DIE Jovis 7 die Martii.
PRAYERS by Mr. Greene.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Countess of Lindsey's Assessment.
Upon reading the Petition of Eliz. Countess Dowager of Lyndsey; shewing, "That she is assessed by the
Committee of Haberdashers Hall to pay her Fifth and
Twentieth Part: Now, forasmuch as the Petitioner is
informed it is excepted in the Ordinance, that any
Peer or their Assistants shall be assessed otherwise than
by the House of Peers, she humbly prays that your
(fn. *) Lordships will be pleased to tender your Petitioner's
Estate and Condition, and to relieve your Petitioner,
that she may not be compelled to attend at Habberdashers Hall."
This House Ordered, That the Petitioner shall be
rated by this House as a Peer, and not at Haberdashers
Sir William Middleton's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Wm. Middleton,
against Mr. Doctor Chamberlaine: It is Ordered, That
the Business is referred to Mr. Justice Reeves, who is to
call the Bail before him, and examine the Business, and
report the same to this House.
Petition for Mr. Vine to be Minister of St. Clement Danes.
Upon reading the Petition of the (fn. *) Parishioners of
Clement Danes; shewing, "That the Rectory of the
said Parish being lately sequestered, and Mr. Vynes
and Mr. Evans appointed jointly to officiate the Cure,
until further Order: Now, for that they do not mutually agree to officiate the general Offices of the said
Cure, and Pastoral Charge thereunto belonging, jointly, according to Order; but, on the contrary, the
same hath been refused to be done, whereby many
necessary Duties have been neglected, and the Parish
therein much unsatisfied; moreover, the Profits of
the said Rectory (by reason of many deserted Houses,
and also having divided into several Parts) cannot
afford them both a sufficient Maintenance:
"The humble Request of the Petitioners is, to
confirm Mr. Vynes solely in the Government
and Pastoral Charge of the said Cure, and to
have the Profits thereof (deducting the Stipend
allowed to the Doctor's Wife) during Sequestration, or what Time this House please to
Order, whose godly sincere Life and worthy
Abilities is sufficiently known and deservedly
approved amongst them; and that Mr. Evans
may only continue his Lectures, as formerly
he hath done."
Ordered, That this House approves of Mr. Vyne
(fn. †) to be solely appointed to (fn. ‡) discharge the Pastoral
Charge of the Cure of St. Clements Danes, as is desired; and that an Ordinance be drawn to this Purpose.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Scotch Affairs.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Tho. Barrington Baronet:
1. To desire a Conference touching the Scottish Affairs.
Ordered, To give a present Conference, in the
Painted Chamber, as is desired.
and with an Ordinance.
2. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a present Conference, as is
desired, in the Painted Chamber; and concerning the
Ordinance touching Currants, this House will send an
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance concerning the Levant Company.
The Lord Admiral reported, "That the Committee
have considered of the Ordinance concerning the Levant Company; and their Opinion is, That it is fit
to pass as it is, it being agreeable to their Patent.
Which Ordinance was read the Third Time, and
Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it; and about the King's Children.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees with them
in the Ordinance (fn. ||) for the Levant Company; and further, to desire a Conference, touching the Business of St.
Ordinance concerning Currants.
The Ordinance concerning Currants was read Twice,
and committed to,
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Any Three to (fn. *) meet.
Ordinance concerning the Weekly Meal.
The Ordinance concerning the Weekly Meal was
read Once, and Ordered to be read again To-morrow
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral is appointed to
manage the Conference concerning the Servants to the
King's Children at St. James; and to desire, from this
House, that the select Committees of both Houses do
meet, and consider concerning of the Persons in the List,
before any final Determination be made by the Houses.
The Ordinance for the associated Counties of Kent,
Sussex, &c. was read, and committed to a Committee of
the whole House, to be taken into Consideration the
next Time the House sits.
"An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled, for upholding the Government and Fellowship of Merchants of
England trading into the Levant Seas, for the
Maintenance of Cloathing and Woolen Manufactures, the venting of Lead, Tin, and sundry
other Commodities of this Kingdom.
