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, 5 Augusti, 1645.
ORdered, That Sir John Trevor shall have Leave to go into the Country for a Fortnight: And that his Service in the House be dispensed withal, in the mean time: And that Mr. John Goodwyn do take care of the Business of private Petitions which are referred, by former Order, to a Committee especially appointed for that Purpose.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to accommodate Sir Walter Erle and Mr. Doyley in the House in the Minories, late the House of Sir John Heydon, Lieutenant of the Ordnance; and so to dispose the House, as may be most convenient for the Reception of them, and their Families.
An Ordinance, for settling and maintaining divers Garisons in the Eastern Association, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Knights and Burgesses of the Eastern Association, and of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, and to the Recorder, and Citizens, and Burgesses of London: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the ExchequerChamber: And it is referred to Mr. Corbett to take care of this Business.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to this Committee, with the Addition of Mr. Scawen, to consider of all the several Garisons within all the aforesaid Counties; to consider of what Strength it is requisite they should consist of; what Establishment will be necessary for the Maintenance of them; and what Towns and Places will be fit to allot and assign to the Maintenance of these several Garisons respectively: And that the Letter, this Day reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms by Mr. Wallop, be referred to the Consideration of this Committee.
Resolved, &c. That the Charge of Nine thousand Nine hundred Twenty-four Pounds and Two Shillings shall be laid upon the several Counties following, for the Maintaining of the Regiment of Horse, as it is distributed into Six Troops of Light Horse, and Three Troops of Dragoons, consisting of Six hundred and Seventy Light Horse, and Three hundred and Thirty Dragoons, in all One thousand, besides Commissionary Officers, for Three Months after they shall come to the Place of Rendezvous; according to their Proportions in the Ordinance for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army: Provided that this Charge do no way hinder, obstruct, or prejudice, the Assessments in the several Counties, for Pay of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; viz.
Ordered, That the Nine thousand Nine hundred Twenty-four Pounds and Two Shillings for the Pay of the several Proportions of Horse raised in the Eastern Association, and the several other Counties, shall be reimbursed out of the Sale of Delinquents Estates, in those Counties where the said Nine thousand Nine hundred Twenty-and-four Pounds and Two Shillings shall be raised.
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Pounds be charged upon the Excise, to be paid, in its Course, and employed for the Service of reducing Oxon, and for the Preservation and Advantage of the Garison of Abingdon; to be disposed of by Order of the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks: And that the reduced Commissioned Officers and Troopers, lately employed into the West, by the Committee of the West, for the Relief of Taunton, be forthwith taken into the Pay of the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks.
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance for the Payment of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army shall continue for Six Months longer, from the Expiration of the said Ordinance: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army to bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose: And it is left to the Committee that goes into London, to make use of the Credit of this Vote for the Advance of Monies, if they shall see Cause.
Mr. Recorder, Sir William Brereton, Mr. Ashurst, Sir William Lewes, Colonel Ashton, Sir Ralph Ashton, Colonel Moore, Mr. John Browne, Sir Thomas Middleton, Mr. Herman, Sir Edmund Fowell, Sir Thomas Woodhouse, Sir Edward Boys, Sir John Curson, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Noble, Mr. Thelwall, Sir John Price, Sir John Clotworthy;
This Committee, or any Four of them, is appointed to consider of a Course for Reducing of the City of Chester: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And are to report To-morrow Morning: And have Power to send for Parties, &c.
Mr. Rigby brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to a Conference concerning the Election of Elders: And they do also concurr with you in the Ordinance for securing One thousand Pounds out of the Excise for Portsmouth: And as to the Ordinance for Lincolnshire; and the Articles to be subscribed by the Committees in the Ordinance for the Northern Association; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Upon Sir Henry Vane's Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms; and upon the humble Petitions of Thomas Graham a Surgeon, and Lieutenant Graham his Brother, Captain Fulke Martin, Captain Thomas Highfield, Lieutenant Hastings Love, Lieutenant Christopher Batten, and Cornet John Downes;
It is Ordered, That, out of the Eighty thousand Pounds taxed for Relief of Ireland, Two hundred Pounds shall be paid to Mr. Frost, to be bestowed upon these several Gentlemen by the Committee of both Kingdoms, in such manner as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs, to confer with the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Releasing of the Lady Moore, and others, Prisoners in Ireland, about the Business of Droheda: And that the Committee of Prisoners be likewise acquainted with this Business, that it may be settled, and Exchanges had for them.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Colonel Arthur Hill, with his Desires thereunto annexed, be especially referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs: Who are to consider of them; and to report what they think fit to be done thereupon, with all convenient Speed, to the House.
