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 Jovis, 16 Aprilis.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. (fn. 1) Willoughby.
Ordinance for reserving Crooked Timber, for the Use of the Navy.
"That the Committee doth recommend it to both Houses of Parliament, that an Ordinance may be passed, for reserving to the Use of the Navy the Crooks, Knees, and Compass Timber, which shall arise upon any Trees felled, or to be felled, by Order of the Committee of Revenue, for Wharfing, Building any of his Majesty's Houses, or other Public Services; the same being specially serviceable to the Navy, and of little Use as to any other Purpose, unless for Firewood, or other very ordinary Occasions.
Answer from the H. C.
Larner and Hayle committed for Contempt, concerning the Pamphlet called London's last Warning.
This Day John Larner and Jane Hayle were directed by this House to be sworn, and so to be examined at this Bar, in the Cause of Wm. Larner, depending in this House; who refused to be sworn: Which this House judged this Refusal to be a Contempt to this House; and Ordered, That the said John Larner and Jane Hayle shall stand committed to The Fleete until the Pleasure of this House be further signified.
Petit & al. and Rednes & al.
E. of Newport to take the Covenant.
Nash and Cook.
Vote of the H. C. concerning some Scotch Papers reflecting on the Parliament:
The House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to debate and consider of the Vote brought up from the House of Commons, at the late Conference, concerning a Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland."
Ordered, That this Business shall be taken into further Consideration To-morrow Morning, the First Business; and that all the Lords are to have Notice to be (fn. 2) then present.
Message from thence, with another Vote about it.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons having formerly, at a Conference, delivered to their Lordships a Vote concerning a Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Scotts Commissioners," and nothing being done therein; in the Interim, the Contriver and Framer is run away, so as they know not how to proceed against him now: Therefore they desire their Lordships Concurrence it this Vote.
Ordinance for erecting a French or Walloon Church at Dover.
"Whereas a Petition (fn. 3) has been presented to the House of Peers, in the Name of the Walloones or French, and other Strangers, professing the true Protestant Religion, and residing at Dover; humbly praying, that they may have Liberty to erect a Wallowne or French Congregation in the Town and Port of Dover, with the same Discipline and Immunities as are granted to the several Foreign Congregations of this Kingdom; which Petition being referred by the said House of Peers to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, the said Committee, upon Consideration and Debate thereof, did report their Opinion to the said House, That they conceived it meet the said Petitioners should be authorized, by an Ordinance of Parliament, to erect a Church accordingly, with such Cautions as both Houses should in their Wisdom think fit: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Foreign Protestants in Dover shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to erect a Wallowne or French Congregation in the Town and Port of Dover, with the same Discipline and Immunities as are granted in the several Foreign Congregations of this Kingdom by the Charter of King Edward the Sixth, and enjoyed by them in His Reign, and in the several Reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James, as likewise in the Reign of His Majesty that now is; and also that the said Foreign Protestants in Dover, and their Successors, shall have the Liberty and public Exercise of the Protestant Religion, under a faithful Ministry of the Word and Sacraments, as other Foreign Churches in this Kingdom do and may freely enjoy: And it's Ordained, That the Mayor and several Officers at Dover whom this may concern be assistant, upon all Occasions, to the said Congregation, for the Maintenance of them in their just Privileges hereby granted them."
Ordinance for Job Grey to be Master of the Hospital and Alms-house at Leicester.
"Whereas John Meredeth Doctor in Divinity was, for divers Misdemeanors, sequestered from the Church of Stamford Rivers, in the County of Essex, by Judgement of the House of Peers, the 6th of May, 1643, and, notwithstanding, is since preferred to be Master of the new Hospital or Alms-house in Leicester, founded by William Wigston Esquire, deceased; and also, since that Time, the said Doctor Meredith hath been active in the Army raised against the Parliament: It is therefore hereby Ordered and Ordained, That the aforesaid Doctor Meredeth be forthwith sequestered, and that he is hereby sequestered, from being Master of the said Alms-house or Hospital, and from all Houses, Lodgings, Rents, Pensions, Fees, Annuities, Revenues, and Benefits whatsoever: And it is further hereby Ordered and Ordained, That Job Gray Clerk, Master of Arts, shall supply the said Place, and be Master of the said Hospital or Almshouse, and shall have a Patent thereof, under the Seal of the Dutchy of Lancaster, in as full and ample Manner as hath been usually granted unto other Masters of the said Hospital; and the Lord Grey of Warke, and the Speaker of the House of Commons in whose Custody the said Seal remains, are to give Warrant unto the Clerk of the Dutchy, for the preparing the said Patent, and are hereby ordered and authorized to seal the same.
