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, 24 Maii, 1643.
ORDERED, That Mr. Rous do carry up to the Lords, at their first Sitting, the Ordinance for the Assembly of Divines.
Information respecting Denmarke.
A Letter from Lynn Regis, of the Two-and-twentieth of May, from the Mayor, and from Mr. Toll, a Member of this House, with an Information of one David Lawe; Master of a Ship of that Town, upon Oath, concerning a great Preparation from Denmarke, both of Ships and Men, for England; and that Captain Ashley, who rides at Tinmouth Haven, had sent Two Denmarke Ships into Hull; was this Day read.
Town of Linne.
Ordered, That the Town of Linne shall have delivered unto them Twenty Barrels of Powder, out of the publick Stores for their Money; and that a Letter be written to the Mayor of Line, and Deputy Lieutenants of Norfolk, to take Notice of their Endeavours, and good Services, for the Safety of that Town and County; and to encourage them to proceed therein.
Ships taken by Oliver.
A Letter from Duynkirke, of the Last of May, relateing, that one Francis Oliver, Captain of a Dunkirke Vessel, had taken a Ship of Yarmouth, and that they were both taken by the Holland Admiral, and sent into Holland: That Fra. Oliver took the said Ship by Commission from the Rebels in Ireland, with Instructions to make Prize of all such English Ships, as shall not have the King's Pass upon them.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Navy do write unto the Earl of Warwick, to desire him to acquaint the Governor of the Town of Duynkirke with the Proceedings of Captain Oliver, who has taken an English Ship of Yermouth, by Pretence of Commissions from the Rebels in Ireland; and to receive their Answer, whether they will avow him in this Action, or no: And, if he be not avowed by them, that they will proceed against him as a Pirate.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do write to Mr. Strickland, the Agent in Holland, to desire him to take Copies of Captain Oliver's Commission and Instructions; and to send them over hither; and to desire the States to proceed again Oliver as a Pirate.
Transactions with Holland.
A Draught of Letters of Credit, in Latin, to Mr. Strickland, the Parliament's Agent in Holland, for the particular States of Gueldres, Holland, Zeland, Utrecht, Friseland, Over Issell, Groninghen, were this Day read; and, by Vote, assented unto, with the Alteration of the respective Dates; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence: And to desire, that they may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
Ordered, That the Declaration of the States of Zealand, concerning the Affairs of England, this Day presented to the House, be referred to the Perusal and Consideration of Mr. Rous, Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Pym; who have Power to give Order for the printing of it, if they shall hold it fitting.
Two Ordinances, concerning the raising of Monies within the Five associated Counties, for Maintenance of the Forces raised in the said Counties, and now in Service in the Army, were this Day read; and referred to the Committee for the associated Counties; with the Addition of Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Long, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Ash, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Rob. Goodwyn: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
An Ordinance to prevent the Mischiefs that may happen by the harbouring and concealing of Malignants Estates, by such as are without the Reach of the Ordinances, was this Day read; and committed unto Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Whittlock, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Selden, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Waller, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Mr. Pierrepoint, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Cage, Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Coke, Mr. Strode, the Knights and Burgesses of London: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Levying Money by Soldiers.
The Draught of a Letter to be sent to my Lord General, concerning the Levying of Monies by Soldiers, by his Commission.
Message to Lords.
Sir Jo. Clotworthy carried up to the Lords, the Ordinance concerning Saltpetre; 2. Concerning the Ten thousand Pounds per Ann. to the Lord General; 3. Concerning the Guards and Fortifications in Southwarke; 4. The Order for Mr. May's Money to Captain Bulmer, and the Relief of the maimed Soldiers; 5. The Ordinance concerning the Monies raised by Colonel Long, by Commission from the Lord General, in the County of Essex.
He is likewise to desire, that the Trial against Justice Berkeley may be put off for some Time longer; in regard of the great Affairs of the Kingdom at this time, which will not give Leave to the Members to attend that Service.
He is likewise to desire a Conference concerning a Message they Yesterday received from their Lordships, touching the Messenger that brought the last Message from his Majesty.
