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, 20 Julii, 1647.
Leave of Absence.
Upon the humble Petition of William Lewis, Henry Pinckridge, John Gammon, and John Bell, who are committed, by Order of this House, Prisoners to the Prison of Newgate, for assaulting the House of Mr. Pury, a Member of this House, and him in it;
Message from Lord.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Ordinance concerning the Lord Willoughby of Parham; to which they desire your Concurrence: This Ordinance, concerning the Earl of Pembroke; to which they desire your Concurrence: This Petition of Sir Henry Spottiswood's; which they recommend to your special Consideration: They have commanded us to put you in mind of Captain Thompson's Petition.
Chancellor of Oxford University.
The Ordinance for restoring the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery to the Place of Chancellor of the University of Oxon was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Selden, Mr. Tate, Mr. Rous, Mr. Prideaux, Sir John Danvers, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Guilbert Gerrard, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Knightley, Mr. William Stephens, Mr. Scott, Mr. Whitehead, Sir William Armyn, Mr. Henry Pelham, or any Three of them: And are to meet upon it this Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Queen's Court; and to report To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Ministers sent down by Authority of Parliament to the University of Oxford, shall be continued there for Three Months longer; and have the same Allowance for their Maintenance which was formerly appointed to them.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Regulation of the University of Oxford do receive such Questions as shall be delivered in to them from the Ministers that were sent from the Parliament of Oxford; and to report the same to this House, as they shall think fit.
Answer to Lords.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Henry Vane brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Vote for putting the Land Forces of this Kingdom under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax; and to the Vote for Monies for Ireland: And as to the Votes for disbanding the Forces that came off from the Army, and the Ordinance for bringing in the Arrears of the Army, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Leave of Absence to the Eleven Members.
Pass to the Eleven Members.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker shall have Power to grant unto such of the said Members, viz. Mr. Denzell Holles, Sir Philip Stapilton, Sir William Lewys, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir William Waller, Sir John Maynard, Major General Massey, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Walter Long, Colonel Edward Harley, and Mr. Anthony Nicoll, as shall desire it from Mr. Speaker, a Pass to go beyond the Seas; the Time of the said Leave not exceeding the Space of Six Months from this Day.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Harley is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to pass the Order for disbanding the Forces that are come off from the Army; and the Ordinance for enabling the Committee of the Army to bring in the Arrears to the Army.
A Letter to be sent to his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, for taking effectual care, that the Forces under Colonel Birch, may be speedily sent into Ireland, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the General accordingly.
A Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, from Reading, of 19 Julii 1647, was read; and Two Papers inclosed: The one of 19 Julii 1647, from Reading, by the Appointment of the Commissioners for the Army, signed Wm. Clerke: the other, at Reading, of 19Julii 1647, by the Appointment of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and his Council of War, signed Jo. Rushworth.
Answer from Lords.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded * * * *, that the Lords, desire the Removal of the King's Children to Sion House; in regard of the Infection, and of the Heat of the Weather: A Paper from the Earl of Northumberland, concerning the same Business: Ordinance concerning the Committee of the Army: It moved first from hence: With One Amendment, concerning the Date only; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They do especially recommend the Petition of John Parker Esquire.
Tumult on the Stairs.
Defence of the House.
Resolved, &c. That an hundred Halberds be forthwith provided, and set within the House, to be made use of for the Defence of the House: And that the Committee of the Revenue do take care to provide and send in these Halberds accordingly.
Petitions to be considered.
Answer to Lords.
Propositions from the Army.
Ordered, upon the Question, by the Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Guards attending the Houses do forthwith remove and disperse all Multitudes and Tumults that make their Concourse to the Doors, or Stairs, leading to the Houses, to the great Disturbance of their Proceedings: And that they put them away from the Doors, Stairs, and Passages, leading to the Houses, and out of Westminster Hall: And that they do, from time to time, take effectual Care to prevent, that such Multitudes, or Meetings, may not be; nor that any such People may be suffered to come or resort to the Doors, Passages, or Stairs, of the House.
It is further Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia of London be hereby required and enjoined to give full Order and Instructions, to the Captains and Commanders of such Guards, as from time to time they send to attend the Houses, to take Course, that this Order may punctually be observed, and put in due Execution. And
It is likewise Ordered, That Colonel Webb do attend the Houses daily, for seeing the Guards placed, and set for the Security of the Houses: And that the Guards may perform their Duty, according to this Order; and according to former Orders and Directions given to the Committee of the Militia in this Business.