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 Lunæ, 13 Aprilis, 1646.
A Letter from Mr. Rushworth, from Cullom-John, of 9 Aprilis 1646; and Two other Letters from him, from Tiverton, of 9 and 10 Aprilis 1646; relating the Proceedings of the Treaty for Rendition of Exeter; and that the Articles were agreed, and signed, and Hostages given for Delivery thereof; were this Day read.
A Letter from the General Sir Thomas Fairefax, from Cullom-John, of 9 Aprilis 1646; desiring the House to approve of Colonel Robert Hammond to be Governor of Exeter, unto whom he had committed the Charge thereof; was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Choice of Colonel Robert Hammond to be Governor of Exeter, according to the Desires of the Letter of 9 Aprilis 1646, from Cullom-John, from Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to prepare and bring in an Ordinance for the Settlement of the Civil Government of the City of Exeter; to restore such Aldermen as have been put out for their Assection to the Parliament; and for Suspending of such as have adhered to the Enemy, with relation to the Articles agreed to by the General: They are likewise to consider of providing convenient Maintenance for Ministers there; and what Churches are fit there to be united, and in what Manner.
Resolved, &c. That the Remainder of Mr. Henleye's Fine, not yet disposed of by any Order of this House, be employed for the Advantage and Service of the West; and be paid unto, and disposed of by, the Committee of the West.
Ordered, That One hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Lieutenant-Colonel Grymes, who brought the Letter of 9 Aprilis from the General: And that the Committee of Plymmouth do forthwith pay unto him the said One hundred Pounds.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, to be paid by Mrs. Murray, for freeing the Estate conveyed by her Husband to Feoffees, in Trust for her Use, from Sequestration: And that, upon Payment of the said Five hundred Pounds to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers-Hall, the said Lands and Estate of the said Mrs. Murray be freed and discharged of and from all Seizure and Sequestration: And all Committees for Sequestration, and others, whom it may concern, are to take notice hereof, and yield a ready Obedience hereunto.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Daniel Potter, one of the Messengers that brought the Letters from the General's Quarters, concerning the Rendition of Exeter, shall have One hundred Pounds bestowed upon him for his Pains: And that the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers-Hall, do pay the same out of the Five hundred Pounds to be paid in by Mrs. Murray to the said Committee.
This Committee, or any Two of them, are to consider of, and state, the Debt due from the Parliament to Mr. Daniel Potter; and how to discharge the Security he hath already upon the Excise for the Payment thereof: And are to bring in an Ordinance for the Charging of what shall be due to him upon the Receipts of the Excise in general, or upon Goldsmiths-Hall; and for Payment of Interest for the same, until it shall be paid, as they shall think most convenient.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon Mr. Norton the Messenger, that now brought, and formerly hath brought, divers Letters from the Army: And that the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do forthwith pay unto the said Mr. Norton this Fifty Pounds, out of the Monies to be paid in by Mrs. Murray to the said Committee, for freeing her Estate from Sequestration.
A Letter from Colonel Thomas Mytton, from Ruthin, of 8 Aprilis 1646; relating the Taking in of RuthinCastle, with the Articles for Surrender thereof inclosed; and recommending Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Mason to be Governor of the said Castle; brought by Mr. Robert Fogge, Chaplain to Major-General Mitton; was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Mason to be Governor of Ruthin-Castle: And that the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do grant the said Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Mason a Commission to be Governor of the said Castle accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do prepare and bring in a Letter of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Major-General Mitton, for his good Service in Taking in of Ruthyn-Castle; and for his other good Services in North-Wales.
Resolved, &c. That One hundred Barrels of Powder, with Match and Bullet proportionable, be furnished out of the publick Stores for the Service of North-Wales: And that the Committee for Ammunition do take care to furnish this Powder and Ammunition accordingly.
Ordered, That the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do give Order for the providing and furnishing, out of the Ten thousand Pounds assigned for the Service of Reducing of NorthWales, Five hundred Firelocks, to be sent to Major-General Mitton, for the Service of North-Wales.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at HaberdashersHall, do forthwith, out of Mrs. Murray's Fine, pay unto Mr. Robert Fogge, Chaplain to Major-General Mitton, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, for his Pains in bringing the good News of the Taking in of Ruthyn-Castle, and for his other good Services.
It is Ordered, That the Committee unto which Mr. Wightwick's Petition was referred, do take that Business into speedy Consideration; and make Report thereof to the House: And the House doth Declare, That they do not intend to prejudice Mr. Wightwick in his Right by the Passing of this Ordinance, or any Clause therein.
An Ordinance for securing and paying, out of the Excise and New Impost, by Ordinance of the Eleventh of September 1643, the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds unto the Earl of Denbigh, or his Assigns, to be accounted in Part of a greater Sum due to the said Earl for his Arrears; and for securing and repaying Principal and Interest, out of the said Receipts, to such as shall advance or lend any Part thereof; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
The House was informed of a printed Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, given in lately to the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Propositions of Peace; London, printed for Robert Bostock, dwelling at the Sign of the King's-Head in Paul's Churchyard, April 11 1646."
Resolved, &c. That this Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, given in lately to the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Propositions of Peace; London, printed for Robert Bostock, dwelling at the Sign of the King's-Head in Paul's Church-yard, April 11 1646;" doth contain in it Matters scandalous and false: And do thereupon Order, That it be forthwith burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman: And do Declare, That the Author and Publisher hereof is an Incendiary between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland: And have put it into a Way of Examination, to find out the Author: And do injoin all Persons whatsoever to discover the Author.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee to whom the Printing and Publishing of the Book, intituled, "Truth's Manifest," is referred, do examine and find out the Printer and Author of the Book, intituled, "Some Papers of the Commissioners of Scotland, given in lately to the Houses of Parliament, concerning the Propositions of Peace, &c.:" And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and to secure such as they shall see Occasion for: And are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and to report the same To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, &c. That the Business concerning Ireland be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Friday Morning next: And that no other Business do then intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Mr. Lisle reports the State of the Business concerning the printed Book, intituled, "Truth's Manifest;" read many Passages out of it; and said, The Author of it was one Mr. Buchanon; who delivered one of the said Books to the Committee, and did avow it to be of his Writing.
Resolved, &c. That the Book, intituled, "Truth's Manifest," does contain in it many Matters false and scandalous: And they do Order, That the said Book be forthwith burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman.
Ordered, &c. That Joseph Holland, Servant to Mr. Boys, a Member of this House, and avowed by him to be his Servant, be forthwith discharged of his Imprisonment, he being arrested upon a mean Process: And that the Serjeant that arrested him, be sent for in safe Custody.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee where Mr. Lisle hath the Chair, or any Three of them, do peruse the Declaration, prepared by Mr. Sadler and Mr. May, for stating the Grounds of this War; and present the same to the House with all convenient Speed: And that Mr. Marten be added to this Committee: And that the said Committee, or any Three of them, do confer with the said Secretaries, and give them Order to prepare and set forth a Declaration or Declarations, to undeceive the People, concerning Two scandalous Books, intituled, "Truth's Manifest;" and one other, intituled, "Some Papers delivered in by the Scotts Commissioners, &c."