Die Sabbati, 19 Februarii, 1647.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That, Mr. Purefoy and Mr. Charles
Vaughan, Members of this House, shall have Leave
to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the Alum Business be reported on
Thursday Morning next.
The House being informed, That Mr. Toomes, the Surveyor General of the Customs, was at the Door, with the
State of the Receipts and Disbursements of the Commissioners of the Customs, from 25 Februarii 1644 to the
Twenty-fifth of December 1647; upon the Foot of which
Accompt appears to be received, the Sum of Seven hundred and Thirty thousand One hundred Forty-six Pounds
One Shilling and Elevenpence Half-peny: Disbursed
the Sum of Seven hundred and Ninety-four thousand
Eight hundred Fifty-seven Pounds Four Shillings and
Five-pence Three Farthings; so that there remains owing to the Commissioners, to balance this Accompt, the
Sum of Sixty-four thousand Seven hundred and Eleven
Pounds Two Shillings and Six-pence Farthing;
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs may
have a Copy of this Accompt: And that they do, on
Thursday next, or sooner, if it may be, give their Answer
to the House, in Writing, to this Accompt.
Ordered, That Mr. Toomes, the Surveyor General of the
Customs, do prepare a State of all the Receipts and Disbursements of the former several and respective Commissioners or Receivers of the Customs, respectively, that have
been employed in that Service since the first Sitting of this
Parliament, in like manner as he hath stated the Accompt
of the Receipts and Disbursements of the present Commissioners: And that he do present the same to the
House, so stated, with all convenient Speed.
An Ordinance for securing the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds, payable, by former Ordinance, to the Committee of the Eastern Association; and for the Borrowing
of the same, and advancing it, for the Use and Service of
the Navy; was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
An Ordinance for securing unto the Committee of the
Eastern Association, the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds,
and for charging the same with Interest, payable every Six
Months, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. was
this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and
ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for securing the Commissioners of Excise the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, advanced and lent
by them, for the Use of the Navy, was this Day read.
The Question being put, For agreeing to the last Clause
of the said Ordinance in hæc verba; viz. "It is likewise
Ordained, That the Commissioners shall continue in the
Employment, and shall not be dismissed or amoved from
the same, until they be reimbursed the foresaid Ten
thousand Pounds, and all other Sum and Sums of Money
which they have already advanced, or shall, at any time,
or times hereafter, further advance, for the Service of
the Parliament, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight
per Cent. per Annum;
It passed with the Negative; and is ordered to be put
out of the said Ordinance.
The said Ordinance (the said Clause being leftout),
upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto
the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Myles Corbett is appointed to carry this and the
other Ordinances this Day passed, touching the Eastern
Association, to the Lords, on Monday next.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the
present Commissioners of the Excise shall not be removed
out of the said Employment, until they be reimbursed
the Ten thousand Pounds now lent by them, for the Use
of the Navy, with the Interest due for the same, after
the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum.
Merchant Adventurers Loan.
Ordered, That Mr. Beddingfield do repair to the Merchant Adventurers, and know their Answer touching the
Loan of Ten thousand Pounds, and what Security they
Customs and Excise.
Resolved, &c. That every Tuesday and Thursday the
House do take into Consideration the regulating, advancing, and improving the Revenue of the Customs, and
the Revenue of the Excise; and likewise all other the
Revenue of the Kingdom, to the best Advantage of the
Parliament: And that the House enter upon this Consideration on Tuesday next, the first Business.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, and the Committee of Plymouth, to meet this Afternoon, and to confer with the Treasurers at Wars for the
present Advance of Six thousand Pounds, for the present
Use of the Garison of Plymouth, upon the Credit of the
general Receipts of the Army: And that the Committee
of Plymouth do use their best Endeavours to make speedy
Return of the said Six thousand Pounds, out of the Ten
thousand Pounds for Plymouth in the County of Devon, in
such Manner as shall be agreed upon by the Committee
of the Army, and the Committee of Plymouth.
Sale of Guard Coats
The Question being put, That it be referred to the
Committee of Whitehall, to make Sale of the Guard Coats,
at Whitehall, to the best Advantage; and out of the Proceed thereof, to provide Fire, Candle and other Necessaries for the Soldiers of Whitehall and the Mewse;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Wm. Massam,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yea,
Sir Thomas Dacres,
||Tellers for the Noes:
|Sir Anthony Irby,
||With the Noe,
So that the Question passed with the Negative.
Dymock's, &c. Arrears.
The Petition of Captain Humfrey Dymock, Captain
Anthony Masham, and Lieutenant Prescott, was this Day
read, for Payment of their Arrears out of a Delinquent's
Estate, by them to be discovered.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall: And the Committee has
Power to pay them their Arrears, upon the certifying and
stating their Accompts, by the Committee of Accompts,
according to the Ordinances and Instructions in that Behalf: And that the Surplusage that shall accrue to the
State, over and above the Satisfaction of the Arrears of the
said Officers, shall be paid by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to the Committee at Whitehall, and by them
employed for the providing Fire, Candles, and other Necessaries, for the Soldiers at Whitehall and the Mewse.
Sale of Hangings at Whitehall.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Whitehall, to consider of the Hangings at Whitehall, and to
make Sale of such of them as have superstitious and idolatrous Pictures in them; and out of the Proceed thereof,
to provide Fire, Candles, and other Necessaries, for the
Soldiers at Whitehall and the Mewse.
Stationers Company, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Ordinance touching the Company of Stationers, and Printing, be revived;
and do meet on Tuesday next, at Two post meridiem, in
the former Place; and so de die in diem: And the Care of
this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Selden.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, Mr. Whittacre do report the Ordinance for punishing Blasphemies.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, &c. That all the Lawyers, Members of this
House, shall have the Leave of the House, to be absent,
and to go the Circuit.
Resolved, &c. That what Person soever shall discover
the Author or Printer of the vile blasphemous Pamphlets,
the one intituled, "The Parliament's Ten Commandments;
the Parliament's Pater-noster; the Articles of their Faith;"
the other intituled, "Ecce the new Testament of our
Lords and Saviours the House of Commons at Westminster, and the supreme Council at Windsore;" or either
of them; shall have the Sum of One hundred Pounds
bestowed upon him for the same.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports the Ordinance for attainting
David Jenkins, late of Graie's Inn in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, of High Treason, as it is amended by the
said Committee: The which, so amended, was read: And
the Reporter reported the Evidence and Proofs to make
good the Matter of Fact.
Ordered, That Mr. David Jenkins, a Prisoner in Newgate, be brought to the Bar of this House on Monday
Morning next, by Nine of Clock, to answer such Charge
as he shall be charged with by the said House: And the
Keeper of Newgate is hereby strictly required to bring
the said David Jenkins to the Bar, accordingly.