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, 10 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Burges.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page, sent on Saturday last to the House of Commons with a Message, return with this Answer:
That they agree to the Ordinance concerning Colonel Browne; and they also agree to the Ordinance for Thirty Pounds Worth of Books to be given to Mr. Hexe, with the Alterations. (Here enter them.) And concerning the Business touching the Countess of Cleveland, they will take Care of it, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Petition of the Lord Chandois was read, as followeth:
Ld. Chandois's Petition for his Liberty.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in Parliament;
"The humble Petition of George Lord Chandois,
"That, by the Favour of his Excellency the Earl of Essex, your Petitioner had a Pass to come from Oxford, who accordingly, upon the First Opportunity, came to the Lord General at Islip, who received him into his Protection, and gave him a Pass to repair to London: But since, by Order from this House, he stands committed Prisoner to the Black Rod, until your Lordships Pleasures be further known.
"He therefore humbly desires, that, being ready to make the self-same Evidence, or any other Testimony of his good Affections to the Public, your Lordships would be pleased to assign him the same Liberty as you have vouchsafed to others in the like Case.
"And your Petitioner shall pray for a Blessing on your Lordships Proceedings."
Ld. Chandois released.
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Lord Chandois shall be released from his present Restraint, and be at Liberty; provided he appears before the Lords in Parliament when he shall be summoned thereunto.
Dutch Ambassadors desire an Audience of both Houses.
It was signified to this House, "That The States Ambassadors desired to have Audience from both Houses of Parliament."
And it was Resolved, To have a Conference with the House of Commons, to communicate it unto them; and desire that a Committee of both Houses may be appointed, to take into Consideration the Manner of admitting them:
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter which he had received from the Lord General; which was read, as followeth:
Earl of Essex's Letter, recommending the Supply of the Queen of Bohemia.
"For the Right Honourable the Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore.
"It hath pleased the Queen of Bohemia to write to me, and make known Her Necessities to be so great that She wants wherewith to defray Her Charge of Her House. Your Lordships know how much this Kingdom is concerned in Honour to see that a Prince of Her Birth and near Alliance to this Crown should not fall into a Condition so much below Herself; wherefore I beseech your Lordships to take it into your Consideration, and, if you think fit, to communicate it likewise to the Honourable House of Commons; and I doubt not but, though the Burden and Charge of the Kingdom be now very great, yet some Honourable Provision will be made herein. I hope your Lordships will pardon (fn. 1) this Boldness in me, in respect of that which I owe to that Princess, for whose Sake, and in whose Service, I had the Honour first to bear Arms. And if my Intercession may any Way advantage Her, I shall take it for a great Favour done to
Abingdon, May 27, 1644.
"Your Lordships humble Servant,
A Chaplain to be recommended to Her, in the room of One who is ill-affected.
The House was further informed, "That there is a Chaplain that lives with the Queen of Bohemia, who hath very ill Affections to the Parliament, and the Public Cause now in Hand; therefore it was desired, that the House of Commons may be made acquainted with (fn. 2) it, that some Course may be thought of, for (fn. 3) the removing him from Her Service; and that the Assembly of Divines may be sent to, (fn. 2) to think of some Learned and Orthodox Divine to be Her Chaplain."
The House taking these Particulars into Consideration; Ordered, To have a Conference with the House of Commons, to acquaint them with this Letter and Motion; and to recommend them both to their Consideration, that some Course may be taken for the Supply of the Wants of the Queen of Bohemia.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it, and The States Ambassador.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To desire a Conference, so soon as it may stand with their Conveniency, touching a Message received from The States Ambassador, and concerning a Letter touching the Queen of Bohemia.
Jennings and Dawes.
Ordered, That the Cause between Sir Thomas Dawes and Mr. Jennings [ (fn. 2) shall be heard] on Friday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning.
State of the War necessary to be reported to the House.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, "That the (fn. 4) State of the Affairs of the War is in that Posture as the Committee thinks it fit to make Report thereof to the House, to receive further Directions therein."
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, and others; which consisted of these Particulars:
1. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning the Relief of the Town of Lyme. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Order concerning Monies of Sir Jo. Byron's, in the Hands of Sir James Stonehouse, shall be employed for the Relief of Lyme.
(Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
3. An Order for sending a Culverin and a Demy Culverin to Newport Pannell. (Here enter it.
to sit P. M. to receive a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms;
4. To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons intend to fit at Three of the Clock this Afternoon, to receive a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms; and they desire their Lordships would please to sit likewise, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
and about paying Capt. Carr 100 l.
