DIE Mercurii, 6 die Octobris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Spurstowe.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Alterations in the Ordinance
for disabling Persons that have been in Arms against
the Parliament to be chosen in any Office or Place;
they agree likewise to the Alteration in the Ordinance
for Mr. Prince; they likewise agree to the Bishop of
Durham's Petition; and they have taken the Petition of
the late Bishop of Armagh into Consideration: To the
rest, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their
An Ordinance was brought in, for making Mr. Peter
Pett to be One of the Commissioners of the Navy;
which, being read, was Agreed to.
Capt. Williams, &c. to have the Prizes taken from the Rebels at Limerick.
Upon reading a Report from the Admiralty and
Cinque Ports: (Here enter it.)
It is Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons, with this Sense, "That the Lords think it fit and
just, that Captain Williams and his Partners, Owners
of those Ships named in the Report, should have the
Benefit of the Two Prizes which The Catt took, according to the Contents of this Report;" and that
the Concurrence of the House of Commons (fn. *) be desired herein.
Citizens of London Petition.
A Petition from divers Citizens of London, was presented to this House, by Wm. Hawkins, &c; which
was received, and read. (Here enter it.)
Answer to them.
Ordered, That this Petition be taken into Consideration this Day Sevennight; and, for the present, Answer shall be returned, "That this House takes well
the Expressions of their good Affections in this Petition, and their Zeal to the promoting of the Gospel
of Christ; and that this House will speedily take
the Petition into Consideration, and (fn. †) have appointed a Day in order thereunto."
Message to the H. C. about the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To put them in Mind of the Winter Guard.
2. To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance for
Peter Pett to be One of the Commissioners of the Navy.
3. To deliver to them the Report concerning Captain Williams, with the Sense of this House thereupon.
4. To put them in Mind of the Petition of Mary
Sir W. Russell & al. and Lenthall & al.
The Report of the Judges, concerning the Condition
of the Bond for the Money deposited in the Cause between Russell, &c. and Lenthall, &c. (Here enter it.)
Which was approved of; but the Security is to be
finished before the Money be delivered, and the Security to be enquired after by the Clerk of the Parliament, in Point of Sufficiency; and Account thereof to
be given to this House To-morrow Morning.
Waller's Ordinance to be Steward of Ely.
An Ordinance for Thomas Waller Esquire to be
Steward of the Isle of Ely, was presented to this House,
and read; and, being approved of, is to be sent to the
House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Report from the Admiralty Committee, about Prizes taken from the Rebels at Limerick, by Capt Williams in The Cat.
Die Martis, 28 Septembris, 1647.
By the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
On Consideration of the Petition of Captain Reeve
Williams, and the rest of the Owners and Mariners
of his Squadron; shewing, That, having set forth under Commission of the Admiralty (grounded upon an
Ordinance of both Houses) the Ships Mermaid, Warspight, Increase, and Charles, for Surprizal of the
Irish Rebels; and that The Charles being in the Employment cast away, off Cape Cleere, on the Coast of
Ireland, he the said Captain Reeve Williams (to supply the Place of The Charles so cast away) did, in
the Petitioners Right, and at their Charge, fit another Vessel, named The Catt, for Pursuance of the
said Service, under Command of Captain Thomas
Wells; which Vessel, being so fitted, did take, in the
River of Lymericke, being One of the Rebels Ports,
The St. John Baptist of Lymericke, and The Middleburgh of Middleburgh, both laden with Goods on the
Rebels Account; and further setting forth, That, upon
the Petitioners (fn. *) bringing of the Ships, so taken, to
Judgement in the Admiralty Court, they were forced
to prosecute their Adjudication, in the Name of the
State, as a Seizure, for that no particular Commission was obtained for the said Vessel The Catt; which
the Petitioners could not do, the Vessel being then
at Sea remote from London; and the said Captain
Williams conceiving himself sufficiently authorized to
set her forth by an Order of this Committee whereby he was appointed Commander in Chief of the said
Squadron: Whereupon it was humbly prayed, That,
(as this Catt is) the Petitioner might not be prejudiced
through the Failure of a Formality in the Want of
a particular Commission; but (defraying the Charges
of Condemnation, satisfying the Mariners, and paying
the Tenths to the State) may enjoy the said Prizes.
