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 Mercurii, 14 Martii, 1648.
Leave of Absence.
Letter, &c. read.
A Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, dated at Edinburgh, 6 Martii 1649, wherein a Duplicate of the Paper, of the Twenty-fourth of February, given in by their Commissioners, was inclosed, was this Day read.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, in pursuance of their Order of the Ninth of March, concerning the Modelling of the Forces that are to go into Ireland; They have conferred with the General about it: Who hath since consulted with his Council of War, and returned their Opinion, That those Forces would best be modelled to the Advantage of the Service of the Commonwealth, if the Commander in Chief for those Forces were first named: Which the Council taking into serious Consideration, and finding it a Business of Weight, have thought fit to represent the same to the House, to desire them to declare their Pleasure concerning the Nomination of the Commander in Chief: Which being determined, the rest of the Work will proceed with more Effect and Expedition.
Ordered, That it be referred back to the Council of State, to take the same into Consideration; and the whole Affairs of Ireland, concerning the Forces to be sent thither; and how they shall be commanded in Chief; and what is fit to be done on the whole Business; having respect to the Safety of England; and to order it accordingly.
Abolishing House of Peers, &c.
An Act for settling the Militia of the City of Westminster, and Liberties thereof, and of all the Parishes, and Places adjacent, of the County of Middlesex, within the weekly Bills of Mortality, and late Lines of Communication (except the Hamlets of the Tower), was this Day read the First and Second time.
Dissents to Vote 5 Dec.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Members who have not entered their Dissent or Disapproval to the Vote of the Fifth of December last, do report, on Friday Morning, concerning such as have tendered them Satisfaction.
Declaration of Parliament.
Dean and Chapters Lands.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for Sale of the Fee-farm Rents, lately belonging to the Crown, and Duchy of Lancaster, do forthwith prepare the Act; and bring it in with all Speed: And Mr. Clement and Mr. Garland are to have an especial Care hereof.
E. India Company;
It is Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs do permit and suffer the said Governors and Company, to pass and transport, upon the Ships named the Eagle, Ruth, and Anne, ready to set sail to the East Indies, Foreign Coin, and Bullion, to the Value of Threescore and Five thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That the Earl of Denbigh, Sir Henry Myldmay, Mr. Heveningham, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr. Feilder, Mr. Trenchard, and Mr. Challener, together with the Master of the Ceremonies, do attend the Prince Elector to Gravesend: And that the Committee of Revenue do take care of Provision of Barges for that Service: and for Payment of the Charge of the said Barges.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker, with some other Members of this House, do wait on his Highness the Prince Elector, by the Command of this House, to take Leave of him: And that the Members do meet at Mr. Speaker's House, To-morrow Morning at Nine of the Clock, for that Purpose.
Ordered, That the Monies raised by the Fines set upon the Persons which made the Mutiny in the Isle of Wight, ordered to be paid to the Sheriff of Southampton, and, by an Order of the Twenty-ninth of February 1647, to be paid to Colonel Hamond, shall be paid, by the said Sheriff, to Major Rolfe, and Mr. Thomas Bournman, instead of Colonel Hamond.
Upon the said Major Rolfe and Mr. Thomas Bourman's Acquittance, testifying the Receipt thereof, the Committee of the Revenue are to take Notice of the Payment thereof; and to give Discharge to the Sheriff for the same accordingly.
Justices to take Oaths.
Ordered, That a Letter be prepared, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Sheriffs of the several Counties, requiring them to give personal Notice to all the Justices of the Peace in the several Counties, who have not taken their Oath, to make their Appearance at the next Quarter Sessions, and take their Oaths: And that the Clerk of the Peace of the several Counties do presently thereupon certify the Names of all those Persons who are named as Justices of the Peace in the last Commission, that shall neglect to take their said Oaths: And that the Commissioners for the Great Seal do take care to send down the Commissions, with Dedimus' accordingly: And Mr. Miles Corbett, and Mr. Love, are to prepare a Letter accordingly.
Resolved, That the Earl of Winchester, Matthew Wren, Sir John Stowell, David Jenkins, who were formerly excepted for Life, and are now in Custody, be presented to the House, for their Resolution, Whether these Persons shall be proceeded with by way of Tryal for Life, perpetual Imprisonment, or Banishment, or Confiscation.
John Earl of Bristol, Wm. Earl of Newcastle, Sir Wm. Widdrington, Geo. Lord Digby, Sir Philip Musgrave, Sir Marmaduke Langdale, Sir Richard Greenvile, Sir Francis Doddington, Earl of Worcester, Sir John Winter, Sir John Culpepper, Sir John Byron.
Resolved, That the Twelve before named, and all such as have been acting in the plotting, designing, or assisting in, the Irish Rebellion, shall be proscribed, as Enemies and Traitors to the Commonwealth; and shall die without Mercy, wheresoever they shall be found within the Limits of this Nation: And their Estates shall be confiscate, and forthwith employed for the Use of the Commonwealth.
Resolved, That all other Delinquents, Members of this Commonwealth, not comprehended in the former Exceptions, shall be admitted to compound, according to the Rules and Limitations hereafter expressed.
Resolved, That the Time for the coming in of all Delinquents within the Land, whose Habitations are within Fourscore Miles of London, to file their Petitions and Particulars, shall be before the Twentieth of April next; and for all others residing at a further Distance, before the Third Day of May.
Resolved, That the Times for perfecting their Compositions; that is to say, for submitting to their Fines, and paying one Moiety, and securing the Remainder at Three Months Day; shall be Six Weeks, from the respective Days before limited for filing their Petitions and Particulars.
