DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 12 die Aprilis.
Earl of Manchester was appointed to be Speaker
Sir William Bronkard, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Bronkard shall have a Pass,
to return to Oxford, with a Man and Two Foot-boys,
with Thirty-six Pounds in Money.
Armstrong, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Armstrong shall have a Pass,
for himself and Rob't Lee's Man, and Two Horses, to
go down to Brooksby, in Leycestershire, to Captain Cave's,
and to return to London.
Message from the H. C. to put in Execution the Ordinance for seizing Delinquents Estates.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Stroude:
To desire that whereas a Committee of both Houses
is appointed, to put the Ordinance in Execution for the
seizing of Papists and notorious Delinquents Estates,
that they may be appointed to meet; and that any Five
of the said Committee may meet, and transact the Business.
Ordered, That this Committee shall meet this Afternoon, at Five of the Clock; as to the Number, this
House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Answer was returned accordingly.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Forces to be raised in London, and about Instructions to the Committee at Oxford; and to expedite the Ordinance for seizing L. Capel's Estate.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Thomas Barrington Baronet:
1. To desire a Conference concerning Forces to be
raised in London, and concerning Instructions to be sent
to the Committee at Oxford.
2. To expedite the Ordinance touching the seizing
of the Lord Capell's Estates, for the Use of the Lord
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give present Conference, in the
Painted Chamber, as is desired, and will take the Ordinance concerning the Lord General into Consideration.
Orders for Concurrence.
Next, an Order of Sequestration for the Church and
Profits of Gilston, in the County of Hertford, was read.
(Here enter it.)
An Order concerning Plymouth was read, and agreed
to. (Here enter it.)
An Order concerning Yarmouth was read, and agreed
to. (Here enter it.)
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords
went to the Conference; which being ended, the House
Report of the Conference about raising Forces in London.
The Speaker reported the Conference; which was,
"That the House of Commons presented to their Lordships an Ordinance for raising of Forces in and about
the City of London, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence."
The Ordinance was read, as followeth. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in this Ordinance; and that the same shall
be forthwith printed and published.
"2. The House of Commons acquainted their Lordships with a Vote made by them: videlicet,
and about Instructions to the Committee at Oxford, to come up, and give an Account of their Proceedings.
"That the Committees of the House of Commons
attending His Majesty at Oxon be enjoined to come
from thence on Saturday next, Personally to give
an Account to this House of the Proceedings of the
Treaty; and that the Lords be desired to send the
like Injunction to their Committee."
This House thought it fit to give private Directions
to the Committee of this House.
Mr. Corbett to be inducted to a Living in Kent.
Ordered, That this House requires and commands
the Archbishop of Canterbury presently to present
and induct Mr. Corbett to the Parsonage of
in the County of Kent; and a speedy Account thereof
to be given to this House.
Order for sequestering the Profits of Gilston from Mr. Webb.
"Whereas Christopher Webb, Rector of Gilston, in
the County of Hertford, upon hearing of the Complaint against him before the Grand Committee of
the House of Commons for Religion, was fully proved
to be a common Gamester, or common Drunkard, and
Alehouse-haunter, negligent of his Cure, and not
suffering others to preach when himself would not,
and therefore voted by the said Committee unworthy
and unfit to hold any Ecclesiastical Benefice, or Spiritual Promotion, in the Church; and sithence hath
expressed much Malignancy against the Parliament,
affirming, among other Things, "That he hoped in
God he should see the Confusion of the Parliament:"
All which the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament taking into Consideration, for the better supply of an able and Godly Minister in the said Church,
and for the Provision of fit Maintenance for those
that shall officiate therein, do constitute and Ordain,
That Thomas Bayford, Samuell Petchey, Joseph Foster,
Nathaniell Spencer, Henry Corney, and Henry Damyen, Parishoners of Gilston aforesaid, or any Three
of them, shall have Power and Authority, and are
hereby required, to sequester the Parsonage-house,
and all the Glebe Lands, Tithes, Rents, and Profits
whatsoever, of the said Church, and to appoint Collectors for the gathering and receiving of them, as
they in their Discretion shall think fit; and shall
have Power and Authority, and are hereby required
and enjoined, to deliver and pay the same unto Thomas Mockett, Master of Arts, a Godly, Learned, and
Orthodox Divine, to the Use of the said Thomas
Mockett, without any Accompt thereof to be made
to any by the said Thomas Mockett, who is hereby required and appointed to preach every Lords-day,
and to officiate as Rector, and to take Care for the
Discharge of the Cure of the said Place in all the
Duties thereof, until further Order shall be taken
by both Houses of Parliament; and, if any shall refuse to deliver the said Parsonage-house and Glebe
Lands unto the said Sequestrators, or any Three of
them, or to the Collectors by them appointed, or to
pay unto them, or any Three of them, any of the
Tithes, Rents, Duties, or lawful Fees accustomed to
be paid, upon Information thereof by the said Sequestrators, or any Three of them unto either House
of Parliament, the said Lords and Commons do
hereby Declare, They will proceed against such Refusers according to their several Offences and Contempts."
Ordinance to indemnify the Mayor of Plymouth for seizing Corn, &c. in that Port, for Supply of the Stores there.
"The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, having certain Information, that the Cornish
and other Forces, commanded by Sir Ralph Hopton,
by the several Invasions of Devon, and the Blockingup and Besieging of Plymouth, have occasioned the
Expence of great Part of the Granary and Magazines of Victuals and Ammunition in the said Town,
and consumed and eaten up the Parts adjacent, by
Means whereof great Dearth is like to befall that
Part of the County of Devon, and the Town more
subject to be attempted by such as are Enemies to
Peace, unless some speedy Remedy should be applied;
and being further informed, that the Mayor of Plymouth aforesaid, to prevent the said Dearth, justly
feared, hath stayed certain Ships of Corn, who came
thither, bound for Spaine, and made Sale thereof,
giving good Satisfaction to the Masters of the said
Ships for the same; they do not only well approve
of his so doing, but also hereby do Ordain, and
give full Power and Authority to him the said Mayor,
to supply the said Town and the Parts adjacent, in
like Manner, with Corn and other Victuals, as also
with Ammunition, as often as there shall be Need,
during the Continuance of the War, giving like
Content to the Owners; and in so doing, he shall
be protected and saved harmless, by both Houses of
Ordinance for assessing Persons in Yarmouth, for Defence of the Town.
"Whereas the Bailiffs and Corporation of Yarmouth
have been at great Charges, in making Forts and
Bulwarks in and about the said Town, which tend
much to the Safety of that Town and Part of that
Country adjacent, and sundry Persons do refuse to
contribute to the same, and others that are Inhabitants there do refuse and neglect to watch to guard
the Gates, and other the Forts and Passages in the
said Town, (fn. *) when they are thereunto required: It
is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons
now in Parliament assembled, That it shall be lawful
for the Bailiffs, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the
said Town, to make a Rate or Rates upon all Inhabitants of the said Town, and upon other Persons
that have any Houses, Lands, Tenements, Goods,
or Chattels, in the said Town, in an equal and indifferent Proportion, according to the usual Manner
of other Rates in the said Town; and, in Case the
Sum assessed, or any Part thereof, be unpaid by any
Person so assessed, that it shall and may be lawful, to
the said Bailiffs, or others by them nominated and
appointed, to levy all such Sums so unpaid, by Way
of Distress and Sale of the Goods of Persons so refusing or neglecting to pay such Sum or Sums of
Money so assessed upon them; and, if it shall happen
that any Person or Persons, having had due Summons
or Notice, by Beat of Drum or otherwise, to appear
at Musters, to be exercised in the Use of their Arms,
or to watch by Day or by Night, at the Gates, Forts,
Bridges, or other Places in the said Town, for the
Safety and Preservation of the said Town, in this
Time of imminent Danger, do refuse or neglect to
appear in Person, or some other in his or their Behalf,
to be allowed of by the Bailiffs, Justices of the Peace,
and Captains in the said Town, or any One of them,
that, for every such Default, the Person so refusing
or neglecting shall forfeit the Sum of Five Shillings,
to be employed in fortifying of the said Town; and,
if the said Parties so refusing shall neglect to pay the
said Sum of Five Shillings, that it shall and may be
lawful for the said Bailiffs, Justices of the Peace, and
Captains of the said Town, or any Three of them,
to commit every such Person and Persons to the
Gaol, there to remain by the Space of Two Days,
without Bail or Mainprize."
