Die Veneris, 17 Martii, 1647.
WHEREAS, by Order of the Eighth of March
1647, it was ordered, That Sir William Man,
Francis Lovelace, and Avery Sabine, should be forthwith
bailed; and it was referred to the Two next Justices of the
Peace in the County of Kent, to take their Ball accordingly: It is this Day Ordered, That it be referred to any
Two Justices of the Peace in the County of Kent, forthwith
to bail the said Sir William Man, Francis Lovelace, and
Ordered, That, in the Order of Fifteenth Martii, the
Commissioners of the Great Seal therein named, be authorized to sign, as well as to seal Commissions, Patents, &c.
An Ordinance for paying unto Major George Wither
the Sum of One thousand Six hundred Eighty-one Pounds
Sixteen Shillings and Eight-pence, out of the Receipts of
the Excise, in Course, in Satisfaction of his Arrears, was
this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for paying unto Sir Charles Coote the Sum
of Two thousand Pounds, with Interest for the same, payable every Six Months, to be accounted in Part of his
Arrears, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
Consession of Faith.
According to former Order, the House proceeded to
the further Consideration of the humble Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning a Confession of Faith; and
resumed the Consideration of the Eighth Paragraph of the
First Chapter, intituled, "Of the Holy Scripture:" And
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the
said Eighth Paragraph, in these Words; viz.
"The Old Testament, in Hebrew (which was the Native Language of the People of God, of old), and the
New Testament, in Greek (which, at the Time of the
Writing of it, was most generally known to the Nations),
being immediately inspired by God, and by His singular
Care and Providence kept pure in all Ages, are therefore
authentical; so as in all Controversies of Religion the Church
is finally to appeal unto them: But, because these original
Tongues are not known to all the People of God, who
have Right unto, and Interest in the Scriptures, and are
commanded, in the Fear of God, to read and search
them; therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar
Language of every Nation unto which they come; that the
Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner; and, through Patience
and Comfort of the Scriptures, may have Hope."
The House proceeded to the Consideration of the Title
of the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning a
Confession of Faith.
The Question was propounded, That these Words,
"A Confession of Faith," be in the Question:
And the Question being put, Whether this Question
shall be put;
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
Sir Richard Houghton,
||Tellers for the Noe:
||With the Noe,
Sir Walt. Erle,
||Tellers for the Yea:
||With the Yea,
So that the Question passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That This shall be the Title; "Articles
of Christian Religion, approved and passed by both Houses
of Parliament, after Advice had with the Assembly of
Divines by Authority of Parliament sitting at Westminster."
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords,
upon the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning
a Confession of Faith: And that the Alterations and
Omissions made in the same, by this House, be declared
and delivered at that Conference.
Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Rous, Sir Wm. Erle, and Mr. Boyes,
appointed Managers of this Conference.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Love carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence,
an additional Ordinance for raising Eight thousand Pounds
per Annum, for the Prince Elector: Order for calling
in the Letters Patents granted to Sir John Gibson, for the
sole Making and Sale of Alums: Order for Fourteen
hundred and Forty Pounds Seven Shillings Seven-pence
to be paid to Captain Samuell Gardiner: Order for
Interest of Fourteen hundred and Forty Pounds Seven
Shillings Seven-pence to be paid to Captain Samuell
Gardiner: Order for Seven hundred Pounds to be paid
to Captain Samuell Gardiner: Order for Mr. Sallway
senior, to be restored to the Office of Remembrancer in
the Exchequer: Order for pardoning Sir Humble Ward:
Order for pardoning the Delinquency of Sir John Fitzherbert and Sir Andrew Knifton: Two Orders for Payment of the Sum of Nineteen thousand Two hundred and
Fifty Pounds Six Shillings and Three-pence to Richard
Turner, Maurice Gethin, Tempest Milner, and Richard
Wollaston; viz. One Moiety out of the Grand Excise, in
Course; and the other out of the Receipts at GoldsmithsHall: Ordinance for paying the Sum of Sixteen hundred
Eighty-one Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Eight-pence
unto Major Wither: Ordinance authorizing Henry Earl
of Kent, and Wm. Lord Grey of Warke, until the Tenth
of April next, to sign and seal Commissions, Patents, &c.:
An additional Ordinance for Explanation of former
Orders for Sale of Bishops Lands: Ordinance for proportioning Reversions unto Possessions of Bishops Lands
after the Rate of Ten Years Purchase: Order, Sir Antho
Irby to be added to the Committee of Westminster-College: Ordinance for Payment of Two thousand Pounds
to Sir Charles Coote.
Mr. Love brings Answer, That the Lords do concur
in the Order for authorizing the Commissioners of the
Great Seal to sign and seal, &c.: And, to the rest, the
Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Consession of Fath.
