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, 15 Martii, 1647.
Earl of Danby, &c.
Leave of Absence.
Message from Lords.
The Lords desire, That the Earl of Mulgrave's Petition may be taken into a speedy Consideration; it being above a Twelvemonth since it was first recommended from the Lords, and several Messages sent to put this House in mind of it. They desire the Concurrence of this House, That the Earl of Cleveland may be enlarged upon his former Bail, in respect of his Indisposition of Health; he engaging to give Security, that he will not go Six Miles from his House at Teddington. They have sent a Petition of the Lord Cromwell's; with an Order upon it, for remitting the Second Payment of his Composition; in which they efire the Concurrence of this House:- The Mariners Petition of the Ship Sunne; which the Lords desire may be taken into speedy Consideration, in regard of the Consequence of it-Hannah Terrent's Petition, with an Order for a Pardon of Course; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House:- A Petition of Francis Rushworth, of Northampton, Apothecary, who attended as Apothecary to the King's Person and Family at Holmeby and Hampton Court, by the Appointment of the Commissioners. They desire to put this House in mind of Major General Sterling's Petition, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Allen's; and of the Business concerning Sir William Anderson;- An Order for James Earl of Derby to be admitted to compound:- Instructions for our Commissioners in Scotland; with a Copy of a Letter from the General; and the Draught of a Letter to the Commissioners: In all which they desire the Concurrence of this House:- An Order for a Church at Marston Moysy. They have returned the Ordinance for keeping the Great Seal, with some Alteration. The Ordinance for raising Money for the Forces under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairfax, with some Alteration: An Ordinance for transporting Wool into Guernsey: An Ordinance to make Wapping a parochial Church: An Ordinance for Thomas Lawe to have the Rectory of Wybarton in the County of Lincolne: An Ordinance for Jonathan Devereux to have the Rectory of Wolsinghem in the County of Duresme. They have returned the Composition of John Strode, with some Alteration.
Earl of Malgrave.
Comm rs to Scotland.
The Instructions, now sent from the Lords, to our Commissioners in Scottland; the Copy of the General's Letter to the Committee at Derby House, touching Captain Wogan's Troop that is gone into Scottland; the Draught of a Letter to our Commissioners; were all read; and, upon the Question, assented unto. And
1. YOU are to make known to the Parliament of Scottland, the Convention or Committee of Estates, or any other Committee that shall be appointed to debate with you, What the Houses of Parliament know concerning the Troop of Horse of Captain Wogan, and the Manner and Pretences of their Passage into Scottland: The State of which Business, as far as the House is informed thereof, is expressed in a Letter from the General to the Committee at Derby House, concerning the same: Of which you have herewith a Copy.
2. You are to assure the Parliament of Scotland, Convention or Committee of Estates, or any other Committee, as abovesaid, that the March of the said Troop of Captain Wogan's, in a military Posture, or otherwise, out of this Kingdom into Scottland, or any other Forces (if any such thing be), is altogether without the Allowance, Order, or Privity of the Parliament of England: And thereof you are, in the Name of both Houses of the Parliament of England, to demand from the Parliament of Scotland, that the said Captain Wogan, and his Officers, that are Englishmen, and also the English Officers of any other Forces that may be passed over, out of this Kingdom into Scottland, as also all such Officers and Reformadoes now in Scottland, as you shall find to have at any time served the King against the Parliament, may be all forthwith apprehended, secured and delivered over to you, to be sent Prisoners into England: And that all the private Soldiers may be dismounted, disposed, and sent home; and the Horses and Arms of the said Captain Wogan, and the Officers and Soldiers aforesaid, you shall cause to be sent into England for the Service of the Parliament.
4. You are to make the like Demands of any other Persons, Horses, and Arms, of any other Forces that shall at any time come into Scotland, in a Military Posture, during the Time of your Employment there.
The Alterations returned to the Ordinance, concerning the Great Seal, were read and assented unto; and were, That William Lord Gray of Warke be added to the Commissioners: And that the Quorum be any Two; whereof one to be a Member of the House of Peers, and one a Member of the House of Commons.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Henry Earl of Kent, William Lord Grey of Werke, are hereby authorized, until the Tenth of April next, to seal and sign all such Commissions, Patents, Writs, and other Process as shall be sealed by the Great Seal of England.
Leave of Absence.
