Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 7, 1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, 13 die Februarii.
Alston's Petition, to be sreed from an Arrest, being in the Parliament's Service.
Upon reading the Petition of Peter Alston Gentleman, now a Prisoner in Newgate; being in the Service of the Parliament, under Colonel Martin, Governor of Alsebury, and arrested by Katherin Alston Widow, his Mother in Law; and considering he is in immediate Service of the Parliament, desires their Lordships would please to take his Condition into Consideration.
Merchants trading to France, desire the Frenchmens Grievances may be heard, that their Trade may not suffer.
"The Merchants of London, trading in France, do in all Humility present to your Honours, that they humbly conceive the speediest Way for their Relief is, that the Frenchmens Grievances may be heard, and Restitution or Satisfaction made unto them in all their just Demands; and, to that End, that the French King's Agent may be treated with therein.
"And to the End the Petitioners may not receive Prejudice in the Interim, by Seizure, Condemnation, or Sale of their Goods, your Honours would be pleased to write your Honourable Letters to the King and Council of State of France, to take off the present Arrests; and that the like may not be put in Execution against them in the future, whereby the Petitioners may enjoy their Trade and Commerce without Disturbance; and that Restitution may be made unto the Petitioners, for such Goods of theirs as hath been put to Sale.
"The Opinion of the Committee is, that a Letter be written, and sent into France, according to the Contents of the aforesaid Paper; and that the Parliament do give a Hearing of the Complaints of the French Merchants that are depending before the Committee."
Captain Stone to be attached for Contempt, in not appearing, to answer the Earl of Denbigh's Complaint.
Thomas Richards, upon Oath, testified, "That he served the Order of this House, dated 10th January, 1644, upon Captain Henry Stone, to appear before this House, to answer the Complaint of the Earl of Denbigh against him and others; that he serving the said Order upon him, and leaving a Copy thereof with him, yet the said Captain Henry Stone refuseth to appear."
Le Strange, not to be too closely confined.
Upon reading the Petition of Roger Le Strange, a Prisoner in Newgate; alledging, "That he hath an Indisposition of Health upon him, and much streightened in the Prison:" Therefore it is Ordered, That the Keeper of Newgate be hereby required, in regard of his ill Health, that he be allowed such Accommodation for his Health as may stand with the Security and Safety of his Person.
Message from the H. C. to expedite the Ordinance for Sir T. Fairfax to command the Army, &c; and with Ordinances for Concurrence.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
Messages to the H. C. to which no Answers have been returned.
Ordered, That this House will take into Consideration To-morrow Morning what Business have been sent down to the House of Commons, concerning which no (fn. 1) Answer hath been returned to this House; and all the Lords are to have Notice to attend the House Tomorrow.
Ordinance for Sir T. Fairfax to command the Army, and for new modeling it.
And this (fn. 2) House agreed to the Proviso, that the Commander in Chief shall nominate Commanders and Officers, and to be approved of by both the Houses.
Letter to be sent to the French King.
Message to the H. C. concerning them.
2. To desire Concurrence in the Letter to be sent to the French King, in Behalf of the Merchants trading in France; and, if they agree to it, that it may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses, and sent away.
Ordinance to clear the Earl of Carlisle of his Delinquency.
"Whereas James Earl of Carlile hath been sined at Eight Hundred Pounds, for his Delinquency, to pay the same, by Way of Composition, to the Use of the State; and, in Pursuance of the said Composition, hath paid, or given Security to pay, the same, to the Satisfaction and Content of the Committee intrusted for that Service: It is this Day, therefore, Ordered, Ordained, and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and the said Lords and Commons do Order, Ordain, and Declare, That the said Sequestration of the said James Earl of Carlisle's Estate, in what County or Place soever, shall be, and is hereby, taken off and discharged, as also his Fifth and Twentieth Part; any former Direction, Declaration, or Ordinance, notwithstanding."
Sir M. Brand to be Sheriff of Surrey.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do nominate and approve of Sir Mathew Brand, to be High Sheriff for the County of Surrey; and the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby Ordered forthwith to grant Commissions accordingly."
Mr. Staveley to be Sheriff of Leicester.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do nominate and approve of Arthur Stavley Esquire, to be High Sheriff for the County of Leicester; and the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby Ordered to grant Commissions accordingly."