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 Martis, 23 Septembris, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, proceeded to take into Consideration the Business concerning the Suspending of scandalous Persons from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir William Massam carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for supplying the Scotts Army in Ireland, and paying a Debt to Mr. John Davyes: An Ordinance for paying Six thousand One hundred Eightyand-four Pounds out of the Excise, for the Pay of the Horse of the Eastern Association now in Lincolnshire: An Ordinance for collecting the Arrears in the County of Essex: An Ordinance for charging the Pay of Eight hundred Horse of the Association, sent into the County of Lincolne, upon the Excise: An Ordinance for Continuance of the Ordinance of One Per Centum for the Relief of Plimmouth: An Ordinance for Confirmation of the Charters and Liberties of the Town of Leverpoole: The Vote for Three hundred Pounds for Sir Charles Egerton, out of a Delinquent's Estate: The Ordinance for discharging the Sequestration and Delinquency of Mr. Edmonds: An Ordinance for charging Five hundred Pounds upon the Excise for Captain Temple's Troop of Horse, for the Garison of Gloucester: The Declaration concerning Prisoners in the Isle of Jersey: The Order for Addition of Mr. Croxton, Governor of Namptwich, to be one of the Deputy-Lieutenants for Chester.
Sir Henry Mildmay went to the Lords, to desire them, That the Business concerning the Lord Hunsdon may be put off for a longer Time; in regard the Gentleman, in whose Hands the Papers concerning the Lord Hunsdon are, is now out of Town.
He carried also to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote for Garisoning of Raby-Castle; and the Order for adding of several Gentlemen to the Committee for the County of Durham in the Ordinance for the Northern Association; and the Ordinance and List for the Winter-Guard of Ships.
Mr. Nicoll carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Commission and Instructions to Mr. Annesley, Sir Robert King, and Mr. Beale, to be Governors of the Province of Ulster, in Ireland.
Mr. Whittacre reports the Ordinance concerning printing the Septuagint, and other Bibles, and Books of Importance: The which is ordered to be read on Friday next, at Mr. Speaker's first coming to the Chair.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be a Choice made of Elders within the Province of London forthwith.
Resolved, &c. That a Warrant shall forthwith issue, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a Writ to issue forth, for the Election of a Knight of the Shire for the County of Huntingdon, in the room and place of Sir Sydney Mountague Knight, formerly chosen to serve as Knight of the Shire for that County, and, by Judgment of this House, disabled, and since deceased.
Ordered, That the Committee of Privileges be revived, as to the Election of Cockermouth: And that, at the next Sitting, the Clerk do bring in the Names of the Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That the now Mayor of the Town of Darby, all Excuses set apart, do forthwith execute the Precept directed to him from the Sheriff of the County of Derby, for the Election of a new Burgess to serve in this Parliament for the said Town, in the room and place of William Allestree Esquire, formerly chosen to serve as a Burgess for that Town, and since disabled, by Judgment of this House: And that Sir John Curson do send down this Order forthwith; and give a speedy Account to this House of the Mayor's Proceedings hereupon.
Mr. Broxholme brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the additional Names of the Committee for Sequestration for the City of Lincolne, and County of the said City.
Mr. Pelham brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Five thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for the Service of the Isle of Elye.
Upon Sir Gilbert Gerard's Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Ordered, That, as to the Raising of One thousand Four hundred Sixty-and-five Men, to be imprested for the Recruits of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, all Places within the Lines of Communication, Bills of Mortality, and Hamlets of the Tower, be added to the Jurisdiction and Liberties of the City of London.
Sir William Massam brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords, as to the Ordinance concerning the Supplying of the Scotts Army in Ireland, the Ordinance concerning the Town of Liverpoole, and the Vote for Mr. Croxton to be one of the Deputy-Lieutenants for Chester, will send Answer by Messengers of their own; and, as to the rest of the Ordinances carried by him to the Lords, they do agree.