5. To desire that, at the next Conference, they may offer to their Lordships something concerning the Order for paying One Hundred Pounds to Captain Carr.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with them in the Three Orders now brought up; and that their Lordships will receive from them, at the next Conference, (fn. 5) what they shall offer concerning Captain Carr; and that their Lordships will sit as a House at Three of the Clock this Afternoon.
Ordinance concerning Gamull's Legacy.
The Earl of Kent reported from the Committee the Ordinance concerning Gamull's Legacy, as fit to pass as it is, (fn. 5) without any Alterations; which being read, the House Agreed to it. (Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. with it, and the Ordinance for associating Pembroke, &c.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees with them in the Ordinance concerning Gamull's Legacy. (Here ter it.) And that their Lordships do agree to the Ordinance concerning the Association of the Counties of Pembrooke, Cardigan, and Caermarthen, with the Alterations, wherein they desire (fn. 6) their Concurrence.
Archbishop of Cant's Study searched for Books and Papers.
Mr. Serjeant Fynch reported, "That, according to the Order of this House, he and Mr. Maynard repaired to Lambeth House, to search in the Study of the Archbishop of Canterbury for Books and Papers: When they came there, Mr. Recorder's Man of London told them, that Mr. Prynn on Saturday Night last had taken away a Book with a Red Cover; and for Papers, such as were there, he hath delivered them to the Clerk of the Parliament."
And this House Ordered, That the Papers shall be sealed up, and kept by the Clerk of the Parliament, until this House gives further Directions herein.
Affidavit of Ld. Hunsden's Doors and Locks being broke open, and his Goods inventoried, in Herts, by the Sequestrators.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Rob't Graygoose and John Wilson, as follows: It is Ordered, That the Parties as are the Sequestrators shall be sent for, to appear before this House, to shew by what Authority they did inventory the Goods of the Lord Hunsdon, and open his Locks and Doors:
"We, Robert Graygoose and John Wilson, both of Hunsdon, in the County of Hertf. do make Oath, That, on Thursday the Sixth of June, 1644, about Six of the Clock in the Afternoon, there came to Hunsdon House, Gabriell Odingsells Sequestrator, Mr. Barbar Second Son to Mr. Gabriell Barbar, Edward Heath, Edward Chandler, and Richard Brittayne, all of Ware, and other Servants with them, and entered the said House in all or the most Part of the particular Rooms thereof, breaking open such Doors and Trunks, &c. as had no Keys, and inventoried and valued all the Goods therein, leaving Charge with divers to see that none of them should be removed out of the said House but by Order from the Committee.
Ambo jur. 10 Junii, 1644.
Order for 3000 l. for Relief of Plymouth and Lyme;
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Assessment for the Twentieth Part set upon Sir Edward Yates, by the Committee at Habberdashers Hall, being the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, shall be bestowed and employed for the Use and Benefit of the Town of Lyme Regis, in such Manner, and for such Purposes, as by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Safety of that Place shall be directed and appointed: And it is further Ordered, by the said Lords and Commons, That the Assessment for the Twentieth Part set upon Mr. Daniell Harvey, by the Committee at Habberdashers Hall, shall be bestowed and employed, videlicet, One Thousand Pounds thereof for the Use of Lyme, and the Residue for the Use and Benefit of the Town of Plymouth, in such Manner, and for such Purposes, as by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Safety of that Town shall be directed and appointed; and it is especially recommended to the Committee at Habberdashers Hall, to take Care for the speedy and effectual Levying of the said several Assessments."
and for Money of Sir J. Byron's, for the same Purpose.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Money remaining in the Hands of Sir James Stonehouse, belonging unto Sir John Byron, shall be bestowed and employed for the Use and Benefit of the Towns of Plymouth and Lyme, in such Manner as by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Safety of those Places shall be directed and appointed; and it is especially recommended unto that Committee, to take a speedy Course for the effectual levying and bringing in of the same; and Power and Authority is given them to send for Parties and Witnesses."
Order for Ordinance for Newport Pagnell and Tamworth Castle.
"Upon Information given to the House, That One Culverin and One Demy Culverin of Brass are very necessary for the Garrison at Newport Pannell: It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Committee of the Navy do give Order unto the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, for the issuing out of that Office, for the Use of the said Garrison, One Culverin and One Demy Culverin of Brass, to be delivered by Indenture unto Sir Oliver Luke, or his Assigns, to the End they may be with all Speed conveyed to the said Garrison: And it is further Ordered, That Sir Samuell Luke, upon Receipt of the said Culverin and Demy Culverin, do deliver Two Sakers and One Drake, now at Newport, for the Use of Tamworth Castle."
Ordinance concerning Mr. Gamull's Legacy.