Ordered, That this Day Fortnight, the House do take
into Consideration, the first Business, those Clauses and
Chapters of the Articles of Christian Religion, that are
not yet assented unto, but respited to further Consideration.
Settling Ministers, &c.
Ordered, That, Friday next, the Ordinance for settling
Ministers in Churches; and for Building and Repair of
Churches, be read: And that no other Matters be taken
into Consideration that Day.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Nelthorpe carried to the Lords the Vote for
enjoining the Judge of the Admiralty to proceed to Judgment in the Case of the Mariners in the Ship Sun: The
Order for Two thousand Pounds to be paid to the Lord
Broghill out of the Excise, in Course: The Order for
adding Mr. Henry Lawrence and Mr. Westrowe to the
Committee of Foreign Plantations.
Mr. Nelthorpe brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to all the Particulars of his Message.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Bennett and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of a
Message formerly sent, touching a Pass for Twenty Horses
for the French King-They have sent the List of the
Commanders of the next Summer's Fleet; which they have
agreed unto:-An Ordinance to make the Lord Broghill
Master of the Ordinance of Ireland, in the place of Sir John
Borlase, lately deceased:-The Lady Borlase her Petition;
which they recommend to the Consideration of this House:
-A Petition of the Earl of Worcester's Daughters:-A
Petition of the Inhabitants of Barton, in Com Lincolne;
and desire to put this House in mind of an Order that was
formerly sent upon the Petition of the said Inhabitants:-
An Order for passing the Grant to Dr. Hill of the Mastership of Trinity-College under the Great Seal.
Transporting Horses to France.
Ordered, That the French Ambassador shall have a Pass
under Mr. Speaker's Hand, for the Transportation of
Twenty Horses for the French King's Service; provided
that they be passed all at one time, and at one Port: And
that he do signify unto Mr. Speaker the Port at which he
intends to pass them; to the end it may be expressed in the
That Care be taken there be but one Copy of this Order
ever given out.
Ordered, That Colonel Bingham and Colonel Sednham
do acquaint the French Ambassador with the Quality of
Monsieur De Shiveries, that pretended some Authority
for Transporting of Horses into France; That he was in
Arms against the Parliament; and, being taken, did break
Prison, and escaped: That, notwithstanding this, the Parliament, out of their Respects to the French King, have
granted his Desires; but withal desire, That Persons that
have been such Enemies to the Parliament, may not, in
Affront to them, be employed upon such Occasions.
Ordered, That Sir Anthony Irby do bring in an Ordinance for the Lord Grey of Warke and Mr. Speaker to
deliver the Seal of the Duchy to Sir Gilbert Gerard.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Plantations, to prepare and bring in an Ordinance for the
Encouragement and Advance of Piety and Learning in
the Plantation of New-England.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Palgrave have Leave to go
into the Country.
Comptroller of Customs.
Whereas Maurice Jones, late Comptroller of the Customs in the Port of Londonderry in Ireland, and Members thereof, is lately dead; and the said Office is now void:
It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament
assembled, That George Downeing, Gentleman, be appointed and constituted Comptroller of the Customs of
Londonderry aforesaid, and Members thereof, in the
place of the said Maurice Jones; to have, and to hold, the
said Office of Comptroller of the Customs of Londonderry, and the Ports adjacent, during the natural Life of
the said George Downeing, with all Fees, Profits, Commodities, and Emoluments, to the said Office of Right belonging, in as large, beneficial, and ample Manner and
Form, to all Intents and Purposes, as the said Maurice
Jones had held, or enjoyed the same.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Lv. Borlase's Claims.
Ordered, That the Committee of Irish Affairs, sitting
in the Star-Chamber do take into their Consideration the
Petition of Dame Alice Borlase; and to examine, What is
due to her; and to state the Case, and report the same to
this House; together with their Opinions for some way of
Relief for her.
Barton upon Humber.
Ordered, That the Ordinance touching the Town of
Barton upon Humber in the County of Lincolne, be referred to the Committee for Burning: Who are to take
. . . same into their Consideration; and to consider of a
way for their Relief, next after such Towns and Places as
have suffered by the Enemy; or that have been burnt,
and ruined by the Forces of the Parliament.
Places burnt by the Enemy.
