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, Julii 24, 1645.
Ordered, &c. That, on the next Lord's Day, being the Twenty-seventh of this present July, Notice be taken of God's Mercies and Blessings upon the Parliament's Forces in the West, and in the North, particularly in the Taking in of Bridgewater and Pontefract-Castle: And that, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bill of Mortality, the Ministers do return Thanks unto Almighty God for these great Mercies: And that the Lord Mayor be desired to give timely Notice of this Order to the Ministers of the several Churches and Chapels.
Sir Henry Vane junior, by Order of the House, went to the Lords, to acquaint them, That the Government of Poyntfract-Castle was, before this Message, by the Vote of this House, placed in Sir Thomas Fairefax; and to desire the Lords Concurrence.
Two Letters, one to his Excellency the Earl of Leven, the other to the Committee of both Kingdoms upon the Place, recommending unto them the humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Chester, and the Design of besieging Chester, were this Day read; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Sir Walter Erle carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for furnishing the Stores with Match and Bullet: The Ordinance for enabling Sir Walter Erle to pay for Harness, and other Materials, taken up by him for the Train of Artillery: The Ordinance for Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds for Major-General Browne.
Mr. Whitelocke carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for enabling the Treasurers at Guildhall to receive and issue forth the Monies that shall come in, for the Raising of Fifteen hundred Horse and Dragoons, for the Blocking up of Basinge, Winchester, &c.
ORdered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Sir Walter Erle Knight, late Lieutenant of the Ordnance, shall out of such Monies as are remaining in his Hands, of what he hath received from the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, and out of the additional Excise for Land-Service, pay unto John Munings One hundred Seventy-and-five Pounds for Horse-Harness; and to Alexander Norman Twenty-five Pounds for Powder-Barrels; the last Year procured upon the Credit of the said Sir Walter Erle, for the Use of the Army then under the immediate Command of the Earl of Essex Lord General.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of the Earl of Annandale be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to state the Grounds of the Sequestration; of the Value of the Lands sequestred; and how long the same have been so sequestred.
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, and paid, in its Course, to be employed for the Reducing of Winchester, Dunnington, and Basinge: And Mr. Lisle is to bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
The Lords do desire, That the Committee appointed for Examination of the Lord Savile, and the Lord Digbie's Letter, may meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.
They have sent you this Petition of Robert Le Strange: They have conceived this Order upon it; and desire your Concurrence: And Two other Petitions, one from Captain Carpenter, the other from Lieutenant Spott, for their Pardons, being condemned by Council.
Ordered, &c. That Five hundred Pound be forthwith advanced, and charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, to be employed for the Relief of the Prisoners taken at Naesby: And the Commissioners of Excise are earnestly desired speedily to advance these Monies, in regard of the present Necessity.
The House hath considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Amendment to the Ordinance concerning Darby; and that the Committee appointed to examine the Lord Savile, and the Lord Digbie's Letter; they do agree: They have named a proportionable Number of this House to be added to the Committee for Irish Affairs: And, as to the rest of the Messages, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of Jersey, lying here in Want ever since the Revolt of the Islanders, upon the forcible Entrance which Captain Carteret made there against the Parliament, as well on their own Behalf, as in the Name of the rest well-affected in that Isle, remaining there in Want and Misery, was this Day read: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That, upon the whole Matter of the Petition, it be especially referred to the Committee for the Admiralty, to take a speedy Course for the Reduction of the Island of Jersy; and to report the same to the House.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Nicoll and Mr. Prideauxe do give Thanks to the Ministers that preached at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on the Day of Publick Thanksgiving; and desire them to print their Sermons.
Ordered, &c. That in regard those Soldiers taken Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairefax, which have chearfully listed themselves for the Service of the Parliament, against those bloody and barbarous Rebels of Ireland, could not possible be yet transported into that Kingdom, have, for their necessary Sustenance, expended all that charitable Benevolence collected for them, by virtue of the Order of the Commons, assembled in Parliament, of 27 Junii 1645; that, upon Sunday next, being a Day of Thanksgiving, and great Rejoicing, for several Blessings bestowed upon this Kingdom, that all the Ministers of the several Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westminster, Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, be especially desired, both in the Forenoon and Afternoon of the next Lord's Day, to move effectually their respective Congregations to contribute their Charity towards the Relief and Transportation of those Soldiers which are willing to adventure their Lives in so pious and honourable Employment: And all such Monies as shall be collected by the respective Officers and Churchwardens for this Service, shall be paid over on Monday next to Alderman Bunce, Alderman Kenricke, and the rest of the Treasurers appointed to receive the Fourscore thousand Pounds upon the late Ordinance for Ireland: And the Committee of Adventurers for Ireland, fitting at Grocers-Hall, are desired to give their best Assistance for Advancing of this charitable Contribution: Which shall be issued out, for the Relief of the said Soldiers, in such manner as, by Warrant from the Committee for Prisoners, shall be, from time to time, directed.