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, 22 die Aprilis.
This Day the Counsel of Nash and the Counsel of Cooke were heard at this Bar, touching a delivering-up of the Bond of Cooke, which he gave when he was Churchwarden; the Accompts of Cooke being perused and allowed by the Justice of the Peace.
Answers from the H. C.
As to the Business of the Judge of the Admiralty for the County of Devon, and concerning the Amendments in the additional Committee for the County of Oxon, and concerning Major Paiser's Petition, and the Petition of the poor Women of Ireland; they will take them into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Hall to be presented to Beverston.
E. of Peterborough, Leave to compound for his Delinquency.
Upon reading the Petition of the Earl of Peterborough; (fn. 1) desiring, "he may have Leave to come and compound for his Delinquency:" Which this House gave Consent to; and Ordered, That this Petition be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence therein.
Col. Aldridge to command the Forces employed for the Reduction of Jersey.
"Whereas it was referred to this Committee, by an Order of the House of Commons, dated 24th July, 1645, to take a speedy Course for the Reduction of Jersey, and to report the same to that House; whereupon this Committee thought fit that a Regiment of Foot should be sent thither, for the effecting of that Service: And whereas, upon Report of their Opinion to the House of Commons on the 16th of March last, the sending of a Regiment consisting of Ten Companies and Twelve Hundred Soldiers, with Shipping, Ammunition, and Necessaries for them, as also an Establishment for their Pay for a Month, and a Particular of the Train of Artillery, was then approved of; on which Day it was also referred back to this Committee, to consider of the levying of the said Men, and of some convenient Way for their Transportation: It is this Day Ordered, That Report be made to both (fn. 2) Houses, of this Committee's Opinion, That the said Regiment of Twelve Hundred Men may with most Conveniency be raised out of the Garrisons in the West and South Parts of England, as also that some Person be (fn. 3) appointed by both Houses to command the said Regiment in Chief, and to order the Management of this Service. All which the Earl of Warwicke is desired to report to the House of Peers."
Upon this, the Earl of Warwicke, Governor of the said Isle of Jersey, recommended to this House Colonel Aldridge, as a fit Person to be Chief Commander in this Service: Which this House approved of; and Ordered, That the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein.
The Hare, a Prize Ship, to be taken into the Parliament's Service.
"On Consideration of a Letter from the Marquis of Argyle, brought to this Committee by Mr. Barclay One of the Scottch Commissioners, purporting his Lordship's Desire, that the Ship Hare of Camphire, now in Scotland, being a Prize taken by One of the Parliament Ships, Anno 1644, in her Way from Dublin, may be employed, under the Command of Mr. Henry Gourdon, as One of the Eight Ships from the Scotch Guard, his Lordship offering to furnish her with Twenty or Twenty-two Guns, the Parliament bearing their Adventure; whereupon this Committee thinks fit that the said Ship The Hare be entertained in the Parliament's Service, for One of that Guard, in this Summer's Expedition; that she be manned, victualed, and furnished with Stores, in Scotland; that, in Consideration thereof, Payment be made at Twenty Shillings per Mensem for each Man's Wages, and Twenty Shillings per Mensem for each Man's Victuals, according to the Proportion of Thirty Men to every Hundred Tuns; that the Ordnance be warranted by the State; that the Rigging and Stores of all Sorts be provided in Scotland, according to the Portion of her Burthen, and Forty Shot round for every Gun; that for the Stores, Rigging, Wages, and Victuals, Payment be made on Bills of Exchange, to be drawn on the Committee of the Navy; and that Mr. Gourdon be presented to both Houses, for their approving of him to be Commander: All which is to be reported to both Houses of Parliament, that their Pleasure and Direction may be thereupon received."
Coates to be instituted to the Living of Southwingfield.
Ordered, That Mr. Doctor Aylett, or his lawful Deputy, shall give Institution and Induction to Peter Coates Master of Arts, to the Vicarage of Southwing feild, in the County of Derly; the said Mr. Coates producing his Presentation thereunto under the Hand and Seal of the Right Honourable the Countess Dowager of Devonshire the Patroness: And this to be, &c.
Lady Englefield, a Pass.
Message from the H. C. with Orders and Ordinances.
Rednes & al. & Petit & al.
Ordered, That the Cause between Rednes, Gardner, Petit, De Liques, Hans, Baker, and others, is to be heard, at this Bar, on Saturday next; and that all Parties are to have Notice, and attend accordingly.
Message to the H. C. that the E. of Peterborough may compound;
1. The Petition of the Earl of Peterborough, desiring that he may be permitted to come into the Parliament Quarters, to make his Composition for his Delinquency; which was granted by this House, and the House of Commons to be desired to concur.
about Lady Englefield's Pass;
about the E. of Stamford;
and Colonel Aldridge.
Ordinance for Mr. Mortimer and Mr. Norfolk to be Serjeants at Arms.
"Whereas Mathew Francis Esquire, late Serjeant at Arms in Ordinary to His Majesty, did absent himself, and took up Arms against the Parliament, and is since deceased, whereby the said Place is become void; and whereas Sir John Cotten Knight, another Serjeant at Arms to His Majesty in Ordinary, is likewise deceased, whereby his Place is also become void: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, and it is Ordained, That James Mortimer Gentleman be a Serjeant at Arms, in the Room and Place of the said Mathew Francis; and that James Norffolke Gentleman be a Serjeant at Arms, in the Room and Place of the said Sir John Cotten Knight; and that they, and either of them, the said James Mortimer and James Norffolk, are hereby authorized and enabled to do and perform all Services and Things belonging to the said Places or Offices of Serjeant at Arms; and are hereby authorized to receive all Fees, Vails, Rewards, Profits, Commodities, and Advantages, belonging to either of the said Places, for and during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament, in as full, ample, and beneficial Manner and Form, as either the said Mathew Francis and Sir John Cotten, to all Intents and Purposes, held and enjoyed the same, or as any other holding or enjoying the Place of Serjeant at Arms; and that Oliver St. John Esquire His Majesty's Solicitor General is hereby authorized and required to prepare a Bill, containing Two several Grants; the one, of the Office and Place of Mathew Francis, late Serjeant at Arms, unto the said James Mortimer, during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament, together with all Fees, Profits, and Allowances, to the said Office and Place appertaining, in as ample a Manner as is mentioned in the said Mathew Francis's Grant; and the other, of the said Office and Place of the said Sir John Cotten Knight, unto the said James Norffolke, during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament, together with all Fees, Profits, and Allowances, to the said Office and Place appertaining, and in as ample a Manner as is mentioned in the Grant of the said Sir John Cotten Knight; and that the said Bill, so prepared and signed by the Clerks of the Parliament, shall be a good Warrant to the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England, to make their Recepimus for the same, and, after the Ingrossment thereof in usual Form, to pass the said Grants immediately under the Great Seal of England, by Warrant, as fully as if the same had been first signed by His Majesty: And this Ordinance, or the Duplicate thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the preparing and passing the said Grants accordingly."
Col. Mason to be Governor of Ruthyn Castle.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament do nominate and appoint Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Mason to be Governor of Ruthin Castle; and that the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms do grant the said Lieutenant Colonel Mason a Commission to be Governor of the said Castle accordingly."
