DIE Mercurii, 10 die Julii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Pickeringe.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
States Ambassadors to have Audience on Friday.
The Speaker reported to the House, "That The
States Ambassadors were with him; and understanding that this House had appointed this Day to give
them Audience, they desire it might be on the same
Day as they were to have Audience by the House of
Commons, because they were to deliver the same
Thing to both Houses; which would be publicly
known before they had Audience by the House of
Commons, if they had not Audience the same Day."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Master of
the Ceremonies shall let The States Ambassadors know,
that this House will give them Audience on Friday next,
at Ten of the Clock in the Morning, being the same
Day that they are to have Audience by the House of
Commons; and the Judges and Assistants are to have
Notice to attend this House the said Time.
Deereham and Direxham released.
Ordered, That Ric'd Deereham
(fn. *) and Direxham, having submitted to the Order of this House concerning Sutton Marsh: It is Ordered, That they be
released from their present Restraint.
Tooly and Hix for vending Bibles printed beyond Sea.
Upon reading the Petition of the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers, and the Affidavits
of Ric'd Whittaker and John Partridge: It is Ordered,
That Tooley and Hix shall be attached as Delinquents,
(fn. †) and brought before this House on Friday Morning next,
to answer their Contempts to the Ordinance of Parliament, in selling and venting Bibles printed beyond the
Seas, wherein are many erroneous Faults in the Printing it.
Monsieur La Ferte to export Horses.
Ordered, That Monsieur La Ferte, late Ambassador from France, shall have Leave to transport Six
Horses into France.
Message from the H. C. to appoint a Church for solemnizing the Thanksgiving, and about the Preachers;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob't Harley Knight, &c.
They desire their Lordships would please to name
some other Church for solemnizing the Day of Thanksgiving, because the Abby Church is too streight; and
whereas Mr. Newcoman is named for One of the Preachers, in regard of his Indisposition of Health, the House
of Commons have named Mr. Alexander Henderson to
supply his Place, wherein their Lordships Concurrence
Ordered, That this (fn. †) House agrees for Mr. Henderson to preach; and this House appoints St. Margerett's
Church in Westm.
and with Ordinances.
2. To desire their Lordships Concurrence conce
Colonel Stevens, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
3. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance for cutting
of Turfs for Fuel, for the Cities of London and Westm.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the naming Mr. Alexander
Henderson to preach, and to the Order concerning Colonel Stevens: To the rest, this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Letter giving an Account of the Victory at York.
The Earl of Northumb. reported to this House a
Letter directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms,
which was read, being an Account of the great Victory
[ (fn. *) gained over] the King's Forces near Yorke.
Hereupon this House Ordered, That Thursday come
Sevennight shall be kept a Day of Thanksgiving, through
all the Kingdom without the Line of Communication,
for this Success, which is to be done by Ordinance.
And this House thinks it fit that a Letter be written to
the Generals, for their great Care in this Business.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to the following Ordinances.
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 in these
1. The Ordinance concerning Brewers.
2. The Order concerning Excise.
3. The Ordinance (fn. †) concerning Leycester, with Amendments.
4. To the Ordinance concerning Taking of Accompts,
5. To the adding divers Persons to be Deputy Lieutenants to the County of Sussex.
6. To adding the Names to be Deputy Lieutenants
for the County of Lyncolne, excepting Colonel Kinge,
concerning whom this House will take some Misdemeanors into Consideration.
Mrs. Bickley's Cause.
Ordered, That the Cause of Mrs. Bickley shall be
heard on Wednesday next; and her Husband to be heard,
by himself or his Counsel.
Countess of Sussex's Possession of a Fishery quieted.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lady Elinor Countess Dowager of Sussex, complaining (fn. ‡) that divers Orders of this House have been disobeyed: It is Ordered, That George Asser, Ric'd French, and Wm.
Thompson, and all others, are hereby enjoined to permit the Petitioner to hold and enjoy the quiet Possession
of the said River and Water, and Fishings there; and
if any Man shall pretend any Title to the said River,
Water, or Fishing, and shall commence any Action
against the Petitioner, he may commence his Action at
Law, and have a Trial, the Petitioner (fn. ||) voluntarily
offering to wave her Privilege.
Mr. Weston's Possession in Whittlesea Meere quieted.
