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 Mercurii, 13 Augusti, 1645.
MR. Trenchard brings Answer from the Lords, That they do agree to the Votes for Mr. Herbert, Mr. Nathanael Stephens, Mr. Hodges, and Mr. Edward Stephens, to be added to the Commissioners that are to reside in the Scotts Army; and to the Ordinances for Five thousand Pounds to Weymouth; and to the Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds for Major-General Skippon.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Fairfax shall have Liberty to grant Passes to such Gentlemen as shall desire to render themselves to the Parliament; and send them to Mr. Speaker, with a Command to the Guards, to bring them immediately to Mr. Speaker, to be dealt with according as he is authorized by former Order.
Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Drake, Colonel Ashton, Colonel Moore, Mr. Thomas, Sir Thomas Woodhouse, Sir John Hippesley, Mr. Knightley, are added to the Committee appointed to examine the Business concerning Mr. Barwis, and others, upon the Papers delivered in by the Scotts Commissioners.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to examine the Carriage of Lieutenant-Colonel Cokayne, at Newport-Pagnell, concerning any Affront done, or ill Language spoken by him of Major-General Browne; and to report the same to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, together with Major-General Browne; to take some speedy and effectual Course for punishing and appeasing the Mutiny at Henley, and for settling the said Garison till further Order.
An Ordinance for adding Persons to the Committee of the Militia of London, and for enabling them with further Power to search for Papists, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That the Members of both Houses, being of the Committee of both Kingdoms, or any Six of them; whereof One Lord, and Two Commoners, to be present; shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to grant Commissions to such Colonels, and such other inferior Officers, as shall be recommended to them by the Committee of Gloucester, for the Service of the Counties of Gloucester, Hereford, Monmouth, Glamorgan, and of the City of Gloucester.
Ordered, That some convenient Number of the Prisoners to the Parliament be removed into some convenient Places in the Counties adjacent: And that it be referred to the Committee of Prisoners, conferring with the Gentlemen of the several Counties into which they desire the Prisoners shall be removed, and with the Committee of the Militia of London, to remove them accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Bradshaw, and Mr. Beck assisting him, be desired, from this House, to attend and manage such Proofs as shall appear concerning Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne, upon any Indictment, or other Proceedings against him, at the next General-Sessions to be holden for the City of London.
Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Barrels of Powder, with Match and Bullet proportionable, be forthwith provided, and furnished out of the publick Stores, for the several Garisons in the West; and disposed of by the Committee of the West: And that the Monies to pay for these Two hundred Barrels of Powder be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, to be paid in Course.
An Ordinance for Payment of Four thousand Pounds out of the Excise, for Providing of Powder for the Publick Stores, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Three Letters, one from the General to the Committee of both Kingdoms, of Augusti 9, from Sherborne; one from Lieutenant-General Cromwell, of Augusti 9, from Sherborne, to the Committee of the Army; one from the Commissioners of the Army, from Sherborne, of Augusti 9, to the Committee of the Army; were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That it be left unto the General, to accept of the Two thousand Pounds from Sir John Hele, he submitting to such further Fine as the Parliament shall think fit; and to secure his Person a Prisoner in Taunton: And that this Two thousand Pounds be employed towards the Making good of the General's Undertaking, in point of Recompence to the Soldiers.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to treat and compound with such Prisoners and Delinquents of the West, as they shall think fit; and to report the Persons, their Offences, and the Sums they compound for, to the House, for their Approbation; and the House to dispose thereof as they shall think fit, and forthwith to pay Twenty Pounds to the Provost Marshal that brought up the Prisoners taken at Bridgewater from Weymouth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to examine the Business, How it came that one Mr. Bull, taken at Bridgewater, was set free, with his Goods, without compounding, or paying any Fine.
Ordered, That Six thousand Men be levied by the Twentieth of September next: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider of the Numbers upon the several Counties: And that the Gentlemen of the several Counties come to that Committee, that the Proportions may be laid with Indifferency: And that the Committee of the Army do take care for the Dispatch of the Press accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to provide and furnish the particular Necessaries desired for the Army, in Lieutenant-General Cromwell's Letter, of Augusti 9, written to the Committee of the Army, and this Day read.
An Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance for levying Monies for maintaining the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax, for Six Months longer, was, this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do forthwith pay unto Richard Cadwell, one of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Messengers, Thirty Pounds; who hath performed many very toilsome and hazardous Services, for the Service of the State.
Mr. Greene carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Payment of Four thousand Pounds out of the Excise, for Providing of Powder: The Votes for Colonel Morgan and Mr. Oldsworth to be added to the Committee of Gloucester; and for authorizing the Committee of both Kingdoms to grant Commissions to such Colonels, and other inferior Officers, as shall be recommended to them by the Committee of Gloucester, for the Service of Gloucester, and that Association: The Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance for levying Monies for maintaining the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax for Six Months longer: And was to put the Lords in mind of the Business concerning the Hearing upon the Impeachment against the Earl of Stamford.
