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Charles I - volume 514: October 1646

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October 1646

October 1. Ordinance of Parliament relating to Chester. Whereas the city of Chester has been from the beginning of these unnatural wars under the power of the enemy, and many Aldermen, Sheriffs, and Common Councilmen of the same have taken up arms or otherwise been violent fomenters of these wars against the Parliament, but the city being now reduced to the obedience of the Parliament, it is hereby ordered and ordained by both Houses that Charles Walley, the Mayor, with the Aldermen and others herein-named, shall be removed and discharged of their respective places of Mayor, Recorder, Sheriffs, Aldermen, Justices of Peace, Sheriff's peers, and Common Councilmen of the said city, and from all assemblies and public meetings of the same, with the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council; also all others not named, who, upon due proof before the Committee of Sequestrations of the said county and county of the city, shall appear to be guilty of taking up arms against the Parliament or voluntarily adhering to the enemy, shall likewise be suspended from acting in anything as Justices of the Peace, Aldermen, &c., of that city; and if any such persons so suspended shall not within six months clear themselves they shall be removed from every such place and office; and it shall be lawful for the city to choose others in their rooms. And be it ordained that Wm. Edwards, Alderman, shall be Mayor of Chester for this present year until the usual time of electing a new Mayor, and he shall nominate and elect two Sheriffs and administer to them the accustomed oaths, and afterwards make choice of Aldermen and Common Councilmen to make up the number of 24 Aldermen and 40 Common Councilmen. Be it further ordained that such free citizens as have been expelled the city or occasioned to depart by reason of their good affection to the Parliament and kingdom shall be restored to the places, offices, and privileges which formerly they held, any Act of Assembly or declaration or order to the contrary notwithstanding. It is further ordained that such Irish and others as have been made free of the city whilst in hostility against the Parliament and have no right to the privilege by birth or service are hereby disenfranchised. Also it is ordered by the Lords and Commons that the Dee Mills near Chester, and the stone causey holden by Francis Gamull, an Alderman, but a delinquent, being a great obstruction to trade, and otherwise very inconvenient, shall be demolished within four months at the charge of the city, meanwhile the profits of the said mills are to be paid to the Mayor towards the support of his charges in his office of mayoralty; and within a year new mills are to be erected on land belonging to the city and at its charge, making use of the materials of the old mills. Provided, that if Francis Gamull shall by both Houses be admitted to make his composition for his delinquency, then he shall receive satisfaction for the mills out of his fine. Disposal of the revenues of the Dean and Chapter of Chester. [Interregnum 216 G., pp. 217–223. Copy. 7 pp.]
October 1. Statement of the case of Wm. Evett, gent., of the city of Worcester [late Mayor]. His delinquency, that he was a Commissioner for Sequestrations and a Commissioner of Excise by his Majesty's commission for raising of money for maintenance of the forces raised against the Parliament, and did exercise these commissions, and was an evil instrument in detaining the surrender of that city to the Parliament longer than otherwise it would have been. He has taken the National Covenant and Negative Oath before the Committee in the country. He compounds upon a particular returned out of the country and by another delivered in under his hand, by which he submits to such fine, &c., and by which it doth appear [that his estate is as here stated]. Underwritten,
Fine at a sixth, 359l. 1 Oct. 1646. [Interregnum 207 G., p. 255.]
October 1. Petition of Edw. Phillips, of Worthenbury, co. Flint, to the Committee for Compositions at Goldsmiths' Hall. At the beginning of these unhappy wars, petitioner being under age, was induced to take up arms against the Parliament, and continued so till about October last, when hearing of an order of the Parliament offering pardon upon composition to such as should come in before 1 Dec. 1645, he voluntarily came from the King's into the Parliament's quarters, and brought with him his horses and arms, which since have been employed in the State's service, and he has since continued peaceably at home. Desires to be admitted to his composition according to the order of the House of Commons. Underwritten,
Received 1 Oct. 1646, and referred to the sub-committee. Annexed,
Certificate by Luke Lloyd, Sheriff of Flint. That Edw. Phillips came with his man, horses, and arms from Holt Castle, a garrison of the enemy, to Willington, in co. Flint, being then a garrison for the Parliament, of which I was Governor, 22 Nov. 1645, and he there submitted and did service for the Parliament with his man and horses so long as that place contained a garrison. [Interregnum 197 G., pp. 86, 91.]
