Die Jovis, 18 Martii, 1640.
vice lecta AN Act for the Suppressing of the great
est Billa, Increase of Cottages and Inmates, in
Cities, Towns Corporate, and ancient Borough and
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent the Dangers
that may happen by Popish Recusants.
Mr. Whistler reports the Bill of Confirmation of the
Four Subsidies, with the Amendments and Alterations;
which were all twice read: And then it was ordered to
Nevitt's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Thomas Nevitt and William
Downes was read; and referred to the Committee for the
Farmers of the Customs: And they are to consider of the
Petition; and of the Matter of Fact of breaking open
Warehouses, and violently taking away their Goods, without any Licence: And they are to report to the House,
how they find the Matter of Fact; and are to sit Tomorrow in the Afternoon, in the Duchy-chamber.
Bailing Lodovick, &c.
Ordered, That Waldron Lodovick, Abraham Veillons,
John Biles, Merchants, upon their giving Security to the
Serjeant, in whose Custody they are, of Ten thousand
Pounds a Man, with Sureties to be forthcoming, at such
Times as this House shall require, and not to depart
without Leave, shall have Liberty to follow their own
Ordered, That the whole Matter concerning the Transporting of Gold, whereof the House was this Day informed, be referred to the Committee last appointed for
the King's Army; and they are to report the State of it
to the House: And they have Power to send for the
Examinations, Depositions, and other Matters, that were
taken in the Star-chamber, in this Cause; and all other
Papers, Letters, Books, Accounts, or Writings whatsoever,
that may any way concern or conduce to this Business;
and to send for Parties and Witnesses: And
Privilege to Person in attendance.
It is farther Ordered, That Tho. Violett, of London,
Goldsmith, who follows this Business, do from time to
time attend this Committee, with such Informations as he
can give in this Business: And that the said Tho. Violett
shall have the Privilege of this House, freely to come and
go, without the Interruption or Molestation of any, during the Dependence of this Business; unless, upon any
Complaint against him to this House, it shall be otherwise
ordered: And they are to meet on Saturday next in the
Afternoon, in the Duchy-chamber.
Earl of Straford.
Ordered, That the Earl of Straford's Committee of
Twelve do attend that Service, and lay aside all Excuses,
and other Occasions; unless they be otherwise commanded by this House: And Mr. Glinne is added to
The humble Petition of Denzell Hollis, Esquire, a
Member of this House, was read.
Tonage and Poundage.
The House was resolved into a Committee, upon the
same Occasions it was Yesterday resolved.
Mr. Prideaux called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker reassumes the Chair.
Upon Mr. Prideaux his Report from the Committee,
Resolved, upon the Question, That a Bill be drawn for
the Passing of a Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage, for
Three Years; and to be presented to this House; upon
a Book of Rates, agreed upon by this House.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Customs shall
take into Consideration the Book of Rates, to prepare and
present it to the House; and they have Power to call
before them; and employ, such Persons as they shall think
may be fit to give them Information, or do them Service,
in the Preparing or Consideration of this Book of Rates.
Contempt of Witnesses.
Ordered, that Mr. Jo. Gower be forthwith sent for, as
a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this
House, for his Contempt in going out of Town, notwithstanding that he was required by the Committee for
the Earl of Straford, to stay in Town, and not to depart
without their Licence.
Ordered, That, if any of the Witnesses in the Earl of
Straford's Cause, have or shall depart the Town, having
been required to stay, before such time as that Committee
be made acquainted therewith, shall be adjudged to offer
a great Contempt to this House; and shall therefore be
forthwith sent for, as a Delinquent.
Tonage and Poundage.
Mr. Treasurer, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Prideaux, Mr.
Whistler, Mr. Rigby, Sir Rich. Buller, Mr. Crew, Sir
Henry Vane, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Whittamore,
Mr. Knatchbull, Mr. Cary, Mr. Evelyn, Mr. Green,
Mr. Young, Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Bodevile, Sir
Gilbert Gerard, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Mr. Sutton, Sir
Henry Mildmay, Sir Wm. Allanson, Mr. Smyth, Sir Jo.
Corbett, Mr. Morley, Mr. Ro. Goodwyn, Sir Hugh
Cholmeley, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Tho. Bowyer, Sir
John Culpeper, Mr. Hollis, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Perpoint, Sir H. Anderson, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Jane, Sir Wm.
Litton, Sir Tho. Middleton, Mr. Martin, Mr. Arth.
Goodwyn, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Goodwyn,
This Committee is to prepare a Bill for the passing of
a Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage, for Three Years;
and to consider, how to advance present Monies to supply the Necessity of the Navy; and to take care, that the
Bill may be so drawn, that it may be Security to such as
shall advance Monies upon the Occasions of the Navy:
And they have Power to send for, and to treat with, such
Persons as they shall think fit, about the Advancing of
so much present Monies, as shall be needful for the setting
forth of so many Ships, as shall be necessary for the Guard
of the Seas, and Defence of the Kingdom: And they are
to report what they have done, concerning the Advancing
of Monies, on Saturday next, or sooner, if they can: And
they have likewise Power to send for Parties, Witnesses,
Papers, Records, or any thing else, that may conduce to
the Business: And they are to meet at Two of Clock
this Afternoon, in the Exchequer-chamber.
Resolved, upon the Question, That whosoever shall
advance Monies, or give Credit for the Advance of
Monies, to supply the present Occasions, for the Setting
forth of a Fleet for the Guard of the Seas, and Defence
of the Kingdom, shall be secured for their Repayment,
by the Bill of Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage.