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 Martis, 27 Januarii, 1645.
THE Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, upon the Negotiation of Dr. Walker, the Parliament's Agent into Flanders; and a Narrative of the Demands made by Dr. Walker to the Marquis de Castel Roderigo, Viceroy of the obedient Provinces under the King of Spaine, and his Council and Ministers, in pursuit of his Letters of Credence from the Parliament; and a Letter thereupon grounded, to the said Governor; were all this Day read and the Narrative and Letter, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
The House took notice of a Pamphlet, intituled, "A Word to the Wise, displaying great augmented Grievances, and heavy Pressures of dangerous Consequence:" And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations: Who are required to make a strict Inquiry after the Author, Printer, and Divulger of this Pamphlet; and to give a speedy Account hereof to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to consider of the Business concerning Mr. Barwis, be revived: And that they do meet on Thursday next, at Three post meridiem, in the Queen's Court: And that the Knights and Burgesses of Yorkeshire, Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmerland, be added to this Committee, as to this Purpose.
A Letter from the Committee of Stafford, of 23 Januarii 1645, relating a great Victory obtained by Captain Stone's Troop, over Three hundred of the Lichfield Horse, under the Command of Sir Thomas Tilsley, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, &c. That Five hundred Pounds be forthwith advanced and paid, out of the Sequestration of the Earl of Newcastle's Estate, and Lands in the County of Stafford, towards the defraying the Expence and Charge of his raising a Troop, which he raised at his sole Charge: And that One hundred Pounds more be bestowed upon the said Captain Stone, as a Respect from this House for this Service; to buy him Horses for his own Use.
Ordered, That Fifty Pounds be advanced and paid, out of the same sequestred Estate of the Earl of Newcastle, and bestowed upon Captain Stone's Lieutenant, as a Respect likewise from this House, for the late good Service against the Forces of Litchfield: And the Committee of the County of Stafford are hereby injoined, That the Payment of the respective Sums to Captain Stone, and his Lieutenant, be carefully and respectively made unto them accordingly. And
It is further Ordered, That Mr. Swynfen do prepare a Letter of Thanks to be sent from this House to Captain Stone, testifying their Acceptance of his Services.
Mr. Corbet reports the Answer of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council of the City of London, to the Two Questions demanded by the Committee of this House, of 8 Decembris last: Which was read.
He further reported several Votes made 8 Januarii 1641, by the Committee of this House appointed to sit in London, where Mr. Serjeant Wilde had the Chair; together with several Propositions from the City; and the Answers and Resolutions of the said Committee to the said Propositions: Which were all read.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wylde do peruse his Papers, and the Proceedings of the Committee appointed to sit in London, in January 1641, to consider of the Safety of the Kingdom, and of the City of London, and of vindicating the Privileges of Parliament; and be ready to make his Report thereupon, if there be Cause, on Thursday Morning next. And
It is further Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do, against that Time, search the Books for the Order whereby that Committee sat; and what Proceedings have been in this House, upon any thing transacted by the said Committee.
Sir Henry Mildmay was appointed to carry the Ordinance for granting the Lands belonging to the Earl of Worcester, and his Sons, in the County of Southampton, to Lieutenant-General Cromwell, and his Heirs, to the Lords for their Concurrence: And was to desire them to expedite the Ordinance for Martial Law.
And the Lords were risen, before he came to them.
The House took into Consideration the Proposition concerning the Militia of the City of London. And
It is Resolved, &c. That the Militia of the City of London, and Liberties thereof, may be in the Ordering and Government of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, in Common-Council assembled, or such as they shall, from time to time, appoint (whereof the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, for the Time being, to be Three); to be employed and directed, from time to time, in such Manner as shall be agreed on and appointed by both Houses of Parliament: And that this shall be one of the Propositions to be now sent to his Majesty for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
Resolved, &c. That the Proposition concerning an Act to be passed for granting and confirming the Charters and Liberties of the City of London shall be now sent to the King.
Resolved, &c. That the Proposition concerning the Chief Governor of the Tower of London shall be now sent to the King.
Resolved, &c. That the Proposition concerning the not Drawing out of the Forces of the City of London, without their own Consent, shall be now sent to the King.
Mr. Snelling delivered a Petition from the Inhabitants of the Borough of Southwarke: Which was received; and not read.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom formerly the Consideration of that Part of the Proposition concerning the Militia of the Parishes without London, and the Liberties within the weekly Bills of Mortality, was referred, be revived; and do meet on Thursday next; and make their Report thereof to the House on Tuesday next; otherwise the House will then proceed to the Consideration and Debate thereof.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, in the Morning, the first Business, the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace be all read: And that then the Business concerning the present sending Propositions to his Majesty be taken into further Consideration.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, Report be made of the Business concerning the Scotts Paper delivered in, touching some Informations given in by Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Crew, to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the Report concerning Major-General Massie, sent from the Lords, be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday next, Report be made, from the Grand Committee, of the Business touching the Complaint made by Mr. Allen against Mr. Long.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of Sommersetshire be required forthwith to make Return of the Elections of Burgesses to serve for Mynhead, Taunton, Bridgwater, Wells, and Ivellchester, according to the Duty of his Place.