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, Junii 6, 1645.
MR. Scawen reports, from the Committee, the State of the Accompts and the Arrears of the English and Scotts Officers, and other Officers, Strangers, reduced, and certified by Major-General Skippon, or Sir Arth. Hesilrige.
Resolved, &c. That a Fifth Part of the Sums of Money, now certified by the Committee of the Army, shall be paid to the English Officers, Scotts Officers, and to the other Officers, Strangers, reduced, and certified by Major Skippon, or Sir Arthur Heselrige, according to the State of the Accompts that hath been presented, or shall be presented, by the Committee of the Army, upon Account.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Alexander Barclay shall be excepted out of this Vote.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty Pounds shall be bestowed upon Colonel Alexander Barclay.
Resolved, &c. That One thousand Pounds be forthwith provided for the Train of Artillery late under the Command of the Earl of Essex.
Resolved, &c. That Four hundred Pounds shall be provided for the Pay of the Horse and Foot Reformadoes reduced, late under the Command of the Earl of Essex, to be paid to Captain Vernon; and to be equally divided amongst them.
Resolved, &c. That the Accompt of Major Dewett be re-committed, and referred to the Committee of the West; and to have no Fifth-Part to be paid to him, till his Accompt be perfected.
An Ordinance for securing and reimbursing the Commissioners of Excise Two thousand Pounds, advanced and lent by them for the Service of the West, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords acquainted him, they had agreed to the Declaration to be sent to the States-General of Holland; and had commanded the Speaker of their House to sign it.
Mr. Holles carried to the Lords the Ordinance for raiseing Twenty thousand Pounds, to be employed towards the Reducing of Oxon: The Letter to be sent to the Committees in the several Counties, for bringing up the Recrults for Sir Thomas Fairfax' Army; with the List of the Recruits brought in, and what are wanting: The Vote for continuing Sir Samuel Luke Governor of Newport-Paynell for Twenty Days: And an Ordinance for securing Two thousand Pounds to the Commissioners of Excise, lent by them for the Service of the West: And the Vote for the publick Faith to Colonel Wm. Herbert, for his Arrears.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you these Letters: They came from the Lord Inchiquin; with this Commission concerning an Act in Ireland, and other Things there: They were recommended to them from the Committee of both Kingdoms; and they thought fit to communicate them to you: The Ordinance for regulating the Affairs of the Excise: It moved first from this House; and the Lords do agree to it, with these Additions and Amendments.
The Additions and Amendments were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented to.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Letters from the Lord Inchiquin, and of the Letters Patents, and Commission under the Great Seal, be referred to the Committee of the Adventurers of this House: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And are to bring in their Report, with their Opinions, on Wednesday Morning next.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Letter, to be sent to the States-General of the United Provinces.
They desire to put you in mind of an Ordinance concerning Rutlandshire: Which they first received from this House; and returned, with some Amendments: They desire you to take it into Consideration, in regard it concerns Burly-Mount.
The Letter was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to prepare Letters to be sent to the StatesProvincial; and so to alter and fit the Declaration, that particular Copies thereof may be sent to the States-Provincial. And
It is Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do sign the Letter to the States-General; the particular Letter to the StatesProvincial; and the Declarations to the States-Provincial.
Ordered, That Mr. Green do, To-morrow Morning, report the Declaration concerning the Matter of Reprisals.
Upon a Report of the Committee of both Kingdoms, by Mr. Crew;
It is Resolved, &c. That a Fortnight's Pay be provided for Twenty Gunners, to be sent to the Isle of Ely.
Resolved, &c. That One hundred and Fifty Pikes, and Two hundred and Fifty Musquets, be furnished out of the publick Stores, and speedily sent to Newport-Pagnell.
Resolved, &c. That Twenty Barrels of Powder, with Match and Bullet proportionable, Two hundred Pikes, Four hundred Musquets, and Four hundred Swords, be furnished out of the publick Stores, and speedily sent to Aylisbury.
Ordered, That the Thousand Pounds, already passed by Ordinance out of the Excise for the Isle of Ely; and the Thousand Pounds to be raised by the several Gentlemen of the Association, upon the Credit of the Excise, for the Isle of Ely; be paid to Mr. Walter Frost; to be disposed of for the Isle of Ely, by Order of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And that, out of the first Thousand Pounds passed by Ordinance out of the Excise, the Twenty Gun\?\ers, designed for the Isle of Ely, shall have their Fortnight's Pay: And it is referred to Mr. Corbett, to take care that these several Thousand Pounds be paid to Mr. Walter Frost, accordingly.
