DIE Jovis, 7 die Octobris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Prophet.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ordinance to take off the Two per Cent. on Foreign Ballion exported.
Upon reading the Petition of the Merchants of Dover (fn. *) , concerning the Abuse of Bullion; which was
wont to be brought into England, and now consigned
into Holland: (Here enter it.)
It is Ordered, That the Rate of Two Pounds per
Cent. be taken off: And an Ordinance for this Purpose
to be brought in To-morrow Morning; and the Earls
of Kent, Manchester, and Warwicke, do prepare and
bring the same in.
Ly. Littleton, Sir F. Grevil, and Barrow, versus Smith, Awdley, &c.
Upon reading the Petition of Dame Awdrey Littleton,
Sir Fulke Grevill Knight, and Maurice Barrow Esquire:
It is Ordered, That Hugh Awdley shall have a Copy
of this Petition, who is to return his Answer thereunto
within Seven Days after Notice; and that the forged
Writings in the mean Time to be brought into this
House; and Isabel Smyth to be kept close Prisoner in
Newgate, until the further Pleasure of this House be
Message from the H. C. with Orders, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Mildmay Knight; who brought up
divers Particulars, wherein their Lordships Concurrence
1. An Ordinance for Security to Sir John Wolleston
and others, for the Loan of Thirty-two Thousand
Pounds, for the Service of England and Ireland.
(Here enter it.)
2. An Order concerning the Isles of Guernsey, Sarke,
3. An Order for One Hundred and Fourteen Pounds
due to Major Done. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinance for securing
the Thirty-two Thousand Pounds, and the Ordinance for
One Hundred and Fourteen Pounds due to Major Done:
To the rest, their Lordships will send an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Ald. Fowkes and the E. I. Co.
Upon reading the Petition of Alderman Foukes:
It is Ordered, The Governor and Company of
the East India Company shall bring their Books of Accompts to Mr. Hakewill and Doctor Heath, and make
up their Accompts, by this Day Three Weeks; otherwise the Sum of Seven Thousand Pounds, charged by
the Petitioner in his Petition of Appeal to be the Proceed of his said Adventures, shall be admitted; and the
Governor and Company of the East India Company
ordered to pay the same, with Damages since, and the
Cost of Suit awarded to the Petitioner by this House.
Smith and Davies.
Ordered, That the Cause between Soloman Smyth
and Davies, upon the whole Matter, shall be heard the
First of November next, by Counsel on both Sides; at
which Time the Judges shall be present.
Worsley's Goods to be restored.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Worseley, &c.
It is Ordered, That their Goods shall be forthwith
restored unto them; and it is referred to the Barons of
the Court of Exchequer, to give such sitting Reparation for their Loss and Charge wrongfully sustained, by
taking and detaining their Goods, as they shall think fit.
Author of Mercurius Pragmaticus to be discovered.
Ordered, That the Company of the Stationers shall
endeavour to discover the Author and Printer of a scandalous Pamphlet, called "Mercurius Pragmaticus,"
that so he may be prosecuted according to the Ordinance.
Letters from Scotland.
Letters from the Commissioners of Scotland, were
read, and ordered to be sent down to the House of Commons. (Here enter it.)
E. of Warwick, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That the Earl of Warwicke hath Leave to
go into the Country, to take Physic.
Propositions for Peace.
Ordered, That the Matter of the Propositions shall
be the First Business To-morrow Morning.
Message to the H. C. with the Letters from Scotland Jones's Petition.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To deliver to them the Letters from the Commissioners of Scotland.
2. To recommend to them Captain Jones's Petition.
Order for 114 l. to Mrs. Done, due to her late Husband Major Done.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Sum of One Hundred and Fourteen
Pounds, certified to be due unto Major Done, stain
in the Service of the Parliament, upon his Entertainment in the said Service in the Army under the Command of the Earl of Manchester, or so much thereof
as shall be certified to the Treasurers at Gouldsmiths
Hall to be due unto the said Major Done for the
Service aforesaid, by Certificate under the Hands of
Mr. Leman and Mr. Weaver, be charged upon the
Moiety of the Receipts at Gouldsmiths Hall (not engaged for Security) in Course, and paid unto Mrs.
