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 Julii, 1647.
Lyme Regis Pier.
THE House being informed, That, by reason of a late Storm, the Pier of Lyme Regis in the County of Dorset, is in such Decay, as not only the Trade, and consequently the Customs, will be much diminished, and prejudiced; besides the Danger of Shipping resorting to that Port; It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to give Order for the Payment of the Sum of One thousand Pounds out of the Customs arising in the Port of Lyme Regis, to such Person or Persons as the said Committee shall appoint to receive the same; the said One thousand Pounds to be employed for the Repairs of the decayed Pier; called The Cobb, and of the ruinated Sea-works there.
The House being informed, that, by reason of late Storms, the several Piers and Harbour of the Port of Weymouth in the County of Dorsett, are in such Decay as not only the Trade, and consequently the Customs, will be much diminished and prejudiced, besides the Danger of Shipping resorting to the said Port; it is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to give order for the Payment of the Sum of One thousand Pounds out of the Customs arising in the Port of Weymouth, to such Person or Persons as the said Committee shall appoint to receive the same; the said One thousand Pounds to be employed for the Repair of the Piers and Harbour there.
Widows of Waggoners, &c.
Ordered, That the whole Business concerning the Waggoners Widows, the Widows at Christ Church, and other Widows, that have any thing to demand of the House; and likewise the Petition of the distressed Protestants, late of Ireland; be taken into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next, peremptorily, immediately after the Reports at Goldsmiths Hall: And that, next after that Business, the Message concerning the King's Servants, and the Petition of the Auxiliaries of Westminster, be read; and taken into Consideration.
It is further Ordered, That the Widows and Women of this Nature be required to forbear coming to the House and making Clamours here; the House having ordered to take their Condition into full Consideration, as aforesaid: If, notwithstanding, they shall continue these Clamours and Disturbances upon the House; and their coming to the Doors of the Houses; the House will take Order severely to punish such Insolencies and Contempts in them.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That the whole Business concerning Mr. Musgrave, a Prisoner by Order of this House, both concerning the Cause of his Commitment, and concerning the Information of his being the Author of divers scurrilous and scandalous Pamphlets, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee to whom the former Business concerning Mr. Musgrave, was referred: And that the said Committee do meet de die in diem: And have Power, if they shall see Cause, to discharge the said Mr. Musgrave from his Imprisonment.
Durham County Palatine.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Judges now in Town and to Mr. Serjeant Jermyn, and Mr. Serjeant Greene, who are appointed to go this Summer's Circuit to Durham, to meet and confer together, how and in what manner Fines, and common Recoveries, and other Assurances, and also the common Justice of the Kingdom, may be dispensed, and carried on in the said County Palatine, as in other Parts of the Kingdom: And that the Trustees appointed by several Ordinances for the Sale of the Lands and Possessions of the late Archbishops and Bishops, on whom the said County Palatine, and all Jura Regalia there, are estated, be desired to meet with the Judges about this Business. And the Care hereof is particularly referred to Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Wastall, and Sir Thomas Widdrington, or any Two of them: Who are to prepare and bring in an Ordinance for the Settling thereof, accordingly.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Order, for the Shutting up of infected Houses, and for Prevention of the Spreading of the Sickness; to which they desire your Concurrence: A Petition of the Lady Grey; which, in regard of her Birth and Honour, and of her great Losses, they do earnestly recommend to your speedy and effectual Consideration: An Order for the Transporting of Ten Horses for the Service of the French King: And an Order for Mr. Henry Murray to have Leave to attend the King; to which they desire your Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, that Ten Horses or Geldings shall be permitted to be embarqued at any Port of this Kingdom, to be transported into France, for the French King, Custom, or Impost-free, without the Lett, Stay, or Hindrance of any Person or Persons whatsoever: And this to be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
Suppressing Plays, &c.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and Justices of the Peace in the City of London, and the Justices of Peace in the Counties of Middlesex and Surrey, be required to take effectual Care speedily to suppress all publick Plays and Playhouses, and all Dancings on the Ropes.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Crompton, Brother-in-Law to Sir John Holland, shall have Leave, and is hereby permitted, to embarque Three little Nags, at any of the Ports of this Kingdom, to be transported into France.
