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, 16 Februarii, 1645.
THE humble Petition of the Clothiers, Makers of Broad Cloth, in the County of Yorke, was this Day read: And likewise the humble Petition of John Dawson, Francis Allison, and others, the Well-affected, within the Parish of Leedes. And
It is Ordered, That both these Petitions, together with the whole Matter of them, and the Manner of procuring and getting Hands to the First Petition, be referred to the Examination and Consideration of the Committee for the Northern Association, where Sir Thomas Widdrington hath the Chair: Who are to hear the Parties interessed; and to report their Opinions, upon the whole Matter, to the House.
The House being informed, That divers of the Ministers of the Assembly of Divines were at the Door;
They were called in: And Dr. Smith acquainted the House, That, whereas it hath pleased the Houses to publish an Ordinance, whereby the Ordinance for Ordination of Ministers is required to be put into speedy Execution, the Assembly of Divines finding a great Want of Ministers in the North, and in other Parts of the Kingdom; and finding this Door not yet open to divers godly young Men; and hearing from the University, That divers Fellows of Colleges (who are to preach in the University-Church, yet are first to perform some Acts, and take the Degree of Bachelors of Divinity, and then to be ordained Ministers, unless the Obstructions be removed) may lose the Benefit of those Places, which they should enjoy; and hearing likewise, that some young Men have Interest in divers Advowsons, that are fallen void; and that the Patrons do look on them as deserving Men; the Assembly do therefore desire, That the House will take it into Consideration, How that Ordinance may be put into speedy Execution: And, to this End, have commanded them to present the House with their humble Petition.
The Ministers withdrew: And the Petition was read. And
Ordered, That it be referred to the Grand Committee of Religion, to be taken into Consideration on Wednesday next.
Ordered, That the Letters and Desires of the several Agents and Ambassadors of Foreign States, presented this Day to the House, by Mr. Speaker, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That Mr. Oldsworth, a Member of this House, and Mr. Pistor, a Servant of the Earl of Pembroke's, shall have Liberty to go to Mr. David Jenkins, a Prisoner to the Parliament, about some Papers and Writeings of the said Earl of Pembroke's.
Ordered, That on Wednesday next, the first Business, the Report concerning the Election of Knights for Buckinghamshire be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in, for the Money formerly charged upon the Excise, being Two hundred and Fifty Pounds per Week, and now in Arrear, for the Use of the Forces of the Isle of Ely, to be paid out of the Receipts of the said Excise, and employed for the Pay of the said Forces.
Mr. Sollicitor reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, an Order of 12 Februarii; viz.
"Ordered, That it be reported to . . . House of Commons, That there are Three thousand Horse and Foot, of those that were lately at the Siege of Chester, designed for the Reducing of North-Wales; and to desire the House, That Money may be provided for the Payment of those Forces, both in regard of the Poverty of their Country, and that the Soldiers, through want of Pay, may not disaffect the Inhabitants; and thereby hinder their Submission to the Parliament, and their co-operating with the Forces, for taking in the Enemies Strongholds; that the Paper given in by the Gentlemen of Staffordshire be reported, as their Desire, to the House of Commons."
Which was accordingly done.
Resolved &c. That Two thousand Foot and One thousand Horse, of the Force that were before Chester, be employed for the Service of the Kingdom, in the Reduceing of North-Wales.
Resolved, &c. That Ten thousand Pounds be forthwith provided, and charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, for the Forces employed for Reducing of NorthWales: And that an Ordinance be brought in to this Purpose. And the Care of this is referred to Mr. Recorder, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Ashursht, and Mr. Edward Ash.
Ordered, That the Packet of Letters, intercepted near Evesham, and reported, on Saturday last, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, by Sir Gilbert Gerard, be delivered and referred to Sir Walter Erle, and the rest of the Committee formerly appointed for uncyphering the Letters taken at Dartmouth, to uncypher these Letters. Also
The Packet was accordingly, in the House, delivered to Sir Walter Erle, sealed up, as they came from the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, notwithstanding any former Order made by them, to consider of the Disposing of the Remainder of the Forces that are before Chester, not employed for the Reducing of North-Wales; and of all other Forces of these Parts, that may be drawn together, in such manner as may hinder the King's Levies and Recruits, and may countenance the Parliament's Forces in their Recruits, and Bringing in of their Monies, and upon such other Services, as they shall think fit, for the best Advantage of the Kingdom; and further to consider, What, and how many, of those Forces, and such as may be thought fit to be raised, may be embodied; and of an Establishment for them; and that, for the present, Six thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, for these Forces; and paid to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to be employed by their Directions.
It is further Ordered, That the Committee do consider, What other Monies will be necessary for those Forces; and to report it, together with the Establishment: And the Gentlemen of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northampton, Leicester, Stafford, Warwick, Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester, Wiltes, Dorsett, and Somersett, are appointed to go to the Committee of both Kingdoms this Afternoon, to contribute their Advice upon this Business.
