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 Veneris, 16 Aprilis, 1647.
THE humble Petition of Mr. Nathaniell Hallowes, a Member of this House, was this Day read: And Whereas the Petitioner has an Estate in a Tenement, called The Newbould Hall, with the Appurtenances, in the County of Derby; upon which is reserved the Rent of Thirty Pounds by the Year during the Term of Five Years, payable to the State, by reason of the Delinquency of the Earl of Newcastle: It is Ordered, That the said Petitioner do enjoy the said Tenement for the Five Years to come, including the Rent due on the Five-and-twentieth of March last, free and discharged of the said Rent of Thirty Pounds per Annum, if the Sequestration shall so long continue.
Debts due to Reynolds, &c.
An Ordinance for satisfying a Debt of Two hundred and Eighty Pounds, due unto Robert Reynolds Esquire, a Member of this House, from Mr. Roger Nott and Sir Thomas Nott; and likewise a Debt of Four hundred and Four Pounds, due from the said Mr. Roger Nott and Sir Thomas Nott; unto Bartholomew Hall Esquire, out of the Discovery made by them, of a Debt of Six hundred Pounds and upwards due by Recognisance, from Francis Wayte of Keythorpe in the County of Leicester Esquire, unto the said Mr. Nott; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ly. Brooke's Claims.
The humble Petition of Penelope Lady Brooke, Widow and Relict of Sir Wm Brooke Knight, deceased, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Four thousand Pounds be bestowed upon the Lady Penelope Brooke, for the Use and Benefit of herself, and the Children of Sir Wm. Brooke Knight, deceased, in the Service of the Parliament: And that the said Sum of Four thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course; and paid unto the Trustees named and intrusted in an Ordinance of 9 Octobris, 1643, for the Benefit and Advantage of the said Lady, and her said Children: And the Lords and Commons do further earnestly recommend the said Condition of the said Lady, and her Children, to Mr. John Ashe in particular, and to the rest of the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall; that the may receive some good Proportion of the said Four thousand Pounds in time, for the present Support and Redress of their instant Necessities; and the Remainder in time convenient, for the future Benefit and Maintenance of her, and her Children.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired therein.
Mr. Alexander Popham is to go up with this Message.
The humble Petition of Samuell Sanderson, of the County of Duresme, Esquire, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Samuell Sanderson, of the County of Duresme, Esquire, towards his great Losses, and in Consideration of his good Services to the Parliament: And that the said Sum of Five hundred Pounds be charged upon the Revenue, and paid by Order of that Committee.
Ordered, That the Reports concerning the State of the whole Business of the Excise be made on Wednesday Morning next, the first Business: And that the whole Business of Excise be then taken into Consideration: And that no other Business do intervene.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Holles is appointed to go to the Lords to desire a free Conference by Committees of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, upon the Matter of the last Conference, touching the Ordinance concerning the University of Oxon; and a Conference upon the Ordinance, sent from the Lords concerning the Militia of the City of London: And is to go to the Lords with the same Message he was appointed Yesterday, concerning the Lords that are Members of the Committee for Ireland, in the Star Chamber, to meet and sign Warrants for Monies assigned and appointed for the Service of Ireland: Was to put the Lords in mind of an Ordinance formerly sent unto them, concerning the East India Company: Carried unto them the Order for charging Four thousand Pounds upon Goldsmiths Hall, in Course for the Benefit of the Lady Brook, and Sir Wm. Brook's Children: Ordinance for reimbursing a Debt to Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Bartholomew Hall: The Ordinance for pardoning the Delinquency of Mr. Aylett.
Ships taken De Witt.
The Draught of a Letter to be sent to Mr. Strickland, the Parliament's Resident at the Hagh, concerning Two Ships taken from the Merchants of York and Hull, by one Jean De Witt, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to prepare a Letter to be sent to Mr. Strickland, the Parliament's Resident at the Hagh, concerning a Combination of some Merchants of Middleborough in Zeland, that holds Correspondence with the Rebels of Ireland, and set forth Ships of Reprisal against the Parliament: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the said Letter.