[October 2.] Petition of Robt. Eyre, Esq., of West Chalfield, Wilts., to the Committee for Compounding at Goldsmiths' Hall. That he being under the King's forces in that county did, about May 1643, execute a commission directed to him and others for proportioning 1,200l., weekly contribution taxed by his Majesty upon that county; and in April 1644 he, being under the same power, did execute a commission for pressing of soldiers, for which delinquency his estate is sequestered. That in April 1645 he submitted himself before the Committee of that county, and took the National Covenant. Prays to be admitted to such a favourable composition for his delinquency and taking off of his sequestration as you shall think fit. Annexed,
Certificate from the Committee of Wilts., &c., 2 Oct. 1646. [Interregnum 207 G., p. 408.]
October 4. 72. Latin inscription [drafted by Wm. Ryley, Norroy King-atArms], being the words to be inscribed on the funeral plate of Thos. Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey, &c., who died 4 Oct. 1646, aged 60. [Draft. 1 p.]
[October 10.] 72a. Petition to the King for a grant of his manor of Timbrelham and Rainhurst in Kent, of the yearly rent of 87l., which consisting only of demisable lands no profit can be raised thereby above the rent during the term of years for which it is leased, and these being many, the fee farmer to whom it was formerly granted surrendered it again to your Majesty. Now, forasmuch as this manor is not parcel of any of your honours, neither does it adjoin any of your houses of access, forests, chases, or parks, and is so long stated that during one life no profit can be made thereof, petitioner prays a grant in fee farm for the benefit of his children. [Unsigned, but found amongst the Conway Papers. 1 p.]
October 10. 73. Wm. Sanford to Wm. Cawley, at Chichester. You desire to know what fine I paid at the reduction of Chichester. I being in prison could not then learn what fine was imposed on me, but subsequently 30l. was required of me, which I paid under protest, and I obtained my liberty and a protection for my goods under Sir Wm. Waller's hand. [Seal with device. 1 p.]
October 12. 74. An Ordinance of Parliament concerning the mode of appointment or filling up of the great places and offices of trust in England and Ireland. These posts in the past have been made use of to serve the undue and unjust desires of others, and have not been employed for those public and good ends for which they were ordained, to the insupportable oppression of the good people and dangerous violation of the laws and rights of the realm. For prevention of such abuses in the future the Lords and Commons do declare and ordain that no deputy or chief Governor of Ireland or Presidents of the several Provinces, no Chancellor or Lord Keeper, Lord Treasurer, Commissioners of the Great Seal or Treasury, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Chancellor of the Exchequer or Duchy, Secretaries of State, Master of the Rolls, Judges of either Bench, or Barons of the Exchequer of the kingdoms of England or Ireland, Vice-Treasurer or Treasurer-at-Wars of Ireland, shall hereafter be made, constituted, or appointed but with the consent and approbation of the two Houses, or in the intervals of Parliament with that of such Committees of both Houses as shall be nominated for that purpose, and that all grants, &c., of these places and offices hereafter made by his Majesty, his heirs and successors, under the Great Seal, or by any other authority to be derived from the King, except with the approbation of the Houses or their Committees, shall be deemed to be void and of no effect in law; and any acts done by them shall be void, and such [pretended] officers shall suffer such punishments for so doing as if no such grant or deputation had been made to them. [Mentioned in Lords' Journals as to be entered but omitted. Endorsed: Read second time, 12 Oct. 1646. Passed. Copy. 2 pp.]
October 13. Articles of Agreement concluded this day between Lieut.-Col. Thomas Mason and six others appointed Commissioners by MajorGenl. Mytton on the one part, and Lieut.-Col. Griffith with six others appointed Commissioners by Col. Wm. Salusbury [Royalist], Governor of the town and castle of Denbigh, on the other part, for and concerning the surrendering up of the said town and castle.
1. That the town and castle of Denbigh, with all ordnance, arms, and stores, as also all goods, money, plate, and household stuff, except only such as are allowed in the ensuing Articles, shall be delivered up to General Mytton or his nominee upon the 27th of this present month for the service of the Parliament.
