Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 8, 1645-1647. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Mercurii, 3 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Smyth.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Lady Delawar's Petition, for her Pension from the Customs to be paid her.
Upon reading the Petition of Dame Cicily Dowager Delaware; shewing,
"That His late Majesty King James, in Consideration of the great Services done by her Husband Thomas Lord Delaware, in Virginia, advanced with the Expence as well of his as the Petitioner's Estate, whereby to this Day this Kingdom receives no small Advantage, was pleased, for the Petitioner's Livelihood, and Increase of her poor Means, to grant her a Pension of Five Hundred Pounds per Annum, out of the Customs and Imposts, for Thirty-one Years, of which divers Years are still to come; whereby she was enabled, whilst she received the same, to pay the Annual Rent of Eighty-nine Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Four Pence, to His Majesty, out of that Part of the Hundred of Whorwell, in Com. South'ton, which is the Petitioner's Jointure.
That, her said Pension being stopped, the Petitioner is thereby, and through many other Losses, Contributions, and Free Quarterings, laid upon her and her Tenants during this War, become altogether disabled to discharge the said Annual Rent, now in Arrear Four Years, and at this present required.
"The Petitioner prayeth, that their Lordships would give Order, she may have and enjoy the said Pension, granted upon such just and equitable Causes, whereby she may be enabled to pay the said Annual Rents, and discharge the said Arrears; and that in the Interim they may be suspended from Levying."
Ordered, That this Petition be specially recommended to the Committee for the Revenue.
Ordered, That the Answer to the Petition of Paul shall be put in by this Day Sevennight.
Drayton to be instituted to Chart.
Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of Little Charte, in the County of Kent; shewing,
"That whereas the Parsonage of Little Charte, in the County of Kent, the Patronage whereof belongs to the Archbishop of Cant. is now void, by the Resignation of Sam. Keene late Rector thereof, as may appear by the said Resignation hereunto annexed; and whereas the Parishioners have received good Testimony of the Life and Doctrine of Francis Draiton Clerk; they desire that the said Living may be conferred on the said Francis Drayton; and that Sir Nath. Brent may be ordered to give him Institution and Induction."
It is Ordered, That (fn. 1) this House approves of the said Francis Draiton to be presented to the said Living; and that Sir Nath. Brent do give him Institution and Induction; and that the Concurrence of the House of Commons is to be desired herein.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons agrees in the Alterations in the Ordinance for the Garrison of Bristol: (Here enter it.) As concerning the Earl of Leven to command the Forces before Newarke in Chief, and concerning the Report from the Committee for the Admiralty touching Martial Law at Sea, and concerning the Earl of Nottingham's Business, and Hancock's Business, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence, about the Forces before Newark, and the Ordinance about Covent Garden Church;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, &c.
To desire that, at the next Conference, they may communicate to them somewhat concerning the Forces about Newarke, and concerning the Amendments in the Ordinance concerning The Covent Garden Church.
and with Ordinances, &c.
2. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning Thirty Thousands for the Scotch Army.
(Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
3. An Ordinance for Five Thousand Pounds for Bristoll, out of Haberdashers Hall. (Here enter it.)
4. A List for the Daily and Monthly Pay of the Officers and Soldiers belonging to the Garrison of Bristoll.
5. An Order for Fifty Pounds for Mr. Carter's Interring, &c. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House will receive, at the next Conference, what they shall offer concerning the Forces now about Newarke, and concerning the Alterations in the Ordinance concerning The Covent Garden Church: To all the rest, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Upon reading the Petition of John Poyer, Governor of the Town and Castle of Pembrooke: (Here enter it.) It is Ordered, To be recommended to the House of Commons.
Widows of People who belonged to the Artillery, Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of divers Widows and Wives of the several Artificers, Gunners, and others, who, belonging to the Train of Artillery, have been slain, and the rest remaining in actual Service for the State: It is Ordered, That this Petition be recommended to the House of Commons, for their Relief.