Upon reading the Petition of Mr. Weston, complaining, "That he cannot enjoy his Lands in Wittlesey
Meere, according to the Orders of this House, by
reason of the Tumults of People:" Hereupon it is
Ordered, That all the Orders of this House are hereby
ratified and confirmed; and the Deputy Lieutenants and
the Justices of the Peace of the County shall assist in
putting them into Execution.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances for Concurrence;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Ashherst, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in divers Particulars:
1. An Ordinance concerning pressing of Men within
the Line of Communication. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance concerning Forces of Lancashire;
to pay Three Thousand Pounds, for paying those Forces.
(Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
3. To desire Expedition in these Ordinances following:
and to expedite the following.
1. The Ordinance for raising of a Standing Army
out of several Counties.
2. To the Ordinance concerning the Isle of Wight.
3. To the Oath concerning the Servants of St.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Order concerning the
pressing of Men within the Line of Communication,
and to the Ordinance concerning paying the Forces in
Lancashire: To the rest of the Particulars of this
Message, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Rob't Rich, &c. return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
That they agree to all the Particulars of the Message,
saving to the Exception against Colonel King; concerning which, they will send an Answer by Messengers of
their own. (Here enter the Ordinance of Accompts,
and Ordinance for Leycester.)
Ordinance for raising a Standing Army out of several Counties.
The House took into Consideration the Ordinance for
the raising of an Army out of several Counties for
Two Months, which was read, with Amendments and
Alterations; and it was Resolved, upon the Question, to
pass with these Amendments.
And it was sent down, by Message, by Sir Rob't Rich
and Mr. Page, to the House of Commons, to desire
their Concurrence in the said Ordinance with the Amendments; and also to communicate to them, the Petition
of Phillip Francis, late Mayor of Plymouth.
States Ambassadors Audience.
Ordered, That The States Ambassadors shall have
Audience on Friday next, at Eight of the Clock in the
Morning; and the Lords and Judges to have Notice to
attend this House.
The Letter from the Generals.
Letter from the Generals of the Armies in the North, of the Victory obtained by the Forces under their Command near York.
"Since our last to your Lordship, the Condition of
our Affairs is not a little changed; for, on Monday
last, upon Notice of Prince Rupert's March from
Knaisburgh towards us, resolved and accordingly drew
out the Armies to have met him, and for that End
did march that same Night to Longmarston Moore,
about Four Miles on the West Side of Yorke; but
he, having Notice thereof, did pass with his Army
at Borrowbridge, and so put the River of Ouse betwixt him and us, whereby we were disabled to oppose his Passage into Yorke; the Bridge we built on
the West Side of the Town being so weak, that we
durst not adventure to transport our Armies upon it.
This made us resolve the next Morning to march
unto Todcaster, for stopping of his Passage Southward; and the Armies being so far on their Way as
the Van was within a Mile of it, Notice was sent us
by our Horsemen who were upon our Rear, that the
Prince's Army, Horse and Foot, were advanced the
Length of Longmarston Moore, and was ready to fall
upon them; whereupon we re-called the Armies, and
drew them up on a Corn Hill upon the South Side
of The Moore, in the best Way we could, so far as
the Streightness of the Field and other Disadvantages
of the Place could permit. Before both Armies were
in Readiness, it was near Seven a Clock at Night,
about which Time they advanced the one toward
the other; whereupon followed a very hot Encounter
for the Space of Three Hours, whereof, by the
great Blessing and good Providence of God, the
Issue was the total Routing of the Enemies Army,
(fn. *) the Loss of all their Ordnance to the Number of
Twenty, their Ammunition, Baggage, about One Hundred Colours, and Ten Thousand Arms: There were
killed upon the Place about Three Thousand of
them, whereof many are Chief Officers; and Fifteen
Hundred Prisoners taken, among whom there are
above One Hundred Officers, in which Number is Sir
Charles Lucas Lieutenant General to the Marquis of
Newcastle's Horse, Porter General Major,
and General Major Tillier, besides divers Colonels,
Lieutenant Colonels, and Majors. Our Loss, God be
praised, is not very great; being only of One Lieutenant Colonel, some few Captains, and about Two
or Three Hundred Common Soldiers. The Prince,
in great Distraction, with a few Horsemen and almost
no Foot, marched the next Morning from Yorke Northward. We have lain down again, in our Leaguer
before Yorke, which we are in Hope within a few
Days to gain, and are resolved to send a great Part
of our Cavalry after Prince Rupert. We have nothing
to add, but that the Glory of all the Success belongs
to God, and the Benefit, we hope, will redound to
the whole Kingdom; and we have appointed this next
Sabbath for a Day of Public Thanksgiving throughout these Armies; so your Lordships would appoint
a Day for the same to be kept throughout the Kingdom, and Notice sent to us thereof, that we may
altogether join in it; and we shall continue
Affectionate Friends and Servants,
From The Leaguer
before Yorke, 5th
Ordinance for Colonel Stevens, High Sheriff of Gloucester, to have Leave of Absence.
