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, 29 Novembris, 1647.
Supply-Monies for Army.
Leave of Absence.
Propositions to the King.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to put the Four Propositions, reported from the Conference with the Lords on Friday last, into Bills: And are to consider, how the King's Assent may be given to them in a Parliamentary Way: And are to meet upon it this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Queen's Court; and to bring them in To-morrow, if possible: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Selden.
Victory in Ireland.
A Letter from the Lord Inchiquin, of 18 Novembris 1647, from Gurtnertuberid, was this Day read; relating a very great Victory it has pleased God to bestow upon the Parliament Forces under his Command in the Province of Munster in Ireland, against a great and powerful Army of the Rebels, under the Command of the Lord Taaffe.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon Captain Pigott, the Gentleman that, with great Diligence, brought this Letter of so seasonable good News from the Lord Inchiquin: And that the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, do, out of such Monies as are under their Power, forthwith pay unto the said Captain Pigott the said Sum of Fifty Pounds.
Ordered, That, on the next Lord's Day, being the Fifth Day of December, publick Thanks be given unto Almighty God, by the respective Ministers within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Liberties and Parts adjacent, within the late Lines of Communication, for his great Blessing upon the Parliament Forces in Munster in Ireland, under the Command of the Lord Inchiquine, against a great Force of the Rebels, under the Command of the Lord Taaffe, obtained the Thirteenth of this present November, 1647: And that, on the next Lord's Day come Fortnight, the Nineteenth Day of December, publick Thanks be likewise given, in all the Churches and Chapels of England, and the Dominion of Wales, by the respective Ministers thereof, for the same Blessing upon the said Forces.
It is further Ordered, That, upon the said respective Lord's Days, of the Fifth and Nineteenth of December, there be a Collection in the said Churches and Chapels for Relief of the poor English Protestants driven out of Ireland: And that the Monies that shall now be collected be added to the same formerly collected, upon a late Ordinance of Parliament, which directs a Collection for Relief of such poor English Protestants: And that the said Monies now to be collected, be paid in the same manner, to the same Treasurers appointed in that Ordinance, and be disposed by Order of the same Committee.
It is further Ordered, That the Lord Mayor do give timely Notice of this Order for Thanksgiving, on the next Lord's Day, to all the Ministers within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the late Lines of Communication: And the respective Knights of the Shires, and Burgesses of the several Cities and Places, are required to send Copies of this Order to the several Counties, Cities, and Places: And the Ministers in the several Places are required to move and stir up the People to a chearful Contribution, in Acknowledgment of their Thankfulness for this great and seasonable Blessing.
Message from Lords.
They have likewise sent Two Orders, in which they desire the Concurrence of this House concerning the London Agents; the one directed to the Lord Mayor and Militia of the City of London: the other, to the Committee of Lords and Commons concerning the London Agents.
Appointment of Sheriffs.
The Alterations made by the Lords, in the several Sheriffs nominated by this House, were read. And whereas this House nominated Wm. Trumbull Esquire, to be Sheriff of the County of Berks; and the Lords desire, that Sir George Pratt Baronet may be Sheriff of the said County of Berks, in his place:
Appointment of Sheriffs.
Whereas Grevill Varney Esquire was nominated by this House to be Sheriff of the County of Warwick: The Lords do desire, That Sir Francis Burdett Baronet may be Sheriff of the said County, in his place.
The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do nominate and appoint Wm. Allen Esquire to be Sheriff of the County of Bedford: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England do issue out a Commission to him to be Sheriff of the said County, accordingly.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and the Committee of the Militia of London, do use their Endeavours for the Attaching of such Persons as are termed the London Agents, who shall meet for the Carrying on of such Petitions, and getting Hands to them; and such other Papers, as have been declared against by both or either House of Parliament; and keep them in safe Custody, until they shall acquaint the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed for the Examination of that Business, both of their Names and the Matter of Fact.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Committee appointed to examine the Business of the London Agents be a close Committee: And that they have hereby Power to send for such Persons as they shall receive Information of, and commit them to safe Custody.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you an Order concerning the Safety and secure Sitting of both Houses of Parliament: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-A Paper, touching the speedy Proceeding of the House of Commons, in their Impeachment against the Lords impeached.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London shall have Power, from time to time, to raise any of their Forces within the said City, and to draw them forth upon any emergent Occasion, within any Part of the Liberties thereof, and late Line of Communication, for the Safety, and secure Sitting of both Houses of Parliament.
Thanks to Lord Mayor, &c.
Ordered, That Alderman Atkin and Colonel Ven do return the hearty Thanks of this House to the Lord Mayor, and Committee of the Militia, of the City of London, for their seasonable Care of the Safety, and secure Sitting, of the Parliament.
Answers to Lords.
Answer returned by the first Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as to the Sheriffs returned by the Lords . . . the Counties of Lincoln, Norfolk, Rutland, and Bedford, and the Orders concerning the Committee of the Militia, and concerning the Committee appointed to examine the Business, concerning the London Agents, they do agree: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the Second Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And, to the Order to the Committee of the Militia to employ their Forces for the Safety and Security of the Parliament, they do agree: They take Notice of the other Part of the Message, concerning the Lords impeached by this House; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Whereas a general Impeachment hath been brought by the House of Commons against Theophilus Earl of Lincoln, James Earl of Suffolk, James Earl of Middlesex, George Lord Berkley, Francis Lord Willoughby, John Lord Hunsdon, and Wm. Lord Maynard; and a Day appointed by the Lords, at the Desire of the said House of Commons, to prosecute their Impeachment; which Day is now passed above One Month since; and nothing hath been done by the House of Commons in further Prosecution of their said former Impeachment; the Lords, considering the dangerous Consequence of keeping the said Lords under Restraint for so many Months, without any legal Proceedings against them, do order, That, if the House of Commons shall not prosecute their Impeachment against the foresaid Lords by Friday next, then their Lordships will do therein according to the usual Course and Proceedings of Parliament.