Die Lunæ, 22 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Younge.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Hakewill and Mr. Page return with this Answer
from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Instructions for Surrey, with
the Alterations sent down. (Here enter them.)
Field Officers going to Ireland, Petition for Arrears.
The Petition of all the Field Officers and Captains
of Colonel Harbert', Colonel Eyre's, Colonel Graye's,
and Colonel Humfrey's Regiments, formerly designed for
Ireland, desiring some Course may be taken for paying
Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons,
Belvoir Castle, to be disgarrisoned, and delivered to the E. of Rutland.
The Earl of Rutland making Complaint to the
House, "That there is a Garrison put into his Castle
"of Belvoier, which is contrary to his Desire;" and
upon his Lordship's undertaking to keep the Castle
It is Ordered, That a Letter be writ to the General,
to remove the Garrison thence, and to deliver the Castle
unto the Earl of Rutland.
Pretended P. of Wales to be sent up.
A Letter from the Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich,
concerning One that calls himself the Prince of Wales.
Ordered, That he be sent for up by Land.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message from the House of Commons, brought
up by Sir Robert Pye & al.
An Ordinance concerning the Excise, brought up,
and read, and Agreed to.
Lady E. Grey 200l.
Ordered, The Treasurers at Goldsmith' (fn. *)
pay to the Lady Elizabeth Grey the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds, out of the Money assigned to the Earl of
L. Caulfield's Petition.
The Lord Caulfield's Petition read.
Ordered, To be recommended to the House of
Sir J. Ogle, a Pass.
A Pass granted for Sir John Ogle, to go into Holland.
P. Philip, a Pass.
A Pass granted for Prince Philip, to go with his
Retinue and Twelve Horse, over the Seas.
Daniel, Lord Craven's Servant, Petition.
A Petition of Henry Daniel Gentleman, Servant to
the Lord Craven, read.
Ordered, To see the former Proceedings herein,
before any Thing further be done.
Riot at Twickenham.
Ordered, That the Justices of Peace of Middlesex do examine the Riot lately committed at Twittenham,
and to proceed therein according to the Laws of the
Message to the H. C. about the following Petitions.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Hakewill and Mr. Page:
1. To recommend to them the Lord Cawfeild's Petition.
2. To put them in Mind of the Lord Crumwell's Petition.
3. To put them in Mind of the Lord Herbert's Petition.
4. To recommend to them the Petition of the Reduced Officers.
5. To put them in Mind of Mrs. Mary Piggott's Petition.
Ordinance for a Discharge for the Commissioners of Excise for the Year 1645.
"Whereas the Receipts of divers Rates of Excise
and new Impost, set and imposed by Three several
Ordinances of the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament; that is to say, the First of the said
Ordinances commencing the 11th 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 9th Day of
January, in the said Year 1643, and the Third of
the said Ordinances bearing Date the 8th Day of
July, which was in the Year of our Lord God 1644;
to have Continuance for One whole Year from the
Time of the Commencement of the said Three 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 11th September,
1643, named and appointed, and the Survivors of
them, in such Manner, and during such Time, as in
and by the several Ordinances passed for their Continuance accordingly is expressed; and whereas, by
One other Ordinance of the said Lords and Commons,
bearing Date the 4th 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 29th Day of September, 1645, and afterwards Quarterly, upon the Four usual Feast Days or
Terms of the Year, as by the said last recited Ordinance (Relation being thereunto had) more fully
may appear; and whereas, in Pursuance thereof, the
Accompts of John Towse Esquire, and late Alderman
of the City of London, deceased, Thomas Foote, John
Kendricke, Thomas Cullum, and Symon Edmonds,
Esquires, and Aldermen of the said City, John Lamott and Edward Claxton, of the same, Esquires,
Chief Commissioners and Governors as aforesaid of
all and every the said Receipts, for One whole Year
and Eighteen Days, ended the 29th September, 1645,
upon the said Ordinance of the 11th September, 1643,
