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, 19 Julii, 1647.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Erasmus Erle Esquire a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country: And he is further enjoined and required to use his best Endeavour, and take care, that the late Distractions and Differences at Norwich, concerning the Excise, may be composed and settled.
Sufferers at Leeds.
The humble Petition of Paul Freeman, Robert Worrall, Richard Nimlim, Margarett Fletcher, Alice Freeman, of Leeds in Yorkshire, Clothiers, was this Day read; and was, for Relief of their Losses at Leeds, in burning their Houses, and Spoil of their Goods.
Ordered, That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds be provided and raised out of the Estates of such concealed Delinquents in the County of Yorke, as are not sequestered, for and towards the Satisfaction of the Losses of Paul Freeman, Robert Worrall, Richard Nimlin, Margarett Fletcher, and Alice Freeman, of Leedes, Clothiers, in burning down their Houses, and spoiling of their Goods, at Leeds aforesaid: And that it be referred to the Committee of the County of Yorke, to examine the Losses of the said respective Persons, upon Oath, Whether they do amount to so much, or not; and to pay unto them their Proportions of the said Three hundred Pounds, according to their Losses respectively.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Fowell, Mr. Mackworth, Mr. Peck, Mr. Moore of Shropshire, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. West, Mr. Francis Bacon, Mr. Edward Stephens, Sir Thomas Pelham, Sir Humfrey Briggs, Mr. Vaughan, Members of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Message to Lords.
Sir Henry Vane carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote for Sir Thomas Fairefax to have the Command of all the Land Forces under the Pay of the Parliament: And was to put the Lords in mind of the Votes formerly sent unto them from this House, for the Disbanding of those Forces that came off from the Army; and of the Ordinance for authorizing the Committee of the Army to bring in the Arrears of the Army.
A Letter from Colonel Birch, from Hereford, of 15 Julii 1647, directed to Mr. Speaker; another Letter, from Colonel Birch, from Hereford, of the same Date, directed to Sir Thomas Fairfaxe; and a Letter from Sir Thomas Fairefax, of 18 Julii 1647, from Reading; concerning some Distempers and Differences that have happened amongst the Forces at Herefford, engaged under Colonel Birch, for Ireland; were all of them this Day read. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That a Letter be sent from this House to the General, to give Order for the speedy sending away the Forces engaged under Colonel Birch, for Ireland, according to their Engagement and Undertaking.
Answer of the Eleven Members.
The which was intituled, "The Allegations and Answers of Denzell Holles Esquire, Sir Philip Stapilton, Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir John Maynard, Knights, Major General Massey, John Glyn, Esquire Recorder of London, Walter Long Esquire, Colonel Edward Harley, Anthony Nicoll Esquire, Members of this Honourable House, to the Charge or Impeachment exhibited against them, in the Name of Sir Thomas Fairefax, and the Army under his Command;" and was read the First time, the Members being present.
Issue for Irish Service.
An Ordinance for the Payment of Seven-and-twenty thousand Three hundred Sixty-and-two Pounds, Remainder of Forty thousand Pounds, by Alderman Bunce, and the rest of the Treasurers at Weavers Hall, for the Service of Ireland; and for making void an Ordinance of 12 Julii instant, for the Payment of Thirty thousand Pounds, Remainder of Forty thousand Pounds, by the said Treasurers, 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.
Ordered, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That the First Vote in the Seventh Page, for referring it to the Committees of the County of Worcester, to take Order, That the City of Worcester be made untenable, be left out.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That the Execution of these Votes be left to the Care of the Deputy Lieutenants of the several Counties to be forthwith performed accordingly with the Addition of this Clause; viz. After the Word "Lieutenants," and before the Word "of," "or Commissioners of Parliament, named in the Ordinance for the raising the Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem, or any Three or more of them."
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That the Keys of the several Towns, that are now appointed to be disgarisoned, may be delivered to the Mayors, or other Officers, of the said Towns or Corporations, that the Government of those Places may be as formerly it was, before these unhappy Troubles.
It is further Ordered, That the same Proportion of Powder, Match, and Bullet, as was formerly allowed for the Service of the Garison in Dartmouth Castle, be still continued and allowed them out of the publick Stores: And that the Government thereof be in the Mayor, Bailiffs, and Burgesses, as formerly.
Resolved, &c. That a Conference be desired with the Lords, upon the Votes of both Houses, concerning the Garisons: And that it be referred to Mr. Scawen, and the Committee of the Army, to take care for the Preparing of the Votes and Reasons, to be delivered to the Lords at the said Conference.
Mr. Scawen reports an Estimate of the Pay of such Garisons as are to continue, and of such Horse and Dragoons as are to be kept up, not of the Army, for One Month, at Twenty-eight Days to the Month, according to the Proportion of Pay voted the Thirteenth of April 1647: The which was read.
He further reported a Paper, or Proposition, given in to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, by some Gentlemen of the Eastern Association, concerning the Town of Lynne: The which was read.
Ordered, That this Report of the Estimate of the Pay of the Garisons and Forces, and the Paper or Proposition concerning the Town of Lyme, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business; and no other Business do then intervene.