Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 10, 1648-1649. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 14 die Martii.
Ds. La Warr.
Worcester House to be sold to the E. of Salisbury.
Upon Information to this House, "That the Trustees and Contractors of the Sale of Bishops Lands do refuse to act, in surveying, contracting, and making Sale of, and conveying, the Mansion-house situate and being in The Strand, commonly called Worcester House, together with the Gate-house being next the Street, and the other Tenements situate and being between the said Gate-house and Salisbury House, to the Right Honourable the Earl of Salisbury, as they are enjoined by Order of both Houses of Parliament, dated the 25th January last:"
It is Ordered, That the Trustees and Contractors of the Sale of Bishops Lands are hereby commanded to act according to the said Order, or else shew Cause to the contrary to this House To-morrow, or at the next Sitting of the House after the Order is served upon them.
Instructions for the Commissioners in Scotland.
The Lord Wharton reported a Letter and Instructions to be sent to the Commissioners in Scotland, concerning the Horse gone into Scotland; which, being read, were approved of, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Report concerning the Great Seal of Ireland.
Ordinance for Money, for Arms for Northumb. &c.
Sir H. Anderson's Petition, for an Abatement of his Fine.
It is Ordered, That his Petition is referred to the Commissioners at Gouldsmithes Hall, to examine the Suggestions of the said Petition; and if they find them true, then to abate him in his last Payment such as shall appear to be reasonable.
Flower, E. of Arundel's Servant, Privilege.
Ordinance to raise Money for the Army.
The Ordinance for raising Threescore Thousand Pounds, for Maintenance of the Army under Sir Themas Fairfax' Command, was read Twice, and passed with some few Alterations; and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence in the said Alterations.
Message to the H. C. about it;-with an Ordinance;-and with Instructions for the Commissioners in Scotland.
Ordinances and Orders for Concurrence.
Buller and Lane, a Pass.
Vote concerning the Declaration of the Members who went to the Army.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance;-to remind the Lords of the One for raising Money for the Army;- and for Mr. Herle to have Leave to come from Scotland.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Carr; who brought up an Ordinance for giving Leave for Sir John Strangwaies and his Son to be admitted to their Compositions, and Concurrence desired.
Message to the H. C. for the E. of Derby to be admitted to his Composition.
Ordered, That (fn. 1) James Earl of Derby be admitted to his Composition for his Delinquency, and the House of Commons desired to concur herein.
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees to give Mr. Herle Leave to come out of Scotland: To the rest of their Message, their Lordships will take the same into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Order for 5000l for Col. Legard.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds be allowed and paid unto Colonel Christopher Legard, or his Assigns, out of the Arrears and growing Profits of such Delinquents Sequestrations as he shall nominate in the County of Yorke, in full Satisfaction of the Arrears of the said Colonel Christopher Legard, and in full Satisfaction likewise of the Sufferings and Losses of the said Colonel Christopher Legard, and of his Father, being First in the Parliament's Service at Hull, and the First Sufferers for their Service: And the Sequestrators and Committees of Sequestrations, or others who have the Power of the Sequestrations, in the County of Yorke, are hereby authorized and required to pay the said Sum of Five Thousand Pounds to the said Colonel Christopher Legard, or his Assigns, out of the Arrears and growing Profits of the Sequestrations of such Delinquents Estates as the said Colonel Legard shall nominate as abovesaid; and the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Colonel Legard, or his Assigns, shall be from Time to Time a sufficient Discharge to the said Sequestrators, in the County of Yorke, for so much Monies from Time to Time as the said Sequestrators as abovesaid shall from Time to Time pay, in Satisfaction and Pursuance of this Order."
Order for 3000l. for the Younger Children of Sir T. Norcliff, in Lieu of that Sum seized at Hull, which belonged to them.
