House of Commons Journal Volume 5: 11 March 1648

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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 Sabbati, 11 Martii, 1647.

Bedford Level.

ACCORDING to former Order the Grand Committee sat upon the Ordinance concerning the grand Level.

Mr. Reynolds in the Chair.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Upon Mr. Reynolds his Report, from the Grand Committee, to whom the Ordinance concerning the Fens is referred, that the Grand Committee had adjourned till Saturday next, Eight of Clock.

It is Ordered, That the Grand Committee of the whole House do meet on Saturday next, at Eight of Clock, in the same Manner as this Day, upon the former Order: and Mr. Speaker not to take the Chair.

It is further Ordered, That the Petitions now delivered in by Sir Symonds D'Ewes be referred to the Consideration of this Committee.

Invalid Soldiers.

Ordered, That Fox Hall be prepared and made fit and ready for the Reception and Relief of the sick and wounded Soldiers, with what convenient Speed may be; giving convenient Time to Mr. Nathaniell Stephens, in whose Possession the said House now is, to remove his Goods.

Propositions to the King.

Ordered, That the Four Bills and Propositions sent to the King to the Isle of Wight, together with the Fourteen Articles of the Nine-and-thirty Articles mentioned in the Proposition concerning Religion, and the Rules directing upon what Points of Ignorance Men may not be admitted to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, be forthwith printed: And that it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to take care herein.

Army Accompts.

Ordered, That, Mr. Auditor Wilcox, Edward Short, and John Haddock, or any Two of them, do forthwith, according to their best Skill, Discretion, and Judgment, take, examine, state, and audite, the Accompts of the Soldiers to be disbanded, that are now of the Army under Sir Thomas Fairefax, for their Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament, before they were under his Command in this Army: Wherein they are to observe, as near as they can, the Rules appointed by Ordinance of Parliament the Twenty-eighth of May last, and to give Debentures accordingly; deducting for Free Quarter, according to the Ordinance of Parliament of the Four-and-twentieth of December last. And

It is further Ordered, That the said Auditor Wilcox, Edward Short, and John Haddock, or any Two of them, do certify to the said Committee, What Debentures they shall give out, as aforesaid; to the end they may be registered, according to the Ordinance of Parliament in that behalf.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.


Ordered, That the Committee of Accompts do deliver to Mr. Leman, late one of the Treasurers of the Army under the Earl of Manchester, his Books of Accompt; to the end he may make Certificate, from time to time, as Occasion shall require, to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Army, touching what Monies and Free Quarter the Soldiers have received: And Mr. Leman is after to return the said Books to the said Committee.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Committee for Petitions.

Ordered, That the Committee for Petitions be revived, as to Mr. Pennoyer's Business, concerning the Tin Farmers: And that the Members of this House that are of the Committee of the Navy be joined to the said Committee for Petitions, as to this Business.

Committee of Accompts.

The House being informed, that the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom was at the Door, desiring to be heard touching some Obstructions in the Execution of the Trust reposed in them by this House;

. . . . were called in: And Mr. Glover, on the Behalf of himself, and the rest of the said Committee, delivered in a Certificate of their Grievances.

And which this House taking into Consideration;

After Debate thereupon had,

It is Ordered, That the Business touching Colonel Hacker, and the Sub Committee of Leicester, be referred to the Committee of Indemnity to re-examine the Business if they see Cause; and to state the Matter of Fact; and report the true State of the Business to this House. And

It is further Ordered, That it be also referred to the said Committee, to stay the Proceedings of the said Colonel Hacker at Law, in the mean time, if they see Cause: And that the said Colonel Hacker do perfect his Accompt given in to the Committee of Accompts here for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom.

Mr. Thorneton, &c.

Ordered, That the Business touching Mr. Thorneton and Sir Frederick Hambleton, about Londonderry, be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs, in the Star Chamber, to take the Charge put in against the said Thornton; and to examine the same; and state the Business; and report the same to the House.

Committee of Accompts.

Ordered, That this House doth declare, That the Committee for Accompts of this Kingdom, and their Sub Committees, and their several and respective Officers, are within the First Ordinance of Indemnity, for all Matters that they have acted, or shall act, according to the several Ordinances passed for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom: And that it be especially recommended to the Committee of Indemnity, to relieve them therein, accordingly.