2. That Col. Wm. Salusbury, the Governor, with his servants and belongings, and all officers and soldiers both horse and foot, also all other officers with their servants, and all that appertains to them, shall march out with their horses and arms, flying colours, drums beating, matches lighted at both ends, bullet in mouth, and carrying 12 charges of gunpowder, with bag and baggage; also all persons of quality, clergymen, and gentlemen, with their servants, horses, and arms; to any place within ten miles such as the Governor shall make choice of; where the common soldiers shall lay down their arms with the exception of their swords, in regard the King has no army in the field or garrison unbesieged [for them] to march to; and these arms are to be taken possession of by such as General Mytton shall appoint.
3. That the officers and soldiers, as well reformed as others, and all the persons aforesaid who shall desire to go to their homes or friends shall have the General's pass and protection for their peaceable repair to and abode at the several places selected, and such as shall desire it to have free quarters allowed them in all their march from Denbigh to those several places, they marching six miles a day and staying but one night in a place. And that all officers or soldiers who shall desire to take entertainment from any foreign kingdom or State, shall have free quarters allowed them for 40 days from their march out of Denbigh; they shall also have passes for officers and their servants with their horses and arms, enabling them to go to treat with any foreign ambassador or agent for entertainment; and all of them to have passes to march; no oaths or engagements whatsoever during their stay or at their transportation to be imposed upon them, saving an engagement by promise not to do anything prejudicial to the Parliament.
4. They to be assisted in procuring a sufficient number of carts and teams for carrying away their goods, &c.
5. That no gentlemen, clergymen, officers, or soldiers, nor any others comprised within this capitulation shall be reproached, or have any affronts offered to them, or to be stopped or plundered in their march, rendezvous, or places of abode.
6. That these Articles shall include all strangers and foreigners residing within this garrison, with their families and goods.
7. That the clergymen now in this garrison who shall not, upon composition or otherwise, be restored to their church livings, shall have passes to go to London to obtain fitting allowance for the livelihood of themselves and families.
8. That the Aldermen and other members of the corporation of Denbigh shall continue [there] and enjoy their ancient government, charters, and liberties, with all things else belonging to them as a corporation subordinate to the immediate authority and power of Parliament.
9. That all having their dwelling-houses and families within the garrison shall have liberty to continue there or to remove at their own choice, retaining their goods and belongings, except only arms and ammunition.
10. That the townsmen and inhabitants shall not be charged with free quarter further than the rest of that county.
11. That those who are resolved to go beyond sea may dispose of their goods and moveables within six months after the surrender of the garrison, and may depart the kingdom if they shall think fit.
12. That none included in these Articles shall be molested or questioned for anything said or done in or concerning this war, or relating to the unhappy differences between his Majesty and the Parliament, they submitting to composition, and doing nothing prejudicial to the Parliament.
13. That the late Governor shall have allowance out of the stores in the castle for his present subsistence, his private estate having been seized upon and employed for the use of the State.
14. Any violation or breach of these Articles to be charged upon the parties offending.
15. Certificate under the General's hand to be given that they were in the garrison at the time of its surrender.
16. That the Governor and others in Denbigh Castle at the time of its surrender shall have liberty to compound for their delinquencies at such rates as if they had come in before 1 Dec. last; the same liberty to extend to all but such as being under the first and second exception are exempted from pardon.
[Interregnum 209 G., pp. 173-175. 3 pp.]
October 14.
Nottingham.
75. The Committee of Accounts in Notts. to the Committee of Accounts of the whole kingdom. Thanks for your last letter, authorizing us to pay our officers out of our own Treasury, and directing us to certify you the names of those to whom we have directed our warrants for taking the parishes' informations, but who refuse to execute the same. We have sent up by this bearer our entry book for that purpose, and pray you to return to us by him your further directions, with authority for punishing such persons as are negligent or failing in the premises. [Seal with device. 1 p.]
October 15.
Guernsey.
