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 Jovis, 8 Junii, 1648.
Insurrection in Rutland, &c.
RESOLVED, &c. That this House doth approve of the Action of Colonel Thomas Wayte, and those that so freely engaged with him, in this good Service of suppressing the Rising and Insurrection in Rutlandsheire, Leicestersheire, Northamptonsheire, and those Parts; and do declare it to be a very good and acceptable Service in him, and the rest that engaged with him: And that Mr. Ellis do prepare a Letter, to be signed by the Speakers, and sent to him accordingly; and to encourage him, and enable him, to raise Forces for the Defence of those Parts.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Knightley do prepare Letters, to be sent to the Committee at Leicester, at Northampton, and to the Commander of Crowland, to give them Thanks for their ready yielding their Assistance to the Suppressing of this Insurrection about Stamford, and those Parts: And that a Clause be in those Letters, to encourage and enable them to raise Forces for Defence of their Counties.
Resolved, &c. That the General be desired to send a Commission to Colonel Thomas Wayte, to proceed by Martial Law, according to the Course of War, against those Two mentioned in his Letter; and against such others as are tryable by the Council of War.
Mr. Knightley is to prepare a Letter to be sent to the General to this Purpose.
Reward to Messengers.
Ordered, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be bestowed upon Nathaniell Barker, the Messenger that brought the good News of the good Blessing, upon Colonel Thomas Wayte's Forces, in suppressing the late Insurrection in the Parts about Stamford: And that the said Sum of Twenty Pounds be forthwith paid unto the said Nathaniell Barker, by Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Prisoners taken in Kent, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee where Colonel Moore has the Chair, to dispose of the Prisoners now taken in these late Insurrections in Kent and Essex; and to examine after such, as, having formerly served the Parliament, are now run into Rebellion; and for such to send to the General, to desire him to send a Commission to try such by a Council of War, according to the Course of War: And have further Power to send to the several Prisons, and Places of Restraint, for Lists of the Prisoners therein.
Ordered, That the Wardens and Masters of the Company of Watermen be, and are hereby, required and injoined to disfranchise all such Watermen as have been in the late Insurrections, or shall be hereafter in Arms against the Parliament: And the said Wardens and Masters are required to give Notice of their Proceedings herein to the House, with all Speed.
Delinquent Freemen, &c.
Resolved, &c. That such Apprentices or Freemen of the City of London, that have been in these late Insurrections, or shall hereafter be in Arms against the Parliament, be disfranchised: And Mr. Lislibond Long and Mr. John Corbett are appointed to prepare Ordinances to the Purpose of these Votes.
Removing Papists, &c.
Ordered, That it be, in especial Manner, recommended to the Committee of the Militia of London, to put the late Ordinance for putting the Papists and Delinquents, out of Town, into present and full Execution: And the Committee, formerly appointed to treat with the Committee of the Militia, are required to treat with them upon this Business; and to take care, that the said Ordinance may be put in effectual Execution accordingly.
Sir W. Massam, &c.
Resolved, &c. That it be especially recommended to the General, and to Colonel Whaley, that commands the Parliament Forces, to take care, in such manner as he shall think fit, of the Safety of the Person of Sir Wm. Massam, and the rest of the Gentlemen of the Committee, and others of Essex, that are now in the Hands of those Persons that are risen in Essex.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Evelyn of Wiltess shall have Leave to go into the Country, for Dispatch of his own necessary Occasions.
Ordered, That Mr. Trefusis, Mr. Gewen, and Mr. Buller, be desired to go down into the County of Cornewall, to put the Ordinance for the Militia in Execution in that County.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Lister is appointed to carry to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote touching the Approbation of Colonel Wayte's late Service: The Letter to Colonel Wayte thereupon: And is to communicate unto the Lords the Letters from Colonel Thomas Wayte.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 9 Septembris 1647, for disabling Colonel Lyonell Copley to be a Member of this House, be, and is hereby revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Denzell Holles Esquire to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 7 Septembris 1647, for disabling Sir John Maynard, Knight of the Bath, to be a Member of this House, be, and is hereby revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Sir Wm. Lewes to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Sir Wm. Waller to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Sir John Clotworthy to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby revoked.
In respect there is Information given, That Henry Mildmay Esquire is elected a Member of this House, in the place of Sir John Clotworthy;
It is Ordered, That the said Sir John Clotworthy and Henry Mildmay do forbear to fit in the House, until the House take further Order: And that the House do take up the Debate, touching the same, on Saturday Morning next.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Colonel Edward Massie to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby, revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Mr. Walter Long to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby, revoked.
Ordered, That the Sitting of Mr. Walter Long in the House, and of the Member informed to be elected for the Place he formerly served, be respited till Saturday next.
Resolved, &c. That the Order of 27 Januarii 1647, for disabling Mr. Anthony Nicoll to be a Member of this House, during this Parliament, be, and is hereby, revoked.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Robert Napier be admitted and required to give his Attendance in the House.
Steward of Westminster.
Resolved, &c. That it be left to the Earl of Pembroke, to dispose of the Place of Steward of Westminster, as he shall think fit.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Members of this House, that have put in their Cases, be taken into Consideration on this Day Sevennight.
A Letter from Portsmouth, of 6 Junii 1648, from the Lord Admiral, was this Day read.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Lister brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Order touching Colonel Wayte; and to the Letter to be sent to him.
Ordered, That the Letter sent by the Lord Admiral, be referred to the Committee of Derby House; to consider of the said Letter: And that the said Committee do therein what they think best for securing of the Ships, according to the Proposition of the Lord Admiral.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Eltonhead;
The Lords think fit, that Mr. Walter Mountague's Liberty be continued him Six Months longer, upon the same Security that now he stands bound in.
The Lords desire an Order to the General, whereby he be desired to take off the Garison from Belvoir Castle: And that my Lord of Rutland may have the Disposition of his own Castle, the same being his Inheritance.
The House has considered of their Lordships Message: And, as to the continuing the Liberty to Mr. Walter Mountague, the House doth agree: To the rest of the Message, the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Walter Mountague may have his Liberty continued unto him for Six Months longer, upon the same Security that now he stands bound in, he never having been in Arms, nor engaged himself against the Parliament."
Ordered, That Mr. Gell, Mr. Mountague, and Mr. Knightley, do attend the Lord of Rutland; and acquaint him with the urgent Necessity of keeping the Garison in Belvoir Castle, for the present, for the Safety of the Kingdom.