Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, 22 Novembris, 1648.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Rigby, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into the Country.
Mr. Rigby reports An Ordinance for Raising of Three thousand Pounds, to be paid unto Lieutenant Colonel Lilbourne, out of the Sequestrations and Compositions of several new Delinquents, in the County of Duresme, therein named, for the Reparation and Damages of the said Lieutenant Colonel John Lilbourne, which he sustained by colour of Two unjust Sentences, in the Star Chamber: The which was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time, on Friday Morning next.
Poynts', &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the Petition concerning Poynts and Morris be read, and considered of, next after the Business of the Army.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy have Power to draw out of the Dock, and break up, the Ship the Dreadnought.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Upon the Reports, this Day made by Mr. Scawen, of the Demands made by the Committee employed to that Business, and the General's Answer to those Demands, it is resolved, as followeth;
Resolved, &c. That the late Additions to the Trains, the Lieutenant General and his Clerk, One Engineer, and Firemaster, with a Clerk, one Surgeon, a Quartermaster of the Train, the Master Gunsmith, and his Man, a Marshal, the Three Gentlemen of the Ordnance, Three Gunners, and Two Clerks for the Commissary of Ammunition, may be continued, and Twenty Gunners more added: And that all the other Additions of the Train be reduced.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the General's Answer to that Demand of the Committee; viz. That the General will give Command against the Listing . . . Receiving of any new Recruits, as is desired; and that all such as have been taken on since the Three-andtwentieth of September last, be forthwith disbanded.
Resolved, &c. That the Supernumeraries of Horse and Foot of the Army, that have been taken on upon the last Troubles, and are now to be reduced, shall have Twenty Shillings a Trooper, and Fifteen Shillings a private Foot Soldier, bestowed upon them by the Parliament, by way of Gratuity; and paid unto them by Order of the Committee of the Army, upon their Disbanding: And that, upon the Pay of their Arrears for that Service, Desalcations be made for Free Quarter, according to the Rules in the former Agreement for the Stating of Arrears.
Resolved, &c. That the Defalcations for free Quarter, since the Fifteenth of January last, to those that shall stand, shall be according to the Rules in the former Agreement for the Stating of Arrears.
Resolved, &c. That all such as have been taken on since the Twenty-seventh of September last, be forthwith disbanded, without Pay.
Resolved, &c. That the Arrears of the Assessments for the Army, due the Twenty-ninth of September last, and for the Two Months since, be brought in by the Tenth of December next, so as the Supernumeraries may be disbanded, the Army paid, and drawn into Market-Towns, Cities, and Garisons, and Free Quarter discharged.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the General's Answer to the Second Desire of the Committee, upon the Fourth Resolution; viz. That Towns may be understood to extend to Market Towns only, and Streets adjoining near to the Towns.
Mr. Scawen further reported the General's Declaration of his Intention, touching drawing off the Army into Quarters, in Cities, Market Towns, and Garisons; and the prohibiting, upon severe Punishment, the taking of Free Quarter: The which was read.
An Ordinance, by way of Declaration, for Bringing in of the Assessments for the Army, and drawing the Army into Cities, Towns, and Garisons, by the Tenth of December next, and for Discharging of Free Quarter, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Members of this House that are of the Committee for the Army; with the Addition of Sir Humphry Tufton, Sir Richard Onslow, Colonel Birch, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Pryn, Mr. Gewen, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Edward Stephens, Mr. Edward Ashe, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Trefusis, Mr. Fenwick, Sir John Evelyn of Surrey, Colonel Copley, Colonel Strode, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Francis Allen, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Trenchard, Colonel White, Mr. Annesley, Mr. Dodderidge, Colonel Ven, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Nath. Stephens, Sir Wm. Lewes, Colonel Massy, Mr. Miles Corbett, as to this Business: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Room where the Committee of the Army sits: And they are to consider of the Business debated touching Assignations, and such other Ways as they shall think fit, for the best and most orderly bringing in, and paying out, the Monies for the Army to the most Satisfaction of the Soldiery, and least Charge, and greatest Ease of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do send for the Treasurers at Wars, and confer and consider with them for the continuing longer of such Monies as are advanced and lent by them, for the Service of the Army, and upon what Security, in regard of the Present Occasions for the Army.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Annesley carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for paying out the Monies to the HorseGuards.
