DIE Sabbati, 3 die Augusti.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Hoyle.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Committee to examine Witnesses concerning Sir Robert Heath, &c.
Ordered, That the Quorum of the Committee to
examine Witnesses concerning Sir Rob't Heath, &c. shall
be reduced to One.
States Ambassadors complain of a Book, reflecting on the Prince of Orange.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That The
States Ambassadors complained to him of a printed
Book, wherein was a Passage as much reflected upon
the Prince of Orange; therefore desired that some
Course might be taken to repair him. The Book is
intituled, A Continuation of certain special and remarkable Passages informed to the Parliament, &c. said to
be printed according to Order."
Coles the Publisher sent for.
Hereupon this House Ordered, That Francis Coles,
for whom the Book was printed, shall be summoned to
appear before this House forthwith, to be examined by
what Order the said Book was printed, and who was
the Author of it.
E. of Denbigh gives an Account of the State of Affairs in his Employment.
Remonstrance against the Ordinance for exempting Eccleshall Castle in Staffordshire from Contribution.
The Earl of Denbigh this Day made a Remonstrance
of the State of Affairs under his Employments; and
humbly presented to the House some Inconveniencies
which have happened to the County of Stafford, by
an Ordinance of Parliament made concerning exempting Eccleshall Castle from the Payment of Contributions
as the rest of the County doth; and presented to the
House a Petition from the County of Stafford, that the
Houses would please to revoke that Ordinance concerning Eccleshall Castle; and also complained to the House
of some Aspersions as were cast abroad by some inserior People in Staffordshire, which reflects much upon
his Honour; for Remedy whereof, he shall refer himself to their Lordships Consideration, and in Particular
a Paper delivered by Captain Hunt to another Officer
under his Lordship.
(Here enter the Remonstrance, &c.)
Ordered, To have a Conference with the House
of Commons on Monday Morning, at which Time the
Earl of Denbigh is to make the same Narrative as he
Letter to Col. Walton, to protect the E. of Arundel's Estates.
The Earl of Bolingbroke being desired by this House
to write a Letter to Colonel Walton, the said Letter was
read, and approved of by this House.
(Here enter it.)
Letter from the Committee of Essex, about the E. of Suffolk's Assessment.
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter
written to him from the Committee of the County of
Essex, concerning the Payment of Rates assessed upon
the Lands of the Earl of Suffolke for Public Uses, according to the Ordinances of Parliament: Hereupon
this House Ordered the Speaker to write a Letter
from this House, to the said Committee, to give them
Thanks for the Respect shewed to this House in acquainting them with this Business, whereas they might
have proceeded according to the Ordinance; and to let
them know, that the Earl of Suffolke hath a Copy of the
Sum to which the Assessments amount, and his Lordship will either pay the same, or give the Committee
Reasons why he should not.
Ordinance for Martial Law.
Next, the House took into Consideration the Conference Yesterday with the House of Commons, concerning the Ordinance for Martial Law.
The First Thing considered was, "Whether the Proviso made by this House shall stand or no?"
And it being put to the Question;
It was Resolved, To stand.
The Second Thing debated was, "Whether this
House shall adhere to the Alteration concerning the
limiting of the Time for continuing the Ordinance?"
And it was Resolved, That this House adheres to
the said Alteration, as it was sent down.
Ordered, That these Lords following are appointed to consider and draw up some Reasons, to be offered to the House of Commons, in Answer to their
Reasons, why this House adheres to the Proviso and
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Any Three to meet.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Gilb't Gherrard, Baronet:
1. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning the Excise. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance (fn. *) for Two Hundred Pounds to be
Weekly paid to maimed Soldiers. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
3. An Ordinance for paying Five Thousand Pounds
to Mr. Curteene, out of the Excise. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
4. An Order to pay One Hundred Pounds to Augustine Skynner, for defraying the Charges of Two Companies of Horse and Dragoons, sent to convoy to
Portsmouth the last Monies sent to the Lord General.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
5. An Ordinance for clearing some Committees and
others, in the County of Huntingdon, for doing some
Things which they had not Power of Parliament to
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House
agrees to this Ordinance, with an Amendment.
6. To communicate to their Lordships some Letters
sent out of Ireland.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer, by Messengers
of their own, to that Ordinance concerning the Committees of the County of Huntingdon: To all the other
Particulars of this Message, this House agrees to the
Ordinance to regulate the One for an Excise upon Flesh.
Next, the Ordinance formerly brought up, concerning the Excise upon Flesh, was read the Second and
Third Time. (Here enter it.)
