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, 11 Januarii, 1646.
THE humble Certificate of the Committee for the Accompts of the Kingdom, certifying the Accompts of Major General Richard Browne, was this Day read, dated 8 Januarii 1646; upon which Accompt remains clear due to the Accomptant, the Sum of Two thousand Thirty-three Pounds Three Shillings and Two-pence; whereof respited, upon the publick Faith, as Colonel and Captain of Foot, and Colonel and Captain of Horse, from the Eighth of June One thousand Six hundred Forty-four, until the Eight-and-twentieth of July One thousand Six hundred Forty-six, the Sum of One thousand Nine hundred Thirty-two Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Six-pence; and then remains the Sum of One hundred Pounds Three Shillings and Eight-pence: In which Accompt the Accomptant hath delivered in an Account of all such Horse and Arms as were delivered him at his first going forth; and also of all such which he hath received sithence, by way of Recruit: And although many were lost in Service, and died of Diseases, yet he still recruited his Troops with Horse and Arms taken from the Enemy; neither hath the Accomptant, in this Account, any Allowance for his Service in Kent, July One thousand Six hundred Forty-three, for suppressing the Rebellion there; nor during the time of his Winter Quarter afterwards at Petworth; nor for his Service that Spring at Cherriton Battle; nor any Allowance as a Major General.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two thousand Thirty-three Pounds Three Shillings and Two-pence be paid unto Major General Richard Browne, upon Account, out of the Fines and Compositions of such Delinquents, not yet particularly disposed of, as the said Major General Browne shall nominate unto the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of Majors Generals, to take Consideration of the Employment of Major General Browne as a Major General, and as Governor of Abingdon; and to report their Opinions, upon Consideration thereof, to the House.
A Prisoner discharged.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel William Lower, a Prisoner by Order of this House, be discharged from his Imprisonment, and permitted to go beyond the Seas: And that he give Security not to act any Thing against the Parliament.
The humble Certificate of the Committee for taking the Accompts of the whole Kingdom, concerning the Accompts of Sir Samuell Luke, was this Day read; by which Certificate it appears (the Respite upon the Publick Faith being allowed, and included) that there remains clearly due unto the Accomptant, upon the Foot of his Accompt, Four thousand Four hundred Eighty-two Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Six-pence: It is further certified, That Twenty-eight Backs, Breasts, and Pots, received by the Accomptant, are remaining at Thomas Evans his House, at the Sign of the Golden Wheat-sheaf in Long Acre; which he is ready to deliver, as this House shall appoint.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Four thousand Four hundred Eighty-two Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Six-pence be paid unto Sir Samuell Luke, out of the Proceed of such Delinquents Fines and Compositions, not particularly disposed of, as the said Sir Samuell Luke shall nominate unto the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall.
A Letter from Sir Richard Onslow, of 8 Januarii 1646, directed to Colonel Morley; wherein was inclosed a Protection and Pass, signed by his Majesty, and subscribed; by his Majesty's Command, Edw. Nicholas, bearing Date 29 Novembris 1643, for Wm Stephens, of Newport in the Isle of Wight; were both of them this Day read: And
A Letter from Michaell Hudson from Hull, of 4 Januarii 1646-7 inclosed in a Cover of 5 Januarii 1646-7, at Hull, and directed to Mr. Thomas Vine, at the Sign of the Vine at Newcastle, desiring him to present the inclosed Letter to his Majesty, was this Day read; and ordered, That it be referred to the Committee formerly appointed for the Business concerning Hudson.
Mr. Solicitor, Sir Christofer Yelverton, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Holles, Sir Dudley North, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Selden, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir John Holland;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are appointed to withdraw; and consider of a Message to be sent to the French Ambassador, by the Master of the Ceremonies, to know of him, Whether he have any Address from the King his Master to be delivered to this House: And are to report the same to the House.
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That the Committee of the Army do consider, What Pieces of Ordnance, both for Battery and Field Pieces, with their Equipage, Mortar Pieces, Granadoes Shells, and other Materials, towards making and completing a Train of Artillery, and what Quantities of Arms, Ammunition, and other Provisions, may be had out of several Garrisons and Places of England, and applied for the Service of Ireland: And that the said Committee do write unto the General, and recommend it unto him, that such of the foresaid Particulars as may be had, may be made use of for the Service of Ireland: And that whatsoever Ordnance, either for Field Service or Battery, shall be applied to that Service, may be delivered over by Indenture, to the Intent a perfect State and Account of them may be returned, and recorded in the Office of the Ordnance.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for regulating the University of Oxon be read on Wednesday Morning next, the first Business, peremptorily: And that no other Business do intervene: And that, next after that Business, the several Ordinances lying here, for settling Ministers in several Livings, be read.