"Forasmuch as Thomas Gamull, Citizen of London, deceased, about the Beginning of March, 1642, made his last Will and Testament in Writing, thereby distributing his Estate, Personal and Real, to the several Persons and Purposes therein mentioned; and, amongst the rest, gave Five Hundred Pounds to be disposed of for the erecting of a School in Audlin, in the County of Chester; and of the said Will made Randoll Wilbraham (since also deceased) and Francis Gamull Esquire, late One of the Members of the Commons House of Parliament, his Executors; and forasmuch as the said Francis Gamull, being the only surviving Executor, is now in actual War against the Parliament, by reason whereof, and for that no other Person intermeddleth as Executor with the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull deceased, the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull is like to be much wasted, and the several Legatees (who are many) in Danger of losing of their several Legacies; and the said Five Hundred Pounds, which for the present might be employed to some Public Use, lieth useless: It is thereupon Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That if the said Francis Gamull hath done, or shall hereafter do or suffer, any Act as Executor of the said last Will of the said Thomas Gamull, the same shall be utterly void and of none Effect: And for the future, upon the humble Suit of William Dod, Richard Wilbraham, Andrew Greenly, George Dod, Thomas Dod, Alice Wilbraham, in the Behalf of themselves, their Brothers and Sisters, to whom the Residue of the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull (after several Legacies paid) is given by the said Will, it is thought fit, and Ordered and Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That Symond Bardolfe, Mathew Bateson, and George Mawhood, Overseers of the said last Will of the said Thomas Gamull, and in whom the said Thomas reposed great Confidence, shall and are hereby authorized to take upon them the present Execution of the last Will of the said Thomas Gamull; and that they, and the Survivor of them, shall and may sue in their own Names, for and touching any Part of the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull deceased, now remaining in the Hands of Richard Wilbraham and Gregory Markham, Executors of the last Will of the said Randoll Wilbraham deceased, or of any other Person or Persons, and be sued as if they were Executors of the said last Will constituted by the said Testator; and also pay and receive all Debts, Legacies, and other Duties and Demands, to and from such Persons, and to such Intents and Purposes, and in the like and as large and ample Manner, as the Executors named in the said last Will of the said Thomas Gamull, or either of them, might have done, by the true Intent and Meaning of the same; and, according to their good Discretion, to compound for any Debts owing to the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull: Nevertheless it is hereby Ordained, That, before the said Symond Bardolfe, Mathew Bateson, and George Mawhood, shall receive any of the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull, or take upon them the Execution of this Ordinance, Sir William Brereton Baronet, One of the Members of the Commons House of Parliament, shall take and seize into his Hands and Custody the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, Part of the Estate of the said Thomas Gamull deceased, now (amongst other Things) in the Hands and Custody of the said Richard Wilbraham and Gregory Markham, or elsewhere, for and in Lieu of the said Five Hundred Pounds given for the Erecting of the School aforesaid, to be by him the said Sir Wm. Brereton employed for the Public Service, until a fit Opportunity serve to employ the same according to the said Will; and that then the said Sir Wm. Brereton shall re-pay the same, out of the Estates of Delinquents within the said Parish of Audlyn, or out of such Allowances as have been made and given to him by Authority of Parliament; and, in Default thereof, the Lords and Commons do engage the Public Faith of the Kingdom for the Re-payment thereof: And further it is hereby Ordained, That every Person and Persons, in whose Possession any other Goods, Chattels, or Credits, of or belonging to the said Thomas Gamull at his Death, or any other Part of his Estate, doth remain, shall, upon Demand made by the said Symond Bardolf, Mathew Bateson, and George Mawhood, or some of them, deliver and yield up the Possession thereof unto them, the said Symon Bardolf, Mathew Bateson, and George Mawhood, or some of them, to the Intents aforesaid; and whatsoever the said Sir Will'm Brereton shall receive into his Hands from the said Rich'd Wilbraham and Gregory Markham, or either of them, or elsewhere, according to this Ordinance, the said Receipt being attested under the Hand of the said Sir Will'm Brereton; and whatsoever any Person or Persons shall pay and deliver to the said Symond Bardolph, Mathew Bateson, George Mawhood, or any Two of them, the Receipt thereof being attested under their or some Two of their Hands, or under the Hands of the Survivor, or of the Executor or Administrators of the Survivor of them, according to the true Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance, the said Richard Wilbraham and Gregory Markham, and every Person and Persons so doing, shall be hereby discharged and saved harmless of and from the same, and against the said Francis Gamull, and all other Persons whatsoever: And it is further Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Symond Bardolfe, Mathew Bateson, and George Mawhood, shall forthwith proceed to execute the Power and Authority hereby given them, and shall have their reasonable Expences, and such further Recompence as William Lenthall Esquire, the Speaker of the Commons House of Parliament, shall think fit, and set down in Writing under his Hand, for and in respect of their Pains and Travail in the Premises, allowed to them; and that they shall every One only for his own Acts and Doings respectively, and not the One for the other, render an Accompt of their Receipts and Proceedings in Executions of this Ordinance, when they shall be by either House of Parliament, or in any other just Way, required thereunto; and none of them to be answerable for any of the other's Acts or Defaults."
