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, 29 die Augusti.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they will send an Answer to the Particulars of the Message sent to them Yesterday, by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence, with Ordinances; and to expedite the Committees Names for the Eastern Association.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Harley;
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. To desire Expedition in the Addition of the Names to the Committees of the Eastern Association.
2. An Ordinance for issuing out One Thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for the Service of the Garrison of Northampton. (Here enter it.)
3. An Ordinance for issuing out of the Excise Two Thousand Pounds, for the Service of Lancashire.
(Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance for paying Three Hundred Pounds to Colonel Greves. (Here enter it.)
5. An Ordinance concerning raising of Monies, by Assessments, in the County of Lancaster. (Here enter it.)
6. An Ordinance concerning the Debt of One Thousand Pounds, owing to Mr. Watson, by the Company of Barber Chirurgeons.
The Answer returned was:
That to the Ordinance concerning the Committees for the Eastern Association, and the Ordinance concerning Mr. Watson's Thousand Pounds, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own: To all the rest of the Particulars, their Lordships do agree to them.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Christopher Wray Knight:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning Wm. Parker to be made Rector of Rooteham, in Kent. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Answer was:
That this House agrees in this Ordinance now brought up.
Ordinance for Mr. Wilkinson to be Rector of St. Dunstan's in the East.
An Ordinance was presented to this House, for making Mr. Henry Wilkinson Rector of the Parish of St. Dunstan's in the East.
Ordinance to appoint a Committee to manage the Affairs in Munster.
The Lord Willoughby reported, "That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Ireland do present an Ordinance to the Consideration of this House, for sending a Committee to manage the Affairs of the War in Munster."
Read Thrice, and passed; and Ordered to be sent down to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Message to the H C. with it, and about a Maintenance for the E. of Stamford.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance concerning the Committee to be sent into Munster.
2. To desire their Expedition in the Petition concerning the Earl of Stamford's Maintenance.
Materials belonging to St. Paul's, to be delivered for re-building St. Gregory's.
Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of St. Gregorie's Parish, in London: It is Ordered, That Mr. Carter, the King's Surveyor, shall hereby have Power and Authority to assign over and deliver to the Inhabitants of St. Gregorie's Parish, or such as they shall appoint, the Materials following, for the Re-building of their Church, to be taken out of the Materials of Paul's:
50 Loads of the Timber, which is perishable.
200 of Deal Boards.
187 Tuns of Stone.
And such Scaffolding as shall be useful for the said Re-building, which is to be borrowed and restored again.
Which Materials shall be employed for the Re-building of the said Church, and upon no other Use.
Petition from the Ministers of London, &c.
A Petition was presented to this House, from the Ministers of London and Westm. which was received, and read; as follows. (Here enter it.)
This House returned this Answer:
That this House was ever careful in what concerns Matter of Religion, and they will take this Business into Consideration in due Time.
L. Savill's Petition, to be bailed.
Ordered, That the Lord Savill's Petition be sent down to the House of Commons; and to let them know, this House thinks fit to bail him, if they have not further to say against him to the contrary; which is done, in regard he was committed at their Desire close Prisoner.
Message to the H. C. with it.
And accordingly a Message was sent down to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House hath received a Petition from the Lord Savill, desiring to be bailed; which their Lordships think fit to grant, if they have nothing to say to the contrary.
Order for 1000 l. for the Garrison of Northampton.
"It is this Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That One Thousand Pounds shall be paid in Course, out of the Receipts of the Excise or new Impost, by Ordinance 11th September, 1643, for the Service of the Garrison of Northampton, to be disposed to the Use aforesaid, by the Committee of Parliament residing there, upon Accompt; and the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost are hereby authorized to pay the said One Thousand Pounds, in its due Order and Course, next after the Assignments already made on those Receipts shall be first satisfied, unto Sir George Clarke Knight Alderman of the City of London, John Langham Esquire Alderman of the City of London, Phillip Coleman Esquire, or any of them, for the Use aforesaid; and this Ordinance, together with the Receipt of any One of them for the said One Thousand Pounds, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise, their Successors, and every of them, in that Behalf: And it is further Ordained, That any Person or Persons advancing the said Sum of One Thousand Pounds shall be paid, out of the Receipts of the Excise, Interest after Eight in the Hundred for the said Sum, or so much thereof as shall be advanced, from the Time of the said Advance."
Order for 2000 l. for the Service of Lancashire.
