Die Mercurii, Junii 12, 1644.
Westminter College Manors.
WHEREAS, in divers Manors belonging to the College of Westminster, the Constables, Head-boroughs, Tything-men, and other Officers, have been chosen at the Courts Leet, usually held about this Time of the Year; and the disappointing of them would be a Matter of great Inconvenience: It is therefore Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That all Courts necessary to be kept and held in any of the Manors or Lands belonging to the said College, shall be held and kept by Richard Tomlines Esquire.
A Letter from Aylisbury, of June the Eleventh, from Lieutenant Colonel Clarke to Colonel Martin, relating that a Party of Horse and Dragoons was come to Borstell House and Brill, was this Day read.
Mr. Solicitor reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Copy of a Letter from the Committee sent to my Lord General; concerning his Lordship's sending a Party to the Relief of Lyme, staying with the Body of his Forces, where the said Letter should find him till their next come to him; and concerning the Resolution of the House for Sir Wm. Waller's going to the West.
A Copy of a Letter from the Committee sent to Sir Wm. Waller, concerning his going into the West, was likewise read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of these Letters.
Resolved, &c. That my Lord General shall be called back into Oxfordshire, and the Parts adjoining: And the Manner of calling him back is referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Mr. Maynard, Mr. Green, Mr. Jo. Ashe, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Pury, Mr. Whitelock, are appointed to go to the Scotts Commissioners, to acquaint them with the Votes of the House concerning the Lord Roxburgh; and further to acquaint them, that, upon an urgent present Necessity, there is Occasion to advance some Monies upon the Credit of the Gold, Jewels, and Plate, found at St. James's; and to assure them, that, if Occasion shall hereafter require, that they shall be forthcoming; and the Monies advanced upon them, reimbursed out of the new Excise; and that the Property shall not be altered in the mean Time.
Sitting of the House.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords have thought it most convenient, for the Dispatch and Accommodation of the Affairs, to sit but Three Days in a Week, Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: They desire the House to take it into Consideration, and to concur with them in it.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
An Ordinance for exempting and discharging Charles Cheney Gentleman, Son and Heir apparent of Fr. Cheney of Chesham Boys in the County of Bucks, Esquire, from Wardship, or Possibility of Wardship, was this Day read; and, upon Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for bestowing the Wardship of the Body and Lands of the Heir of Sir Wm. Savile Baronet, deceased, upon the Lord Wharton, without-Rent or Fine, was this Day read the First time.
Ordered, That no Wardship of any Heir whose Ancestor hath died, or shall die, in War against the Parliament, or in adhering to the other Party, shall be granted without the Consent of this House: And that the Court of Wards be acquainted herewith.
Mr. Browne, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Selden, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Reynolds, and all the Lawyers of the House; and all that will come are to have Voices;
This Committee is appointed to consider of a Course, how the Certainty of their Estates may be found out, that die in Arms against the Parliament, or in adhering to the other Side; and how their Estates may be improved to the best Advantage of the State. It is further especially referred to this Committee, to consider how my Lord Wharton may be recompensed for his Losses out of the Estate of Sir Wm. Savile. And the Care of this Order is especially recommended unto Sir Tho. Widdrington. And this Committee is to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Committee of the Militia, be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Leicestershire Ordinance be reported To-morrow Morning.
Earl of Stamford.
Ordered, That Mr. Ellis report, To-morrow, the Business concerning the Earl of Stamford.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That Mr. White do, on Saturday Morning next, report the Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards.
Forces for Oxfordshire.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Gentlemen of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon, formerly appointed to treat with the City about the sending of Forces upon the present Expedition into Oxfordshire, and the Parts adjacent, do meet this Afternoon, and promote that Service by their best Endeavours and Diligence.
Be it Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, that Charles Cheney Gentleman, Son and Heir apparent of Francis Cheney of Chesham Boys in the County of Buck', Esquire, in Consideration of the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, undertaken by the said Francis to be paid, within one Week after the passing of this Ordinance, towards reducing the Garison of Greenland in the said County, and towards reducing the Parts thereunto adjoining in the County of Buck', Berks, and Oxon, to the Obedience of King and Parliament, shall be, and is hereby, freed, exempted, and discharged, from the Wardship, or Possibility of Wardship, as well of and for the Body of the said Charles, as the Lands and Hereditaments, which may descend or come to the said Charles, by or after the Decease of the said Francis Cheney, his Father; and that the said Charles shall be freed and discharged from all Sums of Money, that may grow due for the single or double Value of his Marriage, and all other Charges, Fees, Duties, and Expences, by reason of the Minority of the said Charles, that may grow, or hereafter arise, in respect of the Tenure of any Lands or Hereditaments, now held of his Majesty in Capite, or otherwise: And that the Commissioners for the Great Seal do forthwith exemplify this Ordinance under the Great Seal.