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 Lunæ, 29 Septembris, 1645.
UPON Mr. Recorder's Report from the Committee of the Revenue;
It is Ordered, That Sir John Trevor Knight, Lancelot Lake Esquire, and Abraham Perrott Gentleman, be put into the Collection of the Twelve-pence the Chaldron upon Coals at Newcastle, due and payable to the King, according to their Lease from the King of that Duty: And that the said Lessees shall have the Benefit of the Covenant in their Lease for Abatement of Rent, in reference to their Losses.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to take the Accompts of the Losses of Sir John Trevor, Mr. Lake, and Mr. Perrott, upon their Lease of the Twelve-pence per Chaldron upon Coals at Newcastle; and, upon Consideration of their Losses, to make them Satisfaction, by Abatement of the Rent, according to the Convenant in their said Lease.
Resolved, &c. That the Allowance of One thousand Pounds per Annum shall be allowed to each of the PuisneJudges of the several Courts of Record in Westminster, for their Maintenance and Support, in lieu of all Payments and Allowances payable unto them from the Crown: And it is referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to consider, How those Allowances may be duly and certainly paid them every Quarter; and to bring in some Course for the ascertaining and settling the said Allowances accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to pay unto Mr. Justice Reeves the Arrears of his Fees.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, and Mr. Maynard, do forthwith conser with the Justices, upon some Expedient for keeping open the Exchequer, and swearing the Sheriffs of London; To-morrow being the Day appointed for that Service.
Ordered, That Mr. George Abbott, a Member of this House, do forthwith attend the Service of this House.
A Letter from Colonel-General Pointz, from MillersHeath, of 25 Sept. 1645, near Chester, concerning the great Defeat given to the King's Forces there, was this Day read.
The House being informed, That Colonel Persons was at the Door;
He was called in.-
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Business concerning Mr. Fairefaxe, and Mr. Le Gay, do meet: And that all the Lawyers of the House be added to that Committee.-
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Parsons shall have One hundred Pounds freely bestowed upon him, to buy him Horses: And that this One hundred Pounds be charged upon the Excise, in Course; and the Commissioners of Excise be desired to advance this One hundred Pounds, to be repaid them, with Interest for the same, in Course: And that an Ordinance be brought in accordingly. And Mr. Edward Ashe is desired to take care hereof.
Colonel Parsons was again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, acquainted him, That the House did very much resent the great Service done by Colonel-General Pointz, and the rest of the Officers under him: And that, for his Care and Pains in this Journey, the House had bestowed upon . . . One hundred Pounds, to buy him Horses; and did return him Thanks for his Faithfulness therein.
An Ordinance for Five hundred Pounds, out of the Excise, to be paid to Mr. Michael Herrin, Merchant, for the Artificers and Conductors of the Train of Artillery, late under the Command of the Earl of Essex, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, &c. That the Letter concerning Nottingham be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir John Bampfield, John Ashe Esquire, Mr. Francis Buller, Mr. Nicholl, Mr. Thomas Erle, Mr. Waddon, Mr. Thomas Moore, shall go down into the West.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Prideaux shall have Leave to go into the West.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Colonel Ralph Weldon, to be the present Governor of the Town of Plymouth, and of the Fort and Island there.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Arth. Upton be, from this House, especially recommended unto the Governor of Plymouth, to be Governor of the Fort and Island there.
According to an Order of Augusti 23 , the Committee of the West did present an Ordinance for settling the IronWorks, lately Sir John Wintour's, upon Colonel Edward Massie, in pursuance of former Orders of this House.
And the Question being put, Whether this Ordinance should be now read;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the Ordinance was accordingly read the First time; and, upon Question, ordered to be now read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the West, and the Committee of Gloucester: And that all that will come shall have Voices at it: And are to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Sir Robert Harley carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Mr. Holland to have a Lease of Creslowe Pastures: The Votes for Church-Government, and Tryers of the Classes: The Ordinance for Ten thousand Pounds for Chester, and for Five hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers-Hall, for Sir John Merricke: Also the Vote for Establishing of Sir John Trevour, Mr. Lake, and Mr. Perrott, in the Receipt of the Twelve-pence upon the Chaldron, for Coals at Newcastle.
Sir Walter Earle presented to the House Reasons by the House of Commons unto the Lords, Why the Lord Savill should not be bailed; and, being bailed, should be remanded to Prison: Which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, &c. That a Conference be desired with the Lords, concerning the Bailing of the Lord Savill; the Names of the Committees in the Eastern Association; and the Addition of the Names to the Committee in the County of Dorsett: And Sir John Clotworthy is to desire a Conference with the Lords, concerning these Particulars, Tomorrow.
Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Walter Earle, and Mr. Noble, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Ordinance: It is for the Making of Mr. Christopher Vernon to be the Cursitor-Baron of the Exchequer, in the place of Mr. Leake, who hath deserted the Parliament: They desire it may be speedily taken into Consideration, because of the Business there, necessary to be dispatched To-morrow:- An Ordinance enabling Peter Cannon to make Ordnance after a new Invention: The Lords do refer it to your Consideration: A Petition of the reduced Officers: It is for giving the Publick Faith for their Arrears: The Lords do hold it reasonable; and desire your Concurrence in it.
The Ordinance for Appointing of Mr. Christopher Vernon to be the Cursitor-Baron in the Exchequer was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto, with these Amendments; viz. "Richard Tomlins Esquire," instead of "Christopher Vernon," and these Words, "quam diu se bene gesserit," instead of these Words, "during Pleasure of both Houses:" And Sir Robert Pye is to carry it to the Lords; and to give Reasons, Why this House cannot agree to Mr. Vernon.
He likewise carried up to them the Letter and Relation from Colonel-General Pointz.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House hath considered your Message: And, as to the Ordinance concerning the Cusitor-Baron of the Exchequer, they will presently send an Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the rest of the Messages, they will likewise send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, How Colonel-General Pointz, and the Forces with him, may be employed for the best Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of Colonel Tompson be taken into Consideration, when the Petition of other the reduced Officers shall be considered of.
Ordered, &c. That the Letter from the Prince of Wales to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe be taken into Consideration on Saturday next, peremptorily: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind of it.
Mr. Darley informed the House of some seditious Passages delivered in a Sermon, by one Mr. Volchier, Yesterday, at Lincolne's-Inn, derogatory and scandalous to the Honour and Proceedings of Parliament: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That he be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Darley, and the other Members of this House, that heard Mr. Volchier's Sermon Yesterday, at Lincolne's-Inn, do meet; and, upon Conference amongst themselves, set down in Writing, as near as they can, what the Words were which Mr. Volchier delivered in his Sermon, any way scandalous to the Parliament, and which they can testify; and deliver the same to Mr. Speaker Tomorrow Morning.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of plundered Ministers do report the Case concerning Mr. Volchier; and, upon what Grounds and Reasons the Committee proceeded against him, upon his Sequestration.
The Amendments to the Ordinance for settling Eight thousand Pounds per Annum upon the Prince Elector, were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and then the Ordinance, with the Amendments upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.