"It is this Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Two Thousand Pounds shall be paid in Course, out of the Receipts of the Excise or new Impost, by Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, for the Service and Advantage of the Forces of Lancasheir; and the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost are hereby authorized to pay the said Two Thousand Pounds accordingly, and in due Order and Course, unto Mr. James Waynwright, of London, whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them: Provided, and be it further Ordained, That if the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, or any other Person or Persons, shall advance the said Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof, and pay the same unto the said Mr. James Waynwright, for the Use aforesaid, that they the said Commissioners of Excise, or other Person or Persons so advancing and lending the same, shall be paid and reimbursed, out of the Receipts aforesaid, 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, in due Order and Course, next after other Assignments already made on those Receipts shall be first satisfied; and this Ordinance, together with the Receipt of the said Mr. James Waynewright, shall be a sufficient Warrant unto the said Commissioners of Excise, for Reimbursement of Principal and Interest unto themselves if they shall lend the same, or for Payment thereof unto any other Person or Persons who shall advance or lend all or any Part of the Two Thousand Pounds aforesaid."
Order for 300 l. to Colonel Greves.
"Whereas Thomas Foote 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 Three Hundred Pounds, for the Use of Colonel Greves, towards his Satisfaction of his Charges, in raising a Troop of Horse for the Service of the Parliament: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall be reimbursed the said Three Hundred 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, upon the Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, as shall happen when other Payments already assigned on those Receipts shall not fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow in Course; and that the said Commissioners of Excise shall pay the said Three Hundred Pounds unto the said Colonel Greves, or his Assign sufficiently by him authorized thereunto; either of whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, in that Behalf."
Petition of the Ministers of London and Westminster, &c. to prevent scandalous and ignorant Persons being admitted to the Sacrament.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament.
The humble Petition of the Ministers of the Cities of London and Westm. and within the Lines of Communication.
We should be extremely unthankful, if we should forget the unwearied Pains, unparalleled Zeal, Resolution, and Carefulness, with which your Honours have endeavoured, these many Years, not only to oppose the incessant Workings of the malignant Party, but also to establish a right Discipline in God's Church among us, and a just Government in the Commonwealth; which that you may prosecute fully and indeclinably, God hath put it into your Hearts to enter into Solemn Covenant with Him, and to cause the People to join with you in the same Oath; and hath from Heaven declared His Approbation of this Work, by many rare Providences towards you, in Discoveries of the Enemies Designs, and breaking their enraged Power; thereby proclaiming in the Face of the World, That He will be with you while you are with Him; which Things, as they (we assure ourselves) do add fresh Vigour unto your Spirits in following the Lord fully, so do they engage your Petitioners to contribute what Furtherance they may to so blessed a Work; wherefore your Petitioners, as Ministers of Jesus Christ, that watch for the Souls of His People, and expect their giving an Account to Him at His Appearing, being encouraged by the frequent Gracious Answers they have had from your Honours to former Petitions, and incited by the instant Importunity of the People, do take the Boldness to tender to these Honourable Houses their Thoughts and humble Requests, in the Behalf of themselves and the Flocks committed to them.
"Your Petitioners are deeply sensible, that, in these by-past Years, wherein the Prelates domineered, a great Inundation of Prophaneness (through Want of due Power in the Hands of Ministers in this Kingdom to prevent it) passed over the whole Kingdom, in the unworthy partaking of the Lord's Supper by ignorant and scandalous Communicants; by which Means the Blood of the Son of God was spilled, the high Name of the Lord of Glory dishonoured, and the whole Land became guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord, which, among other Sins, we undoubtedly conceive to have provoked the Lord to draw a Sword against us, to the Spilling of the Blood of Thousands of our Nation; besides, the Hearts of great Multitudes, by reason of their facile Admission to the Lord's Table, have impenitently continued in their Ignorance and scandalous Living, hardening themselves in Security, and slighting the most pressing Monitions of God's Word, and serious Exhortations of the Ministers of the Gospel: Hereupon also another great Evil hath ensued; the Ministers of the Gospel were some deterred from undertaking any Pastoral Charge, others heavily laden in their Spirits with the Weight of this Burthen, many have forborn the administering of the Lord's Supper for a long Time, some have deserted their Pastoral Charge, some that were designed for the Function of the Ministry have diverted to other Employments, and those that continued in their Places were exceedingly reproached and vilified; yea, and besides that, it hath occasioned a great Rent among the People of God, a great Number of tender Consciences (fn. 1) conceiving themselves bound to separate from those Congregations and Pastors, with whom Power was not to remedy this Evil, and to join themselves (as they conceived) unto purer Congregations; the Mischiefs of which Rent, both in Church and Commonwealth, we assure ourselves, your Honours are affected with, together with ourselves.
