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, 1 Januarii, 1647.
Attempt against Carisbrooke Castle.
A PACKET of Letters, from divers Commanders of the Parliament Ships, riding in the Cowes, of 30 Decembris 1647; relating some Attempt that has been lately made against Carisbrooke Castle; and that Captain Burley, and some other of the Mutineers, were taken; were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Rainborough the Vice Admiral be required forthwith to repair to the Isle of Wight, with such Ships as he shall think necessary for that Service.
Mr. Prideaux is appointed to take care of sending this Order immediately away to the Vice Admiral; and is to prepare a Letter for Mr. Speaker's Signing, to this Purpose.
Signification is likewise to be given to the Governor, That if there shall be no Necessity of these Ships riding and continuing upon the Coasts of the Isle of Wight, that they may be dismissed to their respective Charges designed unto them.
Security of Isle of Wight.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what the Commissioners employed to the King have done, in commanding some Ships that were appointed for the Coast of Ireland, upon this Exigent, to continue upon the Isle of Wight, for the Security of that Place.
Ordered, That the Information now spoken of by Colonel Thomson, be referred to the Examination and Consideration of the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Securing King's Person.
Mr. Nathaniell Stephens did carry to the Lords, to communicate unto them only, the Vote sent Yesterday to the Governor of the Isle of Wight, touching the Security of the Person of the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to return unto you these Votes: They first moved from you: The Lords have agreed unto them, with these Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Amendments were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Votes, so amended, run thus; viz.
The Lords and Commons do approve of what the General has done in order to the present Safety and Security of the King's Person; and do Order, That the General be hereby authorized and required to take special Care for the present Safety and Security of the Person of the King in Carisbrook Castle, where now he is.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Colonel Hammond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, in whose Custody the Person of the King now is, be hereby authorized and required to take especial Care for the present Safety and Security of the King's Person in Carisbrooke Castle, where now he is; and that he do observe such Orders and Directions herein, as he shall receive from the General, or from both Houses of Parliament.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Amendments, as they are now returned.
Ordered, That these Votes, thus amended, be forthwith dispatched away to the General and Governor of the Isle of Wight, respectively.
Message to Lords.
Sir Anthony Irby carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinances for Pardon of the Delinquencies of Sir Edward Berkley, Sir Maurice Berkley, Richard Berkley, Alexander Moore, Sir Edward Griffin, Wm. Coriton, Richard Long, Merchant, James Watkinson, Merchant, Francis Chock Esquire, Charles Jackson, George Southcoat and Thomas, Christopher Thomson, Francis Sherrington, Walter Chetwyn, Thomas Blackwall, Spencer Lucy, John Soame, Thomas Beaumount, Wm. Bromley, John Coventry, Lord Viscount Campden, John Shalcroft, Thomas Chandler, Sir Gerard Fleetwood, Thomas and Bryan Broughton, Gregory Hermitage, Thomas Lord Cromwell, Benjamin Cutler, Robert Burre, Thomas Slingsby, Joseph Hillary, Richard Newman, Henry Slaughter, Wm. Thomas, Tobias Swanburne, Thomas Metcals, Wm. Hickman, Peter Berrowe, Wm. Marshall, John Mitchell, Joane Stroude, Roger Knight, Daniell Maude, Edward Lewyn, Sarah Cox, Edward Phillips, Lord Seymour and Charles his Son, Edward Copley, Laurence Bull, Richard Sykes, James May, Edward Lloyd, John Bretton, Roger Mollineaux, Amyas Isaack, James Longe, Dame Joane Boteler.
He likewise carried to the Lords, Orders for appointing the Commissioners for the monthly Assessments of Sixty thousand Pounds in the Counties of the Northern Association, and the County of Derby, Committees of Sequestrations in the said Counties: Order for granting the Sequestrations of the County of Northumberland, for Relief of that County; and the Sequestrations of the County of Newcastle upon Tyne, for Relief of that County: Order for Thirty Pounds, out of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, for the Officers of Margarett's Church, Westminster: Order for Forty Pounds per Annum to Lieutenant Butler, out of the Sequestrations of the County of Dorsett.
Mr. Scawen reports from the Army (the which were read) a Paper concerning Free Quarer: A Declaration touching the same: A Paper of such Forces for which Warrants were, on the One-and-thirtieth of December 1647, granted for Disbanding: A Draught of One of the said Warrants.
Colonel White, Colonel Birch, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Boys, Sir Christofer Yelverton, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Major General Browne, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Wm. Massam, Colonel Jephson, Major General Skippon, Mr. Stapilton, Mr. Annesley, Mr. Tate, Mr. Francis Allen, Mr. Pury, Mr. Wheeler;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are appointed to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards; and to prepare and fit the Paper now reported from the Army, concerning Free Quarter, according to the Debate now had in the House thereupon.
Mutiny in Isle of Wight.
A Letter from the Governor of the Isle of Wight, from Carisbrook Castle, of 30 Decembris 1647, was this Day read; relating a great Mutiny that lately happened in Newport in the Isle of Wight, occasioned by one Captain Burley.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Anthony Irby brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for the Commissioners of the monthly Assessments of Sixty thousand Pounds shall be the Committees of Sequestrations in the Counties of the Northern Association, and Derby: To the Order for the Sequestrations of the County of Northumberland, and County of Newcastle upon Tyne, to be granted to the said Counties, respectively, for Relief of the said Counties: To the Order for Thirty Pounds for the Officers of Margarett's Church, Westminster: To the Order for Forty Pounds per Annum, out of the Sequestrations of the County of Dorsett, to Lieutenant Butler: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Isle of Wight.
