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, Septembris 16, 1645.
ORdered, That all the Books and Manuscripts late Edward Lord Littleton's, where-ever they shall be discovered or found, shall and are hereby bestowed upon Bulstrode Whitelock Esquire, a Member of this House.
And it is further Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant for the Searching and Seizing of such Books and Manuscripts of the said Lord Litleton's, as he shall be informed of, to be delivered to the said Bulstrode Whitelock, as aforesaid.
Sir Henry Vane junior, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Tate, Mr. Pierepoint, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Recorder, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Crew;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are presently to withdraw, to consider of all the Votes passed in the Business concerning the Scotts Papers, reported and delivered in on Friday and Monday; and to digest them into a Form of an Answer, to be sent from both Houses to the Scotts Commissioners.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate, Sir Phil. Stapilton, and Mr. Crew, do presently go to the Scotts Commissioners, to deliver unto them the Vote concerning a positive Answer; and to desire their Answer, accordingly.
Ordered, That Sixty Pair of Pistols, with Holsters and Furniture for them, be forthwith furnished out of the publick Stores, for the Service of the Garison of Tamworth.
An Ordinance for charging Two thousand Pounds, the Remainder of Four thousand Pounds, upon the Excise, for the Use of the Garison of Shrewsbury; and to enable the Committee of Shrewsbury to give Discharges for such Monies as shall arise, and which the said Committee shall receive, by virtue of any Ordinance for Excise within the County of Salop, the Ordinance for Flesh and Salt only excepted; was this Day twice read; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Knightley, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Pierepoint, Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Spurstoe, Sir Robert Pye, Colonel Ashton, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Colonel Moore, or any Three of them: Who are to meet at Two of Clock this Afternoon, in the Inner Court of Wards, to consider of it; and to report the same to the House with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Nottingham be heard, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Scawen be heard concerning the Recruits for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, the first Business, on Monday next.
Mr. Lisle reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for regulating Abuses in the County of Wiltes: 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.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver you these Papers; one contains certain particular Desires of the Commissioners of Scotland for their Assistance; another concerning a Treaty between the Commissioners of the King of Denmark, and the Commissioners of the Parliament, concerning Trade: The Lords agreed to it; and desire your Concurrence. A Letter from the Ambassadors for the States of Holland; which they desire to communicate to you: They have thought fit to refer it to the Committee for Foreign Affairs. The Lords desire to put you in mind of the Business of Lucretia Barkeley; and of the Ordinance concerning Trinity-College in Cambridge; which they desire may be taken into Consideration.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House has considered your Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Letter from the Commissioners of the Parliament of England, of 10 Septembris 1645, from Berwick, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Jewels and Goods belonging to the Earl of Roxborough, and seized on, for the Delinquency of the said Earl, to the Kingdom of England, shall be forthwith sold, for the Advantage of the State: And that the Committee to whom the Disposal of these Goods was formerly referred, do treat with Alderman Andrews concerning the said Jewels and Goods: And Mr. Whitelock is added to the said Committee; and is to take care hereof.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Gervas Benson, Richard Prissoe, Thomas Sandis, John Archer, Robert Moson, John Garnett, Matthew Atkinson, and Edw. Hynde, shall be and are hereby added to the Committee of Westmorland, in the Ordinance for the Northern Association.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That a convenient Number of Directories, and of the Ordinances for taking away the Use of the Book of Common Prayer, be forthwith sent down into the Northern Counties: And that Mr. Blakiston do take care hereof.
Ordered, That the Mayor of Duresme for the Time being, Mr. Andrew Moore, Mr. George Clavering, Mr. Henry Ogle, Sir Robert Jackson, Sir Wm. Selby, Mr. Wm. Strodder, Mr. Ralph Delavall, and Sir Lionel Maddison, shall be and are hereby added to the Committees for the Town and County of Duresme, in the Ordinance for the Northern Association.
Mr. Bond reports, from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, the State of the Delinquency of the Earl of Devonshire, and the yearly Value of his Estate, and the Payments out of it; with the voluntary Offer of the Earl of Salisbury to lay down Five thousand Pounds, presently, for Discharge of his Delinquency and Sequestration.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Offer of the Earl of Salisbury to pay the Sum of Five thousand Pounds, forthwith, for Discharge of the Delinquency and Sequestration of the Earl of Devonshire: And that, upon Payment thereof, an Ordinance be brought in for the Discharge of the Delinquency of the Earl of Devonshire, and for taking the Sequestration off from his Estate, from Michaelmas next: And that the Rents payable out of his Estate at Michaelmas, and all Arrearages thereof, be paid in to the respective Committees in those Counties, where the Lands and Estate of the said Earl lie.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Cheshire be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Thursday next, peremptorily: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That Sir Samuel Luke shall have Leave to go into the Country, to be absent from the Service of the House, for a Fortnight.
Ordered, That those Gentlemen of the County of Dorsett, that are Committees named by Parliament for that County, do, with all Speed, repair into the Country, to take care for settling the Affairs of that County: And it is especially referred to the Committee of the West, to take care, that the said Gentlemen may have timely Notice hereof, to the end that they may speedily repair down, according as they are hereby required.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports from the Grand Committee, appointed to consider of raising Monies and Forces, That the Estates of Archbishops, Bishops, Deans, Deans and Chapters, are not yet sequestred, unless for personal Delinquency.
