Die Martis, 4 Januarii, 1647.
Mr. John Ashe reports Fines and Compositions from
the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall: Whereupon
it is resolved, as followeth; viz.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum
of Eight hundred Sixty-six Pounds, for a Fine, for the
Delinquency of Edward Berkley, of Pull, alias Pill, in the
County of Somersett, Esquire: His Offence, That he was
in Arms against the Parliament: He rendered before December 1645: His Estate, for his Life, in Possession, per
Annum, Two hundred Pounds; in Reversion, per Annum,
Three hundred Sixty-six Pounds; for Twenty-seven Years
yet to come, per Annum, Three hundred Pounds: For
which his Fine, at a Tenth, is Eight hundred and Sixty-six Pounds.
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Edward Berkley, of Pull alias Pill, in Com' Somerset, Esquire, for his
Delinquency, and for taking off the Sequestration of his
Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the
Sum of Four hundred Twenty-four Pounds, for a Fine,
for the Delinquency of John Martin, of Yarcombe in the
County of Devon, Esquire: His Offence, That he adhered
unto and assisted the Forces raised against the Parliament:
He rendered upon the Articles of Exeter: His Estate, in
Fee, per Annum, One hundred and Eighty Pounds; for
Three Lives, per Annum, Twenty Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence; for a Thousand Years, per Annum,
Five Pounds; for Two Lives, per Annum, Five Pounds
Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence; for Seventeen Years,
per Annum, Twenty Pounds; charged with a Mortgage of
One hundred Pounds, which is forfeited and seized: So
the Fine remains at a Tenth, Four hundred and Twentyfour . . . . . . .
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto John Martin,
of Yarcombe in the County of Devon, Esquire, for his
Delinquencies, and for taking off the Sequestration of his
Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed;
and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum
of Three hundred and Thirty Pounds, for a Fine, for the
Delinquency of Gyles Penny, of East Quanticks in the
County of Somersett, Gentleman: His Offence, That he
was in Arms against the Parliament: He rendered upon
the Taking of Bridgwater: His Estate, for his Wife's
Life, per Annum, Two hundred and Ten Pounds; in old
Rents, per Annum, Forty Pounds: For which his Fine,
at a Tenth, is Three hundred and Thirty Pounds.
It is ordered to be reported to the House, before any
Fine be paid; "And further, that Mr. Penny hath, since his
Render upon the Taking of Bridgwater, as aforesaid, been
Two Years in Arms for the Service of the Parliament."
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Gyles Penny,
of East Quanticks in the County of Somersett, Gentleman,
for his Delinquency, and for taking off the Sequestration
of his Estate was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, after the
Reports at Goldsmiths Hall, the Petition of the East India
Company, and the Business concerning the Navy, be
Carisbrooke Castle, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, and the Committee of the Navy (joined as to this
Business), to meet this Afternoon; and to take care, that
the Castle of Carisbrooke may be speedily furnished with
Victuals, and other Necessaries; and that Carriages be
provided for mounting the Ordnance in the Castle of Carisbrook, and in the other Forts and Castles of the Isle of
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to take Care that the Monies may be ready in the
several Counties, for disbanding the Supernumeraries; and
that they take care of putting in Execution all other Things,
in order and relation to the Perfecting of that Work, for
Disbanding of Supernumeraries.
Resident to Holland.
Ordered, That Mr. Walter Strickland, Resident for the
Parliament with the States of the United Provinces, be
required, by Letter, forthwith to repair into Holland, to
his Employment there.
Mr. Fenwick is appointed to prepare this Letter.
Resolved, &c. That the Fine of Three hundred and
Thirty Pounds, set upon Gyles Penny, be remitted unto
him, in full Satisfaction of his Arrears grown due since
his Service to the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Aldworth, Mr. Crowther, Mr.
James Nelthorpe, Mr. Snelling, Colonel Thomson, Colonel
Birch, Mr. Pury, be added to the Committee of Excise.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired
Dr. Usher, &c.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the Petition
of Dr. James Usher, and the Report concerning Mr. Rigby,
be read and considered.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Levant Company be
read on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Knights of the Shire, and Burgesses
of the Western Counties, do take out from the Committee
of the Army the Letters and Books that are to be sent
into those several Counties, for bringing in the Six Months
Assessments: And that they take effectual Care speedily
to send them into those Counties.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, Mr. Whittacre make Report of the Welsh Sheriffs: And that then a
Conference he desired, for settling the Business of Sheriffs.
Message to Lords.
According to Order Yesterday made, Mr. Lisle carried
to the Lords the Votes Yesterday passed concerning Addresses to the King; and concerning the Committee at
Mr. Speaker left the Chair, to the end all the Members might accompany this Message.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of
a late Conference which they had, touching Colonel
Rainsborough not going to Sea; to which they have had
yet no Answer.
Ordered, That this Business be taken into further Consideration on Monday Morning next.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and have
appointed a Time to take it into speedy Consideration.
Committee of Grievances.
Mr. Rigby, Mr. Scott, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Marten, Mr.
Ashurst, Colonel Birch, Alderman Pennyngton, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Reynolds, Sir John Evelyn, Sir Wm. Massam,
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Colonel Ludlow, Sir Thomas Wrothe,
Colonel Morley, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Foxwist,
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Annesley, Mr. Salloway
junior, Mr. Nath. Stephens, Mr. Myles Corbett, Mr. Robert
Goodwyn, Mr. Vachell, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Bois, Mr.
John Stephens, Sir Francis Pyle, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Sir Roger North, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Hallowes, Mr.
Hoyle, Mr. Hill, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Hatcher, Sir John
Boywer, Sir Edward Hungerford, Mr. Bedding field, Mr.
Green, Mr. Rolle, Major General Skippon, Mr. * Boone,
Mr. Holland, Colonel Purefoy, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr.
Pyne, Major General Browne, Mr. Hay, Mr. Challoner,
Mr. Cawley, Mr. Long, Sir Edw. Partherich, Mr. Pierrepoint, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Trevour, Mr.
Povey, Colonel Apsley, Colonel White, Mr. Prideaux, Sir
Henry Mildmay, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Edward Ashe, Sir
Thomas Soame, Mr. Aldworth, Mr. Stockdale, Mr. Thorpe,
Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Hunt, Mr. Westrow, Mr. Rose,
Mr. Toll, Sir John Trecour, Mr. Selden, Mr. Whittacre,
Lord Carre, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir Tho. Trevour,
Mr. Ellis, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr.
Blakiston, Mr. Stapilton, Mr. Stapilton junior, Mr. Jones,
Mr. Crowther, Mr. Shuttleworth, Sir John Temple, Mr.
Dodderidge, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Priestley, Mr. Gell, Sir
Wm. Brereton, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. John Carey, Mr.
Grove, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Wingate, Mr. Maynard, Mr.
Bulkley, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Twisden;
This Committee is appointed to meet this Afternoon
at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de
die in diem: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Rigby and Mr. Thomas Scott: And
this Committee is to consider of such Grievances as have
been promised to the People to be redressed; and of such
Ease as is fit to be given, in relation to their Burdens,
their Freedoms, and Liberties; and of Reforming of Courts
of Justice, and Proceedings at Law, and in Matters of
Trade, and of all other Things of publick Concernment,
which they shall hold fit for the Good and Weal of the
People: And that they prepare Bills or Ordinances for the
same; and present them to the House. And this Committee hath Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers,
Privilege of Parliament.
An Order concerning the Members of this House laying
down their Privilege, was this day read the Second time.
And the Question being put, For the Commitment
It passed with the Negative.
And then the Order, upon the Question, passed; and
was in hæc verba; viz.
The Commons, in this present Parliament assembled,
having a tender Regard to the general Good of this
Kingdom, and considering the many weighty Affairs which
hath prolonged this present Session of Parliament; during
which Time, by reason of the Privileges of Parliament,
the Prosecution of just Suits may be too much delayed;
for the present Remedy whereof, the said Commons, being
willing to forbear for some time their own Interest and
Privilege, for the publick Good, do Order, and be it
Ordered, by the Commons, in this present Parliament
assembled, That no Person or Persons, under the Authority of the said House, except the Members thereof, shall,
from the Twentieth Day of this Instant Januarii, Anno
Domini 1647, during this present Session of Parliament,
have any Protection or Immunity, by reason of any Privilege of the said House of Parliament, or derived from
the Members thereof, or any of them, in any Action or
Suit for Debt, or any Action or Suit, grounded upon any
Right or Title to any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments; or upon any Contract upon Borrowing or Lending, or Buying or Selling; or grounded upon any Security
given, or to be given, by Lease, Mortgage, or otherwise,
for any Sum or Sums of Money. And it is hereby further Ordered, during this present Session of Parliament, in
the Cases aforesaid, that the Members of the said House
of Parliament, and every of them, their Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Goods and Chattels, shall be subject
to any Action, Suit, Process, Execution, Decree, or other
Demand whatsoever, in Law or Equity (so that the same
extend not to the Imprisonment or Arrest of the Person),
or to Prosecution upon any Penal Law. And be it further
Ordered, That every Member of this House, having Process delivered him for Appearance in the Cases aforesaid,
do accordingly make his Appearance; or, in Default,
this House, on Complaint thereof, will take such Course
therein, as to Justice shall appertain.
Ordered, That this Order be printed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Complaints, to receive the Complaints against such Members
of this House, who having Process delivered them for
Appearance in the Cases mentioned in the Order this
Day made concerning the Privilege of Members, do make
Default therein; and report the same to the House; to
the end Course may be taken therein, in such manner as
the House shall think fit.
Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hill, Mr. Reynolds, are appointed
to prepare and bring in an Ordinance, To-morrow Morning, for making the Members of both Houses liable to
Suits upon Debts, notwithstanding the Privilege of Parliament.