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 Mercurii, 17 Maii, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Seven Companies of Londonderry, under the Command of Rob. Thornton, Simon Pett, H. Finch, Henry Osborne, Jo. Kilner, Rob. Lawson, and Henry Davyson, shall have Entertainment, according to the Pay of the Army there; this Entertainment, to begin from the Day of the Muster Books signed by Commissary Roberts by Order from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; which was taken the Nineteenth of August 1642, and are now delivered into the House of Commons.
Leave to attend Lords.
Ordered, That Dr. Eden shall have Leave to be of Counsel in the Lords House.
Earl of St. Albans.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, Mr. Glyn do bring in an Ordinance for the discharging the Estate of the Earl of St. Albans, from the Ordinance of Sequestration.
Ordered, That the Names of the Committees added in the County of Sussex to the said Committees, for the weekly Assessments, shall be added to those Committees for the Ordinance of Sequestrations.
Resolved, That Mr. Rob. Bulmer be enjoined to keep the Mare of Mr. May, till the House take further Order.
Ordered, That Mr. Rob. Bulmer be recommended to my Lord General, to have the same Employment as his Brother had, who lost his Life in the Service.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Bulmer shall have all the Furniture for the Saddles, and one of the Saddles seized by him; and that the other Nine Saddles be delivered into the Stores.
Sir Nevile Poole and Mr. Reynolds are appointed to acquaint my Lord General with the Information they have received of some of the King's Forces advanced against Malmesbury, and some Troops advanced into Cambridgeshire.
Instructions for Michael Welden * * * *
Declaration on the Treaty.
Ordered, That Mr. Weldon shall, from both Houses, communicate unto the Lords of the Secret Council, and to the Commissioners for the Conservation of Peace, the Declaration upon the Result of the Treaty; and all the Passages and Proceedings of the Treaty at Oxon.
Ordered, That the Committees in the several Counties do publish the Treaty, and the Declaration thereupon, in the several Counties and Market Towns of this Kingdom: And that the Printer be required to print such Numbers of them, as are necessary to be sent into the several Counties: And the Members that serve for each County, are ordered to take care to send them down into the Country accordingly. And further Ordered, That the Printer be paid for the Numbers that are printed, for the Service aforesaid.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Selden, Mr. Rous, Mr. Glyn, do presently withdraw, and consider of the Manifesto; and bring the same into the House.
The Question being put, Whether the Countess of Rivers should have the Six Horses, which Mr. Martyn had seized, delivered to her again;
It was carried with the Negative.
Message to Lords.
Lord Ruthen went up to the Lords with this Message;
To desire their Lordships to grant a Conference concerning the Affairs of Scotland: And carried up with him the Ordinance concerning Ireland.
Sir Arthur Haselrigg, Mr. Rigby, Sir Martin Lister, Mr. Cage, Sir Rich. Onsloe, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Holland, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Glyn, Colonel Moore, Sir Rob. Harley, Mr. Strode, Sir Rob. Parkhurst, Mr. Moore, Mr. Vassal, Sir Hen. Anderson, Mr. Bonn, Sir Jo. Hepsley, Mr. Fitzwilliams, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Millington, Sir ntho. Irby, Mr. Ellis, Sir Tho. Pelham;
This Committee is to consider what Course is fittest to be taken for listing of all Horses within the City of London, and Ten Miles Compass; and how they may be furnished fit for Service, upon any sudden Occasion; and how Riders may be provided: And are to meet at Two Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber, this Afternoon.
Conference with Lords.
Mr. Strode, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, Mr. Ellis, are appointed Reporters of the Conference Yesterday desired by the Lords, concerning the Lord Capell's Estate.
Lord Ruthen, brings Answer; that the Lords do agree to give a present Conference: And, as to the Ordinance for Ireland, they do agree to it.
Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir Rob. Harley, are appointed Managers of the Conference.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Sequestration of the Office of Mr. Haughton, one of the Customers at Boston, shall be taken off; and he restored to his Place again.
Pass Warrants granted.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Moore, Son to the Lord Moore, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go into Ireland, with his Wife, Family, Servants, and Baggage, a Coach and Six Horses.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Snelling, with some Thirty old Officers, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass quietly into Dorscttshire, for the Service of that County.
Ordered, That Mr. George Dixon, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go beyond Seas into France.
Resolved, That Sir Lionel Tolmage, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go into France, with one Servant.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Salter, with one Servant, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, to pass into France.
Ordered, That Mrs. Foxe shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, with her Daughter, and Three Servants, to pass into Holland.
Ordered, That the Bill of Exchange for One hundred and Twenty Pounds, payable to Mr. Holden, (being for so much received by Sir Jo. Hotham at Hull, for the Service of the Garison there) be accepted, and satisfied by the Treasurer at Wars: And that the Committee for the Safety do issue out their Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to comply with the said Bill of Exchange, and to make Payment accordingly.
