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, 5 Junii, 1648.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto Captain Batten, by Sir Arthur Hesil rige, upon Accompt, towards Satisfaction of the Arrears due to the said Captain Batten, and of the Monies expended by him there in the Service of the Publick.
Ordered, That the Committee of York have Power to place such Officers and Soldiers as they shall raise, by virtue of the late Ordinance of Parliament, in such Garisons there, as have formerly been ordered by the Parliament to be demolished: And that the said Garisons be kept up, in respect of the present Exigent. And
It is further Ordered, That the said Committee have also Power to slight so many of the said Garisons as they shall conceive useless, when the Condition of the Country will bear it, for Prevention of Charge and Inconveniency. And.
Raising Horse in Lincoln.
Ordered, That for the Safety and Security of the County of Lincoln, the Commissioners for assessing the Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem, within the said County, have Power and Authority to raise a Troop of Horse, consisting of One hundred, besides Officers; and to reise Money within the said County, by an equal Tax, for Payment of them, for Six Months, according to the Establishment of the Army: And that the said Assessment be also apportioned and levied by the said Commissioners, for assessing the Sixty thousand Pounds per mensem within the said County.
Ordered, That a Letter be written, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent unto * * *, to discharge * * *, who hath served in the King's Army against the Parliament, from being employed in raising any Forces in the County of Lincoln.
An Ordinance for raising and maintaining a Troop of Horse, for Defence and Safety of the County of Lincoln, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Northern Association, to consider which way Monies may be raised for the Safety and Defence of those Parts, by way of Levy; and to report their Opinions speedily to the House.
Letter from the General.
Ordered, That the Letter from the General, from Rochester, of 4 Junii 1648, now read, and the Papers inclosed, be communicated to the Common Council, and Committee of the Militia of the City of London, by the Committee appointed formerly to treat with the Common Council, and Committee of the Militia.
It is further Ordered, That the Committee do, from this House, take Notice of the ready Compliance of the City in this late Action; and what good Service they have done therein to the Kingdom, Parliament, and City; and to give them the Thanks of this House.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to make some Observations upon the Papers inclosed in the General's Letter; and to set them forth, with some short Narrative; and cause them to be put forthwith into Print: And the Care of this whole Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Swinfen and Mr. Bois.
Ordered, That Mr. Gott be added to the Committee appointed to go to the Common Council, and Committee of the Militia, of the City of London: And that Mr. Swinfen be excused from the Service of this Day particularly referred to his Care: And that Mr. Gott be added, in his place.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, forthwith to pay the Arrears due to Captain Price, for the present Subsistence of his Widow and Children: And that it be also referred to the said Committee, to see that the said Widow have Two hundred Pounds, out of such of the Delinquents Estates in Kent, as have been in this late Rebellion, as they shall think fit.
Rebellion in Kent.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be prepared, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Lord General, taking Notice of his great good Service in suppressing the Rebellion in Kent: And Mr. Bois and Mr. Swynfen are desired to prepare the said Letter accordingly.
Horses, &c. taken in Kent.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Darbey House, to dispose of the Horses and Arms taken in Kent, or elsewhere, by Countrymen and others, for the Service of the State, giving Satisfaction to those that assisted in the Taking of the said Horses and Arms.
Letter from Chelmsford.
Lords to sit.
This Committee is presently to withdraw, to prepare an Ordinance for an Act of Indemnity to the Inhabitants of the County of Essex, for what they have done in Essex, according to the Debate now had hereupon, and to the Letter sent to the Gentlemen of Essex.
Answer from Lords.
London Common Council.
Lords to sit.
Ld. General's Letter, &c.
Affairs in Lincoln.
It is Ordered, That the Forces under the Command of Captain Hacker, the Supernumeraries of Lincolnshire, and the Horse now at Belvoire, do march to Stamford, for the Suppression of those of the Enemy who are there gathered together: And that Colonel Rosseter and Mr. Weaver do go down; and Colonel Rosseter do command the said Forces.
An Ordinance upon the Commissioners of Excise, out of the Moiety of the Receipts of the Grand Excise, for Payment of Six thousand Pounds, with Interest, unto Colonel Ralph Welden, or his Assigns, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Horses taken in Kent.
