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 Sabbati, 1 die Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Stirry.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
Information against the Lord General, to the Committee of the Militia, by Col. Ware.
The Lord General informed this House, "That Two of the Militia of London came to him, to acquaint him that Colonel Ware came to the Militia of London, and made an Information to them against the Lord General, which tends much to his Dishonour:" And he being a Peer of the Realm, and a Member of this House, the House thought it fit to have the Examination of it; and appointed these Lords following to examine the whole Business, and make Report (fn. 1) of the same to this House; and to have Power to send for such Witnesses as they shall see Occasion to examine:
Their Lordships, or any Three, to meet when they please; and to adjourn from Time to Time, as they shall see Cause.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfeild and Mr. Serjeant Fynch to attend the said Committee.
Words against the E. of Stamford, by Col. Rous.
The Earl of Stamford acquainted this House, "That Colonel Anthony Rous hath spoken scandalous Words of his Lordship, which tends to his great Dishonour."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Examination of this Business is referred to the same Committee that is to examine the Business of the Lord General against Colonel Ware, and to report the same to this House; and to have Power to send for Witnesses, and adjourn as they shall think fit.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nicolls;
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Ordinance for paying Five Hundred and Ninety-two Pounds, out of the Excise, for the providing Ammunition for the Northern Army.
(Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance for paying Four Thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for providing Ammunition for the Public Stores. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinances now brought up.
Major General Tyllier, wounded by his Keeper in The Tower, Leave to go out on Parole, and the Affair to be enquinted into.
The House was informed, "That General Major Tyllier is in Danger of his Life, by reason of a Wound in his Head, given him by his Keeper in The Tower." It is Ordered, That Tyllier, giving his Parole to the Lord General to be a true Prisoner, shall have Liberty to come out of The Tower, and lodge near Mr. John Dixon Surgeon, that so he may have Means for his Cure; his Life being in Danger, as appears by a Certificate of the said Mr. Dixon.
And it is further Ordered, That it is referred to the Earl of Manchester and the Lord Howard, to repair unto The Tower of London, and call such Justice of the Peace as they shall think fit, to examine the Business; and, if there be Cause, the Justice of the Peace is to commit the Keeper to the Prison of Newgate, there to be in safe Custody, that so he may be tried by the Law, if Tyllier dies; or, in case he recovers, to be punished by exemplary Punishment.
Order for 592 l. out of the Excise, for providing Ammunition for the Northern Army to be sent to Hull.
"Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of Five Hundred Ninety- (fn. 2) two Pounds, Ten Shillings, for the Provision of One Hundred Barrels of Powder, and Ten Ton of Match, to be sent to Hull, for the Use of the Lord Fairefaix: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves of the said Five Hundred Ninety-two Pounds, Ten Shillings (together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn), out of such Intervals of Receipts of Monies coming in upon the Office of Excise as shall happen when other Payments shall not fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals, then as the Reimbursement thereof shall follow in Course; and shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One or both Houses of Parliament, be debarred from satisfying themselves accordingly; and the Receipt of Bartholomew Wormell shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Five Hundred Ninety-two Pounds, Ten Shillings, to the said Commissioners, in that Behalf."
Order for 4000 l. out of the Excise, for providing the Public Stores with Ammunition, &c.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, of the 7th of December, 1644, Six Thousand Pounds was ordained to be raised and paid, out of the Excise or new Impost, for furnishing the Public Stores with Gunpowder, Ammunition, Match, and Bullet, as therein is expressed; of which Six Thousand Pounds, John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, did advance and pay unto Sir Walter Erle Knight, Lieutenant of the Ordnance, the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, to a later Declaratory Ordinance of the 12th of December last; in which latter Ordinance, Four Thousand Pounds is ordained to be paid to the said Sir Walter Erle, in Course after former Payments then assigned, as thereby appeareth; and whereas the said Commissioners, for Supply of the pressing Necessities of the Kingdom, have now advanced and lent the said Four Thousand Pounds, the Residue of the Six Thousand Pounds: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy themselves the said Four Thousand Pounds now advanced, in the Place and Stead, and in the Time, when the same should have been payable by the said Ordinance of the 12th of December, 1644, unto the said Sir Walter Erle, together with Interest for the same after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, as the same shall fall due in Course; and shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One or both Houses of Parliament, be secluded from satisfying themselves accordingly; and that the said Commissioners shall pay the said Four Thousand Pounds to the said Sir Walter Erle, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf."
House adjourned till 9a, Monday next.