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, 14 Augustii, 1647.
MR. Holland reports from the Committee of the Revenue, a Letter from his Excellency, from Reading, of 10 Julii, 1647, written to that Committee, in the Behalf of many of his Majesty's Servants, who attended his Majesty's Person at Oxford.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to take care of providing a Subsistence, and some Maintenance, for the King's, Prince's, and Duke of York's, Servants: Those, in the first Place, that have stayed here; then those that were with the King at Oxon, that were not in Arms against the Parliament, and that were his Servants before his going from this Town: And that none of those be reputed his Servants, that have been put in over the Heads of those that stayed here, or that have been made his Servants since his Majesty's Departure from this Town.
Ordered, That Mr. Robert Tirwhite, his Majesty's Servant, shall have the Leave of this House to go and attend his Majesty.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Millington, a Member of this House, shall have . . . . . . to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Sir John Seymour, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Duresme County Palatine.
An Ordinance for taking away the Jurisdiction of the County Palatine of Duresme and Sadberge, and for the due Administration of Justice there, as in other Counties of this Kingdom, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committced unto Mr. Ball, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Stapilton, Sir Walther Erle, Mr. Miles Corbett, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Selden, Mr. Bois, Mr. Dodderiche, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Gewen, Mr. Ratcliff, Mr. Harrington, Mr. Green, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Lane, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Povey, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Wasthall, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Ashhurst, Colonel Lassells, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Challoner, all the Lawyers of the House, the Knights and Burgesses of Yorkeshire, Westmorland, Northumberland, and Cheshire: And are to meet on Tuesday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That Mr. Robinson of Lombard-street be desired to preach before the Commons, the next Fast Day; Mr. Perne having been formerly desired, and hath excused himself.
Sir Walter Erle is appointed to desire Mr. Robinson to preach.
A Letter from his Excellency, from Kingston, of 12 Augusti, 1647, in the Behalf of the Garison of Lynne, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take care that the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds, or thereabouts, remaining in the Hands of the Committee of Norfolk and of Norwiche (provided they be none of those Monies that belong to the Army), may be paid for the Relief of the Garison of Lynne.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the several Garisons, be taken into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business; and nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That Mr. Fowler be desired to preach the next Fast Day, before the Commons, in the place of Mr. Knight, formerly desired to preach there.
The humble Petition of William Molins was this Day read; representing, That he hath had the Command of the Ordnance, Stores, and Ammunition, belonging to the City, during all the Time of these unhappy Differences, until 31 Julii last; at which Time the Petitioner was ordered, by the present Militia, to deliver the said Ordnance and Stores, in your Petitioner's Custody, unto Colonel Weymes.
Ordered, That the Ordnance, Stores, Ammunition, and Provisions, belonging to the Kingdom, that were heretofore, or at present are, in the Charge and Custody of Wm. Molins, be restored into the Tower of London, to be returned to the several Offices, Places, and Services, they do belong, and ought to be employed in: And that the Committee of the Army, and Sir Walter Erle, Lieutenant of the Ordnance, do take effectual Care, that the said Ordnance, Stores, Ammunition, and Provisions, be so restored and returned, accordingly.
Ordered, That Colonel Weymes and Lieutenant Colonel Baynes, and all Persons, by any Pretence of Authority, under them, be hereby required not to intermeddle with any of the Ordnance, Stores, Ammunition, or Provisions, that now are, or heretofore were, under the Charge and Custody of Mr. Wm. Molyns, upon any Pretence of any Authority whatsoever.
