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 Jovis, 21 Januarii, 1646.
A LETTER from Colonel Mytton, of 19 Decembris 1646, from Harleigh, was this Day read; and was concerning the Service done to the Parliament, by the Gentlemen of the County of Caernarvon: And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That the Delinquencies and Sequestrations (if any be) of the Gentlemen and Inhabitants of the County of Caernarvon, whose Names are annexed to the Petition presented from the said County to the House of Commons; and of other well-affected, that came and joined with Colonel Mitton, be forthwith taken off, and discharged: And that an Ordinance be brought in for this Purpose: And that Proceedings be, in the mean time, had against them, by reason of their Delinquencies.
A Letter from Colonel Mitton, of the 10th of November 1646, from Conway, recommending Dr. John Williams, late Archbishop of York, to the Protection and Favour of the House; and that he may enjoy the Remainder of his Estate, was this Day read: And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That the Delinquency and Sequestration (if any be) of the Estate, real and personal, of Dr John Williams, late Archbishop of Yorke, be forthwith taken off and discharged; he taking the negative Oath, and the national League and Covenant: And that an Ordinance be brought in for the Discharge of his Delinquency and Sequestration, in usual Form: And that no Proceedings be had against him, in the mean time by reason of his said Delinquency.
Mr. Recorder is to bring in these Ordinances, for Discharge of the Sequestration of Doctor Williams, and the Gentlemen of Caernarvonshire.
A Person intercepted.
A Letter from Colonel Mitton, of 11 Januarii 1646, from Wrexham; a Copy of an intercepted Letter, of 28 Decembris 1646, from Dublyn, taken with one Mr. Peters that came out of Ireland with one Lieutenant Colonel Walton; and a Copy of a Letter from Mr. Bulkeley, of 7 Januarii 1646, from Bewmarice, inclosed; were all this day read.
Ordered, upon the Question, That Colonel Thomas Mytton, Colonel Glynn, Vice Admiral of North Wales, and Mr. Simon Theloall the elder, of Placeward; or any Two of them, do, upon Oath, examine very diligently and strictly Mr. Peters and Lieutenant Colonel Walton, and the rest taken with them at Anglesey; and that after they have examined them, they do send them up hither as Prisoners, in very safe Custody, together with their Examinations upon Oath.
Isle of Anglesey.
Amongst other Things in the said Letter from Colonel Mitton, of 11 Januarii 1646, from Wrexham, and this Day read, as aforesaid, he acquaints the House, That the Gentry and Commons of the Isle of Anglesey, upon the Surrender of that Island, together with the Castle of Bewmarice, unto the Parliament's Use, had Articles and Conditions from him, for an effectual Mediation, to be freed from Sequestrations; and to be received as Friends to the Parliament.
The Articles agreed upon the 14th Day of June 1646, for the Surrender of the said Castle of Bewmarice, read the 25th of June 1646, were again this Day read; and, upon the Question, confirmed: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That, according to the said Capitulations and Engagements, of Colonel Thomas Mytton, specified in the aforesaid Letter, the Persons concerned therein shall be discharged and freed from Delinquency and Sequestration.
Ordered, That the Certificate of 24 Augusti 1646, from Denbigh, concerning Mr. Simon Theloall of Placeward, and others, be taken into Consideration on Saturday next, the first Business, after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
Ordered, That the Petition of Colonel William Barton be taken into Consideration on Saturday next, after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
Ordered, That the Papers sent from the Lords, concerning Ireland, and the Business of Ireland, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next, the first Business.
The Vote formerly sent from the Lords, for appointing the Custody of the Great Seal to be continued in the Speakers of both Houses, until the End of Ten Days after the next Term, was this Day read the Second time.
The Question being propounded, For agreeing with the Lords in the said Vote;
The Question was put, That this Question should be now put.
It passed with the Affirmative.
And then the Question itself being put;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That the Custody of the Great Seal of England shall continue in the Hands it now remains, until the End of Ten Days after the next Term: And likewise the Commission to the Judges, and others, for the Hearing of Causes.
Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration, How the Great Seal of England shall be disposed of, after the Time for which it is to be placed in the Custody of the Speakers of both Houses, shall be determined, on this Day Sevennight, the first Business.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire them to appoint a Committee to consider of the filling up the Places of the Judges of the Courts in Westminster Hall that are wanting.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be Circuits as formerly hath been used, through the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales.
An Ordinance for committing the Great Seal of England into the Hands and Custody of Commissioners, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for authorizing the Commissioners of the Great Seal to issue a Commission to the Judges, and others, for Hearing of Causes in Chancery, in the Absence of the Commissioners, was this Day read; and, upon the Question passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Holles is appointed to carry these Ordinances to the Lords for their Concurrence: And to desire their Lordships, that the Seal may be delivered to the Commissioners; and that they may be sworn in the Presence of both Houses.
Judges to go Circuits, &c.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do consider of, and present the Names of the Judges that are to go the several Circuits of this Kingdom, this next Vacation, unto both Houses, for their Approbation.
Mr. Thorpe, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Ellys, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Nelthorp, Mr. Love, Mr. Green, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Ball, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Bennet Hoskins, Mr. Bosevile, Mr. Grimston, Colonel Thornhagh, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Fowell, Mr. Sam. Browne, Colonel Birch, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Roger Hill, Sir Symonds D'Ewes;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to consider of Instructions to be given to the Judges, to be made use of by them at the Assizes, in the Circuits, this next Vacation: And are likewise to consider of, and bring in an Ordinance for settling and regulation all Differences that may arise between Landlords and Tenants, by reason of the late Troubles; and also to present to this House the Names of fitting Persons to be Judges for Wales: And are to meet upon it To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: And the Care hereof is more particularly referred to Mr. Thorpe.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the Taking away of Committees in the Countries; and other Committees; be revived: That all the Lawyers of the House be added to this Committee: And that they do meet de die in diem; and make a speedy Report thereof to the House.
Proceedings concerning Hudson.
The House being informed, That Michaell Hudson, who was sent up Prisoner, by Order from Hull, was at the Door;
He was called in; and related several Passages to the House, of what he had writ to Major General Langherne, and concerning others.
Resolved, &c. That Michaell Hudson be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Tower of London, for Treason: And that the Lieutenant of the Tower do not suffer any to speak with him, without the Hearing of his Keeper.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty Pounds be paid unto the Officer and Troopers that brought-up Michaell Hudson: And that this Fifty Pounds be charged upon the Committee of the Revenue: And that the Committee of the Revenue do pay the same unto Mr. Thorp, a Member of this House: And that he do distribute it amongst them.
A Prisoner discharged.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel Marries, sent up a Prisoner from Colonel General Points, be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint: And that he pay no Fees.
Apprehending Hudson, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Tolson do give Thanks to Mr. Ellison, Mr. Man, and the Persons that first discovered Michaell Hudson; upon whose Information he was taken.
Ordered, That the Sum of Sixty Pounds be forthwith paid, by the Committee of the Revenue, to the Serjeant at Arms attending this House; to be disposed by him, towards the Fees and Charges in Apprehending and Bringing up of Lieutenant Colonel Maries and others, for endeavouring to betray Pontefract Castle.