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, 26 Januarii, 1643.
ORDERED, That the Committee at Haberdashers Hall do forthwith pay, out of the Monies there, Sixty-seven Pounds Four Shillings to the Treasurers at Guildhall, London: And that, by them, the said Sixtyseven Pounds Four Shillings be forthwith paid to the Treasurer at Wars; and, by him, paid to Mr. Salwey, one of such as he shall appoint to receive the same, in full Payment of the Arrears due unto Mr. John Salwey, one of the Gentlemen of the Lord General's Life Guard, who died of a Wound he received at the Battle at Newbury.
A Letter from Colonel Hutchinson, of the Seventeenth of January, declaring how the Enemy, from Newarke, assaulted them; and how they were repulsed with great Loss; and their Foot utterly routed and defeated; and many Prisoners taken; was this Day read.
Ordered, That a Thousand Pounds shall be borrowed out of the Monies that come in upon the Sequestrations, and employed for the Service of Nottingham Garison, and paid to Mr. Millington, or such as he shall appoint to receive the same, after that the Monies, assigned to Sir Tho. Middleton, and the Earl of Denbigh, out of the Sequestrations, shall be satified and complied with: And the Treasurers are required to pay the Thousand Pounds assigned to the Earl of Denbigh, punctually, according to this Order.
Solicitor of Sequestrations.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Deputy Lieutenants of Kent, from Knoll, of the Four-and-twentieth of January; recommending Mr. Lambert Godfrey to be Solicitor, in the Business of Sequestrations, for the County of Kent, in the Place of Captain Dyke, deceased; be referred and recommended to the Committee for Sequestrations.
Prisoners of War.
Mr. Millington is appointed to write to Colonel Hutchinson, to inform him of the State and Condition of those Prisoners taken with him, that are come out of Ireland, that the House may be further informed.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee for the Four associated Counties of Kent, Surry, Sussex, and Hantshire; to consider how, out of those Counties, Men may be raised to make a Body of an Army; and what Proportion of Foot and Horse is fit to be raised; and how the Forces under Sir Wm. Waller may be recruited; and a constant Pay raised for the maintaining of them: And they are to bring in an Ordinance, forthwith; to this Purpose: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Star Chamber: And the Care of this Business is particularly referred to Mr. Lisle.
Plot to betray Aylisbury.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and Serjeant Finche;
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the Discovery of a Plot to betray Aylisbury, and to divide the Two Kingdoms.
Ordered, That the Report from the Commissioners of Excise be resumed this Afternoon, at Two of Clock.
Plot to betray Ailesbury.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give * * * *
Mr. Recorder, Sir H. Vane jun. Mr. Prideaux, Sir Gilb. Gerard, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.
Mr. Prideaux reports the Conference with the Lords, concerning Ailesbury: And presents the several Papers, which were there delivered by my Lord Wharton: Which were all here read; viz. A Letter from Captain Ogle, Prisoner in Winchester House, to the Earl of Bristoll: Propositions of Peace: A safe Conduct under the King's Hand, with a Blank of Three Names: The Earl of Bristoll's Letter to Lieutenant Colonel Mosely: Lieutenant Colonel Moselei's Letter to the Earl: Mr. Devenishe's Letter to the Earl of Bristoll: The King's Warrant to Mr. Davenish, to set Captain Ogle, at Liberty: Mr. Devenish his Letter, by Captain Ogle, to the Earl of Bristoll, in Figures: The Earl's Answer to Mr. Devenish: The King's Warrant to Mr. Devenish, to raise Two hundred Men under his Son's Command, to be put into the Garison of Windsore: The Earl of Bristoll's Letter, in Figures, to Mr. Devenish: Sir George Strode's Letter to Mr. Samuel Crispe, to pay One hundred Pounds to Captain Ogle: The Bill of Exchange for the Payment of the said Hundred Pounds: Mr. Samuel Crispe's Letter to Sir George Strode: Captain Ogle's Letter to Lieutenant Colonel Moseley, about the Time of Delivery up of the Town: His Majesty's Instructions to Lieutenant Colonel Moseley, to blow up the Magazine, in case of sudden Discovery. The Engines or Fireworks, delivered by his Mojesty's own Hands, for the said Service, was presented likewise to the House.