Order for Hexe to have 30 Pounds Worth of Books.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Books to the Value of Thirty Pounds, of such Books as are or shall be sequestered in any Place within the Cities of London and Westm. be bestowed on Mr. Hexe, a Divine, plundered by the Enemy; and the said Committee, or any One of them, together with the (fn. 7) Sequestrators respectively, are to take Care that the said Books be delivered to him accordingly."
Ordinance for Colonel Browne to be Serjeant Major General of the Forces raised in Bucks, Oxon, &c.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do hereby constitute and appoint Serjeant Major General Richard Browne to be Serjeant Major General of all the Forces raised, or to be raised, and employed by Authority of Parliament, for the reducing of the City of Oxford, the Town and Castle of Wallingford, the Fort of Greeneland House, and the Town and Castle of Banbury; as also Serjeant Major General of the Forces of the County of Oxon, Berks, and Buckingham, and of the Forces of the said County of Oxford, to serve for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, for this present Expedition; and do hereby will and require the said Serjeant Major General Richard Browne to take the said Forces into his Charge, as Serjeant Major General, and to make his present Repair unto the said Counties; giving him hereby Power and Authority to command, lead, and conduct the same, into any Part of the said Counties, or Parts adjacent, or, in the Absence of the Earl of Essex Lord General, as Serjeant Major General, to do any other Act or Thing as he in his Judgement shall think fit, for the Defence and Security thereof; and also to draw forth of the said Counties such wellaffected Soldiers as will follow him, for the Service aforesaid; and also to secure the several Forts, Castles, and Towns, within the said Counties, for the Safety of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, as aforesaid, and Preservation of the aforesaid Counties and Parts adjacent from Spoil and Rapine: And the said Lords and Commons do hereby likewise authorize the said Serjeant Major General Richard Browne to nominate and appoint all such Officers as shall be by him thought requisite, for the better Conduct of the said Forces, and diligently to exercise the said Forces in Arms, as also to call together and assemble a Council of War, to consist of Twelve Colonels or other Officers, or more, as he in his Discretion shall think fit, none to be under the Degree of Captains; and do constitute and appoint him President of the said Council, to examine upon Oath all such Witnesses as he shall find necessary for the clearing of the Truth, in Cases which shall depend before him; and to hear and determine all and every Crimes and Offences to be committed or done by any Officer or Soldier under his Command, by virtue of this Ordinance; and to punish and execute Justice upon them, and all Enemies which shall be under his Power, as he in his Judgement, by the Advice of his Council of War, according to the Rules of Martial Law, published by his Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord General of the Forces for the King and Parliament, shall think fit; and to do any other Thing whatsoever, as to him shall seem requisite, for the infesting and destroying of the Enemy in those Parts, and reducing the said City of Oxford, Town and Castle of Wallingford, the Town and Castle of Banbury, the Fort of Greeneland House, and Parts adjacent; commanding all Officers and Soldiers of the said Forces to obey him, as their Serjeant Major General, for the Service abovementioned, according to this Commission given him; and the said Serjeant Major General Richard Browne is likewise from Time to Time to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as he shall receive from both Houses of Parliament, the Committee of both Kingdoms, and the Earl of Essex Lord General, or any of them; and the Lord General is hereby desired to grant a Commission, according to the Tenor of this Ordinance.
