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 Jovis, 2 Julii, 1646.
Mr. Scawen reports, from the Committee of the Army, appointed to consider, with the Committee of the Militia of London, touching the Safety of the Parliament and the City, an Order of the Lords, of 25 Junii 1646, to the Lord Mayor of the City of London, to take special Care of the Safety of the City of London, and to prevent any Disturbance or Disquiet that may arise upon the Recourse of People disaffected to the Parliament, upon Rendition of Oxford, or any other of the King's Garisons; and likewise an Order made by the Lord Mayor, and Committee of the Militia, in pursuance of the said Order of the Lords: The which were read.
He further reported Two Orders made by the Committee of the Army, upon Consultation with the Committee of the Militia, in pursuance of an Order made to them for providing for the Safety of the Parliament and the City, and to prevent all Inconveniencies that may happen, by the Recourse of People to these Parts, upon Rendition of the Garison of Oxon, and other of the Enemies Garisons: The which were read.
In order to the Safety of the Parliament and City, it is Ordered, by the Commons, in Parliament assembled, That all such Persons, of what Degree or Quality soever, Officers, Soldiers, and others, as come out of Oxon, or any other of the King's Garisons, while they remain within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Lines of Communication, shall not go armed, nor keep any Arms in their Lodgings or Houses; and, after Nine of the Clock at Night, not to be out of their Lodgings: That all Persons, of what Degree or Quality soever, comprised within the Articles of Oxon, Exon, and all other Garisons, that are already come to the Cities of London and Westminster, and Places within the Lines of Communication, shall, before Thursday next, being the Ninth Day of this instant Month of July, repair to Guildhall, London; and shall there, in Presence of any Three of the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, produce their Passes; and shall, according to the Articles, engage themselves, by Promise, not to bear Arms against the Parliament, nor wilfully do any Act prejudicial to their Affairs, so long as they remain in their Quarters: And that all Persons, of what Degree or Quality soever, comprised within any of the said Articles, as shall hereafter come within the said Cities, and Lines of Communication, shall, within Four Days after their Coming, repair to Guildhall, London; and shall there likewise produce their Passes, and make the like Engagements: And the Committee of the Militia, or any Three of them, are hereby authorized to receive the said Engagements, and take the respective Subscriptions of the Persons; and, for this Purpose, are to fit constantly Three Days in the Week; viz. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between the Hours of Three and Seven in the Afternoon.
And, lastly, it is Ordered, That such of the Persons comprised within any of the said Articles, as shall neglect or refuse to observe this Order, or do any thing contrary to the said Articles, shall forfeit the Benefit of the said Articles: And this to be printed, and published by Sound of Trumpet, or Beat of Drum: And the Committee of the Militia of London is desired to take care, That this be so published accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to prepare and bring in an Ordinance and Declaration, for all Papists and Irish, that have adhered to the Enemy, to depart forthwith out of the Lines of Communication, and not to come within Twenty Miles thereof, in like manner as others excepted from Pardon.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider of some Course for providing for the Safety of the Counties, Cities, and Towns Corporate, and to prevent the Inconveniencies that may arise to them by the Recourse of disaffected Persons, that come into those Places upon the Rendition of Oxon, or any other of the Enemies Garisons.
Ordered, &c. That an Ordinance be brought in, to disenable all such Aldermen, and others, of the City of Lincolne, and of all other Cities and Towns Corporate, as have adhered to the Enemy, to bear Office in, or to be Members of, the said Cities and Towns Corporate, or any of them.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider of the Numbers of Persons that are come to Hampton-Court with the King's Goods: And are likewise to consider of the Safety of the Country.
Mr. Greene is appointed to carry to the Lords the Votes concerning the Reception of the French Ambassador; and to acquaint them, That this House doth agree, That Two Members of this House do accompany a Member of their House, to receive the French Ambassador.
He likewise carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Instructions for the Judges, appointed by both Houses, to go the several Circuits; unto which, by Order of this House, an Addition was made, and carried up by him; viz. "That the Commissioners of the Great Seal do call the Judges before them; and give them in Charge the said Instructions: And that the said Judges, in the Giving of their several Charges, do inlarge themselves upon the said Instructions, as they shall see Cause."
Mr. Greene brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Instructions for the Judges, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the Orders concerning the French Ambassador, they do agree.
The Lords, considering the constant Service which the Lord Bruce hath done to the Parliament, being a Person of much Honour and Fidelity, have thought fit to name him to be Lord Lieutenant of the County of Bedford, in the place of the Earl of Bolingbrooke, deceased.