"After the sad Night of Pressure under the Burthen, the Spirits of your Petitioners began to be revived, by a firm Hope of a thorough Reformation in this Particular, when it was concluded that the ignorant and scandalous are not fit to receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which we doubted not but would draw after it an (fn. 2) effectual Remedy of this Evil: Hereupon many hopeful Plants have applied their Studies to fit themselves for the Ministry; some have entered into it; the dejected were encouraged, many staid from Separation; and a great Hope appeared of reducing many of those that have joined to other Congregations; all which will be frustrated, if this Evil be not thoroughly cured: Yea, the Rent will be made worse, in case the People shall apprehend that little or no Hope remains to see the Ordinance of the Lord's Supper celebrated in our Congregations without such Impurity and Prophaneness.
"Wherefore your Petitioners, considering that our Lord Christ, in His Epistles to the Seven Churches of Assia, takes Notice of the Angels that could not bear them that were evil, and excepts against them that suffered Scandalizers; that, in the antient Churches, great Care was taken to prevent this Evil; the most pious Pastors have, with much approved Resolution, opposed the receiving of the Lord's Supper by scandalous Persons; the great Danger of the People if there be not sufficient Provision against it; and the Solemn Covenant wherein, together with your Honours, and by your Excitement, we have chearfully engaged ourselves, to the Extirpation of Prophaneness:
"Do most humbly and instantly importune your Honours, that (as in the best Reformed Churches it is and hath been so) there may be, without unnecessary Restraint, the Fulness of Power that Christ hath given to the Governors in His Church, left in the Hand of the Presbyteries of this Kingdom, to keep back all ignorant and scandalous Persons from receiving the Lord's Supper; and that the Presbyteries which shall be elected may be Judges of such Ignorance and Scandal, that so they may comfortably discharge their Office; being confident that Complaints to the more ample Presbyteries may redress any Miscarriages of the less; and that God will bless the Exercise of this Power, to the Glory of His great Name, Enlargement of His Son's Kingdom, the restoring of Peace and Beauty to these Churches, and the abounding of many Thanksgivings to God; with many Prayers for your Honour's Happiness from faithful Christians, especially from
Your devoted Servants in the Lord,
John Downham, Pastor of Greate Alhalowes in Theams Streete.
William Thomas, of Pancras, Soaperlane.
George Fawler, of Bridwell.
Will'm Jenkin, of London.
John Paull, of George, Buttolph Lane.
Richard Fowler, of Algate.
Fulke Bellers, of Mich. Cornhill.
Sa. Clarke, of Benett Fincke.
And. Jaudway, of Alhal. London Wall.
Imanuell Bourne, of Sepulcher's.
Richard Lee, of Shorditch.
John Cardall, of Alhal. Lumberstreete.
Ralph Robinson, of Mary Woolnoth, Lumberstreete.
William Tutty, of Martins Orgars.
Richard Kentish, of Kath. Tower.
Tho. Porter, of Kath. Cree Church.
Wa. Bridges, Dunstans East.
Thomas Burdall, of Olaves in The Old Jury.
Edward Dunstervile, Elected at Mildred Breadstreete.
Will'm Barton, of John Zecharye's.
Ithiell Smart, of Maud. Old Fishstreete.
James Moore, of Tho. Apostle's.
Francis Robert, of Austins.
Charles Offspringe, of Antholine's.
Sam. Oliver, of And. Ward.
Thomas Gouge, of Sepulcher's.
James Nalton, of Leon. Foster Lane.
John Garrett, of Barth. Greate.
Tymothy Dod, of Peters, Cheape.
Tho. Horton, of Colechurch.
Wm. Lowe, of Mary, Islington.
Jo. Tombes, of The Temple.
Jo. Hall, of Buttolph, Billingsgate.
Jo. Rawlingson, of Mary Abchurch.
Jo. Hopkins, of Edmond's, Lumberstreete.
Ja. Cranford, of Christoph'r's.
Sam. Bolton, of Mary Overye's.
Hen. Pierce, of Benett P. W.
