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, 26 Decembris, 1645.
ORdered, That, on Monday Morning next, Mr. Bond do report the Case concerning Sir Robert Nappier: And that then likewise the Petition of Sir Edward Hales Prisoner shall be taken into Consideration.
An Ordinance for the Payment of Three thousand Pounds out of the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, unto Mr. Francis Vernon, for the Use of reduced Officers, and others therein mentioned, with a Proviso for the Payment of Principal and Interest to any Person or Persons, that shall advance or lend the said Sum, or any Part thereof, upon the Credit of the said Receipts, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you these Papers; certain Orders and Directions concerning Persons that have been in Arms against the Parliament, and are come in to the Parliament's Quarters: The Lords do agree to them, with these Amendments; to which they desire your Concurrence:-A Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, for the Payment of Nine hundred Ninetyfour Pounds Twelve Shillings and Six-pence, out of the Ordinance for Eight thousand Pounds, by the Committee of the House of Commons, for Powder, Match, and Bullet, appropriate for that Use:-An Ordinance to authorize the Passing of a Grant of the Place of Master of the Hospital of the Savoy, under the Great Seal, unto Mr. John Bond, for his Life. The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of some Names to be added to the Committee of Sequestrations for the County of Devon, formerly sent to this House; to which they desire your Concurrence. They desire you likewise to take into Consideration an Ordinance, formerly sent unto you, for Mr. Mortimer.
The Amendments to the Orders and Directions concerning such as have come in, and submitted to the Parliament, were read; and, upon the Question, committed to the Committee that prepared, and formerly brought in the same to this House; and ordered to be reported, and taken into Consideration, on Monday in the Afternoon.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of Accompts, forthwith to take and perfect the Accompts of the Treasurers at Wars; and to certify to the House the State of the said Accompts.
Mr. Scawen reports an Account of the Cash, being an Estimate of Monies charged upon the Treasurers at Wars upon the whole Accompt, from the Eight-and-twentieth of March to the Thirtieth of November last; and an Estimate of Monies discharged upon the whole Accompt; and likewise an Estimate of Monies received by the Treasurers at Wars since the last of November to the Twenty-fourth of December; and likewise an Estimate of Monies paid.
He likewise reported an Estimate of the Arrears of the Army since the Sixteenth of June 1645.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of the County of Cambridge be taken into Consideration on Monday next, in the Afternoon, the first Business.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance for reimbursing to the several Counties the Charges expended by reason of Alarms be forthwith printed.
Ordered, &c. That the respective Committees of the several Counties, that have taken up, upon Alarms, any Monies of the Assessments for Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army, do forthwith repay the same to the High-Collectors, to be by them paid in to the Treasurers of the Army.
Ordered, &c. That, for such Monies as are short assessed in the several Counties, the Committee of the Army do send for the Committees of such Counties, and proceed to hear and determine all Differences concerning the said Assessments: And the said Committee of the Army are required to take care, that, according to their Orders, the said Monies short assessed, and in Arrear, may be forthwith raised and paid.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Army do proceed for the speedy Levying and Raising of the Assessments in Arrear from the Town of Lynn, in such Manner as they are authorized to proceed for the Raising of the Monies short assessed.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Army, to do as they shall think fit, in all Cases of Assessments in Arrear, by such Towns or Villages as have been burned.
The House was informed of an Order of ... Lords House, for exempting their Parks from Assessments.
The Order was of 12 Novembris 1645; and was read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That all ancient Parks, being of the Demesne-Lands belonging to the Mansion-Houses of any of the Peers or Gentry of this Realm, are within the Ordinance for Maintaining of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army; and are to be taxed and assessed, as other Lands by virtue of the said Ordinance.
Ordered, &c. That a Conference be desired with the Lords, concerning this Business: And the Committee of the Army, and Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Lane, Mr. Recorder, and Sir John Evelyn, are to prepare Reasons to be given to the Lords, touching this Business, at the Conference: And Mr. Pury is to take care hereof.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to send for Sir Anthony Cage, and take such Course for the Levying of the Assessments payable out of his Estate to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army, as they shall think fit.
Sir Christopher Yelverton brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Vote for Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, out of Malignants Estates, to Mr. Searle, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the Answer to the King's Letter, and the other Particuculars, they do agree.
Mr. Pelham brings Answer from the Lords, That they do agree to the Ordinance for One thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for Croyland.
Ordered, &c. That the respective Sequestrators, and Committees for Sequestration, and their Sollicitors and Agents in the several Counties, do take care, That all Assessments for such Lands, Woods, and Houses, as are sequestred by them, be, from time to time, paid in by them: And the Committee of the Army are to take care hereof.
Ordered, &c. That this House doth concurr with the Committee of the Army, That the King's House at Newmarkett is not liable to the Assessment for Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army: And that the Township of Newmarkett ought to bear and pay the whole Assessment taxed upon them, without charging the said House: And the said Town are hereby required to assess, raise, and pay in the said whole Assessment upon their Township, accordingly.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Army do, according to former Directions, take care to see the Inhabitants in all Places duly satisfied for such Free Quartering or Quarters, as have been taken by the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe, or any Part of the said Army.
Resolved, &c. That the Sub-Commissioners, and all other the Officers employed in and about the Excise, shall and do pay the Assessments set upon them, as other Persons do, for the Maintenance of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army: And are to have no Exemption above other Persons in that Behalf.
Ordered, &c. That such Members of either House of Parliament as are only Lodgers, and have no Houses, or Occasion to detain them here, but to give their Attendance on the Parliament, shall not be assessed as Lodgers, for their Lodgings.
Ordered, &c. That such Members of either House, as come to these Parts, only to give their Attendance upon the Parliament, and have or shall take Houses for their necessary Accommodations during the Time of such their Attendance, shall pay to all Assessments within the Cities of London, Westminster, and Lines of Communication, laid by Parliament, according to the Value of their Rent, only according to the Ordinance, and not otherwise.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Scawen do proceed in his Report from the Committee of the Army, To-morrow Morning.