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, 6 die Martii.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Upon reading the Petition of Symon Plychar; It is Ordered to be referred to Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch, to peruse the Proceedings that have been in this Cause, and state the Business, and make Report thereof to this House.
Message from the Assembly of Divines, with a Title to the Directory, and with a Paper about admitting Persons to the Sacrament.
That, according to their Lordships Order, they have drawn up a Title to the Directory, which they present to the Consideration of the Wisdom of this House; also presented a Paper of their humble Desires to this House, concerning the admitting of Persons to the Sacrament.
"Together with an Ordinance of Parliament, for the taking away of the Book of Common Prayer; and for establishing and observing of this present Directory throughout the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales."
Committee to consider of the Paper.
The Paper concerning admitting Persons to the Sacrament, was read the Second Time, and Ordered to be referred to these Lords following, to consider of the Conveniencies and Inconveniencies of it, and draw it up into an Ordinance, and report the same to this House:
Message from the H. C. to expedite the List of Officers to be employed in Sir Tho. Fairfax's Army.
Thorpe and Lyn to bring in Papers taken upon Lady Ruthin.
Whereas there is a Discovery made to this House this Day, "That there are certain Letters and Papers, of very high Concernment to the State, in the Custody and Knowledge of Mrs. Thorpe (Wife of Lieutenant Colonel Thorpe), and of Mr. John Lyn, which were taken by the said Lieutenant Colonel Thorpe, at the taking of the Lady Ruthin (Wife of the Earl of Forth):" It is (fn. 1) Ordered, That the said Mrs. Thorpe and Mr. Lyn shall bring and deliver into this House, upon Oath, all and every the said Writings in your or either of your Knowledge or Custody, that thereupon this House may take such further Order therein as (fn. 2) to this House shall seem meet; and that the said Mrs. Thorpe do give her Husband Notice [ (fn. 3) of this Discovery] made of the said Writings to this House, with all convenient Speed, that so he may be in Readiness to wait on this House when he shall be required.
List of Officers to be employed in Sir Tho. Fairfax's Army.
Concerning Colonel Weldon's Regiment, in regard of the good Service and good Affection to the Parliament shewed by the Committee of Kent, this House being confident they will be very good and able Men which will be recommended to Sir Tho. Fairefax, this House thinks it sit to pass it.
Affidavit that Captain Stone, sent for about the Earl of Denbigh's Complaint, refuses to come.
Upon reading an Affidavit of Thomas Richards, to this Effect: "That Captain Stone being sent for, to appear before this House, to answer the Complaint of the Earl of Denbigh, he refuses to come according to the said Order, in regard he alledgeth he is made Governor of Stafford by the Committee of both Kingdoms, and commanded by them not to come from thence until they give Directions."
It is Ordered, That the said Affidavit be [ (fn. 4) shewed to] the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
Mr. Selby not to be instituted to Sundrich.
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to re-pay themselves 2000 £. advanced for the Garrison of Weymouth.
"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 Two Thousand Pounds, for the Garrisons of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said Two Thousand Pounds, 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, out of such Intervals of Receipts to come in upon the Office of Excise as shall happen when other Payments already assigned shall not fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow 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 Two Thousand Pounds to Michaell Herring Merchant, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf; the same to be disposed in such Manner as the Committee of Lords and Commons for the associated Western Counties shall be directed and appointed."