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, 15 Octobris, 1646.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to former Order, sat, to take into Consideration the Ordinance concerning the Militia of England and Ireland, and the Ordinance concerning the Treaties between the Kingdoms of England and Ireland.
Sir Robert Harley reports, from the Committee, the State of the Case of Mr. Walter Kearle: The which was, That, 21 Julii 1642, he, being a Member of the House, went into the Country, without Leave, for Recovery of his Health: That, about Michaelmas following, he was coming up; and the Earl of Essex sent Two Messengers for him; and said, If he would not come, he would send a Troop of Horse for him: He remained at his House, at Rosse in Herefordshire; and was Two several Days imprisoned by the King's Forces.-
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, that the whole Affair concerning Ireland, in respect of the Secrecy and Expedition thereunto necessary, be referred back to the former Committee: And the Committee hath Power to give Instructions to such as they shall employ, for the Pursuance and Transaction of that Affair; and to order the Forces that shall go thither; and to dispose of the Ammunitions, and other Provisions for the Service of Ireland, as they shall judge best for the publick Service: And are to meet this Afternoon; and so from time to time, as they shall see Cause.
Ordered, That Mr. Pierpont do carry unto the Lords the Instructions, Propositions, and other Matters from Ireland, Yesterday reported by him: The Order concerning referring the Business of Ireland to the former Committee: The Votes concerning the Resolutions to proceed upon the Proposition of the Earl of Ormond, for his Retirement: And the Votes concerning the not Admitting of the Earl of Ormond and the Council of Ireland's Letters to the King, and the City of London, to be delivered.-
It is Ordered, That he be excused: And that Mr. Knightley do, from this House, desire Mr. Maynard, one of the Divines of the Assembly, to preach before the Commons House, on the next monthly Fast-Day, at the Parish Church of Margarett's, Westminster.
A Letter from the Commissioners of Scotland, from Worcester-House, of 15 Octobris 1646, was this Day read. The Examination of Laurence Chapman was also read; and referred to the Committee hereafter named.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to meet this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Court of Wards: And are to prepare the Matter of a Conference to be desired with the Lords, concerning the Business of printing the Lord Lowdoun's Speeches, according to the Directions of the Order Yesterday made: And that they report To-morrow Morning: And Mr. Lisle is to take care hereof.
A Pass, formerly sent from the Lords, for giving Leave for the Transportation of Sixteen Nags out of this Kingdom into France, for the Use and Service of the French King, and his Pages, Custom and Impost-free, was this Day read; and, upon the Questions, assented unto; and ordered accordingly.
Sir John Evelin of Wiltes reports, from the Committee appointed to withdraw, to examine Mr. Laurence Blaiklock, and Mr. Samuel Peck, Stationers, the Examinations of Samuel Peck, and of Anne Griffyn, under their Hands; and delivered in to the House the Original of a Speech brought to the said Anne Griffyn to be printed.
And he further reported, That Laurence Chapman did declare, That, had he not received an Order of this House to the contrary, he had been ready to have delivered out the printed Copies to any that should have asked for them. And
Mr. Bois, Mr. Harvey, Lieutenant-General Cromwell, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Maynard, Colonel Norton, Mr. Morley, Mr. Prideaux, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Nelthropp, Mr. Hill, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Roll, Mr. Gott, Mr. * Bacon, Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Walton, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Thomas Wrath, Mr. Ball, Mr. Nath. Fienis, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Purefoy, Mr. Abbott, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Strode, Mr. Ludlow, Sir Thomas Dacres, Colonel Ven, Mr. Green, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Lawrence, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Holland, Colonel Ceely, Sir Robert Harley, Sir Rich. Skeffington, Sir John Northcott, Sir Dudley North, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. John Fienis, Mr. Stapeley, Sir Roger Burgoyne, Mr. Cawly, and all the Lawyers of the House;
This Committee is appointed to consider of the Petition of Commanders and Officers within the City of London; and of the Paper offered for saving them harmless for what they have executed in order to the Service of the Parliament; and of those Ordinances to this Purpose passed this House; and to prepare an Ordinance, that may be full and effectual, for the Freeing of all People from Arrests or Molestation, that have done any thing in pursuance of Authority of Parliament, and for their Service, in adhering unto them: They are further to hear the Complaints of all such Persons as are, or shall be, molested or arrested for any Service done, in pursuance of Authority of Parliament; and to give them Redress in the mean time, till the Ordinance be brought in: They are further to take care, and give Order, for printing the several publick Ordinances; and to consider of the several Mistakes in the publick Ordinances, in the Dates of them, or otherwise: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock: And Colonel Harvy is to take care of this Business.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of John Freeman, late a Lieutenant in the Garison of Burleigh in the County of Rutland, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee next before named; to examine the Matter of Fact; and to report their Opinions, upon the whole Matter, to the House.
Mr. Pierepoint brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Votes concerning the Way of Proceeding with the Earl of Ormond; and the referring this Affair of Ireland to the former Committee, with the additional Powers; they do agree: And, as to the Votes concerning the Delivering of the Letters to the King, and the City of London, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Henry Pelham carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance concerning the Militia of England and Ireland: The Ordinance concerning the Treaties between the Kingdoms of England and Ireland: The Order For the Time and Course of the Payment of the Ten thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for the poor Women; and the Four hundred Pounds for the poor Irish Protestants: An Ordinance for a Pardon to Mr. Edward Yarbury, for his Delinquency: An Order for Discharge of the Sequestrations of Sir Robert Eyton, and of Mr.Bulkeley, and his Son: And an Order for Twenty Pounds to a Trumpeter that came from Banbury, out of HaberdashersHall.