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 Martis, 6 Julii, 1647.
A LETTER from the Commissioners with the Army, from Reading, of 5 Julii 1647, at Eleven at Night, with a Paper inclosed from the Army, concerning Things wanting in the late Votes of the Houses, in relation to the Desires of the Army, sent from Uxbridge, June 27, 1647, were read.
A Letter from the Commissioners with the King, from Cavisham, of 4 Julii 1647, was read.
Two Letters from Colonel General Sednham Pointes, from York, of 3 Julii 1647, concerning some Distempers in those Northern Forces, were read.
Resolved, &c. That those that shall, contrary to the Order of June 28th, leave the Army, shall not have any Benefit of that former Declaration, for present Payment of Arrears.
Upon Mr. Scawen's Report.
It is Resolved, &c. That Provision be made for the Army: First Out of the Arrears of the Twenty Months Assessment: Secondly, Out of the Remainder of the Two hundred thousand Pounds, appointed for the Service of this Army, out of the Reciepts at Goldsmiths Hall.
Resolved, &c. That the like Ordinance be granted to the Committee of the Army, for the bringing in the Arrears, as they formerly heretofore had.
Time of House Meeting.
Resolved, &c. That the House do meet every Morning at Eight of Clock; and receive Reports from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall till Nine of Clock: And that Mr. Speaker do rise every Day at Twelve, and admit of no new Motion whatsoever after Twelve; to the end that Committees may meet constantly for Dispatch of the Affairs of the Kingdom: And the Members are enjoined to meet constantly and punctually at Eight of Clock: And that this Order do begin to take Force on Thursday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall their writing Letters to the several Counties, concerning the speedy bringing in the Delinquents Composition Monies.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired to pass the Ordinance, formerly sent unto them, for the giving Power to the Committee and Treasurers at Wars to bring in the Arrears.
Sir John Potts is appointed to go with this Message.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Harbottle Grimston, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go to the Spawe; with Two Servants, a Chaplain, and Four Horses.
Issue to Treasurersat War, &c.
Resolved, &c. That the Treasurers of Goldsmiths Hall be ordered to pay the Treasurers at Wars the Remainder of the Two hundred thousand Pounds, formerly appointed for the Army, as it doth arise.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee and Treasurers of the Army be appointed with the like Powers to bring in the Assessment of the Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem, as they had for bringing in the Assessments for the Army: And that an Ordinance be brought in to this Purpose.
Mr. Pury is appointed to bring it in.
Ordered, That Twenty thousand Pounds be paid by the Treasurers at Weavers Hall, out of the Treasure there, to the Treasurers at Wars, to be issued forth towards the present Month's Pay appointed for the Army.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the same Power be, by this Ordinance, given to the Committee and Treasurers at Wars, for allowing Free Quarter, according to such Propositions, and in such Manner, as they did formerly allow it in the Assessments for the Army in the Association.
Ordinances for Assessments.
Ordered, That Six thousand Ordinances, of the Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem Assessments, be forthwith printed for the Service of the Kingdom: And that the Committee of the Army do give Order to the Printer herein, and take care of this Business: And Mr. Bacon is appointed to look after the Names, that they may be truly printed, according to the original Copy of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do take care to send the printed Ordinances, for the Assessments of Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem, into the several Counties, by express Messengers: And that they do prepare Letters, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent, together with the Ordiances, into the several Counties, from the House, to desire the Commissioners to proceed, with all Diligence, in the Assessing and Levying of the Money according to the Ordinance.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, and the Committee at Derby House, to put in Execution the Votes, passed both Houses, for the disgarisoning the several Garisons voted to be disgarisoned and dismantled: And that they do forthwith make Report of this Business to the House; and of the Obstructions: And that the Report from the Lords, concerning the Garisons, delivered in by Sir John Cloworthy, be referred to this Committee; to consider of and state it to the House.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Hakewill;
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That the French Ambassador has given notice to their Lordships, that he has received Commanded form the French King, his Master, to attend his Majesty: That, upon it, they have made an Order; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House: Also to this Minute of a Letter to the Commissioners, which is to go by Sir Oliver Fleming with the French Ambassador.
An Order for Mr. Brewen to be Baron of the Exchequer at Chester; in which they desire the Concurrence of the House.
An Order concerning the University of Cambridge; and this Minute of a Letter to the Vice Chancellor; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
A Petition of the poor Dragooners, which they recommend unto the Consideration of this House.
The Lords think sit, that Colonel Sheffield over the Soldiers, which came from the Army, into Ireland, so many as he can get of them: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
They have returned an Order, which first moved from this House, concerning the Payment of some Arrears to the Garison of Dover Castle; with some Amendments: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Lords desire to put you in mind of an Ordinance, formerly sent unto you touching the Collieries at Newcastle.
The Order concerning the French Ambassador, and the Minute of a Letter to be sent to the Commissioners with the King, were read.
The Question was propounded, Whether this House shall concur with the Lords in this Order and Letter:
And the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords in the Order sent from them, concerning the French Ambassador's going to the King; and in the Minute of the Letter, to be sent to the Commissioners with the King by Sir Oliver Flemyng.
The Order, sent from the Lords, was in hæc verba, in which the House has concurred; viz.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Monsieur Bellieure, Extraordinary Ambassador from the French King, shall be permitted, with his Retinue, Coach and Horses, Bag and Baggage, to pass from the City of London to his Majesty, and back to London; and likewise that all civil and fair Respects be given unto him.
Baron of Exchequer.
An Ordinance, sent from the Lords for appointing Jonathan Brewen to be chief Clerk or Baron of the Exchequer at Chester, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto, and passed.
An Order and Letter concerning the University of Cambridge, sent from the Lords, were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Order was in hæc verba; viz.
"Upon Complaint made, that there are some Fellows of St. John College in Cambridge, who do attempt to disturb the peaceable Government thereof, as it is now settled according to Ordinances of Parliament; and that the like is feared in other Colleges; it is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Vice Chancellor for the Time being, and any Heads of the University, or more of them, do examine all such Disturbances; and quiet them, if they can; or otherwise speedily certify to the Houses the Names and Misdemeanors of such Offenders.
The Amendments to the Order, concerning the Payment of Six Months Arrears, out of the Sequestration Monies, to the Garison of Dover Castle, were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto, as followeth;
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the Committee of Sequestrations in the County of Kent do forthwith, out of the Sequestration Money in their Hands, or such as shall arise from the Sequestrations in the said County, pay Six Months Arrears to the Garison of Dover.
In the Fourth Line, after the Word "to," and before the Word "the," add these Words, "Officers and Soldiers of:" In the Fifth Line after the Word, "Dover," add the Words "Castle, Motes, Bulwark, and Archcliffe Fort;" and then add this Clause:
"And it is further Ordered, That John Bois Esquire, Lieutenant of Dover Castle, be appointed to receive the said Six Months Pay, and to distribute it to the Uses above-mentioned: And that a Receipt thereof, under his Hand, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the Committee of Sequestration aforesaid, and to their several Officers."
Resolved, &c. That to the Petition of the poor Waggoners; the Ordinance touching the Collieries at Newcastle; the Business concerning Colonel Sheiffield carrying the Forces come off from the Army into Ireland; this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to distribute and apportion the Five-and-twenty thousand Pounds, Part of the Monies assigned for Ireland, to the several Provinces of Ireland; and to take care to send the same over, and to employ it for the Service of the said several Provinces.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Hakewill;
The Lords, in regard that To-morrow is the last Day of the Term, do think fit to adjourn till Thursday; and commanded them to acquaint this House with so much: They think fit, that the Earl of Clieveland continue upon the same Bail he formerly went on, for Three Months longer. They desire that the Committee for the Sequestrations may fit To-morrow.
Resolved, &c. That, at the Rising of the House, the House be adjourned till Thursday Eight of Clock.
Earl of Cleveland.
Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Cleveland be continued upon the former Bail for Three Months longer.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Sequestrations do fit To-morrow in the Afternoon.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the First Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And as to the Order and Letter concerning the French Ambassador; the Ordinance concerning Mr. Jonathan Brewen to be Baron of the Exchequer at Chester; to the Order and Letter concerning the University of Cambridge; to the Amendments returned to the Order for the Pay of Six Months Arrears to the Garison of Dover Castle; they do agree: To the rest they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the Second Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and have resolved to adjourn till Thursday Morning Eight of Clock: They do agree, that the Earl of Cleveland shall continue upon his former Bail for Three Months longer: They do agree, that the Committee for Sequestrations do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, and the Committee at Derby House, to consider of an Estimate for the Garisons voted to be kept up, and for the Forces that are not of the Army, formerly voted to be kept up in the Kingdom; and to report them to the House.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Sir Wm. Drake, a Member of this House, have Leave to go beyond the Seas for Recovery of his Health: And shall have a Pass to transport himself, Two Servants, and Trunks.
Seal of Wales.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Seal of the Three Counties of South Wales, or any Five of them, do meet this Afternoon in the Queen's Court; and so de die in diem.
Letter from Worcester.
A Letter from Worcester, of 1 Julii, 1647, from one Symon Moore Minister, to one Mr. Lechemere, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Lists and Petitions delivered by Sir John Norwich, and the other Petitions of Soldiers, read on Saturday last, be referred to the Committee where Mr. John Goodwyn has the Chair; to the end that it may be stated to the House.
The Accompts of such as have served in the General Armies, and likewise the Accompts of such as have served in the particular Counties; to the end that the House may take care to satify such as have served in the General Armies: And that such as have served in the particular Counties, may be referred to the Counties where they have served, to be satisfied there.
It is further Ordered, That the Desire of the Reformadoes of Colonel Sanderson's Regiment, now tendered by Mr. Marten, be referred, in like manner, to this Committee, to report their Opinions concerning them to the House.
Ordered, That the Petition of Colonel Henry Gray, and likewise the Officers that formerly served under the Lord Grey, be referred to the Committee of Leicester, for the Stating of their Accompts, and Payment of their Arrears.
Ordered, That Mr. Leman do prepare Letters, to be reported to the House, and signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent into the associated Counties, for bringing in the Arrears to the Earl of Manchester's Army.
Three Letters from the Commissioners of Scotland, from Worcester House: Two, of the Twenty-eighth of June 1647; the Third, of Sexto Julii; were read.
Ordered, That a Letter be sent to the Commissioners with the Army, and the Copies of these Letters, of the Twenty-eighth of June, and the Sixth of July, inclosed: And they required to acquaint the General with them: and that this House does expect an Account from them of this Business, that the like may be prevented for the future.
Sir Henry Vane, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Tate, or any Two of them, are appointed to prepare this Letter; and to acquaint the Commissioners of Scotland, what the House has done herein.
Scotts Forces in Ireland.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire them to expedite their Resolutions concerning the Dismissing the Scotts Forces in Ireland.
Colonel Jephson is appointed to go to the Lords with this Message.
Impeachment of the Eleven Members.
The House being informed, That divers Officers from the Army were at the Door;
They were called in: And Colonel Scroope acquainted the House, and said, That we are sent to impeach, and we do, in the Name of his Excellency, and the Army under his Command impeach, some Members of this House of high Crimes and Misdemeanors; viz. Denzell Holles Esquire, Sir Philip Stapilton, Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Wm. Waller, Kinghts, Major General Massy, Sir John Maynard, Mr. John Glyn Recorder of London, Colonel Walter Long, Colonel Edward Harley, and Anthony Nicoll Esquire, Members of this House: And we have by Command to deliver in a particular Charge and Impeachment against the said Members, in the Name of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax, and the Army under his Command; and to desire you to take it into speedy Consideration.
The which, the Officers being withdrawn, and the Gentlemen concerned therein being called in, was read.
And the said Gentlemen did, upon the present, return a general Answer to the Particulars they were concerned in.
Resolved, &c. That this Business be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next, the first Business.
Two Letters from Colonel General Pointes, from York, of 3 Julii 1647, were again now read.
Resolved, &c. That the Committees do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, notwithstanding the Adjournment of the House.
Pay of Northern Association.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the North do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon; and take care for the speedy sending down the Ten thousand Pounds, formerly assingned for the Forces of the Northern Association.
Resolved, &c. That Commissary Copley be added to the Northern Committee.
Ordered, That Commissiary Copley do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Colonel General Points; to signify unto him, and his Officers, that there is Care taken for the speedy sending down the Ten thousand Pounds assigned for those Forces.