DIE Martis, 2 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Mew.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Petition of the Inhabitants of Trinity, London, for Mr. Haviland to be their Minister.
Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the
Parish of Trinity, in London; shewing, "That Edward
Harrison, Parson of the said Parish, is lately dead,
and the said Parsonage thereby become void, the
Power of Presentation unto which belonged unto the
Dean and Chapter of Cant. and is now, as the Petitioners are informed, in this Honourable Assembly;
therefore they humbly pray, that one Mr. Haviland,
who is known an Orthodox Divine, may be invested
into the room of the said deceased."
Ordered, That this House approves of Mr. Haviland, to be Parson of Trinity Church aforesaid; and
that he be instituted and inducted by Sir Nath. Brent,
as is desired.
Proceedings of the Scotch Army.
The Lord Wharton reported some Papers, which the
Scottish Commissioners have received from the Army,
being a Narrative of the Proceedings and Success of
the Scottish Army.
Message from the H. C. with Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Nicolls and others;
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Orders
1. For the raising of Five Thousand Pounds out of
the Excise, to Mr. Trenchard, for the West.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
2. An Order for paying Forty Pounds to the Scouts
that brought the Intelligence of the Victory over Sir
Ralph Hopton. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in the Particulars of this Message.
The Lord General acquainted this House with a
Letter which he received from the Earl of Clare; which
was read, in these Words as follow:
E. of Clare's Letter, that he submits to the Pleasure of the House.
My noble Lord,
Upon the Strength of your Excellency's Pass, I
got to my House here in Drury-Lane, now Five Days
since, where with all Humility and Submission I shall
attend the House's Pleasure, desiring nothing more
than to have the Clearness of my Intentions to their
Service rightly understood; that the Cause only, and
no other particular By-respects, hath brought me back;
the Goodness whereof, I must acknowledge, I did not
so well understand till my coming to Oxford (Contraries
better setting forth one another), where I had not
spent many Days, but my Eyes were opened and undeceived by what I there observed, and thereupon
immediately resolved my Return, which some Honourable Persons can witness; but was first necessitated
to go to my House in Nottinghamshire to remove a
Daughter and my Evidences to some securer Place,
which I could not so soon effect, being hemmed in on
every Side with my Lord of Newcastle's Forces, who
had a jealous Eye over me, for that I did not repair
to the Assembly at Oxford, and that I had declined
signing a Letter from the Peers there to the Scottish
Nobility, brought me to my House; but no sooner
had these Forces opened me a Gap by their Remove,
but I got through it, into the Parliament Quarters in
Lyncolneshire, which from thence I signified to my Lord
of Manchester at Cambridge, with my Readiness to
serve the Parliament with Life and Fortune, as the
great Preserver of what is dearest in this World, Religion and Liberty; and I obtained from his Lordship an Attestation, that I was come in to the Parliament within the Time limited by the Declaration of
both Kingdoms (notwithstanding the many Rubs and
Difficulties I had met with), and a Command to all
his Officers to give no Interruption; but, being surprised with the News of the Disaster at Newarke, at a
Friend's House I went to visit in an Afternoon, I posted
thence to Boston by Night, without going back for
this Paper, which, upon mine Honour, I left there, and
is such as I have expressed; and I hope it will be the
House's good Pleasure to confirm the Benefit thereof
unto me, having abandoned all the poor Fortune I
have in the World (save a few rotten Houses in this
Town), to come (fn. *) and serve them, which is now all
in the King's Quarters, with my House and Goods,
Stock and Corn, to serve a numerous Family a long
Time, and when the Condition of their Affairs was
not at the best. I shall humbly desire your Excellency's
favourable Assistance herein; which I shall add to your
former Favours, and will oblige me to approve my
self to my uttermost,
and faithful Servant,
ThisTuesday Morning, 2 of April, 1644, from Drury-Lane.
The Direction was,
"For His Excellency the Earl of Essex."
To have the Benefit of the Declaration.
The House, taking this Business into Consideration,
thought it fit and just that the Earl of Clare should have
the Benefit of the Declaration of both Kingdoms, and
the Liberty of his Person to be forthwith allowed him,
according to the said Declaration.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent Yesterday to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That they agree to the Order for Public Thanks, for
Sir Wm. Waller's good Success against Hopton's Forces;
that (fn. †) they agree to the Amendment in the Ordinance
concerning the County of North'ton; and concerning the
Prince Elector's Business, they will send an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Sutton's Petition, about Lord Craven's Assessment.
Upon reading the Petition of Roger Sutton, Servant
to Wm. Lord Craven; shewing, "That whereas this
House hath assessed his Lord at Two Thousand Pounds
for his Fifth and Twentieth Part, and hath received
an Order from the Committee at Haberdashers Hall,
to pay the same within Ten Days; he humbly desires
that some reasonable Time (fn. ‡) may be admitted him,
to give his Lord Notice of the Order, that so he may
receive Directions about it:" But this House Ordered, That Submission be made, and Conformity
to the Ordinance of Parliament.
