DIE Martis, 29 die Aprilis.
Prayers, by Mr. Coleman.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Ds. Herbert of Cherbery.
Commissioners for examining Mrs. Blake's Witnesses.
Ordered, That Robert Markes Gentleman, Edward
Lovell Gentleman, Wm. Strode of Charlton Gentleman,
Wm. Swanton of Som'set Gentleman, John Bisse Gentleman, John Strode Gentleman, Francis Swanton of
Wilts Gentleman, shall be added to the Commissioners
for examining the Witnesses of Mrs. (fn. *) Blake. Any Two
of them. And the Defendants are to have Notice
of it, that so they may join in the said Commission if
they will; else they may have the Commission ex Parte.
Herbert to have Time to consider whether he will act as Executor to Alexander's Will; and Davenport's Suit against him stayed.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Herbert Esquire, One of the Commissioners for the Army; shewing, "That Henry Alexander Esquire made the Petitioner and his Wife Executors of his last Will, in
Trust only, for the Benefit of his Two Children,
being Infants, and in Ward to His Majesty: The
said Alexander died but Nine Days since, and was
buried but on Thursday last; yet, before his Interment, or the Probate of his Will, the Petitioner was
served with a Subpoena, to appear in Chancery, at
the Suit of James Davenporte his Brother-in-Law,
for a meer pretended, and no real Debt, from the
said Alexander; but the Bill came not in till Saturday
last in the Evening, and, being long, will require
much Time to advise thereupon: Now, for as much
as the Petitioner is a meer Stranger to the Business,
is forthwith to repair to the Army to attend his
Service there, and for that the Personal Estate left
by the said Henry Alexander (saving some small Goods,
of the Value of Ten Pounds, or thereabouts) consists
in Debts due by Bond, and the Parties owing the
same are now in the King's Quarters, and most of
them in actual Arms against the Parliament, and
for (fn. *) that the King's Fine for the said Wardship is first
to be raised and satisfied out of that Estate; the
Petitioner desireth Liberty for Eight Months, to
consult and advise touching the said Will, whether
he shall take upon him the Execution thereof; and
that, in the Interim, as well the said Suit of the
said Mr. Davenporte in Chancery, as all other Suits
and Actions (if any shall be commenced touching
that Estate, wherein the Petitioner is only intrusted)
may be suspended and stayed."
Hereupon it is Ordered, To be recommended to the
Commissioners of the Great Seal, to give him some convenient Time, as they shall think fit, in regard of his
Occasions, and Attendance in the Army; and also
it is referred to Sir Nath. Brent, to give him convenient Time concerning the Probate of the Will.
Lady Knollis to have an Allowance for her Daughter's Fortunes, out of the sequestered Estate of Sir H. Knollis.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lady Katherine
Knollis Widow, and of her Two Daughters, Frances
and Katherine Knollis; shewing, "That Sir Henry Knollis her Husband, deceased, did provide and leave
Three Thousand Pounds for his said Two Daughters Portions; and afterwards dying, leaving Sir
Henry Knollis his Eldest Son Executor, who was charged and trusted with the said Three Thousand Pounds,
and agreed to pay the Forbearance thereof to the
Petitioners: But, since the (fn. *) said Sir Henry Knollis's
Estate is sequestered, the Committee for Sequestrations
cannot give Relief herein without special Order of
the Houses, whereby the said Lady Knollis hath at
her own Charge maintained her Daughters, having
very small Estate left, and thereby she is wholly
disabled to afford them further Supply, being herself already exposed to many Exigences: Therefore
the Petitioners humbly desire, that the Committee
may allow either the Two Hundred and Forty Pounds,
Forbearance of the said Three Thousand Pounds
Yearly, or some such other reasonable Allowance,
that so they may be supplied with Maintenance to
And also upon Report from the Committee of Lords
and Commons for Sequestrations, "That their Opinion
is, That it is fit the Petitioners should (fn. †) have Allowance out of the Estate of Sir Henry Knollis, but,
by reason they have no such Power by the Ordinance, without further Order of both Houses, to
give them any Allowance.
