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, 25 Januarii, 1647.
ORDERED, That Mr. Wm. Palmer, late Mayor of Barnstable, be referred to the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom; to audit, state, and certify the Accompts of that Town.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Bennett and Mr. Eltonhead;
The Lords have commanded us to return to you this Order, which they received from this House, touching the Sale of Worcester House to the Earl of Salisbury: To which they do agree, with some small Additions; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-A Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, for settling the Vice Admiralty of North Wales upon Major General Mitton: Which the Lords agree unto; and desire the Concurrence of this House:-An Ordinance for Pardon, of Course, to some poor Prisoners in the Gaol of Newgate, upon the Certificates of divers Justices of Peace of London, and Middlesex; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-The Petition of Captain Wm. Hawkeridge; which they recommend to the Consideration of this House: -The Petition of Mr. Richard Crakanthope and Mr. John Musgrave, Two Gentlemen of the County of Cumberland, that have suffered much for their Fidelity to do Service to the Parliament.
Worcester House, &c.
The Amendments returned from the Lords, to the Order for Sale of Worcester House, were read; and upon the Question, assented unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
After the Word "House," add these Words, "together with the Gatehouse being next the Street, and the other Tenements situated and being between the said Gatehouse and Salisbury House."
The Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, recommending Major General Mytton to be Vice Admiral of North Wales, was read: And
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords in Appointing and Approving of Major General Mitton to be Vice Admiral of North Wales.
The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do Order and agree unto the Pardon signed by Sir John Wollaston Knight, with other Justices of London and Middlesex, for pardoning of divers Prisoners remaining in the Gaol of Newgate; some whereof were formerly reprieved, and left in the said Gaol, and spared from Execution; and some, their Facts being small, and their first Offences; and other, the Evidence doubtful; whom the said Sir John Wollaston, and the rest of the Justices of the Peace, spared from Execution, certifying them to be fit Subjects of Mercy.
Ordered, That Sir John Wollaston, and the rest of the Justices of Peace, of London and Middlesex, do take care that the Prisoners in the Gaol of Newgate, to whom a Pardon in Course, is granted by both Houses, may, upon their Discharge, be sent unto Foreign Plantations, or other Parts beyond the Seas.
The humble Petition of Captain William Hawkeridge, now sent from the Lords, was read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports; to consider what is fit to be done upon it; and to report their Opinions to the House.
Crackanthorpe's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Richard Crackanthorpe and John Musgrave, Gentlemen, now sent from the Lords, with the Articles annexed, were read: And
It is Ordered, That this Petition, and Articles annexed, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Complaints: With Power to the same Committee to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message: And to the Amendments to the Order for the Sale of Worcester House; to the Order for appointing Major General Mitton Vice Admiral of North Wales; to the Ordinance for a Pardon, in Course, to divers Prisoners in the Gaol of Newgate; they do agree: The rest they have taken into Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Assessments for Ireland.
Ordered, That on Thursday Morning next, the first Business after the Reports of Goldsmiths Hall, the Ordinance for Assessments for Ireland be reported.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, Mr. Wheeler do make Report of the Business concerning Colonel Whalley.
Comm rs to Scotland.
Resolved, &c. That Commissioners be sent into the Kingdom of Scotland.
Resolved, &c. That the Number of the Commissioners of this House, that shall be sent, shall not be less than Four.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Bryan Stapilton be one of the Commissioners to be employed into Scotland.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Ashurst be one of the Commissioners to be employed into Scotland.
The Question being put, Whether the Question shall be put, For Mr. Nathaniel Fienis to be one of the Commissioners to be employed into Scotland;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Robert Goodwyn be one of the Commissioners to be employed into Scotland.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Birche be one of the Commissioners to be employed into Scotland.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired in these Gentlemen, named by this House to be Commissioners into Scotland; and their Lordships desired to nominate some of their Members to join with these, to be employed as Commissioners from both Houses into Scotland.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to prepare an Instruction for the Commissioners to be now employed as Commissioners from both Houses into Scotland, to represent to that Kingdom the Miscarriages of these Commissioners employed from that Kingdom into this Kingdom, against this Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to prepare an Instruction for the Commissioners to be employed into Scotland, concerning the Scotts Army in Ireland, to offer, that Commissioners may be sent into Ulster, to state their Accompts; or, if the Kingdom shall desire to agree rather by Way of general Estimate for the Whole, that they do present their Demands to the Consideration of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do forthwith issue Warrants for Payment of the Army Eight-andtwenty Days Pay, out of the Money in the several Counties collected for the Six Months Assessments, as the Army is now dispersed; and do employ the rest of those Assessments to pay and disband the Supernumerary Forces: And that the respective Commissioners of such Counties, as the Committee for the Army shall or have written unto, do, within Fourteen Days, cause the Residue of those Six Months Assessments to be paid in to the Treasury at Guildhall, London.
And it is further Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do take care, that the Army, after this Month's Pay, be paid out of the succeeding Months Assessments, of the several Counties: And, for this End, all Commissioners are to see the Monies of the Three succeeding Months collected; that the Army may be paid therewith in the several Counties, out of the Money there arising by those succeeding Three Months Assessments; so that Free Quarter be prevented.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to bestow upon the Guards that attend the House, upon each of them, a Pair of Shoes and Stockings.
Security of the King's Person.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider of the Desires of the Governor of the Isle of Wight, in relation to the Security of the Person of the King: And that what the Effecting of those Desires shall come to, that the said Committee at Derby House do charge upon the Committee of the Army, to give Order for the issuing the same, not exceeding the Sum of One thousand Pounds.
King's Family, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to retrench the King's Family: And that the Monies that shall accrue by such Retrenchment, be employed for the Pay of such Soldiers as the Governor of the Isle of Wight shall think fit to employ, for the reenforcing the Garison there: And the Committee of the Revenue is to give an Account hereof to this House, on Friday Morning next.