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, 6 Martii, 1645.
SIR Peter Wentworth brings Answer of the Message he carried to the Lords the other Day, That, as to the Answer to the Scotts Commissioners Desires of knowing, Whether the Propositions already sent to them be all that the Houses intend to be now sent to his Majesty, they do agree: And, as to the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir Gilbert Gerard reported, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Desires of the Lord Inchiquin concerning Ireland: Which was read: And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That Power be given to the Lord Lisle to nominate and appoint, and to give Commissions unto Two Colonels and Officers for Two Regiments of Foot, and unto One Colonel and Officers of One Regiment of Horse, to be speedily raised, and forthwith transported to Munster, in Ireland, for the Relief of that Kingdom.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Lord Lisle do bring in the Establishment for the Forces in Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the Two thousand Foot, and Five hundred Horse, appointed by former Order for Recruits for Ireland, shall be formed into Regiments: And that the Two Regiments of Foot, and One Regiment of Horse, this Day appointed to be raised by Commission from the Lord Lisle, shall be the said Regiments; and shall be reckoned and accounted for and instead of the said Recruits.
An Ordinance for continuing the weekly Assessments for carrying on the War in Ireland for Six Months longer, after the Expiration of the Ordinances now in Force for the Relief of the Kingdom of Ireland, .....; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
A Letter from the Commissioners in Ireland, from Belfast, of 19 Novembris 1645, concerning Five Troops of Horse raised there, without Warrant from the Parliament, by some Officers of the Scotts Army, was this Day read; being reported from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That no Force, either of Horse or Foot, raised in Ulster, in the Kingdom of Ireland, or brought thither without Order of the Parliament of England, or of Authority derived from thence, shall be permitted to levy any Monies, or take any Victual there, from the Country, or shall be entertained upon the Pay of the Kingdom of England.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland do consult with the Chief Governor of Ireland, and consider of, and give some Directions to the Commissioners in Ireland, for the preventing the Ruin and Oppression of the well-affected Party in Ireland, by the exorbitant and arbitrary Levying of Monies and Victuals upon them by Officers and Soldiers.
Upon Sir Philip Stapleton's Report from the Committee of the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to whom the Consideration of the Affairs of Ireland is referred, declaring, That whereas the said Committee did formerly report, That Twelve thousand Pounds might be speedily raised for the Province of Munster; whereof Six thousand Pounds to be sent for the Subsistence of the Forces, and Six thousand Pounds for the Levying and Carrying over of the additional Forces designed for that Province; and that the Six thousand Pounds that was formerly ordered, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs, to be sent along with Commissioners appointed to go into that Province, to be paid to the Officers and Soldiers there, might be Part of the said Twelve thousand Pounds, as being the first Monies likely to be raised for that Purpose: And whereas Four thousand Pounds, Part of the said Six thousand Pounds, is already engaged by the Lord Inchiquin, for the Purpose abovesaid; and it is the earnest Desire of the said Lord Inchiquin, that the other Two thousand Pounds might also, according to the first Designation of it, be paid to the Officers and Soldiers, in order and relation to their Service past, and not to be accounted any Part for the Time to come;
It is Ordered, That the said Six thousand Pounds shall be so as abovesaid employed: And that the other Six thousand Pounds, Part of the abovesaid Twelve thousand Pounds, shall be sent over in Money, with all possible Expedition, for the future Subsistence of the Forces there; lest, while greater Supplies are preparing, those Parts should be endangered for want thereof.
The Question was propounded, Whether this House would appoint Sir Arthur Loftus Deputy-Treasurer at Wars, in the Absence of his Father:
And the Question being put, Whether this Question should be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That the Petitions, recommended by the Lord Inchiquin, and the other Reports and Business concerning Ireland, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next, the first Business.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Henry Cholmeley hath done his Duty in the Information he hath given to divers Members of this House, and to the House.
A Title to be added to the Ordinance concerning Church-Government was presented, and read twice; and was in bæc verba; "An Ordinance for keeping of scandalous Persons from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper; the Enabling of Congregations for the Choice of Elders; and Supplying of Defects in former Ordinances and Directions of Parliament concerning Church-Government;" and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be added to the Ordinance, and to be the Title thereof.
Ordered, That Mr. Holles, accompanied with all the Members of this House, do carry the Ordinance for keeping of scandalous Persons from the Sacrament, &c. unto the Lords, for their Concurrence, at the first Sitting of the Lords, To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Crompton be injoined to attend the Commands of this House.
Mr. Crompton was called in: And Mr. Speaker injoined him accordingly to attend the Commands of the House.
Ordered, That, on Wednesday Morning next, the House do take into Consideration the Three last Letters that were sent from the Parliament of Scotland; and of an Answer to be returned to them.
Sir Philip Stapleton reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, What Forces of the several Counties are fit to be drawn together, Horse and Foot, into the Field, in pursuance of the Order of this House of the Third of this instant March, for the Safety of these Parts of the Kingdom: The which was read.
A Letter from the Committee at Wolverhampton, of the Second of March 1645, was this Day read.
Ordered, &c. That the Forces of the several Counties, formerly appointed to join together for the Services against Litchfield, do forthwith draw together into a Body; and attend the Motions of the Forces of the Enemy, under the Command of Sir Jacob Ashley, in the Field.
Ordered, &c. That this House doth approve of the Directions, given by the Committee of both Kingdoms, to Colonel Morgan, and the rest of the Forces appointed to join with him, that they draw together for the Opposing of the Enemy in the Field; and do order the same accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Wm. Brereton shall, for Three Months, have the Command of the Forces appointed to be now drawn together for the Following of the Enemy in the Field.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider, What Forces may be forthwith drawn together into the Field, to be employed in those Midland Parts, under the Command of Major-General Browne, as may be most for the Security of the Kingdom; and to report their Opinions thereupon to the House.
Resolved, &c. That Five hundred Dragoons be forthwith provided, to be employed under the Command of Major-General Browne, at Abingdon.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Saleway junior do bring in an Ordinance for charging, and paying out of the Receipts of the Excise, the Six thousand Pounds formerly charged, by Order of the Sixteenth of February last, to be employed for the Forces appointed to be drawn together under the Command of Sir Wm. Brereton, for the Following of the Forces of the Enemy, under Sir Jacob Ashley, in the Field.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance concerning the Settling of the Excise be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Monday Morning next, peremptorily.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Raising of the Twenty thousand Pounds for the Forces under Major-General Browne, to consider, What Respect is fit to be done to the Town of Abingdon; and those Officers and Soldiers that behaved themselves valiantly and faithfully for the Defence of that Garison, upon the late Attempt made by the Enemy there.
Ordered, &c. That Major-General Browne shall have the Sum of Ten Pounds per diem, for his Entertainment, as Major-General, from the Time of the Date of his Commissions to be Major-General.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Accompts do state and certify the Accompts of Major-General Browne, and what is due to him from the State; allowing him, upon the said Accompt, the Sum of Ten Pounds per diem for his Entertainment.
Ordered, &c. That Major-General Browne be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons, formerly appointed to take into Consideration the Services of the Earl of Essex; to consider, What is fit to be done to him for his Faithfulness and good Service to the State.
Ordered, &c. That Fifty Barrels of Powder, Two Ton of Lead, or so much Ball, One thousand Sacre-Shot, Five hundred Demiculverin-Shot, One Ton of Match, Three hundred Swords, and Three hundred Bandaleers, be forthwith provided and furnished out of the publick Stores, for the Service of the Isle of Wight.
Resolved, &c. That Ten Barrels of Powder, with Match and Bullet proportionable, be forthwith provided and furnished out of the Receipts of the Excise, for the Service of Calshot-Castle, in the County of Hants.