Resolved, &c. That the General be required to grant a Commission to Colonel Robert Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, to proceed against all such Offenders that either have committed, or shall commit, any Offences that are triable by Martial Law, by the Articles of Martial Law.
Resolved, &c. That a Commission of Oyer and Terminer be granted into Hantshire and the Isle of Wight: And that it be referred to the Commissioners of the Great Seal, to nominate the Commissioners, and award a Commission, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be paid by the Committee of the Revenue unto Colonel Robert Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, or his Assignee, to be employed by the said Governor for Relief of the Necessities of the Soldiers in the Forts and Castles of the said Isle, and for Satisfaction of such Soldiers appointed by him to be Guards about the King according to his Desires and Expressions, of his Letter of 30 Decembris 1646.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be returned to the Mayor of Newport in the Isle of Wight, and wellaffected Inhabitants there, for their Care and good Affections expressed in the late Mutiny and Insurrection in that Town, raised by Captain Burley, and others.
Mr. Love is to prepare a Letter for Mr. Speaker's Signing to this Purpose.
Letter from the King.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Letter from the King; and desire, That it may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners this Afternoon, by the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer to this Message shall be, That this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Comm rs to the King.
Ordered, That the Commissioners employed to the Isle of Wight be summoned forthwith to attend the House.
According to the Order Yesterday made, Mr. Lisle made a full Narrative of all the Proceedings and particular Passages that occurred during the Service of the Commissioners employed from both Houses to the King to the Isle of Wight.
Resolved, &c. That the Thanks of this House be returned to Mr. Lisle, Mr. Bulkley, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, and Mr. Kemp, Commissioners employed to the King to the Isle of Wight, in Acknowledgement of their Diligence and Fidelity in the Performance of this Service.
Mr. Speaker did accordingly return them the Thanks of this House.
Resolved, &c. That the Thanks of this House be returned to the Earl of Denbigh, in Acknowledgment of his very good and faithful Service in the Discharge of this Employment, as one of the Commissioners of both Houses employed to the King to the Isle of Wight: And the Commissioners of this House, employed likewise in the same Service, are appointed to give him the Thanks of this House, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Revenue do defray the Expences of the Commissioners employed from both Houses to the King to the Isle of Wight.
Persons to go to l. of Wight.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Lisle and Mr. Bulkley do repair into the Isle of Wight, to continue there, according to the Desires of the Governor's Letter.
Paper from the King.
Resolved, &c. That this Paper, now sent from the King by the Commissioners, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next, the first Business; and nothing to intervene.
Mr. Hodges reports from the Committee, the Paper this Day reported from the Army, concerning Free Quarter, with some Amendments made by the Committee.
The said Paper, so amended, was read, Clause by Clause; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
1. That whensoever any Forces shall be, by virtue of an Order from the General, or from such as he shall appoint, upon a March, or removing Quarters, they shall, at the Towns or Parishes where they shall be ordered to quarter, be billeted in the usual Way, by the Quartermaster or superior Officers, according to the Directions of the Constables, or chief Civil Officers, of the said Towns or Parishes: And the respective Inhabitants, where any of the said Soldiers shall be so billeted, shall receive them; and for One Night, or Two Nights at the most, shall find them their ordinary Family Diet; wherewith the Soldier shall be contented, and pay for the same, at the Rate of Six-pence per Diem for a Foot Soldier, and Twelvepence per diem for a Trooper, and Hay only for his Horse.
2. That for the first Fortnight after the Forces shall be drawn into Garisons, Towns, and Cities, (according to the Directions of Parliament), and until they shall be furnished with Pay to enable them to maintain themselves, they shall in the same Manner be quartered, received, and provided for, and at the same Rates aforesaid, by such Inhabitants upon whom they shall be billeted by the Magistrate of the Place, or by their own Officers, in case the Civil Magistrate shall refuse to do it; the Officers engaging to the Inhabitants to see the Quarters discharged at the said Rates.
3. That after the said Fortnight is expired, or after the Forces shall be furnished with Pay, as aforesaid, in any Garisons, Towns, or Cities, where any Forces shall come by Order, as aforesaid, to be at a settled Quarter, so many of them as cannot be conveniently disposed of to Inns, Alehouses Taverns, or Victualling-houses, shall be billeted at other Houses by the Chief Magistrate of the Place; or, if he shall refuse to do it, by the Chief Officer present with the said Forces: And in case of any Abuse or Inequality therein, the said Magistrate, or next Justice of Peace, to have Power to order and alter the Proportions of billeting to the several Inhabitants, as he shall find most fit and equal; and the Persons where they shall be so billeted shall receive them, accordingly; but shall not, after the Two first Nights from the Soldiers coming thither, (for which the Soldier is to pay at the Rates aforesaid), be liable to find the Soldier any Diet or Horse Meat, except by Agreement betwixt him and the Soldier, and at such Rates as they shall agree upon; but shall only entertain the Soldier with Lodgings, Stable Room, and the Use of their ordinary Fire and Candle Light.
4. And in case any such Inhabitants be aggrieved therewith, and desire to have no Soldiers at all in his House (he, or the Magistrate, providing such Billet for the Soldier elsewhere within the Town, or at any Village adjacent, within such Distance as the Chief Officer commanding in the Quarter shall allow of), such Inhabitant shall have his House wholly free.