Agreed to, and Ordered to be printed and published.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it, and to the One for clearing some Persons in Huntingdonshire.
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 to the Ordinance for clearing some Persons of the County of
Huntingdon, with the Alteration, wherein their Concurrence is desired.
2. That this House agrees with them in the Ordinance for settling the Excise upon Flesh.
Petitions from the City.
This Day the Sheriffs of the City of London, and divers of the Common Council, presented Two several
Petitions to this House, in the Name of the Lord Mayor
and Common Council of the said City; which Petitions
this House received, and commanded them to be read
publicly, as follow. (Here enter them.)
Answer to them.
The Speaker, by Direction of the House, returned
this Answer, "That this House gives them Thanks for
their Care and good Affection expressed to the Public; and concerning their Petitions, this House will
take them into Consideration."
Letter to the Committee of Essex.
Next, the Letter which the Speaker is to write to the
Committee of Essex, concerning the Earl of Suffolke, was
read, and approved of. (Here enter it.)
Earl of Dnbigh's Remonstrance, concerning many Difficulties he had met with in the Service he was employed in, in the associated Counties of Warwick, &c.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I must in the First Place lament my extreme Unhappiness, that when, by the Employments conferred
on me, I should be continued in the Field in this
Time of Action, many sad Distempers and Oppositions in Point of Command, which have so generally distracted the Affairs of this Kingdom, and retarded the bringing this unnatural War to a happy
Conclusion, have more particularly fallen upon me,
and diverted my Endeavours to serve the Cause by a
more powerful Way of Operation, which took Effect, not only upon my Entrance into Employment,
which is always subject to most Difficulties; but,
even in the Execution of those Designs I had upon
the Enemy, exposed the Forces under my Command
and my Honour to most apparent Inconveniences
and Dangers. To prove this, I need go no further
than to represent some Passages that happened upon
my First Appearance in the Country and at Coventry,
whither I went, by the Commands of both Houses,
to take Possession of my Charge: When fair Advantages were then offered for the enlarging our
Quarters in the County of Worcester, and putting a
Garrison into Hartlebury Castle, which at that Time
was empty and free from Soldiers, so many Days
were lost in Disputes and Debates with the Committee there, till the Enemy was advertised (by what
Means is yet unknown) of the Design, and my Endeavours prevented, by their placing a strong Garrison in the Castle, which they hold to be of Consequence, and maintain to this Day, when they thought
fit to quit Evesham, a Place likewise of great Importance. This and other Differences brought me
back to London, by particular Direction from the
Lord General, and from his Excellency to both
Houses of Parliament; where I will appeal to those
Lords and Gentlemen of both Houses who were appointed to be a Committee to examine and compose
those Differences, what my Innocence and Behaviour
was; the insupportable Miseries offered me by several
Aspersions cast upon my Honour, but not proved;
my Readiness to pass by all private Respects and Injuries, as Things much beneath me, to advance the
Public Service; and my giving Way to a private
Agreement, though of great Disadvantage to myself
and the Power I was intrusted with, to testify my
Willingness to comply and join with those Gentlemen of the Committee at Coventry, to advance the
Public Service; but, in a direct Opposition and Contradiction even to that Agreement, upon my Return
thither, when I would have called in the Country,
to raise Horse for the Defence of that County and
Association (a Duty imposed upon me by both Houses
of Parliament), that Committee in express Terms
declared their Dissent from calling in the Country,
by a Writing sent me under their Hands to Warwick,
whither the Day before, and with the Approbation of
the Committee then present, I was gone for that Purpose, and the Time and Place appointed, and Order accordingly left with Colonel Barker, for the calling in the
City and County of Coventry, with the Consent likewise
of the Committee; and although I left off the more
probable and effectual Way of raising Horse by calling
in the Country, and at the Instance of the Committee confined myself to that of voluntary Contribution, yet what discouraging Speeches were given
by some of the Committee to the well-affected People, what secret and clandestine Practices were made
by Officers and Soldiers that had Dependence on
them, to divert the Country from bringing in of
Horse, sufficient Testimonies from Persons of Worth
and Integrity shall be produced upon Occasion; notwithstanding, such was the Affection and Zeal of
that my Native Country towards this Cause, that, in
less than Three Weeks Space, they brought me in
Four Hundred if not Five Hundred Horse, and
many are not yet brought in, as not having had
Time to receive them, by my being sent into other
Parts of the Kingdom by Direction from the Committee of both Kingdoms; and when I ordered One
of my Troops (then newly raised) for their Safety to
quarter in Mackstock Castle, the Governor thereof
was commanded by that Committee to deny them
Entrance; by which Means that and other my Troops,
whom I had designed to quarter in other Garrisons,
being imperfect, unarmed, and most without Saddles,
were forced to make Use of open Quarters, and so
were exposed to the Mercy of the Enemy. What
hath happened in the Time of Action, I shall only
offer the Disrespect and Backwardness of the Committee of Coventry to afford some Foot to join with
Commissary Beher's Horse, when I sent for Commissary Beher and the Committee, to press to both
the falling on upon Prince Rupert as he passed by
the Confines of Warwickshire, with Forces which
we might then easily have dealt with, to join with
a greater Strength that waited for him in Leicestershire and those Parts, to raise the Siege at Newark.