Mr. Samuel Browne reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Letter from Mr. Annesley and Colonel Beale, from Belfast, of 12 Januarii 1645: A Copy of the Warrant of the Council of Dublyn, for committing the Earl of Glamorgan to the Castle of Dublyn: Another Letter, of the same Date, from Mr. Annesley and Mr. Beale, from Belfast, concerning the State of the Affairs of the Kingdom of Ireland: The Answer of the Scotts Officers, of the Regiment at Belfast, to the Parliament's Order, of the Thirteenth of November 1645, for Delivery of that Town into the Hands of the English; dated 26 Decembris 1645, and subscribed by Colonel Home: And a Letter from the said Mr. Annesley and Colonel Beale, of 6 Januarii 1645, from Belfast; relating the Intelligence of News from Connaght and Dublyn: All which were read.
Mr. Browne further reported, from the said Committee, Two Orders of the said Committee, concerning the Provisions of Men and Monies, for the Carrying on of the War in Ireland; and also the Desires of Colonel Birch, who is Governor of Hereford: All which were read.
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Foot, over and above Colonel Sterling's Regiment, and Eighteen hundred and Forty Horse, be forthwith raised for the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That Five-and-thirty thousand Pounds be forthwith provided for the Raising and Transporting of the aforesaid Foot and Horse.
Resolved, &c. That Thirty thousand Pounds be forthwith provided, to be sent over into Ireland with the Lord Lisle, Chief Governor of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That there be provided Biscuit and Cloaths, to the Value of Ten thousand Pounds, to be sent over into Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That there be also provided, and sent over into Ireland, Six hundred Barrels of Powder, with Match and Lead proportionable; and also Six Pieces for Battery, Eight Field-pieces, and one Mortar-piece, with Two spare Carriages for every Piece.
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance for Ireland be continued for Six Months longer; that thereby, and by the former, the Monies asoresaid may be provided.
Resolved, &c. That, for the Subsistence of the Soldiers there, a Provision be made of Twelve thousand Pounds per mensem; which is the least they can possibly live with.
Resolved, &c. That the House do write Letters into the several Counties, to expedite, with all Effect, the making the Assessments, and collecting the Monies, upon the Ordinance for Ireland: And that the particular and respective Members of the several Counties and Places do write their Letters to the several Committees, desiring them to return the Obstructions, if any be: And that they do propose some one Member of the respective Counties to go down, to employ their Endeavours for the better and more effectual Bringing in of the Monies for Ireland: And that the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland do prepare those Letters accordingly: And that the said Committee, for the Affairs of Ireland, do likewise prepare and bring in the Ordinance for continuing the former Ordinance for the Assessments for Ireland, for Six Months longer.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to advise and confer with the Committee of Adventurers at Grocers-Hall, or such other Persons as they shall think fit, for the borrowing and providing the Sum of Threescore and Fifteen thousand Pounds, which is appointed to be presently raised for the Affairs of Ireland, either upon the Credit of the Ordinances for Ireland passed, or voted to be passed, or upon such other Credit as they shall think fit to propose to the House.
It is further Ordered, That the Members of both Houses of the said Committee do consider and state, What Monies are already charged upon the Ordinances for Ireland.
It is further Ordered, That the carrying on the War of Ireland for this next Summer, and all Matters that may concern the same, may be referred to the Consideration of this Committee.
They are further to consider, How the Monies raised for Ireland have been issued.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Baron Trevor and Mr. Baron Atkins;
The Lords, considering the Faithfulness that the City of London hath ever expressed to the Two Houses of Parliament, and the constant and great Charges that they are necessitated unto, do desire, That Three Houses that are of any Delinquents within the City of London, may be appointed and set out for the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London, for the Time being: And this to be done by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, as soon as possible may be.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer to this Message shall be, That Answer shall be returned by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of some Way for the Preserving and Ascertaining of the Privilege of this House, in the Matter of Money, and Revenue of the Kingdom: And Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Martin, Sir John Northcott, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Selden, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Reynolds, are appointed this Committee: And Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Selden are to have particularly the Care of this Business: And are to meet, on Wednesday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Queen's Court: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.: And are to make Report of this Business on Tuesday come Sevennight: And then likewise Mr. Browne is to make his Report of the late Conference concerning the Point of Judicature claimed by the Lords.
An Ordinance for the giving Powers, and further Time, to the Parliament's Commissioners in Ireland, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
ORdered, &c. That the Committee for plundered Ministers do meet, To-morrow in the Afternoon, for the Preparing of the Ordinance concerning Paul Beast: And that the Lawyers of the House do attend the said Committee.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance for appointing Mr. Gilbert Gerard Clerk of Assizes for Norfolk Circuit, and the Ordinance for Captain Cannon's Invention, be taken into Consideration on Monday next, in the Afternoon.
Ordered, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired to the Ordinance for continuing Mr. Annesley, Sir Robert King, and Colonel Beale, in their Employments there, for Six Months: And that Mr. Nicoll do carry the said Ordinance, and the Instructions for the Committee that are to go into Devon and Cornewall, to the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Upon Mr. Theloall's Report, from the Committee concerning the Business of South-Wales;
A Letter from Major-General Langherne to Mr. Speaker, of 18 Novembris 1645, from Carmarthen, concerning the Remitting of the Earl of Carberrye's Delinquency, was read: And also a Vote of the said Committee, for the Discharge of the said Earl, in bæc verba; viz. That, in regard of Major-General Langherne his Engagement to my Lord of Carbery, intimated in his Letter of the Eightennth of November last to Mr. Speaker, it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Crimes of my Lord Carbery, relative to his Military Employments, be remitted.
