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, Augusti 2, 1645.
MR. Greene acquainted the House, That a Pacquet, from the King of Portugall, to his Resident here, was come to his Hands: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Pacquet be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to be opened by that Committee: And that the Portugall Resident have Notice hereof; that the same may be opened in his Presence, or in the Presence of any of his Servants, which he shall think fit to send for that Purpose.
A Petition of the late reduced Commissionated Officers, who marched as Reformadoes under the Command of Lieutenant-Colonel Sanderson, for the Relief of Taunton; and an Order of this House, of 11 Junii 1645; were this Day read: And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise, in Course, to be paid, upon Account, for the Fifth-Part of those Commissionated reduced Officers who marched into the West under the Command of Lieutenant-Colonel Sanderson, for the Relief of Taunton: And
It is further Ordered, That this Two thousand Pounds be added to the former Four thousand Pounds appointed for Payment of the reduced Officers: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to proportion the Fifth-Part of the Arrears due to every of the said Officers: And Mr. Nicoll is appointed to bring in an Ordinance for the Securing of this Two thousand Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall grant his Warrant to the Duke of Orleans his Agent, for the transporting the Twelve Horse formerly granted him, Custom-free.
Major-General Browne was called in; and represented the State of Abingdon; and what Supplies of Recruits will be necessary for the Preservation of that Town, and the Three Associated Counties, and for streightening the King's Quarters.
Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, returned Major-General Browne Thanks for his continual and great Services, with great Industry and Faithfulness, notwithstanding all Difficulties, performed to the Parliament; and that they will take the State of Abingdon into speedy Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That so much of the Twenty thousand Pounds, passed by Ordinance, to be raised for the Reducing of Oxon, as shall be necessary for the Reducing of the Foot at Abingdon to Two thousand, and the Horse to Six hundred, shall be employed to that Purpose: And that the Residue of the said Twenty thousand Pounds be employed for the Pay of the said Men, and for Providing of other Forces to be employed in those Parts: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Three Associated Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to take care for the Putting of this Order in due Execution: And that they do intend it, and diligently and daily sit upon it; and do advise with Major-General Browne herein.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the several Gentlemen of the several Counties, who raised the Thousand Horse for Blocking up of Oxon, and other the Enemies Garisons, to consider how those Thousand Horse may be duly paid: And they are to meet in the ExchequerChamber this Afternoon at Two of Clock, and so from time to time: And the Care hereof is especially referred to Mr. Corbett.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider how these Thousand Horse may be best employed for the Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider how the Three hundred reduced Officers, that are returned out of the West, from the Relief of Taunton, may be best employed for the Safety of the Kingdom.
Ordered, &c. That the Propositions this Day made by Major-General Browne, concerning the Reducing of the Enemies Garisons, be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms; to report their Opinions thereupon to the House with all convenient Speed.
An Ordinance for securing Two thousand Pounds, with Interest, to John Watts, advanced by him upon the Credit of so much charged upon the Excise, was this Day read; and, upon the Question; passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence: And carried to the Lords by Mr. Thellwall.
Ordered, &c. That, out of this Two thousand Pounds, One hundred Pounds be paid to Colonel Calmady, Lieutenant-Colonel Allen, Lieutenant-Colonel Dyndall, Captain Holford of Horse, Captain Lloyd, Captain Axtell, Captain Gauler, Lieutenant Broadhead, Lieutenant Shanks, Lieutenant Hunt, Ensign Gauler, Officers that were sent out of Pembrokeshire by Major-General Langherne, to conduct Men over to him: And that it be referred to the Committee for Pembrokeshire, to pay forth and apportion this One hundred Pounds to these particular Officers.
Mr. Whitelock carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for Four Pounds per Week to the Lady Drake and Sir Francis Drake, out of HaberdashersHall: The Order for Four Pounds per Week to John Doylie Esquire, out of Haberdashers-Hall: The Vote for raising Monies to recruit the Forces for Abingdon, out of the Twenty thousand Pounds assigned by Ordinance for reducing Oxon: The Ordinance for paying the Nine thousand Four hundred Pounds out of the Excise, for the English and Scotts Reformadoes, to Captain Vernon: The Ordinance for continuing the Assessments in the County of Northumberland: The Vote for Colonel Harley to be Governor of Cannon-Froome.
Ordered, &c. That Two hundred Pounds, out of the Monies remaining in the Hands of Sir Thomas Allston Baronet, Mr. John Cockayne, and Mr. John Neale, being Part of the Arrears of the Fifth, and Twentieth-Part collected in the County of Bedford, shall be employed for the Sending of an Hundred of the Forces, late of the Garison of Bedford, to go to Lecester, under Captain Benjamin Hodson, to join with the other Forces to be employed for the Blocking up of Newarke: And that the said Two hundred Pounds be advanced by the foresaid Persons to the said Captain Hodson, for the Purposes aforesaid, upon Account: And that the Receipt of the said Captain Hodson shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Persons in whose Hands the said Monies remain, for the Paying of the same accordingly.
Mr. Whitlock brings Answer from the Lords, concerning the Six Ordinances carried by him to the Lords, That, as to the Ordinance concerning Northamptonshire, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own; and, as to the other Five Ordinances, they do agree.
