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, Martii 13, 1644.
THE humble Petition of Girdlers, Sadlers, Cutlers, &c. poor Artificers, was this Day read. And It is Ordered, upon the Question, That it be referred to the particular Consideration of the Committee for Examinations: And it is recommended unto them to take the Petition into speedy Consideration, and the Schedule of Particulars annexed, for Relief of the Petitioners, excepting Hay, Straw, and Grain: And have Power to confer with the Commissioners of Excise upon the Particulars in the Schedule, except the excepted, or any other Particulars: And the Committee is required to use all Dispatch and Expedition in this Business.
An Ordinance for Payment of the Owners of Shipping their Arrears out of the Excise, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy; with Directions to the Committee, That no Money shall issue upon this Occasion out of the Grand Excise: And are to think of some other Expedient for Relief of the Petitioners.
Ordered, That it be especially referred to the Committee of Accounts, to call to speedy Account the Collectors of Prize-Goods; and to take into speedy Consideration the whole Matter of Prize-Goods and Prize-Ships; that they may be able, with all convenient Speed, to make a Return of all the Prize-Ships and Prize-Goods, and the Proceed of them; and where they are; and how they have been employed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, where Mr. Tate has the Chair, to prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent to the Commissioners of the Army; to employ their best Endeavours for the keeping the Soldiers together; and for recruiting the Four Captains and the Colonels out of my Lord General's Foot, according to the Votes of this Day.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider, What Monies will be necessary to be provided for the recruiting Four Regiments of Foot; viz. Sir Tho. Fairfaxe's Regiment, Colonel Skippon's Regiment, Colonel Holborne's Regiment, and Colonel Welden's Regiment; and for putting them into Pay; and for providing Twelve hundred Horse, together with Arms and Saddles; and speedily to report to the House.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Horsey, Captain Warde, Captain Muskett, and Captain Bamfeilde, shall recruit their several Companies out of the rest of the Foot in my Lord General's Regiment, by the Order and Direction of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe.
Resolved, &c. That, by Order and Direction of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe, Colonel Skippon, Colonel Berkley, Colonel Aldriche, Colonel Ingoldsbie, and Colonel Fortescue, shall forthwith recruit the several Companies in their several Regiments of Foot under them, and the several Captains, already approved of by both Houses, out of the Residue of Foot in his Excellency's Regiment.
Ordered, That Mr. Sollicitor and Mr. Nicholas do, from this House, return Thanks to Mr. Arrowsmyth and Mr. Vines, for the great Pains they took in the Sermons they preached, at the Intreaty of both Houses, at ChristChurch, Yesterday, being a Day appointed for a Publick Thanksgiving: And that they do intreat them to print their Sermons: And that they have the usual Privilege in Printing of them.
The Lords have commanded us to put you in mind of an Ordinance they lately sent for the Election and Establishment of Elders in every Congregation; which the Lords desire this House speedily to expedite. They likewise desire this House will expedite the List of the new Model. They have passed an Order concerning the Printing of the Directory, and the Ordinance; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They further desire to put this House in mind of Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Harborne, Ministers, to be settled in Chevening in Kent; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Ordinance for Election and Establishment of Elders, they will take it into speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of their own. They are at present upon the Consideration of the List for the new Model: As to Mr. Sharpe, and to Mr. Harbourne, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own. They do agree in the Order concerning the Printing of the Directory.
Resolved, &c. That one Head of the Conference concerning the List shall be, The Consideration of the Lords Recommendations of Officers to Sir Thomas Fairfax, in whom the Nomination is solely by the Ordinance; and to shew the Inconvenience of it.
Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Crew, Mr. Pierrepoint, Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Prideaux, are appointed to prepare Reasons to be delivered to the Lords at a Conference, for this House's adhering to the List of the Officers of Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army, as it was agreed here.
Sir Christopher Yelverton went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the List of the Officers of the new Model.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, peremptorily, the House take into further Consideration the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms concerning the Scotts Army in Ireland: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Sir John Evelyn reports, from the Committee, the Reasons to be delivered to the Lords at a Conference for adhering to the List of the Officers of the new Model: The which were, upon the Question, approved of, to be delivered as Heads at a Conference.
IT is this Day-Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That this Directory, and Ordinance concerning it, be forthwith printed and published: Wherein Mr. Henry Robrough and Mr. Adoniram Byfeild, the Scribes of the Assembly of Divines, are required to use all possible Care and Diligence, that it be from time to time faithfully and exactly done. And, for preventing of all Abuses therein, it is further Ordered, That no Person or Persons whatsoever shall presume to print or reprint the same, in any Volume, but only such as shall be appointed and authorized thereunto by the said Scribes: And that no Person or Persons shall presume to sell, barter, or any-way to spread or convey any Books or Copies of the said Directory, printed without the Appointment abovesaid, upon Pain and Forfeiture of the whole Impression, if any such be so printed; and of all such Books or Copies thereof as shall be offered to Sale, Bartering, or be any otherways spread abroad: And all and every Person, offending in any of the Premises, to be liable to such further Punishment, as the Contempt of an Ordinance of Parliament shall deserve.