House of Commons Journal Volume 7
14 January 1652

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 14 January 1652', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 7: 1651-1660 (1802), pp. 68-71. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=23931 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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Wednesday, the 14th of January, 1651.

Prayers.

Comrs of Assessments.

ORDERED, by the Parliament, That Thomas Walgrave and Robert Gurdon, Esquires, be added Commissioners for the Assessments of 90,000£ a Month, for the County of Suffolk; and that they be, and are, impowered and required to act accordingly.

Ordered, That John Trafford of Low-layton, Esquire, be added a Commissioner for the Assessments of 90,000£. a Month, for the County of Essex; and that he be, and is hereby, impowered and required to act accordingly.

Ordered, That John Wade Esquire be added a Commissioner for the Assessments of 90,000£. a Month, for the County of Gloucester; and that he be, and is hereby, impowered to act accordingly.

Ordered, That the Mayor of the Town of Darby, for the time being, be added a Commissioner for the Assessments of 90,000£. a Month, for the County of Dorby; and that he be, and is hereby, impowered and required to act accordingly.

Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington be added a Commissioner for the Assessments of 90,000£. a Month, for the County of York; and that he be, and is hereby, impowered and required to act, accordingly.

Ordered, That Isaac Jones Esquire, be added a Commissioner for the Assessments of 90,000£. a Month, for the County of Middlesex; and that he be, and is hereby, impowered and required to act accordingly.

Navy.

Colonel Thompson reports from the Committee of the Navy;

Their Opinion, That the Parliament be moved, to declare and appoint what Persons shall take Care for providing of Ordnance, Arms, Ammunition, and other Gunners Stores, for the Use and Service of the Fleet.

Resolved, That the Committee of the Navy be authorized and required to take Care for providing of Ordnance, Arms, Ammunition, and other Gunners Stores, for the Use and Service of the Fleet.

Colonel Thompson likewise reports from the said Committee; viz.

At a Conference had by this Committee, with the Committee of the Admiralty, in Pursuance of an Order of Parliament of 31th of October 1650;

Resolved, as their Opinion, That besides the Eight Ships already appointed for the Streights, the Ship Mermaid be added to go along with the Worcester; the Number of Men, in the said Nine Ships, being 1,390. It is necessary, that 26 other Ships be prepared to be set forth for Convoys for the ensuing Year, with 2,640 Men; the whole Number being 4,030 Men: The said Number of Men to be continued for the Space of Twelve Months; with Power to abate, change, or increase the Number of Ships, or Men, as the Emergency of the Affairs shall require; so as such Increase do not exceed the Abatements within the said Twelve Months.

An Estimate of the Charge of fitting and settingforth to the Seas 35 Ships, to be manned with 4,030 Men, for 12 Months Service, to the Streights, for the ensuing Year 1652.

£.
For the Charge of Victuals, Wages, ordinary Repairs, and all Incident Expences, in fitting and setting-forth to the Seas the abovesaid Ships, manned with 4,030 Men for 12 Months 193,440.

The Charge of the Office of the Ordnance is included in this Demand.

Resolved, upon the Question, by the Parliament, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that besides the Eight Ships already appointed for the Streights, the Ship Mermaid be added to go along with the Worcester; the Number of Men in the said 9 Ships being 1,390.

Resolved, That this House doth agree with the said Committee, that 26 other Ships be prepared to be set forth for Convoys for the ensuing Year, with 2,640 Men; the whole Number being 4,030 Men: The said Number of Men to be continued for the Space of Twelve Months; with Power to the said Committee of the Navy to abate, change, or increase, the Number of Ships, or Men, as the Emergency of the Affairs shall require; so as such Increase do not exceed the Abatements within the said 12 Months.

Captures by Turkes.

Colonel Thompson likewise reports from the said Committee; viz.

In Pursuance of an Order of Parliament of the 28th of November 1651, whereby it is referred to this Committee to consider how to prevent the Taking of our Men by the Turkes; and to present their Opinion to the Parliament;

This Committee, upon Consideration thereof, finding that none of the Vessels or Mariners of this Commonwealth have been surprised by the Men of Argier, since the Confirmation of the Peace in 1646; but not only by those of Tripoli, Tunnis, and Salley; and the Worcester being now appointed for Argier, Tunnis, and Tripoli, to free the English Captives in those Places; this Committee are of Opinion, that some fit Person may be appointed to go along with the Worcester, to let those of Tripoli and Tunnis know; and that the like Advertisement may be given to those of Salley; that if, for the future, they shall surprize any of the Ships, Mariners, or others of the good People of this Commonwealth Nation, contrary to the Imperial Capitulations made with the Grand Seignor, Reparations will be taken upon all such Ships and Vessels of theirs, as shall be met withal by any of our Men of War.