Farrar sent for, for serving Stanley, the E. of Northumberland's Chaplain, with a Subpona.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Peter Frampton, "That on Tuesday last, November 25th, 1645, Mr. Farwood, alias Farrar, of the City of Cant. Mercer, did come into the Habitation of the Right Honourable the Earl of Northumb. at St. James', and there repaired to the Lodging of Mr. John Stanley, Houshold Chaplain to his Lordship; and within his Lodging inquired of him, if Mr. Stanley were within: Then he asked him, "if he was his Man?" He told him, "Yes." Whereupon he put a long narrow Parchment, written into his Hand, put up in Yellow Wax, and bid the Deponent give it to his Master, which he verily believes was a Subpæna; and when he gave it his Master, Mr. Stanley told him it was a Subpæna for him to appear in Chancery. And the said John Stanley maketh Affidavit, "That his Servant Peter Frampton, on Tuesday last, Nov. 25, did give him the said John Stanley a Writ of Subpæna, to appear in Chancery, which he the said Peter Frampton said, That Mr. Forwood of Cant. did put into his Hand, and bid him to give it to the said John Stanley."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the said Farrar shall be apprehended as a Delinquent.
Howet, Legay, & al. for Words against the Lords, concerning Ihannes's Business.
This Day Thomas Howett, Peter Mackrell, Peter Legay, and Edm. Butler, were brought to this Bar, as Delinquents, for speaking Words against the Lords in Parliament, and their Order.
And Wm. Harrison, Tho. Houlston, James Skift, and John Noland, were produced Witnesses.
And it is Ordered, That this Business shall be further considered of To-morrow, at which Time all Parties shall attend this House.
Ordinance to raise 31000l. for the Scotts Army.
"Whereas, by Ordinances of Parliament, the Monthly Sum of Twenty-one Thousand Pounds is to be raised and levied, by Assessments, upon several Counties, Cities, and Towns, in the said Ordinances mentioned, towards the Maintenance of the Scotts Army, which Monies have not been paid with such Speed as the present Necessities of that Army requireth: The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament have Ordained, and do hereby Ordain, That the Sum of Thirty-one Thousand Pounds shall be forthwith advanced, by Way of Loan, towards the Payment of the said Army; and that the Committee sitting at Gouldsmiths Hall, London, or any Four of them, shall be a Committee, to register and take the Subscriptions of all Persons that shall voluntarily lend and advance the said Thirty-one Thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof; and that the Sums so subscribed be paid by the said Persons, unto the Treasurers of the said Committee, at the Place of Receipts in Goldsmiths Hall aforesaid: And for the better Encouragement and securing of such Persons as shall advance the said Sum, or any Part thereof, it is hereby Ordained, and be it Ordained, by the Authority of Parliament, That such Person or Persons as shall pay or lend any Money upon or by virtue of this Ordinance, and pay the same to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall as aforesaid, shall be re-paid the several Sums of Money so lent, with Interest after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, for so long Time as he, they, or any of them, respectively, shall forbear the same, out of the Monies that shall arise and be paid to the said Treasurers by or upon the said Monthly Assessments and Sums of Money appointed for Payment of the Scotts Army, by Ordinances of Parliament as aforesaid; and the Receipt of the said Treasurers shall interest and title every Person and Persons to whom it shall be given, his or their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, into the Security and Benefit of this present Ordinance, and shall be sufficient to enable them, and every of them, respectively, to demand and receive the said Monies, with the Interest for the Forbearance thereof; and the said Treasurers are hereby authorized and required to make due Payment of the same, from Time to Time, according to the true Meaning of this Ordinance, unto the several Lenders, their Executors and Assigns, whose Receipt or Receipts for the same shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Treasurers, and every of them, in that Behalf."
Order for 5000l. for Bristol.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Proceed, out of the Assessments at Habberdashers Hall, of such Persons as live in the Western Association, for their Twentieth or Fifth and Twentieth Part, not exceeding the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds, shall be employed towards the raising of Forces for the Garrison of Bristoll, and for other Services of the West, and be employed as the Committee of the West shall direct."