Hereupon it is Ordered, To recommend this Petition to the House of Commons, and desire it may
be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons
for Sequestrations, that such an Allowance may be given them, out of Sir Henry Knollis's Estate, as they shall
Col. Butler and Dulbeir to be brought to Trial.
The Earl of Essex moved, "That the House of
Commons might be desired, that Lieutenant Colonel
Butler and Dulbeir might be brought to a Trial,
that so they might be brought to condign Punishment, or acquitted."
And it (fn. *) is Ordered, That this Business be Part of
the next Conference.
Sir J. Hamilton's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration from
Sir John Hamilton's Park and Lands, was read the
Second and Third Time, and Agreed to.
(Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c. and with Deputy Lieutenants Names for Suffolk.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Nicolls, &c.
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. An Ordinance concerning the relieving the maimed Soldiers, out of the Sequestration-money in the associated Counties, &c. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. That Brampton Gurdon Junior, Esquire, be a
Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Suff.
And that Thomas Gipps Gentleman be a Deputy
Lieutenant for the Town of St. Edmondsbury, in Suff.
3. An Order for paying Two Thousand Pounds,
out of Haberdashers Hall, for the Garrison of Taunton.
(Here enter it.)
4. An Order for John Blackston Esquire and others (fn. *) to
be appointed a Committee, for sequestering the Estates
of Delinquents in Newcastle upon Tyne. (Here enter it.)
5. An Ordinance for paying Two Hundred and Fifty
Pounds to Sir John Temple, which he lent to Mr.
Reynolds and Mr. Goodwin in Ireland. (Here enter it.)
6. An Ordinance concerning the disbursing of Monies for the Town of Plymouth, &c. by Nathan Wright
and Franc. Lenthall. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
7. An Ordinance to make John White Clerk, Rector
of Lambeth, in the Place of Doctor Featly lately deceased, &c. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now
Letter from the Earl of Leven.
Next, a Letter was reported from the Committee of
both Kingdoms sent from General Leven, which was
read. (Here enter it.)
Committee to prepare an Answer to it.
Ordered, That the latter Part of the Letter, concerning Sir John Meldrum, be referred to the Committee that are appointed to consider of Persons to supply those Places of Commands in.
Ordered, That the Earls of Northumb. Manchester,
Sarum, and Denbigh, and the Lord Wharton, are appointed to draw up a Letter, by Way of Answer to this
Letter, and to report the same to this House.
Message to the H. C. to expedite the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons; by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
To put them in Mind to expedite these Things following, which were sent to the House of Commons
formerly; and to deliver divers Petitions to them, with
the Sense of the House thereupon:
1. The Recommendations of Sir Anthony St. Johns.
2. Concurrence for Commissions to be given to Commanders for Lyncolnshire.
3. The Lord Blany's Petition.
4. Thomas Bedingfield's Pass.
5. Oliver Browne's Petition.
6. To desire Expedition in the Ordinance for Rutlandshire.
7. To put them in Mind of the Ordinance for the
Indemnity of the Inhabitants of the Isle of Jersey, they
being expelled there.
8. To put them in Mind of the Petition of Sir Hamond Le Strange, and Clynch.
Fast to be observed.
Ordered, That the Lords do meet at the House
To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, and so go
to the Abbey Church at Westm. to the Fast.
Sir J. Hamilton's Ordinance.
"It is this Day Ordained and Declared, by the
Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That
the Sequestration of the Parks, House, and Lands,
of Sir John Hamilton's, in the County of Middlesex (fn. *) "
Ordinance for relieving maimed Soldiers, out of Monies raised in the associated Counties of Essex, Suffolk, &c.
