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 Sabbati, Januarii 25, 1644.
ORdered, That the Committee of . . . Revenue be desired to give Order for issuing out and paying of Five hundred Pounds to Mr. Jasper Goodman, upon Account; to be employed towards the Defraying of the publick Expences of the Commissioners at Uxbridge.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That all Ministers be desired, on Wednesday next, the Day of publick Humiliation, in especial Manner, to beg God's Blessin upon the Treaty; that the Issue thereof may be to the Glory of God, the Advancement of Religion, and the Settling of a happy, safe, and well grounded Peace, in all these Kingdoms.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Drake to carry up this Order.
An Offer of an Exchange, under Prince Rupert's Hand, for the Lord Brereton, Prisoner to the Parliament, for Sir Jo. Northcott, Prisoner to the King's Forces, was this Day read.
And the Question being put, Whether the Question for his Exchange should be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
The humble Petition of the Shipwrights and Calkers, and others, poor labouring Men belonging to the Dock at Chattham, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Grand Committee appointed to sit upon the Ordinance concerning the Customs; to consider How, by this Ordinance, a Credit may be raised for procuring of Monies for carrying on the Affairs of the Navy.
Mr. Whitelock reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for Redemption of the Captives of Algier: The 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 unto the Lords.
Ordered, That what Sum or Sums of Money shall be found due by the Committee of Accounts, upon the State of the Accounts of the old Commissioners of the Customs, be appointed towards the Satisfaction, in a proportionable Way, of the Arrears due to the several Owners of Shipping, set forth in the State's Service, by the Parliament, till the last of September 1644; which Monies are, by Order of the Committee of the Navy, to be employed to these Uses only.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Rolle shall have Liberty to bring in, and offer to the Consideration of the House, on Friday come Sevennight, an Ordinance for the Borrowing of Twenty-three thousand Five hundred Ninety-six Pounds Two Shillings and Three-pence upon the Credit of the Excise, to be paid in Course, after all former Engagements; towards the Satisfaction, in a proportionable Way, of the Arrears due to the several Owners of Shipping, set forth in the State's Service, till the last of September 1644: To be employed and paid, by Order of the Committee, to those Uses only.
The House, according to former Order, was resolved into a Committee, to consider of the Ordinance for Tonage and Poundage.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Reynolds called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Mr. Reynolds' Report from the Grand Committee;
It is Resolved, &c. That all such Monies as have been, or shall be advanced by the present Commissioners of the Customs for the Service of the Navy, shall be repaid, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. before they be removed from collecting the Customs.
Resolved, &c. That all such other Persons or Person as shall advance any Sum or Sums of Money for the Service of the Navy, shall be secured and reimbursed, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. out of the Monies to be raised by the Ordinance for the Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy shall have Power to treat with the Commissioners of the Customs, or others, for the Advance of Monies upon the Credit of the Ordinance for Tonage and Poundage, for carrying on the Affairs of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the House do meet on Tuesday Morning next, peremptorily, to consider of the Ordinance concerning Tonage and Poundage, and other Matters of the Navy, in pursuance of former Orders.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of providing and setting forth a Convoy for the Ships employed in the Northern Fishing.
Resolved, &c. That the Grand Committee of the House do meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, to take into Consideration of the Ordinance for the Maintenance of the Forces raised according to the new Model.
Resolved, &c. That the House do meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock.
The House being informed, That divers Aldermen, and other Citizens, by the Appointment of the CommonCouncil, were at the Door, desirous to prefer Petitions to the House;
They were called in; and did prefer Two Petitions: One, The humble Petitions of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in CommonCouncil assembled, concerning the Relief of the Town of Plymouth, and opening the Trade into the West: The other, concerning the Pay of the City Brigade, sent out under the Conduct and Command of Major-General Whichcott.
The which were both read; and ordered to be taken into Consideration on Thursday next.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Transportation of Wools, Wool-fells, and Fullers-Earth, be brought in from the Committee, and reported on Thursday next.
Ordered, That the Ordinance, this Day offered by Mr Recorder, for Confirmation ... the Offices of Package, Scavage, Balliage, and Portage, shall be read; and taken into Consideration on Thursday next.
The Petitioners were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, That the House had still Ground of returning Thanks to the City for their great and continual Care of the Publick, and Respects to the Reducement and Safety of the West.
WHereas Information was this Day given in from the Committee of the West of a concealed Sequestration, to a good Value; which they desire may be employed to the Benefit of the West: It is Ordered, That the said Committee of the West shall have Power, as yet, to secure the said Sequestration only: And that it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to consider of, examine, hear, and determine the said Sequestration: And that if the said Estate shall prove, and be adjudged forfeitable to the State, that then it shall be employed upon Account for the Benefit and Service of the West.
The Question being put, Whether the House would adhere to the former Vote concerning the Alterations as to the Expressions of the Names in the Safe-Conduct;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the Names expressed in the SafeConduct shall be expressed in such Manner as it came from the Committee of both Kingdoms.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired.
Mr. Long to carry it up.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
That the Lords have sent down an Ordinance for the making the Borough of Newporte, in the Isle of Wight, a Parish of itself; and that Mr. Thompson may be the Minister: A Petition of the English Merchants trading into Spaine: A Petition of the Lady Rivers; which they refer to your Consideration: Also the Petition of Mr. Harbourne, a Minister in Kent: A Petition of the Inhabitants of St. Ives; which they have referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestration: The Petition of the Parishioners of Laurence Jury, London; that it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, Mr. Rowse do carry up to the Lords the Votes passed concerning the Matter of Church Government.
Mr. Long was, at this Message, likewise to desire the Lords to expedite the Ordinance concerning Martial Law.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to consider of paying Sir Arthur Hasilrigg's Regiment of Horse the Remainder of the Pay formerly assigned to That Regiment, and yet unpaid.
THE Amendments to the Ordinance for raising Monies for maintaining the Forces to be raised and maintained according to the new Model, were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That this Ordinance shall commence from the First of February 1644.
Resolved, &c. That Serjeant-Major-General Skippon shall be named in this Ordinance as Serjeant-Major-General of all the Forces raised, and intended to be maintained, by this Ordinance.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Grimston and Mr. Ellis to prepare and bring an Ordinance for taking off One-Third of the Payments charged upon the several Counties by the Ordinance for levying Monies for maintaining the Forces to be raised according to the new Model, in Provisions; the which Provisions are to be accounted and allowed in Discharge of a Third-Part of the Payments assessed upon the several Counties and Places by the Ordinance aforesaid.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the whole House do meet on Monday Morning, at Eight of Clock, to take into further Consideration the Ordinance concerning the new Model.