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, 8 Maii, 1646.
Ordered, That a Letter be written from the House, and signed by Mr. Speaker, to the Committee at Redding; to acquaint them with the Information this House has received of their keeping Sir Francis Knollis, a Member of this House, out of his Estate; and to require them to put him into his Possession; and to make him Restitution for his Damages.
An Ordinance for allowing to the Garison of Dover Two hundred Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Eight-pence per mensem, for the Maintenance thereof, out of the Receipts of the Grand Excise of Dover, and the CinquePorts, in the County of Kent, was this Day read the First and Second time:
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That, the last Night, between Eleven and Twelve of Clock, after he was in Bed, some of the Committee of the Militia of London, and one of the Captains of the Guards, brought unto him a Box full of Letters (some of which were opened by some of the Soldiers of the Guards): The which Letters he caused all to be put up into the Box; and sealed up the Box with his own Seal; and delivered it, so sealed, to the Gentlemen of the Committee of the Militia; and desired them to be at the House this Morning with them: Which accordingly they are.
Resolved, &c. That forthwith a Message be sent to the Commissioners of Scotland, to desire them to secure the Person of John Cheislie, to answer such Things as shall be objected against him by this House, of high Concernment.
Sir Christopher Yelverton and Sir John Danvers are commanded to deliver this Vote to the Commissioners of Scotland: And are injoined not to speak any thing of this Message, or of this Business, to any Person, but according to the Message; and not That, till they come to the Commissioners.
An open Letter, directed, "For the Right Honourable the Committee of Estates of the Kingdom of Scotland, at Edinburgh," upon reading this Superscription, was laid aside; and not opened in the House, nor read.
An open Letter, directed, "To Lieutenant-Colonel Wm. Hamilton, in the Scotts Army, to be lest for him at Quartermaster General Ennis his Quarters," dated from the Christopher in Russell-street, 8 Maii 1646, and subscribed, "Nat. Hewell," was read.
|Sir Arthur Hesilrige,||Tellers for the Yea:||118.|
|Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes,||With the Yea,|
|Mr. Holles,||Tellers for the Noe:||151.|
|Sir Walter Erle,||With the Noe,|
Resolved, &c. That the Scotts Commissioners be desired, that Mr. John Cheislie may be examined by a Committee appointed by this House, concerning the Letter, superscribed, "To the Lord Balcarres;" and signed, "John Cheistie."
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be nominated to examine the Manner of the Staying of the Messenger who had the Box of Letters, and of the Seizing of these Letters, and all Circumstances concerning the same.
Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Holles, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Mr. Rigby, Sir William Waller, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Marten, Sir William Lewes, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Long, Sir Philip Stapleton, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Tate, Mr. Crewe, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Selden, Sir Simmons D'Ewes, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Nathanael Fiennes, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. White, Mr. Edward Stephens, Mr. Salwey junior, Major-General Browne;
This Committee, or any Five of them, is appointed by this House the Committee by whom the Scotts Commissioners are to be desired, that Mr. John Cheislie may be examined concerning the Letter, superscribed, "To the Lord Balcarres;" and signed, "John Cheislie."
They are likewise to examine the Manner of the staying the Messenger who had the Box of Letters, and of the Seizing of those Letters, and all Circumstances concerning the same: And are to meet this Afternoon at Six of the Clock, in the Queen's Court, and so from time to time, as they shall think fit: And have Power to send for Parties, Papers, Witnesses, and Records.
Resolved, &c. That such Letters as the Commissioners of Scotland shall particularly own, by a Note under their own Hands, as written from themselves, or any of them, Mr. Speaker shall have Liberty, and is hereby injoined, to deliver unto them, or any of them.