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 Veneris, 25 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Staunton.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Upon reading the Petition of Bartholmew Cable: It is Ordered, To be referred to Sir Nathaniell Brent and Dr. Aylett, to end the Business, or else certify to this House.
Pews in the Abbey Church to be kept for Peers Wives, Judges, &c.
Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the Verger in the Abbey Church, Westm. is hereby commanded not to (fn. 1) admit any Lady or Gentlewoman into the Honourable Pew in the said Church, upon the Public Fast-days and Thanksgiving-days, until the Peers Wives be first seated there; and the said Verger is also strictly commanded, by this Order, that the Pew accustomably used and appointed for the Judges and Assistants of the House of Peers be kept empty until (fn. 2) they shall be seated in the said Pew.
Lostus, Treasurer for Ireland, sued by Captain Whitscott, allowed Privilege.
Upon reading the Petition of Nic. Loftus Esquire, Deputy (fn. 3) Treasurer at Wars for Ireland; shewing, That, by Order of Parliament, dated the 11th of February, 1642, directing to pay unto the Petitioner the Sum of Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds, to be by him paid over to Captain Christofer Whitscott, for Twenty Butts of Sack, to be by him delivered unto Colonel Audley Mervyn, which Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds the Petitioner never yet received from the said Treasurers; yet, nevertheless, the said Whitscott doth sue and implead the Petitioner for the said Sum, in The Compter in Wood-streete, in London, to his great Vexation and Charge, and contrary to the Protection which the Petitioner conceiveth he ought to receive; and that the Petitioner being †† then an Officer and Servant to the Parliament in the Office of the Treasurer at Wars in Ireland, and is now an Accomptant, and upon his Accompts before the Committee."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Petitioner shall have the Privilege of Parliament, in regard he is a Person that is employed by the Parliament, and hath not accompted for the great Sum of Monies which he hath received for the Use of the Kingdom of (fn. 4) Ireland; and that there be no further Prosecution in this Business.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Ordinance for raising Five Thousand Pounds, for the Supply of Sir Wm. Brereton. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance for Two Thousand Pounds for Lancashire. (Here enter it.)
3. An Ordinance for Two Thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for Abingdon. (Here enter it.
and with Deputy Lieutenants Names for Northampton.
4. That Mr. Joseph Sergeant, now Mayor of North'ton, and the Mayor for the Time being, and Mr. John Fisher Alderman, (fn. 5) be nominated and appointed to be Deputy Lieutenants of the Town of North'ton.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought up.
Colonel Russel recommended to be Governor of the Isle of Ely.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee, "That they took into Consideration the Consequence of putting a Governor speedily into the Isle of Ely, in regard it was conceived to be in some Danger; therefore they thought fit to propound Colonel Russell to be Governor thereof, which the Committee offers to the Consideration of the Houses."
Not approved of.
The House taking this into Consideration; it was Resolved, upon the Question, That this House approves not of Colonel Russell to be Governor of the Isle of Ely.
Colonel Davis to be Governor there.
Ordered, That the Earl of Warwicke is appointed to acquaint the Committee with the Resolution of the House concerning Colonel Russell; and to recommend, from this House, Colonel Davies to the Committee for that Place.
Ordinance to raise 5000l. for Sir William Brereton.
"Whereas, by Order of the House of Commons of the 12th of this present April, Five Thousand Pounds was assigned to be paid unto the Forces under the Command of Sir William Brereton, out of the Receipts of the Excise and new Impost, next after the Assignments already set; and whereas the Necessities of the said Forces are such as require a speedy Supply, several of the Companies of London, and other well-affected Persons, have consented to a present Advance of the said Sum, for the Use aforesaid, by Way of Loan: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said several Companies and Persons aforesaid shall be re-paid the several and respective Sums which they shall advance of the said Five Thousand Pounds, with Interest after the Rate of Eight per Cent. at the End of Nine Months after the respective Loans of the said Sums, out of the said Receipts of the Excise; and the Commissioners of the Excise and new Impost are hereby authorized accordingly to make Payment of the same; and the Receipt or Receipts of John Bradshawe Esquire (who is hereby appointed to receive the said Sum of the said several Companies and Persons for the Use aforesaid), testifying the particular and respective Sums so lent, together with the particular and respective Receipts of the Companies and Persons lending and advancing the same, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, for the said Five Thousand Pounds and Interest, and every Part and Parcel thereof."
Ordinance for the Commissioners of Excise to re-pay themselves 2000l. advanced for Lancashire.
"Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, for the Forces of Lancashire: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise, their Executors or Administrators, shall and may satisfy 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 as shall happen when other Payments already assigned upon the Excise shall not fall due, or, for Default thereof, 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 debarred from satisfying themselves accordingly; and that the said Commissioners of Excise shall pay the said Two Thousand Pounds unto James Waineright, of London, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge."
Ordinance for them to re-pay themselves 2000l. advanced for Abirgdon.
"Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, for and towards the Relief of the Garrison of Abington, under the Command of Major General Browne: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise, their Executors and Assigns, shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said Two Thousand Pounds, 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 as shall happen when other Payments already assigned upon the Office of Excise shall not happen to 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 reimbursing themselves accordingly; and that the said Commissioners shall pay the said Two Thousand Pounds unto Walter Frost Esquire, Secretary to the Committee of both Kingdoms, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf; and that the said Walter Frost shall pay the same over unto Major General Browne, for the Use of the said Garrison of Abingdon, or to the Treasurer for the said Garrison, whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Mr. Frost."
Deputy Lieutenants for North'ton.
"It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Houses do nominate and approve of Mr. Joseph Sergeant, now Mayor of North'ton, and the Mayor for the Time being, and Mr. John Fisher Alderman, to be Deputy Lieutenants of the Town of North'ton."
House adjourned till 9a cras.