Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 6, 1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 19 die Januarii.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
Comes Essex, L. General.
Comes Warwick, L. Admiral.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons on Wednesday last return with this Answer:
That they agree to the Alterations and Additions in the Ordinances concerning Nomination of Sheriffs, and concerning Currants. (Here enter them.)
Assembly of Divines to consider of the Ordination of Ministers.
It was informed, "That the Want of good Ministers is much in the Countries:" Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Assembly be desired from this House, that they would take into their Consideration the Ordination of Ministers, and to expedite it, in regard of the great Inconveniences which else will ensue: And the Earl of Manchester is hereby appointed to acquaint the Assembly herewith.
Lord Howard's Petition for an Allowance out of Delinquents Estates, in Lieu of his own, which is in the Enemy's Hands.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lord Edward Howard: (Here enter the Petition.) It is Ordered, That this House grants the said Petition; and Orders, That the Committee for Sequestrations shall have (fn. 1) Power to take the same into their Consideration, according to the Prayer of the Petition; and that the said Petition shall be especially recommended to the House of Commons; and to desire that they would take the same into their speedy Consideration, and refer it to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestration; and this Petition to be sent down to the House of Commons To-morrow.
Lady Coventry's Assessment.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lady Coventry's: (Here enter this Petition.) It (fn. 1) is Ordered, That the rating of her shall be referred to the rating of the Peers and Assistants of this House.
Committee for assessing Peers and Assistants.
Ordered, That (fn. 1) the Earls of Northumb. Kent, and Lyncolne, are hereby added to the Committee for rating and assessing of the Peers, and the Assistants of this House, for the Twentieth Part; and any Five to be of the Quorum.
Jennings and Dawes.
Upon hearing the Counsel on both Sides, between Mr. Jennings and Sir Thomas Dawes, concerning Five Bonds, which are alledged by the Counsel of Mr. Jennings to be within the Decree made by this House formerly:
And the Counsel of Sir Thomas Dawes alledged, "That these Bonds are not within the Decree; and therefore desired that the said Bonds may be delivered back to Sir Tho. Dawes, being now in the Hands of the Clerk of the Parliament."
The Counsel being withdrawn, the House took this Business into Consideration; and Ordered, That if within Three or Four Days Mr. Jennings doth not bring in a Petition into this House particularly concerning these Five Bonds, they shall be delivered again into the Hands of Sir Thomas Dawes: And it is further Ordered, That Sir Tho. Dawes shall bring into this House his Demands, what is owing to him from Mr. Latch, Mr. Jenings, and others, upon Agreement within Fourteen Days.
Justice Reeves and other Assistants excused from the Assessment of the Twentieth Part.
Ordered, That Mr. Justice Reeves, Mr. Justice Bacon, Mr. Serjeant Whitfeild, Serjeant Fynch, Sir Rob't Rich, Mr. Page, and Mr. Dr. Aylett, having been heard by this House what they could say for themselves for excusing them from being rated for the Twentieth Part according to the Ordinance of Parliament, shall be exempted from being assessed or rated for their Twentieth Part.
Committee to consider of the Assessment of the Twentieth Part.
Ordered, That the Committee shall meet this Afternoon, to consider of the rating and assessing the Peers and Assistants (as not exempted) for their Twentieth Part, according to the Ordinance of Parliament.
Archbishop of Canterbury's Petition, to be heard by Counsel against the Articles of Impeachment, rejected.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Archbishop of Cant. (Here enter it.) It is Ordered, That this House doth not grant his said Petition, but adheres to the former Order.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of William Archbishop of Canterbury, Prisoner in The Tower,
"That whereas your Petitioner having formerly answered the particular Articles exhibited against him by the Honourable House of Commons, and now by your Lordships Order of the 16th of this Instant commanded to put in his Answer to the First and further Articles of Impeachment brought up against him by Monday Morning next; for doing whereof, his former Counsel is assigned him:
"That your Petitioner having advised with his Counsel concerning the First Articles, which were exhibited now almost Three Years sithence, finding, upon Perusal and Debate of the same, that the said former Articles are such that no Answer can be made thereunto, nor your Petitioner in any Wise enabled to prepare for his Defence to the same as they now stand:
"That, forasmuch as the said Articles of Impeachment import no less than a Charge of High Treason, and forasmuch as your Petitioner is by his Counsel informed, That, especially in Cases of Life, the Defendant is allowed to offer, to the Court where the same depends, his Exceptions by his Counsel, before any Plea pleaded;
"Your Petitioner most humbly beseecheth your Lordships to appoint a Day for the Hearing of your Petitioner's Counsel, concerning the same.
"And your Petitioner shall pray, &c.
Lord Howard's Petition for 1500 l. per Annum out of Delinquents Estates, in Lieu of his Estate in Possession of the Enemy.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of Edward Lord Howard,
"That whereas your Petitioner, by His Majesty's Residence at Yorke, and the Continuance of the Marquis of Newcastle's Forces thereabouts, where your Petitioner's whole Estate lieth, hath been dispossessed of the same, without any Manner of Profit for this Two Years Space, and at length now absolutely deprived thereof, by Sir William Lampton and other Delinquents, who, by unjust Power, are estated in the same, to the Undoing of your Petitioner, and the utter disenabling him thereby to support himself in these Times of Trouble, or to attend the Affairs of the Kingdom in that Manner as he heartily desireth:
"And forasmuch as your Petitioner hath been employed by the Honourable Houses in several Expeditions, to Yorke and Scotland, to his great Charge; and for that he hath undergone the Loss of his Estate with much Patience, and being reduced to very great Streights without complaining, or seeking any Relief, until his extreme Necessities now at Length compel him to make known the sad Effects thereof:
"He humbly desireth, for the Considerations aforesaid, that he may be admitted to receive the Rents and Profits of the Estates of several Delinquents, not exceeding Fifteen Hundred Pounds per Annum, nor equivalent to that Annual Loss which your Petitioner hath long sustained; and that it may be referred to the Committee of Sequestrations, to consider of the Parties, and the Value of their Estates, which your Petitioner in a Particular will present unto them; and likewise that your Petitioner may enjoy the said Estates until such Time as he is in some Ways recompensed, or restored to his own again.
