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 Jovis, Junii 26, 1645.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Prisoners, and the Committee for Irishe Affairs joined with them, to dispose of the Serjeants, Corporals, and common Soldiers, late sent up Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairfax, either into the Parliament's Armies, or by transporting such as are fit to be transported, either into Ireland, the Low Countries, or with the Lord Irwyn, or otherwise.
It is Ordained, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Profits and Perquisites of all such Offices and Places, being neither military nor judicial, which, since the First Day of April One thousand Six hundred Forty-and-five, have been, or hereafter shall be, granted, or any way appointed, by both or either Houses of Parliament, or by Authority derived from thence, shall, from and after the Fifteenth Day of May in this present Year One thousand Six hundred Forty-and-five, as they shall accrue and arise, be brought in and paid by the Persons who have executed, and shall execute, the same Offices and Places, unto the Receiver-General of the Revenues of the King, Queen, and Prince, for the Use of the Publick: Which said Receiver-General is hereby authorized and required to give Acquittances and Discharges for so much as shall be brought in and paid unto him; and out of those Receipts shall, in the first place, before any other Payment, issue unto the Persons who have executed, or shall execute, the said Offices and Places, the several Salaries, which, by the House of Commons, shall be allowed unto them for the Execution thereof; and afterwards, the Residue of the said Profits and Perquisites shall be by him issued to such further Uses, as shall be, from time to time, appointed or directed by both Houses of Parliament, or by the said Committee of Revenue: Who shall have Power to call before them all Persons who shall execute the said Offices and Places, and to take their Accompts; and thereby, and by all other Ways and Means, which to them shall seem meet and necessary, to inform themselves of the said Profits and Perquisites, and of all Things concerning the same; and to cause the same Perquisites and Profits to be paid and brought in unto the said Receiver-General, at such Times as shall be thereunto appointed by the said Committee: And, if Default thereof shall be made, then to displace and remove those Persons so making Default from their Offices and Places, and from the receiving and enjoying any Profit or Benefit of or for the same.
Mr. Reynolds reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for paying Monies due to Richard Hill and William Pennoyer, Merchants, by passing over unto them divers Lands and Houses of the Earl of Worcester's, &c.: The which were twice read: And, upon Debate,
Ordered, That when the Parliament shall, in a general Way, put Delinquents Estates to Sale, that then Mr. Pennoyer and Mr. Hill shall be satisfied their due Debt of Nine thousand Four hundred and Two Pounds Five Shillings out of the Earl of Worcester's, Lord Herbert's, and Sir John Sommersett's Lands and Houses in Acton, the Strand, Tower-Street, and Stepney, mentioned in the said Ordinance, according to such Rates and Conditions, as shall be appointed to be observed in the Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sale of Delinquents Estates do meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the former appointed Place, and so de die in diem, till the Business be perfected: And that the Care of this Business be especially referred to Mr. Reynolds.
Ordered, That the Ordinance already passed, giving Power to Sir Thomas Fairfax to imprest Men, upon Occasion, as he marches, be continued for Three Months longer, from the Date of the Expiration of the said Ordinance.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to confer with the Committee of the Army; and to take some effectual and speedy Course for bringing in the Recruits that are to come out of the several Counties, and for the speedy Levying of Four thousand Men for Recruiting of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do prepare Letters, to be written from both Houses to the several Counties, to speed in their Recruits for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; and to represent the absolute Necessity of it.
Mr. Vassall, Colonel Ven, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Mr. Jennour, and Mr. Spurstoe, are appointed to go presently to the Common Council; to press them to advance the Thirty-one thousand Pounds for a Month's Pay to the Scotts Army.
Ordered, That Mr. Jesson for Warwickshire, Sir Arthur Hasilrigg for Leicestershire, Mr. Knightley for Northamptonshire, Sir John Curson for Dorsetshire, do take the speediest and most effectual Course they can for bringing the Monies assessed upon their several Counties, for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do write to that Committee, to acquaint them with the Necessity of their sending in the Money taxed upon their County: And that, as to the Complaints of the County, Course shall be taken for their Redress.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, How, according to the Treaty, the Scotts Army may be ordered and directed by Committees of both Houses: And are to report.
