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, 18 die Octobris.
Ordinance for Relief of poor Widows, &c.
Ordinance for making Covent Garden Church Parochial.
Answer from the H. C.
Message from thence, with Ordinances
That this House (fn. 1) agrees to the Two Ordinances now brought up.
Ordinance for a new Excise, to pay Artificers.
Next, this House took into Consideration the Ordinance for a new Impost upon divers Commodities, for the paying of Artificers, &c. And this House Agreed to the said Ordinance, with some Alterations, wherein the Concurrence of the House of Commons is to be desired.
Ordinance for Church Government.
The Ordinance for the Government of the Church, lately brought up from the House of Commons, was read the Second Time, and Ordered to be committed to the whole House; and on Monday Morning next to be taken into Consideration.
Order for Mr. Gough to be instituted to the Rectory of Oweemoyne.
Whereas Rhodolph Gough, Minister of God's Word, hath been presented to (fn. 2) the Parish Church of Oweemoyne, in the County of Dorsett, in Diocese of Bristoll, by Robert Hennyng and Gilbert Loder, present Patrons of the same: It is Ordered, That Sir Nathaniell Brent, Knight, and Vicar General, shall institute and induct the said Rhodolph Gough into the aforesaid Rectory.
Mrs. Fitz Geoffry's Petition for her Husband to allow her Alimony.
Upon reading the Petition of Grace Fitz Geoffrey, Wife to George Fitz Geoffry Esquire; complaining, "That her Husband doth refuse to cohabit with her, or allow her any Maintenance for her Subsistence, she being willing to cohabit with him; therefore desires Relief of this House, that she may have Alimony allowed her, out of her Husband's Estate."
Sir E. Heron's Daughters Petition, for an Allowance for him while in Prison; and for the Accusations against him to be heard.
Upon reading the Petition of Bona Heron and Thalia Heron, Daughters of Sir Edward Heron, on the Behalf of their Father, themselves, and other distressed Sisters; shewing, "That their Father hath been now Three Years a Prisoner, in all which Time he hath languished in Prison, without any Thing allowed to him to sustain him, and his Children have been allowed only Thirty-eight Pounds per Annum for their necessary Livelihood; therefore they desire that some considerable Maintenance may be allowed out of the Estate, to pay Debts accrued, and examine all Accusations that can or may be laid 'gainst their Father, and release (fn. 1) him."
And it is Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence, that this Petition may be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to give the Petitioners such Relief as they shall think fit.
Message to the H. C. with it; and an Ordinance for a new Excise, to pay Artificers.
2. To communicate the Petition of the Daughters of Sir Edward Heron to them; and desire their Concurrence, for referring it to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to give them such Relief therein as they shall think fit.
Further Consideration of the Votes brought up from the H. C. about the Proceedings of the Scots Army, &c.
And it (fn. 3) was Resolved, upon the Question, That those Words ["according to the Ordinance of the 24th of October, 1644,"] shall not be added to the Question.
Then this Question was put, "Whether the Matter of the Papers and Letters should be communicated to the Scotch Commissioners, by the Members of both Houses of the Committee of both Kingdoms, before any Determination of this House?"
"That this House doth Declare, That (fn. 3) as they are bound, by the Covenant and Treaties, to maintain the Union and good Corespondence between the Two Kingdoms; so is their Resolution to employ and continue the utmost Endeavours to maintain the same accordingly."
Ordinance for 1000l. for the Relief of poor Widows.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That One Thousand Pounds shall be allowed and paid, for the Relief of such Officers, Soldiers, Wives, and Widows, as are named and appointed to receive Monies, in an Ordinance bearing Date, Die Lunæ, 9 Decembr. 1644, out of the First Fines and Compositions that shall be made at Habberdash'rs Hall, upon such Delinquents as shall come upon the Warrant of the Speaker of the House of Peers, or Speaker of the House of Commons, or from Sir Thomas Fairefax, which is to be paid unto them according to the said Ordinance, they having received Three Parts of the Sum in the said former Ordinance mentioned; and that One Hundred Pounds more shall be allowed and paid, out of the said Fines and Compositions, for the Relief of Francis Backhouse Widow, and her Children, whose Husband was Serjeant Major unto Colonel Massey, of his Regiment of Horse, and was slain in the Service of the Parliament"
Order for Lady Banks's Assessment and Composition to be paid for Relief of Poole, and reducing Corff Castle.
"Whereas the Town and County of Poole, which, ever since the Beginning of the War, hath faithfully adhered to the Parliament, is now at this present sorely visited with the Contagion of Pestilence, so as the greatest Part of the Inhabitants want Subsistence, and the small Garrison which is there remaining, for Want of Pay, do daily threaten to disband and forsake the Town, whereby that Place of Importance is, by reason of the Nearness thereof unto Corff Castle, in great Danger of being surprized: The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled do Order and Ordain, That all and every such Sum and Sums of Money as the Lady Banks is or shall be assessed at, by the Committee of Lords and Commons sitting at Habberdashers Hall, for her Fifth and Twentieth Part, as likewise all such Sum and Sums of Money as shall be by her hereafter paid for her Delinquency, shall be paid over unto the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Western Association, or such as they shall appoint, by them to be employed for the reducing of Corff Castle aforesaid, and Relief and Maintenance of the Soldiers and poor Inhabitants of the said Town of Poole, and other Garrisons of that County, as they shall think fit."
Ordinance for the Commissioners of Excise to repay themselves 3000l. advanced for the Service of the West.
"Whereas Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, have consented to advance Three Thousand Pounds, upon the Ordinance of the 28th of August last, for the paying of Twelve Thousand Pounds, out of the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance, 11th September, 1643, for the Service of the West: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may reimburse themselves, and that the Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall be reimbursed, the said Three Thousand Pounds, together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum, for so long Time as they shall be out of the same, or any Part thereof, out of such Intervals of Receipts, by Ordinance of 11th of September, 1643, as shall happen when other Assigments already made on those Receipts shall not fall due, or, in Default thereof, then in such Course and Order as the said Ordinance of the 28th of August last shall succeed and take Place; for which Reimbursement of Principal and Interest, this Ordinance shall be their, the said Commissioners of Excise or new Impost, or their Successors, Warrant and sufficient Discharge: And it is further Ordained, That the said Three Thousand Pounds, by the Commissioners advanced and lent as aforesaid, shall be paid unto Nathan Wright, of London, Merchant, for the Service aforesaid, whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, in that Behalf."