A Letter, prepared by the said Committee, to be sent to Major-General Langharne, concerning the Discharge of the said Earl of Carberye's Offences, committed by him by way of Hostility, was likewise read.
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That, in regard of Major-General Langherne his Engagement to my Lord of Carbery, intimated in his Letter of the Eighteenth November last to Mr. Speaker, that the Crimes of my Lord of Carbery, relating to his Military Employments, be remitted.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That the Letter prepared by the Committee be re-committed.
Ordered, &c. That the Names of the Committees for Pembrokeshire, presented by the Gentlemen of Pembrokeshire, and by the Gentlemen of Carmarthenshire, for the County of Pembroke, be re-committed.
Ordered, &c. That the Business concerning Mr. John Poyer, late Mayor of Pembroke, now under Commitment, be reported on Monday next, in the Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Pounds be forthwith charged, upon Goldsmiths-Hall, upon the Moiety of the Receipts there, not engaged for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; and paid, upon Accompt, to Captain John Poyar, late Mayor of Pembroke: And the Treasurers at Goldsmiths-Hall are desired to make speedy Advance of this Two hundred Pounds; it being for the present Subsistence and Support of the said Captain Poyar.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Thomas Lougher Gentleman, this Day read, be referred to the Committee of the Navy; together with the Certificate of Captain Richard Swanley.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Eliott Esquire, Agent for the County of Pembroke, this Day read, be referred to the Examination and Consideration of the Committee of this House, to whom the Petition of Mr. John Poyar, late Mayor of Pembroke, is referred.
Whereas, by Ordinance of the Fourth of October, and Twelfth of November, last past, Five thousand Pounds, assigned to be paid, in Course, out of the Receipt of the Excise, by Ordinance of the Eleventh of September, Anno 1643, unto Charles Lloyd Esquire, one of the Commissioners of the Customs, for the Providing of Cloathing, Ammunition, Pay, and other Necessaries, for the Use and and Purpose aforesaid: Be it Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the said Charles Lloyd, paying and delivering over the aforesaid Money, Arms, and Cloathing, and other Necessaries, unto Arthur Owen and John Elliott Esquires, Two of the Committee of Pembrokeshire here resident, to be sent for the said County (which hereby they are ordered to do by the first Opportunity of Shipping, for the Service aforesaid); and that they the said Arthur Owen and John Elliott shall give a Receipt or Acquittance, in Writing, under their Hands and Seals, unto the said Charles Lloyd, for the same: And that the Receipt of the said Arthur Owen and John Elliott shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge unto the said Charles Lloyd, his Executors and Administrators, for the Payment of the said Five thousand Pounds, advanced as aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Three hundred Sixand-twenty Pounds be charged upon the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, and paid, to discharge several Debts, incurred by Sir Richard Phillips, and others, for the Service of the State, for which Sir Richard Phillips lies under Arrest; viz. Seventy-six Pounds, for which Sir Richard Phillips, and others, are engaged to Lieutenant-Colonel John Carter, for certain Arms for the Army of Major-General Langherne; Two hundred Pounds to Captain Richard Swanley (the which Monies was paid to MajorGeneral Langherne, in Part of his Soldiers Pay); and Fifty Pounds to Colonel William Beale (being Monies raised for the Soldiers Pay, for which George Heywood, being one of the Committee of Pembrokeshire, is now arrested): And the Committee is desired to see those Monies paid, and the Engagements cleared.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Moiety of the Debt, that is owing unto David Jenkins from David Parry (for which he hath Security of Lands in Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire), not exceeding the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds, be given and bestowed, Two Parts in Three, upon Sir Richard Phillips; and the other Third-Part upon Arthur Owen Esquire.
ORdered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That a publick Collection be made in all Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Lines of Communication, upon Thursday next, being a Day appointed for a Publick Thanksgiving, for the Reducing of the City of Chester: And that the Money, that shall be so collected, be paid, by the Churchwardens and other Officers of the said several Churches and Chapels, on the Monday following the Three-and-twentieth of this instant February, unto Mr. Thomas Stones, Citizen of London, at the Sign of the White Horse in Catteeton-street, for the Use and Relief of the sick and maimed Soldiers of the late Leaguer of Chester, and other miserable poor Persons there: And the Lord Mayor of London is desired to give timely Notice hereof to the Ministers of the several and respective Places accordingly.
A Form of an Ordinance, for Discharge of Delinquents, was this Day read the First time.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Darley, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go to visit the Lord Savile, now Prisoner in the Tower.
Ordered, That the Committee, formerly appointed to take care of printing the Letters taken near Sherborne in Yorkeshire, do meet To-morrow Morning at Eight of the Clock, in the Queen's Court, concerning the Printing of the said Letters.
Ordered, That the Business of South-Wales, of Berkshire, of Abingdon, and Windsor, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.