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, 24 Julii, 1648.
Duke of Bucks, &c. Sequestrations.
ORDERED, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be advanced and charged upon the Sequestrations of the Duke of Bucks, Earl of Holland, and such other Persons as were engaged in the late Insurrections in Surrey, for the Guards appointed to guard the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Report touching Serjeant Glanvile's Delinquency, be made on Thursday next: And that the Fine for his Delinquency, and Assessment for his Fifth and Twentieth Part, do go to maintain the Guards appointed to guard the Parliament.
An Ordinance for settling the Militia of the County of Dorsett, and the Town and County of Poole, was this Day read, and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Crown Rents, &c.
An Ordinance, That the Rents and Revenues. due to the King, Queen, and Prince, in the Counties of York, Nottingham, Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancaster, the City, and County of the City of York, the Town and County of the Town of Nottingham, the Town and County of the Town of Kingston, upon Hull, and the Town and County of the Town of Newcastle, within these Two Years last past, be paid, upon Account for the present Supply of the Officers and Soldiers under Major General Lambert in the North, to Thomas Rooksby Esquire, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Suffolk be read Tomorrow Morning.
An Ordinance for charging the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, for the Service of the Northern Forces, and for advancing Twenty thousand Pounds for that Use, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Payment to Osburne, &c.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto Lieutenant Colonel Wm. Osburne, and John Spencer, who are appointed to go along with Mr. Halliburton to his Majesty to the Isle of Wight, for their Charges expended, and to be expended, in their several Journies: And that the said Hundred Pounds be charged upon the Committee of the Revenue.
An Ordinance for bringing in the second Payment, upon the Contract for the Purchase of Bishops Lands, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Bunckley is to carry it to the Lords.
Letters to the King.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Governor of the Isle of Wight, that he suffer no Letters to be delivered to the King by Mr. Halliburton; but only such as he hath Commission from the Committee of Estates, or Parliament in Scotland, to deliver to his Majesty.
Ordered, That the Committee at Darby House do prepare this Letter.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Contractors for Bishops Lands, to have a special Care, that the Purchasers be not permitted to enjoy both the Profits of the Lands, and the Interest for the Tickets, after Contract.
The Order, sent from the Lords, of the * Day of February 1647, for preparing a Grant of the Place of Gentleman Porter of the Tower of London unto John Baldwyn Esquire, quamdiu se bene gesserit; and for passing the same under the Great Seal; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That Oliver St. John Esquire, his Majesty's Solicitor General, do prepare a Grant of the Place of Gentleman Porter, or Chief Porter, of the Tower of London, unto John Baldwyn Esquire, quamdiu se bene gesserit; with all and singular the Advantages, Profits, and Emoluments whatsoever, duly belonging to the said Office and Place; in as ample a manner as the same hath been formerly enjoyed by his Predecessors, or any others: And the Commissioners for the Great Seal, for the Time being, are hereby authorized and desired to pass the said Grant, so prepared, under the Great Seal accordingly.
Ordered, That as to the Word "Usury," in the * Paragraph of the Large Catechism, be re-committed to the Assembly of Divines: And it is referred to the Assembly of Divines, to explain what they mean by the Word "Usury," in that Place; and to return their Opinions to the House.
An Ordinance, formerly sent from the Lords, . . . making a new Lease, made to Ralph Rigges, by . . . late Bishop of Winton, on the Twenty-fourth of March 1641, and all Estates derived from the same, good, as if the Ordinance of 9° Octobris 1646 had not been made, being this Day put to the Question, was agreed unto.
Ordered, That the Clause; viz. "aggravating smaller Faults, hiding, excusing, or extenuating Sins, when called to a free Confession;" be re-committed to the Assembly of Divines; to explain their Meaning thereby: And they are to return their Sense thereupon to the House forthwith.
Resolved, &c. That these Words, in the 10th, 11th, and 12th Lines, in the Forty-second Page; viz. "aggravating smaller Faults, hiding, excusing, or extenuating Sins, when called to a free Confession;" be ommitted, and left out, in the said Catechism.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Bunckley carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for raising a Troop of Horse for Huntingtonshire: Order for Payment of One hundred Pounds apiece to Colonel Butler, and Quartermaster Fincher: Order for those that have invited the Scotts, under the Command of Duke Hamilton, to come into England, be Traitors: Order for Colonel Hill.
According to former Order, the House proceeded in reading the larger Catechism.
And the same, being read, upon the Question, was assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence. And
It is Ordered, That the Lords be desired to concur, That the said Catechism be printed and published.
The House proceeded this Day in reading of the Shorter Catechism.
