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, 31 Julii, 1647.
Late Speaker's Declaration.
Mr. Drake, being called in, informed the House, that he heard, that there is a Declaration a printing, of the last Speaker's, at one Symond's House in Aldersgate-street; which, as he hears, will be very dangerous to the Parliament and City.
Proceedings of the Army.
They were called in: And Mr. Sheriff Edmonds acquainted the House, that they were commanded by the Common Council to certify unto this House, that the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, have made Choice of Lieutenant General Massie to be Commander in Chief (pro tempore) of all the Forces raised and to be raised within the Cities of London and Westminster, Lines of Communication, Hamlets of the Tower, and weekly Bills of Mortality: That the Common Council have approved thereof; and do desire the Approbation of this House. He further said, that they were commanded to acquaint the House with an Information they received, concerning the Intention of the Army to surprise the Blockhouse in Essex; with an Intelligence they received out of Hertfordshire; and with an Intelligence concerning Provision of Victual to be made for the Army at Hownslow Heath, this Morning by Eight of Clock.
The Question was propounded, That this House doth approve of the Choice, made by the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, of Lieutenant General Massy to be Commander General in Chief (pro tempore) of the Forces raised and to be raised within the said City of London, Lines of Communication, weekly Bills of Mortality, and Hamlets of the Tower, for Defence and Safety of the King, Parliament, and City:
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Choice, made by the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, of Lieutenant General Massy, to be Commander General in Chief (pro tempore) of the Forces raised, and to be raised, within the City of London, Lines of Communication, weekly Bills of Mortality, and Hamlets of the Tower, for Defence and Safety of the King, Parliament, and City.
Places to be secured.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Society of Trinity House, and they have hereby Power, and are required, to take into their Care and Custody the Blockhouse at Gravesend, and Tilbury Fort in Essex; and to secure them for the Parliament, to be disposed in such manner as they shall appoint and direct.
The Sheriffs were again called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That the House had considered of what was delivered by them, from the Common Council, and Committee of the Militia, touching their Choice of Lieutenant General Massy; of which they do approve: They have likewise taken Care and Consideration of securing the Blockhouses at Gravesend and Tilbury: And that he was commanded to give them Thanks for the Care of the Safety of the Parliament and City.
They were called in: And Sheriff Edmonds acquainted the House, That he was desired by divers Gentlemen of the Common Council, though it were no Part of his Message, to desire this House to take care of WindsoreCastle.
It is Resolved, &c. That Robert Robinson Gentleman, Servant to the Clerk of the House, be admitted to be assisting to the Clerk, in the House, for the better and speedier Dispatch of the Business of the House.
Resolved, &c. That Power be given to the Committee of the Safety revived Yesterday, by Ordinance, to give Warrant to all Keepers of publick Stores, under whose Custody there are any Ordnance, Ammunition, Arms, and other Materials of War, to issue out such Arms, Ammunition, Ordnance, and Materials of War, as, from time to time, they shall receive Warrant for, by the said Committee.
House to sit.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Baynton carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote for approving Lieutenant General Massy to be Commander in Chief of the Forces raised, and to be raised, of London, Liberties, &c.: The Vote for reserring it to the Trinity House, to secure the Blockhouses at Gravesend and Tilbury: And was to acquaint the Lords, That this House had resolved to sit this Afternoon; and to desire them to do the like, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
Resolved, &c. That the Great Seal of England be put into the Custody of Francis Lord Willoughby of Parham, and Henry Pelham Esquire, Speakers of both Houses; with the same Authorities as the other Speakers, Commissioners of the Great Seal, formerly had; for the Space of Ten Days.
Ordered, That Mr. Gewen and Colonel Coply do prepare an Ordinance, and bring it in this Afternoon, for giving the Publick Faith to such whose Horses shall be seized and listed for the Service of the Parliament; either to have their Horses safely restored, or to have Monies for them, as they shall be valued by Commissaries appointed to that Purpose.
Sealing Commissions, &c.
Members to attend.
RESOLVED, &c. That those Members of the House, who forbear coming to the House, by reason that they have put in their Cases, do attend the Service of the House, until the further Pleasure of the House be known.
Resolved, &c. That the Order made, for the Members to attend the House by Monday come Fortnight, be forthwith printed, and published by the Sheriffs of the several Counties: And that the Knights and Burgesses of the several Counties and Places do take care speedily to send printed Copies of the said Order to the several and respective Sheriffs, to be published accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the Order of both Houses, of the 19th of July, which puts under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax all the Land Forces under the Pay of the Parliament, doth not extend to give him any Power over the Trained Bands or Garisons.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Safety, to take speedy Care for securing all the Garisons of England and Wales to the Service of the Parliament: And that they signify unto them, that the House will take speedy Care to settle an Establishment for their Pay; and to provide Monies for them.
Ordered, That Mr. Priestly do prepare a Letter, to be sent to the Committee of Hertfordshire, to acquaint them, That the House's Pleasure is, That they should not send any Forces to the Army: And that, if they have sent any, they should recall them; and to acquaint them with the Order of Explanation; of the Order of 19 Julii, concerning the putting the Land Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax.
Ordered, That Mr. Fowell do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent to the Garison of Plymouth, to communicate the Vote of Explanation of the Order of 19 Julii, that puts the Land Forces of the Kingdom under Sir Thomas Fairefax; and to assure them, that the Houses will take speedy Care to settle an Establishment for their Pay.
Message to Lords.
Mr. James Herbert carried to the Lords the Order, That the King's Children be not removed: The Order, giving Power to the Militia to raise and list Horses: The Order signifying Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Power doth not extend to the Trained Bands and Garisons: The Order that the Keepers of all Stores do issue out Ordinance, Ammunition, &c. as they shall receive Warrant for from the Committee of Safety: And likewise the Ordinance for the making the Speakers of both Houses Commissioners of the Great Seal.
Declaration concerning the King.
Whereas the King hath been seized upon, and carried away from Holdenby, without his Consent, or the Consent of the Houses of Parliament, by a Party, into the Army; where his Majesty yet remaineth: The Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, do desire, that his Majesty will be pleased immediately to come to such Place as both Houses of Parliament shall appoint: And they do Declare, that he shall there be, with Honour, Freedom, and Safety: And that they, with the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, will make their Addresses unto his Majesty, for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
|Mr. John Ashe,||Tellers for the Noe:||22.|
|Sir Wm. Strickland,||With the Noe,|
|Sir John Clotworthy,||Tellers for the Yea:||55.|
|Mr. Baynton,||With the Yea,|
Answer from Lords.
A Letter to be sent to the Committee of the Militia of the County of Herts, upon the Occasion of a Warrant sent from Sir Thomas Fairefax to the said Committee, for raising the Horse and Foot of that County, was read; and assented unto; and appointed to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the said Committee.
Answer to Lords.
An Ordinance for the giving the Publick Faith for such Horses as shall be seized and secured for the Service of the King, City, and Parliament, was read; and upon the Question, passed; and immediately carried to the Lords for their Concurrence, by the Lord Carre.
Answer from Lords.
The Lord Carre brings Answer from the Lords, That their Lordships do agree to the Declaration for his Majesty's coming to such Place as both Houses shall appoint; and to the Ordinance that gives the Publick Faith for such Horses as are seized and listed, for Defence of the Parliament and City.
Ordered, That the Mace now in the Custody of Serjeant Birkhead, be forthwith delivered to Serjeant Norffolk, now attending the House, for the Service of the House: And the said Serjeant Birkhead is to attend the House on Monday Morning next.