"Be it Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Third Part of the
Monies raised, or to be raised, out of the Sequestrations, in the Counties of Norffolke, the City of Norwich, Suffolke, Essex, Lincolne, Hartford, Huntington,
Cambridge, and the Isle of Ely, lately associated under the Command of the Earl of Manchester, and
formerly assigned to the said Earl, shall be received
and employed by the Standing Committees in the
several Counties, for Relief of sick and maimed
Soldiers, Scouts, Intelligencers, and other Emergences, and for the Defence of the said respective Counties; and that the said Committees, or any Five
of them, shall have Power to nominate a Treasurer
or Treasurers, in their respective Counties, to receive the said Third Part of the said Sequestrationmoney, and to issue out the same for the Purposes
aforesaid, by Warrant under the Hands of Five of
the said Committees, and not otherwise."
Order for 2000l. for Relief of Taunton.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords
and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith advance Two Thousand
Pounds, to be employed for the Service and Relief
of the Garrison of Taunton; and that Sir Edward
Hales's Twentieth Part shall be allowed and employed as Part of this Two Thousand Pounds."
Committee for Sequestration in Newcattle.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That John Blakiston Esquire, Henry
Warmouth Esquire, Mr. Henry Dawson, Mr. John
Cosins, Mr. Edward Man, Mr. Edward Wood, Mr.
William Dawson, Mr. Ralph Fewler, Mr. George
Dawson, Mr. George Fenwicke, Mr. Thomas Ledyerd,
Mr. Robert Ellison, Mr. Christopher Nicholson, and
Mr. Thomas Bonner, be appointed a Committee, for
sequestering the Estates of Delinquents in Newcastle
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to re-pay themselves 250l. advanced to Sir J. Temple, lent by him to the Committee in Ireland.
Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the
City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners
of Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent
the Sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, for
Payment of the Monies due to Sir John Temple,
which he lent to Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Goodwin, when
they were on the Service of the Parliament in Ireland:
Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of
Excise, their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns,
shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the
said Sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, together with Interest for the same after the Rate of
Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long Time as the
same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, out of
such Intervals of Receipts as shall happen when other
Payments already assigned upon the Office of Excise
shall not fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals,
then as the same shall follow in Course; and shall
not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One or
both Houses of Parliament, be debarred from satisfying themselves accordingly; and the Receipt of
the said Sir John Temple shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds
to the said Commissioners in that Behalf.
Ordinance for Mess. Wright and Lenthall to re-pay themselves 5000l. advanced for Plymouth, &c. out of the Duties arising at those Places:
Whereas Nathan Wright and Francis Lenthall, of
London, Merchants, are, by several Ordinances of
Parliament in that Behalf made and provided, appointed to collect, receive, and take, certain Duties
imposed upon Merchandize, by Authority of Parliament, to be employed for and about the Defence
of the Town and Port of Plymouth, Island of St.