"Whereas Thomas Stephens Esquire is nominated
and appointed High Sheriff of the County of Gloucester, and is enjoined and required, by a certain
Clause in the Oath to be taken by him the said
Thomas Stephens for the Execution of the said Office,
that he shall reside and be dwelling, in his own
proper Person, within his Bailiffwick, for the Time
that he shall be in the said Office, unless he be otherwise licensed by the Lords and Commons in Parliament: Be it therefore Ordered and Ordained, by
the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
That the said High Sheriff shall have, and hereby
hath, full and free Leave and Licence, and is permitted, to be absent from his Bailiffwick, and to dwell
and reside out of the said County of Gloucester, notwithstanding any Clause in the said Oath to the contrary."
Order for 500 Soldiers to be pressed, for Capt. Beale.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Committee
of the Militia of London shall forthwith cause to be
impressed Five Hundred able Soldiers, within the Line
of Communication and Parishes mentioned in the
Weekly Bill of Mortality, according to an Ordinance
dated the Tenth Day of August, 1643; which Soldiers are to be under the Command of Captain Wm.
Beale, for the Service of the King and Parliament;
and to cause them to be shipped on such Ships as
the said Captain shall appoint."
Ordinance to raise 3000 l. for the Forces in Lancashire.
"Whereas, by the additional Ordinance of Excise
or new Impost, bearing Date the Eighth Day of this
Instant July, it is Ordained, That the Moiety of One
Third Part of all such Monies as shall be raised upon
the said Ordinance shall be employed towards the
Maintenance of the Land Forces in the Service of the
Parliament; and whereas the Forces in the Service of
the Parliament within the County of Lancaster are in
great Want and Distress (fn. *) , and that County wholly
spoiled and wasted by the Enemy: Therefore the
Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled do
Order and Ordain, That Three Thousand Pounds,
out of the said Moiety of One Third Part of the
said Ordinance for the Maintenance of the Land
Forces, shall be paid unto Thomas Stone, Thomas Browne,
James Waynwright, and Thomas Markland, Citizens
of London, for the Use of the Forces within the said
County of Lancaster (which said Sum of Three
Thousand Pounds was formerly granted unto that
County, upon a Contract with the Committee of the
Safety); and an Acquittance under their Hands, or
any Three of them, shall be a sufficient Discharge
to the Commissioners of Excise for so much Money
as they shall receive, so as the same do not exceed
the said Sum of Three Thousand Pounds; and the
said Thomas Stone, Thomas Browne; James Waynwright,
and Thomas Markland, shall pay the said Sum of
Three Thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as they
shall receive, unto Humphrey Cheetome Esquire, Treasurer of the said County of Lancaster, who shall issue
the same by Order of the Deputy Lieutenants, or
any Six of them, unto such Forces of the said
County as shall henceforth go on in the Service; and
no Part of the said Sum of Three Thousand Pounds
shall be paid for any Arrears for Time past to any
Officer or Soldier within the said County."
"An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled, for the Explanation
of a former Ordinance, for the taking and
receiving the Accompts of the Kingdom.
Ordinance to explain the One for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom.
"Whereas, upon the former Ordinance of both
Houses of Parliament for taking the Accompts of
the Kingdom, some Doubt doth arise, whether there
be sufficient Power given the Committee named in
that Ordinance, by the express Words thereof, to
determine any Accompts by them taken, and to receive and keep the Vouchers which concern the same
Accompts; and whereas the Sub-committees to be
appointed by them, by virtue of the said Ordinance,
in any County, City, or Place, where they shall
think meet, have the self-same Power given them,
within their several Limits, as the said Committee
hath, and are not appointed to receive any Directions from, or to return any Accompts unto them,
which will prove inconvenient, and hinder the orderly taking of the said Accompts by the said Committee:
"Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Committee, or
any Five or more of them, shall have Power and Authority to determine the Accompts by them taken,
to give Discharges in Writings under the Hands of
any Five or more of them, and to receive and keep
all Vouchers which concern the same; and that all
and every Sub-committees appointed, or to be appointed, by virtue of the said Ordinance, shall pursue such Directions as they shall from Time to Time
receive from the said Committee of Accompts for
the better ordering and expediting of their Accompts,
and likewise to return unto them all and singular
Accompts which shall be taken by them, before the
same shall be finally determined: And, because a
true Accompt cannot be taken, of such Monies as
are paid unto the Armies, Officers, and Soldiers, in
the several Garrisons, Cities, and Counties of the
Kingdom, except exact Musters be duly made and kept
of the said Forces and Accompts taken of the Arms
and Horse in the several Counties aforesaid, it is
hereby further Ordained, That the several Committees
of Parliament, or such or so many of them as have
Power to execute the several Ordinances in the said
Counties, Cities, and Garrisons, shall, from Time to
Time hereafter, every Month at the least, or oftener
if they shall see Cause, take particular Musters, and
keep true Muster Rolls, of all the Officers and Soldiers
by Name, now being, or hereafter to be raised,
within the said several Counties, Cities, and Garrisons, where they are authorized as Committees of
Parliament; and that all Colonels, Captains, and
Officers, within the said Armies, Counties, Cities,
and Garrisons, raised, or to be raised, shall from Time
to Time make good all Horses and Arms under their
several Commands, unto the said several Committees
of Parliament, in the said several Counties, Cities,
and Garrisons aforesaid, unless the same were lost
in actual Service; and the said several Committees of
Parliament shall return the said Muster Rolls, or
true Musters aforesaid, and certify all the Defects
therein, and of Arms and Horse aforesaid, unto the
Committee for the Accompts of the Kingdom, or
unto the several Sub-committees of Accompts in the
several Counties of the Kingdom, which the said
Sub-committees shall return up unto the said Committee of Accompts in Manner and Form aforesaid,
to the End that Satisfaction may be made unto the
Commonwealth for such Loss of Horse and Arms,
out of the said Officers Pay; and that all Fines to
be imposed by virtue of the said Ordinance of Accompts, and all such Sums of Money as the said
Committee of Accompts, or any Two of them, shall
certify to be due and owing by any Person or Persons upon their said Accompts determined by them,
shall be paid into the Chamber of London, and shall
not be issued out but by Orders of both Houses,
which Orders shall be first entered with the said
Committee of Accompts before any Money be paid
upon the same, other than Arrears of such Monies
as by particular Acts of Parliament and Ordinances
are limited to particular Treasurers, nominated in
the said Acts of Parliament and Ordinances, which
shall be paid into the said Treasurers: And be it
further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That
such Sum and Sums of Money as the said Committee,
or any Five of them, shall find necessary for the paying and satisfying of the Registers, Accomptants,
Clerks, Agents, and Ministers employed by them, or
otherwise for defraying any Charges for taking the
said Accompts, shall be paid out of the Chamber of
London aforesaid, whensoever the said Committee, or
any Five of them, shall require the same, for which
they shall keep and give a true and perfect Accompt
under their Hands in Writing; and that, according
to an Order of the 13th of March, Two Hundred
Pounds shall be forthwith paid unto the said Committee for Accompts."
Ordinance for the Defence of Leicestershire.