Ordinance for associating Pembroke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, taking into their Consideration the present Condition of the County of Pembroke, which, by the wonderful Power of Almighty God manifested in weak Means, is delivered from the Tyranny and intolerable Oppression of the Forces raised against the Parliament and Kingdom, under the Command of the Earl of Carberry; and that, by the further Assistance and Blessing of God, if timely Care be taken for the maintaining and prosecuting of the said great Work, the rest of the Counties of South Wales may be reduced to the Obedience of the King and Parliament, who cannot but (fn. 8) be deeply sensible of the great Miseries they have in like Manner sustained under the same Tyranny, and how great a Benefit and Comfort it will be to them to be also delivered from the same; have thought it necessary, that, over and above such Provision of Arms and Ammunition as have been already Ordered to be made for the said County of Pembroke, such further competent Supplies and Provision be had and established, for the Maintenance of such Officers and Soldiers as shall be employed in the Preservation of the Peace of the said County of Pembrooke, and in the reducing of the rest of the said Counties, as during the Time of the said Service shall be requisite; and do therefore Order and Ordain, and be it Ordered and Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That the Three Counties of Pembrooke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan, shall enter into an Association, and are hereby associated, for the mutual Defence and Safety of each other; and that Sir John Merrick Knight, John White, Symond Thelwall, John Langhorne, Griffith White, Captain Swanley, Rowland Langhorne, Arthur Owen, Hugh Phillips, Sampson Lort, John Lort, Thomas Powell, Rice Powell, Henry White, Walter Cany, Francis Merrick, Roger Marchurch, Henry Bowen, and John Poyar, Esquires, Harbert Perrott, Rice Vaughan, Thomas Barlowe, Gentlemen, Griffith White, Sampson Lort, Esquires, Thomas Powell Gentleman, John Elliott Esquire, George Adams Gentle man, Thomas Bowen of Treloyne Esquire, John Phillipps Esquire, John Lort, George Hayward, Gentleman, William Langborne, Thomas Woogan, John Mathias Gentleman, Thomas Warren Esquire, James Bowen, George William Griffith, John Lloyd of Killrue, David Morgan, Thomas Johnes of Newport, Gentlemen, shall be, and are hereby named to be, a Committee, to meet at such Times and Places as they shall think fit, for raising of Men, Money, Horses, Arms, and Ammunition, upon the Propositions formerly agreed on by both Houses of Parliament, or by any other Way that they shall judge convenient, for the suppressing of the present Rebellion, stirred up by the malignant Persons who desire and endeavour to subvert the Happiness of this Kingdom; and shall have Power to do all Things necessary thereunto upon all Occasions, and to join with any other Forces raised, or to be raised, by Authority of Parliament; and that the Earl of Essex Lord General be desired to grant a Commission to the said Rowland Langhorne, to command in Chief as Major General of the Forces raised, and to be so raised, within the said Three Counties, and every of them; and the said Rowland Langhorne to have Power to lead and carry the said Forces to such Places as he shall think fit, and to subdue, fight with, kill, slay, and imprison, all such Persons as shall levy War without the Consent of both Houses of Parliament; and that what Money, Horse, Arms, or Ammunition, shall be contributed by any Person towards this Service, shall be secured to bere paid with Interest after [ (fn. 9) the Rate of Eight] Pounds per Cent. by the Public Faith of both Houses of Parliament, upon the shewing an Acquittance or Certificate under the Hands of any Four of the said Committee, of the Receipt of the said Monies, or Appraisement of the said Horses, Arms, or Ammunition; and the said Monies so brought in shall be issued, in every of the said Counties, by the Appointment of any Four of the said Committee: And be it further Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Committee, or any Four or more of them, shall have full Power and Authority to put in Execution, within the said County of Pembrooke and the said other Counties when the same shall be reduced, the Ordinances of this present Parliament hereafter mentioned; that is to say, the Ordinances for Sequestration of Malignants, Delinquents, and Papists Estates, and the Ordinance for Weekly Assessments; and shall have full Power and Authority to set and let the Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, of all Papists and Delinquents, which are or shall be seized and sequestered according to the Ordinance of Parliament for Sequestrations within the said several Counties, or either of them, from Year to Year, or by Lease or Leases, for the Intents and Purposes aforesaid, so long as the said Sequestration shall continue; and shall have Power and Authority, and are hereby required, to administer the Covenant appointed to be taken by the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, to all Persons within the said Three Counties, and every of them, who ought to take the same by the late Ordinance and Instructions for that Purpose, and have not already taken it."
"Die Jovis, 13 Junii, 1644.
"An Ordinance for raising of Monies, for the Maintenance of such Forces as are and shall be raised, in the County of Salop, for the Service of the Parliament.
"1a vice lecta, 5 Junii, 1644.
