Volume G 248: August 1649

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'Volume G 248: August 1649', in Calendar, Committee For Compounding: Part 1, (London, 1889) pp. 145-149. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/compounding-committee/pt1/pp145-149 [accessed 22 April 2024]

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August 1649

Aug. 4. 36. Note of hand by Waring and Herring, Goldsmiths' Hall Treasurers, for 1,500l. received from Alex. Holt, goldsmith of London, to be repaid with 8 per cent. interest. [½ page.]
Aug. 10. 37. Act for admitting the 6 counties of North Wales to a general composition for their delinquency, assessing 24,000l. upon them, viz., 3,000l. each Montgomery, Denbigh, and Merioneth; 2,000l. Flint; 4,000l. Carnarvon; and 9,000l. Anglesea—the first half to be paid in 10 weeks, and the next in 10 weeks following, to the treasurers-at-war for the army; also appointing 52 commissioners to rate and collect it. Also payment is not to be accepted from the following:—
(1.) Persons who are well affected, and those who are excepted from pardon.
(2.) Members of Parliament that deserted to the enemy.
(3.) Aiders of the Irish rebellion.
(4.) Those who have been in arms and remain abroad.
(5.) Corresponders with Charles Stuart or his agents abroad.
(6.) Scandalous ministers who are sequestrable, or who plotted the revolt of the Isle of Anglesea.
(7.) Papists in arms, 2/3 of whose estates are sequestered.
(8.) Prisoners of war.
(9.) Public accountants who hold moneys.
Compounders at Goldsmiths' Hall are not to be discharged from their fines by this Act, nor any persons thereby to be made capable of offices of trust.
All worth less than 4l. a year lands, or 40l. personal estate to be freed, provided they will declare their adherence to the Commonwealth. Sums not exceeding 4,000l. promised to the well-affected from delinquents' estates there to be paid.
The said commissioners are to sequester the estates of all delinquents who do not come under this Act, and to hear complaints as to inequality of assessment; and allowance to be made by landlords to tenants for taxes. Charges of collecting limited to 100l. in each county; the commissioners to have 5s. a day.
All suspensions of sequestrations made by Sir Thos. Middleton, by Parliament ordinance, are to be taken off.
Payment of this fine is not to be construed into a confession of delinquency.
From the first receipts 2,000l. allowed to Col. Thos. Mason, Capts. Rich Pine, and Thos. Ball, and Rich. Cheadle, who have had their houses burnt and their estates kept from them for years by the enemy; and 1,000l. for the debts of Wm. Lloyd, deceased, high sheriff of co. Carnarvon. [Printed, 12 pages.]
Aug. 13. 38. Committee for Compounding to the county solicitors. On the order of Parliament of 9 Aug. for bringing in rents, &c., you are to take special care to collect all dues in the hands of tenants of sequestered estates uncompounded for, and pay them into the Treasury, with a list of the names and the rentals of the estates still sequestered. Also the names of any tenants or collectors who refuse to pay, that effectual course may be taken with them; and you are to give account personally before 10 Sept. [1 page.]
Aug. 13.
Stafford.
39. County Committee for Stafford to the Committee for Compounding. A great part of the assessments of our county was assigned by the Army Committee to Col. [Rob.] Duckenfield, governor of Chester, for the pay of his regiment, and thereupon he sent Capt. Philip Eyton with a party of horse to collect the same, amounting to 3,369l. 4s. 0d. Eyton spent 140l. to defray his own and his men's quarters, being 8 months in gathering it. His colonel refusing to allow him the 140l., we, in regard of his civil carriage, had resolved, with your approbation, to pay it him out of the sequestration rents, but cannot in regard of your orders for detaining the rents in the tenants' hands. We beg you to empower us to receive so much out of estates uncompounded for, and to dispose of it to that use. [¾ page.]
Aug. 15. Act of Parliament settling 2,000l. a year on John Bradshaw, serjeant-at-law, and president of the Council of State, from the forfeited estates of Francis, Lord Cottington, in Middlesex, Wilts, Berks, Hants, Somerset, and Kent; also from Somerhill and Tunbridge park, Kent, sequestered from Ulick, Earl of St. Alban's and Clanricarde, Papist, and rebel in arms in Ireland; to be held of the manor of East Greenwich. He is to receive the Michaelmas rents; with saving of all claims on the estate before 4 July 1640, except those of Papists and delinquents.
