House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 17 April 1644

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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 Mercurii, 17 Aprilis, 1644.


Dover Castle.

ORDERED, That Sir Edw. Boyst shall have the Arrears, due to him and the Garison in Dover Castle, upon Acoompt, satisfied, and paid out of the Twentieth, and Fifth Part, in the Lath of Saint Austens, and the Ports.

Safety of Poole, &c.

Ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take Care for the Safety of Poole, and the County of Dorsett; and that the Commanders and Officers be sent down to their several and respective Charges.

Committee for the West.

Ordered, That all the Members of the Committee for the West do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Star Chamber.

Victory at Selbye, &c.

A Letter from Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, of the Twelfth of April, to Mr. White, Agent to the Lord Fairefaxe, and a Letter from Hull, from Mr. Darley, of the Thirteenth of April, to Mr. Speaker, relating the great Victory given to Sir Tho. Fairefaxe Forces over the Forces under the Command of Colonel Jo. Bellassys at Selbye; where the Enemy was beaten out of the Town, totally routed, Two thousand Prisoners taken, Two thousand Arms, Fourteen Piece of Ordnance, Thirty Colours, Colonel Bellassys the Governor of Yorke, and many other Commanders and Gentlemen; and that, by this Success, the Lord Fairefaxe is absolutely Master of the Field.

Resolved, &c. That Tuesday next shall be set apart for a Day of publick Thanksgiving to be given to God for his great Mercy, in the great Success he hath given to the Lord Fairefaxe his Army under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaxe at Selbye; and for the great Success in Pembrokeshire.

Ordered, That the Ministers in the several Churches and Chapels within the Line of Communication, and Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, do give Notice to their Parishioners, of the great Success it has pleased God to give the Parliament Forces in Yorkshire, and Pembrokeshire; and to acquaint them, That the Houses have appointed, and set apart, Tuesday next, for a Day of publick Thanksgiving to be given to Almighty God for his great Blessings and Successes.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Ordered, That Mr. Caryll and Mr. Perne be desired to preach on Tuesday next, at Saint Margaret's, Westminster, being the Day set apart for a Day of publick Thanksgiving, to be given for the good Successes God has given to the Parliament forces in Yorkeshire, and Pembrokeshire.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Lord Fairefaxe, to consider of raising of Monies for the Lord Fairefaxe, and to bring in a Report at the next Sitting of the House.

Plate at Paul's.

Resolved, &c. That the Chest, or Silver Vessel, in Paul's, shall be sold for the best Advantage, and employed towards the providing of Necessaries for the Train of Artillery, by the Committee at Grocers Hall.

Apprehending Smythe.

Ordered, That Erasmus Smythe be apprehended, and committed to safe Prison, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House.

Loan from Sutton's Hospital.

Resolved, &c. That a Thousand Pounds of the Fifteen hundred Pounds, in the Iron Chest at Sutton's Hospital, shall be borrowed for Three Months, to be employed to provide Necessaries for the Train of Artillery; and to be repaid at Three Months End out of the King's Revenue.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Message to Lords.

Sir Rob. Pye carried up to the Lords the Ordinance for Herts; The Ordinance for Agents to be sent to Swede; The Order for the Day of publick Thanksgiving on Tuesday next, for the Successes in the North, and Pembrokeshire; and the Order for borrowing of a Thousand Pounds of the Fifteen hundred Pounds * * * *

Loan from Holland.

Ordered, That Mr. Recorder, Sir Tho. Barrington, Sir H. Mildmay, and Mr. Jenour, do recommend it to the Lord Mayor, Court of Aldermen, and Common Council, to consider how Two hundred thousand Pounds may be borrowed at the Interest of Eight per Cent. in the United Provinces, and what Security may be given for it.

Message to Lords.

Sir Rob. Harley went up to the Lords, with the Ordinance for borrowing of One thousand Pounds of the Monies in Sutton's Hospital; and with the Ordinance for Payment of some Arrears to Captain Lydcoate, and another Captain.

Answer from Lords.

Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do assent to the Ordinances, and other Messages carried up by him.


Ordered, That, after the Reports shall be made from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the House shall resume the Consideration of the Propositions, presented from the Committee, by Mr. Pury.

Advance from Excise.

