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 Sabbati, 24 Martii, 1648.
The Question being propounded, That these Rates shall be the Proportions to be charged on each County, for the last Three Months Assessment of the Six Months, with regard, out of the Two thousand Three hundred Thirty Pounds Overplus, to ease those Counties that the House shall think sit to be relieved, in the Proportions formerly laid on them;
|Sir Arthur Heslerigg,||Tellers for the Noes:||16.|
|Sir Wm. Brewerton,||With the Noes,|
|Sir Henry Vane junior,||Tellers for the Yeas:||28.|
|Comm. Gen. Ireton,||With the Yeas,|
It was Resolved, &c. That these Rates shall be the Proportions to be charged on each County, for the last Three Months Assessment of the Six Months, with regard, out of the Two thousand Three hundred Thirty Pounds Overplus, to ease those Counties that the House shall think sit to be relieved, in the Proportions formerly said on them.
Resolved, &c. That Eight hundred Pounds, Parcel of the Two thousand Three hundred Thirty Pounds, be distributed in an Abatement of the Assessment on the Four Northern Counties; viz. Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Durham.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to insert Commissioners Names, and fill up the Blanks, and to perfect the Bill upon these Votes; and report it to the House: And all that come to that Committee for that Purpose, to have Voices.
WE have, according to your Lordships Order, returned our Opinions of such Increase of Wages as we conceive sitting to be given to the Officers above mentioned, for the time they are, or shall be, in Sea Service: Wherein, for the better Guiding of our Judgments, and your Lordships Approbation thereof, we have set down what the same Officers had respectively from the State, upon the former Rates: As for Rules for Payment of this Increase to such only as shall, upon their Return from Sea, deliver up their Accompts, without Imbezilment of the Stores, or other Abuse to the Commonwealth, we humbly offer to Consideration, That of these Officers there are none but the Boatswain, Gunner, and Carpenter, that have any Trust, with reference to Stores: And these indent for what they receive, to the Surveyor and Officers of the Ordnance, before their going to Sea; and their Places are a sufficient Tye upon them for their respective Fidelities, For the rest, viz. the Captain, Lieutenant, &c.; they are only employed for the Voyage; and there is no way to secure them, but by Security from themselves, or their Friends, to execute their Trusts with Fidelity to the State; or Command to the Treasurer, that he shall not pay them, or any of them, their Wages, till they have brought Testimonial from the Generals of the Fleet, that they have deserved the same, and no ways failed in the Trust reposed in them.
We have not always observed Proportion in these Allowances; though, so much as we could, we have endeavoured it: We allow no Master to a Ship of the Sixth Rate, as conceiving the Captain may, and most-an-end doth, supply both Places: In which regard we have made the Captain's Wages of the Sixth Rate Five Shillings per diem; and the Master's Mate Pay in the Sixth Rate equal to the Master's Mate of the Fifth Rate. We have also augmented the same, or very near the same Wages to Boatswains Mates, Carpenters Mates, Gunners Mates, Quartermasters, Quartermasters Mates, and Quarter Gunners, of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Rates, in regard those Officers allowed in Ships of the First, Second, and Third Rate are generally double, or, at least, more in Number than the same Officers in Ships of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Rates; as you may perceive, if you consult the Rates. All which we leave to your grave Considerations; and remain at your Lordships Commands.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to give the Rewards to the several Officers, at their Return home, as they shall think fit in their Discretions, not exceeding the Proportions contained in this Report.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia for Westminster, and Parts adjacent, have the Use of such Rooms in Worcester House, for their Sitting, and to keep their Arms and Magazines in, as shall be thought fit for that Occasion, until this House take further Order.