee.
Ordered, That Major Copleston be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the West: And that That Committee do tender him the Oath lately passed both Houses, appointed to be tendered to such as come out of the King's Quarters.
Ordered, That the Remainder of the Fifteen thousand Pounds, formerly assigned for Providing of Cloaths and Arms for my Lord General's Foot, upon their coming out of the West the last Year, be transferred over, and allowed to the Committee of the West, to be employed for the Service of the West: And that the Committee, formerly appointed to make that Provision of Cloaths and Arms, do make Assignments of the said Remainder to the Committee of the West.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That, as to Mr. Wm. Colemore to be High-Sheriff of the County of Warwick; and the Order for the Earl of Kent to have the Duchy-House; the Lords do agree: As to the Committee for disposing of Commands and Offices, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Browne, Mr. Sollicitor, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr.Selden, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rous, Mr. Whittacre, and Sir Wm. Massam, are appointed to collect the Substance of what the Bishop answered touching the Christening of the Earl of Rutland's Child by the Book of Common Prayer; to the end that a Conference may be had with the Lords thereupon: And that a Committee may be appointed to consider, What is fit to be done with this Bishop herein; as likewise with all such other Persons, as shall shew any Contempt to the Ordinance and Directory for Worship; or shall not obey or observe the same, according to the Injunction thereof: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Rene Augier Attorney, and having Charge of the English Merchants intereffed in the Debts contracted in the Levant by Monsieur de Ceri, heretofore Ambassador for the most Christian King at Constantinople, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs: Who are appointed to meet on Friday next.
That the Lords do concurr with this House in the Nominating of a Committee, to consider how to supply the Commands of the Members of this House, now in the Armies: And have appointed Five Lords, whereof Three to be of the Quorum, to meet this Afternoon in the Prince's Lodgings; and so, from time to time; and . . . . that this House will name a proportionable Number of their Members to join with them.
This Committee, or any Six of them, are appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, in the Prince's Lodgings, this Afternoon, touching the Supply of the Commands of the Members of this House, now in the Armies and Garisons, as is desired.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House, touching Foreign Affairs, do meet on Friday next, at Three of Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings, to consider of the Complaints from the Spanish Ambassador.