Lecturer of Whitchurch.
Upon the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Chediock in the County of Dorsett (which is a Member of the Parish of Whitchurch) desiring that Mr. Rob. Tutchin, who is a Lecturer in the Borough of Bridport near adjoining, to preach unto them weekly one Lecture on the Sabbath Day in the Morning; it is Ordered, That the said Mr. Tutchin be recommended unto the said Inhabitants of Chediock, to preach unto them weekly one Lecture on the Sabbath Day in the Morning, according to the Desires of the Petitioners. It is further Ordered, That Mr. Samuel Lockett, Rector of the said Parish of Whitchurch, and his Curate, and all others, whom it may any way concern, do permit the said Mr. Tutchin to exercise his Ministry by preaching there a weekly Lecture on the Sabbath Days in the Morning, without any Lett or Molestation.
Grant to Lord General.
Sir Jo. Clotworthy reports the Conference with the Lords; that they did concur with this House in the Substance of the Ordinance, for the repairing of the Lord Ceneral in the Losses in his Estate; that he may have a Reparation to the Value of the Estate of the Lord Capell: But yet do desire, it may be out of the Estates, in general, of those Persons that have their Estates sequestred: For that they conceived the Intention of the Ordinance for Sequestration was not to bestow the particular Estates of any Man on any other in particular.
Resolved, &c. That Ten thousand Pounds shall be yearly paid to the Lord General, out of the Monies that shall come in upon the Ordinance for Sequestration, towards the Reparation of my Lord General, for the Losses he has received in his Estate, by the King's Forces.
Ordered, That Mr. Ellis do bring in an Ordinance to this Effect.
The House fell into the further Debate of the Report concerning Monies to be raised by laying a Charge upon Commodities: And after some Debate,
It was Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of Twelve-pence the Barrel of all strong Beer and Ale of Eight Shillings the Barrel, and upwards; and of Twelve-pence the Hogshead of Cyder and Perry; to be paid by the First Buyer.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of Twelve-pence the Barrel of all strong Beer and Ale of the Value of Eight Shillings the Barrel; to be paid by the Housekeeper, for all that shall be brewed in his own House, for his own spending.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of Twelve-pence the Hogshead of all Cyder and Perry; to be paid by the Housekeeper, for all that shall be made for his own spending; and after the like Proportion for a Barrel, or any other Measure above a Barrel.
Resolved, &c. That all the Alehouse-keepers, and Innholders, that do brew, and sell strong Ale and Beer of their own Brewing, shall pay after the Rate of Two Shillings the Barrel for all that they shall brew, and sell.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of Two-pence the Quart upon all Sorts of Wine here retailed, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Retailer thereof.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of One Penny the Quart upon all Sorts of Wines here bought, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the First Buyer, for all that he shall buy to spend in his House.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of One Penny the Quart upon all Sorts of Wines, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the Merchant, for all that he shall spend in his House.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge set of Six-pence the Barrel of all Six Shillings Beer sold, to be spent as well in private, as in victualling, Houses; to be paid by the common Brewer thereof; and by others, that do brew and sell the like Beer.
Ordered, That the Committee for raising Monies by laying a Charge upon Commodities, or any Four of them, do prepare an Ordinance upon the Votes already passed concerning that Matter; and present the same to the House: And also, that they do proceed to the further Consideration of raising Monies, by setting Rates, and laying a Charge upon other Commodities: And Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Reynolds, are added to this Committee, for that Purpose.
Warrants to Earl of Louden.
Ordered, That the Earl of Louden shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrants, for carrying and conveying Two Trunks, one Hamper * * with Plate to the Value of Thirty Pounds, and John Haddon his Servant, into the Kingdom of Scotland.
Ordered, That this House doth declare, that the Judges that are present attending the Term here, are not comprehended in the Order for the Sequestring the Fees belonging unto Judges, Clerks, Attorneys, and Officers; which was formerly made.
Duke D'Espernoone's Pass.
Ordered, That * * a Gentleman of the Duke D'Espernoone, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to pass to Oxford, with one Servant.
East India Company, &c.
Ordered, That the East India Company be required not to pay such Monies as the said Company is indebted to Sir Peter Richaut, until this House take further Order.
Mr. Snow, Sir H. Vane Junior, Mr. Owen, and the Burgesses of Southampton, are added to the Committee for the old Commissioners Customs Accounts, where Mr. Hoyle hath the Chair.
Ordered, That Wm. Day shall be appointed Captain of the Voluntiers a Dover.
Transations with Scotland.
INSTRUCTIONS for Michael Welden Esquire, sent from both Houses of Parliament, to the Lords of the Secret Council, and the Commissioners for Peace in Scotland; as followeth:
1. You shall deliver the Letters from both Houses of Parliament, to the Lords of the Secret Council in Scotland.
2. You shall deliver the Letters from both Houses of Parliament, to the Lords, and others, Commissioners for Conservation of Peace, established by Act of Parliament there.
