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 Martii, 1646.
Ordered, That the Committee for Mr. Wightwicke's Business do meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer-Chamber.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Lewis Dive, a Prisoner in the Tower, shall have allowed unto him, out of his own Estate in Bedfordshire, for the Maintenance of himself and Children, Four Pounds per Week: And that the Committee of Bedfordshire do pay him, out of his own Estate, the said Four Pounds per Week accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Anderson, a Prisoner in the Tower, shall have allowed unto him, out of his own Estate, for his present Maintenance and Support, the Allowance of Four Pounds per Week: And that the Committees of the County of Yorke, and Bishoprick of Durham, where his Estate lies, do pay him, out of his own Estate, the said Four Pounds per Week accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
The humble Petition of Sir Anderson Knight, desiring to be enlarged or bailed, was this Day read; and nothing done upon it.
Whereas, by an Order of the House, of the Ninth of February last, one Martin De Lazon was declared Proprietor of Six thousand Nine hundred Pieces of Eight, and of Seventy-one Arrowes of Cochineal; unto which Silver and Cochineal one Antonio Fernandes Carvaiall, as this House is informed, doth claim Property: It is thereupon Ordered, That, notwithstanding the said Order of the Ninth of February, the said Martin De Lazon, and Antonio Fernandes Carvaiall, be referred to the Law, for the making good their Claims and Properties to the said Silver and Cochineal.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to draw the Letter for inviting the Prince to reside in the Parliament's Quarters, do give the House an Account thereof Tomorrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Settlement of the Government of the City of Chester be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That Mr. Toll do make the Report, from the Committee of the Admiralty, concerning the King's Frigates about the Coast of Norfolke, on Monday Morning next.
The humble Petition of Captain Edward Blaney, a Captain in Ireland, desiring the Pay of his Entertainment for his Service there; and a Certificate under the Hand of Nicolas Loftus, Vice-Treasurer; were this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland; to consider, What is fit to be done in this Business, and in all other Business of the like Nature; and to report their Opinions to the House.
The House, according to former Order, took into Consideration the Petition of the Assembly of Divines.
Mr. Ellys informed the House, That the Committee of both Houses, appointed to go to the Common-Council, did Yesterday accordingly attend that Service; and did acquaint the Common-Council with the Particulars intrusted unto them: And that the Lord Mayor, in the Name of the Common-Council, did render their hearty and full Thanks to the Houses, for their great Respects unto them, in making them Partakers of these great Successes; in which they did very much rejoice: He further acquainted them with a Book, that is lately come forth, intituled, "The last Warning-piece to the City of London;" which they desire may be put into a Way of Examination.
The House being informed, That divers Aldermen and others of the City of London were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Alderman Fowke, in the Name of the City, acquainted the House, That the City did rejoice with them, for the many great Successes of the Army; and made divers Observations of the particular Mercies of God in these Successes; together with the Expressions of their Joy and Thankfulness for the same: And further, That the City, according to the Desire of the Houses, will meet them at Christ-Church on Thursday next, to join with them in praising God for these Mercies, it being appointed for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving for the same: And that it is the humble Desire of the Representative Body of the City of London, That this House will so far honour them, as, after the Two Sermons shall be ended, they will dine with them at Grocers-Hall.
The Aldermen and Citizens withdrew; and were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, gave the City hearty and ample Thanks for their good Affections to the Parliament; and did acquaint them, That the House did accept of their kind Invitation; and would dine with them at Grocers-Hall, as they desired.
Sir Gilbert Gerard reported a Paper from the Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, signed by John Donn, by the Command of the Commissioners of that Church, 26 Martii 1646: Which was read.
The Question was propounded, Whether the House should be resolved into a Grand Committee, to take into Consideration the Manner of Bringing in of the Petition from the Assembly of Divines, and likewise the Matter of it; and whether this Addition; viz. "and to have Power to propound to the Divines what Questions they shall think fit, and receive their Answer, in Writing, thereunto;" should be added to the Question: And
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee, on Wednesday Morning next; to take into Consideration the Manner of the Bringing in of the Petition from the Assembly of Divines; and likewise the Matter of it: And have Power to propound to the Divines, what Questions they shall think fit; and receive their Answer, in Writing, thereunto.