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, 9 Septembris, 1645.
ORdered, That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for the new Election of a Burgess for the Borough of Thuske in the County of Yorke, in the place of Sir Thomas Ingram, who is disabled, by Judgment of this House, to sit as a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
A Letter from the Commissioners of the Parliament of England, from Barwick, of 3 Septembris 1645, with the Copy of a Letter of 2 Sept. 1645, sent by the said Commissioners to the Committee of the Estates in Scotland, concerning their Meeting to treat with them, in pursuance of their Instructions from the Parliament, were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Musquets, with their Furniture, be forthwith provided for the Service of the Four Northern Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmerland, and Bishoprick of Durham: And that they be sent to Hull, for the Service of those Counties: And that the Committee of the whole Northern Association do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, to consider of providing Monies to pay for these Arms; and take care to provide them, and send them down, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Derby be injoined to obey the Directions and Orders of the Committee of both Kingdoms, in forthwith sending the Horse, upon the present Service, under Colonel-General Pointz: And that a Letter be written to the Committee, to take notice of their Neglect, and to reprove them for it: And that Sir John Curson and Mr. Ashurst do prepare this Letter.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Rosseter be injoined forthwith to send all the Horse he was formerly appointed to bring to Colonel-General Pointz, excepting Two Troops: And that Mr. Ellys and Sir Christopher Wray do prepare a Letter to be sent to Colonel Rosseter to this Purpose: And that they do acquaint him, That the Four hundred Horse under Major Gibb, and the Eight hundred Horse of the Association, are appointed to be sent unto him, to remain with him, for the Defence of those Parts, during the Time that the Lincolnshire Horse shall be upon this Service.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be writ to the Committee and Commanders of the Warwickshire and Coventrey Horse, to injoin them to take care, That the Orders of the Committee of both Kingdoms be obeyed; and that those Horse that were formerly appointed to join with Colonel-General Pointz, do forthwith march up to him, for the present Service: And that Colonel Bosewell do prepare this Letter.
Mr. Oldsworth brings Answer from the Lords, That as to the Declaration to be sent to the Inhabitants of Wales; and the Ordinance for securing Three thousand Pounds to the Commissioners of Excise for Provision of Gunpowder; they do agree.
A Letter of Thanks, to be returned to the Earl of Warwick, in Acknowledgment of the good Service performed by him, upon the late Alarm given to the Association, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir Henry Mildmaies reports Letters to be sent to the Committees of several Counties in the Eastern Association; One whereof was read: And the rest being agreeable to it, mutatis mutandis, they were, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do prepare a Letter to be sent to the several and respective Committees, to require them effectually to prosecute the raising and bringing in the Levies by the Day appointed, without any Fail or Delay; and to represent the Necessity of this Service; and to take notice of the Delays and Neglects that have been in these Services formerly; and to let them know, That they will take a strict Account of these Neglects for the future; and to take notice of their pressing vagrant and impotent Persons, of whom no Account can be taken; and to take care, that this may be prevented for the future: And, to that end, that they do certify to the Committee of the Army the Names of the Persons, and of the Places of their Abode, which they shall press for this Service.
Ordered, That Mr. Scawen, Mr. Grimston, and Mr. Maynard, do prepare an Ordinance, whereby the Neglects of the Committees and Deputy-Lieutenants in the several Counties may be inquired into, and prevented, and punished, if Occasion be.
Ordered, That this House will, on this Day Sevennight, take an Account, from the Committee of the Army, of the Proceedings in the Committees of the several Counties upon these Letters; and what is done upon them; and what Return is made: And that they do, in the Letters to the several Committees, acquaint them, That this House has appointed Tuesday next to take an Account of this Business; and that they do require and expect, that they should weekly give an Account to the Committee of the Army of their Proceedings.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do prepare Letters, to be sent to the particular Members of this House, that are below in the several Counties, respectively, to prosecute the speedy and timely bringing in the Monies and Recruits for Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army: And that they do weekly give an Account of their Proceedings.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday next, the Committee of the Army do represent unto this House such Impediments as they conceive to obstruct the Bringing in of the Monies upon the several Ordinances for Sir Thomas Fairfax' Army.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do write a Letter to Sir Thomas Fairfax, to desire him, That if he find it advantageous for the Service, that he will make use of the Power given him to recruit his Army in those Parts; howsoever, to let him know the Care of this House, in sending him Recruits from hence.
