Lunæ, 5 Decembris, 1642.
Sir B. Aylett's Commission.
THE House being informed, That Sir Ben. Aylett
now nominated by his Majesty High Sheriff of the
County of Essex, according to a former Order of this
House, attended at the Door, with his Patent for Sheriff;
He was called in; and delivered in his Patent.
And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, ijoined him not to do, or execute, any thing upon this
Patent, or any other Commission, or Patent for Sheriff,
until he shall receive farther Order from this House.
Sir Ben. Aylett was again called in: And Mr. Speaker,
by the Command of the House, again injoined him to
be ready, at all times, upon a Day's Warning, to attend
Plate, &c. seized.
The House being informed, That Colonel Goodwyn
had seized some Plate of the Earl of Caernarvon's, and
some Jewels that were going to Oxon; and that he had
sent them up to London;
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl of
Caernarvon's Plate, sent up by Colonel Goodwyn, and
now at Guildhall, shall be forthwith coined; and employed for the Service of the Commonwealth: And that
the Jewels, and the Cloaths, shall be delivered unto the
Earl of Pembroke, to be forth-coming.
Collection of Money.
Mr. Glyn, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Browne, Mr. Solicitor,
or any Two of them, are appointed to prepare an Order
to enable the Collection of Monies in those Towns from
whence the Soldiers are come, which are assembled together at Aylesbury, Wicombe, and thereabouts, for the
Payment of such Soldiers a Month's Pay.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Glanvile and
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees
of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it
may stand with the Conveniency of this House, touching
the Letter Office.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
This House has considered their Lordships Message;
and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance of Assessment.
According to an Order of Saturday, the House was
resolved into a Committee.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair: And
Mr. Browne was called to the Chair: And
The Committee resumed the Debate of the Ordinance
for Assessing of Monies in the several Counties upon
such as have not contributed, or not contributed proportionably.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
ORDERED, by the Lords and Commons, in
Parliament, That, according to the Ordinance of Parliament, for Provision of Victuals, and other Necessaries
for the Army, the Committees thereby appointed for
every County be forthwith named: And that Order be
given, by both Houses, to the said Committees in the
Counties hereunder-mentioned, to provide forthwith, out
of their several Counties, Two thousand Horse for
Troopers; videlicet, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge, Hartford, Bedford, Huntington, Norfolk, Hamshire, Kent,
Leicester: And that the said Committees, respectively,
or any Two of them, do cause the said Horses so provided, by Power of the foresaid Ordinance, to be delivered unto Thomas Browne and Maximilian Beard,
Citizens of London, or to such as under their Hands, or
the Hand of either of them, they shall nominate or appoint, to be brought up to London, or where else the
Lord General shall appoint, for the Service of the Army
raised for the Defence of King and Parliament: And
that they certify a List of such Horses as they shall so
deliver from time to time, together with the Name or
Names of the Persons to whom they have delivered them,
in to the Committee of Commons appointed to inquire
after the Abuses of Soldiers, touching their Horses and
Arms: And the said Committees are farther desired, by
both Houses, That, in their Providing the aforesaid
Horses in the Counties aforesaid, they do not take the
Horses of such Persons as have contributed upon the
Propositions of Money, Plate, &c. for the Defence of
the King and Parliament; and that it appear, by the
Acquittances of the Treasurers for the Propositions, or
by Certificate from the Deputy Lieutenants, or such
other as are authorized by Parliament to receive Monies,
Plate, or Horse, upon the Propositions, that they have
contributed: But, in case that any Horses belonging to
any such Persons shall be taken, that they give Order
forthwith for the Release of the same. It is likewise
provided, That no Carriers Horses, or Draught or necessary and usual Plough Horses, be seized; and in case
that any such be seized, that they give Order for the
Release of them.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Hotham be required and
injoined to keep Colonel Cockram there close Prisoner;
and to take his Examinations; and to send them up to
Ships stayed, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Affairs of Ireland, to examine the State of the Business
concerning the Malt stayed in a Ship that was bound for
Dublyn; and to take Care for the Sending that Corn to
Dublin forthwith: And it is likewise referred to the
Committee to consider of the Service of those Men that
stayed the Ships; that were laden with Wheat for Newcastle, and the Ships with Malt for Dublin.
Stopping Vessels, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Navy, to consider of an Ordinance for the Indemnity or
such as have searched and stopped the Butter and Cheese
at Gravesend, to give them Power to enable them to search
all Vessels hereafter.