He likewise carried the Order, this Day passed, concerning the referring it to the Committee of Derby House, to dispose the Horses taken upon this late Occasion in Kent, in the several adjacent Parts.
Votes concerning Impeachments.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth delare, That the Acts done by George Lord Goring, in taking up Arms in Kent and Essex, is a Levying War against the Parliament and Kingdom: And that the said George Goring is therefore a Traitor, and ought to be proceeded against as a Traitor.
Answer from Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Massam, and the rest of the Committee of the County of Essex, do join with Sir Harbottle Grimston, Mr. Rich, Sir Martin Lumley, and Sir John Barrington, in the Publishing of the Ordinance of Indemnity to the Inhabitants in the County of Essex.
Propositions to the King.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind of the Propositions sent down from the Lords, with some Alterations, To-morrow Morning, at Half an Hour after Ten of Clock: And then the House is to take up the Debate of the said Propositions.
Message from Lords.
The Lords command us to bring unto you an Ordinance for Payment of Thirty-five thousand Pounds unto the Lord of Argyll: A Pardon for divers Prisoners that are reprieved at Oxon, and other Places in that Circuit: Wherein they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Resolved, &c. by the Lords, in Parliament assembled, That a Message be sent to the House of Commons, to let them know, that, if the House of Commons shall not prosecute their Impeachments against Theophilus Earl of Lincoln, James Earl of Suffolk, James Earl of Middlesex, George Lord Berkley, John Lord Hunsdon, Fr. Lord Willoughby of Parham, and Wm. Lord Maynard, between this and Wednesday next; then this House will discharge the said Lords, and every of them; of the said Impeachments."
Marquis of Argyll's Claims.
WHEREAS, at the Desire of the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, Thirty-five thousand Pounds is to be paid to the Marquis of Argyll, or his Assigns, and the Heritors of that Sheriffdom, out of the first and readiest of the second Fifty thousand Pounds of the last Two hundred thousand Pounds of the Four hundred Thousand Pounds agreed to be paid to the Kingdom of Scotland; in the Articles of Agreement betwixt the Kingdoms, of the Three-and-twentieth of December 1646: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, and it is hereby Ordained, That the foresaid Thirty-five Thousand Pounds shall, at Twelve Months after the Payment of the second Hundred thousand Pounds of the said Four hundred thousand Pounds, be paid, according to the Desire of the said Commissioners, out of the first and readiest of the second Fifty thousand Pounds of the last Two hundred thousand Pounds aforementioned: And the Payment of the said Thirty-five thousand Pounds to the said Marquis of Argyll, or his Assigns, and the Heritors of that Sheriffdom, or any having Power from them, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Kingdom of England of the said Thirty-five thousand Pounds, Part of the last Two hundred thousand Pounds before mentioned, according to the Agreement of the said Commissioners of Scotland thereunto authorized, as is expressed in their Letter of the Sixth of February, to both Houses of Parliament.
Answer to Lords.
Answer from Lords.
Resolved, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That they do declare, that the Acts done by George Lord Goring, in taking up Arms in Kent and Essex, is a Levying of War against the Parliament, and Kingdom: And that the said George Lord Goring ought to be proceeded against for the same, according to the usual Course and Proceedings of Parliament."
The Lords and Commons, now assembled in Parliament, do Ordain and Declare, That all or any Person or Persons whatsoever, inhabiting within the County of Essex, who have acted or done, or commanded to be acted or done, any Act or Thing whatsoever touching or concerning the Raising of Arms in that County only, since the Petition lately presented by the said Inhabitants to both Houses of Parliament, shall and are hereby fully acquitted and discharged for or concerning the same. Provided always, that this shall not extend to indemnify any but such Person or Persons only who shall disband and depart quietly to their own Habitations, or Places of Abode, within Twelve Hours after Publication hereof at Chelmesford in the County aforesaid. Provided also, that Sir William Massam, a Member of the House of Commons, and the rest of the Committee of the said County, be first restored to their Liberty.