Die Mercurii, 3 Maii, 1643.
Detention of a Ship, &c.
A LETTER from Mr. Morley, of the Twenty-ninth of April, was this Day read: And it is Ordered, That Mr. Cawley do write to Mr. Morley, and acquaint him, that the House refers it unto him, to examine the State of the Business, concerning the Bark, which he arrested, for conveying the Earl of Thanett; and to return the Particulars of this Business to the House; and, in the mean time, to detain the Ship under Restraint.
Mr. Cawley is likewise to return unto him the additional Names for Sussex, and some Forty more Books of the Assessment.
Warrant to Leonard.
Ordered, That Mr. Tho. Leonard shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go over into Holland, with Two Servants.
Tower Hamlets Regiment.
Ordered, That the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex, (by Order of the Lord Lieutenant of that County) together with the Lieutenant of the Tower, shall take care, and cause to be listed and formed into a Regiment, under the Command of the Lieutenant of the Tower, the Seven Hamlet Companies, according to a former Order of the Fourteenth of January: And that the Earl of Holland be desired, from this House, to grant a Commission to the Lieutenant of the Tower, to be Colonel of the said Regiment; and to constitute Mr. Tho. Salmon, Captain, in the Room and Place of Mr. Welding, formerly made Captain for the Hamlet Company for Hackney; and that the Hamlets of Bow, Bromeley, Old Ford, Mile End Green, and Bednall, Green, may be added, and put under the Command of the Captain of Hackney.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider of supplying the City of London, and these Southern Parts, with Coals, either from Scotland, or Milford Haven: And the Gentlemen that serve for Wales are added to this Committee, as to this Business.
The humble Petition of Captain Tho. Rainborough, was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs; to take Order for speedy Relief and Satisfaction of the Petitioner.
An Ordinance for protecting in their Estates such Persons as shall pay all their Assessments, was this Day read; and re-committed unto the same Committee; with the Addition of Mr. Strode, Mr. Whitlocke, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Jo. Corbett: And all that will come, to have Voices: And are to meet presently, at the Rising of the House, and to bring * * * *.
Proceedings against Archbishop of Canterbury, &c.
Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Rous, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rigby, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Salloway, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Millington, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Selden, Mr. Hill, Mr. Mr. Young, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Holland, Mr. Pym.
This Committee is to prepare the Proofs, and to manage the Proceedings, against the Bishop of Canterbury, and Bishop Wren; that they may be brought to a speedy Trial and Judgment: They are likewise to prepare an Ordinance concerning the calling and meeting of an Assembly of Divines: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended to Mr. Rous, and Mr. Salloway; who are to give an Account of their Proceedings.
Mr. Reynolds carried up to the Lords the Ordinance and Instructions for the better and speedy Execution of the Ordinance for the weekly Assessments; and likewise * * * *
An Ordinance, and Propositions, for raising a Regiment of Harquebusiers, under the Command of Colonel Mauleverer, were this Day read; and referred, and especially recommended, unto the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom: Who are to consider of it this Afternoon, and to bring in their Resolutions To-morrow Morning.
Upon a Report, this Day made by Sir Roger North, from the Committee for Examinations, to which the Business concerning Sir Wm. Felton was referred;
It is Resolved, &c. That Sir Henry Felton, of Suffolk, that was formerly committed Prisoner, by Order of this House, to the Prison of Winchester House, be forthwith discharged from any further Imprisonment or Restraint.
Message to Lords.
Sir Christ. Yelverton carried up to the Lords an Order for preventing and suppressing the Riot in Frome Forest, in Dorsettshire: And was likewise appointed to desire the Lords to pass the Ordinance for rating and assessing such, as have not contributed at all, or not proportionable to their Estates.
An Ordinance concerning the Pixe Money in the Tower, and for appointing Sir Rob. Harley to cause, that the Pixe Money may be tried in the usual manner, according to the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Holland, a Member of this House, to take care for providing and furnishing the King's Children at St. James's, with Apparel, and all other Necessaries, in like manner, as formerly, to be paid out of the Money in the Pixe, in the Tower.
