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 Decembris, 1645.
MR. Scawen proceeded in his Report concerning the Affairs of the Army.
An Ordinance for the Securing and Payment of the Sum of Thirty thousand Pound, out .. the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, or out of Intervals, which shall first happen, to be paid to the Treasurers at Wars, for the Use of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax General, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for Impresting of Soldiers was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Pury reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for punishing such imprested Soldiers, as run from their Colours: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, so amended, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Estimate of the Charge to recruit the Army was this Day read; and, upon several Questions, particularly
Resolved, That One thousand Snaphance-Musquets, Seven thousand Musquets, Four thousand Pikes, Eight thousand Bandaleers of Tin covered, Twelve thousand Snapsacks, Twelve thousand Swords and Belts, Four thousand Horse-Arms, Four thousand Pair of Pistols and Holsters, Four thousand Saddles and Furniture, One thousand Barrels of Powder, Thirty Ton of MusquetBullet, Fifty Ton of Match, Fourteen thousand whole Suits of Cloaths, Six hundred Horse-Harness, Three thousand Horse, Five hundred Dragoon-Horse, Four hundred Draught-Horses, and Recruits for the ordinary Train, according to the Particulars delivered under the Lieutenant-General's Hand, be forthwith provided for the Service of the Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, with all Speed, to consider and take care for Impresting of Men for Recruiting of the Army to the Numbers appointed by the Establishment.
Ordered, That, for the Making of these several Provisions this Day voted for the Army, the Sum of Eightyfour thousand Eight hundred Forty-and-seven Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence be forthwith provided and charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance of 11 Septembris 1643: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take care for the Making of the said several Provisions.
Ordered, That Colonel Venn do bring in an Ordinance, to be put in Execution in London, for the Punishing of such imprested Soldiers, as run from their Colours.
Ordered, That Mr. Greene do To-morrow, the first Business, make Report of the State of the Excise, and the Intervals.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports be continued, according to the Powers formerly granted unto them, for Six Months longer: And that they be injoined diligently to attend that Service.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Sollicitor reported, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Opinion of that Committee, That there be Provision made of a Stock of Money upon all Events, (there being concurring Intelligence of Preparations of Men and Shipping beyond the Seas, that are like to be employed against this Kingdom); and for a greater Fleet to be set out this next Summer, than in former Years; and that some of that Fleet may be sent to Sea with all Expedition.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, and the Committee of the Navy, do take care of timely setting forth the Summer's Guard: And that they take a special Care, that Part of the said Guard may forthwith, and with all Speed and Diligence, set forth, to prevent the Dangers that are informed of from Foreign Parts.
Sir Robert Pye carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Continuance of the Treasurers at Wars, and the Committee of the Army: The Ordinance for Thirty thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for the Use of the Army: And the Order for Continuance of the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports for Six Months longer.
Ordered, That To-morrow, after the Business of the Intervals, Mr. Greene do make his Reports concerning the Navy.
Ordered, That, on Monday next, peremptorily, the whole Business of Ireland, both concerning the Government, the Ordinance for raising Monies for the Occasions of Ireland, and the other Affairs of Ireland, be taken into Consideration.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Ordinance for Continuance of the Treasurers at War, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the Ordinance for Thirty thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, and the Order for Continuance of the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, they do agree.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Letter: It comes from the King: They have thought fit to refer it to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners, and to advise with them, and prepare an Answer unto his Majesty's Letter; especially to such Particulars as derogate from the Honour of the Parliament; and containing Reasons, Why that which is propounded therein cannot be assented to; and report the same unto both Houses.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Glemham, of 26 Decembris 1645, with the Letter from his Majesty inclosed, of the same Date, directed to the Speaker of the House of Peers pro tempore, were read; together with a Paper, containing the Desires of the Lords thereupon.
The Letter from his Majesty, and the Lords Desire thereupon, were again read: The which Desire was the same delivered by the Messengers.
Ordered, That the Debate of the Letter from his Majesty, of 26 Decembris 1645, from Oxon, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That the Letter from his Majesty, of 26 Decembris 1645, be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners by the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And that they be acquainted, That this House hath appointed to take the same into Consideration To-morrow Morning; and that therefore the Members do bring back the same to the House.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of Cambridge do make a Return of the Writ for the Election of a Burgess for the University of Cambridge, To-morrow Sevennight, at his Peril.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Sevennight, the first Business, the Matter concerning the Election and Return of Colonel Henry Marten be taken into Consideration: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
The humble Petition of Robert Horseman Esquire was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee appointed for the Business for the County of Rutland, to examine the Business; and to report their Opinions to the House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
AN Ordinance for the settling the Jointure of the Lady Anne Harecourt, and for passing the Wardship of her Son, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Sir Gilbert Gerard.