76. Robt. Russell's certificate to the Officers of Customs of his Majesty's port of Havon [Grand Havre]. That Mr. Peter De Beauvoir, about 8 June 1646, did unload in this island of Guernsey, out of the "Ann" of London, 115 tods of English wool, for the provision of the island. Dorso,
76. i. Received, 27 Oct. 1646. [½ p.]
October 16.
Committee for Ireland.
77. The Committee for Affairs of Ireland to the Committee for the Accounts of the whole kingdom. By yours of the 15th inst. you desire that Sir Arthur Loftus may not be sent hence as employed by us in the service of Ireland until he has satisfied what you have adjudged him to pay as owing to the State upon his account before you. It is true that he has already a charge and command in the army of Munster, and is lately appointed to repair upon some other service into that kingdom, which requires more than ordinary expedition. To avoid inconvenience, we desire that some members of your Committee may confer with us here upon the state of his accounts. [Delivered, 26 Oct. 1646. 1 p.]
October 17.
Derby House.
The Committee of both kingdoms to Col. Mytton and the Committees of North Wales, Lancashire, and Cheshire. There being now an opportunity offered of a more hopeful prosecution of the war in Ireland, by reason of the difference and division that is now grown between the Earl of Ormond and the Popish Irish rebels, we are desirous to make the best improvement thereof, and to that end have appointed Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Robt. King, Sir Robt. Meredith, and Robt. Goodwyn, Esq., to conduct and carry over such forces as we have already appointed for that purpose, and further to proceed therein as we have by instructions directed them. And, for that they upon the place may judge it necessary to employ more forces in that work than those we have assigned, we have directed them, in that case, to apply to you. Upon such intimation we desire you to furnish them with what forces you can spare from your own necessary occasions. The consequence of this service being very great, expedition will be specially necessary. We therefore recommend it to your especial care to despatch such forces as you can spare with all diligence, and give them all other furtherance and accommodation that you can. [Interregnum 23 E., p. 104. Copy. 1 p.]
October 17.
Derby House.
Instructions from the Committee of both kingdoms for Sir Thos. Wharton, Sir Robt. King, Sir John Clotworthy, and Sir Robt. Meredith, Knts., and Richard Salwey, Esq., employed on a mission to the Earl of Ormond and others at Dublin,
You may receive any Protestants who have not been in the Irish rebellion, though of late they may have consented or submitted either to the cessation of arms or the peace concluded with the Irish rebels, so as they submit themselves to the Parliament within 20 days after your sending for them. You are hereby empowered to give protection to such as will come under contribution, and to give them the best safeguard you can, by the countenance of the forces serving under the Parliament. You may give to such Protestants as you condition withal, not having been in the Irish rebellion, assurance of security for their persons and estates, with permission to live quietly and securely under the protection of the Parliament and its forces, either within England, Ireland, or Wales, and you may likewise assure them that they shall enjoy those their estates and goods without any question from the Parliament, as securely as any others do who have not offended the Parliament, they submitting to all its Ordinances, and if any of them have any lands or estates in England they are to compound for the same at the rate of two years' profits, as they were [estimated] before the beginning of these troubles, they submitting to all Ordinances of Parliament. Underwritten,
This is a true and certified copy of the instructions. Mem.—That Sir Thos. Lucas, Knt., Commissary General of Horse in Ireland, made his personal application to us [the Commissioners] there; and afterwards came over with some of us into England.
[Interregnum 95 G., p. 511. Copy. 1 p.]
October 17. 78. Order made by the Committee for Bucks., appointed by Ordinance of Parliament of the 27th June 1644. That Mr. Wm. Russell, of Chalfont St. Giles, being ordered by this Committee to seize the sequestered estates, and collect the rents of Papists and delinquents in the three hundreds of Chiltern, was surprised and plundered by a troop of the enemy's horse sent from Wallingford by George Penruddock, Esq., a delinquent. The enemy plundered his house, took away four horses, and carried himself and son to Wallingford, to his loss of 142l., where, after he had endured 6 weeks' imprisonment, the house in which he was detained was visited by the plague, by reason of which he was constrained for preservation of his own and his son's lives to give Mr. Penruddock 150l. more for his liberty, who utterly refused to release him upon exchange, though offered. Upon consideration whereof this Committee doth think fit and order that Mr. Wm. Russell may detain the sequestered money remaining in his hands, viz., 292l., upon account, till the House of Commons can be made acquainted with his sufferings and shall declare their pleasure concerning the same. [Endorsed: "Order for Sir Wm. Russell, by a sub-committee." 1½ pp.]
