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, Decembris 9 , 1645.
THE Gentlemen and Freeholders Letter, touching the Election of Knights for Somersetshire, from Ilchester, of 2 Decembris 1645, was this Day read; and the Business left to the usual and ordinary Course.
Mr. Sollicitor reports, from the Committee this Day appointed to prepare an Answer to the Letters from Sir Thomas Glemham, and his Majesty, the Answer so prepared by them, which was read; and was in hæc verba; viz. "Sir, We have received your Letter of the Fifth of this instant December, with his Majesty's inclosed; and have sent back your Trumpet, by Command of both Houses; who will, with all convenient Speed, return an Answer to his Majesty, and rest;" and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Votes for the Sheriffs of Stafford, the Counties of Glamorgan, Huntingdon, and Cambridge, Suffolk, Surrey, Pembroke, Sussex, Cardigan, Carmarthen, and Brecon: The Vote for Thirty Pounds out of HaberdashersHall, for Edmund Stephens: The Vote for Sir Wm. Brere ton to have Power to execute Martial Law: The Ordinance for Discharge of the Delinquency and Sequestration of the Earl of Devon: The Ordinance for Maintenance for Preaching Ministers in the Northern Counties: And the Letter to be sent to Sir Thomas Glemham.
A Letter from Chester Leaguer, of Decembris 5 1645; a Letter from the Garison of Lathame, of Decembris 3 ; with the Articles upon which the Garison of Latham was surrendered; and a Letter from Evesham, of Decembris 4 , directed to Mr. Salwey; were all this Day read; and, upon the Question, ordered to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And they are to conser with the Gentlemen of Lancashire and Cheshire, upon the Particulars therein.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Ashurst do prepare Letters, to be sent to the Committees of the Counties adjacent and neighbouring to Cheshire, to send Provisions to the Leaguer before Chester; and likewise a Letter of Thanks to Colonel John Booth, in Acknowledgment of his good Service.
Ordered, That the Ministers within the Cities of London, Westminster, and Lines of Communication, do, on Sunday next, remember and give Thanks unto Almighty God, for his great Blessing, in Reducing of Latham-House.
Resolved, &c. That a Trumpet be sent to Oxford, to Prince Rupert, to demand of him an Account of Captain Pickering, employed from both Houses unto him: And, that the Committee of Evesham do likewise send a Trumpet to Worcester, to demand an Account of him there: And that it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to dispatch these Trumpets away accordingly.
Sir John Evelyn brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Letter to be sent to Sir Thomas Glemham, they do agree: And, as to the Ordinance for Discharge of the Earl of Devon's Sequestration, and the other Particulars carried by him to the Lords, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Mr. Waters, towards the Reparations of his Losses, shall retain Four hundred Pounds of the said Debt in his own Hands, to his own Use: And that he do forthwith pay the Residue of the said Debt unto the Treasurer for the Garison of Abbingdon, for the Use of the Sussex Forces, now in the said Garison: And that the Receipt of the said Treasurer's, for the Residue of the said Debt, shall be a good Discharge to the said Mr. Waters for the said entire Debt.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde be desired to take care, that Two hundred Pounds, being Monies raised by the Proceed of Woods, be forthwith paid unto the Treasurer for the Garison of Abbingdon, for the Use of the Sussex Forces, now in the said Garison: Whose Receipt shall be a good Discharge for the said Two hundred Pounds.
ORdered, That Colonel Edmund Harvey shall have Leave to transport Eight hundred and Fifty Dozen of Calveskins, the same being within the Weight prescribed; first viewed and searched by the Officers intrusted for that Service, and the Customs and other Duties, according to the Book of Rates, duly paid for the same.
The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, according to former Order, came this Day to the Bar of this House; and, in the Presence of the House, took off from the File the Indenture returned by the Sheriff of Cumberland, for Sir Thomas Sandford to serve as Burgess in this Parliament for the Borough of Cockermouth in the said County; and, instead thereof, filed the Writ directed to the Sheriff of the said County, for the Election of a Burgess for the said Borough, the Indenture returned by the Bailiffs and Burgesses for the said Borough, for Mr. Francis Allen to serve as a Burgess in this Parliament for the Borough aforesaid.
