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, 14 Junii, 1647.
ORDERED, &c. That Mr. Recorder and Mr. Alderman Pennington do desire the Committee of the Militia of the City of London forthwith to send a good and strong Guard to the Houses of Parliament, to prevent any Interruption or Disturbance.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Robert Pye, and Mr. Francis Allen do, from this House, require Captain Falconbridge and Captain White presently to bring a good and strong Guard for the Defence and Safety of the Houses of Parliament: And that they do give Order to the Captain of the Guards attending this House, to place Guards so, that they may hinder and prevent the Access of any tumultuous Assemblies, or Companies of People, into the Hall, Court of Requests, or any of the Stairs or Avenues coming to either of the Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That some be sent to the Officers and Soldiers that are now assembled, to signify unto them the Dislike this House has of all Meetings, or Gatherings together of People, whatsoever: And they are hereby required forthwith to disperse: And that they further signify unto them, that so soon as their List shall be perfected, and their Accompts stated, according to former Order, that there may be an orderly Payment of Monies unto them, there will be Monies ready for them: That if they have any fitting Desires to present to the House, they should make Choice of some few of their own Number, in a peaceable and civil Way to represent them.
Colonel Birch, Mr. Whitelocke, Mr. Solicitor, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Lislebone Longe, Mr. Nathaniell, Fienes, are appointed to prepare a Declaration, to give Satisfaction to the Kingdom, What the House has done in Satisfaction of the Soldiery; and to prohibit, upon Pain of Death, the Assembling and Gathering together of all Soldiers, or other Persons whatsoever: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Colonel Birch: And they are to bring in this Declaration with all convenient Speed.
Commissioners of Scotland.
Mr. Holles reports what passed at the Conference with the Commissioners of Scotland, 5 Junii 1647: Which he read out of a Paper delivered in by the Earl of Lauderdail: The which was read, first by the Reporter; and then by the Clerk.
Intelligence from France.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this List of the Officers and Gentlemen of the Lifeguard, who do accept of the Propositions made to the Army on Thursday last; The Lords do approve of this their Acceptance; and that there may be Provision made for them, according to those Votes: They are further to signify, That Ten Lords are appointed to join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to consider of and prepare a Declaration, that may give an Account to the Kingdom, What the Parliament hath done, and What their Intentions are for the future, for the Ease of the Subject, for the Satisfaction of the Army, and the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom: The Quorum, Three: To meet at Three Post meridiem, this Day, in the Painted Chamber; and to adjourn from time to time.
Ordered, &c. That the Officers and Gentlemen named in this List be referred to the Committee to whom the other Officers and Soldiers that come off from the Army are referred; to take care of them, and make Provisions for them, in like manner as for those others, in pursuance of the Propositions made to the Army, and according to the former Order made to the said Committee in that Behalf.
Declaration of Parliament.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Holles, Sir Arth. Haselrige, Sir Phillip Percivall, Mr. Nathaniell Fienis, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Solicitor, Sir John Potts, Sir Phillip Stapleton, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Samuel Browne, Colonel Leigh, Mr. Copley, Sir Henry Heyman, Mr. Boyse, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Whitelock;
This Committee, or any Six of them, is appointed to join with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to consider of and prepare a Declaration, that may give an Account to the Kingdom, What the Parliament hath done, and What their Intentions are for the future, for the Ease of the Subject, for the Satisfaction of the Army, and the Peace and Safety of the Kingdom: And are to meet at Three post meridiem, in the Painted Chamber: And have Power to adjourn from time to time.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver this Message; That it be referred to the same Committee that is appointed to draw up the Declaration, to consider, What Place is most fit and convenient to have the Person of the King to be brought unto; that so he may have the joint Application of both Kingdoms, for the Settling of a safe and well-grounded Peace.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to what is propounded, concerning the Officers and Gentlemen of the Lifeguard: They do agree to a proportionable Committee for preparing a Declaration, as is desired.
Answer to Lords.
Intelligence from France.
The Lords have received this Petition from the reduced Officers; which was addressed unto them in a very modest Way; The Lords desire this House to take it into speedy and effectual Consideration; and to give a satisfactory Answer unto it.
Mr. John Goodwyn, Colonel Birch, Mr. Francis Allen, Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Wm. Waller, Lieutenant General Massey, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Swynfen, Alderman Atkin, Mr. Doyley, Mr. Scott, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. Ball.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are appointed to meet this Afternoon at Five of Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards: And are to consider how the Five thousand Pounds assigned out of Weavers Hall for the Officers, may be apportioned according to the former Order: They are further to consider of the Petition now delivered from the reduced Officers; and to frame an Order upon the Debate of the House, that may give Satisfaction to the Petitioners: They are likewise to consider of some effectual Means of removing all Obstructions in the taking and expediting the Officers Accompts; and to put that Business into the speediest Way of Dispatch that may be; and to report To-morrow: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Colonel Birch.
Sir Wm. Waller, Lieutenant General Massey, and Colonel Birch, are appointed to go to the Officers, and to acquaint them, What the House hath done for their Satisfaction; and to desire them to acquaint the private Soldier, that so soon as the Lists are returned, which will be within these very few Days, the House will take the best Care for providing Monies for them they can.