Die Sabbati, 12 die Octobris
Prayers, by Mr Bowles
Ds North, Speaker this Day
Mrs Bast wicks Petition for Money due to her Husband
Upon reading the Petition of Susanna Wife of Dr
Bastwick, now close Prisoner in Knasborough Castle,, in
Yorkshire, shewing, "That there is One Hundred and
Ten Pounds, Five Shillings, now due to her Hus
band, for One and Twenty Weeks Pay, and desires
the same may be paid to her"
Hereupon this House Ordered, To recommend this
Petition to the House of Commons, that the said Hundred and Ten Pounds may be paid her
Message to the H C with it, and for a Conference on Col Massey s Letter,
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr Page
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted
Chamber, touching a Letter received from Colonel
and about the Countess of Peterborough's House being searched.
2. Touching the breaking open the Countess of
Peterborough's House, which concerns the Privilege of
3. To deliver the Petition of Mrs. Bastwicke, with
Recommendations, that they would take it into speedy
Ordinance for raising Money on the King's Plate in The Tower.
Next, the Ordinance concerning the King's Plate in
The Tower of London was read Twice; and it is Ordered to be committed to these Lords following:
Any Five, to meet on Monday Morning next, at
Nine of the Clock, in the Lord Keeper's Lodging.
Message from the H. C. with Orders, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, and others;
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Order for disposing Sir James Palmer's Goods.
Agreed to, with a Proviso concerning the Earl of
2. An Order to pay Two Hundred Pounds, for the
Service (fn. *) of Hurst Castle. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order concerning the Commanders and Soldiers of the City Brigade, to repair to their Rendezvous.
(Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance for an Assessment upon the County of North'ton, for the Preservation of that County.
(Here enter it.)
5. An Ordinance for raising and levying of Monies,
for the Advance and Maintenance of the Forces now to
be sent forth, for the present Expedition from the City
of London, &c. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to, and Ordered to be
printed and published.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer, by Messengers
of their (fn. *) own, to the Ordinance concerning Sir James
Palmer's Goods, and the Ordinance concerning levying
of Monies for maintaining the City Regiments now
going forth. To all the rest of the Particulars, their
Lordships do agree to them.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That they will give a present Conference, as is desired.
Heads for the Conference about Colonel Massey's Letter; and about the Countess of Peterborough's House being searched.
The Matter of the Conference was to be, "To impart Colonel Massie's Letter to them, and recommend
it to their Consideration, for the speedy supplying
him with Monies, and other Necessaries and Supplies, which he wants; in regard of the Merit of the
Man, the Consequence of the Counties of Monmouth
and Pembrooke, in respect of the Supply they afford
to Bristoll, and the Danger as may follow to the Public, if his Forces should disband for Want of Monies
and other Supplies.
"And also to acquaint them, That one Henry Hartstounge hath been convented before this House, for
breaking open the Doors of the Countess of Peterborough's House, though he was told it was her House
before-hand, which this House resents, as a Violation
and Breach of the Privilege of a Peer, and thinks the
Offender fit to be punished for the same; but, understanding that the said Hartstounge is a Person employed by a Committee of their House, their Lordships think it fit to acquaint them first with it, and
desire that he may be left to their Lordships Justice,
and his Relation to them taken off."
Ordered, That Mr. Prynn's Cause shall be heard on
Wednesday Morning, at this Bar.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Capt. Seppens's Petition, who was condemned by the Council of War, for writing a Letter to bettay Guernsey.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain Thomas Seppens; shewing,
That he hath been in the Service of the Parliament ever since his Excellency the Lord General's
First Advance from hence, and hath hazarded his
Life in divers Battles, at Keinton, Lichfield, and other
Places; and that his last Employment was at the Isle
of Garnesey, where he was within the Space of Seven
Weeks most unhappily taken Prisoner by the Enemy,
who detained him Ten Months, in which Time the
Petitioner was often solicited (with Promise of Honour and Reward) to take up Arms on their Side;
the which he refused, being he had wholly devoted
himself to the Service of the Parliament; but neither
hearing from his Friends, nor any Hopes at all of
his Releasement (his Miseries increasing), and his Wife
and Childrens Tears prevailing, the Petitioner, at the
Solicitation of Colonel Cartwright, assented to write
a Letter unto his Commander at Guarnsey, for which
the Petitioner is by the Council of War to lose his
"Now, forasmuch as the Petitioner had no real
Intent to do any Injury to the Service of the
Parliament, but only for the Procurement of
his Liberty, for the further Service of the
State, and Succour and Comfort of his poor
Wife and Children; he humbly implores this
House to take the Premises into Consideration; and that, out of their Lordships great
Clemency, Mercy, and Goodness, to remit
his Offence, and to grant him a Pardon, that
he may spend the rest of his Days in the Service."