But the Committee would not afford me any Answer,
though I must do Commissary Beher this Right, that
he was very forward to embrace that Opportunity
of doing the State Service, and did approve of the
Design; for other his Misdemeanors towards me,
I will not touch upon, as depending upon the Judicature of the Committee of both Kingdoms, from
whose Honour and Justice I am more than confident
of a full Reparation. What sad Effects the Loss of
that Opportunity brought upon the whole Kingdom,
the Misfortune that happened after at Newark will
declare; and, that I may not omit another Passage
of a more unhappy and a more bleeding Nature,
when the Wisdom of the Committee of both Kingdoms had provided a timely Remedy to prevent the
Calamities that happened after in Lancashire and
other Parts, by appointing me to draw together the
Forces of Cheshire and Lancashire, and of my Association, to meet Prince Rupert, on his Passage
towards the North, his Forces being then no Way
considerable, though the Cheshire and the other Forces
were willing, the Lancashire Forces, which should
have made up the greatest Body of Foot, found
Excuses, and would not appear at the Rendezvous
I had appointed, though several Orders were sent
from the Committee of both Kingdoms: But I will
not insist longer upon this Particular; those worthy
Gentlemen of Lancashire having suffered too much
for such an Omission, which might have proved
fatal to these Kingdoms, if God by His Goodness
had not prevented it, and, by the Valour of the
Armies before York, dispersed those Clouds that
hung over us. I shall likewise make known the late
coming of Sir Tho. Midleton's Foot, when I lay
before Rushall-Hall, though I often sent for them,
they arriving only the Night before the rendering
up of that Place, and after that my Horse and Sir
Tho. Midleton's had beaten back General Hastings
(as they call him) and Colonel Baggott into Litchfeild, from whence they had a Design to fall upon
our Quarters to raise the Siege. And when I lay
before Dudley, upon Notice of the Enemy's having
a Design upon me, I sent timely Advertisement to
the Committee at Coventry, and the Commanders
in Warwickshire, who by Ordinance of Parliament
are subordinate to my Orders, for a Reinforcement;
but could procure none, nor so much as an Answer, which was a flat Denial, till some Days after
the Fight at Dudley, though Sir Will'm Wall'r, moved by no other Tie than the Sense of Honour and
Care of the Public Interest, sent Two Thousand
Horse to my Relief, under the Command of Lieutenant General Midleton; who, though they came
not in Time to have a Share in the Fight, yet arriving early the next Morning, did much distract
the Enemy, and were the Occasion of great Security
unto me. It is worth the taking Notice, that the
Night before the Enemy fell upon us at Dudley, Sir
Thomas Midleton's Horse were drawn off from their
Guards, contrary to my Order, and sent to fresh
Quarters, by which Means we lay open that Night
upon One Side to the Enemy, without either Guard
or Scout, and those Horse not returned to us the
next Day till Half an Hour before the Fight began,
though then they did very good Service; and then
the Van marched away to Wedgbury Hill, Three
Miles from Dudley, though often called back by my
Command, but in vain, when the Rear was engaged
in Fight upon Tipton Greene. I shall further represent the marching away of the Van and the main
Body of the Army, when I was left burning of
Montfords-bridge over Severne, only with my Regiment of Horse, with the Staffordshire Horse, and
a Regiment of Foot, when the Enemy appeared in
the Rear; and that I had Intelligence, that in Shrewsbury and near that Town lay quartered Three Thousand Horse and Foot, a Body as great as ours; and
though I sent Colonel Roper and other Officers to
command them to make a Halt, my Orders would
not be obeyed. Lastly, when my Forces had taken
Cholmley House, and that I had immediately withdrawn myself with the principal Officers to take their
Advice, whilst I ordered the marching to Knottisford,
and so into the North, Word was brought that both
Horse and Foot and Train of Artillery were marched away towards Namptwich, and to their several
Quarters, without Order or Commission from me,
leaving me and my Officers with my Troop of Horse
within a Mile of Beeston Castle, a strong Garrison of
the Enemy's. I shall only add this, that when I sent
Orders to Colonel Archer, a Gentleman of Quality,
and one who at his own Charge had raised a Troop
of Horse, and bought Arms for Foot in [ (fn. *) Garrison
in] Evesham, the Committee at Coventry would not
suffer those Arms to pass the Gates of that City
till my Return lately thither; by which Means the
raising of Foot was delayed, and an Opportunity
lost of reducing that Place, and the most fertile Parts
of the County of Worcester, to the Obedience of the
Parliament, and the raising of Contributions even to
the Gates of Worcester. These unhappy Differences
and Disorders may give clear Arguments of what ill
Consequence it is to the managing the Affairs of
War, that such several Powers and Competitions,
though it may be all tending to the same End, should
so cross the happy Success and Progress of our Armies, and interfere One upon another upon several
Grounds and Pretences; and of the Danger they are
exposed unto who command Forces, whose main Body
is composed of several Relations and Dependencies.