This Committee, in respect of the Premises, and the
many good Services against the Rebels performed
by the Squadron, and for that the said Vessel The
Catt was manned and furnished out of the said other
Vessels that had particular Commissions, as also for
that (as this Committee is informed) the Mariners
are very clamorous with the Petitioners for their
Thirds, though the Goods taken in the said Prizes
be most of them in the Hands of the Lord Inchequi',
for the Relief of the Parliament's Garrisons in Munster, is of Opinion, That it is very equitable for the
said Prizes, so taken, to be delivered to the Petitioners, for their Use, on the Conditions offered:
Nevertheless, do refer the same to the Wisdom and
Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament, to whom Report is to be made of this Matter, that they may give
such Order thereupon as they shall think fit. And
it is Ordered, That, in the mean Time, the Adjudication be prosecuted in the Admiralty Court, as a
Seizure, in the Name of the State.
"W. Jessop, Secretary."
Petition of Citizens of London, for Persons to have Leave to preach the Gospel.
To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
assembled in Parliament.
The humble Petition of many Citizens of
London, and of others;
That your Petitioners are deeply sensible of the
extreme Want of Preaching the Gospel throughout
this Kingdom, there being many Hundreds of Towns
and Villages altogether destitute of any Preaching
Ministry, and many others not well supplied; by occasion whereof, Ignorance, Drunkenness, Prophaneness, Disaffection to the Parliament, and to others in
Authority, do every-where abound; there being scarce
so much as any Face of Religion in many Places.
That there is a great Cry of People, from several
Counties of the Kingdom, for Men to preach to
them the Words of Eternal Life.
And there are many Men of competent Gifts and
Abilities, of good Life and honest Conversation, who,
being willing to employ their Talents in the Lord's
Work, and to submit themselves for Approbation to
moderate and judicious Men, are yet, by Occasion of
some Scruples about Ordination, discouraged from
engaging in this Work of publishing the Gospel,
wherein they might be helpful unto many.
And seeing that, in the Days of Queen Elizabeth,
upon Occasion of People's Necessity, many such Men
were sent forth, to publish the Gospel, who had no
formal Act of Ministerial Ordination passed upon
them, whose Endeavours the Lord blessed, to
the Good of many Souls, and the Furthering of the
Kingdom's Peace; and since also, we nothing doubt
but the Propagation of the Gospel through this Nation, and the Information of Men in the Things of
their Peace, and the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom, are worthy of your greatest Zeal, and are not
the least of your Cares.
Therefore your Petitioners humbly pray, That
those who shall be approved of as Men meet
to dispense the Mysteries of the Gospel, by
such judicious, moderate, and able Men,
whom you in Wisdom shall appoint thereunto, may receive from this Honourable
House Encouragement and Protection, in
preaching the Gospel, in any Place of this
Kingdom, or Dominion of Wales, where Need
requires; that so the Word of the Lord
may have free Course, and be glorified; ignorant Men may be instructed; Drunkenness,
Prophaneness, and Disaffection to the Parliament, and to others in Authority, may be
abandoned; and both the Spiritual and Temporal Peace and Prosperity of all Sorts of
Men may be more advanced.
"For which, your Petitioners shall ever pray."
Sir W. Russell & al. and Lenthall & al.
(fn. *) "According to your Lordships Order of the 22th
Day of July last, concerning Sir William Russell,
&c. and Thomas and Francis Lenthall, and John
Marston; we have drawn up the Condition of the
Security for the Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds
in the said Order mentioned, to which we have
subscribed our Names, and hereunto annexed the
same; which nevertheless we leave to your Lordships grave Considerations.
