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, Maii 6, 1645.
MR. Rigby reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for Supply of the Necessities of the Members: The which Amendments were twice read; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, re-committed: And the Committee is to meet with the Committee of the Revenue upon it, upon the Debate that has been in the House.
The Committee is further to provide, in the Ordinance, That no Member, that has received any Money or Goods from the Commonwealth, shall reap any Benefit by this Ordinance, until he has given in his Accompt to the Committee of Accompts.
Mr. Rigby reported further, the Amendments and Alterations to the Ordinance concerning the Offices that are voided by the late Ordinance for discharging the Members: The which were twice read; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, re-committed to the same Committee, and the Committee of the Revenue, in manner as the former: And they are to meet upon it To-morrow at Two post meridiem, at the Place where the Committee of the Revenue doth usually meet and sit.
Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds per Annum shall be charged upon the King's Revenue, to be paid, half-yearly, towards the Eight thousand Pounds per Annum assigned for the Maintenance of the Prince Elector.
Resolved, &c. That whatsoever of the Real and Personal Estate of the Lord Cottington's is, or shall be, within the Power of the Parliament, shall be applied towards the Eight thousand Pounds per Annum assigned for the Maintenance of the Prince Elector.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Prince Elector, to consider of the sequestring the Lord Petre's Estate; and by what Means the Sequestration of his Estate hath been obstructed, and the State so much prejudiced thereby.
It is referred to this Committee, to consider, By what Means it comes to pass, that the Wardship of the Person and Estate of the Lord Petre was not committed to the Earl of Warwick, according to former Orders of this House.
And it is Ordered, That this Report be re-committed to the same Committee, to consider, How and by what Means the Eight thousand Pounds per Annum, assigned for the Maintenance of the Prince Elector, shall be raised.
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, in discharging and taking off the Sequestration of Sir Alexander Ratcliff's Estate: And doth order, That the Sequestration of the said Estate be forthwith taken off, and discharged, accordingly.
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Holles and Mr. Lisle, to peruse the several Orders of the House concerning him; and to state the Matter of Fact touching his Commitment; and to report the same to the House To-morrow Morning.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Ordinance for calling back Sir Thomas Fairfax and Major-General Skippon: The Ordinance concerning some concealed Delinquents Estates, for Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire: To which they agree, with some Amendments.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Exchange of Colonel Richard Feilding, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: As to the Ordinance for calling back Sir Thomas Fairfax and MajorGeneral Skippon; the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning some concealed Delinquents Estates, for the Counties of Gloucester, Monmouth, &c.; the Vote for Thomas Ayloff Esquire to be Deputy-Lieutenant of the County of Essex; they do agree to them all.
Mr. Rous is appointed to carry them to the Lords, to desire their Expedition; and to desire them to concurr with this House, that these Votes may be sent from both Houses to the Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The Preamble to the Votes concerning Church-Government, to be sent, with the Votes, to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was likewise read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, together with the Votes.
Upon the Reading of the humble Petition of Sir Nathanael Barnardiston, a Member of this House; setting-forth, That he had received Four hundred and Seventy-nine Pounds Seven Shillings and Seven-pence of Mr. Robert Webbe, Collector of the Four hundred thousand Pounds Subsidy in the County of Suffolk, in Part of a Debt due from the State;
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Treasurers at Guildhall for the said Four hundred thousand Pounds Subsidy, speedily to consider of his Warrants; and to allow of the Payment of the said Four hundred and Seventy-nine Pounds Seven Shillings and Seven-pence; and to pay the Remainder which shall be found due to the said Sir Nathanael Barnardiston, according to his said Warrants: For which this shall be a sufficient Discharge, as well to the said Treasurers, as to the said Mr. Webb; and to every other Person, who are to give any Discharge for the same.
Ordered, That Sir Basil Brook, now Prisoner in the Tower, shall be remanded thence, and be brought back from thence, to be a Prisoner in the King's-Bench; to remain there a Prisoner to the Parliament, until the just Debts, by Actions there charged upon him, shall be satisfied: And Mr. Speaker is to direct his Warrant to the Lieutenant of the Tower, for Performance of this Order, accordingly.
Ordered, That all private Petitions, as well such as are sent from the Lords, as such as are presented to this House, shall be taken into Consideration on Saturday Morning, peremptorily: And Mr. Blakeston to be first heard, touching the Petitions in his Hands: And that no other Business do intervene: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
It is Ordered, and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Sir Thomas Fairfax and Major-General Skippon shall be called back from their farther marching into the West; and to return into these Parts; and to be disposed of, as both Houses of Parliament, or the Committee of the Two Kingdoms, shall direct.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Commissioners for the Great Seal are hereby authorized and desired to pass the Commission and Instructions to make Sir Charles Coote, Knight and Baronet, Lord President and chief Governor of the Province of Connaught, in the Kingdom of Ireland: And this Ordinance shall be a sufficient Authority for their so doing.