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 Veneris, 15 Augusti, 1645.
A Letter from the Commissioners of the Army, from Bridgwater, of 2 Augusti 1645, was this Day read; and a List of Plate and Hangings taken there: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Plate and Hangings, sent up by the Commissioners of the Army from Bridgwater, be delivered to the Treasurers of the Army, by the Master of the Ship who brought up the same, to be put into Monies for the best Advantage; and disposed of for the Benefit of the Soldiers, as the General shall direct, for Discharge of his Engagement.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the West, forthwith to send down to the Commissioners for the Army, a competent Number of the Directories for Worship, and of the Cabinet of Letters, to be dispersed by them to such Parishes and Places in the West, as they shall think fit.
A Proviso, sent from the Lords, to the Rules, sent from this House, concerning the Election of Elders, was read, to be added at the End of the Sixth Article, in the Second Page, after the Word "Assembly;" viz. "Provided, that the Chapels or Places in the Houses of the Peers of this Realm shall continue free for the Exercises of Divine Duties, as formerly they have been."
And, upon the Debate of this Proviso, the House resolved to agree unto it, with Alteration; viz. to add, instead of these Words, "as formerly they have been," these Words, "to be performed according to the Directory."
Ordered, That a Conference be desired with the Lords upon this Addition of the Lords to the Rules concerning the Election of Elders.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to desire this Conference.
Mr. Tate, Mr. Rous, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Ordered, That the Officers of the Ordnance do provide and furnish Ten Ton of Match, out of the publick Stores, more than what was formerly ordered, to make the Ten, the other Day granted for the Scotts Army, Twenty: And that they do deliver the same unto Mr. John Johnson, for the Use of the Scotts Army; charging it upon the Monies received by Sir Walter Earle, out of the additional Excise for Land-Service.
Ordered, &c. That a Month's Pay be forthwith provided and furnished for the Scotts Army: And that it be earnestly recommended to the Committee at GoldsmithsHall, to take the best, speediest, and most effectual Course they can for the Furnishing of this Month's Pay.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take some effectual Course, that the Forces of the Northern Association, and the Counties thereabouts, may meet and join, to be assisting to the Forces sent from the Scotts Army, that are now in Prosecution of the Enemy: And that the Committee of both Kingdoms do prepare a Letter, to be written to the General, and the Scotts Army, from the House; and therein to take notice of the great Service done to the Publick, by the Sending of so considerable a Party from the Scotts Army, to pursue, and attend the Motion of, the Enemy. Sir Philip Stapleton is particularly desired to take care hereof.
Ordered, That the Reports from the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall be made To-morrow, the first Business: And that To-morrow be set apart purposely for the Matter of Money.
An Ordinance for the Continuance of a former Ordinance for the Raising of Twenty-one thousand Pounds monthly, for the Maintenance of the Scotts Army, for Four Months longer, was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time on Monday next.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be forthwith brought in for continuing the former Ordinance for Four Months longer, for the Levying of Twenty-one thousand Pounds monthly for Maintenance of the Scotts Army; and every Clause thereof.
Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Crew, Mr. Pury, are appointed presently to withdraw, to prepare this Ordinance.
Mr. Jepson reports, from the Committee, the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning appointing a Committee for the Affairs of Ireland: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, with the Amendments, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Colonel Jephson is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee for the Ordinance concerning Delinquents Estates do meet this Afternoon: And that Report be made of this Ordinance To-morrow Morning.
Sir Robert Pye carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote concerning the Granting of Commissions to the Officers of the Eastern Association; and likewise a Vote for enabling the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Herts to grant Commissions.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will grant a present Conference, as is desired; and that they do agree to the Two Votes carried by him.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Pury, Mr. Ouldisworth, and Mr. Herbert, do consider of some brief Declaration to be published and communicated to the Counties of South-Wales, concerning the Intentions and Desires of the Parliament in this Cause, maintained by them for the Preservation of Religion, and asserting the publick Liberty; and some Instructions for Mr. Herbert concerning the Communicating of the same: And that they take care, that Three or Four hundred of the King's Cabinet-Letters may be communicated unto them.
A Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, of August 14. 1645, reported by Sir Philip Stapleton: The which was read: And
It is Ordered, That, on Monday next, the first Business, the House do take into Consideration this Paper: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, &c. That, out of the Lands of Bishops, Deans, and Chapters of Landaff and St. Davids, there be Three hundred Pounds per Annum allowed and paid unto Mr. Henry Walter, Mr. Rich. Symons, and Mr. Walter Cradock, Ministers, during the Pleasure of the House; equally to be divided between them; viz. One hundred Pounds per Annum to each, towards their Maintenance in the Work of the Ministry in South-Wales.
