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 Martis, 24 Augusti, 1647.
Message to Lords.
MR. John Corbett, according to Order on Saturday last, Yesterday carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Order for Thirty Pounds per Week to maimed Soldiers, out of Haberdashers Hall: An Order for Four hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers Hall, to Mrs. Issabell Pont Widow: An Order for the Committee of the Militia of London, for putting reduced Officers and Delinquents out of the Lines of Communication: A Letter concerning maimed Soldiers, to be sent to the Judges of Assize, and Justices of Peace: An Order for One thousand Pounds to Captain Plunckett, out of the Excise: An Ordinance for regulating the Sale of Bishops Lands, and expediting the Conveyances thereof: An Ordinance for keeping in godly Ministers placed in Livings by Authority of Parliament: And the Order for the Committee of the Army to go to the Common Council, upon the levying the Month's Pay to the Army: An Ordinance for the Relief of Chester, grievously visited with the Plague.
Leave of Absence.
Letter concerning Nicoll.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. John Corbett brings Answer of the Message Yesterday appointed to be carried by him to the Lords; That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for relieving Ministers placed in Livings by Authority of Parliament: To the Order for regulating the Sale of Bishops Lands: To the Order for One thousand Pounds to Captain Plunkett, out of the Excise: To the Order for Four hundred Pounds to Mrs. Pont, out of Haberdashers Hall: To the Order for Thirty Pounds per Week for Relief of maimed Soldiers: To the Ordinance for a Collection for Relief of Chester, grievously visited with the Plague: To the Order requiring the Committee of the Militia of London to put the former Ordinances in Execution, for putting reduced Officers and Malignants out of the Line of Communication, according to the Directions of the said Ordinances.
Escape of Nicoll.
Denham, the Serjeant's Man, under whose Custody he was, was called in; and did inform the House, That, upon Mr. Nicoll's passing his Word, that he would not go away, he did permit him to go Abroad; and that he was gone: He did further confess, that he was commanded not to let him go any where out of his Sight.
Resolved, &c. That a Warrant do issue, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, to the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House, his Deputy or Deputies, to search for Mr. Anthony Nicoll; and to apprehend and seize him, in any Place where he shall be informed Mr. Nicoll is.
Violence offered to Parliament.
Mr. Miles Corbett reports from the Committee appointed to examine the Business concerning the Force upon the Houses, on 26 Julii 1647, and concerning the Matter of the Engagement, the Informations given in, upon Oath, concerning Lieutenant Colonel Jeremie Baynes, Colonel William Chapman, Captain * Coxe, Colonel Joseph Vaughan.
The Petition of divers Citizens, to the Common Council, of the 27th of July last; the Heads of a Letter to the Army; and of a Declaration to the Kingdom, presented by Lieutenant Colonel Jeremie Baynes to the Common Council; were read.
Resolved, &c. That, upon this Report from the Committee, there appears Matter sufficient for this House to accuse Lieutenant Colonel Jeremie Baynes of High Treason: And that the Members of this House that are of the Committee do prepare an Impeachment of High Treason accordingly: And that Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Boys, Mr. Dodderiche, and Mr. Reynolds, be added to this Committee, as to this Business.
Resolved, &c. That, upon this Report from the Committee, there appears Matter sufficient for this House to accuse Colonel William Chapman of High Treason: And that the aforesaid Committee do prepare an Impeachment of High Treason, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That, upon this Report from the Committee, there appears Matter sufficient for this House to accuse Colonel Joseph Vaughan of high Crimes and Misdemeanors: and that the aforesaid Committee do prepare an Impeachment of high Crimes and Misdemeanors, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners formerly appointed to reside with the Army, do forthwith repair to the Army and proceed in the Affairs committed unto them, according to their former Instructions.
John Parsons, Abraham Corcellys, Leonard Leonards, Oliver Vaughan, Peter Leonards, John Greate, John James, Robert Haughton, Brewers, who were appointed to pay the respective Sums owing by them to the Excise, by Monday last, or else to shew Cause on this Day, were called in: Being acquainted with the particular Sums that were owing by them to the Receipt of the Excise; and asked, Whether they had paid in their respective Sums; answered, They had not; Being asked, Whether they would pay it; said, if they could receive what was owing to them, they would.
John Parsons, Brewer, was called in by himself: And being demanded, Whether he had paid in his Money according to former Order; answered, He had not paid in the Money, because he hath not received what is owing unto him from his Customers.
Ordered, &c. That the Commissioners of Excise be hereby required and enjoined, in case the aforesaid Brewers do not pay in the respective Sums of Money by them due to the Excise, by Friday next, to levy the respective Sums so due upon their respective Estates; and, to this Purpose to use the Powers granted by the several Ordinances: And the Committee of Lords and Commons, for the Excise, are desired to give their best Assistance to the Commissioners of Excise, in the levying the said respective Sums upon the Estates of the said Brewers, as Occasion shall require.
The said Brewers were again called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them, by the Command of the House, That the House was so far from being satisfied with their Answers, that they suspected something worse to be in it than the bare Non-payment of the Money: That the House required them to pay in the respective Sums due by them, by Friday next, peremptorily; else they must expect the Power of the Ordinances executed upon their Persons and Estates.