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, 3 Aprilis, 1648.
Transactions with Scotland.
A Letter from the Commissioners of England, from Edinburgh, of Eight-and-twentieth Martii, 1648, was this Day read; with a Copy of a Paper inclosed, delivered by our Commissioners in to the Parliament of Scotland, of Sevenand-twentieth Martii 1648, pressing an Answer to a former Paper, delivered in by them, touching Captain Wogan's March, with his Troop, into Scotland, were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Morley, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Henry Vane, and Mr. Lisle, do forthwith withdraw; and prepare a Letter, to be sent to the Commissioners, to give them the Thanks of this House for their Care and Pains, and to encourage them to prosecute their Pressure for an Answer touching Captain Wogan.
A Letter from Colonel Michaell Jones, Governor of Dublin, of Two-and-twentieth Martii 1647, representing the Condition of the Forces there; and a Letter inclosed, to the Governor, presenting some Intelligence out of the North; with a Petition inclosed from the Mayor, Sheriffs, Commons, and Citizens, of the City of Dublin; were all this Day read.
Ordered, That Sir John Temple and Mr. Annesley do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Governor of Dublyn, to return the very hearty Thanks of this House unto him, in Acknowledgment of his very great and good Services, and for his Encouragement therein.
Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds, formerly granted, and assigned to be paid unto Colonel Michaell Jones, Governor of Dublyn, be charged upon the Moiety of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, not engaged, in Course, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent, payable every Six Months: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Colonel Jones, or his Assignee, shall be, from time to time, a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for Payment of the said Sum of One thousand Pounds, and growing Interest, every Six Months, as aforesaid, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Letter from Colonel Michael Jones, of the Two-and-twentieth Martii, from Dublyn, together with the Letter and Petition inclosed, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House; to consider of all the Particulars in the said Letters and Petition; and their Opinions, what they think fit to be done upon the said Particulars: The which they are to report To-morrow Morning; together with a State of what Monies and Provisions they have in Readiness designed for the Service of Ireland; and in what Proportions they have assigned them to the particular Provinces in Ireland.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Colonel Nedham, and the Officers of his Regiment, whose Names are subscribed; and likewise, the Petition of Lieutenant Colonel Phane Beecher; and likewise, that Captain Sydnam, Cornet Ward, Colonel Hunks, Colonel F. Roe, Cornet Temple, Captain Nelson, Captain Scott, Major Pitson, Captain Playfore, Captain Rudduck, Mr. Pechell, upon his own Accounts, and the Accounts of Major Bethell, slain at the Siege of Bristoll, to whom the said Pechell is Executor; be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland sitting in the Star Chamber; to consider of such of their Accompts as are stated; and to give Order for the Stating of such Accompts as are not yet stated; and out of such Money as they shall make appear to be due to the State, and hath lain in private Mens Hands above Five Years, and not yet disposed of to . . . . . other Uses; and, out of such Delinquents Estates, as they shall discover; to give Order for the Payment, unto them, of such a considerable Proportion of their Arrears as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, here in London, be enjoined to sit constantly: And that they do receive and perfect, and certify the Accompts of Major General Skyppon, Colonel Barker, Lieutenant General Hammond, and Colonel Den, Colonel Clive, and such other Accompts as are lying before them.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sequestrations in the several and respective Counties, that have not yet delivered in their Accompts to the Sub Committees of Accompts in the several Counties, do forthwith deliver in the same to the Committee of Accompts here: Who are hereby authorized to send for, and demand the same.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday next come Sevennight, the Reports be made, concerning the Monies assigned upon Haberdashers Hall, for the Relief of divers distressed poor Protestant Ladies and Gentlewomen come out of Ireland.
Message to Lords.
Sir Henry Mildmay carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for appointing Alderman Thomas Andrews and Maurice Thompson Treasurers for receiving the Monies to come in upon the Ordinance for Ireland, of the Sixteenth Februarii 1647: An Ordinance for settling the Jurisdiction of the Admiralty: An Ordinance for giving Power to the Trustees for Sale of Bishops Lands, to convey Land to the Contractors in lieu of their Salaries: An Ordinance for taking off the Delinquency of Walter Thomas Esquire.
