Die Lunæ, 13 Maii, 1644.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
ORDERED, That Mr. Solicitor, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Philip Stapleton, Mr. Crue, Sir Arthur Haselrigge, Mr. Recorder, do withdraw presently into the Committee Chamber, and open the Letters directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms; and present them to the House, if they conceive it fitting.
Successes in Gloucestershire.
A Letter from Colonel Massie, of the Ninth of May, was read; informing the House of his good Success in Glocestershire, in the taking in of Three Garisons from the Enemy; together with a List of the Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers, there taken.
An Ordinance, for the enabling of Mr. Estwicke to provide Coats, Shoes, and Knapsacks, for the Garison of Gloucester, was read twice; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of the Clotworthies, the next of Kin to Robert Gray, late of London, Mercer, deceased, without Wife or Issue, was read; and ordered to be referred unto Dr. Eden, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Tho. Midleton, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Hill, Mr. Maynard, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Tate, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Whttacres, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Ashe, Sir Harbotle Grimston, Mr. Bond, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Pury; who are to take the said Petition into Consideration; and to examine the Matter therein contained; and to present their Opinions upon the whole Matter: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, or any Proceedings concerning the Business mentioned in the Petition: And all the Lawyers of the House are added to this Committee: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber, And this Committee has Power likewise to consider, of the Obstructions about Letters of Administration, and Probate of Wills, and the irregular Proceedings concerning the same; and to present, to this House, an Ordinance for Remedy of the same: And it is especially recommended to Dr. Eden, and Mr. Maynard, to bring in this Ordinance.
A Letter from the Earl of Manchester, of the Eighth of May, was read; being reported from the Committee this Day named to open Letters; informing the Committee of both Kingdoms, of his Intention to join Forces with the Scottish Army; and of his making a Bridge over Trent near Gainsbroughe.
Also a Letter, reported from that Committee, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms, was also read, from Major Bridges, of Prince Rupert's Motion.
Also a Letter of Intelligence, of Prince Rupert's Motion, was read; which came from Newport Pagnell.
Message to Lords.
Sir Tho. Borrington went up to the Lords, with the Ordinance for the Earl of Manchester; and with Committees Names for the County of Chester.
Message from Lords.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
That the Lords have commanded us to present unto you, an Order for appointing the Committee of Northampton, Mayor, and Two Aldermen, to appoint Two hundred and Forty able Men, of that Town, to attend and perform Military Duty, by Thirty every Twenty-four Hours, till September next; and desire your Concurrence.
They have likewise sent down a Petition of Sir Jo. Conyers, Lieutenant of the Tower; desiring, now that he hath dispatched his Business beyond Sea, and is ready to return, to be admitted into his said Place: To which the Lords do agree; and desire your Concurrence.
The Ordinance for Northampton was read; and assented unto.
Lieutenant of the Tower.
The Petition of Sir Jo. Conyers Knight, Lieutenant of the Tower, was read.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Conyers Petition be taken into Consideration, after such time as the City hath returned their Answer to both Houses, concerning the Propositions and Desires to be made by the City; and that a Day certain be then appointed to consider of this Petition.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House doth agree with the Lords, in the Ordinance for Northampton: And, as to the Petition of Sir Jo. Conyers, this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Letter from Leicester.
A Letter from Mr. Grey, Governor of Leicester, dated 11 Maii; informing, that the Newcastle Forces are marching towards Leicester; and fear a Siege.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Aiscoughe's Troop, Captain Foster's Troop, and Captain * Troop, shall be entertained by my Lord General into his Army forthwith, to advance with his Excellency.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Establishment of the Army, to consider how these Three Troops of Horse may be paid in this Service.
Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeilds and Serjeant Finche;
That the Lords have sent down to this House some Letters, and Lists of the Navy, which came from the Lord Admiral; and desire you to take the same into Consideration.
Committee of both Kingdoms.
Mr. Prideaux reports, from the Committee, the Ordinance for the Continuance of the Committee of both Kingdoms; with the Amendments, as they were voted in the House on Saturday last.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Mildmay do go to the Lords with this Message; and present to the Lords the Ordinance for the Continuance of the Committee of both Kingdoms, with the Amendments; and to desire the Lords Concurrence therein.
