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, 20 die Septembris.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Committees for Devon.
Ordered, That Christopher Savery Esquire, Phillip Croker Esquire, and Ric'd Wood Esquire, be added to the Committee for the County of Devon; and the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Papers from Committee for the Admiralty.
Sir F. Pile, Sheriff of Berks, Petition about Sir Ed. Sawyer's Goods being restored.
Upon reading the Petition of Francis Pile Baronet, Sheriff of the County of Berks; to desire "their Lordships would take into Consideration the Danger to his Estate, in case the Goods taken in Execution should be re-delivered; and whether Sir Edmond Sawyer be a menial Servant to the Earl of Suffolke; and in case he be, then whether the said Earl may protect his Estate against an Excution after Judgement for a Debt of the said Earl himself, or his Father's, wherein the said Sir Edmond Sawyer stands engaged as his Surety."
Sir Ed. Sawyer to give the Sheriff collateral Security.
Ordered, That Sir Edmond Sawyer shall give collateral Security to the Sheriff, upon the Delivery of the said Goods, to restore them in case he be not within the (fn. 1) Privilege of Parliament; which this House will take into further Consideration, when (fn. 2) the Earl of Suff. doth give to this House further Satisfaction herein.
L. Delawar's House at Whorwell, exempted from being a Garrison.
Upon reading the Petition of Charles Lord De la Warr; complaining, "That there is an Intent to make his Lordship's House at Whorwell, in the County of South'ton, a Garrison, contrary to an Order of this House, which excludes the Houses of Peers."
Lady Buckhurst, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Buckhurst shall have (fn. 3) a Pass, to go to Oxford, about settling of her Jointure, allowing her a Fortnight's Time to go and come; and that it be recommended to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence therein.
Sir G. Norton's Order.
Certificate of the Earl of Denbigh's Accompts;
to be paid the Balance due to him.
Committee to prepare Heads for a Conference about it, and the Votes for clearing him.
Ordered, That it be specially recommended to the House of Commons, That his Lordship may have Satisfaction of what is due unto him: And it is Ordered, That, at the same Time, the House of Commons be put in Mind of the Votes formerly sent down, for clearing of his Lordship's Honour; and the Earl of Essex, Lord Viscount Say & Seale, Lord North, and the Lord Robertes, be appointed to draw up what is fit to be sent to the House of Commons concerning this Business, and report the same to this House.
Message to the H. C. with the Papers from the Committee for the Admiralty;
and with Sir G. Norton's Order.
The Order concerning Humphry Edwards was read; and committed to the Earl of Kent, Earl of Bolingbrooke, Lord North, Lord Roberts, and the Lord Mountague; to meet on Monday Morning next, at Nine a Clock.
Papers from the Committee of the Admiralty:
For the Revenues of the Chest at Chatham, and Sir J. Hawkinss Hospital, for Relief of maimed Seamen, &c. to be speed from Assessments.
"Whereas this Committee is informed, that the Number of hurt and maimed Seamen hath so much increased of late, by reason of their more than ordinary Action at Sea; that the Chest at Chatham, instituted for Relief of such Seamen, will be unable to maintain the Yearly Pensioners, and others, who, by virtue of the said Institution, are capable of Relief from thence; as also, that the Lands belonging to Sir John Hawkins' Hospitall in Chatham, erected for Relief of aged and decayed Seamen in the Navy, will be unable to maintain the Almsfolks thereunto belonging, according to the Founder's Intention, unless the Lands and Revenues belonging to the said Chest and Hospital be freed from extraordinary Taxations: Ordered. That it be reported to both Houses of Parliament, to be the Opinion of this Committee, That it will be a good Service to the Public, and a great Encouragement to the Seamen, to exempt all the Rents and Revenues belonging to the said Chest and Hospital respectively, and received and disbursed for the immediate Use of the said Poor, from all Manner of Assessments, made or charged by virtue of any Ordinance of Parliament: And it is further Ordered, That a Particular of the said Lands and Rents, as certified from the Governors of the said Chest and Hospital respectively, be annexed to this Order, at the making of the said Report."
Particulars of the Lands, &c.
Concerning the Restitution of The Becasse;
"In respect of the frequent Addresses from the French Resident, for Restitution of The Bagasse, wherein a Report was formerly ordered to be made from this Committee to both Houses of Parliament; Ordered, That the Desire of this Committee be renewed to both Houses, for a Resolution therein.
for the Ordinance for Martial Law at Sea to be passed.
