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 Martis, 28Julii, 1646.
AN Ordinance for Settling and Providing of Maintenance for Five Preaching Ministers in the City of Salisbury was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time on Friday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That, on every Friday in every Week, the House do take into Consideration all sitting Ways and Means of spreading the Gospel through the Kingdom, by sending godly learned Ministers through the Kingdom, and providing Maintenance for them.
The House being informed, That Mr. James Cuningham, who came with Mr. Murray out of France, and, being committed Prisoner to the Serjeant's Custody, made his Escape; and also Mr. Buchanon, who was likewise ordered to be sent for, as a Delinquent; were both of them now at Newcastle;
Two Letters from the General, of 23Julii 1646, concerning the Surrender of Wallingford; one, recommending Adjutant-General Evelyn to be Governor of Wallingford-Castle; the other, including the Articles agreed upon for the Surrender of Wallingford-Castle, and recommending to the Care of this House the Forces of Berkshire and Oxfordshire, that have besieged Wallingford; were this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to consider with the Committee of Ireland, concerning the Disposal of the Forces of those Counties; what Money will be fit for the present to be advanced to them; and where it may be had; and what Encouragement is fit to be given to such of them as shall declare for Ireland: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Marten: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and are to report their Opinions, upon the whole Matter, on Thursday Morning next.
Two Letters from the Leaguer, before Raglan-Castle, from Colonel Morgan, Governor of Gloucester, of 23 Julii 1646, were this Day read: And One from the Committee of Monmouthshire, from Uske, of 23Julii, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance for the Pay of the Forces of the Counties of Gloucester, Monmouth, Glamorgan, Brecon, and Radnor, be continued upon those Counties for One Month longer, from the Expiration of the last Ordinance, which had Continuance for Nine Months only, from the Date thereof: And that the Forces of Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, before Ragland, be duly paid out of the said Counties.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee appointed on Thursday last, concerning such as came unto the Parliament's .... upon Articles, to consider of and hear all Complaints, where either the Articles have been violated by any such as are comprised within any Articles for the Surrender of any Garison, or where the Articles have not been kept and performed to such as are comprised within any such Articles; and to hear all Parties, where the Breach of Articles shall be complained of, of the one Side or other: And are to meet this Afternoon, and so de die in diem, as they shall think fit: And are to report the particular Cases to the House: And have Power, any Five of them, to sit and act: And are to report the whole State of the pretended Breach of the Articles of Oxford, by requiring the Taking of the Covenant from such Persons as are comprised within the said Articles, as shall make their Compositions for their Delinquency to the House, between the Hours of Ten and Twelve.
Resolved, &c. That the Garisons of Barkley, Sudeley, Beverston-Castle, Teuxbury, and Leechlade, in the County .. Gloucester, be presently slighted; and the Officers and Soldiers in them disbanded or reduced: And that this be effectually and speedily done.
Resolved, That the Regiment of Horse belonging to the County of Gloucester, and the Regiment of Foot under the Command of Colonel Blunt, be referred to the Committee of Ireland; to consider of, and contract with for, the Taking on for the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That the other Regiment of Foot, under the Command of Colonel Morgan, with Two Troops of Horse, be continued for the Garison of Gloucester, until the Parliament shall take further Order.
Resolved, &c. That the Works and Gates, and some Part of the Walls, about the Castles of Berckley, Sudley, and Beverstone, be slighted and thrown down; that an Enemy, upon a sudden Surprize, may not take any Advantage thereby: It is not intended, notwithstanding, that any of the Buildings or Lodgings of the Houses be defaced thereby.
Ordered, &c. That the Officers of the several Garisons, as well such as .... been slighted, as of such as are continued, do certify the Committee of the Navy, and the Committee of the Army, what Ordnance, or other Provision of War, hath come to their Hands, or are in their Custody; and what Ordnance are fit to be kept for the Safety of such Garisons as are still continued: And the said Committees are joined together, and made One, as to this Business.
Ordered, &c. That the Officers of the Ordnance do forthwith give an Account unto the Committee of the Navy, and the Committee of the Army, what Ordnance they, or any of them, have delivered out to any Person or Persons whatsoever, either for Garison or Field-Service, or otherwise; and to whom, and to what Garison, and for what Service, the same have been delivered, at any time sithence the Beginning of this Parliament: And that the said Committee do take care for the Securing of all such Ordnance; and to report the same to the House, to the end they may be disposed of and employed for the Defence of the Kingdom: And the said Committees are joined together, and made One, as to this Purpose.
Ordered, &c. That the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, and the Letters from the Officers of the Scotts Army, in Ireland, from Belfast, this Day reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland: Who are to report their Opinions, what is fit to be done upon them, on Thursday Morning next: They are then likewise to make their Reports concerning the State and Condition of the Affairs of Ireland.