Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 5, 1642-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 13 die Martii.
E. of Devon's Houses to be protected.
Ordered, That the Houses of the Earl of Devon, called Chatsworth and Hardwick, in the County of Derby, shall be protected from any Prejudice to his Houses, Parks, Orchards, Gardens, Wainscot, Half Paces, &c. (fn. 1) in his said Houses.
Lord Lovelace, Leave to go in the Country.
Lord Morley's Servant, Privilege.
Sir Henry Bruce, a Pass.
Mr. Bridges, a Protection.
Earl of Portland's Goods in Mr. Cropley's House protected.
Upon Information to this House, "That some Goods of the Earl of Portland's are in the House of one Mr. Cropley, of London, who is threatened to be distrained for not paying according to the Ordinance of Parliament:" It is Ordered, That a Protection shall be granted, that the Goods of the Earl of Portland shall not be distrained nor stirred, but secured, and remain where they are now until his Lordship shall dispose of them.
Conisby, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, for Words against the Parliament:
Then this House called in Mr. Kirkham, who said, "That he was sent by the Earl of Sarum to the High Sheriff Mr. Conisby, to let him know, that his Lordship was desirous that some Course may be taken to attach the Person that spoke the Words against the King. He answered him, for my Lord of Sarum to acquaint the Parliament therewith. Then, Mr. Kirham said, he told him he was Vicecomes of the County of Hertford, and, having the King's Authority, it is unfit for him to petition any where, representing the King's Authority in that County, and in that Capacity thought it unfit for him to petition."
Reprehended for them.
He withdrawing, this House took the same into Consideration, and, understanding that he is already in Prison, thought it fit the High Sheriff should be called in, and have a Reprehension given from this House; which was given him accordingly. And the High Sheriff was remanded to the Prison whence he was.
Mr. Conisby's Petition, to have his Horses restored, that were seized from his Wife coming to Town.
Upon the Petition of Tho. Conisby Esquire, shewing, "That his Wife and Children coming up to this Town, in their Coach, to see him, and to return again into the Country, on Friday last, one Gregson, by Power of some Warrant, as he pretended, took away Two of his Horses, which he conceives to be contrary to an Ordinance of both Houses of the 23d of January last; therefore humbly desires that the said Horses may be released:" Hereupon it is Ordered, That the said Gregson shall be sent to, to shew by what Order he seized them; and, if it appear not to be the Warrant of the Lord General, then the said Horses are to be restored.
Message from the H. C. to expedite the Ordinance for giving a Third of all Prizes at Sea to the Captors;
and to concur in another Ordinance.
Ordinance concerning the Prizes.
[ (fn. 2) Whether the Question shall be put] whether this Ordinance shall pass now?" It was Resolved affirmitavely.
Not to be drawn into a Precedent.
Answer to the H. C.
Ordinance about sharing Prizes, to be printed.
Message from the H. C. for Concurrence in the following Orders;
to sit a while.
and for the Lords to consider of assessing themselves.
3. That, whereas their Lordships have exempted themselves from being rated in the Weekly Assessment by any but themselves, they desire their Lordships would please to take into Consideration the said Assessment.
Answer to the H. C.
That their Lordships do agree in the Three Orders now brought up. Concerning the Peers assessing themselves upon the Weekly Assessment, this House will take the same into Consideration in convenient Time. And touching sitting a while, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence, for a Conference about the Cessation of Arms.
Order for 500l. for Duncannon Fort in Ireland.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That the Treasurers within the City of London, named in an Act for speedy Contribution for Ireland, &c. do forthwith pay, out of such Monies as are or shall come to their Hands by virtue of that Act, unto Nicholas Loftus Esquire, Deputy Treasurer at Wars for that Kingdom, or his Agents here, the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, to be disposed by the Committee appointed to take Care of the Affairs of Ireland, for the Supply and Relief of the Fort of Duncannon, in Part of those Particulars which are designed for that Fort, by an Order of both Houses of Parliament dated the 10th Day of Jan'ry last."
Ordinance for allowing One Third Part of Prize Goods to the Captors.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, foreseeing the great Inconveniencies, Distractions, and Troubles, that must of Necessity befal these Kingdoms of England and Ireland, by the approaching of Foreign Forces now in Preparation against the wellaffected Subjects of both the said Kingdoms, and that the woeful Effects thereof do begin to appear, by the Narrow Seas being already infested, not only by Sea Rovers with Commissions from the Rebels in Ireland, but also by Pirates of our own Nation, lately come forth of Falmouth, in English Bottoms, to destroy their own Countrymen, and in all Probability to join with our Foreign Enemies, and so hinder all the good Endeavours of the Parliament for Relief of distressed Ireland, and interrupt all Trade and Commerce in these Seas:
"Wherefore the said Lords and Commons, for the Prevention of these great Mischiefs, do once more Declare and Ordain, That the Fleet now in Preparation to go forth, and all Things thereunto conducing, may hasten (fn. 3) to Sea with all possible Expedition; and that, for the better Encouragement of the Officers and Seamen who shall be employed in the King's Ships, besides their Pay, One full Third Part of all Prizes that (fn. 4) they shall take in this their Employment, the other Two Thirds to be reserved to the State; and to those in the Merchants Ships, One full Third Part for the Officers and Seamen, and another Third Part to the Owners in respect of their hazarding their Ships, and the other Third Part reserved to the State as aforesaid, which Divisions are to be according to the Custom of Men of War."