Die Veneris, 2 Martii, 1648.
A LETTER from the General, of 20 February 1648,
touching Five hundred Pounds borrowed of the
Sub-Commissioners of Excise, at York, for Defence of
the City of Yorke, was this Day read.
Whereas, at the Beginning of the last Summer's
Troubles, when the Enemy appeared in Arms in the
County of York, the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the
City of York were necessitated, for the Service of the Parliament, in the present Defence of that City against Surprisal, to take up, of the Sub Commissioners of Excise,
in that City, Five hundred Pounds of the Monies collected for Excise; and to give Bond to the said Sub
Commissioners for Repayment thereof: Be it therefore
Enacted and Ordained, by this present Parliament, and
by the Authority of the same, That the said Sub Commissioners of Excise do forthwith deliver up the said Bond
unto the said Lord Mayor and Aldermen of York: And
the Chief Commissioners of Excise, and also the said Sub
Commissioners of Excise, are hereby discharged and acquitted of and from the said Five hundred Pounds: And
the Auditor and Comptroller of Excise are hereby authorized and required to make Allowance thereof, upon their
respective Accompts, accordingly.
Mr. Serjeant Widdrington reports Amendments to the
Act touching compounding with Delinquents in the Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland, the
County of Durham, the Town and County of Newcastle
upon Tyne, and the Town of Berwick upon Tweede; and
their Compositions to be disposed of to the Paying and
Disbanding of the late-raised Forces in the said respective
Counties and Places; and for discharging the other publick Engagements of the respective Counties and Places
aforesaid; together with the Names of Commissioners to
be therein named: Which were this Day read; and, upon
the Question, assented unto; and some Ommissions and
Amendments offered at the Table.
And the said Act, so amended, being put to the Question, passed.
D. Moreton's Arrears.
Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds, Part
of the Fine of Sir Wm. Darcy, a Delinquent, be forthwith paid unto Dr. Moreton, late Bishop of Durham, or
his Assigns, towards the Arrears of the Eight hundred
Pounds per Annum granted to him by the Parliament:
And that the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall do pay the
same accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances
of the said Dr. Moreton, testifying the Receipt thereof,
shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said
Committee, and to their Treasurer, and to such other Person or Persons as shall pay the same.
Leave to examine a Member.
Ordered, That the High Court of Justice have Leave to
examine Mr. Scott, a Member of this House, as a Witness, upon the Tryal of the Delinquents.
Lord Paulett, &c.
Ordered, That the Business of the Lord Paulett and
Sir John Paulett be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Monday Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Love, Colonel Moore, Mr. Blakiston,
do prepare on Act for adjourning the Assizes at Lancaster, and the avoiding all Inconveniences that may
happen by the not holding the said Assizes; and report
it to the House.
Ordered, That Captain Greenwood's Troop be continued
for a Month longer; and paid as formerly.
Petition from the Army.
The House being informed, That there were divers
Officers of the Army at the Door;
They were called in: And Colonel Whaley told Mr.
Speaker, That the General Council of Officers of the
Army had sent these Gentlemen, and himself, to present
the House with this Petition; which the General had
likewise recommended by his Letter: And that it is
their Desire, That the House would take it into their
serious, effectual, and speedy Consideration.
The Petitioners being withdrawn, the Letter from the
General, dated 2 Martii 1648; and the said Petition,
which was intituled, " The humble Petition of the General Council of Officers of the Army, under the Command of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax;" were
Resolved, &c. That the Matter contained in the said
Petition, presented from the General Council of the Officers of the Army, be taken into immediate Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker do return Thanks
from this House to the Petitioners.
The Petitioners being again called in, Mr. Speaker
gave them this Answer;
Gentlemen, The House hath read the Letter of the
General, and your Petition, and looked over every Part
of it: I must needs say, and you will wonder at it, I
should tell you so, This Day will be a Day of much Discontent; I mean, to all the common Enemies of You and
Us: But, as to all good Men, that have engaged to carry
on the Good of the Kingdom with us, it will be a great
Rejoicing and Satisfaction, by this your modest and discreet Petition: And, as in yourselves it shews your Moderation; so all those whose Mouths are open to Malice
and Detraction, will see, that both the Army and Parliament are so unanimous in promoting the publick Good:
The Things themselves they consider as Matter of great
Concernment; and intend to take them into immediate
Consideration: And, as you have shewed yourselves in
former Services (for all that you and we do is but Service)
forward and faithful for these your discreet and serious
Representations, they have commanded me to return yo
the heartiest Thanks I can: And accordingly I do give
you the hearty Thanks of this House; and desire you
likewise to return the like hearty Thanks, from this House,
to the General, and to the whole General Council of the
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Commissioners
for Service of the Navy, the Names of Commanders to
go in several Ships.
