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 Mercurii, Junii 18, 1645.
Ordered, That, To-morrow, being the Day of Publick Thanksgiving, a Collection shall be made in all the Churches and Chapels in the Cities of London and Westminster, Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bills of Mortality: And shall be paid by the Churchwardens, or other Collectors of the same, unto Wm. Hobson, Wm. Kendall, Alexander Normington, and Thomas Churchman, Common-Councilmen, at the Treasury-Chamber in Guildhall, London; to be issued for the Use of the poor Inhabitants of Leicester; and for the Relief of those Soldiers that are Prisoners, and were taken there.
Ordered, That the Moiety of such Collections as shall be made To-morrow, being the Day of Publick Thanksgiving, in the Parishes of St. Margaret's, Westminster and St. Martin's in the Fields, shall be employed and disposed of to the Relief of the Poor of those Parishes; notwithstanding the Order this Day made for disposing the Collections to be made To-morrow, in the several Parishes of London, Westminster, and within the Bills of Mortality, for the Relief of the poor Inhabitants of Leicester, and of the Soldiers taken Prisoners there.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate do repair to the Scotts Commissioners; and do acquaint them with the Mistakes in their Letter to him of the Seventeenth of June 1645, from Worcester-House, concerning Debentures to the Scotts Officers, and touching the Proceedings of the Committee for the Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to examine the Proceedings of Mr. Wilcock the Auditor, in making up Debentures of the Officers of the Army; and upon what Ground he Proceeded; and to represent unto the House the Mischiefs that may arise to the State by such Proceedings; and to consider of some Course to prevent them for the Time past, and for the future; and to consider of some Way how the Officers Accompts may be stated, and Satisfaction given them therein.
Resolved, &c. That Four thousand Pounds to pay the English Officers, and the Four thousand Pounds to pay the Scotts Officers, a Fifth-Part, according to the Order of June the Sixth, and the One thousand Pounds to pay the Train of Artillery, shall be charged upon the Credit of the Excise, and paid in their Course: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army to distinguish and apportion these Fifth-Parts.
They desire to put you in mind of the Business concerning Plymouth: A Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, concerning the Ship Increase, employed by my Lord Inchyquin; which they recommend to your Consideration: A Letter from the same Committee, for Anthony Young to be Commander of the Ship called The Hind; which they do likewise recommend to this House: A Petition of the Officers of the Earl of Essex; which is specially recommended.
"Resolved, upon the Question, That Lieutenant-General Cromwell shall continue as Lieutenant-General of the Horse, according to the established Pay of the Army, for Three Months, from the End of the Forty Days formerly granted to him."
Upon Mr. Reynolds' Report of Captain Plunkett's Petition; and the Certificate from the Committee of Accompts, certifying what was due to him from the State, for Monies and Provisions furnished by him to the Lord Inchiquin, for the Service of the Province of Munster;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Captain Plunkett shall be satisfied out of the Tenths of Reprisals due to the Admiralty, the Sum of Four thousand Six hundred Forty-two Pounds, certified to be due by the said Committee: And that Mr. Reynolds do bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That, as to the Vote concerning Lieutenant-General Cromwell and Captain Young, the House doth agree: And, as to the other Particulars, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That a like Ordinance be brought in for Payment, out of the Tenths of the Admiralty, unto Mr. Vassall, of such Monies as shall, by Certificate from the Committee of Accompts, appear to be due to him from the State, for any Provisions furnished by him for the Service of Ireland.
Whereas Two thousand Pounds were formerly appointed for the Isle of Eley, whereof One thousand Pounds is already sent away thither; out of which One Month's Pay should have been paid to the Gunners: It is this Day Ordered, That Thirty Pounds, out of the remaining One thousand Pounds, be forthwith paid to the Gunners there, in Satisfaction of the said Month's Pay formerly appointed.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia of London be desired to provide such Guards as shall be necessary for the safe Conducting of the Prisoners that are sent up by Sir Thomas Fairfax, to these Prisons that are appointed for them, and for keeping them there: And that Colonel Ven do acquaint the Committee of the Militia with this Order.
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That they have named a Committee of Nine, and Three of the Quorum, to meet with a Committee proportionable of the House of Commons, in the Prince's Lodgings, this Morning, to give Order for the disposing the Soldiers, Prisoners, which are coming up, according to their Message in this Paper: The humble Petition of Colonel John Butler; they recommend it to your Consideration.
