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 Lunæ, 10 die Julii.
Prayers, by Dr. Gouge.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel James Gray, and Major William Stuart, Son of Henry Stuart, Esquire:
It is Ordered, That the Petitioners Name shall be inserted in the Ordinance of both Houses, dated the of August, 1646, in the Place of the said Henry Stuart deceased; and that the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein.
Overed's Ordinance to be Minister of Topsfield.
An Ordinance was presented to the House, for making Mr. Overed Minister of Topesfield, in the County of Essex, in the Disposition of the Parliament, was read, and Agreed to; and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Warner's Petition, about his Estate in Wolston being undersold to Sir P. Wentworth.
Upon reading the Petition of George Warner, in the County of Warwicke; shewing, "That (fn. 1) he did and doth find his Way obstructed, in his Composition at Goldsmithes Hall, by a pretended Sale of his Mansion-house and Manor, and all his Lands in Wolston, in the County of Warwicke, to Sir Peter Wentworth, for the Sum of Two Thousand Thirty-eight Pounds, Six Shillings, and Eight Pence; that the Wood and Building upon the Lordship are worth more than the said Sum pretended to be paid for the Whole; that the Petitioner's said Estate was thus bought and sold over his Head, before he knew of it, or had the least Warning or Summons to appear and answer for himself:"
It is Ordered, That this be Part of the Conference to be had with the House of Commons, with Sir Lewis Watson's Business.
Mrs. Bray to have an Allowance.
Upon reading a Letter from the General, on the Behalf of Mrs. Bray, the Wife of Mr. Thomas Bray, One of the Prince's Bed-chamber; and likewise the Petition of Mrs. Bray, shewing, "That there is much Money due to her Husband, before the Times of these Troubles, and she hath but small Means to maintain herself:"
It is Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to give her some Allowance for her Maintenance.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about a Treaty;-and with the Exeter Militia Ordinance.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Bennett and Mr. Elton':
1. To desire a Conference, in the Painted Chamber, presently, if it may stand with their Conveniency, touching the Vote for not insisting upon the Three Propositions before the Treaty be begun.
2. To deliver to them the Ordinance for settling the Militia in the City and County of Exetor; and to let them know, that this House agrees to it, with the Proviso and Alteration.
Ordinance to exclude Members from Places.
An Ordinance was brought in, that no Members of Parliament shall have or enjoy any Place of Profit; which was read Twice, and committed to a Committee of the whole House.
And presently the House was adjourned into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of it.
The House was resumed.
Mr. Strickland's Letters to The States General, &c.
The Earl of Kent reported a Paper from Derby House; which was read, as followeth:
"That it be reported to both Houses, That the Date of the Letters of Credence given Mr. Strickland, to The States of the United Provinces, be changed to the 10th Day of July Instant."
Agreed to; and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Paper from the Committee at Derby House.
The Lord Howard reported a Paper from the Committee at Derby House; which was read, as followeth.
(Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. with Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Sandys, &c.; who brought up divers Particulars, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence:
1. An Order for raising a Troop of Horse, for the County of Surrey. (Here enter it.)
Agreed to, upon the Question.
2. An Order for raising a Troop of Horse, for the County of (fn. 2) Hants. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order for raising Forty Horse, for the County of Carnarvan. (Here enter it.)
4. An Order for referring to the Committee at Derby House, the reducing of the Isle of Anglesey.
(Here enter it.)
5. An Order for additional Committees for Carnarvanshire. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought up.
Answers from the H. C.
Mr. Hakewill and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Pass for Sir Theodore Mayherne: To the rest, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Dr. Bennett and Mr. Eltonheade return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to give a present Conference, as is desired; and they agree to the Ordinance for settling the Militia of the City of Exeter, with the Proviso and Alteration. (Here enter it.)
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference with the House of Commons; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Ordinance to raise Forces in Essex.
Next, the House was adjourned into a Committee, to take the Ordinance for raising a Troop of Horse, and a Company of Dragoons, in the County of Essex, into Consideration.
The House being resumed;
The said Ordinance was read the Third Time, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
L. Cary, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lord Cary shall have a Pass, for himself and Family, Coach and Horses, to go to his House at More Parke, in the County of Hertford, and come to London, so often as he shall have Occasion.
Sir H. Thynne, Leave to stay in Town.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Henry Fredericke Thynn; desiring, "he may have Leave to stay in Town, to follow his Suits in Law:"
It is Ordered, That Leave be granted to him, for a Month; and the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Order to raise Horse in Surry.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Power be, and is hereby, given to the Committee of Surrey, to raise a Troop of Horse, for the Defence and Safety of the said County; and that the said Troop be raised and maintained out of the new Sequestrations of those Persons that have been engaged in the late Rising in that County: And Power is hereby given to the Committee at Derby House, to grant a Commission to Captain William Hill, to command the said Troop."