He was to put the Lords in mind of the Proposition, Yesterday sent to them, concerning the settling a durable Peace between the Nations of England and Scotland; and to desire, That that part of the Answer to the King's Answer, upon the Proposition concerning Delinquents, which concerns the Seven Delinquents that are to be banished, may be sent to the Commissioners in the Isle of Wight, to be propounded to the King, with the rest of those Votes in Answer, upon that Proposition concerning Delinquents.
He was likewise to desire, That a Committee might be appointed, of their House, to join with a Committee of a Proportionable Number of this House, to examine the Abuse, complained of by them to be committed in the Proceedings between the Houses; the House having examined their Clerks; and they absolutely and positively deny their doing any such thing, or knowing any thing therein.
Ordered, That the Berkshire Petition, informed to be at the Door, be read on Friday Morning next.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Annesley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for giving Power to the Committee at Derby House, to give Order for the Pay of the Horse Guards: They do agree to the Proposition for Settling and Preservation of Peace between England and Scotland: To that concerning Delinquents to be banished, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That all the supernumerary Forces, both of Horse and Foot, in Brecknockshire, being not of the established Army, be forthwith disbanded: to the end that the County may be the better enabled to pay the Assessments to the Army: And the Committee of the said County are to disband them accordingly: And it is referred to Sir Wm. Lewes and Mr. Henry Herbert, to send this Order forthwith to the Committee of the said County.
An Ordinance for raising the sum of Five thousand Pounds, by the Committee for Sequestrations for the County of Essex, out of the Sequestrations of such Delinquents who were lately in the Town of Colchester, during the Siege, for making good what was promised to the Soldiers engaged in that Siege, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, the Business of the Army be again taken up.
Disturbance in Walloone Church.
Whereas the Disturbance of the French or Walloone Church in Canterbury, by one Mr. Poyiard, was referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, and Relief given therein; and the like Disturbance is lately made in the said Congregation by one Mr. De la Prix, and his Faction: It is Ordered, That it be referred to the said Committee of Plundered Ministers, to examine the said Business; and give Relief therein as they shall see Cause; and to take care, that the said Congregation may quietly enjoy their wonted Discipline.
High Steward of Leominster.
The humble Petition of the well-affected Inhabitants within the Borough and Oare of Leominster, within the County of Herefford, was this Day read.
Upon reading the humble Petition of the said Inhabitants within the Borough and Oare of Leominster, Complaining, That Sir Walter Pye, of the County of Hereford, Knight, doth yet continue High Steward of the Oare of Leominster aforesaid, under the Duke of Buckingham, now a Delinquent, and in Arms against the Parliament, contrary to the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament; it is therefore Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That, henceforth, the said Sir Walter Pye be, and is hereby, discharged of and from Execution of the aforesaid Office or Trust of High Steward, under any Authority, or Pretence of Authority, whatsoever. And
It is further Ordered, That Colonel John Birch be, and is hereby, constituted and appointed High Steward of the said Oare of Leominster, in the place and stead of the said Sir Walter Pye; to have, hold, and enjoy, the said Stewardship, with all Benefits, Profits, and Commodities, thereunto belonging, to the said Colonel Birch, for and during the Pleasure of the Parliament, in as large, ample, and beneficial Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as the said Sir Walter Pye had held or enjoyed the same. And the said Colonel Birch is hereby further authorised and required to send for, and receive into his Custody, all such Books of Accompt, Court Rolls, or other Writings, which are in the Hands of the said Sir Walter Pye, or any other Person, concerning the Execution of the said Place of High Steward: And the said Sir Walter Pye, and all other Persons whom these may concern, are hereby required to take notice hereof, and yield Obedience thereunto accordingly.
Isle of Elye Judge.
Ordered, That Thomas Waller, of Graye's Inn, in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, be, and is hereby, constituted and appointed Steward and Judge of the Court of Pleas of the Isle of Elye, quam diu se bene gesserit; and have and take all Fees, Pensions, Perquisites, and Emoluments whatsoever, to the said Office any ways of Right belonging or appertaining, in as large and ample Manner, as any other Steward or Judge, heretofore appointed by the late Bishops of Ely, or their Predecessors, or any of them, held, used, or enjoyed the same: And that the Trustees, appointed, by Ordinance of Parliament, for the Sale of Bishops Lands, do grant the said Office, with the Appurtenances, to the said Thomas Waller, as aforesaid.
Ordered, That the remaining Profits of the Impropriation of Lamerton in Com' Devon, after the Fifty Pounds per Annum to Tavestock in the said County, do go, and be employed, towards the Maintenance of the Minister of the said Parish: And that it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to see the same done accordingly.