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, 11 die Julii.
Answer from the H. C.
That they have appointed their Committee to meet, to receive the French Agent, on Saturday next, in the Afternoon; touching the Petition of Dr. Bastwicke, and the Petition of Mr. Hutchins, they have already taken them into Consideration; touching the Ordinance for making Mr. Parker Minister of Rotham in Kent, they will take it into Consideration.
Paperconcerning Church Government.
E. of Rutland not to go yet to Scotland.
E. of Thanet's Assessment.
Upon reading the Petition, and hearing the Counsel, of the Earl of Thanett, concerning his being assessed for his Fifth and Twentieth Part of his Estate, by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, he being a Peer of the Kingdom: (Here enter the Petition.) It is Ordered, That it be recommended to the said Committee, that the Earl of Thanett be favourably dealt withall, in regard he hath paid Nine Thousand Pounds for his Composition, for taking off his Sequestration, and hath suffered many other Losses.
His Petition about it.
"That your Petitioner, in April, 1644, received a Ticket from the Committee at Habberdashers Hall, whereby it is mentioned, that your Petitioner is assessed there Fifteen Hundred Pounds, for his Twentieth Part; whereupon your Petitioner addressed himself by Petition to your Lordships, who were pleased thereupon, after Consideration of the several Ordinances of Parliament, whereby the said Committee have no Power to assess any Peer of the Realm, but that your Lordships only shall have Power to assess the Peers and Members of the House, were pleased to declare, That the said Committee had no Power to assess your Petitioner: But since, your Petitioner hath received a Letter from the Clerk of that Committee, giving Notice from the said Committee of a new Assessment by the Committee, of Two Thousand Pounds for the Twentieth Part.
"Now, for that your Petitioner ought not to be assessed by that Committee, and for that your Petitioner hath had very great Losses and Spoil in his Estate, and, by the Favour of both Houses, hath been admitted to a Fine and Composition of Nine Thousand Pounds, which, considering the many Charges upon his Estate, and his great Loss, is not without much Difficulty raised; a great Part whereof is paid, and Two Thousand Pounds unpaid: Therefore,
"Your Petitioner's humble Suit to your Honours is, That you would be pleased to order and enjoin the Committee at Habberdashers Hall, and their Officers, not to proceed against your Petitioner or his Estate, upon the said Assessment, or upon any other Assessment; but that your Petitioner may be discharged.