Die Veneris, 22 Septembris, 1648.
AN Ordinance for Discharge of the Commissioners of
the Excise for their Accompts, commencing the
Twenty-ninth of September 1645, and ending the Twentyninth of September 1646, was this Day read; and, upon
the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Mr. Miles Corbett is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, upon the Question, That Mr. Ellison, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into the Country.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Page and Dr.
The Lords have sent unto you Two Petitions: The
one concerning Charles Moore and John Moore, Orphans
of Arthur Moore, Son to the Lord Viscount Moore; the
other concerning the poor Widows in Ireland: Which
they desire you to take into your serious Consideration.
The Lords command us to put you in mind of the
Order for printing, and Title of the lesser Catechism,
that the said Catechism may be forthwith printed and
published: And of a Petition of Dr. Chamberlayne; which
they desire you to take into Consideration.
C. and J. Moore.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
poor distressed Protestants of Ireland, where Mr. Annesley
has the Chair, to consider of the sad and indigent Condition of Charles and John Moore, the Orphans of Arthur
Moore, Son to the Lord Viscount Moore, How there may
be some Means provided for their Subsistence and Education; and to report it to the House on Friday Morning
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for poor
distressed Protestants, that are come out of Ireland, where
Mr. Annesley has the Chair, to consider of the Petition
of those poor Widows, now read, whose Husbands lost
their Lives in the Parliament Service in Ireland; to state
the whole Matter of Fact, together with their Opinions
of some Course for their Relief.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
maimed Soldiers, to send down such maimed Soldiers
unto their Countries, as are cured, that they may receive
their Pensions, according to Ordinance of Parliament;
and to take Care, that the rest be provided for, and be
sent to Hospitals: And that Colonel Birch be added to
the said Committee for maimed Soldiers.
An Order for printing the shorter Catechism, and the
Title thereto, were read; and agreed unto, with the Addition of a Proviso for the Continuance of restraining the
Printing of this Catechism, that it shall continue for a
Twelvemonth, and no longer: And
It is Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired
Baths and Bath Stones.
An Ordinance, formerly sent from the Lords, for
granting to Dr. Peter Chamberlaine the sole Making of
Baths and Bath Stones, within the Kingdoms of England
and Ireland, and Dominion of Wales, for Fourteen Years,
was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon
the Question, committed unto Mr. Wheeler, Colonel
Birch, Sir Ben Rudyard, Colonel Copley, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Annesley, Sir John Trevour, Sir
Wm. Waller, Mr. Knightley, Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Green,
Mr. Ashe, Colonel Ludlow, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Symonds Dewes, Colonel Rigby, Mr. Holland, Mr. Lisle,
Mr. Bond, Mr. Povey, Mr. Peck, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir
Robert Pye, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Lister, Dr. Palmer; or any
Five of them: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two
of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have Power
to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has taken the Particulars of this Message into Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their
Detention of a Ship.
Upon Report from the Committee of the Navy, to
whom the Business concerning the Stay of the Ship with
Firelocks, otherwise called Barbary Guns, stayed at
Dartmouth. . . .;
It is Ordered, That the said Ship, together with the
said Firelocks, or Barbary Guns, be forthwith released
Ordered, That the growing Interest from this Day, for
the Four thousand Pounds appointed to the Lady Brook,
be charged upon the Sequestration of Sir Edward Bishop's
Estate; and the Order so amended.
And it was so amended accordingly; and carried to
the Lords for their Concurrence, by Mr. Gurdon.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare and order,
That no Person or Persons whatsoever, within any the
Counties in the Kingdom of England, or Dominion of
Wales, that are ill-affected to the Proceedings of Parliament, and have shewn their Disaffection in any the late
Insurrections, or otherwise shall be in the Commission of
the Peace, or be Deputy Lieutenants, or of any Committee, or be Commissioners, or be in any other publick
Trust or Employment.
Well-affected of Essex.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this
House that are of the County of Essex, or any Three of
them, to deliver, unto the Commissioners of the Great
Seal, the Names of Persons well-affected to the Proceedings of Parliament, sit to be in Commission: And that
the Names of all others be left out.
Ordered, That Captain Mathew Draper's Petition be
read To-morrow Morning.
