DIE Martis, 31 die Octobris.
The Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker.
Letters concerning an Invitation to Colonel Aldrich to give up Aylsbury to the King's Forces.
Next, the Lord General's Letter was read, directed to
the Speaker of this House, together with Three other
Letters of Sir John Biron's, directed to Colonel Aldrich,
Governor of Alsebury, to deal with him about the delivering up and betraying the Town of Alsebury into
the King's Possession, there being in One of these Letters the King's Approbation of the Business, subscribed
with His own Hand.
Hereupon this, the House taking into Consideration
the Faithfulness and Fidelity of the said Colonel Aldrich,
thought it (fn. *) fit to acquaint the House of Commons
with these Letters; and to recommend Colonel Aldrich's
Faithfulness and Fidelity to them; and that he might
have some Reward and Encouragement given him, that
he and others may continue their Fidelity to the Parliament.
Message to the H. C. that they may be communicated to them at the Conference.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To desire, at the next Conference, their Lordships
may communicate unto them some Papers received
from the Lord General.
Subject of the Conference.
The Lord Say was to desire, at this Conference,
"That the Commissioners of the Customs may be called, to give an Account what Orders have come to
him from Committees for the importing Currants,
contrary to the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament: And further to acquaint them with the Lord
Peter's Estate and Goods being seized and sequestered; and of the releasing of One Hundred and Forty
Ships by Order from Mr. Greene, who sits in that
Chair for the Commissioners of the Navy, contrary
to the Ordinance of both Houses."
The Earl of Northumb. was appointed to acquaint
the House of Commons with the Business concerning
Mr. Jennings and Sir Tho. Dawes.
Upon reading the Petition of Mr. Jennyns against
Sir Tho. Dawes Knight: It is Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher shall attach Sir Tho. Dawes, if he is to
be found, for disobeying the former Orders of this
House; but, in case he is not (fn. *) to be found, then a
Copy of this Petition and Order shall be left at his
House where his Family resides; and, if he doth not
appear and answer the same to this House, and bring
in the Bonds formerly Ordered him, by this Day Three
Weeks, that then this House will proceed to hear the
Proofs on the Part of Mr. Jennyns.
Archbishop of Canterbury's Petition, to distinguish which of the Articles against him are Treason and which are not; and for a longer Time to put in his Answer.
The humble Petition of Wm. Archbishop of Canterbury was read; shewing, "That he having presented against him, by the Honourable House of Commons, to your Lordships, an Impeachment, intituled,
Further Articles of Impeachment, by the Commons
assembled in Parliament, of High Treason and divers
High Crimes and Misdemeanors;" to which, by their
Lordships Order of the Twenty-fourth of October annexed, he is directed to put in his Answer in Writing
by Monday the 6th of November, and hath thereby
Counsel assigned him to draw up the same:
"That the Petitioner's Counsel, upon reading the
Articles, finding that, as well in the Frame as in the
Conclusion thereof, the Matters of Crime and Misdemeanors are so interwoven with References to the
Matters thereby charged as Treason, as they cannot
take upon them to distinguish them; and conceiving
it not to have been their Lordships Intention, by their
Assignment, they should advise an Answer to any
Part of the Impeachment charged against the Petitioner as Treason; do forbear to advise the Petitioner's
Answer to the said Articles, without some Declaration first had, which of the said Articles are intended to be a Charge of High Treason, and which
of them of Crimes and Misdemeanors; without which,
the Petitioner is like to be deprived of the Assistance
of Counsel, granted by their Lordships Order.
"The Petitioner humbly beseecheth their Lordships, in this so heavy a Charge upon him
from so great and Honourable a Body, in such
a Streight of Time, that it may be declared
which of the said Articles are intended to be
Charges of Crimes and Misdemeanors only,
in which the Petitioner may have the Assistance of his Counsel assigned him, to advise
him in his Answer thereunto; and that their
Lordships will be further pleased to enlarge
the Petitioner in the Time allotted for his
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Time for
putting in the Archbishop of Canterburie's Answer shall
be enlarged until Monday come Sevennight: Touching
the other Particulars in this Petition, this House having
assigned him Counsel to put in his Answer, will give no
further Direction therein.