Sir Hen. Mildmay went up accordingly, with the same, to the Lords.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Tho. Barrington brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for the Earl of Manchester: And, as to the Names for Cheshire, they do agree to all, except the leaving out of Mr. Manwaringe's Name; to which they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Earl of Manchester's Association.
Ordered, That this Ordinance, concerning the Association under the Command of the Earl of Manchester, be forthwith printed.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do carry up to the Lords, the Ordinance to provide Cloaths for the Garison of Glocester.
Reflections on Parliament.
Mr. Whitlocke reports from the Committee appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, for the Examination of Matters concerning the Honour of both Houses: Whereupon
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of this House, appointed to join with that Committee, to consider of the Matter of Fact in the whole Business; and present the State thereof to the House.
Taking of Henley.
Mr. Whitlocke likewise presents from my Lord General, a Paper of Intelligence, from Henley, of his Forces possessing themselves of Henley; and taking Five thousand Quarters of Corn; and Sir Rob. Knowles, and others, Prisoners; and also certain Papers, concerning the Excise, there taken: Which Papers are ordered to be referred to the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Committee for Regulation of the Sequestrations, or any Four of them, do meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And are to report To-morrow.
Message from Lords.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page;
That the Lords have put off the Trial of the Archbishop until Thursday next: And do desire this House to concur with them, in appointing Mr. Humphry, Hardwick, of Hadham, in the County of Hertforde, to be added to the Assembly of Divines.
Assembly of Divines.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords, in nominating and appointing Mr. Humphrey Hardwicke to be added to the Assembly of Divines.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House doth concur with the Lords, in appointing Mr. Hardwicke to be one of the Assembly.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Gloucester.
Affairs at Lyme, &c.
Mr. Rose presents a Letter to the House from Plymouth, of the valiant Carriage of the Commanders and Soldiers in Lyme, in doing great Execution on the Enemy at Lyme, on this Day Sevennight: Which was read.
Resolved, &c. That three hundred Pounds shall be advanced by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Twentieth Part.
Ordered, That the same Three hundred Pounds be paid to Mr. Prideaux, and Mr. Rose, for the Use of Lyme; and that the Committee be desired to lend Three hundred Pounds out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Twentieth Part of Sir Edward Yate's Estate, or some other Monies.
Ordered, That the Sequestration of Sir Edward Yate his Estate be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Soame, Sir Henry Garroway, Mr. Richard Middleton, and Mr. Richard Bateman, do, on or before Wednesday next, pay the respective Monies remaining in their Hands, unto Sir Thomas Middleton, according to the Order of this House made on Wednesday last: And that an Ordinance be brought in, for the saving of Sir Thomas Soame, and the said Parties, harmless, according to those Votes; and Mr. Asherst is to bring in this Ordinance To-morrow Morning.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports, the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Committee at Northampton, the Mayor, and Two Aldermen, shall appoint, under Two fit Captains, Two hundred and Forty able armed Men, of the Inhabitants of the Town, to perform military Duty by Thirty at a time, for the Space of Twenty-four Hours; from the Twentieth of this Instant May, till the first of September next ensuing.
The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do hereby Order and Ordain, That Stephen Estwick, one of the Commissioners of the Custom, do forthwith provide for the Soldiers of the Garison of Gloucester, Coats, Shirts, Shoes, and Knapsacks; and that, for that Purpose, One thousand Two hundred and Eighty Pounds shall be paid unto the said Stephen Estwick, by the Committee of the King's Revenue, of the first Money that shall come out of the Seizures concerning prohibited Goods, or Nonpayment of Customs, to be forfeited to the King; and payable to the said Committee of the Revenue; the said Stephen Eastwick, first shewing to the said Committee a Note, under the Hands of Nathaniel Stephens, Thomas Hodges, and Thomas Pury, Esquires, of the Delivery of the said Coats, Shirts, Shoes, and Knapsacks, for the Use of the said Garison: Which Note shall be a sufficient Warrant to the said Committee to pay the said One thousand Two hundred and Eighty Pounds unto the said Stephen Estwick, out of such Monies as shall arise out of such Goods, as shall be from henceforth discovered to be forfeited to the State, as prohibited Goods, or for Non-payment of Customs.