Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Sabbati, 5 Decembris, 1646.
ORDERED, That the Committee of Lords and Commons, for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall, do give Order for Payment of Two hundred Pounds, upon Account, unto Colonel Edward Aldriche; to go in Part of the Arrears due unto the said Colonel Edward Aldriche, upon his Entertainment.
East India Company.
The House proceeded to the further Debate of the Amendments to the Ordinance for the Upholding of the Trade, and settling the Government of Merchants trading to the East Indies; the which Amendments were formerly reported, and twice read; and now again debated: And likewise a Proviso for enlarging the Advantage of this Trade to all such as shall adventure in a joint Stock, was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And then the Ordinance, with the Amendments and Provisoes, passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Redemption of Captives.
Ordered, That it be referred to the former several Committees appointed to consider of bringing in the Duty of One per Cent. for Redemption of the Captives of Algier, to call all such Persons before them that do owe any Money upon Bonds, or otherwise, for that Duty; and require them to pay the One Fourth of that Duty, according to the Ordinance in that Behalf, within the Space of Forty Days next ensuing: And that such as shall not pay the said Fourth within the said Space of Forty Days, as aforesaid, that the said Committee do transmit their Bonds into the Court of Exchequer, to . . proceeded upon according to Law, and levied according to the Course of the said Court.
Comptroller of Customs.
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the said Committee; and doth nominate and appoint the said Mathew Lock to be Comptroller of the Customs in the said Port of Southampton, cum membris, accordingly: And that the said Committee do take care that he be placed in the said Place accordingly.
Searcher in Lynn Regis.
It is Resolved, &c. That William Bird be restored to the Place of Searcher in the Town and Port of Lynn Regis in the County of Norfolke; from the which Place he was sequestered, upon some Informations against him, which have sithence appeared to be mistaken: And the said Committee are to take care that he be restored to the said Place accordingly.
Grant for Scotch Army.
Sir Guilbert Gerard reports divers Papers that passed between the Committee of Lords and Commons, and the Scotts Commissioners, at divers Conferences between them, touching the Manner of the Payment of Two hundred thousand Pounds to the Scotts Army, upon the Marching of their Forces out of this Kingdom: The which were all twice read: And a Letter from the Scotts Commissioners of 5 Decembris, 1646, directed to Sir Guilbert Gerard, concerning the same Business.
This Committee are presently to withdraw, to consider of and prepare a Proposition to be offered to the House, concerning the Manner of the Payment of Monies to the Scotts Army, according to the Debate this Day in the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Security to be given for the Payment of the latter Two hundred thousand Pounds to our Brethren of Scotland, according to the Times formerly resolved on, shall be the Publick Faith of the Kingdom of England.
Arrest of Fletcher.
Ordered, upon the Question, That the Case of Mr. Thomas Fletcher, Captain Lieutenant to Colonel Massie, who, as is informed, is arrested by Mr. Payton, upon a Writ of Privilege, for Satisfaction for a Parcel of Iron, which, upon the Command of the Governor of Gloucester, the said Thomas Fletcher took away out of the Possession of one * Kirke, and brought to Gloucester: where it was sold and the Monies, raised by the Sale thereof, disposed for the Use of the Commonwealth; be referred to be examined by the Committee formerly appointed upon the Petition of divers Officers and Commanders of the City of London. Which said Committee is to meet upon this Business this Afternoon: And have Power, upon Examination thereof, to set the said Captain Lieutenant Thomas Fletcher at Liberty, if they shall see Cause.
Grant for Scotch Army.
Mr. Crew reported from the Committee appointed to that Purpose, a Proposition to be conferred upon with the Commissioners of Scotland, concerning the Manner of Payment of the Monies to be paid to our Brethren of Scotland: The which was several times read; and was in hæc verba;
That, when the said Hundred thousand Pounds comes to Topcliff, the Kingdom of Scotland shall there deliver Hostages, for Assurance that the Scots shall quit all their Quarters, Passes, and Garisons, on the South Side of Tyne, with the Town of Newcastle, and Castle of Tynmouth; and shall deliver up, to such Forces as both Houses of the Parliament of England, or such as shall be by them thereunto authorized, shall appoint, all the aforesaid Places, together with all the Ordnance, Arms, and Ammunition, belonging to the Kingdom of England, within Ten Days after the said Hundred thousand Pounds shall be paid at North Allerton as aforesaid: And, upon Performance thereof, the Hostages shall, within a Day, be re-delivered, within half a Mile of the Works on the North Side of Newcastle.
That, upon Delivery of the Garisons on the South Side of Tyne, and of the Town of Newcastle, and Castle of Tynmouth, as aforesaid, the Kingdom of Scotland shall have Hostages given to them, upon the Re-delivery of theirs, as aforesaid, for Assurance that the other Hundred thousand Pounds shall be paid to them on the North Side of Newcastle, within a Mile of the Works of the said Town, within Eight Days after the Quitting of Newcastle, the Castle of Tynmouth, and the other Garisons, as aforesaid, and that all their Forces shall be drawn on the North Side of Tyne.
That, upon the Delivery of the other Hundred thousand Pounds, on the North Side Newcastle, as aforesaid, our Hostages are to be delivered to us; and, upon the Coming of the Money out of Newcastle, Hostages are to be delivered to us from the Kingdom of Scotland, that their Army, and their Forces, do march out of the Kingdom of England, and Berwick, and Carlisle, and the Garisons in Scotland slighted, according to the large Treaty, within Ten Days after the Payment of the latter Hundred thousand Pounds: Which Hostages are to be delivered back, as soon as their Armies and Forces are marched out of the Kingdom of England, and Berwick, and Carlisle, and the Garisons in Scotland slighted, as aforesaid, according to the large Treaty.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to this Proposition, to be an Instruction to the Committee appointed to confer with the Commissioners of Scotland, upon the Manner of Payment of the Money to our Brethren of Scotland, upon the March of their Forces out of this Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Army do advise with the Treasurers for the Monies brought in upon the Credit of the Bishops Lands; and take care that the Two hundred thousand Pounds may be speedily put up, and sitted for Carriage; and Carriages provided for the speedy conveying it to York.
Ordered, upon the Question, That the Lord Mayor be acquainted with the Informations this House has received, that divers People do, in a tumultuous Manner, assemble together, to the Disturbance of the Peace; and desire him, that he will employ his Authority and Care for the suppressing and preventing all such tumultuous Assemblies.