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 29, 1645.
AN Ordinance for securing and repaying unto Nathan Wright and F. Lenthall, Treasurers and Receivers of the Duty of One-half per Cent. payable upon Merchandize, for the Relief of Plymouth, &c. Five thousand Pounds advanced by them for the Service of the Western Parts . . . .; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds shall be forthwith advanced, and charged upon Haberdashers-Hall, to be employed for the Service and Relief of the Garison of Taunton: And that Sir Edward Hales his TwentiethPart shall be allowed and employed, as Part of this Two thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That Sir John Jacob, and the rest of the old Customers, paying the Five thousand Pounds owing by them to Mrs. Seymour, according to their Proportions, unto the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, to be disposed of, according to the Distributions formerly appointed by this House, shall not be troubled by the said Committee, or by any other Person or Committee, for any Monies owing or payable by them to any Delinquent or Malignant, unless the House be first acquainted therewith, and give Order therein. And
It is Ordered, That no Person shall be from henceforth received to make Discovery of any Malignants Estates, before the said Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, or before the Committee of Examinations, until there be first a Recommendation of such Discoveries to the said Committees, or one of them, from this House: Nevertheless the said Committees, or either of them, are to proceed upon any such Discovery as hath been already made, and depends still undetermined before them.
Ordered, That all Officers and Soldiers, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax, do presently (all Excuse set apart, and notwithstanding any Leave or Pretence whatsoever) repair to their Colours, to be there To-morrow, the Thirtieth of this Instant April, by Twelve of the Clock at Noon at the farthest; upon Pain of Cashiering to the Officers, and of Death to the Soldiers, without Mercy: And the Committees of the Militia within the Lines of Communication, the Committees and Deputy-Lieutenants of the Counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Essex, and Hertford, are hereby injoined respectively forthwith to publish this Order, by Beat of Drum, and Sound of Trumpet, in the respective Places under their Power.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Fairfax be desired (now that the State hath been so careful to provide constant Pay, and all other sitting Accommodations, for the Officers and Soldiers under his Command), that he will be very careful, that the Discipline of War may be duly and carefully observed and executed in his Army; and especially that he will be careful, that the Officers may be kept to Discharge of their Duties and Charges.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Witherington do prepare and bring in an Ordinance for Martial Law (agreeable to the Ordinance for Martial Law lately passed both Houses for the County of Kent) for the several Counties under the Power of the Parliament: And the Members of the House, that serve for their several Counties, are to bring in Names of fit Persons to be Commissioners in the said Ordinance for their respective Counties.
Ordered, That One thousand Saddles, Bridles, and Furniture, One thousand Pair of Pistols and Holsters, and Five hundred Pair of spare Holsters, shall be forthwith sent to Windsor; to be disposed of by the Committee of both Kingdoms now residing in the Army, or by Sir Thomas Fairfax, for this present Expedition, as they shall think most convenient.
Ordered, That Five of the Members of the House, which are of the Committee of the Army, do presently withdraw, and sign Warrants for sending away the Saddles, Pistols, and other Provisions, ordered to be sent to Windsor; and for the Issuing of Fifteen thousand Pounds, to be sent to the Army.
Ordered, That Mr. Vassall do immediately go to the Committee of the Militia of London; and acquaint them with the Order of this House, commanding the Repair of Soldiers to their Colours; with Desire to them to take care for the speedy Publishing thereof.
Ordered, That Twelve thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise, to be paid by Two thousand Pounds per mensem, accounting Twenty-eight Days to a Month, for Providing of Powder, Match, and Bullet, for Land-Service.
Ordered, That the Militia of London shall have Power, and are required and authorized, to pay unto Colonel Herriott Washborne, out of the Arrears of those Monies which were raised for Payment of the Brigade under Sir James Harrington's Command, the Three Months Pay due to his Troop, for their Service at Abingdon.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Militia of London, and recommended to them, to consider, Whether, out of the Arrears of the Ordinance for raising Monies for Maintenance of Sir James Harrington's Brigade, his Troop may not be recruited with Horses; and Pay continued.
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Three Counties of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon, to state this Case; and to report the whole Matter of Fact to the House, on Thursday Morning.