"Forasmuch as several Disorders have been committed of late, by the Seamen employed in the Parliament's Service at Sea; Ordered, That both Houses of Parliament be moved, by this Committee, to pass the Ordinance for Martial Law by Sea.
List of the Winter Guard.
Certificate of the E. of Denbigh's Accompts; during the Time he commanded in the associated Counties of Stafford, Warwick, &c.
"That the Right Honourable Bassill Earl of Denbigh, General of all the Forces raised in the Counties of Warwick, Worcester, Stafford, and Salopp, with the Cities and Counties of Coventry and Litchfeild, and Parts adjacent, did, on the Second Day of July, 1645, deliver unto this Committee, upon Oath, his Accompt, intituled, "An Accompt of all such Monies as have been by him received and disbursed for the Use of the State, from the 20th of June, 1643, till the Third of April, 1645;" whereby it appeareth, according to his Lordship's Accompt to us upon Oath presented, that he hath taken up, upon his own and his Friends Security, to be re-paid, with Interest, by the State, Two Thousand Four Hundred and Ten Pounds; and that he hath received, from the Treasurers of Sequestration at Guildhall, Two Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy Pounds; and of sundry Persons, upon Composition, and the Public Faith, Four Hundred Forty-eight Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Four Pence; all which amounts unto the Sum of Five Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-eight Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Four Pence; out of which Sum his Lordship hath disbursed, towards Payment of the Forces by him raised, the Sum of Four Thousand Three Hundred Fifty-four Pounds, One Penny; which said Sum being deducted out of Five Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-eight Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Four Pence, received as aforesaid, his Lordship will remain indebted the Sum of Nine Hundred Seventy-four Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Three Pence; to which there is to be added the Sum of Forty-eight Pounds, Six Shillings, and Six Pence, for Errors in the said Accompt, as by a Note of the Particulars agreed on; and then the Total which his Lordship will remain indebted amounts unto the Sum of One Thousand Twenty-two Pounds, Nineteen Shillings, and Nine Pence; the abovesaid Sum of Two Thousand Four Hundred and Ten Pounds being first satisfied by the State; and his Lordship demands nothing for his Personal Pay, but submitteth the same to the Honour and Justice of both Houses of Parliament: And we further find, at the End of his said Accompt, by Memorandum, that there is due and unpaid, to Waggoners and Carters, One Hundred Sixty-six Pounds, Twelve Shillings; to the Inhabitants of the Town of Kensington, for quartering of his Lordship's own Troop, Two Hundred Seventy-four Pounds, Nine Shillings, and Ten Pence; for which his Lordship hath signed them Bills; and likewise a further Sum of Money due to the Inhabitants of Acton, which his Lordship desires that Care may be taken for the Payment thereof: All which we humbly certify to these Honourable Houses.
Paper from him, desiring the Balance to be paid him.
"There are many other Debts which I am brought into by this Employment, which I shall not mention, in Hope to be enabled suddenly to satisfy them, when the Houses will be pleased to settle an Establishment for my Pay; but what presseth me in Point of Time is, the present Satisfaction of the Debts herein mentioned, which I humbly desire the Houses will take into their speedy Consideration; referring all to their Honour and Justice.
Lawrence's Accompts to be made up.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That it be referred to the Committee of Accompts, to take and perfect the Accompts of James Lawrence Girdler, to whom the Parliament is indebted in great Sums of Money.
Order for 100£. a Month to him, till they are satisfied.
"It is further Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Money at Habberdashers Hall do pay unto the said James Lawrence, upon the said Accompts, One Hundred Pounds per Mensem, till the said Debts appearing to be due unto him upon the making up and perfecting of the said Accompts shall be satisfied."
Committee for Berks.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Mr. George Wooldrith, the Mayor (fn. 4) of Reading, be added to the Committees of Berks."
Lady Drake's Allowance increased.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Four Pounds per Week, formerly appointed to be paid, out of Habberdashers Hall, to the Lady Drake, shall be increased to Six Pounds per Week; and that the said Six Pounds per Week shall be paid, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habberdashers Hall, to John Trefusis Esquire, for the present Maintenance of himself and his Lady, and of both their Children and Families."