Die Mercurii, 17 Januarii, 1648.
Deans and Chapters Lands.
ORDERED, That the Quorum of the Committee
for Deans and Chapters Lands be reduced to Five:
And that the said Committee, or any Five of them, be,
and are hereby, impowered to sit and act in the said Committee accordingly.
It being informed, that there were some Mistakes and
Omissions in the Act, passed Yesterday, for Adjournment
of Part of Hilary Term next; which Omissions being supplied, and Mistakes amended, the same were read; and,
upon the Question, assented unto: And
It is Ordered, That the said Omissions and Mistakes be
supplied and amended: And that the said Act be perfected and amended accordingly.
Mr. Miles Corbett reports Reasons given by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, Why a Stop is made of the Payment of Forty thousand Pounds to the Use of the Navy:
Which were this Day read; and was in hæc verba; viz.
The Reasons why there is a Stop in Payment of the
Forty thousand Pounds, for the Use of the Navy, &c.
are these; viz.
That, of the Two hundred thousand Pounds then due
for the Scotts Arrears, there was only the First Fifty
thousand Pound, of the Third Hundred thousand Pounds
charged on the Treasury at Goldsmiths Hall; and no
more upon that Treasury: And That was by Ordinance
of Parliament, dated 4 Februarii 1646. And the said
Fifty thousand Pounds, so charged, was to be paid unto
the Marquis of Arguile, Sir Wm. Dick, and others, as is
expressed in the said Ordinance, which is now come in
Course: And the said Earl of Arguile is paid his Proportion, being Ten thousand Pounds; and the rest expect
daily the remaining Forty thousand Pounds.
That, the Seventeenth of June 1648 (as we are lately
given to understand), there was an Ordinance of Parliament passed, for Payment of Thirty-five thousand Pounds,
unto the Marquis of Arguile, and the Heritors of the
Sheriffdom of Arguile, as Part of the Second Fifty thousand Pounds, the remaining Part of the Third Hundred
thousand Pounds; but this Thirty-five thousand Pounds
was not then, nor at any other time, charged on the
Treasury at Goldsmiths Hall; and, if now should be charged,
then it cannot be paid, but in Course, from the Time of
its being so charged: Because that, February Twenty-sixth 1646, there was an Ordinance of Parliament passed,
in these Words: "That all Sums which shall be charged
upon the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall, after the Passing
of this Ordinance, shall be paid in Course, and not otherwise." So that unless Sir Wm. Dick, and the rest to whom
the remaining Forty thousand Pounds of the First Fifty
thousand Pounds, being the only Sum charged upon Goldsmiths Hall, and is now due, in the present Course, be
content to stay till the Second Fifty thousand Pounds shall
come in Course, from the time it shall be now charged,
or otherwise satisfied, we cannot pay the Monies for the
Navy, as is expected, without an absolute Breach of Ordinance of Parliament, for Payment in Course; as also another Ordinance of Parliament, engaging the Receipts at
Goldsmiths Hall, for Payment of the Monies lent on the
Sale of Bishops Lands; as also divers other Ordinances
passed for Payment of other Monies, lent by several Persons; and for other Considerations.
Upon all which it doth plainly appear, that the Houses
were misinformed, and went upon a great Mistake, when
they passed this Ordinance for the Navy; for that the
Second Fifty thousand Pounds, Part of the said Hundred
thousand Pounds for the Scotts, was not, by Ordinance
of Parliament, charged upon the Treasury at Goldsmiths
Hall: And, if it had been charged, it must have been
paid in its Course, and not otherwise. All which we recommend to the Wisdom and Justice of the Parliament.
|this 17th of Jan. 1648.
Ordered, That the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall be
required to give Warrant to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths
Hall, forthwith to make Payment of the Remainder of
the Forty thousand Pounds, to the Use of the Navy, according to the former Order of this House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at
Goldsmiths Hall, to state the Matter of Fact touching the
Monies that were to be paid to the Kingdom of Scotland,
and the particular Assignments thereof; and present their
Report thereof to this House, on This-day sevennight.
And the Care of this Business is especially referred to
Resolved, &c. That Commissions be sent into Scotland, to the Parliament in Scotland.