An Ordinance for lending to the Committee of Gloucester the annual Sum of One hundred Pounds, with the Arrears thereof, being given to a charitable Use, and to be paid by the Company of Drapers, London, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Committee of Examinations: And ordered, That the Company of Drapers be heard upon the Commitment of this Ordinance.
An Ordinance for Continuance of the Ordinance of 20 Febr. 1644, for raising and levying Twenty-one thousand Pounds monthly, for the Maintenance of the Scotts Army, for Four Months longer, to begin from the First of July 1645, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be carried to the Lords for their Concurrence: And Sir Robert Harley is appointed to carry this Ordinance to the Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of the Exchange of Sir Wm. Huddleston for Doctor Bastwick: The Lords did consent to it; and they desire you would ratify it: Of Major Greye's Petition, now in this House: The Lords desire you would take it into speedy Consideration; and also the Petition of Major Huncks. That, by reason of the great Affairs of this House, the Lords have twice put off the Lord of Stamford's Business: Now they have appointed Tuesday after Michaelmas for it. And they desire to communicate unto you, at this Conference, Papers from the Commissioners of Scotland, touching the Propositions for Peace.
Mr. Whittacre reports, from the Committee of Examinations, the Opinion of That Committee concerning Sir Wm. Huddleston: Which was, That Colonel Huddleston shall have Permission to go to Oxford, or into any of the King's Quarters: But the Lord General's Pass to be taken from him, and the Speaker's; and not to take Benefit of the former Order of the House.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Huddleston, and John Apleby his Man, shall have a Pass to go to Newark, limited for Six Days.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Pass to Sir Wm. Huddleston's Lady, Isabella Huddleston her Daughter, Thomas Troughton, Wm. Herbert, John Wright, and Robert Fisher, her Servants, to go to Millon in Cumberland.
Ordered, That Mr. Jesson shall have Leave to go into the Country for Six Weeks: And that his Service in the House be, in the mean time, dispensed with.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath taken your Message into Consideration: And, as to That of Doctor Bastwick and Sir Wm. Huddleston, they have put it in a Way: They do agree, That the Papers from the Scotts Commissioners be offered: As to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Wentworth shall have Leave to go into the Country for a Month: And that his Service in the House, in the mean time, be dispensed with.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Militia of London do pay the poor Waggoners employed by them in several Expeditions to Basinge, Newport, Petworth, &c. and under Major-General Whitchcote into the West; or give the House their Reasons, Why they do it not, on Monday Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre do make the Report concerning the poor Tradesmen, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
An Ordinance for Draining of the Great Level, extending itself into the Counties of Northampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolne, Cambridge, Huntington, and the Isle of Ely, was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time on Monday, between the Hours of Ten and Twelve.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Finch;
The Lords have sent unto you an Ordinance concerning Argier; and another Ordinance concerning the Lady Sharpeith; to which they desire your Concurrence.
The Ordinance concerning Argier was read; and was in bæc verba; "It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That Edmund Cason Esquire be sent as Agent to Argier, with the Ship and Goods prepared, for the Redemption of the Captives in Argier and Tunnis, and renewing the ancient Peace with them. And it is further Ordered, That the Committee of the Admiralty and Navy do draw up Letters Credential, Commission, Instructions, and all other Documents fit for him: Which the Speakers of both Houses are, upon Presentation of the same unto them, to subscribe; that so the said Agent may, with all Speed, be sent away;" and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered of your Message: And, as to the Ordinance concerning Argier, they do agree: And, as to the other Ordinance, for the Lady Sharpeith, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Robert Pye Knight, Mr. Sam. Moore, Mr. John Flackett, Doctor Nath. Wright, Mr. Tho. Blayney, Mr. Martin Husbands, Mr. Tho. Rawlyns, Mr. Herbert Perrott, Mr. Thomas Hughes, Mr. Robert Higgons, to be added to the Committee of Gloucester, Mounmouth, Hereford, Clamorgan, Brecknock, and Radnor: And Sir Robert Harley is appointed to carry these Names to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Continuance of the Ordinance for the Pay of the Scotts Army for Four Months longer.
Mr. Tate reports from the Conference this Day had with the Lords, That the Lords delivered a Paper from the Scotts Commissioners; with this Opinion upon it; That it may be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, What Propositions shall be fit to be now sent to his Majesty: And that, what Bills this House intends to prepare, they desire they may be dispatched speedily.
Ordered, &c. That the Scotts Papers, delivered by the Lords this Day at the Conference, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning, the first Business.
Mr. Knightley reports, from the Committee to whom it was referred to examine, the Carriage of Lieutenant-Colonel M'Adam concerning the Death of the Man that was slain at Southampton-House: And that the Soldiers there were now ready to be shipped.
It is thereupon Ordered, That, upon Sir Adam Loftus his Engagement, he shall have Leave, and be at Liberty, to go to see the Soldiers shipped for Ireland.