Likewise the Earl of Denbigh informed this House
of the Particulars of the Trial of the said Seppens; and,
upon Debate, this Question was put, "Whether this
House thinks it fit that the said Seppens shall be (fn. *) reprieved?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Committee to draw up Reasons for it.
Hereupon this House appointed the Earl of Denbigh,
the Lord Wharton, and the Lord Willoughby, to draw
up the Reasons, to be communicated to the House of
Commons, of their Lordships Opinion herein; and to
desire their Concurrence therein.
E. of Chesterfield and Lord Newburgh's Assessment.
Next, was read the Order for the Assessment of the
Earl of Chesterfield and the Lord Newburgh, for their
Twentieth and Fifth Part.
And this House Agreed to the Ordinance, and for
the assessing of the said Earl of Chesterfield; but their
Lordships hold it not fit to assess the Lord Newburgh,
in regard of his constant Attendance as an Assistant of
this House, (fn. †) and of his great Losses sustained.
Ordinance for raising Monies for Irish Affairs.
Next, was read Twice the Ordinance for raising Monies for Ireland Affairs; and it is Ordered to be committed to these Lords following:
Any Three, to meet on Monday next.
Burton's Petition, against a Sentence in the Star-chamber.
Upon reading the Petition of Mr. Burton, desiring
he may be heard, concerning the vacating of the Sentence in the Star-chamber and High Commission Court
against him: It is Ordered, That his Cause shall be
heard in this House on Wednesday come Sevennight.
The Earl of Denbigh reported what the Committee
had drawn up, concerning Captain Seppens; which was
read, as followeth:
Ordinance for reprieving Capt. Seppens.
"Upon the Petition of Thomas Seppens, lately condemned in the Martial Court, for writing a Letter to
betray Garnesey, do think him a Person fit for Mercy,
in regard he wrote those Letters during a long Imprisonment under the Enemy; and the rather, because another is to suffer for the Endeavour of a Treachery of the same Nature; and that Major General
Skippon hath given Testimony to the Council of War
of the said Seppen's former good Service to the Parliament; and that he came in since his Release from
the Enemy, to do the Parliament further Service:
Upon these Considerations, the Lords and
do Ordain, That the said Thomas Seppens
(fn. *) is hereby
reprieved from the said Sentence; and that all whom
this may concern are to take Notice of this Ordinance, and yield their Obedience accordingly."
Ordered, That this House approves of this Report
of the Committee; and the Concurrence of the House
of Commons to be desired herein.
Message to the H. C. with them, and other Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page, consisting of these Particulars:
1. To let them know, that this House agrees to the
Ordinance concerning the levying of Monies for the
2. To desire their Concurrence in an Addition and
Proviso concerning Sir James Palmer's Jewels.
3. To desire Concurrence in the Business concerning
the Agent of the Duke of Lorrayne.
4. To let them know, that this House agrees to the
Ordinance for assessing the Earl of Chesterfield, leaving
out the Lord Newburgh.
5. To desire them to give Expedition to the Ordinance concerning the Lord Fairefaix's Chaplain, Mr.
6. To desire Concurrence in the Ordinance concerning Captain Seppens.
Order to preserve the Deer and Pales in Hyde Park.
Upon Information, "That the Soldiers do break down
the Pales at Hyde Parke, and destroy the Deer:" It is
Ordered, That an Order be granted, to command the
Officers and Commanders to take Order, that no Spoil
be made of the Deer or Pales in the said Park.
