DIE Mercurii, 14 die Decembris.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the King's menial Servants attending him.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Doctor Bennett:
To desire a Conference, concerning the King's menial
Servants to have Leave to go to attend the King.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons will send an Answer,
by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence, for this Conference;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Tho. Barrington, Baronet, which consisted of
1. That they are ready to give a Conference concerning the King's menial Servants.
and for one about a Declaration, in Answer to the King's; with Credentials for Mr. Strickland to the Prince of Orange;
2. A Conference concerning the Declaration in Answer to His Majesty's Declaration.
3. To desire Concurrence in a Letter of Credit to
Mr. Strickland, to be sent to the Prince of Orange.
(Here enter it.)
and an Ordinance and Order for Concurrence.
4. An Ordinance for the better Execution of the
Ordinance of the Twenty-ninth of November, 1642.
(Here enter it.)
5. An Order for apprehending of such Persons as beat
up Drums for Soldiers against the Parliament. (Here
The Answer returned to the Messengers was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House will return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Edw. Leech and Doctor Bennet:
To let them know that this House will give them a
Conference To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock,
concerning the King's Servants and the Declaration;
and that this House agrees with the House of Commons
in the Orders now brought up.
Isham's Affidavit of serving Alibond with a Warrant about the Inland Post-Office.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Gregory Isham, "That
he hath served Job Alibond with an Order of the Lords
Committees for the Inland Letter-office, requiring him
and others to bring in, and deliver to their Lordships,
a particular and true Accompt of all Profits of the
said Office since the Sequestration: And further this
Deponent saith, That the said Job Alibond still continueth the Execution of the same Office, notwithstanding the Order of the Lords in Parliament of the 25th
of November, which required him and others to deliver the Possession of the said Office to the Right Honourable the Earl of Warwicke or his Deputies; to
which he, the said Alibond, hath not yielded Obedience,
but still persists in the Execution of the said Office."
Jur. 14 Decembris, 1642.
Alibond sent for, for Contempt.
Upon Consideration of this Contempt of the Order
of this House, it is Ordered, That the Gentleman
Usher attending this House shall attach the Body of the
said Job Allibond, and keep him in safe Custody, and
bring him before this House To-morrow Morning, to
answer the said Contempt.
Credential for Mr Strickland to the Prince of Orange.
"Your Highness may be pleased to understand by
Mr. Walter Strickeland (who is employed by the Lords
and Commons in the Parliament of England assembled,
to negotiate some Affairs concerning this Kingdom
with the Lords The States Generall) the great Desire
they have to entertain all Kinds of good Correspondency with you; which he is directed more particularly to declare, and make known to your Highness,
and to communicate to you a more express Notice of
the present Condition of the Affairs of this State:
Wherefore we are commanded, in the Name of both
Houses, to desire your Highness to give him favourable Audience and Credit from Time to Time, so often as he shall have Occasion to address himself to
your Highness; and rest,
"Affectionate Friends and Servants."
This Letter to be signed by both Speakers.
The Messengers return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
Answer from the H. C.
That they will give a Conference To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock, concerning the King's Servants and the Declaration.
Petition from London refused, it being brought in a tumultuous Manner.
The House being informed, "That many People of
the City of London are at (fn. *) the Door, to present this
House a Petition;" but, because the House was told
that they came in a Multitude, their Lordships thought it
fit to send them Word, by the Gentleman Usher, "That
my Lords have formerly expressed their Dislike of the
coming of any great Numbers to the Parliament; and
they are unsatisfied with the Manner of their bringing down this Petition to them; but, if some small
Number of them bring hither the Petition To-morrow,
they will receive it."
Order for apprehending those who shall raise Recruits against the Parliament.
