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 Martis, 15 Februarii, 1647.
MR. Swynfen reports the State of the Arrears (as it stands stated) to divers Scotts Officers that have served the Parliament.
By which Report it is made resting due upon the List of the Scotts Officers, that received the Fifth Part upon the Reducement of 5 Aprilis 1645, Twelve thousand Six hundred Eighty-three Pounds Five Shillings and Three-pence.
Resting due upon the Warrants, the Fourth Part being deducted according to the Ordinance, Two thousand Six hundred and Four Pounds One Shilling Ten-pence Halfpeny.
Resting due to the Officers of Horse and Foot that received no Part of their Pay, deducting One Third and One Fourth Part, according to the Ordinance, Two thousand Five hundred Forty-one Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Ten-pence.
Resting due to the other Officers of Horse and Foot, who received Pay upon the First Scotts Lists amounting to Five thousand Six hundred Sixty-four Pounds Thirteen Shillings Two-pence Halfpeny; of which they are contented to accept of the One Half: which amounts to Two thousand Eight hundred Thirty-two Pounds Six Shillings Seven-pence Farthing.
In all, to the Sum of Twenty thousand Six hundred Sixtyone Pounds Ten Shillings Six-pence Halfpeny Farthing.
Ordered, That Two Thirds of the whole Sum of Twenty thousand Six hundred Sixty-one Pounds Ten Shillings Sixpence Halfpeny Farthing, amounting to the Sum of Thirteen thousand Seven hundred and Seventyfour Pounds Seven Shillings and One Halfpeny, be paid to these Officers, in lieu of all Demands demandable by the said Officers: And that the said Sum of Thirteen thousand Seven hundred and Seventy-four Pounds Seven Shillings and One Halfpeny be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, and paid to the said Officers, in proportion to their Arrears.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee that brought in this Report, to confer with the Officers that are intrusted to solicit this Business, to know whom they will make Trustees for the Receiving of these Monies, that may be enabled to give Discharges; and to prepare and bring in an Ordinance for charging the said Sum of Thirteen thousand Seven hundred and Seventy-four Pounds Seven Shillings and One Halfpeny upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course; and for paying the same to the said Trustees accordingly.
Stephens', &c. Accompts.
Upon passing the Accompts of Mr. Nathaniell Stephens, Mr. Thomas Hodges, and Mr. Pury, for Monies received and disbursed by them for the Garison of Gloucester, for and towards the raising and paying the Forces there;
It is Ordered, That One Peny in the Pound shall be allowed to the said Accomptants, for their Charges and Monies paid to Treasurers, Clerks, and other Persons, employed in the said Service for above Four Years last past: And the Committee of Accompts are required to make Allowance thereof, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
A Letter from the Commissioners Mr. Ashhurst and Colonel John Birch, from Edenburgh, of 8 Februarii 1647, was read.
The humble Petition of Sir Francis Willoughby Knight, was this Day read.
Whereas the Sum of Seven hundred Pounds was, by former Order, appointed to be paid unto Sir Francis Willoughby Knight, out of the Moiety of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, for the Relief of the great Necessity of his Wife and Children: It is Ordered, That Interest from this Day, payable every Six Months, be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmith Hall for the said Sum of Seven hundred Pounds; and paid by the said Committee at Goldsmiths Hall to the said Sir Francis Willoughby Knight, or his Assigns every Six Months, accordingly.
The humble Petition of John Lord Abergaveny was read: And
It is Ordered, That the Matter of this Petition, and that likewise all other Reports touching the Articles of Oxon, and all other Articles, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for the Ease of Sheriffs, in passing their Accompts, be reported on Thursday Morning next.
Goldsmiths Hall Revenue.
Ordered, That it be re-committed to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to consider of this Debate now had in the House, upon a Report, made by Mr. Jenour, from that Committee, touching the removing the Obstructions, and bringing in Monies, at Goldsmiths Hall: And that they do report their Opinions, What they think fit to be done herein, in Writing, on Tuesday Morning next.
Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That the Surplussage that shall accrue upon the Retrenchment of the King's Family shall be employed and paid by the Committee of the Revenue, to the Governor of the Isle of Wight, to be disposed in such Manner as he shall think fit, for the Pay of Two hundred Soldiers, according to the former Order.
Ordered, That the Allowance of Ten Pounds per Week be made to the Governor of the Isle of Wight, for desraying the Expence of his Table, and other extraordinary Expences, occasioned by reason of the extraordinary Trust and Service now put upon him: And that the said Ten Pounds per Week be paid by the Committee of the Revenue, out of the Surplussage that shall accrue upon the Retrenchment of the King's Family,
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue to take Course for advancing the Revenue, by improving the Parks and Demesne Lands of the Crown.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Erle do go, To-morrow, with a Message to the Lords, to press them to pass the Ordinance for Sale of Sir Philip Carterett's Estate in the Isle of Sarke, for Relief of divers poor well-affected Inhabitants of the Isle of Jersey; and to represent unto them the great Necessities of those Inhabitants for want of that Relief.
Isle of Jersey.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, at Derby House, to consider of some effectual Ways and Means to reduce the Isle of Jersey to the Obedience of the Parliament.
Grant to Fyott.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Mrs. Mary Fyott, a distressed Gentlewoman, and Widow, of the Isle of Jersey, who hath shewed good Affections, and done good Service, to the Parliament: And that the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall, do forthwith pay unto the said Mrs. Mary Fyott the said Sum of One hundred Pounds, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for publick Grievances do make their Reports on Saturday Morning next, the first Business.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Bennet and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have commanded us to signify unto you, That they do agree to Mr. Chamberlaine to be Sheriff of the County of Oxon. They have sent Two Orders for the Sheriffs of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire to reside out of their Counties. They have sent an Ordinance for making Dr. Peter Smyth Rector of the Church of Barley in the County of Herts: An Ordinance for making Mr. John Swan Rector of the Rectory of Wells cum Ickham in the County of Kent: Both which the Lords have passed; and desire the Concurrence of this House:-Two Reports from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, upon the Petition of Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Wife of Dr. Joshuah Hall, late Bishop of Norwich; and of Mr. Michael Rutter; to which the Lords agree; and desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise sent a Pardon, in Course, for divers Prisoners in the Counties of Oxon, Berks, &c.; with an Order thereupon: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Lords desire to put this House in mind of an Ordinance, formerly sent to this House, concerning the Rents and Revenues of the College of Westminster; of the Petitions of Major General Middleton, and other Scotts Officers: Of Mrs. Pygott and Mr. Thomas Pygott: And do now send unto you a Petition of one Mr. Pringle of Northumberland.
Sheriffs of Warwick, &c.
The Orders for giving Licence to Grevill Varney Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Warwick; and Richard Andrewes Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Northampton; were read; and were agreed unto; leaving out the Clause in the latter End of the said Orders, in hæc verba; viz. "notwithstanding any Clause in the said Oath to the contrary."
Whereas Grevill Varney Esquire is nominated and appointed High Sheriff of the County of Warwick; and is enjoined and required, by a certain Clause in the Oath, to be taken by him the said Grevill Varney, for the Execution of the said Office, that he shall reside and be dwelling, in his own proper Person, within his Bailiwick, for the Time that he shall be in the said Office, unless he be otherwise licensed by the Lords and Commons in Parliament: Be it therefore Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said High Sheriff shall have, and hereby hath, full and free Leave and Licence, and is permitted; to be absent from his Bailiwick, and to dwell and reside out of the said County of Warwick.