1 Die Augusti, 1647.
Noverint universi per præsentes, nos, Henricum
St. John de London Mercatorem, & Thomam
Walter de London Mercatorem, teneri &
firmiter obligari Prænobili Edwardo Comiti
Manchester, in Mille & Quingentis Libris,
bonæ & legalis Monetæ Angliæ, solvend.
eidem Comiti, Executoribus vel Assignatis suis;
ad quam quidem Solutionem bene & fideliter
faciend. obligamus nos, & utrumque nostrum
per se, pro toto & in solid. Hæredes, Executores, & Administratores nostros, & utriusque nostr'm, firmiter per præsentes, Sigillis
Dat. Die Julii, Anno Regni Domini
nostri Caroli, Dei Gratiâ, Angliæ, Scotiæ,
Franciæ, & Hib'niæ Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Vicesimo-tertio, Annoque
"Whereas, upon the Seven and Twentieth Day of
February, in the Year of our Lord God 1645,
upon the Petition of Sir William Russell Knight and
Baronet, John Wood, George Fletcher, William Geere,
and George Warren, concerning Thomas and Francis
Lenthall and John Marston, it was ordered, by the
Lords in Parliament assembled, That Seven Hundred
and Fifty Pounds should be deposited in the Clerk of
the Parliaments Hands, until the Judges at Law
should deliver their Opinions, whether a Prohibition
ought to be granted in the Case or not; which said
Sum of Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds was deposited accordingly, and the Judges have since delivered their Opinions, That a Prohibition ought to be
granted in the Case; and afterwards, by a Rule
made in His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas the
Third of this Instant July, a Prohibition was accordingly awarded in the same Cause: And whereas,
the Two and Twentieth Day of this Instant July,
upon hearing Counsel on both Sides, concerning the
said Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds so deposited
as aforesaid, it was ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the said Sum of Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds should be re-delivered out
of the Custody of the Clerk of the Parliaments,
upon good and unquestionable Security to be first
given to the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore:
"Now the Condition of this Obligation is such, That,
in case Judgement shall happen to be given against
the Plaintiffs in the said Prohibition, or a Consultation shall be thereupon awarded; that then, if the
said Sir Wm. Russell, John Wood, George Fletcher,
Wm. Geere, and George Warren, or any of them,
their or any of their Executors or Assigns, within Six
Weeks next after such Judgement given, or Consultation so awarded as aforesaid, shall well and truly
pay, or cause to be paid, into the Hands of the Clerk
of the Parliaments for the Time being, the Sum of
Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds, of lawful Money
of England, to be disposed of as the Honourable the
House of Peers shall think fit and order; or if Judgement shall be given for the Plaintiffs in the said Prohibition; then this Obligation to be void, and of no
Effect; or else the same to remain and be in full
Force and Virtue.
I conceive this Bond and Condition to be according to the Order.
I conceive the Condition to be according to the
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for disabling Delinquents to bear Office, or to have any Voice in
the Election of any.
Ordinance to disable Delinquents from holding Places of Trust.