The humble Petition of Geo. Kirke Esquire, Gentleman of his Majesty's Robes, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it at this time.
Intercepted Letters, &c.
A Letter from the Committee at Coventry, with some Letters intercepted from Sir Jo. Brooke, were read; and Ordered to be printed; and referred to Mr. Hill, to take care for the printing of them; and to make some Preface Unto them.
Mr. Ellis, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Selden, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Browne, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Waller, the Knights and Burgesses of Lincolnshire, are to consider of these Letters from Sir Jo. Brooke, and what is fit to be done for the Protection of such Members, and others, that have been indicted for obeying the Orders, and performing the Services and Commands of the House: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Answers from Lords.
Sir Christ. Yelverton brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Order for suppressing the Riots in Frome Forest, in Dorsettshire: And, as to the Ordinance concerning the Twentieth Part, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Order for removing the Irish Rebels out of the Tower to Newgate.
Conference with Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield * *
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, presently, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning something that concerns the Honour and Privilege of their House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Holles, Mr. Waller, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Sir F. Cornwallis.
Ordered, That the Execution of the Order, for Sir Fred. Cornewallis to go out of Town, be dispensed with until Monday next.
Mr. Holles reports the Conference with the Lords:
That the Earl of Manchester told them that the House of Peers did ever desire to keep a good Correspondency with this House; and that this House was equally interested in any thing that doth concern That House: That he was to acquaint us with a Business concerning Mr. Martyn; that they have received Information, that a Quarter Master of Mr. Martyn's, one De Luke, had broken open one of the King's Stables, and took out Two young Horses of the King's. That the Lords had ordered the Horses to be restored; and that De Luke do attend their Lordships. That when the Messenger came to a Stable in Smithfeild, where the Horses stood, he delivered the Order to De Luke in Smithfeilde, who desired him to have Patience a while, and he would acquaint Mr. Martyn therewith: That when the Order was shewed to Mr. Marten, he replied he would not deliver the Horses. Then the Messenger was called, that he might give an Account of the Particulars; who informed, as aforesaid: And said further, that Mr. Marten said, we had taken the King's Ships, and Forts, for the Defence of the Kingdom, and might as well take his Horses, lest they might be employed against us; but however, that he would acquaint the House of Commons therewith the next Morning, if they had Leisure to hear him, and to satisfy the House of Peers at a Conference; and delivered to the Messenger his Answer in Writing, as followeth:
" I desire you to certify the House of Peers, that I have perused their Order of this Day, concerning the Delivery of Two Horses, taken out of his Majesty's Stables at the Mewse, by Warrant from my Lord General, to be employed by me in the Service of the Parliament and Kingdom; and that I intend, To-morrow Morning, to make the House of Commons (whereof I am a Member) acquainted with the whole Case, if their Leisure will permit them to hear me; to the end, that if their Lordships shall not rest satisfied with what you shall tell them, having seen my Commission, they may receive Satisfaction from the House, in a Conference: So I rest
Your assured Friend,
3 Maii, 1643.
"The Letter being read, the Earl of Manchester said, the Commission was granted by my Lord General; and therefore they had resolved to write to my Lord General, to withdraw his Commission he had granted to Mr. Marten: And for Mr. Marten himself, they had not done any thing concerning him, in regard he was a Member of this House: And said further, that the Lords did apply themselves unto us, with all Respect and Civility, and did look for Reparation in this Business."
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Marten did well, in not delivering these Two Horses, till he had made this House acquainted therewith.
Resolved, &c. That these Two Horses shall be kept by Mr. Marten, till this House give further Order.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord General be desired not to do any thing in the Business concerning Mr. Marten, till he hear further from this House.
Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Strode, Mr. Holland, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Tate, Mr. Browne, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Walter Earle, Sir Wm. Strickland, Lord Ruthen, Mr. Earle, Serjeant Wilde;
This Committee is to prepare Heads for a Conference with the Lords, concerning the Report of the last Conference, about Mr. Marten's seizing of Two of the King's Horses.