Grant for Irish Service.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds be forthwith provided for the Service of Dublyn, and for the Transportation of the Forces that are designed for that Service: And that it be charged upon the Credit of the Treasury at Goldsmiths Hall, to be repaid out of the first Money that shall come in upon the Loan of the Two hundred thousand Pounds to be borrowed of the City: And that it be referred, and earnestly recommended, to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, to employ their best Care and Endeavours, that the said Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, charged as aforesaid, and to be repaid out of the said Two hundred thousand Pounds, may be forthwith advanced and lent. And whereas the Sum of One thousand Four hundred Seventy-one Pounds Eleven Shillings and Eight-pence was appointed to be deducted for Provisions, delivered out of the Stores of the Army, for the Service of Dublyn: It is Ordered, That this Sum of One thousand Four hundred Seventy-one Pounds Eleven Shillings and Eight-pence be now made use of for this present Service, and accounted Part of this Twelve thousand Pounds: And that the said Twelve thousand Pounds be paid unto such as the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at Derby House shall appoint to receive the same; and issued and disposed by Order of the said Committee.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to go to the City of London, upon the Proposition of borrowing Two hundred thousand Pounds, to meet, and consider of the best Ways and Means, How the Twelve thousand Pounds may be speedily had, upon the Credit of the first Monies that shall come in of the said Two hundred thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That Alderman Atkyn, Colonel Ven, and Mr. Vassall, do go to the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and desire him to call a Common Council, to meet Tomorrow Morning by Nine of Clock, concerning the Propositions for the Lending of the Two hundred thousand Pounds, to the end the House may have a speedy Account thereof.
Ordered, That the Committee at Derby House, for the Affairs of Ireland, do from time to time meet, notwithstanding the Adjournment of the House.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting in the Star Chamber, do meet, notwithstanding the Adjournment of the House, to sign Warrants for the Issuing of Monies for the Service of Dublyn, according to the Order Yesterday made in that Business.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Holles brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the free Conference and Conference desired, to be presently, in the Painted Chamber: To the Order concerning the Lady Brooke, the Relict of Sir Wm. Brooke: To the Order concerning Mr. Reynolds: Have appointed the Members of their House, that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at the Star Chamber, shall meet this Afternoon, to sign Warrants for the Monies for Dublyn: As to the Ordinance concerning the East India Company; and the Ordinance for Pardon of Mr. Aylett's Delinquency; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Goldsmiths Hall Treasurers.
An Ordinance for appointing a Salary to Richard Waring and Michaell Herring, appointed Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, was this Day read the First and Second time.
The Question was propounded, That Two-pence in the Pound be allowed to the said Treasurers, for their Salary in that Service:
And the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Three Halfpence in the Pound be allowed to Mr. Richard Waring, and Mr. Michaell Herring, appointed Treasurers for the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, by Ordinance of 6 Februarii 1646, out of all such Receipts as have been paid since the said Sixth Day of February 1646, or shall be paid into that Treasury, upon Fines and Compositions with Delinquents.
The Ordinance, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Sallowey is appointed to carry this, and the Order for Twelve Thousand Pounds, to the Lords.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Edmond Fowell, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Sir Richard Lucy, Sheriff of Warwickshire, and Mr. Herle, Sheriff of Cornwall, shall have Liberty to come out of their Counties, to come to this Town upon some Occasions.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Repayment of Monies lent by Mr. Wm. Steward be read on Tuesday, before the House do proceed to the Business of the Church.
Ordered, That the Reports from the Northern Committee, concerning the Petitions of divers Inhabitants and Merchants of Leeds, be made on Tuesday next.
Ordered, That the Petition from divers Citizens, with the Certificate annexed, to the Committee where Colonel Leigh has the Chair, be read on Friday next.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Massam do return Thanks to the Gentlemen of Essex, for their Letter, of 9 Aprilis, 1647, to this House, from Chelmesford.
According to former Order, the House adjourned till Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.
BE it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled, are hereby authorized to nominate and present to both Houses of Parliament, for their Approbation such Thirty-and-one Persons as they shall think fit to be a Committee for the Militia of the City of London, and the Liberties thereof, and all other Places within the Line of Communication, and Weekly Bills of Mortality: And that the said Persons so nominated and approved, or any Nine of them, be hereby constituted a Committee for the Militia of the City of London, and the Liberties thereof, and all other Places within the Line of Communication and Weekly Bills of Mortality; to be employed and directed from time to time, in such manner as shall be agreed and appointed by both Houses of Parliament: And that the said Committee, or any Nine of them, shall have the sole Power of ordering and disposing the said Militia, in the same Manner and Form as the present Committee hath at the Passing of this Ordinance: And that the aforesaid Power and Authority, hereby granted to the said Committee, shall continue for the Space of One whole Year, and no longer: And that all and every Person or Persons, who have heretofore acted or done, or hereafter shall act or do, any Act or Thing whatsoever, by virtue of this, or any former Ordinance or Ordinances of Parliament, concerning the said Militia, shall be saved harmless, and indemnified, concerning the same, by Authority of Parliament. Lastly, It is hereby Ordained, that no Citizen of the City of London, nor any of the Forces of the said City, or Liberties thereof, shall be drawn forth, or compelled to go, out of the said City or Liberties thereof, for military Service, without their free Consent.