DIE Mercurii, 4 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Staunton.
Comes Manchester, Speaker this Day.
L. Herbert de Cherbery.
Porter's Ordinance, to be Vicar of Charles Church, Plymouth.
The Ordinance for the making of Francis Porter Vicar
of Charles Church, in Plymouth, 1a, 2a, & 3a
Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons,
with a special Recommendation; and to desire their Concurrence therein with Expedition, else there may come
some Inconveniency by the Distractions of that Place.
Message to the H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Fynch and Dr. Heath:
To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance for instituting and inducting Mr. Francis Porter to be Vicar
of Charles Church, in Plymouth; and that they would give
Expedition to it, in regard some Inconvenience will ensue, by reason of the Distractions there.
Puresoy's Information, concerning, the taking of Leicester.
The House was this Day acquainted with an Information of one Henry Purefoy, presented to the
House by the Earl of Essex; which was read, as follows:
"That, about the 30th of April last, he being by
Chance very early in the Chamber of the Lord Hawley, Governor of Bristoll, he heard the said Lord say
to Mr. Bryan O'Neale, his then Bedfellow, "We were
last Night upon a Consultation about the Taking of
Leycester, which both the Town and Country have
promised to deliver up to His Majesty; this being the
most considerable Business hath a long Time befallen
us." Whereupon the Deponent, being a Leycestershire Man, much grieving for Fear of his Country's
Ruin, the next Morning, being May-day, sent away
his Wife to London, to the Earl of Kent, his Kinsman,
desiring him to take Order that some present Means
might be used to put the said Town in a Posture of
Defence: And he further saith, That he himself,
upon Tuesday the 13th of May, took Occasion, upon
the Exchange of Lieutenant Colonel Hudson, to come
to Banbury, and from thence by Night to a Brother's
near Leycester; and sending presently for Colonel
Gray, his Kinsman, acquainted him with the extreme
Danger the Town was in; desiring him not to fail immediately to provide for the Defence of the Town,
assuring him, if they took it, (fn. *) it would be by Storm,
and, as I conceived, about St. Margerett's Church;
and after acquainted the Committee there at large
with his Relation, and gave them [ (fn. †) this his] Information and Advice in Writing signed, with his voluntary Oath: And further he saith, That, coming to
London, upon 15th May, he hath since acquainted Mr.
Corbett, my Lord of Kent, and Sir Arthur Haselridge,
with this Business; and his Advice, according to those
poor Parts God hath enabled him with."
Then the Earl of Kent reported to the House his
Ordered, That this Information be communicated
to the House of Commons, at a Conference; and let
them know, that this House thinks it fit this Business
be examined, in regard it may prevent the Loss of other
Towns; therefore their Lordships recommend the Business to them.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield, &c.
To desire a Conference, in the Painted Chamber, so
soon as it may stand with their Conveniency, touching a
Business of great Importance, concerning the late Loss
of the Town of Leycester.
Upon reading the Petition of Henry Morris: It is
Ordered, To be recommended to the House of Commons.
The Order concerning Peter De Petit was read, and
approved of. (Here enter it.)
Horses, for the D. of Mecklenburgh, to be exported.
Ordered, That a Pass shall be granted to the Duke
of Meckiinburgh's Servant, to transport Two Nags, and
Four Horses, or Geldings, into Flanders, Custom-free.
Answers from the H. C.
Dr. Heath, &c. return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
That they will send an Answer by Messengers of their
own, concerning the Ordinance for the Minister of Plymouth.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield, &c. return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons will give a Conference
presently, as is desired.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Mr. Schloer to be Minister of Ould.
Upon reading the Petition of some Ministers of
Northamptonshire; desiring, "That Mr. Frederick Schloer
may be presented, to be Minister of Ould, in the
County of North'ton:" (Here enter the Petition.)
It is Ordered, That, if the Disposal of this Living
be in the Commissioners of the Great Seal, then the said
Mr. Schloer be recommended to them, to have the said
Living; if not, then he shall be made Minister by the
Order of this House.
Mr. Stavely & Uxor.
The Counsel of Mr. Stavely, at Bar, desired to be
heard, concerning the Business between him and his
Wife: But, because the Orders of this House hath not
been obeyed by Mr. Stavely, it is Ordered, That this
House expects Obedience from Mr. Stavely to the Orders
of this House.
