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, 25 Augusti, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, proceeded to take into Consideration the Business concerning Sending of Propositions to his Majesty for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
Sir Thomas Widdrington in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Popham shall have Leave to go into the Country for one Month: And his Absence from the Service of the House shall be dispensed withal.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Trenchard shall have Leave to go into the Country for a Fortnight: And his Absence from the Service of the House, in the mean time, shall be dispensed withal.
A Letter from the Commissioners of both Houses, from Barwicke, of Augusti 19 1645; and Two Copies inclosed of Two Letters, one from the Earl Lyndesey, from Perth, to the said Commissioners, of Augusti 4; and one other from the Lord Lauderdaill, from Tomtallon, of Augusti 17 1645; were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That it be especially recommended to all the Ministers within the Bills of Mortality, to take notice, on Wednesday next, being the Day of Publick Humiliation, of the sad Condition of out Brethren in Scotland, and of ourselves, by reason of the late Defeat given by the Enemy in Scotland, and of the Plague now raging there: And the Lord Mayor of the City of London is desired to give timely Notice of this Order to all the Ministers of the Places aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That another Divine shall be desired to pray before this House, on Wednesday next, the Day of Publick Humiliation, humbly to beseech God to avert his Judgments of the Sword and Pestilence, now raging and destroying the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, from that Kingdom and this: And that the Commissioners of Scotland be desired to appoint one to this Purpose. And Sir Robert Harley and Mr. Tate are to acquaint the Assembly of Divines, and Commissioners of Scotland, with this Order.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of both Houses, sent to the Parliament of Scotland, shall have Power to treat with such Committees or Commissioners of Scotland, as shall be appointed and authorized to treat with them, either at Barwicke, or in any other Place of either Kingdoms of England or Scotland, as shall be most convenient for them.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Tate and Sir Tho. Widdrington to prepare a Letter, to be returned to the Commissioners.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take a particular and especial Care of the Town of Newcastle, and of Sunderland: And that Mr. Blackiston and Mr. Corbett do take care of this Business; and do acquaint the Committee with such Particulars as they are informed of, that may tend to the Safety and Preservation of those Places.
An additional Ordinance to the Ordinance for the Northern Association was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee for the Northern Association, where Sir Thomas Widdrington hath the Chair.
Ordered, &c. That it be especially referred to the Care of the Committee of the Army, to consider, Where the Default is in the slow Coming in, or Bringing up, of the Recruits for Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army: And that they do give Directions to the Committees in the several Counties where the Six thousand Men are to be raised, for the speedy Raising of them; and to give the House an Account hereof, as Occasion shall require: And that the Chairman of the respective Committees in those Counties do put this Order in due Execution.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Navy do bestow upon the Messenger, that brought the good News of the Defeat given by Colonel Langherne to the Enemies Forces in Pembrokeshire, the Sum of Ten Pounds, for his Pains.
Ordered, &c. That Three hundred Pounds be forthwith provided, and advanced to Colonel Greves, towards his Satisfaction for his Charges in raising a Troop of Horse for the Service of the Parliament. And
It is further Ordered, That this Three hundred Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise, and paid in Course: And Mr. Serjeant Wilde is to go to the Commissioners of Excise, to desire them to advance this Three hundred Pounds.
Ordered, &c. That Twelve thousand Pounds be advanced and paid for Four Months, by Three thousand Pounds per mensem, for the Maintenance of the Forces in the West under the Command of Colonel Massie: And that an Ordinance be brought in for charging this Twelve thousand Pounds upon the Excise, to be paid in Course: And Mr. Greene is to bring in this Ordinance, accordingly.
A Letter, to be sent to the Earl of Leven, and the Committee of both Kingdoms residing with the Scotts Army, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Corbett reports, from the Committee of the Eastern Association, the Ordinance for Maintenance and Pay of the Garisons of Newport-Pagnell, Bedford, Lynn-Regis, and other Garisons in the Eastern Association, formerly committed: Which was all read; and, upon the Question, assented to; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence: And Mr. Corbett is appointed to carry it unto the Lords.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinances concerning Cambridge and Covent-Garden be read on Wednesday Sevennight, peremptorily.
The House being informed, That some of the Divines of the City of London and Westminster were at the Door; . . . . were called in; and presented a Petition to the House.
Which was read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of the whole House for Religion.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Rose do report the Ordinance concerning the Western Merchants To-morrow, the first Business after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Eastern Association shall have Power to borrow, of such Persons as they shall be able, Two thousand Pounds, to be secured and repaid out of the first Monies that shall come in upon the Ordinance for the Maintenance and Pay of the Garisons of Newport-Pagnell, Bedford, Lynn-Regis, and other Garisons in the Eastern Association.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Gentlemen of the County of Kent that are of this House, to consider of a Way and Means for Providing of present Monies for the Service of the Garison of Dover.
Ordered, &c. That the Report, from the Committee of Examinations, of the Business concerning Mr. Speaker, be made, peremptorily, on Thursday Morning next, the first Business after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
An Ordinance for authorizing the Committees named in an Ordinance of 10 Julii 1644, to put in Execution an Ordinance for weekly Assessments, bearing Date the Tenth of May 1643, within the Counties of Wiltes, Dorsett, Somersett, Devon, and Cornewall, the Cities of Bristoll and Exeter, and the Town and County of Poole, for Six Months, with the several weekly Rates set upon the said respective Counties, Cities, and Places, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be carried to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Erle to carry it to the Lords.