Jane Done, Sister and Executrix to the said Major
Done; and that the Acquittance of the said Mrs.
Jane Done, or her Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurers at Gouldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said One Hundred and Fourteen Pounds, or so much thereof as,
upon the Certificate of the said Mr. Leman and Mr.
Weaver, they shall pay to the said Mrs. Jane Done
in Pursuance of this Order."
Ordinance to secure 32,000 l. to Sir J. Wollaston, Warner, &c. lent for the Service of England and Ireland.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons in Parliament
assembled, the Thirtieth Day of September, 1647, have
declared, That it is most necessary for the Furtherance
of the Service of England and Ireland, that the Sum
of Eighty Thousand Pounds be forthwith borrowed,
whereof Thirty Thousand Pounds hath been advanced, by Sir John Wollaston Knight, John Warner,
Thomas Andrewes, and George Witham, Aldermen of
the City of London, Francis Allein and John Dethicke
Esquires, now Treasurers at War, to be re-paid with
Interest; (videlicet,) Twenty Thousand Pounds thereof, with Interest, out of the First Money of the Third
Month's Assessments; and the other Ten Thousand
Pounds, with Interest, out of the First Money of the
Fourth Month's Assessments, upon the Ordinance of
Parliament of 23th of June, 1647; by virtue whereof,
the Monthly Sum of Sixty Thousand Pounds is assessed, and to be assessed, levied, and collected, in the
respective Counties, Cities, and Places, in England and
Wales, according to the Proportion therein expressed,
to continue for Twelve Months, and ending the 25th
of March, 1648: And whereas Thomas Atkins Alderman, and Francis Allein Esquire, Thomas Arnold Deputy, and Randall Bascavill, with divers other Persons, out of their good Affection and Zeal to the said
present Service both of England and Ireland, are
willing to lend the several Sums of Money which
they formerly lent, upon Security of the Excise, in
Course, payable by Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date the 2d Day of February, 1645; and whereas
divers other well-affected Persons are willing to advance and lend de novo several Sums of Money, to
make up in the Whole Thirty-two Thousand Pounds,
for the present Service aforesaid: For the Securing
and Re-payment whereof, or of so much thereof as
shall be now lent, with Interest, at the End of Three
Months, according to the Directions hereafter expressed, be it Ordained, and it is hereby Ordained,
by the said Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the respective Sums of Money by each
of the said well-affected Persons to be advanced by
Way of Loan as aforesaid, with Interest thereof after
the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, shall be re-paid,
by the said Sir John Wollaston Knight, and the rest
of the said Treasurers at Wars, unto each and to
every of the said Lenders, or to his or their Executors or Assigns, at the End of Three Months next
ensuing from and after the Lending and Payment
thereof, without any further Delay; and the said Sir
John Wollaston Knight and the rest of the said Treasurers at Wars shall have Power, and they and every
One of them are hereby authorized and required, to
pay the said Thirty-two Thousand Pounds, or so
much thereof as shall be advanced and lent as aforesaid, with the Interest thereof as aforesaid, to each
and every of the said Lenders respectively, or to his
or their Assigns as aforesaid, out of such Sums of
Money as shall be taxed, levied, and paid, by virtue
of the said Ordinance of the 23th of June last past,
which shall first come to their or any of their Hands:
And if there shall be a Failure of the Payment of
the said Thirty-two Thousand Pounds, with Interest,
or of any Part thereof, to the several Lenders aforesaid, out of the said Monthly Collections hereby appointed for Payment thereof at the Time aforesaid,
it is hereby Ordained, That the said Thirty-two
Thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as shall be so
unpaid, shall be paid out of such other Receipts as
shall be in the Power of both Houses of Parliament,
who do hereby undertake the Provision thereof accordingly: And it is hereby further Ordained, That
the said Treasurers at Wars, or any Two of them, shall
subscribe every Receipt to such Person or Persons as
shall lend any Sum or Sums of Money towards the
said Thirty-two Thousand Pounds; and such Receipt
shall entitle and interest every Person and Persons to
whom the same shall be given, his and their Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, into the Security
and Benefit of this present Ordinance, for the Repayment of the said Thirty-two Thousand Pounds,
with the Interest thereof, as is before declared."
