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, 19 Maii, 1648.
A LETTER from Sir Hardres Waller, from Plymouth, of 15 Maii 1648, to the City of Exeter; a Second Letter from Sir Hardres Waller, sent, the next Day after, to the said City of Exeter; an Order made by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City of Exeter, of the Tenth of May 1648; and a Narrative, from the City of Exeter, of the true Passages there; were all this Day read.
A Letter from Symon Snow, from the Mayor of Exeter, and Commissioners of the Parliament, of 13 Maii, 1648, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Forces under Sir Hardres Waller, now in Exeter, be forthwith removed thence.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the General, and this Order inclosed; and he desired forthwith to put this Order in due Execution.
Mr. Maynard and Mr. Dodderidge are to prepare a Letter to this Purpose; to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That the Petition of Colonel Ralph Welden be read To-morrow Morning, the first Business: And that the House do then take up the farther Consideration of those Parts.
Communication to the City.
Mr. Annesley reports some Heads to be communicated to the Common Council, for Preservation of a good Correspondence and Agreement between the Parliament and City, by the Committee appointed to go thither this Afternoon: The which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and were in hæc verba; viz.
Heads to be communicated to the City, for preserving a good Agreement and Correspondence between the Parliament and City.
I. THAT the Committee express the Experience of those Advantages the Parliament and whole Kingdom had, in Carrying on the publick Cause during the late Wars, whilst a good Correspondence continued between the Parliament and City; and that they acquaint them with the Dangers threatening the Cause we are engaged in, by the Encouragement the common Enemies hath taken, since the former Compliance hath been interrupted.
II. And that they may not be misled by the malicious Endeavours and Aspersions of such as are Enemies to Peace; you are to acquaint them with the following Particulars:
1. The Vote for continuing the fundamental Government of this Kingdom, by King, Lords, and Commons.
2. The Resolution of Conjunction with our Brethren of Scotland, in the Propositions lately presented to his Majesty at Hampton Court; and such further Proceeding thereupon as shall be thought fit for the Settlement of the Peace of both Kingdoms.
3. To signify, that the Houses of Parliament, as they have been ready to satisfy the Desires of the City, for their Security; so they expect, that the City be careful so to dispose of the Militia, that the Safety of the Parliament and Kingdom be provided for.
Affairs in Surrey.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Gentlemen of the County of Surrey, to consider of some Matters to offer to the House, to be propounded by them to the County, for allaying all Humours and Discontent in that County: And they are to bring in their Report To-morrow Morning.
Design against Parliament, &c.
Mr. Samuell Browne reports from the Committee at Derby House, divers Particulars, certain Informations of a dangerous design now on Foot, against the Safety of the Parliament, City, and Kingdom, by Listing of Persons for Execution of the said Design, under an Oath of Secrecy: The which were all read.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired, that these Papers be communicated to the City this Afternoon, by the Committee that is appointed to go to the Common Council this Afternoon; and the City to employ their best Endeavours for preventing all Danger that may arise upon this Design.
Col. Legge, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Legge, and Mr. Ashburnham, apprehended in Hantshire, be forthwith removed Prisoners, and committed to Windsore Castle.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Annesley carried to the Lords for their Concurrence, a Letter to the Commissioners in Scotland: Order for One hundred Pounds to be paid to Captain Nicholett: Order for Mr. Kempe to be satisfied a Debt, out of the Estate of Thomas Mills Esquire: Heads to be communicated to the City, for a Correspondence between the Parliament and City.
Mr. Annesley brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the Particulars of the Message carried to them by him.
Ordered That Power and Leave be given to the Gentlemen of Hantshire to secure the Castle of Winton, by putting Forces into it, not exceeding Fifty.
Ordered, That the Committee of Shropshire shall have Power to secure such Malignants, as they have seized and apprehended in the Castle of Ludlow, if they shall judge necessary.
Transactions with Scotland.
A Letter from the Commissioners in Scotland, from Edinburgh, of the Fourteenth of May 1648; and also the Propositions made by the Commissioners in Scotland to the Parliament of Scotland; with the Answer of the Parliament of Scotland thereunto; were all this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what the Commissioners of the Parliament of England have done in Scotland, and of the Papers delivered in by them.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, the Letter and Papers, now received from the Commissioners in Scotland, * * * *.
Mr. Annesley, Lord Cramborne, Sir Thomas Dacres, and Mr. Erle, are appointed Reporters of this Conference.