Resolved, That the Time for the coming in of all Delinquents now beyond Seas, and out of this Land, shall be the First of June next, for the Filing of their Petitions and Particulars: and Six Weeks after, for the Perfecting of their Compositions, as is before expressed.
Resolved, That the Rents and Profits of all sequestred Estates (except the Persons before excepted), growing due at Our Lady-day next, shall be stayed and detained in the Tenants Hands until the First Day of June next.
Resolved, That the Estates of all such Persons who shall neglect to render themselves, and submit to their Composition, at the respective Times before limited, shall be confiscate, and converted to the Use of the Commonwealth.
Resolved, That Delinquents who were formerly excepted from Pardon, by their particular Names or Titles, who have not been formerly, but now are, admitted to Composition, (except such as have already compounded), shall pay one full Moiety of the true Value of their Estates.
Resolved, That all Papists that have been in Arms, or that have adhered unto or assisted the Forces raised against the Parliament (except such us are by Name excepted from Pardon, or that have had any Hand in the plotting, designing, acting, or assisting the Rebellion in Ireland), shall, if they render themselves, and perfect their Compositions, within the respective Times herein before limited, have Liberty to compound for their Delinquency, paying one full Moiety of their whole Estates: Nevertheless the Two Third Parts of such Estates, after they have compounded, shall continue to the Use of the Commonwealth, according to the Statute.
Resolved, That all Papists that have been in Arms, or that have adhered unto or assisted the Forces raised against the Parliament (except such as are by Name excepted from Pardon, or that have had any Hand in the plotting, designing, aiding, or assisting, the Rebellion in Ireland), shall, if they render themselves, and perfect their Compositions, within the Times herein before limited, have Liberty to free one Third Part of their Estates from Sequestration, paying one full Part of Three for the same; and the other Two Parts shall continue and be employed to the use of the Commonwealth.
Resolved, That all such Delinquents as have been Members of either House of Parliament, and all Judges, Officers towards the Law Common or Civil, and all Serjeants, Counsellors, and Attornies, Doctors, Advocates, Proctors of the Law Common or Civil, and all Bishops, Clergymen, Masters and Fellows of any College or Hall, in either of the Universities, or elsewhere; and all Masters of Schools or Hospitals; as also Humphry Bennett Esquire, Sir Edward Ford, Sir George Vaughan; and all other the Persons named, in the Fourth Qualification of the Propositions sent to Hampton Court, to pay one Third (except such of the said Persons as were included in any Articles, whereof they have the Benefit); shall pay one full Third Part of the true Value of their Estates.
Resolved, That all such as were Servants in Ordinary to the late King, Queen, or Prince, and not engaged in any Command, or military Service, or have not voluntarily contributed to the Maintenance of the late War against the Parliament, shall pay one full Tenth Part of the true Value of their Estates.
Resolved, That all Persons who have formerly compounded, and have concealed or undervalued any Part of their Estates, and shall themselves discover it before the First Day of June next, shall be admitted to compound for the same, at the same Rate for which they did compound for the other Part of their Estates: But if any such Concealment or Undervalue shall be hereafter discovered by any other Person, before the Delinquent himself discover the same, and shall not be compounded for within the Times herein before limited, according to the Rate heretofore imposed by Order of Parliament, upon such Discoveries; that then such Estate which is concealed, or so much as appears to be above the Value compounded for, shall be forfeited to the Commonwealth.
Resolved, &c. That David Jenkin be proceeded against to a Tryal for Life: And that the Judges in that Circuit in Wales be required to proceed to an Indictment against him, in the proper County, this next Assizes: And that Mr. Love do give them Notice hereof.
The Question being propounded, That, of the Prisoners of War, now in Custody, none shall be proceeded against, as to Life, besides Sir John Stowell Knight, and David Jenkin, who are referred to be proceeded against by Tryals at Law; and except such as are appointed to be tried, or are tryable, by a Court Martial, for Revolts either by Land or Sea;
|Lord Munson,||Tellers for the Yeas:||26.|
|Sir Wm. Allenson,||With the Yeas,|
|Sir Arthur Heslerigg,||Tellers for the Noes:||17.|
|Commissary Gen. Ireton,||With the Noes,|
Resolved, &c. That, of the Prisoners of War, now in Custody, none shall be proceeded against, as to Life, except Sir John Stowell Knight, and David Jenkin, who are referred to be proceeded against by Tryals at Law; and such others as are appointed to be tried, or are tryable, by a Court Martial, for Revolts either by Land or Sea; viz. Major General Langhorne, * Powell, * Poyer, * Linden and Browne Bushell; and except such as have held out any Castle, Fort, or Island, against the Parliament, since the First of March instant.
Resolved, &c. That the Persons hereafter named; viz. Charles Stuart, Eldest Son of the late King; James Stuart, Second Son of the late King; John Earl of Bristoll, Wm. Earl of Newcastle, Sir William Widdrington, George Lord Digby, Sir Philip Musgrave, Sir Marmaduke Langdale, Sir Richard Greenvile, Sir Francis Doddington, the Earl of Worcester, Sir John Winter, Sir John Culpepper, Sir John Byron, and George Duke of Buckingham; and all that have been plotting, designing, or assisting, in the Irish Rebellion; and all such Persons as now do hold out any Castle, Fort, or Island, against the Parliament; shall be proscribed, as Enemies and Traitors to the Commonwealth; and shall die without Mercy, where-ever they shall be found within the Limits of this Nation; and their Estates shall be confiscate, and forthwith employed for the Use of the Commonwealth.