Ordered, That the Lord Fairfax, Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Prideaux, and Sir Thomas Widdrington, do go to the Commissioners of Excise; and do, in the Name of this House, press and desire them to advance and lend the Sum of Thirty thousand Pounds, to be Part of the Fifty thousand Pounds charged upon the Excise for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; videlicet; Ten thousand Pounds presently, Ten thousand Pounds more at one Month's End, and the other Ten thousand Pounds by the Middle of October.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army shall have Power to give Warrants to the Treasurers for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army to pay Interest for any Monies that they shall have Occasion to borrow; for the Time the same shall be forborn, for Advancement of the Service of the Commonwealth.
An intercepted Letter from Sir John Byron, from Chester, of Augusti 23 1645, to the Prince of Wales; relating, That, by as much as he understands from the Earl of Ormond, the Peace there is concluded, was this Day read.
And likewise an intercepted Letter from Sir Richard Lloyd, to Colonel Trevour, relating the same Matters, and something more, concerning the Peace to be concluded in Ireland, and Irish Forces to be transported hither.
He was called in; and acquainted the House with the Condition of that Army, and of the Clubmens coming, in to join with them; and that it was the earnest Request of Sir Thomas Fairfax, that his Army might be fully recruited, according to the first Establishment.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Excise, to consider with the Commissioners of Excise, how the Excise may be the best improved, with the least Prejudice to the Subject: And that they do inform themselves, and take Cognisance, of the Abuses practised by the Under-Officers of the Commissioners of Excise.
An Ordinance for securing and repaying the Commissioners of Excise Three thousand Pounds advanced by them, being Part of the Five thousand Pounds charged upon the Receipts of the Excise in the Service of the County of Hants, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for charging, upon the Receipts of the Excise, Fifty-six Pounds per Month, for the Maintenance of the two Blockhouses set up in the North and South Side of the River of Thames, and a Pinance below Bridge, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Green reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for making the first Buyer liable: The which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Amendments, passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Colonel Jephson be authorized, as he passed to the Place of embarking his Regiment of Horse for Mounster, and doing Service in this Kingdom, as they shall be commanded while they are here, to receive Quarter in all Places for his Men and Horse; they either paying for the same at reasonable Rates, or leaving Tickets for Allowance to be made out of the Monies arising by the Assessment for Ireland, for the last Six Months; not staying more than Two Days in any one Place; nor paying more than Twelve-pence for every Twenty-four Hours, for one Horse and one Man.
Die Mercurii, Septembris 10, 1645.
According to former Order, the Grand Committee for Religion did sit and meet, to take into farther Consideration the Business of keeping scandalous and notorious Sinners from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Ordered, That the Remainder of the Five hundred Pounds, appointed to be paid by the Committee of the Revenue to William Strode Esquire, late a Member of this House, be now forthwith paid by the said Committee to his Executors.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill, Mr. Bond, Mr. Prideaux, Sir John Bampfield, and Sir John Yonge, do take care of interring the Body of William Strode Esquire, late a Member of this House, in Westminster-Abbey, without Charge, near the Place where Mr. Pym was buried, and in such a Manner as may be sitting for a Person of his Quality and Deserts And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Remainder of the Monies due to John Muller, Merchant-Stranger, from Hamborough, for Arms delivered and furnished by him for the Service of the Parliament, shall be paid to Christian Elderis, his Servant, out of the new Excise to be set upon several Commodities, after the poor Tradesmen, and other Debts charged thereupon, shall be first satisfied.
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Four Pounds per Week, formerly appointed to be paid out of HaberdashersHall to the Lady Drake, shall be increased to Six Pounds per Week: And that the said Six Pounds per Week shall be paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, to the said John Trefusis, for the present Maintenance of himself, and his Lady, and of both their Children and Families.
It is Resolved, That Thomasin, Tabatha, and Hannah Turpin, the Three Daughters of Captain Robert Turpin, out of the first Monies that shall be raised upon the Sale of the Estates of Sir John Bancks Knight, late Lord ChiefJustice of the Common-Pleas, of Justice Heath, and Justice Foster, shall have and receive the Sum of Five hundred Pounds apiece: And that, in the mean time, for their present Subsistence, they shall receive the Sum of One hundred Pounds per Annum, out of the Profits of such of their Estates as lie within the Parliament's Quarters; the said Hundred Pounds per Annum, to be paid quarterly, by equal Portions; and the first Payment thereof to begin at Michaelmas last past.
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Accompts, to examine and state the Accompts of MajorGeneral Crawford, what is due to him for Arrears of Pay for his Service, either in Ireland or England. And
It is further Ordered, That the Petitions concerning the said Major-General Crawford, in the Hands of Mr. Scawen, from the Counties, concerning Free-Quarter, or other Things, taken by him or his Soldiers, be referred to the said Committee.