An Ordinance for authorizing the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England to pass a Patent under the said Great Seal, containing a Grant unto Mr. John Bond, of the Mastership of the Hospital of the Savoy, for his Life; and for authorizing Mr. Sollicitor-General to prepare the said Grant; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
An Ordinance for Allowing of Interest out of the Receipts of the Excise, to be paid at the End of every Six Months, for the Sum of Three thousand One hundred Ninety-one Pounds Five Shillings and Eight-pence, formerly charged by Ordinance upon the said Receipts, for the Use of poor Waggoners, unto such Persons as shall advance the same, or any Part thereof, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of the Committee for the County of Cambridge, was this Day read: And
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Eastern Association, to consider, and to represent their Opinions thereupon, to the House.
Ordered, That the Sequestration of the Estate of Sir Matthew Appleyard be discharged: And that such Monies as are, or have been lately, seized on, by the Committees for the East-Riding of the County of York, belonging to the said Sir Matthew Appleyard, not exceeding the Sum of One hundred and Fourscore Pounds, be forthwith restored to him.
Mr. Goodwyn proceeded in the Report from the Committee for Petitions.
Upon the humble Petition of Francis Owen, of London, Merchant-Stranger of the Intercourse;
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations.
The humble Petition of Jaques Lagase was read; and nothing done upon it.
Upon the humble Petition of Helen Askwith, the Relict of Captain John Askwith;
It is Ordered, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That the said Helen Askwith shall have and hold the Water-Mill, in the Parish of Leeds in the County of York, which she now possesseth; and also the Lands therewith heretofore usually demised; being Parcel of the Estate of the Lord Savile, a Delinquent, and of the Value of Sixty Pounds per Annum, or thereabouts; upon Account, during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament: And that the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Money, at Haberdashers-Hall, do, for the present Subsistence of her and her Six Children, pay unto her, or her Assigns, the Sum of Two hundred Pounds, towards the Satisfaction of the Debt of Nine hundred and Sixty Pounds, or thereabouts, certified, by the Committee of Accompts, to be due to her, for one Troop of Horse raised by her said late Husband. And
It is further Ordered, That, for the Remainder of the Money due for the said Troop, she may have the Publick Faith.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.-
An Ordinance for the Payment of the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds, out of the Excise, in Course, for the Use of the Welsh Drovers, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.-
Upon the humble Petition of Alexander Greene, of Manchester in the County of Lancaster, Vintner;
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lancashire, forthwith to pay the said Alexander Green for such Goods, mentioned in the said Petition, as he can make appear to them, to have been taken or stayed in the Garisons of Leverpoole and Manchester, or made use of for the Service of that County; and also to the Committee of Cheshire, to pay him for such Goods, mentioned in the said Petition, as he shall make appear to have been taken by Sir Wm. Brereton, or made use of for the Service of the said County of Chester.
A Letter from the Committee of Accompts, directed to the Committee of the Commons House for Petitions, of 22 Decembris 1645, concerning the Taking of the Accompts of the Wives and poor Widows of Soldiers and others, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Petitions, to receive several particular Petitions from every one of the poor Soldiers Wives and Widows: Who are to exhibit their several Petitions to the said Committee particularly; wherein the Petitioners several particular Cases may be truly stated. And
It is further Ordered, That the said Committee shall have Power to refer the said Petitions unto such Auditors, or other sitting Persons, as they shall think fit, who are best acquainted with the Armies, wherein their Husbands have served; to take Information of what is justly due to them, and certify the same to the said Committee: Who are thereupon to report their Opinions, upon the whole Matter, to the House.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Silkmen of the City of London be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Excise.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Prisoners where Mr. Knightly has the Chair, to consider and propound a sitting Exchange for Colonel Bryan, a Prisoner to the Rebels in Ireland: And that the Vote passed this House, to confirm the Articles for the Delivery of Warham, be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Colonel Francis Thompson shall have Two hundred Pounds paid him, upon Accompt, out of the Sequestrations of Bedfordshire; to be deducted out of, and accounted in Part of the Arrears due unto him upon his Entertainment: And that the Committee of the Sequestrations of the said County do pay unto him the said Two hundred Pounds, accordingly: And that the Acquittance of the said Colonel Thomson, or his Assigns, sufficiently authorized by him, shall be a sufficient Dischage to the said Sequestrators, for so much as shall be paid unto him thereupon.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Harley do prepare and bring in an Ordinance, for the Settling and Maintaining of able preaching and godly Orthodox Ministers, in the City and County of Herefford.
Ordered, by the and Commons, That the Sum of One hundred and Fifty Pounds per Annum be allowed and paid, out of the Lands late belonging to the Dean and Chapter of York, for the Maintenance of a Preaching Minister at the Town of Kingstone upon Hull in the County of the same Town, until both Houses take other Order.
Ordered, That the Petition of Mrs. Baldwyn be reported, the first Business, on Monday next.