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, 12 Junii, 1647.
Letters, &c. read.
A LETTER from the Commissioners with the Army, from Royston, of 11 Junii 1647, with the Copy of a Petition delivered to the General, from divers Inhabitants of the County of Essex; a Copy of a Petition delivered to the General from divers Inhabitants of the County of Norfolk; the Copy of a Letter written from the General, and divers of his chiefest Officers, from Royston, of 10 Junii, to the City of London; were all this Day read.
Proceedings concerning the Army.
A Letter signed J. C. from Newcastle, of 7 Junii, directed To Alderman Thomas Adams, and delivered from him, by a Member to the House, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons, Yesterday appointed, for the Safety of the Kingdom and Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That a Copy of this Letter be sent to Field Marshal Skippon.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be written to the Commissioners in the Army, and the General Votes for giving a publick Satisfaction, and the State of Matters here, inclosed in it.
Mr. Tate, Mr. Samuel Browne, and Sir Walter Erle, are appointed to prepare this Letter.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Scawen and Mr. Povey do again repair down to the Army.
Resolved, &c. That this Instruction be added to the Instructions to the Commissioners with the Army; viz.
"You shall use your Endeavours, by the best Way and Means you can or shall think fit, fully to know the Particulars which the Army desires, and will insist on, for their Satisfaction."
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to carry it to the Lords: And to acquaint the Lords, there is but One of their Commissioners with the Army; and to desire, Another may be sent thither.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the additional Instruction to the Commissioners with the Army.
Mr. Tate reports a Letter to be sent to the General: The which was read; and, upon the Question. assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Widdrington be employed as a Commissioner to the Army.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Wm. White be employed as a Commissioner to the Army.
Grant for Irish Service.
An Ordinance for appointing Ten thousand Pounds to be paid by the Treasurers at Weavers Hall, to such as the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting at Derby House, shall appoint to receive the same, to be disposed, by Order of the said Committee, for the Service, and transporting the Forces designed for the Service of Ireland, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Tate immediately carried it to the Lords.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty Barrels of Powder, with Match proportionable, be furnished out of the publick Stores, for the Service of Plymouth Garison.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty Barrels of Powder, with Match proportionable, be furnished out of the publick Stores, for the Service of Pendennis Castle.
House adjourned to Six of Clock.
SIR Walter Erle is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, that this House has appointed Two Gentlemen more, of this House, to go down to the Army as Commissioners: Wherein they desire their Concurrence.
Sir Walter Erle brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to Sir Thomas Widdrington and Colonel Wm. White to be nominated Commissioners to go from both Houses to the Army.
Grant for Irish Service.
Mr. Tate brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Ten thousand Pounds out of Weavers Hall, to be disposed by the Committee at Derby House, for the Service and Transporting the Forces assigned for Ireland.
The humble Petition of John Bois Esquire, Lieutenant of Dover Castle, in behalf of the Garison of the said Castle, and the Forts adjacent, was this Day read.
A Letter from the General, from Royston, of 11 Junii 1647, desiring a Month's Pay for the Army, to be sent to them to St. Albans, was this Day read.
Execution of Williams.
Ordered, That Baron Trevor be required to take off the Reprieve of Nicholas Williams, alias Le Roche: And that the said Nicholas Williams, alias Le Roche, be executed according to Law.
A Letter from the General, from Royston, of 12 Junii 1647, in Answer to the Letter from both Houses, for not advancing within Forty Miles of London; was read.
A Letter from the Commissioners, with the Reasons of the General for his advancing nearer to London; and the Commissioners Letter to the General, in Answer to his Reasons; were read.
Safety of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee appointed for the Safety of the Kingdom and Parliament, do, from Day to Day, inform this House of their Proceedings at that Committee.
House to meet.
Ordered, That the House do meet To-morrow at Four of Clock.
City's Answer to Letter.
The House being informed, That divers Aldermen and Citizens of the City of London were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Alderman Fowke acquainted the House, That they were commanded by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, in CommonCouncil assembled, to present unto this House their Sense upon a Matter of very great Importance.
They have again considered of the General's Letter unto them; and have made an Answer; which they have thought fit to acquaint this House with; and to desire their Approbation of sending it to the Army.
The Aldermen and Gentlemen of the City being withdrawn, the Letter was read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the City's sending this Letter to the Army in the Way they propose.
The Aldermen and Citizens were again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, That the House had considered of their Desires, and of the Letter presented by them; and are very sensible of their good Affections to the Peace and Good of the Kingdom, and Honour of the Parliament; for which he was commanded to give them Thanks.