Die Martis, 26 Martii, 1644.
UPON Mr. Grimston's Report from the Committee appointed to consider of the List of Officers and Commanders of the next Summer's Fleet, presented by the Lord Admiral;
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Officers of the next Summer's Fleet, to prepare a List of such Officers and Commanders as they shall think fit to be employed in the next Summer's Fleet, and to confer with my Lord Admiral about them; and then to present them to the House: And likewise to have Power, in the like manner, to send for the Owners, and to settle such Officers, as shall be fit to command in the Merchant Ships of this next Summer's Fleet.
And it is Ordered, That this Committee do make Report of this Matter the first Business, on Friday Morning.
Upon Sir Thomas Barrington's Report from the Committee appointed to consider of the Ordinances for levying of the Fifth, and Twentieth Part;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That no Person who is not worth Ten Pounds by the Year, in Land; or One hundred Pounds, in Personal Estate, ought to be assessed or rated to pay any thing for the Fifth, and Twentieth Part.
Resolved, &c. That the Remainder of this Report not yet agreed upon, shall be re-committed; and that, in the meau time, the Committee do represent to the Earl of Manchester the Inconveniences this House is informed of, that the Country suffer by the Assessments of the Twentieth Part, upon such as have already been assessed and have fully paid; and by employing therein Soldiers that are Strangers to the Counties; and that this Business is under Commitment; and to desire him to give speedy Redress.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Holles, Captain Wingate, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Holles, Sir H. Mildmay, or any Two of them, are appointed to prepare this Letter.
Money for Army.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be Three thousand Pounds paid unto Colonel Harvey, out of the Lord Petre's Estate, after the former Assignment to Sir Tho. Middleton out of the said Estate shall be satisfied, upon Account, for recruiting of, and marching away with, his Regiment of Five hundred Horse, as he shall be appointed by the Lord General: And that it be referred to the Committee for the King's Revenue, to enable the said Colonel Harveye to receive the said Three thousand Pounds: And if the said Committee shall find that they are not invested with Power sufficient to enable the said Colonel Harvey to receive the said Three thousand Pounds; that then an Ordinance be brought in to enable him to that Purpose.
Message from Lords.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Riche and Mr. Page;
That the Lords have agreed to those Alterations in the Ordinance concerning the Weekly Meal; likewise to the Ordinance for enabling Sir Wm. Bruerton to raise Horses, Arms and Money, &c.; and have ordered that these two Ordinances to be forthwith printed: And do agree to the Order for Two hundred Pounds for maimed Soldiers: And do agree to the Order concerning the admitting the Countess of Exeter's Chaplain to a Living in Suffolke.
Countess of Exeter's Chaplain.
Memorandum, That this last Passage of the Countess of Exeter's Chaplain was a Mistake in the Delivery: For the Lords sent down an Ordinance to this House; to which, as yet, they received no Answer: And this House never sent any Order from this House to that House, touching the said Chaplain.
Ordered, That this Business concerning the Countess of Exon's Chaplain, and the Order sent down from the Lords thereupon, be taken into Consideration, on Thursday Morning.
Resolved, &c. That it shall be left to the Care of my Lord General, to nominate and appoint all the Officers and Commanders of the Horse.
Resolved, &c. That the Vote, Yesterday made, concerning the Pay of the Harquebusiers and Cuirasiers, as to the Harquebusiers, be forthwith vacated, and made void; and that the Pay of the Harquebusiers shall stand, and go on as formerly.
The Treasurer at Wars to be forthwith acquainted with this Vote.
Grounds of Peace.
Ordered, That the Report from the Lords concerning the Grounds of Peace, and the Papers from the States Ambassadors, shall be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning, the first Business; and that no other Business intervene: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Corn, &c. for the City.
An Ordinance for the bringing in of Corn and Grain into the City of London, by Citizens or others for the Use of the City, notwithstanding any former Act against Engrossers of Corn, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That Sir Simonds D'Ewes do, on Thursday Morning next, make Report of the Letter and Business concerning the Prince Elector.