Ordered, That on Wednesday Sevennight, Mr. Doddridge do bring in the Reports in his Hands, touching
Towns and Places, burned and ruined by the Enemy, or
by the Forces of the Parliament.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Miles Corbett and Colonel Booth
have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Challoner do carry to the Lords the
Impeachments against the Aldermen of the City of London'
passed this House; which Mr. Miles Corbett was formerly
ordered to carry to them.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Bennett and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to return the Ordinance
for providing Arms for Northumberland, and other Northern Counties; with some Amendments: The Ordinance
for Satisfaction of Colonel Whaley's Arrears; with Amendments likewise: In both which they desire the Concurrence
of this House:-A Report from the Committee of Sequestrations, concerning Mr. Robert Harvey: Which the Lords
agree to; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Amendments to the Order for providing of Arms
for Northumberland, Newcastle, &c. were read; and, upon
the Question, assented unto.
The Amendments to the Order for Satisfaction of Colonel Edward Whalleye's Arrears were read; and the First
assented unto; which were for giving Days of Payment
of the Sum mentioned in the Ordinance.
As to the Second,
It is Resolved, &c. That the House will adhere to the
Ordinance as it went from hence. And
It is Ordered, That, at the next Conference that shall be
desired with the Lords, touching the Articles of Christian
Religion, this be communicated to the Lords.
An Ordinance to make the Lord Broghill Master of the
Ordnance in the Kingdom of Ireland, in the place of Sir
John Borlace, deceased, now sent from the Lords, was this
Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Master of Trin. College.
An Order for passing under the Great Seal the Grant
to Doctor Hill, of Master of Trinity College, was read;
and, upon the Question, passed.
The Names of such Persons as are appointed to be Commanders of the Parliament's Ships and Vessels, appointed to
be set forth for the next Summer's Fleet, now sent from
the Lords, were read; and all agreed unto, excepting that
whereas the Lords appointed Captain Ben. Cranley to be
Captain of the Antelope, this House hath appointed Captain Edward Hall; and whereas the Lords appointed Captain John Bowen to be Captain of the Phænix, this House
hath appointed Captain Owen Cox; and Captain John
Bowen Captain of the Recovery; and desire the Lords
The List, so amended, is as followeth; viz.
||Col. Thomas Raineborough, Vice-Adm.
||Captain Henry Bethell, Rear-Admiral.
||Captain John Man.
||Sir Geo. Aiscue.
||Capt. John Crowther, Vice-Ad. of Ireland.
||Colonel Edward Popham.
||Captain Edward Hall.
||Capt. Wm. Penne, Rear-Ad. of Ireland.
||Captain Richard Willoughby.
||Captain Owen Cox.
||Captain John Bowen.
Upon Report now made from the Committee of Lords
and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports:
It is this Day Ordered, That the Pelican Frigate, and an
Irish Man of War, called the Angel, who from that Committee are recommended as very useful Vessels, be added
to the next Summer's Fleet: And that it be referred to
that Committee, to take Order, That they may be fitted
and set forth to Sea, accordingly.
Ordered, That Captain Brookes be recommended to the
Committee, to command One of those Frigates.
Ordered, That on Wednesday Morning next, the first
Business, the additional Ordinance for Ireland, be read and
taken into Consideration.
Earl of Worcester's Daughters.
The humble Petition of Anne and Elizabeth, Daughters
of Edward Earl of Worcester, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee where Mr. Wheeler has the
Chair, to which Committee the Petition of the Lady
Onora Obryan is referred: With an Injunction to that
Committee, to take care of the said Lady Onora Obryan,
that she be provided for, in the first Place; and that then
they consider of some fitting Provision to be made for the
Petitioners; and report it to the House.
Soldiers for Ireland.
Sir William Armyn reports Articles of Agreement between the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at DerbyHouse, and Major Mathias Westmerland, for the carrying
of Six hundred Men into Ireland, for the Regiment of
Colonel Conway: The which were all read; and, upon
the Question, approved of; and ordered to be sent unto
the Lords for their Concurrence.
The said Articles of Agreement follow in hæc verba; viz.
1. The said Major Westmerland doth agree and undertake, with the said Committee, that he will raise and transport Six hundred private Soldiers into Ireland for the
Regiment of Colonel Conway.
2. That the said Six hundred Men shall be at Leverpoole, or Chester, ready to be transported by the Thirtieth
of March present.
3. That they shall not, after that Time, omit any
Opportunity of Wind and Weather for their Transportation.
4. That for the greater Ease of those Parts, at the
Water side, they will, from time to time, embarque, and
take Passage, as there shall be Fifty private Soldiers, or
more, come thither.
5. That they the said private Soldiers, or any of their Officers, shall not take any Free-Quarter; either in their March,
or in their Quarters by the Way, or at the Water-side.
6. That, after they are come to the Water-side, he will
allow and pay Six-pence per diem for every private Soldier for their Quarter, for the Ease and Contentment of
7. That, for Performance hereof, he will give good
1. That he the said Mathias Westmerland may be Major
of the said Regiment.
