Die Jovis, 18 Decembris.
Prayers, by Mr. Foxcroft.
Ds. Grey de War. Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return Answer:
That (fn. *) they do agree with the Lords, in communicating the King's Letter to the Scotts Commissioners; and
that concerning Hancocke, the House of Commons do
agree: That for the building of Three Frigates sent
from the Committee of the Admiralty, and to the Petition of the Lady Gray, they will return an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Legay's Petition, who was committed with others, for Contempt of the Order in Ihannes's Cause.
Upon reading the Petition of Peter Legay Junior; acknowledging "the great Power and Justice of this House,
as well in other Proceedings, as in that against the
Petitioner, to which with all Willingness he submits
himself; yet forasmuch as the Petitioner is a Youth,
and devoid of all Means of Support but what he receiveth from his Father, and being smitten at the
Heart with the great Blemish his Sufferings will bring
upon his Father and his whole Family, which may
occasion him more Grief than his late Losses; he
therefore beseecheth this House for Mercy and Pardon, in suspending the Execution of his Sentence,
and taking off his Fine; which Bounty shall both oblige him to Gratitude, and admonish him to future
All released upon Bail.
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the said Peter Legay, and also Thomas Howett, Peter Mackerell, and
Edmond Butler, who were sentenced by this House,
shall have Liberty to go upon Bail, about their own
Employments; with Condition to appear before this
House when they shall be summoned.
Mr. Bond's Ordinance.
Next, an Ordinance for making Mr. Bond Master
of The Savoy, was read, and Agreed to; and Ordered
to be sent down to the House of Commons.
Earl of Carlisle and his Creditors.
Ordered, That the Cause of the Earl of Carlile,
between him and his Creditors, shall be heard, by
Counsel on One Side, on Tuesday come Fortnight.
The Earl of Northumb. reported Two Papers from
the Committee of both Kingdoms; which were read, as
Officers who are prosecuted for taking Carriages, &c. for the Use of Army.
"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses, to
declare their Pleasure concerning such Officers serving the Parliament, as have executed the Commands
of their superior Officers, in pressing of Carriages,
taking Horses, or other Service for the Army, against
whom Actions are now brought for the same."
Ordered, That this Business be referred to the
Committee of Petitions, to call the Parties of both
Sides before them, and to report the same to this
The other Paper was read, as follows:
Towns-men of Warwick to do Duty in the Absence of the Forces there.
"Ordered, That the Letter from Colonel Bridges
be reported to both Houses, with their Opinion,
That those who are unwilling to do Duty in the Town
in the Absence of the Soldiers may be forced thereto."
The Letter was read. (Here enter it.)
The House, approving of this Opinion of the Committee, appointed the Lord Viscount Say & Seale, the
Lord Wharton, and the Lord Robertes, to draw up an
Ordinance to this Purpose, and present the same to this
House: Mr. Justice Pheasant and Mr. Justice Rolls, to
be Assistants to the Committee.
The Lord Robertes reported a Paper from the Committee for the Admiralty; which was read.
Die Martis, 18 Nov. 1645.
At the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
Captain Lockier to command a Prize Vessel.
"On the Recommendations of Captain Batten, Vice
Admiral of the Fleet; this Committee doth Order,
That Captain John Lockier, formerly employed in the
Parliament's Service, be presented to both Houses,
for their (fn. *) approving him to be Commander of the
Prize Ship at Weymouth, lately taken from Captain
Ordered, To desire the Concurrence of the House
of Commons herein.
Message to the H. C. about Devon Committees, and Lady Chaworth's Petition.
A Message to the House of Commons, by Doctor
Aylett and Doctor Heath:
To put them in Mind of the Three Persons formerly
sent down, to be added to the Committee of Devon.
2. To put them in Mind of the Lady Chaworth's Petition.
The Answer returned was:
That they will send an Answer by Messengers of
Message from thence, with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Ellis;
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. An Ordinance for advancing Six Thousand Pounds
for the Scotch Forces. (Here enter.)
2. An Ordinance for One Thousand Pounds to be
issued out of the Excise for the Lyncolne Foot.