D°, for Hants.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Power be, and is hereby; given to the Committee of the County of Hants, to raise a Troop of Horse, for the Defence and Safety of the said County of Hants; and that Power is hereby given to the Committee at Derby House, to give Commission to Captain Norris Jephson, to command the said Troop."
D°. for Carnarvon.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to grant a Commission to Thomas Madryn Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Carnarvon, to raise Forty Horse, for suppressing of Tumults and Insurrections, and Defence of the said County, and Preservation of the Peace of those Parts.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Forty Horse be raised and maintained out of the Sequestrations of such Persons as are engaged in the late Insurrection in North Wales."
Isle of Anglesey to be reduced.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider of the best Ways and Means for the speedy reducing of the Island of Anglesey; and that, to that Purpose, Colonel Mitton do come up to London, and inform the said Committee of the State of that Island; and that the said Committee do report their Opinions thereupon to the Houses."
Additional Committees for Carnarvon.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Major General Mitton, Colonel Carter, Thomas Madrin, John Bodnorda, Hugh Griffith, Edmund Glynn, Edward Williams Esquires, Griffith Bodurda, William Stodart, John Wynn of Gwynfrin, John Owen of Kefue, and John Parry, Gentlemen, be added to the Members of the House of Commons, and named Commissioners, in the several Ordinances for the County of Carnarvon; and that all others named Commissioners in the said Ordinances be omitted and left out of the said Ordinances."
Ordinance to raise Money in Essex, for Payment of Forces there.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, taking into their serious Consideration the great and many Dangers and Distempers wherein the County of Essex is now involved, by the present Insurrection there; and being resolved to take effectual Course for defraying the Charges that the said County shall be at in suppressing the said Insurrection; as also to enable the said County for the raising of Two Troops of Horse and a Company of Dragoons, to be employed from Time to Time within the said County, for the preventing of Tumults, and preserving the Peace thereof; do order and ordain, and be it therefore Ordered and Ordained by the said Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Sum of Four Thousand Five Hundred Forty-seven Pounds, Nine Shillings, and Five Pence, shall be taxed, collected, levied, and paid, for the Purpose aforesaid, by the First Day of August, 1648.
"And that the said Sum may be duly taxed, levied, and paid, as is hereafter directed, be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Commissioners appointed for the said County, by an Ordinance of Parliament of the 17th of July, 1647, intituled, "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the raising of Monies, to be employed towards the Maintenance of Forces within this Kingdom, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight, now Lord Fairefax;" and by another Ordinance of the 20th of March, 1647, intituled, "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for raising Monies, to be employed for Maintenance of the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight, now Lord Fairefax," be, and are hereby, appointed Commissioners to put this Ordinance in Execution in the said County: And it is further Ordained, That the said Commissioners in the said County, or any Five or more of them, shall and may, for the more effectual Proceeding in the said Service, use, exercise, and put into Execution, all and every the Powers and Authorities given, limited, or appointed, by and in an Ordinance of the 23th Day of June, 1647, intituled, "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the raising of Monies to be employed towards the Maintenance of Forces within this Kingdom, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight, now Lord Fairefax, and for the speedy transporting of, and paying the Forces for carrying on the War in Ireland;" and in and by One other Ordinance of the Four and Twentieth Day of December, 1647, intituled, "An Ordinance for the several Commissioners in the respective Counties to make a Collection for the Monthly Assessment of the Threescore Thousand Pounds," and in and by the said Ordinance of the 20th of March, 1647, before recited: And be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Commissioners, or any Five or more of them, shall and may nominate and appoint such Person and Persons to be Treasurer, for the receiving and paying of such Sums of Money to be raised within the said County as aforesaid (as they shall think fit); and that the several Collectors, and other Persons within the said County, do pay all Monies by them received, and to be received and collected, by virtue of this Ordinance, to such Treasurer, so to be named and appointed as aforesaid; which said Treasurer is hereby required and authorized to pay all such Sum and Sums of Money as shall be by them received, by virtue of this Ordinance, to such Person or Persons as the said Commissioners, or any Five or more of them, shall appoint to receive the same for the Uses aforesaid: And be it further Ordained and Declared, That all the Sums of Money assessed and raised by virtue of this Ordinance shall be wholly employed for the defraying the Charges of the said County in suppressing the said Insurrection, and the raising and maintaining the said Two Troops of Horse and One Company of Dragoons, and no other Use whatsoever; and that the said Treasurer shall issue forth and pay no Sum of Money but for the Use and Intent aforesaid, and that by Warrant and Order in Writing, to be had and made from the said Commissioners, under Five or more of their Hands; which said Commissioners are to issue forth no Order nor Warrant, but for the Use and Intent aforesaid, other than in Allowances of necessary Fees and Charges to the Treasurer, Collectors, and other Persons, employed in the collecting, raising, and paying of the said Monies; which said Treasurer, Collectors, and other Persons, are to have no greater Fees or Allowances than is allowed to the Treasurers, Collectors, and other Persons, appointed for the collecting the several Sums of Money raised by the said several Ordinances of Parliament before recited, for Payment of the Army under Command of the said Lord Fairefax."
