DIE Jovis, 26 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Young.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Thanks to the Preachers at the Fast.
Ordered, That Mr. Callamy and Mr. Obadiah
have hereby Thanks returned to them, for their
great Pains in Preaching Yesterday before the Lords at
the Fast, in the Abby Church at Westm; and they are
hereby desired to print their Sermons.
Preachers at the next Fast.
Ordered, That Mr. Newcomen and Mr. Vynes are
hereby appointed to preach before the Lords the next
Fast-day, at the Abby Church in Westm.
Lady Wilmott's Petition, to free her own Estate from Sequestration.
Upon reading the Petition of Anne Viscountess Willmott, late Wife of Sir Francis Henry Lee; shewing,
"After her Marriage with the Lord Viscount Willmott,
her Estate was sequestered, and yet remains upon Sequestration of the Parliament; and because she hath
been and is very cordial for the Parliament, and their
Proceedings, she humbly desires that she may enjoy
her own Estate (which she had formerly before her
Marriage with the Lord Wilmott), lying in Querendon,
in the County of Bucks; and that the Sequestration
may be taken off."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That this Petition
be sent to the House of Commons, by the next Message,
with Recommendations, and desire that it be referred
to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Ordinance to bring in the Arrears of the Monthly Assessments in London, &c.
Next, the Ordinance for bringing in the Arrears of
the Monthly Assessments was read, and Agreed to, with
a Proviso; and to be sent to the House of Commons, to
desire their Concurrence in the Proviso.
Ordinance to exclude Members of both Houses from holding Offices, Civil or Military.
Next, the Ordinance concerning excepting the Members of either House from having any Places in Civil
or Martial Affairs, was read the Second Time, and Ordered to be committed to a Committee of the whole
House; and to be taken into Consideration on Saturday
Morning next, at Ten of the Clock; and all the Lords
are to attend the House then, and (fn. *) in the mean Time
to have Notice.
Message to the H. C. for an Answer about referring the Manner of the Treaty, and about the E. of Denbigh's Business.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To desire their Answer concerning the late Message,
touching referring the Consideration of the Manner and
Instructions of the Treaty to the Committee of Fourteen
Lords and Twenty-eight Commoners; also to deliver
them the Ordinance, with the Proviso, concerning the
Arrears of the Monthly Assessment; further, to communicate to them the Petition of the Lady Wilmott,
that it may be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations; lastly,
to desire their Answer concerning the Earl of Denbigh's
Disturbances to be prevented, in Westm. Abby, in Service-time.
Ordered, That no People be permitted to walk in
the Abby Church of Westm. in Sermon-time, nor any
Boys play, to the Disturbance of the Congregation;
and that the Officers belonging to the said Church
be here commanded to take Care to prevent the
Ordered, To send to the House of Commons Tomorrow, to desire an Answer concerning the Earl of
North and Conisby.
Ordered, That the Cause between Captain North
and Mr. Conisby shall be heard this Day Fortnight, at the
Libel against the Peers.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of London, and the
Printers, be sent to, to give an Account of the scandalous Paper printed and dispersed, what they have
done in discovering the Author, Printer, and Publisher.
"26 Decemb. 1644.
(fn. †) "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament, for bringing in the
Arrears of the Monthly Assessment, formerly
charged upon the Cities of London and Westminster, and all other Parishes and Places
within the Line of Communication and County of Middlesex.
Ordinance for bringing in the Arrears of the Monthly Assessment, in London, &c.
"Whereas, by an Ordinance of the Six and Twentieth of March last, the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled did Ordain, That there should be
Monthly charged and levied, upon the Cities of London and Westminster, the Hamlets of The Tower, the
Borough of Southwark, and all other Parishes and
Places within the Line of Communication and Weekly
Bills of Mortality, the Sum of Six Thousand Nine
Hundred Sixty-two Pounds, Four Shillings; and
upon the County of Middlesex, without the said Limits;
the Sum of One Thousand Fourscore and Seventeen
Pounds, Eleven Shillings; for the Maintenance and
Payment of the Army under the immediate Command
of the Earl of Essex, Lord General of the Forces
raised by the Parliament, and other Things in the said
Ordinance mentioned, for the Space of Four Months,
to commence from the Twentieth Day of March,
1643, accounting Twenty-eight Days to the Month,
to be assessed, levied, and collected, and paid unto
Sir Gilbert Gerard Baronet, in such Manner, and by
such Ways and Means, as in and by the said Ordinance
is mentioned and expressed: And whereas, by another
Ordinance, of the Fourth of October last, the said
Lords and Commons did Ordain, That the greatest
Part of the Sums due and payable by virtue of the
said former Ordinance, which were then in Arrear,
should by the said Sir Gilbert Gerard be paid over
to Sir Walter Earl Knight, Lieutenant of the Ordnance, for the Uses therein limited and expressed;
enjoining all and every such Persons, as by the said
first-recited Ordinance were appointed to collect and
levy the said Arrears, forthwith to proceed effectually therein, and to make Payment of the same in such
Manner as in and by the said first-recited Ordinance
was formerly appointed; notwithstanding which,
through the Carelessness and Negligence of many of
those Persons who by the said first-recited Ordinance
were nominated and appointed to collect and levy the
said Sums, very little of the said Arrears hath since
that Time been brought in and paid unto the said Sir
Gilbert Gerard, or his Assigns:
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament
do therefore now Ordain, That if any Person or Persons, by virtue of the said first-recited Ordinance nominated and appointed to collect, levy, or pay, any of
the Sums before mentioned, shall wilfully neglect or
refuse to perform the same; the Lord Mayor of the
City of London for the Time being, or any Two Aldermen of the said City within the same and Liberties thereof, and the respective Committees without
the said City and the Liberties thereof for the City
of Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, and County
of Middlesex, by virtue of the said first-recited Ordinance respectively nominated and appointed as aforesaid, or any Five of them, have hereby Power to
commit such Person or Persons so refusing or neglecting to Prison, there to remain without Bail or Mainprize, until he shall conform himself; or otherwise to
impose upon such Person or Persons, for every Time
so refusing or neglecting to perform the said Service, or their Duties therein, such Fine or Fines as
to them shall be thought fit, and cause the same to
be levied by Distress and Sale of Goods, in such
Manner and Form as in and by the said first-recited
Ordinance, for and concerning such Persons as should
refuse or neglect to pay the Sums of Money whereat
they should be rated or assessed by virtue of that Ordinance, is limited and appointed: Provided, That no
Fine so imposed shall for any One Offence exceed the
Sum of Five Pounds.
"Provided, That this Ordinance shall not any Ways
extend to the Members of either of the Houses of
Parliament, or to the Assistants or Attendants to the
House of Peers.
"26 Decem. 1644.
"H. Elsynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com."
House adjourned till 9a cras.