Sir H. Vane, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Green, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Bond, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Long, Mr. Maynard, are appointed to go forth to the Commissioners of Excise, to receive their Answers, concerning the present advancing and furnishing of Twenty thousand Pounds for the setting-forth of my Lord General.

Answer from Lords.

Sir Rob. Harley brings Answer, That the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Isle of Wight.

A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Dr. Aylett;

The Lords have received Information this Day from the Earl of Pembroke, Governor of the Isle of Wight, That his Deputy Governor, Colonel Kerne, was here in Town detained by reason of some Complaint against him: That, Warum being now lost, the Isle of Wighte will be in Danger: And therefore desires, Colonel Carne may be sent down, if he be clear and free; or that some Course otherwise may be speedily taken for securing the said Island.

Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Business concerning Colonel Carne is referred, do meet this Afternoon; and report on Saturday, next.

Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have put the Business into a Way of speedy Dispatch.

Lords to sit.

Sir H. Mildmay is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile, in regard they shall have Occasion to come to them upon Matters that concern the present sending forth of my Lord General, and other Matters of great Importance: And

Brings Answer, That the Lords will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.

Raising Forces.

Certain Propositions for the speedy raising of an Army, for the present Occasion, by the City of London, and Parishes adjacent, were this Day read the First and Second time.

Resolved, upon the Question, That the Committee appointed to sit at Grocers Hall do go into the City, and acquaint the Common Council with the Propositions presented to this House, by divers well-affected Citizens, concerning the raising of Forces; but, before this House would proceed to take any Resolution thereupon, thought fit to communicate the same to the Common Council, to have their Sense concerning the said Propositions: Which being signified unto this Committee, and by them reported to the House, this House will take the same into further Consideration.

Lords to sit.

A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leeche and Dr. Ailett;

That the Lords have resolved to sit at Two a Clock this Afternoon; and will be then ready to receive what shall be communicated by this House.

Advance from Excise.

Mr. Recorder reports, from the Committee appointed to treat with the Commissioners of Excise, that they are satisfied concerning the Time of Payment of the Fifteen thousand Pounds, that they have about Three thousand Pounds in their Hands; and desire Time till To-morrow Morning to give an Account unto the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Proposition for advancing Twenty thousand Pounds.

Victory at Selbie.

A Letter from the Lord Fairfaxe, dated at Selby, the Twelfth of April instant, was read; informing the House of the great Victory God hath given him over the Enemy at Selbie; taken above Sixteen hundred Prisoners of Foot, and Five hundred of Horse, and utterly routed the Enemy; taken Four Pieces of Brass Ordnance, and their Powder, Match, and Ammunition.

The List of Officers and Gentlemen of Quality there taken was also read.

Ordered, That the Substance of this Letter from my Lord Fairfaxe, and the List therewith sent, be printed, and ordered to be read in the Churches, on the next Day of Thanksgiving.

Sir Ph. Stapleton presents the Desire of the Committee of both Kingdoms, that the Three thousand Pounds formerly ordered to be given to the Lord Fairfax, for giving way to the Exchange of Colonel Goringe: . . . And it is referred to the Committee for Yorkshire, to find out some Way for Payment of the same.

Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be written to the Lord Fairfaxe from this House, in Acknowledgment of the great and faithful Services done by him; and particularly in this at Selbie: and to acquaint him. That this House will take Order the Three thousand Pounds formerly ordered him, in lieu of the Exchange of Colonel Goringe, shall be paid him: And Sir Ph. Stapleton, and Sir Chr. Wray, are to prepare the Letter.

Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay the Sum of Twenty Pounds to the Man that brought these Letters from the Lord Fairfaxe and Sir Tho. Fairfaxe.


Sir Philip Stapleton presents, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a List of such Things as are necessary to be provided, to enable the Army to march, as it was agreed upon at a Council of War: Which was read.

Mr. Crue presents this Vote following from the Committee of both Kingdoms; viz.

That such of my Lord General's Forces as are ready, and can be provided for with Money, do march towards the Rendezvous appointed.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Committee of both Kingdoms in this Vote.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, that they do expect, that the Commissioners of Excise shall forthwith advance Twenty thousand Pounds for this present Expedition; and that this House will sit To-morrow, to the end a Performance be made accordingly; and that it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to give Order for the Payment of such Monies as is necessary, according to the Vote presented from the Committee of both Kingdoms, out of the first Monies that shall come in of the Twenty thousand Pounds: And it is especially recommended to Mr. Green, to put the said Commissioners of Excise in mind hereof.

