Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Sabbati, 27 Maii, 1643.
Examination of Peisley.
THE Examination of James Peisley, late of Dublyn, in the Kingdom of Ireland, Gentleman, taken by a Committee appointed to that Purpose.
Taking of Wakefield.
A Letter from my Lord Fairefax of the Three-and twentieth of May, and a Relation of the taking in of Wakefield, on Sunday last the One-and-twentieth of this Instant; wherein were taken Fifteen hundred common Soldiers, and Eight-and-thirty Commanders and Officers, and Colonel Goring General of the Horse; Four Pieces of Ordnance, the Ammunition: A List of the Officers, and a Relation inclosed, of the Manner of taking it, by a Party of Foot, and some Five hundred Horse, commanded in chief by Sir Tho. Fairefax, eldest Son to the Lord Fairefax, and Serjeant Major Gifford: And a Letter found in General Goring's Chamber, writ from his Father the Lord Goring:
Resolved, &c. That a publick Thanksgiving shall be given, in all the Churches and Chapels of London, Westminster, Borough of Southwark, and Suburbs, for the great and good Success it has pleased God to give the Forces under the Command of the Lord Fairfax, at the taking in of Wakefield.
Resolved, &c. That the Letter from the Lord Fairefax to Mr. Speaker; the Relation of taking in of Wakefield, under the Officers and Commanders Hands; the Names of the Officers taken Prisoners; the Letter from my Lord Goring to General Goring; be all forthwith printed, and read in Churches and Chapels: And Mr. Rous, and Mr. Millington, are appointed to prepare something to be printed with these Relations, by way of Introduction.
Resolved, &c. That it be especially recommended unto my Lord General to send, some effectual and speedy Succours to my Lord Fairefax, in such manner as shall seem best to his Excellency.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein, at a Conference: And Mr. Pym and Sir Hen. Vaine, are appointed Managers of that Conference.
Plate to be coined.
Resolved, &c. That the Plate, sent from Windesore to the Treasurers at Guildhall, be forthwith melted down and coined; and the Proceed thereof paid to Mr. White, Agent to the Lord Fairefax, for Supply of the Army in the North under the Command of the said Lord Fairefax; and that it be employed to no other Use.
Mr. Darley is appointed to take care of this Order.
Ordered, That the Marshal of the Admiralty do forthwith make Stay of the Ship John of London, and take care, that none of the Goods or Lading of the said Ship be embezelled or removed, till the House take further Order; to the end if the same be confiscate, the Goods may be disposed of for the Use of my Lord Fairefax.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sequestrations do consider of the Ship John of London, and the Goods and Lading in her, informed to belong to Mr. Masham of London, whether they be not to be sequestred by the Ordinance for Sequestrations; and to take Order accordingly.
Money for Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to take care of providing Monies for the Lord Fairefax, to meet this Afternoon, to consider of providing some considerable Sum of ready Money, to be forthwith sent down to the Lord Fairefax: And Mr. Noble is added to this Committee: And they are to take Notice of the Money informed to be in the Hands of the Company of Brewers; and to treat upon the borrowing of those Monies.
Plate in the Temple
Ordered, That the Treasurers of the Temple be desired to lend, upon the publick Faith, the Basons and Candlesticks, of late Years made to be used upon their Altar; and that the Rails about the Table, and Crosses about the Church, be pulled down; and the Table removed from standing Altar-wise; the Ground be levelled: And the Execution of this Order is committed to Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Niclas, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Smyth, Mr. Lane, Mr. White, Mr. Bagshaw.
Plate in Cathedrals.
Ordered, That Mr. Hill, Mr. Lisle; Mr. Holland, and Mr. Gurdon, do bring in an Ordinance for borrowing of the Plate in all Cathedrals superstitiously used upon their Altars.
Ordered, That the Nine Horses seized by Colonel Jo. Moore be disposed of, Four to Sir Arth. Heselrigg, Four to Captain Harley the Son of Sir Rob. Harley, and One to Greenland the Carrier; and the Goods to be disposed of by the said Colonel Moore.
Searching for Officers, &c.
Ordered, That Colonel Moore do take care, by himself and his Officers, of putting in due Execution the Order, this Day made, for Search after Officers, Soldiers, Horses, and Arms.
The House interpose in a Quarrel.
The House was this Day informed, that Colonel Fettiplace had sent a Challenge to Sir Edward Bainton, a Member of this House; and that they were both taken at the Court of Guard, as they were going to fight.