Ordinance for Support of the Levant Company.
For the better Encouragement and Supportation of
the Fellowship of Merchants of England trading into
the Levant Seas, which, besides the building and
maintaining of divers great Ships both for Defence
and Burthen, the venting of Kerseys, Says, Perpetuans, and several other Commodities, hath been found
very serviceable and profitable to this State, by advancing Navigation, and transporting into Foreign
Parts for several Years together above Twenty Thousand Broad Cloths per Annum, besides other Commodities, dyed and dressed in their full Manufacture;
and for the better Government and Regulating of
Trade, especially that of Cloathing, whereby the poor
People are set on Work, and the whole Kingdom receives Benefit: The Lords and Commons in Parliament do Ordain, That the said Fellowship of Merchants of England trading into the Levant Seas shall
continue and be a Corporation; that they shall have
the free Choice and Removal of all Ministers and
Officers, which are to be by them maintained, either
at Home or Abroad, whether they be dignified or
called by the Title or Name of Ambassadors, Governors, Deputies, Consuls, or otherwise; and shall have
Power to levy Monies on the Members of their Corporation and Strangers, upon all Goods that shall be
shipped in English Bottoms, as also upon all the
Goods of English shipped in Strangers Bottoms, which
go into or come from the Levant Seas, for and towards the necessary Charge, Maintenance, and Support, of the Ministers, Officers, and Government; and
that the said Fellowship shall have further Power to
levy such Sum and Sums of Money on the Members
of that Corporation, and their Goods, as shall be
advanced for the Use and Benefit of the State, by
the Approbation of both Houses of Parliament; and
that no Persons shall bring from, or send Goods or
Ships into, those Parts limited by their Incorporation,
but such as are Free Brothers, or otherwise licensed
by the aforesaid Corporation, on Forfeiture of the
whole, or other lesser Penalty to be imposed by the
said Corporation on their said Goods or Ships so sent
or traded in unduly: Provided, That the said Fellowship shall not exclude any Person from his Freedom
and Admission into the said Fellowship, who shall desire it by Way of Redemption, if such Person be a
meer Merchant, and otherwise capable thereof, and
shall pay Fifty Pounds for the same if he be above
the Age of Twenty-seven Years, or Twenty-five
Pounds if he be under that Age, or so much less as
their Fellowship shall think sitting; and that the said
Fellowship shall have Power to impose a Fine upon
any Person or Persons wilfully contemning or disobeying their Order or Orders in Matter of Government,
so as the Fine do not exceed the Sum of Twenty
Pounds for any One Offence; and, in Default of Payment of such Fine, the said Fellowship shall have
Power to distrain the Goods of such Person or Persons so fined; and if no sufficient Distress can be found,
then the said Fellowship shall have Power to imprison the said Person or Persons for their said Contempt, until such Person or Persons shall pay such
Fine or Fines, or otherwise conform themselves to the
Acts and Government of the said Fellowship; and
the said Fellowship shall have Power to give such
an Oath or Oaths to the Officers and Members of
their Corporation, as shall be approved of by both
Houses of Parliament: Provided, That all Rights or
Charters granted under the Broad Seal of England,
or otherwise, shall be hereby saved.
"And the said Lords and Commons do further Ordain, That, with all convenient Expedition, a Bill shall
be prepared, in Order to an Act of Parliament to be
passed in this present Parliament, for the further settling and full Confirmation of the Privileges of the
said Fellowship herein beforementioned, with such
other Clauses and Provisions as shall be found expedient by both Houses of Parliament; this Ordinance
to remain in full Force until a Bill or Act shall be
prepared and passed, according to the Intent and true
Meaning of this Ordinance.
And it is Ordered, That this Ordinance be forthwith printed and published that all Persons concerned may take Notice thereof as appertaineth.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return
with this Answer:
That they will give a present Conference, as is desired.
The Lords went to the Conference.
And the House was adjourned until To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, Dominis sic decernentibus.