Raising Horse.

Ordered, That the Committee of the several Associated Counties do meet this Afternoon, to raise the Proportions of Horse allotted on their Counties.

Resolved, &c. That the Gentlemen of the several Associated Counties shall be secured, to be paid within Fourteen Days after Delivery of the Horses allotted upon their Counties, for such Number of Horse as they shall deliver.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Haberdashers Hall, to consider how this Money shall be secured to be paid, according to this Vote.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of these Proportions of Horse agreed on; videlicet, One hundred and Twenty on Essex, One hundred and Twenty-five on Norfolk, One hundred and Twenty-five on Suffolk, Fifty-five on Cambridgshire and the Isle of Elye, Thirty on Hunt, and Forty-five on Hartfordshire.

Money for Army.

Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay and Sir Thomas Barrington do go to the Militia, to desire them to use all Expedition in providing of the Monies, to enable the Forces and Garison Soldiers to march by those Monies they raise to advance; and that they hasten the Forces to be sent out by them, to march to their Rendezvous.

Army Treasurer.

The Petition of Sir Gilbert Gerard was read, desiring, in regard of his Infirmity, to be eased of the Place of Treasurer of the Army.

Ordered, That it be taken into Consideration on Saturday next.

Officers Petition.

Mr. Crue presents, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Petition of the Officers of his Excellency's Army.

Ordered, That it be taken into Consideration To-morrow.

Deputy Lieutenants of Warwick.

Ordered, That Mr. Bosvile do bring in a List of the former Deputy Lieutenants for Warwickshire.

House to sit.

Resolved, &c. That this House shall sit To-morrow at Two of Clock, in regard of the important Affairs.

Sir Robert Pye went up to the Lords, to desire them, in regard of Business of Importance, to sit To-morrow: And

Brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to sit To-morrow, at Two of Clock.

Derby Committees.

Ordered, That Mr. Thomas Sanders be added to the several Committees for the County of Darby.

A Letter from the Committee of Derby, desiring Arms and Ammunition, to be sent unto them.

Godfrey's Petition.

Ordered, That the Petition of Thomas Godfrey be referred to the Sub Committee in Southwark, for his Relief.

Goods seized at Whitehall.

Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay do go to the Lords with this Message; to desire the Lords to concur with this House, in the Sale of the Copes, and other Goods, seized at Whitehall.

Exchange of Prisoners.

Sir Philip Stapleton acquaints this House, That the Earl of Forth doth consent to the exchange of Sir John Savile; and hath set Captain Ludlow at his Liberty; and desires Sir Hugh Pollard may be set at Liberty.

Ordered, That it be left to my Lord General to discharge Sir Hugh Pollard, if he shall so think fit.

Prisoner of War.

Whereas Thomas Leighe of Adlington, Esquire, Prisoner to the Parliament at Coventry, hath writ Matters of Intelligence to the Enemy, as by his Letter intercepted appears; It is Ordered, That the Committee at Coventry do not exchange Captain Leigh, nor permit him to be released, without giving first Notice thereof to this House, and to my Lord General.

Pass to Oxford.

Ordered, That a Warrant do issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, for Colonel Beard's Man to pass to Oxford.

Payment to Fleminge.

Ordered, That the Thirty Pounds seized by the Committee for Examinations, intended to be conveyed, with other Things, to Oxforde, belonging to one Brasier, shall be paid to Captain Fleminge, who was wounded in the late Fight near Alforde; and that Sir Philip Stapleton and Sir Ar. Haselrigg, do give the same unto him from this House: And, if in case the Party that pretendeth it was not intended for Oxforde can make it so appear, shall have the same repaid again.

Affairs in Derby.

Ordered, That the Monies that shall arise upon the Fifth, and Twentieth Part, of such as have Estates in the County of Derbie, and have withdrawn themselves from the County, or have resided in and about London, and have not been rated already, shall be disposed to Sir Jo. Gell, for the Service of Darbie: And it is referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to rate them accordingly.

And it is further Ordered, That such Monies, Goods, or Debts, as shall be due by any Person, to those that are in Arms, or Delinquents of the County of Darby, being not yet discovered, shall be employed for the said Service of Darby.