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 Veneris, 27 Junii, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House proceeded, according to former Order, to take the Business concerning the Government of the Church into Consideration.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Whittacre reports, from the Grand Committee of the House, the Ordinance for speedy Dispersing and Publishing of the Directory, and for Punishing of such as shall use the Book of Common-Prayer, and of such as shall not use, or shall deprave, the said Directory: Which was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Grand Committee of the whole House.
Ordered, That, in regard many Hundred of the common Soldiers, lately taken Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairfax, have very chearfully listed themselves for the Service of the Parliament, against those bloody and barbarous Rebels of Ireland; and are ready to be transported into that Kingdom with all convenient Speed, That all the Ministers of the several Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westminster, Lines of Communication, and the weekly Bills of Mortality, be especially desired, both in the Afternoon and Forenoon of the next Lord's Day, to move effectually their respective Congregations to contribute their Charity towards the Relief and Transportation of those Soldiers which are willing to adventure their Lives in so pious and honourable Employment: And all such Monies as shall be collected by the respective Officers and Churchwardens for this Service, shall be paid over, on Monday next, to Alderman Bunce, Alderman Kenrick, and the rest of the Treasurers appointed to receive the Fourscore thousand Pounds upon the late Ordinance for Ireland: And the Committees of Adventurers for Ireland, sitting at Grocers-Hall, are desired to give their best Assistance for the Advancing of this charitable Contribution; which shall be issued out, for the Relief of the said Soldiers, in such manner as by Warrant from the Committee for Prisoners shall be from time to time directed.
Ordered, That Sir Robert Harley do make his Report, concerning the Pictures in York-House, To-morrow Morning.