Mr. Marten, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Mr. Salwey, Mr. Scott, Mr. Holland, Sir Thomas Widdrington,
Sir John Danvers, Mr. Boone, Mr. Challoner, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Allen, Commissary General Ireton, Colonel
Harrison, Sir James Harrington;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to consider of fit Persons to be sent to the Parliament of Scotland, to continue a good Understanding between the Nations, and to present their Names and Instructions to be
given them to this House; and also to consider of other
fit Persons to be sent into other Kingdoms: And the said
Committee are to meet To-morrow at Two of Clock in
the Afternoon, in the Queen's Court.
Portsmouth, &c. Garisons.
The House being informed, that divers Officers and
Soldiers of the Garison of Portesmouth, South-sea Castle,
Southampton, and other Places, were at the Door;
They were called in: And Captain Baskett acquainted
the House, That he was desired, on the Behalf of the
Counties of Dorsett, Southampton, and Wiltes, and the
Soldiery, and well affected Party, of the said Counties,
to present this their humble Petition to this House: And
thereupon presented a Petition.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read;
and was intituled, The humble Petition and Representation of the Officers and Soldiers of the Garison of Portesmouth, Southsea Castle, Southampton, Hurst Castle, Poole,
and Brownsea Castle, Weymouth, the Castles, Forts, and
Forces in the Isle of Wight, and the Garison of Malmsbury, together with many thousand public-spirited Persons
of those Places and Parts adjacent.
The Petitioners being again called in; Mr. Speaker,
by Command of this House, gave them this Answer:
Gentlemen, The House has read your Petition; and
find it of great Weight: And they also find your good Affections and Care of the Commonwealth; and have commanded me to give you Thanks: And, in their Names,
I do return you very hearty Thanks: And, as to the Particulars of your Petition, they do intend to take the same
into Consideration in due time.
The humble Petition of divers the Well-affected of
the Town of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk was this
Ordered, That Mr. Kiffyn, and Mr. Hanserd Knowles
shall have Liberty to preach, and exercise their Gifts, in
the Town of Ipswich, without Molestation or Disturbance,
in such Places, and at such Times, as they are not supplied by any other Men.
Portsmouth, &c. Garisons.
Mr. Scott, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Commissary
General Ireton, Mr. Holland, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr.
Say, Mr. Allen, Mr. Lisle, Alderman Wilson, Sir James
Harrington, Colonel Jones, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Leman,
Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Richard Salwey, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Fry, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Carey,
Mr. Marten, Mr. Blackiston, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr.
Boone, Colonel Ludlow;
This Committee, or any Five of them, are to take the
said Petition, and Representation of the Officers and Soldiers of the Garison of Portesmouth, &c. and other Petitions of that Nature, into Consideration: And are to
present to this House their Opinion, What is fit to be
done touching such of the Particulars in the said Petitions
as they shall think fit; and in what Method it is fit for
this House to proceed therein: And are to meet at Two
of Clock, To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's
Ordered, That Mr. Boone do bring in the Ordinance
touching the Restraint of Ministers from Preaching, Tomorrow Morning.
An Act for settling the Militia of the City of London
was this Day read.
And a Clause being offered to be added to the said
Act; the said Clause was read.
And the said Act, with the said Clause, being put to
the Question, passed.
Gloucester, &c. Militia.
Ordered, That Mr. Love do bring in an Ordinance Tomorrow Morning, for repealing an Ordinance for settling
the Militia in the Counties of Gloucester, Monmouth, and
An Ordinance for the Discovery, Inventorying, and
Preserving, of the Goods in the King's several Houses,
was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon
the Question, committed unto Colonel Martyn, Mr. Lisle,
Colonel Venne, Mr. Frye, Mr. Scott, Lord Mounson, Mr.
Hill, Mr. Love, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Leman, Mr.
Allen, Mr. Thomas Challoner; or any Five of them-Are
to meet To-morrow Morning at Eight of Clock, in the
Speaker's Chamber; and to bring it in To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Act touching the Weavers be read,
the first Business, To-morrow.
Mr. Lisle, Mr. Leman, Mr. Holland, Mr. Say, Colonel
Jones, Mr. Valentyne, Mr. Boone, Mr. Solicitor, Colonel
Ludlow, Mr. Nelthorp, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Browne,
Mr. Hallowes, and Mr. Smyth, are added to the Committee for removing Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops