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 Julii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Taylor.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Sir John Barrington's Ordinance.
An Ordinance concerning Sir John Barrington Knight and Baronet, was read Twice, and committed to these Lords following; and some of the Creditors to be heard, what they can say in this Business:
Any Two, to meet To-morrow Morning; and when after they please.
States Ambassador desires an Answer to his last Paper.
The Speaker reported to the House, "That The States Ambassador did desire an Answer to his last Paper presented to this House."
French Minister complains of their Ships being taken, and desires an Answer to his Paper about Trade.
The Earl of Northumb. reported to this House, "That the French Agent was with him, to desire him to acquaint their Lordships, that he hath received Letters from France, to command him to press for an Answer concerning the Matter of Trade; and complains that the French Ships are taken daily, coming to trade in our Coasts."
Report concerning Free Trade to be made.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, who are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do hasten the Report from that Committee, of their Opinion concerning Free Trade.
Countess of Peterborough's Assessment.
The Lord Viscount Say & Seale reported the Business from Haberdashers Hall, concerning the Countess of Peterborough' Assessment; which, the Committee says, was assessed by the Six Assessors in London, according to the Ordinance of Parliament, of the 29th of November 1642, which only excepts the Members of Parliament and Assistants.
Ordered, That the Counsel of the Countess of Peterborough shall be heard To-morrow Morning, and be made acquainted with the said Ordinances.
This Day the House was informed, "That Bridgwater was taken, with Two Thousand Prisoners, Eight Hundred Horse, and Thirty-six Pieces of Ordnance."
and Pontefract Castle.
Also the House was informed, "That Pomfract Castle was surrendered."
Message to the H. C. for Colonel Points to be Governor of it.
And the Lords taking into Consideration, that this was the First Act of Colonel Pointz, who is Colonel of the Northern Association, do think it fit that he be appointed to be Governor of the said Castle; and to desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons herein.
To this Purpose, a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page.
Committee to consider of an Allowance for the Waiters on this House.
Upon reading the Petition of the Four Waiters upon this House; desiring, "That their Lordships would think of some Course, for to allow them some Maintenance for their Subsistence."
It is Ordered, That it be referred to these Lords following, to consider what hath been formerly done in the like Case:
Any Two, to meet when they please.
Roger Le Strange's Petition, to be released on his Parole, for the Benefit of his Health.
Upon reading the Petition of Roger Le Strange; shewing, "That he having been long affected with a languishing and faint Distemper, but of late and at present worse than ever, having upon him all the Symptoms of fatal and irrecoverable Consumption, unless seasonably and speedily corrected by the Administration of Physic, and the Benefit of better Air than Newgate affords; therefore desires Liberty of the City, within the Lines of Communication, to which the Petitioner engages himself, upon the Parole of a Gentleman, to remain a true Prisoner."
It is Ordered, To desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons, that he may have Liberty to be confined to some Place in the Country, for his Health, within Ten Miles of London, engaging his Word for to be a true Prisoner.
Ordered, That Mr. Griffith's Business shall be peremptorily considered of and ended To-morrow Morning, whether the Report be made or not.
Committee for Irish Affairs.
Ordered, That the Earl of Suffolke and the Lord North be added to the Committee for Ireland; and the House of Commons to be desired to add a proportionable Number of their House.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own, concerning Colonel Pointz.
Message from thence, for L. Fairfax to be Steward, and Sir T. Fairfax to be Governor, of Pontefract.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Vane Junior:
To let their Lordships know, that they have received Letters of the Surrender of Pomfract Castle, the Stewardship whereof the House of Commons have (fn. 1) conferred upon the Lord Fairefaix; and they do now think it fit that the Government of the said Castle may be conferred upon Sir Thomas Fairefaix: This the House of Commons (fn. 2) had resolved of, before the Message came concerning Colonel Pointz; who, they are resolved, shall be taken into Consideration, and have conferred upon him the next Opportunity that falls.