"To prevent for the future these Inconveniencies,
I shall humbly present to your Lordships Considerations, and of the Honourable the House of Commons, the passing this Ordinance, that by this, or
some other Way as shall be most agreeable to your
Wisdoms, I may be enabled to discharge the Duty
which may well be expected from me; and if, in this
Ordinance, any Thing of Power shall be thought
too large, and beyond those Limits which are intended to be set to Commanders in Chief, by comparing
it with what is already granted to others of my Quality, and to several Persons of both the Houses, it will
be found to be of less Extent, and no Way exceeding the Bounds of a well-ordered Militia; and I shall
humbly beg this Favour of your Lordships and
those worthy Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
that you will be pleased to give a favourable Construction, and to believe, as a most unseigned Truth,
that my Desires in this have no Mixture with any
private Ambition or Interest, as having wholly dedicated myself to the Maintenance and Reformation
of God's true Religion, and the Service and Prosperity of these Kingdoms; and that the Power and Authority I demand I conceive meerly necessary, and is
desired for no other End but to give me a Capacity
to execute the Commands of both Houses, and of
the Committee of both Kingdoms, as being placed
in Authority over me, with Honour and Success;
and in the Prosecution whereof in this Cause I shall
be ready to expose my Life and Fortunes to all Hazards. I shall humbly desire your Lordships and the
Honourable House of Commons to take a speedy
Resolution, that, in this Time of Public Action, I
may not have the Name of an Employment of this
Nature, and be inforced to sit still.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
Your most humble and faithful Servant,
3 August, 1644.
Committee at Stafford's Petition, to revoke the Ordinance for settling the Pay of Eccleshall Castle from Pyrehill Hundred.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and
Commons assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Gentlemen of the
Committee of Parliament at Stafford,
"In all Humility sheweth,
"That whereas, by an Ordinance of Parliament,
bearing Date the 4th of March last, which came to
our Hands the 22th of June, 1644; shewing, That
whereas there was no established Pay for the Maintenance of Eccleshall Castle, and the Garrison there,
it was therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Garrison should be paid out of the West Division of
Pirebill Hundred, adjoining to the said Castle, whereof Mr. Lutwich was High Constable; and that the
said Part of Pirehill Hundred should be exempted
and freed from the Payment of any other Contributions towards the War, during the Time of that Garrison; and that Sir Will'm Brereton should be accountable to both Houses of Parliament for such
Monies as are levied by virtue of this Order, as by
the said Order may appear. We make bold to acquaint your Lordships, and the Honourable House
of Commons, that this Ordinance was procured without the Privity or Consent of any of the Committee,
saving Captain Stone the Governor of the said Castle,
for aught we can learn; that Eccleshall Castle had,
at the Time this Ordinance was obtained, an established Maintenance, by Order from us and the rest of
the Committee at Stafford, and dated January the 5th,
1643, and, as we conceived, to the Governor's Content; and that the Ordinance (if it should continue)
would be very inconvenient and prejudicial to the
Garrison at Stafford, and to the Safety of the County,
for the Reasons hereunto annexed; wherefore we shall
become humble Suitors to both the Honourable
Houses of Parliament, that the said Ordinance may
be revoked; and that the Castle may not be severed
from the rest of the County, nor from the Command of the Lord General and the Committee here.
"And we shall pray, &c.
Tho. Homersly Mayor.
Lew. Chadwick Governor.
"The Reasons which induce us to think that the
Ordinance of Parliament, of the 4th of March,
of settling the Weekly Pay of the West Division of Pirehill Hundred upon Eccleshall
Castle, &c. will be prejudicial to the Garrison
of Stafford, and to the Safety of the County,
Reasons for it.
"1. First, We conceive (under Favour) that it much
eclipseth the Earl of Denbigh our Lord General's
Power, and doth lessen his Commission.
"2. Secondly, That it is in Part destructive to the Garrison at Stafford, and will be very prejudicial to the
raising of Forces to clear the rest of the Counties;
besides, divers of our Commanders, who are a great
Part of the Strength of the Garrison at Stafford, have
Assignations out of that Part of the Hundred of Pirehill, and some of them their whole Maintenance
3. That neither Money, Men, nor Horses, can be
raised within those Divisions; which will cause the
other Part of the Hundred and County within our
Subjection to be unwilling to raise Men or Money,
when they are exempted.
"4. Fourthly, That it deprives the County of a
Member; and is not accountable to the Committee,
but only to the Parliament; nor is bound to do Service to the rest of the County, but at Pleasure.
"5. Fifthly, That, by Situation, it is of that Strength,
that Fifty Soldiers are a competent Number to keep
it against a potent Army.
"Tho. Homersly Mayor.
Lew. Chadwick Governor.
Petition of the Lord Mayor, &c. for Delinquents Debts to be paid out of their sequestered Estates when sold.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in
Common Council assembled,
"That the Inhabitants of the City of London, being
for the most Part Merchants and Tradesmen, Artificers and Men of Professions, and other well-affected
Persons to the Cause, who, by reason of their Trade,
Commerce, and Professions, and otherwise, have trusted
and given Credit for great Parts of their Estates, to
several Persons in London, and other Parts of the
Kingdom; and finding, by sad Experience, that divers Persons whom they have so trusted are become
Malignants or Delinquents, and thereupon many of
their Estates have been seized and sequestered by virtue of several Ordinances of Parliament, and no Provision being yet made for Payment of their just and
true Debts by them owing; by which Means the Petitioners are ready to make it appear, that the Citizens and Persons aforesaid (if not provided for) are
like to be ruined, and lose the greatest Part of their
Estates, which should maintain themselves and Families, and both encourage and enable them to contribute as they have formerly freely done to the
"All which your Petitioners, being intrusted with
the Welfare of the said City, do humbly present unto your great Wisdoms and grave
Considerations; and are humble Suitors unto
this most Honourable House, that you will
be pleased, that in all Sequestrations and Sales
already made, or to be made, of the (fn. *) Estate of
any Persons, Provision may be made for the
Payment of their just and true Debts out of
their Estates, in such Sort as to your Wisdoms
shall seem most meet.
"And your Petitioners shall daily pray, &c.
Petition of the Lord Mayor, &c. for bringing Delinquents to Judgement.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City of
"Most humbly (fn. *) sheweth;
"That, through the Blessing of Almighty God upon
your indefatigable Endeavours and undaunted Resolutions, the glorious Work of Reformation both in
Church and State (which hath suffered great Interruption by our Adversaries) is now in a hopeful Way
to come to such an Issue as will bring much Glory to
God, Comfort to His People, and Honour to you in
succeeding Ages; and your Petitioners taking into
their serious Consideration the Obstructions, which
like so many Remoras have so long retarded the
happy Conclusion of this glorious Work from the
safe Harbour of a blessed and well-founded Peace, do
humbly conceive the Want of Execution of Justice
upon Delinquents to be the chief Cause of the Continuance of our present Troubles, and, we may
justly fear, the heavy Displeasure of God upon
us; for, whilst the Authors of our Miseries remain
unpunished, they take Liberty to speak against Religion and State at their Pleasures, to plot and practice
Mischief against the Kingdom and Parliament; and
their Impunity hath hardened them in their pernicious
Ways and Designs, to the seducing and encouraging
others to the like Practice with themselves, to the
great Dishonour of God, Scandal of Religion, and the
Grief of good Men, to think that, when any Disaster
happens to any of our Armies and Parties abroad,
they boast and rejoice with as much Liberty and Boldness as those that are in the King's Quarters.
"For Removal of our just Fears, and Prevention of
the fad Consequences thereof, we humbly submit to
the Wisdom and Care of this Honourable House; and
do make it (fn. †) our earnest and humble Suit,
"That, according to our former Petition, presented
in May last, speedy Course may be taken for the bringing to Judgement of all Delinquents, that they may
receive due Punishment suitable to their Demerits,
who have been destructive to the Peace and Welfare
of this Kingdom; and that, in the mean Time, they
may be closely imprisoned; and we shall employ our
Care and utmost Endeavours chearfully to obey your
Orders and Directions, and lay down our Lives and
Estates for the Defence of our Religion, Laws, and
Liberties, until the Affairs of Church and Commonwealth shall receive such a happy Conclusion as may
be well pleasing to Almighty God, and which all good
Men most heartily desire and pray for.
"And we shall ever pray, &c.
Letter to the Committee in Essex, touching Rates assessed upon the Earl of Suffolk.
"I have acquainted the House of Peers with your
Letter to me, concerning the Earl of Suffolk's Assessments; and their Lordships have given me Command, by this, to let you know, that they take this
Proceeding of yours to be a Respect to this House;
and the Earl of Suffolke, having a Copy of the Particulars you sent, will either pay the Assessments, or
else offer some Reasons to the Committee there, why
he should not. So I rest
"Your very affectionate Friend,
Grey de Warke, Speaker, &c.
Westm. the 3d of August, 1644.
"To Sir Henry Holcroft, Sir Tho.
Honywood, and the rest of the
Committee for the County of
Letter to Colonel Walson, for protecting the Earl of Arundel's Estates.
"I have, according to your Desire in your Letter
of the 8th of July last, acquainted the House of Peers
with it, who have commanded me to make known
"First, That they desire you to see the Orders of
Parliament for the preserving the Estate of the Earl
of Arundell be duly observed.
"Secondly, They recommend to you to take Care,
that the Castle and Houses of the Earl of Arundell
be not demolished, nor no Spoil of his Goods, or
Estate, or Deer.
"Thirdly, That the Timber taken by you for Publie Use may be paid for, according to your Letter;
and, for that End, that the Servants of the Earl of
Arundell may have free Liberty to take Notice of
such Timber and Wood as hath been felled; and
for so much as yet remains undisposed, they may
make Sale of, towards the Payment of Five Hundred
Pounds rated upon the said Earl, and such other
Rates as are imposed upon him for the Public Service
of the Parliament; and that you will for the future
take the Timber of Papists and Delinquents, to be
employed for the Use of the Parliament, and not out
of the Estate of the Earl of Arundell, who is under
no Delinquency, but pays all Taxes and Payments
that are assessed by the Parliament.
"And now I shall desire you to take this Advice
from me, That the Parliament, out of the good Conceit they have of you, having spared your Man, you
would be careful of performing the Parliament's
Commands abovementioned, lestfurther Inconvenience
and Trouble happen unto him.
"I have no more; but, Sir, remain
"Your very loving Friend,
3 August, 1644.
"For my very loving Friend Colonel
Walton, Governor of the Town of
Lynne Regis. These."
Order for 154 l. to Skinner, for a Convoy of Money sent to Portsmouth.
"Whereas the County of Kent did set forth Two
Companies of Horse and Dragoons, upon the Desire
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to convoy to
Portsmouth the last Monies sent to my Lord General's
Army, the Charge whereof, being audited, amounteth to the Sum of One Hundred and Fifty-four
Pounds: It is this Day Ordered, &c. That the said
Sum of One Hundred and Fifty-four Pounds be forthwith paid to Austin Skinner Esquire, a Member of
the House of Commons, out of the Monies arising
upon the Receipt of Excise, and assigned to my Lord
Order for 5000 l. to Curteen, for Salt-petre.
"Whereas, by an Ordinance of Parliament of the
30th of January, 1643, upon a Contract made by
the Committee of Safety of the Kingdom and Will'm
Curteene Esquire, for a Parcel of Salt-petre, amounting, by Estimate, at the Rate of Eight Pounds per
Cent. to Ten Thousand Pounds, the said Mr. Curteene was to be paid for the said Petre out of the
Monies arising on the several Ordinances of Excise,
on the 11th of September, 1643, and the 10th of
January last; videlicet, Five Thousand Pounds out
of the One, and Five Thousand Pounds out of the
other; which latter Ordinance of the 10th of January,
being for the Excise of Flesh and Salt, was and is
appropriated to the Use of the Navy; and whereas
it was intended that the One Moiety of the said Saltpetre should be for the Use of the Navy, which is
since converted to the Supply of several Forts, Garrisons, and Armies, employed of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom: Be it therefore Ordained, by
the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
That the (fn. *) Five Thousand Pounds paid, or appointed to be paid, to Mr. Curteene, out of the Ordinances
of Excise of the said 10th of January, for Flesh and
Salt, shall be satisfied and paid the said Mr. Carteene,
or his Assigns, out of the Ordinance of the 11th of
September, or any other Ordinances of Excise not
appropriated to the Use of the Navy; and the Commissioners of Excise are hereby required to see a due
Execution and Performance of this Ordinance, notwithstanding any former Ordinance in this Case."
