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 Sabbati, 28 die Septembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Reyner.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Lady El. Douglas's Petition.
The Petition of the Lady Elienor Duglasse, late Wife of Sir Archibald Duglasse Knight, deceased, was read.
And it (fn. 1) is Ordered, That the former Proceedings shall be looked up, and an Accompt given to this House on Monday next.
Baron Trevor to sit as Puisne Baron in the Exchequer, for passing the Accompts of the Sheriffs of London, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Baron Trevor do sit in the Court of the Exchequer at Westm. on the Morrow after Mich'as Day next, and execute and officiate the Place of Puny Baron, in all Things requisite and convenient, touching the receiving the Proffers which the late Sheriff of the City of London and County of Midd. are then and there to make, for the Grant of the Sheriffwick of the same City and County; and to give them their Oath, to pass their Accompt for the Year past; as also to be at the presenting at that Court of the new Sheriffs; and to do and execute all Things thereto belonging, which of Right ought to be done, in as ample Manner as the Puny Baron of that Court ought to do.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nicolls, &c. who brought divers Orders and Ordinances, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence:
1. An Ordinance for Sir George Grymes's Composition, for taking off his Sequestration of his Estate, &c.
(Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance for Ric'd William's Composition, for to take off his Sequestration from his Estate.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
3. An Ordinance for Sir Tho. Bendish's Composition, for taking off his Sequestration from his Estate.
(Here enter it.)
4. An Order concerning the Lady Hellen Drake, for assigning her a House, &c. (Here enter it.)
5. An Ordinance to raise Horse, for the recruiting the Lord General's Army.
Agreed to, with a Proviso.
6. An Order (fn. 2) for issuing out Five Hundred Pounds, for the Soldiers at Plymouth. (Here enter it.)
7. An Order directing the disposing such Monies as are collected for Plymouth. (Here enter it.)
8. An Ordinance for the Commissioners of the Excise to reimburse themselves Five Thousand Pounds, advanced by them for Sir Wm. Waller's Army. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
9. Instructions for further regulating the Excise.
(Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all Orders and Ordinances now brought, saving to that for raising Eleven Hundred Horses, concerning which this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance for raising 3000 l. for Sir T. Middleton's Army.
The Committee for the Ordinance concerning Three Thousand Pounds for Sir Tho. Middleton's Army reported, "That they think it fit to pass, with some Alterations;" which being read, the House Agreed to the same, and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Message to the H. C. with it, and Two more.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
1. To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance for Sir Tho. Middleton, with the Alteration.
2. To desire Concurrence in the Ordinance for raising (fn. 3) Horses, with the Alterations.
3. To desire Concurrence in the Earl of Exeter's Order, for his going into France.
Message from the H. C. for the Examinations about L. M'Guire and M'Mahowne;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Jo. Clattworthy:
1. To desire that the former Examinations of Maguire and Mackhowne may be delivered to the House of Commons.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Parliament do look out the Examinations; and then the House of Commons may have Copies of them.
and for the Committee to meet, to draw up a Declaration to be sent to France.
2. To desire that the Committee that went to the French Agent may meet, to draw up a Declaration, to be sent into France.
Ordered, That this Committee do meet with the Committee of the House of Commons this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
The Answer returned was:
That this House hath appointed the Examinations of Maguire and Mackmahowne to be looked up; and the Members of the House of Commons (fn. 4) have Copies delivered to them; and that this House hath appointed their Committee to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings, to draw up a Declaration to be sent into France.
Johnson to pay the Fees of Boughton & al.
Ordered, That the Persons that were sent for as Delinquents, at the Complaint of Ezechiell Johnson, shall be discharged, without paying Fees; and the said Ezechiell Johnson shall pay the Fees which they should have paid.
Order for taking off the Sequestration of Sir T. Bendish, on his Composition.
"Whereas Sir Thomas Bendish Baronet hath compounded for his Delinquency, for the Sum of One Thousand Pounds, and hath paid the same accordingly: It is this Day Ordained and Declared, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Sir Thomas Bendish be, and is hereby, discharged of his Imprisonment and Delinquency, and of and from all Sequestration of his Estate; and all Committees, and Parties whom the same may concern, are to take Notice hereof, and yield a ready Obedience hereunto; provided, that the Rents and Arrearages of Rents, due before his said Compoposition to the State upon the said Sequestration, be paid in by those in whose Hands they are: And it is hereby further Ordained and Declared, That the said Sir Thomas Bendish shall have Liberty to reside with his Family in any Place within the Lines of Communication, or Twenty Miles about, so as he come not further into the County of Essex."
