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, 17 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hardwicke.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
States Ambassador to be heard, about taking Ships.
The House was informed, "That The States Ambassador, that is to remain here, desires to be heard at the Committee of Foreign Affairs, concerning taking of Ships."
And it is Ordered, That the said Committee shall meet on Saturday next, in the Afternoon, to hear what he shall offer to the said Committee; and the House of Commons to be desired, by the next Message, to appoint their Committee accordingly.
Ordinance for Martial Law.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Ordinance for Martial Law is put off till To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Vynes to be instituted to the Living of Watton.
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett is hereby appointed and authorized to give Institution to Mr. Vynes, to be Minister of Watton, in the County of Hertford.
Sir H.Forster's Ordinance.
Next, the Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration from Sir Humphry Foster's Estate was read the Third Time, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Mansell and Harris.
Ordered, That the Cause between Sir Rob't Mansell and Mr. Harris shall be heard on Monday Morning next; and that Mr. Harris shall pay Forty Shillings Cost to Sir Rob't Mansell, for not being ready, with his (fn. 1) Counsel, for the Hearing of the Cause this Day.
Papers dispersed by Order of The States Ambassadors.
Upon Complaint made to the House this Day, "That some Servants of The States Ambassadors were seen this Morning to disperse Papers, printed by the Order of The States Ambassadors."
It is Ordered, That the Members of this House of the Committee of both Kingdoms do make Report to this House To-morrow or Saturday Morning, concerning the last Paper delivered in by The States Ambassadors, which is referred to them.
E. of Denbigh against Capt. Stone & al. Committees for Stafford.
Ordered, That the Charge of the Earl of Denbigh against some of the Committee of Staffordshire shall be heard at the Bar the next Thursday after Whitsunday, at which Time all Parties and Witnesses are to be present.
Sir R. Norton's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of Sir Richard Norton's Estate, was read the Third Time, and Agreed to, with a small Alteration.
Message to the H. C. on the following Subjects.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
1. To put them in Mind of the Earl of Nottingham's Petition.
2. To desire Concurrence, that the Lady Grandison may have a Pass to go into France.
3. To desire Expedition in the Ordinance for the Great Park of Windsor.
4. To acquaint them, that The States Ambassador, that is to reside here, desires to be heard before the Committee for Foreign Affairs, concerning Ships; and their Lordships have appointed Saturday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon; and desire their Committee may meet.
5. To deliver to them the Petition of Ryter, concerning the Danish Ship, with Recommendation.
6. To let them know, that this House agrees to the Ordinance concerning Commissioners for the Admiralty, with a small Alteration; and desire their Concurrence.
7. To let them know, that this House agrees to the Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of Sir Richard Norton, with an Alteration.
Col. Stepkin released.
Sir R. Heath stiled C. J. in his Habeas Corpus.
Next, Colonel Stepkin was brought to the Bar by a Habeas Corpus, and was thereupon released, according to the Virtue of, former Orders; and, upon the reading of the Habeas Corpus, it was found that the Writ did mention Sir Rob't Heath to be Chief Justice of the King's Bench; of which the House [ (fn. 2) is very sensible], and thought it fit it should be taken into Consideration, he being a Person that was excepted in the Propositions for Peace, and hath deserted the Parliament; and the Houses having declared all Places and Offices void that have been granted by the King since His going away from the Parliament.
Mr. Whitwick, who signed it, to attend.
It is Ordered, That Mr. Whitwhicke, with whose Name the Habeas Corpus is signed, shall attend this House To-morrow Morning, and then the Business shall be taken into further Consideration.
Ordinance to clear Sir Humphrey Forster of his Delinquency:
"Whereas Sir Humfrey Forster, Knight and Baronet, hath paid Five Hundred Pounds in Hand, for the Discharge of the Sequestration of his Lands and Goods, and for his Delinquency, and hath given Security for Two Hundred Pounds within Six Months, and Three Hundred Pounds within Three Months, after the Counties of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon, be reduced to the Obedience of the Parliament: Be it therefore Declared and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and it is hereby Declared and Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority thereof, That the Sequestration of the Lands and Goods of the said Sir Humfrey Forster, and his Delinquency, be discharged; and that he, the said Sir Humfrey Forster, be permitted freely and quietly to enjoy his Lands, Rents, Goods, and Liberty, notwithstanding any Sequestration or Delinquency heretofore done whatsoever: And be it further Ordained, That all Sequestrators, Solicitors, and others whom it may concern, take Notice, and render Obedience to this Ordinance, and all Things therein contained; provided, that this Ordinance, nor any Thing therein contained, shal not extend to that Proportion of Estate settled by Order of the Lords and Commons, for the Maintenance of the Wife of the said Sir Humfrey Forster, and the better to enable her to help her Children; but that she shall enjoy the same, and that it shall be set forth for her accordingly."
House adjourned till 9a cras.