"And he shall ever pray, &c.
Lady Coventry's Petition about her Assessment.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Lady Coventry;
"That your Petitioner was assessed, by the Committee at Habberdash'rs Hall, for the Twentieth and Fifth Parts of her Personal Estate and Jointure, at Six Hundred Pounds; which being very high, and done when your Petitioner was resident about One Hundred Miles from London, she humbly prays your Lordships to take the Assessment of her Estate into your own Hands, with a favourable Consideration of these Particulars: It is true, that her Lord and Husband left her Fifteen Hundred Pounds in Money, and as much in Goods and Household Stuff, which fell soon after to be of a far less Value.
"Her Three Youngest Sons were unprovided of any Lands, but left to depend upon the Profits of the Secretary's Place at Yorke, which is since quite taken away; whereupon, to help them, being cast into so low a Condition that they could not otherwise well subsist, your Petitioner parted with her Monies and Personal Estate to them.
"And her Interest in the House at Canbury determining upon the Death of the late Earl of North'ton, she resolved never to keep House more, but to live amongst her Children, hoping her Jointure would maintain her, which in peaceable Times was near Eleven Hundred Pounds per Annum; but the last Year yielded her little more than Half so much, all Taxes paid; and the greatest Part of it lying in Lincolneshire near Tattershall Castle, is lately seized upon by the Committee and Garrison there.
"All the Goods at Canbury House are seized on for the Assessment at Habberdash'rs Hall.
"Moreover your Petitioner lodging only for some Weeks the last Winter in a House in Fleete Streete, London, wherein she had not any Interest, and removed thence about February; nevertheless she was there assessed at Five Pounds Weekly for Three Months after her Removal, and her Goods there taken away for the same.
"Now your Petitioner's humble Requests to your Lordships are,
"That, with a favourable Respect to the late great Abatements of her Estate (which she thus truly presents to your Honours), you will please to set some moderate Assessment upon it.
"That her Goods seized at Canbury may be restored, or accepted in Part of Satisfaction of such Assessment.
"That she may be discharged of the said Weekly Assessment in St. Dunstan's, Fleete Streete, so misimposed on your Petitioner; and that all Goods taken away for the same may be restored.
"And that (fn. 2) her Lands may be freed from all Sequestrations:
"And she shall pray, &c.
Order for Currants imported in he Ship Rainbow to be landed and entered.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Jordan Fairefax Merchant, and Laders in the Ship Rainbowe, shall have Liberty to import and land all such Currants as are brought into the Port of London in the Ship Rainbow, paying Six Shillings per Cent. for every Hundred of the said Currants, over and above the Custom and Excise due for the same; and the Commissioners of the Customs are hereby required to take Entries for the said Currants, and to receive the said Six Shillings per Centum for every Hundred over and above the Custom and Excise as aforesaid, of the said Fairefax and Laders; and the Proceed of the said Six Shillings per Centum the said Commissioners are hereby required to pay over unto Nathaniell Stevens, Thomas Pury, and Thomas Hodges, Esquires, Members of the House of Commons, for the Use of the Garrison of the City of Gloucester, taking their Receipt for the same; which shall be to the said Commissioners, and every of them, a sufficient Discharge: And it is further Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the same Rates of Six Shillings per Centum for every Hundred, over and above the Custom and Excise due for the same, shall be paid by the Owner or Owners of all such Currants as have been imported contrary to the Ordinance dated the 26th of August, 1642, prohibiting the Importation of Currants, except such Person and Persons, Owner and Owners, whose Currants have been imported or landed with Approbation or Allowance of both Houses of Parliament."
Resolved, upon the Question.
High Sherriffs appointed.
That this House doth nominate and appoint,
Humfry Fish Esquire to be High Sheriff for the County of Bedd.
Sir Francis Pyle Baronet to be High Sheriff of the County of Berks.
Sir Hennige Proby to be High Sheriff for the County of Bucks.
Sir Thomas Martin Knight and Baronet to be High Sheriff of the Counties of Cambridge and Huntington.
Henry Brooke Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County Palatine of Chester.
Sir Mathew Boynton Knight to be High Sheriff of Yorkeshire.
Thomas Stevens Esquire to be High Sheriff of Gloucestershire.
Sir John Garrett Baronet to be High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.
Sir Michaell Linesey Baronet to be High Sheriff of the County of Kent.
Peter Temple Esquire to be High Sheriff of Leicestershire.
Edward King Esquire to be High Sheriff of Lincolneshire.
John Cooke Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Norff.
John Norton of Cotterstocke Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of North'ton.
Michaell Welden Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Northumberland.
Francis Thornehagh Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Nott.
Morris Barrough Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Suff.
Mr. Osborne to be High Sheriff of the County of Rutland.
Edmond Jourden Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Surrey.
Thomas Mitton Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Salopp.
Symon Ridgley Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Stafford.
Wm. Colemore Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Warwick.
Wm. Gould Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Devonshire.
Commissioners of the Great Seal to pass their Patents.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal be desired forthwith to pass the several and respective Patents for the Gentlemen nominated and appointed by both Houses to be High Sheriffs of the several and respective Counties, according to their several Nominations and Appointments, and all other Writs incident thereunto.