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, 7 Januarii, 1645.
MR. Tate reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for making Convent-Garden a Parish, returned to the same Ordinance by the Lords, and delivered at a Conference with the Lords on Monday last: The which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That over and above the Proportion of Monies to be paid to Lieutenant Antony Berrowe, by the Committee of both Kingdoms, for his good Service at Hereford, he shall have the Sum of One hundred Pounds bestowed upon him as a Gift from this House: And that the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers-Hall, do pay the said One hundred Pounds to him, or his Assigns, accordingly.
Ordered, That a Rent-charge, in Fee, of Fifty Pounds per Annum, shall be charged upon the Estate of Sir Henry Lingen; and shall be paid, out of the said Estate, unto Lieutenant Antony Berrowe, and his Heirs for ever: And that Mr. Pury do bring in an Ordinance for the granting and securing the same to him, and his Heirs, accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall have Power to write Letters, and send for such Persons as shall be thought necessary for Witnesses upon the Tryal of Mr. David Jenkins: And the Care hereof is referred to Mr. Theloall, Mr. Recorder, and Mr. Oldsworth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the Tryal of the Lord Macquire (all the Lawyers of the House being added to that Committee), to confer with the Judges, if Occasion require, and prepare an Indictment against Mr. David Jenkins, for the Tryal of him this next Term in the King's-Bench: And the Care of this Business is referred to Mr. Corbett.
Lieutenant Berrowe was again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, told him, That the House had formerly heard of the Manner of the Taking in of Hereford: They had now again heard it, by a Relation from himself: That the Action commends itself, and will remain an Honour to him to Posterity: That the House had, as a Mark of their Favour, bestowed upon him One hundred Pounds in Monies, and Fifty Pounds per Annum, for ever, out of the Estate of Sir Henry Lingen, being the Person out of whose Estate himself had desired the said Fifty Pounds per Annum to be paid.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Tomkins be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Compter in Southwarke, for deserting the Parliament, and his Trust here, and adhering to the Enemies thereof; there to continue a Prisoner during the Pleasure of this House.
Mr. Tomkins was brought to the Bar: And, kneeling there, Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, acquainted him with the Heinousness of his Offence, and with the Sentence of this House for his Commitment.
Sir Henry Mildmay informed the House, That the Committee for Whitehall had discovered some Particulars, of such Consequence, that he could not but acquaint the House with it, though they were in the Middle of the Reading of an Ordinance: That some Examinations had been taken by that Committee: And he further desired, That some other Persons might be nominated to join with them to perfect the said Examinations.
Ordered, That the Members of this House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, and Mr. Miles Corbett, and Mr. Gourdon, do immediately withdraw, and join with Sir Henry Mildmay, and the others of the Committee for Whitehall, to examine the Particulars discovered by that Committee.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take special Care, that in Disposal of the Horse, sent from the Army to the midland Parts of the Kingdom, they may be in a Readiness to be employed for the Safety of the Parliament, and the City.
This Committee, or any Four of them, is appointed to consider of, and prepare, an Establishment for the Maintenance of the Garison of Windsore; and to consider, How Means may be raised for the said Garison; and to report it to the House: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Queen's Court; and so from time to time, as they shall think fit.
Sir Henry Mildmay is appointed to go to the Lords; to acquaint them with this Information; and upon Consideration thereof, to desire the Lords to expedite the Ordinance for Martial Law in London, &c.; and to press some Arguments and Reasons for the Expediting thereof.
Mr. Nicoll is appointed to go to the Lords, and to represent to them the Necessity of passing the Ordinances for Impresting of Soldiers; for punishing imprested Soldiers that run from their Colours; and the Ordinance for Continuance of the Treasurers at War: And to desire the Lords to expedite them.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Monies remaining in the Collectors Hands of Lincolnshire, to be employed for the Forces of that County: And that they will take the Ordinances that concern the publick Safety, into speedy Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay do go to the Committee of the Militia this Afternoon; and acquaint them with the Information from Oxford, carried by him this Day to the Lords: And that he do thereupon desire them to strengthen their Guards.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Tower, with the Addition of Mr. Marten, Mr. Salwey, Sir Christ. Yelverton, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Sir Henry Hayman, Mr. Oxenden, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Snelling, Mr. Allen, Mr. Knightley, Alderman Atkyn, Mr. Westrow, Lord Grey, and Colonel Thompson, to consider, How the Tower may be cleared of all the Prisoners there; and, how and where else they may be secured: And that, in the mean time, till this can be done, strict Course be taken, that they may neither receive nor give Intelligence; and that they may be confined to their own Chambers: And that they do likewise consider of the Prisoners in other Prisons; and take some Course, How the Concourse to Prisoners, and the Intelligence between the Enemy and them, may be prevented.
It is Ordered, That this House doth assent to them all, except Two; viz. That concerning the Peers Wearing of Arms; and the Clause concerning the Warrants to be under either of the Speakers Hands: And
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to treat and confer with the Scotts Commissioners, upon such Parts of the Letter to be sent to his Majesty, as are not yet assented unto by them; and to offer them Reasons to persuade their Assent to the Letter, as now it is: And that if they shall assent unto it, as it is passed both Houses, that then they do send it away with all Speed; otherwise to report the Business, To-morrow Morning, to the House.
This Committee, or any Four of them, are appointed to consider of the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, of the Sixth of January, concerning the Vote of this House touching the Number of their Horse and Dragoons: And that they do state the Matter of Fact, upon the Treaty concerning the Horse and Dragoons desired to be brought in by the Scotts, for the Assistance of this Kingdom; and concerning the Horse that came in under the Command of the Earl of Calender; and to prepare an Answer to the said Paper; and to prepare Reasons to be given unto them, Why, as the Affairs of this Kingdom now stand, a greater Number than That mentioned in the Treaty, cannot, with any Conveniency, be admitted: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
The Lords do desire a Conference, upon the Matter of a late Conference, concerning the Earl of Stamford, to be by a Committee of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, To-morrow at Ten of Clock, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do forthwith pay unto the Committee of the Army, the Committee of the County of Southampton, and to the Committee of the West, or to such Persons as they shall appoint, respectively, the Sum of Five thousand Pounds; being Part of the Fine and Composition lately made by the Earl of Devon; viz. To the Committee of the Army Two thousand Five hundred Pounds; to the Committee of the West One thousand Two hundred and Fifty Pounds; to the Committee of Southampton One thousand Two hundred and Fifty Pounds: And, for the Payment thereof, the Receipt of such Person as shall be appointed by the said Committees, respectively, for receiving the same, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall.