Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Lunæ, 15 Martii, 1646.
ORDERED, &c. That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ to be issued forth, for the Electing and Returning of one Burgess for the City of Lincolne, in the Room and Place of John Broxholme Esquire, deceased.
Ordered, &c. That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for a new Writ to be issued forth for the Electing and Returning of one Burgess for the Borough of Rippon in the County of Yorke, in the room and place of Miles Moody, deceased.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Niclas, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Roger Burgoyne, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Armyne, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Kempe, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance for the Relief and Employment of the Poor; and for the Punishment of Vagrants, and other loose Persons; be read on this Day Sevennight.
Mr. Holles reports from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House.
1. A general Report of the State of the Forces in Ireland; in answer and pursuance of References of this House, of 23 Decembris, 28 Januarii, and 6 Martii.
2. An Establishment for the Forces that are to be sent into Ireland.
3. A Particular of all the Forces in Ireland, and designed to be sent thither.
4. Pay for the Train of Artillery, together with the State of the Carriages.
5. The State of the Carriages.
6. The Charge in Money, to furnish out the Train.
7. The Report concerning the Discharge and Dismission of the Scotts Forces in Ireland, upon Consideration of the Treaties: The which were all read.
He farther reported the Propositions of Colonel Robert Hammond, concerning the present Service of Dublyn; and some further Desires of his, in case the Propositions shall be accepted, in another Paper: The which were all read.
He further reported a Paper of the humble Desires of Captain Drummond, in Name of the Scottish Army in Ireland; together with a Desire of that Committee, That, according to the Resolution of this House, of 28 Januarii 1646, some effectual Course may be taken in the Business represented in the said Paper, concerning the Scottish Army in Ireland: The which Papers were read.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred back to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to consider of, and provide the best Ways and Means for the timely and speedy sending over Forces for the Receiving of Dublyn, and the adjacent Garisons.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee for Sale of Delinquents Estates, for the Service of Ireland, do meet this Afternoon; and so de die in diem: And bring in their Report of that Ordinance on Thursday Morning next.
Attainder of Delinquents.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance for the Attainder of Delinquents excepted from Pardon be brought in on Thursday Morning next.
A Paper addressed to the Supreme Authority.
A printed Paper, directed, "To the Right honourable and Supreme Authority of this Nation, the Commons, in Parliament assembled; and intituled, "The humble Petition of many Thousands, earnestly desiring the Glory of God, the Freedom of the Commonwealth, and the Peace of all Men;" was offered to the House; and was read.
And the House being informed, That there was a Gentleman at the Door, who was present at the Reading of it Yesterday, in a Congregation where he was; and saw divers subscribe it; and that his Name was one Mr. Boys;
Mr. Boys was called in: Who said, That he heard that divers dangerous Doctrines were delivered at the 'Spittle: He went to hear what they were: That, in one Place, there was a young Man, who endeavoured to prove Free Will. There was likewise another Person who preached (one Mr. Lambe), who had before him (after he had ended his Sermon and his Prayer) Two or Three Sheets of Paper; That another Person, that sat over-against him read a Petition; and that he corrected him in reading it, in many Places; and that divers People subscribed it: Some Six subscribed it in his Presence: That there was some Hundred or Sixscore Hands subscribed. That he had this printed Copy of the Petition from a Woman that was reading it.
Resolved, &c. That the Consideration of this printed Paper be referred to the Examination of the Committee where Colonel Leigh hath the Chair: Who are to examine who were the Framers, Promoters, and Printers of this Paper; and to send for them, and for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to report their Opinions to the House: And Mr. Recorder, Mr. Walther Longe, Mr. Holland, Mr. Weaver, Mr. George Fenwick, Mr. Hobby, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Trefusis, Mr. Doyley, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Westrowe, Sir Dudley North, and Mr. Tolson, are added to this Committee.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance in Mr. Weaver's Hand, for restraining of Delinquent Preachers to preach, be read on Friday Morning next, the first Business, and nothing to intervene.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to take effectual Course, that no Minister, that hath been sequestered for Scandal in Life or Doctrine, or for Malignancy against the Parliament, be admitted to any Living, or permitted to preach, until he hath Licence from both Houses of Parliament: And that they take care, that such as be admitted by their Order, may take the Covenant before they be admitted.
The Question being put, Whether this latter Clause, concerning the Covenant, shall be added to the Question;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And then the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the Order was resolved, upon the Question, accordingly.
Business to be done.
Resolved, &c. That, To-morrow Morning, the Business concerning Ireland be taken into Consideration, according to the Orders for this Day: And that, immediately after that Business, the House do proceed in the Business concerning the Garisons.
Resolved, &c. That the List of the next Summer's Fleet be taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning, the first Business.