Dover Merchants Petition, to take off the Duty of Two per Cent. on the Exportation of Foreign Silver.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Lords
now assembled in High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition and Remonstrance of
the Merchants, English and Strangers,
trading in and by the Port of Dover;
"Most humbly sheweth,
"That the Trade of this Town and Port hath been
thought of so great Concernment, as well for the Advance of the Customs in general, as for the Employment of the Navigation of the Kingdom in particular, that all possible Care hath ever been expressed
for the Encouragement and Maintenance thereof.
"That the primary and moving Cause of this great,
Trade in the said Port was, the Importation of Foreign Silver, which brought all other Commodities
along with it, and raised the Customs there from Four
Thousand to above Forty Thousand Pounds per Ann.;
in Consideration whereof, we the said Merchants
had (at the first) Permission to export all such Silver
as was imported, without Payment of any Duty thereupon: But, the Trade increasing, they were, by special Order, obliged to send but only One Third
Part of what came in, and to pay for that Third
One and a Half per Cent. This Order was observed
for some Time; when the Merchants Strangers, finding themselves too much streightned thereby, procured an Order for the Exportation of Two Thirds
of the Silver imported, for which they agreed to pay
Two per Cent. the other Third being sent to London,
and converted into Coin; by which also the Kingdom received very great Benefit from the Coinage.
"That, within these Four Years last past (by reason
of the Height of the Exchange), there hath been exported but Forty-two Thousand Three Hundred
Twenty-seven Pounds, or thereabouts, although many
Millions have been imported; so that there hath
been paid for this Duty of Two per Cent. but Eight
Hundred Forty-six Pounds, Ten Shillings, or thereabouts; and that hath been within Four Months now
last past, because of the Fall of the Exchange.
"That the States of Zeland, finding it a known
Truth, That wheresoever the Silver is imported, the
rest of the Trade must necessarily follow, and taking Advantage upon the present Lowness of the
Exchange, have made an Order, of the 19th of July
last past, a Copy whereof, (fn. *) translated out of the
Original, is annexed hereunto; by which they permit
all the Silver to be brought into that Province, and
to be carried thence into Brabant (their Enemy's
Country) unmolested, and without Imposition of any
Duty, provided that One Third of the said Silver
be brought into the Mint of the County of Zealand,
to be coined; and they further oblige themselves,
That no Examination shall be made, to whom the
Silver doth belong; but that it shall be entered in
the Name of the Factor to whom it shall be consigned.
"The Premises considered, our most humble Suit
to this High and Honourable Assembly is,
That the Payment of the said Duty of Two per
Cent. may be speedily taken off from the Two
Thirds of such Foreign Silver as shall be exported; and that for these Reasons:
Reasons for it.
"1. The Merchant will certainly consign the Silver where it may be most free from Imposition, and consequently the whole Body of
Trade will also go that Way; and how hard
a Thing it would prove to re-call it, we humbly desire this Honourable Assembly to consider.
"2. The States of Zeland have taken the very
Instant of Time, to invite the Trade thither;
and they foresee so much Benefit by it, that
they choose to serve their Enemies herein,
and offer them also the same Composition
for other Goods which is allowed Merchants
Strangers at Dover.
