Die Martis, Maii 28, 1644.
MR. Green presents, from the Committee of the Navy, a Report, by Occasion of a Letter of the Ninth of May 1644, sent from my Lord Admiral to Mr. Speaker, representing the State of the Fleet: The chief Heads of the Letter were observed, and read; and the particular Answers to each particular Head: And
It is Resolved, &c. That a Letter shall be sent from this House to my Lord Admiral; and, in it inclosed, the Report this Day made from the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be prepared, and brought in, by the Committee of the Navy, for the further Proceeding upon a new Excise.
Upon Mr. Grimston's Report from the Committee to whom the Complaint of the Merchants, concerning Convoys, was referred;
It is Resolved, &c. That the Consideration of taking Convoy Money of Merchant Strangers, and the whole Business concerning convoying of Merchant Strangers, be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That it is against Law to require any thing for the Convoy of his Majesty's own Subjects, going in their own Vessels, and transporting or importing their own Goods.
Resolved, &c. That the Contract, bearing Date the Thirteenth of November 1643, drawn from the English Merchants, for the Convoy of their Goods from Morleaux in France hither into this Kingdom of England, was unwarranted by any Precedent, and ought to be delivered up to the Merchants to be cancelled.
My Lord Admiral to be acquainted with these Votes by a Letter; and to be desired to take notice of the Denial of Convoy to the English Merchants from Morleaux; and that his Lordship would take that Care, that, for the future, convenient Convoys may be allowed to the English Merchants, upon convenient Demands, and at convenient Times.
Advances from Customs.
An Ordinance for reimbursing the Commissioners of Customs, divers Sums of Money advanced by them for the pressing Occasions and Necessities of the Navy, was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That the Turkey Company be peremptorily enjoined to pay in the Four thousand Pounds, Remainder of the Eight thousand Pounds promised to be advanced by the said Company, by Tuesday next at furthest.
A Letter from my Lord General, of Maii 26, from Abington, relating, that the King is gone out of Oxon, &c.; and another from Sir Wm. Waller, from Harewell near Abington, of the same Date; were both read.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do, in a Letter to my Lord General, return the Resolution of this House, concerning the Entertainment of the Reformado Officers.
Ordered, That Mr. Scawen do, on Thursday Morning, report concerning the Reformado Officers: And that the Ordinance concerning the additional Excise, be reported on Thursday Morning.
Money for Army.
Likewise Ordered, That the Committee for the Four associated Counties of Kent, Sussex, Surry, and Hants, do meet this Afternoon, and take Order for providing of a Thousand Pounds, to be sent to Sir Wm. Waller, in Discharge of the light Guns.
Ordered, That the Information of the Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds, given in by the Committee of the Four associated Counties, to be concealed Estate, not yet discovered, be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, for the Examination and bringing of it in: And employed, if it shall appear to belong to the State, for the Benefit and Advantage of that Association.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee Yesterday appointed for the procuring of the Monies, to communicate unto the Common Council, an Abstract of the Letters from my Lord General and Sir Wm. Waller; and treat with them upon the Loan of Monies, upon personal Credit, or the Credit . . Delinquents Land to be sold, or Mortgage of other Land.
Maimed Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That the like Order for a Collection for maimed Soldiers, as formerly, be made and published To-morrow, being the Fast Day; save only, that Half of what shall be collected in the Parishes of Westminster, and St. Martins in the Fields, shall be employed for the Relief of the Poor of the said Parishes.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Strickland and Sir Hen. Mildmay be added to the Committee Yesterday appointed for procuring Monies.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. F. Drake shall have Leave to go into the Country, and to stay Three Weeks, or a Month, for Recovery of his Health.
Reparations to Rolle.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to compound with such Persons as are liable to make Reparations to Mr. Rolle: And they are to call them before them, before their Names be inserted in the Ordinance.
Advance from Customs.
Whereas Thomas Andrewes, John Fouke, Richard Chambers, and Wm. Barkley, Aldermen of the City of London, Maurice Thomson, Francis Allein, James Russell, and Stephen Estwick, Merchants, being constituted, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, to be Commissioners to receive all such Sums of Money as shall be paid for Customs, or advanced by way of Loan, or otherwise, for Supply of the pressing Necessities of the Navy, in the Month of September last passed, did advance, by way of Loan, the Sum of Thirty thousand Pounds; to be repaid unto them with Interest, by way of Defalcation, out of the One Half of the Receipts, at the End of Six Months: And whereas the said Commissioners being informed of the pressing Necessities of the Navy, for Supply thereof, are contented to furnish the Sum of Two-and-twenty thousand Pounds, for paying of the Winter Guards as the Ships come in, Fifteen thousand Pounds whereof they have already advanced: It is thereupon Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Commissioners, immediately after they have defalked the said Thirty thousand Pounds, with Interest, according to the Ordinance of the Eighteenth of September last, shall repay unto themselves the said Twenty-two thousand Pounds, out of One Half of the said Receipts, by way of Defalcation, together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for a Year. (fn. a) And it is likewise Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That all the several Ordinances of both Houses of Parliament, formerly passed concerning the said Commissioners, shall stand, and continue in full Force and Power, to all Intents and Purposes.