Die Veneris, Julii 5, 1644.
Commission of Oyer and Terminer, &c.
ORDERED, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal be desired to grant a Commission of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, and a Commission of Sewers for the several associated Counties; and likewise a Commission of Sewers for the County of Sussex.
Earl of Arundell's Assessment.
Ordered, That the Remainder of the Assessment of the Earl of Arundell's Twentieth Part shall be disposed of for Payment of the Forces before Greenland House.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Sir Tho. Nitingale Baronet, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to consider of and examine the Matters therein contained, and report the same to the House: And Eight hundred Pounds, Part of the Monies therein mentioned, offered to be lent to the Parliament by Sir Tho. Nitingale, shall be disposed and paid unto Mr. Knight and Mr. Scott, for the Service and Reducing of those Counties.
Transactions with Holland, &c.
A Letter from Mr. Walt. Strickland, Agent for the Parliament, with the States of the Low Countries, of Julii 7, St. Loci, 1644, was this Day read.
Sir H. Vane, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Green, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Owner, Mr. Corbett, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Cage, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Spurstoe, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Selden;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to consider of the Letter from Mr. Strickland, and of the Letter to Mr. Blakiston and Mr. Ashe, and other Informations, concerning the Employment of ill-affected Merchants or Factors beyond the Seas: They are likewise to think of some Expedient of taking away all Employments from such Factors and Merchants abroad, as are ill-affected to the Parliament: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and to examine such Persons, as they shall think requisite, whether Members or others: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.
The Copy of a Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to Mr. Strickland, Agent there for the Parliament, concerning the Ship Tyger of Rotterdam, bound with Goods for Dartmouth, and taken by the Parliament Ships.
A Petition likewise of the Governor, Deputy, Assistants, and Fellowship, of Merchants Adventurers of England, concerning the said Ship, the Tiger of Rotterdam, was likewise read.
The Letter was assented unto.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Governor, Assistants, and Fellowship, of the Company of Merchants Adventurers be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Letter from my Lord Admiral, of July the First, from Portland Road, with the Papers inclosed, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Navy.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Navy be read on Monday Morning next.
Sir Gilb. Gerard is ordered to carry up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for an additional Excise.
Excise on Flesh.
An Ordinance for the better regulating and levying the Excise on Flesh, within the Cities of London, Westminster, Suburbs, and Lines of Communication, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Recorder, Mr. Green, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Jesson, Sir H. Vane jun. Mr. Strode, Sir John Francklyn, Sir Martin Lister, Sir Nevill Poole, Sir Thomas Soame, Mr. Buller, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Oliver Luke, Sir Edward Aiscough, Mr. Pelham, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Cage, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Henry Mildmay: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the Star Chamber: And have Power to hear the Commissioners of Excise in this Business: And to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Sale of Goods.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to take care to make Sale of the Segovia Wools, and other Goods, taken at Weymouth.
Trade to Almazonas River.
Ordered, That the Information, this Day presented to the House, from the Portugal Ambassador, concerning the Trade to the River of Almazonas; and of some Ships going from that City to this River, under the Command of Colonel Hampsteed; be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Privilege- Temple's Petition.
The humble Petition of Peter Temple Esquire was this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee where Mr. Lisle has the Chair; to examine the Matter of Fact; and to present their Opinions, what is fit to be done for Vindication of the Privilege of this House; and for Reparation to the Petitioner affronted.
Privilege- Witness committed by Lords.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Rous shall be forthwith discharged from his Imprisonment, without paying Fees; notwithstanding the Order of the House of Peers for his Commitment.
Ordered, That Colonel Rous, now Prisoner in the Fleet, be forthwith brought hither by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Earl of Stamford.
A Letter from the Earl of Stamford to Mr. Speaker, of June 16th, desiring of him the Favour, to represent his humble Suit to the House, that they will please to let him know what he is charged with; and to hear what he can say, and prove, for his Justification, before there be any further Proceedings upon the Informations brought against him.
The Informations against the Earl of Stamford, and the Votes of the House upon them, were read.
Letter to Lord General.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leeche and Dr. Aylett;
The Lords have returned the Letter to be sent to my Lord General, formerly sent from this House to the Lords; to the which their Lordships do agree, with some Amendments.
The which Amendments were read: And
It is Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Lords in leaving out these Words, "than now they are especially:" Leaving out these Words also, "in these Parts."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Second Amendment.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Third Amendment, continuing in these Words, "and to the Two Houses."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Lords Fourth Amendment.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adhere to the Letter as it went from hence, as to the Addition of the Word "did."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the leaving out of the Word "much;" in the 27 Line, leaving out the Word "somewhat:" Also
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Lords Amendments in the Lines 36 and 37.
Ordered, That the further Debate of the Earl of Stamforde's Business be taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning, peremptorily: And that the Report concerning Mr. Nicoll be first made, by Mr. Lisle: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind hereof.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers: That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Letter from my Lord Grey was read, dated 1 Julii, informing them of a Defeat given by him to Colonel Hastings.
Ordered, That the Letter of the Lord Grey be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Seven associated Counties, to consider of the same; and what Provisions are fit to be made for the enabling him to keep the Field, for the Defence of Leicestershire, and the rest of his Association.
Exchange of Prisoners.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Quarter Master Chubbe, Prisoner at London House, for Quarter Master Dewee; and that he be discharged accordingly.
Payment for Arms.
Resolved, &c. That Eight hundred and Forty Pounds be paid by the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, out of the Monies that come in there, upon the Fifth, and Twentieth Part, at Three Months End, from the Date of this Ordinance, to Lieutenant Colonel Roe; to make Satisfaction for Four hundred Pair of Pistols, and Four hundred Swords and Belts, to be forthwith delivered by him, to be sent to the Lord Fairfax, for the arming of Colonel Sandys his Regiment, and otherwise, as his Lordship shall dispose of them.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Privilege- Witness committed by Lords.
Colonel Rous, committed to the Fleet by the Lords, and Mr. Rivett, Deputy to the Warden of the Fleet, were called in to the Bar: And the House discharged the Warden of the Fleet of the said Prisoner, and set Colonel Rous at Liberty, without paying Fees.
Ordered, That, on Monday next, the Irish Declaration be reported to the House.
Ordered, That Colonel Rous, and Colonel King, be discharged of their Attendance; and have Liberty to go into the Country.