Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 9, 1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, 1 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. De Lawarr.
Leake to rent L. Deincourt's Lands.
Upon reading the Petition of Nic. Leake: It is Ordered, That the Committee for Derbyshire shall let to Mr. Nic. Leake such Lands of his Father's the Lord Deincourt, which he hath for Two Years last rented of the State, and at the same Rates; and that the said Committees shall not cut down any Timber growing upon the said Lands of the Lord Deincourt.
Provision to be made for Ly. Kerry, &c.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lord Kerry, of Ireland: It is Ordered, That it (fn. 1) be specially recommended to the House of Commons, that some Provision be speedily made, for the Support of his Lady and Children, to preserve them from Want.
Preachers at the Fast thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Hickes and Mr. Hodges shall have Thanks given them, for their Pains in Preaching Yesterday at the Fast, and desired to print and publish their Sermons,
Preachers at the next.
Ordered, That Mr. Cawdrey and Mr. Spurstowe are appointed to preach before the Lords in Parliament, the next Fast-day.
L. Howard and Mr. Howard reconciled and released.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That, since this House sat last, the Lord Howard of Charlton and Mr. Thomas Howard were with his Lordship together; and they have; made themselves Friends, and promise to continue so; there being a Misrepresentation of Things passed between them: And they desire the Pardon of this House for what they have done, and the Confinement taken off:"
Which was Ordered accordingly.
Courteen and the E. I. Co.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Courten Esquire, against the East India Company: It is Ordered, That the said Company shall have a Copy of this Petition, and return their Answer to this House on Tuesday next.
Answer from the H. C.
Serjeant Fynch and Doctor Aylett return with this Answer from the House of Commons, concerning the Letter to Sir Thomas Fairefaix, and other Particulars; to which they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance for recruiting this House.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Ordinance concerning the recruiting of this House, as it stood in Debate the 17th of March, 1646, shall be put off till this Day Six Weeks; but not to be taken into Consideration without a Week's Notice, that so Warning may be given to all the Lords to be present.
Drs. Stern and Martin to be baised.
Upon reading the Petition of Doctor Sterne and Doctor Martin, desiring "to be bailed, they being Prisoners at Peter's House:"
It is Ordered, That it be signified to them, that, if they will take the solemn League and Covenant, and then present their Bail to this House, their Lordships will be ready to release them upon Bail.
The Order which came from the House of Commons, for giving Thirty Pounds to Richard Theobalds, who brought the Letters from the Commissioners with the King, to be paid out of Haberdashers Hall, was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Col. Allen to be released on assigning his Arrears to Nicholas.
This Day Lieutenant Colonel Allen was brought before this House, by a Habeas Corpus, which was read.
It is Ordered, That, upon assigning over to John Nicholas, One of his Creditors, so much of his Arrears proportionably as he does to others, in Satisfaction for his Debt, he shall be released.
Shearman, condemned at Southwark, to be reprieved.
Upon Information to this House, "That Henry Shearman is condemned at this Assizes in Sout'warke; and that there is some Mistake in the Evidence against him:"
It is Ordered, That Serjeant Chreshold, the Judge of that Assize, is hereby desired to reprieve the said Henry Shearman for Ten Days; and in the mean Time the Matter of Fact to be certified to this House.
Vote about the Scots Army in Ulster.
Next, the House took into Consideration the Vote brought from the House of Commons, concerning the Departure of the Scotch Army in Ulster.
It is Ordered, That the Members of this House that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Dublyn, sitting at Derby House, shall make Report to this House the same Report which was made to the House of Commons, concerning the Scotch Army in Ulster; and then this House will have a Conference with the House of Commons touching this Business.
Mrs. Sloughter to have 20 l. per Ann. free from her Husband's Sequestration.
Upon reading the Petition of Anne Sloughter; desiring, "that the Twenty Pounds per Annum, which she brought to her Husband Colonel Sloughter, may be freed from Sequestration, for the Maintenance of herself and her Children:"
It is Ordered, That an Ordinance to this Purport shall be brought in, and presented to this House.
Rogers and his Creditors.
Upon reading the Petition of Francis Rogers: It is Ordered, That he and his Creditors shall attend this House To-morrow Morning; and then this House will give further Directions therein.
Harrington & al. Land Owners in Ello, Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of James Harington, &c. Land-owners and Occupants within the Wapentake of Ello, in the Parts of Holland and County of Lyncolne.
(Here enter it.)
It is Ordered, To (fn. 2) be recommended to the House of Commons, with this Sense, "That this House thinks it fit to grant the Desires of this Petition, and desire their Concurrence therein."
Mrs. Sloughter's Ordinance.
