Die Sabbati, Maii 31, 1645.
According to former Order, the Grand Committee of
the whole House proceeded to take into further
Consideration the Business of the Church.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That Sir John Potts shall have Leave to go
into the Country.
Ordered, That Sir Anth. Irby shall have Leave to go
into the Country.
Whereas Mr. Perne was desired to preach before the
Commons on the next Day of Publick Humiliation; and,
upon very pressing Occasions, doth desire to be excused at
this time: It is Ordered, That Mr. Hodges be desired to
preach at the same time: And that Sir Christ. Yelverton
give notice of this Desire of the House unto Mr. Hodges.
Ordered, That the printed Petition of Sir Fred. Hamilton
Knight be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning
next, the first Business.
Ordered, That Mr. Whitelock and Mr. Nicoll do prepare
Letters, to be written from Mr. Speaker to the Committees of the several Counties, to give all Encouragement and
Assistance to the Sub-Commissioners of the Excise, and
other the Officers of the Commissioners of Excise, in the
several Counties and Places, and particularly to the Town
An Ordinance for the better Regulation of the Excise of
Flesh in the Country was this Day read the Second time;
and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Green, Mr.
Recorder, Sir Arth. Hesilrig, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Grimston,
Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Holles, Mr. Nath. Stevens, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Mr. Gage, Sir Jo. Francklyn,
Mr. Corbett, Sir Jo. Hippisley, Mr. Rolle, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Sir Tho. Dacres: And all that will come to have
Voices: And they are to meet on Monday next at Two
post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber; and are to report it between the Hours of Ten and Twelve only: And
the Petitions from Gloucestershire and Derbyshire are referred
to the Consideration of this Committee: And they have
Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Finche and
The Lords have taken into Consideration, That the
Quorum of the Committee of Lords and Commons for
Forts and Castles is so great, that they cannot meet; and
therefore desire, That it may be reduced from Three Lords
to Two, and from Six Commoners to Four.
They desire, That the Lord Robarts may be added to
the Committee of the West.
They have formerly sent down an Ordinance concerning
the Earl's Creation-Money: To which they have as yet
received no Answer; and therefore they desire to put you
in mind thereof.
They have received a Petition from Thomas May Esquire:
Which they desire to recommend to the speedy Consideration of this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, That the
Quorum of the Committee of Lords and Commons for
Forts and Garisons be reduced to the Number of Four
Commoners, and Two Lords.
Ordered, That this House doth agree with the Lords,
That the Lord Robarts be added to the Committee of the
The Petition of Tho. May Esquire was read: And
It is Ordered, That when the House shall take into Consideration the Disposal of Offices, that this Petition shall be
taken into Consideration.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and do
agree to the Reducing of the Quorum of the Committee
for Forts and Garisons to the Number desired: They do
agree, That the Lord Robarts be added to the Committee
of the West: As to the Ordinance for Creation-Money,
and the Petition of Mr. May, they will take them into
speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of
An Ordinance to make the Buyer liable to Excise, as well
as the Seller, was this Day read the First and Second time;
and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee
appointed for the Ordinance for Regulation of the Excise
of Flesh in the Country.
An Ordinance for securing Twelve thousand Pounds,
advanced, upon the Credit of the Excise, for the Service
of the West, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
An Ordinance for paying Three hundred Pounds by the
Sub-Commissioners of the Excise in the County of Dorsett,
for the Reparation and Pay of the Soldiers of BrunkseaCastle, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed;
and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Niclas do report the Impeachment
against the Earl of Stamford, &c. on Monday Morning
Sir Hen. Vane junior reported, from the Committee of
both Kingdoms, a Letter to be sent from both Houses, and
signed by the respective Speakers, to the several Counties
through which the Scotts Army is to march in their Advance Southward, for the furnishing the said Army with
all necessary Provisions for the Life of Man upon their
March: The which was read; and, upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for
An Ordinance to enable the Committee at GoldsmithsHall to manage the Ordinance for the levying the monthly
Sum of Twenty-one thousand Pounds for the Pay of the
Scotts Army; and for the more speedy bringing in the
Monies upon that Ordinance; was this Day read the First
and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and
ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Admiralty and
Cinque-Ports shall have Power to draw Instructions, and
to give Directions, to Doctor Walker, for his Deportment
in his Agency with the Governor and State of Flanders:
And have Power to confer with the Master of the Ceremonies, or any other Persons, as they shall think fit, in this
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant for
a Pass to a Servant of the Duke of Gueldre's to go to his
Sir Thomas Witherington reports an Ordinance for constituting a Committee for carrying on the Affairs of the
Excise, with the Addition of several Names to be of That
Committee: The which were read; and assented unto:
And, after, the whole Ordinance passed, upon the Question. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Nicoll do carry this
Ordinance, and Two other Ordinances passed this Day,
for securing and paying Monies out of the Excise, for the
West, and Brunksea-Castle, to the Lords, on Monday
Morning, for their Concurrence.
Mr. Scawen reports, from the Committee of the Army,
the State of the Accompts of the Officers, as well English
as Scotts, which have been laid aside upon Reducement of
the several Armies; and also several Votes from the said
Committee, concerning the said Officers, and Payment of
Part of their Arrears. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That this Report be taken into
Consideration on Monday Morning, the first Business.
A Letter, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms,
from Colonel Vermuyden, from Grantham, of Maii 29
1645; relating, That, with his Brigade, he was come
between Grantham and Corby; and that he quartered the
Night before near the King's Quarters, whose HeadQuarter was at Loughborough; was this Day read.
IT is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Twelve thousand Pounds shall
be paid, in Course, unto the Committee for the West, out
of the Receipts of the Excise and New Impost, by Ordinance of the Eleventh of September 1643, for the Service
of the West: And the Commissioners of Excise and New
Impost are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of Twelve
thousand Pounds, accordingly, in due Order and Course,
unto the said Committee of the West, or to whom they
shall appoint to receive the same, next after other Assignments, formerly made on those Receipts, shall be first
satisfied: And the Order of That Committee shall be a
sufficient Discharge unto the said Commissioners of Excise,
and every of them, for the Payment of the said Twelve
thousand Pounds, or any Part thereof.
WHereas Brunksea-Castle, in the County of Dorsett,
being of special Concernment for the Preservation of
the Town and Garison of Poole in these Times of Danger,
is much decayed, and needs present Reparations; and the
Soldiers there much behind of their Pay: It is Ordained,
by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament,
That the Commissioners for the Excise do give Order unto
their Sub-Commissioners in the said County of Dorsett, and
Garison of Poole, to pay unto Henry Harding, Captain of
the said Castle of Brunksea, out of the Moiety of the Excise which shall be collected in that County, and Town of
Poole, and reserved to the State by an Ordinance of the
Two-and-twentieth of April last, the Sum of Three hundred Pounds, for the Repairing of the said Castle, and for
Payment of his Men: Whose Receipt, with this Order, shall
be to them, and every of them, a sufficient Discharge.