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, Augusti 30, 1645.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee at Leicester shall have Power to compound with all such Gentlemen and others of the County of Leicester, that assisted or countenanced the Enemy, when the King and his Party were there; for that Offence only: And that they send up the Names of such Persons as they shall so compound with, and the Fines set upon them, for their Offence, to be approved of by this House: And that all Monies that shall arise by these Compositions, shall be employed for the Service and Maintenance of the Garison and Forces of Leicester.
Resolved, &c. That all the Arrears and Monies uncollected, of the Assessments rated or taxed for the Maintenance of the Garisons or Forces of the County of Leicester, shall be paid in to the Committee of Leicester, to be employed for the Use of their Garisons and Forces: And that the Committee of Accompts do take notice of this Order, and observe the same accordingly.
BE it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, That the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, shall have Power to grant Commissions of Martial Law, to be executed according to the Rules of War, and the Instructions observed in Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, to such Places and Counties as shall be desired by the Committees of the Associations, Members of both Houses, where there are Associations; and by such Gentlemen, Members of this House, that are of other Counties where there are no Associations.
A Letter from Leicester, of Augusti 28 1645, written to the Committee of Northampton, and by them sent to Mr. Crew, relating the Intentions of Colonel-General Pointes, to prosecute and pursue the King.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Crew, and Mr. Browne, or any Two of them, do forthwith prepare a Letter to be written to ColonelGeneral Points, to take notice of his faithful Endeavours; and to require him to march up Southward, with all Diligence, with the Yorkshire Forces, and with as many of the rest, formerly appointed to attend the King's Motion, as he can bring with him: And that Five thousand Pounds shall be speedily provided, to meet them upon their March.
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Pounds shall be forthwith provided, out of the Twenty thousand Pounds designed out of the Excise for the Yorkshire Forces, and sent to meet the Yorkshire Forces under Colonel-General Points, in case they march Southwards: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Northern Association, to make Provision of this Five thousand Pounds accordingly: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and to give an Account of their Proceedings on Monday Morning next.
He was called in; and did acquaint the House with the State of the Forces in the Northern Counties, both English and Scottish, the Mutinying of the Yorkshire Horse, and the Occasions and Grounds of it, as in most Probability appeared.
Resolved, &c. That Two very good serviceable Horses shall be forthwith provided, and bestowed by this House upon Colonel Thornhagh, as a Mark of his Esteem they set upon his many faithful and good Services, performed to this great Cause maintained by the Parliament: And that it be referred to Sir Philip Stapilton and Sir Arthur Hasilrig, to take care of the providing these Horses: And that they be forthwith paid for, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at HaberdashersHall. The Care whereof is more particularly referred to Mr. Hill.
Colonel Thornhagh was again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, took notice of his many great and faithful Services performed to the Kingdom; and returned him the hearty Thanks of this House; and acquainted him, That the House, in Testimony of the Esteem they set upon his Services, had bestowed Two very good serviceable Horses upon him.
Resolved, &c. That the Horse that shall march upon this present Design, in Pursuit of the King, under Colonel Roseter, shall be made up a Thousand: And it is left to Colonel Rosseter to take such Horse as he shall think fit, of those formerly designed to be under his Command, to make up his Strength a Thousand: And that, as to the Manner of sending those Horse accordingly, it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth undertake to pay such Horse of the Association as shall, by the Committee of both Kingdoms, be directed to go into Lincolnshire, for the Safety of that County, and keeping in the Garison of Newark, during the Time that Colonel Rosseter shall be employed upon this present Service: And it is referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, speedily to discharge such other of the Horse of the Associated Counties, now gathered together upon this late Alarm, as they shall think fit to be employed for Lincolnshire, and for the Keeping in of the Garison of Newark: And that they speedily discharge the Foot.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Association do meet this Afternoon, and consider of, and prepare, an Ordinance for the Pay of these Horse, to be employed for the Safety of Lincolnshire, and for the Keeping in of Newarke, during the Time of that Service, according to the Undertakings of this House.
Resolved, &c. That Friday next be set apart, and appointed, for a Day of Humiliation, within the Lines of Communication, to be humbled for the Miseries of Scotland; and to desire God's Blessing upon the Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax, and for the Ceasing of the Plague in the Kingdoms of England and Scotland: And that Mr. Recorder do acquaint the Lord Mayor with this Order; and desire him, that this Order may be published, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, by the several and respective Ministers, To-morrow, being the Lord's Day.
Resolved, &c. That Friday next come Fortnight shall be a Day appointed for publick Humiliation, through all the Parliament-Quarters, to be humbled for the Miseries of Scotland, and to desire God's Blessing upon the Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax, and for the Ceasing of the Plague in the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do issue his Warrant to such Persons as he shall think fit, for the putting in due and careful Execution the Laws and Ordinances against Sabbath-Breakers, Alehouse-Haunters, Tipplers, Swearers, Cursers, and Blasphemers; and against such as do not observe the Days of publick Humiliation.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Ordinance, concerning the appointing Mr. Henry Wilkinson to the Parsonage of Dunstan's in the East, London: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise sent you the Petition of Captain Ketleby, formerly sent you, which they conceive very reasonable; and desire your Concurrence. They desire further, to put this House in mind of a Petition formerly sent, of Mr. Lestrange's: He is in a Consumption, and like to perish, if he have not his Liberty; and will give any Engagement for Liberty, to the Parliament, and any Bail for his Appearance; and desireth not to go out of the Lines of Communication; therefore they desire you will take him into your speedy Consideration.
It is thereupon Ordered, upon the Question, That the whole Matter concerning the Mutinies of Soldiers there, concerning the Constitution of the Army there, and the Election of Officers, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Northern Association; to present their Opinions thereupon; and likewise to present some Expedient to prevent any Mutinies for the future, or the Inconveniences that may arise by Elections carried on in this manner.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do concurr with the Lords in the Ordinance for the making Mr. Henry Wilkinson Rector of Dunstan's in the East, of London: And, as to the Messages concerning Captain Kettleby and Mr. Lestrange, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Letter to be sent from the House, and signed by Mr. Speaker, to Colonel Pointes, concerning his marching Southwards, was read; and passed; with a Blank for the Place to which he should be injoined to come: And it is referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to fill up the Blank.
An Ordinance for charging Two hundred Pounds upon the Receipts of the Excise, to be paid to Colonel Whally, Captain Lawrence, &c. was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.