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, 11 die Octobris.
Ordinance for a new Excise, to pay Artificers.
Answer from the H. C.
That they agree to the granting of a Pass for Mrs. Bridget Wray, to come to London, to the Burial of her Mother: To the rest of the Particulars of that Message, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to them, to press Hancock's being reinstated in his Ensigncy of St. Nicholas Island;
1. To let them know, that this House having long since sent down divers Votes concerning John Hancocke, who hath been a principal Instrument to preserve the Island of St. Nicholas, near Plymouth; and having, by several Messages to the House of Commons, (fn. 1) desired their Concurrence, and yet have never received any Satisfaction therein, or any Reason why their Concurrence was delayed, do now more earnestly recommend it to them, for their speedy Concurrence therein; the Matter being so just, and the Person so well deserving, and the Honour and Interest of the Parliament so nearly concerned in the Example, and the future Encouragement to Persons well to deserve of the Public.
with a Letter from the King of Denmark;
and about the Collect on for the Poor of Cornwall.
Ordinance for Martial Law in Hampshire.
Capt. Morris's Petition.
Letter from the E. of Lincoln.
Upon reading of a Letter from the Earl of Lyncolne, directed to the Speaker of this House: (Here enter the Letter.) It is Ordered, That this Business be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next; and the Lords to have Notice to be then present; and the Votes and Proceeding thereupon to be looked out.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
E. of Lincoln's Letter, complaining of his being debarred from fitting in the House, for not taking the Covenant.
"Upon Resolves in the House of Lords, the 10th of August, 1644, now Fourteen Months since, That no Member or Assistant of that House, not having taken the National Covenant, should sit in the House after the 17th of the same Month; before the taking thereof, finding myself debarred of the undoubted Right of a Peer to sit in Parliament, the most ancient and greatest Honour (as I conceive) belonging to the Peerage, I have in this Length of Time, according to the best of my Judgement, weighed with myself the Cause of my Sequestration, and being deprived of this my undoubted Privilege, without any Charge against me personally made, nor any Judgement upon me given, which should render me unworthy or uncapable to enjoy my Privilege; in which Case and Proceeding, I never doubted the Power of either House over their Members: I humbly offer to their Lordships, whether, for a bare Omission, or deferring (upon Scruple of Conscience, wherein as yet I remain unsatisfied) to do that which is not imposed by any Act or Ordinance of Parliament with any Penalty upon the meanest Subject, for that myself should be debarred of the highest and most undoubted Privilege of a Peer: This I held it my Duty to intimate to their Lordships for the present; and for Posterity, that Vote may be, as many others have been, taken into their further Honourable Considerations, and myself freed from the Restraint of enjoying my Privilege, which I have with your Lordships, by Ordinance of this Parliament, protested to maintain. My Lord, I do in this not look merely upon mine own Interest, but upon the high and general Concernment, and rest
Ordinance for the Commissioners of Excise to re-pay themselves 10,000l. advanced for Sir T. Fairfax's Army.
"Whereas Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds, Part of Fifty Thousand Pounds, charged by Ordinance of the 2d of Sept. 1645, to be paid in Course, for the Service of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax, out of the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance of the 11th of Sept. 1643; the Necessities of the said Forces being such as require a speedy Supply: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves, and that their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall and may be reimbursed, the said Ten 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, out of such Intervals of Receipts, to come in upon the said Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, as shall happen when other Payments already assigned on those Receipts shall not fall due, or, in Default thereof, then as the same shall follow in Course; and shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One or both Houses of Parliament, be debarred from being satisfied accordingly; and the Commissioners of Excise are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds to Sir John Wollaston Knight, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Treasurers at Wars, or any Two of them, One being an Alderman; whose Receipt, together with this Ordinance, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, for the said Ten Thousand Pounds in that Behalf: And be it further Ordained, That in case the said Ten Thousand Pounds and Interest, or any Part thereof, shall not be reimbursed and paid unto the said Commissioners of Excise, in the Intervals or Course of this present Year, ending the 11th of September, 1646; that then the said Commissioners of Excise, their Executors and Administrators, shall be reimbursed and paid out of the further Receipts of the Excise for the Time being, according to the true Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance; and the Commissioners of Excise for the Time being are hereby authorized to make Payment of Principal and Interest accordingly."