Friday, the 17th of October, 1656.
War with Spaine.
THE Lord Broghill reports A Declaration, setting
forth the Grounds and Reasons of undertaking the
War with Spaine: Which was read; and, upon the
Question, re-committed to the Commitee appointed to
bring it in: And that Lord Whitlock, Mr. Noell, Master
of the Rolls, Colonel Sidenham, Major-General Goffe,
Lord Chief Justice Glyn, Mr. Solicitor, be added to this
The Lord Lambert reports that the Committee, appointed for that Purpose, did Yesterday, according to
the Order of the House, attend his Highness, with the
Narrative, and Order for the Thanksgiving, on the 5th
of November next: And his Highness did give his
Ordered, That this Narrative and Order be forthwith
printed and published.
War with Spain.
The House, according to former Order, took up the
Debate touching the Spanish War, and the Assistance
Colonel Sidenham reports three several Papers; the one
intituled, An Estimate of all such Debts as are chargeable
upon the Treasury of the Navy, both as to Wages, Stores,
and Provisions, &c. Dated 16 Octobris 1656.
The Second was intituled, An Estimate of the present
State of the Pay of the Forces in England, Scotland, and
Ireland; and what they are in Arrear, till the 29th of
The Third, dated October 11, 1656, was intituled,
Monies due and charged upon the Receipt of his Highness's Exchequer, by several Letters Patents, and Letters
of Privy Seal.
The House, according to former Order, was this Day
resolved into a Grand Committee upon this Business.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Master of the Rolls was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
The Master of the Rolls reports from the Grand Committee, Several Votes of the said Grand Committee: And
thereupon, it was
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to take into
Consideration, the Arrears of Excise, payable by several
Merchants: And to confer with the Commissioners for
the Excise: And to send for Persons, Books, and Papers:
And, upon Consideration of the whole Matter, to report
to the House the State of the Business: And how the
same may be effectually brought in, both as to the Arrear,
and the growing due for the future: Viz. to Colonel
Shapcott, Mr. Mason, Mr. Bodurda, Captain Baines, Mr.
Bennett, Colonel Gorges, Colonel Cock, Mr. Throgmorton,
Colonel Nicholas, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Downing, Mr. Nowell, Mr. Robinson, Sir Wm. Roberts, Captain Hatsell, Colonel Clark, Lord Whitlock, Alderman
Foote, Sir Christofer Pack, Colonel Sidenham: And this
Committee are to meet at Two of the Clock To-morrow
in the Afternoon, in the Queen's Court: With Power to
send for Persons, Papers, Records.
The Question being propounded, That it be referred
to a Committee, to require an Account from the Trustees
and Contractors for Sale of Lands of Bishops, Deans, and
Chapters, Delinquents Estates, what Lands are unsold,
and what are the Obstructions; why the same are not sold;
and likewise what Monies are in those Treasuries, or due
from Purchasers for Lands, already sold; and why the
same are not paid in;
Resolved, That these Words, "the Lands of the King,
Queen, and Prince," be added to that Question.
And so the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee to require
an Account from the Trustees and Contractors for Sale of
the Lands of Bishops, Deans, and Chapters, Delinquents
Estates, the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince,
what Lands are unsold; and what are the Obstructions;
why the same are not sold; and likewise what Monies are
in those Treasuries, or due from Purchasers for Lands
already sold; and why the same is not paid in: Viz. to
Mr. Gorges, Mr. Sam. Disbrow, Attorney . . . Duchy,
Colonel Shapcott, Colonel Clark, Mr. Kiffin, Mr. Throckmorton, Mr. Jenkins, Colonel John Jones, Captain Hatsell,
Mr. Pickering, Mr. Nowell, Colonel Twisleton, MajorGeneral Bridge, Colonel Sidenham, Lord Lambert, Lord
Strickland, Sir Robert Williams, Mr. Aldworth, Mr.
Wakering, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Captain Baines, Mr.
Cole, Mr. Claxton, Major-General Berry, Captain
Collins: And are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon,
at Two of the Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: With
Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee last
named, to consider of the Arrears of the Assessment due
from the City of London; and the Reasons why the same
are not paid: And to present their Opinion therein to
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to look into
the Arrears due in the Prize-Office; and report the same
to the House: Viz. to Mr. Noell, Alderman Foote, Mr.
Robinson, Mr. Downing, Major-General Kelsey, Sir
Christofer Pack, Major-General Bridge, Mr. Alsop,
Major-General Lilborne, Major-General Packer, Mr.
John Clark, Mr. Kiffyn, Captain Blackwell, MajorGeneral Berry, Mr. Delanoy, Mr. Purey, Attorney of
the Duchy, Colonel Sidenham, Lord Commissioner
Whitelock, Colonel Twisleton, Mr. Banks: And are to
meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock,
in the Duchy-Chamber.
War with Spain.
Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Grand
Committee of the whole House, on Monday next, to sit
upon the Business of the Spanish War, and Assistance