Thursday, the First Day of September, 1653.
A BILL, intituled, An Act for the speedy and effectual Satisfaction of the Adventurers for Lands in
Ireland, and of the Arrears due to the Soldiery there, and
of other Publick Debts; and for the Encouragement of
Protestants to plant and inhabit Ireland; was this Day
read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second
time on Saturday next.
E. of Nottingham's Pension.
Mr. Broughton reports from the Council of State;
THAT the Council having taken into Consideration
a Petition presented unto them by Charles Earl of
Nottingham, desiring, that the Payment of the Pension
of Five hundred Pounds a Year, which was ordered by
the late Parliament to be paid unto him out of the Customs, by Warrant of the Committee of the Navy, may
be continued; And, having examined the same, they
find that by Letters Patents, under the Great Seal of
England, in the Time of King James's Reign, there were
granted several Pensions for the honourable Support of
the then Earl of Nottingham, his Lady and Children, in
Consideration of the Services of the then Earl's Father,
who was Lord Admiral of England: Among which there
was given and granted to Charles Howard Esquire, then
in Minority, and now Earl of Nottingham, Three hundred
Pounds a Year, until he should be Fourteen Years old;
and, from that Time, One thousand Marks a Year
during his natural Life, to be paid out of the old Customs;
and Five hundred Pounds a Year more, in case he
should survive the late Earl of Nottingham, to be paid
out of the New Impost: That, upon his Address to the
Parliament, they granted him, in lieu of the said One
thousand Marks, and Five hundred Pounds a Year,
Orders for receiving Five hundred Pounds a Year out of
the Revenue of Papists Lands, coming into GoldsmithsHall; and Five hundred Pounds more a Year, by Warrant
of the Committee of the Navy, out of the Customs;
making, in all, One thousand Pounds a Year: That the
first-mentioned Five hundred Pounds a Year hath been
paid him, from time to time, according to the said Order:
But the Committee for the Navy, who were, as aforesaid,
to issue Warrants for paying him the said Pension out of
the Customs, not sitting, he cannot receive the same
without special Warrant: Which being the true State of
the Case of the said Earl, they have thought fit to represent, and humbly submit, the same to the Parliament,
for their Direction therein.
The Question being put, That there be a Pension
continued to the Earl of Nottingham;
It passed with the Negative.
Mr. Strickland reports from the Council of State, The
State of the Case of the Lord Viscount Mansfield, according as it hath been reported to the Council from a
Committee appointed to examine the same, in these
ACCORDING to an Order of this honourable
Council, dated the 22th of the Month of June, we have
examined the Papers, in the Case of the Lord Mansfield,
thereby referred, and, upon Examination thereof, we find,
by the several Oaths, thereunto annexed, and the Examinations taken before the Sub-Committee, appointed, by
the Committee of Parliament, for Trial of Petitions, and
other Papers and Certificates, the State of the Business
to be, That the said Lord Viscount Mansfield, being a
Member of the Commons House of Parliament, had
Leave, by Order of the 10th of August 1641, to go into
the Country; and that thereupon he went to his Father
the Earl of Newcastle, and continued with him for about
Two Years, during which Time the said Earl was engaged in the War against the Parliament; and that the
said Lord Viscount Mansfield was all that while under a
Tutor; and that, when his Father took him with him,
he, the said Viscount, was of the Age of Fifteen Years,
and no more; and that the said Lord Mansfield, and his
Mother, did, about April 1642, solicit the said Earl,
that he, the said Viscount, might return back to the Parliament, which was denied; and that he did endeavour,
by all Means, to procure his Father's Leave to travel beyond the Seas, which was also denied: And that, altho'
he was constrained, during the first Two Years of the
War, to wait sometimes on his Father; and when he
rode, did wear a Sword; yet he never acted any thing in
the War by Way of Assistance, or otherwise, being weak
of Body and Constitution; and that the Earl gave express Charge to the Tutor and Servants of the said
Viscount, and his Brother, that if, at any time, there
should happen any Engagement with the Parliament's
Forces, that both the Viscount, and his Brother, then with
him, should be carried out of the Danger; which was
accordingly done by those who had the Care of them:
And that, when the said Viscount was about Seventeen
Years of Age, he travelled beyond the Seas, and there
continued until the Year 1647, when he returned to
London, and hath staid there, and in the Parliament's
Quarters, ever since.
And it appeareth, by Certificate from GoldsmithsHall, and Haberdashers-Hall, that there hath been no
Information or Charge there exhibited against him for
And it appeareth, that, upon the passing of the Act,
whereby the Estate of the said Earl was exposed to Sale,
the said Lord Viscount Mansfield did enter his Claim to
several Manors, Lands, and Tenements, which were the
Inheritance of his Mother, deceased, whose Heir he is;
and wherein the said Earl had only an Estate for Life, as
Tenant by the Courtesy of England; and made it appear,
to the Committee for Obstructions, that the same were
the Inheritance of his said Mother, and not by her
aliened: And the said Claim was allowed, as to the said
Manors and Premises, after the Decease of the said Earl,
as by the Order of Allowance, under the Hands of the
said Committee, produced unto us, appeareth; the said
Viscount making no Claim to any Lands of the said Earl,
and being by the Act of Parliament debarred from any
further Claim: Upon all which, we are humbly of
Opinion, That the said Viscount's Presence with the said
Earl in the Wars, during the Time aforesaid, was not
voluntary: And if there be no other Matter appearing
against him, than is contained in the said Papers, there
appeareth to us no sufficient Ground in Equity, or
Conscience, to charge him with Delinquency, or to render
him unfit of partaking the Benefit of the Act of General
Pardon and Oblivion; but that he should be discharged
from being liable to any further Question of Delinquency:
Which we humbly submit to the Wisdom of this honourable Council.
Resolved, That a Bill be brought in to give the Lord
Viscount Mansfield the Benefit of the Act of General
Pardon and Oblivion: And Mr. Strickland, and Mr.
Sadler are to bring in a Bill for that Purpose.
Alderman Titchborne reports from the Council of
State, Their Desire, that Power may be given, if they
shall think fit, to the Committee for the Army, as was
formerly to the late Committee of Parliament for the
Army, to call such Officers to an Account, as have at
any time received Monies by their Order, for the Payment
of the Soldiers, accordingly; the Council conceiving it
to be for the Service of the Publick.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Committee of
the Army do consider of some Rules for Powers to be
given to them, touching the Accounts of such Officers;
and report the same on Monday next.
Reduced Officers, &c.
Captain Howard reports from the Council of State,
The Petition of several Officers and Soldiers, intituled,
The humble Petition of the reduced Officers and Soldiers:
Which was this Day read.
Resolved, That Captain Courtney do make his Report
touching Mr. Phillips, on this Day Sevennight, the first
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, That Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper have Leave
for a Fortnight to go into the Country.
Resolved, That Colonel Blunt have Leave for a Fortnight to go into the Country.
Resolved, That Captain Crofts have Leave for a Fortnight to go into the Country.