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 Lunæ, 15 Februarii, 1646.
WHEREAS Mr. Edward Rigby is affirmed by Mr. Alexander Rigby, a Member of this House, to be his Servant; and to be employed as his Servant for these Three Months last past; and that, being employed as his Servant, upon particular Occasions of his, was, at the same time, arrested, contrary to Privilege of Parliament:
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That the said Mr. Edward Rigby be forthwith discharged from the said Arrest, and from all Imprisonment and Restraint thereupon.
Ordered, &c. That the Consideration of the whole Matter of Fact, concerning the Arrest of Mr. Edward Rigby, and the Proceedings thereupon, and the Occasion of the same, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Complaints; to examine the whole Business; and report the Matter of Fact to the House.
Grant to Berrow.
An Ordinance for settling upon Anthony Berrow a Rentcharge of Fifty Pounds per Annum, for ever, out of the Lands and Possessions of Sir Henry Lingen, of Sutton in the County of Hereford, Knight, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Pye's, &c. Accompts.
A Certificate from the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, dated 6 Martii, 1645, was this Day read; concerning the Accompt of Sir Robert Pye, Sir Thomas Soame Alderman, and Isaack Pennington Alderman of the City of London, and of Edward Hodgson, Clerk to the Treasurers; concerning an Accompt of Monies received by them, as Treasurers appointed by an Act of Parliament, made in the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King Charles, intituled, An Act for the Relief of his Majesty's Army, and the Northern Parts: By which Accompts it appears, That the Treasurers have received the Sum of Two hundred Eighteen thousand Nine hundred Ninety-eight Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Four-pence: That they have disbursed the Sum of Two hundred and Eighteen thousand Nine hundred Twenty-and-six Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Five-pence: So that there remains due from the Treasurers, of what they have received more than they have disbursed, the Sum of Threescore and Twelve Pounds and Eleven-pence. And
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve and allow of this Accompt: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired, in allowing this Accompt.
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Threescore and Twelve Pounds and Eleven-pence, remaining in the Hands of the Treasurers appointed by Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act of Parliament for the Relief of his Majesty's Army, and the Northern Parts be paid unto and bestowed upon Edward Hodgson, Clerk to the said Treasurers, towards Recompence for his great Pains in this Service.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to carry to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Three thousand Pounds to be paid to Mr. Robert Meldrum, in regard of the Demands of Sir John Meldrum his Uncle, in the Service of the Parliament, and for Recompence of his Service. The Concurrence of this House in the Ordinance concerning the Library at Lambeth, with one Amendment.
Petitions to be read.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition this Day offered by Mr. Lemman, be read To-morrow Morning: And that then likewise the Petition from the County of Suffolk be read.
Mr. Whittacre reports from the Committee of Complaints, the whole Business concerning the Articles of Truro: And the humble Petition of the Lord Mohun, and other Gentlemen of Cornewall and Devon, comprised within the Articles of Truro, directed to the said Committee, was read: The Ninth Article of the Articles of Truro; and the Twelfth Article of the Articles of Exeter; were read: And the Votes of the Committee of Complaints, concerning the Gentlemen comprised within the Articles of Truro: A Letter from the General Sir Thomas Fairefax, from Oxon, of 1 Julii, 1646, recommending Sir Richard Prideaux to be admitted to moderate Rates in his Composition, in regard of his good Services.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for the Three thousand Pounds to be paid to Mr. Robert Meldrum, Nephew to Sir John Meldrum.
They do likewise agree to the Amendment in the Ordinance concerning the Archbishop Bancroft's Library at Lambeth House.
Edgcombe's, &c. Delinquency.
Mr. Prideaux reports from the Committee of the West, the Matter of Fact concerning the Case of Colonel Piers Edgecombe, Mr. Thomas Lower, Mr. Glanvile, and other Gentlemen of Cornewall.