Ordinance for raising Monies for Maintenance of the Forces in Shropshire.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, taking into their serious Considerations the great Oppressions under which the Inhabitants of the County of Salop have long suffered, by reason of unsupportable Taxes, and unsufferable Outrages and Plunderings, of the Forces raised against the Parliament, to the great Distraction and almost Ruin of the well-affected of that County; and the present Condition of that County by reason of the great Number of Irish Rebels that have invaded it, and joined with Papists and other ill-affected Persons now in Arms in those Parts and the Parts adjacent, doth threaten the Extirpation of the true Protestant Religion, and the Subversion of the Fundamental Laws and Government of the Kingdom: For Prevention whereof, and for the Payment of such Forces as are there already raised, and for the raising of others and reducing it to the Obedience of the Parliament, in regard the Country is impoverished, and the Gentlemen of that County that have raised at their own Charges several Forces of Foot and Horse, now in the Service of that County, are not able any longer to undergo so excessive a Charge; it is therefore Ordered and Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the Committee for the County of Salop, appointed by Ordinance of Parliament of the 10th of April, 1643, or any Three of them, shall have full Power and Authority, and are hereby authorized, to put in effectual Execution, within the said County of Salop, all the several Ordinances of this Parliament hereafter mentioned; the Ordinance for Sequestration of Papists and Delinquents Estates, the Ordinance for levying of Money by Way of Excise or new Impost, the Ordinance for raising of Monies by taxing such as have not at all contributed, or not according to their Estates, the Ordinance for the Weekly Assessment, and all other Ordinances made this present Parliament for the Advance of Monies in the several Counties of the Kingdom, but never could be put in Execution in the County of Salop, in regard it hath been and is under the Command of the King's Forces; and that the said Committee, or any Three of them, shall have Power and Authority to nominate and appoint all Officers that shall be necessary for the speedy Execution of the said Ordinances; and to administer such Oaths, and give such Allowances, unto the several Officers and Persons employed in the Execution thereof, as by the true Meaning of the said Ordinances are appointed; and also to call to Accompt all such Persons of that County as have or shall receive any Monies by Authority of Parliament; and the same, and all other Monies raised by virtue of the said Ordinances, to take and receive, for the Maintenance of such Forces as the said Committee shall raise for the Service of the said County (saving unto the Commissioners for the Excise, Power and Authority to nominate and appoint the Officers for the Excise in the said County, according to a late Ordinance of Parliament in that Case provided): And for the more speedy raising of Monies for the present necessary Service of that County, it is further Ordered and Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the Personal Estates of all Papists and Delinquents of that County as have been, are, or shall be, active in this unnatural War against the Parliament, shall be seized, sequestered, and secured, for the present Service of that County; and, for the more speedy putting of this Ordinance in Execution, the Persons hereafter mentioned shall be as a Committee, for the procuring and advancing of Monies by Way of Sequestration, for the Service of the said County; videlicet, Wm. Peirpoint Esquire, Sir Wm. Brereton, and Sir John Corbett, Baronets, Sir Thomas Middleton Knight, Robert Wallop, and Walter Long Esquires, Wm. Barkley Alderman of London, Colonel Thomas Mitton, Wm. Asherst, Harcourt Leighton, John Bradshaw, Humfrey Mackworth, Andrew Lloyd, Thomas Nicolls, Humfrey Edwards, John Heylyn, Samuell Moore, Wm. Spurstoe, John Corbett, Thomas Hunt, Robert Clive, Robert Charelton, Esquires, Leighton Owen, Thomas Moore, Silvanus Tayler, Samuell Kinaston, Arthur Ward of Coton, Christofer Meredeth, and Francis Shute, Gentlemen; and they, or any Three of them, shall and may, by themselves or their Ministers authorized by any Three of them, in London and within the Bills of Mortality, with the Assistance of One or more of the Sequestrators of London, seize, sequester, and secure, the Monies, Plate, Goods, Jewels, Debts, and Personal Estates, in the Custody or belonging to any such Papists, Delinquents, or Malignants, of the said County, or the Estates of any other Malignants or Delinquents, which shall amount to the Value of Three Thousand Pounds, which they shall discover within the City of London and within Twenty Miles of the same, within Four Months after this Ordinance shall be passed, which have not been formerly but by them discovered; and also they, or any Three of them, shall and may receive such Evidence as shall be offered against such Persons, to prove their Delinquency, and the same certify unto the Committee for Sequestrations of Lords and Commons, or any Three of them; and, after such Certificate and Allowance of the said Sequestrations by the said Committee, or any Three of them, that then the last named Committee, or any Three of them, shall and may sell and dispose of such Plate, Jewels, Goods, Debts, and Monies, for the Maintenance of such Forces as are or shall be raised as aforesaid, rendering an Accompt thereof to the Parliament, or unto such as shall be by them appointed; and the aforenamed Committee, or any Three of them, shall have Power and Authority to seize and sequester the Estates of all such Papists, Malignants, and Delinquents, of the said County, wheresoever they shall discover any, that have not been before sequestered, but by them discovered; and the same to improve, receive, and