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, 12 Januarii, 1645.
THE humble Petition of Sir John Danvers Knight, Brother and Heir of Henry late Earl of Danby, was this Day read; and referred to the Examination and Consideration of Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Lisle, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Pury, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Recorder, Serjeant Cresheld, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Millington, Sir Samuel Luke, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Thorpe, Mr. Darley, Mr. Wasthall, Sir John Hippesley, Lord Wenman, Colonel Norton, Sir Edmund Fowell, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Dunch, Sir Richard Onslowe, Major Salwey: And are to meet on Friday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Queen's Court: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux do, To-morrow, make Report of the Business concerning the settling the Distractions of Somersetshire, referred to the Consideration of that Committee.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Heath and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords formerly sent down the Names of Five Lords, to be added to the Committee of the Revenue: They have now sent them down again; and desire the Concurrence of this House, that they may be added.
The Names the Lords desire to be added are, the Earl of Northumberland, Earl of Pembroke, Earl of Salisbury, Lord Viscount Say and Seale, and Lord Wharton.
Ordered, &c. That, To-morrow Morning, next after Mr. Prideaux hath made his Report concerning Somersettshire, that Colonel Norton make Report of the Business concerning Portsmouth.
An Ordinance for adding Lords to the Committee of the Revenue; and for inlarging the Powers of the said Committee, the better to enable them to bring in the said Revenue; was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Samuel Browne do, on Thursday Morning next, the first Business, make the Report concerning the Conference had with the Lords on Friday last.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message; and will speedily send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Letter from Belfast, of the Nineteenth of November 1645, from Mr. Annseley, Sir Robert Kinge, and Mr. Beale, with a Relation of the late Success against the Rebels there, was this Day read.
Another Letter, of 23 Decembris 1645, from Belfast, from Mr. Annsely, Sir Robert Kinge, and Mr. Beale, with a Relation of the Success of the Forces under the Command of Sir Wm. Cole against the Rebels, was likewise . . . .
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs do take care, that the said Letters and Relations may be forthwith printed.
Ordered, &c. That, on the next Lord's Day, the Ministers of the several Churches and Chapels within the several Parishes and Places in the Cities of London and Westminster, and Liberties thereof, and within the Lines of Communication, do take notice of the great Mercy of God to the Brittish Forces in Connaght and Ulster, in giving them several Victories over the Rebels there: And that they do return him the Praise of it; and stir up the People to a thankful Acknowledgment thereof: And Colonel Venn is to acquaint my Lord Mayor with this Order; and to desire him to give timely Notice hereof to the several Ministers within the Limits and Places aforesaid.
Ordered, &c. That, after the Ordinance be read, the Debate concerning the Naming of a Governor for Ireland be taken into Consideration in the House.
An Ordinance for raising Monies and Provisions for Relief of Ireland, by a weekly Assessment upon the several Counties of England, and Dominion of Wales, to be levied in Six Months, and for Repealing of a former Ordinance of 15 Augusti 1645, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the whole House: Who are to meet upon this Ordinance, and the other Ordinances concerning Ireland, To-morrow Morning, the first Business. They are further to consider, How the Monies for the Service of the Parliament may be levied for the most Ease of the People; and how to put the necessary Payments and Assessments into one Sum, and one Way of levying; and for Regulating of Committees.
Mr. Goodwy reported several Petitions from the Committee for Petitions.
The humble Petition of Thomas Jenkins, John Simpson, Francis Cooper, Gunners, and Frances White, the poor distressed Widow of Miles White, Gentleman of the Ordnance, slain at Naseby, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Thorpe, and Sir Henry Vane, do confer with the Committee of Accompts; and examine the State of the several Cases of the poor Widows and Women at the Door; and to represent the same to the House on this Day Sevennight.
Upon the humble Petition of Augustine Skinner Esquire, a Member of this House;
It is Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee to which the Petition of Sir John Danvers was this Day referred: And that Sir Henry Vane be added to the said Committee.
Upon the humble Petition of Sir Wm. Anderson Knight, and of Tobias Norris Merchant;
Ordered, &c. That the Moiety of the Debt of Three thousand Three hundred Thirty-six Pounds One Shilling, due to Sir Wm. Anderson Knight, and Tobias Norris Merchant, for Cloaths provided by them for the despoiled and stripped English Soldiers in and near Dublin, be paid by the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, in Course, out of that Moiety of Compositions there, not charged for the Pay of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army.
Upon the humble Petition of the Officers of the Two Regiments of Foot belonging to the Garison of Gloucester;
Resolved, &c. That, out of the first Monies raised out of the Ransoms, Estates, or Moiety of the Composition of the Prisoners taken at Hereford, the Officers of the Two Regiments of Foot, now belonging to the Garison of Gloucester, shall have the Fifth-Part of the Arrears of Pay respectively due to each of them: And that the Accompts of the said Officers be audited, and their Arrears cast up in the usual Manner: And that an Ordinance be brought in, for the Charging and Payment of the same, accordingly, by Mr. Pury.
