Die Martis, 9 Aprilis, 1650.
Late King's Arms.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Arms of the late King
be taken down in all Ships of, and belonging to, this
Commonwealth; as also of all Merchants, or others, inhabiting within the same: And that the Generals at Sea
be required to see the same done accordingly.
Resolved, That all Justices of the Peace in the respective Counties, and all other publick Magistrates and
Officers, Churchwardens, and Wardens of Companies, be
authorized and required to cause the Arms of the late
King to be taken down, and defaced, in all Churches,
Chapels, and all other publick Places within England,
Wales, and Town of Berwick.
Ordered, That these Votes be forthwith printed and
Resolved, That the Business concerning Carlile, and
the Northern Parts, be taken into Consideration on
Thursday next, the first Business.
Letter from Edinburgh.
A Letter from Edinburgh, dated 2 April 1650, was
this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Letter be referred to the Consideration of the Council of State: And that they be
impowered and required, by all Ways and Means that
they shall think fit, to prevent all Invasions from abroad,
and to preserve the Peace of this Nation from all Tumults
and Insurrections whatsoever.
Ordered, That the Council of State do, on Saturday
next, give an Account of their Proceedings touching the
Militia of this Commonwealth; and to bring in the Act
for such further additional Power to be given them, as
they shall think sit, for the better Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That Colonel Fielder do, on Saturday next,
bring in an Act for the Militia of Westminster, to be
taken into Consideration, next after the Report from the
Council of State.
Ordered, That the Vote of the Parliament, of 26
Martii 1650, giving Power to the Council of State to
remove from London and Westminster, and from any Place
within Twenty Miles of the same, all such Persons whose
Abode there shall to them appear prejudicial or dangerous to the Safety of the Parliament, or Peace of the
Commonwealth, be forthwith printed and published.
Earl of Northampton's Composition.
Major Salwey reports from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, the State of the Case touching the Composition of the Earl of Northampton, as followeth; viz.
"Resolved, That the whole Matter of Fact, concerning the Composition of the said Earl, be stated to the
House; and their Resolution to be received, whether he
shall be admitted to Composition; and the Composition
set by this Committee; together with the Allowances to
be reported by Mr. Salwey."
"The Earl of Northampton's Case."
"Upon the Fourteenth Day of March 1645, in the
House of Commons, upon Sir Henry Vane's Report from
the Committee of both Kingdoms; it was ordered, That
the Committee of both Kingdoms shall have Power to
grant a Pass unto the Earl of Northampton, and unto
Twenty Gentlemen and Officers, to go beyond the Seas;
he and they giving such Security as the Committee of
both Kingdoms shall think fit; and taking the Negative
Oath, never to bear Arms, or to act any thing to the
Prejudice of the Parliament."
"The Eighth Day of April 1646 it was ordered, That
the Committee of both Kingdoms should take care to
send the said Earl out of the Parliament's Quarters; and
to give him a Pass to go beyond the Seas, according to
"The Fifteenth of April 1646, it was ordered, by
the House of Commons, That the said Committee should
take effectual Course, that the said Earl, and his Company, shall be gone."
"The Twenty-fifth of April 1646, was again ordered,
by the House of Commons, That the said Lord and his
Servants, and others that came with him from Oxford,
should depart the Kingdom before the First of May
1646; or otherwise should be proceeded against as Spies:
And Mr. Speaker ordered to give them Passes: And the
Serjeant at Arms attending the House to give the Earl
Notice of the said Orders."
"The Twenty-eighth of April 1646, The Lords sent
down the Earl's Petition to be admitted to compound:
Which, upon Debate, passed in the Negative: And the
House adhered to their former Vote, for his departing
out of the Kingdom."
Upon the Thirtieth of April 1646, the said Earl sent
a Petition to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to be
admitted to a Composition: Which was ordered to be
dated the Day it came in; and so was laid by."
