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, Martii 14, 1644.
THE humble Petition of Mabella Lady Finch was this Day read.
Ordered, upon the Question, That the humble Petition of Mabella Lady Finche be, from this House, recommended to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to be taken into speedy Consideration, for the Relief of the Petitioner.
Ordered, That Sir Harbotle Grimston and Mr. Grimston shall have Leave to go into the Country.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Petition, from the Earl of Stamforde, for the Grant of Two thousand Pounds, upon Account, out of Delinquents Estates not as yet discovered; in regard of the great Losses he has sustained by the Enemy: They refer it wholly to this House.
The Petition was read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have read the Petition; and put it into a Course.
Ordered, That Mr. Scawen do To-morrow, the first Business, peremptorily, make Report concerning the poor Waggoners.
Resolved, &c. That Fifteen hundred Nineteen Pounds Nine Shillings and Four-pence shall be provided out of the Eighty thousand Pounds borrowed of the City, and put into the Hands of Sir Thomas Fairfax and Serjeant-Major-General Skippon, upon Account, for recruiting, and putting into Pay, their respective Regiments.
Resolved, &c. That Twelve thousand Three hundred Pounds shall be forthwith provided and furnished out of the Eighty thousand Pounds borrowed of the City, for the Raising of Twelve hundred Horse, with Arms, Pistols, and Saddles: And it is referred to the Committee, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to take Order for these Monies, and for the Providing of these Horse, Arms and Saddles.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of John Castle and Robert Harvey Esquires, and Gervas Fulwood Gentleman, to be added to the Committee of Huntingdon, to put in Execution the several Ordinances of Parliament in that County.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Humberston March and John Towes Esquires, to be added to the Committee of the Isle of Elye, to put the several Ordinances of Parliament in Execution in the said Island.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Edmund Smyth, Albane Coxe, Wm. Foxewist, Toby Combes, Wm. Brigges, to be added to the Committee of the County of Herts, to put in Execution the several Ordinances of Parliament in that County.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Sir George Villiers, Sir Edward Hartopp, Baronets, Sir Thomas Hartopp, Sir Roger Smyth, Knights, John St. John, John Whatton, Archidall Palmer, John Stafford, John Browne, Esquires, Francis Smalley, John Swynfen, Valentine Goodman, John Pratt, Gentlemen, and Edmund Cradock, Alderman of Leicester, to be added to the Committee for the Militia, and all other the Publick Occasions in the Town and County of Leicester.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Fairfax do forthwith grant Commissions to the several Colonels and Commanders, approved of by both Houses, to be under his Command.
Resolved, &c. That One thousand Pounds be forthwith advanced, upon Account, to Sir Thomas Fairfax, out of the Eighty thousand Pounds lent by the City.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, to advance the Sum of One thousand Pounds, by way of Loan, to Sir Thomas Fairfax; and to repay themselves out of the first Monies that shall come in of the Eighty thousand Pounds.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Scawen, Sir John Evelyn senior, Mr. Pury, be a Committee appointed for making Contracts for the Provisions of all the Arms, Ammunition, and other Stores and Necessaries, voted to be provided for furnishing the publick Stores for this Summer's Service: And that no Fees be taken upon this Service.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Hamper do forthwith pay unto Edward Husbands Stationer Twelve Pounds, for Two thousand Ordinances for raising Monies for maintaining the Army under the immediate Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax; the which he furnished to the Committee appointed to take care of recruiting Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army: And that an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Husbands shall be a sufficient Discharge.
Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Holles, Mr. Recorder, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Sir Wm. Lewes, are appointed to go to Goldsmiths-Hall this Afternoon, to see the State of the Remainder of the Sixty thousand Pounds assigned to the Scotts Army in Ireland; what has been sent over in Money, and when; and what in Provisions, Arms, or Ammunition; and to see how the Four thousand Pounds monthly, and the Arrears, or what Proportion of the Arrears, may be raised and established in a settled Course, either upon the Sequestrations, or otherwise; and to make Report with what Speedy they may.
This Committee is likewise to go to Grocers-Hall to the Committee of Adventurers for Ireland; to see how, in particular, the Arrears of the Four thousand Pounds monthly may be established in a settled Course; and farther, to consider of, and receive from them, such Propositions as they shall make for supplying the Necessities of the other Armies in Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Bond do bring in an Ordinance for the Payment of Mr. Pennoyer and Mr. Hill, for Arms furnished by them to the State, according to the Contract made with them.
