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 Jovis, 26 Martii, 1646.
An Ordinance for the charging and reimbursing, out of the Receipts of the Excise, upon the Ordinance of Eleventh of September 1643, Six thousand Pounds, with Interest for the Forbearance of the same, to be paid every Six Months, 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.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to consider of the Petition of Sir Piercy Smith, and of his Services and Sufferings, especially at Yougball; and to report their Opinions to the House, What is fit to be done upon it.
Upon reading the humble Petition of the Fellows of Trinity-Hall, in the University of Cambridge, shewing, That whereas it hath pleased both Houses of Parliament, after an Order of Restraint, to restore unto the said Hall its Liberty of chusing one to the Mastership thereof, who is fit and capable, by the Statutes of the same, and to be approved by both Houses of Parliament; whereupon the Petitioners have, according to the Statutes of the said College, unanimously chosen to the Mastership of the said Hall, John Bond, Doctor of the Civil Law, a Member of this House; and do desire the Approbation of both Houses in the Election of the said Doctor John Bond, as aforesaid;
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Election of John Bond, Doctor of the Civil Law, a Member of this House, to be Master of TrinityHall, in the University of Cambridge.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Malever, a Member of this House, shall have Liberty to go into the Country for Two Months.
Ordered, That Mr. Beddingfield, a Member of this House, shall have Liberty to go into the Country for a Month.
Ordered, That Mr. Brian Stapilton, a Member of this House, shall have Liberty to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Hoyle, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, for the Raising of a monthly Sum upon the County of Derby, for the Payment of their Forces, and other necessary Expences, for the publick Service, to continue from the First Day of December last past, unto the First Day of August next, was this Day read; and, upon the Question; passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That the Mayor of Derby, for the Time being, shall be of the Committee in the Ordinance for raising Monies for the Payment of the Forces of the County of Derby.
An Ordinance for enabling the Master and Council of the Courts of Wards and Liveries to proceed, as formerly, in all Things concerning Wards, Wardships, Liveries, and other Fruits and Profits of Tenures fallen before the Twenty-fifth of February last, was this Day read the First time. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That this Ordinance be read the Second time, and taken into Consideration, on Tuesday next, after the Business of Excise, and the Business of the North, be dispatched.
Ordered, That the House do meet in a Committee on Tuesday Morning next, at Eight of the Clock, to receive the Report concerning the East India Company.
A Letter from Mr. Rushworth, from Truro, of 20 Martii 1645, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Messenger that brought this Letter shall have the Sum of Twenty Pounds bestowed upon him for his Pains: And that the Committee of Plimouth do forthwith pay the said Twenty Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to examine and find out the Person or Persons that robbed the Messenger that brought the Letter of Twentieth Martii 1645, from Truro, upon the Highway, near Lyme in Dorsetshire; and to take care, that this Robbery may be duly punished.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the County of Hants, to examine and find out the Person that robbed a Servant to one of the Members of this House in the said County; and whether the said Person, that committed this Robbery, were ever in the Custody of the Sheriff there, or not; and to take care, that the said Robbery may be duly punished.
According to former Order, the Letter from his Majesty, and the Lords Sense upon it, were this Day read.
Two Letters from his Majesty to Sir Jacob Astley, the one of the Twenty-seventh, the other of the Twentyeighth, of February, taken upon Sir Jacob Astley at the late Rout and Defeat of the Forces under his Command, was this Day read.
Ordered, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire them to speed their Answer to the Propositions delivered unto them at a Conference on Tuesday last.
Sir Robert Pye went with this Message.
Ordered, &c. That the Declaration upon the King's Letters be brought in on Saturday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed forthwith to withdraw, to prepare an Answer to the King's Letter.
Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Nath. Fiennis, Mr. Ellis, Sir John Evelyn, Sir Hen. Vane junior, Mr. Marten, Sir John Holland;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are presently to withdraw, to prepare an Answer to the King's Letter.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired, That this Letter from his Majesty may, this Afternoon, be communicated, by the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to the Scotts Commissioners; and that then it may likewise, this Afternoon, be communicated to the Common-Council, by the Committee of both Houses that are, this Afternoon, to repair thither unto them, with such Observations upon . . as they shall think fit: And that the Care of this Business be more particularly referred to Mr. Samuel Browne.
Ordered, &c. That this Letter from the West be communicated to the Lords; and the Lords desired, that it may be likewise communicated to the CommonCouncil.
Sir John Danvers is appointed to go to the Lords with these Two Orders.
He likewise carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for Major Hornehold to have One hundred Pounds paid him, out of Haberdashers-Hall, bestowed upon him; and the Order for Fourscore and odd thousand Pounds, out of the Intervals of the Excise, for recruiting Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords are in Consideration of the Propositions delivered at the last Conference; and will give them the best Expedition they can; and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be forthwith brought in for Martial Law.