50l. for Mr. Carter's Interment, &c.
"Upon Report of the Case of Mr. Carter, lately deceased: It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That for Discharge of such Monies as are due, for his Lodging, Diet, and other Necessaries, during his Sickness, and for his Interring, that the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith pay unto Mr. Godolphin and Mr. Rouse (Members of the House of Commons), or such as they shall appoint to receive the same, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, for his Burial, and other the Purposes aforesaid."
Poyer, Governor of Pembrooke's Petition, to indemnify himself, out of Delinquents Estates in that Country, for the Money he has advanced for Defence of the Town and Castle.
To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament.
The humble Petition of John Poyer, Governor of the Town and Castle of Pembrooke;
That your Petitioner, for these Three Years last past, hath borne the Office of Mayor in the said Town; during which Time, the Earl of Carberry and General Gerrard endeavoured, by all Ways and Means that they possibly might invent, to possess themselves of the said Town and Castle.
For Prevention thereof, your Petitioner borrowed several Sums of Money of divers of the Inhabitants of the said Town, and other well-affected Persons in the said County, to the Value of Two Thousand Pounds, besides all the Money your Petitioner had of his own; and disbursed the same in repairing, fortifying, and building, the Gates, Walls, and Works, of the said Town and Castle; and in Victuals, Arms, Ordnance, Ammunition, and Cloaths, for the Soldiers raised by your Petitioner, and garrisoned for Defence of the said Town and Castle for King and Parliament; by Means thereof (with God's Assistance), the said Town and Castle, with the County of Pembrooke, and Milford Haven, is not possessed by the Enemy.
Your Petitioner further sheweth, that General Gerrard, at the Time when he beleaguerd the said Town of Pembrooke, caused divers of the Dwellinghouses, Barns, and Reeks of Corn, to be fired, belonging to such Persons that your Petitioner had borrowed Monies of for the Service aforesaid; and their Cattle and Houshold Goods did plunder, to their utter Undoing.
In tender Consideration thereof, your Petitioner humbly desires, that your Honours will be graciously pleased to grant, that your Petitioner may receive, out of Delinquents Estates, in the Counties of Pembrooke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan, a certain Sum of Money, according as your Honours shall think fit, for the enabling of your Petitioner to discharge him of his Engagements as aforesaid.
And your Petitioner, as in Duty bound, shall ever pray, &c.
An Ordinance for the constituting and appointing of Serjeant Major General Phillip Skippon to be Governor of the City and Garrison of Bristoll.
Ordinance for General Skippon to be Governor of Bristol, and to establish a Garrison there.
Whereas, by the Providence of God, and His Blessing upon the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax, the City of Bristoll is reduced unto the Obedience of the Parliament; and it being most necessary, that, for the Preservation and Continuance of it under the Power of the Parliament, a Garrison be placed therein, and a Person of Quality and approved Fidelity to be intrusted with the Government of the same, and a Certainty of Pay established for the Support thereof: The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, being abundantly satisfied of the eminent Deserving of Serjeant Major General Phillip Skippon, who hath given many and real Testimonies of his Judgement and Abilities in the well-ordering and managing of this War, and of his Integrity and Fidelity to this Cause, do Ordain, Nominate, and Appoint, the said Major General Phillip Skippon to be Governor of the said City of Bristoll, and of the Garrison, Castle, and Forts there, and of all Forces in the same; willing and requiring all Officers and Soldiers of the said Garrison to receive and obey his Orders and Commands: And it is further Ordained, That the said Major General Phillip Skippon shall have Power, and is hereby authorized, to execute Martial Law, within the said City and Garrison of Bristoll, according to the Articles published by the Earl of Essex, and now used in the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax.
"And the said Lords and Commons, for the Support and Maintenance of the Forces of the said Garrison, and defraying incident and necessary Charges, do Ordain, That Three Thousand Pounds a Month shall be levied and raised, out of the said City of Bristoll, and of the several Counties hereafter mentioned, and by the several Committees of the said City and County; (that is to say,) (fn. 2) "