take, for the Service of the said County, and give Receipts for the said Monies, Debts, and Goods, which shall be a sufficient Discharge unto such Person or Persons from whom the same shall be had or received: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That if any Person shall conceal the Arms, Plate, Goods, Jewels, Debts, or Personal Estate, of any such Papists or Delinquents of that County, and shall not discover the same (if he be thereunto required) to the said Committee, or any Three of them; if afterwards the said Committee do discover that such Person or Persons did voluntarily conceal any such Goods, or was privy to such Concealment, he shall be therefor deemed and taken as a Malignant, and shall forfeit Treble the Value thereof; and that then, and from thenceforth, the said Committee, or any Three of them, by them or their Ministers, are hereby authorized to seize, sequester, and secure, so much of the Monies, Goods, Plate, Jewels, Debts, and Personal Estate, of such Person or Persons, as shall amount to the said Treble Value; and the same to certify as aforesaid, and the same to sell and dispose of, for the Service of the said County, and the Maintenance of such Forces as are or shall be raised by the said Committee; and all such Persons that do owe any Monies unto any such Papist, Malignant, or Delinquent, are hereby required forthwith to make Payment thereof unto such Person or Persons as shall be authorized to receive the same under the Hand of any Three of the said Committee: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That the Committee hereby particularly named, or any Three of them, shall have Power and Authority to send for the Gentlemen and others of the said County, and to use all the best Means they can to procure them, or any of them, to lend and advance Monies, Arms, and other Provisions, for the reducing of the said County to the Obedience of the Parliament, and such Monies as shall be lent to receive, and give such Assurance for the Re-payment thereof as by a former Ordinance for Association of the said County with other Counties is in that Behalf provided, and to dispose of the same to the Use of the said County: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That if any Person shall or will adventure any Monies, Horse, or Arms, or other Provisions for War, in the Service of the said County, that the said Committee, or any Three of them, shall have Power and Authority to contract with such Person for such reasonable Profit for his Goods so adventured as they can agree upon, so that the same do not exceed Eight Pounds per Centum; and that a Note of such Goods so adventured, under the Hands of any Three of the said Committee, shall be a sufficient Authority for such Person to require the same, with the Benefit contracted for, from the said Committee, out of the Sequestrations of that County, within Six Months after the said County shall be reduced to the Obedience of the Parliament: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That the Committee for the County of Salop, or any Five of them, shall have Power and Authority to call before them all Ministers and School-masters within the said County, that are scandalous in their Lives, or ill-affected to the Parliament, or Fomenters of this unnatural War, or have deserted their Place of Residence, not being employed in the Service of the Parliament; and they shall have Power to send for any Witnesses, and examine any Complaint or Testimony against them, upon Oaths of such Persons as shall or may be produced to give Evidence against them; and, upon such Proofs of the aforesaid Crimes, the said Committee, or any Five of them, have hereby Power to remove and eject all such scandalous Ministers and School-masters, and in their Places (calling to their Assistance any Three or more of the ablest and orthodox Divines of the said County) to nominate and appoint such learned, able, godly, and fit Persons, as they shall think fit; and shall cause all such Ministers and Schoolmasters so nominated, appointed, and placed, to be put in Possession of the said Churches and Schools, who shall and may respectively take, receive, and perceive, to their own Uses, the Profits and Revenues belonging to the said several Churches, in as large and ample Manner as the several Ministers and Persons in the said several Places have formerly used to do: And whereas certain Gentlemen of the said County were, by Ordinance of Parliament, of the 10th of April, 1643, nominated as a Committee for the Advancement of the Parliament Service in that County, who have refused and neglected to engage themselves with other Gentlemen of the said County in the said Service, by reason of which, the said County hath much suffered, and the Service much retarded; it is therefore Ordered and Ordained, That such Gentlemen of the said County, nominated as a Committee by the said Ordinance, that have not as yet appeared in the Service of the Parliament in that County, nor been assistant with the Committee according to the Tenor of the said Ordinance, shall be suspended from executing any Power, or (fn. 10) sitting with the said Committee: And, for the better Carriage of the said Service, It is Ordered and Ordained, That the Persons hereafter nominated shall be added to the said Committee; videlicet, Harcourt Leighton, Humphry Edwards, Robert Clive, Leighton Owens, and Robert Charlton of Apley, Esquires."
PRAYERS, by Mr. Marshall.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Report of the Conference on the Order for Captain Cart to have 100 l.
The Speaker reported the Effect of the Conference with the House of Commons this Morning; which was, "That whereas they sent up formerly an Order to pay One Hundred Pounds to Colonel Carr, in Part of his Arrears, upon Accompt, which their Lordships sent down with an Alteration; the House of Commons desires it may pass as it came from them." (Here enter.)
To which this House agreed.