Pardon of Terrent.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That there be a Pardon, in Course, granted to Hannah Terrent, a convicted Prisoner in the Prison of the White Lyon; upon Certificate of Mr. Serjeant Greene, then Judge of the Circuit for the County of Surry, which passed Sentence against her, and the Justices of the same County, that they are of Opinion, That the Prosecution against her was malicious and false: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal do pass the said Pardon, accordingly, without Fees.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Order for the Pardon of Mrs. Hannah Terrent: To the Instructions and Letter to be sent to our Commissioners in Scotland; to the Alterations in the Ordinance for keeping the Great Seal; to the Alterations in the Ordinance for raising Monies for maintaining the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax; to the Ordinance for transporting Wool into Guernesey; they do agree: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Earl of Danby, &c.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business after the Reports at Goldsmiths Hall, the House do resume the Debate of the Report now made from Committee of Sequestrations, touching the Earl of Danby, Sir John Danvers, and the Lady Gargrave.
It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of his Majesty's Revenue, for satisfying unto the said Richard Lee his Debt of One hundred Twentytwo Pounds Sixteen Shillings Seven-pence Farthing due to the said Captain Lee, upon his Accompt.
It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons, at Goldsmiths Hall, to permit him to sell some Part of his Estate, to satisfy his just Debts; provided the said Clement Paston hath not been in Arms against the Parliament: And the said Committee are to take a favourable Composition for the State.
Lords Forbes' Petition.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Alexander Lord Forbes be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting in the Star Chamber, to consider of the whole Matter of the said Petition; and to report their Opinions thereupon: And they are to state the clear Matter of Fact upon all the Three Reports in the Hands of Mr. Trenchard, Sir William Massam, and Colonel Thompson, on Wednesday Morning next, the first Business.
The humble Petition of Captain Samuell Gardiner was this Day read: And, upon reading of the Certificate of the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, whereby it appeareth, that there resteth due to the said Captain Samuell Gardiner the Sum of Twelve hundred Twenty-four Pounds Two Shillings Sevenpence;
Ordered, That the Sum of Fourteen hundred and Forty Pounds Seven Shillings Seven-pence, disbursed by Captain Samuell Gardiner, out of his own Purse, and due long since upon the Publick Faith, be paid to the said Captain Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns: And that the said Sum of Fourteen hundred and Forty Pounds Seven Shillings Seven-pence be charged upon the Excise, in Course: And the Commissioners or Committee of Excise are hereby ordered to pay the same to the said Captain Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns, accordingly: And the Acquittance of the said Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners or Committee of Excise, or such other Person or Persons as shall pay the same.
Whereas the Sum of Fourteen hundred and Forty Pounds Seven Shillings Seven-pence is ordered to be paid unto Captain Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns, and charged upon the Excise, in Course: It is Ordered, That Interest for the said Sum of Fourteen hundred and Forty Pounds Seven Shillings Seven-pence, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum, be paid to the said Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns, every Six Months, until the said Sum of Fourteen hundred and Forty Pounds Seven Shillings Seven-pence be paid and satisfied unto the said Samuell Gardiner, and be charged upon the Sequestrations for the County of Worcester: And the Commissioners or Committee for Sequestrations for the said County are ordered to pay the said Interest, accordingly: And the Acquittance of the said Samuell Gardiner, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners or Committee of Sequestrations, or such other Person or Persons as shall pay the same.
Ordered, That the Sum of Seven hundred and Fifteen Pounds, due to Captain Samuell Gardiner, for his Arrears upon his Entertainment, be paid to the said Captain Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns; and be charged upon Goldsmiths Hall, in Course: And that the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall do pay the said Sum of Seven hundred and Fifteen Pounds to the said Samuell Gardiner, his Executors or Assigns, accordingly: And the Acquittance of the said Samuell Gardiner, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Committee for Payment thereof, accordingly.
Members not to depart.
Ordered, That the first Five Heads mentioned in the said Certificate be referred to the Committee whereof Sir Thomas Dacres is in the Chair: And that the said Committee have Power to call before them the Auditors, and to conser with them touching the same; and also to call the Parties before them, and examine their Debts: And that the said Committee do sit at Two of the Clock, Tomorrow in the Afternoon; and so de die in diem, until they have finished the same; and thereof to make Report to this House.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Heads of the Certificate of the Auditors is referred, take only such of the said Soldiers into Consideration, and give Allowance only to such, who have been retained in some or one of the grand Armies, under the Command of the late Earl of Essex, the Earl of Manchester, Sir Thomas Fairfax, and Sir William Waller; and were constant Members of those Armies.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That divers Petitions presented to the House be received in: And that, on Wednesday next, this House do take the rest of the remaining Petitions, and of the Petitions now presented, into Consideration, in Course, as they are now figured.