For the better preventing of the Surprizal of any of the Ships or People of this Nation, by any Turkish Pyrates; as also for the Convoy and Preservation of all Merchants Ships of this Nation, trading into the Levant Seas, both outwards and homewards bound;

This Committee are also of Opinion, That it is fit a Fleet of Ships be appointed constantly to remain within the Streights, and to ply to and fro upon the Christian and Turky Shores: And that Three or Four Ships of the said Fleet do every Four Months return into England, and convoy such Ships as shall be homewards bound: And that the like Number of Ships may be sent in their Rooms back, and be a Convoy to all such Merchant Ships as shall be bound within the Streights: And so successively, as any Number of Ships shall come in, the like Number to be sent forth.

Navy.

Resolved, by the Parliament, That a Fleet of Ships, not exceeding the Number of Twelve, be appointed constantly to remain within the Streights, and to ply to and fro upon the Christian and Turkey Shores: And that Three or Four Ships of the said Fleet do every Four Months return into England, and convoy such Ships as shall be homewards bound: And that the like Number of Ships may be sent in their Rooms back, and be a Convoy to all such Merchants Ships as shall be bound within the Streights: And so successively, as any Number of Ships shall come in, the like Number to be sent forth.

Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to put this Vote in effectual Execution; with Power to them to add unto the former 35 Ships, some others for that Purpose, not exceeding the Number of Three Ships.

General Blake reports from the Council of State,

A LIST of such Ships and Vessels as already are, and may in convenient Time be, fitted out to Sea, as a Guard for the Summer ensuing, for the Coasts of England, Ireland, and Scotland; together with their Commanders Names, Number of Men and Guns.

Ships. Commanders. Men. Guns.
Triumph Abraham Wheeler 300 2
Andrew Edward Hall 280 6
Speaker Nehemiah Bourne 260 52
Victory Lyonel Lane 260 52
Antelope Andrew Ball 200 -
Lyon Charles Saltonstall 180 44
Garland John Gibbes 180 44
Entrance John Toppin 180 44
Lawrel John Tayler 180 40
Convertine John Holden 150 44
Great President Anthony Young 150 36
Dragon John Stokes 150 36
Diamond Roger Martin 150 -
Tyger James Peacock 150 36
Ruby John Lambert 150 -
Success Butler Noades 150 36
Assistance John Bourne 150 36
Advice George Dawkins 150 36
Portesmouth Wm. Brandly 150 36
Reserve Robert Clerk 150 36
Saphire Robert Moulton, jun. 140 -
Expedition Tho. Wallis 120 32
Providence John Pierce 120 32
Discovery Tho. Marriott 120 30
Gilliflower Tho. Hayward 120 28
Satisfaction Wm. Pestle 100 30
Marigold 100 26
Pearl Roger Cuttance 90 24
Primrose John Sherwin 90 24
Greyhound Hen. Southwood 80 20
Swan Rich. Newbery 80 20

Navy.

Ships. Commanders. Men. Guns.
Old Warwick John Day 80 20
Little President Thomas Sparling 80 28
Fox John Seaman 80 20
Concord Tho. Penrose 70 24
Recovery Edm. Chapman 70 24
Hector Nathan. Buskill 70 28
Cygnett Phil. Holland 80 20
Mary Fly-boat Wm. Kendall 70 24
Bryar Rich. Sandsom 60 16
Mary Flower Tho. Thomson 60 14
Tenth Whelp Phil. Gething 60 16
Paradox Anth. Archer 60 14
Weymouth Pink Gabriel Sanders 60 18
Heart James Cappin 60 14
Drake Anthony Smyth 50 -
Marlyn Robert Clark 50 -
Martin Wm. Vessey 50 -
Eliz. Prize Thomas Wilkes 50 8
Lilly Edm. Barrett 50 10
Eagle James Cadman 40 7
Galliot Hoy Wm. Beck 40 10
Nonsuch Ketch John King 40 8
Truelove John Vessey 30 12
Hare Ketch Rich. Pittelk 30 6
Lady Ketch * Norman 24 4
One Shallop of 20 Oars Wm. Gregory - -
Another Shallop of 20 Oars Robert Baynes - -
One Ketch to be taken up 30
£.
The whole Charge of the Ships before mentioned for the Summer-guard, for 6,244 Men for 9 Months, being computed, doth amount unto 224,784.

These Ships following are now forth at Sea, upon the Charge of the State; and is doubtful whether any of them will return Time enough to be fitted forth for the next Summer-guard.

Ships under the Command of Captain Wm. Penn, now in the Streights.

Fairfax Wm. Penn 270 52
Centurian John Lawson 150 36
Adventure Andrew Ball 150 36
Foresight Sam. Howett 150 36
Pelican John Jordan 150 36
Assurance Ben. Blake 150 36
Nonsuch John Mildmay 150 36
Star Robert Sanders 82 22
1,250 290

Under the Command of Sir George Aiscue, gone to the Barbadoes.

Rainbow Sir George Aiscue 280 52
Amity Mich. Pack 150 36
Success Edw. Witheridg 90 30
Ruth Edw. Thomson 80 30
Brazeel Frigate Tho. Heath 70 24
Malaga Merchant Henry Collin 90 30
Increase of London Tho. Varvell 100 36
860 238

Ships under the Command of Captain Robert Dennis, gone for Virginia.