And the same, being read, and put to the Question, was approved of; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence. And
It is further Ordered, That the Lords be desired to concur with this House, That the said Catechism be forthwith printed and published.
Sir Robert Harley is to carry them to the Lords.
Dorsett Militia, &c.
Sir Walter Erle carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order touching the Militia of the County of Dorsett; and the Order touching the old Customs.
Sir Walter Erle brings Answer, That, to the Order touching the Militia of Dorsetshire, the Lords do concur: And, as to the Order touching the old Customs, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Order for this Day, touching proceeding upon the Business for Peace, be transferred until To-morrow Morning at Ten of Clock; and then the Business be taken up: And whatsoever Business is then in Hand, is to be broken off: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind thereof.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Squire Bence, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from Darby House, a Letter from Robert Clerke, from aboard the Swan Frigate in Chester Water, this 16 Julii: The which was read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what Captain Clark hath done, in stopping the Ship and Bark, transporting Soldiers out of Ireland; and of stopping the Soldiers in them; and of his Releasing of them.
Ordered, That Captain Clerk, and the rest of the Ships upon the Coast of Ireland, have Power to stop all Officers and Soldiers that come out of Ireland, without the Knowledge and Appointment of the Parliament of England, from coming into England or Scotland; and to take and seize upon them, and all such as assist them.
Ordered, That the Committee at Derby House do send this Vote and Order to Captain Clarke.
Scotts Forces in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Lord Marquis of Argill's, and the Earl of Glinkarne's Regiments, and such other Scotch Forces as remain in Ireland, and refuse to go out of the Parliament's Service, be provided for, as the rest of the Regiments are, that serve the Parliament: And that it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons at Darby House, to signify so much to Colonel Munck.
Ordered, That the Order of the Eighteenth Instant, for Five hundred Pounds for Garisons, have a Clause added, "that this Money be paid to such as the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House shall appoint to receive it: And that their Receipt for the same shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers at Haberdashers Hall: And that the same Monies be laid out by the Direction of the said Committee."
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Stores be taken up To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Report touching the Navy be taken up To-morrow Morning, next after the Business touching the Stores.
Ordered, That the Officers, already with Colonel Lambert, do remain with him, until other Officers come to him: And that there be a Train of Artillery sent to the said Colonel Lambert: And that it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider, with the Committee of the Army, of the Quantity of the said Train; and how it shall be provided; and to appoint such a Train as is necessary.
Mr. Swynfen reports from the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House * * * *.
Ordered, That the Vote of this House of the Eighteenth of this Instant July, concerning the Lord Admiral, be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Power be given to the Lord Admiral, to give Indemnity to such of the Seamen, as shall come in within Twenty Days after the Date of this Order; and to promise the Arrears to such Ships as shall come in.
The Lords Concurrence * * * *.
Ordered, That the House do take up the Debate, of what further Instructions the Lord Admiral shall have concerning his Fighting at Sea, To-morrow . . . ning.
Isle of Wight.
A Letter from Caresbrook Castle, of the Eighteenth of July, 1648, from Colonel Hamond to the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be charged upon the Revenue, and forthwith paid to Colonel Hamond, or his Assigns, for Maintaining of the Forces in the Isle of Wight: And that the Sum of Two hundred Pounds more be also charged upon the Revenue, and forthwith paid to the Governor of Hurst Castle, for Victualling and repairing of the said Castle: And that it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to send a Troop of Horse out of the Army to Colonel Hamond, for Defence of the Isle of Wight: And the several Receivers of Hamshire, and of the Isle of Wight, are hereby enjoined, out of the Assessments, to make Payment, in the first Place, . . the Pay due to the Horse and Foot in the Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That Mr. Crew do go on with the rest of his Report To-morrow Morning.
Scott's, &c. Claims.
The humble Petition of Lovell Scott Gentleman, and others of the Isle of Wight, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds Fifteen Shillings and One Peny, disbursed by the Petitioners, and Three hundred Pounds due to Mr. Francis Harvey, for Provision of Victuals for the Town of Lyme in the County of Dorsett, in the Time of the Siege of the said Town by Prince Mawrice, be paid unto the Petitioners, and the said Mr. Harvey, or their Assigns; and be charged upon the Excise, in Course.
Mr. Bunckley is to bring in an Ordinance to that Purpose.
Clerk of Parliament.
Whereas there is a Fee or Annuity of Forty Pounds per Annum, payable out of the Revenue of his Majesty's Hanaper in Chancery, unto John Browne Esquire, Clerk of the Parliament; and the same for the Year 1642 is yet unpaid him: It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Clerk of the Hanaper is hereby authorized to pay forthwith unto the aforesaid John Browne, the Sum of Forty Pounds in Arrears to him: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.