October 19. 79. Petition of Samuel Fisher, minister of Lydd, to the Committee for co. Kent, sitting at Maidstone. That the vicarage of Lydd, since the sequestration thereof from Dr. Asgill to petitioner, has been assessed at 20l. more than ever it was in the Doctor's time, although the 5th part thereof is now allowed to the Doctor's wife. For the redress of petitioner in these troubles and hazards he prays that you would abate him the last treble tenpenny tax, which remains yet unpaid. Annexed,
79. i. Order to abate Mr. Fisher half the treble tenpenny tax. [1½ pp.]
October 20. Ordered upon the question by the Commons in Parliament, That Col. Thos. Mytton shall have power to offer reasonable conditions to all the castles in North Wales that yet hold out, but if they shall not surrender within a fortnight after such signification of conditions [offered] unto them that then they shall expect no mercy. [Interregnum 208 G., p. 106.]
October 23. 80. Petition of Nathaniel Hill, brother and administrator to Capt. Wm. Hill, deceased, to the Committee of the House of Commons for Petitions. That his brother, holding a commission from the Earl of Essex to raise a troop of dragoons in co. Gloucester, borrowed several sums of him, being then under-sheriff of that county, to furnish his troop, upon promise of repayment. His brother for two years having faithfully and valiantly conducted himself in the Parliament's service, at length came to London sick and wounded, and died, leaving the sums of money so borrowed wholly unsatisfied. Now that it has pleased God to give the Parliament victory over their enemies, whereby men may now quietly come to London, petitioner is required to pay in the money he received when sheriff, but which he lent to his brother, so that he is not able to do as required, and is likely to be ruined, unless some speedy course be taken whereby he may receive his brother's arrears [of pay], amounting to about 1,000l., of which no penny hath yet been received. Prays your order to the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom for the stating of his brother's accounts, so that he may apply himself for some speedy satisfaction. [An order was made as desired. 1 p.]
October 23.
Derby House.
The Committee of both kingdoms to Sir Thos. Wharton, Sir Robt. King, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Robt. Meredith, and Richard Salway, Esq., or to any of them. That you might not be unfurnished of anything in our power for the better transaction of that design about which you are employed [for Ireland], you are hereby empowered, upon agreement with the Earl of Ormond according to your instructions, to charge this Committee with bills for 1,000l. or 2,000l., for better accommodating the Earl in his removal, which bills shall be paid at three weeks' sight by the care of your friends whose names are subscribed. Earls of Northumberland and Manchester and eight others of the Committee. [Interregnum 23 E., p. 107. Copy. ¾ p.]
October 24. Petition of Sir Robt. Brerewood [late Recorder of Chester] to the Committee for Compositions at Goldsmiths' Hall. At the beginning of these unhappy differences, petitioner being a sergeantat-law, and inhabiting his house in Chester, which was shortly after made a garrison for the King, was about Christmas 1643 sent for by his Majesty's command to Oxford to be one of the Judges of the King's Bench, which he accordingly obeyed, and resided there officiating his place till the surrender of that garrison. During his absence from Chester buildings belonging to him there were burnt or pulled down, to the value of 140l. by the year, notwithstanding which and many other losses he is informed that his estate is sequestered for his delinquency, wherefore, he being comprised within the Articles of Oxford, hath in pursuance thereof repaired to London and addressed himself to the Commissioners at Guildhall, and there produced his pass and entered his name according to command in that behalf. Prays that his name may be entered as a compounder in reference to these Articles, and such further proceedings on his delinquency taken as are usual and agreeable to these Articles. Underwritten,
Received 24 Oct. 1646, when he presented a pass from Sir Thos. Fairfax, dated 24 June 1646. Referred to the sub-committee 19 Nov. 1646. Annexed,
i. Pass signed and sealed by Sir Thos. Fairfax.