John Robert Dennis 120 32
Guiney Frigate Edmond Curtis 140 32
260 64

Convoys to several Merchants Ships in the Mediterranean Seas, under the Command of Captain Henry Apleton.

Leopard Hen. Apleton 180 48
Bonadventure John Witheridg 180 44
Constant Warwick Owen Cox 140 32
500 124

Convoys to several Ships for the Streights, under the Command of Captain Richard Badeley.

Paragon Richard Badeley 250 52
Phenix John Wandsworth 150 36
Elizabeth Jonas Reeves 150 36
Nightingale Jacob Reynolds 90 24
640 148

Ordered to go Convoys to several Merchants Ships in the Streights in January, under the Command of Captain Thorowgood.

Worcester Ch. Thorowgood 180 44
Mermaid Rich. Stayner 90 24
270 68
£.
The Charge of the several Fleets that are abroad at Sea, under the Command of Captain Penn, Sir George Aiscue, Captain Apleton, Captain Dennis, Captain Badeley, and Captain Thorowgood; some whereof will be out 18 Months, some 15 Months, some 12 Months, and some 9 Months, will amount to the Sum of 195,480.
The Estimate of the whole Charge of the Summer Fleet, and of the Ships that are gone into the Streights, the Barbadoes, &c. amounts to the Sum of 420,264.
At the Committee for the Admiralty.
The Committee having ordered the Commissioners of the Navy to certify them what the whole Charge of the Ships of the Summer Guard, will amount unto for Six Months; the said Commissioners have certified that the whole Charge for 6,244 Men, for Six Months, doth amount unto the Sum of 169,859.
And having computed the Charge of the said Summer Guard for Three Months longer, with the Number of Men aforesaid; they find it doth amount unto 74,928.
So the whole Charge of the Summer Guard for 6,244 Men for 9 Months, doth amount unto 224,784.
The several Fleets that are abroad under the Command of Captain Penn, Sir George Aiscue, Captain Apleton, Captain Badiley, Captain Thorowgood, and Captain Denis; some whereof will be out to Sea 18 Months, some 15 Months, some 12 Months, and some 9 Months; will amount unto the Sum of 195,480.
So that the whole Charge of the Summer Fleet, and the Ships that are gone to the Streights and the Barbadoes, is estimated at the Sum of 420,264.

Resolved, That this House doth approve of and agree with the Council of State, in the List now presented; and that the Council of State have Power to change, from time to time, the Commanders or Ships, as they shall see Cause for the Service of the State.

Resolved, That it . . left to the Council of State, to set out the Ship Sovereign to the Sea for this Summer, if they shall see Cause.

Mr. Aldworth reports from the Committee of the Navy;

That the Committee hath received Complaints against several of the Officers of the Navy in the State's Yard at Chatham, of divers Abuses by them committed in the Imbezziling of the State's Provisions, and other Misdemeanors.

Ordered, That Power be given to the Committee of the Navy, and to any Two or more of them, to examine upon Oath, and to hear all Abuses, that are or shall be committed by any of the Officers of the Navy.

Ordnance Office.

Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of the Offices of the Ordnance, Stores, and Armories, within the Tower; and what Officers, belonging thereunto, and what Fees to such Officers, are necessary to be continued, and what are fit to be taken away: And report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House, with all Speed.

Report deferred.

Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor General do make the Reports in his Hands, on Friday Morning next, the first Business; and nothing to intervene.

Navy.

Ordered, That the Reports from the Navy be made on this Day Sevennight.

Dover Pier.

Ordered, That the Report touching the Pier of Dover be made To-morrow Morning, after the Report touching Mr. Prymate.

Worcester.

Ordered, That the Report touching Worcester be made To-morrow Sevennight, the first Business; nothing to intervene.

E. I. Company.

Ordered, That the East India Company have Leave to transport Twenty-five thousand Pounds in foreign Coin, and Bullion.

Tuskany.

Ordered, That Mr. Thomas Challoner do report an Answer to be given to the Letters from the Grand Duke of Tuskany.

Regulating the Law.

The House resumed the Debate upon the Report made from the Committee, of the Names of Persons out of the House, to consider of the Inconveniences in the Law, &c.

Resolved, That the Persons to be appointed for this Work, shall not exceed the Number of One-and-twenty.

Resolved, That Mathew Hales Esquire be one of the Persons for this Service.

Resolved, That Wm. Steele Esquire, Recorder of London, be one of the Persons for this Service.

Resolved, That Charles George Cock Esquire be one of the Persons for this Service.

Resolved, That Thomas Manby Esquire be one of the Persons for this Service.

Ordered, That the Residue of the Paper be re-committed to the same Committee; with Power to them to present, out of these Persons in this Paper, or any other Persons whom they shall think fit, the Number of Seventeen to make up the Number of One-and-twenty: And the Committee are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in Mr. Speaker's Chamber.