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 Mercurii, 14 Junii, 1648.
MR. John Ashe reports Fines and Compositions from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall: Whereupon it is resolved, as followeth; viz.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum of Five hundred and Fourteen Pounds, for a Fine, for the Delinquency of Christopher Berisford, of Ledenham, in the County of Lincoln, Esquire: His Offence, That he was in Arms against the Parliament: He rendered upon the Articles of Newark: His Estate, in Fee, in Possession, per Annum, Two hundred Twenty-seven Pounds Ten Shillings; Eighty Pounds per Annum; Part of which said Lands is entered upon, as forfeited, upon a Mortgage of One Thousand Pounds: Which, being allowed, leaves the Fine, at a Sixth, Five hundred and Fourteen Pounds.
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Christofer Berisford, of Ledenham in the County of Lincolne, Esquire, for his Delinquency, and for taking off the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum of Three hundred and Ten Pounds, for a Fine, for the Delinquency of Henry Wiglesworth, of Long Preston in the County of York, Gentleman: His Offence, That he was in Arms against the Parliament: He rendered in October 1646: His Estate, in Fee, in Possession, per Annum, One hundred Pounds; in Goods and Debts, One hundred Thirty-three Pounds: Out of which issues, for ever, per Annum, One Pound Six Shillings and Four-pence; for One Life, per Annum, Four Pounds: Which leaves the Fine, at a Sixth, Three hundred and Ten Pounds.
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Henry Wiglesworth, of Long Preston, in the County of York, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for taking off the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum of Three hundred and Twenty-four Pounds, for a Fine, for the Delinquency of Dame Elizabeth Windham, of Kensford in the County of Somersett, Widow: Her Offence, That she left her Habitation and resided in the Enemies Quarters: She rendered in March 1646: Her Estate, for Life, per Annum, One hundred and Eightythree Pounds; personal Estate, Three hundred Pounds: For which her Fine, at a Sixth, is Three hundred and Twenty-four Pounds.
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Dame Elizabeth Windham, of Kensford in the County of Somersett, Widow, for her Delinquency, and for taking off the Sequestration of her Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Knightly reports the Business concerning Banbury Castle.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Sum of Two thousand Pounds to be paid unto Wm. Lord Viscount Say and Seal for the Castle of Banbury, being the Lords Saie's Inheritance, and Part of his Possessions: And that Eight hundred Pounds, Part of the said Sum of Two thousand Pounds, be charged upon the Sequestrations in the County of Oxon; the Sum of Six hundred Pounds, one other Part of the said Two thousand Pounds, upon the Sequestrations in the County of Northampton; and Six hundred Pounds more, the Remainder of the said Sum of Two thousand Pounds, upon the Sequestrations of the County of Warwick: And the Treasurers and Sequestrators of the several Counties of Oxon, Warwick, and Northampton, respectively, are hereby required and enjoined to pay the said respective Sums of Eight hundred Pounds, Six hundred Pounds, and Six hundred Pounds, unto the said Lord Viscount Say, his Assignee or Assignees: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Lord Viscount Say, his Assignee or Assigns, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the several Sequestrators and Treasurers, in the said several Counties respectively, for Payment of the said several Sums so charged as aforesaid: And the Knights of the Shire that serve in Parliament for the several Counties of Oxon, Northampton, and Warwick, and the Burgess for Banbury, respectively, are required to take effectual Course, that the said several Sums, charged upon the Sequestrations in the several Counties, may be duly and speedily brought in, and paid to the said Lord Viscount Say, out of the Monies at present in their Hands, or such as shall first come unto their Hands: And in case any Sum, above mentioned to be raised out of the several Counties respectively, shall fall short in any of those Counties; and that a Surplusage be found, at the present, in the Hands of the Sequestrators of any other of the Three Counties, above the Sum that it... rated at; that then it shall be supplied, for the present, out of that County; and be repaid unto them again, so soon as it can be raised, out of the Sequestrations of that County, which, at present, shall fall short of the Proportion set upon the same: And likewise the said Knights and Burgesses shall take care for the orderly demolishing of the said Castle; leaving only undemolished a little Stable, and another little Storehouse, both lately built for the Lord Say to keep his Hundred Courts in: And that the Materials of the said Castle be employed and bestowed for the Use and Repairs of the Town of Banbury, according to the Intention of the Houses: And, to that End, to appoint Overseers, to give Directions to them accordingly.
Ordered, That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hands, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the new Election of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Fowey in the County of Cornwall, in the place of * * formerly chosen for that Place.
Ld. Forbes' Claims.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired in the Order lately made for the Payment of the Monies to the Lord Forbes, out of the Monies of Captain Dickes, remaining in the Hands of the Committee of the Navy.
An Ordinance for charging the Sum of Twenty-one thousand Pounds upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same, for divers Officers and Soldiers contained in several Lists presented from the Committee where Sir Thomas Dacres has the Chair, was this Day read the First time; and laid aside.
Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Seven hundred Twenty-seven Pounds be accepted for the Fine of Sir John Acland, a Delinquent, and in Arms against the Parliament, for his Delinquency; he coming in upon the Articles of Exeter, at the Surrender thereof.
Conveying Letters to Scotland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, by advising with the Lord Admiral, to take care that a small Vessel may be appointed to go between England and Scotland, to carry Letters and Intelligence from the Parliament of England to their Commissioners residing in Scotland.
Transactions with Scotland.
And it is referred to the said Committee, to give frequent Advertisements to the Commissioners in Scotland, touching the Truth of the State of the Affairs here; to prevent the Prejudice that happens to the Affairs of the Parliament, by Persons, disaffected to the Parliament, spreading false Rumours in that Kingdom.