Ordered, That no Committee shall treat with any Members of either House of Parliament, who have deserted the Parliament, for any Compositions for their Discharge, without special Recommendation from this House.
Mr. Nicoll carried up to the Lords-an Ordinance for securing and reimbursing the Commissioners of Excise Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, advanced and lent by them for satisfying so much of a Debt lent in Ireland, by Sir John Temple, to Mr. Robert Reynolds and Mr. Robert Goodwyn, employed in Ireland, upon the Service of the Parliament, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Mr. Nicoll.
Mr. Nicoll likewise carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for Two thousand Pounds, out of Haberdashers-Hall, for the Garison of Taunton: The Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance concerning the Five thousand Pounds continued upon Loan by the Treasurers appointed to receive the Duty of One-Half per Cent. upon Merchandize from Plymouth, &c.: The Ordinance for putting Mr. White of Dorchester into the Rectory of Lambeth, lately become void by the Death of Daniel Featly, Doctor in Divinity: The Order for applying the Third-Part of the Sequestrations in the Counties of the Earl of Manchester's late Association, according to the Vote of this House, of Aprilis 7 1645.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do forthwith advance, by way of Loan, the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, to be employed for the Service of the Garison of Henley; and to be paid unto Thomas Knight Esquire; to be issued out by him according to such Warrants as he shall receive from the Committee of the Three Counties.
The Ordinance for Ten thousand Pounds for the Service of the West, to be repaid to the Parties advancing the same in the place of the Merchant-Adventurers, was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent . . the Lords for their Concurrence.
The Ordinance for securing the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, advanced by the Commissioners of Excise, for the Service of the Forces in the County of Worcester, was this Day read; and passed upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
A Commission, and Instructions, to Sir Charles Coote to be Lord President of the Province of Connaght, in the Kingdom of Ireland, were this Day read; and passed upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence: And Sir John Clotworthy is nominated to carry them up.
Mr. Wheeler is appointed to carry the Ordinance for securing the Ten thousand Pounds, continued at Loan by the Merchant-Adventurers, upon the Credit of the Excise, to the Lords, . . morrow Morning, for their Concurrence: And likewise the Ordinance for securing the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, advanced by the Commissioners of Excise, for the Service of the Forces in the County of Worcester, for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Gualter Frost Esquire do pay the Five hundred Pounds in his Hands, appointed for the Gentlemen who were of the Lifeguard to the Earl of Essex, unto Captain Vernon, upon Account, to be issued by him, for the Pay of those Gentlemen, according to former Orders of this House.
Ordered, That there shall be Collections in the several Parish-Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, To-morrow, the Thirtieth of this present April 1645, being the Day of Publick Humiliation; and the Monies so collected employed, for the Relief of poor maimed Soldiers, in manner formerly used. Provided, That the Moiety of the Money collected in St. Margaret's Westminster, and St. Martin's in the Fields, shall be employed for the Relief of the Poor of the said Parishes respectively; and the other Moiety for the Relief of the poor maimed Soldiers, as aforesaid.
BE it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Third Part of the Monies raise, or to be raised, out of the Sequestrations in the Counties of Norfolk and City of Norwich, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hartfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, and the Isle of Ely, lately associated under the Command of the Earl of Manchester, and formerly assigned to the said Earl, shall be received and employed, by the StandingCommittees in the several Counties, for Relief of sick and maimed Soldiers, Scouts, Intelligencies, and other Emergencies, and for Defence of the said respective Counties: And that the said Committees, or any Five of them, shall have Power to nominate a Treasurer or Treasurers in their respective Counties; to receive the said Third-Part of the said Sequestration-Money; and to issue out the same for the Purposes aforesaid, by Warrant under the Hands of Five of the said Committees, and not otherwise.
WHereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, have advanced and lent the Sum of Five hundred Pounds for the Service of the Forces in the County of Worcester: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise, their Executors and Administrators, shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said Five hundred Pounds, together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long time as the same, or any Part, shall be forborn, out of such Intervals of Receipts, to come in upon the Office of Excise, as shall happen when other Payments already assigned shall not fall due; or, for want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow in Course: And shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of one or both Houses of Parliament, be secluded from satisfying themselves accordingly: And the Receipt of Major Richard Salloway shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, for the said Five hundred Pounds in that Behalf.