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 Mercurii, 11 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Arrowsmyth.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer to the Message to the House of Commons;
That they agree to the Ordinance for raising the One and Twenty Thousand Pounds per Mensem for the Scotts Army, with the Alterations; and they agree to the Ordinance for giving Power to Sir Tho. Fairefax to press Men. (Here enter them.)
Ordinance to authorize Sir Tho. Fairfax to press Men.
(fn. 1) "Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Thomas Fairefax shall have Power, by virtue of this Ordinance, to imprest Men, in all Towns, Parishes, and Places, as his Army shall march through or quarter in, during the Space of One Month after the passing of this present Ordinance: Provided, That this Ordinance shall not extend to the pressing of any Clergyman, Scholar, or Student, in any the Universities, Inns of Court or Chancery, or Houses of Law; or of any Person rated in the last Subsidy granted by Parliament, or the Son of any Person rated at Five Pounds Goods, or Three Pounds Lands, in the Subsidy-books; or of any Person of the Rank or Degree of an Esquire or upwards, or the Son of any such Person, or the Son of the Widow of any such Person; or to the pressing of any Person under the Age of Eighteen, or above the Age of Fifty; or of the Members or Officers of either House of Parliament, or of their menial Servants, or any the Assistants or Attendants of the Lords House, or any of their menial Servants; or of any Mariner, Seaman, Waterman, or Fisherman; or any Officer employed in the Office of Excise, or in the Office of Customs for Tonnage or Poundage."
Man and Moore, for abusing Gen. Crawfurd.
Upon reading the Petition of Ric'd Man and James Moore; desiring to be released from their Imprisonment: This House thought (fn. 2) fit, that Intimation should be given to the Petitioners, that they should apply themselves to the Scotts Commissioners, and give them Satisfaction for the Injury offered to the Scottish Nation, before they be released by this House.
Damport sent for, for sueing the Keeper of Newgate, for releasing Worsley by Order of this House.
Upon reading the Petition of Henry Wollaston, Keeper of Newgate; complaining, "That he having released one Worsley out of his Custody by virtue of an Order of this House, one Damport hath brought an Action, and arrested the Petitioner for the same, though the Order was shewed him."
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the said Damport shall appear before this House, to answer this Petition, forthwith after this Order is served upon him; in the mean * Time, the Proceedings against the Petitioner are to be stayed.
Sir T. Peyton's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of Sir Tho. Peyton's Estate, was read the Second and Third Time; and Agreed to.
(Here enter it.)
Ordinance to collect the Arrears due on former Ones.
The Ordinance for the speedy bringing in the Arrears of Monies upon divers Ordinances, was read the Third Time, and Agreed to, with some Alterations; and Ordered to be sent down to the the House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
The Lord Robertes reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms as follows:
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby House.
"Ordered, That the Information given in to this Committee, by Mr. Salway and Mr. Greensmith, be reported to both Houses.
"10 June, 1645.
Information that Mr. Cranford had accused the Committee of both Kingdoms, of having an Intention to Fetray the Parliament, &c. to the King.
"This Day, about Half an Hour after Twelve a Clock, Mr. James Cranford, Minister, came to The Exchange in London; and did there openly declare and affirm, "That there was discovered to the Parliament a great Treachery in the Committee of both Kingdoms, some whereof had assumed to themselves Power to be a Sub-committee, and had for about Three Months last past treated secretly with the King, for the procuring and making their own Peace, and for the surrendering and delivering up of the Parliament's Forts, Castles, and Garrisons; and that the Houses of Parliament had chosen a Committee of Seven Lords and Fourteen Commoners, to search out this Treason; and that there were divers amongst them, who were of the former Sub-committee that treated with the King:" And Mr. Cranford being asked whether this which he reported was certain and true; he affirmed it was, and said, "Let it fly as far it will, for it is true."
"This we do declare and affirm to be the Substance of Mr. Cranford's Speech to us and divers others, upon The Exchange.
"Doctor Alston, Colonel Gower, Captain Vennor, and Mr. Ballow, can give further Information about this Matter."
Ordered, That this Information be communicated to the House of Commons; and to desire that the Committee of the House of Commons may meet with the Lords of the Committee for the Lord Digbye's Letter, to consider of it, this Afternoon; and that Mr. Cranford be sent for, to appear before the said Committee, and likewise the Witnesses, this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, to be examined.
Message to the H. C. for the Committee to consider of Ld. Digby's Letter and this Information.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page:
To communicate the Information of Mr. Salwey and Mr. Greensmith to them; and to desire that the Committee for the Lord Digbie's Letter may meet this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, and consider of it, and examine the Truth of this Business.
Ld. Herbert, Leave to go to The Spa.
Ordered, That the former Order of this House, for the granting Leave to the Lord Herbert of Cherbury to go to The Spaw for his Health, is hereby renewed.
Lady Fr. Conway, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Frances Conway shall have a Pass, to go from Hill Hall, in Essex, to her House at Ragland, in Warwickshire.
Ordinance for Mr. Dove to be Storekeeper of the Ordnance at Portsmouth.
An Ordinance was brought in this Day, for making John Dove Keeper of the Stores of Ammunition, for the Town, Garrison, and Navy, of and at Portsmouth, was read the Third Time, and passed.
Message from the H. C. for Ld. Savill to be examined about Ld. Digby's Letter:
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Wm. Lewis:
To desire that the Lord Savill may be sent for, and examined before the Committee for the Lord Digbie's Letter; he having reported, "That a Member of the House of Commons hath given Intelligence at Oxford." And the House of Commons further desires, that his Person may be secured, and his Papers sealed up.
His Papers to be sealed up.
Ordered, That the Gentleman * Usher shall require the Lord Savill to come before the Committee this Afternoon; and that he seal up his Papers, and bring them before the said Committee.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House hath Ordered, That the Lord Savill shall be secured, and brought, with his Papers sealed, before the Committee this Afternoon.
Answer from thence.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the referring the Information concerning Mr. Cranford to the Committee for the Lord Digbye's Letter, and also to the Meeting of the said Committee this Afternoon.
Message from thence, to reduce the Quoium of the Committee for Ld. Digby's Letter;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Wm. Lewis:
To desire that the Committee for the Lord Digbye's Letter may (fn. 3) be reduced to Two Lords and Four Commoners.
for Sir T. Fairfax, &c. to take Horses in the Enemy's Quarters;
2. That Sir Thomas Fairefax, and such as he by his Warrant shall appoint, shall have Power to take such Horses in the Enemy's Quarters as he shall think fit, for the Service of the Parliament.
and with Orders, &c.
3. An Order for the paying Two Parts of the new Excise to the Treasurers for the maimed Soldiers.
(Here enter it.)
4. An Order for paying Monies to the Foot Regiments under the Command of Colonel Paine and Colonel Willoughby, &c. at Abingdon. (Here enter it.)
5. An Ordinance for Allowance of Fifty Pounds per Week to the maimed Soldiers, &c. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought up.
Col. Fielding to attend, about his Exchange.
Ordered, That Colonel Ric'd Feilding shall attend this House To-morrow Morning; and then this House will further direct concerning his giving Word, upon his Honour, not to engage himself in Action in the King's Army, until he be absolutely exchanged.
Order for paying Two Parts of the new Excise to the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers.
"Whereas the Commissioners of Excise are appointed to pay Two Parts of the new Excise to the Treasurers for the maimed Soldiers: It is this Day Ordered and Declared, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Receipt and Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Treasurers of maimed Soldiers, or any Two of them, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners of Excise, for so much Monies as they shall pay unto the said Treasurers in Pursuance of the said Ordinance: And it is further Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise do forthwith pay in all such Monies as remain in their Hands of the Two Parts of the said new Excise to the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers."
Order for Money for Col. Paine and Col. Willoughby's Regiments at Abingdon.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee for the Militia of London shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to issue forth the Remainder of Money raised, or to be raised, by virtue of an Ordinance of Parliament of the 12th of October last, towards Pay and Maintenance of the Foot Regiments under Command of Colonel Paine and Colonel Willoughby, and the Troop of Horse under the Command of Colonel Underwood at Abingdon: Provided, That, according to former Order, the Waggoners be first paid."
Order for 50l. per Week for maimed Soldiers, &c.
"Whereas, by Order of Parliament, dated 24 Maii, 1645, Fifty Pounds per Week were Ordered to be allowed, out of the Receipts of Excise, upon the Ordinance of the Eighth of July, 1644, for Relief of maimed Soldiers, and the Widows and Children of Soldiers slain in the Parliament's Service, over and besides Two Hundred Pounds already assigned on those Receipts for the same Use and Purpose; and whereas the said Receipts are not sufficient to pay the said Sum of Fifty Pounds more per Week, as is before directed; Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost (to the End so necessary and charitable a Work may not be neglected), have, for Supply thereof, consented to advance and lend the Sum of Four Hundred Pounds: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may reimburse themselves, and that their Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, shall be reimbursed, of the said Four Hundred Pounds, together with Interest for the same after the Rate of Eight per Cent. out of the Receipts of Excise upon the Ordinance 11th of Sep tember, 1643, for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, out of the Intervals of Receipts when other Assignments already made shall not fall due, or, in Default thereof, then (fn. 4) in such Order and Course as this Ordinance, according to the Date hereof, shall succeed; for which Reimbursement of Principal and Interest, this Ordinance shall be their, the said Commissioners of Excise, Warrant and Discharge: And it is further Ordained, That the said Four Hundred Pounds, advanced and lent by the Commissioners for the Use aforesaid, shall be paid unto Will'm Greenhill, John Randall, John Pococke, and Richard Hutchinson, Treasurers appointed for the maimed Soldiers, or unto any Two of them, whose Acquittance, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, in that Behalf."
Order to clear Sir T. Peyton of his Delinquency.
"Whereas the Fine of a Thousand Pounds was set upon Sir Thomas Peyton Baronet, for his Delinquency, unto which he hath submitted, and already paid Five Hundred Pounds of the said Fine in Hand, and hath given Security to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall for Payment of the Residue upon the 18th Day of July next ensuing: It is now Ordered, Declared, and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Sum of One Thousand Pounds, so paid and secured as aforesaid, shall be, and is accepted as, a full Fine and Composition, from the said Sir Thomas Peyton, for his Offences and Delinquency; and that, in Consideration thereof, the said Sir Thomas Peyton shall be, and is hereby, cleared, acquitted, and discharged, of his Delinquency, and of the present Restraint of his Person, and of all Penalties, Forfeitures, Seizures, and Sequestrations, for or upon any Part of his Estate, Real or Personal; and that the said Sir Thomas Peyton is hereby restored to his Personal Liberty and Estate as aforesaid, and shall receive and have the Benefit of his Rents and Profits then due on the 25th Day of March last past: And all Committees, Sequestrators, Collectors, and other Officers whatsoever, are to take Notice hereof, and to yield ready Obedience hereunto accordingly; any former Order, Direction, Declaration, or Ordinance, notwithstanding."