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 Sabbati, 6 die Septembris.
Mons. Beliure's Horses Duty-free.
Lewis, D. of Hamilton's Servant, a Pass.
Mr. Porter, to be Vicar of Charles Church, Plymouth.
Upon reading the Petition of Francis Porter, Clerk: It is Ordered, That the Petitioner shall quietly exercise the Place of Vicar, in Charles Church, in Plymouth, according to the Directory, and receive all Tithes and Rights of the said Vicarage, until Cause shall be shewed to the contrary to this House.
Message from the H. C. to expedite Two Ordinances;
and with others for Concurrence.
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees to the Ordinance for appointing a Comptroller for the Excise; and the Ordinances concerning the chusing of Judges, and the Town and County of Derby, they do agree to: To the rest of the Particulars, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to them, about preventing Colonel Massie's Men deserting to Sir T. Fairfax;
about Propositions for a Peace;
restoring Hancock to the Ensigncy of St. Nicholas, &c.
3. That this House, above Two Months since, hath sent to the House of Commons certain Votes, concerning John Hancocke, who saved the Island of St. Nicholas by Plymouth; and it being a Matter of so much Justice, much concerning the Honour of the Parliament, and so much in the Eye of the World, they having often heretofore put them in Mind thereof, do now desire their speedy Concurrence in the said Vote.
receiving the Mariners, who have served against the Parliament;
and about the French Ships taken.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
Ordinance for Dr. Metcalfe and Dr. Pratt, to be Senior Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Next, an Ordinance was read, for admitting Doctor Metcalfe and Doctor Pratt to be Fellow Seniors of Trynity Colledge, of Cambridge, in regard there are not a Number of Fellow Seniors to admit them; and it was approved of, and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, by the next Message, for their Concurrence.
Ordinance for not allowing the Fifth Part to Delinquents Wives, &c. coming from the King's Quarters.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to take into Consideration the Ordinance concerning not allowing the Fifth to such Wives as come out of the King's (fn. 1) Quarters meerly for to have it granted.
Message to the H. C. with it; and Drs. Metcalfe's and Pratt's Ordinance.
Commissioners of the Great Seal to consider of fit Persons to be Judges.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That it be referred to the Commissioners of the Great Seal, to consider of fit Persons to be Judges in the Courts of Common Law sitting at Westm. in the Places of those that are either dead or displaced; and to present their Names to the Houses.
Maintenance for them.
Ordinance for Mr. Baldwin to be Gentleman Porter of The Tower.
"It is Ordered, Declared, and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in this present Parliament, That John Baldwin Gentleman is, and shall be from henceforth, Gentleman Porter, or Chief Porter, of The Tower of London, during the Pleasure of both Houses; and is hereby authorized to attend and execute the said Office of Gentleman Porter, or Chief Porter, by himself or sufficient Deputy, in as ample a Manner as John Langston, or any other formerly, by the Grant of the said Place, did or ought to hold or execute the same; and to perceive, receive, and enjoy, all Fees, Privileges, and Profits, belonging to the said Place; and all Officers that do attend there, and others whom it concerns, are to take Notice hereof."
Instructions for the Comptroller of the Excise.
1. That the Comptroller, by himself or his sufficient Deputy and Deputies, attend daily, according to the usual Times, and be present at all Receipts and Entries, within the several Offices of the Exciseoffice, in Broadstreete, London, and at The Custom House; and make Duplicates or Entries of the same, in fitting Books to be provided for that Purpose.
"4. That no Allowance for Rebates, Tare, Tret, and Discounts, or other Abatements, which the Commissioners of Excise shall make and allow to any Person, be valid, or effectual, until the said Comptroller, by himself or his Deputies, shall sign the same.
"5. That all Allowances for Rebates, Tare, Tret, and Discounts, and likewise all Bills of Sufferance and Tickets, which shall be passed and signed by the Commissioners of Excise, or their Deputies or Servants, and presented to the Comptroller or Deputies for his or their Hand, shall be by him or them signed, and entered in his Book accordingly.
"6. That if any Difference arise between the Commissioners of Excise and the Comptroller, that, upon Notice thereof given by the Comptroller to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Excise, the said Committee is hereby authorized to determine the same.
"7. That the Commissioners of the Excise, or their Clerk to the Cash, shall Weekly, upon every Monday Morning, deliver the Comptroller, or his Deputy, a Copy of all Payments and Disbursements, and to whom, during the preceding Week; which the Comptroller is to enter in a Book to be kept for that Purpose; and that no Payment made by the Commissioners of Excise shall be allowed, or valid, unless an Accompt thereof be Weekly given as aforesaid.