Clark, Griffin, and Sparks, for the Paper called Mercurius Civicus, complained of by The States Ambassador.
Licensed by Mabbet, a Clerk of the H. C.
Next, Clcarke the Author, and Griffin the Printer, of
Mercurius Civicus, were called to this Bar; and Griffin
confessed he printed the said Pamphlet, which was delivered to him by Clarke: Clarke
(fn. *) confessed he made the
Book, excepting that of the Passage concerning The States
Ambassadors, which was brought him by one Sparkes
a Bookseller, dwelling in Greene Arbor. The Author
and Printer also confessed, that one Mabbett, an Under
Clerk of the House of Commons, did license the Printing of it.
Ordered, That the said Clarke, Griffin, and Sparkes,
shall appear before this House To-morrow Morning;
and then this House will take this Business into further
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Whitlocke, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. An Ordinance for paying Two Thousand Pounds,
out of the Excise, to the Earl of Essex, in Part of his
Arrears. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
2. An Order, That Mr. Nathaniell Stephens and Mr.
Thomas Hodges be added to the Three Persons appointed
on Monday last to have the Government of the Garrison
of Glouc. according to the said Order; and any Three
of them to be of the Quorum.
3. An Ordinance for paying One Thousand Pounds,
for the Isle of Ely, out of the Excise. (Here enter it.)
4. An Ordinance for disposing Two Thousand Four
Hundred Pounds, for the reducing of Oxford.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now
Order for 2000l. to the E. of Essex, in Part of his Arrears.
"It is this Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Two Thousand Pounds shall
be paid in Course unto the Earl of Essex, out of the
Receipts of the Excise or new Impost, by Ordinance
of the Eleventh of September, 1643, in Part of his
Arrears due unto him upon the Establishment of the
Army; and the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost are hereby authorized to (fn. *) pay the said Sum of
Two Thousand Pounds, according to its due Order
and Course, unto the said Earl, his Order, or Assigns,
next after other Assignments already made on the said
Receipts shall be first satisfied; and the Receipts of
the said Earl, or of his Assigns sufficiently by him
authorized thereunto, shall be a sufficient Discharge
unto the said Commissioners of Excise or new Impost,
and every of them, in that Behalf."
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to re pay themselves 1000£. advanced for the Isle of Ely;
"Whereas Thomas Foote 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 One Thousand Pounds, for the Service of
the Garrison of the Isle of Eley, under the Command
of Colonel Oliver Cromwell: Be it Ordained, by the
Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That
the said Thomas Foote, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise, their Executors, Administrators, or
Assigns, shall and may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said One 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 as shall happen when other Payments already assigned upon the Office of Excise shall not
happen to 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 debarred from satisfying and
reimbursing themselves accordingly; and that the said
Commissioners shall pay the said One Thousand Pounds
to Walter Frost Esquire, to be by him paid over to Colonel Cromwell, or such as he shall appoint to receive
the same, whose Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf."
and 2400l. advanced for reducing Oxford.
"Whereas Ten Thousand Pounds, by Order of the
House of Commons, dated the 20th of May last, were
assigned upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course,
upon the Ordinance of Parliament dated 11 Septembris, 1643, for the reducing of Oxford; and whereas
Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise or
new Impost, have consented to advance and lend Four
and Twenty Hundred Pounds, towards the Supply
of that Service: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and
Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said
Commissioners of Excise shall and may reimburse
themselves; and that their Executors, Administrators,
and Assigns, shall be reimbursed of the said Four
and Twenty Hundred Pounds, together with Interest after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so
long Time as they shall be out of the same, or any Part
thereof, within the Intervals of Receipts when other
Assignments already made shall not fall due, or, in
Default thereof, in such Course and Order as this
Ordinance according to the Date hereof shall succeed; for which Reimbursement of Principal and Interest, this Ordinance shall be their, the said Commissioners of Excise, or the Commissioners of Excise for
the Time being, Warrant and sufficient Discharge:
And it is further Ordained, That the said Twentyfour Hundred Pounds, by the Commissioners so
advanced and lent, shall be paid unto Gualter Frost,
Secretary to the Committee of both Kingdoms, whose
Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the said
Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, in that
Behalf; and the said Two Thousand Four Hundred
Pounds to be disposed of by the Committee of both
Kingdoms, for the Service above specified."
