Die Martis, 29 Augusti, 1643.
Clothiers Petition to the King.
VASSALL,.. Poole,.. Moore... Cage,.. Goodwyn, .. Rolle, .. Earle; are appointed to be added to the Committee for the Clothiers Petition to his Majesty: And the whole Committee, or any Five of them, have Power to meet and act.
Exchange of Prisoners, &c.
Ordered, That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Mr. Soldy for Captain Rob. Bradshaw, Prisoner at Worcester: And it is referred to the Committee for Prisoners, to take Order, that the Keeper, who suffered the said Mr. Soldy to escape, do forthwith pay unto the Widow of Wm. Rayston, the honest Man that died by his ill Usage, so much of the Fourscore Pounds, as was allotted by my Lord General's Order to be paid to the said Widow, as is unpaid.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Prisoners, to discharge such of the common Soldiers in London House, on Ship-board or elsewhere, as will take the Protestation.
Lord Lisle's Horses, &c.
Ordered, That my Lord Lisle's Horses, stayed at Liverpoole, be forthwith discharged and dismissed; and he suffered to come away freely with his Horses, Retinue, Servants and Baggage.
Ordered, That the Troops formerly under the Command of Sir Walth. Erle, be placed under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller: And that Sir Wm. Waller take Care to take them off the Charge of the Country, with all Speed.
Prisoners of War.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Admiralty to dispose of the Prisoners, sent up from my Lord of Warwick, into such Prisons and Places of Custody as they shall think fit; Captain Hales, Captain Burleigh, and Captain Brookes, being taken, in the Fellowship of Bristoll, and Hart Frigat, in Arms against the Parliament.
A Letter from Captain Wm. Batten, Vice Admiral, of the Twenty-ninth of August; representing the great Necessities of the Navy; was this Day read.
The Commissioners of the Customs attending, according to an Order of Yesterday, were called in; and Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, propounded unto them, Whether they will forbear, and let this House receive the Two thousand Pounds of the East India Company.
Mr. Foulke, in the Name of the rest answered, That they conceived the Meaning of the Words was, That they having received this Two thousand Pounds, should furnish it for the Use of the Navy: For if the said Monies should not pass through their Hands, according to the Ordinance, they should destroy their Security: That they are willing, having received it, to furnish it for the Use of the Navy, according to the Ordinance.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs having received the Two thousand Pounds from the East India Company, upon their own Consent, to furnish the said Monies to supply the Necessities of the Navy; do pay the same Monies upon the Warrant of the Committee of the Navy, according to the Ordinance.
The Commissioners of the Customs were again called in; and Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, that the House takes Notice of their former Services, in the advancing of the Two former Two thousand Pounds, and likewise of this Two thousand Pounds; and do accept of it, and return you Thanks for it: And do assure you, that they will be very tender of doing any thing that may prejudice your Receipts or Security; but that you shall go on with your Receipts according to the Ordinance.
Lord Montnorris' Pass.
Ordered, That the Warrant and Pass, granted to my Lord Montnorris to pass into Ireland, be forthwith revoked and discharged; and that he deliver the Pass to the Bearer hereof: And that my Lord Montnorris do forthwith attend the House.
Ordered, That the Letters from the Lord Esmond, concerning the Fort of Duncannon, be in an especial Manner recommended unto the Committee at Grocers Hall, to take into present Consideration the sending away Victual, and other Supplies, to the Fort of Duncannon.
Supply of the Navy.
Sir H. Vane, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Green, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Cage, Sir Nevile Poole, Mr. Bedingfield, Mr. Ashe, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Spurstowe, Mr. Bences ambo, Mr. Browne, Mr. Hoyle;
This Committee, or any Five, is appointed to treat with the present Commissioners of the Customs, with the Merchant Adventurers or any others for the advancing of Monies upon the Credit of the Customs; and to think of any other way for raising Monies for Supply of the Navy: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock in the Treasury Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Gentlemen of Pembrokeshire, to take Notice of their good Service, in surprising of the Bristoll Ships in Milford Haven; and to desire them to consider of some Means for the re-victualling of the Ships in Milford Haven; and to draw Bills upon the Treasurer of the Navy: And upon Two Months Sight they shall be satisfied.
Ordered, That the King's Ships, as they shall come in, shall be laid up in Chatham: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Navy to take care of securing the Ordnance, Tackle, and Stores, of such Ships as shall be brought in.
Ordered, That the Bristoll Ship, taken by some of my Lord of Warwick's Fleet, be forthwith sent hither with her Freight: And that the Ship, Ordnance, Tackle, and Freight, be sold by a Candle, and the Proceed employed for the Use of the Navy.
Resolved, &c. That the Captain, and other Officers of the Danish Ship that brought her hither, shall have free Liberty to carry the said Ship away with them.
Sir Rob. Honywood.
Ordered, That the Business of Sir Rob. Honywood the elder be referred to the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees in Kent, to do in it as they shall think fitting.
Sheriff of Kent.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Honywood, High Sheriff of the County of Kent, who is also a Deputy Lieutenant, be excused from meeting and acting as a Deputy Lieutenant, and saved harmless from any Penalty that may ensue thereupon.
Resolved, &c. That the House be presently resolved into a Committee, to take into Consideration the Ordinance of Excise. -
Sir Jo. Evelyn.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to examine the Grounds, whereupon Sir John Maynard reported, that Sir Jo. Evelyn, and other Members of the House of Commons, should be seized.-
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Jo. Goodricke.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Goodricke, now Prisoner in the Tower, shall not be removed thence, till my Lord General, the Earl of Essex, be further heard concerning him.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Ordered, That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Mr. Tho. Sadler of Salisbury, Prisoner to the Parliament, for Captain Arthur of Weymouth, Prisoner in the West.
Ordered, That Arnold Rutesepin shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass beyond Seas, with his Working Tools, and Household Stuff, and necessary Baggage.
Penrose's, &c. Pass.
Ordered, That Tho. Penrose have a Pass to Leyden in Holland, with Books, Apparel, Linen, and necessary Baggage; and Jane Fortre, born in Cullen in Germany, her Four Children, one Man, and one Maid.
St. Thomas Hospital.
Upon the humble Petition of the Governors of St. Thomas Hospital in Southwarke;
It is Ordered, That the weekly Assessments, laid on the Lands and Houses belonging to St. Thomas Hospital, in Southwarke, shall be forborn to be levied, till this House take further Order: And that the Collectors in Southwarke shall be discharged for the Monies so assessed on that Hospital.