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, 20 Januarii, 1646.
ACCORDING to former Order, the Report concerning the Obstructions, and State of Monies, charged upon the Excise, was this Day made.
The humble Certificate of the Commissioners of the Excise and New Impost was read.
An Abstract of Monies charged upon the Grand Ordinance for Excise was read, by several Ordinances of several Dates; the which amounts to the Sum of Three hundred Ninety-eight thousand Two hundred and Eleven Pounds Five Shillings, besides the Interest of the said Sums; and besides the Four hundred thousand Pounds charged upon the Credit of the Grand Excise, advanced, and secured, upon the Sale of the Bishops Lands.
An Estimate of the whole Charge upon the Office for Excise, made 30 Novembris 1646, was delivered in.
A Letter from Norwich, of 17 Decembris 1646, from the Sub Commissioners of Excise there, concerning divers Mutinies and Tumults committed by Butchers and others at Norwich, was read.
A Copy of a Warrant from the Mayor of the City of Norwich, and others, directed to Captain John Crusoe, Captain of the Dutch and French Congregation, for the Suppression of the Mutinies and Tumults at Norwich, was read.
A Letter from the Sub Commissioners of Excise, from Beccles, in the County of Suffolk, of 26 Decembris, 1646, informing, That, by reason of several Insurrections at Norwich, they were obstructed in their Proceedings, by the Butchers there, was read.
A Letter from the Sub Commissioners of Excise, from Norwich, of 28 Decembris 1646, and another Letter from them, of 8 Januarii 1646, concerning the said Mutinies and Tumults, was read.
A Letter from the Sub Commissioners of Excise, from Worcester, of 15 Januarii 1646, concerning the Obstructions of the Excise there; and a Copy of a Warrant of the Sub Committee for the County and City of Worcester, dated 13 Januarii 1646, directed to Marshal Harris, for committing the Sub Commissioners of Excise to his Custody; were read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the Time when the Grant of Excise shall determine to such Towns, Cities, and Counties, as have the whole Excise of the said Towns, Cities, and Counties, respectively given them, without Limitation of Time, shall be the Five-and-twentieth Day of March next.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That all such Counties, Cities, and Places, as have the Moiety or other Proportion of the Excise granted to them in Kind, either with Limitation, or without Limitation of Time, That the Time for the Continuance of such Grant shall be until the Five-and-twentieth Day of March next, and no longer.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the House do take into Consideration the Report for Removing of Obstructions in bringing in the Assessments for Ireland.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you these Three Letters: One from the King; another from the Commissioners of Scotland, at Newcastle; and this other from General Leven; which the Lords think fit to be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners here, by the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
They have likewise commanded us to deliver these Nine Papers, concerning Belfast, and some Irish Business: And to put you in mind of the King of Denmark's Letters; of an Ordinance for Mr. Rawlinson to be Minister of Lambeth, formerly sent unto you; and of a Petition of Mr. Oliver Browne.
Letters from the King, &c.
The Letter from the King was dated, Newcastle, the 15th of January 1646; and was read.
The Letters from the Commissioners of Scotland, and General Leven, were of 12 Januarii 1647, stilo Scotico, from Newcastle; and were read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That these Three Letters be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners here, by the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Grant to Killegrew.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay unto Sir Peter Killegrew the Sum of One hundred Pounds, for his Charges and Expences in his late Journey from both Houses to Newcastle, and back again.
Ordered, That the Papers this Day sent from the Lords concerning Belfast, and Irish Business, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, when the Report concerning Ireland is made.
Correspondence with Denmark.
Ordered, That the Letters from the King of Denmark, in Latin, from Fridburg, in Answer to the Letters of both Houses, concerning Mr. Henderson; and concerning the King of Denmark's Interposition; and concerning the Articles of Treaty, touching Tolls and Taxes; and the said Articles of Treaty; be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for foreign Affairs; to prepare Letters in Answer to the said King's Letters; and likewise to examine and compare these Articles with former Articles of former Treaties; and to observe, whether this Treaty be more or less beneficial to this Kingdom, than other Treaties; and to report the State of all to the House: And the Committee is enjoined to take these Businesses into speedy Consideration; and to make speedy Report to the House.
