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, 23 Junii, 1648.
Proceedings against Rolph.
He was called in: And, after Mr. Speaker had acquainted him, That what he was to speak, was to be spoken in an high Court of Justice; and therefore required and exhorted him to speak the Truth, as he would answer the same, at the dreadful Day of Judgment.
Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, did strictly examine him, What he knew touching the Design of taking away the King's Life; wherewith he was charged by the Letter of Richard Osborne: Who, upon his Examination, denied that he ever knew of any such Design, either by Discourse or Letter; or that he ever received any Intimation from the Governor of the Isle of Wight, or from any other Person, by Writing, or otherwise, touching the Design of taking away the Life of the King.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler do go to the Lords, and acquaint them, That Major Rolph is come to Town: And that he do desire the Lords to nominate a Committee of Lords; who may, in the Presence of a Committee of this House, examine Major Rolph forthwith, upon Oath; and to take the Examinations of all other Persons that will come in, to testify their Knowledge touching the Allegations of Richard Osborne, in his Letter to the Speaker of this House, and to the Lord Wharton.
Ordered, That the Order, That Mr. Richard Osborne may have Forty Days to come, and depart, with Safety to his Person, to make good his Allegations mentioned in his Letters to Mr. Speaker, and the Lord Wharton, be forthwith printed and published; and be forthwith posted up at Westminster, Paul's and both the Exchanges.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to apprehend Persons to be sent to the General into the County of Essex, do forthwith withdraw; and find out to the Number of Twenty Persons, and apprehend them, and send them to the General, to be disposed of according to the former Order: And the Serjeant at Arms, who attends this House, is forthwith to take care to apprehend the said Persons accordingly. And
It is further Ordered, That Sir Samuell Luke and Mr. Gurdon be added to the said Committee: And it is referred to the said Committee, to consider, How, and in what manner to send the said Persons to the General.
Ordered, That, in case so many such Persons cannot be forthwith found and apprehended here, that a Letter be written, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the General, and desire him to give Order to apprehend so many of the most active Persons in raising and somenting the Insurrection in Essex, as will make up the said Number, to be used in such Sort as Sir Wm. Massam, and the rest of the Gentlemen of the Committee of the County of Essex, are used.
Defence of Suffolk, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Nathaniell Barnardiston, Sir William Spring, Sir William Playters, and Mr. Heveningham, do go down into the County of Suffolke, for Furtherance of the Service of the State, in Defence of the Country, and Preservation of the Peace of those Parts.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Eastern Association, to consider what Money is fit to be levied, and how, and in what manner, to proportion the said Levy, for Defraying of the Charges of the Associated Counties, in suppressing the Insurrection in Essex, and the Insurrections in other Places. And
Provincial Assembly of Divines;
Treaty with the King.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider, What the Parliament hath done towards the Settling of a Peace; and what the King hath offered; and what is fit further to be offered to the King, for his Satisfaction, for Settling of a speedy and well-grounded Peace: And that the said Committee do also consider of a Time, Place, and other Circumstances, where Addresses may be conveniently made to the King.
Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That the General do send Five hundred Men to the Isle of Wight: And that the General have Power to increase his Army to that Number, for the Safety and Defence of that Isle: And it is referred to the Committee at Derby House, to send this Direction away to the Governor forthwith.
An Ordinance, sent from the Lords, for appointing the Commissioners, formerly appointed by the Ordinance of the Sixteenth of February last, to nominate Sub Collectors to levy the Money to be assessed by virtue of the said Ordinance, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Complaints, to take into Consideration the Breaches of the several Acts and Ordinances concerning the Sabbath and Fasts; and of the Ordinances concerning Playhouses: And that the said Committee have Power to send for Persons offending against the said several Acts and Ordinances; and to send for Witnesses: and to put the said several Acts and Ordinances in speedy Execution.
Isle of Wight.
Letter to Col. Jones.
Sir John Temple reports a Letter to be sent to Colonel Jones, in Answer to his, of the One-and-thirtieth of March last: Which, being read, upon the Question, was agreed unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence: And that the said Letter be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
Mr. Swynfen reports an Ordinance, formerly sent from the Lords, for constituting Dr. Corbett Orator of the University of Oxford; Mr. Pococke, Hebrew Professor of the said University; and Dr. Corbet, Mr. Pococke, Mr. Milles, and Mr. Cornishe, Collegiate Prebendaries of Christ Church; with some Amendments: The which were this Day read: And the said Ordinance, with the Amendments, being put to the Question, passed: And