ii. Order made at the Committee for Compounding 17 Nov. 1646. In accordance with the Commons' order of the 3rd present November, we require you the Committee of Parliament for co. Chester to suspend the receiving of the rents and profits arising out of the estate of Sir Robt. Brerewood from the 24th Oct., at which date he first entered his name as a compounder.
iii. Another order, made by the Commissioners for Compounding 20 March 1647[–8], addressed to the Committee and Sequestrators for co. Flint and city of Chester. Whereas this Committee by their late orders have required you to seize and sequester all such rents, profits, and personal estate as you should discover to belong to Sir Robt. Brerewood, for that he hath neglected to prosecute his composition upon the Articles of Oxford. Forasmuch as it doth appear to this Committee that the main cause of his delay hath been by reason of the breaking forth of the plague in Chester, in and about which place his estate doth lie, and not by any voluntary neglect of his own, you are therefore hereby required, notwithstanding any former order to the contrary, to suffer the rents and profits of his estate to remain in the tenants' hands, and also to forbear to seize any debts owing to him, till you shall receive further order from this Committee. [Interregnum 197 G., pp. 97, 99, 117, and 120.]
October 27. 81. Deposition of Capt. John Warren. That about St. James' tide 1643 Capt. Otway with his troop was marching from his quarters about Northampton to Coventry by Althorpe House, in co. Northampton, when a horse being tired he sent to Lord Spencer's house, who was an active enemy to the Parliament, and slain in the King's army at Newbury fight, for another horse, but being refused the Captain marched thither, who also being refused he conjectured that some eminent Cavalier might be in the house, and resolved to force an entrance, which was with some danger effected. While searching for Lord Spencer, some of the soldiers dragged out into the court, where the Captain was, a box containing a few trifles not worth 40s. The horses taken were again restored, except one which was employed in the troop. [½ p.]
October 29. Petition of Thos. Ireland, Esq., of Albrighton, Salop, aged 74 years, to the Committee for Compositions at Goldsmiths' Hall. Being very old and inform he has lived in the town of Shrewsbury for several years, and which about four years being kept as a garrison for the King, he did contribute for and assist the forces of that garrison, for which act he has since been sequestered. That he surrendered himself to the Committee of Parliament upon the taking of Shrewsbury, and hath ever since lived there in his own house obedient to all Ordinances of Parliament. That not being able to travel, on 22nd Nov. 1645 he sent up to Mr. Jones to have his name entered as a compounder, as by certificate appears. Having taken the National Covenant and Negative Oath he desires to be admitted to compound according to the order for delinquents coming in before the first of December last. Underwritten,
Referred to the sub-committee 29 Oct. 1646. [Interregnum 197 G., p. 300.]
October 29. The Committee for Sequestrations in co. Salop to the Committee for Compounding at Goldsmiths' Hall. We do certify that we adjudged Sir Richd. Prince, Knt., of Shrewsbury, a delinquent, for that he was a Commissioner of Array, and signed some warrants for raising the trained bands of horse and foot for the advancement of the King's service against the Parliament. We also find by examination that he living within the liberties of Shrewsbury did, whilst it was in the possession of the King's forces, express his affection to the Parliament by speaking well of the Parliament, often visiting such as were committed to prison in the town of Shrewsbury for their good affection to the Parliament, and procuring the enlargement of some of them. After Shrewsbury was taken he maintained his eldest son, Walter Prince, Esq., in the Parliament's service, who became a colonel of horse and commander-in-chief of all the Shropshire horse, and upon 24th Sept. 1645, when the King's army came to relieve Chester, a part of the Parliament's forces being routed, Col. Prince came in with his horse and relieved them, and whilst pursuing the enemy was shot, of which wound he shortly after died. Sir Richard Prince was imprisoned by the King's party, for that they supposed he had an affection to the Parliament and was privy to his son's going into that service; and in further expression of his affection to the Parliament he did in May 1645 lend for the use of the State upon the Ordinance of Propositions for the 5th and 20th part the sum of 200l., and did before the 1st of Dec. 1645 take the National Covenant. All which we thought good to certify you. [Interregnum 197 G., p. 327.]
October 30.
Westminster.