A Letter was read, from the General Sir Thomas Fairefax, of 22 Januarii, 1645, from Tottnesse, to Colonel Weldon, Governor of Plymouth, recommending it to him to treat with Colonel Piers Edgcombe: And, if he find his Intentions real, to assure him of his best Recommendations, and Mediation to the Parliament, not only for the Immunity of his Person and Estate (which he need not doubt of), but for some Token of their Favour, answerable to the Merit of any Service he shall do for them in the Country.
A Letter likewise from the said Colonel Weldon to Colonel Piers Edgcombe, from Plymouth, of 23 Februarii, 1645, in pursuance of the said Letter from the General, intimating that Mr. Hugh Peters was with him from the General, to know what Service he might do for his Country, and thereupon a Conference followed between the said Mr. Hugh Peters and Colonel Edgcombe, and his Officers, and other Gentlemen of Cornewall: And then the Narrative, made by Mr. Peters, of his Proceedings with those Gentlemen, set down in Writing by him, under his Hand, was read.
The Question was propounded, That Mr. Piers Edgcombe shall be admitted to his Composition, at Two Years full Value, for taking off his Delinquency, and the Sequestration of his Estate.
And the Question being put, Whether this Addition shall be made to the Question, "That he shall be exempted from the Fifth and Twentieth Part, at Haberdashers Hall;'
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Piers Edgcombe shall be admitted to his Composition, at Two Years full Value, for taking off his Delinquency, and the Sequestration of his Estate: And that he be exempted from the Fifth, and Twentieth Part, at Haberdashers Hall.
The Question being put, Whether the Eight remaining Gentlemen should be put to the Question jointly;
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Thomas Lower, Mr. Wm. Scawen, Mr. Ambrose Manaton, Mr. Richard Edgcombe, Major Nicholas Sawle, Mr. William Glanvile, Mr. William Coryton, and Mr. William Treviza, shall be admitted to their several and respective Compositions, at Two Years full Value, for taking off their respective Delinquencies, and the Sequestration of their Estates: And that they be exempted from the Fifth, and Twentieth Part, at Haberdashers Hall.
Resolved, &c. That the Officers of the Regiments of Colonel Edgcombe and Colonel Coryton, that were Officers of those Regiments, at the time of the Surrender of Mount Edgecombe and Milbrough, shall be admitted to their respective Compositions, at Two Years Value, for taking off their Delinquencies, and the Sequestration of their Estates: And that they be exempted from the Fifth, and Twentieth-Part, at Haberdashers-Hall.
Mr. Bond, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Scott, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Buller, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Wm. Lewes, Alderman Atkin, Major Scott, Mr. Shapcott, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Boyse, Mr. Aldworth, Sir John Maynard, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Walter Longe, Mr. Lemman, Mr. Nicoll, Mr. Gerard, Mr. Gourdon, and the Knights and Burgesses of Devon and Cornewall;
This Committee is to consider of, and examine the Informations given to this House, concerning the Lord Mohun's killing of Persons in cold Blood: And are to sit To-morrow at Two post Meridiem, in the Star Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records.
Forces and Garrisons.
Resolved, &c. That the House do take into Consideration the Business concerning the Forces and Garrisons, on Wednesday Morning next, the first Business, in the same manner as by Order they should have done this Day: And that no other Business do intervene: And that the Knights and Burgesses of the several Counties and Places do give the House an Account, in Writing, of what Forces are in their several Counties and Garrisons.
Resolved, &c. That, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, the House do take into Consideration the Business of the Excise.
Tumults in Smithefield.
Ordered, &c. That, the Burgesses that serve for the City of London, and Mr. Alderman Atkyn, do, from this House, repair to the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and acquaint him, that this House is informed of some Tumults that have been this Day, in or about Smithefield, about the Excise-Office there: And to desire the Lord Mayor, that he will take effectual Care, that such Tumults may be suppressed; and the Parties offending proceeded against with Effect, according to Law.