(Here enter it.)
3. An Ordinance for issuing out of the Excise One
Thousand Pounds for Leycester Foot. (Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance for reimbursing Two Thousand
Pounds to Mr. Pierepont, which is to be employed for
the Service of reducing Newarke. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now
Letter from Colonel Bridges, that the Townsmen of Warwick may be compelled to do Garrison Duty, in the Absence of the Forces.
For the Right Honourable the Committee of
both Kingdoms at Darby House. These.
May it please your Honours,
"I having Notice about Fifteen Days since, that the
King was intended to march down to Bridgnorth,
there to join with some other Forces, drawn together
for the Relief of Chester; with Nine Companies of
mine own, and Coventry Foot, I possessed myself of
the Fords and Passes over the River of Avon, to interrupt His March; where attending His Motion by
the Space of Seven Days, in that Time I caused the
Bridges at Stratford and other Places to be broken
and flung off, and the Fords to be made impassable:
Before my Return upon Thursday Night last, I having
Intelligence that the next Day Forces from Oxford,
Banbury, Wallingford, and other Places, were to keep
Rendezvous at Blackheath, near Burford; so soon as
I could get Forces together, I marched down to Stratford, and the Enemy advanced One Thousand Horse almost as far as Campden, and, hearing of the Difficulty
of his Passage, marched to Shipton, and thence to Banbury; which caused me speedily to draw back to
Newarke, lest they should in my Absence make their
Passage between that and Coventry, where at present,
with my own and Coventry Forces, I wait their Motion. I find it very difficult to oppose them for Want
of Horse, having but One Troop to assist me; and am
constrained to draw the whole Garrison out of the
Town of Warwick, which I do with more Confidence,
in regard our Guards are made good by Four Companies of Townsmen (in the Absence of the Soldiery),
consisting of about Five Hundred Men, which I raised
since I received your Commission, whom I find very diligent in their Duty; but I fear, (fn. *) through the Perverseness
of some People of the better Sort, countenanced by some
who have of late been employed by the Parliament
(unless your Honours in your Wisdom shall think of
some Expedient whereby the Refractory may be
compelled to take their Turns in so necessary a Service), these hopeful Beginnings will be blasted, and
this so necessary a Service altogether neglected; for
the meaner Sort begin already to complain, that the
greatest Part of the Burthen should lie on their Shoulders, and so many of the abler Sort should withdraw
their Assistance. My Lords, I have ever been tender
of troubling you with Complaints; but this being a
Business of so great Concernment to the Public, I
have taken the Boldness to crave your Assistance and
Countenance; and humbly take Leave, and rest
Warwick Castle, the 15th of December 1645.
"Most humble Servant,
Order for 6000l. for the Scots Forces.
"Whereas Richard Wareing and Michaell Herring,
Treasurers of the Money to be paid into Gouldsmiths
Hall, have advanced the Sum of Six Thousand Pounds,
over and above the Sum of Thirty-one Thousand
Pounds formerly assigned for the Scottish Army: It is
this Day Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and
Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Six
Thousand Pounds shall be re-paid to the said Richard
Wareing and Michaell Herring, out of the First Money
that shall be raised out of the Assessments appointed
by Ordinance of Parliament for the Pay of the Scotch
Army, after the One and Thirty Thousand Pounds borrowed upon the Security of the said Ordinance; and
Interest for the said Six Thousand Pounds, according
to the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. until the said
Six Thousand Pounds shall be re-paid: And it is further Ordained, That the said Six Thousand Pounds
shall be disposed of and paid to the Scottish Forces before Newarke, in such Manner as the Committees of
both Houses of Parliament, or any Three of them,
whereof One shall be of the House of Peers and Two
of the House of Commons, now appointed to go to
the Forces before Newarke, shall think fit, for the
preventing of Free Quarter, and other Inconveniencies,
and for the better carrying on of the Service for the
reducing of that Town, after due Musters had of the
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to reimburse themselves 1000£ advanced for Lincoln Forces;
"Whereas Thomas Foote 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 One Thousand Pounds for Lincolne
Foot, charged in Course, by Ordinance of the 25th
October, 1645, upon the Receipts of Excise, by Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament,
That the said Commissioners of Excise may satisfy and
reimburse themselves, and that their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall and may be satisfied and