"An Ordinance for the better regulating and levying of the Excise of Flesh, within the Cities
of London and Westm'r, Suburbs, and Lines of
Ordinance for regulating the One for an Excise upon Flesh.
"Whereas, by a late Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date the 9th of January, 1643, there is a Rate
of Excise set upon all Beeves, Veals, Muttons, Porks,
Lambs, and other Butchers Meat, to be killed for
Provision of Victuals, and the same to be levied according to the Value of the Beast when he is living;
and all Butchers and others, from whom any such
Excise should at any Time become due, to pay and
be accountable for the same Weekly.
"Now the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, finding the many Inconveniences that do and
will of Necessity arise in levying of the same, within
the Cities of Lond'n and Westm. Suburbs of both, and
Lines of Communication, by the Rule prescribed by
the aforesaid Ordinance, if the collecting the said
Excise should be continued for the future in that
"For Prevention whereof, and for the more regular
and facile levying the same for the future, within the
Cities of London and Westm'r, their Suburbs, and Lines
of Communication aforesaid; be it Ordained, by the
said Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
That all Beeves, Muttons, Veals, Lambs, Porks, and
other Butchers Meat in the aforesaid Ordinances
mentioned to be exciseable, from and after the 20th
Day of this present July, which shall be brought
to be killed for Slaughter and Provision of Victual,
within the Cities of London and Westm. their Suburbs,
and Lines of Communication, shall be liable to pay
while all such Cattle are yet alive the said Duty of
Excise, being One Shilling in every Twenty Shillings Value of the Beast living: And be (fn. †) it further
Ordained, That all Graziers, Butchers, and others,
who, from and after the Day and Year aforesaid,
shall bring any live Beeves, Muttons, Veals, Lambs,
Porks, or other Sort of Butchers Ware before specified, either by Land or by Water, into the Cities
of London and Westm. their Suburbs, or Lines of Communication, to be killed for Sale, or private Spending, do and shall, at the Ports and First Entrance
within the Lines of Communication, make known
unto such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed
by the Commissioners of Excise to attend such Port
or Place, the Number and Nature of the said Cattle,
and the Names of the right Owners of them, which
the said Officers shall register in a Book, and deliver
unto the Person who hath the Charge of the said Cattle a Certificate or Ticket of the same.
"And be it further Ordained, That no Grazier,
Butcher, or other Person whatsoever, who, from and
after the Day and Year aforesaid, shall bring any live
Beeves, Muttons, Veals, Lambs, Porks, or other
Butchers Ware before specified, either by Land or by
Water, into the Cities of Lond'n and Westm'r, and
their Suburbs, or Lines of Communication, do or
shall presume to put any such Beast to Sale, in any
Place within the Line of Communication, but in the
open and usual Place and Market in Smithfeild, upon
Pain of Forfeiture of such Beast, or the Value thereof.
"And that every such Grazier, or other, who shall
put to Sale any Kind of Cattle exciseable by this Ordinance, within the said Cities of Lond'n or Westm'r,
or Line of Communication, and within the Time
aforesaid, do and shall give Notice thereof, together
with the true Price of such Cattle, unto the Officer
or Deputy appointed by the Commissioners of Excise
to attend at (fn. *) some known Place in Smithfeild, to register all such Cattle, and to receive the Excise due
for them; and shall not make Delivery of any Cattle
so sold until the Excise be duly paid, and a Ticket
obtained to testify the same, upon Forfeiture of Treble
the Value of the Excise of such Cattle; and that every
Butcher who shall buy such Cattle shall duly pay the
Excise as aforesaid, before he kill the same, upon
Pain of Forfeiture of the said Cattle, or the Value
"And be it further Ordained, That if any Butcher or
other, who, from and after the Day and Year abovewritten, shall bring any live Cattle above specified,
either by Land or by Water, into the Cities of London and Westm'r, their Suburbs, or Lines of Communication, to kill for Sale, or his own private Spending, which he or they bought without the Line of
Communication, that every such Butcher or other
shall, at the Entrance of such Port, pay the said Duty
of Excise for all such Cattle, according to the Intent
of this Ordinance, unto the Officers for that Purpose there deputed to receive the same; and that all
Butchers and others, who, for the Uses aforesaid, shall
from henceforth buy, feed, or otherwise have in Readiness to kill for Provision of Victual, the Sorts and
Kinds of Cattle beforementioned, within the Cities of
London and Westm'r, or Line of Communication,
which came not immediately from without the Line,
shall, before any such Cattle be by them put to Sale
or killed, pay the said Duty of Excise in to the Office
of Excise, or else there give sufficient Testimony
that it was paid before: And be it likewise Ordained,
That all and every such Grazier, Butcher, or other
Person or Persons whatsoever, as shall seek to evade
this Ordinance, by refusing to pay the aforesaid Duty
of Excise according to the Tenor hereof, or practise
any other fraudulent Means or Ways to elude the same
in any Particular, that every such Person or Persons so
offending, besides the several Penalties beforementioned, shall be esteemed a Person ill-affected to the
State, and suffer such further Punishment as both
Houses of Parliament shall adjudge.
