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, 27 Septembris, 1647.
Leave of Absence.
Delinquent Mayors, &c.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be written from the Speaker, to the several Cities, Boroughs, and Corporations, to require such Places as have elected any Delinquent to be Mayor, to proceed to a new Election.
Ordered, That Mr. Weaver and Colonel Birche do prepare, and bring in To-morrow Morning, an Ordinance to prevent the Election of Malignants to bear any Office in any City, Borough, or Corporation; or to have any Voice in any such Election.
Justices of Peace.
Ordered, That Mr. Scott and Mr. Sallwey junior do bring in the Ordinance, To-morrow Morning, concerning Justices of Peace in the several Counties and Places, that none may be in that Place, but such as are very well affected to the Service of the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Sallwey senior do, from this House, acquaint the Assembly of Divines with the Inconvenience the great Affairs of this House incur, by their long Expectation and Attendance for a Minister to pray with them; and to desire, That they would take care that this Inconvenience may be remedied for the future.
Mr. Marten reported from the Committee for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, the Names of the Persons presented from that Committee to the Approbation of both Houses, for Command of the Ships appointed for the next Winter's Guard: And
Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be charged upon the Moiety of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, not engaged for Security, in Course, and advanced and paid unto Colonel Thomas Rainborough, upon Account, to be accounted in Part of the Arrears due unto him upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament. And that the Acquittance of the said Colonel Thomas Rainborough, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for Payment of the said Sum of One thousand Pounds, accordingly.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Bossevile is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile; and to represent unto them the great Inconveniences that come by Pamphlets; and to put them in mind of the Ordinance sent to them from this House.
Sir Peter Wentworth is appointed to go to the Lords; and, at their Bar, in the Name of this House, and of all the Commons of England, to impeach Sir John Gayer Knight, Mayor of the City of London, of High Treason; and to acquaint them, That, for this Reason, he stands committed to the Tower, in order to his Tryal: And that this House will be ready to bring their Proofs and Evidences, when they shall appoint a Time for his Tryal.
Mayor of London.
Ordered, That Isaac Pennington Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, do presently call a Court of Aldermen; and direct, That a Common Hall be forthwith called, for the electing one to be Mayor of the said City of London, according to the usual Manner: And that the Person, so elected, be hereby authorized and required to execute the said Place of Mayor, to all Intents and Purposes, as any other Mayor hath done, or might or ought to have done, until the Twenty-ninth of October next; or until Sir John Gayer Knight, now Mayor, and impeached of High Treason, shall be either sentenced or acquitted.
Minterne's, &c. Petition.
It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee for Complaints: And that they have Power to send for one Henry Cheek, mentioned in the said Petition, if they shall see Cause; and to secure him.
Successes in Ireland.
Two Letters from the Lord Inchiquin, from Cashell, of 12 Septembris, relating the great Success it pleased God to give the Forces under his Command, in taking in many Forts, Castles, and Places of Strength, from the Rebels, were this Day read: And
Ld. Inchiquin thanked.
Irish Army Cloathing.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, do meet this Afternoon, to contract with Persons for Supply of the several Propositions of Cloaths, ordered and voted to be furnished to the Forces in the several Provinces in Ireland: And that they do consider upon what Stock or Credit Monies may be raised, for Payment for the said Proportions of Cloaths.
Ordered, That a Proportion of Cloaths, suitable to the Number of the Forces that are in Lemster, be likewise provided for the said Forces: And that it be referred to the Members of this House, that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at Derby House, to contract with Persons for the said Cloaths; and consider, How Monies may be raised for Payment for them.
Oxford City Offices.
Ordered, That the Petition from divers well-affected habitants of the City of Oxon, this Day read, be referred to the Consideration of Mr. Weaver and Colonel Birch: Who are appointed to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to prevent the Election of any Malignants to bear any Office in any City, Town, or Corporation, or to have any Voice in any Election to any such Office.