Order for protecting Petit, De Liques, and Faucult, against Rednes & al. concerning their Invention of weighing Ships that were foundered.
"Whereas, by Order of the Lords and Commons in
Parliament, of the 26th Day of August, 1643, Power
was given to the Petitioners, Dominique Petite, Peter
De Liques, and Claudius Fawcult, for the putting in
Execution their new Inventions, of taking up Ships
and their Lading, out of the Sea, at their own proper
Cost and Charges, upon their enjoying of the Moiety
thereof to themselves for their Pains, and the other
Moiety to go to the Service of the State, as by the
said Order appeareth; and whereas the said Inventors
have spent much Time, and have been at great
Charge, upon the said Service, but (being Strangers)
have been much retarded and hindered by some Persons, namely, by Leonard Rednes and James Gardner,
Masters of Two Ships, the one called The William
and Sarah, and the other The Elizabeth, in the Harbour of Harwich, and by the Owners of the said
Ships keeping the most Part of their Inventions and
Engines upon the said Ships: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, since
the said Inventions and Engines are already upon the
said Ships, That Captain John Hunter, Governor of
the said Town of Harwich, shall hereby have full
Power from this House, for the promoting of the said
Service, and for the Good of the Commonwealth, to
press the said Ships, with all Things belonging to
them, fit and needful for that Service, upon the
Wages agreed upon; and also to constrain the said
Leonard Rednes and James Gardner to perform their
former Agreements made with the said Inventors, and
to press such Mariners and others as shall be necessary for the Performance of the Work, they being
reasonably satisfied for their Pains, lest the Season of
the Year should be spent in Delay; and if the said
Governor shall find any wilful Neglect or Disobedience in any touching the Premises, that he return
the Names of such to this House; and that he take
to his Assistance, in the Execution of this Order, the
Vice Admiral and the Mayor of Harwich aforesaid,
and such others as shall be in Authority in or near
such Place or Places where any Ship or Ships shall
be drawn out of the Sea, who are hereby required
to give their Assistance accordingly: And it is further
Ordered, That the Order of this House, of the
11th of January last, granted to the said Inventors, is
hereby confirmed in all Points, both for them and for
all such as shall be employed by them in the said Service, during the full Time therein expressed; and
that neither the Owners of the said Ships nor any
others shall trouble, molest, or hinder the said Inventors, nor any others employed by them in this
Work, as they will answer the contrary to this House
at their uttermost Perils."
Northamptonshire Ministers Petition, for Mr. Schloer to be Parson of Ould.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of some Ministers of
"That, by the Death of Mr. James Forsith, late Minister of Old, the Rectory there hath for the Space
of these Two Years been destitute of an Incumbent,
partly through the Default of Sir Christopher Hatton
the Patron thereof, now in Arms against the Parliament, and partly by reason of the Disaffection of the
People, the whole Town not affording One Man who
hath the least Feeling of so great a Want, or Heart
to seek out for such a one as will carefully break
unto them the Bread of Life.
"We, therefore, the neighbouring Ministers, touched
with a deep Sense of the sad Condition of that People,
whose precious Souls, bought with the more precious
Blood of Christ Jesus, are likely to perish for Lack
of Vision, do most humbly represent the same to your
noble and Christian Consideration; and crave Leave
that we may take upon us the Boldness to commend
to the Favours and Good-liking Mr. Fredrick Schloer,
an able, orthodox, and painful Divine; upon whom
if it shall please you to confer that Charge, we doubt
not but you shall do a Work pleasing to God, and
profitable to the Church.
"And we shall ever pray, &c.
"These may certify all whom it concerns, That we
have for divers Years past known Frederick Schloer
(Son to D. Schloer, heretofore Counsellor of State to
the late King of Bohemia) to be a Man of godly and
unblameable Conversation, a learned and orthodox
Divine, a faithful and painful Minister of God's.
Word, which he hath for divers Years past dispensed
amongst us with good Approbation; fit to undertake
a Pastoral Charge if it shall be committed unto him:
In Testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed
our Names, May 8, 1645.
House adjourned till 9a cras.