"And lastly, the said Lords and Commons do further Ordain and Declare, That every other Matter and
Thing contained in the former Ordinance of Excise
on Flesh of the 9th of January last, and thereby enjoined to be executed and done, save in the Matter of
regulating and levying of the same as by this Ordinance, shall to all Intents and Purposes remain and be
in full Force and Virtue."
Order for 200 l. a Week for maimed Soldiers.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Commissioners for the Excise shall
duly pay the Two Hundred Pounds a Week formerly
appointed by Ordinance of Parliament, dated the
18th of June, 1644, for the wounded and maimed
Soldiers and Widows, out of One Sixth Part of the
new Excise, unto Will'm Greenhill, John Pocock, John
Randall, and Rich'd Hutchinson, Treasurers appointed
for the maimed Soldiers, or unto any Two of them;
and in case that the said Sixth Part assigned out of
the said new Excise for the said maimed and wounded
Soldiers and Widows, by the late Ordinance dated
the 8th of July, 1644, shall not be sufficient to pay
the said Two Hundred Pounds a Week, as is above
directed, then the said Commissioners are hereby authorized and directed to pay the same, or so much
thereof as shall be wanting upon the new Excise, out
of the old, to the End that so necessary and charitable a Work as the relieving of the poor maimed Soldiers and Widows may no Ways be neglected; and
the Acquittance or Acquittances under the Hands of
the beforementioned Will'm Greenhill, John Pocock,
John Randall, and Rich'd Hutchinson, Treasurers for
the said maimed Soldiers, or any Two of them, shall
be a sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners
of Excise for the Payment of the said Two Hundred
Pounds a Week, in Manner aforesaid, notwithstanding any Thing contained in any former Ordinance to
Ordinance for disposing of the Monies which come in upon the additional Excise.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled, That the Monies raised upon
the additional Excise, by an Ordinance of the 8th of
July, 1644, and by that Ordinance divided into Three
Parts, and apportioned to several Uses, shall be paid
(fn. *) by the Commissioners of Excise unto the Persons
hereafter mentioned; that is to say, the Moiety of
One Third Part, appointed by the said Ordinance for
the Satisfaction of the pressing Debts due to the several Handicraftsmen, Strangers, and other Persons,
for Arms and Ammunition heretofore bought for the
Use of the State, and to several poor Persons for Carriage by Carts and Waggons for the same Use, shall
be paid to Sir Gilbert Gerrard Knight, Treasurer at
Wars, for those Uses; the other Moiety of that Third
Part, appointed for the Relief of wounded and maimed
Soldiers, and for Satisfaction of Physicians, Apothecaries, Chirurgeons for the Cure of such Soldiers,
and for the Relief of such Widows and Children as
have lost their Husbands and Fathers in the Service
of the Commonwealth, shall be paid unto Will'm
Greenhill, John Pocock, John Randall, and Rich'd Hutchinson, Treasurers appointed for the maimed Soldiers,
or unto any Two of them, for those Uses; the Second Third Part, whereof the One Moiety is by that
Ordinance appointed to be employed towards the
Land Forces in Service of the Parliament, shall be
paid to the said Sir Gilb't Gerrard Knight; and the
other Moiety, appointed for the Provision of Arms
and Ammunition for the said Land Forces, shall be
paid to Sir Walter Erle Knight, Lieutenant of the
Ordnance; the last Third Part, the One Moiety
whereof is appointed by that Ordinance for the Maintenance of the Navy by Sea, shall be paid to Sir Henry
Vane Junior, Knight, Treasurer of the Navy, by Order of the Committee of the Navy; the other Moiety
of the said Third Part, appointed for Arms, Stores,
and Ammunition for the Navy, shall be paid to the
said Sir Walter Erle Knight, for the Use of the Navy,
by Order of the said Committee of the Navy; and
the Receipts of the several Persons appointed by this
Ordinance, for the respective Sums by them to be received according to the Intent of this Ordinance, shall
be a Warrant and Discharge unto the Commissioners