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, 4 Augusti, 1646.
THE humble Petition of divers Inhabitants of the several Places adjoining to the new Church in Tuthillfields, Westminster, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That it be referred unto Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Knightley, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Bell, Mr. Liegh, Mr. Laurence Whittaker, Mr. Alderman Hoyle, Mr. Walker, Sir Robert Harley, Sir Edward Hungerford, Mr. Gerard, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Charles Egerton, Colonel Hunt, Mr. John Browne, Sir Thomas Dacres, Lieutenant-General Cromwell, Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Gourdon, Colonel Rosseter, Sir Thomas Wroth, Colonel Ludlowe, Mr. Grove, Mr. Rous, Mr. Stockdale, Colonel Ceely, Mr. Salwey, Mr. Buchley, Mr. Love, Mr. Weaver, Sir Ralph Ashton, Colonel Shuttleworth, Mr. Nelthorpe: And they are to consider of the Bill formerly put into the House, concerning the new Church in Tuthill-fields; and to call the Parishioners before them, and all Inhabitants to the several Churches of Peter's, New Church, and Margaret's; which, by Ordinance of Parliament, are made distinct Members of the Eleventh Classis; and to consider of Maintenance to be allowed to such Ministers as shall be settled in the several Places aforesaid: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal do issue out Commissions to such Persons, as the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland shall nominate unto them, for the taking the Accompts of what hath been taken by the Soldier in Ireland, by Assessment, Billet, Free-Quarter, Money, or other Goods; to the end that it may be discounted upon the Pay and Entertainment of the Soldier.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Mr. William Cave and Mr. Hobert be nominated and appointed Treasurers to receive the Moiety of the Excise granted, by former Order, to the County of Leicester: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Mr. William Cave and Mr. Hobert, or either of them, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise, upon the Passing of their Accompts.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay unto the Earl of Northumberland Six hundred Pounds, for the present Expence and Service of his Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Whereas Two Third-Parts of the Lord Roper's Estate in the County of Kent, amongst other sequestred Estates, is, by Ordinance of both Houses, assigned and appointed for the present Maintenance of the Prince Elector; but, in regard the Third-Part of the Sequestrations of the Estates of Papists and Delinquents in the said County is likewise, by Ordinance, granted to the Use of the said County, the whole Proceed of the whole Two ThirdParts of the said Lord Roper's Estate is not, and hath not been, accompted for, and paid to and for the Prince's Use: It is therefore now Ordered and Declared, That the whole Proceed of the said Two Third-Parts of the Lord Roper's Estate in the said County be accounted for, and paid, from time to time, to and for the Prince Elector's Use: And that the said County of Kent shall receive the Third-Part granted to them out of the said Estate, out of the Residue of the Sequestrations of the said County.
The humble Petition of Richard Bury, Treasurer of the County of Dorsett, to the Committee of the Navy, for Release of Six hundred and Fifty Dollars seized by one Mr. Comfort, who belongs to the Custom-House of Portsmouth, in the Ship Phænix of Weymouth, bound for Coals to Newcastle, and from thence to Norway, George Tucker Master. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Comfort, and all other Customers, Comptrollers, Searchers, and Officers whatsoever, of, or belonging to, the Custom-House at Portsmouth, or whom That may concern, do forthwith restore unto George Tucker, Master of the Ship Phænix of Weymouth, the Six hundred and Fifty Dollars seized by the said Mr. Comfort: And that the said George Tucker be permitted to carry the said Six hundred and Fifty Dollars to Newcastle, or into Norway, as the Occasions of the Ship's Lading and Voyage shall require, without any further Lett or Molestation.
Ordered, That Captain Leigh be referred to the Committee to whom the Petition of several reduced Officers was ordered to be referred on Friday last.
Ordered, That Major Smith's Petition be especially referred and recommended to the Committee, to whom the Scotts reduced Officers, and the Petition of several reduced Officers, was ordered to be referred on Friday last.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Mr. Page;
The Lords have formerly recommended to this House something concerning the Lord Grey of Warke, a Person of Honour, and who hath merited much of this Parliament: They desire you will take it into speedy Consideration. They have sent you an Ordinance for Mr. Thomas Twist to be Parson of Alsford; whom the Lords specially recommend; and desire your Concurrence: There is likewise an Order, whereby it appears, how the late Rector there, Dr. Holme, is sequestred; and the Profits there granted to the said Mr. Twist, who hath officiated at that Place ever sithence: An Ordinance for Mr. Thomas Poynne to be instituted and inducted to the Church of Westburne: To which the Lords desire your Concurrence.- There is likewise a Certificate by the Assembly of Divines: The Lords agree to this Ordinance for Ireland, with the Alterations inclosed: To which they desire your Concurrence. -The Lords do likewise agree to this Order, for Continuance of the Ordinance for the Garison of Bristoll, with these Alterations: To which they desire your Concurrence. -And do especially recommend the Petition of Thomas Boyde, as in the inclosed Paper.
