Die Martis, 10 Octobris, 1643.
LETTERS, and other Papers, directed to the Bishop of Calcedon, dated 1 & 5 Octobris; setting forth the State and Condition of the Popish Hierarchy in England; and the Names of their Vicars General, Archdeacons, and Priests, and their several Divisions and Counties, and which of them are dead, and who fit to succeed; was read:
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, concerning these Papers (setting forth the Popish Hierarchy in England) intercepted at Rochester; and that they be after communicated to the Assembly of Divines: And Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Wheeler, are appointed Managers of that Conference.
Person sent for.
Ordered, That Captain Jo. Birche be forthwith sent for in safe Custody; and that he bring with him such Warrant as he hath to seize any Man's Goods.
Ordinance to enable the Earl of Manchester to levy the Sequestrations in the Five associated Counties; one Part of it to pay his Army; and the other Two Parts for other Uses, formerly ordered; was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Whitlocke do bring in the like Ordinance for the Lord Willoughbie for the County of Lincolne.
Advances for Army.
Ordered, by the House of Commons, That the Treasurer at Guildhall, or others, appointed for that Use, do give the publick Faith to Sir Jo. Brownlow Baronet, for Three hundred and Fifty Pounds; and unto Sir Wm. Brownlow Baronet, for One hundred and Seventy-two Pounds Sixteen Shillings: Which said several Sums are paid unto Sir Edward Aiscough and Sir Christopher Wray, by Order of this House, for the Use of the Lord Willoughby, of those Forces under His Command, within the County of Lincolne; being the Remainder of their Twentieth Part.
Mayor of Lynne.
Ordered, That Mr. Edmund Hudson, the Mayor of Lynne, be required forthwith to attend this House; and that Mr. Percivall, a Member of this House, an Inhabitant in Lynne, be required to supply the Place of the said Mayor during his Absence, as Deputy Mayor; and do all Things as if the Mayer himself were present.
Sir Jo. Wray went up to the Lords, to acquaint them with the great Inconveniencies by their not taking the Covenant; and to desire them to appoint some Time for their taking of the Covenant.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Use of the Great Seal...
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, to move them to join with this House, that there shall be a Great Seal: And that Reasons be offered to the Lords for the Necessity of it, and the present Use thereof.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideauxe, Mr. Whitlocke, are to manage this Conference.
Ordered, That Mr. Bridges be desired to preach next, Friday in St. Margaret's Church, upon the taking of the Covenant; and that the like Order be made, as was when Mr. Colman preached.
Sir Wm. Strictland, Sir Jo. Francklyn, Mr. Hill, Mr. Sam. Browne, took the Covenant, this Day, and subscribed their Names.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Rich. Wynne and Mr. Ben. Weston be admitted to come into the House.
Ordered, That such Members of the House as have not taken the Covenant, shall take it on Thursday next, peremptorily.
Sir Jo. Wray brings Answer, That the Lords have appointed Sunday next to take the Covenant in the Abby Church.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Excise, to consider of the Excise on Ale,... Beer.
A Letter from Sir Tho. Barrington, and the Committee, on the Behalf of Colonel Farre, was read; as also, Colonel Farre's Petition: And
Ordered, That Culonel Farre be discharged from any further Restraint.
Sir Walt. Erle went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference concerning the Great Seal.
Provisions for Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy to give Order for a Ship at Liverpoole to convey Goods and Provisions for Karickfergus in Ireland.
Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Bowreman and Mr. Tho. Bowreman be added to the several Committees for the Isle of Wight; enabled with the like Power as the other Committees have.
The House being informed that divers Divines of the Assembly were at the Door, they were called in: And Dr. Burgesse, in Name of the rest, presented a Paper and Petition.
Whereupon they withdrew.
The Petition and Paper was read.
Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Saloway, Sir Sy. D'Ewes; Mr. Knightley, Sir Wm. Strictland, Lord Ruthen, Sir Pet. Wentworth, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Mr. Erle, Mr. Blakeston, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Tate, Mr. Smith, Mr. Nat. Burmeston, Sir Chr. Yelverton, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Hill;
This Committee is to consider of the Business concerning the Antinomians; and the Paper and Petition presented from the Assembly: And is to take care to hinder those of the Antinomian Opinion from preaching: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, in the Star Chamber: And that all that will come are to have Voices.
The Divines of the Assembly were called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them with the Contents of this Order; and returned Thanks to the Assembly, for their care of the Business expressed in their Desires.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Paylor, who hath done good Service for the Parliament in Barwicke, shall continue his Place in the Tower, notwithstanding his Absence, and Residence at Barwicke; and that he be dispensed withal for Six Months, from the Date hereof.
Captain Birche was called in: Who produced to the House Two Warrants from the Committee for the Safety, for seizing of Goods, &c.
After he had withdrawn, the Warrants were read:
And Captain Birche was called in again: And informed the House, in particular, of his Proceedings therein; and of the good Services he had formerly done for the Parliament; and the many Thousands of Pounds he hath lost in their Service.
Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, told him, (after be had withdrawn, and come in the Third time) That the House did take notice of the special Services he had done; and of his discreet Carriage in the Execution of these Warrants, which gave too great a Latitude of Power; and have ordered he be discharged without Fees; and that the Warrants remain here.
Ordered, That the Goods, stayed by Captain Birche, do remain undisposed of, in those Hands they were stayed, until this House give further Order.
Ordered, That the Goods House do take into Consideration, To-morrow Morning, the Two Warrants granted to Captain Birche.
Ordered, That the House do take care, in due Time, to give Satisfaction to Captain Birche, for the Monies he hath disbursed to the Parliament.
Johnson's, &c. Pass.
Ordered, That Cornelius Johnson, Picture Drawer, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass beyond Seas with Emanuel Passe, Geo. Hawkins; and to carry with him such Pictures and Colours, Bedding, Houshold Stuff, Pewter, and Brass, as belongs unto himself.
The Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Assistants, of Trinity House, was read; and ordered to be especially recommended to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall: (The Petitioners, being Men of great Use for the Service of the Kingdom, have this Parliament expressed their good Affections to the Kingdom.) And Mr. Squire Bence is desired to deliver this Petition to the Committee.
Town of Aldburge.
Ordered, That the Bailiffs of Aldburge, or Captain Thomas Johnson, shall have Power to command all Men, within the said Town, from the Age of Sixteen to Sixty, to Watch and Ward in the said Town, as well for the Defence thereof, as to guard the Ordnance and Forts now erected: And if any Man whatsoever shall refuse either to perform the Service, or allow an able Man to do it, unless sufficient Reason be shewn to the said Bailiffs, or Captain Thomas Johnson, or any Two of them; then they, or any Two of them, have hereby Power to set a Fine upon any such Person or Persons, so refusing, not exceeding the Sum of Five Shillings, for every Time of their Neglect: And if they shall refuse to pay the said Fine, then to have Power to levy the same by Distress, or otherwise.
Payment to Wheeler.
Ordered, That the Committee of the King's Revenue shall forthwith issue a Warrant to the Receiver General of his Majesty's Revenue, to pay unto Mr. Wheeler the Sum of Fifteen Pounds Fourteen Shillings Six-pence, by him disbursed for the repairing of King's Bridge in the City of Westminster.
Ordered, That the Treasurers at Guildhall, London, appointed by the Ordinance of the Twentieth and Fifth Part, that they forthwith pay unto Wm. Wheeler Esquire, the Sum of Fourteen Pounds Twelve Shillings, by him disbursed to divers Workmen, for repairing the Places where the Assembly of Divines do meet.
And it is likewise Ordered, That the said Treasurers shall imprest, upon Account, unto the said Mr. Wheeler, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, to be employed for the repairing the Courts of Guard in the old and new Palace of Westminster. And the said Payments to be made out of the Assessments of Sir Pet. Wiche Knight, or Tho. Manley Esquire.