Die Mercurii, 14 Februarii, 1643.
Meeting and rising of the House.
RESOLVED, &c. That the House do meet every Day at Nine of Clock, and rise at Twelve: And Mr. Speaker is required to put the House in mind hereof: And that such Members as come after Nine, shall pay Twelve-pence to the Poor: And that, if any Member shall begin or make a new Motion after Twelve of Clock, shall pay Five Shillings, to be collected in like Manner, and likewise disposed of to the Poor.
A Box is to be prepared, and set up at the Door, to this Purpose: And the Burgesses of Westminster are to take care that this Money be duly paid.
Ordered, That the Pew in Saint Martin's Church, belonging to the Earl of Berkeshire's House, be appointed and set apart for the Scotts Commissioners: And the Vestrymen of that Parish are hereby required to take Notice hereof, and to prepare the said Pew fitting accordingly.
Mr. Oldsworth is appointed to acquaint the Vestry with this Order.
And it is further referred to Sir Oliver Flemming, the Master of the Ceremonies, to take Care, that some Person may attend every Lord's Day the Scotts Commissioners, to know to what Church they intend to go; and to prepare for them, in such Church, good Accommodation for Themselves and Followers: And the Vestry-men and Clerks of the several Churches of London, Westminster, and Suburbs, are, upon all Occasions, to take Notice hereof, and to conform thereunto.
Timber for Navy.
An Ordinance for cutting and felling of Timber-trees, for the Use of the Navy, out of Delinquent's Woods, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy; with the Addition of Sir Peter Wroth, Sir H. Vane jun. Sir Martin Lumley, Sir H. Mildmay, Sir Walt. Erle, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir Simond D' Ewes, Sir Tho. Dacres, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Cage, the Knights and Burgesses of the Counties of Kent and Essex: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Treasury Chamber.
Rates on Tobaccoes.
An Ordinance for the regulating of the excessive Rates and Prices set upon Tobaccoes, by way of Custom and Excise, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy; with the Addition of Mr. Strode, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Grene, Mr. Holland, Sir Peter Wroth, Colonel Long, Mr. Gallop: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Treasury Chamber.
The humble Petition of the English and Scottish Reformadoes.
Ordered, That Sir Walt. Erle do bring in an Ordinance concerning the Currans imported in the Falcon; and concerning Liberty desired to be granted to some Four other Barques to land and import Currans upon paying Six Shillings the Hundred Weight, over and above the Customs.
Ordered, That Sir Walt. Erle do bring in an Ordinance to require and enable the Commissioners of the Customs, to make Sale of all such Currans as are landed and the Customs not paid, or otherwise forfeited; to be employed, One-third to the Seizer, and Two-thirds to the State.
Payment to Dowse.
Ordered, That One hundred Pounds, arising out of the new Imposition of Six Shillings for each Hundred of Currans imported since the Ordinance of Restraint, be, by Mr. Alderman Chambers, and the rest of the Commissioners of the Customs, paid unto Sir Walt. Erle, to be by him paid over to Captain Rich. Dowse; the same to be allowed and deducted out of the Arrears due to the said Captain Dowse, for his Entertainment in Ireland.