The Lords have commanded us to return you the Ordinances for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom; and for Martial Law, for Punishing of imprested Soldiers deserting their Colours: The Petition of Henry Hitchings: The Lords do think it reasonable; and desire you will take it into Consideration, both for the Justice of it, and for the Consequence.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That, as to the Amendments to both the Ordinances, they do assent: They have likewise taken Order for recruiting Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army with Horse and Foot: They do agree; and have appointed their Committee for examining the Lord Savile to meet this Afternoon: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons, appointed to examine the Lord Savile's Business, do meet this Afternoon, and so de die in diem: And the Members of this House that are of that Committee, are injoined to attend this Business, till it be finished.
Ordered, That the Committee, formerly appointed for preparing and bringing in the Ordinance for the Northern Association, do meet on Friday next, in the Afternoon; and do consider of such Letters as were sent up from the North, and referred to their Consideration; and do frame the same into an Ordinance; and present the same to the House.
Sir Robert Pye carried to the Lords the Ordinance for Surrey: The Ordinance for Nine thousand Four hundred Pounds for the Officers that have been laid aside: The Articles to be subscribed by the Committee in the Ordinance for the North.
He was likewise to desire the Lords, That the Committee, appointed for the Lord Savile's Business, may meet this Afternoon, and so de die in diem, till that Business be ended: And to put them in mind of the Ordinance for Twenty thousand Pounds out of the Excise, for Oxford.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider of the State of this Regiment; and to represent an Establishment of Pay for them to the House; and from whence that Pay shall arise.
Mr. Whitelock brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords will take the Ordinances for Twenty thousand Pounds for Oxford; and for punishing imprested Soldiers running from their Colours; into speedy Consideration: And, to the rest, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Articles to be subscribed by the Committees, in the Ordinance for the Northern Association, and the Ordinance for Surrey, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the rest, they do agree.
Mr. Tate is appointed, To-morrow Morning, to carry the Originals of the Letters and Papers, taken at NasebyField, and sent up by Sir Thomas Fairfax; and to desire the Lords, That, in regard they are of very great Weight and Concernment, they will be very careful of them; and that, when they have read them, they will return them back to this House.
It is thereupon Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton and Mr. Sollicitor do prepare a Letter, to be sent to Sir Thomas Fairfax, in Answer of his; and to approve of his Opinion in the March of his Army; and to recommend it unto him to march into the West, for the Relief of Taunton.
Ordered, That the Business of Lancashire, and the Staffordshire Petition, brought in this Day by Mr. Pierepoint, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, be taken into Consideration on Saturday Morning, the first Business.
Resolved, &c. That John Sadler, and Henry Parker, Esquires, shall be, and are hereby nominated and appointed Secretaries for the Preparing of the Declaration upon the Breach of the late Treaty at Uxbridge; a Declaration to be set forth to the World, to give Satisfaction of the Justness of this Cause of Religion and Liberty defended by the Parliament; and for the Preparing of such other Declarations, or other Matters, as shall be intrusted to their Care by this House: And that a fit Salary be allowed unto them for their Pains and Industry in these great Employments: And, upon Occasion, they are to make use of the Letters taken at Naseby-Field.
This Committee is to supervise all such Declarations, and other Matters, as shall be prepared by Mr. Sadler and Mr. Parker; and, upon Occasion thereof, to confer with them; and to communicate unto them the Directions and Opinions of the House in these Matters.
Resolved, &c. That such Person or Persons as have any Part of a Declaration prepared by Mr. Pym, for Satisfaction of the World, of the Justness of this Cause of Religion, and Liberty, defended by the Parliament, shall forthwith deliver the same unto Mr. Sadler and Mr. Parker, to be proceeded in, and finished, with all convenient Speed.
Resolved, &c. That a Declaration be forthwith prepared, to express the Dislike of the tumultuous Meetings and Assemblies of the Clubmen in any Part of the Kingdom: And Mr. Rigby and Mr. Whitelock are to prepare this Declaration.