Ordered, That this House agrees, that Sir Thomas Fairefax shall have the Government of Pomfract Castle.
Speaker to write to Colonel Pointz, that the Lords intended this Government for him.
Ordered, That a Letter be written, by the Speaker, from this House, to let Colonel Pointz know, that the Intentions of this House was towards him, for the Government of Pomfract Castle; but the House of Commons was pre-engaged: Yet their Lordships Resolutions are, to be mindful of him upon the First next Opportunity.
Captain Carpenter and Lieutenant Spotts, condemned by a Council of War, Petition for a Pardon.
The Petition of Captain Tho. Carpenter, and Abram Spotts Lieutenant; shewing, "That they being condemned by a Council of War, when the Earl of Essex was General; and, by reason his Lordship's Commission is surrendered, he humbly desires Pardon for the same from the Houses."
Ordered, To be recommended to the House of Commons.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Walter Earle, of divers Particulars, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is desired:
1. An Ordinance to charge the Excise with Seven Hundred and Sixty Pounds, for Part of Arrear to Major General Browne. (Here enter it).
2. An Ordinance concerning Match and Bullet.
(Here enter it.)
3. An Ordinance concerning Sir Walter Erle.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought up.
Message from thence, with another.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Bolstrode Whitlocke Esquire:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning appointing Persons to give Receipts for the Twenty Thousand Pounds, for reducing of Oxford.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned:
That this House agrees to this Ordinance.
Next, the Ordinance was read, and passed, for adding of Names to the Committee for raising the Twenty Thousand Pounds, for reducing of Oxford.
(Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. about the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To desire Concurrence in the Addition in the Ordinance concerning the Ministers of Derby.
2. To deliver them the Petition of Roger Le Strange, with the Sense of the House thereupon.
3. To deliver to them the Petition of Captain Carpenter and Abram Spotts, and desire their Concurrence therein.
4. To desire the Committee for the Lord Digbie's Letter and the Scottch Papers may meet this Afternoon.
5. To desire that the Earl of Suffolke and the Lord North may be added to the Committee for Ireland; and that they would add a proportionable Number of their House likewise.
Order for 760l. to General Brown.
"It is this Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Seven Hundred and Sixty Pounds shall be paid in Course, out of the Receipts of Excise or new Impost, by Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, to Major General Browne, upon Accompt, in Part of the Arrears of his Pay; and the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Pounds, according to its due Order and Course, unto the said Major General Browne, or to his Assigns, next after the Assignments already charged upon the said Receipts shall be first satisfied; and, in the mean Time, Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent.; and the Receipt of the said Major General Browne, or of his Assigns sufficiently by him authorized thereunto, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise or new Impost, and every of them, in that Behalf."
O dinance to collect the Arrears of Assessments in Middlesex, &c. pursuant to a late Ordinance for raising 9000l. to provide Match and Bullet.
