Die Martis, 6 Decembris, 1642.
Suing Persons confined by the House.
THE House doth Declare, That it is lawful for any
Man to sue, and proceed, according to Law, against
any Man that shall be a Prisoner, or under Restraint, by
Order of this House.
Resolved, That the Recorder, or his Deputy, may
discharge Mr. Gourdon, a Prisoner in Newgate, notwithstanding any Order of this House; upon the Condition
that he forthwith depart this Kingdom.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Glanvile and
* * ;
The Lords do desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House,
concerning an Order sent from this House, touching the
Association of several Counties.
That this and will
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Maynard shall have Leave to go
into the Country, upon his own pressing Occasions.
Sir Gilbert Gerard went up to the Lords, to acquaint
them, That this House is ready, when their Lordships
shall please, to give them a Meeting upon the Conference
Yesterday desired, concerning the Letter Office.
Loan from the City.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee that sits
with the Committee of Lords in London concerning
Monies, to summon the Officers of these several Halls,
who are behind with their Proportions of their Loans, to
make up the Hundred thousand Pounds, promised by the
particular Companies; a List whereof was this Day
delivered unto the House; and take their best Care for
the Bringing in of those Monies.
Sir Gilbert Gerard brings Answer, That the Lords are
willing and ready to give a Meeting at this Conference,
touching the Conference Yesterday desired, concerning
the Letter Office.
Payment to Dawkes.
Whereas the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, did, by an Order, require of James Penfole High
Collector of Shepway, the Lath and Hundred annexed, in
the County of Kent, to pay Six hundred Pounds to Rich.
Dawkes of Dover Castle, out of the said Monies, for
Repair and Service of the said Castle: The House doth
now Order, That the Committee for the Safety of the
Kingdom do give their Warrants to the Treasurers for the
Proposition Monies in London, to pay, out of the Monies
and Plate come to their Hands, the said Six hundred
Pounds, to the said James Penfole, or his Assignee.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the
Kingdom to issue their Warrants to the Treasurer at
Wars, to pay the Pay to the Hundred Soldiers drawn
into the Fort of Langar, by Order of that Committee:
And that likewise they give Order for the continuing in
Pay Forty of those Soldiers.
That the Treasurer at Wars, and the Treasurers of the
Subscriptions, do certify all Sums that have been imprested
unto any Persons upon Account; and the Names of the
Persons unto whom they have been imprested; to the
end that all such Persons that have received any Monies
may be called to an Account for them.
Sir *Vane, *Vassal, Sir Ro. Pye, *Green, *Trenchard, Mr. Spurstoe, *Harrison, *Bond, *Holland,
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to take
Care to see this Order executed: And have Power to
send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are
to meet To-morrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Exchequer
..Prideaux, .. Knightley, .. Whittlock, .. Barrington,
are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Treasurers of the Proposition Monies, in the Town of Lyme in the County of Dorsett, do
detain in their Hands One hundred Marks, out of their
Proposition Monies, towards the Fortifying of the said
Town: And that they send up the Residue of their
Monies and Plate, by Sea, forthwith.
Ordered, That the Treasurers of the Proposition Monies, in the Town of Aldborough in the County of Suffolk,
do detain in their Hands Fifty Pounds of their Proposition
Monies, towards the Fortifying of the said Town.
Coventree Garison Arrears.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the
Kingdom do issue out their Warrants, to the Treasurers for
the Proposition Monies at Guildhall in London, to require
them to deliver unto Tho. Bassnett of Coventree, Five
hundred Eighty Pounds Two Shillings and Five Pence,
being the Value of so much Plate raised in the City and
County of the City of Coventree, upon the Propositions,
and now brought up to Guildhall: And likewise Two
hundred Ten Pounds Nine Shillings and Five Pence, or
thereabouts, in Money; being so much raised in Money
in the said City and County, to be employed towards the
Payment of the Arrears due to the Garison billeted in the
said City and County of the City of Coventree.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Reading,
Minister of St. Marie's, in the Town and Port of Dover,
this Day presented to the House, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Informations.
Ordered, That the Letters sent from Dover be referred
to the Committee for Informations.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of
the Bringing in of Names to be inserted into the Ordinance
for Assessing of Monies, through the several Counties, do
meet this Afternoon, at the Rising of the House; and
bring in their Names: And that the Report be made
Resolved, upon the Question, That Twelve Pence in
the Pound shall be assessed upon all Lands, Offices, Rents,
Issues, Profits, Revenues, Annuities, Pensions, Tythes,
and Glebe, through the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, to be paid Quarterly, for One whole Year:
Whereof One Fourth Part to be paid on the Second of
January, and the other Three Parts to be paid at Three
Months, Three Months, and Three Months.
Resolved, &c. That Five Shillings in the Hundred
Pounds shall be assessed upon the Farmers Stock.
Resolved, &c. That Six Shillings and Eight Pence in
the Hundred Pounds shall be assessed upon the Goods of
Merchandize and Trade; and upon Stocks of Money.
Mr. Hill, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Green, Mr.
Browne, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Grimston;
This Committee is to draw these Votes, concerning the
Assessing of Monies, into the Form of an Ordinance;
and to bring it in on Thursday Morning next: And the
Care of it is more particularly recommended to Mr.
Prideaux and Mr. Hill: And are to meet when and
where they please.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the House take
into Consideration the farther Providing of Monies.
Declaration to Scotland.
Resolved, That the Earl of Lindsey, One of the Scotts
Commissioners, be desired to recommend the Declaration from this State, to the State of Scotland, with the
best Expedition, and the best Advantage for the Service,
as he shall think most fitting.
Ordered, That Mr. Weldon shall be joined with Mr.
Pickering, in the Delivery of the Declaration; and in the
Prosecution of all other such Businesses there, as shall
concern the Parliament: And that it be left to Mr.
Pickering to return home when he shall think fitting,
and when the Occasions of State there * * *.
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Thousand Dragooners be levied in Sommersettshire, Devon and Cornewall: Five hundred at the Officer's own Expence, upon
Adventure for Land in Ireland; and Five hundred to be
taken up upon Ticket, upon Papists, Commissioners of
Array, not Contributors, and Delinquents; and these
Dragooners to be employed in the Service of the Western
Parts, till the latter End of March next; and then to be
sent into Ireland: And that a Thousand Pounds be advanced to the Officers, upon Account; and likewise ready
Money, to provide Arms, and a Thousand Saddles: And
that the said Thousand Pounds, and Money for Arms
and Saddles, shall be repaid out of Plate raised in the
Counties of Devon and Cornewall, upon the Propositions:
And that all his Majesty's Officers, and well-affected Persons, who value the Protestant Religion, and the Safety of
their Lives and Estates, in the Peace of the Three Kingdoms, be obliged to assist Captain James Chudleigh, and
the other Officers of Colonel Minnes' Regiment, in the
speedy Levying of these Dragoons: And that all Officers
and Soldiers of the said Regiment be required, in Absence
of their Colonel, to obey the said Captain Chudleygh their
Officer in Chief, according to the Discipline of War.
French and Dutch Churches.
Ordered, That the Officers of the French and Dutch
Churches in London be required to return unto my Lord
Mayor a List of the Names of all such Persons, in their
Congregations, as do not receive Contributions.
The humble Petition of Wm. Wroughton Esquire, a
Prisoner in the Gaol of Salisbury; for his Release; was
And the Question being put for his Release;
It passed with the Negative.
The humble .... of Sir * Hieron, late High Sheriff
of Lincolneshire, a Prisoner in the Tower; for Bail; was
And the Question being put for his Bail;
It passed with the Negative.
Nicolson, &c. Prisoners.
A Motion being made for the Bail of Mr. Nicolson, a
Minister, and his Son, a Civil Lawyer, Prisoners in the
The Question being put for their Bail;
It passed with the Negative.
Chudleygh's &c. Arrears.
Ordered, That Captain Chudleygh and Captain Thorneton shall have their Arrears of their Entertainment in the
late Northern Expedition, forthwith paid unto them, as
they shall appear to be due, by the Certificate from Sir
Wm. Uvedale, late Treasurer at Wars.
The House of Commons being this Day informed,
That Mrs. Highlord, an Inhabitant of the County of
Essex, though now in London, hath had Two Coach
Horses lately seized within the City of London, though
she hath contributed in a very liberal Proportion to the
Parliament; it is this Day Ordered, by the said House
of Commons, That Mr. Browne and Mr. Beard, who
seized the said Horses by Themselves or their Officers,
shall be required forthwith to deliver the said Horses to
the said Mrs. Highlord, or such as she shall appoint:
And if in case the said Horses be out of the Possession
of the said Mr. Browne, or Mr. Beard, or their Agents,
That then all such Persons to whom the said Horses are
delivered, are hereby required to deliver the said Horses:
And if the said Mr. Browne, or Mr. Beard, or any other
Person whom it may concern, shall refuse to deliver the
said Horses, this House shall account it as a high Contempt committed against them; it being a great Disservice
done to the Parliament to seize the Horses of any Member of this House, or any other that have contributed in
a liberal Manner to the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Browne and Mr. Beard, and their
Agents, shall discharge all Horses for which he receives
Warrant from this House, or from any Five of the Committee for raising a Body of Horse; provided they be the
Horses of such Persons as have contributed to the Parliament: And, in case they fail to do the same, That then
this House shall take it to be a high Contempt in them.
Ordered, That the like Order be made for Monsieur
Sebes, Mrs. Holland, and Mrs. Humble, and Mrs.
Knightley, as was made for Mrs. Highlord.
Person to attend.
And Mr. Dobson is ordered to be summoned to attend
ORDERED, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That Twenty of his Majesty's Ships,
manned with Four thousand Men, and Twenty Merchant
Ships, shall be employed as the next Summer's Fleet, for
the Space of Eight Months, for the Defence of the Narrow Seas, and of his Majesty's Kingdoms of England and
Ireland: And that the Lords, and others, Commissioners
for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, do take effectual
Care for the timely Fitting, Victualling, Manning, and
Setting forth the said Number of Ships, in warlike Manner,
according to Custom; that they may be ready to .....
Sea, Twelve of them by the First of March; and the
rest by the First of April, at the farthest.