"Whereas the County of Leicester is in very great
Danger, by the frequent Incursions of the Enemy's
Forces and Garrisons in and near it, by reason whereof neither the Persons nor the Goods of the Inhabitants and well-affected to the Parliament are secure
in any Part of the County: For Prevention of further
Danger and Mischief, and for the better securing of
that County, by reducing and putting the same into
a better Condition and Posture of Defence, the Lords
and Commons in Parliament assembled, taking the
Premises into their serious Consideration, have thought
fit to Order and Ordain, and be it (fn. *) Ordered,
Ordained, and Established, as followeth; That Thomas
Lord Gray of Groby, Theophilus Grey Esquire, Sir
Arthur Hasterigg, Sir Martin Lister, Sir Edward
Hartopp Junior, Knights, Thomas Babington the Elder,
William Bembridge, Peter Temple, Arthur Stanley,
Henry Smith of Withcocke, Thomas Heselrigg, Francis
Hacker, John Goodman, and William Hewett, Esquires,
Wm. Stanley, Richard Ludam, and Edward Craddocke,
all of them Inhabitants of the said County of Leicester,
shall be, and are hereby appointed to be, a Committee for the Militia of the said County; and that
the said Committee, or any Five or more of them,
shall have Power from Time to Time, upon any
emergent Occasion, as to them shall seem fit, to raise
and continue such Forces of Horse and Foot, out of
the respective Towns, Townships, Liberties, and
Places, in the said County, as shall appear to be
needful for the necessary Defence of the Town and
County, and also for the suppressing and destroying
of the Enemy; and further, the said Committee, or
any Five of them, shall have Power to nominate and
appoint Commanders, Colonels, Captains, and Officers,
over the aforesaid Forces; and, further to enable
them to raise, maintain, and pay such Forces, the
said Committee, or any Five of them, are hereby
authorized to assess or tax, or to nominate Assessors to
rate, tax, or levy, upon the respective Towns, Townships, Liberties, Persons, and Places, within the said
County, in an equal Way, according to their Faculties and Abilities, or according to the most usual
Proportions of Rates in the last Weekly Assessments,
there Weekly to be collected, or otherwise such Sum
or Sums of Money as they shall judge fit and requisite for the said Forces, not exceeding the Sum of
Six Hundred Pounds by the Week; and to nominate
Collectors, and One or more Treasurer or Treasurers,
which Collectors are by them to be appointed to levy
the said Sums, together with the necessary Charges
which shall be expended in the collecting thereof, by
Way of Distress and Sale of the Goods of the Person or Persons so assessed, in case he or they refuse
to pay the same within Three Days after Demand
given or left in Writing at the usual Dwelling of
him or them; and the said Collectors may call to their
Assistance the Constables and Headboroughs, or any
of the Companies of Voluntiers, or other Forces in
the said County, and to pay them reasonable Allowance, not exceeding Twelve Pence in the Pound, out
of the Offenders Estates, who are hereby required
to be aiding and assisting to the said Collectors in
the Premises, as they will answer the contrary thereof.
"And be it Ordained, That every Person shall be rated
for the Estate he hath in the several Places in the said
County; and if Land be let or set near the Value
thereof, such Person or Persons to whom the Rent
thereof belongeth to be solely chargeable therewith;
but, if the same be let under Value, then the Sum
taxed to be apportioned betwixt the Party and him
who receives the Rent, as the Taxers shall think sit;
and if they, or any of them, shall do Injury in
making the said Assessments, the same to be rectified
by the said Committee, or any Five of them, according to their Discretions; and if any Assessors, Collectors, or Constables, shall refuse the said Service,
or prove negligent or faulty therein, the said Committee, or any Five of them, shall have Power to
commit such Assessors, Collectors, or Constables, to
Prison, for One Month, or to set a Fine upon him
or them, as they shall think fit, not exceeding the
Sum of Ten Pounds for every Offence, the said Fine
to be levied by Distress and Sale of the Offenders
Goods: And it is Ordained, That the Treasurers
appointed by the said Committee shall keep a Registerbook of the Sums received and paid out of them, so
that they may give a just and perfect Accompt thereof unto the said Committee, when they shall be by
them required: And, for the better Encouragement
of the said Collectors and Treasurers, it is Ordained,
That Two Pence in the Pound shall be allowed unto
the said Collectors, for every Sum of Monies collected and paid by them, to the said Treasurer or
Treasurers; and One Penny in the Pound for the
said Treasurer and Treasurers, for every Sum of
Money received and disbursed by them according to
this Ordinance: And it is also Ordained, That whatsoever Sums of Money are or shall be set or imposed,
by virtue of this Ordinance, upon any Landlords,
for or in respect of any Lands or Hereditaments held
of them, the same Sums of Money shall be paid by
their several respective Tenants, and they shall deduct
and defalk the same out of the next Rents payable
by them to their Landlords; and, for so doing, the
said Tenants, their Heirs, Executors, Administrators,
or Assigns, from any Grant, Covenant, Condition,
or Writing, Obligation, or other Matter whatsoever,
made to the contrary, shall, by virtue of this Ordinance, be fully discharged: And it is Ordered and
Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said
Forces raised, and to be raised, shall not be drawn
forth, or kept or continued forth, upon any Service,
without the Knowledge and Consent of the said Committee, or the major Part of them, or without particular Directions of Parliament: And be it lastly
Ordained, That the said Committee, Treasurers, Collectors, Assessors, and every of them, and every other
Person that shall be aiding and assisting to them, or
any of them, in doing any Thing by virtue of this
Ordinance, shall be defended and saved harmless
therein by Authority of both Houses of Parliament."
House adjourned till 8a, Friday Morning next.