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 Jovis, 27 Aprilis, 1648.
THE House being informed, that divers Aldermen and Citizens were at the Door;
They were called in: And Alderman Bide, one of the Sheriffs of the City of London, after some short Preamble, acquainted the House, That he was commanded by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, in Common Council assembled, the representative Body of the City of London, to present a Petition to the House.
The Petitioners being withdrawn, the Petition was read; and an Information annexed, of one John Everard, taken, upon Oath, before the Lord Mayor, 23 Aprilis 1648: The Petition was intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, in the Common Council assembled."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Desires of the City, concerning Major General Skippon.
Resolved, &c. That the Desire of the Petition, concerning the Chains, be granted: And that the Committee of the Militia do see it done.
Sir Harbottle Grimston, Major General Skippon, Mr. Knightley, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Bond, Mr. Dodderidge, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. John Corbett, Colonel Harvey, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. John Ashe, Colonel Venne, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Bois, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Vassall, Sir Thomas Soame, Alderman Atkin, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr. Erle, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Long, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Grove, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Dove, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Bulkley, Major General Browne, Commissary Ireton, Colonel Pyne, Mr. Say;
This Committee, or any Five of them, are appointed to examine the Information given in by Mr. John Everard, mentioned in the City Petition; the Information given in by Mr. Walker, a Member of this House: And that he do name unto the Committee the Reporter of it to him, and all other Informations, foreign or other, that concern the same Business: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And they are to meet upon it To-morrow at Two post meridiem, in the Court of Wards. And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Alderman Pennington and Mr. Dodderidge.
Resolved, &c. That the Thanks of this House be returned to the Citizens, for their good Affections expressed in their Petition.
Mr. Speaker is appointed to acquaint the Citizens, That the Drawing of Part of the Army so near the City was occasioned by Orders given out in the Time of the late Tumult: That the House will take that Business into speedy Consideration: And do that therein which may be for the Good and Safety of the Parliament and City, so far as thereby they may receive Satisfaction.
The Sheriffs, Aldermen, and other Citizens, were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them with the Resolutions and Proceedings upon the Petition: And did give them the Thanks of this House, for their very good Affections, expressed in the Petition, to the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That the same Order that was made for this Day, be renewed for To-morrow Morning; and the same Business taken into Consideration, according to the said Order.
The Question was propounded, That the House proceed To-morrow Morning to take into Consideration the Matter concerning Religion:
And the Question being put, Whether that Question be now put;
It was resolved in the Negative.
Settling the Government.
Resolved, &c. That this House do proceed touching the Settlement of the Civil Government, To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Resolved, &c. That the Consideration touching Religion be taken up on Monday Morning next, the first Business.
Removing the Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to confer with the Lord General, touching that Part of the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City of London, that concerns the Removing of the Army further off from the City of London; and forthwith to report their Resolution, touching the same, to the House.
Tumult at Norwich.
Ordered, That all such Persons who have been aiding, acting, or assisting, in the late Tumult in the City of Norwich, be disabled to have any Vote in the Election to be made, on May Day next, of the Mayor of the said City of Norwich: And that no Person who hath had any Hand in the said Tumult, be elected Mayor of the said City.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to take care to prevent any Tumults at the Election of the Mayor of the City of Norwich on May Day next.
Ordered, That Mr. Earle, now Steward of the City of Norwich, Mr. Alderman Atkyn, and Mr. Smyth, Recorder of the said City of Norwich, or any one of them, do take care, that the Orders of the House, touching the City of Norwich, be put in due Execution; and send them down to the Deputy Mayor of the said City to that Purpose:
And the Deputy Mayor, Sheriffs, and Justices, of the said City, and every of them, are to cause the said Orders to be put in Execution accordingly.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the great Seal do forthwith give Warrant for a Commission of Oyer and Terminer to issue, for the speedy Tryal of such Persons as have been aiding, acting, or assisting in the late Tumult in the City of Norwich.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Eastern Association, to take into their Consideration, and to examine the Persons who raised the said Tumult, or aided the Actors therein; and to examine the Loss and Damage of the Soldiers of Colonel Fleetwood's Regiment, who were aiding in suppressing the late Tumult in the City of Norwich, sustained in the said late Tumult, and of their Service done therein; and to consider, What Satisfaction they shall have; and how, and out of what Estates, and in what Manner, they shall be satisfied.
The humble Petition of the Grand Jury, at the Assizes holden at Chelmesford, for the County of Essex, the Twoand-twentieth of March 1647, with the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the same County, was this Day read.
Ordered, That Sir John Barrington, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Sir William Massam, Sir Martyn Lumley, Sir Henry Mildmay, and the rest of the Members of this House who serve and are of the County of Essex, do take care to prevent the Meeting of the Grand Jury, Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the County of Essex, at Stratford Langthorne in the said County, on Thursday the Fourth Day of May next, by such Ways as they shall think fit.