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, 8 Maii, 1648.
AN Ordinance that Five thousand Pounds to be employed for the Reparation and Fortifications about the Town and County of Newcastle, be charged upon the Moiety of the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, not yet engaged, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords.
An Ordinance that the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, for Fortifying of Scarborough, be charged upon the Moiety of the Receipts of the Grand Excise, not engaged for the Army, in Course, and paid unto John Harrison the elder, of Scarborough, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance that Six thousand Pounds for the Reparations and Fortifications about Hull, be charged upon the Grand Excise, in Course, not engaged for the Army, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for the Officers in the Court of Wards, in whose Hands the Bond of Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, entered into by Sir Edmund Verney, and others, for Payment of One thousand Pounds, Part of the Marriage Portion of Katherine Leonard, Daughter of the Lord Dacre, to deliver over the said Bond unto the King's Remembrancer in the Court of Exchequer, to relieve the said Katherine Leonard, now sent from the Lords, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Message to Lords.
Sir John Danvers carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for Six thousand Pounds for Hull: An Ordinance for Five thousand Pounds for Newcastle: An Ordinance for Five hundred Pounds for Scarborough: Order for Instructions to be sent to the Commissioners of the Parliament, now resident in Scotland, touching the Surprisal of the Town of Berwicke.
Sir John Danvers brings Answer from the Lords, that the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for Six thousand Pounds for Hull; for Five thousand Pounds for Newcastle; and for Five hundred Pounds for Scarborough: And, to the other Particulars of the Message, the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to bring unto you this Report, from the Committee at Derby House, concerning the Taking of Berwicke: And the Lords have thought fit to refer to the same Committee, to draw such Instructions as are there mentioned; and to send them away; and desire the Concurrence of this House:-An Ordinance for Mrs. Leonard, Daughter to the late Lord Dacre: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House:- A Petition of the Town of Norwich: It is directed to this House; and the Lords do refer it to their Care and Consideration:- The Petition of the Sheriff of the County of Cambridge: Which the Lords think reasonable; and refer it to the Consideration of this House.
Surprise of Berwicke, &c.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Instructions be sent to the Commissioners of the Parliament, now resident in Scottland; to signify to the Parliament of Scottland, that the Town of Berwicke, and City of Carlisle, are surprised by some Delinquents, and Enemies to both Kingdoms, who were lately in that Kingdom; and, as we were informed, it is by some of those that were demanded from the Parliament of Scottland.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired in the Order, made by this House, concerning Instructions to be sent to the Commissioners in Scottland, touching the Surprize of Berwicke: And that it be referred to the Committee at Derby House to send Instructions to the Commissioners accordingly, in pursuance of the said Order.
Riot at Norwich.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Complaints, to consider of the Names of fit Persons, to whom it may be referred, to examine, upon Oath, the whole Business of the City of Norwich; as well for the Contempt of the Ordinance of 14 Martii, and the Order against the late Mayor, the Abuse of the Messenger, as also concerning the late rebellious Riot and Insurrection committed in the said City 23 and 24th April 1648.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Eastern Association, to consider, How, out of such Delinquents Estates as were any way accessary to the late Rebellion and Insurrection in Norwich, such People as have suffered thereby may be repaired.
Sheriff of Cambridge, &c.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Tho. Marsh Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Cambridge, and Huntington: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal do pass a Patent, under the Great Seal, to the said Thomas Marsh, to be Sheriff of the said County accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That no private or particular Business be moved, received, or entertained, for the Space of Fifteen Days; nor any other Business than what concerns the publick Service of the Kingdom, or the Business of the Church.
Call of the House.
Leave of Absence.
Tryal of Rioters at Canterbury.
Resolved, &c. That the Members of this House that are of the County of Kent and Canterbury, that are named in the Commission of Oyer and Terminer for Tryal of the late Rioters at Canterbury, be desired to go down upon that Service, as their Occasion shall serve.
Deans and Chapters Lands.
Listing Soldiers, &c.
A Copy of a Letter from the Lord General, from the Committee at Derby House, was read; and likewise a Report from that Committee, upon the said Letter, touching the Listing of Persons well-affected under the Command of well-affected Persons in the several Counties, for the Defence thereof.
Defence of Gloucester.
A Petition of divers well-affected Persons in the County of Gloucester, desiring Leave to put themselves into a Posture for their own Defence, was read; together with Reasons of this their Desire; and an Information, touching the desperate and menacing Carriage of Malignants and Delinquents.
Defence of the Counties.
Ordered, That the Committee where Mr. Bulkley has the Chair, do make Report, on Wednesday next, of the Ordinance for putting the Counties into a Posture of Defence: And that, in the mean time, the several Knights and Burgesses do meet at that Committee, and consider of the Garisons and Strong-holds in the Kingdom, that are sit to be secured from Surprize; and in what Manner they desire them to be secured: And that they do likewise bring to that Committee the Names of Commissioners in the several Counties, to be trusted with the Militia of the Counties: And that they do likewise consider of such Garisons as are ordered to be demolished, and are not yet demolished; and what Course they shall think fit to be taken herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Swinfen do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the several Committees in the several Counties, to require them to take Course to prevent all Tumults and Risings, or Surprisal of any Holds or Places, to the Disturbance of the Peace of the Counties and Kingdom.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to return unto you an Ordinance for securing Delinquents; (It moved first from this House) with some Amendments: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-An Ordinance for making the Lord General Constable of the Tower; In which they desire the Concurrence of this House. They have returned the Order for Instructions to the Commissioners in Scottland; with One Addition.
|Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes,||Tellers for the Yea:||58.|
|Colonel Morley,||With the Yea,|
|Mr. Annesley,||Tellers for the Noe,||98.|
|Mr. Drake,||With the Noe,|
Surprize of Berwicke, &c.
The Amendments to the Order for Instructions to be sent to the Commissioners in Scottland, touching the Surprize of Berwicke, were read; and assented unto: And were to add the Informations concerning the Surprize of Carlisle.
Affairs of Essex.
Ordered, That the several Informations touching Essex be referred to the Committee of Complaints; to examine the same: And that the said Committee have Power to send for and examine Witnesses and Parties; and to report the same to the House.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to bring unto you an Ordinance, for the Marquis of Winton to have his Liberty continued Four Months longer from the Date hereof, upon the former Security given to the Lieutenant of the Tower of London:-An Order, That the Earl of Cleveland may have Liberty for Four Months longer, from the Date hereof, upon giving good Security unto the Lieutenant of the Tower of London, to render himself a true Prisoner to the said Tower at the same time. The Lords desire this House to take into Consideration the Condition of the Lord Cromwell; and to concur with their Lordships in remitting the latter Part of their Fine upon their Composition.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have received a Report from the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, touching Ships for Defence of the Irishe Coasts: An Order made by the Lords, in the Case between Fowkes and Bland: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-An Order for making Mr. William Hussey Rector of Westham in the County of Surrey.
It is Ordered, That it be referred back to the Committee of the Admiralty, speedily to take such Course therein as they shall think fit; and to take Order, That the Ships for Defence of the Irish Coasts may be speedily sent away.
Answers to Lords.
Answer returned to the First Message; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Ordinance concerning Mrs. Lennard: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.