Whereas Information is given to this House, that Captain Clark, being employed upon some special Occasions for the Service of the Parliament, from the Committee at Northampton to London, for the Provision of Arms and Ammunition to be sent down, has had Six Horses attached here in London; Four of them being actually in Service, and the other Two appointed to be listed, while he was attending this House; at the Suit of Thomas Cornish and Thomas Dunne: It is this Day Ordered, That the said Six Horses, attached by the said Cornish and Dunne, or any other, shall be forthwith restored to the said Captain Clark; and that Mr. Benyon, Master of the Inn at the White Horse near Morgate, or the Master or Keeper of any House, or Stable, where the said Horses are, are hereby required, forthwith, upon Sight hereof, to deliver the said Horses to the said Captain Clark; as they will answer the contrary at their Perils.
Payment to Moore.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Mr. Christopher Dighton, Searcher of Gravesend, and other Searchers there whom it may concern, shall pay and restore unto Captain Robert Moore, or his Assigns, One hundred and Twenty Pounds, being the Moiety of a Seizure of Two hundred and Forty Pounds, and belonging to the King, as his Part thereof, and now remaining in the said Christopher Dighton's, or other Searchers Custody, and by him or them seized. And it is further Ordered, That an Acquittance, under the Hand of the said Captain Robert Moore, or his Assign or Assigns, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Christopher Dighton, or other Searchers whom it may concern, for the said Hundred and Twenty Pounds, which the said Dighton, and others shall pay in, by Virtue of this Order; and that they shall be saved harmless, and indemnified for their so doing, by the said Lords and Commons.
Whereas, by Order of both Houses of Parliament, the Money put into the Pixe Box, for Trial of the Monies that have been coined in the Mint, is appointed to be tried in the same Manner as formerly it used to be: According to which Order, there hath been Warrants issued forth, but have not been put in Execution by those who were thereunto required, by reason Sir Ralph Freeman and Sir Thomas Aylsbury, the present Commissioners for the Place of Master and Worker, do not attend the said Service, nor give Order concerning the same, for the preparing and fitting of Coining Irons, with a new Privy Mark, to be stamped on the Monies that shall be made after the said Trial; to the apparent Danger of the Falsifying the Coin of this Kingdom: It is therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Sir Robert Harley Knight of the Bath, a Member of the House of Commons, shall forthwith give Order for a new Privy Mark; and shall execute and perform the Service of Master and Worker of his Majesty's Monies, as formerly he hath done, by the Indenture of the Mint, made between his Majesty and the said Sir Robert Harley; and shall take, receive, and enjoy, all the Profits, Fees, Houses, and yearly Pension, belonging unto the Office of Master and Worker, according to the Prices, Clauses, and Covenants, in the said Indenture of the Mint; and shall perform and do, in all Things belonging to the said Place, as heretofore he did when he enjoyed the same, according to the Direction of the said Indenture; and, for all Sums of Monies that shall arise and grow due unto his Majesty (over and above the Charges in making of the said Monies, and the yearly Pension allowed to the said Sir Robert Harley by the said Indenture) he shall be accountable to both Houses of Parliament; as they from time to time shall ordain and require. And it is further Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Cornelius Holland Esquire, a Member of the House of Commons, being appointed Collector of the Profits arising to his Majesty in the said Mint, for and towards the Expences of his Majesty's Two youngest Children, by Ordinance of Parliament, shall from time to time pay, or cause to be paid, to the said Sir Robert Harley, all such Rates and Prices for the Workmanship of all the Gold and Silver Monies, as he hath of late done to the Commissioners for the said Place; or that is allowed and authorized by the said Indenture of the Mint: And this Ordinance, together with the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Sir Robert Harley, shall be, to the said Cornelius Holland, a sufficient Discharge for all such Sum or Sums of Money, as he shall from time to time pay, or cause to be paid, to the said Sir Robert Harley, as aforesaid. And it is further required hereby, that all and every the Officers, Monyers, and others of his Majesty's Mint within the Tower of London, in their respective Places, shall be aiding and assisting to the said Sir Robert Harley, in the Execution of the said Office of Master and Worker; and, for so doing, this Ordinance shall be their Warrant.