Whereas divers Persons who have been in Arms
against the Parliament, or aiding or assisting the King
in the late War, do continue Members of several
Corporations of this Kingdom, in which Capacity
they have Power of voting in the Election of the
Officers of the said Corporations; by reason whereof,
several Persons who have been likewise in Arms
against the Parliament, or have aided or assisted the
Forces of the Enemy, have been, and daily are,
chosen Mayors, Aldermen, Assistants, Bailiffs, or
other Officers, of several Cities, Boroughs, or Towns
Corporate, contrary to an Ordinance bearing Date
the Ninth Day of September last past, to the endangering of raising new Tumults, and disturbing the
Peace of the Kingdom, so much desired to be established by all good Men: For Prevention whereof,
be it hereby Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons assembled in Parliament, That no
Person or Persons whatsoever, that hath been in Arms
against the Parliament, or hath aided or assisted the
Forces of the Enemy, by contributing of Monies,
Arms, or Ammunition, or other Aid or Assistance,
not being compelled or constrained thereunto, or who
hath been, is, or shall be, sequestered or sequestrable, shall have any Voice or Vote in the Election or
Choice of any Mayor, Recorder, Sheriffs, Aldermen,
Bailiff, Assistant, Town Clerk, Common Council-man,
Steward of any Court, Constable, or any other Officer, or in the Granting or Passing of any Lease, or
other Instrument, whereunto the Common Seal of
any College, Cathedral Church, Hall, or Corporation,
is to be set, or of any Copyhold Lands or Tenements,
in any County, City, Borough, or Town Corporate,
or either of the Universities, or other Places, within
the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, or
Town of Berwicke; nor shall any such Person or
Persons as aforesaid, without the Allowance of both
Houses of Parliament, hereafter be chosen, or continued to be in any of the aforesaid Offices, or of
the First or Second Company, or to the Chamber or
Common Council of any City, Borough, or Town
Corporate, as aforesaid: And to the Intent that this
present Ordinance, and the said Ordinance of the 9th
of September, be duly executed and observed, and
that no Person or Persons do presume (contrary to
that or this present Ordinance) to accept of, or continue in, any such Office, Place, or Employment as
aforesaid, after Publication hereof, it is hereby farther Ordered and Ordained, That the Committee
of Lords and Commons for Indemnity, named in an
Ordinance bearing Date the 21th Day of May last
past, or any Five of them, are hereby authorized, and
have full Power and Authority hereby granted unto
them, to convent and call before them any Person or
Persons, for the better Discovery and Finding-out of
the Truth in the Premises; and are hereby required
to receive and take such Testimony and Evidence
upon Oath, for that Purpose, as shall be tendered
unto them, against any Person or Persons so offending, and to use all good Ways and Means for the
effecting and doing thereof; and, upon Proof thereof made by Two or more sufficient Witnesses, the
said Committee of Lords and Commons, or any Five
of them, have full Power, and are hereby authorized
and required, to discharge the said Person or Persons,
so offending, from their said Place, Office, or Employment, and to impose such Fine or Fines upon
him or them as they shall think meet, the same not
exceeding the Sum of One Hundred Pounds, whereof the One Moiety to be employed to the Poor of
the said County, City, Borough, or Town Corporate,
wherein the said Offence shall be committed, and the
other Moiety to such Person or Persons as shall prosecute the same; the said Fine, so to be imposed, to
be recovered by Action of Debt, by Bill, Plaint, or
Information, wherein no Protection, Essoign, or Wager of Law, shall be allowed; and that, after publishing the said Discharge by the said Committee of
Lords and Commons, it is and shall be lawful, to
and for every Person or Persons, or the major Part
of them (who are not hereby excepted against), and
are capable of a Vote in the Election of any such
Mayor, Alderman, Recorder, Sheriff, Bailiff, Town
Clerk, Assistant, Common Council-man, or other Officer, in any County, City, Borough, or Town Corporate as aforesaid; and they are hereby enabled and
required to proceed to the Election of such other
Person or Persons, in any of their Place or Office,
as are not made incapable by the said Ordinances,
or either of them.
"Provided always, That this Ordinance do continue,
and be in Force, for the Space of Five Years only
next ensuing the Date hereof; and that it do not
extend to any Person or Persons who have been, or
shall be, unduly sequestered, and have been, or shall
be, therefore discharged of the said undue Sequestration, by both Houses of Parliament, or by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations."
Woodcoff to be instituted to Venvoe.
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett give Institution and
Induction to Tymothy Woodcoff Batchelor in Divinity,
to the Rectory of Venvoe, in the County of Glamorgan, void by the Death of Barthol. Man, the late Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque; granted by Mr.
Oldesworth and Jane Oldsworth, Patrons, as Guardians, in the Right of Edmund Thomas Esquire, His
House adjourned till 10a cras.