Ordinance for Messrs. Thomas and Oliver to be Ministers of Wells.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, taking into their serious Consideration the great Importance of establishing a Preaching Ministry throughout this Kingdom, which is no where more wanted than in those Places lately reduced from the Power of the Enemy, especially the great Cities and Towns; and amongst them finding the City and Parish of Wells to be destitute of a Pastor, and to be of vast Extent, comprehending within its Precincts above Ten Thousand Souls (too (fn. 4) great a Charge for a single Pastor), and yet no Means belonging to the Parish Church there, but a small Vicarage; and forasmuch as the Corporation of the said City, and the other Inhabitants of the said Parish, have unanimously desired that Mr. William Thomas and Mr. Samuell Oliver, Two learned and godly Divines, may be settled and appointed, as joint Pastors, to undertake the Charge and Cure of the said Parish, and that there may be such an Addition of Means settled and added to the said Vicarage, as together with the said Vicarage may be a sufficient Competency, proportionable to the Greatness of the Charge, and of the Pains and Abilities requisite in the Pastors that shall undergo the same: Be it therefore Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That there shall be Yearly assigned and paid, for and towards the Maintenance of Two learned and godly Divines, the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, to be joint Pastors and Incumbents of the said Parish and Parish Church, out of the several Rents of the Parsonage Impropriate of Wells, and of the several Manors of Wells, North-Curry, East-Curry, and Knapfee, all Parcels of the Revenue of the Dean and Chapter of Wells, and enjoyed and taken by them until Seizure and Sequestration thereof by virtue of the Ordinance of Sequestration: And the said Lords and Commons do hereby constitute and appoint the said Mr. William Thomas and Mr. Samuell Oliver to be joint Pastors and Incumbents of the said Parish and Parish Church, who are hereby enabled and authorized to take and receive to their own Use the whole Profits of the said Vicarage, and also the said additional Maintenance of Three Hundred Pounds a Year out of the Rents of the Dean and Chapter aforesaid; and the Committee of Sequestrations of the County of Som'sett for the Time being, their respective Collectors and Officers, and all other Persons from whom the said Rents were or shall be payable, shall accordingly assign and pay the said Yearly Sum of Three Hundred Pounds to the said Mr. William Thomas and Mr. Samuell Oliver, and to the joint Pastors for the Time being of the said Parish and Parish Church."
Scotch Papers, reflecting on the Parliament, entitled, State of the Question concerning Propositions of Peace, to be burnt.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Epistle and Tract, intituled, "The State of the Question concerning Propositions of Peace," in the Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, given in lately to the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Propositions of Peace. London, Printed for Robert Bostock, dwelling at the Signe of the King's Head, in Paul's Church Yard, April. 11, 1646," doth contain in it Matters scandalous and false; and they do thereupon Ordain, That only the said Epistle and Tract (in the said Book) intituled, "The State of the Question concerning Propositions of Peace," be forthwith burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman; and do Declare and Ordain, That the Author is a Person highly disaffected to the Parliament of England, and hath endeavoured to raise Sedition against the Parliament and Kingdom; and that it be put into a Way of Examination, to find out the Author; and do enjoin all Persons whatsoever to discover the Author."
Ordinance to reserve Crooked Timber for the Use of the Navy.
"Whereas the Crooks, Knees, and Compass Timber, arising upon such Trees as shall be felled for Wharfing, Building any of His Majesty's Houses, or other Public Services, will be of singular Use for the Navy, whereof principal Care is to be had, in order to the Kingdom's Safety: It is therefore Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Crooks, Knees, and Compass Timber, arising from any Trees felled for any of the said Services by Order from the Committee of His Majesty's Revenue, be reserved to the Use of the Navy, and not disposed of to any other Use.
"And it is further Ordained, That the Officers employed by the said Committee for the Revenue shall from Time to Time deliver the said Crooks, Knees, and Compass Timber, for the Service of the Navy, to such Persons as shall be assigned and appointed to receive them by the Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy, who are to dispose the same into His Majesty's several Yards as they shall find most convenient; and to charge the several Proportions so delivered upon the respective Officers into whose Hands the same shall come, that they may be employed and accounted for according to the Purport and true Intent of this Ordinance, and not otherwise."
Ordinance for Bond to be Captain of Portland Castle.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Elias Bond shall be, and is hereby, appointed and constituted Captain of Portland Castle, and of the Isle there; to have and enjoy the same, during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament, with all Fees, Advantages, Profits, and other Emoluments, of Right thereunto appertaining or belonging, or received by any Captain or Commander of the said Castle and Island: And it is further Ordered, That Oliver St. John Esquire His Majesty's Solicitor General do prepare a Grant, in usual Form, of the said Office or Place and Premises unto the said Elias Bond; and that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England do pass the same Grant, so prepared, under the said Great Seal; for which this Ordinance, or the Duplicate thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant."