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, 20 Octobris, 1645.
A Letter from the Committee at Coventry, of 13 Octobris 1645, from Coventry, was this Day read; and was, concerning the Election of Mr. Monke to be Mayor of the City of Coventry; who had been formerly articled against for Malignancy.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee for Examinations do make Report of the Case concerning Mr. Monke of Coventry: And that, in the mean time, and until the House take further Order, that he be not elected Mayor: And that the Electors do proceed to a new Election: And Colonel Bosewell and Mr. Jesson are to acquaint the City of Coventry with this Order.
Resolved, &c. That Henry Andrew Esquire, Christopher Egleton Esquire, Thomas Ayres, Henry Harris, John Deverell, William Russell, John Woodward, Henry Allen, and Richard Bauldwyn, Gentlemen, be and are hereby added to the Committee for the County of Bucks.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
A Letter from Basingstoke, of Octobris 18 , from the Committee of Hantz, concerning the Government of Winton-Castle, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Thomas Bettisworth junior, Esquire, to be HighSheriff of the County of Hants: And that the Commissioners for the Great Seal do give him a Commission, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Captain Thomas Bettisworth to command the Horse of Hants: And that the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms do grant a Commission, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Hants, to consider, with Sir William Waller, of the Garison and Castle of Winton, and also of Woolsey-House, and of Salisbury; and where it may be fittest to continue a Garison for the Defence of that County; and of a fitting Person to be Governor thereof.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, What Garisons in all Counties are fit to be kept and maintained; and what are sit to be slighted: And that they do confer hereupon with the Members of either House that are of any of those Counties in which any such Garisons are: And that they do report their Opinions to the House, with all convenient Speed.
A Letter from Colonel-General Pointz, from IlkstoneMoore, of 16 Octobris 1645, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning one Mr. Robert Martyn to raise and command Forces in Radnorshire; desiring the Committee either to send him a Commission, or to dismiss him; and this Day reported from the Committee; was this Day read: And
It is Resolved, &c. That Mr. Robert Martyn be dismissed of any Command in the County of Radnor, or elsewhere, in the Service of the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to Colonel Mitton, and the Committee there, to consider of a fit Person to command the Forces in Radnorshire, for the Service of the Publick: And that they present his Name to the House.
A Letter from the Committee of Hantz, concerning the Sending up of the Prisoners from Basingstoke, sent up under the Care of Captain Terry; who is a Person reported to have done many very good Services.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon him, to buy him Two Horses: And that the Committee of Hantz do take care forthwith to pay him this Fifty Pounds.
Ordered, That William Morgan and Edward Cole, Priests, be referred to the Examination of Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Gilbert Gerard, and Mr. Whittacre, to take their Examinations, as Justices of Peace; and to send them to Newgate.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Prisoners, to dispose of the Prisoners sent from Basing-House, the Irish Rebels to Newgate, or to such other safe Prison, as they shall think fit.
A Letter from Lieutenant-General Cromwell, from Salisbury, of 17 Octobris 1645, at Twelve at Night, with the Articles of Rendition of Langford-House, brought by Lieutenant-Colonel Hewson, who hath done many very good Services, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon him, to buy him Two good Horses: And that the Committee for the West do take care forthwith to pay him this Fifty Pounds.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do take care forthwith to send all the Officers of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army down to their Charges.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take care to send to all the Courts of Guard, and Committees in the several Counties, to seize upon all Soldiers that shall straggle from the Army; and to return them to their Colours.
A Letter from Colonel-General Sedenham Pointz, from Worsop, of 18 Octobris 1645; relating the great Success it pleased God to give the Parliament's Forces under the Command of Colonel Copley, near Ferrybriggs, over near Two thousand of the Enemy, under the Command of Digby; the Parliament's Forces being about Twelve hundred; was this Day read. The Letter was brought by one Mr. Bedford, employed by the Scoutmaster-General.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do bestow upon Mr. Bedford, who was employed by the Scoutmaster-General, and brought this good News of defeating the King's Forces near Ferrybriggs, the Sum of Forty Pounds, for his Pains.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter of Thanks be written to Colonel Copley, and the rest of the Officers and Commanders, that performed this good Service near Ferrybrigs: And Sir Philip Stapleton is to prepare this Letter.