Order for 5000 l. out of the Excise to Mr. Trenchard for the West.
"John Towse Esquire and Alderman, and the rest of
the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, having,
in Part of a greater Sum for which they are in
Treaty with the Committee for the West, advanced
and lent Five Thousand Pounds thereof, for Supply
of the present Service: Be it Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the
said Commissioners of Excise shall and may pay the
said Sum of Five Thousand Pounds unto John Trenchard Esquire, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient
Discharge; and the said Lords and Commons do
hereby Declare, That they will provide for the Reimbursement of the said Five Thousand Pounds, with
Interest, to the said Commissioners, according as shall
be hereafter agreed upon and settled between the
Committee of the West and the said Commissioners
Order for 40 l. to Sccuts, for bringing Intelligence of Victories.
Whereas Twenty Pounds was formerly ordered to
be paid, by Sir Gilbert Gerrard, to Craven and
Jennings, for bringing timely Intelligence, which
is not yet paid unto them; and whereas James Pattsonne, and Ralph Norton, Two other Scouts, have
lately brought Intelligence of the great Victory (over
the Forces under the Command of Sir Ralph Hopton)
by Sir William Waller and Sir William Balfore: It is
this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons,
That the Sum of Forty Pounds shall be forthwith
paid, by the Committee at Habberdashers Hall, out
of the Monies that comes in upon the Fifth and
Twentieth Part; that is to say, Ten Pounds apiece,
proportionably, to the Persons aforesaid."
Ordinance for Defence of Northampton.
It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That William Lord Fitzwilliams,
Edward Mountague Esquire, Sir John Dreydon, Sir
Christopher Yelverton, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Baronets,
Zouch Tate, John Crewe, Rich'd Knightly, Esquires,
Members of the House of Commons, Sir Rowland St.
John Knight of the Bath, Sir Edward Niccolls, Sir
John Norwich, Baronets, Sir Humfrey Orme, Sir Richard
Samwell, Sir Samuell Davers, Knights, Richard Knightly
of Fawzley, Robert Mildmay, John Barnard, Edward
Harby, Edward Only, John Cartwright, Phillip Holman,
Richard Samwell, Edward Farmer, John Wyrley,
Richard Shugborough, Edward Hanbury, Wm. Lisle,
Thomas Elmes, John Playpoole, Francis Quarles, John
Norton, John Breton, and John Thorneton, Esquires,
and the Mayor of the Town of Northampton for the
Time being, or any Three or more of them, residing
in the Town of Northampton, for the furnishing of
Arms and Ammunition, making of Fortifications, and
Payment of the Garrisons, Officers, and Soldiers,
and other public necessary Charges, for the Defence
and Preservation of the said County from Plunder and
Ruin, shall or may, from Time to Time, during the
Space of Six Months, to commence from the 25th Day
of this Instant March, (fn. *) raise in the said County such
Sums of Money as shall be by them, or any Three or
more of them, thought necessary for the Uses aforesaid, the same to be rated and assessed in like Sort as
was the Four Hundred Thousand Pounds granted by
Act this present Parliament, not exceeding the Sum of
Six Hundred Pounds a Week; and, for the better
levying of the said Sums of Money, the said Committee, or any Three or more of them then residing in
the Town of North'ton, shall or may nominate and
appoint Treasurers, Collectors, and Assessors, in the said
County, for assessing, receiving, and collecting the
said Sums of Money; and shall and may grant Warrants
under their Hands, to any Constable, or other Person
or Persons, as well Soldiers when Need shall require
as others, to raise and levy the said Sums so to be
assessed and taxed as aforesaid, upon all such Persons upon whom any such Sums shall be so assessed
and set, that do refuse or neglect to pay the same, by
Way of Distress and Sale of the Goods of the Persons so assessed and refusing, and Two Pence for every
Shilling that shall not be paid upon Demand, to bear
the Charge of those that distrain; and in Case any
Opposition be made, or no Distress can be found, the
said Committee, or any Three or more of them residing in North'ton as aforesaid, shall or may commit
such Person or Persons refusing to pay, or not having
a sufficient Distress to be found as aforesaid, to some
common Gaol within the said County, there to remain
until Payment made of such Sum and Sums of Money as aforesaid; for which Sums, so to be raised,
the said Committee shall be accountable to both
Houses of Parliament, or such as they have appointed, and to none else; and if any shall refuse
or neglect the Execution of such Warrants as shall
be directed to them by virtue of this Ordinance, it
shall be lawful for the said Committee residing as
aforesaid, or any Three of them, to punish such Person refusing or neglecting, by Fine, not exceeding
Five Pounds, to be levied as aforesaid: Provided,
That where it shall appear to the said Committee,
or any Two of them residing as aforesaid, that any
Person hath been over-rated to the Tax upon the
Bill of Four Hundred Thousand Pounds, an Abatement may be made in the Tax of such Person, by the
said Committee, or any Two of them residing as
aforesaid, according to their Discretions: Provided
also, That this present Ordinance shall be no Hindrance to Taxes made by any former Ordinance."
House adjourned till 9 a cras.