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, 14 Maii, 1647.
Court of Wards.
ORDERED, &c. That the Report concerning the Officers of the Court of Wards now in Mr. Swinsen's Hands, be made on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business: And that the Committee for the other Officers in the Court of Wards be revived; and do fit de die in diem, as they shall see Cause.
Wright a Prisoner.
An Ordinance for giving the Publick Faith to the Inhabitants of the Hamlets of the Tower, for a Troop of Horse, and a Month's Pay raised for them, by the Contribution of the said Inhabitants was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Horses taken for publick Service.
An Ordinance for giving the Publick Faith for such Horses of well-affected Persons, taken in the Times of imminent Danger by Maximilian Bard, and others, Commissaries, appointed by Ordinance of 15 Novembris 1642, for that Purpose, for the Defence of the Parliament and Kingdom, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Members of this House that are of the Committee at Haberdashers Hall; with the Addition, as to this Business, of Mr. John Goodwyn, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Hill. Mr. Robinson, Sir John Maynard, Mr. Walter Longe, Mr. Bond, Mr. Knightley, Colonel White, Mr. Nicoll, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Mich. Livesey, Mr. Doyley, Mr. Weaver, Captain Gardner, Alderman Pennington, Sir Wm. Lewes, Colonel Bowyer, Colonel Wilson, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Robert Pye, Sir John Francklyn, Major Harrison, Colonel Venn, Mr. Allen, Mr. Strode, Mr. Tolson, Mr. John Corbett: And are to meet upon it on Tuesday next, in the Star Chamber; and so de die in diem: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, &c. That the Certificates of the Accompts of Colonel Bowyer, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Vane junior, Captain Mousson, Major Burton, Captain Parsons, Captain Playford, Colonel Strode, Captain Blackwell, Captain Warde, Colonel Venn, and the Report concerning Mrs. Mouse, be read and taken into Consideration on Thursday next.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Holles shall have the Publick Faith, and the Publick Faith is hereby given to the said Mr. Holles, for the Sum of Two hundred and Sixty Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Six-pence, due unto him for Arrear of Pay; as appears by a Warrant for Payment of so much unto him, out of the Treasury then remaining in the Hands of Sir Gilbert Gerrard Baronet, Treasurer at Wars, bearing Date 2Februarii 1642.
Scotts Forces in Ireland.
The Reasons prepared by the Committee, for inducing the Lords to concur in the Votes formerly sent from this House, for dismissing the Scotts Forces out of Ireland, were reported; and read; and particularly voted; and, upon the Question, ordered to be offered to the Lords at a Conference: And were in hæc verba; viz.
The Parliament, having declared, That, through the Blessing of God, they will carry on the War of Ireland by the British Forces already there, and such as they shall send from hence, do find it necessary to take off the exceeding great Charge daily contracted by the Continuance of the remaining Part of the Scottish Army in Ulster; and That, as for divers other Reasons, so particularly for these Reasons following; viz.
1. By the Departure thence of Three of their Ten Regiments, above Three Years since, with their Artillery, and the Horse they brought thither; and also, of One thousand Four hundred of their choicest commanded Men, out of the remaining Seven Regiments, which were sent for back into Scotland, for the Service of that Kingdom; and by several other Losses of their Men since the Service begun there; those Scottish Regiments, now in Ulster, are reduced to so small Numbers, and many of them consisting of Inhabitants of Ulster, who will still continue there; so as by discharging them, there will be no considerable Diminution of the Strength of the Parliament Forces in Ireland.
2. Those that remain there, as appears by their own Letters, are no longer able to subsist with Satisfaction to themselves, or the Parliament in the Condition they now are; and therefore do themselves desire to be dismissed, or put in a Capacity of doing Service.
3. Upon Calculation of the Charge, it is found an insupportable Burden to the Kingdom of England and Ireland, to maintain both them, and the other Forces already in Ireland, and those which are designed to be sent thither; which, for their Numbers, are held competent to carry on the War there, without those Scottish Regiments.
4. If those Scottish Forces should continue in the Country upon Free Quarter, which cannot be avoided during their Stay there, unless the Parliament supply them; (which, as is formerly mentioned, is found too great a Charge to England), the Inhabitants would be utterly ruined and those Quarters depopulated before the next Harvest: By which means there would be a discontented Soldiery, and an impoverished People; which might beget dangerous Consequences.
