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, 28 Januarii, 1646.
AN Ordinance for the Sale of divers Papists and Delinquents Estates, therein to be named, for the Use of the Commonwealth, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the same Grand Committee of the whole House, as the Ordinance, Instructions, and Propositions, for satisfying the whole Soldiery of the Kingdom, is referred.
Resolved, &c. That the further Sum of Twelve thousand Five hundred Pounds One Shilling and Seven-pence, intended to be paid by the Ordinance for the Sale of divers Papists and Delinquents Estates, now read, be paid by the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, out of the Fines and Compositions of those Delinquents, contained in a List formerly presented and voted by this House, for the Satisfaction of the reduced Officers named in Four Lists, presented to the House, and allowed of by them: And that the said Sum of Twelve thousand Five hundred Pounds One Shilling and Seven-pence be paid by the said Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to the same Persons, and distributed in the same Manner, and for the same Uses, as the former Ten thousand Pounds, charged upon the said Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, for the said reduced Officers, is appointed to be paid and distributed.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Eight thousand Two hundred Pounds, Remainder of the Sum of Thirty thousand Seven hundred Pounds, formerly voted by this House be paid to the reduced Officers contained in the Four Lists formerly presented to this House, and allowed to be paid, upon Account, for Relief of the said reduced Officers, in Course, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall.
Ambassador at Constantinople.
They were called in; and did desire the House, That they would take the sad Condition of their Affairs at Constantinople into speedy Consideration: Their Petition, that lies in the Hands of a Member of the House; and a Letter they last Night received from Constantinople; will more largely express the State of their Affairs.
The Petition (wherein they desire, That the Commissioners for the Great Seal may be authorized to pass a Commission to Sir Thomas Bendish, whom the Petitioners have elected for that Purpose, to supply the Employment of Ambassador at Constantinople) was read.
The Form of a Commission, in Latin, for enabling and authorizing a Person (with a Blank for his Name) to be Ambassador at Constantinople, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
ORDERED, That Major Nicholas West do forthwith give a sufficient Discharge to John Weaver Gentleman, for what Monies he, or any other Person by his Appointment, hath received of him for the Service of the Seven Associated Counties: And that the said Major West do not depart this Kingdom, until he hath put in his Accompt to the Committee for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom; and hath perfected his Accompts with them, concerning the Expence of the said Monies.
Ambassador at Constantinople.
The Ordinance, read the Second time in the Forenoon, for authorizing the Commissioners of the Great Seal to pass a Commission to Sir Thomas Bendish Baronet, to be Ambassador at Constantinople, was now put to the Question; and, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, upon the Question, That the weekly Assessments for Ireland, laid by the Ordinance of Parliament, of the 18th of October 1644, and since continued by the Ordinances of the Fifteenth of August, and 9th of March 1645, shall be assessed, collected, and paid; in all the Counties and Places of this Kingdom and Wales, according to the Rates and Proportions mentioned in those Ordinances, or any of them: The House do, not withstanding, declare, That the said Assessments for Ireland, continued by several Ordinances of Parliament, for the Term of Two Years, and the Arrears thereof, shall be paid by weekly Assessments, in the Counties South of Trent, that have been under the Enemy, within Two Years, to commence and be accounted from the 24th of June 1646; and in all the Counties beyond Trent, in like manner, in Two Years, to commence and be accounted from the Time of Delivery of the Town of Newcastle by the Scotts Forces. And the Members of the House, serving for each County and Place, are to sign such Letters as shall be tendered them from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Ireland, to be directed to the Committees of the several Counties and Places for which they serve; signifying this Resolution of the House: And that effectual Course be taken for the speedy Bringing in of those Assessments, by the said Committee of Lords and Commons for Ireland, according to this Order and Resolution.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons of Ireland, to receive the Complaints of the several Counties where the Forces designed for Ireland have lain upon their Transport; and to consider of some Course to give Satisfaction to the said Counties for the free Quarter, and free Billet, they have taken upon the Counties.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland shall have Power to grant Commission of Martial Law to the Major General of the Army for Ireland, and such others as the Lord Lieutenant shall think fit, for the Executing of Martial Law, from time to time, in the Conducting and Transporting of such Forces only as are or shall be designed for Ireland, according to the Laws of War, used and observed in the Army of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe, General of the Parliament's Forces in England, during the Time of the Forces, as aforesaid, designed for Ireland, shall be in England.
Newport Pagnell Garison.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee for the Eastern Association do forthwith take care for he effectual Slighting of the Garison of Newport Pagnell, at the general Charge of the said Eastern Association; and give an Account thereof to the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Ireland do take care speedily to send for the Powder and Ammunition at Newport Pagnall: And that the Committee of the Navy, and the said Committee of Ireland, do likewise take care for sending for the Pieces of Ordnance at Newport Pagnall: And that such of the said Ordnance as may be spared from the Navy, be employed in the Service of Ireland, and delivered over, by Indenture, to the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, or other Officers of the Train of Artillery of Ireland, whom it concerns.
Resolved, &c. That the Papers sent from the Commissioners from Belfast in Ireland, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House: And that, upon the Consideration of the said Papers, they do prepare a Letter, and offer it to the House, to be speedily sent from both Houses to the Parliament of Scotland.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fourteen hundred Pounds, brought back by Major Salwey, and other Commissioners employed to Dublyn, Remainder of the Five thousand Pounds intrusted with them upon the Design of Dublyn, be sent into Ireland to the Commissioners at Belfast, to be employed for the present Relief of the Forces sent thither: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to take care for the Dispatch of the said Fourteen hundred Pounds accordingly, to be employed for the Uses aforesaid.
Ordered, That Sir Robert King and Sir John Clotworthy, now employed as Commissioners from the Parliament into Ulster in Ireland, be, upon their own Desires, called home from their Employment in Ireland: And that Sir Wm. Anderson be employed in the Place of Sir Robert King: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to think of one other fit Person to be employed as Commissioner in the Place of Sir John Clotworthy.
Ordered, That the Commanders and Officers of the Forces of Ireland, in the Pay of the Parliament, and all Members of the Armies of Ireland, now resident in this Kingdom, be hereby required and enjoined forthwith to make their Repair to their several Charges: And that they do so order their Departure, as to be at the Sea-side within Fourteen Days after the Date hereof, to make their Passage.
Ordered, That Captain Edmond Temple shall have the Sum of Five hundred Pounds paid unto him, upon Account, by the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, out of the Fine and Composition of the Lord Lovelace, for his Delinquency, to be allowed and deducted out of the Arrears due unto him the said Captain Edmond Temple, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament in England: And that the Acquittance of the said Captain Edmond Temple shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Committee, and Treasurers, at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said Sum of Five Hundred Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That Colonel Purbeck Temple shall have the Sum of Five hundred Pounds paid unto him, upon Account, by the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, out of the Fine and Composition of the Lord Lovelace, for his Delinquency; to be allowed and deducted out of the Arrears due unto him the said Colonel Purbeck Temple, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament in England: And that the Acquittance of the said Colonel Purbeck Temple shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Committee, and Treasurers, at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said Sum of Five hundred Pounds accordingly.
Attorney Gen. of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of William Basil, of Lincoln's Inn, Esquire, to go into Ireland with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, in the Place and Employment of the King's Attorney General for that Kingdom; and do order, That the Solicitor General for England do prepare a Grant for that Place, to the said Mr. William Basil, in usual Form, to pass the Great Seal of England: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal for the time being do pass the said Grant accordingly.
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That the Sum of Six Pounds per Week be allowed and paid unto the Petitioner, for the Relief of herself, and her Children, out of the Treasury for Sequestrations at Guildhall, London: And the said Treasurers for Sequestrations are hereby required to make due Payment of the said Six Pounds weekly, accordingly.
Grant to Wyberroe.
It is Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be paid and bestowed upon the said Anne Wiborroe, in Consideration of her great Sufferings, and for Relief thereof, and for Satisfaction of her Demands, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall.
Ordered, That, according to the former Orders of this House, referring to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at Derby House, the Consideration of What Army will be necessary to be formed for vigorous Carrying on of an offensive War in Ireland, and the Estimate of an Establishment for such an Army, That the said Committee do bring in a Report of the said Business within these Ten Days, at farthest.
Attorney Gen. &c. of Ireland.
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds, of the Monies that remain at the Disposal of the Committee at Derby House, be disposed, by That Committee, upon the Order of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Attorney General, and Clerk of the Council designed for Ireland, that are now to go over with the Lord Lieutenant.
Sir A. Lostus.
Ordered, That Colonel Sir Arthur Loftus, now before the Committee for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom upon the Passing of his Accompts (in regard of his present Engagement in the Service of Ireland, and the Necessity of the speedy Repair to his Charge there) shall have the free Liberty of Twelve Months to go into Ireland upon his Employment accordingly, without any Lett or Stay from the said Committee.
Scotch Army in Ireland.
Ordered, upon the Question, That, out of the first Monies that shall be raised by the Sale of such excepted Delinquents Estates and Lands in this Kingdom, as are or shall be designed for Ireland, Sixteen thousand Pounds in Money shall be provided and sent to the Scotts Army in Ireland, for their present Relief, until further Provision be made for them.