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, 17 Septembris, 1646.
AN Ordinance for satisfying a Debt of One thousand Pounds, owing unto Sir John Evelyn, of Godstone in the County of Surrey, by Sir George Strode, a Delinquent, out of the Sequestration or Sale of the said Sir George Strode's Estate, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of the Governor and Company of Merchants trading the Levant-Seas, concerning the seizing the Estates, and imprisoning the Factors and Servants, of the said Company, at Constantinople and Smyrna, by Sir Sackvile Crowe; and desiring Leave to move his Majesty for a Letter, forthwith to recall him from his Employment there; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, ordered to be referred unto Mr. Dennis Bond, Mr. Holles, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Harvey, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Mr. Marten, Mr. Alderman Pennington, Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Edward Ashe, Mr. Salwey, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Ashurst, Sir William Allenson, Mr. Nathanael Fiennes, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Ellys, Mr. Oliver Cromwell, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Boone, Mr. Alexander Bence, Sir Samuel Rolle, Sir William Armyn, Mr. Selden, Mr. Vassall, Sir John Northcote, Mr. Wilson, Sir Simons D'Ewes, Sir Phillip Stapilton, Sir Thomas Soame: And this Committee, or any Five of them, are to confer with the Turkey Merchants, touching their Desires in the said Petition; and to find out what may be the fittest Way and Means for their Relief: And are to meet upon it at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Exchequer-Chamber; and report what they shall think fit to be done thereupon, to the House, To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Resolved, &c. That the humble Petition of the Knights, Esquires, Gentlemen, and other Freeholders, of the County of Salop, shall be now read.
And the Petition was read accordingly.
The Question was propounded, For referring this Petition to the Committee of Elections:
And the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative. And
It is Resolved, &c. That this Petition of the Knights, Esquires, Gentlemen, and other Freeholders, of the County of Salop, be referred to the Committee of Elections.
Sir John D'Anvers brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to Mr. Lloyd to be Sheriff of the County of Flint: And, as to all the other Particulars of his Message, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Members of this House that are of the Assembly of Divines, do, from this House, desire the Divines of the Assembly to send in to this House the Consession of Faith, or so much thereof as they have perfected.
And the Care hereof is especially recommended to Mr. Rous.
Ordered, That the Reports and Ordinances from the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, concerning Compositions with Delinquents, be made on Tuesday Morning next, all the Forenoon: And that no other Business do then intervene: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords, having taken into Consideration, that the Lieutenancy of the County of Yorke is now void by the Death of the Earl of Essex, have thought fit to confer the same, together with the Manor-House at Yorke, upon the Earl of Northumberland, a Man of great Eminency, and great Possessions in those Parts: Wherein they desire your Concurrence. They have commanded us to return you this Ordinance, for the Payment of Ten thousand Pounds, for the Relief of poor Widows, and others: It moved from you: And the Lords have agreed unto it, with these Alterations: An Order concerning Paul's Church: A Pass for a French Gentleman, and another Gentleman, with Five Persons more, and Six Horses, Custom-free, to go into France: Wherein they desire your Concurrence: This Petition of poor Irish Protestants: Which the Lords refer to your Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That, as to the conferring the Lieutenancy of the County of Yorke, together with the Manor-House at Yorke, upon the Earl of Northumberland, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Amendment, sent from the Lords, to the Ordinance for the Payment of Ten thousand Pounds, for the Relief of poor Widows, and others, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Ordinance, sent from the Lords, concerning Paul's Church, was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of Pawle's: And that Mr. Alderman Atkin, Mr. Alderman Pennington, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Erle, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Vassall, Sir Thomas Wroth, Sir Henry Cholmley, Sir John Coke, Sir John Curson, Sir John Francklyn, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir James Harrington, be added to this Committee, as to this Business: And they, or any Four of them, are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and de die in diem.
The Pass, this Day sent from the Lords, for Monsieur de Harrambury was read: And
It . . . Resolved, &c. That this House will send Answer thereunto by Messengers of their own.
The humble Petition of Seventy poor distressed Protestants of Ireland, sent from the Lords, was read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Four hundred Pounds, togetherwith Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, payable every Six Months, be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, for the Relief of the poor distressed Protestants of Ireland: And that it be referred to the Committee where Mr. Wheeler has the Chair, to consider who are fit to be relieved, and in what Manner; and to report the same to the House; and to bring in an Ordinance for the Raising of the said Four hundred Pounds, and Interest aforesaid, upon the said Receipts accordingly.
Ordered, That Sir John Potts, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country, for Recovery of his Health.
Ordered, That Mr. John Dove, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Smyth, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Herbert, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Isaac Thomas, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of this House that are of South-Wales, do meet this Afternoon, to consider of and present such Propositions to this House, as shall be necessary for the Settlement of those Parts.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler be added to the Committee appointed to go to the City of London, for the Borrowing of the Two hundred thousand Pounds, for the Service of the State.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Amendment to the Ordinance for the Ten thousand Pounds for the Widows, they do agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.