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, 24 Novembris, 1645.
Mr. Tatereports, from the Committee, the Amendments, sent from the Lords, to the Ordinance for the Church of Convent-Garden; and several Amendments, and Alterations to the said Amendments: The which were all read; and the Lords Amendments, upon the Question, assented to, with those Alterations; and ordered to be communicated to the Lords, at the next Conference.
A Lerter from the Committee of Hants, from Winchester, of 21 Novembris 1645, with several Letters and Papers, and a printed Privy-Seal inclosed, were all of them read: One whereof was from the Lord Digby, of 22 Novembris 1644, from Wantage, and directed to Sir William Ogle, concerning Sir John Northcote's Servant, then Prisoner at Winchester.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to examine Sir John Northcote's Servant, who was Prisoner at Winchester, concerning any Letter supposed to be carried by him to the Lord Digby: And likewise that the Business concerning the Cypher, wherein Sir John Northcote was named, be, by them, likewise examined.
A Letter from the Committee at Stafford, of 10 Novembris 1645, concerning the Taking of Sir Thomas Aston Prisoner, and others with him, the routing his Party, and concerning divers Papers taken upon Sir Thomas Aston, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Moiety of the Compositions for the Delinquency of Thomas Broughton of Broughton, Esquire, Sir Walter Wrotesly, and John Skrimshire, of Norbury, Esquire; and the Moiety of such other of Staffordshire Delinquents as shall not exceed Three thousand Pounds; be paid and allowed to the Committee of Staffordshire, for the Maintenance of the Staffordshire Forces.
Ordered, That that Part of the Letter that came from the Committee of Staffordshire, which concerns the Garisoning of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Colonel-General Pointz, as a Gift of both Houses, to buy him Horses for his own Service: And that this Two hundred Pounds be charged upon the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at HaberdashersHall.
Ordered, That Twenty Pounds be bestowed upon the Two Messengers, that lately brought the good News from Colonel-General Points; and upon the Messengers that brought the News of routing Sir Thomas Aston's Party, and Taking of Sir Thomas Aston, and others, Prisoners; and that brought the News of the Taking of Beeston-Castle; to each Five Pounds: And that this Twenty Pounds be paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Walter Erle, to take care of the speedy Sending down of Thirty Barrels of Powder, Part of the Fifty Barrels of Powder formerly granted for Nottingham, with Match and Bullet proportionable: For the Doing whereof, and for issuing the same out of the Publick Stores, the Committee for Powder, Match, and Bullet, to give Order accordingly.
An Ordinance for Securing and Payment of Two thousand Pounds, out of the Excise of Flesh and Salt, to John Bland, Merchant, who hath advanced the same for Provideing of Stores for the Use of the Navy, on the Four-andtwentieth Day of February 1645, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Samuel Browne reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, of 22 Novembris 1645; and a Letter from the Committee at Plimouth, of 19 Novembris, from Plimouth, directed to the Lord Roberts: The which were both read.
The Paper from the Scotts Commissioners was, to acquaint the House with the Lord Chancellor's intended Journey into Scotland; and to desire an Answer to their former Desires, concerning the Settling of Religion; the Sending of Propositions of Peace to his Majesty; and the Entertainment of the Scottish Army, now upon their March toward Newarke.
Resolved, &c. That the Paper presented by the Ministers of the City of London, concerning some Difficulties and Obstructions they meet with, in putting in Execution the Directions for Electing of Elders, and in the Ordinance for keeping scandalous Persons from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, be referred to the Grand Committee for Religion; especially to consider of removing and taking away all such Obstructions as they shall think fit to be removed, as do hinder the putting in Execution those Directions, and the said Ordinance.
Colonel Jeptson carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, Three Votes; one for Two hundred Pounds for Windsor; another for Two hundred Pounds for ColonelGeneral Pointz; and another for Twenty Pounds, for the Four Messengers that lately brought Letter to the Parliament, to be paid by the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall: The Vote for the Employment of the Proceed of the Earl of Devonshire's Twentieth-Part, for the Use of Bristoll: An Ordinance for Two thousand Pounds out of the Excise, for the Service of Munster: An Ordinance for One hundred Pounds per Week out of Haberdashers-Hall, for Relief of the maimed Soldiers: An Ordinance for Two thousand Pounds, Part of Ten thousand Pounds formerly charged upon the Excise, for the supernumerary Forces of the County of Yorke: An Ordinance for One thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for the Use of the Garison of Croyland: And an Ordinance for securing Two thousand Pounds out of the Excise of Flesh and Salt, lent by Mr. Bland for furnishing the Stores for the Use of the Navy.
Mr. Fienis reports the Amendments and Alterations to the Answer to be given to divers Papers, presented to both Houses from the Scotts Commissioners, concerning their Army, the Matter of Religion, and the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace: The which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and the Answer, with the Amendments and Alterations put to the Question; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Colonel Jeptson brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Ordinance for Two thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for Monster; and the disposing the Twentieth-Part of the Earl of Devonshire's Estate, for the Service of Bristoll; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the rest, they do agree.
Ordered, &c. That an Ordinance shall be brought in, to secure to such Persons as shall advance the Sum of Thirty-one thousand Pounds, for the Use of the Scotts Army, the Repayment thereof, out of the Assessments to be levied for that Army: And that Mr. John Stephens and Mr. Pury do bring in this Ordinance.
Ordered, &c. That a Committee be appointed to present some Considerations to the House, How the Scotts Army may be duly paid, and made more serviceable, and be usefully employed for the Reducing of Newarke for the Kingdom; and how their Numbers may be known.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of this House, of the Northern Association, of the Eastern Association, of Darbishire, Leicestershire, and Northamptonshire, be this Committee; with the Addition of Mr. Robert Goodwyn: And Mr. Ellis is appointed to take care hereof: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And are to report with all convenient Speed.
A Letter to be sent to the Parliament of Scotland, desiring, That the Town of Belfast in Ireland, now possessed by the Scotts Forces, may be delivered over to the Commissioners sent from this Parliament, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That Richard Jesson Mayor of Coventry, John Hale Esquire, Thomas Ward Alderman, and Thomas Forest Alderman, there, shall be, and are hereby, added to the Committee of the City of Coventry, and the County of the same, for Assessing and Sequestrations there.
Upon reading the humble Petition of Jane Abbott, Wife of John Abbott, Register of the Prerogative-Office, and of an Order of the Committee of the Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, of 20 Novembris 1644;
It is Ordered, That the said Jane Abbott shall have the Third-Part of the Profits of the said Office of Register of the Prerogative, not exceeding the Sum of Two hundred Pounds per Annum: And that it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to give effectual Directions to whom it may concern, for the Payment of the said Third-Part of the Profits of the said Office, to the said Jane Abbott, according to the true Meaning of this Order.
It is Ordered, That the said Petitioners shall have, each of them, Fifty Pounds, out of the Fine of Sir John Hewett, when the same shall be paid, upon Accompt: And that it be referred to the Committee of Accompts, to state their Accompts, and what was due to each of their Husbands, for their Service to the Parliament.
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Surrey, to examine, What Damage he hath sustained in his Estate, by the Making of a Fort upon his Grounds at Lambeth; and to report the same to the House.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Speaker do grant a Pass to Mr. Frederick Rivett, and to one of the Lord Joachimi's Servants, Ambassador of the States-General of the United Provinces, to go from London to Oxon; they being employed there in the Service of the States-General, and the said Ambassador; and to return back to London.