Tho. Clandon, of Alhallowes, Barkin.
Arth. Jackson, of Mich. Woodstreete.
Rob't Ladbrook, of Mich. Cole-Abby.
Walter Taylor of Clement's, East Cheape.
Vere Harcourt, of And. Holborne.
Tho. Codrington, of Ben't Sherhog.
Jo. Lee, of Peter's, Paul's Wharfe.
Sa. Fisher, of Albans, Woodstreete.
John Crosse, of Nich. Olaves.
Grace Francklyne, of Mary Mounthaw.
W. Wickins, of Andrew Hubbert.
Hen. Searle, of Nich. Royall.
Anth. Downe, of Mary, Som'sett.
Will'm Adderly, of Charter House.
John Storer, of Gyles, Cripplegate.
Joe. Browne, of Mich, Crooked Lane.
Leonard Cooke, of Lothbury.
Tho. Froysell, of Marg'ett, New Fishstreete.
Ja. Sybbald, of James, Clarkenwell.
Hen. Cornish, of G. in The Feilds.
Samuell Fawcett, Pastor of Alphage.
Elidad Blackwell, of And. Undershaft.
Mathew Haviland, of Trinity.
Hen. Hurst, of Marg. Pastons.
Rob't Gell, of Aldermary, London.
Anthony Harford, of Mich. Cornhill.
Will'm Eyre, Mich. Ru. Hithe.
Christopher Love, of Anne and AgnisAldersgate.
Rich'd Gibson, of Buttolphe's Algate.
Joseph Owfeild, of Peter's, Cheape.
Paule Russell, Assistant, Hackney.
John Maydwell, of Kath. Cole.
And. Blackwell, Rector of Alhallowes The Lesse.
Thomas Cawton, of Barthol'mew, Exchange.
Thomas Rutton, of Mary Lee Bow.
"Thomas Edwards, of Mary Hill."
Ordinance to raise Money in Lancashire; and to appoint a Committee there, for Regimenting the Forces of the County, and appointing the Officers, &c.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do Order and Ordain, That Sir Raph Ashton, Sir Robert Binlosse, Baronets, Richard Hoghton, Raph Ashton, Richard Shuttleworth, John Moore, Alexander Rigby, William Ashurst, Gilbert Ireland, Peter Egerton, Christopher Banister, John Bradshawe, George Dodding, John Starkey, Edward Butterworth, Thomas Fell, Rowland Hunt, Richard Haworth, James Ashton of Chaderton, Edward Rigby, Thomas Birch, Alexand'r Rigby the Younger, Nicholas Rigby of Horrock, and Richard Ashton, Esquires, Nicholas Cuncliff, Henry Fleetwood, Robert Cluncliff, and Will'm Knipe, Gentlemen, be a Committee for the County of Lancaster; and shall, Once in every Month at the least, have a general Meeting at Preston (or, in case they cannot there reside with Safety, then in such other fit and indifferent Place of the said County as they, or the major Part of them, shall from Time to Time appoint), for the transacting of the Affairs of the County aforesaid; and that none of the said Committee do absent himself, or depart from any of the Meetings, without Consent or Allowance of the major Part of the said Committee; and the said Committee, at their said general Meetings, are authorized, and hereby shall have Power (besides what can be raised out of the Sequestrations), in the First Place, to assess and tax all such Sums of Money upon the said County as the major Part of them shall think fit, by the accustomed Rule for the assessing of the said County, commonly called "The Soldiers Lay," so as the same exceed not Three Thousand Pounds per Month, in which all such Sums of Money as are to be assessed upon the said County by the late Ordinance for the Northern Association shall be included; and the said Committee shall have Power to nominate and appoint Assessors, Collectors, and all other Officers necessary for the assessing, collecting, and levying, of the said Assessments: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That a Standing Committee, consisting of Seven at the least, do, at all Times (other than during the Continuance of the said general Meetings), sit constantly at Preston aforesaid; or, in case they cannot there reside with Safety, then in some other the most equal and indifferent Place of the said County, to be appointed from Time to Time by the said Committee for the said County, or the major Part of them, at their general Meetings; and that there be at least One of the said Standing Committee out of every Hundred within the said County (if conveniently it may be); and this Standing Committee shall from Time to Time be appointed by the said Committee of the County, at their general Meetings, in such Manner that none shall be compelled against his Will to attend above Fourteen Days together at Once; and the said Committee of the County, at their said general Meetings, shall hereby have Power to give Allowances unto such Persons as shall be employed for the said County, and to the Treasurer, Collectors, and all other Persons employed by them, so as the same do not exceed the Allowances set and appointed in the Ordinance of the 15th of February, 1644, for the Maintenance of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That all Assessors do, and they are hereby required, within Six Days after every Assessment made, to deliver Copies of their said Assessments, fairly written and subscribed by them, unto the said Standing Committee, who shall sign and seal Duplicates thereof, and shall deliver so many as shall be needful to the Collectors, with Warrants to collect the said Assessments, and the other Duplicates to such Persons as are authorized to take the Accompts of the said County; and the like Means, Powers, and Penalties, are hereby allowed, for the better gathering, collecting, and levying the same, that are constituted and appointed in the Ordinance of the 15th of February, 1644, for the Maintenance of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax; and if any Person or Persons shall find him or themselves aggrieved, that he or they is or are over-rated, and shall, within Six Days after Demand made, complain to the Standing Committee, (fn. 3) they shall have Power, upon Examination, to relieve such Person or Persons, as they shall see Cause.
