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 Veneris, Martii, 21, 1644.
THE House, according to former Orders, was resolved into a Committee, to take into Consideration the Ordinance, sent from the Lords, for the Election and Establishing Elders in every Congregation; and, according to the Order, That Clause in the Ordinance, concerning the Keeping from the Sacrament ignorant and scandalous Persons.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Laur. Whittacre called to the Chair.
Upon Mr. Whittacre's Report from the Grand Committee,
It is Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Assembly of Divines, to express the Particulars of That Ignorance and Scandal, for which they conceive that some Persons ought to be suspended from the Communion: And that the Assembly be desired to return their Answer herein with all Speed.
Sir Rob. Harley is appointed to go with it.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That their Intention and Opinion is, that each common Soldier, that shall be pressed, shall be furnished with a Coat, Breeches, a Shirt, a Pair of Stockings and Shoes, and Snapsack, by the several Committees of the several Countries; so as the Charge do not exceed Twenty-four Shillings for each, besides the Conduct-Money.
Resolved, &c. That it be recommended to the Assembly of Divines, to present the Names of some godly and learned Ministers to Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, that he may thereby be the better enabled to furnish his Army with able and godly Ministers.
Sir Robert Harley is appointed to acquaint the Assembly with this Recommendation of the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to represent unto the Scotts Commissioners the earnest Desires of this House to supply their Army in Ireland; and what they have done therein; and what Care they have taken for the Satisfaction of That Army.
Ordered, That it be earnestly recommended, from this House, unto the Committee employed to the Committees at Grocers-Hall and Goldsmiths-Hall, to press and recommend, from this House, the Necessity of the present furnishing the Six thousand Pounds for the Scotts Army: And that a Return be made of this Desire of the House with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for regulating the Sequestrations be read To-morrow.
Ordered, That Sir Anthony Irby do report To-morrow.
Ordered, That the Papers, delivered in by the Scotts Commissioners, concerning the new Model, be read To-morrow.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, made by Mr. Browne, concerning the Advance of the Scotts Army Southward, be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next, the first Business: And that, in the mean time, the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall do certify the House, What Monies, Arms, Ammunition, Cloaths, or other Provisions, have been sent and delivered for the Use of the Scotts Army in the North, and to the Scotts Army, and the British Forces, in Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Northern Parts, where Sir Thomas Widdrington has the Chair, do, upon Advice with the Northern Gentlemen, certify the House, What Monies, or other Provisions, have been raised and employed to the Scotts Army in the Northern Parts.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House doth approve of Mr. John Rushworth's Attendance upon Sir Thomas Fairfax in the Army; and doth declare, That this his Absence shall be no Prejudice to him in his Return to the Service of the House.