5. But if, according to the Tenor of the last Article in the Treaty, Warning be given for their Removal, the publick Charge will thereby be lessened; all the Forces in Ireland reduced under one intire Command; those decayed People of that Country, which have been necessitated to take Service in the Scottish Regiments, will return to their Trades and Husbandry; and thereby the Quarters for the remaining Forces, will be enlarged, and the better enabled to yield them Contribution: Which will conduce much to the Ease of the Charge to be undergone by the Kingdom of England, and to the more effectual Carrying-on of the War in Ireland.
The House of Commons, finding by the said last Article of the Treaty, that they are no longer obliged to entertain the Scottish Forces in Ulster, than for the Space of One Month after Notice given, that they will not pay the said Army any longer, do, upon these and other weighty Considerations, desire such Notice may be given, according to the said Article, by a Letter from both Houses of the Parliament of England; and that the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, may be authorized to give the said Notice, in the Name of the Parliament, to the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland residing there; and likewise, may have Power to transact that important Affair, for the speedy Discharge of the said Scottish Forces, according to the Twelfth Article.
Resolved, &c. That a Conference be desired with the Lords by Committees of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Dismission of the Scotts Forces in Ireland: And that these Reasons be delivered at this Conference; together with the Letter from the Officers of the Scotts Forces in Ulster, from Carrickfergus, of 19Februarii 1646.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Harvey, Mr. Gott, Colonel Venn, Alderman Atkyn, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Vassall, or any Two of them, do, this Afternoon, go to the Committee of the Common Council, and acquaint them, the Trustees, Treasurers, Contractors, and Register Accomptant, That the Ordinance for securing and repaying the Two hundred thousand Pounds, to be now raised for the Service of England and Ireland, it passed both Houses; and to put that Business into the speediest and readiest Way of Execution, that the said Two hundred thousand Pounds may the more speedily be brought in.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That they desire to communicate some Things unto you at this Conference, concerning an Ordinance, which this House sent unto them, for the Slighting of the Garisons. They have likewise commanded us to put you in mind of the Prince Elector's Papers; and of a Petition and Vote, which they sent unto you concerning the Earl of Bathe: To put you in mind of the Lord Morley to be allowed a Maintenance out of his own Estate: And of a Petition for the re-edifying the Church of Clun in the County of Salop. They have sent unto you an Ordinance for the taking off the Sequestration of Dr. Warner's Estate.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, That the Lords may, at this Conference, communicate some Things concerning an Ordinance, which this House formerly sent unto them, for slighting of the Garisons, &c.
Answer to Lords.
Resolved, &c. That the Prince Elector's Papers, formerly sent from the Lords to this House; and all the other Particulars of this Message, now sent from the Lords; be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next, peremptorily, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and do agree, That, at this Conference, the Lords may communicate some Things concerning an Ordinance, which was sent unto them from this House, for slighting the Garisons: To the other Particulars of the Message they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Capt. Pym's Accompts.
The Certificate of the Committee for the taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, certifying the State of the Accompt of Captain Charles Pym; whereby there appears due to Captain Charles Pym the Sum of Seven hundred Fifty-nine Pounds Two-pence, besides the Sum of Two hundred Twenty-eight Pounds respited upon the Publick Faith, in all Nine hundred Eighty-seven Pounds Two-pence; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, allowed of: And
It is Ordered, &c. That the said Sum of Nine hundred Eighty-seven Pounds and Two-pence, certified to be due, as aforesaid, be charged upon the Receipts at Haberdashers Hall; and paid unto the said Captain Charles Pym, or his Assignee, by Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons sitting at Haberdashers Hall; in full Discharge and Satisfaction of all Pay, and Arrears of Pay, demandable by him the said Captain Charles Pym, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament.
A Petition, stiled, The humble Petition of Colonels, Lietuenant Colonels, Majors, Captains, and other Commissionary Officers, who have faithfully served the great Cause of the Kingdom under the Authority of Parliament, was this Day read.
It is further Ordered, That, before this Order issue to the Committee, That Sir Philip Stapleton do take back the Petition; and appoint the Petitioners to subscribe their Names, and the Qualities of their Employments, and the Places and Armies in which they have served.