"And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That Alexander Norris, of Boulton, Gentleman, be Treasurer of all the Monies whatsoever, raised, or to be raised, within the said County of Lancaster, by any Ordinance or other Power derived from both or either of the Houses of Parliament, for the Use of the Forces of the said County; and that no Collector, or other Officer whatsoever, collecting any of the said Monies, or taking any Goods, or being employed in the Receipt of any Money, or Profits, or Advantages whatsoever, by virtue of any Power or Authority as aforesaid, shall be discharged for the same, or any Part thereof, unless every such Person have an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Treasurer, and that Acquittance likewise signed by Three or more of the said Standing Committee; which Committee shall cause every such Sum of Money, with the Name of the Person who paid the same, and the Day of the Month when it was paid, to be fairly entered in a Book, to be kept for that Purpose; and the Clerk of the said Committee shall attest the said Entry upon every such Acquittance; otherwise such Acquittances, as to the Commonwealth, to be void; and every of the said Collectors and Officers shall, within Ten Days at the utmost after the same is gathered and collected, pay all such Monies as they shall gather and collect, unto the said Alexander Norris, who shall not pay or issue out any Monies, but by Warrant under the Hands of Six or more of the said Standing Committee, or by Warrant under the Hands of the said Commitee for the County at their general Meeting, or the major Part of them; provided always, that the said Committee do from Time to Time issue out their Warrants to the said Alexander Norris, to pay all such Sums of Money as shall be at any Time charged upon the said County of Lancaster by virtue of the said Ordinance for the Northern Association: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That all Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers, now or hereafter to be (fn. 4) paid within the said County, be reduced into Two Regiments of Foot, and One Regiment of Horse, neither of which Regiments of Foot shall have in them above Ten Companies, nor the Regiment of Horse above Six Troops, at the most; and that all the common Soldiers now in Pay within the said County be taken into the said Three Regiments; and the Commanders and Officers of the said Regiments shall be appointed, placed, and displaced, by the Consent and Agreement of the said Committee for the said County, or the major Part of them; provided, that no Deputy Lieutenant, that hath an Estate within the said County, be Colonel or other Officer of the the said Forces: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That no Colonel, or other Officer of the said Three Regiments above the Degree of a Lieutenant of a Foot Company, receive more than a Fourth Part of their Pay, during such Time as he is in the said County, and not in actual Service; and the said Committee for the said County, or the major Part of them, shall have Power to regulate the Pay of the Officers and Soldiers of the said Regiments, so as the same do not exceed the Pay established for Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army; and no Officer or Soldier of the said Three Regiments shall take Horses, or any other Goods, or levy any Monies, or meddle with any Thing belonging to the Civil Affairs and Government of the said County, without a Warrant under the Hands of Six or more of the said Committee, at their said general Meetings: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That there be a Commissary of the Musters of the said Forces, who shall from Time to Time take the Musters, and keep fair Muster Rolls of the said Regiments and Companies; and the said Treasurer shall pay the said Forces by the Poll, according to the Muster Roll thereof, signified by the Hand of the said Commissary of the Musters; and the said Committees are hereby required to take special Care, that all Colonels, and other Officers and Soldiers, belonging to the said Three Regiments, be equally paid; and if any of the said Committees do sign any Warrant to pay any Regiment or Company more than the rest (except it be otherwise ordered and agreed at a general Meeting), then such Person shall from thenceforth be disenabled from executing any Power granted by this Ordinance; and the said Committee for the County, or the major Part of them, shall from Time to Time nominate and appoint, place and displace, the Keeper or Keepers of the Magazines of the said County, who shall issue forth the same by Warrant under the Hands of Six or more of the said Committee: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, Besides