DIE Mercurii, 5 die Martii.
PRAYERS by Doctor Hoyle.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ministers near London complain of the heavy Taves laid on them.
Upon reading the Petition of the Ministers within
the Counties near unto the City of London; complaining, "That, by reason of the great Taxes, they have
not a Competency to live upon; therefore desires
that some competent Maintenance and comfortable
Encouragement may be settled upon them:"
Hereupon this House appointed the Lords Committees following to consider of this Petition, and what is
incident to it, for a Competency of Maintenance for
Any Five, to meet To-morrow Morning, at
Nine a Clock, and when after they please.
Message from the H.C. about a Preacher at the Fast; and with Orders, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Gyles Greene Esquire;
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. That whereas Mr. Harris was appointed to preach
this Day Sevennight at Christ Church, before both the
Houses, (fn. *) he hath desired to be excused, in regard of
his low Voice; instead of whom, the House of Commons hath propounded Mr. Vynes to supply his Place,
wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
2. An Order to pay Fifty Pounds to the several Messengers that brought the good News of the Re-taking
of Weymouth. (Here enter it.)
3. An Ordinance to pay Two Thousand Pounds, to
pay the Lord General's Foot. (Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance concerning the Advance of Fifty
Thousand Pounds, by the new Customers.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now
Lord Mayor, &c. desired to be present at the Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending
this House do (fn. *) give Notice to the Lord Mayor of London, and desire he and his Brethren would be present
at Christs Church this Day Sevennight, at the Thanksgiving for the Taking of Shrewsbury and Weymouth.
Message from the H. C. to expedite the List of the Officers to be employed in Sir T. Fairfax's Army.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by John (fn. †) Lysle Esquire:
To desire their Lordships would please to give a
speedy Passing to the List of the Names of the Officers
that are to be employed in the Army under Sir Thomas Fairefaix, which hath been approved of by the
House of Commons: And, because there is great Inconvenience for Want of the raising of this Army,
they desire that such Names as their Lordships do approve of, there may be Notice given to the House of
Commons of it, that so they may be employed in putting the Forces into a Readiness.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their
Message from thence, to expedite the Ordinance for the Dutchy Seal;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Pelham, &c.
To desire their Lordships to give Expedition in the
Ordinance concerning the putting the Seal of the
Dutchy into Execution.
Ordered, To be taken into Consideration Tomorrow.
and to fit a while.
2. To desire their Lordships would sit a while, for
they have some Business of Importance to impart.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will take the Ordinance concerning the Dutchy Seal into Consideration, and send
an Answer by Messengers of their own; and they will
sit a while, as is desired.
Message from the H. C. with a Paper from the Assembly of Divines, containing Alterations in the Directory for Worship.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Zouch Tate Esquire:
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons have received a Paper from the Assembly of
Divines, wherein they offer some Alterations in the Directory, to which the House of Commons have (fn. *) agreed;
and their Lordships Concurrence is desired therein.
The Alterations were read, as follow:
"In the Administration of the Sacrament of Baptism, after the Word ["negligent"], add these
Words ["requiring his solemn Promise for the Performance of his Duty"]: After these Words, ["It
is recommended to the Parent, to make a Profession of his Faith, by answering to these or the like
Questions"] is to (fn. †) be left out: And these Three
Questions following are to be left out; videlicet,
"["Dost thou believe in God the Father, Son, and
"Dost thou hold thyself bound to observe all that
Christ hath commanded thee, and wilt thou endeavour so to do?
"Dost thou desire to have this Child baptised into
the Faith and Profession of Jesus Christ?"]
"Instead of these Words in the Directory for the
Solemnization of Marriage, ["in the Place of the
Public Meeting of the Congregation in some Church
or Chapel"], these Words to be inserted ["in the
Place appointed by Authority for Public Worship"]".
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to these Alterations now
List of Officers to be employed in Sir Tho. Fairfax's Army.
Ordered, That this House will take into Consideration the List of Officers To-morrow Morning; and the
Lord Wharton is appointed to desire Sir Thomas Fairefaix to give in the Christian Names of the Officers in
Message from the H. C. with a Declaration concerning the mutinous Soldiers.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Bolstrode Whitlocke Esquire:
To desire Concurrence in a Declaration to be published, concerning the Soldiers that are in Mutiny.
Read, and Agreed to.
Order for printing the Directory sent to the H. C.
An Order was brought in, and read, for the Printing
of the Directory, and Agreed to; and sent down to
the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath,
to desire their Concurrence therein.
Order for 50 l. to the Messengers from the West.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee
at Habberdashers Hall, for Advance of Monies, do
forthwith advance and pay, unto the Committee for
the West, Fifty Pounds, to be disposed of by them
to the several Messengers that brought the good
News from Weymouth, and have been employed upon
their Occasions out of the West."
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to-pay themselves 2000 l. advanced for Payment of the Lord General's Foot.
"Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the
City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners
of Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent
the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, for Payment
of the Lord General's Foot about Farnham and
Reading: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said Two Thousand Pounds,
together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of
Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long Time as the same,
or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, out of such
Intervals of Receipts to come in upon the Office of
Excise as shall happen when other Payments already
assigned shall not fall due, or, for Want of such Intervals, then as the same shall follow in Course; and
shall not, by any other Order or Ordinance of One
or both Houses of Parliament, be secluded from satisfying themselves accordingly; and that the said
Commissioners shall pay the said Two Thousand
Pounds to Sir Gilbert Gerrard Baronet, Treasurer
at Wars, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf."
Ordinance appointing Messrs. Bateman, Lloyd, & al. Commissioners of the Customs, and to raise 50,000 l. upon them.
"Whereas Samuell Avery, Richard Bateman, Charles
Lloyd, Christopher Packe, and Walter Boothby, Merchants, according to divers Propositions voted and
assented unto by the House of Commons the 15th
Day of February last past, are, by Ordinance of both
Houses of Parliament, bearing Date the 21th Day
of the said Month of February, ordained Commissioners and Collectors, and enabled to receive all such
Sums of Money as shall at any Time hereafter, from
the 25th Day of the said Month of February inclusive, be paid for Customs, or advanced by Way of
Loan, or otherwise, for and in respect of Goods and
Merchandize exported out of, or imported into, the
Port of London, and all other Ports within the Realm
of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwicke; and, out of their good Affection to the Public,
have undertaken to advance, by Way of Loan, for
the carrying on the Affairs of the Navy, the Sum of
Fifty Thousand Pounds, Part whereof, videlicet, the
Sum of Thirty-two Thousand Five Hundred Pounds,
is already paid, and the Residue of the said Fifty
Thousand Pounds is to be forthwith paid and advanced: It is thereupon Ordained, by the Lords and
Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That
the said Commissioners be allowed the Sum of Four
Thousand Pounds per Annum, in Recompence of their
Attendance on the said Service; and shall re-pay
unto themselves, by Way of Defalcation out of the
said Receipts of the Customs, the Sum of Twenty
Thousand Pounds, Part of the said Fifty Thousand
Pounds, with Interest for the Forbearance thereof,
after the Rate of Eight per Cent. for a Year, to be
accounted from the Time of the Lending thereof, as
the same shall arise out of the said Receipts, from and
after the Five and Twentieth Day of July next coming: And, for the further Security and Encouragement of the said Commissioners, it is likewise Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the
said Commissioners shall continue in the said Employment, and shall not be dismissed or removed from the
same, until they be reimbursed the remaining Thirty
Thousand Pounds, so advanced and lent as is aforesaid, and all other Sum and Sums of Money which
they have already advanced, or shall at any Time or
Times hereafter further advance or disburse, for the
Use of the Navy, or for carrying on the said Service,
with Interest after the Rate of Eight per Cent. pro
Anno, for the same; and be likewise paid all such
Allowances and Salaries for the said Service, as shall
be in Arrear, and unpaid at the Time of such their
Dismission and Discharge; and the said Commissioners
are hereby enabled and authorized, during the whole
Time of their Employment in the said Service, Quarterly, to defaulk out of the said Receipts, as well
the Sum of One Thousand Pounds, in regard of their
Salaries, for their Pains and Personal Attendance
upon the said Service, as the Interest of the said
Thirty Thousand Pounds, until they shall be fully reimbursed the same; all which shall be allowed unto
them upon their Accompts; and as for all Payments
to be from Time to Time made by the said Commissioners, or their Deputies, to Merchants and others,
for Custom of Goods exported, which formerly were
imported, according to the Orders annexed to the
last Book of Rates, the said Commissioners, or their
Deputies by their Appointment and Order, shall
issue the said Payments out of the Receipts aforesaid,
and be likewise allowed the same upon their Accompts."
Declaration, concerning the Soldiers in Mutiny.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
taking Notice that divers inferior Officers of Horse,
raised by their Authority, have lately been, and still
are, in Disorder and Mutiny, refusing to obey Commands, which, in the Example to others, may be of
great Danger to the Public, and, by the Discipline
and Rules of War published, is to be punished with
Death; nevertheless the Lords and Commons, having
had Experience of the Dutifulness and good Service
heretofore performed by those Officers and Soldiers,
of the Fruit and Reward whereof they are most unwilling those Officers and Soldiers should make themselves uncapable, do therefore hereby Declare, That
if those Officers and Soldiers, or any of them, do,
before the 15th Day of this Instant March, return to
their Duty, and shall obey the Commands of their
Officers, according to the Discipline of War, and
observe such Orders and Directions as they shall receive from the Two Houses of Parliament, or the
Committee of both Kingdoms, and, from (fn. *) the Time
of their having Notice of this Declaration, shall forbear any Plundering or Violence upon the Country
under the Protection of the Parliament, that then
they shall be, and they are hereby, fully pardoned
and acquitted of this Mutiny and Disorder: And the
Lords and Commons do further Declare their Pleasure to be, That they shall be forthwith taken into
the like Care for Pay and all fitting Accommodations
with the other Officers and Soldiers in their Service;
but if, after the Day herein appointed for their Return to their Duty, they shall still continue in Mutiny
and Disorder, and not submit to the Mercy hereby
offered, they shall then be proceeded against as
Traitors, and Enemies to the Commonwealth, and
are to expect the severe Punishment due to their
House adjourned till 9a cras.