Mr. Thelwall brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for securing Two thousand Pounds to Mr. Watts, for the Service of Pembrokeshire.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Desire, in the Behalf of the Earl of Stamford: They do recommend it to the Consideration of this House, in regard of his Necessities:- Letters from the Agent in Flanders; which they desire may be referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, which is to sit this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings: An Ordinance for Augmentation of the Benefice of BennettFinnchurch; to which they desire your Concurrence: A Petition from the Lady Brooke; which they recommend to your Consideration: The Ordinance for taking off the Assessments upon the Lands belonging to Sutton's Hospital: The Lords have agreed to it; and desire your Concurrence:-Letters from Dantzick; which they recommend to your Consideration. They desire to put you in mind of the King's Footmen, for their Release. They recommend to your Consideration the Petition of divers Dutch Officers; and likewise the Petition of Captain Church. They desire to put you in mind of the additional Ordinance, formerly sent, for adding the Lords in the Northern Association for ordering the War there; and likewise of the Business concerning Mongoe Moody.
An Ordinance for securing the Commissioners of Excise One thousand Pounds, advanced by them for the Service of Portsmouth, was this Day read:
And the Question being put, Whether the Word "Intervals" should be omitted in the Ordinance;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
|Sir Walter Earle,||Tellers for the Noe:||54.|
|Sir John Evelyn,||With the Noe,|
|Mr. Tate,||Tellers for the Yea:||37.|
|Sir Wm. Massam,||With the Yea,|
So that the Question passed with the Negative.
The Ordinance, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
The Desire on the Behalf of the Earl of Stamford was read; and was, That the Earl of Stamford may have the Moiety of the Three thousand Pounds discovered by him to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, being the Monies of Sir Thomas Darrell, now in actual War against the Parliament; the said Monies remaining in the Hands of Sir John Jacob, Sir John Nulls, Sir Paul Pinder, and others, for his Support and Maintenance: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, to report their Opinions upon it to the House.
Ordered, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That the Letters from the Agent in Flanders be referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs: Who are to meet this Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance for freeing the Lands belonging to Sutton Hospital from Taxes and Assessments be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning.
The Petition of the Lady Brooke read.
Ordered, &c. That a Letter be written to the Committee of Warwicke, from Mr. Speaker; and a Copy of the Lady Brooke's Petition inclosed, with a Desire, That, in the Assessments laid upon the Lands of the Parts near adjacent, respect may be had to the Memory of the Lord Brooke, and to the Interest of the young Lord Brooke his Heir.
Mr. Sollicitor, Sir Arthur Haselrig, and Mr. Recorder, are appointed to prepare this Letter.
Ordered, &c. That the Letter from Dantz. be referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
Resolved, &c. That, as to the rest of the Petitions and Messages, Answer shall be returned by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Petitions of the Isle of Ely be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition from Alderman Fowkes be taken into Consideration on Monday next.
Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Recorder, Sir Edward Boys, Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Millington, Sir John Curson, Sir John Evelyn, Sir Hum. Tufton, Sir John Northcott, Mr. Gurdon, Sir John Trevour, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Buller, Mr. Nash, Mr. Ashhurst, Mr. John Browne, Mr. Rolle, Sir John Younge, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Toll, Mr. Gallopp, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Greene, Sir Arth. Haselrig, Mr. Tate, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Tho. Woodbowse, Mr. Bedingfeild, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir John Francklyn, to be added to the former Committee for Petitions: And are to receive all Petitions, as well those sent from the Lords, as others; to consider what are fit for the Consideration of the House, and what fit to be disposed of to other Places; and to prepare them in such Order and Course, as, by their Necessity, they are fittest to be heard; and to report their Opinions on them: And are to sit on Monday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber, and so from time to time, as they shall see Cause: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records, &c.
And it is further Ordered, That Saturday in every Week be set apart for receiving Reports from this Committee. And the Care of the Business of this Committee is especially referred to Sir John Trevour.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Luke shall have Leave to go into the Country for One Month: And that his Service to the House be dispensed withal for that Time.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfeild and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords have sent unto you an Ordinance they have passed concerning Trinity-Hall in Cambridge; and do desire your Concurrence in it.
The Ordinance was read; and was in hæc verba:
"The Lords and Commons, understanding, That, by the Death of Doctor Eaden, the Mastership of TrinityHall in Cambridge is now void, do Order, That the Fellows of Trinity-Hall aforesaid do suspend their Election of any Master, until the Houses shall further perfect what they intend for the Reformation and Regulating of the said University.
The First Messengers were called in: And the House returned this Answer;
That, as to the referring the Letters from the Agent in Flanders to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, they do agree: And, as to the rest of the Messages, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Second Messengers were called in: And the House returned this Answer;
That this House doth agree with the Lords, in the Ordinance concerning Trinity-Hall in Cambridge.
A Letter, to be sent from the House to General Leven, was read; and assented to.
A Letter from the General Leven, from Michel-Deane, of Julii 29 1645, in Answer to the Desire represented to them, concerning Cherter, and the Siege of Hereford; a Letter from the Committee residing with the Scotts Army, of the same Date, and upon the same Matter; were both this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That these Letters be taken into further Consideration, on Monday Morning.