Answer to Lords.
The House hath considered your Message: And, as to the Order concerning shutting up of infected Houses, and to the giving way to the Transporting of Ten Horses, Custom-free, for the French King, they do agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Observation of Lord's Day, &c.
Issue for Irish Service.
Ordered, That Alderman Bunce, and the rest of the Treasurers at Weavers Hall, do forthwith pay to such Person or Persons as the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, shall appoint to receive the same, the Sum of Thirty thousand Pounds, being the Remainder of the Forty thousand Pounds appointed by former Order of both Houses, for the Service of Ireland: And that the Acquitance of such Person or Persons as shall be appointed by the said Committee to receive the same, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurers at Weavers Hall, for the Payment of the said Sum of Thirty thousand Pounds, accordingly.
Sir Robert Harley carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for appointing the Payment of the Thirty thousand Pounds, Remainder of the Forty thousand Pounds, formerly appointed for the Service of Ireland, out of Weavers Hall, to such Person or Persons as the Committee for Ireland at Derby House, shall appoint: The Order for Two hundred Pounds out of the Sequestrations of Middlesex to the Countess of Kildare: The Order for suppressing Stage-plays, and Dancings on the Ropes.
Payment of Forces in Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That Ten thousand Pounds be sent to Dublyn forthwith, in Specie, to be disposed by the Commissioners at Dublyn, for the Forces in the Province of Lemster, as they shall judge most for the publick Service, except only that One hundred and Fifty Pounds of the said Money, which is to be employed here, for the Providing of Knapsacks, to be sent to Dublyn, for the Use of those Forces; the better to enable them to carry their Victual to the Field, in regard of the Defect of other Carriages.
Resolved, &c. That there be appointed for the Forces in Connaght, and the Forces in Ulster, that are called the Lagan Forces, who are put under the Command of Sir Charles Coote, the Sum of Eight thousand Pounds.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Charles Coote shall have the same Power to command the Lagan Forces, that he hath now to command those of Conaght: And that whereas he hath a Commission already to command those Forces, that, if there be any Defects in that Commission, they be supplyed, and such a Commission given him, as may enable him with the most Effect for the publick Service: And that the said Committee for Ireland have Power to give such Commission: And that Sir Robert Steuart shall have the chief Command of the said Lagan Forces under Sir Charles Coote.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Monke be hereby nominated and appointed Commander in Chief, to command those Forces in Ulster, that are not put under the Command of Sir Charles Coote: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at Derby House, to give him Commission, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Monke, who is appointed Commander in Chief of the said Forces in Ulster, shall issue his Warrants for the Disposing of the said Monies, according to such Instructions as he shall receive for that Purpose, from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at Derby House.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, do prepare and give Instructions to Colonel Monke, and such others as they shall think fit, for reducing the Forces of Ireland, according to the Establishment of Ireland.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Thomas Fairefaxe be desired to appoint a Convoy of Two hundred Horse, to convoy to the Water-side the Monies for Ireland: And that the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, take care that this may be done accordingly.
Army Medical Appointments.
Resolved, &c. That Dr. Gerard Boate, Mr. Benjamyn Worsley, and Mr. Marmaduke Lynne, be appointed Physician, General Surgeon, and Apothecary of the Army in Ireland, and sent to Dublyn: And that it be referred to the Committee for Ireland, at Derby House, to furnish, out of the Monies in their Hands, the said Gentlemen with such Provisions as may enable them for the Exercise of their several Charges.
Upon the Representations that have been made from the Commissioners from Dublyne, and from Sir Charles Coote, That the Irish Coasts are infested with Pirates, in small Frigates, which came into all Creeks, and have surprised many Barques upon those Coasts, that were laden with Provisions and Necessaries for those Parts;
It is Ordered, That it be, in especial manner, and very effectually, recommended to the Committee of the Admiralty, that some such Vessels may be appointed for that Service; and sent upon those Coasts, that are most fit and proper for that Service; to prevent the Mischiefs represented; and to be employed for the Safety and Security of those Parts.
