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 Mercurii, 18 Martii, 1645.
ORdered, That Mr. Gallopp, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
A Letter from Colonel Birch, from Gloucester, of 11 Martii 1645; also a Letter from the Committee of Hereford, of 9 Martii 1645; were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Forty Barrels of Powder, and Match and Bullet proportionable, Two hundred Case of Pistols, Carabines, Saddles, and Bridles, and Two hundred Firelocks, and Twelve hundred Suits of Cloaths, be forthwith provided for the Service of the Garison, and for the Cloathing of the Soldiers of the Garison of Hereford, now under the Command of Colonel Birch.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two thousand Pounds, with Interest for the same, be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course (the Interest to be paid, at the End of every Six Months, to the Advancers and Lenders of the said Two thousand Pounds), to be employed for the Providing of the Powder, Match, and Bullet, Arms, and Ammunition, and Cloaths, this Day ordered to be provided for the Garison and Forces of Hereford.
And Mr. Pury is ordered to bring in an Ordinance accordingly.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Settling of the County of Hereford, and the Business of the said County, be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next.
An Ordinance for Charging and Payment, out of the Receipts of the Excise, the Sum of Six thousand Pounds, in Course, with Interest payable every Six Months, to be paid to Mr. Frost for the Forces appointed to be drawn together for the Following of the Forces of the Enemy under Sir Jacob Ashley in the Field, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for charging, upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, in Course, to be paid according to the Directions of the Committee of Powder, Match, and Bullet, for Land and Sea Stores, for Supply of the publick Stores with Powder for the Safety and Service of the State, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Gilbert Gerard carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote concerning the Invitation of the Prince; and the Ordinance for the Great Seal.
An Ordinance for the Charging and Payment of the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, with Interest, in Course, out of the Receipts of the Excise, to be paid to Mr. Frost for the Use of the Forces designed for North-Wales, under the Command of Colonel Mitton, and disposed by Order of the Committee of both Kingdoms, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Commissioners at Lincolne, of the Seventh of this Instant; and the Petition from the County of Nottingham; and the Business of the Fifteen thousand Pounds being paid to the Scotts Army; be taken into Consideration the first Business To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Northern Association be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That, next after the Business of the Northern Association, the Business concerning the Lord Inchiquin be taken into Consideration.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, concerning the Instructions to be given to the Gentlemen that are to go into the West, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House will give a present Conference, as is desired.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords shall be desired, That, at this Conference, this House may give them general Reasons concerning the Tryal of Mr. Wm. Murray, by Martial Law, for a Spy.
Sir Henry Mildmay is appointed to go upon this Message to the Lords.
He is likewise to desire the Lords to settle the Business for settling the Government of Monmouth.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and will give a present Meeting at a Conference, as is desired.
Sir Gilbert Gerard brings Answer, That, as to . . . Vote for the Invitation of the Prince, they do agree: As to the Ordinance concerning the Great Seal, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir Wm. Waller reports, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Letter from the Commissioners of both Houses, from Lincoln, of March the Seventh, with a Petition from the County of Nottingham; and likewise the Opinion of the Committee, That a speedy Course may be taken for making effectual the Orders of the Houses for Payment of Fifteen thousand Pounds to the Scottish Army.
He further reported, as the Desire of the Scotts Commissioners, That, when the Fifteen thousand Pounds, promised towards the Maintenance of the Scottish Army, shall be paid, Care shall be taken, that there be no Cause of Complaint of the Horses in Yorkshire or Derbishire.
He further reported a Paper given in by the Scotts Commissioners, of March 16 1645/6; containing their Answer to the Propositions for Peace: The which Paper from the Scotts Commissioners was read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That this Paper be taken into further Consideration on Monday Morning next, the first Business.
Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Nath. Fienis, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Holles, Mr. Tate, Mr. Robert Goodwin, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Sam. Browne, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Mr. Fenwick, Sir Henry Vane senior, Mr. Selden, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Sollicitor;
This Committee, or any Five of them, is appointed to consider of this Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, concerning the Propositions for Peace; and to state the whole Matter of Fact upon this Paper, and upon all the Papers, Treaties, and Propositions, as they stand in this House, and in relation to the Two Kingdoms; and to state the whole Matter to the House: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two post meridiem, in the Queen's Court: And the Care of this Business is especially recommended unto Sir Thomas Widdrington.
Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Erle, Mr. Corbett, are appointed Reporters and Managers of this Conference.
Mr. Holles, Sir H. Vane, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Marten, Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir John Evelyn;
This Committee, or any Three of them, is appointed to prepare a Letter to be sent to the General, for conveying the Vote of Invitation to the Prince; to be reported to the House, and sent to the Lords for their Concurrence; and, upon their Concurrence, to be communicated to the Committee of both Kingdoms: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Queen's Court.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, That, at this Conference, the House may offer general Reasons for the Trying of Mr. Wm. Murray, by Martial Law, for a Spy.