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, 10 Julii, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, met, to take into Consideration the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Mr. Reynolds in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
The House being informed, That the Sheriff of London, and divers Gentlemen of the Committee of the Militia of London, and of the Committees of the neighbouring Counties, were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Sheriff Gibbs acquainted the House, That, according to the Order of 30 Junii last, they had met, and taken it into Consideration; and had agreed of several Propositions, for the Raising of Five thousand Horse and Dragoons, upon the Credit of an Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates: Which Ordinance was to be passed before the Money can be procured, or the Force raised: And that, although they had proposed but this Number as yet, they would, upon this Credit, add a like Number, or a greater, if the Affairs of the Kingdom should require it.
The House took this Offer of these Gentlemen into Consideration: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That a Committee be named, to treat with these Gentlemen, upon the Debate thereupon in the House;
The Members of this House, that are of the Three Associated Counties of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon; Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Sollicitor, Sir John Evelyn junior, Mr. Morley, Mr. Lisle, Colonel Ven, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Tate, Sir Rich. Onslowe, Mr. Whitehead, Sir John Evelyn senior, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir John Bampfield, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rigby, Colonel Jeptson, Mr. Gurdon, Sir William Litton, Mr. Buller, Sir William Allanson, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Skinner, Mr. Grimston, Sir Thomas Woodhouse, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Crewe, Mr. Corbett, Sir Thomas Cheeke, Sir Ambrose Browne Baronet:
This Committee are to confer with the Gentlemen of the Militia of London, and of the neighbouring Counties, upon their Propositions for Raising of the additional Forces of Horse and Dragoons, upon the Debates had this Day in the House; and to know directly of them, the Time when these Forces will be raised; and to acquaint them, That, unless they are very presently raised, they will be of no Use: And are, for the better Expediting of this Business, to confer with the Committee of the Three Associated Counties: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Star-Chamber.
The Gentlemen were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command from the House, gave them Thanks for their Care and Readiness, and good Affections: And that they do very well approve of their Desires of raising more Forces: That the House is now in Consideration of the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates: That there are the Engagements of Two hundred thousand Pounds upon that Ordinance, when it shall be passed for the Sale of Delinquents Estates; but that, in its Course, and after these Engagements are satisfied, this House is willing to give them the Credit of it, so as these Forces be raised within a convenient Time: And they do desire you to go on with these Propositions, and to take that Care for the speedy Expediting of them; otherwise, the Raising of these Forces will be of no Use.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee appointed to prepare the Instructions for the Commissioners that are to go into Scotland ....: And that the Lords be desired to join with this House, that the Quorum of that Committee may be reduced to Two Lords and Four Commoners.
Mr. Baynton went to the Lords, to desire them to name a Committee of their House, to join with a Committee of a proportionable Number of this House, to reside with the Scotts Army.
He was likewise to desire, That the Quorum of the Committee for preparing Instructions for the Commissioners to go into Scotland, might be reduced to the Number of Two Lords and Four Commoners.
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance for the weekly Assessments for Ireland shall be revived, and continued for Six Months longer; the Assessments to begin from the First of November next.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of Accompts, forthwith to take into Consideration the State of the Accompts of all such Monies, Arms, Ammunition, Provisions, and Cloaths, as have been collected, given, and brought in for Ireland.
Ordered, &c. That the Proposition for the present Raising and Transporting of Two thousand Foot and Five hundred Horse, into Munster, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons, lately made for Ireland.
Ordered, &c. That the Grand Committee of the House, for the Ordinances for raising Monies, do, in pursuance of the former Order, sit on Saturday Morning next, at Eight of the Clock, peremptorily: And that Mr. Speaker do not come to the Chair, without particular Order of the House.
Mr. Bainton brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords have named a Committee of their House, to join with a proportionable Number of this House, to reside with the Scotts Army: And the Lords do agree, That the Quorum of the Committee of Lords and Commons, appointed to prepare Instructions for the Commissioners that are to go into Scotland, shall consist of Two Lords and Four Commoners.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That, whereas To-morrow was appointed to give Audience to the French Resident, by the Committee of Foreign Affairs, in the Prince's Lodgings; they have at his Instance put it off till Saturday; and do desire, That the Members of this House, that are of that Committee, may then meet with the Committee of Lords at the same Place, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, to give him Audience, according to his former Desires: An Ordinance for Removing of Dr. Lafield from the Rectory of Wrotham in the County of Kent, and for Settling of Mr. William Parker in that Place: To which the Lords have agreed; and desire your Concurrence: A Petition from Dr. Bastwick: To which the Lords have agreed; and desire your Concurrence. They commanded us to put you in mind of a Petition of one Hutchins: Which they desire you .. take into your Consideration.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered of your Message: And as to the Meeting of the Committee, on Saturday at Three of Clock in the Afternoon, to give Audience to the French Resident, they do agree: They have taken the Petitions of Dr. Bastwick, and Mr. Hutchins, into their Consideration: And as to the Ordinance for Removing of Dr. Lafeild from the Rectory of Wrotham, and Settling of Mr. Parker there, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Business concerning Colonel Huddleston exchanged for Dr. Bastwick; Dr. Bastwick's Petition; and the Letters and Papers concerning Colonel Huddleston; be referred to the Committee of Examination.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of Captain Hutchins, formerly sent from the Lords, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the West.