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 Lunæ, Martii 24, 1644.
MR. Prideaux reports the Oath to be tendered to such as, having lived in the King's Quarters, have or shall come in to the Protection of the Parliament: The which was twice read; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Captain Batten the Vice-Admiral was called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted him, That the House took notice of the great and faithful Services performed by him in general to this great Cause of Religion and Liberty; and, in particular, the faithful Services done at Plymouth and Weymouth: And that, in Acknowledgment thereof, he was commanded to return him the hearty Thanks of this House; and to assure him of all Encouragement for the future: And have commanded the Committee of the Navy, in their Name, to bestow some further Memorial upon him.
Sir Jo. Evelyn reports the Declaration of this House, to be offered to the Lords, concerning the Preservation of a good Correspondence: The which was twice read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be delivered to the Lords at a Conference.
Sir Rob. Pye went to the Lords, to desire a Conference, so soon as it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, by Committees of * *, concerning the Preservation of a good Correspondence between the Two Houses.
Mr. Scawen reports, from the Committee for the Army, an Ordinance for giving more Powers to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe, Commander in Chief of the Parliament's Army, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee for the Army, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair: And Mr. Hodges is added: And all that will come are to have Voices as to this Business. And
It is Ordered, That they withdraw upon it during the Time the House is at the Conference.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to this Committee, to consider what Power Sir Tho. Fairefaxe shall have by this Ordinance, as touching the Garisons.
Sir Rob Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to give a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, by Committees of both Houses, upon the Matter desired.
The Committee, that prepared the Declaration, are appointed Managers.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have received a Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, in the Case of the Lady Finche: Which they do agree unto; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords in this Order and Report of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, made in the Case of the Lady Mabella Finche.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do concurr with the Lords in the Order made by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, in the Case of the Lady Mabella Finche.
Ordered, That Mr. Cage, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Sir Anth. Irby do, To-morrow, report the Ordinance concerning Lincolneshire.
An Ordinance concerning the Members of either House laying down their Offices and Commands, Military and Civil, &c. was this Day read the First and Second time; and likewise a Proviso to the same Ordinance was twice read; and both Ordinance and Proviso, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Recorder, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. Reynolds, Sir. Jo. Evelyn, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Niclas, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Bond, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Hill, Mr. Mountague, Sir Roger North, Sir Christ. Wray, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Crewe, Mr. Erle, Sir Jo. Coke, Mr. Ellys, Mr. Wheler, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Pierrepont, Mr. Strode, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Whittacre, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Winwood, Mr. Gourdon, Sir Jo. Trevor, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Green, Sir Jo. Clottworthy, Mr. Bence, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Noble, Mr. Cage, Mr. Searle: And are to meet To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That the Reports from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning Farneham-Castle, be made Tomorrow Morning.
A Letter from the Committee at Haverford West, desireing a Supply of Monies, Powder, and Ammunition, for their Forces, was this Day read.
Ordered, That Fifty Barrels of Powder, with a Proportionable Quantity of Match and Bullet, be forthwith provided and furnished out of the publick Stores; and employed for the Service of the Forces under the Command of Major-General Langherne.
Resolved, &c. That Three thousand Pounds be forthwith provided and raised for the Service and Relief of the Forces under the Command of Major-General Langherne: And that this Three thousand Pounds be raised upon the Credit of the Excise; to be repaid, with Interest, at Two Months End.
Mr. Recorder, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Theloall, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Green, Mr. Nicoll, Sir Jo. Corbett, are required to employ their best Endeavours for the present Advanceing and Raising of this Three thousand Pound upon the Credit of the Excise, as aforesaid.
Mr. Scawen reports, from the Committee, the Amendments to the Ordinance for giving further additional Powers to Sir Tho. Fairefaxe: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and the Ordinance, with the Amendments, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
This House taking notice of the great and faithful Services done by Sir Wm. Constable, a Member of the House, Lieutenant-General of the Horse under the Command of the Lord Fairfax, in the Service of the Parliament, in the East Riding of the County of Yorke, and elsewhere, since the Beginning of this War; as also of the great Losses sustained by him, and of the great Arrears of Pay due unto him: And, upon Information, that there is a yearly Fee-Farm-Rent, of One hundred and Thirteen Pounds, payable to the Crown out of the Manor of Holme in Spalding-Moore, in the County of York; which Manor belongs to the said Sir Wm. Constable; as also that there is a yearly Rent or Sum of Three hundred Pounds, payable out of the said Manor unto Sir Marmaduke Langdale: It is Ordered, That the said Sir Wm. Constable shall have and receive, upon Account, the Sum of One thousand Pounds out of the said several Rents of One hundred and Thirteen Pounds and Three hundred Pounds per Annum, payable out of the said Manor of Holme, as aforesaid: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant to the said Sir Wm. Constable, and to all and every other Person or Persons, whom the same shall concern.
Ordered, That the Proposition from Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, desiring the Pleasure of the House to be signified concerning the House, which are now forth upon Parties, this Day presented from the Committee for Recruits of the Army, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That the Proposition made to the Committee of both Kingdoms by Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, and from that Committee reported to this House, concerning the gathering the old Soldiers dispersed in the Association, and bringing them to a Rendezvous, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair.
THE House of Commons, taking notice of some unworthy Endeavours to asperse the Integrity of their Proceedings, as aiming at the Overthrowing of Peerage, and Undermining of the Rights and Privileges of the House of Peers, do unanimously Declare, That they hold themselves obliged, by the fundamental Laws of the Land, their several Protestations, and Covenant, to preserve the Peerage, with the Rights and Privileges belonging to the House of Peers, equally as their own; and will really perform the same: And as, in the first place, they look to the carrying on that great common Cause of Religion and Liberty, wherein both Houses stand mutually engaged, which no Respect whatsoever shall make either of them to desert, and which they will not (God assisting them) suffer to miscarry; so shall they, to those publick Ends, be very careful to preserve a right Understanding between the Two Houses; and will maintain the Right and Honour belonging to the Places and Persons of the Peers of England.