Ordered, That the humble Petitions of Captain William Parsons, and of the Lady Anderson, Wife of Sir William Anderson Knight, and of Tobias Norris Gentleman, and the Papers to the said Petitions annexed, be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs: Who are to consider of them; and to report what they shall think fit to be done thereupon, to the House, with all convenient Speed.
It is thereupon Ordered, That the said Petition, and the Certificate annexed, be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs to examine, and to consider, How an Hundred Pounds may be presently paid to him: And that he may have the Publick Faith for the rest.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs, to examine the Accompts of the Provisions and Monies taken up upon Mr. Vassall's Account; and to consider, How, and in what manner, he may be satisfied for the said Provisions.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of a very great Number of Taylors, Freemen of London, and others, Housholders in the Suburbs, and within the Lines of Communication, of the same Profession, this Day presented, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs.
That it is most honourable for their Lordships to be exemplary in advancing this Work of Church-Government; and to testify to all the World, that they are as ready to submit themselves and Families to this Government, as they piously endeavour to bring the Kingdom under it: And that if this Exemption do stand, that their Lordships and Families will be exempt from Church-Government.
An Ordinance to give Power to Major-General Browne, and the Committee of the Three Counties, and the Committees of the Militia of London, and of Middlesex, to press Men, and beat up their Drums for Volunteers, to the Number of Two thousand, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and sent to the Lords by Sir Robert Pye.
He likewise carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote for the Addition of Mr. Poyer, the Mayor of Pembroke, to the Committee for Pembrokeshire: And was likewise to acquaint the Lords, That the Witnesses that are to testify in the Case of the Earl of Stamford's Impeachment, are now come to Town; and therefore do desire the Lords to appoint a Day for the Tryal of that Impeachment.
Ordered, &c. That, on Wednesday next, after the Ordinance for the Government of the University of Cambridge, the Ordinance for settling the Parish of the Convent-Garden shall be read; and likewise the Ordinance concerning the Rectory of Winwick.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to Mr. Prideaux to bring in an Ordinance for assessing the Members of the Two Societies of the Middle and Inner Temple, for the Maintenance of an able and learned Minister.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That, as to the Business concerning the Impeachment of the Earl of Stamford, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the rest of the Messages carried by him, they do agree.
Ordered, &c. That so soon as the House shall return from the Conference, they do take into Consideration the Letters from the General of the Scotts Army, and from the Commissioners residing with that Army, concerning their sitting down before Hereford:
That a Letter be prepared, to be sent to the Scotts Army, and to the Commissioners residing with the Scotts Army; to take notice of their late Letters; and to desire them to take care to prevent the Enemy to send any Forces on this Side Seaverne; and to do as much as they can to hinder him from recruiting: And, in case they shall send any Forces on this Side Seaverne, to take their best Care to hinder the Conjunction of such Forces with the Newarke Forces, or making any Impression upon the Eastern Association.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of this House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do not receive or make any Report of any private Petition, or of any Business of a private Nature: And that the Committee of both Kingdoms be acquainted with this Order.
It is Ordered, That on Monday next, Mr. Scawen do make Report, from the Committee of the Army, of the Business concerning Debentures to reduced Officers: And that then the House do take into Consideration this Petition: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Resolved, &c. That Five hundred Pounds be forthwith provided and furnished, for the Service of the Garison of Weymouth: And that the said Five hundred Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of Excise, to be paid, in its Course.
The Lords have commanded us to return you this Ordinance concerning Lincolneshire: It moved first from this House; and the Lords do agree to it, with this Amendment: The Ordinance concerning the Isle of Ely: It moved first from this House also; and they do agree to it, with these Amendments.
The Lords commanded us to acquaint you, That they have agreed to the Articles to be subscribed by the Committee in the Northern Association: And that they have added Nicolas Leake Esquire to the Committee of Darby: To which they desire your Concurrence.
And, as to the Second and Third Amendments, concerning the constituting and commissionating Colonel Davies to be Governor of Elye, and leaving out Colonel Francis Russell, the House does adhere to Colonel Francis Russell: And
Mr. Lisle, Mr. Corbett, and Mr. Prideaux, are appointed to manage this Conference; and to give the Lords Reasons for this House's adhering to Colonel Francis Russell to be Governor of the Isle of Elye.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Amendments to the Lincolneshire Ordinance, they do agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.