"Upon Information received, that divers ill-affected
Persons to the Peace and Welfare of this Kingdom
have of late, within the County of Som'sett, under
Pretence of some Orders or Protections given to the
Lord Pawlett of Hinton St. George, Sir Ralph Hopton,
Sir John Stowell, Sir Francis Hawley, Edmund Windham Esquire, and some others, by One or both Houses
of Parliament, or by the Committee of the Lords and
Commons for the Safety and Defence of the Kingdom, beaten up Drums for Voluntiers and others
to serve against the Parliament, and have raised
Forces both of Horse and Foot for that Purpose: It
is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the
Deputy Lieutenants, Justices of the Peace for the
said County, and all Captains, Soldiers, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, and all and every Officer and Officers,
and other Persons, and every of them, do forthwith
use their best Endeavours for the apprehending of the
said Person or Persons, whatsoever he or they be,
that have, or shall, so beaten up any Drum or Drums,
or caused the same to be done, or have or shall raise
any Forces either of Horse or Foot, without special
Warrant of the Parliament, or of the Earl of Essex
Lord General, to him or them directed; and that they
bring up all and every of them in Safe Custody to the
Parliament, to answer his and their high Misdemeanors and wilful Contempt in that Behalf."
"An Ordinance made by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, for the better and
more speedy Execution of the late Ordinance
of the Twenty-ninth of November, 1642.
Order for executing the Ordinance for assessing Estates at One Shilling in the Pound.
"Whereas, according to an Ordinance and Declaration of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, of the 29th of November last, the Persons
whose Names are subscribed, appointed, and since approved of by both Houses of Parliament, to be Assessors and Collectors of
is now Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, and the said Persons are hereby
required and authorized (upon the Receipt of this Order), forthwith to proceed effectually and diligently
to execute the said Ordinance, according to the Tenor
thereof, in every Behalf, without Omission, Favour,
Dread, Malice, or any other Thing to be attempted by them or any of them to the contrary thereof: And, for that End, it is further Ordained and
Declared, That the said Assessors shall hereby have
Authority to call before them as well such Persons as
they shall think fit to their Assistance, as also all or
any such Persons as are to be assessed; and the said
Assessors shall appoint the said Collectors their several
Divisions and Precincts, for gathering the Sums that
shall be assessed, and give Notice of the Sum and
Sums of Money at which every Person, in their Divisions and Precincts, shall be particularly assessed: And
whereas it is expressed, in the said Ordinance, [so
as the Assessment exceed not the Twentieth Part of
the Estates of the Persons to be assessed], it is hereby Declared (for Prevention of all Inequality in the
said Assessment), That, if the said Assessors, or any Four
of them, proceeding in their Assessments according to
their Judgements and best Information, shall assess any
Person above the Twentieth Part of his Estate, and
that the Person so assessed do find himself grieved
with the same Cessing or Rating, that then the
Party so assessed (paying One Moiety of the same he
shall be assessed at within Six Days next after Assessment, and Notice thereof given or left at the Dwelling House of the Party so assessed) may, during Six
Days after having paid the said Moiety as aforesaid,
have Liberty and may address himself for Remedy
and Relief unto the Persons nominated by the said
Ordinance to nominate the Assessors, or any Four of
them, and may tender his voluntary Oath or Protestation to such Persons, that he is over-rated, and of
the true Value of his Estate, if he please; and, after
due Examination and perfect Knowledge thereof had
and perceived, the said Persons authorized to nominate Assessors as aforesaid, or any Four of them shall
hereby have Power to Order such Abatement of the
said Assessment, according as shall appear unto them
just and equal upon the same Examination: And it
is hereby further Ordained and Declared, That the
Person so assessed and sworn shall, within Three Days
next after the Order of Abatement in that Behalf
made, pay unto, or be re-paid by, (fn. *) the Treasurers
who received the other Moiety of such Assessment,
such Sum or Sums of Money as by the said Order of
