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, Junii 16, 1645.
ORdered, upon the Question, That Ten Pounds be bestowed upon the Messenger, that brought the Letter from Mr. Rushworth to Mr. Speaker, on Saturday Night last, concerning the great Blessing it pleased God to bestow upon the Parliament's Army under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, in a great Victory obtained over the King's Forces, on Saturday last, near Knasby: And that this Ten Pounds be paid by the Committee of the Revenue.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Blackbearde, the Messenger that brought this good News from Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, shall have Forty Pounds bestowed upon him; and paid by the Committee of Haberdashers-Hall: And that Sherwood, the Messenger that brought this good News from the Army, shall have Twenty Pounds bestowed upon him; and paid by the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall.
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance of both Houses, concerning the giving no Quarter to the Irish Soldiers, be put in due Execution: And that Sir Thomas Fairfax give Order to his Marshal to put the same in Execution, accordingly.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Thursday next shall be set apart for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving to Almighty God, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bills of Mortality, for the great and glorious Victory obtained by the Parliament's Army, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax, against the Forces of the King: And that Mr. Marshall and Mr. Vines be desired to preach at Christ's-Church, before the Parliament: And that the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council, to meet the Parliament there.
And it is further Ordered, That Friday, being the Seven-and-twentieth Day of this instant June, be set apart for a Publick Day of Thanksgiving for this Victory, in all the Churches and Chapels in the several Counties of the Kingdom under the Power of the Parliament.
Sir Robert Harley carried to the Lords the Votes for Forty Pounds for Mr. Blackbeard; and Twenty Pounds for Mr. Sherwood; out of Haberdashers-Hall: And the Ordinance for a Publick Day of Thanksgiving: And the several Letters, with a List of Prisoners, sent from the Army: And was to desire the Lords, That the Letters and List might be printed.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington do prepare several Letters of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the General Officers; and to acquaint them, That the Parliament hath appointed Publick Days of Thanksgiving in and about the City, and in the several Counties under the Power of the Parliament, for this great Victory God hath given them over the King's Forces; and touching the Buying of those Horse, that have been taken from the Enemy, for the Parliament's Service; and such other Particulars as are material, and are mentioned in the several Letters this Day read in the House.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Lisle, Sir Robert Harley, and Mr. Jennour, do forthwith provide a Jewel of Five hundred Pounds Value, to be sent from this House to Sir Thomas Fairfax, as a Testimony of their Affections to him, and of the Esteem they have of his Services.
Mr. Whitelock reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Lord Digbie's Letter, That the Lord Savile refused to answer from whom he received the Letter from Oxon, wherein Mr. Holles, a Member of this House, is nominated and concerned; only he declares, That he received it from one, that is above the Degree of a Commoner.
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Savile be injoined this Afternoon to declare unto the Committee, appointed for the Lord Digbie's Letter, the particular Person that wrote unto him that Letter, wherein Mr. Holles is named and concerned.
He was likewise to desire the Lords to concurr, That the Committee appointed for the Lord Digbie's Letter may have Power to examine any Member of their House, as this House has given Power concerning their Members, upon the Matters referred and committed to their Examination.
An Ordinance for the Sale of Delinquents Estates, according to the Directions and Limitations of several of the Propositions presented to his Majesty for a safe and wellgrounded Peace, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Maynard, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Strode, Mr. Thomas Sandys, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Holland, Mr. Ellis, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. John Browne, Mr. Theloall, Mr. Green, Mr. Crew, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Sam. Browne, Colonel Long, Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Holles, Sir Christopher Wray, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Buller, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Sir John Corbett, Mr. Stephens, and all the Lawyers of the House: And they are to meet To-morrow at Three post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And they have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended unto Mr. Maynard and Mr. John Ashe.
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do much joy in the Messages they received from this House; and do bless God for the Occasion of them: And do agree and join with this House in all the Orders and Messages.
Sir John Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords had given Power to their Committee for the Lord Digbie's Letter, to examine any Members of their House: And do agree, That the Lord Savile be injoined and pressed, by the Power of That House, to give his Answer to the Committee this Afternoon, as is desired: And that, as to the Orders concerning Lieutenant General Cromwell, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own, speedily.