Ordered, That the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do grant Commissions to such Captains, and other Officers, as shall be appointed to command the Horse and Dragoons under Colonel Rosseter; which were lately raised in the Eastern Association, for the Service against Newarke, by the Committee for the said Association.
Mr. Recorder brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords will take the Ordinance for adding Persons to the Committee of the Militia of London, into speedy Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Letter from Sir John Gell, of Augusti 11 relating, That the King was, with about Three thousand Horse and Dragoons, come to Liechfeild; and that by Confession of some Prisoners taken, that he intended to join with Newark Forces.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take it into Consideration this Afternoon; to take some speedy and effectual Course, to prevent all Mischiefs that may happen to the Association, by the Forces of Newark; the House receiving Intelligence, That the Strength of Newark doth very much increase: And, that it be referred to them likewise, to consider of the employing the Five hundred Dragoons raised by the City, lately come out of the West, upon this present Service of streightening and reducing Newark, and preventing the Dangers may come to the Association from thence: And, that they do consider of, and advise with the Committee of the Militia herein.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia of London be desired to send some of that Committee to the Committee of both Kingdoms, this Afternoon; upon some Design the Committee has now in Consideration, upon the Intelligence the Committee has received, That the Strength at Newark doth very much increase, to the great Hazard and Endangering of the Association.
Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Reynolds, and Sir Peter Wentworth, are appointed to prepare a Letter to be sent to the Scotts Army, upon the Intelligence that is come, of considerable Forces of the King's Horse that are gotten to Newark, to strengthen that Garison.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Disposing of Colonel Fienis' Regiment of Horse: And that, in the mean time, till that be agreed on, they may be removed out of the Parliament's Quarters, where they lie upon Free-Quarter, and are a Burden: And that they may quarter upon the Enemies Quarters, and live upon them, and help to streighten some of the Enemies Garisons.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to write a Letter to the Scotts Army, upon the Occasion of the Intelligence that is come, of a considerable Strength of Horse and Dragoons of the Enemy's, that are gone to Newark.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Petition, presented from the Heads of the Colleges of the University of Cambridge, do meet on Friday next, at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber.
Ordered, That the Report this Day presented from the Committee of both Kingdoms, by Sir Wm. Waller, concerning Provisions to be sent into Ireland upon Contract with Mr. Davies, be taken into Consideration, on Saturday next.
Mr. Green brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Continuing of the Ordinance for Maintaining of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army for Six Months; and to the other Ordinances carried by him to the Lords: And, as to the Business concerning the Impeachment against the Earl of Stamford, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own, presently.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Ordinance: It is concerning the Counties of Wiltes, Dorsett, and other Shires; to which they desire your Concurrence: The Ordinance for adding Persons to the Committee of The Militia of London; to which they agree, with this Proviso: An Ordinance for Colonel Morgan; to which they desire your Concurrence. They command us to put you in mind of the Petition from the King's Footmen. They desire that Richard Onseley Esquire may be added to all the Committees for the County of Northampton. They commanded us to acquaint you, That the Lords have adjourned till Friday next, to sit only on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Ordinance concerning the Counties of Wiltes, Dorsett, and the Western Association, was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time, on Saturday next, between the Hours of Ten and Twelve.
The House has considered their Lordships Message: And as to the Proviso in the Ordinance, concerning the Militia of London; and for Mr. Onsloe to be added to all the Committees for Northamptonshire; they do agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
For the better Enabling of the Committee of the Militia of the City of London to discharge their Duty, and put in Execution the several Ordinances of Parliament committed to their Care; it is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, That John Langham Alderman, Richard Chambers Alderman, Francis Allen, Colonel Wilson, Alexander Jones, and John Bellamy, shall be, and are hereby added to the said Committee. And it is further Ordained, That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London shall have Power, and is hereby authorized, by themselves, or such as they shall appoint, within the Extent and Limits of their Authority, to search for Papists, or other Persons that come from the King's Quarters, or cannot give a good Account of their Business or Abode, within the Limits aforesaid; or that have or shall discover their ill Affection to the Parliament; and also to search for Arms, Ammunition, and Materials for War, in the Custody of such Persons; and to do and execute all Power and Authority given unto them for that End and Purpose, in an Ordinance of both Houses, of the 27th of February 1644, during such time as the said Ordinance shall continue in Force. Provided always, That this Ordinance, or any Clause or Thing therein contained, shall not extend to the Lords of Parliament, or Peers of this Realm within the Parliament-Quarters, or to the Members of the House of Commons; or Assistants, Officers, or Attendants, of either of the Houses of Parliament, respectively.