paid, the said One Thousand Pounds, with Interest for
the same, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. during
so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall
be unpaid, out of such Intervals of Receipts, by Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, as shall
happen when other Assignments already made on
those Receipts shall not fall due; and for Want of
such Intervals, then in such Order and Course as the
said Ordinance of the 25th October, 1645, shall succeed and take Place; and that the said Thousand
Pounds, so advanced, be paid unto Thomas Rands,
whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto
the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them,
in that Behalf: And it is further Ordained, That in
case the said One Thousand Pounds and Interest shall not
be satisfied and paid, out of the Intervals or Course
of this present Year, ending the 11th of September,
1646, that then the said Commissioners of Excise, their
Executors and Administrators, shall be paid and satisfied the said One Thousand Pounds, and Interest, out of
the further Receipts of Excise, upon the said Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, by the Commissioners of Excise for the Time being, according to
the true Intent of this Ordinance; and the Commissioners of Excise for the Time being are authorized
to make Payment of the said One Thousand Pounds
and Interest accordingly: Provided, That the Ordinance formerly passed, for the Payment of One Thousand Pounds for the Foot of Lincolnesheir, out of the
Excise, in Course, be hereby repealed and revoked."
and 1000l. for Leicester Forces.
"Whereas Thomas Foot Esquire, Alderman of the
City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of
the Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent
One Thousand Pounds, for the Service of the Forces in
Leicestersheir: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of
Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves,
and that their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns,
shall and may be satisfied and reimbursed, the said One
Thousand 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 to come in
upon the Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, as
shall happen when other Assignments already made on
those Receipts shall not fall due, or, in Default thereof,
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, or being satisfied, accordingly; and the
Commissioners of Excise are hereby authorized to
pay the said One Thousand Pounds to Michaell Herring, of London, Merchant, or his Assigns, whose Receipt or Receipts shall be a sufficient Discharge to
the said Commissioners of Excise for the said One
Thousand Pounds, and every Part thereof: And it is
further Ordained, That in case the said One Thousand Pounds and Interest, or any Part thereof, shall
not be reimbursed and paid unto the said Commissioners of Excise, in the Intervals or Course of this
present Year, ending the 11th of September, 1646,
that then the said Commissioners of Excise, their
Executors or Administrators, shall be reimbursed and
paid, out of the further Receipts of the Excise, by
the Commissioners for the Time being, according to
the true Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance; and
the Commissioners of Excise for the Time being are
authorized to make Payment of the said One Thousand Pounds and Interest accordingly: Provided, the
Ordinance formerly passed, for the Payment of One
Thousand Pounds for Leicestersheir, out of the Excise, in Course, be hereby repealed and revoked."
Order for 2000l. to Mr. Pierpoint, advanced to Officers, &c. of the Eastern Association employed against Newark.
"Whereas William Pierepont Esquire, a Member of
the House of Commons, doth, upon his Credit, borrow Two Thousand Pounds, for Payment of such Officers and Soldiers as are to be drawn out of several
Garrisons in the Eastern Association, for the reducing
of Newarke: It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Mr.
Pierepont shall be reimbursed the said Two Thousand
Pounds, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds
per Cent. for so long Time as the same, or any Part
thereof, shall be forborn, out of the Monies established by Ordinance of the 3d of September last
for Payment of the said Garrisons, in such Proportions
as is appointed for the said Officers and Soldiers;
which Two Thousand Pounds shall be satisfied to Mr.
Pierepoint, or his Assigns, according to the said Proportions, in the First Place; and the said Money so
advanced shall be paid upon Musters only to such
Officers and Soldiers of the Garrisons as are employed in the Service against Newarke, by some (fn. *) responsible Person, to be nominated by the Committee of
Lords and Commons to be sent down unto that Army,
that so due Accompt may be returned of the Disposal of the Money."