A Letter from the Committee at Yorke, from Yorke, of 20 Septembris 1645; a Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, from Worcester-House, of Septembris 23 a Letter from the Commissioners of both Houses, from Berwick, of Septembris 15 , with a Letter inclosed from them to the Committee of Estates of Scotland, with their Answer; and likewise a Letter inclosed from them to the Committee of Cumberland, concerning their Regimental Forces; were all of them this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Scotts Army be desired forthwith to march to Newarke, to besiege it, for the speedy Reducing of it to the Obedience of the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the Scotts Army shall not lay any Tax, or raise any Contributions, upon either the Eastern Association, or any other County, or Part of the Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall shall weekly pay to the Foot of the Scotts Army Fourteen hundred Pounds out of the Assessments already laid upon the Eastern Association, by the Ordinance for the Scotts Army: (fn. 1) In case this Fourteen hundred Pounds weekly be not paid unto the Scotts Army accordingly; that then the Houses of Parliament be informed thereof; and Care shall be taken for a speedy Payment of the said Sum.
Resolved, &c. That it be, from this House, referred, and especially recommended, to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, to take care, that the Monies upon the Ordinance for the Scotts Army may be duly levied and brought in out of the Eastern Association, and all other Counties, charged for the Paying of the Army by that Ordinance: And that the Committee do, from time to time, give an Account to this House of their Proceedings herein, and of such Obstructions as they shall meet with.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired in these Votes concerning the Scotts Army.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the List for the WinterGuard, and to the rest of the Ordinances carried by him to the Lords; and have put off the Business concerning the Lord Hunsdon until Saturday Fortnight.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the well-affected Party of Scarborough be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Report from the Commissioners returned from residing with the Scotts Army be made on Thursday Morning next: And that, after that Business is ended, the Report concerning Chester be made.
A Letter from Bath, of Septembris 17 1645, from the General, relating the great Service Mr. Ashe and Mr. Moore did the Parliament, by improving their Interest for the Service of the Publick, was this Day read: And
It is, upon the Question, Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do, from this House, return Thanks to Mr. Ashe and Mr. Moore.
The which he accordingly did.
A Letter from one of the Scoutmaster's Servants, of Septembris 22 , relating the Taking of the Devises, upon Surrender, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Committee of the West do pay unto the Messenger that brought this good News of taking the Devises Ten Pounds.
Whereas, by Order of 19 Novembris last, One hundred Pounds was appointed to be paid to the ScoutmasterGeneral, for Providing of Horse and Messengers; which was accordingly performed by him; and the said One hundred Pounds was to be Part of Five thousand Pounds, charged the same Day upon the Excise, for the Payment of the Army: And whereas the said Five thousand Pounds was wholly issued for the Service of the Army, and the said One hundred Pounds, and every Part thereof, left unpaid to the said Scoutmaster-General, and for which he hath hitherto received no Satisfaction: Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise be desired forthwith to advance and pay to Mr. Bedford, ScoutmasterGeneral, the said Sum of One hundred Pounds: And that an Ordinance be brought in, whereby the said Commissioners of Excise may be enabled to reimburse themselves the said One hundred Pounds out of the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, together with Interest for the same after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Annum, for so long time as the same shall be forborne. And it is further Ordered, That the said Order of 19 Novembris last be vacated and discharged.
Ordered, That the House do meet and sit on Thursday next, at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, purposely to read private and publick Ordinances, and for no other Business: And that the Ordinance concerning the Earl of Essex be first read.
The House being informed, That a Messenger from Chester was at the Door;
He was called in; and informed the House, That the Forces of the Parliament had entered the Outworks of Chester on Saturday Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee for Chester do pay the Messenger that brought this good News the Sum of Ten Pounds for his Pains.
A Letter from the Committee of Chester, from Forreststreet in Chester, of 20 Septembris 1645, directed to Sir Wm. Brereton, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Chester, to consider of the Letter: Who are to meet thereupon this Afternoon; and to confer with the Committee of both Kingdoms, and consider of some present Expedient, for the farther Prosecuting and Improving of this Advantage.