Monday the 11th of April, 1659.
Leave of Absence.
RESOLVED, &c. That Mr. Alderman Toll, one
of the Members of this House, shall have Leave to
go into the Country for a Month; notwithstanding the
Order for appointing the Call of the House.
The humble Petition of George Coney Esquire was this
Day read; and was, concerning a Purchase made by him
and others, from the Trustees for Sale of Delinquents
Estates, of the Manor of Hooke, and several other
Manors, and Lands, late Parcel of the Possessions of
John now Marquis of Winchester, in the Counties of
Dorsett, Devon, and Cornewall.
The humble Petition of Charles Lord St. John, eldest
Son to John now Marquis of Winchester, was this Day
read; and was, concerning his Claim and Title to the
Mr. Trevor, Mr. John Goodwin, Mr. Scott, Colonel
White, Sir Walter Earle, Mr. Reynell, Mr. Challenor,
Captain Hatsell, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Howe, Col. Gorge,
Mr. Annesley, Mr. Cary Raliegh, Mr. Gulston, Sir
William Doyley, Mr. Alsop, Colonel Whetham, Mr.
Bulkeley, Lord Fairfax, Mr. Juxon, Mr. Minors, Colonel
Birch, Mr. Jonathan Jennings, Mr. Gewen, Mr. St.
Awbin, Captain Cheeke, Sir George Booth, Sir Anthony
Ashley Cooper, Mr. Clifton, Captain Pley, Mr. Lance,
Captain Baynes, Mr. Hobart;
This Committee are to examine the Matter of Fact
in the aforesaid Two Petitions of Mr. George Coney and
the Lord St. John; and to report the same to the House:
And have Power to send for Parties, Papers, Witnesses,
and Records: And are to give timely Notice to all Persons concerned: And are to meet about the same in the
Star Chamber, To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of
Chief Baron of Exchequer.
The humble Petition of John Wylde, late Lord Chief
Baron of the Publick Exchequer, concerning the Place of
Chief Baron of the Exchequer, granted to him quam diu
se bene gesserit; and the Sum of One thousand Three
hundred Pounds owing to him for his Salary in respect of
that Office; was this Day read. And It is
Resolved, &c. That the Petition of Mr. Serjeant Wyld,
late Chief Baron of the Publick Exchequer, be referred
to the Grand Committee of the House for Grievances,
and Courts of Justice; to examine the Matter of Fact
thereof; and to report the same to the House.
Lord Craven to have & Pass.
The humble Petition of William Lord Craven was this
Day read; and was, for a Passport for his safe coming
into England, to prosecute a Petition which he intends
to present unto this Parliament; and to reside here for
Six Months; and then to return to his Charge in Holland. And It is
Resolved, &c. That Leave be granted to William Lord
Craven to come into England, for Six Months from this
Day, for the Prosecution of his Petition concerning his
Estate; and that Mr. Speaker do sign a Protection for
his coming over, accordingly: Provided that he do,
within Six Days after his Landing in England, attend
this House; and give such Security as this House shall
think fit, to act nothing prejudicial to the Commonwealth
during his Abode there.
Committee of Grievances.
Ordered, That Mr. Terill do make the Reports in his
Hands, from the Committee of Grievances, To-morrow
Captain Stone gave the House an Account concerning
the Notice given to the Farmers of the Excise of Beer
and Ale, and other Inland Commodities, that live in
London, and were in London, or within Five Miles
thereof, of the Order of this House made on Saturday
last, concerning the said Farmers: And also presented
to the House a Paper containing the Manner of the
Serving of the said Order, the Counties in Farm to them,
the Names of the Farmers, and the several Sums of
Money due and owing by them upon their respective
Farms, over and above all Sums of Money paid in by
them since the Five-and-twentieth Day of March last.
The said Paper was read; and was as followeth; viz.
AN ACCOUNT of serving the Order of the House of Commons of the 9th of April instant, upon the several
Farmers of Excise of Beer and Ale, &c.
Counties, Cities, &c.
||HOW THEY WERE SERVED.
London, Middlesex, and Surry.
||A Copy of the Order delivered to Mr. Thompson, who undertook to communicate it to his Partners: Delivered by Stephen Gwyllym
||Colonel Humfry Mackworth
||A Copy delivered to his Landlord, at his Lodging, 9 Aprilis
Kent, and Sussex.
||A Copy to Mr. Morris, 9 Aprilis: The like to Mr. Stephens his Daughter, that Day: Who since confessed he received it
Exon, Devon, and Cornewall.
||A Copy delivered to his Man, 9th April; who carried it to his Master, he being in his Chamber; and at his Return he said he delivered it to his Master
Berks, and Hants.
Thomas Stephens, and John Chabenor
||A Copy to Mr. Stephen's Daughter 9th April; and he confessed he received it. Served by James Fenton.These last Four were served by James Fenton.
Leicester, Northampton, and Rutland.
||A Copy with his Man at his Shop, 9th April; by Neworke Beckwith
Bristoll, Glocester, Somersett.
||A Copy to their Wives, at the House of Mr. Risby, 9th Apr.; by Jo. Smyth
Esa. Risby, and Robert Wms.||
Lincolne, and Isle of Ely.
Esa. Risby and Robert Wms.
||Served by Jo. Smythe, as above, the 9th April
Herefford, Worcester, and Salopp.
||A Copy to Mr. Bodley, the 9th of April; by Neworke Beckwith
Stafford, Derby, Nottingham.
Thomas Wagstaff, and Jo. Huntingford
||A Copy to his Daughter the 9th of Apr.: And the same Day he was acquainted with it by Antho. Robins
Norfolk, Suffolke, and Essex.
Tho. Garrett, and Wm. Life
||A Copy to Mr. Garrett, the 9th of April 1659; by Neworke Beckwith
Martin Noell Esquire
||A Copy delivered to Mr. Noell, the 9th of April; by Neworke Beckwith
The House being informed, that divers of the Farmers
of the Excise did attend the House; and were without at
the Door; they were called in: And Mr. Francis Thompson, Mr. Stephen Kirke, Mr. John Baker, Mr. Esau
Risby, and Mr. Richard Best Farmers of the Excise of
Beer and Ale within the City of London, and within the
Counties of Middlesex and Surry, came to the Bar of the
House: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House,
required them to give the House an Account, Why the
Arrears due and owing by them upon their Farm was
not paid in by them, according to their Contract.
Mr. Baker and Mr. Kirke, severally gave the House
their Reasons, Why they were behind, and had not paid the
Rent due from them, according to their Contract; namely,
several Difficulties they had met with from the Brewers;
divers Actions brought against them, and their Officers
and Servants; and that, for want of Time to collect the
Duty, the Money which they should have paid, was remaining in the Brewers Hands.
And after the House had heard their Reasons, and
the Inforcement of them, they withdrew.
The House being informed, that several Persons of
the Company of the Brewers were without at the Door;
and desired to be heard; It was
Resolved, &c. That the Brewers of London be now
The Brewers being called in, Mr. Speaker, by the
Command of the House asked of them, If they did desire
to be heard by any Direction from the Company: To
which one of their Number, on the Behalf of the rest,
answered, That they were a Committee, by Direction of
the Company, to attend the Business concerning the
Farmers of the Excise.
Whereupon Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That the
Farmers of the Excise had offered it to this House this
Day, as One Reason, Why they had not paid their Rent
due for the Excise of Beer and Ale, according to their
Contract, that the Brewers are in Arrears to them; and
that the Monies remain unpaid to them in the Brewers
Whereupon one of the Committee for the Company
of Brewers informed the House, That there might be an
Arrear of Six thousand Pounds, or thereabouts, in the
Hands of the Brewers; but that they would be ready to
pay it this Afternoon, being the Day it is due: And
thereupon they withdrew.
Resolved, That the Farmers of the Excise of Beer and
Ale within London, Middlesex, and Surry, be required to
pay in to the Receipt of the Exchequer the Sum of
Fifteen thousand and Seven hundred Pounds, on Saturday
next; and the further Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds,
on or before the First Day of this next Term.
The Farmers of the Excise of Beer and Ale within
London, Middlesex, and Surry, were again called in: And
Mr. Speaker informed them of the aforesaid Resolution of
the House, for the Payment of the said Sums in to the
Exchequer, within the Times aforesaid. He further
minded them of their Contempt and Neglect; That, having had Notice, as they themselves had acknowledged, of
the Order of this House of the Twelfth of March last, they
had not hitherto paid in the Monies due and owing by
them, according to the Directions of that Order: That
they well knew, before they took the Farm, what Powers
they had; and they had acknowleged they had sufficient
Powers for London: And that they knew, that if they did
transgress the Law, they would be liable to Actions: And
that there is much more due from themselves than is pretended by them to be owing by the Brewers; which they
might forthwith call for; and that therefore the House
did expect that they should pay in their Rent, according
to their Contract. And thereupon by the Command of
the House, those Farmers of the Excise withdrew.
The Committee of the Company of Brewers, London,
were again called in: And Mr. Speaker by the Command
of the House, informed them, That the House hath given
Order to the Farmers to pay in their Rent in Arrear,
within a very short time; and what should afterwards
grow due from them, according to their Contract: And
that the House expected, that themselves and the rest of
their Company that did owe any Monies to the Farmers,
should pay the same to them upon Demand, that it
might not be an Excuse to the Farmers for not paying
their Rent, to allege, that the Money was owing then
by the Brewers. And thereupon, by the Command of
the House, they withdrew.
Colonel Mackworth, one of the Members of this House,
and Farmer of the Excise of Beer and Ale in the County
of Lancaster, taking notice, upon reading the Accompt
of the Monies in Arrear and unpaid by the Farmers of
the Excise, a Debt of Eight hundred Two-and-Twenty
Pounds Ten Shillings was stated upon himself; did stand
up in his Place; and informed the House, That above
Two hundred Pounds of the said Arrear was paid in to
the Receipt this Day; and that the rest should all be
paid in within one Fortnight.
Resolved, &c. That the rest of the Farmers of the
Excise of Beer and Ale, and other Inland Commodities,
who attended this Day to have been heard concerning
the Monies due and owing by any of them, do attend
again To-morrow Morning, to give the House an Account, Why they have not, according to their several
Contracts, paid in the said Monies.
Resolved, That a new Writ be issued, for the Election
of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the
Borough of Malmesbury in the County of Wiltes, in the
place of Sir Henry Lee Baronet, deceased: And that Mr.
Speaker do send his Warrant to the Clerk of the Commonwealth in Chancery, for Issuing of a new Writ for
the Election of a Burgess to serve for the said Borough of