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 Sabbati, 3 Octobris, 1646.
MR. Strickland desiring to be excused from Preaching before the Commons, on the next monthly Fast-Day;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Strickland be excused: And that Mr. Chambers be desired to preach before the Commons House, on the next monthly Fast-Day, at the Parish-Church of Margarett's, Westminster.
And Mr. Oldisworth, a Member of this House, is to desire Mr. Chambers to preach before the House of Commons accordingly.
The humble Petition of Gunmakers, Sadlers, and other Artificers, and Persons who have lent several Sums of Money; together with some Officers, and others, who performed Service in the Magazine and Train of Artillery, and suffered Loss; was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Petitioners be referred to the Committee of Accompts; to have their Accompts, and just Debts, stated and certified.
And it is further Ordered, That the Total, which shall appear to be justly due unto them, shall be charged upon, and paid out of the Receipts of Monies arising by Compositions at Goldsmiths-Hall, in Course, after all other Monies, formerly charged upon the said Receipts, shall be first satisfied.
Ordered, That Mr. Norton, who is reprinting the Book of Common Prayer, be forthwith sent for, in safe Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House: And the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers are hereby required to make Search for, and seize upon all the said Books.
And it is further Ordered, That the Examination of this Business be referred to the Committee of Complaints.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder, Mr. Selden, Mr. Boys, Mr. Gott, or any Three of them, do persue the several Ordinances concerning the Discipline and Government of the Church; and prepare, and bring in an Ordinance to enable the Justices of Assize, and Justices of Peace, in the several Counties, to take care, that the said Ordinances may be duly observed and kept; and for punishing the Offenders against them.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Printing be read the Second time, on Wednesday Morning next: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
The humble Petition of divers poor Tradesmen, Inhabitants of the Town and Port of Dover, was this Day read.
And likewise the humble Petition of the Soldiers of Dover-Castle, Archcliffe-Fort, and Motes-Bulwarke, were this Day read.
An Ordinance for the Payment of the Sum of Two thousand Pounds, out of the Two Parts of the Sequestrations of the Estates of Sir Wm. Boteler Knight and Baronet, and John Carie Esquire, or out of their Compositions, for and towards the Payment of the Arrears of the Garison of Dover-Castle, Archcliffe-Fort, and Motes-Bulwarke, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for the Payment of the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, in Course, with Interest for the same, from this Day, out of the Receipts of the Excise, unto Thomas Westrowe Esquire, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of John Baldwyn, of Westmaling in the County of Kent, was this Day read; and likewise an Order of the Lords for the Commitment of the said Baldwyn; which Order bears Date 6 Junii 1646; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Recorder, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Philip Stapilton, Lieutenant-General Cromwell, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Selden, Mr. Clive, Mr. Boys, Sir Samuel Rolle, Mr. Marten, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Dixwell, Mr. Walker, Sir John D'Anvers, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Bond, Mr. Crewe, Mr. Westrowe, Mr. Oxenden, Sir Nathanael Fiennes, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Challenor, Mr. Liegh, Sir Christopher Yelverton, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Oldisworth, Mr. Baynton, MajorGeneral Browne, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Holles, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Tate, Mr. Knightley, Sir Thomas Widdrington:
This Committee, or any Five of them, are to meet on Monday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Court of Wards: And are to consider of and examine the whole Matter of the Petition of John Baldwyn, with all the Circumstances thereof; and to report their Opinions, upon the Whole, on Thursday next: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and, upon Occasion, to have the Perusal of the Books and Records of the Lords House. They have further Power to consider of some Way to publish to the Commoners of England, whereby it may appear unto them, that all Commoners of England, in all Cases that concern Commoners, ought, in the first place, to address themselves to this House; and, in the first place, to seek Redress here: And they have further Power to receive all Petitions of the like Nature; and to consider of them also; and to report their Opinions, upon every of them, to the House.
And the Care of this Business is more especially referred to Mr. Marten and Mr. Boys.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Edmund Morgan, Henry Carelesse, and others, Creditors of his Majesty, be committed unto Mr. Recorder, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Knightley, Sir Arthur Heselrige, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Lane, Sir Wm. Allenson, Major-General Browne, Mr. Bossewell, Sir John Burgoine, Sir Simmonds D'Ewes, Mr. Clive, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Walker, Mr. Greene, Mr. Boone, Mr. Brian Stapilton, Mr. Allen, Mr. Robinson, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Selden, Mr. Boys, Sir John Northcote, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Bowyer:
This Committee are to examine and consider of the whole Business in the said Petition: And are to meet upon it, on Monday next, in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Papers, Witnesses, Records.
Upon Mr. Prideaux his Report from the Committee of the West;
It is Ordered, That these Gentlemen, here undernamed, be added to those formerly appointed by the House, by the Instructions, to be assisting to the General in the Reducement of Colonel-General Massie's Brigade; viz. Mr. John Browne, Colonel Alexander Popham, Colonel Robert Blague, Colonel-General Massie, Colonel Ludlowe, and Mr. Francis Allen: Who are desired likewise to be present at the Reducement: And they are further desired to employ their best Endeavours to speed this Service.