The Alterations, sent from the Lords, to the Ordinance for Ireland, were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Alterations to the Order for Continuance of the Ordinance for the Garison of Bristoll were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the Ordinances for Mr. Twist and Mr. Prynne, and the other Particulars of this Message, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That the Reports from the Committee of the Revenue be made To-morrow, as it was formerly ordered, next after the Business of the Church shall be dispatched, if there be Time; if not, that then they be made the first Business on Thursday Morning.
Upon Sir John Clotworthye's Report from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland;
The Report delivered in by the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, concerning such Forces of those Counties, as may be spared for the Service of Ireland; which, they conceive, will be Seven hundred Horse, and Twelve or Thirteen hundred Foot; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto: And Mr. Dunch, Mr. Whitelock, Sir Francis Pile, Mr. West, and Mr. Hobby, are appointed to employ their Care and Endeavour in the several Counties for the accommodating and dispatching this Service of sending the said Forces into Ireland.
Upon the Report of the several Forces of Derbyshire, which are conceived may be spared for the Service of Ireland;
It is Agreed and Ordered, That the Three hundred Foot of the Regiment of Derby, which are willing to go for Ireland, being made Seven hundred, shall be sent into Ireland: And Sir John Curson, Sir John Coke, and Mr. Hallowes, are appointed to employ their Care and best Endeavours for the Expediting of this Service.
Ordered, by the and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Ordinance for Maintenance of the Forces of the County of Derby be continued for the Space of Two Months from and after the Expiration thereof.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
The Report of the Particulars of the several Forces, Horse and Foot, that may be conveniently spared out of the County of Hereford, was read; and nothing done upon it.
Ordered, That the Regiment of Foot, consisting of Seven hundred Men, now quartered at Lynn, Boston, and Parts adjacent, in the County of Norfolk, shall be forthwith sent into Ireland: And Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Toll, and Sir Anthony Irby, are to take care of Expediting and Dispatching away of the said Regiment, for the Service of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Forces of the late Garison of Newport-Pagnell, Horse and Foot, the Forces of the County of Huntingdon, of Cambridgshire and Bedfordshire, shall all of them be forthwith sent into Ireland: And the Committee for the Eastern Association are to take care, That the said several Forces may be forthwith dispatched away for the Service aforesaid.
And it is further Ordered, That the said Committee of the Eastern Association do confer with the Committee for Irish Affairs; and consider and take care for the sending away into Ireland such of those Horse as are remaining, either disbanded or not disbanded, of the Eastern Association, as were lately drawn to a Rendezvous at St. Albars.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the Ordinance for the Pay of the Garisons of the Eastern Association be continued for Three Months longer from the First of June last.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That, on Friday next, the House do take into Consideration the Forces and Contribution of the County of Hereford.
Resolved, &c. That Dudley-Castle in the County of Stafford be forthwith dismantled.
Resolved, &c. That the Works and Fortifications of Eccleshall-Castle be dismantled: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to continue Sir William Brereton to dwell in the said Castle, if they shall think fitting.
Resolved, &c. That the Garison of Stafford be continued.
Resolved, &c. That the Works and Walls of the Close of Litchfield be demolished.
Resolved, &c. That all the Forces of Horse and Foot of Staffordshire, except the Four Troops of Horse; viz. Captain Stone's Captain Jackson, Captain Bowes, and Captain Pudsey; and Four Foot-Companies; viz. Colonel Bowyer's, Captain Stone's, Captain Barber, and Captain Jackson's; be disbanded: And that it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider whether it will be necessary, for the Safety of the County, to keep up so great a Strength.
Resolved, &c. That all the Forces of Horse and Foot of Staffordshire, that shall be disbanded, shall be forthwith employed in the Service of Ireland.
Ordered, &c. That all such Arms as may be spared in the County of Stafford, be sent to Chester, to be made use of for the Service of Ireland.
Mr. Swynfen, Sir Charles Egerton, Mr. Abbott, Colonel Leigh, are appointed to take care, and to employ their best Endeavours, for the expediting this Service.
The Report of what Horse and Foot may well be spared in the County of Warwick, City and County of Coventrie, for the present Service of Ireland, was read; which amounted to the Number of Two hundred and Forty Horse, and Seven hundred Foot.
Sir Wm. Waller reported, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, a Particular of the Militia, and such Garisons, as are conceived fit to be kept up in the County of Warwick, and City and County of Coventrie.
Resolved, That Coventrie be continued a Garison.
Resolved, &c. That the Garison of Warwicke shall be continued a Garison.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, That Colonel Thomas Willoughby do continue Governor of Coventrie, with Two hundred Men; and shall have Half-Pay as a Colonel; and nothing as a Governor.
Resolved, &c. That Major Gamaliel Purefoy have a Company out of the aforesaid Two hundred Men; and Half-Pay as a Captain only.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, That Colonel John Bridges do continue Governor of Warwick-Castle, with Sixty Men for the Garison; and have Half-Pay of a Lieutenant-Colonel; nothing as Governor.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Wm. Colemore shall have a Troop of Horse, consisting of Fourscore Horse, with the Officers; and have only Half-Pay as a Major of Horse: And that Major Joseph Hawkesworth shall have one other Troop of Horse, and Half-Pay of Captain of Horse only.
