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 Lunæ, videlicet, 13 die Maii.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Committee at Northampton to raise Men for Defence of the Town.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Committee at Northampton, the Mayor and Two Aldermen, shall appoint, under Two fit Captains, Two Hundred and Forty able armed Men, of the Inhabitants of the Town, to perform Military Duty, by Thirty at a Time, for the Space of Twentyfour Hours, from the 20th of this Instant May, till the First of September next ensuing."
Message to the H. C. with it, and Sir John Conyers's Petition.
To desire their Concurrence in the Order concerning North'ton; and to communicate to them the Petition of (fn. 1) Sir John Conyers, with their Lordships Sense upon it, "That this House thinks it fit that he should be admitted to his Office of Lieutenant of The Tower of London, when he returns from Holland."
Letter from the Lord Admiral, with the State of the Fleet, and that the King is making Naval Preparations.
Next, a Letter from the Lord Admiral, dated the 9th of May, from The Downes, directed to the Speaker of this House, was read; the Effect whereof was, "That there are great Preparations of Ships by the King, and Foreign Forces; and whereas divers Ships were appointed to be ready to go to several Parts for the Preservation of the Kingdom, there are Ships that will not be ready these Twenty Days; and some have been stayed by the Directions of the House of Commons."
Hereupon this House Ordered, To send down these Letters to the House of Commons, by a Message; and to desire that they would take a Course to supply the Earl of Warwicke with those Ships he wants, for the Preservation of the Kingdom.
Message from the H. C. with Two Ordinances;
to displace Two Deputy Lieutenants of Cheshire;
and to appoint others in their room.
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought, saving to that Order for excluding Henry (fn. 2) Manwaring and Henry Vernon from being Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Cheshire; concerning which, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Hardwicke to be of the Assembly.
Answer from the H. C.
Archbishop of Cant's Trial put off.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To let them know, that this House hath deferred the Trial of the Archbishop of Canterb. until Thursday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock; and to desire their Concurrence, that Mr. Humphry Hardwicke may be added to the Assembly of Divines.
Message from thence, to expedite the Ordinance to continue the Committee of both Kingdoms.
To return to their Lordships the Ordinance sent to them, concerning the Committee of both Kingdoms, with some Amendments, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence with Speed, it being a Business of great Concernment.
Answer to the H. C.
Message from thence, with an Order.
Jennings and Dawes.
Propositions for a Peace.
Order for Money due to the Gunsmiths, &c. that furnished Sir W. Brereton with Arms.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That those Persons, Gunsmiths, Armourers, or others, of whom Sir William Brereton hath bought the Arms allowed him by Order of the 29th of February last, shall repair to the Committee at Habberdash'rs Hall, for the Residue of the Money owing to them for the said Arms, over and above the Fifteen Hundred Pounds already received by Sir William Brereton; and that the said Committee be required to take Care for the paying of the Sum of Six Hundred Eighty-eight Pounds, Ten Shillings (which is the Sum remaining of the Value of the said Fifteen Hundred Arms), to the Armourers to whom the same is due, so soon as with Conveniency it can be, upon Certificate under the Hand of Sir William Brereton what is due to every of them."
Order for Cloathing the Garrison of Gloucester.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do hereby Order and Ordain, That Stephen Estwicke, One of the Commissioners of the Customs, do forthwith provide, for the Soldiers of the Garrison of Gloucester, Coats, Shirts, Shoes, and Snapsacks; and that, for that Purpose, One Thousand Two Hundred and Four Score (fn. 3) Pounds shall be paid unto the said Stephen Estwicke, by the Committee of the King's Revenue, of the First Money that shall come out of the Seizures concerning prohibited Goods, or Nonpayment of Customs to be forfeited to the King, and payable to the said Committee of the Revenue; the said Stephen Estwicke first shewing unto the said Committee a Note, under the Hands of Nathaniell Stephens, Thomas Hodges, and Thomas Pury, Esquires, of the Delivery of the said Coats, Shirts, Shoes, and Snapsacks, for the Use of the said Garrison, which Note shall be a sufficient Warrant to the said Committee to pay the said Twelve Hundred and Eighty Pounds, out of such Monies as shall arise out of such Goods as shall be from henceforth discovered to be forfeited to the State as prohibited Goods, or for Non-payment of Customs."
Ordinance for Maintenance of the Forces of the Seven associated Counties of Essex, Suffolk, &c. under the Command of the Earl of Manchester.
