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 Veneris, 3 Martii, 1647.
UPON Mr. Marten's Report from the Committee of Major Generals, in the Case of Major General Browne;
It is Resolved, &c. That, upon Perusal of several Ordinances of Parliament, and Commissions grounded upon Ordinances, That this House is satisfied, that Major General Browne had sufficient Authority to be Major General.
Resolved, &c. That this House is satisfied, that, concerning the Nature of Major Generals Employment, he hath really and actually performed Service, according to his several Commissions and Authorities.
Resolved, &c. That this House is satisfied, That the Time of the Continuance of Major General Browne's Employment is from the Twenty-sixth of June 1643 to the Seventh of January 1646: But, notwithstanding, it appears, upon the Report, that Major General Browne demands Pay for no longer than until the Twenty-eighth of July 1646, the Time of his coming into the House.
Resolved, &c. That this House thinks it fit, and is of Opinion, That Major General Browne have allowed unto him, as Major General, and Governor of Abingdon, the Sum of Eight Pounds per diem.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Nine thousand and Sixteen Pounds be allowed and paid unto Major General Browne, in full Satisfaction of all Demands and Arrears due unto the said Major General Browne, as Major General, and Governor of Abingdon; and that Five thousand Pounds, Part thereof, be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course; and the other Four thousand and Sixteen Pounds upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course: And Mr. Edward Ashe is appointed to prepare and bring in Ordinances, respectively to this Purpose.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Fourteen hundred Fortyeight Pounds be allowed and paid unto Colonel Edmond Harvey, in full Satisfaction of all Demands and Arrears due unto the said Colonel Harvey, as Colonel of Horse, and Major General: And that the said Sum of Fourteen hundred Forty-eight Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course.
Sir Peter Wentworth is appointed to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare and so order, That no Interest be allowed to any Commander, Officer or Soldier, for any Sum granted upon the Arrears due unto any of them upon his Entertainment of Pay.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take care for the stating and auditing the Arrears and Accompts of Colonel Robert Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, by sending Persons unto him to that End; he being upon Employment, and cannot come up to Town to attend that Business.
Message to Lords.
Sir Anthony Irby carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for adding some Members of this House to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports: An Ordinance for committing the Great Seal of England into the Hands and Custody of Commissioners; viz. Henry Earl of Kent, Sir Thomas Widdrington Knight, and Bulstrode Whitelock Esquire.
Sir Anthony Ireby brings Answer, That the Lords will take the Message carried by him into speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
An Ordinance for declaring Colonel Poyer, and his Adherents, Rebels and Traitors, if they shall not, within Twelve Hours after notice hereof, surrender the Castle of Pembroke, according to the General's Directions, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Walter Earle carried it to the Lords.
Sir Walter Earle brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance carried by him.
Consession of Faith.
According to former Order, the House proceeded in the Consideration of the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning a Consession of Faith; and did take into Consideration the Fifth Paragraph of the Twenty-fourth Chapter, intituled, "Of Marriage and Divorce."
And the Question being put, for agreeing to the said Fifth Paragraph;
It passed with the Negative.-
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee, formerly appointed to prepare an Ordinance for the Punishing of Adultery and Incest, to consider of punishing the same; and to bring in an Ordinance concerning Divorce; and to bring in the said Ordinances on the next Fast Day.-
Consession of Faith.
The Question being put, For agreeing to the Sixth Paragraph of the said Twenty-fourth Chapter;
It passed with the Negative.
The humble Petition of above Four hundred wounded and sick Soldiers was this Day read.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland do prepare and bring in an Ordinance To morrow Morning, for assigning the Moiety of the Forfeitures upon the Excise to be employed for Relief of the sick, wounded, and maimed Soldiers.
A Letter from the General, of 19 Februarii 1647, together with the humble Address of sick and maimed Soldiers, were this Day read.
Ordered, That all that will come, shall have Voices at the Committee for sick and maimed Soldiers: And they are to sit de die in diem. And
It is Ordered, That the Supplication and Address of the Treasurers for sick and maimed Soldiers be referred to the Consideration of this Committee.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to this Committee, to take Course for putting in Execution the Statutes, and several Ordinances for Relief of sick and maimed Soldiers; and, from time to time, to send for such as do obstruct and hinder the due putting in Execution the same; and to cause Obedience, or otherwise to report to the House, to the end they may take Order therein, as they shall see Cause.