The Seventh of December 1646, the Earl of Northampton sent in, to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, an
Order of the House of Lords, of the Fourteenth of November 1646, in hæc verba:"
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords, in Parliament
assembled, That it be especially recommended to all Committees for Sequestrations, that the Earl of Northampton
shall have the Possession of his House of Castle Ashbie in
Northamptonshire, and Compton in Warwickshire, and his
Chace and Parks, to put them in Repair, and keep them
from Ruin, that thereby he may be the better enabled to
make his Composition" Upon which the said Committee at Goldsmiths Hall gave him likewise their Order,
certifying, That, "Whereas the said Earl had addressed
himself, to make his Composition for his Delinquency, to
the Parliament, they were therefore required to forbear
to cut or sell any of the Woods belonging to the said
Earl, or to dispose or sell any of his real or personal Estate,
mentioned in a Particular annexed; he being about his
Composition for the same, according to the Directions of
"The Sixth of March 1646, the said Earl, meeting
with some Disturbance, applied to the said Committee to
have his Order renewed: Which being not granted,
he procured an Order, to the same Effect, to be drawn;
and obtained the Hands of several of the Lords of the
Committee, and of some of the Commons of the Committee, to the same: Which, being brought to the Clerk,
was refused to be entered, being not done at Goldsmiths
"Upon the Eleventh of May 1647, the House of
Lords made a further Order, as followeth:
"Upon Consideration had of the Petition of the Right
honourable James Earl of Northampton, and Motives
thereto annexed, and more particularly of his Youth, and
Engagement in these Wars, by his Father's Command;
his early endeavouring to come in, and laying down
Arms, when his Command was no way inconsiderable;
his free Choice rather to come in from Oxford, and
cast himself upon the Favour of the Parliament, than to
capitulate there; the Want of his Evidences; and his
Submission to compound as Tenant in Fee, which distinguisheth his Case from all others; It is Ordered, by the
Lords, in Parliament assembled, That the said Earl shall
be admitted to his Composition at Two Years Purchase;
and that his Fifth, and Twentieth Part, shall be included
"The Concurrence of the House of Commons is
"The Twenty-eighth of October 1647, the said Earl
procured a Second Order, or Certificate, to be drawn up,
as from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall; viz."
"Whereas the Right honourable James Earl of
Northampton hath addressed himself to this Committee,
for his Composition; and hath long since presented a Particular of his Estate, a Copy whereof hath been formerly
sent you: These are to certify, That his Lordship hath no
way neglected the Prosecution thereof, although, as yet,
no Issue hath been put thereunto; but hath, from time to
. . . . . . . by his Agents, attended this Committee for the
Perfecting thereof; which, by reason of other weighty
Occasions of the Houses of Parliament, he could not do;
there being as yet no Concurrence of the House of Commons with the Order of the Lords hereunto annexed:
Which was the Copy of the Order next before recited."
"Upon the Passing of the Votes published Fourteenth, Seventeenth, and One-and-twentieth of March
1648, wherein all Delinquents, except such as were therein by Name excepted, are admitted to a Composition;
the Earl of Northampton applies himself to compound:
And thereupon the Petition, presented by him to the
Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, 30 Aprilis 1646, was referred to the Sub Committee; upon whom the said Earl's
Solicitor did then frequently attend, until that, upon the
Sixteenth Day of July following 1649, the present Parliament made an Order; viz.
"16 Julii 1649."
"The humble Petition of James Earl of Northampton,
was this Day read."
"Ordered, That the Petition be referred to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to compound with the Earl of
Northampton, according to the Rules given for compounding with Delinquents; one of which was, That all
Delinquents should perfect their Compositions; viz. submit to their Fines, and pay one Moiety, and secure the
rest within Six Weeks from the respective Days limited
for filing their Petitions and Particulars; which was the
First of August 1649."
"The said Earl, from that time, did frequently attend
the Sub Committee; but wanted some of his Deeds and
Evidences to make his Estate to appear.