It is likewise referred unto them, to inquire whose
Ships these were, that this Butter and Cheese were laded
in; and to whom the Butter and Cheese did belong;
and to take Order for the Prizing of the said Butter and
Cheese at reasonable Rates; and to send it to the Army
raised by the Parliament; and to consider what shall be
done with the said Ships; and to consider of the Propositions made by some well affected Mariners to lie at
Newcastle this Winter to keep out all Provisions from
Assessors in London.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Mayor, and other Persons named in the Ordinance, shall have Power to nominate and appoint Six other Persons to be Assessors in the
several Wards of Farrington Without, and Criplegate.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Mayor, and the other
Persons named in the said Ordinance, shall have Power
to nominate Two Persons to be Assessors in the several
privileged Places within the several Wards.
Sir Thomas Barrington, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Vassall,
Mr. Bond, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr.
Corbett, Sir John Hippisley, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Millington, Mr. Bell, Mr. Maynard, Sir Henry Mildmay,
Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Hill;
This Committee, or any Two of them, are appointed
to issue out their Warrants to the Constables of the several
Wards within the Cities of London, Westminster, and
the Suburbs thereof, the Borough of Southwark, or elsewhere, to summon all Inn-keepers, Alehouse-keepers,
and Ostlers, or such others as they shall think fit, to
bring a List unto this Committee of all such Soldiers,
Horses, and Arms, as they have entertained, or have in
their several Houses or Stables: And that if any Innkeeper, Alehouse-keeper, or Ostler, or others, shall fail
of their Service therein, and shall not give a true List;
that then the Committee shall have Power to give Order
to suppress such as shall be faulty herein, and to commit
them to Prison. And, likewise, this Committee is to
examine how those Horses have been disposed of, as
have been seized; and to inquire after all Abuses,
either in the Seizing of them, or Disposing of them
after they have been seized.
It is also Ordered, That it be referred to This Committee, to consider of a Mark to be set upon all the
Horses and Arms provided for the Service of the Parliament; and to send this Mark to my Lord General;
with a Desire, that all the Horses and Arms in the
Army may be marked with the same Mark.
It is likewise referred to Them, to prepare an Ordinance for the Punishing of such as shall buy, or take to
Pawn, any such Horses or Arms so marked; and likewise to prepare an Ordinance for Charging of the Captains with the making good, out of their Pay, of such
Horses and Arms of their several Companies and Troops
as shall not be lost in Service.
It is likewise referred unto Them to prepare an Ordinance, That no Inn-keeper, or Ostler, shall take above
Six Pence the Day and Night for Hay, Lodging included; and Six Pence a Peck for Oats.
Mr. Whittacre is appointed, in particular, to take Care
of this Order: And are to meet when and where they
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Roberts be desired by
this House, to take upon him to command in Chief the
Forces of the Western Counties: And that he be desired
forthwith to repair into those Parts.
Resolved, &c. That Three Regiments of Volunteers be
raised in the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset,
Wiltes, and Southampton; One to be under the Command of Colonel Ruthen; a Second under the Command of Colonel Bamfeild; a Third under the Command of some experienced Commander.
Resolved, &c. That the Deputy Lieutenants of those
Counties shall have Power, and are required and injoined, to disarm all the Soldiers of the Trained Bands
that refuse to serve under these Commanders, as Volunteers; and to dispose of those Arms towards the Arming of the Regiments aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That Power of Martial Law be given
to the said Army.
Ordered, That an Express be sent to Dartmouth, to
require the Inhabitants of that Town to fortify their
Town, and to secure their Ships: And that Mr. Maynard draw a Letter to this Purpose.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, at Nine of
Clock, (all other Business laid aside), the House shall
consider of providing a certain and constant Stock of
Money: And that the Ordinance for Sequestring of
Bishops Rents, &c. be then likewise read.
Ordered, That Mr. Green, To-morrow Morning, do
make Report of the State of the Navy.
Raising Men, &c.
Ordered, That the several Members of the Counties
of Lincoln, Nottingham, Darby, Stafford, Cheshire, Lancaster, Cumberland, Westmerland, Northumberland,
Newcastle, Yorkshire, County and City of York, would
write down effectually to the several Counties for which
they serve, that the Counties would raise Men, Arms,
and other Provisions, according to the Ordinance of
Association made for those Counties; and speedily repair
to the Assistance of the Lord Fayrefax Lord General,
as a Service of greatest Importance.
