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 Veneris, 13 Novembris, 1646.
REsolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker, and the whole House, do, To-morrow at Ten of the Clock, give a Visit to Sir Thomas Fairfax, General of the Parliament's Forces; and return him the Thanks of the Commons of England, and an Acknowledgment of the great Blessings of Almighty God upon his faithful Services, wise Conduct, and great Valour, in the whole Discharge of the great Trust committed unto him, and reducing the distracted Affairs of this Kingdom to this happy Condition and Issue.
Ordered, That the Letters from the General, concerning the Reducing of Colonel Massie's Forces, be read Tomorrow Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Clothiers, &c. be read To-morrow Morning, next after the Letters from the General.
Mr. Greene carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance to authorize the Committee of the Navy and Customs to borrow Monies, not exceeding Twelve thousand Pounds: An Ordinance for continuing the Duty of One Fourth-Part per Centum upon Custom, for Merchandize, for redeeming poor Captives: An Ordinance for Twelve thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for Powder, Match, and Bullet: And a Vote for Leave to Sir John Bourchier to reside out of the County of Yorke, notwithstanding his being Sheriff of the said County.
The House, according to the Order Yesterday made, took into Consideration the Additions, Provisoes, and Alterations, made by the Lords, in the Ordinance concerning the Sale of Bishops Lands.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the Contractors sent to the Lords by his House, in the said Ordinance; and doth agree to the Contractors named by the Lords.
Resolved, &c. That the Word "Four," in the Eightand fortieth Line of the First Membrane, be made "Six."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the Word "Register," to stand in the Fiftieth Line, as it went from hence.
Resolved, &c. That the House doth adhere to the Contractors Instructions, as they were sent from this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the Proviso concerning Serjeants-Inn, with the Addition of a Saving, and other Amendments, in pursuance thereof, concerning Lincolne's-Inn.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Clause concerning the Penalty upon the Contractors, if they purchase.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Addition of Mr. Thomas Noell to be one of the Treasurers.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the Ordinance, in all the Clauses that concern the Register, as it was sent from this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Clause concerning the Register's Fee, making Four-pence in the Sheet Three-pence in the Sheet, and continuing only one Register.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Clause for exempting Peers of the Realm from Imprisonment, notwithstanding any Power given to the Trustees or Surveyors by this Ordinance.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the Instructions to the Comptroller, as they were sent from this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Proviso desired by the Lords to be added to the Surveyors Instructions.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Proviso to be added concerning Stewards of Bishops Lands.
Ordered, That Sir John Danvers do go to the Lords, to desire a free Conference, by Committees of both Houses, so soon as will stand with their Lordships Conveniency, upon the Matter of the late Conference concerning the Ordinance touching the Sale of Bishops Lands.
Mr. Green brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the Ordinances carried to them by him.
Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Pierepoint, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Crew, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Nathanael Fienis, and Mr. Holles, are appointed to withdraw; and peruse the Votes of this House, formerly passed, for the Payment of One hundred thousand Pounds to the Scotts Army upon the Marching of their Armies, and Fifty thousand Pounds at the End of Three Months, and Fifty thousand Pounds more at the End of Six Months; and prepare something to be offered thereupon to the House, and upon the Debate now had concerning the same.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you the Remonstrance of the Muscovia Company: Which the Lords think fit to refer to the Committee for Foreign Affairs; and therein desire your Concurrence. The Lords, upon Consideration of the Petition of Doctor Gibbons, and other Papers thereunto annexed, think fit he shall be restored to his Benefice, as their Lordships have expressed in a Paper annexed; and desire your Concurrence to it.- An Order for the now Earl of Mulgrave for the ViceAdmiralty of the County of York: Whereto the Lords desire your Concurrence: A Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby-House, concerning Colonel Monck; and that a Commission be awarded for Martial Law in Ireland: The which their Lordships approve; and desire your Concurrence accordingly: An Ordinance for Mr. Charles White to be Rector of HarbleDowne in Kent; agreed to by their Lordships: To which they desire your Concurrence. The Lords have appointed to go with their Speaker To-morrow at Eleven of the Clock, to the General Sir Thomas Fairfax, to give him Thanks for his great Services.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, concerning the Employment of Colonel Monck; and that a Commission be awarded for Martial Law in Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords; and doth approve of the now Earl of Mulgrave to enjoy the Vice-Admiralty of the County of York, in the room of Edmund late Earl of Mulgrave, deceased.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Employment of Colonel Moncke, and issuing Commissions for Martial Law in Ireland, and likewise for the Earl of Mulgrave to be Vice-Admiral of the County of York, they do agree: And have appointed, with their Speaker, to go to Sir Thomas Fairfax To-morrow Morning at Eleven of Clock, to give him Thanks for his great Services: And, as to the rest of the Particulars of your Message, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir John D'Anvers brings Answer, That the Lords will grant a free Conference, upon the Matter of the last Conference, concerning the Ordinance for appointing the Sale of Bishops Lands, presently, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
Ordered, That Colonel Bosevile do make the Report of the Accompts, and the Business, concerning the reduced Officers, the first Business, To-morrow Morning: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That the Ordinance, this Day sent from the Lords, for appointing a Minister at Hartle-Downe, and the Ordinance, formerly sent, for appointing Mr. Halford to be Minister of Slymbridge, be read on Wednesday Morning next.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Reynolds, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Pierepoint, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Wheeler, are appointed Managers and Reporters of this free Conference.
