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 Veneris, 9 Junii, 1643.
APASS for the Baron De Cressy, Ambassador from the King of France, and the Queen Regent his Mother, with their Retinue, in Number Sixteen, to go to the King's Court, and to the Queen's Court, and to return to London; as likewise, a Pass for Le Sueur, his Servant, to go to the Lord General; was this Day read; and granted.
Ordered, That Mrs. Elizabeth Lanier shall have Mr. Speaker's Pass to go to Flanders, with Elizabeth Alkins, Rachel Clerke, and Cuthbert Towers, Household Servants to the said Mrs. Elizabeth Lanier.
French Ambassador's Trunks.
Ordered, That Colonel Moore be enjoined to search the Trunks and Fardels of the French Ambassador, and to seal them up again.
Guarding the River.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Navy, to consider and treat with the Lord Mayor, and the Committee for the Militia in London, of some Course for the better and stricter Guarding of the River of Thames; and speedily to make their Report to the House, and to have a special Care of the Passage between Pothney and Fulham.
An Ordinance for the making and constituting the Earl of Denbigh Commander in Chief of all the Forces raised, or to be raised, in the Counties of Warwick, Worcester, Salop, and Stafford, the County and City of Coventry, and the County and City of Lichfield, was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence, by Mr. Rich. Moore.
Ordered, That Mr. Stephen Marshall, and Mr. Obadiah Sedgewick, be desired to preach at St. Margaret's Westminster, before the Commons, on the Day of publick Thanksgiving, for the Discovery, and great Deliverance from the late horrid Design and Conspiracy.
Town of Swanbury.
An Order for Timber to be assigned to the Inhabitants of Swanbury in the County of Bucks, which was fired, and burnt down, by some of the King's Forces, under the Command of the Earl of Cleveland, &c. was this Day read; and assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence, by Mr. Whittlock.
Trunk to be opened.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard and Sir Arth. Heselrig, shall have Power to break up the Trunk of one Mr. Bennett, which they have sealed up; and to see what is there; and to secure what is in it; and to report it to the House.
Message to Lords.
Resolved, That a Message shall be sent to the Lords, to acquaint their Lordships, that this House inclines to name Two Commissioners more for Scotland, upon some very great Considerations; if their Lordships shall think fit to name another.
This to be one Head of a Conference with the Lords.
The Ordinance for the Assembly of Divines to be one Head of this Conference.
Sir Tho. Middleton's Ordinance to be one Head of this Conference.
This Conference to be desired this Day, if it may be; if not, To-morrow.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do prepare a Letter, to be sent from this House, to the City of Canterbury, to take notice of their forward Zeal, and good Affection, to the Service of the Parliament, and Safety of the Kingdom; and especially to take notice of the Affection so voluntarily and freely expressed, by a Letter now lately received, of their Intentions to raise and to send to the Lord General's Army Two Foot Companies, and to pay them: They are likewise to be desired not to allow the common Soldiers, they shall send, above Eight-pence per Diem; to prevent the ill Operation it may have upon the other Forces under my Lord General's Command, if any other or greater Allowance should be made unto them.
Upon Mr. Rob Goodwyn's Report from the especial Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, after the reading of some Letters, of the Sixteenth of May, from Antrim; and of the Four-and-twentieth of May, from Dublyn;
It was Resolved, upon the Question, That whereas formerly a Note passed, that a Bill should be brought in for the raising of Two hundred thousand Pounds for Ireland; it is now Ordered, That an Ordinance of Parliament be forthwith brought in to be passed, for the raising of that Sum, according to the Votes formerly passed touching that Bill; thereby to get Credit for the raising of present Monies.
Resolved, &c. That a Declaration, agreed on by this House, be forthwith printed, and published, to stir up the People to contribute to Ireland, and to declare the ardent Desire and great Care of the Parliament, for the Preservation of that Kingdom.
A Declaration, setting forth the State of Ireland at this time, is relation both to the Rebels, and the Forces of this Kingdom, and the Advantages it has pleased God to offer the Forces of this Kingdom, upon the great Necessities of the Rebels; and thereupon, to invite and encourage all People, well-affected to the true Reformed Protestant Religion, and to the Safety and Honour of this Kingdom and Nation, to contribute freely to the Relief of the many good Protestants there, and the Maintenance of the Forces there; was this Day read; and, by Vote, upon the Question, * *
Resolved, &c. That Dr. Coxe, apprehended and sent Prisoner from Exon, by the Earl of Stamforde, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Lord Peter's House; for being in actual Arms against the Parliament and Kingdom; there to * * * *
Colonel Essex's Widow, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety do take it into Consideration, and give Order to the Treasurer at Wars to pay the Five hundred Pounds, bestowed upon the Widow and Sister of Colonel Charles Essex, by an Order of the Last of December, with the best and speediest Conveniency that the great Occasions of the Kingdom will permit.
Protestant Religion in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Letters from some Towns of the Low Countries, writ to sir H. Vane, expressing their Affection, and great Zeal, to the Service of the State, . . . . of the Protestant Religion in Ireland, and their Willingness to do something for the Preservation of it there; be referred to Mr. Calamy, and other good Ministers; to consider, with Sir H. Vane and others of the Special Committee for Ireland, of putting it in the best way they can, that the Protestant Religion, and that Kingdom of Ireland, may reap the Fruits of their good Affections.