Earl of Northumberland, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That the Earl of Northumb. hath Leave
to be absent from this House for Three or Four Days.
Lord Dacres, Ditto.
Ordered, That the Lord Dacres hath Leave to be
absent for Six Days.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob't Pye and others:
To desire Concurrence in these Ordinances following:
1. An Order for disposing Five Hundred and Eight
Pounds, (fn. *) taken at the Court of Guard. (Here enter it.)
2. An Order for Relief of maimed Soldiers, &c.
(Here enter it.)
3. An Order for Mr. John Selden to take Possession
of the Records in The Tower, in Sir Jo. Burrough's
Place. (Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance for associating of Kent, Sussex, &c.
The Answer returned was:
That concerning the Ordinance for associating of Sussex,
&c. their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own; touching the rest [ (fn. †) of the] Orders, this
House agrees to them all.
Limbrey and Langham.
Ordered, The Earl of Northumberland, Earl of
Rutland, Earl of Denbigh, and the Lord Viscount Say
& Seale, or any Three of them, are appointed (fn. *) a
Committee, to meet on Tuesday next, at Three of the
Clock in the Afternoon, to consider of the Petitions of
Mr. Limbrey, &c. and Mr. Alderman Langham's, &c.
and report their Opinions to this House.
Message from the H. C. that they may offer some Matters for Consideration; at the Conference.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hatcher, &c.
To desire that, at the next (fn. *) Conference, they may
offer to their Lordships some Things, concerning the
Great Seal of England, concerning the Lord General's
Army, and concerning the Affairs of Scotland.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships agree to have these Things
offered to them at the next Conference.
Next, was read a Letter of the Lord General's, to the
Speaker of the Lords House.
Lord General's Letter, about L. Willoughby's joining him with his Forces.
"I have acquainted my Lord Willoughby with the
Parliament's Desire; and find him very willing to
march hither with his Horse, and a Regiment of
Foot, whereof I have great Need; but they being
so much in Arrear, both Officers and Soldiers, his
Lordship conceives they will not be able to march
without Money; and therefore I send your Lordships
this inclosed, wherein he signifies his Desires; hoping
the Parliament will be pleased to grant them, they
being so reasonable. My Lord, I am
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Oct. 30, 1643.
My Lord Willougbie's Desires to his Excellency:
Lord Willoughby's Requests, for Arrears due to his Army.
"1. That his Excellency will acquaint the Parliament,
that his Officers and Soldiers are Forty Weeks behind; and questions whether they will march without
it or not, having Notice how well Colonel Cromwell's
Soldiers are paid.
"2. He desires to bring his Regiment of Foot also,
who are much behind in Pay; and intends to horse
as many of them as he can, and bring them.
"3. If the Parliament assign him Payment, he'll take
of Delinquents Estates there, and accompt; without
which many will be ruined, that refused better Employments to serve him.
"4. Lyncolneshire never received so much as Arms:
His Lordship had Thirteen Hundred Pounds assigned
him out of the Sequestration; in Expectation whereof, he borrowed Money for present Supply; but,
after often sending, could not have a Penny of that
which was assigned him."
Witnesses that Sir Kenelm Digby is well-affected to the Parliament.
This Day, Tho. Devenish, Adrian Randall, and Mathew
Derby, upon Oath, confirmed their Information concerning Sir Kenelme Digbie's going to Church, and his Expressions of Affection to the Parliament: Hereupon this
House Resolved, To communicate the same to the
House of Commons, as a Reason why Sir Kenelme
Digbie's Estate should not be sequestered upon the Supposition that he is a Papist.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That they agree, at the next Conference, to have the
Letter and Papers from the Lord General to be communicated to them.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Report of the Conference about raising Monies for the Lord General's Army.