The First Messengers were called in: And the House returned this Answer;
That this House doth agree to the Amendments and Alterations in the Ordinance for regulating the Affairs of the Excise: And, as to the Letters from the Lord Inchiquin; and the Commission concerning the Act for Ireland; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Second Messengers were called in: And the House returned them this Answer;
That this House doth agree with the Lords in the Letter to be sent to the States-General: And, as to the Ordinance concerning the County of Rutland, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Northern Association be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Mr. Recorder reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, That the Two Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, of the Twenty-fourth of May last, were printed without their Consent or Knowledge.
Resolved, &c. That Two Regiments of Horse, to consist of Six hundred each of them, be forthwith raised.
Resolved, &c. That the Two hundred Horse, now under the Command of Major-General Browne, shall be forthwith made up Six hundred; and shall be a Regiment of Horse, under the Command of the said Major-General Browne.
Resolved, &c. That the House be adjourned till this Afternoon at Two of the Clock: And that the House do meet, to take into Consideration the Matter of Money only; and how a Stock of Money may be provided for carrying on the publick Affairs of the Kingdom.
A Letter from Colonel Massy, from Burford, of 4 Junii 1645, was this Day read. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Whitlock and Mr. Holles do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent to Colonel Massy; to let him know, that, before the Receipt of his Letter, the Committee of the West had taken care to provide Monies for him, the better to enable him to march into the West: And that the House likewise had taken care of the Preservation and Defence of Gloucester; and had settled Sir John Winter's Iron-Mills upon him; and taken care for Major Backhowse his Widow and Children.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Committee of the West, to treat with the Committee of the Militia of London, with the Gentlemen of Surrey and Sussex, and with any other Persons, or Committees, to spare what Horse or Foot they can, to be forthwith sent to the West, for the Relief of those Parts.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen that serve for the County of Gloucester do inform the Committee of both Kingdoms, How the Strength of Gloucestershire stands; and how they may be provided of Forces for the Security of those Parts.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That Colonel Massy shall have all such Right and Interest concerning the Iron-Works in the Forest of Deane, as Sir John Winter lately held and enjoyed there, either as his own Inheritance, or by virtue of any Grant thereof to the said Sir John Winter, or his Assigns, from the Crown.
The Letter to be sent to Colonel Massy was read; and assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That this House holds it fit, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do consider of sending down some of the Members of that Committee to the Army, to be resident upon the Place, to advise with the General concerning the Affairs of the Army, upon the Place; and to give an Account hereof to the House forthwith: And Mr. Recorder is appointed to take care hereof.
Ordered, That the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do move the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, that the Scotts Army may forthwith advance Southwards.
Ordered, That Three, at least, of the Commissioners of Parliament, appointed to join with the Commissioners of Scotland, for the ordering the Scotts Army, be always resident with that Army, to forward their Advance Southward: And that they do, from time to time, give the House an Account of their Resolutions, upon Debate, and their Proceedingss: And that Mr. Ashurst and Sir Philip Stapilton do prepare Letters, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the said Commissioners, accordingly.
An Ordinance for Payment of Nine thousand Pounds, left in the Hands of Sir James Stonehowse Baronet, by Sir John Byron Knight, a Delinquent, for Clearing of Incumbrances upon a Purchace of Part of Sir John Biron's Lands, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Recorder, Mr. Bainton, Lord Mounson, Sir Christ. Wray, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Holles, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Edmund Fowell, Mr. Salwey, Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr. Rose, Mr. Knightley, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Bond, Mr. Nicholas, Sir Martin Lister, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Fienis, Sir John Francklyn, Sir James Stonhowse: And all other who are concerned in this Ordinance are to attend this Committee; and to make it appear, What Charges the Estate purchased by Sir James Stonehowse of Sir John Byron is justly liable unto: And are to meet upon Tuesday Sevennight, at Two post eridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber.
Ordered, That Sir James Stonehowse shall have the Protection of this House, during his Attendance on this Business.
Mr. Holles brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords have agreed to the Vote for continuing Sir Samuel Luke to be Governor of Newport-Pagnell for Twenty Days; To the Letters to be sent into the Counties about the Recruits; To the Ordinances for raising Twenty thousand Pounds for Oxford; and for securing Two thousand Pounds lent by the Commissioners of the Excise, for the West; And to the Vote for granting the publick Faith to Colonel Wm. Herbert, for his Arrears.