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 Sabbati, 27 Februarii, 1646.
AN Ordinance for the better explaining and executing the former Ordinances for the Sale of the Bishops Lands, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Samuell Browne, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Robert Pye, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Gott, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Gewen, Mr. Pury, Mr. Nathaniell Stephens, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Jennor, Mr. Love, Mr. Buller, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Hoskins, Mr. Sallway, Mr. Wynn, Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Richard Lucy, Mr. John Goodwyn, Mr. Oldisworth, Mr. Lisle, Mr. John Browne, Sir Beauchamp St. Johns, Mr. Doyly; Mr. Hill, Mr. Clem. Walker, Mr. Erle, Mr. Baynton, Colonel Thornhagh, Mr. Knightley, Sir John Evelyn of Surrey, Sir Roger North, Mr. Whittlock, Sir Tho. Wroth, Sir Charles Egerton, and the Members of this House that are of the Committee concerning the Sale of Bishops Lands: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Queen's Court: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Gott: And they are to report it on Monday Morning next, the first Business.
A Letter from the Parliament of Ireland, assembled at Dublyn, signed Sir Richard Bolton, Chancellor of Ireland, and Sir Maurice Eustace, Speaker of the House of Commons in Ireland, from Dublyn Castle, of 15 Februarii, 1646, was this Day read; with a Declaration inclosed, stiled, "The Declaration of the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, in Ireland, of the present Estate and distressed Condition of the Protestants in the said Kingdom; and their Address to the most honourable the Parliament of England, for Relief:" signed Phil. Savage, Dep. Cler' Parl'; and Phil. Ferneley, Cler' Parl' Dom' Com'; and bearing Date 12 Februarii 1646: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That they be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting at Derby House: And that the Gentlemen that brought this Letter and Declaration do attend the said Committee, and give their best Informations to the said Committee, concerning the Matters referred: And that the said Committee do, with all convenient Speed, report their Opinions, What they think fit to be done in this Business.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Walter Erle, and Mr. Reynolds, do go forth to the Gentlemen that brought the Letter and Declaration from the Parliament of Ireland; and acquaint them, That this House hath read the Letter and Declaration; and have referred them to the Consideration of a Committee; to which they are to repair, to give their Informations, concerning the Matters referred.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of a Petition of the Earl of Bathe; and of the Vote their Lordships passed upon it; which they desire this House to take into speedy Consideration; and to concur with them in it: To put you in mind of another Vote which they sent you, concerning Major Howorth and Captain Daniell Alderne; by which they are again petitioned by this Petition, which they have herewith sent you: And this Order for the Granting of a Pardon to John Borros, indicted for several Felonies.
Ordered, That, on this Day Fortnight, the Petition of the Earl of Bathe, with the Lords Vote thereupon; and likewise the Petition of Major Howorth and Captain Alderne; be read, and taken into Consideration.
Great Seal, &c.
Resolved, &c. That the Custody of the Great Seal do remain in the Hands of the Speakers of both Houses, in manner as now it is, for the Space of Twenty Days longer than the Time it is now continued for: And that the Commission for hearing Causes in Chancery be likewise continued for the same Term of Twenty Days.
Ordered, &c. That, on Thursday next come Fortnight, peremptorily, the first Business, the House do take into Consideration the Business concerning the Disposal of the Custody of the Great Seal: And that no other Business do intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind of this Order.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to furnish, for this present Service of Ireland, such Provisions of Arms, Ammunition, and other Provisions, as they can spare out of their Magazines: And that they do call Lieutenant Colonel Rowe before them; and know of him, what Arms, in his Custody, belonging to the State, may be had for the Service of Ireland.
Leave of Absence.
Goldsmiths Hall Revenues.
Ordered, &c. That, on Thursday next, the first Business, the House do receive an Account of the State of the Arrears in the several Counties, upon the several Ordinances for Monies to be paid in at Goldsmiths Hall; and of the Obstructions in the Bringing of them in: And likewise, that they do take into Consideration, How Monies may be brought in with the most Speed at Goldsmiths Hall; and some Course for the better ordering and bringing in Monies upon the Sequestrations, through the whole Kingdom; and to consider of some more easy way of Appeal than that to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Ordered, upon the Question, That Ten thousand Pounds more than what is already lately ordered for the present Service of Ireland, be provided for the same Service; deducting so much thereof as the Particulars of Arms, Ammunition, and other Provisions, shall amount unto; which they shall be furnished out of the Magazines of the Army: And that the said Ten thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, and paid by the Treasurers there, unto such Person or Persons as the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting in the Star Chamber, shall appoint to receive the same; and issued out by Order of the said Committee for the Affairs of Ireland: And the Acquittance of such Person or Persons as shall be appointed by the said Committee for the Affairs of Ireland to receive the same, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, accordingly. And, for the more speedy bringing in the said Monies; which does so much concern the Preservation of that Kingdom to this Crown:
It is further Ordered, That if any Person shall advance the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof, that he shall be allowed Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year, payable every Six Months, by the said Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall for the time that the Sum he shall so advance and lend, or any Part thereof, shall be forborne.
Ordered, &c. That it be earnestly recommended, from this House to Mr. John Ashe, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Jennor, and Mr. Francis Allen, to employ their best Endeavours, that this Sum of Ten thousand Pounds (the having whereof in time so much concerns the Preservation of the Kingdom of Ireland, and all the Protestants there) may be speedily furnished.
The Serjeant attended him with his Mace, and the Master of the Ceremonies; who brought him to the Chair, appointed for that Purpose: Where, after he had with some Respects saluted the House, he delivered his Mind in French. When he had ended, and had again saluted the House, Mr. Speaker told him, That when that which he had delivered shall be reported to the House, they will then take it into further Consideration.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you Four Reports from the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports; concerning Guernsey; Sir George Aiscue; the Admiralty Court and Jurisdiction; and concerning some Commanders of Ships going forth: A Petition from the Distressed Protestants in Ireland. They desire the Concurrence of this House, That Mr. Samuell Boulton may be one of the Assembly of Divines.
Ordered, &c. That the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House do acquaint Mr. Recorder. That this House hath thought sit, and hath so ordered, That John Barros, a Prisoner in Newgate, indicted of many Felonies, be reprieved until the next Sessions after this.
Letter to be read.
Ordered, &c. That, on this Day Sevennight, the Reports from the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, concerning Guernsey, and the other Reports from the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, be taken into Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords, That the Sequestration of the Estate, real and personal, of Susan Philpott Widow, late Wife of John Philpott, Sommersett Herald at Arms, deceased, be forthwith discharged; and is hereby fully discharged, and taken off: And all Committees and Sequestrators are to take Notice hereof, and to yield ready Obedience thereunto.