Sir Edward Bainton, being come into the House, was required to inform the House of the Truth hereof: Which he did accordingly, and acknowledged the Information to be true:
Whereupon the House enjoined him not to fight with, receive any Challenge, or send any to Colonel Fettiplace, or any other, in regard of former Differences, without first acquainting this House therewith. Which he promised the House to observe accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Fettiplace shall be forthwith committed to the Serjeant, to be kept in safe Custody, until this House take further Order.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Wittypoote shall be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for carrying a Challenge from Colonel Fettiplace to Sir Edw. Baynton, a Member of this House.
Mr. Hollit, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Stevens, Sir Hen. Mildmy, Sir Hen. Ludlowe, Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Seowen, Mr. Corbett, Sir Gilv. Gerard, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Pet. Wentworth, Sir Hen. Anderson, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Smith, Mr. Perepointe, Sir Wm. Armyn;
This Committee is appointed, to consider of the Matters in Difference between Sir Edw. Bainton, and Sir Edw. Hungerforde, and Colonel Fettiplace; and how the same may be composed; and between all other Parties concerned in that Business in Difference between them: And to consider of the Differences between other Persons in other Parts of the Kingdom, whereby the Publick likewise suffers: And to meet on Monday at Three Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Seizure of Estates.
A short Letter from Mr. Stockdale, dated the Three-and-twentieth of May, was read; informing the House of a Commission, under the Great Seal of England, to divers Persons in the North, to seize the whole Estate of divers Persons in the North, reserving one Moiety of the same to his Majesty.
Ordered, That That shall be one Part of the Conference, and take Occasion thereupon to hasten the Lords in passing the new Great Seal.
King's Proclamation not to be published.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London and Middlesex be required not to publish the Proclamation intituled, "His Majesty's Proclamation and Declaration, concerning a Clause in one of the late Articles at Readinge," in any of their Liberties or Jurisdictions; and that this House will save them indemnified, for not publishing thereof.
Warrant to Anderson, &c.
Ordered, That Margaret Anderson, Thomas Armstrong, and Jo. Armstrong, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, to go over to Ireland to their Father Mr. Armstrong, in Service there for the Parliament; with their Necessaries.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield, and Serjeant Finch:
The Lords do agree that there be publick Thanksgiving in all the Churches and Chapels, for the good Success to the Forces under the Command of the Lord Fairefax, according to the Desires of this House; and that Copies of these Letters be sent to my Lord Mayor; and that a Letter be sent to my Lord General, to desire him to send speedy Succours to my Lord Fairefax.
Ordered, That my Lord General be desired to give Directions to my Lord Fairefax to proceed effectually against General Goring, according to the Law of Arms; his Case differing from those taken in open War, be having perfidiously broken his Trust and Promise in that Business of Portesmouth: And that Mr. Marten do write a Letter to my Lord General to this Purpose: And that Mr. Darley do write to my Lord Fairefax, to keep Colonel Goring in strict and safe Custody.
Persons to attend Committee.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to an express Messenger to be sent from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to Oxon, to summon one Commissary Roberts to attend the said Committee.
The Commons being informed that many Soldiers, listed, and in Pay, under the Command of the Lord General the Earl of Essex, do daily withdraw themselves; to the great Prejudice of the present Service, and to the Disturbance of the Peace of the Counties, whither they do resort; do Order, that the Deputy Lieutenants, Constables, or other Head Officers, or any One or more of them, of every County where any such Soldier or Soldiers shall be found, do forthwith cause him .. them to be apprehended, examined, and imprisoned; and, with all convenient Speed, shall cause such Soldier or Soldiers to be safely conveyed, at the Charge of the County, to the Lord General, or to such Captain, from under whose Command he shall have so withdrawn himself.
And it is further Ordered, That all Captains and Of ficers, of Trained Bands, and Volunteers, and all Head Officers, Constables, and all other Persons whatsoever, shall be aiding and assisting to the said Deputy Lieutenants and Justices of the Peace, or any One or more of them, in Execution of the Premises, as they will answer the contrary at their Peril.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Whitton, Chaplain to the Lord Fairfaxe, shall be appointed to officiate as Parson of Thornehill; the Presentation thereof being in Sir Wm. Savile, now in Arms against the Parliament; and that an Ordinance be brought in to that Purpose.
Message to Lords.
That the Ordinance concerning Horses be sent up to the same Lords on Monday Morning next: And that, at the same Message, the Lords be desired to nominate their Committees to go into Scotland, that this House may nominate a proportionable Number.
Resolved, upon the Question.
Charge on Imports, &c.
1.-That there shall be a Charge of a Halfpenny the Pound set upon all St. Thome and Pannelles Sugar imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant.
Resolved, upon the Question,
2.-That there shall be a Charge of One Penny the Pound set upon all Muscabado Sugar imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant.
3.-That there shall be a Charge of Two-pence the Pound set upon all white Sugar imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchants.
4.-That there shall be a Charge of Four-pence the Pound set upon double, or single, refined Loaf Sugar imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchants.
That there shall be a Charge set upon all Wrought Silks, as followeth; viz.
5.-Upon Barratoes, Seven-pence the Yard imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant: Et sic de cæteris.
6.-Caffa, or Damask right, Fifteen-pence the Yard:
7.-Counterfeit Damask, or Caffas; half Silk, and half Thread, shall pay Four-pence Halfpenny the Yard:
8.-Callimancoes narrow, Nine-pence the Yard:
9.-Callimancoes broad, Eighteen-pence the Yard:
10.-Catalopha, Nine-pence the Yard:
11.-Chomletts of Tabines, narrow, Seven-pence the Yard:
12.-Chomletts of Tabines, broad, Fourteen-pence the Yard:
13.-Silk tinselled with Gold and Silver, Twelve-pence the Yard:
14.-China Damask, Eight-pence the Yard:
15.-Cloth of Gold and Silver, plain, Six Shillings the Yard:
16.-Cloth of Gold and Silver, wrought, Eight Shillings the Yard:
17.-Tissue, Ten Shillings the Yard:
That there shall be a Charge set upon all Silk Curls, as followeth; viz.
18.-Upon Silk Curls, Seven-pence the Yard:
19.-Silk broad, at Fifteen-pence the Yard;
20.-Silk narrow, Ten-pence the Yard:
That there shall be a Charge set upon Silk Grogram, as followeth; viz.
21.-Upon Tabby Grogram, Eight-pence the Yard:
22.-Upon China Grogram, Five-pence the Yard:
23.-Philazela broad, at One Shilling the Yard:
24.-Philazela narrow, Six-pence the Yard:
That there shall be a Charge set upon all Sarsenets, as followeth; viz.
25.-Upon Bolonia or Florence, Six-pence the Yard:
26.-China Sarsenets, Three-pence the Ell:
27.-With Gold and Silver, Twelve-pence the Ell:
That there shall be a Charge set upon Sattins, as followeth; viz.
28.-Upon Bridgs Sattins tinselled with Gold and Silver, One Shilling the Yard:
29.-Sattin tinselled with Copper, Five-pence the Yard:
30.-China and Turkey Sattin: Six-pence the Yard:
31.-Bolonia Lucks, Joanes, and all other Sattin of like making, and of all other Colours, figured or plain, Fourteen-pence the Yard:
32.-Tinselled with Gold and Silver, Four Shillings the Yard:
33.-Silk Lace, Twelve-pence the Yard:
34.-Silk Stockens, Two Shillings the Pair:
35.-Tabines tinselled, Two Shillings the Yard:
36.-China Taffaties, Three-pence the Yard:
37.- Levant Taffaties, Two-pence the Yard:
38.-Narrow, or Spanish, at Seven-pence the Yard:
39.-Narrow-striped, with Gold or Silver, Two Shillings the Yard:
40.-Stitched or striped, narrow, at Nine-pence the Yard:
41.-Stitched, broad, Twelve-pence the Yard:
42.-Towens, narrow and broad, Five . . . . the Yard:
43.-Mantua, the Ell, Five-pence the Ell:
44.-Taffaty, Ell broad, One Shilling the Ell:
That there shall be a Charge set upon Tuff Taffaties, as followeth; viz.
45.-Upon Narrow, Fourteen-pence the Yard:
46.-Broad, Two Shillings the Yard:
47.-Striped with Silver, Two Shillings and Six-pence the Yard:
That there shall be a Charge set upon Tersonella, as followeth; viz.
48. Upon Broad, Fourteen-pence the Yard.
49.-Narrow, Nine-pence the Yard:
50.-Embroidered, One Shilling and Sixpence the Yard:
That there shall be a Charge set upon Velvets, as followeth; viz.
51.-Upon China, Seven-pence the Yard:
52.-Phelpes and Plushes of all Colours, except China Velvets, Two Shillings the Yard:
That there shall be a Charge set upon Cipers, as followeth; viz.
53. - Upon Curl Cipers, the Single-piece Ten Yards, One Shilling and Four-pence:
54.-Narrow Cipers, the Dozen Yards, Sixpence:
55.-Scum Cipers, the Dozen Yards, Twelve-pence:
56.-Silk, or broad Cipers, the Dozen Yards, Two Shillings.