DIE Veneris, 4 die Julii.
Prayers, by Mr. Cawdry.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker of this House this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Letter from the E. of Leven, &c.
A Letter, directed "To the Right Honourable my
Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers,"
was read. (Here enter it.)
Spanish Ambassador remonstrates about Lusher his Interpreter, condemned on Suspicion of being a Priest.
A Remonstranee of the Spanish Ambassador was read,
concerning his Servant Lusher, who was condemned,
for Suspicion of being a Priest, before the Order of the
Houses was issued out; therefore desired he might be
released, according to the former Intentions of the
Dr. Burges and Antrobus.
Upon hearing the Counsel on both Sides, concerning the Cause between Doctor Burges and Mr. Antrobus: It is Ordered, To be referred to the (fn. *) Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the City of London,
to make an Agreement between them; and to see that
Doctor Burges suffer no Nusance by Mr. Antrobus'
Order for deserting Private Causes.
Ordered, That the former Order, for putting off
Private Causes, shall be renewed for Six Months; but
the Intent of the House is, that those Private Businesses
already depending in this House shall be determined;
and if any Appeals come, they shall be received.
Mistake to be rectified, in Fortescue, the D. of Lorrain's Agent's Order to quit the Parliament's Quarters.
Upon reading of a Letter of Anthony Fortescue, Resident for the Duke of Lorrayne; it appeared, there
was a Mistake in the Delivery of the Message to the
House of Commons, for sending him out of the Parliament's Quarters; the Order served upon him from
the House of Commons being for him to go out of the
It is Ordered, That a Message be sent to the House
of Commons, to acquaint them with this Mistake, and
desire it may be rectified.
Conference about Carlisle.
Ordered, That the Report of the late Conference
concerning Carlile shall (fn. †) be made To-morrow Morning;
and the Lords shall have Notice, to be present Tomorrow.
Judgement against Richards, for counterfeiting Protections of the E. of Northumberland.
This Day Richards was brought to this Bar, being
attached, by Order of this House, for being accused
for counterfeiting Two Protections under the Earl of
And the said Richards confessed "That (fn. ‡) he counterfeited the said Protections;" and submitted himself
to the Judgement of this House.
Upon this Confession, this House gave this Judgement as follows:
"1. That the said Richards, for this Offence,
shall be fined to the King Ten Pounds.
"2. That he shall be imprisoned during the Pleasure of this House.
"3. That he shall stand upon the Pillory One Hour
at Westm. Cheapside, and Southwarke, respectively,
upon the Market-days, with a Paper upon his Head,
declaring his Offence."
Then Richards was brought to this Bar; and he
kneeling at the Bar, the Speaker pronounced the said
Judgement upon him.
Ordered, That the said Richards shall stand
committed to the Prison of The Fleete, there to remain
until the Pleasure of this House be further signified.
Letter from the E. of Leven, &c. about the Condition of the Scots Army, and for settling Church Government speedily.
"For the Right Honnorable my Lord Gray of
Warke, Speaker of the House of Peeres.
"Wee doubt not but the Two Noble Gentlemen
whome you were pleased lately to send unto us have
before this Tyme informed you of the Armyes marching Southward with all possible Speede; and now wee
thought good to give your Lordship Notice, that, being
come as farr as wee were desired, wee are with constant
Affection to improve all Oppertunityes and Advantages for the Publique Good, and to undertake
whatsoever shall bee found most to conduce to the
Good of the Cause, and Safety of both Kingdomes:
Wee have written more particulerly the Condition
of our Affaires and our Desires to the Committee
of both Kingdomes, which your Lordship will (wee
trust) take into your serious Thoughts, soe soone as
they are represented to you, that, Care beinge taken,
and Provisions had for this Army, it may bee enabled for moveinge and actinge the more readily; and
that, by the Blessinge of God upon the joynt Indeavors of the Armyes of both Kingdomes, the Warre
may bee actively prosecuted, untill a safe and wellgrounded Peace may bee established. Wee cannott
cease to put your Lordshipp in Remembrance of the
greate Prejudice which daily groweth both to Church
and State, by the Procrastinations and Delayes of setlinge the Government of the Church; beseeching
your Lordship to expedite that Worke, and then to
accelerate what remaineth of the intended Reformation and Uniformity in Religion; by which Meanes,
as you shall drawe downe a Blessinge from Heaven upon
your other Affaires, soe shall you very much sattisfy
"Your Lordship's humble Servaunts,
Nottingham, 27 June, 1645.
(fn. *) Owpar.
"Primo Die Julii, 1645.
(fn. †) "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, for the raising of Twenty
Thousand Pounds, to be employed towards
the reducing of Oxford to the Obedience of
Ordinance to raise 20,000l. for reducing Oxford.
"The Lords and Commons, taking into their Considerations the many and great Advantages that
would redound unto the Commonwealth, by reducing the City of Oxford, being the Enemy's
Head Quarter, to the Obedience of Parliament,
and that the same would much conduce to the
shortening of the present War; and that, for the
effecting thereof, a competent Sum of Money
must necessarily be advanced; have Ordained, and
be it Ordained by Authority of Parliament, That,
for the same Purpose, there be forthwith (fn. ‡) raised, within the City of London and Liberties thereof, and other
Parishes and Places mentioned within the Weekly
Bills of Mortality, the Sum of Twenty Thousand
Pounds, whereof the Sum of Fifteen Thousand
Five Hundred Fifty-five Pounds, Eleven Shillings,
Two Pence, within the said Cities and Liberties
thereof, and upon such Persons and Goods, wheresoever they are to be found, as are herein after
expressed; and Four Thousand Four Hundred and
Forty-four Pounds, Eight Shillings, Ten Pence,
within the Hamlets of The Tower, City of Westminster,
Borough of Southwarke, 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 expressed: And for the more speedy
and orderly raising thereof, it is Ordained, by the
Lords and Commons, That the Committee appointed
by several Acts of Common Council, for the gathering in of the Arrears, or any Seven of them, shall
be a Committee, to assess the said Sum of Fifteen Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-five Pounds, Eleven Shillings,
Two Pence, upon any Person or Persons, being of
Ability, as either now inhabit, or have any Trade or
Stock going, within the City of London and Liberties
thereof; and that the Committees of Middlesex, and
City of Westminster, and Liberties, and the Committee
of Surrey, nominated in the Ordinance of October
the 18, 1644, for raising Monies for Ireland, or any
Seven of them respectively, shall be a Committee, to
assess the said Sum of Four Thousand Four Hundred
Forty-four Pounds, Eight Shillings, Ten Pence,
within the Hamlets of The Tower, City of Westminster,
Borough of Southwarke, and Places mentioned within
the Weekly Bills of Mortality, upon any such Person
or Persons, being of Ability, as either now inhabit,
or have any Trade or Stock going, within the several
"And be it Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid,
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 Dwellinghouse 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 Money and other Necessaries for the Army, usually
sitting at Haberdasher's 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 or 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 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, 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 Constables, Headboroughs, and any Officers or Soldiers of the Trained
Bands, or Auxiliaries, in their respective Limits.
"And be it further Ordained, by the Authority
aforesaid, 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 by
them paid over to the Treasurers at War, and shall
be by them issued and paid out, by virtue of Warrants from the Committee for the Three Counties of
Bucks, Berks, and Oxon, for the Advance of the said
Service of reducing of Oxford, and not otherwise,
deducting from Time to Time 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, in regard of
many other Taxes now on Foot, for the Public Service, in the Places above-mentioned, the Lords and
Commons do hereby Ordain, That such Persons as
shall pay in the Monies, that shall be upon them assessed by virtue of this Ordinance, shall be re-paid the
several Sums which shall be by them advanced, out
of the Receipt of the Excise; and that no Ordinance
aor Assignment, which is not already passed upon the
Receipt of the Excise, shall precede this Ordinance;
and the Commissioners of the Excise and new Impost
for the Time being are hereby authorized 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
unto such Persons as did advance the same.
"And be it further Ordained, That all Sheriffs, Constables, Headboroughs, and all Officers and Soldiers
of the Trained Bands and Auxiliaries, shall be aiding
and assisting to the said Committees, and to such
Officers as shall be employed by them, for the better
Execution and Performance of the said Service; and
if any Officer, or Person above specified, shall refuse
and neglect to give such Aid and Assistance as aforesaid, in the due and speedy Execution of this present
Ordinance, the said respective Committees shall have
hereby Power to impose upon such Officers, or Persons so refusing or neglecting their Duties therein,
such Fine or Fines as to them shall be thought meet,
not exceeding Five Pounds for any One Offence;
and to cause the same to be levied by Distress and
Sale of Goods, in Manner and Form aforesaid.
"And be it further Ordained, by Authority aforesaid, That the said Committee for the Three Counties
of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, 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 issued out; and that all Persons acting in Pursuance of this Ordinance shall be
saved harmless, by Authority of both Houses of
Parliament; and that no privileged Place or Person,
within the Cities and Places aforesaid, shall be exempted from the said Assessments and Taxes, except
the Peers of this Realm, Members of the House of
Commons, Assistants of the House of Peers, and
Officers and Attendants of both Houses of Parliament
Cler. Parl. D. Com."