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 Lunæ, 8 die Septembris.
E. of Rutland excused.
D. of Guelders, a Pass.
Ordinance for a Comptroller and Auditor of the Excise.
The Question was put, "Whether there shall be Two Persons added more, to be an Auditor and Comptroller over the Excise, upon the same Salary mentioned in the Ordinance?" And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message from the H. C. with a Declaration to the Inhabitants of Wales; and with Ordinances.
3. An Ordinance for issuing (fn. 1) out of the Excise Three Thousand Pounds, for Powder, Match, and Bullet, &c.
That this House agrees to the Declaration to be sent into Walles, and also to the Ordinance for Three Thousand Pounds for Match and Bullet: To the Ordinance for One Thousand Horse and Dragoons, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to the H. C. with an Ordinance; and Mrs. Berkley's Petition.
Captain Axtell freed from an Arrest.
This Day Captain Axtell was brought to the Bar; and it appearing to this House, that he is in actual Service under the Parliament: It is Ordered, That he shall be forthwith released from his Imprisonment upon the Action he is now arrested upon.
Ordinance for selling Delinquents Estates.
Order for 3000£. for Powder, Match, and Bullet.
"Whereas Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost, have consented to advance and lend the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds, upon an Ordinance of Parliament dated the Twenty-second of May, 1645, whereby Eight Thousand Pounds, Residue of Twelve Thousand Pounds, is charged upon the Excise, for Payment of several Persons, for Powder, Match, Bullet, and Ammunition, for the Use of the State: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves of, and that their Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, shall be paid, by the Commissioners of Excise for the Time being, the said Three Thousand 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, in such Intervals of Time when other Payments already assigned out of the Monies coming in upon the Office of Excise shall not happen to fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals, then as the same shall fall due in Course; and shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One or both Houses of Parliament, be debarred from satisfying themselves accordingly; and that the said Commissioners of Excise shall pay the said Three Thousand Pounds to such Persons as shall be appointed to receive the same by Order of both Houses of Parliament, or such Committee as are or shall be then authorized for that Purpose, whose Receipt, together with such Order, shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf."
Declaration to be sent to the Inhabitants of Wales.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled are informed, that, by the subtil and malicious Practices of a popish and malignant Party, opposite to God's Cause, and the Prosperity of this Kingdom, it hath been insinuated and infused into sundry of the Inhabitants of His Majesty's Dominion of Wales, to disaffect and poison them against the Proceedings of the Parliament, that it was their Intention to gratify our Brethren of Scotland, for their Assistance in these our Extremities drawn upon us by the said Popish and malignant Party, with the Estates and Lands of the said Inhabitants; which is so absolutely false, that it never entered into their Thoughts, and consequently needed no Refutation: Yet that the Subjects of this Kingdom, inhabiting within the said Dominion of Wales, may receive full and befitting Satisfaction, and we and our Brethren of Scotland Vindication against so foul and so barbarous an Aspersion, the said Lords and Commons do Testify and Declare, to all Persons whatsoever to whom these shall come, That they do much abhor and detest an Act of such Injustice and Inhumanity; and that they are so far from doing any such Thing, that if any of the said Inhabitants, upon due Sense and Sorrow for any of their Crimes and Misdemeanors committed against the present Parliament, shall submit and apply themselves by humble Petition to the Parliament, and desire the Favour of, and Reconciliation to the same, the said Lords and Commons will be thereupon ready to receive any, and all such, upon such reasonable Terms as the Wisdom of the Parliament shall think in some Measure proportionable to the Quality and Degrees of their several Offences; and thereupon yield them all such Aid and Assistance as they shall reasonably desire, and the Parliament be able to afford: Provided always, That this shall not extend to any that are excepted from Pardon within the Propositions lately presented to His Majesty for a safe and wellgrounded Peace."