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, 9 Augusti, 1645.
Mr. Recorder reports, That the Common-Council of the City of London, in pursuance of the Order of this House of 4 Augusti instant, had named John Langham, and Richard Chambers, Aldermen, Francis Allen, Colonel Wilson, Alexander Jones, and John Bellamy, as fit Persons to be added to the Committee of the Militia for London: Which were, upon the Question, approved of: And
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do bring in an Ordinance for enabling the Committee of the Militia of London with Power to search for Papists, and suspicious Persons, within the Lines of Communication, in pursuance of the Power granted them in that Behalf by the Ordinance of 27 Februarii 1644; wherein this Clause, videlicet, "For whom they shall be accountable, there being one of the said Committee of the Militia present," is to be omitted.
An Ordinance for taxing several Sums of Money upon the Eastern Association, and other Counties, to be employed towards the Reducing of Newark, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Millington, Sir John Curson, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Pury, Mr. Tate, Sir Tho. Widdrington; or any Three of them: Who are appointed to withdraw presently, and bring in the said Ordinance amended, according to the Debate thereupon in the House.
A Letter, from Newport-Pagnell, from Lieutenant-Colonel Cokayne, of 7 Augusti 1645, was read; and was concerning the Government of that Place: The Charge whereof, he alleged, was, by the Committee for Supply of the Commands of the Members in the Armies and Garisons, committed to him till further Order; and to which Major Temple was now commissionated by MajorGeneral Browne, by virtue of the Ordinance for appointing Major-General Browne Major-General of the Three Counties of Oxon, Buck', and Berk'.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax, to Sir Tho. Widdrington, a Member of this House, from Sherrington, of 8 Junii 1645, was this Day read; and was, to recommend Captain Doyley to be Governor of Newport-Pagnell.
Resolved, &c. That it be recommended to LieutenantColonel Cokayne, to take care of the Garison of NewportPagnell, till this House take further Order: And Sir Samuel Luke is appointed to prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Cokaine, to take care of this Garison accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Lane and Sir Wm. Lewes do, from this House, go to Major-General Browne, and acquaint him, That by the Ordinance whereby he is appointed Major-General of the Three Associated Counties of Oxon, Buck', and Berk', there is no Power given him for establishing of a Governor in the Garison of Newport-Pagnell; and to desire him to write his Letter to Major Temple, to come away from that Garison, this House having resolved of another Governor for that Place.
Mr. Recorder acquainted the House with a scandalous Pamphlet, put forth in the Name of Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne, a Prisoner to the Parliament, taxing the Justice of the Parliament, and aspersing several of the Members of the House.
Ordered, That the Consideration for finding out the Author of this Book be referred to the Committee of Examinations: And that, in case it appear to be Lilbourn's Book; they shall have Power to commit him to what Prison they please.
Sir Anthony Irby reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for taxing several Sums of Money upon the Eastern Association, and other Counties, to be employed towards the Reducing of Newark: Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, of the several Counties taxed by the said Ordinance, be desired to advance One Month's Pay, to be sent to the Rendesvous, for the present Pay of those Horse; to be repaid out of the first Monies that shall come in upon the said Ordinance.
A Letter from the Committee of the Eastern Association, from Trinity-College, of 28 Julii 1645, was read; and a Certificate, under the Hand of Mr. Frost, of 5 Augusti 1645: Which were concerning Captain Poe.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Anthony Poe shall be discharged of his Place of Captain: And it is referred to the Committee of the Eastern Association, to present another to command those Horse, whereof he is now Captain, in his Place: And that his Commission be recalled.
Resolved, &c. That Four hundred Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise: And that the Commissioners of Excise be desired to advance this Four hundred Pounds for Pay of these Reformado reduced Officers: And Mr. Tate is to bring in an Ordinance accordingly.
Ordered, That the Three Petitions, from several Officers, concerning a Ship taken at Arundle-Castle, be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to take the Accompts of the Money appointed to the Soldiers for the Salvage of the said Ship, that the same may be paid accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Coleman be injoined to print his Sermon he preached before the Commons House the last Fast, as near as he can, as he preached it: And Sir John Wray is appointed to give him Notice of this Order.
An Ordinance for Continuance of an Ordinance of the Eighteenth of October 1644, for Relief of the Brittish Army in Ireland for Six Months; to commence from the First Day of November 1645, and to end the last of April 1646; with several further Additions and Alterations; was this Day twice read; and, upon the Question, committed to the Members of this House, that are of the Committee for Irish Affairs: Who are to consider of, and report the same on Monday Morning.
Mr. Knightley reports, that the Lords do agree, That One Lord, and Two Commoners, of the Committee of both Kingdoms, shall have Power to appoint Convoys to receive Intelligence; and report to the House: Which Power is to continue for a Month.