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, 24 Januarii, 1647.
Message to Lords.
COLONEL Purefoy carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Order for Addition of Power to the Committee of Lords and Commons, at Derby House, with some Amendments: Order for Trustees and Contractors to make Sale of Worcester House to the Earl of Salisbury: Order for One hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall to Sir John Burlace the elder: Order for Fifty Pounds to Captain St. George, out of Haberdashers Hall: Order for the Committee at Derby House to put in Execution the Order for raising Fifty thousand Pounds for Ireland, by Sale of Houses there: Order for paying and Allowing the yearly Pension of Fourscore Pounds Ten Shillings to Mr. Edward Mabb; and appointing the Trustees for Sale of Bishops Lands to pay the same: Order for a hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall to Sir Arthur Blundell, upon Account: The Name of Mr. Nicholas to be added to the Committee for regulating Oxon, in the Place of Sir Philip Stapilton, deceased: Order for Addition of Three Gentlemen to the Commissioners of Devon: And was to put the Lords in mind of the additional Ordinance for the Militia of Westminster; and of the Ordinance for Payment of a Debt to Mr. Pelham, due from the Earl of Arundell.
Leave of Absence from Service.
Two Letters from the Vice Admiral, from aboard the Ship the Entrance, in the Downes, of Januarii 18 and 22, were read.
Ordered, That the Vice Admiral shall have Leave to come to Town, upon his Occasions.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Seventy thousand Pounds be advanced, upon the Credit of the Ordinance of One hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds, charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in May last; the said Seventy thousand Pounds to be employed for the Service of the Navy: And that Interest, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. payable every Six Months, be charged upon the Excise: and, from the Time the said Seventy thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof, shall be advanced; be paid to the Parties that shall advance the same: And it is referred to the Committee of the Navy to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Customs and Excise.
Resolved, &c. That, on Friday Morning next, the first Business, and nothing to intervene, the House do take into Consideration, How and in what manner the Customs and Excise may be advanced and improved to the best Advantage of the State.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor do take Course, by a legal Way in the Exchequer, to bring in to the State the Sum of about Twelve hundred Pounds, certified from the Committee of Accompts to be due to the State, from the former Commissioners of the Customs.
Ordered, That the Committee do, on Saturday Morning next, the first Business, report the Obstructions that are in the Sale of Bishops Lands.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, Mr. Hill do make Report of the Business concerning the Civilians.
Ordered, That, Tomorrow Morning, Mr. Samuell Browne do make Report of the Business concerning Tobaccoes.
Comm rs of Assessments.
Resolved, &c. That Wm. Eyre and Anthony Hungerford Esquires, Wm. Yarbury of Bromham, Francis Leigh of Bromham, and Wm. Green of Hilcott, Gentlemen, be added to the Commissioners in the County of Wiltes, for the monthly Assessments of Sixty thousand Pounds in that County.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Answer from Lords.
Colonel Purefoy brings Answer from the Lords, That as to the Order concerning the Payment of a Debt to Mr. Pelham, by the Sale of some of the Earl of Arundell's Woods; to the additional Order for Westminster Militia; to the Order for the Sale of Worcester House, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: To the rest, they do agree.
Three Letters, Two from Gloucester, from Mr. Pury junior, of 19 Januarii 1647, and of 22 Januarii; and One from Hereford, of 20 Januarii, from Griffan. Phelips, were read: And
It is Ordered, That these Letters be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House; to take effectual Course to prevent the Inconveniencies and Mischiefs that may happen upon the Matters in these Letters; and give an Account hereof to the House: And that the Committee at Derby House do meet upon it this Afternoon.
Ordered, That the several Commissioners in the several Counties, employed upon the Disbanding of the Supernumeraries, be required to disband the said several Forces for the Foot, Company after Company; and the Horse, Troop after Troop: And that the General be desired to take effectual Course, and give speedy Orders herein accordingly.
Scotts Army in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Scotts Commissioners touching the Scotts Army in Ireland, and that whole Business, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Declaration of Non-Addresies.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, after the Business of the Scotts Army in Ireland, the Declaration be reported, expressing the Grounds touching the Votes concerning the King.
Ordered, That the Letter, from Plymouth, from the Governor, of 21 Januarii 1647, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons, at Derby House: And the Gentlemen of the Committee of Plymouth are desired to meet the Committee there, upon this Business.
Tryal of Burley, &c.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports the Proceedings of the Commissioners employed upon the Commission of Oyer and Terminer, at Winton, for the Tryal of Captain Burley, and others, that made the late Insurrection in the Isle of Wight; That Captain Burley was brought to his Tryal, and found guilty of High Treason; and had Sentence passed upon him, accordingly: Two other that were in the same Indictment, are fled: Some others were indicted of Riot only, and fined.
The Grand Jury delivered them a Declaration, to be presented to this House.
Which was read.
Ordered, That the Fines set upon the Rioters be levied, and returned into the Exchequer, and bestowed upon the Soldiers of the Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do defray the Expences that the Commissioners employed upon the Commission of Oyer and Terminer, at Winton, have been at.
Ordered, That the Declaration presented by the Grand Jury, at Winton, be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wild, Sir Thomas Jervoise, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Wallopp, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Love, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Kemp, Mr. Francis Allen, and other the Commissioners employed upon the Commission of Oyer and Terminer, for the Tryal of Captain Burley, and others, have the Thanks of this House for their good Service therein: And that the said Commissioners do return unto Mr. Steele, employed likewise in this Business, the Thanks of this House; and acquaint him, That the House will, in fitting Time, take further Notice of his Service.
Ordered, That Mr. Lisle and Mr. Love do prepare a Letter of Thanks, to be returned to the Sheriff of the County of Southampton, and by him to the Gentlemen, and those of the Grand Jury, for their good Affections expressed to the Parliament in this Service of the Tryal of Captain Burley, and otherwise.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Carent, a Member of this House shall have Leave to go into the Country.
It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords and Commons, Members of both Houses, sitting at Derby House, have hereby Power and Authority to prevent and suppress all Insurrections and Tumults within the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwicke: And, to that Purpose, have Power to give Order and Direction to all the Militias and Forces of the Kingdom; and to secure the Persons of any Offenders in Prosecution thereof.