He is likewise to desire, that some Prisoners, escaped out of the Prison at Oxon, may be examined, upon Oath.
Tax on Commodities.
Upon Mr. Noble's Report from the Committee appointed to consider of raising Monies by laying a Tax upon Commodities; it was Resolved, that the first Vote brought from the Committee concerning Sugars, be recommitted to the same Committee: And it is Ordered, that all that will come, shall have Voices at this Committee.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Jo. Clotworthy brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to a longer Time for the Trial of Justice Berkeley: And, when they are agreed upon a Time, they will send the House Word:
That, To-morrow they have appointed to swear the Witnesses at the Bar, that have escaped out of Oxford, of the hard Usage of the Prisoners there; and then, will appoint a Committee to examine them upon Oath: And, for the Conference concerning the Messenger come from Oxford, they will give a present Meeting, as is desired: And, for the Orders, which this House sent up, they will give an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Messenger from Oxon.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Holles, Sir Jo. Clotworthy, are appointed Managers of this Conference; and to declare the Reasons why this House ordered some Restraint to be made upon the Messenger that brought the last Message from his Majesty; in regard it was against a former Order of this House (sent up to their Lordships for their Concurrence) that any Person should come to this Town, from Oxon, without a Warrant from the Two Houses, or the Lord General; and likewise, that it was concluded again, in the Articles of Cessation.
Tax on Sallet Oils.
Ordered, That so soon as the Conference shall be ended, this Business, concerning a Tax upon all Sallet Oils, shall be resumed.
Warrant to Fleetewood.
Resolved, &c. That the Children of Sir Wm. Fleetewood, with one Man Servant, and one Maid Servant, shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go to Woodstock; provided they carry nothing that may be prejudicial to the Parliament.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Transactions with Scotland.
A Message from the Lords by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have sent down the Answer to the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, which they received from this House; the which they do agree unto, leaving out the Words in the Margin circumscribed, viz. "for divers Affairs concerning the Good of both Kingdoms:"
They do likewise agree to the Commissions formerly sent up from this House; with the Additions of some Names.
Resolved, &c. That as to the Words desired to be left out by the Lords, in the Answer to the Paper received from the Scotts on Saturday last, this House doth adhere to that Answer, as it went from hence: And that a Conference shall be desired with the Lords To-morrow Morning; and the Reasons of it expressed. And Mr. Pym and Sir William Armyn are to prepare Reasons; and to manage this Conference.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Additions of the Names made by the Lords in the Commissions for the Conservation of Peace, and for Trade.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House has considered their Lordships Message; and, as to the Alterations desired by the Lords, in the Answer to the Paper received from the Scotts on Saturday last, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own; and, as to the Additions of the Names to the Commissions for Conservation of Peace, and for Trade, they do agree unto them.
Charge on Oil Olive.
Resolved, &c. That the Vote presented from the Committee, touching a Charge to be laid upon all sorts of Oil Olive, be re-committed to the same Committee.
Impeachment of the Queen.
Mr. Pym, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. White, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Salloway, Mr. Darley, Mr. Marten, Sir Simonds D'Ewes, are appointed to prepare an Impeachment of High Treason against the Queen; and are to bring it in on Friday Morning next: And the Care of it is referred especially to Mr. Glyn: And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and to meet when and where they please.
Recorder of Chichester.
Resolved, &c. That the Place of Recorder in the Town of Chichester is become void, by Mr. Lewknor the late Recorder's being in actual War against the Parliament, and taken Prisoner in actual War; and that the Town do forthwith proceed to the Choice of another Recorder.
Mayor of Bristoll.
A Letter from the Mayor of Bristoll, concerning Monies owing unto him, that were disbursed by him upon the Order, and for the Service, of the Parliament, and for the Relief of Ireland; was this Day read: And it is Ordered, That it be especially referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, this Afternoon, to take some Order, that these Monies may be satisfied unto the said Mayor of Bristoll.