Resolved, &c. That Sir George Ascue be Admiral of
the Irish Seas, in the Ship called the St. George.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Wyldy do command in the
Leopard, and carry down the Charles into the Downs, for
Captain Moulton: And that the Commissioners that serve
for the Navy, give him a Commission accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Hall be Captain of the
Triumph, wherein the Commissioners for the Service of the
Resolved, &c. That Captain John Peirce be Captain of
the Weymouth Frigate.
The House entering upon the Debate of the Two First
Heads, in the Petition of the General Council of Officers
of the Army, touching Free Quarter, and for Payment
of the Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider, What Forces are now in being in England
and Wales; and what Proportion of those Forces are fit
and necessary to be kept up in England; and what to be
sent into Ireland; and likewise, What the monthly Charges
for the Maintenance of the said Forces will amount unto;
and how they may best be paid, so as all Free Quarter
may be speedily taken off: They are to report the same
to the House on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Council of State do also take into
Consideration something in order to the Supply of the
Forces in Ireland; and present the same to the House
with all convenient Speed.
The Third Particular in the said Petition was read.
An Act for constituting a Committee for taking the
Accompts of all such Persons as have received any publick Monies, by virtue of any Act, Ordinance, or Order
of Parliament, or otherwise, with Instructions for the said
Committee, was this Day read the First and Second time;
and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Allen, Mr.
Holland, Mr. Robinson, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Brewster, Colonel Venne, Mr. Dove, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Garland, Alderman Wilson, Mr. Salway, Mr. Luke Hodges,
Sir Arther Heslerigg, Commissary General Ireton, Mr.
Say, Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Heveningham, Colonel Harrison,
Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr.
James Challener, Colonel Rich, Mr. Lister, Alderman
Atkins, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Ash, Mr. Tho. Challener,
Mr. Scott, Lord Munson, Mr. Massam, Mr. Hum.
Edwards, Mr. Oldsworth, Mr. Burrell, Mr. Nelthorpe,
This Committee, or any Five of them, are to sit in the
Queen's Court, To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two a
Clock; and to sit de die in diem: With Power to send for
Persons, Papers, Witnesses, or any thing else that may
conduce to the Business: And the more particular Care
hereof is referred to Mr. Scott.
Ordered, That the Fourth Clause of the Petition of
the General Council of the Army be referred to the same
Committee; to consider and examine the Abuses concerning clipped Money; and any Practice used by any Persons
in buying up the same at an Undervalue, and putting it
off at the full Value: And they are to peruse the former
Ordinance touching clip't Money; and consider, Wherein
the same is defective; and propound to the House some
Remedies for the said Abuses, and preventing thereof for
the future; and bring in an Act for that Purpose on
The Question being propounded, That Collectors in the
several Counties do not receive any clip't Money; and,
in case they do, they shall make it good;
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed with the Negative.-
Ordered, That Mr. Garland be added to the Committee of Prisoners.-
The Fifth Particular in the said Petition being read,
touching the Accompts of all the Officers and Soldiers who
faithfully served, and constantly adhered to the Commonwealth in this or any other Army, County, or Garison
since the Beginning of this War;
Colonel Wauton reports from the Committee of Accompts for the Soldiery, sitting at Worcester House, the
Reason, Why they cannot proceed in auditing the Accompts, according to an Order of the Twenty-sixth of
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to confer with the Officers of the Army and Soldiers; and call the Auditors to them; and consider of
Obstructions in passing the Accompts; and consider,
How the same may be removed: And, in case they meet
with any Matters of Difficulty therein, that they report it
to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army be required
forthwith to sign, and give out, Debentures to the Soldiery, for the Arrears in the new Model, which are already made up: And to do the same, from time to time,
as they be made up, as formerly they have done, and
according to the former Directions.
The Tenth Particular, being read, touching the Gentlemen Officers turned out of their Places in Ireland, by
The humble Petition of Sir Wm. Fenton, Knight and
Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel Phare, Lieutenant Colonel
Brodripp, Captain Fenton, Captain Southwell, Captain
Courthoppe, Captain Miller, and Captain Norcott, who
were exchanged for the Lord Inchequin's Son, was this
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds be forthwith provided for Supply of the present Necessities of such of those
Officers that deserted the Lord Inchequin, as are most necessitous, not exceeding, in all, the Number of Twenty;
of which Number the Petitioners, and Colonel Peregrine
Banister, and Captain Love, are to be accounted: And
that it be referred to the Committee of . . . Star Chamber,
for the Affairs of Ireland, to pay the same out of the
Assessments for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Report be made of the Accompts
of such of the said Officers as are already stated, on Thisday-sevennight.
Ordered, That it be referred to that Committee, to
take care for auditing the Accompts of the rest of the
Standard in Palace Yard.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Westminster, to view the old Standard in the New Palace Yard;
and to examine the Value of it; and for what Use the
same serves; whether the same be fit to be taken down
and demolished; and report their Opinions therein to
Ordered, That the Business of the Prince Elector be
taken up on Monday Morning, the First Business.