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, 18 Novembris, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, proceeded to take into Consideration the Business concerning Propositions to be sent to his Majesty for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
Sir Thomas Widdrington in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Doctor Aylett;
The Lords, because they have received no Answer to a Message concerning a Conference touching Doctor Walker, they do therefore renew their Desires, That they may, To-morrow, have a Conference, in the Painted Chamber, by both Houses, concerning Doctor Walker, according to their former Message. They have further commanded us to deliver unto you these Four Papers; viz. a Paper concerning Jeremiah Beck; the Petition of Henry Purefoy Gentleman:-The which was read; and nothing done upon them:-A Paper from the Scotts Commissioners of Novembris 14 :-A Report from the Committees of Lords and Commons of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, touching the next Summer's Fleet.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired, That Doctor Walker may be referred, to give an Account, to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, of his Transaction and Negotiation in Flanders: And that he may deliver unto that Committee such Letters, and other Papers, as he hath to communicate: And that, from that Committee, Report be made of all to both Houses respectively.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to go with this Message.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve, That the like Proportion and Number of Ships be prepared for the next Summer's Guards, as was prepared for this last Year's Guard.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Navy do give Order to the Victuallers of the Navy, to provide Victuals for Four thousand Men for Eight Months, to man the next Summer's Fleet.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, and the Committee of the Navy, do take care for the preparing and fitting to Sea the Number of Ships resolved on; and do present, before the last of January next, a List of the Ships, and Quality of them, the Names of their Commanders, and Estimates of their Charges.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House hath considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Conference, and the rest of the Papers, they will send Answer to all by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Consideration of inserting into the Answer to the Scotts Papers, Enumeration of the Monies received from the Lord Mayor of Yorke, and the Monies received, by Consent, at Newcastle, and such other Monies as they have received elsewhere, by Consent or Appointment of both or either House of Parliament, be committed unto Mr. Fienes, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Hatcher, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Stockdale, Sir Antho. Irby, Sir Wm. Allenson; or any Two of them: Who are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and to report To-morrow, beginning with the Words "and for the Coal," and ending with the Words "Estimate thereof."
The Clause, concerning Coal, is committed to this Committee.
The Clause, concerning the not Engaging, beginning with the Words "We shall not need to go farther back for an Instance," and ending with the Words "out of our Hands," is likewise committed to this Committee, upon the Debate in the House.
The Clause concerning written Ordinances, beginning with the Word "We," and ending with the Word "War," is also committed to this Committee, upon the Debate in the House.
Ordered, &c. That the Report be made, To-morrow, of the Clauses of the Answer to the Scotts Papers, this Day re-committed.
Resolved, &c. That, To-morrow, at Mr. Speaker's taking the Chair, the Business concerning Bristoll be first reported: And that then the Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, from Worcester-House, of Novembris 12 1645, concerning their Army, be taken into Consideration.
Mr. Whittacre reports from the Committee of Examinations, That Robert Bostock Stationer, being examined, faith, That he caused the First Impression of the Scotts Papers to be made; that they were licensed by Mr. Cranford, Minister; and were brought to him by Mr. Buchanon, without any Knowledge or Consent of the Scotts Commissioners, that he knoweth.