Mr. Salway junior, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Rigby, Colonel Tompson, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Ball;
This Committee are forthwith to withdraw, and bring in this Ordinance: And the Care hereof is referred to Mr. Rigby.
Sir John Evelyn reports, from the Committee, the Answer to be sent to his Majesty's Letter of 23 Martii 1645: Which was twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence: And that in case the Lords do agree to it, that the same may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners; and their Concurrence desired to it; which if it shall be by them assented unto, then the Speakers of both Houses to sign it: And that the Letter be sent to the King by the same Trumpeter that brought this Letter, of 23 Martii 1645, from the King.
Sir John Evelyn, carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Answer to be sent to the King's Letter.
He likewise returned the Original of the King's Letter: And went with the rest of this Message, concerning the Answer to the King's Letter.
Resolved, &c. That, this Afternoon, the Committee that are to go into the City, do declare to the City the Dangers the Parliament, City, and Kingdom, are in, by the Multitude of Persons that are in and about the City, which have come from the King's Quarters, and which may come in from thence hereafter; and to desire them, That the Committee of the Militia do put those Powers they are intrusted with, into due Execution; and to take care, that all such Persons as they shall conceive to be dangerous, may have their Persons secured, or be removed out of the Lines of Communication: Which the said Committee of the Militia are ordered to do accordingly: And that they give this House an Account of their Proceedings herein.
Sir John Danvers brings Answer from the Lords, That they do agree, that the King's Letter be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners: And as to the Communicating of it to the Common-Council; the Ordinance for Fourscore thousand Pounds, out of the Intervals of the Excise, for the Army; and the Order for One hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers-Hall, for Major Hornehold; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir Peter Wentworth was appointed to go to the Lords, to desire, That the King's Letter may be communicated to the Common-Council this Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Thomas Dacres, and Sir Thomas Wroth, and all the Lawyers of the House, be added to the Committee concerning Captain Skynner, a Member of this House.
Sir John Evelyn brings Answer from the Lords, That they will send Answer to the Letter to be sent to his Majesty, by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Ellis, Mr. Scott, Colonel Venn, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Allen, Mr. Pury, Major-General Browne, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Robinson;
This Committee is appointed to prepare a Proclamation, upon the Debate in the House, to command all Persons that are come within the Lines of Communication without the General's or House's Pass, to depart the Lines of Communication; and for preventing any from coming into the Lines of Communication from the King's Quarters for a Fortnight; and for injoining the Names of all Strangers to be given up to the Committee of the Militia; and for the Names of all that are come in, .. be given to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall: All this to be done according to the Debate in this House upon all these Particulars: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Colonel Venn.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Venn have Thanks for his Service in this late Employment concerning the Recruits; and that he be desired to go to Northampton upon the Business of the Recruits, with the same Instructions as were formerly given him.
Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That Colonel Venn, a Member of this House, do forthwith repair to Northampton and Evesham, to take care of the Soldiers that are to be levied by Press, and appointed to be brought thither by the Twentieth of this Month, for the Recruiting of the Army under Sir Thomas Fairefaxe; and to see good Order kept amongst them; and to order and direct the Conductors of them, as Occasion shall require. And
It is further Ordered, That Colonel Venn shall have Power, by Warrant under his Hand, to direct the Deputy-Treasurer at Wars at Newport-Pagnell to pay the said Soldiers, and their Conductors; and to recompense such Officers as he shall think sit to employ; and to defray all extraordinary Charges necessary for that Service, according to such Orders and Instructions as shall be given him by the Committee of the Army; and likewise to assign Quarters for the said Recruits; and, by Warrant under his Hand, to order the Commissary for the Delivery of Cloaths, Arms, and Ammunition, necessary for the said Recruits.
It is lastly Ordered, That, as well the Governor of the said Town, as all other Officers and Soldiers, and Committees of Parliament, be aiding and assisting to him in the Execution of this Service.
An Ordinance for enabling, authorizing, and requiring, the Customers, or Commissioners of Customs, to pay One thousand Pounds per Annum, by equal Portions, quarterly, to the Judges of the King's-Bench and Common-Pleas, and Barons of the Ceife of the Exchequer, in full of all Fees, Wages, and Allowances, due to them from the Crown, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Samuel Browne is to carry it to the Lords.
Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Marten, Serjeant Wild, Sir Hen. Heyman, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Ellis, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Ball, Mr. Robinson, Sir Edw. Baynton, Mr. Corbett, Sir John Danvers, Mr. John Goodwyn, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Mr. Selden, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Bond, Mr. Nicholas;
This Committee is appointed to consider of the Fees for the Sheriffs passing their Accompts; the Fees to Judges; and to moderate them, for the most Ease of the Subject; and to consider of making Allowance to such as shall receive the Sheriffs Accompts; and for making Allowance to the Judges: And are to meet Tomorrow at Two post meridiem, in the Star-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c. And the Care of it is more particularly referred to Mr. Ball.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Justice Pheasant and Mr. Justice Rolle;
The Lords have sent us with this Message; That the Lords have agreed to the Votes concerning the Propositions delivered at the Conference on Tuesday last: And that they have appointed the Committee of Fifteen, formerly named to draw up the Answer to the King's last Letter, to meet with a Committee, of a like Proportion, of the House of Commons, to treat with the Scotts Commissioners concerning the said Votes, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon To-morrow, in the Painted Chamber: And, in the mean time, the Lords have ordered, That the Scotts Commissioners be desired to be then present; and that the Votes, and Matter of Fact, be, in the mean time, communicated to them; to the end they may be prepared for the same Business, at the said Meeting, for a speedy Dispatch.
Sir Henry Vane junior, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Prideauxe, Sir Samuel Browne, Sir Arth. Haslerigg, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Martyn, Sir Jo. Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Serjeant Wild, Mr. Natha. Fiennes, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Mr. John Stephens, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Lawrence, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Rigby, Sir John Holland, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Francis Allen, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Selden, Mr. SollicitorGeneral, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Colonel Tompson, Mr. George Fenwicke, Mr. Salway junior, Mr. Bond, Sir John Temple;
This Committee is appointed to join with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to treat with the Scotts Commissioners concerning the Votes touching the Propositions delivered at the Conference on Tuesday last, as is desired.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to return you this Ordinance: It is for making Mr. Job Grey Master of the New Hospital at Leicester: It moved first from you: And the Lords do agree to it, with these Amendments; to which they desire your Concurrence. They desire to put you in mind of a Report concerning the Master of the Providence; and of Captain Cannon's Business: He hath deserved very well: And they desire, that Consideration may be had of it.
Answer returned by the First Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message; and have appointed a Committee; and do agree, that they meet and treat with the Scotts Commissioners concerning the Votes about the Propositions, as is desired.
The Amendments to the Ordinance for Mr. Job Grey to be Master of the Hospital were read; and nothing done upon them.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Navy do give Direction to the Treasurer of the Navy, forthwith to pay unto the Wife of * *, Master of the Providence, the Sum of Twenty Pounds.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance concerning a new Invention for Making of Ordnance, found out by Captain Cannon, be taken into Consideration on Monday next, in the Afternoon.
Sir Peter Wentworth brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer to the Message, carried by him to the Lords, by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee that go into the City this Afternoon, do acquaint the Lord Mayor, That both Houses have appointed Thursday next for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving; and to meet at Christ-Church; and do desire the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council, to meet them there likewise.
The Second Messengers were called in: And the House returned this Answer; That they had taken their Message into Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Ellis carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for acquainting the City with the Dangers the Parliament, City, and Kingdom, are in, by Persons coming from the King's Quarters; and to desire the Committee of the Militia to take care hereof: Also the Order for desiring the Lord Mayor, and the City, to meet at Christ-Church on Thursday next.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Baron Trevor and Mr. Justice Rolle;
The Lords, having not taken any Resolution upon the Letter sent from his Majesty, do not think fit to communicate the said Letter to the Common-Council this Afternoon.
An Ordinance for appointing Martial Law within the Garison of the City of London, and Lines of Communication, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Rigby is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That the Earl of Northumberland, the Earl of Pembroke, the Earl of Salisbury, the Lord Viscount Say and Seale, and the Lord Wharton, be added to the Committee of the Revenue.
Mr. Ellis brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Votes carried up by him.
Ordered, &c. That the Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, and the King's Two Letters, taken with Sir Jacob Ashley, and this Day read in the House, be referred to the Committee of the Two Kingdoms.
A Letter from Mr. Walter Strickland, from the Hagh of March 19/29;, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports: With this Recommendation from this House, That they take care, that such Merchants, belonging to the State of the United Provinces, as shall have any Occasion before them, may have such Dispatch as to Justice shall appertain, and as may testify the Desire the Parliament hath of continuing and improving the mutual Correspondency between this Kingdom and that State.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of this House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do, from this House, acquaint Mr. Strickland with the Sense this House hath of his Services; and to return him Thanks for it; and to assure him, That he shall want no Encouragement for the Continuance of his good Affections and Services.
Ordered, &c. That the humble Petition of Peter Lambe be referred to the Committee of the Navy: Who are to report their Opinions thereupon to the House.
Ordered, &c. That Sir John Goodrick, now Prisoner in the Tower (having compounded for his Delinquency, and Discharge of his Sequestration, and the said Composition being accepted by this House), that he have his Enlargement, and be discharged from any further Restraint or Imprisonment.