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, 12 Novembris, 1646.
AN Ordinance to enable the Committee of the Navy to borrow Money, at Interest, to the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for charging the Receipts of the Grand Excise with the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, for Powder; and to enable the Committee to borrow it, at Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum per Annum; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for the Continuing of the Argier Duty, for the Releasing of distressed Captives, taken by Turkish, Moorish, and other Pirates, was this Day read the First and Second time.
Resolved, &c. That a Clause be inserted, in this Ordinance, for continuing it until the Eleventh of December 1647, and no longer.
And then the Ordinance passed, upon the Question; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Greene is to carry this and the other Two Ordinances unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Ordinance, concerning the Assessments for Maintenance of the Army, be reported on Monday next, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof: And that then Mr. Scawen do make his Reports concerning the Army.
Resolved, &c. That William Day, lately imprisoned, by Order of this House, for his Breach of the Privilege of Parliament, in arresting a menial Servant of Mr. Marten's, a Member of this House, be forthwith released from any further Restraint.
Ordered, That Benjamin Hide, a Servant to the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, arrested, and imprisoned in the Prison of Ludgate, be brought to the Bar of this House, together with the Causes of his Commitment, on Saturday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon: And the Keeper of the said Prison is hereby required and injoined to bring the Body of the said Benjamin Hide, together with the Causes of his Detainer, to the Bar of this House, on Saturday next, at Ten of the Clock, as aforesaid.
Ordered, That Mr. Abbott, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
The House being informed, That divers Merchants of the City of London were at the Door, desirous to prefer a Petition to the House;
They were called in: And Alderman Fowke did present a Petition, intituled, "The humble Petition of the Merchants of London subscribed."
The which (the Petitioners being withdrawn) was read; and was, to desire, that some speedy Remedy may be provided for the Hearing of Suits for Mariners Wages and Freight together, in an Admiralty-Way, and in Foreign Contracts, wherein the Petitioners, Factors, and others, are enforced to make notarial, Contracts and Protests, according to the Civil Law, and Customs of those Countries.
Upon the Reading of this Petition;
Mr. Greene reported, from the Committee to which divers Petitions to the like Purposes were formerly referred, an Ordinance for settling a Jurisdiction in the AdmiraltyCourt, for the hearing and determining all Cases for Mariners Wages and Freight together, in an Admiralty-Way, and all other Cases concerning Foreign Contracts.
The which was this Day read the First time; and appointed to be read the Second time on this Day Sevennight.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Convenience of this House, concerning the Bill for the Sale of the Bishops Lands.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords, to give them a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Mr. Gott, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Lisle, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Ordered, &c. That, on Saturday Morning next, the first Business, the Reports of the several Sheriffs of the several and respective Counties be made.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Bourchier, Sheriff of the County of Yorke, shall have Leave to come to London, and to reside out of the County of Yorke, during his Sheriffalty; any Law, Statute, or Ordinance, to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Upon the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby-House, for the Affairs of Ireland, That Colonel Monke hath been at that Committee; and hath engaged his Honour, that he will faithfully serve the Parliament in this War in Ireland, if he may be employed thither; that he hath taken the Negative Oath; and is ready to take the Covenant; and is ready to take his Journey at a Day's Warning;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House is of Opinion with the Committee, That Colonel Monke may be of very good Use now at Dublyn: And the House doth leave it to the Committee to employ him thither, as they shall think fit.
Upon the same Report by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland;
It is Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Pounds be forthwith provided for the present extraordinary Service of Ireland: And that the said Five thousand Pounds: be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths-Hall: And that the Committee do take care for the speedy Payment thereof; the Preservation of Dublyn being so much concerned therein.
And the more particular Care of this Business is referred to Mr. John Ashe.
Resolved, &c. That Power be granted to the Commissioners now employed for Ireland, to grant Commissions for Martial Law to such as they shall think fit, for the Punishing of offending Soldiers: And that an Ordinance be brought in to that Purpose.
And Sir John Temple is appointed to prepare and bring in this Ordinance.
Mr. Reynolds reports the Alterations, Additions, and Provisoes, made by the Lords to the Ordinance for the Sale of Bishops Lands, delivered this Day at a Conference: The which were read, first by the Reporter, and then by the Clerk: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That this Report be proceeded upon, and taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning, the first Business: And that no other Business do intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind thereof.