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, 29 Maii, 1648.
Letter from Kent.
Call of the House.
Insurrection in Cornwall.
Sir H. Waller, &c. thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Trefusis do bring in a Letter for giving Thanks to Sir Hardres Waller, the Sheriff, Mr. Santauben, and other the Gentlemen and Officers, that employed their Service in appeasing the Insurrection at Pensance in Cornwall.
Taking of Chepstow Castle.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be bestowed upon Captain Israell Smyth, the Messenger that brought the good News of reducing the Castle of Chepstow, by God's Blessing upon the Parliament Forces, under the Command of Colonel Ewer: And that the said Sum of Fifty Pounds be paid, by Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, usually sitting at Haberdashers Hall, unto the said Captain Israell Smyth.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports do presently withdraw; and confer with my Lord of Warwick; and speedily report their Opinions, What they think fit to be done, upon this Defection in some of the Ships of the Fleet.
Letters from Kent.
A Letter, signed likewise by divers Gentlemen of the County of Kent, directed to the Lord Mayor of the City of London, desiring a free and safe Passage and Return of Twenty Gentlemen of their County, appointed to come and present a Petition to the Houses, was read: But withal they signify their Intentions to bring it, with an armed Force, to Blackheath.
The which Letter was, by the Lord Mayor, communicated to the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, and the Committee at Derby House; and from the Committee of the Militia this Day reported by Major General Skippon to the House.
The Lords have commanded us to communicate unto you a Letter from some of the Commanders of the Fleet, to the Earl of Warwick; who have removed Colonel Rainborowe; as likewise, a Reply of the Officers of some of the Ships in the Fleet to a Letter received from the Gentlemen of the County of Kent.
Lords to sit.
Affairs in Kent.
Ordered, That the Citizens and Burgesses, that serve for the City of London, do return the Hearty Thanks of this House to the Lord Mayor and Common Council, and Committee of the Militia, for their great Expression of Affection to the Parliament, in communicating unto them the Letter directed to the Lord Major, and signed by divers Gentlemen of Kent; and not taking any Resolutions, till they had understood the Sense of the House thereupon.
Earl of Warwick to be Ld. High Admiral.
An Ordinance for appointing and constituting Robert Earl of Warwick, High Admiral of England, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Propositions to the King.
This Committee, or any Two of them, is appointed to prepare the Propositions concerning Religion, Declarations, and Militia, upon the Votes passed: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Dodderidge: And are to meet this Afternoon, in the Inner Court of Wards; and to bring in their Report To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia of London shall have, and hereby have, Power to send, from time to time, such Forces, to be a Guard to the Parliament, as they shall think fit, or as they shall, at any time, receive Order for, from either of the Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane junior do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to acquaint him with what the House hath done in reference to the Fleet; and to desire him to give his Attendance upon the House.
Soldiers for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Desire of Colonel Moore, concerning the Allowance of Six-pence per diem to the Soldiers ready to be transported for Ireland, during the Time they shall continue Windbound, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House.
Affairs in Kent.
Ordered, That the Committee at Derby House do send the Vote passed both Houses, touching the leaving to the General the Management of the Business of Kent, to the Gentlemen of Kent, by Sir Thomas Peyton; and likewise to the General.