and for One whole Year and Half and Eighty-two
Days, begun the 9th of January, 1643, and ended
the 29th of September, 1645, upon the said Ordinance of the 9th of January, 1643, and for One
whole Year and Eighty-one Days, ended the 29th
of September, 1645, upon the said Ordinance of the
8th of July 1644, have been duly audited, examined,
and pricked over, with the Vouchers, Entries, and
Books of Accompts thereof, in the several Offices
throughout the Kingdom, by William 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
Accompts have been likewise presented by the said
Auditor unto 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 Heirs and Executors of the said John Towse
deceased, and also that the said Thomas Foote, John
Kendricke, Thomas Cullum, Symon Edmonds, John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, surviving 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 Heirs and Executors of the said John Towse
deceased, and also the said Thomas Foote, John Kendricke, Thomas Cullum, Symon Edmonds, John Lamott,
and Edward Claxton, and every of them, their Heirs,
Executors, and Administrators, respectively, are, and
hereby 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 Three several Ordinances of Parliament herein
first recited, for the several Terms before specified
respectively, ending the 29th September, 1645: And
lastly be it Ordained, by Authority aforesaid, That
the said Thomas Foote, John Kendricke, Thomas Cullum,
Symon 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 Accompts named, and for all such other
Sums of Money due for Excise by virtue of the said
several Ordinances, until the said 29th Day of September, 1645, beforementioned, as already have, or
hereafter shall, come to their or any of their Hands,
and no more."
Letter from the Mayor, &c. of Sandwich, concerning a Person there, who calls himself the Prince of Wales.
"A Gentleman, who affirms himself to be the Prince
of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and that
he is the true and lawful Son of our Sovereign Lord
King Charles, lodged this Night in this Town, and
(being discovered this Morning to us) is now in Company with us. We never knew him; yet, by his
own Words which he gives us, we assure ourselves
he is our Prince; and therefore held it our Duty to
give you the most timely Notice hereof that lay in
us, whereby he may be disposed as the Honourable
Houses of Parliament shall think meet; and in the
Interim he shall safely be detained by us. The
Bearer, our Town Clerk, will relate every Thing
concerning his being here, in as full and faithful a
Manner as can be related in Writing by
Sandwich, 20 Maii, 1648.
"Yours and the Kingdom's
"The Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich."
Town Clerk's Information about it.
"20th May, 1648.
The Information of James Thurbarne, Town
Clerk of Sandwich, in Kent;
"Informeth, That this Morning, about Three of the
Clock, he was called out of his Bed, by the Watch
of Sandwich, who told this Examinant, "That Prince
Charles was at The Bell in Sandwich;" whereupon
this Examinant went to the same House, and did enquire of a Widow, being the Woman's Daughter of
the House, concerning that Matter; who affirmed,
with strong Resolutions, that she did believe he was
there; and withal said, "That Captain Foster, One
of the Magistrates of Sandw'ch, had been with him
in the Evening;" and thereupon this Examinant,
taking Care that the House should be watched, went
to Captain Foster, for to discourse with him; who acknowledged, "That he had been with that Gentleman, and made some Doubt whether it were the
Prince or no; but yet withal told me, that peradventure it might be him:" Whereupon, after myself and the Watch had spent some Time about the
House, I again went to Captain Foster's House, being
the next Door, who, being then stirring, did go with
me to The Bell aforesaid, and went into the Chamber
where the Gentleman lay asleep; and, upon Sight of
him, this Examinant was convinced it was not the
Prince; yet, some small Time being spent, we went
unto him; and he being awake, we asked him, "if
he were the Man that over-Night he affirmed himself
to be?" But seeing me a Stranger (as this Examinant
conceives), he seemed to deny it; affirming, "That
he was a Merchant." Then Captain Foster relating
what he had said over-Night, he confessed he was
the Prince, and the Son of King Charles; and withal
rose, and further declared, "That he was landed
on Thursday from France, out of a Fisher-boat in
Deale; and that he came a-foot, in his Slippers, alone,
till he came near the Town, and then called a Countryman and a Butcher to him, who at first slighted
him; and then he declaring to them that he was
Prince Charles, they came with him to the Town,
where he had Two Chickens to Supper, and after
Supper went to Bed: "And being a-bed, Captain
Foster (as he told this Examinant) willed One to watch
at his Chamber Door, which accordingly this Examinant believes was done. This Examinant further
affirmeth, That this Morning the Mayor of Sandw'ch, being acquainted with the Business, sent for
the Jurats his Brethren, to meet him at The Bell aforesaid; where the Gentleman did earnestly affirm, before
the Mayor and Jurats, and divers other Gentlemen,
that he was the Prince; and then the Mayor and
Jurats, being still doubtful, desired him to declare
the Truth, for that they resolved to acquaint the
Parliament therewith; to which at first he seemed
unwilling, yet at last gave Way thereunto, affirming
that he was the Prince; and called the Mayor privately into another Chamber with him, and in that
Chamber (the Mayor affirmed to this Examinant)
that he desired the Parliament should be told he came
in Peace and Love, though in his former Conference
he often spake, "He hoped the Town and Country
would stick for his Father and him; and that he did
not intend to discover himself till he came to Greenw'ch, where his Father had a House, where he
doubted not but he should have Friends." After
all the Conference aforesaid, a poor Seaman came
into the House where he was, and affirming he knew
the Prince, was carried to him, and, seeing him,
offered to affirm upon Oath, or engage himself in
any other Way the Mayor and Jurats should think
fit of, that that Gentleman was the Prince. He is of
Stature about the ordinary Size of Men, somewhat
Round Visage, his Lower Lip somewhat thick, his
Hair rather Flaxen than Brown, his Complexion fair
though somewhat tanned, his Cloaths very mean, his
Shirt not only foul but very coarse. This Examinant
faith, That the Mayor and Jurats, though they were
doubtful whether he were the Man or no, thought
good to acquaint the Houses of Parliament therewith; for that, if he should not be the Man, yet he
presuming that upon him might cause the Country
(the rather at this Time) to take special Notice
thereof, for that there are divers Copies of a Petition, both in Town and Country, which at this
Time is much endeavoured by many, to gain Subscriptions, and to be preferred by the County to the
"Instructions for such Lords and Members of the
House of Commons as shall be sent into the
County of Surrey.
Instructions for the Commissioners going into Surry.
"That the Earl of Northumberland be desired to go
suddenly down, with such other Gentlemen as the
House shall please to nominate, into the County of
"That they use their Endeavours, by the best Ways
and Means they think fit, to inform the County of
Surrey of the Disorders that were occasioned by the
coming of great Numbers of that County, for the
delivering a Petition to the Houses on Tuesday last;
which drew together many dissaffected Persons in and
about Westm'r, to the Danger and Interruption of the
peaceable Sitting of the Houses.
"That the Houses cannot attribute those Disorders
to that County; but do retain in Memory their many
faithful Services and good Affections expressed to the
Parliament; and doubt not but those Distempers that
fell out were contrary to the Desires and Liking of
"That they inform the Inhabitants of that County,
That the Houses of Parliament intend not to hinder
their presenting of Petitions in a due and sitting Way;
but shall be ready to give all Encouragement and
Answers thereunto, for the Satisfaction of their just
"That the Houses are upon the present Consideration of Matters of most weighty Concernment to the
Settlement of the Kingdom in a safe and happy
Peace; and expect to be free from tumultuous Interruptions therein.
"That the Houses have ordered the Restoring such
Horses as were taken away from divers of the Petitioners that behaved themselves in a peaceable Manner at that Time; and they shall take Care that the
whole Business be duly examined, and that all Witnesses be freely heard; and that no Misrepresentations
may be made thereof in the mean Time."
House adjourned till 10a cras.