Die Veneris, 21 Junii, 1644.
A LETTER from Colonel Jo. Venn, from Wyndesore Castle, of June 20; laying open the Wants and Necessities of that Garison, and desiring speedy Relief; was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee at Haberdashers Hall do, at the End of Three Months, or sooner if it may be, pay Five hundred Pounds for the Garison of Windesore, with Consideration for Forbearance in the mean time.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired.
Ordered, That the Committee of Bucks, Berks, and Oxon, do meet and confer with the Committee of the Militia about the maintaining of the Garison of Windesore, and raising a constant Pay for the future of the said Garison. They are likewise to consider what Garison is fit to be maintained in that Place.
Memorandum, That the House was this Day moved for the Register's Place of the Prerogative Court, to be bestowed upon Mr. Oldisworth, a Member of this House; and that Mr. Hill do bring in an Ordinance with a Blank.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Consideration of the whole Business concerning the Prerogative Court, do make Report of that Business on Monday Morning next.
Transactions with Holland.
A Letter from Mr. Walt. Strickland, of June 22, Stilo loci, concerning the Ship Tyger, taken by my Lord Admiral, was this Day read: And it is referred to the Committee of the Navy, to examine the Matter of Fact; and to represent it to the House, that all Right may be done to that Nation.
Mr. Green is to prepare a Letter to be written to Mr. Strickland in Answer to this Letter, and to another Letter from Mr. Strickland, concerning the Collections and Contributions in Holland, disposed of to some very ill-affected People.
A Letter from the Committee at Sunderland, of June 11th, concerning the Collieries there, and the Business of Coals, was this Day read; and referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the King's Revenue; and the Committee for the Navy joined as to this Business.
Affairs in Hampshire.
A Letter from Colonel Rich. Norton, from Basing, of June 19, 1644, representing the State of the County of Hants, and the Want of Gentlemen of the County to come down and countenance the Proceedings of that Country.
Ordered, That Mr. Lisle do prepare a Letter to be written to Colonel Rich. Norton, and in it to desire him to take notice to Sir Rich. Onslow, Colonel Morley, and the Sheriff of Surry, of their good Services; and to return them the Thanks of this House.
Ordered, That the Nine Horses of the Lord Kenouil and Sir James Hay, seized by Order of the Committee of Examinations, be bestowed and employed to the Service of the Counties of Bucks, Berks, and Oxon; and one of them upon Sir Arth. Hesilrig, who is to have the Choice.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Four associated Counties of Sussex, Hants, Kent, and Surry, to consider of the furnishing Colonel Norton with the Saddles and Pistols desired in his Letter from Basing, of June the 19th, 1644: And that Committee is injoined to meet upon this Business this Afternoon.
Reformadoes Arrears, &c.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of Excise be desired to advance a Thousand Pound, to be paid amongst the English and Scotts Reformados; and that they shall reimburse themselves at Twelve Months End: And that their Debentures shall be made up: And that they shall have the publick Faith for the Residue of their Arrears: And
It is Ordered, That this Money be paid to Sir Walt. Erle and Mr. Knightley: And they are to take care, that the People to whom they are indebted for Diet and Lodging, be satisfied: And that the Reformados do forthwith quit this Town: And, for their better Conveyance of themselves, they shall have Mr. Speaker's Pass: And the House doth order, That, from the Time that the said One thousand Pound shall be paid, and the Publick Faith given, they shall be entertained no longer upon the Pay of the State.
Counties of Berks, &c.
