Die Mercurii, Aprilis 23, 1645.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Rich. Walmesley of Dunkenhalgh, in the County of Lancaster, shall have Liberty,
and the Licence of this House, to stay beyond the Seas in
France for Two Years: And that his Stay shall be no Prejudice unto him.
Ordered, That my Lord Fitz-Williams, a Member of
this House, shall have the Leave of this House to go
down into the Country.
Resolved, &c. That Robert Houghton, of Norfolk, Esquire,
shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to travel into France for
Three Years; and to take a young Scholar of Cambridge
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to hear the Complaints, and consider of the Inconveniences and Damages sustained by the County of Middlesex, by Billeting and Free-Quartering of Soldiers; and
to send for Parties and Witnesses; and to give them Redress, as well by considering how those Billets may be
satisfied, and how to prevent the like Inconveniences for
Resolved, &c. That a Thousand Pounds shall be forthwith raised and provided for the Service and Safety of the
Isle of Elye, and charged upon the Excise: And Colonel
Walton, Sir Dudley North, Sir Roger North, Sir Jo.
Potts, Sir Christ. Wray, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Nath. Barnardiston, and Sir Wm. Playters, are desired to procure
this Money upon their personal Credit, to be repaid, with
Interest for the Forbearance, out of the Excise: And
they are to give an Account of this Business to the House
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords
and Commons, for the Disposing of Commands Military,
to consider of a Commander for the Isle of Eyle; and to
nominate him to the House with all Speed.
Resolved, &c. That Three hundred Pounds more, to
make up the Thousand, formerly charged upon the Excise, Thirteen hundred Pounds, shall be charged upon the
Excise, for sending away the Horse to Gloucester: And
it is especially recommended unto all the Gentlemen of
Gloucestershire, to use their best Endeavours to procure this
Thirteen hundred Pounds upon their personal Credits; to
be repaid, with Interest for the Forbearance, out of the
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of John
Hay, and Christ. Claes, to be Captains of Troops of Horse:
And that the Committee of both Kingdoms do grant their
Ordered, That Three hundred Pounds per Week be
charged upon the Excise, for the Maintenance of Six hundred Foot, and One hundred and Twenty Dragoons, for
the Isle of Ely, and the Garison of Croyland.
Sir Anthony Irby to bring in an Ordinance to that Purpose.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve, That
there be Fortifications made about the Church of Croyland: And that Four hundred Pounds be provided for the
Making of these Fortifications, and for a Month's Pay of
the Arrears of the Fifth, and Twentieth-Part of Lincolnshire, and other Monies, in the Hands of the Receivers
thereof in that County: And Mr. Weaver is hereby commanded to deliver in his Books and Accompts to the Committee of the Association.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and
That the Lords have returned the Ordinance for Martial Law for Kent; and the Ordinance for settling a Ministry in the North; and the Vote for the City of London
to present a Lieutenant for the Tower of London; with
several Additions and Alterations: They moved first from
this House: And the Lords have agreed . . them with
those Alterations and Additions; and do desire the Concurrence of this House in them.
They likewise sent down a Letter from Mr. Legge, the
Governor of Oxford, with another Letter in it from Prince
Rupert, and directed to the Earl of Essex; which they
desire may be taken into Consideration.
The several Amendments in the Ordinance for Martial
Law in Kent; in the Ordinance for settling a Ministry in
the North; and the Alterations in the Vote concerning
the Lieutenant in the Tower; were all of them read; and
Ordered, &c. by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and
Common-Council of the City of London, do present the
Name of a fit Person, to both Houses of Parliament, to
be Lieutenant of the Tower of London; that thereupon
the Houses may take the same into Consideration.
The Letter from Mr. Legge, of the 19th of April
1645, from Oxford, with the inclosed from Prince Rupert,
of the 15th of April 1645, were this Day read; and
thereupon ordered to be referred to the Committee appointed to prepare the Declaration upon the Proceedings
of the Treaty; to consider, What is fit to be done upon the
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the
House hath considered of their Lordships Message: And,
as to the Amendments and Alterations in the Ordinance
for Martial Law in Kent; the Ordinance for settling a
Ministry in the North; and the Vote touching the Lieutenant of the Tower; this House do agree: And, as to the
Letters from Mr. Legge, and Prince Rupert; the House
hath taken them into Consideration.
The Propositions and Offers of Mr. John Davies, for
Supply of the Scotts Army, were this Day read, in hæc
Whereas there is demanded, for the Use of the Scottish
Army in Ireland, Sixteen thousand Bolls of Oatmeal, Seven thousand Cassocks and Breeches, Seven
thousand Pair of Shoes, Seven thousand Pair of Stockings,
Seven thousand Caps, and Four thousand Pounds-worth of
Cloth, and other Necessaries, for the Officers:
Imprimis, I do offer to deliver, in Carrickfergus, upon
mine own Adventure, by the last of July, Sixteen thousand
Bolls of Oatmeal, at Fifteen Shillings per Boll; which
amounts unto Twelve thousand Pounds.