Die Sabbati, 14 Novembris, 1646.
Ordered, That Mr. Wingate, a Member of this House, shall have Liberty to be examined in a Case depending in the King's-Bench between Colonel Walton, a Member of this House, and one Mr. Austen, a Defendant.
According to Order Yesterday made, Mr. Bossevile reported Three Lists of the Accompts of divers reduced Officers.
Resolved, &c. That the several reduced Officers, and others named in the Three Lists, reported this Day by Mr. Bossevile, shall have paid unto them Twelve thousand Five hundred and Ninety Pounds Ten Shillings and Twopence: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That the said Sum of Twelve thousand Five hundred and Ninety Pounds Ten Shillings and Two-pence be charged upon the Estates of such Papists in Arms, and Delinquents excepted, whose Estates are not already assigned, as they shall present the Names of, and of the Lands they desire to be sold for the Satisfaction of the said Sum, to the Committee to whom this Business was formerly referred: Who are hereby required to prepare an Ordinance for the speedy Sale of such Lands accordingly; and to bring it in with all Speed.
Resolved, &c. That Friday next be appointed to consider of the Ordinance concerning Heresies.
Ordered, That the Lists of the Accompts of reduced Officers, this Day reported, be re-committed to the Committee of Accompts; to examine what Free-Quarter they have taken in the Countries; and to charge their Accompts with such Free-Quarter.
Ordered, That the reduced Officers of Yorkshire be referred to the Committee of Accompts, to audite, state, and certify their Accompts.
Mr. Pierepoint reports a Declaration concerning the Manner of Payment of the Two hundred thousand Pounds to the Scotts: The which was several times read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords: And was carried to the Lords by Mr. Pierepoint; and was in hæc verba; videlicet,
Be it Declared, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the first Hundred thousand Pounds, which shall be raised either by the Sale of Bishops Lands, or by the Credit of the Ordinances which are passed for that Purpose, shall be paid to our Brethren of Scotland, upon the Marching of their Army and Forces out of this Kingdom, at such Time and Place as shall be agreed upon; and the next Fifty thousand Pounds, so raised, at the End of Three Months after the former Payment; and Fifty thousand Pounds more, raised as aforesaid, at the End of Nine Months after the first Payment: But, in case the latter Hundred thousand Pounds shall be, with more Speed, procured, the same shall be sooner paid unto them, although there be no Engagement for a more speedy Payment, than at the Times formerly expressed.
Ordered, That, on Saturday next, the List of reduced Officers, in Mr. John Goodwin's Hands, be reported; and likewise the List of the Reformed Officers.
Ordered, That the Petition of many Clothiers, &c. be read, after that the Sheriffs shall be called in, if there be time.
The House being informed, That the Sheriffs of the City of London were at the Door;
They were called in; and did present a Petition, intituled, "The humble Petition of Thomas Culham, and Symond Edmonds, Sheriffs of the City of London."
The which Petition (the Petitioners being withdrawn) was read; and was, That, whereas they were required, by an Order of this House, of 12 Novembris 1646, to bring the Body of Benjamin Hyde, Servant to the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, a Prisoner in Ludgate, to the Bar of this House on this Day at Ten of Clock, together with the Causes of his Detainer; they desire he may be brought by Habeas Corpus, &c.
It is Ordered, That this Business be taken into Consideration on Saturday next.
The humble Petition of very many Clothiers, and others concerned in the Manufactures of Woolen Commodities, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Bois, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. * Bond, Mr. Pierpoint, Mr. Ashes ambo, Sir Marten Lomley, Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Lentball, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Thorpe, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Sallowey, Mr. Green, Mr. Sollicitor, Sir Wm. Litton, Alderman Atkin, Mr. * Allen, Mr. * Bacon, Sir Roger North, Mr. Nelthorpe, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Vassall: And all that will come are to have Voices: And they are to meet upon it on Thursday next, at Two post meridiem, in the ExchequerChamber: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Thorpe: And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That, on Saturday next, peremptorily, the Ordinances concerning the Transportation of Wool and Fuller-Earth, and concerning Trade, and other Matters for the Advance of Trade, be read; and taken into Consideration.
Mr. Pierpoint brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Declaration into speedy Consideration; and send a speedy Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to return this Declaration: To which they do agree, with this Addition; and therein desire your Concurrence. They have received this Petition from Mrs. Jane Huddleston, Sister of the Lord Grey of Werk: Which they do especially recommend to you, together with their Sense upon it, as is expressed in this Order.
The Addition, sent from the Lords, to the Declaration, was read; and was, That, in the first Line, after the Word "declared," these Words, "by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled," be added; and was, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be forthwith printed.
The Petition of Jane Huddleston, Wife of Ferdinando Huddleston, deceased, for and on the Behalf of herself and Nine Children, and the Lords Order thereupon, were read; and ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Northern Association where Sir Thomas Widdrington has the Chair.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Amendment to the Declaration, they do agree: They have taken Mrs. Jane Huddleston's Petition into Consideration; and will send Answer thereunto by Messengers of their own.