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 Sabbati, 17 Januarii, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, sat, to take into Consideration the Business of keeping of scandalous Persons from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Propositions; to the end they may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners.
Ordered, That Tuesday next be appointed to read the Bills upon the Propositions, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fourteen hundred Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, and paid, in Course, unto Mr. Walter Frost: And that Four hundred Pounds thereof be employed for the Use of the Sussex Forces now at Abingdon: And that the Thousand Pounds, Remainder thereof, shall be disposed and employed for such Uses, as the said Committee of both Kingdoms shall think fit.
A Letter from Totnes, of 13 Januarii 1645, from Mr. Rushworth, with another Letter inclosed, of 12 Januarii 1645, from Plimouth; relating the Enemies Deserting of the Strengths they held before that Town; were this Day read.
Sir John Evelyn carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Martial Law for Colonel Jeptson: The Ordinance for Payment of Interest for the Fifteen hundred Pounds, charged upon the Excise, for the Welch Drovers: The Ordinance for Five hundred Pounds, out of the Excise, for Windsor: The Order for Two hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers-Hall, for Major Baxter, upon Accompt: The Order for Mrs. Mary Fyott to have One hundred Pounds, out of the Lands of Sir Philip Carteret in Jersey, upon the Sale thereof: The Ordinance for Five-and-twenty hundred Pounds, Remainder of Five thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for Colonel Pointz: The Ordinance for Nine hundred Sixty-three Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Two-pence, out of the Excise, for Mr. Richard Aldworth.
He was to desire the Lords, That the Letters and Papers of the Lord Digbye's, taken at the late Fight near Shereborne in Yorkeshire, and now remaining with their Lordships, may be forthwith delivered over and transmitted to the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms; and to desire them to expedite the Ordinance for Pressing of Men for Recruiting of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; the Army being now upon Action, and the Spring of the Year drawing on.
He was further to desire them to expedite the Propositions; to the end they may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners.
Sir John Evelyn brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Ordinance for Martial Law for Colonel Jeptson, and the Ordinance for Mr. Aldworth's Money out of the Excise, they do agree: And, as to the other Ordinances now carried by him to the Lords, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
He further brings Answer, That the Lords have passed the Ordinance for Pressing of Soldiers: And, as to the other Desire concerning the Letters and Papers of the Lord Digby; and expediting the Propositions; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Question being put, Whether the Business concerning Sir John Fenwick's being put out of the House shall be considered of in the House;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the Business concerning Sir John Fenwick's being put out of the House be committed unto the Committee for absent Members, where Mr. Dennis Bond hath the Chair; with the Addition of Mr. Holles, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir Henry Heyman, Sir Charles Egerton, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Westrowe, Mr. Stapleton, Sir Henry Cholmley, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Snelling, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Scott, Mr. Darley, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Gurdon, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Robynson:
This Committee, or any Five of them, are to meet thereupon on Tuesday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Queen's Court; and so de die in diem.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Saltpetre be read on Monday next.
Ordered, That Mr. Wallop do make the Report, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning Abingdon, on Monday next.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, peremptorily, the Reports from Goldsmiths-Hall be made.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to bring this Ordinance for Martial Law: To which they desire your Concurrence:-The Ordinance for Impresting of Soldiers: To which they do agree; with this Proviso; to which they desire your Concurrence:-The Ordinance for the Militia of London; to which they agree, with these Amendments; and desire your Concurrence:-A Petition of Roger Lestrange; and the Desire of the Lords concerning it, as in the Paper with the Petition:-The Petition of the Lord Ewre: Which is especially recommended to your Consideration. They desire to acquaint you, That one Major Rutterford is dead; and that something may be paid him out of his Arrears for his Burial.
The Ordinance for Martial Law was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee appointed to bring in an Ordinance for Martial Law into this House, where Mr. Lisle hath the Chair: Who are to meet thereupon on Monday next, in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Star-Chamber.
The Proviso and an Amendment to the Ordinance for Impresting of Soldiers were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Amendments to the Ordinance for the Militia of London were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Examinations do pay unto the Widow of Major Rutterford the Sum of Ten Pounds, for the Burial of her Husband, deceased.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Examinations do pay unto Thomas Gardiner, the Usher of the Court of Wards, the Sum of Twenty Pounds; and unto the Under-Usher, Tobet *, the Sum of Five Pounds.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Hussey, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country for a Month.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to Major-General Browne, to consider of, and propound, an Exchange for Mr. Jennings, a Member of this House, and his Wife, taken Prisoners by the Forces of Farington.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Tompson, a Member of this House, be referred to the Committee of Accompts; to state and perfect his Accompts; and to certify them to the House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message: And, as to the Amendments to the Two Ordinances, they do agree: They have taken the Business concerning Major Rutterford into Consideration: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.