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 26, 1645.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms be desired forthwith to send for the said Colonel Walth. Lloyd, he being a Colonel now employed in the West, that he may receive a Commission, and Directions to enter upon that Charge, accordingly.
A Letter from Coventry, of May the 16th 1645, from Major Peter Burgoyne, nominated and appointed by both Houses to be Governor of Coventry; desiring, in regard of his Age, earnestly and humbly, that he might be excused; was this Day read: And likewise a Petition from divers of the Committee of Coventry; desiring, That Captain Willoughby might be Governor; was likewise read.
Mr. Recorder reports, from the Committee, the Amendments and Alterations in the Ordinance for levying the Arrears due upon several Ordinances of Parliament in the City of London: Which Amendments were twice read; and assented unto: And then the whole Ordinance, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Robert Pye carried to the Lords the Ordinance for settling the Government of the Town of Newcastle: The Votes for Colonel Walter Floyd to be Governor of Gloucester; for Acceptation of the Resignation and Desire of Major Peter Burgoyne to be discharged from the Government of Coventry; for Captain Willoughby to be Governor of Coventry; and for Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Phipps to continue in the Place of Lieutenant-Colonel, as formerly he did.
A Letter from Major-General Langharne, from Pembroke, of Maii 1; and likewise a Letter from the Mayor of Pembroke, of Maii 6; were this Day read; and, by Order, upon the Question, in especial Manner, recommended unto the Committee of both Kingdoms; to take some special Care of sending Forces and Assistance speedily, for the Preservation of Milford-Haven, the Town of Pembroke, and Towns thereabouts.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, speedily to send Provisions of Victual and Ammunition for the Relief and Preservation of the Parliament-Forces at Milford-Haven, and in Pembrokeshire.
It is likewise Ordered, That Mr. Theloall and Sir John Corbett be added to the Committee of the Navy: And that this Business of providing for the Safety of MilfordHaven and Pembrokeshire, be recommended to the special Care of Mr. Theloall.
Whereas there are many Prisoners in the Tower of London, who were committed during the Time that Alderman Pennyngton was Lieutenant of the Tower; who is now discharged, as being a Member of this House: It is Ordered, That none of the Prisoners, so committed, as aforesaid, and remaining in Custody at the Time that Alderman Pennyngton left that Place, nor any of them, shall be discharged, until they have first given Satisfaction to Alderman Pennyngton, for such Fees as are due to the said Alderman Pennyngton, during the Time that he was Lieutenant of the Tower.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Committee at Shrewsbury, of May 9 1645, this Day read, be referred to the Considetation of the Committee of both Kingdoms: Who are likewise desired to call the Gentlemen of Shropshire before them; and to settle the Command in Chief of the Forces there, in such Manner as may be most for the Advantage, Safety, and Peace, of the Country.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Army where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to make such Allowance as they shall think fit, for Convoys to be allowed to the respective Treasurers, Collectors, and Receivers, of the several Counties, for the Monies that come in upon the Ordinance for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army: And that the Charge of the said Convoys, settled and appointed by the said Committee, shall be allowed and paid out of such Monies as come in upon the said Ordinance for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, That Captain Willoughby be Governor of Coventry; that Colonel Lloyd be Goyernor of Gloucester; that LieutenantColonel Phipps continue in his Command: And, as to the Ordinance concerning Newcastle, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms be desired forthwith to send to Colonel Cromwell, to take Care and Charge of the Isle of Ely, and the Places adjacent; to continue his Charge for the Remainder of Forty Days, to which his Employment in the Army is extended, by a late Ordinance of both Houses.
Ordered, That the Thousand Pounds, formerly charged upon the Excise, for the Fortifying of the Isle of Ely, shall be delivered over to Colonel Cromwell, to be disposed by him, for the Defence of the said Isle.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Association be injoined to meet this Afternoon, to consider of providing the Thousand Pounds, formerly referred to their Care, for the Payment of Part of the Arrears due to the Soldiers in the Isle of Ely; and to report the same to the House To-morrow Morning, the first Business, after Mr. Speaker shall come to the Chair: And the Care hereof is especially referred to Sir John Potts, Mr. Corbett, and Mr. Toll.
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, to prepare Instructions to be sent to the Members of Parliament that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms in the North; and to consider of a Treasurer and a Mustermaster for the Scotts Army: And the Members of this House, that are of the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, are injoined to give their Attendance at the said Committee.
Ordered, That the Ordinances concerning the Raising and Securing of Money lent for the Carrying on of the Design of besieging Oxford, be taken into Consideration the first Business on Thursday Morning: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind of these Ordinances.
That the Lords had commanded them to deliver a Report, made to the Lords from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Garison of Portesmouth: As likewise an Information, in Paper, which the Lords had received, concerning that Garison; which they desired might be taken into Consideration: An Ordinance for Mr. Gabriel Beck to be one of the Clerks of the Court of Wards in that Place which Mr. Chamberlaine had; and a Petition of Mr. Wm. Harrington's: To which the Lords had agreed; and desired the Concurrence of this House.