Mr. Lane reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for the Counties of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Amendments, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Whereas Sir Thomas Eversfield has paid One hundred Pound in the Country, and has satisfied Seven hundred Pounds to Haberdashers Hall; It is Ordered, That the Sequestration of his Estate be taken off, and fully discharged: And that all Contracts and Agreements made in the Country, concerning his Sequestration, be vacated and made void.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye is appointed to carry up to the Lords the Order for Five hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers Hall, to Windesore Garison; The Order for such Monies to Sir Tho. Middleton, as shall be discovered by Sir Tho. Middleton; The Order concerning Four thousand Pounds advanced upon the Credit of the Jewels found at St. James's; The Ordinance concerning the Isle of Wight; The Ordinance concerning Leicestershire.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Munday, Mr. Geo. Poole, Mr. Ralph Clerke, Mr. Edw. Charleton, be added to the Committees of the Town and County of Derby, to put in Execution the several and respective Ordinances of Subscriptions, Fifth, and Twentieth Part, and of Sequestering of the Estates of Papists and Delinquents.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Mountagu brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to give a present Meeting . . a Conference concerning Colonel Kinge, as is desired: And, as to the Addition of the Earl of Manchester, Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, &c. to the Committee in the Scotts Army, they will take it into a speedy Consideration, and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Monies payable out of the Four associated Counties to the Forces of the associated Counties with Sir Wm. Waller, be paid unto Mr. Trenchard, to be forthwith conveyed to those Forces.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Ordinances carried up by him into a speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
The Lords do desire, That the Committee of both Houses, appointed to consider of the Manner of the Reception of the States Ambassadors, may meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships . . .; and hath resolved, That the Committee shall give a Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Lisle, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Strode, Mr. Prideaux, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Surrender of Weymouth.
A Letter, from Weymouth, from my Lord General, of June 17, concerning the Taking of Weymouth by Surrender, and the Articles and Conditions upon which it was surrendered, was this Day read.
A Letter from the Commissioners appointed to reside in my Lord General's Army, from Dorchester, of June 17, concerning their Marches, from the 11th of this present to the 17th; and likewise of the surrendering of the Town of Melcombe Regis; was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Sir Rich. Holford, and those that come in upon the Declaration; and the Business concerning Leicestershire; be reported To-morrow, the first Business.
State of the Army.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do write unto the Commissioners appointed to reside in my Lord General's Army, as from this House, to quicken them to give an Account to this House, from time to time, of the State of my Lord General's Army, according as by the Ordinance they are appointed.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the furnishing of the Pay to my Lord General's and Sir Wm. Waller's Armies, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Arms to Lord Grey.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, touching the furnishing of my Lord Grey with Arms, be made, and taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning.
Subscriptions for Army.
Forasmuch as the Charge of conducting the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Middleton, into Wales, is very great, and the Passage difficult, by reason of the Powerfulness and Strength of the Enemy in the Counties through which the said Forces are to pass: And for that there is no Provision made for Maintenance of the said Forces, until they can arrive in Wales, but by what Monies may be raised by Subscriptions upon an Ordinance of Parliament, granted him for that Purpose: The Commons assembled in Parliament, taking the same into Consideration, and being informed of very good Service that the Forces have lately done near Dudley Castle, have this Day Ordered, That the said Subscriptions be again recommended to those Parishes and Persons that have done nothing in the Furtherance of the said Service, by the Ministers and Churchwardens, and other well-affected Persons of each Parish; and that. . . Persons as have or shall subscribe any thing for the said Service, do forthwith pay the same to the Treasurers at Grocers Hall, appointed to receive it.
Money for Army.
Whereas, by a Commission from the Lord General, Sir Wm. Waller was appointed to lead an Army into the Western Parts, for reducing those Counties to the Obedience of King and Parliament: And whereas it hath so happened, that the Lord General is himself marched into those Parts, with the Army under his own immediate Command, and Sir Wm. Waller is engaged in other Services: It is therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds shall be defalked out of the Money appointed by former Ordinance of Parliament, to the Maintenance of my Lord General's Army, out of the Excise: Which Sum of Ten thousand Pounds shall be issued out, from time to time, for the Payment of the Army under the Conduct of Sir Wm. Waller; and, in lieu thereof, the like Sum of Ten thousand Pounds Monthly shall be paid for Supply and Maintenance of the Army under the Command of the Lord General, out of such Monies as shall be raised by the Committee of the Western Counties appointed by both Houses of Parliament; that is to say, the Counties of Wilts, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, together with the Cities of Bristoll, Exeter, and the Town and County of Poole, by virtue of any Ordinance of Parliament, within the said Counties, Cities, and Towns: Which said Committee are hereby authorized to make Payment of the said Sum of Ten thousand Pounds monthly, unto the Treasurer of the said Army for the Time being, under the immediate Counties of the Lord General, for the Use of the said Army; whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Committee and Collectors within the said Western Counties. This Ordinance to continue in Force, until both Houses take further Order.