It is further Ordered, That the said Mr. Wm. Molins do continue and proceed in the Execution of the Charge and Trust committed unto him, as formerly.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Erle do, out of the Monies in his Hands, which he hath received from the additional Excise for Land Service, pay and defray the Charge of removing and returning to the Tower, the Ordnance, Stores, Ammunition, and Provisions, belonging to the Kingdom, that now are, or heretofore were, under the Charge and Custody of Mr. Wm. Molyns.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay unto Robert Scawen Esquire, or such as he shall appoint to receive the same, the Sum of Three hundred Pounds, to be issued and employed for defraying the Expence and Charge of the Commissioners of Parliament, appointed to reside in the Army.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Proceedings of the Commissioners appointed to reside in the Army: and of the Report made by them on Friday the 6th Instant: And that the Thanks of this House be returned to the Commissioners, for their good Services performed in that Employment.
Mr. Speaker accordingly did give the Thanks of this House to Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Scawen, and Mr. Povey, then present.
Commissioners to Dublyn.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the good Services performed by Mr. Annesly and Sir Robert King, employed as Commissioners to Dublyn: And that the Thanks of this House be returned unto them.
Mr. Speaker accordingly did give the Thanks of this House unto Mr. Annesley, then present.
Victory in Ireland.
A Letter from Sir Robert Meredith, from Dublyn, of 9 Augusti, directed to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland, was this Day read; relating the great Success and Blessing upon the Parliament Forces, under the Command of Colonel Jones.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon Evan Vaughan, the Messenger that brought the very good News of the great Victory obtained, by the Blessing of God, against the Rebels, on the 8th of this instant August, for his great Diligence used in that Service.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to take care, that this Sum of Fifty Pounds be accordingly paid to the said Evan Vaughan.
Thanks to General Skippon.
Mr. Speaker did likewise give the Thanks of this House unto Major General Skippon, employed as One of the Commissioners to the Army.
Grant for Army in Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds be forthwith provided, and advanced for the Service of the Forces under the Command of Colonel Jones.
Resolved, &c. That this Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds be charged on the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. payable every Six Months, from the Time the said Twenty thousand Pounds shall be advanced, until it shall be reimbursed; and likewise upon the Credit of that Part of the Assessments of the Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem, as shall be assigned for the Service of Ireland.
Powder for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do, out of their Stores, furnish Two hundred Barrels of Powder, for the Service of the Forces in Ireland, under the Command of Colonel Michaell Jones: And that the like Quantity of Two hundred Barrels of Powder be restored unto the Stores of the Navy, out of the publick Magazine.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Excise, to prepare and bring in a Declaration concerning the better and more chearful levying and bringing in the Excise. And
It is likewise referred to that Committee, to consider of the Abuse put upon the Parliament, by Interest granted upon Ordinances, before the Money granted be advanced; and to represent some effectual Remedy against the said Abuses.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, that used to sit in the Star Chamber, be revived; and that they do sit constantly, and employ their best Endeavours for the speedy bringing in the Arrears of the Assessments due upon the Ordinances for the Service of Ireland.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, the Reports from the Committee of Ireland, in the Hands of Mr. Challoner, be made, peremptorily, the first Business.
Proposals from the Army.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday Morning next, the Proposals reported, and presented from the Army, by the Commissioners of the Army, be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That on Thursday next, peremptorily, the House do proceed in the Consideration of this Business of Ireland: And that the Reports and Petitions concerning Sir Francis Willoughby, Sir Gerard Lowther, Sir Paul Davies, Captain Parsons, and the Protestants of Ireland, be then made.
An Ordinance for paying and satisfying unto Captain Thomas Plunkett the Sum of Four thousand Six hundred Forty-two Pounds, out of the Tenths of Reprisals due to the Admiralty, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Colonel Thompson is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Upon Report from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at Derby House, That Captain Plunkett had furnished Commodities at Dublyn, to the Value of a Thousand Pounds; which was employed for the Forces of the Out Garisons, that were of the Regiments then lately sent out of England;
It is Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest for the fame, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent, payable every Six Months, from the Time of advancing thereof, until the Time that it be reimbursed: And that an Ordinance be brought in to this Purpose.
Colonel Thompson is appointed to bring in this Ordinance.
Resolved, &c. That the House be adjourned till Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.
The House adjourned itself accordingly.