It is thereupon Ordered, That he be forthwith bailed: And it is referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to report the State of the Case concerning Sir Roger Twisden, to the House; that they may thereupon take such further Order therein, as they shall think sit.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army shall have the Use of Sir Wm. Brunkard's House and Furniture to fit in, and the Goods and Furniture left therein; reserving to the Earl of Essex, such Rooms and Accommodations he now makes use of.
Ordered, That the Certificates of the Committee of Accompts, concerning the Earl of Denbigh, be referred to the Committee formerly appointed to take into Consideration the Services of the said Earl: And they are thereupon to find out some Way for freeing him of his Engagements for the State, and the Debt thereof, mentioned to be due to him; and to present the same to the House with all convenient Speed.
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds shall be proportionably paid to them, in Course, out of the Moiety of the Compositions at Goldsmiths-Hall, not charged for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, in full of all Demands, due to them from the Parliament: And it is especially recommended to the said Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, and they are earnestly desired by this House, upon the Credit hereof, forthwith to advance and pay this Five hundred Pounds: And Mr. Jennour is to bring in an Ordinance for the Repayment thereof, out of the aforesaid Moiety of the said Compositions, in Course, accordingly.
It is Ordered, That the said Richard Netheway shall have the Sum of Five hundred Pounds paid to him, in Course, out of the Moiety of Compositions at GoldsmithsHall, not charged for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army: And that it be referred to the Committee at Bristoll, to provide a convenient sequestred House for him there, suitable to his Profession; and to consider of a Way, How Five hundred Pounds more may be paid unto him, out of the Sequestrations in those Parts, or otherwise, in Recompence of his Damage by the Burning of his Houses, and Losses at the Taking in of Bristoll: And the Care hereof is especially recommended to Mr. John Ashe.
Whereas the Town of Manchester in the County of Lancaster, one of the first Towns of England, that in this great Cause stood to their just Defence, against the Opposition and Attempts of a very powerful Army, hath for a long time been so sore visited with the Pestilence, that, for many Months, none were permitted either to go in or come out of the said Town, whereby most of the Inhabitants, living upon Trade, are not only ruined in their Estates, but many Families like to perish for Want, who cannot be sufficiently relieved by that miserable wasted Country: It is therefore Ordered, That there be a Collection for the Poor of the said Town, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Lines of Communication, upon the next Lord's Day, being the Fourteenth of this instant December: And the Monies so collected, to be set down and subscribed on the Back of this Order, by the Minister and other Church-Officers, within every Parish and Place abovesaid; and by them to be paid unto Mr. Thomas Stone, Mr. Henry Ashurst, Mr. James Wainwright, and Mr. Thomas Markland, Citizens of the City of London: Who are to convey the same, with all possible Speed, to Mr. John Hartley, of Manchester; to be equally distributed amongst the said poor Inhabitants, as shall be agreed upon by the Officers and chief Persons of the said Town of Manchester.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Compton, now in France, by Leave from this House, for the Recovery of his Health, shall have like Leave to continue there for the Space of Three Months longer, from the Determination of the Time he had formerly granted him.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Northern Committee where Sir Thomas Widdrington has the Chair, to bring in an Ordinance for stating the Accompts of the Officers late under the Command of Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, for the Raising of their Troops, and for Payment of a Fifth-Part of the Arrears of their Pay unto them.
It is Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers-Hall, do pay unto him Fourteen Days Pay, upon his Entertainment, as Captain of the Lifeguard of Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds be charged upon the Ordinance, directed to be brought in, and passed, for the further Relief of the Kingdom of Ireland; and paid out of the Monies to be raised by the said Ordinance unto Sir Hardres Waller, in lieu of the like Sum formerly allotted him, out of the Twenty thousand Pounds designed for Munster; which he received not.