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 Sabbati, 10 Junii, 1648.
THE humble Petition of Dame Anne Portman, late Wife of Sir Wm. Portman Baronet, deceased, on the Behalf of Sir Wm. Portman Baronet, their Son, an Infant about Three Years of Age, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall do compound with the Petitioner, at a Tenth, on the Behalf of her Son, for his Father's Delinquency; that is to say at Two Years Value, for the Estate in Possession; and at One Year's Value for the Estate in Reversion: And that, according to former Orders, the Fine, that shall be accepted and allowed, upon the said Composition, shall be bestowed upon the Town of Taunton, towards Recompence of their great Losses and Sufferings, for their eminent Faithfulness to the Parliament.
Answer to Surry Petit.
Mr. Wheeler reports from the Committee an Answer to the Surry Petitioners: The which was read; and, upon the Debate thereupon had in the House, re-committed to the same Committee, with the Addition of Mr. Tate.
South Wales Sequestrations.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday Morning next, Mr. Wheler do report the Ordinance touching the Sequestrations in South Wales.
Payment of Messengers, &c.
Whereas the Sum of One thousand Pounds was formerly ordered to be paid, by the Committee of the Revenue, to the Committee at Derby House, to be issued and employed by the said Committee for Intelligences, and for Payment of Messengers employed by them: It is Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue, if they cannot make Payment of the said Sum at one entire Payment, that they do issue and pay the same in such Sums as with the best Conveniency they may.
North Wales Sequestrations.
Ordered, That Mr. Foxwist do prepare and bring in an Ordinance for the Sequestrations in North Wales, in like manner as that for South Wales is: And that he do bring it in on Tuesday Morning next, when that for South Wales is to be reported.
Sir T. Peyton, &c.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Barnardiston, and others, of the Eighth of June 1648, touching the Surprize of Sir Thomas Payton and Mr. Swan at Bury St. Edmunds, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Peyton Baronet be forthwith committed Prisoner to Windsore Castle, for High Treason, in levying actual War against the Parliament and Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That Wm. Swan Esquire be forthwith committed Prisoner to Peter House, for High Treason, in levying actual War against the Parliament and Kingdom.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be sent to Sir Thomas Barnardiston, and he desired to continue his Care.
The Gentlemen of Suffolke are appointed to prepare this Letter to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Payment to Messengers.
Ordered, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds be paid unto Mr. Crowe, the Messenger that brought Sir Thomas Peyton and Mr. Wm. Swan from Bury St. Edmunds, to defray his Expences in that Service, and for carrying Sir Tho. Peyton Prisoner to Windsore Castle, by Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, usually sitting at Haberdashers Hall: And the Care hereof is more particularly and especially recommended unto Mr. Gurdon.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Affairs in Wales.
A Letter from Colonel Thomas Mitton, from Carnarvon, of the Sixth of June 1648, was this Day read.
A Letter from Colonel Carter and Colonel Twisleton, was also this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Captain Edward Taylor, as a Mark of his valiant and faithful Service in the Taking of Sir John Owen, out of the first Profits and Issues of the Estate and Rents of the said Sir John Owen's: And that the Sum of One thousand Pounds be raised, to discharge the Debts and Engagements of William Lloyde Esquire, late High Sheriff of the County of Carnarvon, out of the Estate, Rents, and Profits, of the said Sir John Owen: And it is referred to Mr. Foxwist, to prepare Ordinances to this Purpose.
Ordered, That Mr. Foxwist and Colonel Jones do take care that the Letters out of North Wales, and the Note under the Surgeon's Hand, and likewise the Relation, by Captain Taylor, of the harsh Usages of the Enemy towards the Parliament's Party, particularly towards the High Sheriff, be forthwith printed.
Sheriff of Carnarvon.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Thomas Madryn Esquire to be High Sheriff of the County of Carnarvon: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal, for the Time being, do grant him forth a Commission for being Sheriff accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Sir John Trevor is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Col. Mytton, &c. thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Foxwist and Colonel Jones do prepare Letters of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Colonel Mytton, Colonel Carter, and Colonel Twesleton, and to Colonel Duckenfield; for their good Service to the Parliament: And that they do give Thanks to the other Officers and Soldiers: And that they do consider of it, and send word, How some Recompence may be bestowed amongst the Soldiers engaged in that Action, as a Mark of their good Services.
Affairs in Wales.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider of, and take some fitting Course for, the Safety of the Isle of Anglesey, and the Counties of North Wales, by impowering them to raise Forces, and to put themselves into a Posture, for their own Defence, and for the Preservation and Peace of those Counties.
Ordered, That Colonel Jones be desired to go forthwith into North Wales, to employ his best Endeavours for the Peace and Safety of those Parts, according to such Instructions as he shall receive from the Committee at Derby House.
Proceedings against Owen, &c.
Mr. Hill, Mr. Jo. Stephens, Mr. Foxwist, Mr. Knightley, Field Marshal General Skippon, Colonel Venne, Colonel Jephson, Colonel Bossevile, Colonel Strode, Mr. Arundell, Colonel Moore, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Samuell Browne, Major General Browne, Colonel Puresoy, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Nath. Fiennes, Colonel Edwards, Colonel Blake, Mr. Hatcher, Captain Lee, Mr. Bartlye, Colonel Harvey, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Erle, and all the Lawyers of the House;
This Committee, or any Three of them, is appointed to consider of a Way to proceed against Sir John Owen for his Tryal.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to this Committee, to consider of some general Rules, and Way of Proceedings, to be had with all Persons of the like Condition, according to the Debate now in the House thereupon: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Queen's Court: And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Foxwist, and Mr. Erle the Lawyer: And they are to report on Wednesday Morning next, the first Business.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Seymour and Mr. Wray, Members of this House, have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider of a Dispatch for the Governor of Guernesay; and of the Letter from the General, touching the Governor; and to report their Opinions to the House thereupon with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, the Report be made concerning Banbury Castle.
Answer to Surry Petition.
Mr. Tate reports an Answer to be given to the late Petition of the County of Surry: The which, after some Amendments made, was, upon the Question, assented unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
"This House, being sensible of the former Services of the County of Surry, and their late peaceable Demeanor in the said County, hath thought fit to give this Answer to the Petition received thence: That this House doth not doubt but the said County must needs take Notice of their Proceedings, in relation to the Settlement of the Peace of the Kingdom, by a Treaty with the King for a safe and well-grounded Peace: And this House hath in Consideration such further Means as are most conducible to that End, and to the Easing of the Burdens of the People; which, by God's Blessing, they hope may give Satisfaction to the Petitioners, and to the Kingdom."
Ordered, That the Knights of the County of Surrey do take care to publish and give Notice of this Answer to the late Petitioners of the County of Surry.
Declaration of Parliament.
Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Crewe, Mr. Tate, Mr. Samuell Browne, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Annesley, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Gott, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Doddridge, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Gewen, Mr. F. Bacon, Mr. Say, Mr. Blackiston, Mr. Fell, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Boys, Mr. Strode, Mr. Drake;
This Committee, or any Three of them, is appointed to prepare a Declaration, and report it to the House, to express, What Proceedings the Houses have made towards a Settlement of a safe and well-grounded Peace, and what great Retardment and Interruption these great Insurrections and Commotions have caused to a Settlement: And are to meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem, till the Business be dispatched. And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Swynfen.
Ordered, That the Five hundred Pounds, Yesterday ordered to be employed for the Troop of Horse, appointed for a Guard for the House, be paid to Captain Antho. Markham.
Ordered, That, on Wednesday next, the Business concerning the Elections of Sir John Clotworthy and Mr. Walter Long be taken into Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That, every Friday in the Week, the Business concerning the Church be only taken into Consideration: And that, on Friday Morning next, the first Business, the Ordinance touching the Government of the Church be read.
Ordered, That Sir Wilfred Lawson be especially recommended, and referred to the Committee of Accompts, sitting in London; to audite, state, and certify his Accompts.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Clive, Sir Robert Harley, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Moore, Colonel Purefoy, Sir Ralph Ashton, Sir Walter Erle, Colonel Booth, Sir Thomas Dacres, Colonel Harley, Mr. Erle, Mr. Harrington, Mr. Annesley, Sir John Bamfeild, or any Three of them, to examine and consider of the whole Business, touching the Breach of Privilege offered to Mr. Robert Charleton, a Member of this House, in breaking open his Lodgings, taking away his Goods, conveying away a Ward of his, and his Servants; even sitting the House. and while the said Mr. Charleton was attend... the Service of the Publick in the House; and to report the whole Matter of Fact to the House on Monday Morning, the first Business: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon, in the Court of Wards. And the Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Clive.
Barwis, &c. Arrears.
An Ordinance for Payment of Two thousand Seven hundred and Eighty-five Pounds Six Shillings and Twopence, out of the Receipts of the Grand Excise, for the Arrears of the respective Entertainments, in the Services of the Parliament of Colonel Thomas Barwis, Captain Francis Briscoe, Captain Henry Fetherston, Captain John Briscoe, Captain Thomas Ewbancke, and Lieutenant Richard Vriell, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, the first Business, the Report touching Windsore Castle be made.
Privilege-forcing a Member's Doors, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Bancks, a Mercer, near Middle Temple Gate, and Mrs. Mary Hanmer, be forthwith sent for, as Delinquents, to answer their Contempt, and Breach of the Privilege of Parliament, in breaking open, or causing to be broken open, the Chamber Doors of Mr. Robert Charleton, a Member of this House; and taking away his Goods; and forcibly conveying away the Body of Francis Charleton his Ward, and his Servants; even sitting the House, and Mr. Charleton then attending in the House the publick Service of the Kingdom.
Ordered, That Mr. Bancks, a Mercer or Silkman, near the Middle Temple Gate, and Mrs. Hanmer, and all other Person or Persons, in whose Custody the Body of Francis Charlton, an Infant, now is, do forthwith make Restitution of the Body of the said Francis Charlton to Mr. Robert Charleton, a Member of this House, and Guardian to the said Child; he having been forcibly taken out of his Custody, whilst he was sitting in the House of Commons, upon the publick Service of the Kingdom: And that the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House do forthwith make Search after the said Francis Charleton; and seize and apprehend him, wheresoever he shall be found; and bring and restore him to Mr. Robert Charleton.