House of Commons Journal Volume 4: 28 April 1645

Pages 124-125

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, Aprilis 28, 1645.


SIR Gilbert Gerard reported, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Letter from Lieutenant-General Cromwell, of April 25, 1645, from Bletchington-House; and the Articles inclosed of the Surrender of That House; and relating the clear routing a great Party of the King's Horse; the chasing them Four Miles; the taking and slaying at least Two hundred; and the Taking of above Four hundred Horse, and of the Queen's own Colours, with great Store of Arms.

He likewise reported a Letter (fn. 1) from General Leven, from Newcastle, of April 22, 1645; relating, That Lieutenant-General Lesley was ordered to repair to his Party; and to put his Forces into such a Posture, as that they may be assisting to Sir Wm. Brereton upon all Occasions; and that his Army was upon the Advance; that some Regiments were listed, and marched to their Rendezvous.

He further reported an Order of the Committee of both Kingdoms, of Aprilis 27 1645, in hæc verba; viz.

"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses, That the Committee being resolved to send a Strength of Horse and Foot to the West, and finding Difficulty who shall command those Forces, and who shall command the Forces that stay behind; the Committee therefore thought fit to report it to the Houses, to know their Resolutions therein."

Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Fairfax and SerjeantMajor-General Skippon shall both march with the Army, that is designed, by the Committee of both Kingdoms, to go into the West, for the Relief of Taunton.

Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired in this Vote: And Mr. Browne is to carry it up for their Concurrence, accordingly.

Ordered, &c. That the Ministers be desired, at the next Day of Publick Humiliation, to recommend the Army under Sir Tho. Fairfax his Command to the Protection of the Almighty; and earnestly to seek to Him for His Blessing upon their Endeavours, and for His merciful Assistance to them; they being now upon their March.

Ordered, That this Order be sent to the Lord Mayor of the City of London; with Desire to him to take care for the speedy Publishing thereof in all Churches and Chapels in the City of London, and within the Lines of Communication.

Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take into speedy Consideration the settling the Forces that shall be left; and to take some Course for the receiving the Recruits, and for providing for the Safety of these Parts, and securing the Associated Counties; and for the Safety of Abingdon, Henley, and the other Garisons in the Frontier-Line of these Parts.

Ordered, That Sir Thomas Fairfax shall have the close Waggon in Scotland-Yard, for his better Accommodation in his March.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to give Order and Directions for the Sending of the Money and Provisions provided for Sir Thomas Fairfax his Army.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take care for the speedy sending down the Train of Artillery to Sir Tho. Fairfax his Army: And that Sir Walter Erle, the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, do go to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to inform them in this Business.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to write earnestly to my Lord General Leven, to desire him to speed the Marching of his Army Southwards.

Mr. Browne brings Answer, That the Lords do agree with this House in the Vote, That Sir Tho. Fairefaxe and Serjeant-Major-General Skippon shall both march with the Forces, that are now designed for the West.

The House, according to former Order, fell upon the Debate and Consideration of the Report made on Monday last from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty, and Lord Warden of the Cinque-Ports, touching the Command of the Fleet prepared for this next Summer's Expedition.

Resolved, &c. That the Fleet prepared for this Summer's Expedition shall be put under the Command of a Committee of Three.

Resolved, &c. That this Committee shall consist of Members of the Houses.

Resolved, &c. That this Committee shall consist of One Lord, and Two Commoners.

Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Warwick shall be one of this Committee.

Resolved, &c. That Mr. Alexander Bence shall be one of this Committee.

The Question was propounded, Whether Mr. Rolle shall be one of this Committee:

And then the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;

It passed with the Negative.

The Question was propounded, Whether Mr. Squire Bence shall be one of this Committee:

And then the Question being put, Whether this Question should be now put;

The House was divided.

The Noes went forth.

Sir Philip Stapilton, Tellers for the Noe: 58.
Sir Wm. Lewes, With the Noe,
Mr. Wallopp, Tellers for the Yea: 45.
Sir Edw. Baynton, With the Yea,

So that the Question passed with the Negative.

Resolved, &c. That Mr. Peregrine Pelham shall be one of this Committee.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Committee for the Admiralty, to prepare an Ordinance for settling the Command of the Fleet, prepared for this Summer's Expedition, in a Committee of Three, according to the Votes of this House.

Ordered, That Sir William Andrewes be forthwith sent for in safe Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.

Ordered, That the Examination of the Quarrel in Westminster-Hall, between Sir Wm. Andrews and Colonel Tirrell, be referred to the Committee of Examinations: Who are to examine the Ground of it; and send for the Parties and Witnesses.

The House being informed, by Mr. Speaker, That Colonel Tirrell attended at the Door, by Command from him, and to prevent a Duel between the said Colonel and Sir Wm. Andrewes;

He was called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command from the House, gave him Thanks for his Respects to the Parliament, in his Moderation and Temper in preventing a Quarrel in Westminster-Hall: And that the House took it well, he forbore Violence in that Place; and have taken his Honour and Reputation into their Protection; which they expect he should engage to them: And he is accordingly injoined, not to proceed in this Quarrel, to the Disturbance of the Peace, as he tenders the Authority of this House: And that they will take care, that, upon Examination of the whole Business, Satisfaction shall be given to the Party wronged: And have put the same into a Way of Examination.

Ordered, That if any Quarrel happen between any Gentlemen, or others, in any Place within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Lines of Communication, the House not sitting, that, upon Information thereof to Mr. Speaker, he shall have Power to send for the Parties, and secure their Persons, till the House be acquainted with it, and take further Order.

Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the whole House do sit, upon the Business of the Church, on Thursday Morning at Eight of Clock.

Ordered, That Mr. Blackeston do consider of the Letters, of Aprilis 13, from the Commissioners at Newcastle; and do report the State of them to the House, To-morrow Morning.

WHereas the Church of Lambeth, in the County of Surrey, lately become void, by the Death of Daniel Featly, Doctor of Divinity; the Charge whereof, by Order of the Committee for plundered Ministers, was, in the Lifetime of the said Doctor Featly, committed to John White Master of Arts, one of the Assessors of the Assembly of Divines; for Causes in the said Order expressed; with Power to receive and take all the Profits to the Rectory of Lambeth aforesaid belonging: And whereas the Patronage of the said Church, in the now Vacancy of the See of Canterbury, belonging of Right to the King's most Excellent Majesty, is now, by way of Sequestration, in the Disposing of the Houses of Parliament now assembled: It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the said John White shall be and continue Rector and Incumbent of the said Church of Lambeth; and have, receive, and take, all the Tythes, and other Profits, to said Rectory belonging.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein: And Mr. Holles is appointed to carry it to the Lords.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Thomas Gipps to be Deputy-Lieutenant for the Town of St. Edmundsbury.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Brampton Gourdon junior, Esquire, to be DeputyLieutenant of the County of Suffolk.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired in these Votes.

Ordered, That the Business concerning the Lieutenant of the Tower, for paying Two hundred Pounds for the Party that discovered Macquire and Mac-Mohun, shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.


  • 1. In the Margin is wrote, "Memorandum, This Letter was delivered back to the Serjeant, to be delivered to the Lord Wharton, to be reported in the Lords House."