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 Martis, 29 Julii, 1645.
An Ordinance for securing and reimbursing the Commissioners of Excise Five thousand Pounds advanced by them, being Part of the Twelve thousand Pounds charged upon the Excise by Ordinance of 2 Junii, for the West, was this Day read; and, upon the Question passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for reimbursing Two hundred Pounds to the Commissioners of Excise, advanced by them for MajorGeneral Skippon, out of the Receipts of the Excise, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Nicoll carried these Ordinances to the Lords: The Ordinance concerning the Isle of Ely, and the Garison of Croyland: And the Ordinance for charging, upon the Receipts of the Excise, Two thousand Pounds, for Provisions designed for Sir Wm. Cole's Forces in Ulster, and seized on for the Relief of the Forces in Pembrokeshire.
The Lords received this Letter Yesterday Morning, from the Commissioners at Derby-House, and the Letters inclosed, with Desire to communicate them to this House: They desire, That these Letters may be perused; and that * * in them that concerns the Committee of Worcester, * * examined.
The Letters were read; one from the Commissioners at Derby-House, of July 28, 1645; one from the General and other Officers of the Scots Army, from Ledbury, of 23 Julii 1645; a Summons from the Earl of Calendar to the Governor of Cannon-Froome; with his Answer; a Letter from the Governor of Hereford, and from Sir William Flemyng, to the General the Earl of Leven, and to the Earl of Calendar, of Julii 21, 22; with their Answers: Which were all read.
Ordered, That a Letter be prepared by Sir Arthur Heselrige, Mr. Tate, and Sir Peter Wentworth, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to General Leven; giving him Thanks for, and taking notice of, the Expressions of his Care and Faithfulness to the Parliament, manifested in the Letters this Day read in the House.
Ordered, That a Jewel of Five hundred Pounds Value be forthwith provided, and sent to, and bestowed upon, General Leven, as a Testimony of the great Esteem this House hath of him, and of his many faithful Services to the Parliament and Kingdom of England.
Ordered, That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, for providing a Jewel to be sent to General Leven, be charged upon the Excise, to be paid in Course: And Mr. Allen is desired to provide this Jewel: And the Care for directing the Fashion and Manner thereof is especially recommended to Sir Henry Mildmay.
Ordered, That Mr. Pury do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Committee at Gloucester, to consider of Cannon-Froome, lately taken in by the Scotts Army, Whether it be necessary to have any Garison there; and, if they shall conceive it necessary, then to consider of a faithful, experienced, and fit Person to be Governor thereof; and to present his Name to the House.
It is thereupon Ordered, That these Letters and Propositions be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms: Who are to take the same into Consideration this Afternoon: And the Commissioners that are appointed to go into Scotland are to be present, when the same are considered of: And Sir Hen. Vane the elder is to report what they think fit to be done thereupon, to the House, on Thursday Morning.
An Ordinance, for reimbursing to the Commissioners of Excise, or any other Persons that shall lend the same, or any Part thereof, the Sum of Five thousand Pounds, with Interest for the Time it shall be forborn, for the Service of Hants, was this Day read; and passed, upon the Question; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Nicoll brings Answer from the Lords, That they do agree to the Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds for Major-General Skippon: And, as to the other Particulars carried by him to the Lords, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir Arthur Heselridge reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, of 28 Julii 1645: Which was read; and was, to desire an Answer to a former Paper delivered in by them, touching renewing the Desires of both Kingdoms to his Majesty, for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
The Lords have received a Paper from the Scotts Commissioners; which they think fit to impart to you; and desire the same may be taken into Consideration. They have returned you the Ordinance concerning the Elections of Elders: It moved first from this House; and the Lords do agree to it, with these Alterations and Amendments. They commanded us to acquaint you, That they have consented to the Ordinance for Five thousand Pounds for the West. They have sent you an Ordinance concerning the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks: The Lords have agreed to it; and desire your Concurrence. They desire to put you in mind of Colonel Boteler: He hath lain long a close Prisoner: He hath been twice plundered by the King's Forces: They desire he may be brought to a speedy Tryal; or that you will take care he may be maintained in Prison, his Wife and himself being ready to starve.
The Fourth, concerning the excepting the Chapels belonging to the Peers of this Realm exempt from Episcopal Jurisdiction; and that the other Chapels or Places in the Houses of the said Peers shall continue free from the Exercise of Divine Duties therein, the Chaplains conforming themselves, in the said Chapels and Places, unto the Directory established; was read, and debated of; and, upon Consideration thereof, upon the Question, rejected: And
Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Rowse, and Mr. Tate, are appointed to prepare Reasons to satisfy the Lords, Why this House cannot consent to the Fourth Amendment to the said Ordinance, sent this Day from the Lords.
BE it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That any Five of the Committees of the Counties of Oxon, Buck', and Berk', whereof one of each of the said Counties to be of That Quorum, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to execute all and every Thing contained in the Ordinance of the Twentyseventh of June 1644, concerning the said Three Counties.
The several Petitions of George Lilbourne, on the Behalf of himself, and the Inhabitants of the Borough of Sunderland; and of Michael Crake, one of his Majesty's Footmen in Ordinary; were this Day both read; and were concerning the Water-Bailiff's Place of the Town of Sunderland, alleged by the said George Lilbourne to be granted by the Bishop of Duresme, amongst other things, to the Use of the Poor of the said Town; and claimed by the said Crake by a late Grant from his Majesty under the Great Seal: In which Case, several Orders of this House have been heretofore made.
It is this Day Ordered, That all Orders of this House, at any time heretofore made, concerning the said WaterBailiff's Place, be hereby vacated and revoked: And that the Possession of the said Place, with the Profits thereof, be settled in such manner as the same were enjoyed before the Making of any the said Order or Orders: And the Parties aggrieved are hereby left to prosecute their Right at the Common Law.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Ordinance for the Three Counties of Oxon, Buck', and Berk', they do agree: And, as to the rest of the Messages, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.