Die Jovis, 19 Novembris, 1646.
ORdered, &c. That the Report concerning Sheriffs be
made on Monday Morning next.
The humble Petition of Benjamin Weston Esquire, a
Member of this House, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That this Petition be
referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to give Satisfaction to the Petitioner, according to the Desires of the
Colonel Harvey reports from the Committee appointed
to meet with the Trustees, and other Officers named in the
Ordinance for the Sale of Bishops Lands, That Twenty of
Twenty-four Trustees, being all that were present, having
perused the printed Ordinance concerning Sale of Bishops
Lands, do apprehend the same is misprinted; and therefore humbly pray, they may have Four of the Ordinances
subscribed by the Clerks Hands; and the Trustees now
present are resolved to yield due and ready Obedience
to the said Ordinance, and to act speedily, as they apprehend may most conduce to the Advantage of the Commonwealth; relying upon the Justice and Favour of both
Houses of Parliament, that they shall hereafter obtain what
they shall reasonably desire for their Encouragement and
He further reported, That Mr. Alderman Foulke, Comptroller, answereth, That he accepts the Service; and shall
endeavour faithfully and diligently to serve the Parliament
in the due Execution of the said Office.
He further reported Mr. Methold's Case, a Contractor;
That he is willing to undertake the Service; but saith, He
hath an Estate, in a Lease, for Fourteen or Fifteen Years
to come, of Lands, from the Bishop of Norwich, to the
Value of Sixty Pounds per Annum: He desires he may
not be debarred by the Ordinance from purchasing the
Bishop's Title to those Lands.
Ordered, upon the Question, That, in this particular
Case, Mr. Methold shall not be debarred from purchasing
the Bishop's Title to those Lands, of which he hath already
a Lease for Years.
The rest of the Contractors are willing to undertake
The Register-Accomptant will willingly employ his
most faithful Endeavours in the Service of Register-Accomptant.
Ordered, &c. That the Trustees shall have Four examined Copies of the Ordinance that appoints the Sale of
Bishops Lands, attested under the Hands of the Clerks of
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of
the County of Kent were at the Door;
They were called in: And Sir Anthony Welden delivered in a Petition, and Propositions from the Committee
of the County of Kent, for settling a Maintenance to the
Ministry in the County of Kent, in lieu of Tythes.
The which (the Petitioners being withdrawn) were
And the Petitioners were again called in: And Mr.
Speaker, by the Command of the House, did give them
Thanks for their former Services; take Notice of their good
Affections to the Publick; and did acquaint them,
That the great Business of the Kingdom are now instant
and pressing upon them: That they will take the Petition
into Consideration, in due time: And that, in the mean
time, they take care, that Tythes may be paid, according
Resolved, &c. That these Words be added, "that, in
the mean time, they take care, that Tythes may be paid,
according to the Law."
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance for Assessments for
the Maintenance of the Army, and the Reports concerning
the Army, be proceeded in, and taken into further Consideration, on Saturday Morning next, the first Business:
And that no other Business do intervene: And that Mr.
Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Mr. Gott reports some Explanations, desired by the Trustees to be made in the Ordinance for the Sale of Bishops
Lands, for the better expediting that Service: The which
were read; and ordered, upon the Question, to be committed; and the Committee to prepare and bring in an
Ordinance, upon the whole Matter of the Propositions,
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you a
Petition from the Earl of Bedford: The which they think
very reasonable; and recommended it to the Consideration of this House: And likewise a Petition from Honora
Marchioness of Winton: The Sense the Lords have of this
Petition, they have expressed in Writing; viz. They
think fit, that the Petitioner be allowed Means suitable to
her Quality, out of her Husband's Estate, for the Maintenance of her, and her Children; the like having been
done for others; and desire the Concurrence of this
Resolved, &c. That, as to the Petition of the Earl of
Bedford, the House will send Answer by Messengers of
The humble Petition of Honora Marchioness of Winchester was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That Ten Pounds by
the Week be allowed to the Petitioner, for the Maintenance of her, and her Children, out of the Estate of the
Marquis of Winton her Husband: And the Committees
and Sequestrators, in the several Counties where the said
Estate, or any Part thereof, lies, are required to take
Notice hereof; and to take care, that the said Allowance
be duly paid accordingly.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has read and considered the Petitions of the Earl
of Bedford; and the Marquesse of Winton; and will send
Answer by Messengers of their own.