A Letter from the Lord Inchequin, from Corke, of the One-and-twentieth of April, concerning John Hodder Esquire, Deputy Commissary for Victuals in the Province of Munster; who, for the Relief of the Forces there, had, upon his own Credit, and upon the Credit of his Friends, taken up Provisions to a good Value, and charged his Bills of Exchange upon the Chamberlain of London, according to a former Order of this House; was read: And it is
Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland; to accept of the Bills of Exchange, if they shall find them just and due; and to take Order for the Payment.
Ordered, That Captain Andrewes be committed to the Custody of the Serjeant.
Mr. Bond, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Rich. Moore, Mr. Bisse, Mr. Darley, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Marten, Mr. Cage, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Jo. Curson, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Mr. Downe, Mr. Fienis;
This Committee is to receive all the Informations and Complaints against Captain Andrewes, and his Officers; and to deliver all such Horses as they shall see Reason to be delivered, or to give them Satisfaction for them in Monies; and to consider of sending the rest to my Lord General: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Court. Sir Tho. Dacres is to take care of this Order and Committee.
Sale of Redwood.
Ordered, That John Wood and John Emerson, Collectors, who distrained the Red-wood of Sir Nicholas Crispe, shall, by the Directions of the Committee for the Navy, sell the said Red-wood, and deliver the Proceed thereof to Sir H. Vane jun. the Treasurer of the Navy, upon Account, to be employed for the Service of the Navy; and that the Keys of the Warehouses, where this Red-wood now is, remaining with Mr. Gosse, be delivered by the said Mr. Gosse unto John Emerson and John Wood, Collectors, who distrained the same.
Duke of Gloucester's Pictures.
Ordered, That the Pictures of the Duke of Gloucester's, in Sir Nicholas Crispe's Possession, be reserved for the Duke.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Hide, now a Prisoner in the Compter in Wood-street, upon an Action fraudulently brought against him, by one Sanderson, be forthwith discharged from any further Imprisonment.
Person sent for.
Resolved, &c. That Wm. Sanderson be forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent, for fraudulently conveying away Lighters of Ballast, seized by Order of the Committee for Sequestrations; and, notwithstanding that Seizure, employing them to his own Benefit; and counterfeiting a Letter, the better to act that Fraud; and to evict Him out of the Possession that was put in by the said Committee.
Ordered, That any Five of the Committee agreed on by the Lords and Commons, to see the Orders for Sequestrations put in Execution, being Members of both Houses, may meet, and act.
Inviting Counties to rise.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, to prepare Letters to be sent into the several Counties, to invite them to rise with my Lord General at his moving, according to former Votes of both Houses.
Suit against Jones.
Whereas Wm. Jones, being employed in the Service of the Parliament at St. Alban's under the Command of Captain Cox, bought a Pistol of one Wm. Tombes, for which he was to pay Fifteen Shillings; for which Money the said Jones is now sued in the Mayor's Court at St. Alban's aforesaid: Upon Information given to the House of Commons, that the said Pistol was unlawfully taken by the said Tombes from some of the Parliament Army; it is Ordered, That all Proceedings at Law concerning this Business, between the said Tombes and the said Jones, shall be vacated; and the said Jones discharged from the said Suit, and repaid his Charges the said Tombes hath put him to.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the Business concerning Ireland be taken into Consideration; and that then Sir Jo. Clotworthy shall make such Propositions, as he has to offer to the House.
Bishop of Waterford.
Ordered, That the Bishop of Waterford's Petition be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs; to provide for his Relief.
Ordered, That the Petition of * *, who hath lost his Estate in Ireland, be referred to the Committee for Irish Affairs.
Ordered, That the Committee for Irish Affairs do call before them the Sub Collectors to one Heath, a High Collector in Surrey, to give an Account of the Monies Arrear in their Hands.
Charge on Raisins, &c.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge of a Farthing the Pound, set upon Malaga Raisins imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge of a Halfpenny the Pound set upon Raisins of the Sun imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge of a Farthing the Pound set upon all manner of Figs imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Charge of a Penny the Pound set upon all manner of Currans imported, over and above all Customs due for the same; to be paid by the first Buyer thereof from the Merchant.