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 Lunæ, 25 Octobris, 1647.
Tonage and Poundage.
Resolved, &c. That a Warrant shall issue forth under Mr. Speaker's Hand directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the new Election of a Burgess for the Borough of Boroughbriggs in the County of Yorke, in the room and place of Sir Philip Stapilton, formerly chosen for that Place, and since deceased.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Impeachments against the Lords and others, accused by this House of High Treason, do meet this Afternoon at Two post meridiem, in the Queen's Court; and bring in those Impeachments To-morrow: And that the Committee do likewise confer with the Judges upon the Indictments and Tryals of such Persons as are appointed by this House to be indicted in the King's Bench: And that now, at the Beginning of this Term, they do put these Indictments and Tryals into a Way of speedy Dispatch that no Time may be lost in this Business.
Proposition to the King.
That his Majesty be desired to give his Assent to an Act or Acts of Parliament, for the taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries, and of all Wardships, Liveries, Primier Seisins, and Ouster les maines, and of all other Charges incident unto, or arising for or by reason of, any Wardships, Liveries, Premier Seisins, or Ouster les maines; and of all Tenures by Homage, Fines, Licences, Seizures, and Pardons for Alienation; and of all other Charges incident or belonging thereunto, or for or by reason thereof; from the Four-and-twentieth Day of February, which was in the Year of our Lord God 1645: And that all Tenures by Knight Service, Grand Serjeanty, Petty Serjeanty, or Socage in capite, either of his Majesty, or of any other Person or Persons, may be, from the Time aforesaid, turned into Free and Common Socage.
Message from Lords.
The French Resident that stays here has acquainted the Lords, That he has some Letters to deliver to both Houses from the Crown of France: The Lords have ordered the Committee for Foreign Affairs to meet To-morrow at Three post meridiem, in the Painted Chamber, to receive them, and to report to the Houses; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
Resolved, &c. That the House doth agree with the Lords, That the Committee for Foreign Affairs do meet To-morrow at Three post meridiem, in the Painted Chamber, to receive the Letters from the French Resident, which he has to deliver from the Crown of France to both Houses.
The Letter from the Commissioners of Scotland, directed to the House concerning their Intentions to go and attend the King, upon Commands they have received from the Kingdom of Scotland, was read; and was the same with that from them directed to this House, read on Friday last.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers: That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree that the Committee for Foreign Affairs shall meet To-morrow, to receive the Letters from the French Resident; and to report, as is desired.
Propositions to the King.
That the Arrears of Pay due to the Army, and other the Soldiery of this Kingdom, who have faithfully served the Parliament in this War, shall be secured and paid unto them, out of the remaining Part of the Lands and Revenues of Archbishops and Bishops, belonging to their Archbishopricks or Bishopricks, after such Engagements satisfied, as are already charged thereupon, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament; and out of Two Thirds in Three to be divided of all the Forfeitures of Lands, and all the Fines of the Persons mentioned or comprehended in the Three first Qualifications of the Sixteenth Proposition lately sent to the King: And also, out of all Forest Lands within the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, Provision being made upon the Disafforestation thereof, for the Relief of the Inhabitants within the same, and all other the Subjects of this Realm, who have Right of Common, or any other Right in the said Forests: And that the King do give his Consent to such Act or Acts as shall be presented to him by both Houses of Parliament, for the Sale or Disposing of the said Lands and Fines, for the Purpose aforesaid.
That the Deputy, or Chief Governor, or other Governors of Ireland, and the Presidents of the several Provinces of that Kingdom, be nominated and made in such Way, as by both Houses of the Parliament of England shall be appointed; or, in the Intervals of Parliament, by such Committees as shall be appointed by both Houses of Parliament, to continue during the Pleasure of both Houses: And that the Chancellor, or Lord Keeper, Lord Treasurer, Commissioners of the Great Seal or Treasury, Lord High Admiral of England, Commissioners of the Admiraltv, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Duchy, Secretaries of State, Master of the Rolls, Judges of both Benches, and Barons of the Exchequer of the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, the Constable and Lieutenant of the Tower of London, and the Vice Treasurer and Treasurer at Wars of the Kingdom of Ireland, be nominated and made in such Way, as by both Houses of the Parliament of England shall be appointed; to continue quam diu se bene gesserint; and, in the Intervals of Parliament, by the said Committee appointed by both Houses of Parliament, as aforesaid; to be approved, or disallowed, by both Houses at their next Sitting.
Resolved, &c. That the House do, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, take into Consideration, In what Manner and Way they will send that which they do intend now to send to the King for his Consent.
A Letter from Colonel Ralph Weldon, Governor of Plymouth, from Plymouth of 23; Octobris 1647, was this Day read; expressing the very sad Condition of the Soldiery there, and the great Danger that important Place is in to be suddenly lost, by reason of the Wants and Distraction of the Soldiery. And
It is Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Army: And they are desired to do something speedily for the Relief of that Garison, in respect of their pressing crying Necessities.
The said Committee is further ordered to prepare a Letter for Mr. Speaker's Signing, to satisfy the Governor of Plymouth with the present Relief that is providing for the said Garison, in order to allay the Distempers there.
Sale of Worcester Steeple.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be prepared and brought in for the Sale of the Leaden Steeple in the Church Yard of the Cathedral at Worcester, and for the disposing of the Proceed thereof: And that it be referred to Mr. Serjeant Wilde and Mr. Sallway, do prepare and bring in this Ordinance.