"Whereas Sir John Hotham Knight and Baronet had in his Hands Three Thousand Pounds, being the Portions of Benjamine, William, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Katherin, and Martha Norcliff, the Younger Children of Sir Thomas Norcliff Knight, deceased, and whose Mother the said Sir John Hotham married, the which said Monies, by Writing under his Hand, as also by a Deed by him sealed immediately before his Death delivered to the said Children, it appeareth, that the said Three Thousand Pounds, being their Portions, was Part of the Seven Thousand Pounds seized at Hull for the Use of the Parliament, and accordingly disposed of: The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, in Consideration of the Premises, and that Satisfaction may be made to the said Children, do order and ordain, and be it Ordered and Ordained, That Benjamine, William, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Katherin, and Martha Norcliffe abovesaid, the Younger Children of the said Sir Thomas Norcliff deceased, shall have and receive the Rents, Revenues, Advantage, Benefit, and growing Profits, of the sequestered Estate of Sir Gervase Clifton, of Clifton, in Nottinghamsheir, a Delinquent, until they be clearly satisfied the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds, or until the said Sir Gervase Clifton shall perfect his Composition, and pay his Fine for his Delinquency; and that then what shall remain in Arrear and unsatisfied to the said Children, out of the Rents and Profits of the said Sequestration, shall be received and paid to the said Children out of the Fine of the said Sir Gervase Clifton: And it is hereby further Ordered and Ordained, That Benjamine Norcliff and Robert Stockedale, Gentlemen, or either of them, or the Assigns of them or either of them, have hereby full Power and Authority to receive the said Sum of Three Thousand Pounds as aforesaid, to the Uses aforesaid; and that they do pay it as hereafter is expressed; (videlicet,) to Elizabeth Norcliff, Five Hundred Pounds; to Mary Norcliff, Five Hundred Pounds; to Katherin Norcliff, Five Hundred Pounds; to Martha Norcliff, Five Hundred Pounds; to Benjamine Norcliff, Five Hundred Pounds; and to the Younger Brothers Will'm and John Norcliff, Five Hundred Pounds; as by the Will of their Father it was given unto them; and the Committees, Commissioners, Sequestrators, or other Persons intrusted, in the several Counties where the Estate of the said Sir Gervase Clifton lies, are hereby required and enjoined, from Time to Time, as they shall grow due, to pay unto the said Benjamine Norcliff and Robert Stockdale the Rents and Profits of the said sequestered Estate, in Manner as aforesaid; and the Acquittance of the said Benjamine Norcliff and Robert Stockdale, or either of them, or their Assigns aforesaid, shall be a full Discharge unto the Tenants or Occupiers of any the Possessions of the said Sir Gervase Clifton, as also to all Commissioners, or Committees, or Sequestrators, who shall receive any of the Rents of the said Sir Gervase Clifton, and pay them over to the said Benjamine Norcliff and Robert Stockdale, in Manner as aforesaid."
Ordinance to prevent Delinquents from being elected, or having a Voice in the Election of, Officers of Norwich.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That no Person whatsoever, that hath been imprisoned, or hath had his Estate sequestered, for his Malignancy against the Parliament, or hath been disasfected in not obeying the Orders or Ordinances of Parliament, or that hath adhered to the King against the Parliament, at any Time during this unnatural War, shall, for the Space of One whole Year (to be accounted from the 12th Day of March, 1647), be elected, chosen, or put, into Office and Place of Mayor, Recorder, Steward, Alderman, Sheriff, or Common Council-man, of the City and County of the City of Norwich, nor shall have Voice in Election of any such Officer; and all such Persons are hereby made uncapable, and declared so to be, of any of the said Places; and if any Election shall be made of any such Person or Persons, the same is hereby ordained to be null and void: And it is likewise Ordered and Ordained, That no Person or Persons that are now in those Places, who have faithfully served the Parliament during those Troubles, shall be displaced or removed. And the Mayor for the Time being is, from Time to Time, to give special Order, that this Ordinance be published at all Elections, and that the same be strictly and punctually observed."
Ordinance to confirm the Election of the Mayor and Sheriffs of Chester.
"Whereas the Citizens of the City of Chester did, upon the 15th Day of October last (being the usual Day for Election of Mayor and Sheriffs), according to Ancient Custom and Charter of the said City, and according to Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date the First of October, 1646, granted on Behalf of the said City, elect and make Choice of Robert Wright Alderman, to be Mayor for this present Year; and also Will'm Wright and Richard Minshall to be Sheriffs thereof for the Time aforesaid: It is now hereby further Declared and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That, according to the said Election, the said Robert Wright, Alderman of the said City of Chester, shall be Mayor of the said City for this present Year, until the usual Time of Election in the Year 1648; and that, during the said Time, the said William Wright and Richard Minshall shall be Sheriffs thereof; and that the said Mayor and Sheriffs shall take their respective Oaths (usually taken) from Christopher Blease, Randall Holme, Thomas Aldersay, Aldermen of the said City, or any One of them, and proceed to the further Choice of such other Officers, in such Manner as they have been accustomed: And it is further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Citizens of the said City, shall have all such Liberties and Privileges respectively belonging unto them, as are confirmed in the aforesaid Ordinance, granted by both Houses of Parliament to the said City after the Reducing of it, according to the Date abovesaid."
Commissioners in Scotland, to desire the Soldiers lately gone there in Troops may be delivered up.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Commissioners of both Houses now residing in Scotland do represent unto the Parliament of Scotland, That the Houses of Parliament here are informed, that divers Soldiers and other Persons are gone into Scotland, in Troops or otherwise, without the Privity or Consent of the Houses of Parliament; that the Soldiers be such as were ordered to be disbanded; that they have some of them counterfeited the General' Pass: And to desire of the Parliament of Scotland, That, for the better Preservation of a good Correspondence between the Kingdoms, and for the bringing the said Persons to condign Punishment, the said Persons may be delivered up, according to the Articles of the large Treaty."
Vote approving of the Engagement of the Members that went to the Army.
"That the Houses, finding in the Engagement of the 4th of August, 1647, Matter testifying a Zeal to the Public, and a Resolution to vindicate the Honour and Freedom of Parliament, and fully believing the Intention of the Subscribers to be such, do approve of their subscribing the said Engagement."
Report concerning the Great Seal of Ireland.
"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Great Seal of Ireland is not safe in the Hands of the present Chancellor; and therefore to desire the Houses to dispose the said Seal into such other Hands as they shall think fit.