Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Martis, Martii 4, 1644.
DIVERS Letters from Weymouth, from the Governor, from Captain Batten, from the Governor of Poole, of Februar' 28, and of March the First, relating the Regaining of Weymouth, and all the Forts, were all this Day read; and ordered to be printed.
Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise, and advanced and paid, upon Account, to the Committee for the West, for the Service of the Town of Weymouth and Melcombe-Regis, to be disposed of by the Committee of the West.
Mr. Green and Mr. Bond are appointed to desire the Commissioners to furnish these Monies.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of some Way for Relief of the Seaman, that lost a Leg in the Service of Weymouth.
Ordered, That the Treasurers of the Earl of Manchester's Association do forthwith pay unto the Committee of the West, the Thousand Pounds formerly assigned to be paid to Lieutenant-General Cromwell; and advanced and paid unto him by the Committee of the West.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do advance and pay unto the Committee for the West Fifty Pounds; to be disposed of by them to the several Messengers that brought the good News from Weymouth; and have been employed upon other Occasions out of the West.
Resolved, &. That publick Thanks shall be given unto God, for his great Mercy and Blessing upon the ParliamentForces in the Regaining of Weymouth; the Gaining of Shrewesbury and Scarborough; the late Deliverance at Plymouth; and the great Victory over the Forces under Sir John Wyntour.
Resolved, &c. That Wednesday next shall be appointed for this Day of Publick Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor be desired to give notice of this Day of Publick Thanksgiving to all the Ministers within the Lines of Communication, that they may give notice of it to their Parishioners, in their Pulpits, on the next Lord's Day.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre and Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Rous and Mr. Millington, do peruse all the Letters that are come from Shrewesbury, Plymouth, Scarborough, Gloucestershire, and Weymouth; and make a Narrative out of them of all God's great and late Blessings upon the Parliament's Forces; to be printed, and read on the next Day of Publick Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That my Lord Grey do desire the Lords Concurrence in appointing Tuesday next for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving for God's great and late Blessings upon the Parliament-Forces.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Farneham, of March the 3d 1644, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Waller and LieutenantGeneral Cromwell be hereby commanded forthwith to advance into the West, all Excuses set aside, with such Horse and Dragoons, as they have ready presently to march, to take all Advantages upon the Enemy, for the Service of the West. And
It is further Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do send this Order and Command to Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That Mr. Holles and Mr. Prideaux do prepare a Letter, to be written from this House; and sent from Mr. Speaker to Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of some Reward and Encouragement to be given to Captain Batten, and the Sea-Captains and Men.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords desire, That publick Thanks be given to the worthy Members of the House of Commons, that were employed in the Treaty at Uxbridge, for their special Care, Prudence, Industry, Circumspection, and Resolution, in the Managing of the Treaty: That this House doth agree in giving Thanks to the Scotts Commissioners; and have named Three Lords; and desire the House of Commons to name a proportionable Number to join with them therein. They think it most proper, instead of a Common-Council, to have a Common-Hall, To-morrow, at Three of Clock in the Afternoon; because it may give the more publick Satisfaction; that such a general Account of the Treaty at Uxbridge may be given to the said Common-Hall, as the Commissioners for Treaty shall think fit; and that they may press that Account as a Motive to the City to lend such Sums of Money as are necessary upon this important Occasion.
The Lords desire, that a Thanksgiving be made to Almighty God To-morrow Sevennight in Christ's-Church London, before both Houses of Parliament, for his great Mercy in delivering Shrewsbury into their Hands; as also for the extraordinary Recovery of Weymouth; that Mr. Harris and Mr. Arrowsinythe be desired to preach there, one in the Forenoon, and the other in the Afternoon: And that the Lord Mayor and his Brethren be likewise desired to be then present: The Lords desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons herein.
The Lords have likewise been acquainted with a Letter from Sir Wm. Armyn to the Earl of Manchester; which they have thought fit to communicate to this House, it being a Matter of great Importance.
Sir Rob. Harley, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Reynolds, are appointed to join with a proportionable Number of the Lords, to give the Thanks of both Houses to the Scotts Commissioners employed upon the Treaty.
Resolved, &c. To insist upon the Common-Council: And that Reasons be given to the Lords at a Conference for their Adhering.
Sir Rob. Pye is appointed to go to the Lords to desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning that Part of the Message that concerns the Calling of a Common-Hall.
Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will give a present Meeting at a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
Mr. Recorder and Sir Hen. Vane junior are appointed Managers of this Conference: And are to desire, that the Commissioners of both Houses may presently withdraw, and prepare a Narrative to be communicated to the Common-Council.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House do concurr in all their Message but That concerning the Common-Hall; and to That will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And will take the Letter into present Consideration.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, the Condition of the County of Surry be taken into Consideration.