Whereas Richard Andrewes, Esquire, is nominated and appointed High Sheriff of the County of Northampton; and is required and enjoined, by a certain Clause in the Oath, to be taken by him the said Richard Andrewes, for the Execution of the said Office, that he shall reside and be dwelling, in his own proper Person, within his Bailiwick, for the Time that he shall be in the said Office, unless he be otherwise licensed by the Lords and Commons in Parliament: Be it therefore Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said High Sheriff shall have, and hereby hath, full and free Leave and Licence, and is permitted, to be absent from his Bailiwick, and to dwell and reside out of the said County of Northampton.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired in the Alteration of the said Orders.
Rector of Barley.
An Ordinance, now sent from the Lords, for making Peter Smyth, Doctor in Divinity, a Member of the Assembly of Divines, Rector of the Church and Parish of Barley, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of plundered Ministers, upon the whole Debate of the Business here in the House.
Wells cum Ickham Minister.
An Ordinance, now sent from the Lords, for constituting and appointing Mr. John Swan Minister of the Rectory of Wells cum Ickham in the County of Kent, was read; and, upon the Question, passed.
The Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, upon the Petition of Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, late Wife of the Bishop of Norwich, now sent from the Lords, was read: And
It is Ordered, That the Sequestration of all the Temporal and Real Estate of Dr. Joshuah Hall, late Bishop of Norwich, and Elizabeth his Wife, be forthwith discharged: And all Committees of Sequestrations, Sequestrators, Solicitors, and others whom it may concern, are hereby required and enjoined to take Notice hereof, and to render full and speedy Compliance and Obedience hereunto.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
The Petition of Michaell Rutter Esquire; and the Report from the Committee of Lords, representing the State of the Business concerning the Sequestration of his Estate; were read.
And the Question being put, For agreeing with the Lords, in discharging the Sequestration of Mr. Michaell Rutter's Estate;
It passed with the Negative.
The Order, now sent from the Lords, upon the Pardon to divers Prisoners remaining in the several Gaols of Berks, Oxon, &c. was read; and agreed unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
"The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do order and agree to the Pardon signed by Mr. Baron Atkins and Mr. Serjeant Clerke, for Pardoning divers Prisoners remaining in the several Gaols of Berks, Oxon, Salop, Stafford, and Wigorn, their Facts being some of them small; and their first Offences; and others, the Evidence doubtful; whom the said Judges spared from Execution, certifying them to be fit Subjects of Mercy.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That, in the Case of Mr. Michaell Rutter, and Cases of the like Nature, Sequestrations ought not to be suspended or discharged.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Rents and Revenues of the College of Westminster be read on Saturday next.
Person in Custody referred.
Ordered, That Mr. Talkott, sent for in safe Custody by Order of the House, for obstructing the bringing in the Assessments in the County of Essex, be referred to the Committee of the Army.
Sheriff of Cambridge.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds do desire the Lords to pass the Sheriff of Cambridge.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith paid to Mrs. Martha Pygott, upon Account out of Haberdashers Hall, by Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons, for Advance of Monies; to be deducted out of her Husband's Arrears, for the present Subsistence of her and her Children: The pressing and very urgent Necessities of the said Mrs. Pygott and her Children are earnestly recommended unto the said Committee; to the end she may be speedily furnished, and receive some seasonable Supply for the Relief of her great crying Wants.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Tynmouth & Newcastle.
Whereas the Line about Tynmouth, and the Works about Newcastle, are so fallen to Decay, that it will require, at least, the Sum of Three thousand Pounds, to put them in good and sufficient Repair: It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider hereof; and how, out of some extraordinary Way, this Sum of Three thousand Pounds may be furnished, and this Service done.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, in the Star Chamber, to consider, How the State of the Money stands upon the Contribution that was formerly granted through England, for Relief of the poor English Protestants, driven out of Ireland; and report it to the House; to the end that if any Monies may be had thence, the Wants and Necessities of Mr. Thomas Pigott may be considered of.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the Reports concerning the Alum Business be reported.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Bampfield, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Answer from Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Order for making Mr. John Swan Rector of Wells cum Ickham in the County of Kent; and to the Order, upon the Pardon, in Course, for divers Prisoners in the Berkshire Circuit: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.