Such portion of the said estates as were before settled by Parliament on Sir Wm. Parsons and other [Irish] trustees, for certain payments, is exchanged by their consent for lands of equal value in co. Derby, sequestered from the Earl of Newcastle, and not yet appropriated. The claims of the Earl of Northumberland and Sir Rob. Pye on the Earl of St. Alban's estate to be settled out of the residue of his estate in co. Herts. [G 71, pp. 133–141.]
[Aug. 15.] Request signed W. R.—that notice may be given to the Commissioners of co. Derby, that these manors are set over to the trustees for raising 50,000l. for Ireland, and they asked what money has been paid into the Treasury therefrom. [G 71, p. 131.]
Aug. 21. 40. "A collection of what horses are charged by the country to be taken by Capt. [John] Potter and his officers;" also, "a collection of several charges brought in by the country against Capt. Potter." Being notes of free quarter taken by his men, and of money and horses raised for him.
41. Collection of assignations received by him; with references to the pages of a book missing. [1½ pages.]
Aug. 21. 42. Petition, without signatures, of about 2,500 persons comprised in a list commonly called Potter's List, to Parliament. On the army's approach to London, in June 1647, there was order for a month's pay to all the reduced officers and soldiers about London, except such as, unwilling to engage in that quarrel, were cautions of bringing in their accounts. Petitioners, amongst others, were excluded from the benefit of the list of the tickets, whereas those who brought in their accounts had them listed, and a month's pay, without exception of such as served in particular counties, or deduction of free quarter, which would have excluded many from the benefit of the month's pay, as having nothing due to them.
Upon Potter's former addresses to Parliament, their accounts were ordered, 1 Oct. 1647, to be examined, listed, and a month's pay given them, but the list was made up with many cautions and limitations, whereby all who served in particular counties, all who did not produce such evidence as fell within the five first qualifications of the list, and all who, after deduction of free quarter, had not a full month's pay due to them, were excluded, to the number of 3,000 persons. Petitioners are such as still remain listed, notwithstanding the said exceptions, are of the poorer sort, and had always the most tender regard from Parliament during the continuance of Sir Thos. Dacre and Col. Moore, who were chairmen to the committee to whom the examination of their accounts was referred.
By ordinance of 19 June 1648, 42,000l. was charged upon the sequestrations at Guildhall, of which petitioners were allotted 17,000l., but they hear that there is but about 7,000l. as yet come in, and no likelihood of the rest in any reasonable time. Beg that effectual means may be used for the advance of 10,000l. from Goldsmiths' Hall, which though it may straighten Parliament otherwise, will preserve some and deliver others of petitioners from imprisonment and famine. "And God, whose opportunities have ever been your difficulties, shall not fail to be more seen in providing for your other occasions." Endorsed, "A Petition upon Potter's List, Aug. 1649, read 21 Aug. 1649." [1 page.]
Aug. 21. 43. Like petition of the reduced officers and gentlemen of Colonel [Nich.] Sanderson's late regiment of horse, for present payment of 10,000l. out of the fines imposed on North Wales, or out of the arrears of rents remaining in delinquents' hands, and ordered by Parliament 9 Aug. [1649], to be kept in a distinct treasury. Have served with the fidelity of gentlemen ever since the first insurrection, and concluded their services with the best sacrifice of obedience, in laying down their arms. Parliament ordered petitioners this 10,000l. out of the 42,000l. payable out of the Guildhall sequestrations, to the three lists of Wilcox, Potter, and Sanderson by equal divisions, according to ordinance of 19 June 1648. Against this rule of proportion, Wilcox's list, called the printed tickets, has received 2,400l. of their 15,000l., and obtained order for payment of 9,100l. more, now ready for them in Goldsmiths' Hall. But petitioners, upon agreement to take 10,000l. for 17,940l., delivered up their debentures, and signed a release, yet received only 900l. instead of their proportion of 4,000l., and are now, after 14 months' expectation, cast in behind the rest. Some are in prison, and some starving. Endorsed "Sanderson's list's petition, read 21 Aug. 1649." [1 page.]
Aug. 21. 44, 45. Order in Parliament referring the petitions of Sanderson and Potter's soldiers to the Committee at Goldsmiths' Hall, to advise with the treasurers of the maimed soldiers and the Committee of Sequestrations at Guildhall how to pay the sums due on the respective lists, and to consider whether the 9,100l. ought not to be part of the 42,000l., and report. [2 copies.]
Aug. 24. 46. [Wm. Hill, solicitor for sequestrations, co. Somerset,] to the sequestrators of the several hundreds. I have received order from the Committee for Compositions at Goldsmiths' Hall to issue warrants for collecting the rents due from the tenants of sequestered estates, and to cause the same to be brought into the treasury at Goldsmiths' Hall; also to take special care for collecting and receiving all rents and arrears remaining in the hands of tenants who hold sequestered estates in this county, and who have not yet compounded. You are therefore, in pursuance of the said order, to collect and receive all such rents, and bring them to me by 4 Sept. next; and in default of payment by any tenants, to bring a list of their names, and the rentals of the estates of such persons as stand sequestered within your division or hundred, so that I may pay in all such moneys before 10 Nov. next, and an effectual course may be taken against the defaulters. [1 page.]
Aug. 25.
Taunton.
47. William Hill to the Committee for Compounding. On yours of the 13th inst., I have taken speedy course for collecting the arrears of rent arising out of sequestered estates, or remaining in the hands of tenants, which services I shall prosecute to my best endeavours, and give a good and speedy account thereof. [¾ page.]
Aug. 27.
Cambridge.
48. William Pickering [solicitor for co. Cambridge] to the Committee for Compounding. I received your order of the 13th inst. to gather in the arrears on the sequestrations in this county, and we will put it in execution immediately; but I send this intimation, as the carrier is very urgent for a letter signifying his delivery of yours. [⅓ page.]
Aug. 30. 49. Order by the treasurers-at-war empowered to receive 24,000l. compositions from the inhabitants of North Wales, and to pay 4,000l. thereof to well-affected persons, for payment of 2,000l. thereof to John Jones on a Parliament order of 7 Oct. 1648; this is to be a sufficient discharge to any inhabitants of North Wales who shall pay him any part thereof. [2/3 page.]
Aug. 31.
Derby.
50. County Committee for Derby to the Committee for Compounding. Having perused your order of the 13th inst. to the solicitor for sequestrations in this county, made in pursuance of an order of Parliament of the 9th inst., we conceive ourselves bound to certify that in the latter insurrection, we were by necessity constrained, and by authority of Parliament required, to re-advance forces of well-affected persons for the security of this county, and the assistance of our neighbours, and had not wherewith to pay them but out of sequestered estates, which we were also authorised by ordinance of Parliament to disburse for that service. We are not only in arrears to the soldiers 1,500l., which we stand engaged to pay, but also have laid out 585l., which the Earl of Stamford should have from us by order of Parliament, seconded by late orders from you; also other sums for payments to many people, to whom the same have been long due, for accommodations for the soldiers in the first and second war.
We have not yet subtracted one penny for any allowance for ourselves in attending upon this service, nor know how to repay those we shall be forced to employ upon necessary service for the public; if the whole revenue of sequestrations be commanded from us without any allowance, it will be a great discouragement to us. The sequestered revenue stands still charged with 500l. a year to the Earl of Stamford, and 400l. odd enacted by Parliament to be paid to the relict of Col. Thornhaugh. The revenue of the Earl of Chesterfield is received by order of Parliament by Lord Grey, and many sequestered estates are discharged, so that the income is not great to pay our engagements, which not being discharged, we cannot act in peace or safety. We therefore desire to receive the rents of the sequestered estates until the said engagements are discharged, and in future to have all necessary charges defrayed, and we will cheerfully improve our endeavours to the service of the State. 8 signatures. [2 pages.]
Aug. 31. 51. Copy of the above, 4 signatures, but differing from those in the preceding letter. [1 page.]