The Lord North reported the Answer, which the
Committee hath thought fit to be returned to The States
Ambassadors, concerning the accepting of their Mediation with the King for Peace; which Paper was read,
but nothing now resolved therein.
Order for 200 l. for Husit Castle.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Two Hundred Pounds paid in by Mr. Say, at Habberdashers
Hall, not yet disposed of, formerly directed by Order
of the House of Commons to be paid as the Committee for the Four associated Counties of Hampshire,
Sussex, Surrey, and Kent, should appoint, shall be now
paid in to Captain Baxter, for the Service of Hust
Order for the Officers and Soldiers of the City Brigade to repair to their Colours.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That it be referred to
the Commissioners of Martial Affairs, to take Notice
of such Commanders and Soldiers of the City Brigade, now upon Advance, as shall not forthwith
march to their Rendezvous, being entered into the
Pay and Entertainment of the State; and to proceed
against them by Martial Law, according to the Lord
General's Articles in that Behalf: It is further Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia be acquainted with this Order and that they take (fn. *) Care,
that the Commanders and Soldiers do forthwith
march to their Rendezvous."
Ordinance for a Weekly Assessment in Northamptonshire.
"It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That William Lord Fitz Williams,
Sir John Dreyden, Sir Christopher Yelverton, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Baronet, Zouch Tate, John Crewe,
Richard Knightly, Esquires, Members of the House
of Commons, Sir Rowland St. John Knight of the
Bath, Sir Edward Nicolls, Sir John Norwich, Baronets, Sir Humphrey Orme, Sir Richard Samwell,
Knights, Richard Knightly of Fawzley, Robert Mildmay, Edward Harby, Edward Only, John Cartwright,
Phillip Holman, Richard Samwell, Edward Farmer,
John Wirley, Edward Shugborrough, Edward Hanbury, William Lisle, Thomas Elmes, John Cleypoole,
Francis Qarles, John Norton, John Breton, and John
Thornston, Esquires, and the Mayor of the Town of
North'ton for the Time being, or any Three or more
of them, residing in the Town of Northampton, for
the furnishing of Arms and Ammunition, making
of Fortifications, and Payment of the Garrisons,
Officers, and Soldiers, and other Public necessary
Charges, for the Defence and Preservation of the said
County from Plunder and Ruin, shall or may, from
Time to Time, during the Space of Six Months, to
commence from the Ninth Day of September, 1644,
raise in the said County such Sums of Money, as shall
be by them, or any Three or more of them, thought
necessary for the Uses aforesaid, the same to be rated
and assessed in like Sort as was the Four Hundred
Pounds granted by Act this present Parliament,
not exceeding the Sum of Six Hundred Pounds a
Week; and, for the better levying of the said Sums
of Money, the said Committee, or any Three or
more of them then residing in the Town of Northampton, shall or may nominate and appoint Treasurers,
Collectors, and Assessors, in the said County, for assessing, receiving, and collecting, the said Sums of
Money; and shall and may grant Warrants, under
their Hands, to any Constable, or other Person or
Persons, as well Soldiers when Need shall require as
others, to raise and levy the said Sums so to be assessed
and taxed as aforesaid, upon all such Persons, upon
whom any such Sums shall be so assessed and set, that
do refuse or neglect; to pay the same, by Way of Distress and Sale of the Goods of the Persons so assessed
and refusing; and Two Pence for every Shilling that
shall not be paid upon Demand, to bear the Charge
of those that distrain; and in Case any Opposition be
made or no Distress can be found, the said Committee, or any Three of more of them, residing in
Northampton as aforesaid, shall or may commit such
Person or Persons refusing to pay, or not having a
Sufficient Distress or be found as aforesaid, to some
common Gaol within the said County, there to remain until Payment made of such Sum and Sums of
Money as aforesaid; for which Sums so to be raised the
said Committee shall be accountable to both Houses
of Parliament, or such as they have appointed, and
to none else; and if any shall refuse or neglect the
Execution of such Warrants as shall be directed to
them by virtue of this Ordinance, it shall be lawful for
the said Committee residing as aforesaid, or any
Three of them, to punish such Person refusing or
neglecting, by Fine, not exceeding Five Pounds, to
be levied as aforesaid: Provided, That where it shall
appear to the said Committee, or any Two of them
residing as aforesaid, that any Person hath been overrated to the Tax upon the Bill of Four Hundred
Thousand Pounds, an Abatement may be made in
the Tax of such Person, by the said Committee, or
any Two of them residing as aforesaid, according to
their Discretions: Provided also, That this present
Ordinance shall be no Hindrance to Taxes made by
any former Ordinance."