It is thereupon Ordered, That Philip Francis, late Mayor of Plymouth, shall receive Satisfaction for the Monies disbursed by him at Plymouth, being One hundred and Seventy-three Pounds and Eight Shillings, out of the One per Cent. granted for the Support of Plymouth, Poole, and Lyme, by Ordinance of Parliament.
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Newcastle, to examine the Truth of it; and to state the Matter of Fact; and certify this House how, and . . what manner, the Petitioner may receive Satisfaction, according to the Desires of his Petition.
It is thereupon Ordered, That the said Humphry Edwards be admitted to the present Possession of the Lands of Thomas Edwards, his Brother, in the County of Salop; and do account to the Parliament for the Profits thereof. And
Mr. Prideaux reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for settling certain Lands upon Trustees named in the said Ordinance, for Payment of Mr. Pym's Debts, and other Uses therein mentioned: Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Amendments, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence, by Mr. Rows.
It is thereupon Ordered, That Thomas Prince, of London, Cheesemonger, shall have Leave to ship out of the Port of London Seven hundred and Fifty Barrels of decayed Butter, by Bill of Store; and to transport the same into any the Parts beyond the Seas; he making it appear by Certificate from the Officers of the Custom-house, that the said Butter, so to be transported, is really decayed.
It is thereupon Ordered, That Sir Henry Compton, with his Lady, and such necessary Servants to attend them, as Mr. Speaker shall allow of, with their necessary Accommodations, shall, for Recovery of his Health, have Leave to go unto the Spawe into France; and to ship themselves in any the Ports under the Power of the Parliament, on board any Ship or Vessel thither; provided he give sufficient Security to return into England, and render himself to the Parliament, within Three Months.
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Bishop of Duresme, now Prisoner to the Parliament, in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, shall be bailed and discharged of his Restraint and Imprisonment, upon his own personal Security.
It is thereupon Ordered, That, for the better Accommodating and Settling of the Business between Sir Thomas Dawes, Mr. John Dawes, and the advancing Creditors, and other their Creditors, Mr. John Dawes and Mr. Hugh Hubbert be injoined to attend the Committee to whom that Business was referred, de die in diem, for the Space of Two Months: And that they have the Privilege of this House, to free them from Arrests during the said Two Months.
The humble Petition of Robert Blease, Clerk, Wm. Aked, and Samuel Holmes, on Behalf of Themselves, and the rest of the Inhabitants of the Town and Parish of Bradford in the County of York, was this Day read. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be re-committed: And that the Committee do consider of an Expedient for the Relief of this Town: And the Lord Fairfax, and Sir Thomas Widdrington, are desired to attend this Committee.
It is thereupon Ordered, That Sir Gregory Norton Baronet shall have One thousand Pounds out of such Papists and Delinquents Estates, not yet discovered, as he shall discover; and that he shall hold and enjoy the sequestred House of Sir Roger Palmer, in Westminster: And that the Committee for Sequestrations in Westminster do pay to the Landlord thereof the yearly Rent of Twenty-five Pounds, reserved to be paid for the same.
It is Ordered, That the Vicarage of the Town of Bradford in the County of York being not worth above Fifty Pounds per Annum, that the yearly Rent of One hundred and Twenty Pounds per Annum, issuing out of certain Lands in Oatley, belonging to the Dean and Chapter of York, shall be now paid as an Increase of Maintenance to Mr. Robert Blees, Vicar there; and for Maintaining of another godly Divine, to be his Assistant; who are to preach, and keep a weekly Lecture, in the said Town: And this Payment of One hundred and Twenty . . . . per Annum, out of the Lands of the said Dean and Chapter, to be continued during the Pleasure of the Parliament.
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be re-committed: And that the Members of this House that serve for Yorkshire, do attend the Committee; and with them consider of some present Expedient for the Petitioner's Relief.
Ordered, That the House do meet on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon, to take into Consideration publick Ordinances: And that the Ordinance for the Church or Parish of Convent-Garden be then taken into Consideration, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Committee of Examinations do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon; and do in the first Place take into Consideration the Business concerning scandalous Reports published of the Speaker of this House; and do prepare the same to be reported, the first Business, on Saturday Morning.
Ordered, That the Money remaining in Arrear, in the Hands of the Registers in Chancery, be paid to such Persons as the Committee of the West shall appoint, to be distributed to such Aldermen and others, Citizens of Exeter, in such manner as the said Committee shall think fit: And the said Registers are hereby required to pay the same accordingly.