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, 24 die Aprilis.
Message from the H. C. with Orders;
and for Colonel Whitchcott to be Govenor of Windsor.
That this House agrees to the Order concerning the Pistols, &c. and to the Vote for Colonel Whitchcott to be Governor of Windsor; as to the Ordinance concerning the preventing of prest Men running away from their Colours, they will take it into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance to prevent prest Men from deserting.
Countess of Stamford, a Pass.
Fairefax Legay and Ihannes.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Ihannes, in Answer to the Petition of Daniell Fairefax and Isaake Legay: It is Ordered, That this House will hear the Counsel of Fairefax and Legay, why the Order of this House should not stand, for the referring the Cause to the Determination of the Court of Delegates, on this Day Sevennight, in the Morning.
Blake to have a Commission, to examine Witnesses.
Upon reading the Petition of Anne Blake, Wife of Wm. Blake: It is Ordered, That she shall have a Commission, under the Great Seal, for examining some of her material Witnesses in Somersetshire; and that Phillip Bradfort and John Rogers, Clothiers, shall be Commissioners for the Petitioner; and the Defendants shall name others for to be Commmissioners.
Lady Hastings and E. of Bridgewater.
Ordered, That the Counsel of the Earl of Bridgwater and the Lady Alice Hastings are appointed to meet on Monday next, to consider and agree upon, if they can, what Security the said Lady shall have for her Money which is in his Lordship's Hands; and to make Report thereof to this House.
Sir John Conyers's Horse to be restored.
Ordered, That an Order be granted to the Servant of Sir John Conyers, to take into his Custody a Horse, in whose Hands soever he is, which was taken away at Gravesende, going to Sir John Conyers in Holland, by a Parliament Officer.
Morris, One of the Clerks of this House, to have a Salary.
Upon reading the Petition of Henry Morris, an Under Clerk to the Clerk of the Parliament: It is Ordered, To be referred to these Lords following, to consider what Place is undisposed of, which is fit for him to supply by Way of Salary, and make Report thereof to this House:
Wombwell to be continued in his Place at the Customhouse.
Ordered, That the Petition of Wm. Wombell be recommended to the Committee for the Navy, that he may have the Continuance of his Place in the Customhouse, with the Salary and Profits thereunto belonging, in regard he is necessarily to attend this House, and his Attendance is of small Profit to him.
Order for Pistols, &c. for Colonels Dolbeir's and Beher's Regiments.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Committee at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith furnish One Hundred and Fifty Pair of Pistols with Holsters, Forty Carbines, and One Hundred Saddles with Furniture, for the Supply of those Horse of Colonel Beber and Colonel Dolbeir's Regiment, that are designed to go to Colonel Massey."
Colonel Whitchcott to be Governor of Windsor.
Ordinance to prevent preit Men from deserting.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament, intituled, An Ordinanceof the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the speedy raising and impresting of Men, for the recrniting of the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax, in the Defence of the Kingdom," it is Ordained (inter alia), That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, in every County, City, or Place, within this Realm, or any Two or more of them, within their several Limits and Jurisdictions, shall be, and are thereby authorized, required, and enjoined, from Time to Time, to raise, levy, and imprest, such Number of Soldiers, for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, as shall be appointed by both Houses of Parliament, by the Committee of both Kingdoms, or by Sir Thomas Fairefax: The said Lords and Commons, for preventing Abuses which may happen by the Soldiers absenting themselves from their Colours and the Army, and by the harbouring and concealing of Soldiers so raised, levied, and imprested as aforesaid, do therefore Order and Ordain, That all Soldiers already raised, listed, or imprested, or which hereafter shall be raised, listed, or imprested, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax, shall, upon Pain of Death, to be inflicted without Mercy, repair to their Colours within Six Days after Publication hereof; and for such as shall be hereafter imprested and listed, within Six Days after their listing; and constantly abide there, and not depart without Licence under the Hand of Sir Thomas Fairefax, or of the superior Officer then present of the Regiment wherein such Soldier or Soldiers shall serve: And for the better Discovery of all such Persons who have been imprested or listed, as already have, or hereafter shall, absent themselves from their Colours, the said Lords and Commons do hereby require and command all High Constables, Petty Constables, Tithing-men, and Headboroughs, in their several Divisions, Hundreds, Towns, and Parishes, to make strict Search and Enquiry, in the several Houses within their respective Limits and Parishes, for finding out such Soldiers as may be harboured there; and if any Soldier or Soldiers shall be found remaining in any of the Towns and Places aforesaid, the High Constables and Petty Constables aforementioned are hereby authorized and required to apprehend their Persons, and carry them before such of the Deputy Lieutenants, Committees of Parliament, or Justices of Peace, as are nearest to the Places where they are so apprehended, who are hereby authorized and required to commit such Soldiers to the County Gaol, or other Prison; and to secure their Horses, Arms, Soldiers Cloaths, and Monies if they have any, for the Service of the State: And for the preventing the harbouring and concealing any Soldier or Soldiers as aforesaid, who shall depart out, or absent himself from the said Service, without Licence, it is further Ordained and Declared, That every Town or Parish, wherein such Soldier or Soldiers shall be found to be harboured or concealed, shall forfeit and pay the Sum of Ten Pounds; and every Person, harbouring or concealing any Soldier or Soldiers as aforesaid, shall pay for every Soldier so concealed and harboured Forty Shillings; all which said several Sums of Money, to be forfeited as aforesaid, shall be collected, levied, and paid, in such Sort, Manner, Way, and Form, and shall be employed to the same Uses, as are prescribed and set down for levying of Money in the former Ordinance of Parliament, for raising and maintaining Forces, for Defence of the Kingdom, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax: And to the Intent that all Soldiers under the Command of the said Sir Thomas Fairefax, and all and every other Person and Persons concerned in the Premises, may take Notice hereof, it is further Ordained, That this present Ordinance be forthwith printed, and published in the several Market Towns and Parish Churches of every County within the Power of the Parliament, within Six Days next following the Receipt thereof; that none may pretend Ignorance of any of the Particulars beforementioned: And it is hereby further Ordained, That the Deputy Lieutenants, Committees of Parliament, all Mayors, Bailiffs, Sheriffs, Governors of Towns, and Justices of Peace, of the several Counties, Cities, and Places within this Kingdom, shall take special Care to put this Ordinance in due Execution, according to the Purport and true Meaning thereof."