It is thereupon Ordered, by the Commons, That an Ordinance be prepared for taking the Inheritance of those Possessions from them, and settling the same in some Persons to be trusted by the Parliament, to the Intent they may make Leases, and dispose of the Profits thereof, pro tempore, for such Uses as shall be directed by both Houses of Parliament.
Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Lisle, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Selden, Mr. Noble, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Ellys, Sir Edward Boys, Sir Dudley North, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Tho. Woodhowse, Sir Ralph Ash ton, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Mr. Holland, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Richard Browne, Mr. Pury, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Millington, Sir Wm. Massam, Colonel Ven, Mr. Toll, Mr. Tate, Mr. Jennour, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Buller, Sir Thomas Cheek, Mr. Blakston, Mr. Knightly;
This Committee is appointed to prepare the said Ordinance, and bring it in to the House: And are to meet de die in diem, when they please, in the Exchequer-Chamber.
ORdered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant for the Carrying of the Body of Sir Wm. Portman, deceased, to Orchard-Portman near Taunton in Sommersetshire; Mr. John Browne and Sir Robert Pye, Members of this House, undertaking that it shall be their Care, that nothing prejudicial to the State shall be carried hence, under Pretence of conveying the Body of the said Sir Wm. Portman.
Ordered, That the next Day the House sits upon Ordinances, the Ordinance for the Eastland Trade shall be read.
An Ordinance for erecting and constituting the Parish of Convent-Garden; and for raising a Maintenance for Ministers there; was this Day read the First and Second time: And
The Question being put, For the Committing of it; and passing with the Negative;
The Question was put, For the Passing of it: And
It passed, upon the Question; and was ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Sale, made by the Treasurers at War, of the Plate and Hangings sent from Bridgwater by Sir Thomas Fairfax, and sold by the said Treasurers for the Sum of Eleven hundred Twenty-and-eight Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Eight-pence; and do order, That the said Monies be sent, with the other Treasure, to Sir Thomas Fairfax, at the Hazard of the State, to be by him disposed in such manner, and to such of the Soldiers under his Command, as he shall think sit, as a Recompence for their good Service at the Taking in of the said Town of Bridgwater, according to former Order: And that the Acquittance of the Commissioners of the Army, or of any Two of them, for the Receipt thereof, shall be a good and sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers at War, and every of them, for the said Sum, and every Part thereof.
An Ordinance for raising and appointing Money to be paid unto Mr. John Davies of Carricfergus, upon a Contract with him formerly made by the Committee of both Kingdoms, and approved by this House, for the Furnishing of Provisions for the Scotts Army in Ulster in Ireland, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Pierepoint, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Crew, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Christopher Wray, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Whitelock, or any Three of them: Who are presently to withdraw to consider of it, and to compare it with the Propositions made by Mr. Davies for furnishing Provisions for the Scotts Army in Ireland, and approved by this House, Aprilis 23 1645.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, Mr. Lisle do report the Ordinance concerning the Addition of some Lords to the Committee for the Revenue.
An Ordinance for Charging of Five thousand Pounds, to be paid to the Governor of the Isle of Ely, out of the Receipts of the Excise, for so much due unto the Garisons of the Isle of Ely, from the Three-and-twentieth of April last; at which time the Sum of Two hundred and Fifty Pounds per Week was charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, for the Payment of the said Garisons; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That, on this Day Sevennight, in the Afternoon, the House do meet and sit, for the Reading of publick and private Ordinances only.
An Ordinance for an additional Excise, or new Impost, for Payment of several Debts to poor Artisice. . and Tradesmen, and for such other Uses as the Parliament shall appoint, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of Examinations.
An Ordinance for charging the Pay of Eight hundred Horse, raised in the Eastern Association, to be employed against Newark, for Two months, and for the Payment of such Horse as shall be lost in that Service, out of the Excise, with Interest for such Sum as the same shall amount unto, was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time on Thursday Morning.
A Commission for appointing and constituting Arthur Annesly Esquire, Sir Robert King, and Colonel Wm. Beale, Governors of the Province of Ulster in Ireland, according to such Instructions as they shall receive from both Houses of Parliament, was this Day read.
The Instructions for the said Governors were likewise read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Commission and Instructions to Arthur Annesley Esquire, Sir Robert King, and Colonel Beale, to be Governors of the Province of Ulster in the Kingdom of Ireland, do pass the Great Seal of England.
Upon Mr. Lisle's Report of the Agreements of the Ordinance with the Votes of this House, concerning the Contract made with Mr. John Davies;
The said Ordinance was, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for the Payment of the yearly Sum of Eight thousand Pounds, by several Portions, for the Support of his Highness the Prince Elector Palatine of Rhine; viz. Two thousand Pounds out of the King's Revenue; and the other Six thousand Pounds yearly out of the Manors, Lands, and Messuages of divers Persons named in the said Ordinance; was this Day read the First time.
Ordered, That, during the Pleasure of the Parliament, the Sum of One hundred and Twenty Pounds per Annum shall be paid quarterly to Mr. Robert Blees, now Vicar of the Town of Bradford in the County of York, out of the Rents and Revenues belonging to the Dean and Chapter of York in the said County, towards the Increase of the Maintenance of the said Vicar, and for Maintaining of another godly Divine to be his Assistant there: Who are to keep a weekly Lecture in the said Town: And the Receipt of the said Robert Blees shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Committee for Sequestrations, or such other Persons as shall be appointed to pay the same.