Mr. Speaker presented to the House a Paper, in French and English, which he received from the French King's Resident: The which was read; and ordered to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
A Paper, from the Scotts Commissioners, of March the 3d 1644, was this Day reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms by Mr. Recorder; and read.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords do concurr with this House concerning the Common-Council; and have appointed the Commissioners, Members of their House, to meet at Two of Clock: And they have resolved to fit at Three of Clock; and desire this House to do the like, if it may stand with their Conveniency. They have passed an Ordinance for the discharging the Estate of Jeremiah Beck from Sequestration; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have received the Petition of Captain Wm. White; which they send to this House, with a Recommendation.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree, that the Commissioners upon the late Treaty shall meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock; and that the House do meet at Three: And, as to the Ordinance for Discharge of Mr. Beck's Sequestration, and Captain White's Petition, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The humble Petition of James Cambell Esquire, one of the Members of this House, was read:
Ordered thereupon, That no Woods or Underwoods, growing upon the Premises mentioned in the Petition, be cut down by Roger North Esquire, nor by any deputed by him, until this House take further Order, and until Mr. Cambell, the Petitioner, be first heard, What he hath to say against the Cutting down thereof.
And it is further Ordered, That such Woods and Underwoods as are already cut down by the said Mr. North, be not carried away: And Sir Thomas Dacre is to acquaint the Lords with this Order, that it concerns a Member of this House.
MR. Whittacre reports the Business of the Eighteen Welchmen Drovers, that had Nine hundred Head of Cattle seized by the Soldiers at Gloucester, that were coming hither out of Wales.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Glocester do forthwith pay Two hundred Pounds to the Eighteen Welchmen Drovers that came out of Wales, and had their Cattle seized on by the Soldiers at Gloucester, and disposed of to the Commanders and Soldiers there: And that the House will give further Satisfaction to the said Drovers in due time, for the said Cattle so seized of, and disposed of, by the Committee of Gloucester, to the Officers and Soldiers there.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Gloucester, to give Satisfaction to the said Drovers, out of such concealed personal Estates as are not yet discovered, and ought to be sequestred, and shall be discovered to That Committee, and proved to be sequestrable.
An Ordinance was read for the Advancing of Two thousand Pounds out of the Excise for Payment of the Lord General's Foot; and assented unto; and the Lords Concurrence desired therein.
An Ordinance for enabling the County of Lincolne to lay further Assessments on that County for raising Two thousand Eight hundred Pounds Per Month, to maintain Forces against the Enemy, was read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time To-morrow.
Ordered, That Mr. Pryn be desired to print and publish all the Proceedings concerning the Archbishop of Canterbury's Tryal; with the Approbation of the Committee that managed the Evidence at the said Tryal: And Mr. Pryn has Power to view and send for Writings, Papers, Orders, and Records, that may concern this Business; and to take Copies thereof, as he see Cause.
The Ordinance for reimbursing the Commissioners of the Customs the Thirty thousand Pounds already advanced by them was read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time To-morrow.
A Letter from my Lord General, on the Behalf of the Lord Cawfeild, was read; and the Lord Cawfeild's Petition also.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to examine the Business informed of by John Mapperle, and others, of Five Hogsheads of Currans, and other Goods, seized of, as forfeited, for Nonpayment of Customs; and, out of the Proceed of the Sale thereof, to pay One hundred Pounds to the Lord Cawfeild, if the Overplus amounts to so much; provided the Informers, and other Parties concerned in the Petition, be satisfied That which is due to them: And the Committee has Power to make Sale of the said Goods accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, do meet presently after the Rising of the House.
Sir Arthur Hasilrigg, Mr. Young, Sir John Young, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Salloway, Mr. Hayes, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Browne, Sir Samuel Rolls, Mr. Searle, Mr. Poole, Mr. Camble, Mr. Harris, Mr. Hallows, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Holland, Sir Thomas Dacres, are added to the Committee for the Ordinance for settling of Lands, &c. on Feoffees, for the Payment of Mr. Pym's Debts, &c.: And they, or any Five of them, are to meet when and where they please.
Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
That the Lords have sent down the Heads of what is to be delivered to the Common-Council this Afternoon; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Paper was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and immediately delivered to the Members appointed to go to the Common-Council.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House doth concurr with the Lords in the Paper sent down with this Message.
WHereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and New Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of Two thousand Pounds for Payment of the Lord General's Foot about Redding and Farnham: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said Two thousand Pounds, together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, out of such Intervals of Receipts, to come in upon the Office of Excise, as shall happen when other Payments already assigned shall not fall due; or, for want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow in Course: And shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of one or both Houses of Parliament, be secluded from satisfying themselves accordingly: And that the said Commissioners shall pay the said Two thousand Pounds to Sir Gilb. Gerard Baronet, Treasurer at Wars; whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf.
The House resumed the Report from the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall: And
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve and accept of Five thousand Pounds for the Fine of Sir Rich. Gurney, some time Lord Mayor of London, for Discharge of his Delinquency, and Sequestration of his Estate and Imprisonment.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of, and accept of, the Sum of Two thousand Pounds for a Fine on Sir Robert Cooke, for Discharge of his Delinquency, Sequestration of his Estate, and his Imprisonment.