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 Jovis, 28 Octobris, 1647.
Resolved, &c. That the Members that were absent upon the last Call of the House, and have deposited their Twenty Pounds, or shall deposit their Twenty Pounds between this and Saturday next, shall have their respective Twenty Pounds restored unto them.
They were called in; and did prefer a Petition, with a Schedule annexed, of the Obstructions they meet with in the Sale of Bishops Lands, and the Remedies of the said Ostructions: The which were read.
An Ordinance for Removal of Obstructions, and expediting the Sale of the Bishops Lands, was this Day read the Second time; and committed unto Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Ashhurst, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Pury, Mr. Bois, Colonel White, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Francis Allen, Sir John Dancers, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Selden, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Gott, Mr. Scott, Mr. Hill, Mr. Leman, Mr. Lane, Mr. Edward Ashe, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Hussy, Mr. Lilibone Long, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Stapilton, Mr. Purefoy, Mr. Sallwey, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. Jesson, Colonel Ashton, Colonel Bulkley, Sir Henry Cholmley, Major General Browne, Captain Westrow: And they are to meet upon it To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem: And are to confer and advise with the Trustees and Contractors; and to consider likewise of all the Obstructions and Remedies tendered by the Trustees and Contractors, and by the Sub Committee: And upon Consideration of all the said Particulars, and, upon Advice and Conference had with the said Trustees and Contractors, to prepare and bring in Remedies, by way of Ordinance, or Instructions, as they shall think most for the Advantage of the Service: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred unto Mr. Gott.
Seizing Vernon's Papers.
Ordered, That Mr. Marten, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Challoner, and Mr. Bond, do forthwith repair to the Chambers or Lodgings of Captain Vernon, together with him, and there seize upon all such Papers, Writings, Trunks, Boxes, and Cabinets, as they shall there meet with: And that they shall have Power to break open Doors, Locks, Trunks, Chests, and Cabinets: And the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House is hereby required to send some of his Men to be assisting unto them in the Execution and Performance of this Order.
Lord Willoughby's Impeachment.
Mr. Miles Corbett reports from the Committee, Articles of the Commons assembled in Parliament, in Maintenance of their Impeachment against Francis Lord Willoughby of Parham; whereby he stands charged of High Treason, and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The which were first read all over, and then one by one; and voted and resolved one by one; and ordered to be ingrossed: And Ordered, That the same Articles, mutatis mutandis, be brought in against the other Six Lords, impeached of High Treason by this House.
Sir John Maynard's Impeachment.
Mr. Miles Corbett did further report Articles of the Commons, assembled in Parliament, of Impeachment against Sir John Maynard Knight of the Bath, whereby he standeth charged of High Treason, and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors; the which were read; and, upon the Question, resolved; and ordered to be ingrossed.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Drake, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country, and to be absent from the Service of the House, notwithstanding the Order of the House requiring the Attendance of the Members on the Third of November next.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to signify unto you, That the Earl of Northumberland hath acquainted them, that the King's Children intend to wait upon the King Tomorrow; and to stay till Monday; wherewith they thought fit to acquaint you: And that the Earl of Northumberland doth desire, that he may always acquaint the Houses, when they shall go to his Majesty: To deliver unto you a Pass for Madam Sabran to go into France, with Ten Horse: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House: To put you in mind of a Petition of Signor Amerigo, Resident to the Duke of Florence; and of a Petition of the Lady Viscountess Moore; of an Ordinance concerning Mr. Gyles Penny: The which they desire you to take into your Consideration.
The Earl of Northumberland acquainting the House of Lords, That the King's Children intend to wait upon the King at Hampton Court To-morrow; and to stay there till Monday next; the Lords think it fit, that the House of Commons be acquainted with it; and likewise with the Desire of the said Earl of Northumberland, that the Houses will be pleased to afford him the Liberty to acquaint the Houses, whensoever the King shall desire his Childrens coming to him.
Resident from Tuscany.
Ordered, That Signor Amerigo Salvettie, Resident here for the Great Duke of Toscaine, shall have the like Bill of Impost yearly allowed him, for the like Proportion of Wine, for the Use of his House, as formerly he hath had: And likewise that the said Resident shall have and enjoy the like and same Privileges and Exemptions from the Payment of the Duty of Excise, for Matters consumed in his own House, as the Ambassadors of Spayne, or of the States of the United Provinces, have and enjoy, by any Order of the Houses of Parliament.
The Petition, sent from the Lords, of Mr. Gyles Penny, and Papers annexed; and likewise the Ordinance for pardoning his Delinquency, and taking off the Sequestration, of his Estate; all sent from the Lords; were read; and nothing done thereupon.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Desire of the Earl of Northumberland, concerning the King's Children: To the Pass for Madam Sabrane: To the Petition of Signor Amerigo Salvettie: Have taken the Petition of the Lady Viscountess Moore into particular Consideration: And, as to the Petition and Ordinance concerning Mr. Giles Penny, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That James Symball, now Prisoner in the White Lion in Southwarke, be forthwith discharged, upon Bail: And that it be referred unto the Justices of Peace of the County of Surry, and Borough of Southwark, or any Two of them, to take such Bail of the said James Symball as they shall think fit, and to discharge him thereupon from his Imprisonment.
A Person committed.
Grant to Lady Moore.
Whereas, by Order of 29 Decembris 1646, One thousand Pounds was assigned and granted to the Lady Alice Viscountess Moore, in Part of her Lord's Entertainment, out of the Composition of Wm. Bromley, of Bagginton in the County of Warwick, Esquire, whose Composition came but to Four hundred and Twenty-four Pounds, which is but now lately satisfied: And whereas both Houses, the Sixth of May 1647, did order, the Sixth of May 1647, the Sum of One thousand Pounds to the said Lady Alice Moore, out of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, to be paid, in Course; of which the hath received as yet not one Peny: It is this Day Declared and so Ordered, That the said Thousand Pounds, granted by Order of 6 Maii 1647, be and do continue charged upon and payable out of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, according to the said Order of 6 Maii 1647: And that the fore-mentioned Four hundred and Twenty-four Pounds, satisfied unto the said Lady Moore out of the Composition of the said Wm. Bromley, as aforesaid, be accounted no Part of the thousand Pounds assigned to the Lady Moore out of Goldsmiths Hall, by the foresaid Order of 6 Maii 1647. And it is earnestly recommended unto the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall, in Consideration of the Sufferings, Deserts, and distressed present Condition of the said Lady Moore, to advance and pay unto her some considerable Proportion of the said Thousand Pounds, charged as aforesaid for her present Relief and Subsistence.
Loislur's, &c. Arrears.
Upon the Petition of Lieutenant Nicholas Loislur, and Quartermaster Nehemiah Brookesby, Officers of Horse, belonging to the Garison of Leicester, and are very sorely wounded and maimed in the Service of the Parliament:
It is Ordered, That the Committee for the County of Leicester, in Consideration of the great Wounds they have received, and that they are disabled thereby, do forthwith pay unto the said Nicholas Loislur and Nehemiah Brookesby, their respective Arrears.
Isle of Wight.
Payment to Russell.
It is Ordered, That this House doth allow of the Sum of Two hundred and Ninety Pounds, paid by the Committee of the County of Bucks to the said Wm. Russell, in lieu of so much the said Wm. Russell suffered and paid for his Liberty, being plundered, and made a Prisoner, by the King's Forces, for his Service to the Parliament; and do Order, That the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, and their Sub Committees, do allow unto the Committee of the County of Bucks, and pass upon their Accompts, the said Sum of Two hundred and Ninety Pounds, paid as aforesaid.