Wilgrice and Turner.
Ordered, That Wilgrice and Turner shall be heard, by Counsel on both Sides, on Thursday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock.
Ordinance for raising Money in Shropshire.
An Ordinance for raising Monies, in the County of Salop, was read the Second Time, and committed to these Lords following:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Their Lordships, or any Three, to meet presently.
The Committee reporting it as fit to pass without any Alterations, it was read the Third Time, and Agreed to, and Ordered to be printed and published.
Letter from the Lord Admiral, and an Account of the Siege of Lyme.
A Letter, directed to the Speaker of this House, from the Lord Admiral, was read; and likewise a Diurnal of the Actions of the Town of Lyme besieged by the Enemy was read: And it is Ordered, That they shall be printed and published.
Letter of Thanks to be sent the Lord Admiral for his Services.
Ordered, That a Letter be written from the Speaker to the Lord Admiral, to give him Thanks from the House for the good Service he hath done the Kingdom at Sea, and in particular to the Town of Lyme.
And the Earls of Northumb, and Pembrooke, the Lord Viscount Say & Seale, and the Lord Wharton, are appointed to draw up a Letter to this Purpose, and present it to this House To-morrow Morning.
Message from the H. C. with a Letter, to be sent to the Lord General;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Harley Knight, and others:
To desire Concurrence in a Letter to be sent to the Lord General, which is to be subscribed by the Speakers of both Houses.
and with Two Orders.
2. To desire Concurrence in Two Orders:
1. Concerning Colonel Fox.
2. For paying Fifty Pounds to Colonel Cunningham.
The Letter was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Letter to be sent to the Lord General; and to the rest of this Message, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Elliot's Order.
Next, an Order concerning Mr. Elliott was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, of the State of the Armies, desiring the Maintenance of Sir William Waller's may be considered.
The Committee of Lords of the Committee of both Kingdoms acquainted the House with the State and Condition of the Armies since the Lord General's Departure; and desired the House would take into Consideration how the Army of Sir Wm. Waller shall be maintained with Monies, now he is disposed of a contrary Way from the First Intendment.
And the House Resolved, To take some convenient (fn. 11) Time to acquaint the House of Commons with it.
Letter from both Houses to the Earl of Essex, to send Forces to raise the Siege of Lyme.
"We perceive by your Lordship's Letter sent to the Committee of both Kingdoms, and by other Intelligences, that your Lordship is resolved for raising the Siege before Lyme, and to march Westward. The Committee of both Kingdoms have informed us, that your Lordship knows by their Letters, and by those intercepted sent by them to you, of the Streights that Place is in; and that, on the raising that Siege, and pursuing those Forces, the whole West will fall to the Parliament; the Enemies settling of an Excise, the raising of Supplies of Men and Monies, will wholly be frustrated. The Houses of Parliament do therefore think fit and direct, that your Lordship forthwith do send a considerable Party of Horse to Lyme; and, although the Siege before Lyme should be raised, yet that Party to go on to join with those of Lyme; and your Lordship shall receive further Direction from us, or the Committee of both Kingdoms, speedily.
"My Lord, we have inclosed sent you a Copy of the Lord Admiral's Letter, by which you may perceive the Resolution of the Besieged; and also a Letter from the Governor of Lyme to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
"Most humble Servants,
"Gray De Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore. Wm. Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons in Parliament."
Order for 100 l. to Captain Carr, and 40 l. to Captain Bushell and Captain Cromwell.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Committee at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith pay unto the Treasurers at Guildhall One Hundred Pounds, to be by them paid to the Treasurer at Wars, and by him to Colonel Carre, upon Accompt, towards the Arrears due unto him for his Entertainment; and likewise that the Committee at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith pay unto the Treasurers at Guildhall Forty Pounds, to be by them paid upon Accompt, proportionably, unto Captain Bushell and Captain Cromwell, and deducted out of the Arrears due unto them upon their Entertainment in Ireland."
Ordinance for Mr. Elliot to have Delinquents Goods that he shall seize.
"The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, in Consideration of the Losses sustained by John Elliott Esquire, for his adhering to the Parliament, and otherwise, do hereby Ordain, That the Goods and Personal Estate of such Delinquents as are declared to be Delinquents within the Ordinance of Sequestration, and shall be so adjudged by the Committee for Examinations to be sequestrable, whose Goods and Personal Estate are not yet sequestered, and shall be discovered and seized by the said Mr. Elliott within Three Months next after the publishing of this Ordinance in Print, shall be allowed unto the said Mr. Elliott for his Relief: Provided always, That the said concealed Estate exceed not the Sum of One Thousand Pounds."