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 Veneris, 23 Januarii, 1645.
THE House being informed, That Colonel Morgan, Governor of Gloucester, was at the Door;
He was called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted him, That he was commanded by the House to take notice of his great Service, with much Courage and Faithfulness, performed to the Parliament; and to return him Thanks; and to assure him of all Encouragements in his Proceedings.
Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Pounds be forthwith furnished, and bestowed upon Colonel Morgan, Governor of Gloucester, as a Testimony of his good and faithful Services performed to the Parliament: And that this Two hundred Pounds be charged upon Goldsmiths-Hall, upon that Moiety not charged for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army: And that it be presently paid.
Resolved, &c. That a Hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Major Temple, as a Testimony of his valiant and good Services: And that this Hundred Pounds be presently advanced, and paid unto the said Major Temple, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Haberdashers-Hall, to buy him Horse.
Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Major Temple was called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted him, That the House took notice of his good Services; and returned him Thanks for it.
Resolved, &c. That One hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Captain Badger, and paid unto him, in Course, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Haberdashers-Hall, in Testimony of his good Services done to the Parliament, at Hereford, and elsewhere.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
The House being informed, That Mr. Peters was at the Door;
He was called in; and delivered a Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax General, of 20 Januarii 1645, from Dartmouth: And withdrew.
The Letter was read.
And Mr. Peters was called in again; and acquainted the House with the several Providences of God to the Army; as likewise with the present Condition of the Enemy; and what Prisoners they had taken at Dartmouth: And that there were Endeavours to carry the Prince beyond the Seas; as also of the Activity and Unity of the Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax.
He presented to the House divers Colours of Horse taken at Bovy-Tracy, and others taken in Dartmouth: A Popish Altar-Stone, and a Mass-Book, and several Papers and Letters taken in the Governor's Study: That Two of the Prisoners, viz. the Earl of Newport, and Mr. Denham, Son to the late Baron Denham, who had been serviceable to the General in the Gaining of the Forts which held out at Dartmouth, after the Town was taken, were sent up, upon their Parole, to render themselves Prisoners within Ten Days: And further, that, by Command of the General and Council of War, he was commanded to request, that the Army might be forthwith recruited; and the Cloaths that are provided speeded to them; that having yet received none of them.
Ordered, That this House doth approve of the General Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's sending for Five hundred Foot of the Garison of Plymouth, and placing them in Dartmouth; and doth leave it unto him, to take care of the Security of that important Place; and to place a fit Governor there.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to prepare a Letter to be sent from the House to the General, to take notice of his great Service, and of his Expressions and Affections; and to acquaint . . . ., What Esteem the House hath of them; and what the House hath done in Consideration of them.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux do take care for the sending this Vote to the General, with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That Five hundred Pounds be forthwith provided, and advanced, by the Committee of the Army, for the Furnishing of Horse, to be bestowed upon Lieutenant-General Cromwell, as a Respect from this House.
Resolved, That Lieutenant-General Cromewell shall be continued in the Command and Place of Lieutenant-General of the Horse, in Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, for the Space of Six Months, to be accounted from and after the Expiration of that Time for which he was last continued in the said Command and Service: And that his Service in the House be dispensed with, in the mean time.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That all the Lands of the Earl of Worcester, Lord Herbert, and Sir John Somersett, his Sons, in the County of Southampton, be settled upon Lieutenant-General Cromwell, and his Heirs, to be accounted as Part of the Two thousand Five hundred Pounds per Annum, formerly appointed him by this House: And that Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Lisle, and Mr. Wallop, do bring in an Ordinance accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider, How the Residue of the Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, Land of Inheritance formerly assigned Lieutenant-General Cromwell by this House, may be speedily settled upon him, and his Heirs for ever, and he put into the present Possession of it; and likewise to consider of an Entertainment for his present Subsistence; and to bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider, How the Five thousand Pounds per Annum, Land of Inheritance, by former Vote ordered to be bestowed upon Sir Thomas Fairfax General, may be speedily settled upon him, and his Heirs for ever; and he put into the present Possession of it: And that the Committee do bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose, with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to take Consideration of Mr. Peters, for his present Charge and Necessities, and for a certain future Subsistence; and to present to the House some Way of settling Both upon him, in some convenient Proportion considerable to his Services and Affections.
Mr. Nicoll brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords will give a Conference this Day at Ten of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber, upon the Ordinance for Martial Law: They agree, That Sir Wm. Brereton shall be continued for Forty Days: They agree to Thursday Sevennight, for the Day of Thanksgiving for Taking of Dartmouth, and the other good Successesin the West; and for Thursday Fortnight for the Country: And that, to the rest, as that of the City for Thirty-two thousand Pounds; and One hundred Pounds to the * *; the Ordinance for the Serjeant; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Letters from the Commissioners residing with the Army before Newark be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Resolved, &c. That Charles Vane Esquire shall be one of the Deputy-Lieutenants for the County of Duresme.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington do go to the Lords, with the Ordinances and Business concerning the North.
Ordered, That the Master, Wardens, and Assistants, of the Trinity-House, do, by Tuesday Morning next, certify and present the Names of such able, religious, and faithful Seamen, as they shall think sit to be employed for Sea-Captains, for this Summer's Expedition, and to have the Charge and Command of the Ships of the Kingdom, unto the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports; to the Intent the said Committee may make Choice of such of them, or of any others, as they shall think fit to be employed for the said Command; and present their Names, together with the several Lists of them, to the House.
Ordered, That the Letters, delivered this Day in to the House by Mr. Peters, be referred to the Committee where Mr. Tate has the Chair: Who are to meet concerning them To-morrow in the Afternoon; and to peruse them; and to present such of them to the House as they shall think material and fitting.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire, That the Lord Newport may be examined before a Committee of this House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to examine Mr. Denham, who was brought up Prisoner from Dartmouth, this Afternoon.
Ordered, That the Debate of the Business, concerning sending to the Prince to come in, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, notwithstanding the former Orders for other Business to be first heard: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That the Committee where Mr. Tate has the Chair, do meet this Afternoon; and peruse the Letters this Day delivered in to the House by Mr. Peters; and present such of them as concern the Prince, and as they shall think most material and necessary, to the House, To-morrow: And Mr. Boys, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Stoughton, and Mr. Westrow, are added to this Committee.
A Letter from Major-General Browne, from Abingdon, of 19 Januarii 1645, concerning divers of the Enemy, which were lately taken Prisoners by that Garison, was read.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Lower be forthwith sent up Prisoner from Abingdon to London.