"The Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, upon the Thirteenth of August, having dispatched off almost all Causes
for Composition then depending, adjourned till the First
of September; since when they have set very few Fines,
being busied upon the Hearing of Reports, and the Settling of their Business upon the late Act."
"The said Earl did not bring in some of his Writings
to the Sub Committee till within Ten Days, or thereabouts, before the Setting of his Fine; which was cast
up at a Third, by the Committee for Compositions, the
Fifth of March 1649; but he did make several Offers to
Mr. Reading, that he would proceed upon those Proofs
that were before him, rather than to incur any Danger
"His Fine, according to the several Particulars thereof,
is as followeth:"
"James Earl of Northampton his Estate."
|In Fee, per Annum
|In old Rents
|In Reversion, per Annum
|Fine at One Third £.||
Out of which Estate there is issuing, for ever
|More, per Annum
|More, for ever
|For Life, per Annum
|More, for Life
|A Debt, charged by his Grandfather and Father, in 1629, of 26,350£.; which, with Interest, amounts to 50,000£. at least; of which is allowed, by the Committee only
|A Debt charged, in 1635, upon the said Lands, by the Father
|For all which Debts, and Issues aforesaid, there is allowed and deducted
|And the Fine rests
|But upon Settling of 140£. per Annum, in Possession, in Rectories, and the Reversion of 170£. per Annum Rectory, the Possession of which is formerly settled by his Mother, he is allowed
|And there is to be paid in Money
"Whittlewood Forest, Hornby Park, and Onely Park,
of which he hath the Custody for Life, not compounded
"An equitable Estate, in certain other Manors and
Lands, of the Value of Six hundred Fifty-nine Pounds,
upon which there is a Respite."
"Which, being all the Matter of Fact, is humbly
offered to the Judgment of the Parliament.
The humble Petition of Robert Andrewes Esquire, a
Member of this honourable House, was this Day read.
Earl of Northampton's Composition.
Resolved, That the Earl of Northampton be admitted to
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, to compound with the Earl of Northampton,
according to the Rules given for compounding with
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, to take into Consideration something to be
tendered to the House for their Declaration, touching
Savings, put in by Delinquents, in their Particulars, that
no Injury may be done to particular Persons, nor Prejudice to the State; and report the same to the House.
Officers in Customs.
Colonel Wauton reports from the Committee of the
Navy, the Opinion of that Committee, That no Officer in
the Custom-house do trade as a Merchant.
Resolved, That no Person whatsoever, trading as a Merchant, that shall use any Trade or Traffick beyond the
Seas, by way of Importation into, or Exportation out of,
or Transportation from Port to Port, in this Commonwealth, during the time that he useth such Trade or
Traffick, shall be employed in, or have any Office or
Place belonging to the Customs: And, in case any Person
now actually employed, or that hereafter shall be employed, in Custom Affairs, shall trade, or continue trading, as abovesaid, that then they shall be and are hereby
discharged of their respective Places and Employments:
And the Committee of the Navy are to take care to nominate and appoint others in their Places.
Sir Arthur Hesilrige reports Amendments to the Bill,
impowering certain Commissioners to put in Execution
the Powers formerly given to the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, for compounding with Delinquents, and Managing of all Estates under Sequestration: and the Committee for Advance of Money, sitting at Haberdashers
Hall: Which were read the First and Second time; and,
upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, That the Names of the Persons to be Commissioners in this Act be now read.
Resolved, That Mr. Samuel Moyer be one of the said
Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That Mr. James Russell be one other of the
Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That Mr. Edward Wenslow be one other of
the Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That Mr. Josias Barners be one other of the
Commissioners in that Act.
Resolved, That Mr. Wm. Molins be one other of the
said Commissioners in that Act.
Resolved, That Mr. Arthur Squibbe be one other of the
Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That Mr. Richard Moore be one other of
the Commissioners in that Act.
Resolved, That this Bill, with the Names of the Commissioners, be ingrossed.