(fn. *) "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the speedy raising
and levying of Monies, for the Advance and
Maintenance of the Forces now sent forth
for this present Expedition, from the Cities of
London, Westminster, and Liberties thereof,
Borough of Southwarke, Hamlets of The
Tower, and the Parishes mentioned in the
Weekly Bills of Mortality.
"Die Sabbati, 12 Octob. 1644.
Ordinance to raise Money for the City Forces, going to join the Earl of Manchester.
"The Lords and Commons, taking into their Consideration the Necessity of sending forth some Forces
from the City of London and Liberties thereof, and
other Places mentioned in the Weekly Bills of Mortality; and that, for the better effecting thereof, the
speedy raising of a competent Sum of Money within
the City and Places aforesaid is requisite; have therefore Ordained, and be it Ordained by the said Lords
and Commons, for the Intents and Purposes aforesaid, and to such further Purposes as are hereafter
expressed, That there be forthwith raised the Sum of
Two and Twenty Thousand Pounds, whereof the
Sum of Seventeen Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty
Pounds within the said City and Liberties thereof,
and upon such Persons and Goods, wheresoever they
are to be found, as are herein after expressed; and
Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds
within the Hamlets of The Tower, City of Westminster,
Borough of Southwark, and other Places mentioned
in the Weekly Bills of Mortality, and upon such
Persons and Goods, wheresoever they are to be found,
as are herein also after expressed: And, for the more
speedy and orderly raising thereof, it is Ordained, by
the said Lords and Commons, That the Committee
appointed by several Acts of Common Council for
the gathering in of the Arrears, and the Four Aldermen appointed by Act of Common Council, dated
the 27 of September last, or any Nine of them, whereof Three to be Aldermen, shall be a Committee, to
assess the said Sum of Seventeen Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, upon any such Person or Persons, being of Ability, as either now inhabit within
the said City of London and Liberties, or that at any
Time since the Beginning of this Parliament (being
Freemen of London) did inhabit, or had since the
Time aforesaid, whether free or not free of the City
of London, or now have any Trade or Stock going
within the same; and that the Sub-committees of the
Militia heretofore appointed, within the Hamlets of
The Tower, City of Westminster, Borough of Southwark, and Places mentioned in the Weekly Bills of
Mortality, or any Seven of them respectively, shall
be a Committee, to assess the said Sum of Four
Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds, within
their several Limits and Precincts, upon any such
Person or Persons, being of Ability, as either now
inhabit within the several Places aforesaid, or that at
any Time since the Beginning of this Parliament did
inhabit, or had any Trade or Stock going, within the
Limits and Places aforesaid: And it is Ordained, by
the said Lords and Commons, That all and every
such Person and Persons, being assessed by virtue
hereof, and neglecting or refusing to pay the said
several Sums so assessed within Ten Days after Notice
given, or left in Writing, at his usual Habitation, or
Place of Abode, or at the Dwelling-house or Place
of Abode of any Partner or Factor of any Persons
assessed, unto the several Committees, or the Treasurer or Treasurers by them appointed to receive the
same, shall, by virtue of a Warrant from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies and other Necessaries for the Army, usually sitting at Haberdashers Hall (who are hereby authorized
to make and give such Warrants unto such Person or
Persons as shall be by the Committees nominated
for that Purpose) be compelled to pay the said Sums
so assessed, by Distress of the Goods and Chattels of
such Person and Persons so neglecting or refusing to
pay the same; which said Goods so distrained shall
be sold by the said several and respective Committees
appointed by this Ordinance for the Service aforesaid; and if any Person or Persons shall neglect or refuse to make Payment of the Sum or Sums so assessed and demanded as aforesaid, until a Distress shall
be taken for the same, that then every Person and
