Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, 1 Septembris, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Deputy Lieutenants of Middlesex, that are Members of this House, shall have Power to send for up, in safe Custody, such Persons as refuse to pay their Assessments for the raising of the Six hundred Horse assessed upon the County of Middlesex, or that refuse to pay their monthly Assessments for the maintaining of those Horse; and to keep them in safe Custody, till they pay their Assessments.
Resolved, &c. That the Troop of Horse raised in the County of Middlesex, and under the Command of Captain Jo. Alford, and such other Troops, and Horse, as are raised or to be raised in the County of Middlesex, except the Troop of the Trained Band, be forthwith put into a Readiness, and put under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, to go away, with all Speed, to the seconding of my Lord General, as Occasion shall require.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Dorsettshire Horse, formerly under the Command of Sir Walth. Erle, be put under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller; and that they march away, likewise, with Sir Wm. Waller, to second my Lord General: And it is referred to the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex: And Sir Arth. Heselrig, Mr. Browne, and Sir Walth. Erle, to take care, this Afternoon, that these several Horses be in a Readiness to march away, with all Speed, with Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Safety, to consider of the present Dispatch away of Sir Wm. Waller, with such Forces as are, and can be suddenly, raised.
And it is likewise referred to the Committee to consider of Captain La Tour's Troop; and to discharge all the Papists that are in it.
Covenant from Scotland.
According to an Order Yesterday made, the House fell into the Debate and Consideration of the Covenant, sent from the Commissioners of both Houses now in Scotland: And after a long, sad, and serious Debate of it, it was.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Explanation following, viz. "By the Clause in this Article of the Covenant, according to the Word of God, we understand, so far as we do or shall in our Consciences conceive the same to be according to the Word of God;" shall be added in the Margin of the First Article, with a Hand of Direction.
Resolved, &c. That the Church of Ireland shall be added and inserted into the First Article of the Covenant, with fit and apt Words, to make it Sense.
For the Time and Manner of inserting it, it is referred to a further Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the First Article of this Covenant, with the Explanation aforesaid.
Ordered, That To-morrow, at Ten a Clock, the House do resume the Debate of the Covenant.
Pikes for Army.
Ordered, That those Pikes, that remain of the Danish Ship's Provisions, be forthwith delivered, to be sent to my Lord General; and that Colonel Rowe do deliver them accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Smith do prepare an Ordinance of Parliament, to assign over the Arrears of the weekly Assessment, upon the former Ordinance in Essex, Kent, and Norfolke, for the buying of Arms for the Lord General.
Windsor, &c. Garisons.
Ordered, That, after the Business of Excise and the Covenant, the House do consider of the providing of Monies for the Garisons at Windsor, Portsmouth, and other Parts.
Whereas Colonel Monke, who hath done faithful Service for the Parliament in Ireland, hath One hundred Pounds assigned unto him, out of the Monies for Ireland, in Part of his Arrears: It is this Day Ordered, That the said One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto him, by the Treasurers of the Adventurers Money for Ireland; it being a Service most necessary to be done at this time.
Ordered, That the Business of Excise be taken into Consideration To-morrow; and that the Letters from the Lord Fairfaxe, and others, be read.
Ordered, That John Bonner Gentleman be added to the . . . . for Association in the County of Cambridge.
Ordered, That Robert Paine, of the Committee of Association in the County of Cambridge, shall be discharged from being of that Committee.
Ordered, That Mr. Tho. Bainbrigge shall have a Pass to go to Oxforde, to fetch One hundred Pounds for Colonel Goringe, Prisoner to the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland and Mr. Fountaine do bring in Names of Persons fit to be made Committees for Buckinghamshire.
Provisions for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Ship Pembroke of London, and the Samuel bound for Galloway, with Victuals and Provisions, shall forbear to go thither in regard the Fort is yielded up to the Rebels; and that the Provisions therein be delivered over to the Lord Esmond, at the Fort of Duncannon, for the Relief of that Fort.