2dly, I will ship away from London, by the last of May,
and deliver at Carrickfergus, upon the Parliament's Adventure, Seven thousand Shirts, Stockings, Suits, Shoes,
and Caps, as aforesaid, for Twenty-five Shillings a Suit,
Shirt, Stockings, Shoes, and Cap; which amounts to Eight
thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds.
3dly, I will deliver, and ship away, as aforesaid, Four
thousand Pounds-worth of Cloth, and other Necessaries, for
the Officers, for a Peny in the Shilling Profit.
All which amounts to Twenty-four thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds.
In Satisfaction whereof, I demand Three thousand
Pounds, of Advance, within One Month; Three thousand
Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds, within One Month after
That: And the other Eighteen thousand Pounds, that remains, I am content to receive it out of the Ordinance of
the Sixteenth of October last for Ireland, after the Eighty
thousand Pounds paid: Provided always, That I may receive Satisfaction for the Money due unto me these Two
Years past, and upwards, from the Parliament, on the
Remain of the said Ordinance, after the Eighty and
Eighteen thousand Pounds is paid; for Provisions delivered
to the Scottish and Brittish Regiments in Ulster, by Direction of the Parliament, according to a Contract made
with me by Mr. Nathanael Fiennes, Sir Philip Stapleton,
and Mr. John Hampden; out of the said Ordinance; which
amounts unto Nine thousand Forty-and-five Pounds, as
appears by my Accompt made the Tenth of April 1643;
and also One thousand and Five hundred Pounds, which I
stand engaged to Mr. Beard, and One thousand Six hundred and Fifty Pounds to Mr. Browne, both of Cheapside;
for which they received Warrants from the Parliament to
receive their Monies from Guildhall, but have not received
any of the same (the same Warrants being charged upon
me, as received, in my Accompt): All which amounts unto
Twelve thousand One hundred Ninety-and-five Pounds.
And if it shall so fall out, that I shall not receive Satisfaction for the said Eighteen thousand Pounds, and the
Twelve thousand One hundred Ninety-and-five Pounds,
in Part, or in All, out of the said Ordinance, within Six
Months after the Delivery of the said Meal at Carrickfergus, and the Shipping of the said other Goods from
hence; Certificate being returned of the same; then I humbly offer to your Lordships Consideration, to prescribe such
a Course for my further Satisfaction, as you, in your
Wisdoms, shall think fit.
All which being accepted of, and agreed unto, by your
Lordships, and special Care being taken for the Levying
and Bringing in of the said Monies upon the said Ordinance in all Places within the Parliament's Power, whereby
I may be enabled to satisfy my Creditors; I will be ready,
if your Lordships think fit, upon an Ordinance, in August
or September next, to furnish Forty or Fifty thousand
Pounds-worth of such Commodities as your Lordships shall
direct, for the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of, and
agree to, these Propositions, and the Contract and Bargain contained in these Propositions.
Sir Thomas Witherington reports the Answer of the
Earl of Northumberland, touching the Pictures and Goods
at Yorke-House, in hæc verba; viz.
1. That he conceived he had as good Interest in them,
during the Lease of the House, as he had in any other
Part of his Estate; but is resolved and contented to lay
down all his Interest at the Command of the House of
Commons) knowing the Necessity of the publick Affairs),
though the Thing be never so inconvenient unto him; as
this will be.
His Lordship desired;
1. In regard the taking away of the Pictures will make
the House, in the principal Rooms of it, very unuseful
for his Habitation; That the House of Commons would
provide for the Payment of the Rent, during the Residue
of the Term, which is Two Years and an half, and is
Three hundred and Fifty Pounds per Annum; and that the
same may be paid unto him in Hand, that he may lay it
out upon his own Use, to make it habitable; and he will
satisfy the Party to whom the Rent is assigned.
2. But, for the present, though his Lordship removes
to St. James; yet, intending to keep the House in his
Hand, as a Place of Retirement for himself, his Lady,
and Children, upon Occasion; that little Stuff that remains,
being of no considerable Value, may not be removed.
3. The State being indebted unto him Three hundred
and Sixty Pounds, which should have been paid out of
the Four hundred thousand Pounds Bill, and for which his
Lordship hath an Order; That his Lordship may have
some of the smaller Pictures, in Consideration of that
Money, at such Rates as shall be thought fit by such
Persons as shall be intrusted by the House of Commons in
4. Lastly, His Lordship desires, that the Pictures of
the Duke of Buckingham, and of other Persons of that
Family, may be left in the House, being of no Value.
