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 Mercurii, 10 Decembris, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, proceeded to take into Consideration the Business of 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 Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Answer to divers Papers from the Scotts Commissioners: It moved first from hence: They agree unto it, with some Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have returned you this Ordinance, concerning Covent-Garden: It moved from hence; and was returned with some Alterations; the which were returned to the Lords, with some Alterations of this House: The Lords have again returned it, with some Alterations upon your Alterations; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise commanded us to deliver unto you the Petition of Anne Countess of Stanford, whose Husband was one of the first that suffered in his Estate, and that bore Arms for the Parliament, in the Time of these unhappy Distractions.
The Amendments to the Answer of the Scotts Papers were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The humble Petition of Anne Countess of Stanford was read: And
It is Ordered, That it be heard the next Petition-Day, the first Business.
Nothing was done upon the Alterations to the Ordinance concerning Covent-Garden, they being Alterations upon Alterations, in regard they were not delivered at a Conference, as by the Course of the Proceedings between the Houses in such Case it was declared they ought to have been.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Amendments to the Answer to the Scotts Papers, they do agree: And, as to the Petition of the Countess of Sanford, they will take it into speedy Consideration.
Mr. Sollicitor reports, from the Committee appointed in that Behalf, an Answer to his Majesty's Letter, of 5 Decembris 1645.
The said Letter from his Majesty was first read: And then the Answer thereunto read twice; and, upon the Question, assented to; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence: And, that the Lords be desired, That the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, may communicate his Majesty's Letter, and this Answer, to the Scotts Commissioners.
Sir John Evelyn went up with this Letter.
Ordered, &c. That the Lords be desired to concurr, That this Answer of both Houses, to divers Papers of the Scotts Commissioners, may be delivered unto the Scotts Commissioners, by the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Sir John Evelyn went up with this likewise.
He further carried to the Lords the Vote for making Colonel Barxted to be Governor of Readinge.
Ordered, &c. That the Informations given to the House, concerning the preparing a Fleet in Holland, and the Letters that concern that Business, taken amongst the Lord Digbie's Papers, at the late Battle near Sherbourne in Yorkshire, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons, for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports: And likewise the Letters, Papers, and Examinations that were sent to Sir Thomas Widdrington, concerning Two Ships, with Ordnance and Ammunition, cast upon the Shore in the Northern Coasts: And, upon the Occasion, they are to confer with the Committee of both Kingdoms; and are to send unto Mr. Streckland, Agent for the Parliament in Holland, Transcripts of such of the foresaid Letters as they shall think fit: And are, upon all Occasions, to give Account to the House of their Proceedings upon these Matters.
Ordered, &c. That the Letters that were taken at the late Fight near Sherborne shall be forthwith printed.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee where Mr. Tate hath the Chair, to consider of the Letters taken at the late Fight near Sherborne, and select such Letters and Papers out of them as are fit to be printed; and cause the same to be forthwith printed: And the Care hereof is referred to Mr. Tate and Sir Henry Heyman.
Sir Henry Heyman was appointed to go to the Lords; and to desire, That the Letters and Papers taken at the late Fight near Sherborne, and sent from this House to the Lords, may be returned to this House.
Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England shall be continued in that Service and Employment, until the last Day of February now next coming, according to their former Powers granted unto them.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.