Nicholas, and Towns of Poole, Lyme Regis, and
Places adjacent; and whereas, by another Order of
both Houses of Parliament, the said Nathan Wright
and Francis Lenthall are appointed Treasurers also
of the said Sums of Money so collected and received;
and whereas the said Nathan Wright and Francis
Lenthall, at the Instance and Request of the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed for the
Safety of the said Places, have lent and advanced,
for the Supply of the urgent and pressing Occcasions
of the Commonwealth and the Parts aforesaid, the
Sum of Five Thousand Pounds, to be continued
from the First of May, 1645; until the 29th of
September next following, to be re-paid, with Interest
after the Rate of Eight per Cent. for a Year, and to
be secured by and according to this Ordinance, with
such Clauses as are herein expressed: Be it therefore
Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by Authority of the
same, That the said Nathan Wright and Francis
Lenthall, and the Survivor of them, his or their Executors or Assigns, shall be Collectors and Treasurers
of the aforesaid Duties and Sums of Money, to be
levied and received as aforesaid, until the said Five
Thousand Pounds with Interest as aforesaid and
Charges (by this Ordinance allowed) be fully re-paid,
according to the true Intent and Meaning hereof;
nevertheless the said Collectors and Treasurers shall,
from Time to Time, pay and dispose of all such
Monies as shall be received before the 29th of September aforesaid, by virtue of the aforesaid Ordinances (Charges and Allowances deducted), in such
Manner as the said Committee, or any Five of them,
under their Hands, shall direct; and upon the said
29th of September, or within Ten Days next after,
shall tender and give unto the said Committee a true
and perfect Accompt in Writing; and what shall be
then remaining in their Hands (Interest and Allowance deducted) shall be issued and paid according to the Directions of the said Committee as aforesaid; and the said Treasurers, or the Survivor of
them, his or their Executors or Assigns, shall, upon
the First Day of January next, or within Ten Days
then next after, make another Accompt, in like
Manner, of all such Monies as shall be collected,
and come to their Hands, from and after the said
29th of September, until the said First Day of January, and shall retain in their Hands so much as shall
be by them collected, first towards Payment of their
Charges and Interest after the Rate of Eight Pounds
per Cent. and afterwards of so much of the Principal
as the Receipt will amount unto, which shall be supplied and made up out of such Monies as shall become due and payable from and after the First of
January aforesaid; and in case any Surplusage remain in their Hands upon the First of January, the
same to be paid and disposed according to the said
former Directions; and the said Treasurers shall, at
the End of every Three Months successively after,
give an Accompt unto the aforesaid Committee;
and, after Satisfaction of the said Five Thousand
Pounds, together with Interest and Charges, shall,
from Time to Time, pay the whole Residue and
Remainder of their Receipts, as the said Committee, or any Five of them, shall appoint, as aforesaid:
And be it further Ordained, That the said Committee, or any Five of them as aforesaid, or such as they
shall appoint in that Behalf, shall audit and examine
the Accompts of the aforesaid Treasurers, Nathan
Wright and Francis Lenthall, for all Monies as well
received as paid, for the Time past as for the Time
to come; and whatsoever shall be approved and allowed by the said Committee, or any Five of them,
as aforesaid, under their Hands, shall be a sufficient
Discharge to and for the said Collectors and Treasurers, their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators,
without any further Accompt or Reckoning to be
made or given to any other Person or Persons whatsoever; any Order or Ordinance of both or either
Houses of Parliament to the contrary notwithstanding: And it is also Ordained, That the said Treasurers, Nathan Wright and Francis Lenthall, for and
towards the Charges of the said Collection, be allowed, and shall detain in their said Accompts, Six
Pence in the Pound, for all the Charges of the Collection, Treasurership, and otherwise, of the said Duty
and Custom: And be it further Ordained, That
the said Collectors and Treasurers be secured and
saved harmless, by Authority of both Houses of Parliament, in what they shall do in Execution of the
Premises: Provided always, That as touching the
Duty hereby imposed, there be no Deduction nor
Defalcation of Fifteen Pounds per Cent: And be it
further Ordained, That the Customers, Comptrollers, and other Officers whom it may concern, do
take particular Notice of this Ordinance, who are
to pass no Entry until the said Duties levied and
imposed by several Ordinances of Parliament for the
Use and Purpose aforesaid, over and above the present and future Customs and Duties, be duly satisfied and paid to the said Collectors, or their Deputies,
and signified under their Hands in Writing, according to the true Intent of this present Ordinance.
Ordinance for Mr. White to be Rector of Lambeth.
"Whereas the Church of Lambeth, in the County
of Surrey, is lately become void, by the Death of
Daniell Featly, Doctor of Divinity; the Charge
whereof, by Order of the Committee for plundered
Ministers, was, in the Life-time of the said Doctor
Featly, committed to John White Master of Arts,
One of the Assessors of the Assembly of Divines,
for Causes in the said Order expressed, with Power
to receive and take all the Profits to the Rectory of
Lambeth aforesaid belonging; and whereas the Patronage of the said Church, in the now Vacancy of
the See of Canterbury, belongeth of Right to the
King's most Excellent Majesty, is now, by Way of
Sequestration, in the disposing of the Houses of Parliament now assembled: It is this Day Ordered, by
the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
That the said John White shall be and continue Rector and Incumbent of the said Church of Lambeth,
and have, receive, and take, all the Tithes and other
Profits to the said Rectory belonging.
Letter from the Earl of Leven, about his sending Assistance to Sir W. Brereton; and recommending Sir J. Meldrum to be employed.
"For the Committee of both Kingdomes,
"I received your Letter, with the inclosed Intelligence, giveing Notice of the Two Princes Retourne
towards Chester; and therefore desireing that Generall
Leiuetenant Lesley might bee ordered to apply tymely
Assistance to Sir William Brereton, whome I had appointed to repaire to that Party under his Commaund,
and dilligently to enquire of the Enemye's Strength
and Motions; and thereafter, as their Forces should
inclyne, to behave himselfe as the Weale of those Parts
most concerned and the Publique Safety should require: But I conceive, whatever Way they direct
their Course, little Addition of Strength may bee
expected, either from the Lord Fairefax or Sir William
Brereton; and that the Enemye's combined Power (if
a Part thereof bee not otherwise diverted) will bee to
unequall to deale with and encounter. I shall use
all Endeavours to hasten the advanceing of this Army,
some Regiments whereof have now listed, and are
moveing already towards their appointed Randezvous;
and could with that the Enemye's Forces might not
bee suffered altogether to direct their Forces to these
Northerne disaffected Partyes, where they may possibly
collect too much Strength. I shall desire alsoe that
now, when Sir John Meldrum is in the Way of Recovery, and as done soe many good Offices to the
Publique, there might bee Care taken how to make
Use of him in these Tymes. And thus for the present I remaine
Newcastle, the 22th Aprill, 1645.
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Col. Carleton's Petition, for Protection against some of his Creditors, who refuse taking a Composition under a Statute of Bankruptcy against him.
"To the Right Honourable the House of
Lords now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of Samuell Carlton, Lieutenant Colonel;
"That your Petitioner, for Defence of the true Protestant Religion, Privileges of Parliament, and Laws
of the Kingdom, took upon him the Public Service
very early, as Lieutenant Colonel in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Langham, raised by the Militia
of London, and (fn. *) aided and continued until the last
under the Command of his Excellency the Earl of
Essex: By which Discontinuance from his Trade,
and through Neglect of his Servants at Home, hath
not only spent and consumed much of his Estate,
but, by reason of the Enemy's plundering most of
his Debtors in the West and North, where a great
Part of his Estate lay, and by divers other Losses,
your Petitioner is become unable at present (as
Things now stand) to satisfy and presently to pay
all his Creditors their just Debts; your Petitioner's
Creditors having taken a Commission of Bankrupt
against your Petitioner, who hath been voluntarily
examined before them upon his Oath, and fully satisfied them touching all the Particulars of his Estate,
being most willing they should enjoy all he hath
for their Satisfaction; yet there are some Two or
Three Creditors, who refuse to take Part with the
rest of the Creditors, are so bent against your Petitioner, as he humbly conceiveth, for no other Cause,
but because he hath been a Soldier for the Parliament, as that he is likely thereby to be cast in Prison, and there, without your Honours Clemency
and Favour, to rot and perish; and his Wife and
Children, whose Livelihood depends upon his Endeavours, to suffer Want and Misery.
"Wherefore he most humbly prayeth, that since
there is great Arrears due by the State unto
your Petitioner for his Personal Pay, that
your Honours Clemency and Favour may
be so far vouchsafed unto your Petitioner,
as that your Honours will direct and order
that he may enjoy his Liberty as hitherto he
"And he shall ever pray, &c.