Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Martis, 2 Januarii, 1648.
Sheriff of Durham.
ORDERED, That James Clavering Esquire be nominated High Sheriff of the County of Durham.
Ordered, That Peter Pagan, Brewer, imprisoned for his Neglect in paying Excise, by Order of this House of 11 Augusti last, be forthwith released and discharged of his Restraint and Imprisonment, he having given Satisfaction therein.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to draw the Declaration are required to meet this Afternoon: And that they have Power to send for Mr. Sadler to attend them.
King's Expences, &c.
A Letter from Christopher Whitchcote from Windsore Castle, of 26 Decembris 1648, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds per diem be, and is hereby, allowed to Colonel Whitchcote, Governor of Windsore Castle; viz. Fifteen Pounds per diem for the daily Expences for the King and his Attendance, in like manner as was formerly allowed to Colonel Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight: And that the Five Pounds per diem, Residue of the said Twenty Pounds per diem, do go for and towards the Expence of Fire and Candle for the Guards, and other incident Expences upon the King's being there: to commence from the Time of the King's coming to Windsore, until this House take further Order to the contrary. And
It is further Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do pay the said Twenty Pounds per diem to the said Colonel Whitchcote, or his Assigns, accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Colonel Whitchcote, or his Assigns, for Payment thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Committee.
Ordered, That Colonel Whitchcote, Governor of Windsor Castle, be, and hereby is, impowered to discharge and turn out such of the Attendants who attend and wait on the King, as are Malignants, and ill-affected Persons, from attending and waiting on the King, in like manner as Colonel Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, had.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take special Care, that the Garison of Windsore be forthwith paid.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in, impowering the Committee of Sequestrations, in the County of Bucks, to sell and sell as many of the decaying Trees and Pollards, growing in and upon the Grounds and Woods of the Duke of Buckingham in the County of Bucks, in Places where they may best be spared, and do least Damage, to the Value of Three thousand Pounds: Whereof the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds is to be paid to Colonel Whitchcote, Governor of Windsore Castle, in Satisfaction of the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds formerly ordered him, and charged upon the Sequestrations of Berksheire and Bucking hamsheire: And the Residue of the said Three thousand Pounds is to go towards the Pay of the Horse Forces in the County of Bucks.
Ordered, That the Committee of the County of Lincolne are hereby impowered and authorized to lay an Assessment of Two thousand Five hundred Pounds upon the said County, for Relief of the Forces before Pontfract.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Message to Lords.
The Lord Gray carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote, declaring it High Treason in the King for the Time being, to levy War against the Parliament and Kingdom: An Ordinance for erecting an High Court of Justice, for Tryal of the King.
He brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer thereunto by Messengers of their own.
Settling the Government.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Settlement of the Kingdom, do meet this Afternoon; and do speedily present something to the House to that Purpose: And that Mr. Solicitor General be added to the said Committee.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Namptwich in the County Palatine of Chester was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Indemnity, such of them as are Members of this House; to consider, How such a Government may be settled in Namptwich, as is desired: And that the said Committee do forthwith report their Opinions thereon to the House. Mr. Browne, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Scott, Mr. Holland, Mr. Salwey, Colonel Ludlow, Colonel Walton, Mr. Mackworth, Mr. Humphrey Edwards, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Smith, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Corbett, Colonel Venne, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Love, Mr. Blagrave, Mr. Marten, Mr. Tho. Challoner, Mr. James Challoner, be added to the Committee of Indemnity.
And it is referred to the said Committee, to present Rules, How the Country may have the Benefit of the Ordinance of Indemnity, without being put to the Charge and Trouble of travelling to London.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Corbett carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for the Book of Rates: The Order for the Arrears of the pretty Customs to go to the Use of the Navy; The Order for securing Six thousand Pounds to the Commissioners of the Customs, out of the old and pretty Customs, lent by them for the use of the Navy.
Mr. Corbett brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer to the several Particulars by him carried to the Lords for their Concurrence, by Messengers of their own.
Mr. John Goodwyn reports from the Committee of Petitions, the State of the Business touching John Clarke, of London, Stationer.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the said Committee; and do Order, That the Committee of Sequestrations at Cambden House do pay unto Anne Brocklesby the Sum of One hundred Pounds, in full Satisfaction of her Debt due from Arthur Fry, of London, Pewterer, a Delinquent: And that John Clerke, who became bound as Surety for the said Arthur Fry, be, and is hereby, clearly discharged of his said Suretyship and Imprisonment.