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, Aprilis 3, 1645.
THE humble Petition of the Lords Mayor Aldermen, Common-Council, Citizens, and Inhabitants, of the City of Yorke, touching an Allowance to be made to Four Preaching Ministers out of the Revenues of the Dean and Chapter of Yorke, was this Day read.
An Ordinance for Maintenance of some Preaching Ministers in the City of Yorke, Bishoiprick of Durham, Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and the Town of Barwick upon Twede, and in the other Towns and Places therein mentioned, out of the respective Possessions of the Deans and Chapters of Yorke, Durham, and Carlisle, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Hen. Vane, senior, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Dowse, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Millington, Mr. Ashherst, Sir Wm. Alenson, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Rich. Browne, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Recorder, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Selden, Mr. Hallowes, Lord Grey, Sir Wm. Massam, the Knights and Burgesses of the Northern Counties: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Record, &c.: And the Petitions from the Ministers and well-affected Inhabitants of the Counties of York and Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmorland, Bishoprick of Durham, and Northumberland, are referred to the Consideration of this Committee.
Mr. Reynolds, reports, from the Committee, a Letter, in Nature of a Declaration, to be sent to Prince Rupert, concerning Thirteen English, hanged by his Command, in lieu of Thirteen Irish Rebels, hanged in pursuance of an Ordinance of Parliament at Shrewesbury: The which was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Reynalds, to carry up this Letter to the Lords; and the Letters from the Committee of Shrewsberry; and from Prince Rupert's Secretary: Also an Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds for Windsor an Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds for the Excise; an Ordinance for One thousand Pounds for Sir John Meldrum.
Ordered, That * *, the Governor of Moreton-Corbett, do attend the Committee of Examinations this Afternoon; to be examined touching Sir Michael Erneley's Carriage in the Hanging of English, in lieu of some Irish, which were executed in pursuance of the Ordinance of Parliament: And Sir John Corbett it is give him Notice hereof.
They were called in; and did present divers Certificates of divers Accomptants to the House; viz. of Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Wm. Uvedale, as to one Part of his Account; of Mr. F. Hurdman, for the Composition of Two Shillings and Sixpence upon every Butt of sweet Wines; of Mr. Samuel Warner; of Mr. John Lloyd, a Collector in the Custon-house; of the Sub-Committee, concerning Mr. John Fleming: And likewise they presented a Case concerning Tobaccoes. They desired some Order might be taken, that they might have, All, Orders and Ordinances of both or either House: And that they had in Readiness an Ordinance, which they desired to present to this House; which they conceive will meet with all such Obstructions and Impediments, that, in their great Experience, They have met with, in carrying on this great Service. They likewise represented, That their Sub-Committees in Lincolneshire and Rutlandshire were much discouraged by the Committees of the Parliament in those Counties. They further desired, that some Course might be taken, that Men might be deterred from Perjury; and instanced in Two Particulars, of Persons that have desperately perjured themselves.
The Committee of Accompts were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, That the House finds, that they have performed the Trust of their great and laborious Employment with a great deal of Fidelity and Diligence, to the great Advantage of the State; and do return them hearty Thanks; and assure them, that they shall receive all Encouragement from this House.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do, with their soonest and best Conveniency, pay unto Sir Wm. Lewes the Sum of Four hundred and Fifteen Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Eigth-pence, Part of what remains due unto him upon his Accompts, as appears by the Certificate from the Committee of Accompts of the Date of March 27, 1645, presented to this House Aprilis 3, and allowed by this House.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, the Certificate from the Committee of Accompts, concerning Sir Wm. Uvedale, and other Accomptants, be taken into Consideration: And that first Sir Wm. Uvedale's Accompt be taken into Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Captain Hender, now or late in the Lord Roberts his Regiment; and of Captain Ferguson, now or late in the Regiment of Colonel Davies, to be in the Places of Captain Blagrave and Captain Godard, continued in the Garison at Reading, upon the Desire of the Committee there.
Ordered, That, by Beat of Drum, and Sound of Trumpet, all Commanders and Officers, under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, be injoined forthwith to repair to the Head Quarter at Windsore, upon Paid of being cashiered: And it is referred to the Committee of the Militia to take Order for the publishing this Order by Beat of Drum, and Sound of Trumpet.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of the County of Hants do consider of some Means to discharge the Engagements incurred by Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Whitehead, and Mr. Wallop; and of the Engagements incurred by Mr. Lisle, and others, for the publick Service.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do treat with the Commissioners of Excise for the Furnishing of Eight thousand Pounds to be employed upon the Design of Bristoll: And the Commissioners of Excise are earnestly desired to furnish this Eight thousand Pounds, it being of so great Importance and Consequence to this Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Letters from Monsieur Joachim, one of the States Ambassadors: and the Petition of Claes Francks, Master of the Ship North Holland, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs.
Ordered, That the Members which serve for the Associated Counties, videlicet, of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge, Hertford, and Huntington, do meet this Day, and take forthwith Order for the Bringing in of Two thousand Pounds, Part of the Arrears due upon the Earl of Manchester's Ordinances, according to the Propositions brought in by the Committee for the Army of Sir Thomas Fairfax, to be disposed of for Payment of the Two Regiments at Abingdon, and the Train of Artillery at Cambridge, as the said Committee shall direct: And if any of the Members of the House of Commons shall engage themselves for the present Supply of the said Two thousand Pounds, or for such Part thereof as is laid upon the several Counties they serve for, they are hereby enabled to reimburse themselves such Sums of Money as they shall take up for the said Service: And the Treasurers and Collectors of the several Counties are hereby authorized and required to pay unto them such Sums of Money, as they shall upon their Credit raise and pay into the said Committee, out of such Monies as are now in their Hands, or out of the first Monies they shall receive upon any of the said Ordinances: And the Acquittance of Mr. Scawen, the Chairman of the said Committee, testifying the Receipt of any Monies to be raised as aforesaid, shall be sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers or Collectors, and be allowed to them upon their Accompts.
Ordered, That Sir Gilbert Gerard do deliver the Treasurers Waggons and Draught-Horses to the Treasurers at Wars, named in the Ordinance for the Eighty thousand Pounds for the Service of the Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Army where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider of sending Two Troops of Horse forthwith to Abingdon; and to send the Hundred Dragoons so, soon as they shall be ready.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder and Mr. Stephens do write a Letter, to encourage Colonel Massey to go on in the Service; and that the House will take the Desire in his Letters into speedy Consideration; and have referred the Matter of Supply to the Committee of both Kingdoms.