Resolved, &c. That, on the next Lord's Day, Publick Thanks be given to Almighty God, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication; and, on the next Lord's Day come Fortnight, in all other Parts of the Kingdom, for the great Blessings and Success it hath pleased God to give the Parliament's Forces in the North, near Sherborne in Yorkeshire, and in other Parts of the Kingdom: And that the Ministers be required to stir up the People, and to make them sensible of these great Blessings and Mercies; and to stir up their Hearts to an hearty Thankfulness: And that the Lord Mayor be desired to give timely Notice hereof to the Ministers of the several Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein: And the Letters, giving Information of these Successes, to be communicated to the Lords; with a Desire, That they may be printed.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, this Afternoon, of the Forces that now are about Newarke; and what other addition a Forces, of either Horse or Foot, either out of the neighbouring Garisons or Counties, will be necessary for the streight and close Blocking up of Newarke: And that the Gentlemen of the neighbouring and associated Counties do, this Afternoon, go to the Committee of both Kingdoms, and give them their best Advice and Furtherance in this so great and necessary a Work: And that the Committee do make Report of this Business to the House, with all Speed.
Ordered, &c. That, on the next Lord's Day wherein Publick Thanks is appointed to be given unto Almighty God . . . his several great Blessings, there be a Collection in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, to be paid to the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers; with the like Exceptions for the Moiety of the said Collections in the Churches of St. Margaret's Westminster, and St. Martin's in the Fields, as usually; the said Moiety to be employed for the Relief of the Poor of the said respective Parishes.
An Ordinance for the Payment of Three thousand One hundred Ninety-and-one Pounds Five Shillings and Eightpence to the Committee of the Militia, for the Use of the poor Waggoners, with Interest for the same, out of the Excise, they being required to advance and lend the same, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Poole have Liberty to go into the Country, and to stay for a Month.
Sir John Evelyn carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote for Colonel Weldon to be Governor of Plymouth: The Ordinance for Sale of Ships: The Vote for Colonel Mountague to be added to the Committee of the Army: The Vote for Mr. Recorder to have Mr. Vaughan' Books: The Vote for Mr. Maynard to have my Lord Banckes his Books: The Addition of some Names to the Committee of Bucks: The Order for a Publick Thanksgiving on the next Lord's Day: The several Letters and Papers that give Information of these several Successes and Blessings; with a Desire, That they may be all printed.
He was likewise to put the Lords in mind, and to desire them to expedite their Answer to the Votes passed this Houseupon the Consideration of divers Papers of the Scotts Commissioners, and delivered unto them at a late Conference; the rather, in regard all those Papers, to which these Votes are Grounds for an Answer, are already printed.
He was further to put the Lords in mind of expediting the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Sir Robert Harley reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for settling the Iron-Works late Sir John Wyntour's upon Colonel Edward Massie: 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.
ORdered, &c. That the Committee for regulating the University of Cambridge do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon.
Ordered, &c. That, on Saturday next, the Report concerning Colonel Butler be made, the First Business.
Ordered, &c. That, on Saturday Morning, Mr. Hill do make Report of the Ordinance concerning Martial Law.
Ordered, &c. That, on every Wednesday in the Afternoon, the House do sit, to consider of Ordinances for Compositions, and Reports.
Ordered, &c. That Major Knifton, now Prisoner at Darby, be not exchanged without first acquainting this House.
Mr. Bond brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Poole; and for Three thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, Part of Twelve hundred Pounds, for the Service of the West.