A Letter from the Commissioners of the Parliament of England, from Edinburgh, of 24 Maii 1648; and another Letter of the Eighth of June 1648, from the said Commissioners; with a Paper of 25 Maii 1648; Two other Papers of 1 Junii 1648; and another Paper of 6 Junii 1648; delivered by the said Commissioners to the Parliament of Scotland; were this Day read.
An Ordinance for charging the Sum of Forty-two-thousand Pounds upon the Sequestrations at Guildhall, London, to be paid unto the Treasurers at Christ Church, and by them issued forth to several Officers contained in several Lists presented from the Committee where Sir Thomas Dacres has the Chair, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the same Committee that prepared and brought it in.
Mr. Swinfen, Major Browne, Colonel Strode, Mr. Scott, Mr. Lisleborne Long, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Vaughan, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Pierepoint, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Clive, Colonel Edwards, Sir John Northcott, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Gott, Mr. Bois, Colonel Harley, Mr. John Goodwyn;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to consider of, and Examine, what Sums of Money have been paid unto Officers and Soldiers upon Lists; and upon what Lists; and to take Order, That the said Sums, together with the Lists, may be printed: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer......
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to prepare Letters to be sent from both Houses to the States of Holland, touching the Ships that are revolted, and are gone into those Parts.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to write Letters to Mr. Strickland, Resident for the Parliament with the United Provinces, touching these Ships that are revolted.
Resolved, &c. That the St. George and Unicorn be set to Sea, as part of this Summer's Guard.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to furnish and fit the St. George and Unicorn with Victuals, and other Provisions necessary to be set forth to Sea.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be desired, with such Ships as are fitted, or ordered to be fitted forth, and such others as shall come in to him, to use the best Means he can, with all possible Expedition, to reduce those revolted Ships, and to guard the Seas, and keep open the Trade of the Kingdom.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, and Commissioners of the Navy, to give Order for the Payment of such Officers, and others, of the Yards at Chatham and Deptford, as are within the Act of Indemnity: And, to this End, they have Power to examine and search into this Business.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral be desired to take Order, That the Officers, and others, in... Yards at Chatham and Debtford, that have been engaged against the Parliament, and are not within the Act of Indemnity, may be discharged; and others put in their Places.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to give Orders for the Payment of such Mariners and Seamen, as were in the late Engagement against the Parliament, that are come in from the Ships at Sea, and have deserted them.
Preventing Clamours at the Door.
Ordered, That the Commander in Chief, and the Guard that do guard the House, from time to time, do keep the clamorous Women from coming up the Stairs leading to the House of Commons Door; and from coming into, and clamouring in Westminster Hall, on the Speaker and Members of the House. And
It is Ordered, That this Order be delivered to Major General Skippon, to take care that the same be duly executed.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Pye carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, Order for Six hundred Pounds to the Lord Forbus: Order for Two hundred Pounds to be paid to the Lord Cawfield: Order for Payment of Money to Mrs. Mildrum: Order for Payment of Twenty Pounds to Mr. Clerke: Order for the Judges appointed to go the Summer Circuit: Order for setting Ships to Sea.
Sir J. Clotworthy, &c.
Ordered, That the Business touching Sir John Clotworthy, and Mr. Walter Long, be proceeded in To-morrow Morning.
Affairs in Kent.
Mr. Say, Mr. Lislebone Longe, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bois, Mr. Challoner, Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Nathaniell Fienis, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Oxenden, Sir John Potts, Mr. Annesley, Sir Francis Pyle, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir Edward Partheriche, Sir John Corbett, Mr. Carew, Mr. Lisle, Sir Thomas Pelham, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Mr. John Gurdon, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Dixwell, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Edward Ashe, Mr. Allen, Mr. Grove, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Leman, Mr. Lister, Mr. Crew, Mr. Priestly, Mr. Armyn, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Whittacre, Colonel Booth, Mr. Foxwist, the Knights and Gentlemen of the County of Kent;
This Committee is appointed to examine and consider of the whole State of the Business touching the late Engagement and Insurrection in Kent; and report their Opinions to the House, upon the whole State of the Business, in relation to the Articles of Canterbury; and to the Setting of that County in such a Way as may best settle that County: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Say: And the Papers now offered to the House, and taken upon a Servant of Sir Wm. Compton, are referred to the Consideration of this Committee: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Court; and so de die in diem: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to report with all convenient Speed.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Gregory Norton, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown be required to bring the Record touching the last Election for Maulden in the County of Essex, to the Bar of this House Tomorrow Morning.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Pyle do, To-morrow Morning, present Names, to this House, of Persons to be added to the Committee for Sequestrations in the County of Berks.
Proceedings against Owen, &c.
Mr. Foxwist reports from the Committee appointed to consider of a Way to proceed against Sir John Owen, the Resolutions of the said Committee: Which were read; and, upon the Question, re-committed to * * * *: With Power to confer with the Judges upon the 23 Henr. VIII. Cap. 23, concerning the Manner of the Tryal of Sir John Owen; what Articles are already made touching such Tryals; and to make Report thereof to this House on Friday Morning next.
Ordered, That Sir John Owen be sent for up in safe Custody, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms, attending this House, in order to the Tryal of the said Sir John Owen.
Raising Arms against Parliament.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired in the Vote passed the Eighth of December, 1646; That if any Person or Persons whatsoever shall from henceforth raise Arms or maintain Arms, against Both or Either of the Houses of Parliament, or their Forces, that every such Person or Persons shall die without Mercy; and their whole Estates shall be confiscated.
Mr. Lisle is to carry it to the Lords for their Concurrence.