Order for directing the disposing of such Monies as are collected for Plymouth.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That all Monies collected or received for the Use of Plymouth shall be disposed of and employed for such Uses, as by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Safety of that Place, or any Five of them, shall be ordered and appointed; and all Collectors, Treasurers, and other Persons, who shall have any such Monies in their Hands, are hereby authorized to issue the same accordingly; and such Warrant shall be their sufficient Discharge: Provided always, That, in every such Warrant, at least One Lord and Two Commoners join in the making thereof, and subscribe their Names unto the same."
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to reimburse themselves 5000 l. advanced for Sir Wm. Waller.
"Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, have, for the present Service under the Command of Sir William Waller, advanced and lent the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds: It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners shall reimburse themselves the said Five Thousand Pounds, together with the Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. (for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn) out of the Monies coming in upon the Excise, either in such Intervals of Time as other Payments shall not happen to fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow in Course; and shall not (fn. 5) by any Order or Ordinance of One or both Houses of Parliament be excluded from reimbursing themselves accordingly; and the Receipt of John Trenchard Esquire, for the said Five Thousand Pounds, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners in that Behalf."
Order for 500 l. for the Soldiers at Plymouth.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords and Commons at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith issue, out of the Monies that come in there, Five Hundred Pounds, to be paid upon Accompt to Michaell Herring, Merchant, to be disposed of to the Soldiers of Plymouth, in such Manner as the Committee of Plymouth shall appoint."
Williams's Sequestration taken off, on a Composition.
"Whereas Richard Williams, of Chichester, Gentleman, hath compounded for his Delinquency, and paid for his Fine the Sum of Forty Pounds: It is Ordained and Declared, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Richard Williams be, and is hereby, fully discharged of his Sequestration and Delinquency, and restored to such Estate as he was formerly possessed of."
Sir George Grymes's Sequestration taken off, on a Composition.
"Whereas Sir George Grymes came in upon the Declaration of both Kingdoms, and hath since compounded for his Delinquency for the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, which he promiseth immediately to pay, upon the taking off the Sequestration of his Estate: It is this Day Ordained and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Sequestration of the said Sir George Grymes's Estate be, and is hereby, taken off from this Day forward; provided, that he forthwith pay the said Five Hundred Pounds, according to his Promise, upon Passage hereof; and also that all Rents and Arrears of Rents, due to this Day to the State, be paid in by those in whose Hands they are."
Order for the Continuation of Instructions to be observed by the Officers of Excise.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament, dated the 31th August last, there are contained Rules and Instructions established to be observed, by the Commissioners of Excise, the Auditors in taking their Accompts, and others employed about the Collection of the Excise, the which Ordinance is understood to be in Force only as to the Time past, for One Year coming from the 11th of September, 1643, and ending the 11th of this present September, 1644; and whereas it is found necessary, according as the present Commissioners of Excise are, by Ordinance of Parliament, dated the Eighth of April last, continued to be Chief Commissioners and Governors of the whole Office and Receipts of the Excise and new Impost, for One Year longer, from the 11th of this Instant Month of September 1644, that the said Ordinance of the 31th of August last should be also (fn. 6) confirmed and stand in Force for the same Term: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That the said Ordinance of the 31th of August last, and every Clause and Article therein contained (excepting the Sixth Article, which concerns only the taking up the Accompts of the last Year, and the passing thereof in One Audit), shall remain and be in Force, to all Intents and Purposes, for and during the next whole Year, commencing from the 11th of this present September, and ending on the 11th of September next: And be it hereby further Ordained, by Authority aforesaid, That whereas the said Commissioners of Excise are further authorized, by an additional Ordinance of Parliament, dated the 8th of July last, to levy and collect the several Sums of Money, by Way of Excise, upon the Commodities therein specified, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall be allowed the Sum of Six Pence upon every Pound which shall be received by virtue of the said Ordinance, and shall and may choose and appoint such Deputy or Deputies, Officer or Officers, as they shall think needful, for the Collection thereof; and allow such Salary, and Yearly Stipend or Reward, unto them, and every of them, as is directed in these Particulars, by the Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643; and that the said Commissioners of Excise, their Deputies and Officers, or any of them, which shall do any Thing in Execution or Performance of the said. Ordinance of 31th of August last, shall be therein, from Time to Time, protected and saved harmless, by the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament."
Order for Lady Drake to be provided with a furnished House,
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That a House be provided for the Lady Ellen Drake, ready furnished, and Rent-free; and that it be referred to Mr. Wheeler; and he is desired to take Care of providing this House, and furnishing it conveniently for her."
and an Allowance of Money.
"That the Committee of the Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habberdashers Hall do forthwith advance One Hundred Pounds, for Supply of the present Necessities of the Lady Ellen Drake, totally ruined and undone by the King's Forces."
"That Five Pounds per Week be allowed to the Lady Ellen Drake, for her present Support, out of the Monies that come in upon the Sequestrations in Midd. and Westm.; and Mr. Wheeler is desired to take Care that this Order may be complied with."
House adjourned till 9a, Monday next.