"Whereas, by an Ordinance of Parliament, of the 4th of October last, the Sum of Nine Thousand Pounds, Part of the Arrears of a Monthly Assessment, by virtue of a former Ordinance of the 26th of March, 1644, taxed and assessed upon the County of Midd. and the Cities of London and Westm. with the Borough of Southwarke, and Parts adjacent, was allotted, for the providing of a new Train of Artillery, for the Army then under the immediate Command of the Earl of Essex, a great Part whereof, through the Carelessness and Negligence of the Collectors and others employed in levying and collecting the same, doth yet remain unsatisfied: The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled do now Ordain, That Edward West and Jeremy Whiteworth, Citizens of London, and William Tyestead of Fulham, in the County of Midd. shall be authorized, within the several and respective Limits before-mentioned, to call before them the said Collectors, and other Persons employed as aforesaid, and to take Accompt of them what Sums they have (as Part of the said Monthly Assessments) collected and paid, and to whom, and what is remaining in their Hands, and how much thereof doth yet remain in Arrear and uncollected; and to cause the same to be forthwith levied, collected, and paid over unto the Committee of Parliament, by Ordinance of the 30th of June last appointed to contract for Gunpowder, Match, and Bullet, or to such Person as they shall appoint, whose Receipt shall be unto the said Collectors and their Sub-collectors a sufficient Discharge, any Thing in the said former Ordinances, limiting the same to be paid unto Sir Gilbert Gerrard Baronet, to the contrary notwithstanding; and in case they, the said Edward West, Jeremy Whiteworth, and William Tyestead, shall find that any of the said Collectors or Sub-collectors have refused or neglected to do their Duty, in collecting, distraining, or otherwise, for the Time past, or shall neglect their Duty therein for the Time to come, they, the said Edward West, Jeremy Whiteworth, and William Styestead, are hereby authorized to bring them before the several and respective Committees, and other Persons, in and by the said Ordinance of the 26th of March 1644, and by an Ordinance of the 26th of December last, authorized to impose Fines upon, and to imprison, the Persons so neglecting or refusing, to the End they may be proceeded against in such Manner as in and by the said Ordinances is directed and appointed; for the doing whereof, all Justices of Peace, Constables, and other Officers, are required to be aiding and assisting, as well to the said Edward West, Jeremy Whiteworth, and William Styestead, as the said Committees and others authorized: And it is further Ordained, That the said Committee, by this Ordinance appointed to receive the Monies remaining of the said Arrears, shall therewith, and out of the same, in the First Place, satisfy and pay all and every the Sums due for the Provisions heretofore contracted for, and brought into the Stores, for the furnishing the Train of Artillery before-mentioned, which, by the Certificate of Sir Walter Erle Knight, late Lieutenant of the Ordnance, shall appear to be unsatisfied; and, with the Remainder thereof, shall cause Provision to be made of Match and Bullet, to be sent into The Tower of London, for the better furnishing of the Public Magazine there: Provided always, and be it Ordained, That the said Committee shall be, and are hereby, authorized, out of the Sums so received by them as aforesaid, to allow unto the said Edward West, Jeremy Whiteworth, and William Styestead, for the Pains and Travail in and about the Premises, such reasonable Allowance as they shall think meet and convenient, so as the same do not exceed the Sum of Twelve Pence in the Pound of the Monies by their Means collected and paid in as aforesaid."
Order for Money to Munings and Norman, for Ordnance Stores.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Walter Erle Knight, late Lieutenant of the Ordnance, shall, out of such Monies as are remaining in his Hands, of what he hath received from the Committee of Habberdashers Hall, and out of the additional Excise for Land Service, pay unto John Munings One Hundred Seventy and Five Pounds, for Horse Harness; and to Alexaxder Norman, Twentyfive Pounds, for Powder Barrels, the last Year, procured upon the Credit of the said Sir Walter Erle, for the Use of the Army under the immediate Command of the Earl of Essex, Lord General."
Ordinance to authorize Persons to give Receipts for the 20,000l. for reducing Oxon.
"It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Treasurers at War, sitting in the Plate Office in The Guildhall, London, are hereby authorized to give Receipts, under Two or more of their Hands (whereof One to be an Alderman and the other to be a Commoner), to all such Persons as shall advance and pay unto them any Sums of Money, upon the Ordinance of Parliament of the 1 Julii, 1645, for raising of Twenty Thousand Pounds, to be employed towards the reducing of Oxford to the Obedience of the Parliament; which Receipts shall be a sufficient Warrant to the Commissioners of the Excise and new Impost, to re-pay the same, with Interest, according to the said Ordinance."
Names added to the Committee of Westm.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Gregory Norton Baronet, Humphrey Edwards Esquire, Edward Carter Gentleman, John Honnor Gentleman, William Ball and James Prince, Gentlemen, be added to the Committee for the City and Liberty of Westm. appointed for the raising of Twenty Thousand Pounds, for the Use of the Three associated Counties of Bucks, Berks, and Oxon, and for the reducing of Oxon."
House adjourned till 9a cras.