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, 20 Aprilis, 1646.
Whereas John Moston, late a Member of this House, and Timothy Stampe, late of the Inner-Temple, have deserted the Parliament, and resided at Oxford; for which their Chambers in the Inner-Temple have been long sequestred: It is Ordered, That Roger Hill Esquire, a Member of this House, shall have the Chambers of the said John Moston and Timothy Stampe, for and during the natural Life of him the said Roger Hill, in as free and ample Manner, as they the said John Moston, and Timothy Stampe, or either of them, did, or might have done, in their several and respective Rights, or any Right conveyed upon them: And Mr. Prideaux and Mr. Philip Smith are appointed to acquaint the Benchers of the Inner-Temple with this Order; and to see it put in Execution, to the full Advantage of the said Roger Hill, according to this Order, and Intention of the House; and to see, that the said Mr. Hill be admitted (if he desire the same) freely into the said Chambers, according to the Custom of that Society.
Ordered, That Mr. Isaac Tucker, one of the Scholars of Wadham-College in the University of Oxford, shall have the Sum of Forty Pounds paid unto him, out of the Lands belonging to the said College in the County of Essex, for the Arrears due to him for his said Scholarship: And that the Committee of the said County of Essex do give Directions unto the Treasurer for the Sequestrations of the said County, forthwith to pay the said Forty Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee of Accompts do give an Account to this House, in Writing, Why they have not complied with the Order of this House, in paying the Two thousand Pounds, appointed to be paid to the Prince Elector, out of the Monies that come in upon the general Accompts of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, to give Order and Directions for the calling in the Three Second-Rank Ships lately gone forth, or as many of them as they shall think fit, if they shall see good Cause for the doing thereof.
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, That they have appointed the Members of their House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to put the Scottish Commissioners in mind to give an Answer to the last Paper sent unto them, concerning the Propositions of Peace; and desire, That you will appoint the Members of your House that are of that Committee, to join with them, if this House thinks fit. They have likewise commanded us to return you this Vote concerning the Book, intituled, "Some Papers delivered in by the Scottish Commissioners:" It moved from you: The Lords have agreed unto it, with these Alterations; to which they desire your Concurrence.-An Order for Colonel Mason to be Governor of Ruthen-Castle: This also came from you: And the Lords have agreed to it, with these Alterations; to which they desire your Concurrence.-An Order for additional Committees in the County of Oxon: The Lords do agree to it, with this Addition. They have sent you an Ordinance for Reserving of crooked Timber for the Use of the Navy, upon this Report from the Committee of the Admiralty: They desire you will take it into speedy Consideration, the Time of the Year being now for Felling of Woods.-An Ordinance for Mr. Mortimer and Mr. Norfolke to be Serjeants at Arms, in the places of Matthew Francis and Sir John Cotton, deceased: And an Ordinance for Elias Bond to be Captain of Portland-Castle; to which they desire your Concurrence:- A Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, That Joseph Bransby may be Captain of a Bark, which is to be added to the SummerFleet: The Lords have agreed to it; and desire your Concurrence:-An Ordinance for Mr. William Thomas, and Mr. Samuel Oliver, to be Ministers at Wells: And an Ordinance for Mr. Doughty to be Parson of Medburne in Leicestershire; to which they desire your Concurrence. They have commanded us to put you in mind of an Ordinance for Mr. Porter to be Judge of the Admiralty for Cornewall and Devon: It was recommended from the Committee of the Admiralty:-Of a Petition of Major Paisor, who is to go into Ireland with the Lord Inchiquin; and of a Petition of divers poor Women, whose Husbands have been slain in the Wars of Ireland; and some Arrears are due unto them: This is a List of their Names: All which they desire you would take into your Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords; and do appoint the Members of this House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to join with the Members of the House of Peers that are of the said Committee, to put the Scottish Commissioners in mind to give an Answer to the last Paper sent unto them, concerning the Propositions of Peace.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, and order accordingly, That the small Prize, of about Thirty Tons, lately called the Cole Dogger, and now the Hunter, shall be added to the Fleet now prepared for this Summer's Expedition; and do nominate and approve of Joseph Bransby for the Command of the said Vessel, during this Summer's Expedition.
Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Snelling, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Weaver, Sir Robert Pye, Alderman Atkin, Mr. John Goodwyn, Mr. Purefoy, Mr. Blakeston, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Aldworth, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Dove, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Robinson, Sir John Burgoyne, Mr. Allen;
This Committee, or any Five of them, is to consider of this Petition; and to state to the House, what hath been formerly been resolved upon by this House, concerning Contributions to such as come out of Ireland: They are likewise to consider of the Condition of these Petitioners; and to certify the State of them; and to consider of, and represent to the House, some Ways and Means, How such of them, as they shall think fit to receive the charitable Consideration of this House, may have Relief: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber; and so de die in diem, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, &c. That the Epistle and Tract, intituled, "The State of the Question concerning Propositions of Peace," in the Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, given in lately to the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Propositions of Peace," ordained by both Houses to be burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman, be accordingly burnt in Paul's Church-yard, Cheapside, at the Royal-Exchange, in the Palace-yard, and on Tower-Hill, To-morrow, between the Hours of Twelve and One of the Clock: And that the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex do take care, that this Order be forthwith carefully performed, and put in due Execution: And the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House is to acquaint the said Sheriffs with the Ordinance for the Burning thereof; and with this Order.
Ordered, &c. That Hans Jacob Frys, Wm. Peterson, Johan Armheem, Johan van Borckhum, Johan Greevings, Johan Stock, Hendrick Peterson, Johan Lang, Wm. van Gelder, Wm. Berber, being all Strangers, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to embark themselves at the next Port, under the Parliament's Power, to go beyond Seas, into their own Countries.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to find out the Author and Printer of a scandalous Paper, with the Pictures of a Prelate, a Presbyter, and Pope, or to that Effect, upon it: And that they do report the same to the House on Wednesday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired to concurr, in ordering, That the Book, intituled, "Truth's Manifesto," may be burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman: And that a Conference be desired with the Lords concerning the same.
The First Messengers were called in: And the House returned this Answer; That they have spent a very long Time in taking all their Messages into Consideration: And, as to the Addition to the Order for additional Committees in the County of Oxon; the Ordinance concerning Mr. Porter; the Petition of Major Paiser; and the Petition of divers poor Women, whose Husbands have been slain in the Wars of Ireland; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the rest of the Messages, they do agree.
Ordered, &c. That, To-morrow Morning, the Report concerning the Breach of Privilege, in the Petition of the Assembly of Divines, be resumed into Consideration the First Business; and nothing to intervene.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do forthwith pay and advance unto Dame Ruth Denny, Widow, late Wife of Sir Edward Denny Knight, deceased, who hath lost her Husband and whole Estate in Ireland, and hath a Charge of many Children ready to perish for Want, One hundred Pounds, for her present Support and Relief.
Ordered, &c. That Seven hundred Pounds, taken up, upon Order of this House, by Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Robert Goodwyn, in Ireland, of one Mr. Richard Chandler, Merchant, and others, be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, with Interest from the Time it was due: And that the Interest from the said Time be cast into the said Sum of Seven hundred Pounds, to be paid, in Course, with the Interest after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum for the Forbearance thereof.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Major Dingley to be Colonel of the Foot-Regiment now at Evesham: And that the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do grant him a Commission to be Colonel of the said Foot-Regiment accordingly.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs, to consider of, and certify, the just Debt due to Mr. Vassall, a Member of this House, and Mr. Alexander Geeringe, for Monies lent by them to the Soldiers of Londonderry, and to the Lord Inchequine, in Ireland; and how it may be paid unto them.
Ordered, &c. That the Grand Committee, appointed to sit To-morrow, concerning the Business of Excise, and the Ordinance for the Court of Wards and Liveries, do sit on Thursday Morning next; to take the same into Consideration, according to the former Orders.
A Letter from the General, of Aprilis 19 1646; a Letter from the Lady Dalkeith, to the General, inclosed, of Aprilis 18 ; and a Letter from Mr. Rushworth, of Aprilis 19 ; were all this Day read; and appointed to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, &c. That the Articles for the Surrender of Exeter, now with the Committee of both Kingdoms, be brought into the House to be read To-morrow Morning: And that the Members of this House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do take Order, That the said Articles may accordingly be brought in.
BE it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Epistle and Tract, intituled, "The State of the Question concerning Propositions of Peace," in the Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, given in lately to the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Propositions of Peace; London, printed for Robert Bostock, dwelling at the Sign of the King's-Head in Paul's Church-yard, Aprilis 11 1646," doth contain in it Matters scandalous and false: And they do thereupon Ordain, That only the said Epistle and Tract in the said Book, intituled, "The State of the Question concerning Propositions of Peace," be forthwith burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman; and do Declare and Ordain, That the Author is a Person highly disaffected to the Parliament of England, and hath endeavoured to raise Sedition against the Parliament and Kingdom; and that it be put into a Way of Examination, to find out the Author; and do injoin all Persons whatsoever to discover the Author.