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 Mercurii, 11 Martii, 1645.
A Letter from the General, from Bodmyn, of the Seventh of March 1645, and of his Secretary, of the Sixth of March, were this Day read; and likewise divers intercepted Letters from Ireland, taken in a Packet-Boat at Padstowe, with one Patrick Allen a Merchant of Waterford in Ireland; the which Letters were thrown overboard, and, by the Tide, brought in to the Shore.
Resolved, &c. That Thirty Pounds be bestowed upon the Messenger that brought these Letters from the General, for his great Pains and Diligence: And that it be referred to the Committee of Plimouth, to give Order for the speedy Payment of this Thirty Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to prepare the Answer to the King's Letter of the Twenty-ninth of January last, shall have Power to examine Sir Robert Meredith now in Town, and Patrick Allen, and the other Irishman taken at Padstowe, at their Coming to Town; and to secure the said Allen, and the said other Irishman taken with him. And
It is further Ordered, That the said Committee have Power to send to the Committee of both Kingdoms, for a Letter from one of their Agents in France, relating to some Particulars concerning the Person styled Earl of Glamorgan, and the Irish Treaty: And are to make use thereof in the Preparing of the said Answer, and of a Declaration concerning his Majesty's several Letters, referred to their Care to be likewise prepared.
Sir Peter Wentworth reported, from a Committee, the decyphered Copy of a Letter of Monsieur de Sabran; and a Letter from the Lord Digby to Mr. Henry Jermyn; in which something concerning Scotland is mentioned: And desired to know the Opinion of the House, concerning the Printing of them: And the House appointed him to communicate this Letter to the Scotts Commissioners; and, upon their Consent to have it printed, to give Order for the Printing of it.
Resolved, &c. That the Letters, and other Papers, concerning Ireland, the Letters from the General, and from Mr. Rushworth, this Day read; and likewise the Articles for concluding a Peace with the Rebels, sent from the Lord Digby, to be communicated unto his Majesty by Secretary Nicholas; . . . . . .
Ordered, That Captain Dunbar, now a Prisoner in Abingdon, be forthwith tried according to the Course of War: And, in case there be no Articles in Force, upon which he can be proceeded against, that then he be sent up in very safe Custody, a Prisoner.
Ordered, That the Business of the Propositions be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Friday Morning next: And that, after the Business of the Propositions, the Letters from the Parliament of Scotland, and from the Commissioners of the Parliament, and Lieutenant-General Leisly, be taken into Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee for the Northern Association, to receive Information from Mr. Blakiston, a Member of this House, concerning any Delinquents within that Association, or otherwise, for the Safety thereof: And that they have Power to remove, and send for, such of them, and secure them, as they shall think fit.
According to a former Order, Mr. Greene this Day reported, from the Committee, the humble Answer and Petition of the Commissioners of Excise to the Proposition made to them, by Order of this House, for the Loan of Fifty thousand Pounds, upon the Credit of the Excise: The which humble Answer and Petition was read: And likewise, according to a Request in their Answer, their humble Remonstrance, formerly given in, was this Day likewise read.
Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That, from and after the Expiration of the several Ordinances of Excise and New Impost now in Being, the Excise or New Impost shall be continued in all the Parts of the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and Port and Town of Berwick upon Tweede, until the Nine-and-twentieth Day of September 1648, to be mamaged by such Persons, and in such Manner, as both Houses of Parliament shall think fit.
And for the better Advancing of the Credit of the Excise or New Impost, and for the Encouragement of such Persons as shall lend any Monies upon the Security of the same; it is hereby further Ordained, That such Person or Persons as have already, or, at any time hereafter, shall have, any Grant or Appointment unto them of any Sum or Sums of Money to be received upon the Excise or New Impost; and likewise all such other Person or Persons as already have advanced or lent, or shall hereafter advance and lend, any Sum or Sums of Money, upon the Credit and Security of the said Excise; and have had, or shall have, an Ordinance passed both Houses of Parliament, for their Payment or Reimbursement of the same; shall and have hereby granted unto them Power and Authority, and are hereby accordingly authorized, to assign and transfer the said Monies unto them granted or appointed, or by them lent, or any Part thereof, with Interest, where Interest is or shall be granted, by any Ordinance of Parliament, unto any other Person or Persons whatsoever: And the Commissioners of Excise or New Impost for the Time being, or such other Persons as shall be employed by both Houses of Parliament to manage the Receipts of the said Excise or New Impost, are hereby authorized to make Payment of the same accordingly: And the Auditor is hereby required and authorized to allow the same, upon Accompt. Provided that such Person or Persons, at the time of such Assignment, or within Twenty Days after, make Entry of the said Assignment with the said Commissioners, or other Persons so to be employed for the Time being, and Comptroller of the said Excise or New Impost; who are hereby required and authorized to take notice of the same accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Army do bring in an Ordinance for Charging and Payment, out of the Receipts of the Excise and New Impost, the Fourscore and four thousand Pounds for the Use of the Army, according to the former Orders for Charging and Payment thereof.
Mr. Scawen, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Denys Bond, Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Cornelius Holland, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Dove, Mr. Pury, Sir Arthur Haslerige, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Stoughton, Mr. Rich. Darley, Mr. Snelling, Mr. Henry Martyn, Mr. Burrell, Mr. Whyte, Sir John Evelyn of Surrey, Mr. Blakiston, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Stapleton, Mr. Serjeant Wylde, Mr. Erle, Mr. Lemming, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Thomas Wroth, Sir William Lewes, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Holles, Mr. John Goodwyn, Mr. Beddingfield, Mr. Scott, Mr. Gott, Mr. Greene, Mr. Walker, Mr. Nelthorpe, Sir Henry Cholmeley, Mr. Knightley;
This Committee, or any Four of them, have Power to call to their Assistance such able Accomptants as they shall think fit: And are to consider of the Accompt delivered in to this House by the Two Auditors of the Excise, for the Receipts of the Excise for the Year ending the Eleventh of September 1644; and what Mistakes or Imperfections are in the same, if any be; and what Monies are remaining due to the State, upon the said Receipts for the said Year ending September 1644; and of a Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise upon the said Accompt; and to present their Opinions, upon the whole Matter of the said Accompt, to the House: And are to meet, on Friday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Star-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Papers, Witnesses, and Records, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee to whom the Accompt of the Commissioners of Excise for the Year ending the Eleventh of September 1644 is referred, to treat with the present Commissioners of Excise, or any other Persons whom they shall think fit, for the borrowing, upon the Credit of the Receipts of the Excise, the Fourscore-and-four thousand Pounds charged upon the said Receipts for the Use of the Army.
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Resolved, &c. That Twenty Pounds be bestowed upon the Messenger that brought this Letter of 8 Martii 1645 from Mr. Rushworth, from Bodmyn, for his Pains: And that the Committee of Plymouth do pay the same accordingly.