Ordered, That Sir Christofer Yelverton have delivered unto him the Letters from the King of Denmark, and the Articles of Treaty in Denmark: And that he do bring them to the Committee of Foreign Affairs To-morrow.
The humble Petition of Richard Jencks, employed from both Houses to the King of Denmarke, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be bestowed upon the Petitioner, by this House, as a Mark of their Favour; and in Testimony of their good Acceptance of the Services performed to the Parliament, by the Petitioner, in his Negotiations with the said King of Denmark: And that the said Sum of One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid to him by the Committee of the Revenue.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for the Creditors of Sir Allen Apsley be joined to the Committee of the Navy, as to the Consideration of that Business concerning the said Creditors of Sir Allen Apsley.
An Ordinance formerly sent from the Lords, for appointing Mr. John Rawlinson to be Minister of Lambeth, in the Place of Mr. John White, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Great Seal of England, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning at Ten of Clock.
Browne's, &c. Claims.
The humble Petition of Oliver Browne and John Baker, his Majesty's Upholsters, formerly sent from the Lords, was read; and was for the Payment of the Sum of One hundred and Eighty Pounds, for the Hire of Four Suits of Hangings, and other Services done by them for the House of Peers: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to pay unto the said Oliver Browne and John Baker the said Sum of One hundred and Eighty Pounds, or such Part thereof as shall appear to the said Committee to be really due to them, for any Hangings, or other Service done by them for the House of Peers.
Lord Castle Stewart.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith paid, by the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, unto the Lord Castle Stewart, upon Account: And that the Acquittance of the said Lord Castle Stewart, or his Assigns, shall be a good Discharge to the said Committee, and the Treasurers there, for Payment of the said Two hundred Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That the Reports concerning the Excise be proceeded in, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Payment to Smith.
Upon Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Ireland;
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred and Ninety and four Pounds, due to Francis Smith Esquire, for Cows and Sheep delivered by him into the Stores at Cork in Ireland, for Supply of the Army there, and for Monies lent to the Lord Inchiquin, be paid to the said Francis Smyth, or his Assigns, by the Treasurers for Sequestrations, at Guildhall, London: And that the Acquittance of the said Francis Smyth, or his Assigns, shall be a good Discharge to the said Treasurers for Sequestrations, for the Payment thereof, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers:
The House has considered your Lordships Message: And, as to the Communicating of the Three Letters, by the Members of both Houses of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to the Scotts Commissioners here; and the Ordinance for appointing Mr. Rawlinson to be Minister of Lambeth, in the Place of Mr. White; they do agree: And, as to the rest of the Particulars of the Message, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
An Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons, for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports; and an Order of the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby House, concerning the Articles for Surrender of Portland Castle and Island; a Paper of 10 Octobris 1646, signed William Batten; a Copy of the Articles of Agreement, for Surrender of the said Castle and Island, dated the 4th of April 1646; and a Petition of Richard Gilbert, and others, on the Behalf of themselves, and others, the Islanders of Portland, complaining of the Breach of the said Articles; were all this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That, by the Articles of the 4th of April 1646, agreed upon for the Surrender of Portland Castle and Island, no particular Person is barred from bringing any particular Action for any private Wrong or Injury done to him sithence the War.
Resolved, &c. That the Articles for Surrender of Portland Castle and Island be, and are hereby ratified and confirmed.
Resolved, &c. That, if any the Persons comprised within the said Castles be sequestered, that the Sequestrations be forthwith discharged: And that every such Person be likewise forthwith restored to all such their Goods or personal Estate, as hath been taken from them, by reason of any such Sequestration.
Ordered, That the Committee for the County of Dorsett do forthwith pay unto John Laverock, late Porter of the Castle of Portland, the Sum of Forty Pounds, in full Satisfaction of his Place of Porter of the said Castle; and of all Wages and Demands due to him, for or by reason of the said Place.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds, disbursed by Sir Henry Vane senior unto Colonel James Wardloe, late Governor of the Town of Plymouth, by Order of this House, of 4 Septembris 1644, be repaid unto the said Sir Henry Vane, or his Assigns, by the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, out of the Fine or Composition of Sir Thomas Liddall: And that the Acquittance of the said Sir Henry Vane, or his Assigns, shall be a good Discharge to the said Committee, and Treasurers there, for the Payment of the said Sum of Two hundred Pounds, accordingly.