Ordinance for settling the Militia in Exeter.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That these Persons following, (videlicet) John Lord Roberts, Adam Bennett Esquire, Edmond Prideaux Recorder, Symon Snowe, Walter White, John Hakewill, Richard Saunders, Christopher Clarke, Aldermen, James Gould, Richard Crossing, Samuell Clarke, Nicholas Brooking, and Nicholas Brindley, shall be Commissioners for the Militia for the City and County of Exeter, for the better Securing and Safety of the Parliament and the said City and County of Exeter; and shall have Power and Authority, and are hereby authorized, by themselves or any Five or more of them, to put the said City and County of Exeter into a Posture of Defence, and to raise Forces, Horse and Foot, and them to list, arm, and exercise, and to form them into Regiments, Troops, and Companies, and them to muster, array, and weapon, from Time to Time, in Places fit for that Purpose, and to appoint over them Colonels, Captains, and other Officers, from Time to Time, by Commissions under the Hands and Seals of the said Commissioners, or any Seven of them, as often as there shall be Occasion in that Behalf; and shall have Power, and are authorized, by themselves or their said Commanders and Officers, to lead, conduct, and employ, the said Persons, arrayed and weaponed, for the Suppression of all Rebellions and Insurrections that shall or may happen within the City and County aforesaid, according as the said Commissioners, or any Five of them, shall from Time to Time give Directions, or shall be otherwise directed from Time to Time by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, or the Committee sitting at Derby House; any former Order, Declaration, or other Matter, to the contrary hereof, in any Wise notwithstanding: And for all and every their Doings herein, the said Commissioners, and all and every the said Person and Persons, shall be saved harmless and indemnified, by the Authority of Parliament: Provided, That this Ordinance, and every Thing therein contained shall continue for the Space of Six Months, and no longer: Provided, That the Persons aforesaid, or any of them, shall not act by virtue of this Ordinance, until they shall take the National League and Covenant; any Thing therein contained notwithstanding."
Sir T. Mayherne, a Pass to go beyond Sea.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Sir Theodore Mayerne and his Lady are permitted, with their Children, Company, and Servants, to pass quietly and freely from London, unto any Port or Ports of this Kingdom, or the River of Thames, to ship and embark themselves, with Household Stuff, Plate, Books, and other Goods, jointly or severally, to be transported beyond the Seas, together with Eight Horses, Custom-free, without the Lett, Search, Stay, or Hindrance of any Person or Persons, as well unto as upon the Seas, in their said Journey and Voyage as aforesaid: And this to be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
"To all Admirals, Vice Admirals, Captains, and Masters of Ships, Commanders of Castles and Forts, Commissioners, Collectors, and Searchers, and other His Majesty's Officers, and to all Commanders and Soldiers under his Excellency the Lord Fairefax, Mayors, Justices of Peace, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and other His Majesty's Officers, to whom this may appertain."
Order for a Collection for Wrexham.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That a Grant be prepared, and that the Commissioners of the Great Seal be hereby authorized and required to pass the same under the Great Seal, unto the Inhabitants of the Town of Wrexham, in the County of Denbigh, for a general Collection of the Charity of well-disposed People, within the Cities of London and Westm'r and Liberties' thereof, and Counties of Middlesex, Chester, Lancast'r, Salopp, and Stafford, and the Dominion of Wales, for the Relief of the said Inhabitants of the said Town of Wrexham, who sustained by Firing to the Values of Four Thousand Pounds and upwards."
French Ambassador freed from Excise, &c.
"It is this Day Declared, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That their Intention was, and is, That the French Ambassador shall have the Immunity of Exemption from paying any Excise, Custom, or new Impost, for any such Commodities or Things as are for their own Use, or consumed within their own Family: And they do order all Commissioners of Excise and Customs, and all their Under Officers respectively, to take Notice hereof, and to yield Obedience hereunto accordingly."