The humble Petition of the reduced Officers, late under the Command of the Lord Fairefaxe, whose Names are inserted in the List annexed, in the Behalf of themselves, and the rest of the Northern reduced Officers; and likewise a Report from the Northern Committee: By which Report, and List annexed, it appears, that there is due to the Officers in the said List the Sum of Thirty-eight thousand Nine hundred Sixty-seven Pounds Nine Shillings Six-pence, besides the Sum of Twelve thousand Four hundred Forty-eight Pounds Three Shillings Four-pence, respited upon the Publick Faith; in all, the Sum of Fiftyone thousand Four hundred and Fifteen Pounds Twelve Shillings Ten-pence. And whereas it doth not appear, what the Petitioners may be surcharged with by the State, for free Quarter for Horses and Arms, or for Monies they have levied upon the Country, or from Committees received:
It is Ordered, That the full Third Part of this Sum of Fifty-one thousand Four hundred and Fifteen Pounds Twelve Shillings Ten-pence be allowed and paid unto the Petitioners, in full Satisfaction of their Demands of the foresaid Sum of Fifty-one thousand Four hundred and Fifteen Pounds Twelve Shillings Ten-pence.
It is further Ordered, That, the Sum of Seventeen thousand One hundred Thirty-eight Pounds Ten Shillings and Eleven-pence, being the full Third Part of the said Sum of Fifty-one thousand Four hundred and Fifteen Pounds Twelve Shillings Ten-pence, be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same from this Day, payable every Six Months, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum, during the Forbearance thereof; And that the said Sum of Seventeen thousand One hundred Thirty-eight Pounds Ten Shillings and Eleven-pence be paid unto Colonel William White: And that the Acquittance of the said Colonel William White shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise for the Payment of the said Sum of Seventeen thousand One hundred Thirty-eight Pounds Ten Shillings and Eleven-pence: And that Colonel White do issue the said Monies, according to such Proportions and Orders as he shall receive from the Northern Committee; who are hereby authorized thereunto.
Sir Samuel Luke reports from the Committee of Petitions, a List of the Dutch Officers Names and Demands: By which List it appears, that the Sum of Seventeen thousand Three hundred Sixty-four Pounds Seven Shillings Ten-pence Halfpenny, besides Five thousand Eight hundred Twenty-one Pounds Seven Shillings Two-pence, respited upon the Publick Faith, is due unto the said Officers: So that the Total is the Sum of Twenty-three thousand One hundred Eighty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings One Halfpeny, including the Publick Faith, due to the said Officers named in the said List.
And whereas it doth not appear, what the said Officers may be surcharged with by the State, for Free Quarter, Horses, and Arms, or for Monies they have levied upon the Country, or received from Committees:
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Seven thousand Seven hundred Twenty-eight Pounds Eleven Shillings Eightpence Halfpeny, being the full Third Part of the aforesaid Sum of Twenty-three thousand One hundred Eighty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings Halfpeny, certified by the said List to be, in the Total, due unto the said Officers therein mentioned, be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest from this Day, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum, during the Time of the Forbearance thereof, payable every Six Months, to be distributed to every respective Officer in that List, a Third Part to every Man, proportionable to the Sum certified to rest due unto him; in full Discharge of all Demands and Claims whatsoever demandable by the said Officers, or any of them, for Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament.
Grant to Boza.
Resolved, &c. That Major Boza shall have the Sum of One hundred Pounds bestowed upon him as a Gratuity, in regard of his good Service to the Parliament: And that the said One hundred Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest from this Day for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. payable every Six Months, until the same be paid: And that the Commissioners of Excise do pay the said One hundred Pounds, and Interest for the same, unto Major Boza, or his Assignee, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Widows of such Persons whose Husbands died, or were slain in the Service of the Parliament, whose Certificates or Debentures are delivered in to the Committee at the Military Garden, and yet were left out of the former Lists, be listed in the like manner by the Committee at the Military Garden; to be paid in the same Proportion, by the Treasurers at Christ Church, as the Persons of like Nature in the last List were, for their present Relief, out of the Ten thousand Pounds reserved upon Goldsmiths Hall for indigent Persons.