Ordered, That Thanks be returned to the Earl of
Northumberland: And that this House doth approve of
these Propositions: And that it be referred to those that
shall have the Care of the Sale of the Pictures in Yorke-House, to see them performed,
Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Gourdon, Sir John Clotworthy,
Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Henry
Cholmley, Mr. Recorder, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Blakiston, Sir John Evelyn junior, Mr. Francis Gerard, Sir
Jo. Dreydon, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cawley, Sir John Hippisly, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Dowse;
This Committee, or any Six of them, is appointed to
view the Pictures in York-House; and to report to the
House the Quality and Condition of them: They are to
go this Afternoon at Two of Clock, upon this Service:
And the Care of it is especially referred to Sir Robert
Sir Thomas Widdrington carried up to the Lords, for
their Concurrence, the Ordinance for punishing Soldiers
imprested, deserting their Colours: The Order for Pistols
and Carabines out of Haberdashers-Hall for Gloucester:
The Vote for Colonel Whitchcott to be Governor of
Ordered, That Three thousand Pounds shall be charged
upon the Excise, to be paid in its Course, and employed
for the Payment and satisfying the first Three thousand
Pounds, to be advanced within a Month, upon the Contract made this Day with Mr. John Davies, for Furnishing of Commodities to Ireland: And Sir Henry Vane, Mr.
Recorder, and Mr. Crew, are desired to employ their best
Endeavour to procure this Money upon the Credit of the
Excise; to be repaid out of the Excise, with Consideration
of Eight per Cent. for the Forbearance.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to view the Pictures at York-House, to consider
how the Three thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds,
appointed to be paid by Mr. John Davies, upon the Contract this Day made with him, may be paid and satisfied
unto him at the Time limited in the Propositions of Mr.
John Davies, this Day presented, and approved of.
Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Recorder reported, from the
Committee of both Kingdoms, the respective Petitions of
divers Officers of the Scottish Nation: The which were
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a like Regard and
Respect used to the Officers of the Scottish Nation, as to
the English Officers that served in the respective Armies of
the Parliament, and now go off: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
the Army where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider
of their Arrears of all the Officers of the Scottish Nation that served in the Armies of the Parliament, and now
go off; and in particular of those Scottish Officers, whose
Petitions were this Day delivered; and what Proportion
of their respective Arrears is fit to be paid unto them for
the present, according to the Qualities of their Employments, and their Occasions.
It is further Ordered, That the Consideration of the
Arrears of Major-General Potley be likewise referred to
this Committee, in the same manner as the Scotts Officers
are: And they are to make a Report with all Speed.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Tate and Mr.
Rowse, to consider, What has been done by the House upon
the Papers given in by the Scotts Commissioners touching
the Matters of the Church; and likewise, What Progress
the House has made in the Matters concerning the Church;
and to report it to the House; that an Answer may be
returned to the Scotts Commissioners.
Mr. Holles, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Prydeaux, Mr.
Lisle, Mr. Ashe, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Recorder, Sir Walter
Erle, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Bainton, Sir Henry Cholmley, Sir
Wm. Alanson, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Blakiston, Mr.
Alexander Bence, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Mr. Crew, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Erle;
This Committee, or any Four of them, is appointed to
view the several Papers given in by the Scotts Commissioners, that lie unanswered; and to state them to this
House; and to report such Answers to them as they think
fit: And have Power to confer with the Scotts Commissioners upon Occasion: And are to report on Saturday
next: And are to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock in
the Afternoon, in the Queen's-Court: And have Power
to send for Parties and Witnesses: And the Care of it is
particularly referred to Mr. Lisle and Mr. Whitelock.
And the humble Petition of the Masters and Owners
of the Ships trading to Newcastle is referred to the Consideration of this Committee: And the Letters and Papers,
from the Commissioners of both Kingdoms, directed to
Mr. Speaker, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Thomas Widdrington,
and Mr. Blakiston, yet unanswered, are likewise referred to
the Consideration of this Committee.
Mr. Erle reports, from the Committee of the West,
the Petitions of divers Officers and Commanders of the
Scottish Nation, whose Names are thereto subscribed.
It is thereupon Ordered, That Four hundred Pounds be
forthwith provided towards their Pay; and that Two hundred Pounds thereof shall be charged upon Haberdashers-Hall; and the other Two hundred Pounds upon the Revenue: And it is referred to the Committee of the West,
to consider, What Pay is due unto them; and how to proportion this Money.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Inhabitants of the
Counties of Downe and Antrim, in Ireland, be referred to
the Committee of both Kingdoms, to be taken into Consideration.