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 Martis, 28 Martii, 1643.
ORDERED, That Sir Wm. Litton do go down into the County of Herts, to advance the Service of the weekly Assessments in that County.
Ordered, That Jo. Est, and James Est, Moneyers, be enjoined not to depart this Town, till this House take further Order.
Ordered, That the Committee at Haberdashers Hall shall have Power to send for the Committees, Collectors, and Assessors, and to require an Accompt of them, what Proceedings they had made in the Service upon the weekly Assessments; and that the Consideration of the Objection made by the City against the Common Councilmen being Committees, be referred unto them; to reconcile it in the best Way they may.
Ordered, That the Committee of this House, upon the Ordinance for seizing the Estates of Delinquents, do meet when and where they please, to prepare all Things, that may be necessary for the speedy and effectual putting in Execution the said Ordinance.
Muskets for Nottingham.
Ordered, That Capt. Harold Scrimshire, or his Lieut. Henry Fullher, shall have Liberty to transport from this Town to Nottingham, for the Service of the County of Nottingham, One hundred and sixty Muskets; and have Power to press Carriages, for the speedy conveying of them, paying for the same.
A Letter of the 25 of March, from the Committee at Coventry, complaining of the Diversion of the ordinary Posts, and the Letters, occasioned by Mr. Burlemachi, as is conceived; and referred to Mr. Hill, to consider of this and other Abuses of the Postmasters, and to consider of some Means of redressing them.
Sir K. Digby.
A Letter, of the 27th of March, from the Lord Mayor concerning the Commitment of Sir Kenelme Digby, and the Occasion of it, and the Lord Mayor's Desire for his Enlargement, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it at this time.
Broccas, a Prisoner
Upon a Report from the Committee for Prisoners, made by Sir Rob. Harley; it was Ordered, That Mr. Jo. Broccas, now a close Prisoner in the Compter, shall have the Liberty of the Prison.
Prisoners of War
Ordered, That it be recommended to my Lord Mayor and the Committee for the Militia at London, to take care for the sending away such Prisoners as appear to the Committee to be dangerous.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Edw. Littleton and Mr. Dansey, now Prisoners at London House, be forthwith discharged; taking the Protestation not to serve against the Parliament.
Message to Lords.
Sir Rob. Harley went up to the Lords with the Message Yesterday appointed concerning the Ordinance for seizing the Estates of notorious Delinquents; the Order concerning Plymouth; the Order concerning the Committee of Cheshire; the Order concerning Reparations to be made to Sir Wm. Brereton; the Ordinance concerning Hertfordshire; and the Vote for naming of Sir Wm. Brereton to be one of the Committees for Staffordshire.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Examinations, to send for the Wharfingers, Woodmongers, or other Sellers of Newcastle Coals; and to enjoin them to sell their Coals according to the Rates settled by the Ordinance of both Houses; and to commit to such Prisons, as they shall think fit, such as shall refuse to obey the said Ordinance; and to examine and inquire into the Contemners of the said Ordinance.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Rob. Harley brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their ... to the three Orders carried up by him: they do agree to name Sir Wm. Brereton a Committee of Staffordshire; and have appointed their Committee to meet this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Committee, to consider of the Means of providing of Monies for the Service of the Kingdom.
An Ordinance for sequestring the Rents and Profits of the Rectory of the Church of Heyling; in the County of Lincolve, (whereof Edm. Lynold was formerly Rector, and was deprived by Sentence of the High Commission Court, expressing no Reason or Crime particular) into the Hands of certain Sequestrators, named in the said Ordinance, to the Use, and for the Benefit of the said Edm. Lynold; who is hereby appointed and required to preach every Lord's Day, and to take care for the Discharge of the Cure of the said Place in all the Duties thereof, until further Order shall be taken by both Houses; was this Day read; and by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sabridge worth Vicarage.
An Ordinance for sequestring the Rents and Profits of the Vicarage of Sabridgeworth in the Com. Herts, whereof Christopher Webb is Vicar, into the Hands of certain Sequestrators, named in the said Ordinance, to the Use and for the Benefit, of Sam. Aynsmorth, Master of Arts, a godly, learned and orthodox Divine; who is hereby appointed and required to preach every Lord's Day, and to officiate as Vicar, and to take care for the Discharge of the Cure of the said Place in all the Duties thereof, until further Order shall be taken by both Houses of Parliament; was this Day read; and by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
The House, according to the Order, was resolved into a Committee, and fell into the Consideration of raising of Monies.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde took the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Letters from Brereton, &c.
Ordered, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Noble, Mr. Millington, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rous, Sir Jo. Clottworthy; are appointed to prepare Heads for a Conference with the Lords on Thursday Morning next, concerning the Letters from Sir Wm. Brereton, and the Crucifix taken in the Pocket of the Earl of Northampton.
Removal of Capuchins.
Ordered, That Sir Edw. Patheriche be added to the Committee appointed to take care of the Removal of the Capuchins.
Master of the Rolls Sequestration.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do bring in an Ordinance for sequestring the Rents and Profits of the Office of the Master of the Rolls.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Monies, where Mr. Trenchard has the Chair, to call the Clerks of the Rolls, the Collectors of the casual Fines, and all their Servants, and to know what Monies are due, or payable, upon the Profits of that Office; and, likewise to call before them the Clerk in Sir Peter Osborne's Office, to whom the Respite of Homage is paid; to require him to pay in all such Monies he has in his Hands, to the Treasurer at Wars, according to a former Order.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard do write to Sir Tho. Soame to pay in the Two hundred Pounds he formerly subscribed, according to his Subscription.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Oakes formerly apprehended, and now in the Serjeant's Custody, upon an Information of Words spoken by him to the Dishonour and Prejudice of the Lord Inehequin, be forthwith released from any further Restraint.
Ordered, That on Thursday Morning next, .. do desire the Lords to pass the Vote for the Lord Inchiquin to command in Chief the Forces in Munster.
Assessing of Members.
Ordered, That the Ordinance this Day presented, concerning the assessing and rating the Members of the House, be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That the speedy Execution of the Order of the House, for the assessing of the Members of the House, according to their Abilities, towards the Maintenance of the Army, shall be proceeded with as one Means for the raising of Money.
Resolved, &c. That Saturday next be appointed for the taking of the whole Business of Money into Consideration.