Mr. John Goodwyn reports the humble Petition of Wm. Pennoyer and Richard Hill: The which was this Day read: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Pennoyer and Mr. Hill shall have and receive, for and towards the Payment of their Debt due to them from the Parliament, the Rents and Profits of the Lands and Houses of the Earl of Worcester, Lord Herbert, and Sir John Somersett, in Acton, the Strand, Tower-street, and Stepney, upon Account: And that the respective Sequestrators of the said Lands and Houses do pay the said Rents accruing for the same, from time to time, unto the said Wm. Pennoyer and Mr. Hill, and their Assigns, from the Twenty-ninth Day of September now last past, upon Account, accordingly, until this House take further Order: And that the Acquittance of the said Mr. Pennoyer and Richard Hill shall be a good and sufficient Discharge to the said respective Sequestrators, for what they shall pay in pursuance hereof.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That, upon the Lords Concurrence to the Order, this Day made, for the Payment of the Rents and Profits of the Lands and Houses of the Earl of Worcester, Lord Herbert, and Sir John Somersett, by the Sequestrator, to Mr. Hill and Mr. Pennoyer, the Order for Payment of them of Six thousand Pounds out of Sir John Hele's Estate shall be discharged and vacated, as to the Payment of the said Six thousand Pounds to the said Mr. Hill and Mr. Pennoyer.
Upon the Reading of the humble Petition of Theophilus Ryley, Intelligencer of the City of London;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Theophilus Ryley shall have his Liberty, upon sufficient Bail: And that he be examined Tomorrow by the Committee of the Tower: And that they do report the Business to the House.
Mr. Corbett is appointed to take care of this Business: And Mr. Speaker is to take this Bail.
Upon the humble Petition of Colonel Doddinge;
It is Ordered, That Colonel Doddinge shall have the Sum of One thousand Thirty-nine Pounds Ten Shillings, disbursed by him for the Service of the Parliament, out of any such Delinquent's Estate as he shall discover unto the Committee of Examinations.
A Letter from the Committee of War, at Yorke, of 17 Octobris 1645, with a Letter inclosed, from Colonel Copley, from Sherborne in Yorkshire, of 16 Octobris 1645, concerning the great Defeat given to the King's Forces near Sherbourne; with the List of the Prisoners taken there; and a Letter from General Leven, of the 16 of October 1645, at Six at Night, to the said Committee of War at Yorke; were all this Day read.
The House being informed, That Lieutenant Heath, who brought these Letters, was at the Door;
He was called in; and delivered divers Letters and Papers of the Lord Digbye's, taken at the same Fight.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Yorkshire, Northumberland, Newcastle, Westmerland, Cumberland, and Bishoprick of Durham, respectively, do take special Care, that the Estates of the Gentlemen, taken Prisoners at the Fight near Sherborne in Yorkeshire, may be sequestred: And that Mr. Blackeston do take especial Care hereof, and send down this Order to the respective Committees.
Ordered, &c. That Lieutenant Heath have Forty Pounds bestowed upon him for the Pains taken in the Bringing of the good News of the Defeat given to the King's Forces at Sherborne: And that Mr. Blackeston do take care of the Paying of this Forty Pounds, accordingly, to be allowed unto him out of the Two thousand Pounds, charged upon the Excise, for Providing of Arms and Ammunition for Newcastle, and the Northern Counties.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Examinations do, To-morrow, the first Business, examine the whole Business concerning the Informations given in against Sir John Price by Sir Thomas Middleton, and the Business of the Letter now read concerning Sir John Price: And that he have Liberty to examine any Witnesses, which he shall think fit to produce, for his Justification.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That Sir John Price his Case is within the Ordinance for disabling the Members of Parliament to sit as Members, during this Parliament, that have deserted the Parliament, and adhered to the Enemies Party.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Price be hereby disabled to sit any longer, as a Member of this House, during this Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That the Lord Digbie's Papers, taken in the Fight near Sherborne, and this Day brought to the House by Lieutenant Heath, be read on Wednesday next, in the Afternoon, the first Business.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant for the present Release of * Broadhurst, menial Servant unto Sir Robert Harley, a Member of this House; who is imprested to be a Soldier, contrary to the Privileges of Parliament, and contrary to the Ordinance for Impresting.
Ordered, That Sir Norton Knatchboll, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country for a Month: And that his Service be dispensed with, in the mean time.