Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Lunæ, Maii 5, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the whole House, according to former Order, proceeded to the further Consideration of the Business concerning such as are not to be admitted to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Mr. Whittacre called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Whittacre reports: And, upon Consideration thereof,
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Matters of Scandal, not capital, voted by this House, shall be examined by the Eldership of every Congregation: Who, upon just Proof made thereof, shall have Power to suspend the Parties offending, from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Resolved, That this Vote be added to the former Votes.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax, from Newberry, of 3 Maii 1645, was this Day read, concerning the March of the Army: Whereupon
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That the Stay of the Army in its March was the flow Coming up of Provisions sent from hence: And that the Service was likewise prejudiced by the Absence of Colonel Cooke and Colonel Thompson; whose Regiments were returned to their former Quarters into Surrey.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, speedily to dispose the Two Regiments returned back into Surrey.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashurst do, from this House, desire Mr. Carrill to preach before the Commons the next FastDay, at St. Margaret's Westminster, in the place of Mr. Heyrick.
Upon Information, by Mr. Recorder, of the Desire of the Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Ordered, That the House do meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock.
An Ordinance for Payment of the Soldiers, Waggoners, and their Widows, to whom the State is indebted, was this Day read the First and Second time; and committed unto Mr. Scawen, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Whittacre, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Strode, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Robert Harley, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Nath. Stephens, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Mr. Purefoy, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Haies, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Bond, Mr. Gerard, Sir John Potts, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Toll, Mr. Grimston, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. H. Herbert, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Stapley, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Bedingfeild:
This Committee, or any Five of them, are appointed to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Duchy-Court, to take the said Ordinance into their Consideration: And they are also to consider, Whether these Soldiers, Waggoners, and Widows, may not be satisfied out of any Monies from Goldsmiths-Hall; and to report the same to the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Francis Gerard be one of, and added to all the Committees of Westminster and Middlesex.
UPON a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, That Prince Rupert, Goring, and other the King's Forces, were joined;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That the Order of this House, of 28 Aprilis 1645, concerning the March of Sir Thomas Fairfax, and Serjeant-Major-General Skippon, with the Army, into the West, for the Relief of Taunton, shall be vacated.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired to join in the Vote of this House, for vacating the former Order, whereby Sir Thomas Fairfax and Serjeant-Major-General Skippon, are injoined to go into the West, for the Relief of Taunton.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take special and speedy Care for the Safety of the Eastern Association, and of Cambridge in particular.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Wentworth do carry up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote of this House for Colonel Francis Russell to be Governor of the Isle of Ely.
Ordered, That it be specially recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take care for the timely Relief of the Town and Garison of Taunton.