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, 24 Junii, 1647
ORDERED, That the Ordinance in Mr. Knightley's Hands concerning the Prisoners in the Tower, be read on Tuesday next.
A Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, from St. Albans, of 23 Junii 1647, at Four of the Clock; another Letter from the same Commissioners, of 23 Junii 1647, at Twelve at Night, with a Remonstrance from the Army inclosed; a Letter from the Commissioners with the King, from Newmarkett, of 23 Junii 1647, with the Copy, inclosed, of a Letter, from Major Philip Twissleton, Major to Colonel Rossetter's Regiment, to the said Commissioners at Newmarkett; and likewise a Copy of the said Commissioners Letter to the said Major Twissleton; were read.
Colonel Brich informed the House of the Passages concerning his Stay in his Journey, to his Charge, in order to the Service of Ireland; and of his being carried to the Head Quarters to St. Albans; and his Discharge there by the General, and the Occasions of his Return hither.
Ordered, That the House doth approve of Colonel Birche's Return hither.
The Remonstrance aforesaid, now sent from the Army, was again read.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay unto Mr. Scawen, one of the Members of this House, or unto such other Person as he shall appoint to receive the same, the Sum of Two hundred Pounds, to be employed for the Use of the Commissioners of both Houses now residing with the Army: And that the Acquittance of the said Mr. Scawen, or of the Person appointed to receive the same, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the Payment of the said Two hundred Pounds accordingly.
Days of Recreation.
An Ordinance concerning Days of Recreation for Scholars and Apprentices was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Bedding field, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Edward Ashe, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Gell, Mr. Nelthorpe, Mr. Love, Colonel Venn, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Gewen, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Dennis Bond, Sir John Curson, Mr. Vassall, Colonel Mountague, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Francis Allein, Mr. Lawrence Whittacre, Mr. Lemman, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Serjeant Wilde; or unto any Five of them: Who are to meet upon it To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Queen's Court: And the Care hereof is more especially referred unto Mr. Wheeler.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Vote: It is concerning the King's staying at Royston, or to go to Newmarket, as he shall think fit; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House: A Letter to be sent to the King to the same Purpose; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House; and that it may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses: A Letter to Sir Thomas Fairfax, in pursuance of the same Vote; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House; and that it may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.-
The Vote was read; and was in hæc verba; viz.
Letter to the King.
"Resolved, That a Letter be sent to his Majesty, to desire him, for some time, to make a Stay at Royston, or to go to Newmarkett, as he shall think fit, in regard of some Things that are lately fallen out."-
Lords to sit.
The Lords do desire you to take Notice, that they have resolved to sit this Afternoon at Six of the Clock.
Letters to the King, &c.
The Letter to his Majesty, and that to Sir Thomas Fairfax, in pursuance of the said Vote, were likewise read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, that a Letter be sent to his Majesty, to desire him, for some time, to make a Stay at Royston, or to go to Newmarkett, as he shall think fit, in regard of some Things that are lately fallen out.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords in the Letter sent this Day from their Lordships, to be sent to the King.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords in the Letter, sent this Day from their Lordships, to be sent to Sir Thomas Fairfaxe.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
Answer to Lords.
The House hath considered your Message; and doth agree to the Vote concerning the King; and to the Letter to the King, and to Sir Thomas Fairfax: And they do take Notice of their Lordships Resolution to sit this Afternoon at Six of the Clock.
Commissioners to the King.
Mr. Morley, Mr. Martin, Mr. Erle, are forthwith to withdraw, and prepare a Letter to be sent to the Commissioners attending upon the King; to acquaint them with the Letters to the King, and to the General; and with the Votes of the Houses for the King's Stay, for some time at Royston, or Newmarkett: And that they do observe their Instructions, concerning such Persons as are not to be admitted to have Access to the King.
Mr. Martyn reports a Letter to be sent from both Houses to the Commissioners attending on the King: The which was read; and, upon the Question, approved of; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Remonstrance from the Army.
Resolved, &c. That the House do now proceed to take the Eight particular Heads of the Remonstrance from the Army into Consideration.
Transactions with City and Army.
The House being informed, that divers of the Aldermen and Common Council, who had received some Letters from the Army, and from the General, were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Alderman Fowke acquainted the House, that they were sent from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council, to acquaint them with some Letters lately received from the General: In one of which it is desired, that, for the Keeping of a right Understanding with the City, some of the Committee sent from the City to the Army might continually reside at the Head Quarter, until it should please God to put an End to the present Distractions: Wherein they humbly pray the Direction of this House: That they were humbly to renew their former Requests to this House, to send the Reformadoes, and other Soldiers, that are now about the Town, into their several Counties, there to receive such Satisfaction as is or shall be appointed by the Parliament: And that if any Forces be listed, by virtue of the Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons, and Committee of the Militia, that they may be forthwith discharged: And that they humbly conceive that all this will tend to the Safety of the Parliament and City, and Satisfaction of the Army.
The Aldermen, and others of the Common Council, withdrew.
A Copy of a Letter, attested Michel, dated 22 Junii 1647, signed by Appointment of his Excellency Sir Tho. Fairfax, and the Council of War, Jo. Rushworth, Secretary; and directed "To the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London;" also a Copy of a Letter, likewise attested Michel, dated St. Albans 23 Junii 1647, signed, "Your assured loving Friend, T. Fairfax;" and directed "To Alderman Warner, and the rest of the Committee sent from the City of London to the Army;" both of them delivered in by Mr. Alderman Fowke; were read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the City's sending some of their Members to reside with the Army.
Resolved, &c. That if any Forces be listed, by virtue of any Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons, and the Committee of the Militia, or of the Committee of the Safety, that they be, and are hereby discharged.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Message to Lords.
Sir Walter Erle Carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Letter to be sent to the Commissioners attending the King; and the Order formerly passed, concerning the Reformadoes of Colonel Sanderson's Regiment, to receive Monies with others of the Soldiery now ordered to be paid.
Sir Walter Erle brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Letter, and the Order.
Soldiers to depart the City.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee formerly appointed do, To-morrow, bring in the Declaration concerning the Reformadoes and Soldiers that are about the Town, to depart the Town.
Transactions with City and Army.
The Citizens were again called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That he was commanded to let them know, That the House has taken into Consideration the Desires delivered by you: They do approve of the City's sending some of their Members to reside with the Army: They have voted, that if any Forces be listed by the Committee of Lords and Commons, and Committee of the Militia, or of the Committee of the Safety, that they be discharged: And, as to the Reformadoes and Soldiers about the Town, the House has put the Business into such a Way, as they in their Wisdoms have thought fit: And have commanded me to give you Thanks for these your good Affections expressed upon all Occasions.
Letters concerning the Elevea Members.
A Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, from St. Albans, of 24 Junii 1647, Three in the Afternoon; with a Letter inclosed, from the General to the said Commissioners, concerning the Eleven Members charged by the Army; were read.
Resolved, &c. That the Business concerning the Members of this House, charged by the Army, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.