Abatement shall be appointed; and, in Case the said
Person so sworn and assessed shall not pay, within the
said Three Days next after Order of Abatement made,
the Sum thereby Ordered to be paid, that then the
same Sum shall be recovered by Distress, or otherwise,
as is provided in the said Ordinance of the 29th of
November last, in Case the Sums assessed shall not be
paid into The Guildhall, London, according to the true
Meaning of the same; and, if it be proved by Witnesses, or by the Parties own Confession, or other
lawful Ways or Means, within Six Months after any
such Oath made, that the same Persons, so rated and
sworn, was of any better or greater Estate, in Lands,
Goods, or other Things above specified, at the Time
of the making the said Ordinance, than the said Person so sworn did declare upon his said Oath, that
then every Person so offending shall lose and forfeit so
much lawful Money of England as he, the same Person so sworn, was first cessed at or taxed to pay, by
virtue of the Ordinance aforesaid, to be recovered by
Distress, or otherwise, as is provided in the said Ordinance of 29th of November last, in Case the Sums of
Money to be assessed by virtue of the said Ordinance
shall not be paid into The Guildhall, London, according to the true Meaning of the same: And it is
hereby further Ordained and Declared, That the said
Assessors and Collectors shall incur no Damage, by
reason of their over-valuing the Estate of any Person assessed, or to be assessed, or recovering or receiving the same, by virtue of the Ordinance aforesaid,
unless some corrupt or indirect Carriage therein shall
be (fn. *) proved in Parliament against them."
House adjourned till 4a post meridiem.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker.
Doctor Bennett's Horses restored.
Delinquents sent for.
Ordered, That the Horses of Mr. Doctor Bennett,
an Assistant of this House, being seized and taken away
by Colour of the Ordinance of Parliament, shall be restored to him again; and the Parties who took them away to appear here To-morrow.
Lady Dowager Spencer, Ditto.
Ordered, That the Horses of the Lady Dowager
Spencer shall be restored; and the Parties that took them
away are to appear To-morrow, to shew by what Warrant they took them away.
No Copies of the Ordinance for assessing Estates to be delivered.
Ordered, That no Copy of the Ordinance for rating of Persons, that passed this Morning, shall be delivered forth, until this House gives further Directions
therein; and that the Copy already delivered forth
to the Clerk of the Committee for that Business, (fn. *) he shall
be commanded to bring in that Order, and not to print
or publish it until further Directions.
Propositions to be presented to the King.
The Earl of Northumb. reported to this House the
Draught of the Preamble and Propositions drawn up
by the Committee to be presented to His Majesty,
which were read, in hæc verba: videlicet, (Here enter
"The Committee thought it fit to distinguish between
such Persons, as have been the Actors and Contrivers of
these Mischiefs and ill Counsel, from such as have been
misled to follow them."
Likewise his Lordship reported a Draught of a Bill for
settling the Militia, which they think fit to be presented
to His Majesty, being agreeable in most Things contained in the Bill offered formerly to His Majesty.
Bill for settling the Militia.
Hodie 1a et 2a
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the ordering of the Militia in the Kingdom of England and
Dominion of Wales.
Ordered, That this Bill be committed to the Committee of the whole House, to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Propositions to be presented to the King.
Next, the Propositions were severally read, and agreed
to, as followeth:
The Preamble agreed to.
1. The First Proposition, this House agreed to.
Ordered, That the rest of these Propositions shall
be Resolved of To-morrow Morning, before this House
receives the London Petition.
Also another Bill was reported from the Committee,
which that Committee thinks fit to be passed, for the
Safety of the Kingdom; which was to make the Earl of
Northumb. High Admiral of England, &c.
Bill for the Earl of Northumberland to be Lord High Admiral.
Hodie 1a et 2a
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the
making of Algernoone Earl of Northumb. High Admiral of
England, Ireland, Wales, Callis, Normandy, Gascoigne, Aquitaine, and all other His Majesty's Dominions, and General of the Navy and Sea, and for the well Ordering of
Ordered, To be committed to the Committee of
the whole House.
House adjourned till 10 a cras.