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, Februarii 14, 1644.
A Letter from the Commissioners in the Army, from Redding, of Februar' 13 a Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, from Farneham, of Februar' 13; with a Letter inclosed, from Colonel Greve to Sir Wm. Waller; and a Letter from Kingston, from the Committee there, of Februar' 13; were all this Day read.
Sir Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Browne, Mr. Strode, are appointed Managers of the Conference to be desired with the Lords concerning the new Model; and are to draw some Observations from these Letters, to be offered to the Lords at this Conference.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be written to Sir Wm. Waller, for his great Forwardness and Readiness to obey and perform the Commands of this House, in advancing so readily upon the Commands of this House.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired, at this Conference, that the Letters, now delivered, may be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms; and that it be referred unto them to take some such Course with the People complained of in those Letters, especially the French and Walloones, as may be most for the Reformation of the Army, the Ease and Redress of the People and Countries, that suffer so intolerably by these Mens Outrages and Misdemeanors, and the least Damage to the Publick: And likewise to take some Course, that the Party of my Lord General's Horse may be employed to march into the West, for the best Advantage of the Publick.
Sir Rob. Pye went up to the Lords, to desire a free Conference upon the Provisoes, sent by the Lords, to the Ordinance concerning the new Model; and a Conference for the Imparting of some Letters of great Importance, that represent the State and Condition of the Army now upon the March.
Ordered, That Colonel Dalbier be referred to the Committee, where Mr. Tate has the Chair; to be further examined upon the Informations given this Day against him; and that he be discharged from any further Restraint, passing his Word to attend the Service of the House, until he be discharged by the said House.
Sir Rob. Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will grant a free Conference, as is desired, presently, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Provisoes, sent by the Lords, to the Ordinance concerning the new Model; and a Conference for imparting the Letters desired.
Ordered, That it be especially recommended to the Committee of both Kingdoms to give Order, That the several Carriages and Draught-Horses that are employed out of Surrey and Middlesex into Sir Wm. Waller's Army, that their Teams may be restored unto the Owners again, as soon as they have delivered the Things sent by them; and have Satisfaction for their Teams.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree, That the Letter from Colonel Greves to my Lord General be communicated at this Conference.
Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds shall be forthwith provided, and charged upon the Excise, to be employed according to the Directions of the Committee, for the Service of Poole, Warham, and Taunton.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to examine such Gentlemen of Ireland as Mr. Beck shall deliver the Names of to That Committee; concerning those Prisoners now in the Tower, that were taken at Sea, going with Commissions, and other Instructions, Papers, and Letters, from his Majesty, into Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Reformation of the Army, where Mr. Tate has the Chair, from time to time to receive Letters and Informations from the Commissioners in the Army; and to report the same to the House, as they see Cause; and to present what other Thing concerns the Service of the House, wherein these Commissioners are entrusted: And this Committee is hereby ordered to write a Letter of Thanks to the Commissioners in the Army, for their great Pains and Care in the Service of the State.
Mr. Browne reports the free Conference with the Lords; and further, presents a Letter, delivered at the Conference, from Colonel Graves: Which was read: And further said, The Lords did agree with this House in referring the Letters desired to the Committee of both Kingdoms; and do desire this House, that this Letter of Colonel Graves may be referred to That Committee.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Letter of Colonel Graves to my Lord General; and to take a speedy Course to prevent the Inconveniencies therein mentioned, and punish the Offenders.
Resolved, &c. That so much of the Goods staid by Colonel Craford at Ailisbury, belonging to Mr. Wolleston and others, be forthwith restored to the Owners thereof: And that the Carrier, that is imprisoned concerning the same, be forthwith discharged.
And it is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to examine the Particulars mentioned in the Petitions, and what Goods are disposed of: And so much of the Letter from Colonel Craford, as concerns that Business, is referred to that Committee.