the said Three Regiments, the said Committee for the County shall take Care to list into Regiments and Companies all Persons of able Bodies, and fit to be trusted with Arms, and them to arm and array, and to cause them [ (fn. 5) to be] trained Once in every Month, to be ready for the Defence of the said County; which said Regiments and Companies may be listed under any of the said Committee for the County, or other Officers appointed by them, or the major Part of them; and shall have, when they shall be employed in actual Service, such Pay as shall be allowed unto them by the said Committee for the County, or the major Part of them: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That no Person, that, in the Judgement of any Seven or more of the said Committee for the County, is not fit to be trusted with Arms, shall reside or dwell within any of the Towns of Manchester, Warrington, Liverpoole, Lancaster, Clitheroe, or Preston; and every Inhabitant within any of the said Towns shall, for the Defence of them, either bear Arms, or find a Man to bear Arms, unless they be judged unable to do it by Seven or more of the said Committee for the County: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That, for the Time past, all the particular Engagements of any Person or Persons, for Arms, Ammunition, Cloaths, or Pay for Soldiers, for the Use of the said County, be paid and discharged, out of and with the Public Monies of the said County, in such Manner, and at such Times, as the said Committee for the County, or the major Part of them, at their said general Meeting, shall agree and appoint: And it is further Ordered, That for Arrears of Pay due to any Commander or Officer, within the said County of Lancaster, that all Commanders and Officers within the said County shall, before the last Day of December, One Thousand Six Hundred and Forty-five, bring in Writing unto the said Committee for the County, at a General Meeting, or unto the Committee for Accompts of the Kingdom at London, an Accompt what is due to him or them, for their Pay, deducting all Free Quarter, and all Monies and Goods taken from any Person, except such as were taken in Fight, or in some Town, Castle, or Hold, taken from the Enemy by Storm, and all Horses, and all the Benefit they have had by Sequestrations, and all other Profits and Commodities whatsoever they have so received; unto which Accompts they shall take their Oaths, before the said Committee for the County, or the said Committee of Accompts; and such Accompts as shall be so given to the said Committee of Accompts, they shall certify unto the said Committee of Lancasheir; and the said Sums and Accompt shall be entered into a Book, and attested by the said Committee of the County, and by the Parties accomptant: And it is lastly Ordered, and Ordained, That all former Instructions of both Houses of Parliament, concerning the Forces of the said County, be henceforth repealed and void; and that, for Time to come, no Money be taxed or levied, or Goods taken, from any Person or Persons, for the Use of any of the said Forces, but in Pursuance of this present Ordinance, and according to the Powers granted therein: Provided, That no Power, Clauses, or Provisions, in this Ordinance, shall extend to the taking away or Diminution of any Thing granted in the Ordinance for the Northern Association; and the aforesaid Committee shall see this Ordinance duly, speedily, and strictly, put in Execution."
Ordinance to deprive Dr. Layfield of the Rectory of Wrotham; and for Mr. Clark to be Rector of it.
"Whereas Doctor Edward Layfeild, Vicar of the Church of Barking, in London, was, for many Misdemeanors, voted in Parliament uncapable of any Ecclesiastical Preferment in the Church of England; and thereupon all his Preferment sequestered by this Parliament: Be it Declared and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Edward Layfeild be deprived, amoved, and discharged, of the Rectory of Wrotham, in the County of Kent, and so remain uncapable of the same: And be it Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That William Parker Clerk, Master of Arts, an Orthodox Divine, shall be, and is hereby, made and appointed Rector and Incumbent unto the said Rectory of Wrotham; and that the said William Parker shall have and enjoy the said Rectory, in as full and ample Manner, and receive the Rents, Profits, Tithes, and Duties thereunto belonging, as the said Doctor Layfeild, or any of his Predecessors, formerly have, or of Right ought to have done; and the said William Parker shall pay all such Tenths and First Fruits, and other Duties, as are or ought to be payable by the Incumbent of the said Rectory, for and in respect of (fn. 6) the same."
House adjourned till 9a cras.