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, 19 Januarii, 1645.
THE Grand Committee 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 the Sum of Three hundred and Fifty Pounds be paid, in Course, by the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, out of that Moiety of the Compositions there not charged for the Pay of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, for the Charge of the Mortar-piece now at Redding, to be employed against Belvoir-Castle.
Ordered, That the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, shall have Security for the Mortar-piece belonging to them, and lent for the Service against Belvoir-Castle, and for any Shells, or other Materials or Equipage thereto belonging, which shall be made use of for that Service.
Ordered, That Mr. Whitelock do bring in an Ordinance for Granting of Martial Law to the Garisons of Henley, Redding, and Abington.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That he had received a Request from Monsieur Montereul, sent from the French King, for a Pass for him, and his Attendants, to go into Scotland, agreeable to the Passes he had received from his Majesty.
He further acquainted the House, That the said Monsieur Montereul had brought him a Letter from Oxford, from the Duchess of Buckingham.
The Letter from the Duchess of Buckingham was from Oxford, 9 Januarii 1645; and was read; and was, to desire a Pass for her to go into France.
The Copies of the Passes granted to the said Agent by his Majesty, and the Copy of the French King's Letter of Credence, given to the said Monsieur Mountereul for his Agency, were read.
Ordered, That the Lords be acquainted with Monsieur Mountereul's Papers, concerning a Pass desired by him to go into Scotland: And that they be acquainted, That this House finds he hath been at Oxford; and that he had no Pass from this House: And they do desire, That if he had a Pass from their House, that no Passes might be granted to publick Ministers, to go to any of the King's Quarters or Garisons, without the Consent of both Houses: And further, to desire, That these Papers may be communicated, by the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to the Commissioners of Scotland: And that they do report to the Houses their Opinions, What is fit to be done upon them.
A Letter from Totnes, of 12 Januarii 1645, relating the Defeats given to the Enemy in those Parts, and of their being before Dartmouth; also a Letter from Plimouth, of 20 Decembris 1645, from the Committee there; and a List of Prisoners taken from the Enemy in several late Skirmishes and Fights there; were all of them this Day read.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you a Letter from the King: It came inclosed in a Letter from Sir Thomas Glemham; and was sent by the same Trumpeter that carried your Answer to the King: They thought fit to communicate them unto this House.
Resolved, &c. That the Letters taken near Sherborne in Yorkshire, and now at the Committee of both Kingdoms, be forthwith printed by the Printer of this House: And that Mr. Frost, Secretary to the Committee of both Kingdoms, do take care of the Printing thereof.
Ordered, &c. That such of these Letters as concern the Kingdom of Scotland, be not printed.
Ordered, &c. That the Secretaries of the Committee of both Kingdoms be required to deliver such Copies of Letters, and other Papers, unto Mr. Sadler and Mr. May, as shall be useful unto them for the preparing the publick Declaration for vindicating to the World the Honour of the Parliament, in this great Cause of Religion and Liberty undertaken and maintained by the Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Sadler and Mr. May be required, with all Speed, to expedite the Declaration, setting-forth the State of this great Cause, undertaken by the Parliament, appointed to be prepared by them, by Order of this House; and to offer it to the Committee appointed for that Purpose; to the end it may be presented to the House, and speedily published.
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds per Annum Pension be paid to Mr. Sadler and Mr. May, Secretaries for the Parliament; to each of them, during their Lives, out of the King's, Queen, and Prince's Revenue, to be paid quarterly; the first Payment thereof to commence and be accounted from the Five-and-twentieth Day of December last.
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith advanced and paid, by the Committee of the Revenue, to Mr. Sadler and Mr. May; to each of them One hundred Pounds; for the Pains they have taken in the Service, and by the Command, of the Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do pay unto Mr. Henry Parker, or his Assigns, the Sum of One hundred Pounds, for the Pains he hath taken in the Service, and by the Command, of the Parliament.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do communicate unto the Commissioners of Scotland the Letters from the King, of the Fifteenth and Seventeenth of this January; and, upon Advice with them, prepare an Answer to them both: Wherein they are to take care to clear and vindicate both Kingdoms from the Aspersions laid upon them in those Letters.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Sir Henry Mildemay is appointed to go to the Lords with this Order concerning the King's Letters; and to desire them to expedite the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace; to the end they may be communicated, by the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to the Commissioners of Scotland; and their Concurrence desired.
He likewise carried up the Message upon the Papers of Monsieur Montreul.
Ordered, &c. That To-morrow, between the Hours of Ten and Twelve, the Ordinance concerning the Continuance of the Commissioners of Excise be read, and taken into Consideration.
Ordered, &c. That, on Thursday next, Mr. Scawen be heard, to make all his Reports concerning the Army.
Ordered, &c. That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for the new Election of a Burgess for the Town of Shrewesbury, in the room and place of Mr. Spurstoe, formerly chosen to serve for that Town, and since deceased.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer from the Lords, That they will make all Expedition in the Propositions; that they do agree, that, for the future, they will grant no Passes to any Foreigner to go into any of the King's Quarters, without the Consent of this House; and do concurr, That the Letters from the King may be communicated to the Commissioners of Scotland; and an Answer prepared, in manner as is propounded.
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be forthwith advanced and paid, out of the Receipts of the Excise, in Intervals, or in Course, for the Use of the Waggoners, and Train of Artillery, of the Earl of Essex and Sir Wm. Waller: And that an Ordinance be brought in, accordingly, by Mr. Nicolls.
Ordered, &c. That the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers, and likewise the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, do return the Certificates of what Monies they have paid to any of the Waggoners, or Train of Artillery, to the Committee of Accompts: And that Mr. Herring do return the Certificates of the Payment of Five hundred Pounds lately received and distributed by them to the Committee of Accompts: And that it be referred to the Committee of Accompts, to dispose the thousand Pounds, now charged upon the Excise, for the Pay of the poor Waggoners, and Train of Artillery, of the Earl of Essex and Sir Wm. Waller, in such manner as they shall think fit; and to examine the Persons to whom they pay any Monies; and take care, that they do not pay any who have been already paid what is due unto them.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Brereton, of 14 Januarii 1645, from Chester Suburbs, with several Summons and Answers from him to the Mayor and Governor of Chester, were this Day read.