Ordered, &c. That, on Saturday Morning next, the very first Business, the Northern Report be made: And that no other Business whatsoever do intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof, at his first Coming into the Chair.
The Lords have granted a Pass for Three Horses into Holland for Captain George Howard, Brother to the Earl of Suffolke; he being a Commander there: They desire your Concurrence therein. They have commanded us to bring you this Ordinance for superseding Committees in the Countries: Wherein they desire your Concurrence:-A Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, for Mr. Bedford to be Auditor of Christ-Church in Oxford: And a Letter from Colonel Mitton. They have returned these Names for the Committee for Gloucester: To which they agree; with the Addition of One Name:-These Letters concerning the Prince of Wales, reported from the Committee of the Admiralty. They have commanded us to put you in mind of the Chamberlain of Chester, formerly sent down: Of an Ordinance for Mr. Nesbitt to have a Benefice in Yorkshire. They have sent you these Names for Deputy-Lieutenants in Denbighshire: To which they desire your Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That Captain George Howard, Brother to the Earl of Suffolke, a Commander in the Low-Countries, shall have a Pass for the Transportation of Three Horses.
An Ordinance for the Superseding of Committees, sent from the Lords, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of this House, formerly appointed for the like Business.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee for Regulation of the University of Oxford, to examine the Business concerning the Auditor's Place of Christ-Church in Oxford; and to report the same to the House.
Colonel Mitton's Letter, from Carnarvon, of 15 Junii, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms, and from thence reported to the House of Peers, and from them sent to this House, was this Day read; representing, How much the Bishop of Yorke hath been useful unto him in the Reducing of divers Strongholds, and of the County of Caernarvon.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Recorder do prepare and bring in a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Colonel Mitton, to give him Thanks for his good Service; and to let him know, That this House will take the Services of the Archbishop of Yorke into Consideration, as they shall have Occasion.
|Sir Phil. Stapleton,||Tellers for the Yea:||35.|
|Mr. Holles,||With the Yea,|
|Sir Hen. Vane junior,||Tellers for the Noe:||50.|
|Sir Arth. Haselrigg,||With the Noe,|
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That Sir Thomas Middleton, Sir Richard Wynn Baronet, John Glynn Esquire, Recorder of London, Sir John Trevor, Sir Robert Nedham, Simon Thelwall the elder, of Placeaward, Esquire, John Puleston Esquire, Thomas Middleton the younger, Esquire, Simon Thelwall the younger, Esquire, Robert Wynn Esquire, de Voylas, Edward Thelwall Esquire, de Glan-Tanatt, and Robert Sauntley Esquire, to be Deputy-Lieutenants for the County of Denbigh.
Sir Henry Vane reports the Draught of Two Latin Letters, to be signed by the Speakers of both Houses, and sent to the States-General, and to the States of Holland, for the Restitution of the Goods of the Two Ships of Hull, taken by de Witte: The which were this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence; and that they may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
An Ordinance, sent from the Lords, for making Philip Nesbett, Master of Arts, a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine, Minister and Rector of the Parish of Kirklington in the County of York, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
The House hath considered of your Message: And, as to the Three Horses to be transported; the Committees Names for Gloucester; the Ordinance for Philip Nisbitt to be Minister of Kirklington; and the Names of the DeputyLieutenants for Denbighshire; they do agree: And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Whereas John Wilde Serjeant at Law, with others, are appointed, by Order of the House of Commons, in Parliament assembled, to go down into the Counties of Gloucester, and of the City and County of the City of Gloucester, and of Monmouth, and of Hereford, with several Commissions of Oyer and Terminer, to try and deliver the Prisoners in the Gaols of the said Counties: These are, by Order of the said House, to will and require all Governors of Cities, Forts, and Castles, and all Officers and Soldiers in the said several Counties, to be aiding and assisting unto the said Commissioners, and every of them, in the Execution of every of the said Commissions, or elsewhere; and to afford such Protection, Aid, and Convoys unto them, and every of them, in their Abode at, and Passage to and from, the said Counties and Places, where they shall sit for Execution of the same, as shall be necessary, and by them, or any of them, be required. And hereof you are not to fail. Dated this Second Day of July, Anno Domini 1646.
To all Governors of Cities, Forts, and Castles, and other Officers and Soldiers in the Service of the King and Parliament, in the Counties of Gloucester, and City and County of the City of Gloucester, and of Monmouth and Hereford.