The Speaker reported Part of the Conference; which
was, "The Votes concerning Money for the Lord
General's Army;" which were read, as followeth:
"That the House of Commons doth nominate John
Kenricke Alderman, to be One of the Committees to
reside in the North."
Votes about it.
"That Twenty Thousand Pounds, out of the First
Three Months Excise, shall be assigned to my Lord
General's Army: Provided, That this Order do no
Way impeach or prejudice the former Orders for
Monies out of the Excise; and that the Commissioners
of Excise be required to pay the same accordingly."
"That Three Thousand Pounds shall be allowed to
my Lord General, out of the Excise-monies, over and
above the Twenty Thousand Pounds Ordered for
(fn. *) his Excellency's Army in the former Vote to recruit his Army; and that the Commissioners for Excise do pay the same accordingly."
Order for disposing of the Money that was taken at the Court of Guard.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Five Hundred and Eight
Pounds, seized and stayed at the Guards last Night,
shall be employed; Twenty Pounds of it to the Guards
that took and seized it; and, that Twenty Pounds being deducted, the Moiety of the Residue to be paid
unto my Lord General, the other Moiety to Sir Gilbert Gerrard, to satisfy in Part the Bills of Exchange
Order for Mr. Selden to be Keeper of the Records in The Tower.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Office of the Clerk and Keeper of
the Records in The Tower of London be sequestered
into the Hands of John Selden Esquire, a Member of
the House of Commons; and that Mr. Collett and Mr.
Ryley, Clerks in that Office, do continue in the Execution of the said Place under Mr. Selden, as formerly they did under Sir John Borough, or any other;
and that the said Mr. John Selden do receive all Rents,
Profits, and Advantages, formerly belonging to the
said Place or Office, as Sir John Borough or any other
have, might, or ought to have done."
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the Relief and
Maintenance of sick and maimed Soldiers, and
of poor Widows and Children of Soldiers
slain in the Service of the Parliament.
Ordinance for Relief of maimed Soldiers.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
being desirous to use their utmost Care for the Relief (fn. *) and Maintenance of the sick and maimed Soldiers
of the Parliament's Army, and to provide for the
Sustenance of poor Widows and Children of such
Soldiers as have been slain in the Service of the Parliament, do hereby Ordain, and be it Ordained by
the said Lords and Commons, That such poor Soldiers
as have either passed the Chirurgeons Hand, or shall
lie under Cure, and, by the Loss of any Member,
or other Maim, in the Service of the Parliament, are
or shall not be able to maintain themselves during the
Time of such Inability; and all such sick and wounded
Soldiers as are, or shall be, sent sick or wounded
from the said Army, during the Time of such Sickness, and Disability for Service; and all poor Widows
and Children of such Soldiers as have been slain in
the aforesaid Service, and are not able of themselves
to subsist, during the Time of such Poverty; shall,
for the Space of Six Months, to begin from the First
of November next, be provided for and maintained,
in Manner as is by this present Ordinance provided,
ordered, and appointed; for which Purpose, the said
Lords and Commons do Ordain, That the several Sums
of Money ensuing shall be rated and levied upon the
several Counties following; videlicet,
|"Upon the County of
Cambridge and the Isle of Ely,
Norff. and City of Norwich,
Surrey with the Borough of Southwarke,
|The Cities of London and Westm. within the Suburbs,
"For the rating, levying, and collecting whereof, be
it Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That
all and every the High Constables of the several
Counties aforesaid shall, upon the First Notice hereof,
meet together, and divide the Sums set upon the several Counties, and upon the several Hundreds, in
such Proportion as they were rated upon the First
Payment of the Subsidy of Four Hundred Thousand
Pounds; and, after the Division of the said Sum in
the several Hundreds, then the particular High Constables of every Hundred respectively shall be hereby
authorized and required forthwith to issue out their
Warrants and Precepts to the Petty Constables of the
Towns, Parishes, and Hamlets, within their respective Hundreds and Divisions, and also to such other