The humble Petition of De Witt Hemssen and Symkynson, Subjects to the States of Holland, desiring Payment for Arms and Ammunition they have furnished the Parliament, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, to provide Five thousand Arms for the Scotts Army in Ireland: And that it be referred to the Committee, this Day appointed for Ireland, to contract for these Arms; and take care for the Provision of them upon the Credit of the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Earl of Lothyan, from both Houses, to repair to his Charge in Ireland; and that he be enabled and encouraged to undertake so difficult a Service: And that it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms to prepare this Letter.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, this Day appointed to go to Goldsmiths-Hall and Grocers-Hall for the Affairs of Ireland, to consider of some speedy Course to be taken for Furnishing of the Officers and Soldiers of the Troops attending the Scottish Army, that have received no Proportion of the Dividend of the Eighty thousand Pounds.
It is further referred to this Committee, to consider of the Proposition of George Monry, to be paid as a Colonel of Horse; and to settle a Course for the future Entertainment of the Troops attending the Scottish Army.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett do, To-morrow, next after the Business of Ireland, report the Business concerning Sir Wm. Balfour.
Ordered, That Colonel Sparrowe's Regiment be reduced: And that Three hundred Pounds be paid unto them by the Treasurers of the Earl of Manchester's Association, to bring off the Officers, and to enable them to clear their Quarters.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Middlesex, to take care for the Pay of their Squadron of Horse at Abingdon.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia in London do forthwith make Payment of Two thousand Pounds, out of the Ordinance for Thirty-two thousand Pounds, for the Garison of Abbingdon.
Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Pounds be forthwith, this Afternoon, advanced, upon Account, to Major-General Crawford; whereof One hundred Pounds by the Committee, at Haberdashers-Hall, for Advance of Monies by way of Loan; and One hundred Pounds by the Treasurers of the Earl of Manchester's Association.
It is further Ordered, That the Treasurers of the said Association do repay the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall the One hundred Pounds lent upon this Occasion.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard do give an Account To-morrow, What Monies he hath in his Hands towards Payment of the Horses that lately mutinied, and are lately returned to their Duty, a Fortnight's Pay.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to dispose of those Troops of Horse that are come in; [and to put them upon present Employment.]
The Question was put, Whether these Words, "to put . . . . upon present Employment," should be put in the Order:
The House was divided.
|Mr. Hollis,||Tellers for the Yea:||34.|
|Sir Jo. Clotworthy,||With the Yea,|
|Sir Arthur Hisilrig,||Tellers for the Noe:||29.|
|Sir Henry Heyman,||With the Noe,|
So the Question passed with the Affirmative.
Ordered, That Captain Charles Vaine shall have Leave to take a Hundred common Soldiers, that are Prisoners to the Parliament, and are willing to serve under his Command, to go beyond Seas with him: And it is recommended to Mr. Knightley to give Warrant for the Release of them accordingly; and to take good Caution they shall not return to the Prejudice of the State.
Ordered, That Colonel John Botler's Petition be read To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date Die Veneris, 21 Februarii 1644, it is ordained, inter alia, That One Third-Part of the Profit that shall arise out of the Customs, payable upon Currans, shall be appropriated to the Garison of Gloucester: It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Commissioners of the Customs shall, from time to time, during the Continuance of the said Ordinance, pay over all the said Third-Part of the Profit that shall arise out of the Customs, payable upon Currans, unto Nathanael Stephens, Thomas Hodges, and Thomas Pury, Esquires, Members of the House of Commons, for the Use of the Garison of Gloucester, upon Account, if the said Garison be continued a Garison; taking their Receipts for the same; which shall be to the said Commissioners, and every of them, a sufficient Discharge in that Behalf.
Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise or New Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of One thousand Pounds, for the Use of the Garison of Abingdon, under the Command of Colonel Browne: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise, their Executors or Assigns, shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said One thousand Pounds, together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, out of such Intervals of Receipts to come in upon the Office of Excise as shall happen when other Payments already assigned shall not fall due; or, for want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow in Course; and shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of one or both Houses of Parliament, besecluded from satisfying themselves accordingly: And that the said Commissioners shall pay the said One thousand Pounds to Walter Frost Esquire, to be paid accordingly; whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf.