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, 21 Augusti, 1648.
A LETTER from Chester, of the Twenty-fifth of July 1648, from the Gentlemen of Cheshire, was this day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of the Sum of Four thousand Ninety-two Pounds, as the Debt of the State; for which Monies the Gentlemen of the County of Chester stand engaged, for the Payment of the Soldiers in the Garison of Chester since the Establishment.
Ordered, That the Sum of Four thousand Ninety-two Pounds, being the Principal Money, be advanced and charged out of the Moiety of the Grand Excise, in Course: And that the Interest of the said Four thousand Ninetytwo Pounds shall be paid out of such Delinquents Estates as they shall discover, that have not been formerly discovered nor sequestered.
Ordered, That the Estates of such Delinquents as the said Gentlemen of Cheshire, who stand engaged for the said Sum of Four thousand Ninety-two Pounds for Payment of the Soldiers in the Garison of Chester since the Establishment, or any of them, shall discover, not formerly discovered, and the Profits of the said Estates for the present, and the Fines and Compositions of such Delinquents, shall go towards the Payment of the Interest for the said Sum of Four thousand Ninety-two Pounds.
Sir C. Kemyes.
Ordered, That Sir Charles Kemyes, as to his Person, do pursue his Articles, and go beyond the Seas: And that, as to his Estate, he may be admitted to his Composition, according to such Rules and Proportions, as shall be given to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, in this Case; provided, That he pursue and perfect his Composition within Fourteen Days.
A Letter from the Commissioners with the Lord Admiral, from aboard the Admiral in Tilbury Hope, of the Nineteenth of August 1648, was this Day read.
E of Holland.
A Letter from the Lord General, from the Leaguer before Colchester, of 15 Augusti 1648; with a Letter from the Speaker of the House of Peers to the General, for the Removal of the Earl of Holland from the Castle of Warwick, into the Custody of the Gentlemen Usher of the House of Peers; were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be written to the Lord General; to let him know, That this House has received a Letter from him touching the Earl of Holland; and to desire, That the Earl of Holland may continue Prisoner where he is, until further Order from the House.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be written to the Lord Admiral; to desire him to suffer no Person to pass to the revolted Ships, upon any Pretence or Pass whatsoever, without Order of this House.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be written to the Committee of Kent, not to suffer any Person, upon what Pretence or Pass soever, to pass to the revolted Ships, without the Order of this House.
Mr. Lisle, Mr. Ashhurst, and Mr. Bois, are appointed to prepare the several Letters, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent away accordingly.
Ld. Andover, &c.
Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Lisle, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Colonel Birch, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Gurden, Sir John Potts, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. Scott, Mr. Lechemere;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Queen's Court; to state to the House the whole Matter of Fact, touching the Particulars informed of, concerning the Lord Andover, Mr. Pooley, Mr. Halliburton, and the Earl of Holland; and to search what Ordinances are passed in any of these Particulars; and to report the Whole to the House Tomorrow Morning; to the end the House may have a Conference with the Lords hereupon.
Suppressing Forces raised by Marten, &c.
The Answer of Colonel Wm. Ayre, and John Waldron, of 18 Augusti 1648, under their Hand, to the Serjeant at Arms his Man; and the Information of Joseph Jackman of London, Esquire, and the Information given by Francis Smith, John Wright, Thomas Grove, James Veare, John Awberry, and John Younge; were all this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to take speedy and effectual Course for the speedy Suppressing of those Forces, that are risen under the Command of Colonel Marten, Colonel Wm. Ayre, Captain Waldron, and others; and for the Restoring of such Horses and Goods, as by them are taken from the Country; by the Forces of the Counties of Berks, Southampton, Wallingford, Oxon, Bucks, or such others as they shall think fit: And that they send down Major Fincher in such manner as they shall direct, to command the Forces that shall be appointed for this Service.
The Gentlemen of the County of Berks are appointed to go to the Committee at Derby House; to advise and confer with them upon this Business.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That such Forces of Horse and Foot as are raised under the Command of Colonel Marten, and others under him, are Disturbers of the Peace of the Kingdom; and ought to be apprehended and proceeded against according to Law: And that the Country be enjoined to apprehend them, and proceed against them, accordingly.
Inquiry into a Design.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to go to the Common Council where Mr. Lechemere has the Chair, and the Committee appointed on Thursday last, 17 Augusti 1648, to go to the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, upon the Business expressed in that Order, be joined, and made One Committee: With Power to them to examine all such Persons, upon the Design informed of on Thursday Morning last; and to secure such Persons as they shall see Cause for; and to send for Persons, Witnesses, and Papers; according to the Power that is granted to that Committee, on Thursday last: And are to meet upon it this Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem.
Ordered, That the Ordinances concerning the Militia of the City of London be reported and read To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Officers, &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Officers and Soldiers, now informed to be at the Door, be received in, and read To-morrow Morning.
Sir John Danvers carried to the Lords the Ordinance for Wiltshire, for their Concurrence.
Governor of I. of Wight.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Committee for Peace, to consider of the Instructions of 16 Novembris 1647, given to Colonel Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight; and what Proceeding hath been upon the Treaty, that may relate to those Instructions; and what concerns the Safety of the said Isle, and Security of the King's Person; and to report the same to this House To-morrow Morning, together with their Opinion thereupon.
Letter from Gen. Cromwell, &c.
The Copy of a Letter from Lieutenant General Cromwell, from Preston, of 17 Augusti 1648, directed to the Committee of Lancashire, sitting at Manchester, inclosed in a Letter from a Member of this House, from Manchester, of 19 Augusti 1648, were this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to send away a Copy of Lieutenant General Cromwell's Letter to the General, and the Lord Admiral.
Horses, &c. seized.
A Letter from Captain Robert Clarke, from Chester Water, of 19 Augusti 1648, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That Captain Clarke do deliver unto Colonel John Moore, or such as he shall appoint to receive them, the Horse by him seized, towards the raising and furnishing his Troop; And he is further to deliver all such Saddles, Arms, and other Habiliments of War, as was taken with the said Horses.
Martial Law in Navy.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Martial Law to the Lord Admiral be forthwith printed; and sent, by the Care of the Committee of the Navy, to the Lord Admiral.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have commanded us to bring unto you divers Ordinances; viz. An Ordinance concerning Martial Law to the Lord Admiral; to which the Lords do agree: An Ordinance concerning the Earl of Nottingham's Pension: An Ordinance for Serjeant Turner to be a Baron of the Exchequer: An Ordinance for Mr. Thomas Shadwell to be Comptroller of the Customs of King's Lyn; to which the Lords desire the Concurrence of this House.
A Petition of the Field Officers, and Captains of Four Regiments, designed for the Service of Ireland; to which the Lords agree; and desire you to take it into Consideration. The Lords command us to put you in mind of their Lordships Votes, which they passed upon Colonel Hamond's Letter, and sent unto you, concerning Dr. Hamond, and Dr. Sheldon, Two of the King's Chaplains, going to the King; and to put you in mind of the Petition of Mr. John Jessopp.
Earl of Nottingham's Pension.
Whereas the Earl of Nottingham hath a Pension of Five hundred Pounds per Annum, by Letters Patents, under the Great Seal of England, payable out of the old Customs in the Port of London, whereof Two hundred Twenty-five Pounds, the Remainder of Two hundred and Fifty Pounds, due for Half a Year, ended the Twentyfourth Day of June last, is behind and unpaid, as appears by a Certificate hereunto annexed: And forasmuch as the Collector for the said old Customs doth not pay the same unto the Receiver General of the Revenue, from whom, by the Order of both Houses, the said Earl of Nottingham is to be paid; but hath the Money remaining in his Hand: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said Collector of the old Customs do forthwith pay unto the said Earl of Nottingham the said Sum of Two hundred and Twenty-five Pounds: And an Acquittance, under the Hand of the said Earl of Nottingham, shall be his sufficient Discharge for the same.
Justice of Com. Pleas.
An Ordinance, formerly sent from the Lords, for making Mr. Baron Atkins one of the Justices of the Common Pleas, was this Day read the First and Second time; and nothing done upon it at this time.
Serjeants and Judges, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners of the Great Seal, to nominate such able Lawyers of every Inn of Court, as are most fit to be made Serjeants, and to supply the Wants of Judges in the several Courts in Westminster; and to present them to this House on Thursday Morning next.
Comptroller of Customs.
Whereas Roger Bungey late Comptroller of the Customs of King's Lyn in the County of Norfolk, is deceased: The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do therefore this Day Ordain and Declare, That Thomas Shadwell Esquire shall from henceforth be Comptroller of the said Customs; and shall have, enjoy, and execute that Place or Office, with the Appurtenances, as amply and beneficially as the said Roger Bungey, or any others, have formerly held the said Office, in Part of Recompence for the Loss of his Office in the late Court of Wards: And this Ordinance shall be sufficient Warrant, as well to Oliver St. John Esquire, his Majesty's Solicitor General, to prepare a Bill, containing a Grant of the said Office to the said Thomas Shadwell, as also to the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, to pass the said Office or Place, in Form usual, to the said Thomas Shadwell, accordingly.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor General have Leave to go into the Country for a Month, for Recovery of his Health.
Ordered, That Mr. Lilesbone Long, a Member of this House shall have . . . . . to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Mayne, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashhurst, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the County.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill, a Member of the House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicholas, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country, for Recovery of his Health.
Deans and Chapters Lands.
Ordered, That, on Friday next, the Ordinance touching Deans and Chapters Lands be read.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for settling the Militia of the whole Kingdom be proceeded in, by the Grand Committee of the whole House, upon Saturday Morning, Eight of Clock.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That the House be Called this Day Fortnight.
An Ordinance for charging Ten thousand . . . . . . upon the Moiety of the Grand Excise, in Course, for the Service of the Forces raised by the County of Lancaster, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for New England be read on Friday next.
Payment to Blundell.
An Ordinance for Payment of Nine hundred Forty Pounds Three Shillings One Peny Halfpeny to Sir Arthur Blundell, out of the Grand Excise, in Course, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
The House being informed, that divers, who had inlisted themselves under Major General Skippon, were at the Door;
They were called in; and they presented a Petition to the House.
The Petitioners being withdrawn, their Petition was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of divers Inhabitants in the Parish of Botolph Aldgate, Botolph Bishopsgate, Whitechappel, and Shoreditch; who have already inlisted themselves under Major General Skippon, according to the late Order of this honourable House, of 5 Julii 1648."
Ordered, That Power be given to Major General Skippon, to appoint Officers, both Horse and Foot, over such as have inlisted themselves under him, not being within the City of London, and Liberties thereof.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee touching the joining the several Militias of London, Westminster, and the Out Parts, to consider of the rest of the Petitioners Demands, in and by their said Petition; and to confer with Major General Skippon about the same; and to report their Opinions thereupon to this House.-
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Humfrey Tufton, Knight and Baronet, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into the Country, for his Health's sake.-
The Petitioners being again called in; Mr. Speaker, by Command of this House; gave them this Answer;
The House has taken your Petition into their Consideration; and have given Power to Major General Skippon, to appoint Officers, both of Horse and Foot, over such as have inlisted themselves under him, not being within the City of London, and Liberties thereof: And, for the other Particulars of your Petition, the House has referred the same to the Committee; to consider of, and to confer with Major General Skippon thereupon; and to report their Opinion therein to this House, that you may receive such Satisfaction therein as is meet: And, for your good Affection formerly and now shewed, for Preservation of the House, and yourselves, the House has taken special Notice thereof; and have commanded me to give you very hearty Thanks.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Ordinance concerning the Earl of Nottingham, and Mr. Thomas Shadwell, the House doth agree: And, to the rest of the Particulars of your Message, the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.