House of Commons Journal Volume 5: 5 January 1647

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Die Martis, 5 Januarii, 1646.


Godolphin's Delinquency.

THE humble Petition of Francis Godolphin; and the first Two Articles agreed upon for Surrender of the Islands and Castle of Silly; were this Day read: And it is

Resolved, &c. That Francis Godolphin, of Godolphin in the County of Cornewall, Esquire, suing forth his Pardon under the Great Seal of England, and taking the Negative Oath, and the Covenant, shall, from and after the Surrender of the Castle of St. Maries in Silly, together with the Forts, Fortresses, Sconces, and other Fortifications, as well in Treskaw as in the Island of Silly, belonging to the Garison there, with all their Ordnance, Ammunition, and Furniture of War, be understood to have compounded for his Delinquency against the Parliament; and shall stand and be absolutely and freely pardoned, released, and discharged of and from the same, and of and from the Payment of the Fifth, and Twentieth-Part of his Estate; and restored unto his Estate, as well real as personal; and shall, and may, from and after the Nine-and-twentieth Day of September One thousand Six hundred Forty-six, receive the Rents and Profits of all his sequestered Estate, or liable to Sequestration by Ordinance of Parliament, with all the Arrears resting and remaining in the Tenants Hands, and then not converted to the Use of the Parliament: And that the said Francis Godolphin, or any other, by or under him employed, shall not at any time hereafter be questioned by the Parliament, or sued, molested, or troubled, by any particular Persons or Persons, for any Act or Acts done, in any of the Islands of Silly, or elsewhere, since the beginning of this War, relating to this War, done by or upon, or in pursuance of any Warrant or Commission from the King's Majesty, or from Prince Charles Duke of Cornewall, mediately or immediately directing the same, in or by taking, seizing, or converting of any Ships or Goods at Sea, in Harbour, or elsewhere; Felling, Coaling, or Carrying of any Timber, Wood, or Coal, to the said Islands, or elsewhere; for Levying, Raising, or Collecting of any Sum or Sums of Money, within the County of Cornewall, or elsewhere, towards the Relief, Supportation, or Maintenance of any Forces or Garison in the said Island or Castle of Silly; but therein, and of and from the same, shall be protected and saved harmless, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament: And that his Majesty's Solicitor General be hereby required and authorized to prepare a Pardon unto the said Francis Godolphin, according to the Pardon agreed and passed both Houses, and the Tenor or Effect of this present Ordinance: Which said Pardon so prepared, the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England for the time being are to pass under the said Great Seal accordingly: For which this Ordinance, or the Duplicate thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, &c. That Mr. Thomas Pury junior, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Letters read.

A Letter from Major General Langharne, from Haverford West, of 29 Decem. 1646; The Copy of a Letter inclosed, from Newcastle, of 29 Novemb. to Hudson, subscribed Charles R.; and a Letter from Michaell Hudson, from London, of 10 Decemb. directed to Major General Langherne (the which Letter from Hudson, and the Copy signed Charles R were delivered to Major General Langherne, by one Owen Price, the 28th of Decemb. 1646); A Letter from the Committee from Haverford West, of 29 Decemb. 1646; with the Examinations of Mr. Owen Price, and of his Servant one James John, taken before the said Committee 29 Decemb. 1646; were all this Day read: And

It is Ordered, &c. That the Examination of this whole Business be committed to the Committee where Mr. Myles Corbett hath the Chair, formerly appointed to examine the Business concerning Mr. Clements and others, with the Addition of Mr. Theloall and Mr. Samuel Browne: And they have Power to examine all other Informations of like Nature with this, that shall be discovered or made known unto them.

Great Seal.

Mr. Samuel Browne brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, That the Great Seal be continued in the Hands of the Commissioners to whose Custody the same is now committed, for Ten Days longer, after the Expiration of the Time for which they were last continued Commissioners.

Irish Affairs.

Ordered, &c. That Mr. Robert Goodwyn do carry to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Instructions for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; the Vote for a Sword to be prepared to be carried before the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; and the Names of the Persons appointed to be of the Council of State of the Kingdom of Ireland.

Mr. Robert Goodwyn brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer to the Instructions for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Vote for the Sword to be prepared to be carried before him, and the Names of the Persons appointed to be of the Council of State for the Kingdom of Ireland, by Messengers of their own.

Receiving the King from Scotts Army.

The Question being propounded, That the King be delivered over to Major General Skippon at Newcastle;

The Question was put, That this Question, shall be now put.

The House was divided.

The Noes went forth.

Mr. Holles, Tellers for the Noe: 130.
Sir Phill. Stapleton, With the Noe,
Sir Arth. Heselrige, Tellers for the Yea: 69.
Mr. Alderman Hoyle, With the Yea,

So the Question passed with the Negative.

Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed by both Houses to go to Newcastle, to receive the Person of the King from the Scotts Army.

Resolved, &c. That the Members of this House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms do prepare Instructions for the Committee that shall be appointed by both Houses to go to Newcastle, to receive the Person of the King from the Scotts Army, according to the Debates this Day in the House; and report the same To-morrow Morning, the first Business.

Resolved, &c. That a Letter be prepared, and brought in To-morrow Morning, to be sent to the General of the Scotts Army, to acquaint him with the Votes of both Houses, concerning the Person of the King.

Resolved, &c. That a Letter be prepared, and brought in To-morrow Morning, to be sent to the Committee or Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, which shall be residing at Newcastle, to acquaint them with the Votes of both Houses, concerning the Person of the King.

Mr. Holles, Sir Phillip Stapleton, Mr. Marten, Sir Henry Vane junior, Sir Peter Wentworth, and Mr. Recorder, are to prepare these Letters accordingly.


Ordered, &c. That the Committee, formerly appointed for the Business of the Complaint from the Inhabitants of Newcastle, do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon.


Ordered, &c. That Hellen Hitchcott be forthwith sent to the House of Correction.

Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of Complaints to examine the whole Business of the Abuse and Insolency this Day done to Mr. Clive, a Member of this House, upon the Steps coming up to the House: And have Power to commit the Party that did it.