Examination of Peaker.
A Letter from Major General Phil. Skippon, from York of 8 Januarii, 1646, Eleven at Night, was this Day read; and in it inclosed the Examination of Mr. Tobias Peaker, one of the Grooms of the Privy Chamber to the King, taken and subscribed at York, 7 Januarii, 1646, before Thomas Bonnett, George Dawson, John Rushworth; and acknowledged before Major General Skippon, Richard Deane, and John Milles: And
Murray to attend.
It is Resolved, &c. That Mr. Wm. Murray be forthwith summoned, by his Bail, to attend this House: And that Mr. Murrey do, immediately after Notice of this Order, attend the Pleasure of the House accordingly: And the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House is enjoined to take care that Mr. Wm. Murrey may have speedy Notice hereof.
Grant for Scotch Army.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the General Sir Thomas Fairfax, in Sending of the Convoy appointed by him to go along with the Two hundred thousand Pounds to be paid to our Brethren of Scotland; and of the Convoy so sent by him for that Purpose.
Examination of Peaker.
Resolved, &c. That the Letter from Major General Skippon, of 8 Januarii, from Yorke; and the Examination inclosed of one Tobias Peaker, one of the Grooms of the Privy Chamber to the King; be communicated to the Lords.
Mr. Samuell Browne carried the said Letter, and Examination inclosed, to the Lords accordingly: And the Vote, for their Concurrence, that the said Letter and Examination may be communicated to the Commissioners of Scotland.
Mr. Samuell Browne, as before appointed, did communicate unto the Lords the Letter from Major General Skippon, of 8 Januarii, 1646, from Yorke; and the Examination of Tobias Peaker, one of the Grooms of the Privy Chamber to the King.
He carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for keeping the Commissioners of Excise indemnified for the Sum of Five thousand Six hundred and One Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Nine-pence, taken away from the Sub Commissioners, and other Officers, in the County of Dorsett, and made use of for the Pay of divers Garisons in the said County.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Samuell Browne brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, That the Letter and Examination be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners; and do agree to the Ordinance for allowing the Commissioners and Sub Commissioners of Excise the Monies taken up in Dorsetshire, by the Governors of the Garisons there.
Message to Lords.
Resolved, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to desire them to expedite the Ordinance, long since sent to their Lordships, for laying Assessments for maintaining Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army; and the Ordinance for continuing the Committee of the Army: And to acquaint them with the important great Necessity of the speedy passing them.
A Letter from the General Sir Thomas Fairfax, of 28 Decembris, 1646, recommending the Petition of divers Colonels, and other Officers, of the Yorkshire Forces to the Consideration of the House, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Four thousand Pounds of the Ten thousand Pounds formerly charged upon the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Soldiers of the Five Northern Counties, be paid unto Colonel Wm. White, according to the Order for the former Ten thousand Pounds; and issued by the Order of the Committee of the Northern Associations, out of the Fines and Compositions of such Delinquents Northwards from hence, as have not yet compounded, and whose Fines are not yet particularly assigned.
Answer from Lords.
Commissioners for receiving the King.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Revenue do take care, and give Order, That Holdenby House may be repaired and fitted for Reception of the King; and Provision made of all Necessaries fitting for the King in his Journey, and when he is come to Holdenby.
Ordered, upon the Question, That the Committee of the Revenue do accept and satisfy all such Bills of Exchange, as the Commissioners appointed to go to Newcastle to receive the Person of the King, or the major Part of them, shall, under their Hands, charge upon the said Committee.
Sir Philip Stapilton reports, from the Committee, an Instruction for Sir Oliver Flemmyng, Master of the Ceremonies, to repair to the French Ambassador Monsieur de Belieure, and represents unto him as followeth: That the Two Houses of the Parliament of England are very desirous to shew all Respect unto the King his Master, and keep a fair Correspondency betwixt the Two Kingdoms: That, understanding of his Arrival to this City, after his Continuance for so many Months within this Kingdom, they have sent to know, If he have any Address from the French King unto the Houses; which if he have, they will give him a speedy Hearing, as not willing to be the Occasion of his longer Stay here.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Crew reports from the Committee appointed to receive the Person of the King, certain Propositions; and the Names of certain Persons to attend the King in his Journey from Newcastle to Holdenby House.