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 Martis, Octobris 29, 1644.
Exchange of Prisoners.
RESOLVED, &c. That this House doth allow of the Exchange of Captain Rich. Courtney, Prisoner to the Parliament in Winchester House, for Captain James Erisey, Prisoner to the King's Forces: And that Captain Rich. Courtney be sent to Plymouth to effect the Exchange.
Grant to Lady Drake.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons, for Advance of Monies at Haberdashers Hall, do forthwith advance and pay unto the Lady Jane Drake One hundred Pounds for her Support in her great Necessities, being despoiled of her whole Estate for her good Affections to the Parliament.
The humble Petition of Anth. Wither Esquire, in the Behalf of the Inhabitants in Covent Garden, . . . . . . . and nothing done upon it.
Battle of Newbury.
A Letter from the Lord Wariston and Mr. Jo. Crew, of the Twenty-eighth of October, relating the great Success and Victory it pleased God to give the Parliament's Forces near Dunnington Castle and Newbury: The which was re-delivered to Sir Hen. Vane junior, to be carried to the Lords.
A Letter from the Commissioners of the Army, of the same Date, relating all the Particulars of the Fight, and of the Success.
Ordered, That To-morrow, being the Day of Publick Humiliation, a Commemoration be observed of God's great Mercy in the great and good Success it pleased God to give the Parliament's Forces over the Enemies Forces near Newbury and Donnington Castle; and for the great Success it pleased God to give the Forces of our Brethren the Scotts, come in to our Aid, at Newcastle: And that, on Tuesday next, being the Fifth of November, the Day of Commemoration of our Deliverance from the Gunpowder Treason, a Commemoration be likewise had of these great Blessings of God; and publick Thanks given to God for his great Mercies: And that Mr. Ashherst do desire Mr. Herle to preach before the Commons on that Day: And that Mr. Recorder do desire my Lord Mayor to give Intimation of these Orders, both for To-morrow and Gunpowder Treason Day, to all the Ministers of all the Parishes and Places within the Lines of Communication.
Army Affairs, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Establishment of my Lord General's Army, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair; do meet, and report the State of that Business, and of the State of the Monies at the Excise, on Monday Morning next.
Mr. Scawen, Sir Jo. Francklyn, Mr. Bedingfield, Mr. Knightley, are appointed to go to the Commissioners of Excise, to desire them, and to press them earnestly, to furnish the Monies desired and assigned by several Ordinances for the Relief of the Reformadoes, and of poor Widows of Soldiers slain in the Parliament's Service.
Affairs in Sussex.
A Letter from the Committee at Arundle Castle, of Octobris 22, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That That Part of the Letter that concerns the Demolishing or Garisoning of many strong Houses in Sussex, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And that That Part of the Letter concerning the Compounding with the principal Delinquents of that County, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall: And that That Particular that reflects upon Mr. John Alford, a Member of this House, concerning the Resort and great Meetings of People ill-affected, at his House, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Examinations.
Reward to Messengers.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to give a fitting Reward, such as they shall think fit, to Captain Bedford and Mr. Crips; who brought the good Tidings of the great Success it pleased God to give the Parliament's Forces between Newbury and Donington Castle.
Mr. Reynolds carried up to the Lords the Propositions Yesterday presented from the City.
Scotts Army, &c.
Sir Philip Stapilton reported a Letter from the Committees at the Army, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms, of Octobris 27, from Newbury: He likewise presented, from the Commissioners of Scotland, a Paper concerning the Guard assigned by the Treaty, upon the Coasts of Scotland; concerning the Thirty thousand Pounds for the Scotts Army in Ireland; and concerning the monthly Four thousand Pounds for the said Army; and concerning the Arms and Ammunition to be sent to Carrickfergus for the said Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of the State of the Winter Guard; and of all Expedients and Ways for setting forth the next Summer's Fleet; and to present their Opinions to the House, what is fit to be done upon the Consideration of these Particulars: And likewise to consider of an Answer to be given to the Particular in the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners of the Twenty-eighth of this Instant, this Day present . . . to the House from the Committee of both Kingdoms, touching the Guard assigned by the Treaty, upon the Coasts of Scotland: And that this Answer be brought in on Friday next.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of the Navy, that usually sits in the Exchequer Chamber, to consider of some Expedient for Payment of the Arrears of the Navy; and for lessening and satisfying the growing Charge: And that Sir Hen. Vane junior be added to this Committee.
Scotts Army in Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to consider of an Answer fit to be given to That Particular of the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, touching the Thirty thousand Pounds mentioned therein for the Scotts Army in Ireland; and likewise to consider of the Obstructions hindering the coming and bringing in the Money upon the Sequestrations; and to present their Opinions to the House.
Ordered, That That Particular in the Paper of Octobris 28, from the Scotts Commissioners, concerning the Four thousand Pounds monthly for the Scotts Army in Ireland, and concerning the Arms and Ammunition to be sent to Carrickfergus for the said Army, according to the Sixth Article of the Treaty at Edenburgh of Novembris 28, 1643, and since confirmed by the Houses in their Votes of the Ninth of March, be referred to the Committee of both Houses appointed to treat with the Commissioners of Scotland; and, upon Debate with them, to present their Opinions, what Answer is fit to be given to these Particulars.
Grant to Bedwell.
Ordered, That the Duty of Salvage due to the State, and arising from the Ship * * * *, taken by Captain Bedwell, be bestowed upon Captain Bedwell, in Acknowledgment of his constant faithful Service to the State, and for his Encouragement to proceed therein.
Provisions for Army.
Resolved, &c. That Three thousand Pounds . . . . of Provisions be forthwith provided for the Armies; videlicet, Two thousand Pounds-worth for the Foot, and One thousand Pounds-worth for the Horse.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Establishment of the Army, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, forthwith to consider how this Three thousand Pounds-worth of Provision may be proportioned for the several Armies; and also to consider how these Provisions may be paid for; and how Credit may be presently given for the Providing of the same, whereby the Countries may be satisfied what they carry in: And Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Nathanaiell Barnardiston, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Richard Onsloe, Mr. Bedingfeild, Sir Wm. Litton, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Browne, Sir John Potts, Mr. Drake, and Sir Christofer Wray, are added to this Committee: To meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Ordered, That the Establishment of the Garison in Windsore Castle, under-following, under the Command of Colonel Venne, be reduced to Two hundred common Soldiers, besides Officers hereafter mentioned; which are to be chosen out of the Soldiers and Officers now in the Castle, by the said Colonel.
Upon Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms; it is Ordered, That this Establishment of Windesore Castle following, shall stand pro tempore:
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of this Establishment.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred unto the Committee for the Counties of Berk', Buck', and Oxon, to consider how the Garison of Windsore may be maintained out of the Counties adjoining, according to the Ordinance of 27 Junii; and the Establishment this Day read and approved of in the House, for Half-pay, amounting to the Sum of Eighty-eight Pounds Nine Shillings and Eight-pence per Week.
Ordered, That Captain Wingate shall be examined in Chancery in the Business concerning Mr. Austen.
Leave to visit Bellassis.
Ordered, That Sir Christofer Wray shall have Leave to visit Mr. John Bellassis.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Examinations, to consider how Monies may be speedily provided for the present Supplies of Windsor Garison, where the Soldiers are in great Want.