2. That he may have the Election of Three Captains
(whereof Captain Landon to be One), Three Lieutenants,
Three Ensigns, Twelve Serjeants, Twelve Drums, Fifteen Corporals, and Two Gentlemen at Arms, all to be
approved by this Committee.
3. That himself, and the rest of the Commission-Officers,
may receive Commissions from this Committee.
4. That, for himself, and the rest of the Officers abovementioned, he may have an Assignment of a Month's Pay,
according to the Establishment for Ireland, out of the
Twenty thousand Pounds upon the Excise, in Course.
5. That, for Five hundred private Soldiers, he may
have a Month's Pay, and Five Shillings for each Man, for
their Transportation; for which he is to have the like
Assignment out of the Excise, as aforesaid.
6. That for One hundred private Soldiers, he may
have Fifteen Shillings for each Soldier, ready Money, for
the whole Charge of Raising and Transportation.
7. That, for the Ease and Satisfaction of the Country,
he may have Allowance of Six-pence per diem for every
Soldier that shall come to the Water-side, as abovesaid, after
the Thirtieth Day of March; and, after that the Number
of Fifty shall be come thither, for all the Time they are in
Expectation of Wind and Weather, or of Shipping; to be
likewise assigned out of the Twenty thousand Pounds upon
the Excise, in Course: And the said Assignment to be
made, when the Numbers of Men, and the Time of their
Continuance there, shall be certified by Mr. Charles Whalley, or any other whom this Committee shall appoint for
8. That for all the said Money, which is to be assigned
upon the Excise, he may have the Addition of Ten Pounds
per Cent. and Interest at Eight per Cent. per Annum,
until it shall be paid, in Course.
9. That the Committee will take Order for Shipping
to be ready, either in Chester or Leverpoole Waters, for
their Transportation; he paying the usual Rates for
10. That these Soldiers may be armed at the State's
Charge, either to be sent from hence with them, or else
to be provided for them when they shall come to the
Ordered, That the Monies, now appointed to be issued
out of the Twenty thousand Pounds, formerly charged
upon the Excise, in Course, for Supply of the Forces in
Lemster, for the Advance of the Forces agreed by Major
Mathias Westmerland to be transported into Ireland, be
repaid unto the said Province of Lemster, out of the first
Monies that shall come in for Ireland.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired in this Order, and
the precedent Articles.
Ordered, That the House, at Rising, do adjourn
itself till Monday Morning next, Eight of Clock: And
that, notwithstanding this Adjournment, the Grand Committee for the Fens do meet To-morrow, at Eight of
Clock: And that all other Committees do likewise meet,
notwithstanding the Adjournment.
Sir Thomas Hampson, &c.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, the first Business,
peremptorily after the Reports at Goldsmiths Hall, the
Report concerning Sir Thomas Hampson be made: And
that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof: And that
he do then likewise put the House in mind of the
Engagements of the Chesheir Gentlemen.
Scotts Officers Arrears.
An Ordinance for paying out of the Receipts of the
Excise, in Course, the Sum of Thirteen thousand Seven
hundred and Seventy-four Pounds Seven Shillings and
Halfpeny to certain Scotts Officers, contained in a List reported by Mr. Swynfen, in full of the Arrears due to the
said Officers, upon their Entertainment in the Service of
the Parliament, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned to the First Message; That this House
has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the
Pass for Twenty Horses for the French King; to the List
of the Commanders of the next Summer's Fleet, except the
Ship Antilop, and the Phenix; to the Ordinance for making
the Lord Broghill, Master of the Ordnance in Ireland;
to the Ordinance for passing the Grant of the Mastership
of Trinity College to Dr. Hill; they do agree: To the
rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned to the Second Message; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as
to the Amendments in the Ordinance concerning the
Arms for Northumberland, &c. they do agree: To the
rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Lord Wharton's Acquittance.
The humble Petition of Phillipp Lord Wharton, was
this Day read.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in
Parliament, That the Lord Wharton, and his Assigns, be
and hereby are fully acquitted and discharged of and from
the Sum of Two thousand Pounds, lent and furnished
unto him for Supply of his present Necessities, upon an
Order of both Houses, of 17 Julii 1645, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for advance of Monies
sitting at Haberdashers Hall; and of and from all Demands whatsoever, for or in respect of the said Two
thousand Pounds, so lent and furnished, as aforesaid:
And the said Committee, and all others whom it doth or
may concern, are hereby required to take Notice hereof;
and to acquit and discharge the said Lord Wharton, and
his Assigns, accordingly; the said Order, or any Thing
to the contrary hereof in any wise notwithstanding.
The Lords Concurrence, &c.
According to Order, the House adjourned till
Monday next; Eight of Clock.