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 Veneris, Januarii 31, 1644.
THE House was resolved into a Committee: And the Grand Committee proceeded to the Consideration of the Ordinance for the Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage: And
Mr. Reynolds was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Colonel Cromwell's Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Resolved, &c. That Five hundred Pounds be forthwith provided and advanced for the Garison of Newport-Pagnall.
Ordered, That Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, advanced by Mr. Heveningham, for this Service, be repaid unto him by the Collector for the County of Suffolk; and Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, advanced for this Service by Sir Jo. Potts, be repaid unto him by the Collector of Norfolk: And that they bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Ordered, That Sir Sam. Luke be injoined to go to his Charge to Newport-Pagnall presently.
Sir Christ. Yelverton is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to take into speedy Consideration the Ordinance for the new Model of the Army, in regard of the great Importance and Necessity of settling the Affairs of the Armies.
Sir Christ. Yelverton brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Ordinance into speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise be heard, before any Ordinance be brought in for excluding Merchants or Traders to be employed as Sub-Commissioners in the Receipts of the Excise: And that the Commissioners of Excise be desired to carry on the Affairs of Excise by such Persons as may most advance the Service.
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance concerning the Receipts and Commissioners of Excise, passed both Houses on Wednesday last, the Twenty-ninth of this present January 1644, shall be inlarged, and continue in Force, in the same Manner it now is, until the Eleventh of September 1646.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Flesh and Salt be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That it be in especial Manner recommended unto the Commissioners of Excise, forthwith to furnish the Two thousand Pounds formerly desired for Gloucester: And that Mr. Hodges, Mr. Pury, and Mr. Nath. Stevens, to go to the Commissioners this Afternoon, to press them for the present Supply of this Two thousand Pounds; in regard of the urgent Necessities thereof.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Colonel Massie; to encourage him and his Officers; and to return him and them Thanks for their great and many Services.
Ordered, That the House do, To-morrow in the Afternoon at Three of Clock, accompany the Body of John White Esquire, late a Member of this House, from the Middle Temple-Hall to the Middle Temple Church.
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of the Committee of the County of Kent were at the Door, desirous to present a Petition to the House;
They were called in; and did prefer a Petition.
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"The House hath been always sensible of the great Affection of the County of Kent, and the great Wisdom with which you have managed the Affairs of that County since these unhappy Troubles; not only for your own particular Interest, but as it hath an Eye upon the publick Good. Your Actions are suitable to the Actions of your Ancestors, who have been so famous; and Posterity will speak as gloriously of you, as you can of your Ancestors: For this Petition, the House hath read it; and considered the same; and what concerneth yourselves, they have appointed a Committee to take it into Consideration, for a Redress: For That of your Petition which concerneth the Publick, it is a Matter of great Weight; and will require serious Consideration."
"The House hath commanded me, in their Names, to give you very hearty Thanks for the same."
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Sir Henry Heyman, Sir Gilb. Pickering, Sir Edward Patrich, Sir John Curson, Sir Thomas Woodbowse, Mr. Cage, Mr. Jennour, Colonel Cromwell, Mr. Heveningham, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Lile, Mr. Knightley, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Ven, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Gourdon, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Whittacre, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Maynard, Sir Roger North, Mr. Scowen, Mr. Strode, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Millington, Sir Thomas Dacres, the Knights and Burgesses of Kent, and the Barons of the Cinque-Ports: And are to meet on Monday next, at Two in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer-Chamber, to consider of the Petitions and Propositions formerly presented by the Committee of Kent, and the Petition this Day presented; and to present their Opinions, what is sit to be done upon them for their Encouragement: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the House do meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, to take into further Consideration the Ordinance for the Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage, and the other Affairs of the Navy.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, peremptorily, the first Business, the Ordinance for raising Twenty-one thousand Pounds monthly for the Scotts Armies, be read: And the Papers from the Scotts Commissioners, and the other Northern and Newcastle Business, be taken into Consideration.
A Letter from the Committee at Uxbridge, of January the 30th, 1644, with a Copy of the King's Power given to his Commissioners to treat; and a Copy of the Ordinance, to enable the Commissioners of Parliament to treat; and the Copy of the Paper given in by the Commissioners of the Parliament to the King's Commissioners, concerning the Manner of the Treaty: The which were all read.
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of the County of Berk' were at the Door, desirous to prefer a Petition to this House;
They were called in; and did deliver a Petition.
The which was read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms; to take some speedy Course for their speedy Redress and Relief.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Strode shall be added to the Assembly of Divines, in the place of Mr. White, deceased.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Massam be added to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, in the place of Sir Thomas Barrington.
Ordered, That Mr. Hobby and Sir Philip Stapilton do this Afternoon repair to my Lord General; and take some of the Berkshire Gentlemen with them; and inform him of the particular Violences and Murders committed by some particular Soldiers; and the Names of the Soldiers that committed those great Outrages; and of what Company or Troop they are of: And to desire his Lordship, that some speedy Course may be taken for bringing the Offenders to exemplary Punishment.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have sent down a Petition from Mr. Wm. Blackwell Minister, desiring to be inducted into a Living in Surrey, become void by the Death of Dr. Buckner, where he hath officiated a long Time by Order of Parliament: They think it very fitting and reasonable; and desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise received a Petition from the Governor and Company of Merchants trading to the East-Indies; which they desire this House to take into a sudden Consideration, as They intend to do.
The Petition of the East-India Company was read.-
Ordered, That Mr. Jennor be added to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall.-
The Petition of Mr. Blackwell Minister was read: And
It is Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do bring in an Ordinance for the instituting and inducting Mr. Blackwell in the Parsonage of Merstham in the County of Surrey, become void by the Death of Doctor Buckner, the late Incumbent.
Ordered, That Fifty Pounds, out of the first Monies that shall be discovered at the Committee for Examinations, be paid to Mr. Erbury, upon Account, to be deducted out of the Arrears due unto him for his Service in the Army, as Chaplain to Serjeant-Major-General Skippon.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Commissioners in the Army be required to see the Ten thousand Pounds, assigned, and now sent for Payment of the Armies, to be paid and distributed to the Soldiers that are upon the Place, for the most Advantage of the Service: And the House doth desire them to take especial Care therein. And the respective Treasurers, appointed to receive the said Ten thousand Pounds, are hereby required to take care, that the whole Ten thousand Pounds be sent down to the Forces upon the Place, and none thereof paid here. And it is referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take care, that this Order may be put in Execution; and likewise to take especial Care in the Distributing and Paying of these Monies, that the Officers that are, and have continued with their Charges, and have not deserted and neglected their Charges to come to Town, may be paid; and likewise to take care, that the common Soldier, and common Trooper, may be paid in a considerable Proportion; and that the Treasurers do not issue out the Monies, until they have received the Directions of the Committee of both Kingdoms for the Distributing and the Issuing thereof.