Declaration concerning Assessment.
WHEREAS, in and by a late Ordinance of both
Houses of Parliament, it is ordained, for the Causes therein
expressed, That all Persons of Ability within the Cities of
London and Westminster, and Suburbs of the same, and
also within the Borough of Southwark, who have not at
all, or not answerable to their Estates, contributed towards
the Maintenance of the Army raised by Authority of this
present Parliament, shall be assessed in such Manner and
Proportion as in the said Ordinance is directed; of which
the Lords and Commons, now assembled in Parliament,
do expect a vigorous and speedy Execution: But finding
some Doubt to be raised, upon the Point of Time,
whether that Clause, of not contributing at all, or not in
proportion to their Estates, be meant of not contributing
before the Passing of the said Ordinance in both Houses
of Parliament, or to be extended to any Time before the
Assessing of them, and giving them Notice of it, in such
Manner as in the said Ordinance is appointed: We the said
Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, Declare,
That if any Person or Persons, who have not contributed
at all, or not answerable to their Estates, shall, before any
Assessment of them be made, and Notice thereof left at
their Houses, according to the said Ordinance, contribute
towards the Maintenance of the said Army, by Loan or
otherwise, according to their several and respective Estates,
as other well-affected have already done; without Evasion
or Collusion; every such Person so contributing shall be
accepted, as doing an acceptable Service to the Commonwealth; and be freed from the Payment of all and every
Tax and Assessment of him to be made by the Assessors,
authorized by the said Ordinance for that Purpose; as
likewise from all Distresses, Imprisonment, or other Punishment, to be inflicted by virtue of the said Ordinance,
or any Addition to, or Explanation made of it, for the not
Paying of such Assessments: And hereof all such Assessors
and Collectors are hereby required to take Notice. And,
for this end, it is Ordered, by the said Lords and Commons,
That this Declaration be printed and published.
Ordinance of Assessment.
WHEREAS an Army, consisting of Papists, Delinquents, and other ill-affected Persons to the Protestant
Religion, and the Laws and Liberties of this Kingdom,
have possessed themselves of his Majesty's Person; and,
by Colour of his Authority, have marched through divers
Counties of this Kingdom; and have plundered, spoiled,
and wasted the same; and, in a barbarous and inhuman
Manner, have wounded and plundered many of his Majesty's most faithful Subjects; and are still going on to
commit the like Spoil, Waste, and Rapine, in all other
Parts; which, if not timely prevented, must necessarily
bring a speedy Famine, Dearth, and Desolation, upon the
whole Kingdom: And whereas divers well-affected Persons, out of several Counties, have drawn themselves into
a Body, to join with the Earl of Essex his Forces, for the
Suppressing of the said Army; an Act well becoming all
true-hearted Englishmen, and Lovers of their Country and
Religion; necessary to be imitated by all other Counties,
that would prevent the Ruin of both: Now, forasmuch as
those Persons that are, or hereafter shall assemble themselves for that Purpose, cannot bear the Charge thereof,
or continue together, without the Aid and Assistance of
the several Counties out of which they come; and that
it is agreeable with all Equity and Justice, that as the
Benefit doth redound to all, so all should bear the Burden and Charge thereof: It is therefore Ordained and
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That
the Deputy Lieutenants of the said several Counties, nominated and appointed by Parliament, or any Two of
them, respectively, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, within their several Counties, from time to time,
as the Occasion shall require, to charge the said several
Counties with such Sums of Money as shall be requisite
for that Service; and to apportion the same upon the
several Hundreds and Corporations within the said Counties, according to the usual Proportions in other publick
Rates. And shall likewise have Power to nominate Assessors to tax the Inhabitants of the said Hundreds and
Corporations; and to appoint Collectors to levy and collect the same: And, in case any Person so rated shall
refuse to pay the Sum or Sums of Money, which he is
taxed to pay, that then the said Deputy Lieutenants, or
any Two of them, within their several and respective
Counties, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized
to issue out their Warrants to the said Collectors, to levy
the same by Distress, and to sell the Goods so distrained,
returning to the Owner the Overplus: And in case no
Distress can be had, or taken, to commit the Party so
refusing to the common Gaol of the County, there to
remain without Bail or Mainprize, until he shall pay the
Sum and Sums so assessed, as aforesaid.