Ordered, That the Six Weeks Pay, sent down to the Brigade, late under the Command of Colonel-General Massie, shall be paid, as well unto those that do not list themselves for the Service of Ireland, as to those that do go in the said Service: And that the respective Officers under the Command of the said Colonel-General Massie, and under Colonel Grey, in the County of Lincolne, and all other Officers that have been employed in the Service of the Parliament, and that are, or shall be disbanded, be referred to the Committee of Petitions; to the end their Accompts may be stated and ascertained.
The humble Petition of the Officers and Regiment of Reformadoes, under the Command of Colonel Sanderson, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two thousand Pounds be forthwith advanced, for and towards the Pay of the Arrears of the Officers and Regiment of Reformadoes, under the Command of Colonel Sanderson, and for the present total Disbanding of them: And that the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, do give them Debentures for the Remainder of their Arrears: And that the said Two thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths-Hall: And that the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall do forthwith pay the said Two thousand Pounds unto Thomas Scott, of the County of Bucks, Esquire, a Member of this House, to be issued by him for the present and total Disbanding of the said Regiment: And that the Acquittance of the said Thomas Scott, under his Hand, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Committee and Treasurers at Goldsmiths-Hall, for the Payment of the said Two thousand Pounds accordingly.
The Proviso, Yesterday sent from the Lords, to the Ordinance enabling the Committee of Ireland to offer Conditions to Towns and Persons, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
"Provided, That, at the Transacting of any Business of this Nature, Two Lords, and Four Commoners, be present".
The humble Petition of Major Richard Stephens was this Day read: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Petitioner be referred to discover the Six hundred Pounds, and Interest, informed by him to belong to a Delinquent, unto the Committee of Sequestrations of the County where the said Estate is; and, upon Proof thereof, to recover and receive the same, to his own Use, upon Account of what is due to him for the Arrears of his Pay, for his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament.
The House being informed of a scandalous Pamphlet, intituled, "Yet another Word to the Wise," tending much to the Breach of the Privilege, and the great Scandal and Contempt, of this House;
The Title thereof was read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, formerly appointed for Complaints concerning any Breach of the Articles for Surrender of Oxford, to examine and find out the Author, Printers, and Publishers of the said scandalous Pamphlet; and to take care for the Suppressing thereof: And have Power to send for Parties, Witness, Papers, Records.
And it is further Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to examine and find out the Author, Printer, and Publisher of a like scandalous Book, intituled, "Mercurius Rusticus;" and to take care for the Suppressing thereof.
Upon Sir Thomas Widdrington's Report from the Committee of the North;
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That the humble Petition of Richard Crakanthorpe and John Musgrave Gentlemen, and the Examination of the Allegations mentioned in the said Petition, be referred to the Committees of Northumberland and Durham, or either of them; to examine, and certify.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Merchants, Owners of Ships, and Mariners, in and about London, this Day offered to the House by Sir Thomas Soame, and Colonel Harvey, be read on Saturday Morning next, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Three hundred and Fifty Pounds, formerly ordered for the Pay of the Officers, late before Skipton-Castle, be made up Eight hundred and Fifty Pounds: And that this Five hundred Pounds, now added, be paid in such manner and to those Officers, to whom the former Three hundred and Fifty Pounds was to be paid.
Upon reading the humble Petition of the Minister, and some Officers, of the Army, late under the Command of Sir William Waller, and of some other Tradesmen;
It is Ordered, That the Justness of the Petitioners Demands, according to a Particular annexed, be referred to the Examination of the Committee of the West: And that the said Committee shall have Power to receive of the Starch-Money what is ordered to be paid to the Use of that Army: And that, out of the first Monies the said Committee shall receive either from the Estate of Sir Peter Ricaut, or of the Starch-Money, they do pay unto the Petitioners such proportionable Sums, as, upon Examination of their Demands, they shall find just and reasonable.
The humble Petition of James Herbert Esquire, a Member of this House, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to examine the Matter of Fact, and to state it to the House, with their Opinions upon it:
Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Robert Harley, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Maynard, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Francis Allen, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Ellys, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir Arthur Hesilridge, Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr. Berrowe, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Moore, Mr. Pury, Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Dunch, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Pierpont, Lord Fairfax, Mr. Kirkham, Mr. Oldisworth, Mr. Henry Pelham, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Darley, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Hodges, and Colonel Whyte, are appointed to be this Committee: And they, or any Five of them, are to meet upon it on Monday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the StarChamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of Yorke; and likewise a Certificate by the Committee for the War within the Northern Association, and by the several Committees of the Three Ridings of the County of Yorke; were this Day read.
Ordered, That, out of the Sequestrations, Fines, and Compositions of Delinquents within the City of Yorke, and County of the said City, the Sum of Five thousand Pounds be paid unto the Lord Mayor of York for the Time being, or his Assigns; to be employed for the Repair of the Walls, Gates, and Bridges, and other Charges within the City, for the Safety thereof: And the Acquittance of the said Lord Mayor for the Time being, or of his Assigns, in that Behalf, shall be a good Discharge to those whom it may concern, for the Payment of the said Five thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof, accordingly.
The humble Petition of Sir Thomas Dacres Knight, a Member of this House, was read: And
It is Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Seventy-eight Pounds, due unto Sir Thomas Dacres, for One hundred Loads of Hay, and Forty Loads of Corn, served in by him into Theobald-Park, for the Provision and Maintenance of the Deer in that Park for the Year One thousand Six hundred Forty-two, be paid unto the said Sir Thomas Dacres, or his Assigns, out of the Rents reserved upon Middleton's-River, in Course, after other Monies, already charged upon the said Rents, shall be first satisfied: And that the Acquittance of the said Sir Thomas Dacres, or his Assigns, shall be a good Discharge unto the Receiver of the said Rent, for the Payment of the said One hundred Seventy-and-eight Pounds accordingly.
The humble Petition of Colonel Hugh Bethell was this Day read.
The humble Petition of Colonel John Lambert was likewise offered: And
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Four thousand Pounds, that is to say, Two thousand Pounds apiece, be paid unto the said Colonel Bethell, and Colonel Lambert, respectively, upon Account, out of the Estates of such Delinquents of the North, as they shall name to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, whose Compositions are not yet disposed of: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Colonel Bethell, and Colonel Lambert, and their Assigns, respectively, shall be a good Discharge to the said Committee, and the Treasurers there, for the Payment of the said Sums accordingly.
The humble Petition of the Soldiers, late in the Garison of Chatham, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Four hundred Ninety-four Pounds and Four Shillings be paid out of the Estates of Sir Wm. Boteler, and John Cary Esquire, in the County of Kent, for the Pay of the Arrears of the Soldiers of the late Garison at Chatham: And that this Addition be made to the Ordinance, this Day passed, for Charging of a greater Sum upon the said Estates, for the Use of Dover-Castle, &c.
Ordered, That Colonel Bethell do attend the House on Monday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That, notwithstanding the Delinquency, or any other Act done by the late Earl of Kingston, Francis Pierepoint Esquire, his Son, and sole Executor, shall, in regard of his faithful Service to the Parliament, have the Benefit of the said Executorship, as of the Gift of this House.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
A Clause, to be added to the Ordinance, this Day passed, for Payment of Two thousand Pounds, out of the Estates of Sir Wm. Boteler, and Mr. Carie, for the Payment of a further Sum of Four hundred Ninety-and-four Pounds and Four Shillings, out of the said Estates, for the Use of the Soldiers late of the Garison of Chatham, was presented; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be added to the said Ordinance accordingly.
An Ordinance for Payment of the Sum of Fifty-five thousand Pounds unto Mr. John Davies, out of the Ordinances for Assessments for Ireland, after all former Engagements, in Satisfaction of the Value of so much Monies, furnished and advanced by him in Victuals, Cloaths, Arms, Ammunition, and other Provisions for Ireland, was this Day read the First time.
And the Question being put, For Rejecting;
It passed with the Negative: And,
Upon the Question, ordered to be read the Second time, on Monday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the House do report the Ordinance for Taking away of Bishops, and settling their Lands upon Trustees, on Monday Morning next, the first Business: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That the House do fit on Saturday next, to hear and consider of the Petitions formerly offered, and this Day undispatched; and such other Petitions, as have been offered this Day; and likewise the Report from the Committee of the West, concerning the Gentlemen of Cornwall.
Whereas this House did order, on the Twenty-sixth of April 1642, That Sir Robert Tynte shall have the Publick Faith of this Kingdom, for the Repayment of Four thousand Pounds, with Interest, borrowed of him by the Lord President of Munster; and that the said Sir Robert Tynte being now dead; and that Captain Wm. Tynte, his Son, having the Money in his Possession, when it was so borrowed; It is now Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, for the Security and Satisfaction of the said Captain William Tynte, Son to the said Sir Robert Tynte, That Sir John Wollaston Knight, John Warner, and Thomas Andrews, Aldermen of the City of London, and Treasurers at Guildhall for Money and Plate, do give the Publick Faith, for what is due of Principal and Interest, from the Date of the recited Order of the Twenty-sixth of April 1642, to this present, unto the said Captain William Tynte, or his Assigns, as is done in case of Payment of ready Money into that Treasury.
ORdered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That, seeing Forces are immediately to be sent over to the Provinces of Munster and Ulster; and that there are Advertisements given, that the Enemy is withdrawn from those Parts; that Power be granted to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, or such as they shall employ therein, to offer and give Conditions to Towns, Forts, and Persons, as may best conduce for the Good of that Service: This Power to continue for Three Months. Provided, That, at the Transacting of any Business of this Nature, Two Lords, and Four Commoners, be present.