Ordered, &c. That, on Tuesday next, after the Reports from Goldsmiths Hall, the House do take into Consideration the Instructions for taking the Accompts of the Soldiery of the Kingdom: The Reports from Goldsmiths Hall are to hold on till Ten of Clock; and then nothing is to intervene between those Reports and these Instructions.
The humble Petition of Mary Rawlins of Warminster in the County of Wiltes, Widow, was this Day read; whose Husband was employed as a Scout by the Scout-mastergeneral of the Army; and was taken by the Enemy, and at Lampworth hanged; and hath left the poor Petitioner a distressed Widow, and Three small Children to be maintained by her Labour alone.
It is, in Consideration thereof, Ordered, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon the said Mary Rawlins; and paid unto her by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Haberdashers Hall: And it is especially recommended unto the said Committee, in regard of the pressing Necessities of the said Petitioner, that present Payment may be made of the said Sum of Fifty Pounds accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That a Fortnight's Pay more be added to the Six Weeks Pay, formerly appointed to be paid to the Army upon their Disbanding, to make the Sum, that the Army shall receive upon their Disbanding, Two Months Pay.
Mr. Swinsen reports from the Committee, the Amendments to the Ordinance for saving harmless all such Persons as have acted by Authority of Parliament, or for the Benefit and Service of the Parliament: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
It is Ordered, That the said Committee be presently named: And that it do consist of the Number of Twentysix of the House of Peers; and of a proportionable Number of the House of Commons; viz. of Two-and-fifty.
Ordered, &c. That the Lords named in the Ordinance for regulating the University of Oxon shall be the Lords named to be of the Committee in this Ordinance; viz. Algernon Earl of Northumberland, Henry Earl of Kent, John Earl of Rutland, Philip Earl of Pembrooke and Mountgomery, Theophilus Earl of Lincolne, Charles Earl of Nottingham, James Earl of Suffolke, William Earl of Salisbury, Robert Earl of Warwick, Basil Earl of Denbigh, James Earl of Middlesex, Edward Earl of Manchester, Edmond Earl of Mulgrave, Henry Earl of Stamford, Walter Lord Viscount Hereford, Wm. Lord Viscount Say and Seale, Charles Lord de la Warre, George Lord Berkley, Philip Lord Wharton, Francis Lord Willoughby, Dudley Lord North, John Lord Hunsden, Wm. Lord Grey of Warke, John Lord Roberts, Edward Lord Howard of Escr', Thomas Lord Bruce, Members of the House of Peers.
The House of Commons named these following to be of this Committee; viz. Mr. Holles, Colonel John Birch, Mr. Swinfen. Mr. Jo. Maynard, Mr. Boyse, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Phillip Stapleton, Colonel Morley, Sir Wm. Allenson, Colonel Massey, Mr. Whitelocke, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Wm. Waller, Mr. * Edwards, Mr. Challoner, Lieutenant General Crumwell, Mr. Tate, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Samuell Luke, Mr. Lisle, Field Marshal Skippon, Mr. Francis Allen, Colonel Walton, Mr. Rigby, Sir John Maynard, Mr. Selden, Mr. Gott, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Darley, Mr. Dove, Sir John Bampfield, Lord Munson, Sir Michaell Livesey, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir Arth. Haslerigge, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Niclas, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Nath. Fiennes, Colonel Rainsborough, Major Harrison, Mr. Walter Longe, Mr. Hallowes, Mr. Miles Corbett, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Drake, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Wm. Pierrepont.
Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Northumberland shall have a Pass, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, for the Transporting of Four Horses into France, Custom and Impost free: Which are to be sent over by way of Exchange for Two Barbs: One of which his Lordship hath already; and one is now to come over from France.
Whereas the Sum of Five thousand Seven hundred and Six Pounds Eighteen Shillings Peny Halfpeny was charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, to be paid by the Treasurers there to certain Scotts Officers, named in a List then presented to both Houses; and no Interest was allowed for the said Sum: It is now Ordered, That Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. to be accounted from the First of May 1647, the Date of the said Ordinance, be allowed for the said Sum, payable every Six Months, out of the Moiety of the Compositions not engaged for Security for the Two hundred thousand Pounds intended to be now borrowed for the Service of England and Ireland: And that the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall do pay the said Interest accordingly, as it shall grow due, unto such Person or Persons as shall advance the said Sum, or any Part thereof.
