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, 7 Octobris, 1646.
UPON a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Committee of both Kingdoms, That the Forces in Radnorshire, under Colonel Martyn, be forthwith disbanded: And that some Course be forthwith taken to put the County of Radnor into a Posture of Defence, to avoid Tumults that may happen amongst them: And that it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of a Way for putting the said County into a Posture of Defence; and to report the same to the House.
Upon a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms;
A Letter from the said Committee, of 15 Aprilis 1646, to the Committee of Salop, concerning Sir Robert Eyton's Employment to Beaumaurice-Castle; and the Engagement of Colonel Mytton to the said Sir Robert Eyton, and to the Governor of the said Castle, and his Son, of 5 Junii 1646, upon the Surrender thereof; were this Day read: And
It is Resolved, &c. That, in Confirmation of the Undertaking of the Committee of both Kingdoms, and of Colonel Mitton, concerning the Surrender of the Castle of Beaumaurice, this House doth agree, That Sir Robert Eyton, Mr. Thomas Bulkley, and Mr. Richard Bulkley his Son, be freed and discharged of and from their respective Delinquencies: And that the Sequestrations of their respective Estates be freely taken off, and discharged.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do prepare, and bring in, one or more Ordinances, for authorizing his Majesty's Sollicitor-General to prepare one or more Pardons unto Sir Robert Eyton, Mr. Thomas Bulkley, and unto Mr. Richard Bulkley his Son, for their respective Delinquencies, and for granting and restoring to them their Estates respectively.
The humble Petition of Peter Baxter, Serjeant-Major, and Governor of Hurst-Castle, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds be paid unto Major Baxter, by the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, upon Account, out of the Fines and Compositions of such Delinquents of the County of Hants, as he shall nominate to the said Committee: And that the Acquittance of the said Major Baxter, or his Assigns, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Committee and Treasurers at Goldsmiths-Hall aforesaid, for the Payment of the said Sum of Three hundred Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider and advise with the Gentlemen of Hants, What Number of additional Forces, over and above the old Establishment, will be sit to be assigned and established, for the Safety and Preservation of Hurst-Castle; and what Establishment shall be appointed for their Maintenance; and where and how raised; and to report it with all convenient Speed to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to take into speedy Consideration, and to give effectual Order for, the speedy and sufficient Repair of Hurst-Castle, being a Place of great Importance.
Ordered, That the whole Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, this Day made by Sir William Armyn, concerning Saltpetre and Powder, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Army, and of the Navy, joined together as to this Business: And they are to consider of the whole Business of this Report, both touching such Contracts as are, or shall be, made with the Persons concerned, and concerning the Providing of Monies for making good such Contracts; and to report their Opinions, upon the whole Business of this Report, to the House: And Sir Walter Erle is added to this Committee, as to this Business.
Resolved, &c. That Threescore Barrels of Powder, and Twelve Tons of Match, be forthwith supplied, out of the public Stores, for the Service of the Castle of Scarborough: And that the Committee for Powder and Ammunition do take Order herein accordingly.
The Question being propounded, Whether the weekly Allowance of Twenty Pounds per Week shall be allowed to the Widow of the Earl of Mulgrave, deceased;
The Question was put, Whether this Question shall be now put:
It passed with the Negative.
Whereas the Sum of Fifty Pounds per Week was heretofore ordered to be weekly paid to the Earl of Mulgrave, by the Treasurers of Sequestrations at Guildhall, London; and the Payment thereof is, by the Death of the said Earl, now ceased and determined: It is Resolved, &c. That the like Sum of Fifty Pounds per Week be weekly paid, by the said Treasurers for Sequestrations at Guildhall aforesaid, unto the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers at ChristChurch, to be issued and paid out, by the said Treasurers at Christ-Church, by the Orders and Directions of the Committee of this House, appointed formerly to consider of the Necessities of the poor Widows, where Sir Thomas Dacres hath the Chair, unto such Persons only as they shall think fit: And it is especially referred to this Committee, to take care of such Widows, whose Husbands have died in the Service of the Parliament.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to provide and supply, unto Mrs. Francklyn, Widow, the Relict of John Francklyn, late of Malborough in the County of Wiltes, Esquire, a Member of this House, who died a Prisoner in the Service of the Parliament, the Sum of Four Pounds per Week, for the present Subsistence of her, and her Family; to continue until the said Committee shall provide some further and better Recompence, for the future Maintenance and Support of her and Children, in Consideration of their great Loss, and in Acknowledgment of the good Affections of the said Mr. John Francklyn to this great Cause of Liberty and Religion, asserted and maintained by the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Eastern Association do forthwith take into Consideration the Arrears of Pay due unto Major Francklyn, slain in the Service of the Parliament, at the Storming of Lincolne; and do take Order, That his Accompts may be audited and stated: And that they do give a Debenture for what shall appear to be due upon his Entertainment.
Ordered, That the Members formerly appointed to go to the Commissioners of Excise, earnestly to press them to advance the Ten thousand Pounds, formerly assigned, upon the Receipts of the Excise, for the Relief of divers Widows, and necessitous Persons, do repair to the Commissioners of the Excise, upon this Service, this Afternoon.
Ordered, That Sir John Burgoine do prepare, and bring in, an Ordinance of Four hundred Pounds, charged with Interest, payable at the End of every Six Months, for the Forbearance thereof; to be employed for the Relief of divers poor Irish Protestants.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax, General, from Forrest-Hill, of 18 Septembris 1646, directed to Mr. Scawen, was this Day read; and was, to desire, That Captain Blackwell, with a Supply of Treasure, may be speedily dispatched to the Army.
Ordered, That Sir William Armyn do forthwith go to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Ordinance, formerly sent unto them, for continuing the Committee, and of the Army.
Sir William Armyn brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Message delivered by him into speedy Consideration; and will send Answer thereunto, by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That the Time of Six Months shall be expressed in the Question, for laying an Assessment for Maintenance of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Resolved, &c. That Assesses be laid upon the Kingdom, for the Maintenance of the Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax, for Six Months, from the First of this present October: And that an Ordinance be brought in accordingly. And Mr. Scawen is to prepare, and bring in, this Ordinance.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to reduce the Propositions into Ordinances do meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Duchy-Court: And that they make Report of this Business on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, Mr. Serjeant Wilde do report the Ordinance for taking away the Court of Wards.
Ordered, That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the new Election of a Burgess for the Borough of Shaftbury in the County of Dorset, in the place of Mr. Wm. Whitaker, deceased.
Ordered, That the Establishment and Ordinance for Bristoll be brought in on Monday next.