3. You shall, in the Name of both Houses, demand Justice may be done upon those Six Earls mentioned in the said Letters; according to the Act of Pacification: And that, for the present, their Persons may be secured.
4. You shall acquaint the Lords of Secret Council, and the Commissioners for Conservation of Peace, with the Answer of both Houses of Parliament, May 13, to the Lord Lindsey's Papers of the 27 of January, and the 6th of May; concerning the Scotts Army in Ireland.
5. You shall shew unto the said Lords the Instructions of both Houses to their Committees at Oxford in April last, concerning the Commissioners of Peace sent from the Kingdom of Scotland, under his Majesty's safe Conduct, and the safe Conduct of both Houses of Parliament in England; and desire them to let us know where the Impediment was, that they came not to the Parliament, according to their safe Conducts; and what Propositions they were, which they intended to make to the Houses of Parliament, for the Peace of this Kingdom; or what other Overtures of Pacification they were enabled to make unto the King's Majesty, and both Houses of Parliament.
6. You shall, from both Houses of Parliament, communicate unto the Lords of the Secret Council, and to the Commissioners for the Conservation of the Peace, their Declaration upon the Result of the Treaty, and all the Passages and Proceedings of the Treaty at Oxon.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Michael welden Esquire shall repair to the Kingdom of Scotland; and shall be authorized to deliver such Letters to the Lords of the Secret Council, Commissioners for the Conservation of the Peace betwixt the Two Kingdoms, or any others, and pursue such Instructions, as he shall receive from both Houses of Parliament, or by their Direction: And, for the better enabling the said Mr. Welden to proceed in this Service, there shall be Letters of Credence sent to the said Lords of the Council, and Commissioners of Peace, and all others, whom it may concern, signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the English Commissioners for the Scotts Affairs acquaint the Commissioners of Scotland with the Letter, intercepted by the Lord Fairefaxe, from divers Earls of Scotland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed: And the Lords and Commons desire the Earl of Lyndsey to acquaint the Secret Council of Scotland, and the Commissioners of Peace for that Kingdom, therewith; to the end the Persons of the said Earls may by them be secured, to answer what shall be objected against them from both Houses of Parliament in England
Earl of St. Albans Estate.
Whereas, by an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, Two Parts, into Three to be divided, of every Papist's Estate, is to be seized on: And whereas the Earl of St. Albans and Clanricard, being a Papist, is within the said Ordinance; and consequently Two Parts of his Estate to be sequestred: Now forasmuch as the said Earl of St. Albans and Clanricard is, and of a long Time hath been, upon the Service of the Estate against the Rebels of Ireland, where he hath done good and faithful service; and where, by reason of that Rebellion, he hath lost a great Part of his Estate: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Estate of the said Earl of St. Albans and Clanricard shall not be seized or sequestred; but that he and his Agents shall enjoy and receive his Rents and Estate quietly without Interruption; any thing contained in the said Ordinance notwithstanding.
Essex, &c. Association.
Whereas the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament have made an Ordinance for the speedy raising and levying of Money throughout the whole Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, for the Relief of the Commonwealth, by taxing such as have not at all contributed, or lent; or not according to their Estates and Abilities: And whereas the associateCounties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolke, Cambridge, Isle of Ely, Hertford and County of the City Norwich, out of their good and ready Affections, have lately sent Forces, with Arms, Powder, Bullet, and other Ammunition, out of their several Counties, for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom; which they have paid, with all the Officers belonging to the said Forces, for Two Months: But, having many Charges lying upon them, cannot pay the said Forces and Officers any longer, without their great Impoverishment: The said Lords and Commons do therefore ordain, that such Sum and Sums of Money, as are and shall be assessed upon such Person and Persons as are of Ability, and have not contributed and lent, and have contributed and lent, yet not according to their Abilities, by virtue of the said Ordinance, in the said respective Counties, shall be employed to the Use and for the Maintaining of the said Forces sent out by the said Counties, respectively: And that all such Sums of Money, so assessed and rated as aforesaid, as shall be received by the Collectors nominated for that Purpose, shall be paid, by the said Collectors, to such Treasurers as shall be appointed by the Committees named in the said Ordinance, in their respective Counties, or any Three or more of them; and that the said Treasurers shall dispose of the same, to the Use aforesaid, upon Warrant directed to them, under the Hands of the Lieutenant or Deputy Lieutenants of the said respective Counties, or any Two or more of them.
Privilege of a Member in a Suit.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde, a Member of this House, and Wm. Palmer his Servant, shall have the Privilege of Parliament, against the Suit of Sir Francis Williamson: And all his Counsellors, Attorneys, and Solicitors, are hereby required to surcease from further Proceedings in the said Suit.