A Copy of a Letter to be sent to the Judges in their present Circuits, for putting the Ordinances for Relief of sick and wounded Soldiers in due Execution, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Holland is appointed to carry it to the Lords this Afternoon.
Grant to Asson.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers Hall, do forthwith pay unto Wm. Asson, a poor Soldier, that hath expressed eminent Affection to the Parliament, the Sum of Fifty Pounds.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ely Cathedral, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for sick and wounded Soldiers, to consider of and examine the State of the Structure of the Cathedral Church in the Isle of Ely, in relation to the ruinous Condition of the same; and what other Churches there are in the same Place for the People to meet together in, for the hearing the Word of God, and communicating in the Ordinances of God; and to bring in an Ordinance, as they shall find the Business, for making Sale of the Materials of the said Cathedral, that, out of the Proceed thereof, Provision, may be made for the Relief of sick and maimed Soldiers, Widows, and Orphans.
Invalid Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Auditors, forthwith to state the Accompts of the sick and wounded Soldiers and Widows, within the Lines of Communication, distinctly by themselves, to be returned with all Speed to the House.
The humble Petition of Charles Tufton Esquire, and Sarah his Wife, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Complaints: With Power to the same Committee to send for Parties, Witnesses, Writings, Paper, Records; and to hear all Parties: And, upon full Hearing and Examination of the whole Business, to state to the House the Matter of Fact, together with their Opinions, what they think fit to be done upon the whole Matter: And all the Lawyers of the House are added to this Committee, as to this Business.
The humble Petition of Major Andrew Jackson, who hath faithfully served the Parliament, was this Day read; And likewise a Certificate, under the Hand of Auditor Broad, signifying the Arrears due unto the said Major Andrew Jackson.
Ordered, That the Sum of Three hundred and Fifty Pounds be allowed and paid unto Major Andrew Jackson, in full Satisfaction of all Arrears and Demands due unto the said Major Jackson, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament: And that One hundred Seventy-and-five Pounds thereof be forthwith paid, by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall, to the said Major Jackson, or his Assignee: And that the other Hundred and Seventy-five Pounds be charged upon the Moiety, not engaged, at Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, and paid by the Treasurers there to the said Major Jackson, or his Assignee. And it is hereby especially recommended to the said Committees, respectively, to take speedy and effectual Course, that a Person of his Merit, and a Stranger, who hath served so faithfully in this Cause, and hath so long patiently expected Satisfaction for his Arrears, may not be further prejudiced by longer Attendance.
The humble Petition of Mary Searle, Wife of Daniell Searle Merchant, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That, the said Petition, together with the Schedule of Damages annexed, be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall; to examine the Matter of Fact: With Power to the said Committee, as the Matter of Fact shall appear unto them, to make Satisfaction unto the Petitioners, out of the concealed Estates of such Delinquent or Delinquents as are not yet discovered, and as shall be discovered by the Petitioners, and so adjudged, upon Proof, by the said Committee at Haberdashers Hall.
Welsh Drovers Claims.
Whereas it was, by former Order of this House, referred to the Committee of Examinations, to pay unto Humfrey Davies, and the rest of the Welsh Drovers, the Remainder of the Debt then due unto them, out of the Estates of such Papists and Delinquents, not yet discovered, as by the said Humfrey Davies, and the rest of the Welsh Drovers, or any of them, should be discovered to the said Committee; and that the said Committee is long since dissolved: It is therefore hereby Ordered, That the said Humfrey Davies, and the rest of the Welsh Drovers, be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to make appear unto them the Remainder of the said Debt. And the said Committee is hereby authorized and required to pay and satisfy to the said Drovers, or their Assigns, the Remainder of the said Debt, so made appear unto them, out of the Estates of such Papists and Delinquents, not yet discovered, as shall be discovered by the said Drovers, or their Agents, unto the said Committee.
Ordered, That the Report of the Ordinance, concerning the Draining of the Fens of the great Level, be reported on Monday Morning next.