"An Ordinance or Declaration of the Lords and
Commons in Parliament assembled.
"The Committee for the Militia of London,
for the better Securing and Safety thereof, the Parliament, and Parts adjacent,
shall have full Power and Authority, by
themselves and such as shall be by them
intrusted, (fn. †) to raise Regiments of Voluntiers, as well within the City and Liberties as without, in the Parishes mentioned in the Weekly Bills, for the Defence of the City and Parliament, and
those Places, as they shall see Cause;
and that the same new Forces shall be
within the Regiment and Command of
the said Militia.
Ordinance for raising Forces in and about London.
"Whereas, for better Defence and Safeguard of
of the City of London, whereon the Safety and Wellbeing of this present Parliament, and therein of our
Religion, Laws, and Liberties, do so much depend,
divers well-affected Persons, by Approbation of the
Committee for the Militia there, have with great
Care and Industry, as well within the City and Liberties, as without in the neighbour Parishes, obtained divers Subscriptions for considerable Numbers
of honest and trusty Persons, not employed in the
Militia or Trained Bands, as also for Horse and Arms,
to the Intent the same might, as necessary Materials,
be in Readiness, to help forward the Preparations
for a Public Defence, in these Times of imminent
Danger; and these Voluntiers, being listed, armed,
and exercised, and formed into Regiments, might be
in the Nature of Auxiliaries to the Trained Bands of
the said City, for the good Ends and Purposes before
mentioned; all which is conceived may be the better effected, if the same new Forces may, according
to their Desires, be within the Ordering and Disposal of the Committee for the Militia of the said
City: For the better securing therefore of the Parliament, and speeding of the said intended good
Work, being of so great Concernment for prospering the common Cause and the Public Safety, it is
Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament
assembled, That the said Committee for the Militia
of London shall, by themselves and such intrusted
Persons as they shall appoint for their Sub-committee, have full Power and Authority, within the said
City and Liberties thereof, as also within the Parishes and Places adjacent mentioned in the Weekly
Bills of Mortality, to take the voluntary Subscriptions for Men, Arms, Horse and Money, of such
well-affected Persons as please to contribute and come
into this Employment, and convert such Contributions of Monies and Arms to the Use of the same;
and to list, train, exercise, and put into Readiness,
as well within Liberties as without, in the Parts and
Places aforesaid, such trusty Persons, being none of
the Trained Bands, as are or shall be so subscribed
for or listed; and them, after their Abilities and Faculties, well and sufficiently, from Time to Time, to
cause to be arrayed and weaponed, and to take the
Muster of them in Places most fit for that Purpose; and
to appoint over them Colonels, Captains, and other
Officers, and to remove out of their Places, and
make others, from Time to Time, as they shall think
fit for that Purpose; and shall have Power, by their
Commanders and Officers, to lead, conduct, and employ the Persons aforesaid, arrayed and weaponed,
for the Suppression of all Rebellions, Insurrections,
and Invasions, that may happen within the several
and respective Places aforesaid, and for Safeguarding
the said City, Parliament, and Parts adjacent, according as they shall from Time to Time receive Directions from the said Committee, and the Persons
trusted to be (fn. *) their Sub-committee, or as shall be
in such Behalf directed by the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament; any former Order, Ordinance, or Declaration, or other Matter, to the contrary hereof in any wise notwithstanding: And it
is further Ordered, Declared, and Ordained, That
as the good Endeavours of the said Committee for
the Militia, the Persons trusted by them, and those
whom they have employed in procuring the said
Subscriptions, and others who have contributed,
or shall concur with them in forwarding and profiting of the said Work, are, and shall be, taken as
acceptable Testimonies of their Public Spirits, and
real good Intentions for the common Good and Safety, and the Execution of the same a good Service
to the Commonwealth; so the said Parties shall be,
by Power of Parliament, saved harmless, both for
what according to the true Meaning of the Premises they have done, and shall do herein for Time
House adjourned till 10a cras.