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 9, 1644.
They were called in: And Mr. Marshall acquainted the House, That Yesterday the Assembly received Letters from Yorkeshire; and in it a Petition to this House: The Sum of the Letters was, That the Assembly would recommend their Petition to the House. The Business is of such publick Concernment for the Glory of God, that they need not use many Words in the Recommendation of it to this Assembly.
Mr. Ellis reports, from the Committee appointed to prepare the same, the Reasons to be offered to the Lords, at a Conference concerning the Matter of the late Conference, touching the Ordinance That no Member of either House shall bear Office, &c.: The which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be delivered unto the Lords at a Conference.
Sir Tho. Widdrington went up to the Lords, to desire a free Conference, by Committees of both Houses, touching the Matter of the last Conference concerning the Ordinance That no Member of either House shall bear Office, &c.
He likewise carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for mitigating the Sentence upon the Archbishop of Canterbury, and doing Execution upon him, by taking off his Head only: The Order for the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall to satisfy the Damages to Alice Mansfeld, which she sustained by the Parliament Forces: The Order for Repayment of Six thousand Pounds, advanced by the Commissioners of Excise upon the Ordinance of Flesh and Salt: The Order concerning the granting Excise and Custom to the States Ambassadors upon the Consumption of Commodities.
Sir Tho. Widdrington brings Answer, That, as to the Order concerning Alice Mansfeld, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own; and, as to the rest, they do agree; and do agree to a present Conference, as is desired.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal be required to grant Patents to all such Persons as both Houses shall name to be Sheriffs in any County in this Kingdom; and to grant all such Patents, Commissions, and Writs, which usually are granted, for the Discharge of the former Sheriffs; and for giving Power to the new Sheriffs.
Mr. Ellis reports, That they had delivered the Reasons as they were appointed: That the Lords withdrew into their own House; and then came out again; and told them, That they would take the Matters delivered into Consideration; and that they needed not stay to expect an Answer.
Resolved, &c. That this Ten thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise, and raised from thence: And Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Green, and Mr. Pury, are appointed to go to the Commissioners of Excise; and to acquaint them with the great important Necessity of the present Raising and Advancing of the said Sixteen thousand Pounds; and to press them earnestly for the Advance thereof.
The Lords have received a Petition from the Merchants of the Intercourse; to which they agree; and desire the Concurrence of this House. They desire, That the Committee appointed to treat with the States Ambassadors may meet on Saturday next, at Three of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings. They have likewise passed an Order concerning the Lady Ann Viscountess Willmott, agreed upon by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have formerly received an Order concerning the Pardon of divers Prisoners in Newgate; to which they do agree, with some Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this . . . . They do agree to the Order concerning Alice Mansfeld, with some Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Ordered, That the Petitions of the Merchants of the Intercourse be referred to the Committee of GoldsmithsHall, and the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall respectively: And they are to forbear all Proceedings against the Petitioners, until Report be made of this Business; and that the House take further Order herein.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concurr with the Lords in passing the Order, made at the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, in the Case of the Lady Ann Viscountess Willmott, upon her Petition, recommended from both Houses to that Committee; and that it shall be made an Order of both Houses.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Petition of the Merchants of the Intercourse, they have put it into a speedy Way of Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to all the other Particulars of the Message, they do agree unto them.
Mr. Whitelock reports the Ordinance concerning the Regulating of Billet and Free-Quarter: The which was twice read; and, after much Debate, upon the Question; passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence by Mr. Whitelock: Who is to desire, that it may be printed, and sent to the Armies: And that the Officers, and others whom it may concern, may take Notice hereof.
Mr. Peirpoint reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms the Bargain made with Mr. Davies for Victuals, Cloaths, and Ammunition, to be sent into Ireland; and of the Dividend made by the said Committee, apportioning and dividing to the several Provinces a Proportion of the said Victuals, Cloaths, and Ammunition.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of the Bargain and Contract, made by the Committee of both Kingdoms, with Mr. Davies, touching Victuals, Cloaths, and Ammunition, to be sent into Ireland; and of the Dividend made by the said Committee of the said Victuals, Cloaths, and Ammunition: And do Order, That the said Victuals, Cloaths, and Ammunition, be sent away accordingly.