Payment to Jones.
Ordered, That the Sum of Sixteen hundred Seventy-six Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Four-pence be forthwith paid unto Colonel Michaell Jones, according to the Articles of Contract made between the Committee for Ireland, at Derby House, and him: And that the said Sum of Sixteen hundred Seventy-six Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Four-pence be charged upon the Moiety of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, not given for Security for the last Two hundred thousand Pounds, in Course, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent.: And that it be referred to the Committee for Ireland, at Derby House, to furnish, out of such Monies as are in their Power, the said Sum of Sixteen hundred Seventy-six Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Four-pence unto Colonel Michaell Jones, or so much thereof as of absolute Necessity must be paid for the present, for Supply of his Necessities: And that when the said Sum of Sixteen hundred Seventy-six Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Four-pence shall become payable at Goldsmiths Hall, or so much of the said Sum as shall be paid unto Colonel Michaell Jones, by the said Committee, that it be repaid unto the said Committee, by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, as aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of the Parliament at Dublyn be ordered to stay, upon the Employment they are now in, with the same Powers to all Purposes, as now they have, until the First of September next: And that they shall have the like Allowance made and continued unto them, for their Support proportionably, as the Commissioners formerly employed into Ulster had, during the Time of their Employment.
Ordered, That the Letters and Remonstrance from the Lord Inchiquine, and Forces at Munster, be referred to the Committee for Ireland, at Derby House; to consider of, and to extract and state the material Parts of them to the House; to the end that speedy Consideration may be taken herein.
Isle of Province.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for Thirty thousand Pounds for Ireland; and the Two hundred Pounds, out of the Sequestrations of Middlesex, for Relief of the Countess of Kildare: And, as to the Order for Stage Players, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That all such Non-commission Foot Officers, and private Foot Soldiers, of those Four Regiments that came off from the Army, shall, upon their Disbanding, have all their Arrears paid to them; deducting the one Moiety for Free Quarter.
Ordered, That the Commission Foot Officers of the Four Regiments that came off from the Army, and have not already received the Three Months Pay, formerly ordered to be paid to them upon their Disbanding, shall, upon their Disbanding, have the said Three Months Pay paid to them.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House, that are of the Committee for Irish Affairs, at Derby House; and of the Committee of the Army, or any Five of them: to take care, that the Forces of the said Regiments may be disbanded; and their Pay paid to them, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That all those Forces of Horse and Dragoons, and of Foot, that came off from the Army, and are now in the adjacent Counties near and about London, be forthwith disbanded: And that it be referred to the Members of this House, that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, and of the Committee of the Army, or any Five of them, to take care, that those Non-commission Officers, and private Soldiers, that came off from the Army, upon their Disbanding, may have all their Arrears paid to them, deducting one Moiety for Free Quarter: And that the Commission Officers of the said Regiments, that have not already received the Three Months Pay formerly ordered to be paid to them upon their Disbanding, do, upon their Disbanding, receive the same.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Wm. Sayle and Wm. Golding, concerning the Business of the Summer Islands, be referred to the Committee to whom the Consideration of the Business concerning the Earl of Carlisle, in reference to the Barbado Islands, was referred.
Ordered, That the Letters from the General be, according unto former Order, taken into Consideration, the first Business, To-morrow Morning: And that the Report concerning the Garisons be proceeded in next after the Letters from the General; and then the Business of Plymouth; and after that, the Letters from Cheshire.
Petitions to be considered.
Ordered, That Sir Arthur Blundell's Petition, Major George Rawden's Petition, and the particular Petitions and Desires of other the Gentlemen of Ireland, be taken into Consideration on Wednesday Morning next.
Colonel Copley reported a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the General, concerning the Discharge of Colonel General Pointes, and the Release of his Goods; also, another Letter to be sent to the Lord Mayor of Yorke, to the same Effect: The which were both read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.