An Ordinance was brought in, concerning Anne Sloughter, Wife of Colonel Sloughter; which was read, and approved of; and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Austin to officiate in a Cure.
Ordered, That Mr. Samuell Austin, Clerk, shall officiate the Cure in the Church of, in the County of, until the further Directions of this House be signified; and that the Committee of the said County do see this Order put into Execution.
Ordinance to regulate Oxford University.
Ordered, That this House doth not adhere to the Second Alteration in the Ordinance concerning the University (fn. 3) of Oxford.
Ordered, To have a Conference with the House of Commons To-morrow Morning, concerning the Ordinance of the regulating the University of Oxford.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Aylett, &c.
1. To desire a Conference To-morrow, at Eleven of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Ordinance for regulating the University of Oxford.
and about the following Particulars.
2. To deliver to them the Petition of the Participants of Ello, with the Sense of the House upon it.
3. To put them in Mind of The States Ambassador's Business.
4. To recommend to them the Petition of the poor Widows.
Mr. Sadler an Assistant.
Ordered, That Mr. Thayne shall give Notice to Mr. Sadler, to attend this House To-morrow Morning, as an Assistant.
Order for 30 l. to Theobalds, from Newcastle.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habberdash'rs Hall do pay unto Richard Theobalds, the Messenger that brought the last Letters from the Commissioners from Newcastle, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, bestowed upon him for his Pains and Diligence in this Service."
Order concerning Dowager Ly. Wotton's House near Canterbury.
This House being informed, "That there was no Rent formerly paid for the Mansion-house, Outhouses, and Gardens, of the Lady Margarett Wotton Dowager, in or near the City of Canterbury, commonly called The Pallace, whilst her whole Estate was under Sequestration, and that now they are valued unto her, amongst other Parcels assigned for her Third Part, at the Yearly Rent of Two and Twenty Pounds, Six Shillings, and Eight Pence:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the said Margerett Lady Wotton, being a Peer of this Realm, do enjoy her said Mansion-house, Out-houses, and Gardens, clear, without estimating them at any Part of her Third Part; and that other Lands be set out to her, of the Worth of Two and Twenty Pounds, Six Shillings, Eight Pence, instead thereof, to make up her Third Part: And the Committee of the City and County of Canterbury are to see this Order put in Execution.
Harrington & al. Landowners in Ello, Petition, that Soldiers may not be billeted on them; and to be considered for their Losses by Inundations, &c.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of James Harrington, James Trollopp, Esquires, Phillip Jolly, Thomas Wallett, Robert Burton, and Thomas Palmer, Gentlemen, in the Behalf of themselves and the rest of the distressed Inhabitants, Landowners, and Occupants, within the Wapentake of Ello, in the Parts of Holland, and County of Lincolne;
"That the said Wapentake, having been the Frontier for divers Years together in the sad and unnatural Civil Wars, is very much impoverished, by Billeting of Soldiers and Free Quarter.
"That your Petitioners have not only contributed their full and just Proportions to all Taxes with the rest of the Association and Kingdom; but also at divers Times, and upon several Occasions, have raised many Horse and Men, and great Sums of Money, for the Defence of the said Frontier, until the last Blocking-up of the Enemy in their Garrisons of Belvoire and Newarke.
"That, since it hath pleased Almighty God to stay the Raging of the Wars, the Fresh Waters have broken into the said Wapentake, and, for the Space of Four Years last past, a very great Part thereof hath been much impaired; but such hath been the Impetuousness of the Rains and Upland Flood this present Year, that, about November last, all the Great Out-ring Bank was over-topped by the Height of the Upland Waters, and ran clean over the same for Fourteen Miles together in the most Part thereof; which said over-flowing Waters did then and ever since have drowned many of the Inhabitants in, and divers others out of, their Houses, insomuch as they are constrained to seek new Habitations.
"That the said Wapentake is so deeply surrounded with Waters, as it cannot possibly be reduced to the former Estate this next Year.
"That the Charge of repairing of the several Banks and other Works of Sewers, and Loss sustained by the said Waters, will amount to Thirty Thousand Pounds at the least.
"That, for the Reasons abovesaid, there will inevitably follow Decay in Rents for the future, at the least Three Parts in Four.
"That the Inhabitants of the said Wapentake have ever been fixed in their Affections and Actions to the Parliament.
"May it therefore please these Honourable Houses, that Satisfaction may be made for Free Quarter, all Parliament Taxes taken off, and the said Wapentake no more charged with the Billeting of Soldiers, until it be reduced to its former Perfection; and to take such further Order herein as shall stand with the Justice and Honour of this High and Honourable Court.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c.
House adjourned till 10a cras.