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, 10 Julii, 1647.
Deeds, &c. to be restored.
Ordered, That the Deeds, Evidences, and Writings, produced upon the Occasion of a Suit depending formerly in Star Chamber, between Sir Arthur Hesilrig Plaintiss, and Mr. George Collingwood and Mr. Cutbert Collingwood Defendants, remaining now in the Power of one Mr. Tilson, or any other, be restored; those that were brought in by Sir Arthur Hesilrig, to him; and those that were brought in by the said Collingwood, to them, or their respective Solicitors.
The humble Certificate of the Committee for the Accompts of the Kingdom, concerning the Accompts of Colonel Edward Massy, Commander in Chief of the Forces of the Western Association, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two thousand Pounds be advanced, and paid, upon Account, unto Lieutenant General Massy: And that One thousand Pounds of the said Two thousand Pounds be charged upon that Moiety at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, that is not given for Security for the last Two hundred thousand Pounds: And that the other Thousand Pounds be charged upon the Treasure at Weavers Hall, and forthwith paid unto him by the Treasurers there.
Resolved, &c. That the Certificates and Accompts concerning Lieutenant General Massy be referred to the Examination and Consideration of the Committee of this House concerning Accompts, where Mr. Samuell Browne has the Chair: And that the said Committee be revived; and do meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the usual Place.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have received a Report from the Committee at Derby House, concerning an Offer made by Mr. Thomas Bushell, to deliver up the Isle of Lundy, upon the taking off his Delinquency: Petition of Mr. Walter Mountague: The Lords think it reasonable to grant it, in regard of the weak and sad Condition he is in, and the Infirmities he has contracted: A Vote for making Peter de Bevoyr de Granges Bailist of the Isle of Guernsey, during the Pleasure of the Parliament.
Bushell's Delinquency, &c.
It is Resolved, That this House doth concur with the Lords, That, upon Delivery up of the Isle of Lundy to the Lord Viscount Say and Seale, or his Assigns, by Mr. Thomas Bushell, the Delinquency of the said Thomas Bushell be taken off, and all Sequenstration in respect there of discharged; and he restored to such Right as he, or his Assigns, had in the Mines in Devonshire, Wales, or Cornwall, before these Troubles: And that the Men that were with him in the Island, being not Men of Estate or Quality, be pardoned, and freed form Delinquency and Sequestration, according to the Undertaking of the said Committee.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Walter Mountague, now a Prisoner in the Tower, be enlarged, upon good Bail, to be approved by the Committee of the Tower, to render himself Prisoner to the Tower at the End of Two Months; And that, in the mean time, he may have Liberty to go to Tumbridge to drink the Waters.
Bailiss of Guernsey.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords, that Peter de Beauvoir de Granges Esquire be Bailiff of the Island of Guernsey, during the Pleasure of both Houses; where he hath executed the said Place for Two Years last past, in the Service of the Parliament.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Order concerning the taking off the Sequestration, and pardoning the Delinquency, of Mr. Thomas Bushel, upon the Delivery up of the Isle of Lundy: To the Vote for appointing Mr. Peter Bevoix to be Bailiff of Guernsey: To the Enlarging of Mr. Walter Mountague, upon Bail, for Two Months.
Answer from Lords.
Soldiers, &c. to depart the Lines.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for the reduced Officers and Soldiers departing out of the Lines of Communication be forthwith printed: And that the Committee of the Militia of the City of London do take care, that the said Ordinance, and likewise the Ordinance for putting Papists and Malignants out of the Lines of Communication, be forthwith published by Beat of Drum, and Sound of Trumpet.
Judges to go Circuits.
Charge against the Eleven Members.
Debate of the Charge.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Debate of the Charge, sent from the Army, be adjourned till Monday next, at Nine of Clock: And that it be then resumed: And that no other Business whatsoever do intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee, to whom the Informations concerning Listings is referred, do sit this Afternoon; and take that Business into speedy Consideration; And that they have Power to examine after all manner of Listings, and by what Persons.
Ordered, &c. That the Lord Mayor, and the Committee of the Militia of London, be required to take effectual Order, that a good and sufficient Guard of Horse and Foot may be sent up to guard the Houses on Monday Morning next, by Seven of Clock at farthest: And Colonel Venn is appointed to acquaint the Committee of the Militia with this Order.
Judges to go Circuits.
A Letter from Redding, of 9 Julii 1647, past Eleven at Night, from Sir Thomas Widdrington and Field Marshal Skippon to Mr. Scawen and Colonel White; with the Copy of a Letter, of 8 Julii 1647, sent, by the Appointment of the General and Council of War, unto the Lord Mayor and Common Council; were read.
Pay of Lifeguard.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, and the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to pay unto the Officers and Gentlemen of the Lifeguard, that are come off from the Army, Three Months Pay.
Ordered, &c. That the Remainder of the Monies in Weavers Hall, not yet ordered, be paid by the Treasurers there to the Treasurers at War, to be disposed, by Order of the Committee of the Army, and the Committee at Derby House, for the Irish Affairs, towards the perfecting and making good the Votes, formerly passed concerning such Officers, Soldiers, and Gentlemen, of the Lifeguard, that are come off from the Army, to go for Ireland, or to be disbanded.
Letter from the Army.
They were called in: And Mr. Alderman Gibb informed the House, That they were commanded by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, to acquaint this House, That they had received a Letter and Paper from the General, and Council of War: They had perused them; and find them to be Matters of great Importance; and therefore thought sit to bring them to this House: The Consideration of this Business makes them reflect upon the Petition they lately presented, especially upon some Articles of that Petition, which they humbly insist may be taken into speedy Consideration: They desire not to be understood as though they waved the others; but humbly conceive these to be of more pressing Concernment for the present.
Tumultuous, Meetings, &c.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare against all tumultuous Meetings and Assembling together of People, upon any Pretence of Listings, or any other Pretence whatsoever: And that the Committee of the Militia of the City of London be hereby authorized and required to take Course to prevent and dissipate all such tumultuous Assemblies and Meetings, and to apprehend and commit all such riotous and tumultuous Persons, so assembled, as they shall think sit.
Resolved, &c. That no Officer of War, or Soldier, other than such as are already come in, do enter the Line of Communication, under any Pretence to share in the Monies, lately appointed by Parliament, towards the Satisfaction of any Arrears.
Ordinance to be brought in.
Answer to the City.
The Aldermen and Gentlemen of the City were called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, That the House had considered of their Desires; and find them grounded upon just Considerations, and tend much to the Quiet of the Parliament and Kingdom: They have always found the good Affections of that City to the Publick; and do take Notice of their Respect, in communicating such Things they receive to the House: For all which he is commanded to give them hearty Thanks. He is further to recommend unto them, That a good and sufficient Guard of Horse and Foot may, for some time, be appointed, from Day to Day, to guard the Houses, and to prevent any Disturbance or Inconveniency that may happen, either in these Parts, or in the City.