Die Jovis, Februarii 20, 1644.
AN Ordinance for reimbursing the Commissioners of
Excise Three thousand Pounds advanced and lent
by them, Two thousand Pounds whereof to be employed
for the Relief of Wareham, Taunton, and Poole, and One
thousand Pounds for Colonel John Fienis his Regiment,
was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and
ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Rous Baronet, Thomas Greves
Esquire, Wm. Lygon Esquire, John Egiocke Esquire, Wm.
Brown Esquire, shall be added to the Committee of Worcestershire.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
An Ordinance for establishing Mr Sam. Avery, Mr.
Rich. Bateman, Mr. Christ. Packe, Mr. Charles Lloyd, and
Mr. Walt. Boothby, Commissioners and Collectors of the
Customs, was this Day read the First and Second time; and,
upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the
Navy: And they are to report it To-morrow Morning.
An Ordinance for paying unto the present Commissioners of the Customs, all such Monies as are due unto
them, and paying them their Salary until the Twenty-fifth
of March, was this Day read the First and Second time;
and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee
of the Navy: Who are to meet upon it this Afternoon;
and are to send for the present Commissioners of the
Customs, and to acquaint them with this Ordinance, and
their Discharge therein contained: And the Committee is
to report this Ordinance To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee and
Commissioners of the Navy, to take care for graving and
fitting all the King's Ships, and Preservation of them;
and to take care, that as many of the King's Ships, as
can conveniently, may be employed in the next Summer's
Service: And that they do bring in a List of all the
Ships, Vessels, and Pinnaces, of the Navy, as well what
were formerly, and what have since been, bought, or
are come in upon Prize; and the State and Condition of
them, their Burden and Strength; and to consider of
some Course for the keeping up the Strength of the
Navy; and to consider what unserviceable Ships there are;
and to report what is fittest to be done with them, that
they may not be a Charge only, and of no Service, to the
the Publick: And it is likewise referred to the Committee and Commissioners of the Navy, to confer with my
Lord Admiral, that such Course may be taken, that the
Merchants may not fail of Convoys; and That without
Exaction upon the Merchant.
Ordered, That the Votes formerly passed upon the
Matter of Convoys be printed, and set upon the Exchange: And that the Committee of the Navy do take
care, that the said former Votes and Resolutions may be
observed, and put in due Execution: And that they confer
with my Lord Admiral herein: And that such may receive
condign Punishment, against whom just Complaints shall
be brought in and proved; that the Merchants may receive all due Encouragement and Justice herein.
Ordered, That, for the present, it be referred to the
Committee of the Navy, to take into Pay the Five
Ships taken up for the Service of the King and Parliament by Captain Swanly or Captain Moulton, for the
Guard of Milford Haven, and the Irish Coast; with this
Proviso, That no Ships of War be taken into constant
Pay by any Commander at Sea without the Consent of
this House; and that, if any such shall be taken up without the Order or Consent of this House, such Ships shall
not be paid by the State.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Petersfield, of
Februarii 19, 1644, was this Day read.
Mr. Green carried up to the Lords, the Concurrence
with the Lords in the Proviso concerning Currans, with
the Addition of One-Third to be appropriated to the
Garison of Gloucester: The Order for Three thousand
Pounds out of the Excise; Two thousand Pounds thereof
for the Relief of Taunton, Poole, and Wareham: An
Order for Four hundred Pounds out of the Excise for the
Garison of Windesore; and for Two hundred and Fifty
Pounds, out of Haberdashers-Hall, for Colonel Massie:
And is to desire the Lords to expedite the Ordinance
concerning Martial Law.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of all the Counties, that
are charged with any Payments by the Ordinance concerning the new Model, be added to the Committee for
the new Model, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to consider of the present State and Condition of Sir Wm. Waller's Forces; of the Forces upon
the Line; and to take some Course for Returning
of such Forces as are gone away without Leave, and
making them serviceable to the Publick; and for the
Enabling of such a Strength as may be able to prevent the
Designs of the Enemy, and to provide for the Safety of
Weymouth, both by Sea and Land; and further, to provide for the Safety of Uxbridge, to prevent any Design
that may be upon it upon the Conclusion of the Treaty;
and to take some Course, that the Horse, and other
Forces, gone from the Line into Norfolk and Suffolk, may
speedily be brought to the Line, and their Colours.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, where
Mr. Tate has the Chair, to examine and inquire, Whether
there has been any Endeavour or Design in any Persons,
in disaffecting the Armies or Garisons to the Service of
this House; and that, if they shall discover, that the
Mutinies and Disbandings that have been in the Armies,
have been occasioned by the Practice or Combination of
any Persons, that they examine the Business to the Bottom;
and to report to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Seven Associated
Counties do meet this Afternoon; and give precise Order
to the Treasurers of the Association, forthwith to send to
Lieutenant-General Cromwell's Regiment of Horse the
Fortnight's Pay, according to former Order; and likewise the Thousand Pounds to Colonel Fleetwood's Regiment in Lincolnshire; for which there is the Earl of
Ordered, That the Ordinance, enabling the City to
raise Forces, be read To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Green brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to
all the Orders for Money carried up by him: And, as to
the Ordinance concerning Martial Law, they will take it
into speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers
of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and
That the Lords have sent down the Ordinance for
raising Twenty-one thousand Pounds, monthly, for the
Scotts Army; which they agree to, with a Proviso, and a
small Alteration. They have also sent down the Name of
George Devereux Esquire, whom they nominate and approve of to be a Deputy-Lieutenant for the County of
Mountgomery: And desire this House to remember to
take into Consideration the Petition formerly sent down
in the Names of the Brothers of Major Grey.
The Proviso and Amendments were read; and, upon
the Question, assented unto.
The Messengers were called in: And Answer returned
by the same Messengers; That this House doth agree
with the Lords in the Proviso and Amendments: And, as
to the Petition, they will send Answer by Messengers of
their own: And do agree to Mr. Devereux to be DeputyLieutenant for the County of Mountgomery.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton do report, Tomorrow, the several Reports from the Committee of both
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane do report To-morrow.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of Kent, Members of
this House, do attend the Committee of both Kingdoms
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the City's
raising Horse for their Defence be read To-morrow
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do confer
with the Lord Admiral, and Commissioners of the
Navy, for the Employing of the Number of Four thousand Mariners, in this next Summer's Service, upon such
of the King's Ships as shall be proper and serviceable, and
such Frigates as have been bought, and such other Vessels as are Prize-Ships: And that, if there cannot be had of
those Sorts of Ships so many as may complete the said
Number of Four thousand Mariners, that then they do
consider of the Taking of so many Merchants, as, together with the other, may employ the said Number: And
that they bring in a List of the Names of all the Ships,
and their Commanders, to be approved of by this House:
And that no other Ship of War be taken, without Consent
of this House, into constant Pay.
WHereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City of
London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise
and New Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of
Three thousand Pounds, to be employed in Manner following; that is to say, Two thousand Pounds for the
Service of Poole, Wareham, and Taunton; and One thousand Pounds more for the Regiment of Colonel John
Fines: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of
Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the
said Three thousand Pounds, together with 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 such Intervals of Time, wherein other Payments,
out of the Monies arising upon the Excise, shall not happen
to fall due; or, for want of such Intervals, then as the
same shall follow in Course; and shall not, by any other
Order or Ordinance of one or both Houses of Parliament,
be debarred from satisfying and reimbursing themselves
accordingly: And the respective Receipts, as well of
Michael Herring of London Merchant, for the said Two
thousand Pounds, as of the said Michael Herring, for the
other One thousand Pounds, as aforesaid, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners in that Behalf.