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 Veneris, Aprilis 11, 1645.
Sir Gilb. Gerard reports a Proviso to be added to the Ordinance for settling the Vicarage of Watford, and Four hundred Pounds per Annum, out of the Rents, Profits, and Revenues, of the Dean, Dean and Chapter of Paul's, London: The which was twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Proviso, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Gilb. Gerard to carry it to the Lords.
An Ordinance for granting certain Houses and Lands of Papists and Delinquents to Wm. Pennoyer and Rich. Hill, in Satisfaction of Arms delivered upon Contract with a Committee of this House; and for Arms, Cloaths, and other Provisions, by them furnished into Ireland; was this Day read the First time.
The House being informed, That divers Divines, Heads and Masters of divers Colleges in the University of Cambridge, were at the Door, desirous to prefer a Petition to this House;
They were called in: And Mr. Palmer did prefer a Petition for exempting the Societies from publick Contributions, Taxes, and Impositions.
The which was read.
An Ordinance for exempting the Colleges and Societies of the University of Cambridge from publick Taxes and Impositions, laid by Ordinance of Parliament, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Dud. North is appointed to carry it to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Northern Parts, and the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning Nottingham, be taken into Consideration, next after the Consideration of supplying Sir Wm. Waller and Colonel Massie shall be dispatched.
Sir Gilbert Gerard reports, from the Committees of both Kingdoms, That, upon Conference with the Committee of the Army, the Committee of the West, and the Kentish Gentlemen, in regard Shipping could not be got ready in a Month, the Five hundred Foot, that were at Gravesend, cannot be sent to Sir Wm. Waller; and the Foot of Sussex come in so slowly, that they are not considerable to be sent: That there are no other Foot but those of Sir Thomas Fairfax' Army; who being now recruiting, they cannot advise to send any from thence.
He reports further, That the Committee of both Kingdoms desire a Fortnight's Pay, for the Horse of Aylesbury, Newport, Northampton, and Warwick, who are to go to the Assistance of Colonel Massie (which will be about One thousand Pounds) may be provided: And that the Committee of both Kingdoms have written to Sir William Waller, to send a Regiment of Horse, of Six hundred, to Colonel Massie: And that a Fortnight's Pay be provided for them likewise; which will come to about One thousand Pounds more.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Salisbury, of April 9 1645; and a Letter inclosed, from the Committee at Charlfield-House, reporting, That Prince Rupert and Prince Maurice are upon his March into those Parts, and advanced as far as Marsfield; were this Day read.
Ordered, That the whole Business of the West, and the Garisons in those Parts, be in general referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That Major Mathewes be particularly, from this House, recommended to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe for an Employment worthy of him, upon the first Avoidance of any such Place.
Ordered, That the Three Letters from Major Skippon, touching the Serviceableness of the Officers laid aside, in reducing the Regiments and Companies, that were under their Command, into the Army upon the new Model, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Army; to report their Opinions to the House, what they think is fit to be done upon them: And they are to write a Letter to Major Skippon, to acquaint him with the Sense this House has of the great Services done to the Publick by those Officers.
Ordered, That a Thousand Pounds shall be advanced, and paid upon the Excise, for a Fortnight's Pay for such Horse as are directed, by the Committee of both Kingdoms, to be sent from the Garisons of Aylesbury, Newport, Northampton, and Warwick, to the Assistance of Colonel Massie, next after the Two thousand Pounds for Lancashire.
Sir Anth. Irby (besides the Ordinances Yesterday appointed to be carried up to the Lords by him Yesterday) carried up the Ordinance for exempting the Colleges and Societies of the University of Cambridge.
An Ordinance for constituting a Committee, for the better carrying on the Affairs of the Excise, to the best Advantage of the State, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Christopher Wray, Mr. Holles, Sir John Eveling, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Whitelock, Sir Jo. Trevor, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Wheler, Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Jo. Potts, Sir Hen. Cholmeley, Colonel Walton, Mr. Ashherst, Sir Jo. Coke, Mr. Recorder, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Kinghtley, Mr. Ellys, Sir Jo. Curson, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Dud. North, Mr. Bond, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Grene, Sir Wm. Allanson, Mr. Skinner, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Holland, Mr. Blakiston, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Nicoll: And are to meet To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and to nominate some of every County to be of the Committee named in this Ordinance: And the Ordinance to continue for Six Months, and no longer.
An Ordinance for the Regulation of the Excise of Flesh in the Country was this Day read the First time.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider what is fit to be done upon the Addresses made by Trumpets from the Enemies Quarters; and to give an Account hereof To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker grant his Warrant for the Trumpet and Coachman that came to buy a Coach for the Duke of Yorke, to carry the same to Oxon, provided the Coach be very well searched.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker grant his Pass to the Lady Bard and the Lady Brereton, to go to the Enemies Quarters.
An Ordinance for applying the Moiety of the Monies that shall arise upon the Receipts of the Excise for Six Months to come, to the Relief of the Dorsettshire Garisons, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Nicoll is appointed to carry it up.
An Ordinance for appointing a Comptrol upon the Receipts and Issues of the Excise, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee this Day made for the Ordinance for the better carrying on the Affairs of the Excise, to the best Advantage of the Publick.
Ordered, That Mr. Green do, To-morrow, the first Business, peremptorily, make Report of the Business concerning the Admiralty and Navy: And that, next, the Report concerning Croyland be made; and then the Grand Committee for the Business of the Church to fit.
Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, Tha One thousand Musquets, with Bandaleers, be furnished forthwith, by the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, for Supply of the Lord Fairfax his Army: And that they be delivered unto Colonel Wm. White, to be sent accordingly.