82. Henry Broade and others to the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom. In ours of the 23rd Sept. we desired permission to take a copy of the several musters of the late Lord General's army and other forces of the Parliament, the better to enable us to proceed to execute the Commons' commands. Not having as yet received any answer, we again desire to know when we may take a copy, where they now remain with you. [Seal with arms, broken. 2/3 p.]
October 30. 83. Order made at a Committee of the House of Commons for complaints touching the breach of Articles. Upon the petition of the Warden and Fellows of All Souls' College, Oxford, showing that, contrary to the Articles of Surrender of the garrison of Oxford, the several tenants of the College, upon pretence of orders and directions of several Committees, did refuse to pay their rents due to the College, and some of them are by the Committee of Sequestrations for Middlesex compelled to pay their rents to them, it is hereby declared by this Committee that all of the tenants, as well in Middlesex as elsewhere, ought according to the Articles of Oxford to pay their rents, as also the arrears, to that College, notwithstanding any restraint or order of any Committee of Parliament to the contrary, excepting such rents and revenues as have been already taken and received by Ordinance of Parliament. [2/3 p.]
October 30. 84. Petition of Richd. Alford to the Committee for the Navy and Customs. Petitioner has proved his good affection to the Parliament by payment of all loans and assessments, and by the action he took during the siege of Lyme Regis, when several ships belonging to him were fired in the Cob. Another ship, the "Mary," in which he had a third part, being upon a voyage from France to Topsham during the time of that place's defection was taken by the Parliament's ships and brought into this port, where it was condemned as good prize upon the Ordinance of 30th July 1643, although that voyage was made without petitioner's knowledge or consent, he being then besieged in Lyme and so could not know it. Prays that he may receive relief out of the Customs and Excise for his losses, as other well affected persons in the like case. Underwritten,
84. i. Ordered by the Committee for the Navy. That the Collectors of Prize Goods do peruse this petition, and certify this Committee the state of the account of the ship "Mary," what was the proceeds of the same, and what came thereof to the State. [1 p.]
84. ii. Certificate by the Collectors of Prize Goods touching the proceeds of the ship "Mary." Total proceeds, 163l. 6s. 8d. The State's 2/3 part, net, 65l. 6s. 8d. [Dorso. ½ p.]
84. iii. Order of the Committee for the Navy and Customs. That Richard Alford do make oath of his property in the ship "Mary," for which he desires reparation. [¼ p.]
October 31.
Derby House.
The Committee of both kingdoms to Col. Mytton. We are informed that certain hangings and other goods which were in use by the late Lady Trevor, and belong to her son Sir John Trevor, were by her lent to the Archbishop of York and are now in Conway Castle. When that castle shall be reduced be careful that such goods as belong to Sir John Trevor, either in Conway Castle or elsewhere, may be preserved for his use and delivered to Mr. Wood, of Trevallyn. [Interregnum 23 E., pp. 107, 108. Copyp.]
October. 85. Proceedings in a suit between Richd. Silly, Esq., Plaintiff, and Thos. Porter, Defendant, touching the forcible entry by the latter into Helligan Wood, in the parish of St. Mabyn, in Cornwall. [=1½ pp.]
[October.] 86. Petition of divers officers, whose names are subscribed, late under the command of Sir William Waller, Sergeant-Major-General, to the House of Commons. Petitioners for the most part have been in the service ever since the beginning of these civil wars, first under his Excellency the Lord General [Essex], and since under Sir Wm. Waller, till the time of the reducement. Some have lost their estates, callings, and trades by their service here, wasted their stocks, and spent all they could borrow in forwarding this employment. Others have suffered long imprisonment with the enemy or been wounded, and some of us, before the reducement, were content to ride in Sir Wm. Waller's lifeguard rather than to relinquish the cause. All of us being desirous to go forth again into the service, pray the House to take into consideration this our sad condition, and to grant such portion of arrears as may furnish us forth fit for service, and to grant an order that our accounts may be cast up from the beginning of our service to the time of reducement into one debenture. [Damaged. 1 p.]
[October.] 87. Draft of letters patents by Wm. Kyley, Norroy King-at-Arms, conveying grant of arms. [Latin, name not filled in. 1 p.] Annexed,
87. i. Form of attestation by the same. [Latin. ¼ p.]