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 Sabbati, Junii 28, 1645.
The Impeachment of Henry Earl of Stamford, and of Henry Polton and Matthew Patsall, his Servants, by the Commons of England, assembled in Parliament, for Breach of their Privileges; and for an Assault upon, and other Injuries done unto, a Member of their House.
THE said Commons shew, That the said Earl of Stamford, Henry Polton, and Matthew Patsall, upon the Twentieth Day of May in the Year of our Lord God One thousand Six hundred and Forty-five, in the common Highway, leading from Perpoole-Lane to Clerkenwell, in the County of Middlesex, without any Injury, Offence, or Provocation, to them given, and for Matters and Things done in Parliament, did forcibly and unlawfully make an Assault upon Sir Arthur Heslerig Baronet, a Member of the said House of Commons, then riding, in a peaceable Manner, from the said House of Commons, unto his own Dwelling-house in Islington in the said County; and being then well known by them the said Earl, Henry Polton, and Matthew Patsall, to be a Member of the said House of Commons; and then and there the said Earl, Henry Polton, and Matthew Patsall, did suddenly and unexpectedly, several times, thrust and strike the said Sir Arthur Heslerig, with a drawn Sword, and other offensive Instruments, against the publick Peace of this Kingdom; to the high Breach of the Privilege of the said House of Commons, and to the great Damage of the said Sir Arthur Haslerig:
For which Offences and Misdemeanors, the said Commons pray, That the said Earl, Henry Poulton, and Matthew Patsall, may be put to their Answers; and that such Proceedings may be had thereupon, as shall be agreeable to Justice.
Sir Henry Vane reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Extract of Two Letters; one from Gloucester, of 25 Junii 1645; the other from Sir Thomas Fairfax, from Leechlade, of 26 Junii 1645: Which were read: And
Ordered, That it be specially referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to give present Directions to the Committee of the Army, for the speedy sending away the several Recruits, formerly ordered by this House, to Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army.
Ordered, That Alderman Pennington and Colonel Ven do, from this House, go to the Committee in London, intrusted with the Execution of the Ordinance for punishing imprested Soldiers that have run from their Colours; to desire them to put the said Ordinance speedily in due Execution, as well upon some of those that have run away from Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, as upon those that have run to the Enemy, and are now taken again; and also the former Ordinance for executing the mere Irish that have been in Rebellion there; and do give an Account hereof to the House on Monday Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder and Alderman Pennyngton do desire the Lord Mayor and Common-Council, that the Payment of the Thirty thousand Pounds for the Scotts Army may be hastened: And that they do acquaint them with General Leven's Letter of the Twenty-fifth of June, from Nottingham.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Desires of the Committee of both Kingdoms, for the Scotts Army to march towards Worcester, and those Parts, to prevent the King's Recruiting of his Army there.
Ordered, That a Letter shall be sent from both Houses to General Leven, to desire, That the Scotts Army may with all Speed advance Southward, and march towards Worcester, and these Parts, according to the Desires of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to prevent the King's Recruiting of his Army: And that Mr. Pierpoint, Sir Philip Stapilton, and Mr. Sollicitor, do immediately withdraw, and prepare this Letter.
Sir Henry Vane reported, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the State of the Business upon the large Treaty, the Instructions to the Commissioners for the Parliament, and upon the other Treaties with the Kingdom of Scotland, concerning the Garisoning of Carlisle; together with Three several Papers, delivered in to that Committee, from the Scotts Commissioners.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate, Mr. Holles, and Mr. Crew, do peruse the Answers given to the Two first Parts of the Scotts Commissioners Paper of 20 Junii 1645; and do, in pursuance of those Votes, prepare an Answer to them, and also to the Third Particular in the said Paper; and report the same forthwith to this House.
Sir Henry Vane reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Particular of Provisions, delivered by the Master of the Ship Tulip, of London, to the Garisons of Pembroke and Tenby, which were going for Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise, to be paid, in Course, for the providing new Provisions, in lieu of those that were intended for Ireland, and delivered to the Garisons of Pembroke and Tenby; to be sent to Sir Wm. Cole, to Iniskillen, in Ireland.
The Lords desire you would speedily take into Consideration, How to dispose of the Prisoners in Tuttle Military Yard, both to avoid the Infection of the Plague, as also the Inhumanity of keeping them abroad in the Weather, and where they lie so nastily.
They commanded us to deliver this Paper from the Lord Savile: It is for delivering to him the Monies and Jewels seized by the Committee of Examinations: The Lords think fit they should be restored; and desire your Concurrence herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Prisoners, forthwith to dispose of the Soldiers, that were sent up Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairfax, and are now in the Artillery-Yard in Tuttle-Fields, to some safe convenient Places of Covert: And that the Committee of the Militia do appoint such Guards as may be convenient for the safe Keeping of them in those Places where they shall be disposed: And that Colonel Ven do acquaint the Militia with this Order.
Mr. Sollicitor delivered to the House Four Papers, or Letters, of Secretary Nicholas, and others, sent to him from the Army: Two whereof were read; and referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Papers and Letters taken at Naseby-Field, where Mr. Tate has the Chair.
Ordered, That Three hundred Pounds shall be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, and be forthwith advanced by the Commissioners of Excise, for Relief of the common Soldiers that were sent up Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairfax.
The First of the Three Papers from the Scots Commissioners, reported this Day by Sir Henry Vane, was signed 26 Junii 1645; and was, to set forth, Upon what Grounds the Informations against Mr. Barwis, and others, employed by the Parliament, were delivered in.
The Third was the Copies of Two Letters; one, from the Lord Fairfax, Mr. Francis Pierpoint, and Sir Wm. Constable, of 21 Junii, from Yorke, to General Leven; the other, from General Leven to the Lord Fairfax, of 23 Junii, from Nottingham; and were, concerning Carlile.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration; and as to the Business concerning the Disposal of the Prisoners, they have considered of it; and, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.