Money for Army Services.
Ordered, That the Thousand Pounds, or thereabouts, in the Collectors Hands, of the Monies upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, in Somersettshire, about Dunster, be paid, upon Accompt, to Sir Wm. Waller, or his Assigns: And that, upon Notice of the Receipt of the said One thousand Pounds, the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do grant the Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to repay the said One thousand Pounds to the said Collectors.
It is further Ordered, That Sir Wm. Waller shall have the like Power to receive any other Monies, in any of the Collectors Hands, upon the Bill of Four hundred thousand Pounds, upon the like Conditions of Re-payment.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde and Mr. Trenchard shall receive such Monies as this House, or the Committee of the Safety, shall from time to time order, for the Use of Sir Wm. Waller; to be conveyed unto him for the Payment of the Forces under his Command.
Lady Cambden's Bequests.
Ordered, That the Committee at Haberdashers Hall shall take care to give Order for the sequestring the Monies and Plate, which the Lady Cambden hath bequeathed to certain Persons in actual War against the Parliament: viz. To Henry Noell, the Moiety of her White Plate: The Lady Capell, Wife to the Lord Capell, in Arms against the Parliament, the Moiety of her Gilt Plate; and also One thousand Pounds, to the said Lady Capell: To the Lord Capell, Five hundred Pounds: To Baptist Noell, now Lord Viscount Campden, Two thousand Pounds: To Sir Edward Alford, One thousand Pounds, and a Diamond Hatband, and Three Pearls; and also, more, Two hundred Pounds: In all, Four thousand Seven hundred Pounds: And this House doth declare, that whosoever shall detain in their Custody any of the Plate, Money, or Jewels, bequeathed as aforesaid, to any of the said Persons, shall forfeit double the Value of the Plate, Money, or Jewels, they so detain: And that it shall be levied on their Estates accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Michel Noble Esquire to be Master of the Office of Excise in London.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Mr. Wm. Metham of London Merchant to be one of the Treasurers for the Excise Monies in London.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Mr. Peter Hassard of London Merchant to be one of the Treasurers for the Excise Monies in London.
Committees to Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare Instructions for the Committees that are to go into Scotland, do meet at Four of Clock in the Court of Wards, to prepare the said Instructions: And are to bring them in To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House for Sequestrations do take Order to assign the House of the Lord Cottington at Hanworth Park, Sir Thomas Lawleye's House in Twittenham Parish, Twittenham Park House belonging to Sir Thomas Nott, Sir Nicholas Crispe's House in Hamersmith, to be employed for the receiving and keeping of such sick Soldiers as shall be sent from the Army; and for keeping them there, till they be otherwise disposed of.
Ordered, That Mr. Spurstoe desire the Lord Mayor to give Notice to the Ministers of the several Parishes within his Jurisdiction, that the Lords and Commons have appointed the Day for the publick Thanksgiving, for the Discovery and great Deliverance from the late horrid Design, to be kept on Thursday next.
Furnishing the City with Coals.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor do call a Common Council, and communicate to them the Ordinance for speedy furnishing the City with Coals from Newcastle; and that Committees Names be nominated, according to the Ordinance in that Behalf.
Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Finch;
That the Lords had commanded them to let the House know, that all the Lords present this Morning have taken the Protestation and Covenant, sent up by this House; and have agreed to the Protestation to be taken by the Armies, and whole Kingdom, with some Alterations: And that they have agreed to the Votes; and have appointed Thursday next to meet in the Abbey Church; and Mr. Calamy and Mr. Herle to preach.
The Amendments to the Covenant were read; and assented to; and ordered to be printed.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House hath agreed to the Amendments; and to the Day of Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That the Vow and Covenant, taken by the Members of this House, shall be printed; and the Names of such Members likewise that took the same; and also the Covenant to be taken by the Armies and Kingdom.
Sir Thomas Soames took the new Oath and Covenant.
Sir Thomas Barrington, Mr. Holland, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Corbett, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Rous, Sir Christopher Yelverton, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Whittlock;
This Committee, or any Two of them, is to prepare Instruction for the taking the new Oath and Covenant in all the Parts in the Kingdom: And are to meet this Afternoon at Four of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Payment to Waller.
Ordered, by the and Commons, now assembled in Parliament, that John Angell Esquire shall pay unto Sir Arthur Hasilrig, for the Use of Sir Wm. Waller, One hundred Pounds, Part of the Monies remaining in his Hands, being the Monies raised for the Aqueduct: And for so doing, the said John Angell shall be saved harmless, by both Houses of Parliament: And both Houses do declare and engage the publick Faith of the Kingdom for Repayment of the said One hundred Pounds, when the Work goes forward.
Grant for Ireland.
Ordered, by the House of Commons, That the Residue of the Monies, that belonged to that Account of the Aqueduct Money, in the Hands of John Angell, or any other Person, be forthwith brought in unto the Treasurers of the last Ordinance for Ireland; to be disposed of, by the Committee for Irish Affairs in Victual and Ammunition, for the Relief of the Soldiers in Ireland: And, for the better Discovery of those Monies, and in what Hands the Monies remain, it is referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs: Who have Power to send for Parties and Witnesses; and to draw an Ordinance of both Houses, for the better securing of such Persons, as shall pay the same accordingly; and to engage the publick Faith for the Repayment thereof, when the Work shall go on.