House of Lords Journal Volume 6: 15 September 1643

Pages 216-217

Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 6, 1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.

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DIE Veneris, 15 die Septembris.


The Lord Grey was appointed by the House to be Speaker this Day.

Gowen, a Pass.

Ordered, That one Gowen, a Servant of the Earl of Monmouth's, shall have a Pass, to go into Warwickshire.

Message from the H. C. with Ordinances;

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, and others; which consisted of these Particulars:

1. To desire their Concurrence in an Ordinance for pressing of Watermen.

Read, and Agreed to, with the Addition of the Word ["Protestant"].

2. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning Hertfordshire.

for Mr. Maynard to be One of the Synod;

3. To desire Concurrence that Mr. John Maynard, of Mayfeild in Sussex, may be added in Mr. Nye's Place of that County, to be One of the Members of the Assembly, he being lately dead.

Agreed to.

with Committees Names, for Sequestration in Cambridge;

4. That Isaack Desbrough, Edm. Male, Jo. Wright, Hen. Smith, Rob't Hynde, Tho. Walker, and Rob't Staughton, be added to the Committee for Sequestration for the County of Cambridge and Isle of Elie.

Agreed to.

and for a Conference about the Covenant, and other Matters.

5. To desire a Conference presently, if it may stand with their Conveniency, touching the Covenant, and some other Scottish Businesses, and some Letters received from the Lord General and Lieutenant Colonel Massy.

The Answer returned was:


That this House agrees in nominating Mr. Maynard to be One of the Assembly, in Mr. Nie's Place; and do also agree to the Persons to be added to the Committee for Sequestrations for Cambridges.; and that their Lordships will give a present Conference, as is desired; and touching the Ordinance concerning Hertfordshire, and the Ordinance concerning pressing of Watermen, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.

E. of Portland's Petition, for Leave to travel.

It was moved, by the Earl of Denbigh, "That the Earl of Portland had an earnest Suit to their Lordships, that he might have the Liberty of this House, to have a Pass, to travel into France, to his Lady there, with his Three Daughters, and such Household Goods as he hath; promising to appear before their Lordships upon Summons."

Which Request this House taking into Consideration, Resolved, To acquaint the House of Commons therewith, because his Lordship is upon Bail to appear before this House whensoever the House of Commons shall bring up any Charge against (fn. 1) him.

And this House deferred to give any Resolution herein before they had acquainted the House of Commons with it.

Message to the H. C. concerning it, and with the Ordinance for pressing Watermen.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech and Doctor Aylett:

To desire, at the next Conference, their Lordships may (fn. 1) have Liberty to communicate a Desire of the Earl of Portland's to this House; and also to deliver unto them the Order concerning pressing of Watermen, to which their Lordships do agree, with the Addition of the Word ["Protestant"].

Keeper of Newgate to attend, for allowing Spratt to go abroad.

Upon Information to this House, "That Symon Spratt, committed by this House to the Prison of Newgate as a close Prisoner, yet is permitted to go abroad at Liberty:" It is Ordered, That the Keeper of Newgate shall have Warning to appear before this House To-morrow, to give an Account why he suffers the said Spratt to go at Liberty abroad, contrary to the Order of this House.

The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:

Answer from the H. C. about the Earl of Portland, and the Ordinance for pressing Watermen.

That they agree with their Lordships in the Addition of the Word ["Protestant"] in the Ordinance for pressing of Watermen. (Here enter it.) And they are contented that their Lordships, at the next Conference, should impart unto them the Desire of the Earl of Portland.

The Lords went to the Conference.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Ordered, That the Report of this Conference shall be made To-morrow Morning.

Watermen to be raised, for Sir William Waller's Army.

"Whereas, in Times of common Danger and Necessity, the Interest of Private Persons ought to give Way to the Public: It is Ordained and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That such Apprentices unto Watermen, plying and rowing upon the River of Thames, as have been or shall be listed, to serve as Soldiers, for the Defence of the Protestant Religion and Liberty of the Kingdom, His Majesty's Regal Person, the Parliament, and the City of London, under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, shall be secured, against their Masters, their Executors, and Administrators, from all Loss and Inconveniency, by Forfeiture of Bonds, Covenants, Enfranchisements, or otherwise; and that, after this Public Service ended, the Masters, of such Apprentices shall be commanded and required to receive them again into their Service, without imposing upon them any Punishment, Loss, or Prejudice, for their Absence in the Defence of the Commonwealth: And the Lords and Commons do further Declare, That, if it shall appear that the Masters of such Apprentices have received any considerable Loss by the Absence of their Apprentices, they will take Care that resonable Satisfaction shall be made unto them, out of the Public Stock of the Kingdom, according to Justice and Indifferency."

Ordinance for raising 5000 Soldiers, for Sir W. Waller.

"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That (fn. 2) Five Thousand Foot Soldiers shall be forthwith raised, by Way of Imprest, to be under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, by Virtue and Power of the Ordinance for Impresting, according to the Directions and Limitations in the said Ordinance expressed, and according to these Propositions following; videlicet, within the Cities of London and Westm. the Line of Communication, and Parishes in the Bills of Mortality, Two Thousand; in the County of Essex, Five Hundred; in the County of Kent, Six Hundred; in the County of Midd. Two Hundred; in the County of Surrey, Four Hundred; in the County of Hert. Two Hundred; in the County of Sussex, Six Hundred.

"Provided always, That this Ordinance shall not extend to the Pressing of any Clergyman, Scholar, or Student, in any the Universities, Inns of Court or Chancery, or Houses of Law, or any the Trained Bands in any County, City, or Place; or of any Person rated in the last Subsidies granted by the Parliament; or the Son of any Person rated at Five Pounds Goods, or Three Pounds in Lands, in the Subsidybooks; or of any Person of the Rank or Degree of an Esquire or upwards, or the Son of any such Person, or the Son of the Widow of any such Person; or to the Pressing [ (fn. 3) of any Person] under the Age of Eighteen, or above the Age of Fifty; or any of the menial Servants of any Peer, or Member of either House of Parliament, or Assistants of the House of Peers, or any of the Attendants of either House of Parliament, or any of their menial Servants."

Sir Theodore Mayherne, to be freed from all Assessments.

"The House of Peers, taking Notice, and being very well satisfied, of the good Affections which Sir Theodore Mayerne, upon all Occasions, doth and always testified to this Kingdom; and in regard that he is a Stranger, and to shew the Value this House holds of the Affection of a Stranger, and to encourage and tie the Affection of Strangers, Men of Quality, to this State, do Order, That the said Sir Theodore Mayerne shall be discharged, freed, and exempted, from all Payments or Assessments, upon any Ordinance of One or both Houses; and, to that Purpose, the Assessor and Collector of any Payments or Monies payable upon any Order or Ordinance of One or both Houses are hereby required to take Notice of this Order."


House adjourned till 9a cras.


  • 1. Deest in Originali.
  • 2. Bis in Originali.
  • 3. The following Numbers amount only to 4500.