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 Mercurii, 9 Februarii, 1647.
Leave of Absence.
Sheriff of Cadogan.
Earl of St. Albans' Debt.
An Ordinance for the Payment of the Earl of Northumberland and Sir Robert Pye their Debts, due from the Earl of St. Albans and Clanricard, out of the said Earl of St. Albans' and Clanricard, Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Suit against a Member.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Coke Knight, a Member of this House, who is now very much indisposed in Health, shall have the Leave of this House to go beyond the Seas for Recovery of his Health; and to continue Abroad for the Space of Eight Months.
North Wales Committee.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Wheeler carried to the Lords the Orders, Yesterday passed, concerning the next Summer's Fleet; and the List of the Ships to be set forth for the next Summer's Guard: The Ordinance for the Payment of a Debt, due to the Earl of Northumberland and to Sir Robert Pye from the Earl of St. Albans, out of his Estate.
Assessments for Ireland.
Eastern Association, &c.
It is Ordered, That the Eastern Association, forbearing the Twenty thousand Pounds shortly due unto them, with Interest, from the Committee of the Army, and suffering the same to be paid and employed for the Use of the Navy, shall have, for their Encouragement and Security, the said Twenty thousand Pounds secured unto them out of the first Monies of the Seventy thousand Pounds assigned to the Navy, Part of the Hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds charged upon the Excise, in Course, and formerly assigned to the Army:
That, at present, the Eastern Association shall receive the Interest due unto them for the Twenty thousand Pounds to the First of March next; and so, by Ordinance, the Interest to be continued and paid every Six Months upon the Excise:
That the Surplusage of Monies over and above the said Twenty thousand Pounds due to the Eastern Association, being Ten thousand Pounds, be secured and charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same:
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to bring unto you the Order for taking off Mr. Bunburie's Sequestration: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-An Order for appointing Mr. Robert Dingley Rector of Eccleston: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House: -A Petition of Lieutenant Colonel Allen: A Petition of Mrs. Mary Searle: A Petition of Mr. Baldwyn, late Secretary to the Earl of Essex, Gentleman Porter of the Tower by Order of Parliament, desiring to have the same Place under the Great Seal; with an Order thereupon: in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Lords desire to put this House in mind of the Petition of Major General Sterling, and Lieutenant Colonel Marshall, formerly sent from their Lordships; as likewise of the Petition and Papers of Doctor Gibbon, formerly sent to this House; and that the French Ambassador may enjoy the like Freedom from Impost, for Thirty Ton of Wine, as other Ambassadors have.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Wheeler brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ships for the next Summer's Guard; and to the Orders concerning the same; as likewise to the Ordinance for Payment of a Debt to the Earl of Northumberland and Sir Robert Pye, out of the Earl of St. Albanes' Estate.
Resolved, &c. That whereas, by the Establishment, there are Twelve Regiments of Horse, consisting of Six hundred Troopers in a Regiment, and One hundred in a Troop, That the Horse shall be divided into Fourteen Regiments; and every Troop consist of Eighty: And that the said Establishment be so altered accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That whereas, by Establishment, there are Fifteen Regiments of Foot, consisting of Twelve hundred in a Regiment, That there be now Seventeen Regiments of Foot; each Regiment consisting of Eight hundred; and Thirty loose Companies, consisting of Fourscore apiece; to be varied as Occasion serves: And that the Establishment be so altered accordingly.
Leave of Absence.
The humble Petition, and grateful Acknowledgment, of the Inhabitants of the Town of Taunton in the County of Somersett, in Approbation of the late Votes passed touching the King, was this Day read: And
The Paper from Sir Thomas Fairefax, and the Council of War, concerning the Additions desired by them to be made to the Establishment, and the Abatements to be made out of the Establishment, was read; and allowed; viz.
A List for the daily and monthly Pay of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax General, viz. Of Twelve Regiments of Horses, and Fifteen Regiments of Foot, with their Officers, and of a Regiment of Dragoons with their Officers, was this Day read; and allowed; beginning from the Third Day of November 1647, and to continue to the One-and-twentieth of this instant February 1647.
London Tythes, &c.
An Ordinance for the better and more due Payment of Tythes, and other Dues, to the Ministers within the City of London, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Knightley, Mr. Millington, Mr. Allen, Mr. John Corbett, Alderman Atkin, Alderman Pennington, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Walter Earle, Mr. Morley, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Boys, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Sandis, Mr. Swynfen, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Edward Stephens, Colonel White, Mr. Whittacre, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Annesley, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Nath. Stephens, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Gott: And are to meet To-morrow, post meridiem, in the Inner Exchequer Chamber: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Millington.
An additional Ordinance for the Explanation, and better Execution of former Ordinances for the Sale of the Lands and Possessions of the late Archbishops and Bishops within the Realm of England, and Dominion of Wales, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Franc. Allen, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Boys, Colonel White, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. Dove, Mr. Knightley, Sir John Danvers, Sir James Harrington, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Swynfen, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Gell, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Bulkley, Mr. West, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Stockdale, Mr. Lister, Mr. Scott, Mr. Sandys, Colonel Ceeley, Mr. Annesley, Colonel Ven, Mr. Fenwicke, Mr. Edwards: And are to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock, in the Queen's Court.
This Committee is likewise to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to authorize a Committee to remove all Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands, and to hear and determine, and settle all Differences that may arise among the Officers employed in the Sale of Bishops Lands; and to settle all Allowances, and other Matters, that may occasion any Obstruction in this Service, that requires so much Expedition.
Declaration of Non-Addresses.
Ordered, That the Declaration touching the late Votes passed, concerning no Application to be made to the King, be reported To-morrow Morning, the first Business; and nothing to intervene; notwithstanding any former Order.
Leave of Absence.
Sheriff of Rutland.
Suppressing Stage Plays, &c.
An Ordinance for the effectual Suppressing of all Stage Plays and Interludes, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question; passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Message to Lords.
Sir Gilbert Gerard carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for Addition of Maintenance to the Minister of New Brentford: The Order for Monies out of Haberdashers Hall to Captain Campbell.