"3. The Navigation trading for Spaine will be
totally destroyed; whereby as very many
Thousands will be undone, so the Trade itself will be wholly taken up by Hamburgers,
Lubeckers, and others, who have been of late
employed to carry almost all the Goods going
"4. The Nova Hispania Fleet is daily expected,
some say arrived, in Spaine; and, if the Hollanders Design be not counterwrought, the
Silver will be all carried thither; their said
Order having had so great an Influence already, that at least One Thousand Five Hundred Bars of the last Fleet were carried thither.
"5. In case the Exchange should rise, this Deduction cannot prejudice the State at all; for
then the whole Quantity of Silver imported
will be converted into Coin within the Kingdom, as it hath been of late Years: Besides,
it will be still in the Power of the State to
impose the said Duty, whenever they shall see
"These are the Grounds of our present Request, which we most humbly offer to
be weighed by this High and Honourable Assembly, being (as we with all Submission conceive) essential to the Restoration of the languishing Body of Trade,
that of late is almost lost in this Part
by reason of its many Distempers; and
we can see no more speedy Means for
its Recovery, than by procuring to ourselves (at least) such Immunities and
Privileges here, as are freely offered us
in other Places, especially when the real
Benefit of the Kingdom by Customs and
Navigation will be so much increased:
But we very humbly submit all to your
"And shall ever pray, &c.
"Since the Draught of this our humble Remonstrance, The Angell of London, Tho.
Perry Master, is arrived in The Downes,
from Spaine, with above Three Hundred Bars of Silver, totally consigned
Henry De Thosse.
Order of The States of Zealand, to allow the Imoortation of Bullion there.
"Extract out of the Register of The Honourable
Estates of Zealand.
"The 19th July, 1647.
"Having heard the Report of the Committee, by
Power of Relation from the Lords The Estates of
Zealand, dated the 5th of the last Month; and having
spoken with the Persons employed in the Business
handled before their Lordships; and also understanding the Advice and Considerations of the forenamed Committee, what is to be done in the said
Business, for the most Advantage of this Province:
It is thought good, and we do give to understand,
That we shall permit and suffer, and we do hereby
permit and suffer, that such Silver as shall come out
of Spaine by Water, in Ships, into this Province, shall
be permitted, and may be brought in, and from
thence may be carried unmolested through the Flote
of Lillo, into Barbant: Provided, (fn. *) That One Third
Part of the said Silver shall be brought into the Mint
of the County of Zeland, there to be converted into
Coin, according to the general Course. And we give
to understand, That no Examination shall be made
unto whom the said Silver doth belong; but the
same shall be entered in the Name of the Merchant
or Merchants to whom the said Silver shall be consigned. And this is done by Provision, That in case
any Alteration or Change should happen, the Merchants shall be in Time advertised thereof.
"This agrees with the Day Register Book, and
was subscribed thus:
"Concordat Collatione factum.
"Witnessed by me, as Secretary of the Town
of Middleburgh, in Zelande.
"Paulus Van De Perre."