Resolved, &c. That the Allowance of Eight hundred Pounds per mensem, for maintaining these Forces, together with the Charges of the Magazine, Gunners, and other incident Charges, be raised by the Ordinance for Assessments in that County, and continued for Three Months.
Resolved, &c. That all the other Forces that shall be disbanded, shall be employed for the present Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That all the other Garisons of that County shall be slighted; and the Forces employed for the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That the Regiment of Foot in the County of Gloucester, under the Command of Colonel Blunt, and the Regiment of Horse under the Command of Colonel Morgan, be employed for the Service of Ireland.
Ordered, &c. That the Business concerning what Horse and Foot, in the Western Association, may be spared for the Service of Ireland, be re-committed to the Committee of the West, and the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland: Who are to meet this Afternoon, to consider of this Business.
A Letter from Major-General Langharne, from Carmarthen, of 15 Julii 1646, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That all the Horse and Foot in the County of Glamorgan, except a Troop of Horse, consisting of an Hundred, under the Command of Colonel General Bussy Mansell, and Five Companies of Foot in the Garisons of Cardiffe and Swansey, be employed for the Service of Ireland: And that it be referred to the Committee of the County, of Glamorgan to employ their best Endeavours, and best Care, for the expediting this Service.
Resolved, &c. That the Troop of Horse, under the Command of Captain John Kirle, be employed for the Service of Ireland. And
It is Ordered, That the Committee of Gloucester, and the Committee of Monmouth, do employ their best Endeavours, and take care, for the expediting this Service.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Whetham, with his Regiment of Foot, shall be employed for the Service of Ireland: And that Lieutenant-General Crumwell do give him Notice hereof.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred unto Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Owen, Colonel Davies, Sir Robert Nedham, and Sir John Meyrick, to consider what Forces now are in the Counties of Pembroke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan; what Forces will be fit to be maintained, and Garisons kept up, for the Safety of those Counties; and what Forces may be spared for the present Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That the Forces, both Horse and Foot, in the several Counties, may be so prepared by the Gentlemen and Committees of the several Shires, that they may be disposed to the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That the Gentlemen and Committees aforesaid shall have Power to disband such of those Forces as are voted by the House, as shall not presently inlist themselves for the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That, for the better Encouragement of the Officers and Soldiers to undertake the Service of Ireland, there be applied to each of them a Month's Pay at least, according to the Distance they are from the Rendezvous, over and above what is to be given to those they disband: And that they then inlist themselves for the said Service of Ireland: And that the Officers which command the Men, if they go not to Ireland, may be injoined, at least, to bring them to the Water-side.
Resolved, &c. That the Forces, which shall undertake the Service of Ireland, be at the several Rendezvous by the Twentieth of this Month of August at the farthest.
Resolved, &c. That the several Rendezvous be Bristoll, West-Chester, and Leverpoole.
Resolved, &c. That positive Order be given for Providing of Shipping at the several Ports of Bristoll, WestChester, and Liverpoole, Minehead, and Ports adjacent: And that some of the Parliament's Ships be commanded to convey them into Ireland: And that it be referred to the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, and the Committee of the Navy, to take care, that this Service be expedited accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That there be sent, to the several Places of Rendezvous aforesaid, good Proportions of Money, Arms, Ammunition, and Victual, both for entertaining and maintaining the Forces which shall resort thither from the several Parts of this Kingdom; and likewise for the Maintenance of the Forces already in Ireland. And
It is Ordered, That this House do take this Vote into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Horse, and Five hundred Foot, in the County of Worcester, be applied to the Service of Ireland: And that the other Two hundred Foot of the County of Worcester be put under the Command of Colonel Dingley, for the keeping the great Fort at Worcester.
Ordered, &c. That Captain John Allen, and Robert Snell, be summoned to answer what shall be objected against them, for forcibly entering into, and putting of Cattle into Corn and Lands of Sir Anthony Irby's, a Member of this House.
Whereas there was an Hundred Pounds per Week charged upon Haberdashers-Hall, for the Relief of the maimed Soldiers; which Hundred Pounds per Week cannot now be received there: It is Ordered, That the said Hundred Pounds per Week be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise: And that Mr. Holland do bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Ordered, &c. That Sir John Clotworthy do proceed in his Report concerning Ireland To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of the Eleventh of July last, concerning the Disgarisoning of the Garisons of Shropshire, be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Wm. Brereton shall quietly enjoy the Possession of the Lands in Hertfordshire, granted to him by this House, called the Grove-Land: And that he, and his Assigns, be permitted to inn the Hay of the said Lands, and to reap the Corn and Grain of the said Lands, which have been there plowed and sowed by him; he having quietly enjoyed the same for Three Years last past.
And it is further Ordered, That Joseph Hill be forthwith summoned to attend this House.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Dacres do go to the Lords To-morrow, and desire, That the Earl of Salisbury may be sworn one of the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England, and the Seal delivered in the Presence of both Houses: And that, at the same time, the Seals that came from Oxford, which are ordered to be broken, may likewise, in the Presence of both Houses, be broken accordingly.