"That an Order be sent to Colonel Fienis to stay all the said Soldiers Prisoners at St. Albans till further Directions from the Parliament: That the Committee of Hertfordshire may be likewise sent to, to stay the Soldiers, Prisoners there, which come that Way: That the Officers, Prisoners, may be presently sent up; and, upon Notice of their Approach, the Militia of London may take Order, That sufficient Guards may be sent to disperse them to several Prisons."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords in the Naming of a Committee of a proportionable Number of this House, whereof Six to be of the Quorum, to meet with the Committee of the Lords, for disposing the Soldiers sent up Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Mr. Jephson, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Knightley, Colonel John Moore, Colonel Ven, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Jennings, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Francis Gerard, Colonel Walton, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Ashurst, Captain Wingate, Lord Grey, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Mr. Robert Goodwyn;
That the House had considered of their Message: And, as to that Part of the Message concerning the Naming of a proportionable Number of their Members for a Committee, and to the Disposal of the Prisoners, this House doth agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Whitelock reports from the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed to examine the Lord Digbie's Letter, That the Lord Savile denied to name the Person from whom he received the Letter wherein Mr. Holles was named: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Whitelock do go to the Lords, to desire, That he may be committed close Prisoner to the Tower, for his Contempt to both Houses, in refusing to answer according to the former Order.
He was called in: And Mr. Speaker told him, That he had falsified that Trust his Country had intrusted him with, for the Good of Religion, and publick Liberty; and that, by the Insidelity and Treachery of such as he, this unnatural War hath happened, and so much of his Countrymens Blood hath been shed: And, for his Unfaithfulness and Treason to the King, and his Country, he was to be committed Prisoner to the Tower for High-Treason; and should be proceeded against according to Law.
Ordered, That the House do meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock: And that the Business of recruiting the Army, and for providing Monies, and nothing else, till those Businesses be finished, be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds belonging to the Duke of Richmond, and in the Hands of one Uphill, be forthwith paid to Sir John Wray, to be employed for the Garison of Croyland: And that an Ordinance be brought in for the Indemnity and Discharge of the said Uphill.
Mr. Wallop reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Paper, delivered in to that Committee, from the Scotts Commissioners, of 17 Junii 1645, with a Paper of Particulars annexed: Which were read: And
An Ordinance for providing Ammunition, Match, and Bullet, and for regulating the Office of the Ordnance, was this Day read the First and Second time, with a Blank in it, for a Committee to be named, in the said Ordinance, for carrying on the said Affairs: And thereupon the Committee following was named to be the said Committee; videlicet, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Green, Sir Harbottell Grimpston, Mr. Bence, Sir John Evelyn senior, Mr. Bedingfeild, Mr. Hodges, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Rolle, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Pury, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Lisle.
Ordered, That this Ten thousand Pounds shall be repaid out of the first Monies that shall come in upon any of the Ordinances of Parliament for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom, Sale of Delinquents Estates, and ordering the Affairs of the Sequestrations, after such Monies as are already charged upon any of those Ordinances.
Ordered, That it be especially referred to the Committee of the Army, to take care for the speedy Providing of these Horse-Pistols, and other Recruits, for the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax.
An Ordinance for the further and better regulating the Sequestration of Papists and Delinquents Estates was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Wheeler, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Selden, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Stapeley, Sir Thomas Woodhowse, Sir Roger North, Mr. Blakiston, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Sandys, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Shelley, Mr. Rolle, Sir John Evelyn, Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Haye, Captain Wingate, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Edw. Ashe, Colonel Morley, Mr. Pury, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Sallowey, Sir Richard Onsloe, Sir Tho. Cheek, Sir Wm. Massame, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Beddingfeild: And all that will come to have Voices: And are to meet on Friday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And the Care of it is specially recommended unto Mr. Serjeant Wilde and Mr. John Ashe.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider how the Horse that now lie upon the Counties of Berk' and Buck', may be disposed of, and made serviceable to the Garisons in that Association.
Ordered, That the Six hundred Eighty Pounds owing by Mr. Violet to one Burges, upon a Mortgage, shall be forthwith paid in to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall; whereof Three hundred Pounds, upon the Receipt thereof, shall, by the said Committee, be issued and paid to Colonel Ridgley, upon Account, in Part, of his Arrears; Two other Hundred Pounds thereof to Major Owen Oconnally, for the Arrears of his Pension; and One other hundred Pounds thereof, to the Committee of Gloucester, for the Service of the Garison there: And that an Ordinance be brought in for the Indemnity and Discharge of the said Vyolett for the Payment of the same.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay and Mr. Baynton do repair to the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, and desire him, from this House, to send in That Part he has of the Declaration upon the late Treaty at Uxbridge, on Saturday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons, for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do forthwith advance Two hundred Pounds, to be paid to the Committee of Prisoners; to be disposed of for the necessary Support and Subsistence of the Soldiers sent up Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairfax.