Die Veneris, 16 Junii, 1643.
Charge against Powell.
UPON the humble Petition of Wm. Sumners, against Lieutenant Colonel Tho. Powell, of St. Christopher's, who is now going thither; it is Ordered, That he be required and summoned to attend the House, to answer such Things as shall be objected against him; and that he be not permitted to go out of the Kingdom without the further Order of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Levant Company be revived; and that they meet on Monday come Sevennight, in the usual Place; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit: And that the Petition preferred by that Company, concerning the Strangers Consulage, be referred to the Consideration of that Committee.
Ordered, That the Petition of Andrew Richards, Surveyor of the Customs of the Port of Poole and Members thereof, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Customs and the Navy.
Removing a Prisoner.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia be desired to send Sheeres a Printer, now a Prisoner in Newgate, to the Common Goal at Colchester; there to remain Prisoner during the Pleasure of the House.
Person sent for.
Resolved, That Royston the Printer be forthwith sent for as a Delinquent, for printing a Book, intituled, "His Majesty's Declaration to all his loving Subjects; in Answer to a Declaration of the Lords and Commons, upon the late Proceedings of the late Treaty of Peace."
Ordered, That the Committee for Printing do bring in the Names of Committees to license the printing of Books.
Payment to Earl of Ancram.
Upon the humble Petition of Rob. Earl of Ancram;
It is Ordered, That when the said Earl can find out a Conveniency, whereby Sir Rob. Pye may pay Five hundred Pounds to the said Earl of Ancram; that Sir Rob. Pye, upon acquainting the House therewith, shall pay the said Five hundred Pounds, unless the House shall take Order to the contrary.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for calling an Assembly of Divines be re-committed to the Committee for the Assembly; and that the further Vent or Sale of those Ordinances be prohibited; and that such as are now forth, be called in.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Customs do take up Thirty-six Pipes of Canary Wines belonging to Captain Roydon, out of the Susan and Elizabeth, of London: And that the Committee for Sequestrations do order a present Sale of them to the best Advantage; paying the Freight and Custom: And the Remainder, and the Proceed of the Monies, upon the Sale thereof, to be forthwith paid into the Treasurers for the Sequestration Monies.
Captain Heriott Washbourne, who had seized some of the Lord Viscount Conway's Horses, was called in; and demanded by what Authority he seized those Horses: Answered, "By a Warrant under my Lord General's Hand, and by Authority under the Hand of Two of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex."
Message to Lords.
Sir H. Mildmay is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, that Captain Washborne, who is questioned by the Lords for seizing the Horses of the Lord Viscount Conwaye, did seize those Horses by my Lord General's Warrant, with the Directions of Two Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex and of the Committee for Sequestrations, Members of the House of Commons: And to desire, that the Goods and Horses of the said Lord Viscount Conway may be secured in some safe Hands; and, likewise, the Horses and Goods of the Earl of Portland; till their Fact do further appear.
He is likewise to put the Lords in mind of the Addition of Commissioners to be sent into Scotland; and to desire them to take the Ordinance for listing Horses into their Consideration; and to concur in the passing of it.
Sir H. Mildmay brings Answer, that the Lords cannot approve of the manner of the taking of the Horses of the Lord Viscount Conway; yet they had ordered his Horses, and other Goods, to be put into the Hands of Sir Rob. Harley; and, likewise, the Horses and Goods belonging to the Earl of Portland, into the Hands of Mr. Fitzwilliams; to be forthcoming, as Occasion shall require. As to the Business concerning Commissioners to be sent into Scotland; and to the Ordinance for listing Horses; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That, in the Ordinance for reducing Newcastle, these Words be added; viz. "That all such Persons as within London, or within Five Miles thereof, shall subscribe and pay in a Third Part of the Sum subscribed, at or before the last of June 1643."
A List and Schedule of the several Commodities, upon which an Excise or Charge is laid, was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Excise, hereby set upon every the foreign Commodities above-mentioned, is to be paid, by the first Buyer of the Commodity from the Merchant or Importer thereof; unless it be otherwise appointed by these Presents: And all Commodities here rated, which are first imported and then exported bona fide, shall be free.
The Observations of Henry Van Craenhalls, upon the Ordinance concerning Excise, were all this Day read; and the Ordinance, with the Observations, re-committed; to be brought in To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That the Business of Excise shall be managed, and carried on, by way of Commission.
Resolved, That the Ordinance concerning Excise, and the Observations of Henry Van Craenhalls upon the said Ordinance, be re-committed to the same Committee: And they are to sit upon it this Afternoon.
Deputy Lieutenants of Huntington.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Edw. Mountague, of Hinchingbrooke Esquire, and Abraham Burrell Esquire, to be Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Huntington.