Persons as the said High Constables shall think fit to
employ as Assistants therein, for the levying and collecting such Sums of Money as by the High Constable
of each Hundred or Division, or such as they shall
appoint, shall be proportioned and rated upon the
several Inhabitants of each Parish, Town, or Hamlet,
within their respective Hundred or Division; and,
in Case of Refusal or Neglect of any Person or Persons so rated to pay the same, to authorize the said
Petty Constables, and the said other Persons to be
appointed as Assistants therein, to distrain the Goods
and Chattels of such Person so refusing or neglecting
as aforesaid, and to sell the same for the Service and
Purposes aforesaid; and that, for the Cities of London
and Westm. and Suburbs thereof, the Committee for
the Militia do likewise, upon Notice hereof, issue
forth their Warrants and Precepts to the Churchwardens of the several Parishes within the said Cities
and Suburbs, and such others as they shall think fit,
far the rating, levying, and collecting such Sums of
Money as they shall proportion to be rated and collected upon the several Parishes within the said Cities
of London and Westm. and the Suburbs thereof; and,
in Case of Refusal or Neglect as abovesaid, the like
Course to be taken, by Way of Distress, as is afore
directed for the several Counties; and also that the
said High Constables and Churchwardens do certify
the Names of all such Persons so refusing or neglecting to the Treasurers hereafter named, who are to
signify the same to the Committee of the House of
Commons for maimed Soldiers, to the End such Persons may be proceeded against according to Justice:
And it is also Ordained, That the High Constables of
the several Counties shall receive the Monies so levied
and collected within their respective Hundreds and
Divisions, and, upon Receipt thereof, shall, within
Three Weeks next after the Receipt of this Ordinance,
bring the said Monies, or cause the same to be brought,
to Cordwin'rs Hall, in London; and the Churchwardens of the several Parishes within the Cities of
London and Westm. and the Suburbs, are to receive
the Monies levied upon their respective Parishes, and
within Fourteen Days to make Return thereof to
Cordweynors Hall, in London, as aforesaid; at which
Place of Receipt, William Greenhill, John Pococke,
John Randall, and Richard Hutchinson, Citizens of
London, or some of them, are hereby appointed to
receive the same every Tuesday and Friday, and to
be Treasurers for the same, and to give Receipts and
Discharges for the same, under their or some of their
Hands: And it is further Ordained, by the said Lords
and Commons, That the Money, so levied and received by the said Treasurers as aforesaid, shall be by
them, or any Two of them, disposed of for the better
Advantage and for the Uses and Purposes aforesaid,
so that not above Four Shillings be allowed Weekly
to any such maimed, wounded, diseased, or sick
Soldier, or poor Family, as aforesaid: And it is
further Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons,
That, for the better executing of this Ordinance, Nathaniell Wyburne and Roger Bincks Gentlemen, or
such others as they the said Treasurers shall appoint,
shall be employed as Agents into the said several
Counties, to give Notice hereof to the said several
High Constables, and to certify the Committee of
the House of Commons for maimed Soldiers of any
Obstructions or Neglect that shall be or arise in any
Person or Persons to hinder the Execution of this
Ordinance, and who causeth the same; and to do and
perform such other Service, in the Pursuance hereof,
as to the said Committee, or to the Treasurers aforesaid, shall be conceived requisite for the due Execution of this Ordinance: And it is lastly Ordained, by
the said Lords and Commons, That the said Treasurers
and Agents, from Time to Time, shall receive such
Allowance, for their Pains and Charges in the executing of this present Ordinance, as by the said
Committee of the House of Commons shall be allowed and appointed; by which Committee the said
Treasurers shall be from Time to Time directed, and
shall yield an Accompt unto them when the same shall
"Provided always, That where any Captain, under
whose Command any such sick or maimed Soldiers is
or hath been listed, shall receive Pay for any such
sick or maimed Soldiers, that, notwithstanding the Allowance beforementioned to any such sick or maimed
Soldiers, the said Captain that shall receive such Allowance shall pay and allow the same to the said