Allowance to Hammond.
Resolved, &c. That the weekly Allowance of Ten Pounds, over and above the Ten Pounds per Week, already allowed, be made and allowed to Colonel Robert Hammond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, for defraying Expences of his Table, and other extraordinary Expences in the Isle of Wight: And that the Committee of the Revenue, to whom it is referred to pay the other Ten Pounds, do likewise pay this Ten Pounds, to make the whole weekly Allowance Twenty Pounds per Week.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Gentlemen of this House that are of the County of Southampton, to consider, How the Sum of a Thousand Pounds may be had, to be bestowed upon Colonel Robert Hammond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, and of Five hundred Pounds per Annum, to be settled upon him, and his Heirs for ever, out of Papists Estates in Arms, or Delinquents excepted from Pardon, not yet disposed of.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That no Officer or Soldier, who is to have his Accompts stated, and Debentures given him by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Army, and his Arrears secured, by virtue of several Ordinances heretofore made to that Purpose, shall have any other Course taken, or Order made, for paying or satisfying such Officer or Soldier, his Arrears so secured, as aforesaid, than what is already settled, by virtue of the aforesaid Ordinances: And all the Members of this House are required to take Notice of this Order; and enjoined not to presume to make any Motion for any Order contrary to this; And Mr. Speaker is, upon all Occasions, to put the House in mind of this Order: And this Order is to be set upon the Post.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the several Commissioners in the respective Counties, for quickening them to bring in the Assessments for Maintenance of the Forces of this Kingdom.
The humble Petition of Colonel Wm. Jephson was this Day read, setting forth his great Losses, the great Arrear due unto his Entertainment in the Service of Ireland; and that he stands indebted in the Sum of One thousand Pounds, which he had borrowed, and expended among his Soldiers, to keep them together.
Ordered, That the Sum of One Thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. payable every Six Months: And that the said Sum of One thousand Pounds, when it shall, in Course, fall due, and the growing Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. in the mean time, be, every Six Months, paid unto Colonel William Jephson, or his Assignee, in Satisfaction of a Debt of One thousand Pounds, which the said Colonel William Jephson hath borrowed, and expended, and paid over to his Soldiers in the Service of the Parliament, in the Province of Munster in Ireland, for which he still stands indebted: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Colonel William Jephson, or his Assignee, shall be, from time to time, a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise, for Payment of the said Sum of One thousand Pounds, and growing Interest, every Six Months, as aforesaid, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds be forthwith paid, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall, unto Colonel William Jephson, or his Assignee, upon Accompt, to be allowed in Part of the Arrears due unto him, upon his Entertainment in Ireland, in the Service of the Parliament, out of the Fifth, and Twentieth Parts of such Delinquents as the said Colonel William Jephson shall nominate to the said Committee, who have not yet paid their Fifth, and Twentieth Parts.
A Certificate from the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, of the Fifth of February 1647, certifying, That, upon stating the Accompt of Colonel Sir Richard Houghton, there rests due unto him, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament, the Sum of Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds Six Shillings and Three-pence; and likewise an additional Certificate from the said Committee, of 4 Martii 1647, certifying, That there is more due to the said Sir Richard Houghton, not allowed upon the former Accompt, the Sum of Twenty-eight Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Six-pence; were this Day read: Which, in the Total, make resting to the said Sir Richard Houghton the Sum of Seven hundred Seventynine Pounds Five Shillings and Nine-pence.
Ordered, That the Sum of Seven hundred Seventy-nine Pounds Five Shillings and Nine-pence, owing unto Colonel Sir Richard Houghton, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament, be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course; and paid accordingly, by the Commissioners of the Excise, to the said Sir Richard Houghton, or his Assignee: And that an Ordinance be brought in to this Purpose.
Letter to Scotts Commissioners.
Mr. Lisle reports from a Committee appointed to that Purpose, the Draught of a Letter to be sent to our Commissioners in Scotland: The which was read; and, upon the Question assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent away.