DIE Lunæ, 23 die Decembris.
Prayers, by Mr. Young.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Letter from the Queen and the Regency of Sweden.
Next, the Letter received from the Commissioner of
the Queen of Sweden and the Regents of that Kingdom
was read, being in Latin; and it is Ordered to be
communicated to the House of Commons.
(Here enter it.)
Lords from the King, ordered not to depart hence, without hearing from Him.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That the Duke
of Richmond and the Earl of South'ton sent to him, to
desire him that their Lordships may know, that (fn. *) they
have Commands from the King, not to depart from
hence, after their Answer, until they heard from Him."
Ordinance for the Attainder of the Archbishop of Cant.
The House took into Consideration the Ordinance for
the Attainder of the Archbishop of Canterbury; and it
was moved, "That there might be a Conference with the
House of Commons, to desire their Lordships might
hear from them, concerning the Matter of Law,
touching the Ordinance for Attainder of the Archbishop of Canterbury."
And this Question was put, "Whether to proceed
in the Ordinance concerning the Archbishop
of Canterbury, before a Conference had with
the House of Commons concerning Matter of
And it was Resolved in the Negative.
Conference to be had with the H. C. concerning the Matter of Law in it.
Hereupon it is Ordered, To have a Conference with
the House of Commons presently; and the Earl of
Sarum, Earl of Stamford, Lord North, Lord Willoughby,
and the Lord Howard, were appointed to draw up the
Subject Matter of this Conference.
An Officer to attend the Lords from the King.
Ordered, That the Lord General be hereby desired
to appoint One of his Officers, to wait on the Duke of
Richmond and the Earl of South'ton through the Guards
of the Parliament Forces, to see that they have no Incivility offered to them.
Directory for Public Worship.
Ordered, That the First Business To-morrow Morning, that shall be taken into Consideration, shall be the
Directory; and all the Lords are to attend the House,
at Nine a Clock.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Nicolls, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in divers Ordinances:
1. An Ordinance for paying out of the Excise Ten
Thousand Pounds; Six Thousand Five Hundred Pounds to
the Lord General's Army, and Three Thousand Five
Hundred Pounds to Sir Wm. Waller's Forces. (Here enter.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance for (fn. *) paying Ten Thousand Pounds
to the Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers, out of the
Excise. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
3. An Order for paying Five Thousand Pounds, for
the Affairs of the West, out of Habberdashers Hall.
(Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of
Sir Thomas Allen's Estate. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Orders and Ordinances now brought up.
Message from the Assembly, with a Dissent of some of them to One of the Propositions for Church Government.
A Message was brought from the Assembly of Divines,
by Mr. Marshall and others:
To deliver to their Lordships, from the Assembly, the
Reasons of the dissenting Brethren to the Third Proposition concerning Church Government, and the Answer
of the Assembly to the same.
Which Reasons and Answer this House received.
The Lord North reported from the Committee, the
Heads prepared for a Conference with the House of
Commons, concerning the Ordinance touching the Archbishop of Canterbury; which was read, as followeth:
Heads for a Conference on the Ordinance for the Attainder of the Archbishop of Cant.
"The Ordinance that concerns the Archbishop of
Canterbury consisting of Matter of Fact, and the
Punishment therein applied importing Treason, which,
as divers Members of the House of Commons who
lately managed that Cause well know, was by the
Counsel of the Archbishop strongly opposed; alledging
the Statute of a Restraint of Treasons to be confined
to the Statute of the 25 E. III. with many other
Allegations and Arguments whereby to exempt the
Archbishop, upon all the Crimes objected against him,
from such Height of Punishment; all which remaining still with (fn. †) them as unanswered, the Lords have
thought good to acquaint the House of Commons with
their just Scruple therein, which is such, as for the
present, until further Satisfaction, they cannot so freely
consent unto the Ordinance. But they, as formerly
in another Way, so are now ready to receive what
they will contribute herein."
The House approving of this; Ordered, That this
should be communicated To-morrow Morning to the
House of Commons, at a Free Conference; and the
Lord North is to manage the Conference.
Message to the H. C. for the Conference.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett:
To desire a Free Conference, To-morrow Morning,
at Ten of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber, by a
Committee of both Houses, touching the Ordinance for
Attainder of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ordinance for the Commissioners of Excise to repay themselves 10,000£. advanced to the Ld. General's and Sir Wm. Waller's Armies.
"Whereas the Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers of
England were, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, dated the 10th of August, 1644, to receive Ten
Thousand Pounds, with Interest at Eight Pounds per
Cent. upon the Fourth Day of January next coming, out
of the Receipts of the Excise, which Ten Thousand
Pounds the said Fellowship hath agreed and consented
to forbear for Six Months longer, to receive it as the
same shall happen to fall due in Course, as by an Ordinance dated this present Three and Twentieth of
December appeareth; and whereas John Towse Esquire,
Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the
Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, have, for
the Service of the Armies under the Command of his
Excellency the Earl of Essex and Sir William Waller,
advanced the like Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds for
the said Expedition: Be it Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said
Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and
reimburse themselves the said Ten Thousand Pounds,
with Interest after the Rate of Eight per Cent. for
such Time as they shall be unsatisfied the same, or any
Part thereof, out of the First Receipts of the Excise
coming in upon or after the Fourth of January next,
in the Place and Stead of the said Fellowship
of Merchants Adventurers of England, who were
then to receive the same: And it is hereby further Ordained and Declared, That the said Commissioners shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance
of either or both Houses of Parliament, be excluded
from reimbursing themselves the said Ten Thousand
Pounds, with [ (fn. *) Interest as is before ordained; but shall
be permitted fully to receive the same, until they be
re-paid the whole Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds with]
Interest as is before-mentioned, according to the true
Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance, which shall be
their sufficient Discharge in this Behalf: And it is also
hereby Ordained, That the Commissioners of Excise
do pay Six Thousand Five Hundred Pounds, Part of
the said Ten Thousand Pounds by them advanced as
aforesaid, unto Sir Gilbert Gerrard Baronet, Treasurer
at Wars; and Three Thousand Five Hundred Pounds,
the Residue, unto John Trenchard Esquire, whose respective Receipts shall be a sufficient Discharge unto
them and every of them."
Ordinance to take off the Sequestration from Sir The. Allen's Estate.
"Whereas Sir Thomas Allen Knight hath been fined
at One Thousand Pounds for his Delinquency, to pay
the same by Way of Composition, to the Use of the
State, and, in Pursuance of the said Composition, hath
paid in Five Hundred Pounds on the Sixth Day of
December Instant, and did then give Security for the
Payment of the other Moiety, to the Content of the
Committee intrusted for that Service: It is this Day
Ordained and Declared, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, That the Sequestration of the
said Sir Thomas Allen's Estate shall be, and is hereby,
taken off and discharged, from the said Sixth Day of
Order for 5000£. for the Service of the West.
"The Lords and Commons, holding it very necessary
that further Supplies should be speedily sent into the
Western Parts, for the Relief of those distressed Counties, and to reduce them from being longer under the
Power of the Enemy, as also to succour the Forces
already sent thither, do Order, That the Committee
at Habberdashers Hall shall forthwith advance, for the
Service of the West, the Sum of Five Thousand
Pounds, to be paid unto such Persons, and to be disposed of in such Manner, as by the Committee of
Lords and Commons for the associated Western Counties
shall be directed and appointed."
Ordinance to secure 10,000 l. to the Merchant Adventurers, Payment being for born Six Months longer.
"Whereas the Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers
of England, for the Service of the Parliament, and
the present Supply of the Armies, have again agreed
to forbear the Receipt of Ten Thousand Pounds, to
them assigned, and payable with Interest after the Rate
of Eight Pounds per Cent. for Six Months, from the
4th of January next, or until the same shall fall due
in Course out of the Receipts of the Excise or new
Impost: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, That the said Fellowship
shall receive the Interest due for the said Ten Thousand Pounds upon the Fourth of January next: And
for the Principal, with the following Interest after the
Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. it is further Ordained,
That the same shall be paid upon the Sixth Day of
July next, out of the Receipts of the Excise or new
Impost, in Case all other Payments formerly assigned
be upon that Day first satisfied; and if not, then as
the same shall fall due in Course, with the like Interest
until the whole be satisfied; all which several Payments of Interest, and Principal and Interest as aforesaid, the Commissioners of Excise are hereby authorized to make due Payment of, from Time to Time,
according to the true Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance, unto the Treasurer of the said Fellowship for
the Time being, whose Receipt, testified by the Common Seal thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto
the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them:
And the said Lords and Commons do hereby further
Ordain and Declare, That the said Fellowship shall
not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One or both
Houses of Parliament, be excluded from the several
Payments and Receipts in the Times and Form before