Die Sabbati, 22 Januarii, 1647.
Assessments for Ireland.
THE Grand Committee sat upon the Ordinance for
the Assessments for Ireland.
Mr. Saye in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday Morning next, Mr. Saye
do make Report of the Ordinance for Assessments for
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, the first
Business, the Petition of Mrs. Martha Pygott be read.
Report, &c. deferred.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, Mr.
Wheeler do make Report of the Business concerning a
Debt demanded by the Earl of Northumberland from the
Earl of St. Albans; and of the Business concerning
Suppressing Stage Plays, &c.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be prepared and
brought in for the effectual Suppressing of Stage Plays,
with a severe Penalty upon such as shall offend against it;
and for the Pulling down of the Stages, Galleries, and
Seats; and making all those Houses unfit for Stage Plays:
And the Care of this Business is particularly referred to
Mr. John Stephens: Who is required to bring it in with
Ordered, That all Stage Plays be forthwith suppressed:
And the Justices of Peace, and respective Committees of
the Militia of London, Middlesex, Westminster, Hamlets
of the Tower, and Borough of Southwark, are hereby
authorized and required, in their several and respective
Jurisdictions, to take effectual Course, that all Stage
Plays may be accordingly suppressed.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for the Contractors Salary
be read the Second time on Friday Morning next.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you
these Orders; in which they desire the Concurrence of
this House: 1. An Order to add divers Members of both
Houses to the Committee of Derby House: 2. An Order
for further Power to be given to that Committee: 3. An
Order giving further Authority to search for and apprehend Papists and Soldiers that have borne Arms against
the Parliament: A Report from the Committee appointed
for Reformation of the University of Oxon, declaring the
Earl of Pembroke to be Chancellor there: Which the Lords
have agreed unto; and desire the Concurrence of this
House therein:- An Order for the Sheriff of Suffolk to
have Leave to come to London: In which they desire
the Concurrence of this House:-A Petition of divers of
the King's Servants, for Recompence of their Attendance:
Which they refer to the Consideration of this House. The
Lords desire to put this House in mind of a Petition,
formerly sent from their Lordships, of Major General
Sterling and Lieutenant Colonel Mershall: Which they
desire this House to take into Consideration.
Derby House Committee.
The Order for the Addition of Members of both Houses
to the Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House,
And the Question being propounded, That this House
doth concur with the Lords in this Order;
And the Question being put, Whether this Question
shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And then the Question being put, For concurring with
the Lords in this Order for the Addition of divers Members of both Houses named in the said Order, to the
Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House;
It passed with the Negative.
The Order for giving further Power to the Committee
of Lords and Commons, sitting at Derby House, was read:
It is Resolved, &c. That These Words, in the Ninth
Line, "and Foreign Invasions," be left out.
Resolved, &c. That, after the Word "Insurrections,"
in the Sixth Line, "and Tumults" be added.
Resolved, &c. That, after the Word "Berwick," in
the Eighth Line, these Words be added, "and to that
Purpose have Power to give Order and Direction to all
the Militias and Forces of the Kingdom."
The Question being put, For committing this Order;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the
Lords in this Order, thus amended.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired
in these Amendments.-
Sheriff of Cardigan.
Ordered, That the Report concerning the Sheriff of
Cardigan be made on Friday Morning next.-
An additional Ordinance for giving Power to the Justices
of Peace, and respective Committees for the Militias of
London, Middlesex, Westminster, and Borough of Southwarke, to search for Papists and Delinquents, according to
the Ordinance of decimo septimo Decembris 1647, now
sent from the Lords, was read; and, upon the Question,
Chancellor of Oxford University.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, That the Earl of Pembroke is Chancellor of the
University of Oxon; and is declared so to have continued,
notwithstanding the pretended Election of the Marquis of
The humble Petition of the Gentlemen and others now
attending his Majesty, by Appointment (a List of whom
is annexed), now sent from the Lords, was read.
Mr. Speaker likewise informed the House, That he had
received a Letter from divers of the said Gentlemen, with
a Petition and Schedule annexed.
Ordered, That the Consideration of this Petition, and
of the Persons named and mentioned in the List annexed,
be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, together
with the Commissioners employed to the King to
Newcastle: And Sir Wm. Constable is added, as to this
Sheriff of Suffolk.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament
assembled, That Thomas Kerige Esquire, nominated and
appointed, by both Houses of Parliament, to be Sheriff
of the County of Suffolk, shall have Liberty to come to
London, upon his present Occasions.
Somersett House Chapel.
Ordered, That the Committee at Somerset House be
hereby authorized and required to break open the Locks
and Doors of the Chapel at Somersett House; and to prepare and fit the said Chapel with a Pulpit, Seats, and other
decent Accommodations, for the preaching and hearing
the Word of God preached there: And that the said Committee do take into their Custody such Furniture and other
Goods that are there; and make Sale of such thereof as
they shall think fit; and, out of the Proceed thereof, to
pay for the fitting and accommodating the said Chapel:
And that they do take care, that such Goods and Furniture
as shall not be sold by their Order, may be carefully said
up and preserved.
Petitions to be read.
Ordered, That Mr. Annesley do, on Thursday Morning
next, make Report of the Business concerning Major
General Sterlyng and Lieutenant Colonel Marshall: And
that then the Petition concerning them be read.
It is further Ordered, That, at the same time, the Reports and Petitions in divers Members Hands, concerning
Ireland, be made, and read.
Grant to Blundell.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be
paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for
Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall, unto Sir Arthur
Blundell, upon Account, for his present Subsistence.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, the Ordinance
concerning Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne be read.
Petition to be read.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, the Petition
in Mr. Boys his Hand, concerning Mrs. *, be read.
An Ordinance for authorizing and requiring the Trustees
for the Sale of Bishops Lands to allow and pay unto Edward Mabbe the yearly Pension of Fourscore Pounds and
Ten Shillings, in Satisfaction of his Patent, for Life,
granted by the late Archbishop of Canterbury, and Dean
and Chapter of Canterbury, was this Day read; and,
upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto
the Lords for their Concurrence.
Money in Leech's Hands.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sequestration, at
Chichester in the County of Sussex, do permit and suffer
Mrs. Mary Leech, the Widow of Mr. John Leech, deceased,
to detain and keep in her Hands, for the Space of Six
Months longer, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, being a Debt
discovered by her said Husband to be owing to one
Busbidge Churcher, a Delinquent, and left sequestered
in the said Leeche's Hands, by Order of the said Committee at Chichester.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And as
to the Order for giving further Power to the Committees of the Militia to search for and apprehend Papists
and Soldiers that have been in Arms against the Parliament; to the Order for declaring the Earl of Pembroke
Chancellor of the University of Oxon; to the Order for
the Sheriff of Suffolk to have Leave to come to London,
they do agree: To the rest, they will send Answer by
Messengers of their own.