Ly Littleton, Sir F. Greville, and Barrow, versus Awdley and Smith.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in the
High Court of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of Dame Awdrey Littleton, late Wife of Sir Adam Littleton
deceased, Sir Fulke Grevill Knight, and
Maurice Barrow Esquire;
"That whereas your Lordships, after several Hearings, upon the 21th of September last, gave Judgement concerning a Copy of a pretended Act of Parliament, intituled, "An Act to enable and make
good a Conveyance and Assurance of the Manors of
Chipping Onger, Northokenden, Southokenden, and other
Lands, in the County of Essex, Beaves Markes, alias
Buryes Markes, in London, by James Morris Esquire,
and Gabriell Pointz Esquire, to John Poyntz, alias
Morris, and his Heirs, and to establish the said
Manors upon the said John Poyntz, alias Morris, and
his Heirs, according to the said Conveyance," and
declared the same to be forged and counterfeit, and
therefore to be for ever damned and canceled, and
never to be pleaded, or given in Evidence, in any
Court or Cause, there being no Record to warrant
any such Copy; whereby your Petitioners and others,
whose Inheritance was sought to be impeached by
the said Forgery, did well hope they should have
been in Peace: Yet there are further unlawful and
indirect Courses taken, for the upholding and countenancing of the said Forgery, and vexing of your
Petitioners, wherein Isabell Smith, One of the Persons
sentenced by your Lordships, hath been a principal
Actor, who, though she were committed (by your
Lordships Order) to Newgate for the said Forgery,
yet, notwithstanding this her Restraint, she hath been
permitted to go at large, contrary to your Lordships
Order, whereby she was enabled to put in Practice
that which herself and others had subtily and wickedly contrived; for, having lately procured the said
pretended Act of Parliament and the forged Fines
and Pleading complained of before your Lordships
to be written in Parchment (which, by some Sleight,
are made to seem as if they had been written long
since), she came to the Court of Wards Office (having the same private about her), pretending to search
for something there, and was, contrary to the Duty
of Hugh Awdley Esquire Master of the said Office
(she being at that Time a Prisoner in Newgate for
Forgery), admitted into the Treasury amongst the Records of the said Court, where (though an illiterate
Woman) she was permitted to go up a Ladder, and
to search, handle, and sling down, the said Records,
whereby she had Opportunity given her to foyst and
shuffle in some new Forgeries amongst other Writings which she threw down; and, the said Forgeries
being then pretended to be by her there found, she
the said Isabell Smith unduly procured the said Mr.
Awdley, Clerk of the said Court, to make her Copies, and to attest them under his own Hand (hoping thereby to gain some Credit and Authority to
the said Forgeries) as if they had been real Things,
and anciently remaining there; whereas it hath been
evidently made appear before your Lordships, that,
they are gross and late Forgeries.
"Now, forasmuch as the said Mr. Awdley (contrary to the Trust reposed in him) hath admitted the said Isabell Smith (a notorious Delinquent, and at that Time committed to
Newgate for Forgery) to come amongst the
Evidences and Records (which so much concern the Estates of the Subjects of England)
and there to make Search herself, and hath
since given out Copies under his own Hand
of certain forged Writings at the Time of
her Search shuffled in, and hath likewise attested the said Writings to be Evidences and
Records, which he never before saw, whereby
your Petitioners Titles and Estates are like to
be much scandalized, as also your Lordships
Judgement concerning the said Act of Parliament:
"Therefore your Petitioners most humbly
pray your Lordships, for vindicating of
your own Honours, and righting of
your Petitioners, that the said Mr. Awdley's unjustisiable Carriage in this Business may be examined; and that he may
give a good Account, when and by what
Means the said Forgeries came into the
said Treasury of the said Court of Wards,
and why the said Isabell Smith was permitted to have Access to the said Records; and likewise what Reason did induce him to affirm the said Writings to
be Evidences and Records; and that, by
your Lordships Order, the said forged
Writings may be brought into this
House; and that the said Isabell Smith
may be kept close Prisoner, to prevent
her like wicked Practices in some other
Place; and that Reparations may be
made to your Petitioners, whose Titles
are traduced by this undue Carriage of
the said Mr. Awdley.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray,
Miles to be instituted to Divas;
Ordered, &c. That Doctor Aylett, &c. give Institution and Induction to Henry Miles Clerk, to the Rectory of Divas, in the County of Pembrooke, now lawfully and of Right void; salvo Jure cujuscunque; granted
by the Great Seal.
and Nichoson to Plumbland;
Ordered, &c. That Doctor Aylett give Institution
unto Joseph Nicholson Clerk, Batchelor of Arts, to the
Rectory of Plumbland, in the County of Cumberland,
void by the Resignation of Lancelott Fletcher Clerk, the
late Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque; he taking the
National Covenant; Richard Shelton Gentleman, Patron.