Upon the humble Petition of Captain John Strachan, desiring that he may have the Sum of Two hundred Ninety-three Pounds paid unto him, being a full Third Part of the Arrears of Pay due unto him upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament, as appears by the Certificate of his Accompts from the Committee of Accompts, bearing Date 19 Martii 1646, in full Satisfaction of his whole Arrear; and in regard it doth not appear, what may be surcharged from the said Captain Strachan from the several Treasurers, or Counties, for Monies, Horse, Arms, or other Goods, or for Free Quarter;
It is Ordered, That the said Sum of Two hundred Ninetythree Pounds be paid unto the said Captain John Strachan, in full Discharge of all Demands whatsoever, demandable by the said Captain John Strachan upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament: And that the said Sum of Two hundred Ninety-three Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise in Course, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. from this Day payable every Six Months: And that the Commissioners of the Excise do pay the said sum of Two hundred Ninety-three Pounds, and Interest, as it shall grow due, unto the said Captain John Strachan, or his Assignee: And that the Acquittance of the said Captain John Strachan, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Commissioners of the Excise for the Payment of the said Sum and Interest, accordingly.
Whereas the Sum of Five hundred and Twelve Pounds Three Shillings Two-pence appears by the Certificate of the Committee of Accompts, dated 26 Januarii, 1646, certifying the State of Captain Jeremiah Abercromye's Accompt, to be due unto the said Captain, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament: And whereas it doth not appear, what may be surcharged by the State upon the said Accompt, from the several Treasurers and Counties, for Money, Horse, Arms, Free Quarter, or other Goods: It is Ordered, That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds be paid unto Susanna Abercromy, Relict of the said Jeremiah, or her Assignee, in full Satisfaction of all Demands whatsoever, demandable upon the said Captain Abercromie's Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament: And that the said Sum of Three hundred Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, together with Interest for the same from the Date hereof, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. payable every Six Months: And that the Commissioners of the Excise do pay the said Sum of Three hundred Pounds, and Interest, as it shall grow due, unto the said Susanna Abercromy, Relict of the said Jeremiah, or her Assignee: And that the Acquittance of the said Susanna Abercromy, or her Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Commissioners of the Excise, for the Payment of the said Sum, and Interest, accordingly.
May's History of Parliament.
The Question was propounded, That whereas Thomas May Esquire hath written a Book, intituled, "The History of the Parliament of England, &c.;" which he intends to print and publish; It is Ordered, That no Man shall print or reprint the same, or any Part thereof, without the said Author's special Licence: And that the Masters, Wardens, and Assistants, of the Company of Stationers, in London, are hereby strictly required to proceed against all such as shall print, reprint, sell, or utter, any of the said Books, without the said Author's Licence, according to the Custom in such Cases.
|Sir Michaell Livesey,||Tellers for the Noe:||32.|
|Colonel Birch,||With the Noe,|
|Sir Philip Stapleton,||Tellers for the Yea:||34.|
|Sir Wm. Waller,||With the Yea,|
|Sir Philip Stapleton,||Tellers for the Yea:||33.|
|Sir Wm. Waller,||With the Yea,|
|Sir Michaell Livesey,||Tellers for the Noe:||33.|
|Colonel Birch,||With the Noe,|
|Mr. Holles,||Tellers for the Yea:||31.|
|Colonel Edwards,||With the Yea,|
|Sir Michaell Livesey,||Tellers for the Noe:||28.|
|Mr. Marten,||With the Noe,|
Resolved, &c. That Ten Pounds shall be put into the Hands of the Commissioners, last employed to the Army, to dispose, as they shall think fit, to such as were employed by them: And that this Ten Pounds be paid to the Commissioners aforesaid, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall.
Serjeant at Arms.
The Question was propounded, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be allowed to the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, and paid unto him by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to defray the Expences and Diet of Ensign * *, a Prisoner in his Custody:
|Mr. Marten,||Tellers for the Yeas:||30.|
|Sir Henry Mildmay,||With the Yeas,|
|Mr. Holles,||Tellers for the Noes:||33.|
|Sir Phil. Stapleton,||With the Noes,|