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 Veneris, Novembris 21 , 1645.
THE Grand Committee for Religion proceeded to take into Consideration the Paper from the Assembly of Divines, touching the Adding of more Particulars to the Catalogue of scandalous Offenders, who are to be suspended from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
A Letter from the Governor of Readinge, of Novembris 20 1645; giving Intelligence, That the King intended a plundering Voyage; was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, &c. That the Deputy-Lieutenants of the County of Middlesex, and the Committees of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, and the DeputyLieutenants of the County of Surry, do presently confer, and take Order to send presently some Force to WindsourCastle, and to Uxbridge; and to send the Governor of Windsour Notice of the King intending to plunder these Parts; and to take care of the further Safety of these Counties and Parts: And that they do, this Afternoon, repair to the Committee of both Kingdoms; and confer with them, upon providing for the further Security of these Parts.
The House being informed, That the King intends a plundering Voyage in the adjacent Counties; and that the City-Brigade of Horse and Dragoons were at or near St. Albans;
It is thereupon Ordered, That the said Brigade of Horse and Dragoons do, immediately upon the Receipt of this Order, draw up, and march to Uxbridge, and continue there, and expect the Orders of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And that neither any of the Officers or Soldiers do come unto the City, until they receive other Order from the Committee of both Kingdoms, unless the Motion of the Enemy give them an Opportunity of Engagement: And this House will take care, that Monies for their Pay shall be speedily provided for them.
Ordered, &c. That my Lord Mayor, and the Committee of Militia, be acquainted, respectively, with the Order for the London Brigade drawing up to Uxbridge; . . . desired to second the same: And that the Committee of the Militia do confer with the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Continuance of this Brigade abroad, for the Service, this Afternoon: And Mr. Alderman Atkin, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Recorder, and Colonel Venn, do go to my Lord Mayor with this Order; and desire him to give Order, That the Guards of the City be doubled upon this Occasion.
Resolved, &c. That the Brass Statue at Windsour-Castle, and the Images there defaced, and the other broken Pieces of Brass, be forthwith sold to the best Advantage of the State: And that the Committee formerly appointed do take care of the Sale thereof.
The Propositions from Sir Thomas Fairefaxe, concerning the Recruiting, Raising, and Disposal of the Forces, that there may be a Body for the West, and a Body for the Service of the midland Parts, was this Day read: And
It is hereupon Ordered, That this House doth approve, That there be a sitting Strength of Horse and Foot provided for the Service of the Affairs of the West; and a fitting Strength of Horse and Foot provided for the Safety of these midland Parts.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, upon Conference with the Committee of the West, and the Committee of the Army, to consider of the Way and Manner of Doing of this; and present their Opinions to the House.
Resolved, &c. That a fitting Strength of Horse and Dragoons be forthwith drawn unto these Parts, for the Safety of these midland Parts.