Letter from the Privy Council of Scotland, about the Resolution of the Houses for
"The Lords of His Majesty's Privy Counsell of the
Kingdome of Scotland, haveinge received your Letter of the 4th of this Mon th, and alsoe haveinge
Discharge of the Scots Army in Ireland.
seene a Letter directed to the Lord Chauncellor,
contayning the Resolution of both Houses of the
Parliament of England, for Discharge of the Scotts
Army in Ireland; and finding that, by Act of Parliament of this Kingdome, of the 19th of March last,
the Care and Disposall of that Army is intrusted to
the Committee of Parliament; they have comunicated your Letter unto them, who have retourned
such an Answere as is most agreeable to Justice, and
sutable to the due Observance of the Treaty made
concerning that Army. This is that which the Lords
of His Majesty's Privy Counsell have thought fitt
should be retourned to your Lordships, and is by
their Comaund signed by
Edenburgh, 27 Sept. 1647.
Affectionate Freind and Servaunt,
Letter from the Committee of Parliament there, on the same Subject.
"For the Right Honnorable the Lords and Commons in the Parliament of England, assembled at Westm'r.
"Your Letter of the 4th of this Moneth, contayning
your Resolutions for Discharge of the Scotts Army in
Ireland, upon the 12th and 13th Articles of the
Treaty made in that Behalfe, being presented to His
Majesty's Privy Councell of this Kingdome, and by
them comunicated to us, to whome the Care and
Disposall of that Army is intrusted be the Parliament of this Kingdome, according to our Commission of the 19th Day of March last; and wee, haveing
tane the same into Consideration, are most willing
that the Treaty mentioned therein concerning the
Scotts Army in Ireland, and which were assented to
by both Houses upon the 7th of July, 1642, be
punctually observed in all the Articles thereof; which,
being equally obligeing to reciprocall Performances,
wee doe declare, in the Name of this Kingdome,
That, the Kingdome of England makeing good what
by Articles of the Treaty, especially the 6th and
11, their Publique Faith is engaged for, (videlicet,) That Payment shall be made to the Kingdome of Scotland and their Army of all Dues shall
arise upon that Treaty, and that when the Scotts
Army imployed in the Service of Ireland shal be
discharged, they shal be disbanded by Regiments,
and noe lesser Proportions, and soe many of them
paid off as shal be disbanded, and the Residue kept
in Pay till they be disbanded; and that the Scotts
Army shall be entertayned by the English for Three
Moneths from the 20th of June, 1642, and soe long
after till they be discharged; and that they shall have
One Moneth's Pay advanced when they are first
mustered in Ireland, and thereafter shal be paid from
Moneth to Moneth; and that there shal be a Mustermaster appointed by the English Muster-master Generall, to make strict and freguent Muster of the
Scotts Army; and that, what Companyes of Men
shal be sent out of Scotland, within the Compasse of
Ten Thousand Men shal be paid upon their Musters
in Ireland, though they make not upp compleate Regiments; and the Common Souldiers receiveing their
14 Dayes Pay at their Dismission to carry them
Home; then the Army shal be forthwith disbanded,
and retourned Home.
"And wee are consident that, when the Honnorable Houses shall remember what Misseryes that Army
hath endured through not due Payment of what the
Kingdome of England was obliged for to them, what
Tentations they have withstood, and how constant
and faithfull they have beene to this Caus, and to the
Crowne of England, they will sinde it just that, as
is promised in their Letter, Care be tane for their
due Sattisfaction, before they be re-called from the
Service, and that either upon Accompt of all the Particulers, or upon a generall Estimate to be agreed on
for the Whole. This is the Expectation of this Kingdome, and is hereby, in the Name of the Committee
of Estates thereof, signed by
Ed'r, 27 Sept. 1647.
Affectionate Freind and Servaunt,
"To the Right Honnorable the Lords
and Commons in the Parliament of
England, assembled at Westm'r."
House adjourned till 10a cras.