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 Lunæ, 11 Augusti, 1645.
ORdered, That the Committee appointed to manage the Affairs of the Excise do give Copies of the Instructions to the Commissioners of Excise: And
It is further Ordered, That the Committee do make their Report concerning the said Instructions, and the Matter of the Comptrol, on Wednesday Morning, the first Business after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the regulating the University of Cambridge be taken into Consideration on Wednesday next.
A Letter from the Committee of Rutlandshire, from Burliegh, of August 6 1645, was this Day read; relating a great Victory it pleased God to give their Forces over a Party of the Newarke Forces.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Wayte be forthwith discharged from any further Attendance upon this House.
Resolved, &c. That the former Order, whereby Colonel Wayte was suspended from his Government, be forthwith discharged.
Ordered, That, on Saturday next, the Report be made of the Business concerning Colonel Wayte.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to examine the Informations, this Day given, of Words spoken by the Portugall Agent, much to the Dishonour of this House; and likewise to make a Recollection of such Affronts, and disgraceful Words, as have been informed of to be spoken, or offered, by the said Agent, to the Dishonour of this Parliament, and have been proved: And that they make Report of this whole Business on Wednesday next.
Mr. Crewe reports several Ordinances for Payment of Five thousand Arms by the Committee at HaberdashersHall, to be sent to the Scotts Army in Ireland: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers-Hall, to treat with such Persons as they shall think sit for the present Furnishing of these Arms, at such Rates and Prices, and upon such Days of Payment, as may be most beneficial for the State.
Ordered, upon the Question, That One hundred Barrels of Powder, with Bullet proportionable, and a double Proportion of Match, be forthwith provided and furnished out of the publick Stores for the Service of the Scotts Army: And that the Officers of the Ordnance be required forthwith to make Provision of this Powder, Match, and Bullet, accordingly: And
It is further Resolved, &c. That the Money to furnish and pay for this Hundred Barrels of Powder be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, to be paid in its Course.
An Ordinance for giving the Publick Faith to such as have paid in their Monies into Haberdashers-Hall, according to the Ordinances, for the Fifth, and Twentieth-Part, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
The humble Petition of Lieutenant-Colonel John M'Adam was this Day read.
Ordered, That Colonel Manwaring do forthwith send a very strong Guard, consisting of Three Companies at least, for the safe Keeping of the Soldiers Prisoners at Southampton-House, that are listed for Ireland, till they shall be shipped for that Service; and to apprehend some of the Beginners of a late Mutiny there: And Colonel Jeptson is to acquaint him with this Order.
And it is further Ordered, That the Officers, in whose Custody Lieutenant-Colonel John M' Adam now is, do keep the said M'Adam Prisoner upon the Guards at Southampton House, till the House take further Order: And that his Colonel do engage for his forthcoming.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Prisoners, to examine the Matter of Fact concerning the Death of the Man that was slain Yesterday at SouthamptonHouse; and to certify the same to the House.
The House being informed, That divers Prisoners in Peter-House had spoken dishonourably and maliciously against the Parliament; and that Mr. Wood, the Minister who preached there Yesterday, and was now attending at the Door, could attest the same;
He was called in; and informed the House, That Sir George Sandys, Sir John Boteler, and Colonel Page, in the Presence of divers others of the Prisoners, and of the Keeper there, in their Discourse, said, "That the major and better Part of the Parliament, that were good Subjects, had left the Parliament here, and were with the King; and that it was unlawful to take up Arms against the King; which the Parliament had done; and that they were Traitors and Rebels;" and other Discourse to that Effect, to the Disgrace of the Parliament.
Some of the Members of this House, that are of the Committee of Examinations, did presently withdraw, to examine this Business.
Ordered, That Sir George Sandys be removed from Peter-House, and committed Prisoner to the Tower, during the Pleasure of this House.
Ordered, That Sir John Botler be removed from PeterHouse, and committed Prisoner to the Tower, during the Pleasure of this House.
Ordered, &c. That the Lieutenant of the Tower be injoined to keep Sir George Sandys and Sir John Botler from coming one to another.
Ordered, &c. That the Estate of Sir John Botler, in the County of Hertford, be forthwith sequestred.
Ordered, &c. That the Order of Composition made with Sir George Sandys, for a yearly Rent for his Estate, be taken off: And that the whole Benefit of his Estate be paid in to the Parliament, for such Uses as the same is designed by former Order.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Hill do To-morrow make Report of the Ordinance concerning Martial Law.
Mr. Whittacre reports from the Committee of Examinations, That Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne was at the Committee of Examinations; and, being demanded, Whether he printed the Letter that goes abroad under his Name, answered, That he was committed, and no Cause expressed in the Order of his Commitment; and that, until he might know a Cause for which he was committed, he would not answer to any Interrogatory: That the Committee, for this his Contempt and Refusal, had committed him Prisoner to Newgate.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what the Committee hath done concerning Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne.
Ordered, &c. That Lieutenant-Colonel John Lilbourne be tried at the next Quarter's Sessions to be held for the City of London, concerning the contriving, making, divulging, and spreading, divers notorious Scandals, set forth in his Name, in a printed Pamphlet, under the Title of "A Letter to a Friend," against the Parliament, and several Members of the Commons House. And the Care hereof is especially referred to Mr. Recorder.
Mr. Ellis reports the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning the Sale of Delinquents Estates: The which Amendments were twice read; and, upon the Question, re-committed to the same Committee: Who are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and to report with all Speed.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Giles Greene shall have Leave to go into the Country, and to stay a Fortnight.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Venn shall have Leave to go into the Country, and to stay a Fortnight.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Greene do To-morrow make his Reports from the Committee of the Navy, next after that the Reports from Goldsmiths-Hall shall be made.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House with a Paper, delivered him this Day in the Chair, concerning the Duke of Guelderland: And
It is Ordered, That the Desire from the Duke of Guelderland, contained in that Paper, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall.