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 Jovis, videlicet, 21 die Martii.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Earl of Arundel and Lord Craven's Assessments.
The Lord Admiral reported to this House, "That the Committee for assessing of the Peers have met, and have thought fit to assess the Lord Craven at Two Thousand Pounds, and the Earl of Arrundell at One Thousand Pounds:" Which Assessment this House approved thereof; and Ordered the Assessment of the Lord (fn. 1) Craven shall be sent to Haberdashers Hall, according to the Desire of the House of Commons, for to be levied for the Use of the Lord Howard.
Mr. Kendall to have the Liberty of Newgate.
Upon reading the Petition of George Kendall, now close Prisoner at Newgate: It is Ordered, That he shall have the Liberty of the Prison, provided he be not suffered to preach, or disperse his Opinions.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Tho. Barrington and others:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning the compleating and maintaining of the Army under the immediate Command of the Lord General.
and to expedite the One concerning the Weekly Meal.
2. They desire Expedition in the Ordinance concerning the Weekly Meal, and the Ordinance concerning Salt-petre and Gunpowder.
The Answer was:
That their Lordships will take these Particulars into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Committees for the Ordinance for the Weekly Meal went presently to consider of it.
Ordinance for compleating the Lord General's Army.
The Ordinance for compleating the Lord General's Army was read the First Time.
Ordinance for the Weekly Meal.
The Lord Admiral reported, "That the Committee have considered of the Ordinance concerning the Weekly Meal: And they think it fit to pass, with these Amendments; these Words to be left out ["being approved of by both Houses of Parliament"]; and in the Proviso the Assistants and the Attendants of this House are to be added."
This House approved of the Addition to the Proviso.
And the Question being (fn. 2) put,
Whether these Words shall stand or no; videlicet, ["being approved of by both Houses of Parliament"]?
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Message to the H. C. about it;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees with them in the Ordinance concerning the Weekly Meal, with the leaving of some Words out, and the adding to (fn. 3) it a Proviso.
and about the Earl of Arundel and Lord Craven's Assessments.
Also to let them know, that this House hath assessed the Lord Craven at Two Thousand Pounds, and the Earl of Arundell at One Thousand Pounds, for their Twentieth Part, according to the Ordinance.
Message from thence, to expedite Two Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Wheeler and others:
1. To desire their Lordships would give Expedition in the Ordinance concerning Tonnage and Poundage.
2. To give Expedition to the Ordinance concerning opening of Trade to Sunder. and Blyth.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will (fn. 4) send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Letter to the Lord General was read, and approved of, as followeth:
Letter to the Lord General, to tender the Covenant to his Army.
"I am commanded, by the Lords in Parliament, to let you know, that it is their Desire, that your Excellency would with all convenient Speed cause the late solemn League and Covenant to be tendered to all Officers and Soldiers under your Command; with this Respect to be shewed unto Peers, that any of them may take it in the House of Lords; and thus I I rest,
Westm. this 21th March, 1643.
"Your Excellency's humble Servant,
Grey of Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore."
The same Letter is to be sent to the Lord Admiral.
Ordinance for Trade to Sunderland.
The Ordinance concerning opening of Trade to Sunderland and Blyth was read Thrice, and Agreed to.
(Here enter it.)
Ordinance for Tonnage and Poundage.
Next, the Ordinance concerning Tonnage and Poundage was read Twice, and committed to these Lords following:
Any Three, to meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock; and that Mr. Lyle, Mr. Sanson, and Mr. Shephard, are to attend the Committee.
Ordinance for opening the Trade to Sunderland and Blythe, for Coals.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, by an Ordinance of the Fourteenth of January, One Thousand Six Hundred and Forty-two, did, for several Reasons in the said Ordinance mentioned, prohibit all Ships and other Vessels to carry Provisions of Victuals, Arms, or Money, unto Newcastle, Sunderland, or Blyth, or make Return of any Coals or Salt from either the said Places, under Pain of Seizure of the said Ships and Vessels, and their Lading: And whereas, by the good Providence and Blessing of Almighty God, and the Endeavours of our Brethren of Scotland, the Towns and Ports of Sunderland and Blyth are lately rescued out of the Hands of the Enemy, and reduced to the Obedience of the King and Parliament; the Inhabitants of which Places, by reason of the Rapine and Spoil of the Enemy, have been probably brought to some Extremity of Want: It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That it shall and may be lawful for any Person or Persons, under the Obedience of the King and Parliament, from henceforward to trade and go with their Ships and Vessels, unto either of the said Ports of Sunderland or Blyth, and to carry with them Arms, Ammunition, Corn, or any other Provision of Victuals, for the Relief of the said Inhabitants, and the Armies of our said Brethren of Scotland, or such other Forces as are or shall be employed in the Service of the King and Parliament, for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom; and to make Returns of Coals, Salt, or other Merchandizes, from the said several Ports, unto any Port or Place within this Kingdom, which are or shall be under the Power of the Parliament; any former Order or Ordinance to the contrary in any Wise notwithstanding."
House adjourned till 9a cras.