Resolved, &c. That such Officers of Horse belonging to the Garison of Gloucester, which were at the Taking in of Hereford, shall, out of the Ransoms, Estates, or Moiety of the Compositions of the Prisoners taken at Hereford, have the Fifth-Part of their Arrears paid unto them: And that the Accompts of the said Officers be audited: And that their Arrears . . cast up in the usual Manner: And that an Ordinance be brought in for the Charging and Payment of the same, accordingly.
Upon Sir Philip Stapleton's Report, from the Northern Committee, of the Petition of Mrs. Hotham, and of Henry Hotham, Son of John Hotham Esquire, deceased;
Resolved, &c. That the Arrears of Rents due to Mr. Hotham, by Order of both Houses, before his Death, now in the Tenants Hand, shall be paid to Mrs. Hotham.
Resolved, &c. That such Goods as were the proper Goods of Mr. John Hotham, and secured by the Order of the Lord Fairefaxe, and are not disposed to publick Uses, shall and may be received and taken by Mrs. Hotham, and her Child, for their own Uses.
An Ordinance for the Payment of Interest for the One thousand Five hundred Pounds charged upon the Excise, by Ordinance of 30 Decembris 1645, to the Welch Drovers, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for the Securing and Payment of Nine hundred Sixty-three Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Twopence, out of the Excise, to be paid to Richard Aldworth Esquire, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of Catharine Baldwyn Widow was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Upon the humble Petition of Wm. Burroughs, and of the Order of this House, of 5 Decembris 1644;
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to call Mr. Burroughs and Mr. Fenwick before them; and to examine Mr. Burroughs his Interest to the Customer's Place at Newcastle; and to report their Opinions thereupon to the House with all convenient Speed; notwithstanding the Order of this House, of 5 Decembris 1644, for Placing of Mr. Fenwick in the said Office.
Ordered, &c. That the humble Petition of William Pennoyer Merchant be referred to the Committee of Petitions where Mr. Goodwyn hath the Chair; to call all Parties before them; and to examine the whole Business; and report their Opinions thereupon to the House.
A Letter, of 5 Decembris 1645, from Worcester-House, from the Lord Balmerinoth; and the State of his Case, concerning a Bill under the Privy-Seal, to be passed the Great Seal, containing a Grant of some Fee-Farm-Rents in Warwickshire; was read; and nothing done upon it.
Resolved, &c. That Edward Walford, a Messenger attending upon the House of Commons, shall have the House he now lives in, Rent-free; and the Arrears of his former Rent to be taken off: And that the Committee of Sequestrations in Westminster do grant him the said House Rent-free, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That Edward Walford shall have bestowed upon him Fifty Pounds, in Recompence of his Service, out of such Delinquent's Estate, as he shall discover to the Committee for Examinations.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Jephson be heard to make his Report and Desires on Thursday next; to the end he may be dispatched upon his Expedition into Ireland.
Upon the humble Petition of Mary Fiott, a poor distressed Gentlewoman and Widow, of the Isle of Jersey;
Ordered, &c. That Mrs. Mary Fiott shall have One hundred Pounds, out of the Sale of the Lands and Estate of Sir Philip Carterett, in the Island of Sark.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Upon the humble Petition of Leonard Treise Esquire;
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Money, at Haberdashers-Hall, do weekly pay unto Leonard Treise Esquire the Sum of Forty Shillings per Week, for the present Subsistence of him and his Family.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Leonard Treise be, from this House, recommended to the Committee of the West, to bestow upon him the Sum of Fifty Pounds for his present Subsistence.
The humble Petition of Sir Francis Lower Knight was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Upon the humble Petition of John Smith, and Thomas Richardson, Commissaries for Valuing and Inrolling of Horses and Arms;
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Four hundred Pounds be paid, by the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, unto Mr. John Smith, and Mr. Thomas Richardson, rateably, Commissaries for Valuing of Horses, out of that Moiety of the Compositions there, in Course, not charged for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; upon Account of what is due to them for their Pay, upon several Warrants directed to Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Treasurer at Wars.
The Question being propounded, For the Payment of Four hundred Pounds more to them, out of the Excise;
The Question was put, Whether this Question should be put, or not: And
It passed with the Negative.
Upon the humble Petition of Wm. Ottringham Gentleman;
It is Ordered, That he shall have his Debt of One hundred Pounds, with Interest of Eight per Centum, from the time that the same was payable upon the Bill of Exchange, out of the Arrears of the Subsidy-Money in Surrey or Sussex, not yet paid at Guildhall: And that the Receipt for the same shall be a sufficient Discharge in the Exchequer, or elsewhere, upon the Collector's Accompt.