"And whereas some Doubts may arise touching the Validity of the Patent by the said Ordinance intended unto the said Job Grey, in regard that the said Doctor Meredith stands as yet only sequestered, and not disabled: It is therefore Ordained, That the Mastership of the said Hospital or Alms-house be hereby declared to be absolutely void to all Intents and Purposes, as if the said Doctor Meredith were dead; and that the said Doctor Meredith be from henceforth disabled to hold and enjoy the Mastership thereof, or of any other the Houses, Lodgings, Rents, Revenues, Fees, Annuities, or Benefits whatsoever, thereunto belonging; and that thereupon the said Job Grey be nominated and appointed Master thereof, and shall have a Patent made thereof unto him, under the said Dutchy Seal, in as full and ample Manner as hath been usually granted to any of the former Masters of the said Hospital; and that the Lord Grey of Warke and the Speaker of the House of Commons do give Warrant unto the Clerk of the Dutchy for the preparing of the said Patent, and are hereby authorized to seal the same."
Ordinance to continue the Assessments for the Pay of Sir T.Fairfax's Army.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date the 15th Day of February, 1644, intituled, An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for raising and maintaining of Forces, for the Defence of the Kingdom, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight," it is Ordained, That there shall be several Sums of Money taxed, levied, and paid, for the Maintenance of the said Army, and Charges incident thereunto, by a Monthly Assessment, to continue for Ten Months, from the First Day of February, 1644, until the First Day of December then next following, 1645, upon the City of London, and the several Counties of Midd. Essex, Suffolke, Norffolk, and the City of Norwich, Lincolne, Hertford, and upon the Isle of Ely, the County (fn. 4) of Cambridge, Huntingdon, Kent, and upon the City of Canterbury, and the Cinque Ports, upon the Counties of Surrey, Sussex, Derby, Rutland, Warwick, Leicester, Northampton, and Bedford; and whereas, by another Ordinance of Parliament, dated the 13th Day of August last, the recited Ordinance of the 15th of February, and every Clause therein contained, and the several Taxes and Payments therein expressed, are to endure and have Continuance for Six Months longer, from the said First Day of December, 1645, until the First Day of June next, 1646, to all Intents and Purposes: Now, forasmuch as it is necessary that a further Provision should be had and made for the said Army, be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Ordinance of the Fifteenth of February, and every Clause therein contained, the several Taxes and Payments therein expressed, and the Power and Authority thereby given and appointed to all and every the Committees and Persons, or any of them, named or mentioned in the said Ordinance, shall endure and have Continuance for Four Months longer, from the said First Day of June, 1646, until the First Day of October next following, to all Intents and Purposes as if the said first mentioned Ordinance had been made to have continued for Two and Twenty Months from the said First Day of February, 1644."
Ordinance for Mr. Fathers to be Rector of Stoak Damerell.
"Forasmuch as the Parsonage of Stoake Damerell, in the County of Cornwall, is lately become void, by the Death of Mr. William Parker, late Parson and Incumbent thereof, being formerly in the Gift of His Majesty, or his Highness Prince Charles: The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, to the End the said Church and Parish may be supplied with a learned, godly, and orthodox Divine, have Ordered, Ordained, and Appointed, and do hereby Order, Ordain, and Appoint, Mr. John Fathers Master of Arts, to be Rector and Parson of the said Church and Parish of Stoake Damerell; and that he shall and may have, hold, possess, and enjoy, the said Church and Parsonage, and the Parsonage-house, with the Rights, Members, and Appurtenances, Stipends, Duties, Profits, and Commodities whatsoever, to the said Parish-church or Parsonage belonging, from the Death of the said Wm. Parker, in as large and ample Manner as the said Wm. Parker, or any other Rector or Parson thereof, lawfully or of Right had, or ought to have had, the same; and that without any farther Presentation, Admission, Institution, or Induction, notwithstanding any Right, Title, Claim, or Interest, that any Parson doth or may pretend to the said Parsonage by virtue of the Great Seal conveyed away from this Parliament, and by an Ordinance of this present Parliament since made void: Provided, That the said Mr. Fathers shall pay all such Tenths, First Fruits, and other Duties, as ought to be paid for and in regard of his Incumbency there: Saving also to all Bodies Politic and Corporate, and all other Person and Persons, all such Right and Title as they, or any of them, have unto the Patronage of the Church of Stoake Damerell aforesaid, except such Persons as are sequestrable by Ordinance of Parliament for the sequestering of Papists and Delinquents Estates: And the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby authorized to pass the same, under the Great Seal of England, unto the said Mr. Fathers accordingly."