Whereas the Counties of Norfolke, Suffolke, Essex, Lincolne, and the other Counties with them associated, out of their loyal Respect to His Majesty, their pious Disposition to the Peace and Happiness of this Kingdom, in Obedience to the Orders of Parliament, have raised and maintained to the Number of Fourteen Thousand Horse, Foot, and Dragoons, or thereabouts, and with them, within Five Months last past, have done many Services against the common Enemy, tending much to the Safety of the Kingdom; and intend to raise a far more considerable Force both of Horse and Foot; and have also bought many Arms and Ammunition, and must buy more, whereby to furnish themselves with a Train of Artillery; and have been, and must be, at great Charges, in maintaining and recruiting the said Forces, and in keeping several Garrisons, making and erecting of Fortifications, Magazines, Courts of Guard, and other Things requisite and necessary for the Defence and Safety of the said Association against the Incursions of the Enemy; by all which Means the said Association is become much indebted, and, without the speedy raising of large and considerable Sums of Money, proportionable to their vast Expences, cannot long subsist in a Condition to keep themselves from Ruin, and to advance the Public Safety: It is thereupon Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by Authority of the same, That, for the Intents and Purposes aforesaid, the several Weekly Sums of Money hereafter in this Ordinance mentioned shall be charged, rated, taxed, and levied, upon the several Counties, according to the Propositions herein expressed, the same to be paid in Weekly to the several Collectors, and by them to the Treasurer or Treasurers appointed by this Ordinance for the receiving hereof; that is to say, upon the County of Essex, the Weekly Sum of One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty-seven Pounds, Ten Shillings; upon the County of Suffolke, the Weekly Sum of One Thousand Eight Hundred Seventyfive Pounds; upon the County of Norfolke and City of Norwich, the Weekly Sum of One Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-five Pounds; upon the County of Hertford, the Weekly Sum of Six Hundred Seventyfive Pounds; upon the County of Cambridge, the Weekly Sum of Five Hundred Sixty-two Pounds, Ten Shillings; upon the County of Lincolne and City of Lincolne, the Weekly Sum of One Thousand Two Hundred Eighteen Pounds, Fifteen Shillings; and upon the Isle of Eley, the Weekly Sum of Two Hundred Twentyone Pounds, Five Shillings; and the said Weekly Payments are to begin from the First Day of May, in the Year of our Lord 1644, and to continue Weekly for Four Months next ensuing from the said First of May: And be it further Ordained, That every Person or Persons that were to be assessed or taxed by any former Ordinance of Parliament shall be assessed and taxed by this Ordinance, and shall be liable to as great Forfeitures and Penalties for not paying of the Sum or Sums to be assessed, as they should have been if the same had been assessed by virtue of the last Ordinance for the Weekly Payment for the said Association, made the 20th of September last; and the several respective Deputy Lieutenants and Committees, named and trusted within the said Association, or any Part thereof, by the said recited Ordinance, to take Care of the assessing, collecting, or levying, of any Monies, are named and intrusted by this Ordinance, and have as full Power and Authority given them by this Ordinance to nominate and appoint Collectors and Assessors, and to distrain, fine, imprison, or sequester, as they or any of them had, by virtue of the said recited Ordinance, in all or any Part of the said associated Counties; and the several Collectors shall pay their several Sums by them collected, at the Place or several Places where the Earl of Manchester and the Committee for the Association attending the said Earl shall appoint, to the Treasurer or Treasurers to be by them named, which Treasurer or Treasurers are to issue out the Monies received for the Purposes aforementioned, according to the Warrants or Directions of the said Earl of Manchester, and of any Two of the said Committees for the said Association which shall be appointed thereunto by the said Earl, and a full Committee, consisting of One for every County at least, and of the Commissary General for the Time being of the said Earl of Manchester; and that no Monies be issued out without Order under the Hands of the said Earl, such Two of the said Committee, and the said Commissary General, nor yet without the Privity of the whole Committee attending the said Earl.
And the said Lords and Commons do further Ordain, That all Monies collected, and not disposed of, or to be collected, upon the Fifth and Twentieth Part of Mens Estates, or of the last Three Months Pay, and all the Monies or other Benefit arising by virtue of any Ordinance for the Third Part of Sequestrations, settled upon the Earl of Manchester, shall be paid unto the Treasurers appointed as aforesaid, and from thence to issue out again for the Intents and Purposes aforementioned; and the said Earl and Committee for the said Association have hereby Power given them, to call all Collectors, Treasurers, or others that have, or are thought to have, any of the said Monies in their Hands, to an Accompt, and to cause the said Monies in their Hands to be paid unto the Treasurers appointed by the former Ordinance; and if any Collectors, Treasurers, or others, shall refuse to account, or to pay in the Monies wherewith they are charged, then the said Earl and Committee shall fine them Double the Sum charged upon them, which if it be not paid within Six Days after the Sum is set, and Notice thereof left at his or their Dwelling-house, it shall be lawful to distrain for the same; and if there be not sufficient Distress where with to satisfy, then the said Earl and Committee may imprison the Offender herein, and sequester his Estate, until the Money charged and Fine set be levied and paid.
And it is Ordained, That Six Pence in the Pound shall be allowed for every Sum of Money which shall be collected and paid to the said Treasurer, whereof Three Pence shall be for the Collectors, and Three Pence for the Treasurer; and the said Treasurer shall keep a Register-book of the several Sums received and paid out by them, and shall render an Accompt thereof unto the said Earl and Committee Once every Month at least.
And be it lastly Ordained, That the said Earl, Deputy Lieutenants, Committees, Collectors, Assessors, and every One of them, and every other Person that shall be aiding and assisting to them, or any of them, in doing any thing by virtue of this Ordinance, shall be defended and saved harmless therein by Authority of both Houses of Parliament."