Persons so neglecting or refusing as aforesaid shall
pay such reasonable Charge, for every such Distress,
Removal, and Sale, of his or their Goods, as the said
several Committees shall respectively allow or appoint, to be employed for the better Execution of this
Ordinance; and, if no sufficient Distress can be found,
that then every such Person and Persons shall, by
virtue of such Warrant from the said Committee of
Lords and Commons to be made as aforesaid, be
committed to safe Custody, there to remain until such
Person or Persons shall satisfy the said several Sums
assessed upon them by virtue of this Ordinance:
And the said several Committees, appointed by virtue
of this Ordinance for the Service aforesaid, are hereby
further authorized and enabled to call to their Assistance (for the better Execution and Performance
of this Ordinance) any Person or Persons as they shall
"And it is further Ordained, by the said Lords and
Commons, That the several Sums of Money assessed
as aforesaid shall be brought unto the said several
Committees, or to such Treasurer or Treasurers as
shall be by them appointed to receive the same;
which Money, so paid to the said several Committees,
Treasurer or Treasurers, as aforesaid, shall be delivered to such Treasurer or Treasurers as the Court of
Common Council shall appoint, and by him or them
issued and paid out, by virtue of Warrants from the
Committee of the Militia of the City of London, for
the Satisfaction and Maintenance of the said Forces,
to be sent forth in the present Expedition as aforesaid,
according to their Musters, and the late Establishment of the Lord General's Army; and the Surplusage shall be paid and disposed as both Houses of
Parliament shall direct, and not otherwise, excepting
only what shall be issued out for such necessary Charges
for the collecting and gathering in of the said Monies as the said several Committees shall think fit,
not exceeding Six Pence in the Pound: And the said
Lords and Commons do Ordain, for the Encouragement and Security of such Persons as shall advance
any Sum of Money by virtue thereof, that they shall
be re-paid, with Interest, out of the Receipt of the
Excise; and that no Ordinance nor Assignment, which
is not already passed upon the Receipt of the Excise,
shall precede this Ordinance; and do therefore hereby authorize the said Commissioners of the Excise
and new Impost (for the Time being) to pay, at the
End of Six Months, the Interest of so much Monies
as shall be advanced by virtue hereof, after the Rate
of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum; and the Principal Money, and the rest of the Interest after the
Rate aforesaid, shall be paid, in due Course, into the
Hands of such Treasurer or Treasurers as shall be
appointed by Common Council, whose Receipt shall
be their sufficient Discharge, and by the said Treasurer or Treasurers issued out to such Persons as did
advance the same: And it is Ordained; That all
Mayors, Sheriffs, Captains, Lieutenants, Bailiffs, Constables, and all other Officers and Soldiers, shall be
aiding and assisting to the said Committees, and all
such Officers as shall be employed by them, for the
better Execution and Performance of the said Service.
"And the said Lords and Commons do further Ordain, That the said Committee for the Militia shall,
from Time to Time, give Accompt to both or either Houses of Parliament, or to whom they shall
direct, how they have caused the said Monies to be
"And it is lastly Ordained, That whatsoever any
Person or Persons shall do in Pursuance of this Ordinance, he and they shall be saved harmless for the
same, by Authority of both Houses of Parliament.
"Provided, That no Person or Persons shall be assessed by virtue of this Ordinance, that shall take his
Corporal Oath, before the said Committee of Lords
and Commons at Haberdashers Hall, or such as they
shall appoint, who are hereby authorized to take and
administer the same, that he is not worth, in Personal
and Real Estate, and good Debts, the Sum of One
Thousand Marks: Provided always, That no Member nor Assistant of either House of Parliament shall
be liable to this Assessment.
"Die Sabbati, 12 October, 1644.
"Ordered, by the Lords assembled in Parliament,
That this Ordinance be forthwith printed and published.
"Joh. Browne, Cler. Parliamentorum."
House adjourned till 9a, Monday next.