Whereas a Commission was lately issued, under the
Seal of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer, unto Edward
Watkins Esquire, and others, Commissioners for Discovery of Transporters of Coin and Bullion, and of several
other Deceits practised upon the Coins of this Kingdom:
And whereas it may so fall out, that some Persons of
meaner Condition, who are themselves, in some sort,
guilty of Transporting of Coin and Bullion, or have been
employed by others for the Buying up of Coin, to be
transported; or for culling the weightiest Coin, to the
end the same might, for Gain, be melted down again, or
for Clipping, or Washing, of Coin, may, and would discover divers others, greater or more subtle Offenders,
which would be a good Service in them to the Commonwealth, were it not for the Greatness of the Penalties and
Forseitures, which, upon their Confessions, they will be
liable unto: It is therefore thought fit, and Ordered, That
every Person and Persons, making any such Discovery of
such other Offenders, shall (upon a Certificate under the
Hands and Seals of the Commissioners in the aforesaid
Commission named, or any Two or more of them, whereof the said Edward Watkyns to be one, with the Approbation of the Attorney, or Solicitor General, for the Time
being, made, and delivered unto the Barons of the Exchequer for the Time being, of such Discovery of such
other Offenders) be, by the said Barons, discharged and
freed of and from all Penalties and Forfeitures to be imposed on him or them, for so much as he or they shall so
confess, and as shall or may concern him or themselves
only, and no more: And his Majesty's Attorney and
Solicitor General for the Time being, respectively, are
not to proceed against any the said Person or Persons, for
or by reason of the Premises, but that the said Parties so
declaring as aforesaid, be discharged by the said Attorney
or Solicitor's Confession, or otherwise, according to
Course of the said Court of Exchequer in the like Cases.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That no private Business be entertained for
Fourteen Days now next ensuing, either upon Motion of
any Member of the House, or upon Message from the
Ordered, That the Letter from the Army, for collecting the Assessments, be read, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Whereas the Receipts of divers Rates of Excise, and
new Impost set and imposed by Four several Ordinances
of the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament;
that is to say, the First of the said Ordinances concerning
the Eleventh of September, which was in the Year of our
Lord God 1643, and is commonly called the Grand Excise; the Second of the said Ordinances, bearing Date the
Ninth Day of January, in the said Year 1643; the Third
of said Ordinances, bearing Date the Eighth Day of July,
which was in the Year of our Lord God 1644; and the
Fourth of the said Ordinances, bearing Date the Twentyfourth Day of November, which was in the Year of our
Lord God 1645; to have Continuance for one whole
Year, from the Times of the Commencement of the said
Four several Ordinances respectively; have, sithence, by
several other Ordinances of the said Lords and Commons;
been continued in the Hands, and under the Regulation,
Order, and Government of the Commissioners in the said
first-recited Ordinance of the Eleventh of September 1643,
named and appointed, and the Survivors of them, in such
manner, and during such time, as, in and by the said several Ordinances, passed for their Continuance accordingly,
is expressed: And whereas by one other Ordinance of the
Lords and Commons, bearing Date the Fourth Day of
October, which was in the Year of our Lord God 1645,
it is ordered and appointed, That all and every the Accompts of the said Excise, and new Impost, should then
all determine upon the Twenty-ninth Day of September
1645, and afterwards quarterly upon the Four usual Feast
Days or Terms of the Year; as by the last-recited Ordinance, Relation being thereunto had, more fully may appear: And whereas, in pursuance thereof, the Accompts
of Thomas Foote, John Kendrick, and Thomas Cullum, and
Symond Edmonds, Esquires, and Aldermen of the City of
London, John Lamott, and Edward Plaxton, of the same,
Esquires, chief Commissioners and Governors, as aforesaid,
of all and every the said Receipts, for one whole Year,
ended the Twenty-ninth of September 1646, upon the said
several Ordinances, of the Eleventh of September, and
Ninth of January 1643; as also upon the said Ordinance
of the Eighth of July 1644; and upon the aforesaid
Ordinance of 24 Novembris 1645, from the Commencement thereof, until the said Twenty-ninth of September
1646; have been duly audited, examined, and pricked
over, with the Vouchers Entries, and Books of Accompts
thereof, in the several . . . . . throughout the Kingdom by
Wm. Bond Esquire, sole Auditor of the said Receipts, in
that Behalf, appointed, according to the Directions prescribed in and by several Ordinances of Parliament:
which said Accounts have been likewise presented by the
said Auditor, upon the Committee of Lords and Commons for regulating the Excise: and by them considered
of, examined, and allowed: Be it therefore Ordained, by
the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That
the said Thomas Foote, John Kendrick, Thomas Cullum,
Simon Edmonds, John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, Chief
Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, their and
every of their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, respectively, hereby now are, and from time to time, and
at all times for ever hereafter, by Authority of Parliament, shall be saved harmless, and defended for and concerning all and every Act and Acts whatsoever, by them,
or any of them, or by their, or any of their Sub-commissioners, Deputies, or Under Officers whatsoever, by their
Direction, or any of them, done or executed, in or concerning the Collecting of the said Rates of Excise, and
new Impost, or in, or concerning the Ordering and Governing thereof: And that the said Thomas Foote, John
Kendrick, Thomas Cullum, Simon Edmonds, John Lamott,
and Edward Claxton, and every of them, their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators respectively, are hereby and
for ever hereafter shall be, acquitted and discharged of
and from all Receipts, Payments, Reckonings, Accompts,
Questions, and Demands whatsoever, of, for, touching,
and concerning the said Four several Ordinances of Parliament herein first recited, for the several Terms before
specified, respectively, ending the Twenty-ninth of September 1646. And, lastly, be it Ordained, by Authority
aforesaid, That the said Thomas Foot, John Kendrick,
Thomas Cullum, Simon Edmonds, John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, and every of them, their Heirs, Executors,
and Administrators, are and shall be liable for such Sums
of Money of the Debts and Surcharges set over insuper,
upon the Sub-commissioners and Debtors in the said Accompt named, and for all such other Sums of Money due
for Excise, by virtue of the said Ordinances until the said
Twenty-ninth of September 1646, before named, as already have, or hereafter shall come to their or any of
their Hands, and no more.