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, Januarii 2, 1644.
A Paper, of January 1, delivered in to the Committee by the Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, concerning giving an Account to the Parliament of Scotland of the Proceedings in Parliament touching the Reformation of Religion in Doctrine and Government, was this Day read.
Ordered, That Mr. Rous, Mr. Tate, Mr. Sallwey, Sir Rob. Harley, Sir Gilb. Gerard, or any Three of the Committee that are of the Assembly of Divines, do make a Collection and Narrative of the Proceedings of the Parliament and Assembly in the Affairs of the Church; to the end, that the Commissioners of the Church of Scotland may give an Account to the Parliament and Church of Scotland, of the State of those Affairs.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Church-Government be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next, peremptorily, the first *.
According to an Order Yesterday made, the House went up to a Conference upon the Business of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The House taking Notice of the great, constant, and very faithful Services done by Colonel Ralph Ashton of Lancashire, a Member of this House, to the Publick;
It is Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do give unto the said Colonel Ashton the hearty Thanks of this House: And the House gave him Leave to bring in Propositions for the better Settlement of the Country, and the Ministers there.
Ordered; That it be referred to Mr. Pierrepont, Mr. Sollicitor, Sir Hen. Vane junior, and Mr. Recorder, or any Two of them, to prepare Letters to be sent to the Parliament of Scotland; and to present them to the House; and to consider of some fit Persons to be sent to the Parliament of Scotland; and of Instructions for them; and to report all to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Three Associated Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to examine the Business concerning the pulling and breaking down the Locks upon the River of Thames, whereby Barges with Provisions cannot come to the City; and to consider of some Remedy to prevent the like for the future; and to repair and build up these again.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning peremptorily, the first Business, the-Letters from the Queen of Swede; and that, next, the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Scotts Propositions touching their Armies, and touching my Lord Fairefaxe's Army, be proceeded in: And that no other Business intervene.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and Serjeant Finche;
The Lords have this Morning received a Letter from the Commissioner of the Queen of Swede: And, to the end they may receive what further he has in Charge from the Crown of Swede, they have appointed a Committee of Seven of their House, and desire this House to appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number, to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Roger North, Mr. Pelham, Colonel Ashton, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Henry Heyman, Doctor Eden, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Hill, Mr. Bond;
This Committee is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords, To-morrow at Two of Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings; to receive what further the Commissioner from Swede has in Charge to deliver from the Crown of Swede.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, peremptorily, the Report be made of the Earl of Manchester's Narrative.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do take care, That the House be fitted and accommodated with Curtains for the Windows, and with a new Chair, so fitted, that it may keep off the Injury of this extreme cold Weather from Mr. Speaker, and the Members that sit near the Chair; and that the Windows be cleansed and mended; and the House fitted with such other necessary Accommodations, as are fit for the daily Reception of so great an Assembly: And the Committee of the Revenue are desired to give Order for defraying the Charge of this so necessary a Work.
Ordered, That Lieutenant General Middleton shall have Power and Liberty to raise the Arrears due to the Troop under his Command, raised by the County of Hants, out of the Quarters of the Enemy in the County of Hants: And that Care be taken for protecting of the People of that County when the Forces now there shall be drawn from thence.
Ordered, That the Committees of Sussex, Surrey, and Hants, be required forthwith to levy and raise, in their several Counties, the Sum of Nine hundred Twenty-five Pounds, to be paid to Sir Wm. Waller, which he hath paid to the Troops of Horse raised by them under his Command: Which said Sum was disbursed by Sir Wm. Waller according to this Particular following:
Money lent by Sir Wm. Waller to the Troops of the Associated Counties of Sussex, Surry, and Southampton; videlicet,