My Lord Wharton further said, That Ailesbury was much is the King's Eye: That Mr. Devenish was very faithful to the Parliament, and in Discourse in the whole Proceding of this Business; that he got Ogle to pawn his Seal unto him; and thereby got a new Seal cut, and opened Ogle's Letters, and sealed them with the new Seal. That Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Nye, with the Privity of my Lord General, and some Members of this House, had Conference with Ogle: That the King's Forces came, on the Sabbath Day last, towards Ailesbury; and his Forces at Tocester quitted that Garison, in Hopes of effecting this Design: That Three hundred fresh Foot were sent, on that Day, by his Excellency, into the Town; of which, Notice was given by Lieutenant Colonel Moseley to his Majesty to defer it a few Days; but indeed, to the end to defer the Time, till my Lord General and the Earl of Manchester's Forces might march between the Enemy and Oxford: Yet it so much concerned his Majesty to have that Town delivered on that Day, in regard of upholding his Reputation with his Parliament at Oxford, who were to meet the next Day, that he would defer the Time no longer; but in the great Storm and Snow, marched within Two Miles of the Town; and near Four hundred Men lost in the March.
That the Lords, upon the whole Matter, Resolved, &c.
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Whereupon it was Resolved, upon the Question, That it doth appear, upon the whole Matter, that the King and his Council at Oxford do endeavour and embrace all Ways to raise and foment Divisions betwixt us and our Brethren of Scotland, and amongst ourselves under the fair Pretences of easing tender Consciences.
Resolved, &c. That, during these fair Pretences, their immediate Design was the Ruin of the Kingdom, by the destroying and burning the Magazines thereof.
Resolved, &c. That Thanks be returned to Mr. Nye, and Mr. Goodwyn, from both Houses.
That Thanks be given to Lieutenant Colonel Moseley, and Mr. Devenish, for the good Service done by them: And that both Houses will reward them in due time:
That this Business be communicated to the Assembly of Divines.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Garison of Alisbury do meet To-morrow, at One of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Resolved, Upon the Question, That the Business concerning Mr. Samuel Crispe and Mr. Price, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Examinations; who are to examine the whole Matter, and report it to the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Estate of Mr. Samuel Crispe be forthwith secured.
Resolved, &c. That the Business concerning Evans, who had Nine Pounds in Gold sent him from Oxford, be likewise referred to that Committee.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee at Canden House do secure the Estate of Mr. Samuel Crispe: And the Serjeant's Man is to go with this Order.
Mr. Reynolds, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Noble, Mr. Hoyle, Sir Robert Harley, Captain Wingate, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Bond, Mr. Gourdon, Sir Wm. Litton, and Mr. Maynard, are added to the Committee for Lincolnshire Business: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
Warden of the Fleet.
Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Thomas, and Mr. Hobby, are added to the Committee for the Warden of the Fleet.
Ordered, That the Committee for Excise do peremptorily make their Report on Monday next: And that the Report concerning my Lord General's Army be also then made.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for mustering my Lord General's Army do meet To-morrow, at One of Clock, in the Treasury Chamber.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Obstructions of Excise be re-committed to the Committee of Excise, appointed for that Matter: And are to meet To-morrow, at One of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And that the Commissioners for Excise do then attend.
And it is further Ordered, That the Paper presented by Sir Henry Mildmay, be referred to that Committee.
Sir Henry Vane jun. Sir Rob. Harley, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir Philip Stapilton, and Mr. Den. Hollis, are added to this Committee.
Ambulaus', &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Captain Ambulaus a Stranger, Captain Farrittas, and Captain Desept, was this Day referred to the Committee for the Scotts Reformadoes, to take into Consideration, for their present Relief.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of Mr. Austen's Petition, be revived: And are to meet on Thursday next, at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Mr. Bainton is added to the Committee for Mr. Austen's Petition.