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 Martis, 27 Junii, 1648.
MR. Love reports Amendments to the Ordinance for settling the Militia of . . . City of Westminster: Which Amendments were twice read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
The Ordinance for settling the Militia of the City of Westminster, with the Amendments, being put to the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Affairs in Wales.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Darby House, to grant a Commission to Thomas Madryn Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Carnarcon, to raise Forty Horse, for Suppressing of Tumults and Insurrections, and Defence of the said County, and Preservation of the Peace of those Parts.
Ordered, That the said Forty Horse be raised and maintained out of the Sequestrations of such Persons as engaged in the late Insurrections in North Wales.
Ordered, That the Charges and Money disbursed by Thomas Madrin, Colonel Carter, and Colonel Mitton, be paid out of the Sequestrations of the Estates of such Persons as were engaged in the late Insurrection in North Wales.
Mr. Foxwist is to bring in an Ordinance to that Purpose.
Ordered, That Major General Mitton, Colonel Carter, Thomas Madryn, John Bodarda, and Hugh Grissith, Esquires, be added, and put into the Commission of Peace for the County of Carnarvon.
Ordered, That Mr. Foxwist do attend the Commissioners of the Great Seal, with the Names of such Persons as are fit to be put in Commission of the Peace in the County of Carnarvon; and do confer with the said Commissioners about such others as are fit to be put out of the Commission of Peace in the said County.
Ordered, That Major General Mitton, Colonel Carter, Tho. Madryn, John Bodarda, Hugh Griffith, Edmund Glynne, Edward Williams, Esquires, Griffith Bodarda, Wm. Stodart, John Wynne of Gwinferin, John Owen of Refue, and John Parry Gentlemen, be added to the Members of this House, and named Commissioners in the several Ordinances for the County of Carnarvon: And that all others, named Commissioners in the said Ordinances, be omitted, and left out of the said Ordinances.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Isle of Anglesey.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider of the best Ways and Means for the speedy Reducing of the Island of Anglesey: And that, to that Purpose Colonel Mitton do come up to London, and inform the said Committee of the State of that Island: And that the said Committee do report their Opinions thereupon to this House.
Defence of Northern Counties.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what the Committee of the County of York, and City and County of York, have done, in levying Seven thousand Pounds towards settling the Militia, and raising Forces for Defence of those Parts.
Ordered, That Mr. Thorpe do bring in an Ordinance for raising Seven thousand Pounds more, for putting the Northern Counties into a Posture of Defence, of the County of York, and City and County of York.
An Ordinance for raising the Sum of Seven thousand Pounds, for putting the Northern Counties into a Posture of Defence, 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.
Mr. Thorp is to carry it to the Lords.
Ordered, That the Committee for Sequestrations for Hull do disburse the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, out of the Sequestration Monies arising within their Jurisdiction, for the present Service of the Parliament, in and about the Repairs of the Walls, Jetties, and Blockhouses there; and for paying the Soldiers lately sent from thence for the Defence of Ayresmouth: And that the said Sum, so to be disbursed, be repaid again out of the Ordinance of Six thousand Pounds, charged upon the Excise, for the said Repairs, when the same shall come in.
And Mr. Thorpe is to bring in an Ordinance accordingly.
Ordered, That a Letter be prepared, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent to the Gentlemen of Cheshire, who have disbursed Monies for the Service of the Parliament; to desire them to state the Business to the House; and to assure them, that the House will take care for Repayment and Satisfaction of what shall appear to have been so disbursed by them.
Peace of the North.
Ordered, That Mr. Tolson be desired to go down into the North, to use his best Industry and Endeavours for settling the Peace of the Kingdom in those Parts: And that a Letter be written, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to the rest of the Gentlemen of those Parts; to encourage them to assist and further that Service.
Mr. Tolson is to prepare this Letter.
A Letter from the Leaguer before Colchester, of the Twenty-sixth of June 1648, written to Sir Harbottle Grimston, by Colonel John Sparrow, was this Day read.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the first Business, the Committee of the Army do make Report of the Obstructions in bringing in the Assessments for the Army.
Glover's &c. Petitions.
Ordered, That neither John Glover Esquire, nor the Town of Guilford, have or suffer any Damage or Prejudice, for not preferring their Petitions to this House within Fourteen Days, according to former Order.
The House being informed, That the Sheriffs, Aldermen, Common Council, and Citizens of London were at the Door;
They were called in: And after a short Prologue made by Sheriff Byde, he did, in the Names of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, present a Petition to the House.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in Common Council assembled."
Ordered, That Sir Harbottle Grimston and Mr. Swynfen do withdraw; and prepare an Answer to be given to the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled.
And the said Petitioners being afterwards called in again; Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, returned Answer to the said Petition, in these Words; viz.
The House hath read your Petition, presented to them in the Name of the Common Council of the City of London; wherein they take notice of the affectionate Acknowledgment which the City expresseth of the House's Concessions upon their former Petitions; and of their christian and prudent Desires of a safe and well-grounded Peace, according to the Covenant; and of that Means which they propose, in order thereunto, of a personal Treaty: In which (as the other Particulars of your Petition) the House especially observes the Confidence and Trust which the City reposes in them, in leaving the Consideration of their Peace and Security to their Wisdom and Care. To all which the House hath commanded me to give you this Answer; That they have the same Fellow-feeling with the City and Kingdom, by their Sufferings by War; and the same Desires with them to attain to a safe and well-grounded Peace. They have, for that End, spent a great Part of this last Month in Considerations of Peace; and have made some Progress therein: And, for the more speedy Dispatch of what further remains to be done, the Houses have appointed a Committee to consider, What the King hath offered, and what is further to be offered to the King, for his Satisfaction, for settling of a speedy and well-grounded Peace; and to consider of Time, Place, and other Circumstances, for Conveniency of Address to be made to his Majesty: And they doubt not but what they have done, and speedily shall do herein, will be fully satisfactory to the City of London, and to all others that desire to see the Troubles of this Kingdom ended in a safe and just Peace. And for your good Affections to the Parliament and Kingdom, manifested by your Actions in the late War, and in your present Petition for a safe and well-grounded Peace, the House hath commanded me to give you Thanks.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Eltonhead;
The Lords received a Message from you, whereby you desired them to appoint a Committee of Lords, to join with a Committee of this House: They have accordingly appointed Ten Lords to meet this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber; whereof Five to be of Quorum; and desire, That this House will nominate a proportionable Number to join with them.
The Lords command us to put you in mind of the Petition of Dr. Cheyney Rowe; and of the Petition of Edward Odling, Doctor in Physick.
The Lords have sent you Two Reports from the Committee at Derby House, concerning the Great Seal of Ireland.
The Lords commend unto you the Petition of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Phipps; and the Petition of Susan Fulcher, and Robert Rosse; and the Petition of Joane Partis.
Committee to meet Lords.
Sir John Potts, Sir Harbotle Grimston, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir John Burgoine, Mr. Hungerford, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Pierrepoint, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Swynfen, Sir Symond D'Ewes, Sir Martin Lumley, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Crew, Mr. Maynard, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Wm. Lewes;
This Committee, or any Ten of them, are to give a Meeting to the Lords, this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, as by the Lords is desired.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the House has considered their Lordships Message; and have agreed of a proportionable Number, to meet with a Committee of the Lords, as is desired: And, to the rest of the Particulars of the Message, the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Wheeler brings Answer from the Lords, that, as to the Appointing of a Committee of Lords to examine Major Rolf, upon Oath, upon the Allegations and Contents of Mr. Richard Osborne's Letter, the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own: And, as to the Ordinance for settling the Militia in the County of Lincolne, the Lords have put it into a speedy Way; and will return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Thorpe carried to the Lords for their Concurrence, Sir John Maynard's Order for Discharge of his Contract, and Penalties for not proceeding in his Contract; Order for Bishop Wren to be sent . . the General; Order for Sir Wm. Allenson to be added to the Committee of the Militia for the County of York; Ordinance authorizing the Committee of Yorkshire to raise Money for paying the Soldiers to be raised by the Militia there: To acquaint the Lords, that this House hath ordered, that they do adjourn from Friday to Tuesday every Week this Summer.
Ordered, That the scandalous and seditious Paper, intituled, "A Motive to all loyal Subjects to endeavour the Preservation of his Majesty's Royal Person;" and the Paper subscribed by Samuell Wickham; be referred to the Committee for suppressing of Libels: With Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records; and to examine, Who printed and published the said scandalous and seditious Paper; and who set up the said Papers, or advised the Knocking down of Lieutenant Colonel Bellamy. And
It is further Ordered, That the said Committee do draw up and present something to this House, for Vindication of the Honour of Major General Skippon. And
It is further Ordered, That Mr. West, Mr. Bossevile, Colonel Ven, Mr. Strode, Mr. Scott, Mr. Boone, Mr. Allen, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Challener, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Carey, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Dodderidge, be added to the said Committee: And that the said Committee do meet this Afternoon.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and Common Council of the City may, notwithstanding the former Order, if they please, proceed in the Examination of this Business touching the said scandalous and seditious Paper.
Ordered, That such Members of the . . . . . as have been, or shall be abused, and have just Cause to complain, may attend at the said Committee: And that the said Committee have Power to examine the same.
Bristoll Militia, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Aldworth be desired to go to Bristoll; and to take care, and use his best Endeavour, to settle the Militia and Peace of the said City of Bristoll.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Spilman, a Member of this House have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for scandalous Pamphlets, to consider, How, and what manner, these scandalous Pamphlets may be suppressed; and the Makers, Printers, and Publishers thereof may be punished.
Ordered, That Colonel Bossevile, do make the several Reports concerning Wm. Sykes, and Captain Thomas Wilkinson, on Thursday Morning, next after the Ordinance for settling the Militia of the whole Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for settling the Militia be read the first Business, on Thursday Morning next; nothing to intervene.
Tumults in Sussex.
Ordered, That Mr. Middleton be desired to go down into the County of Sussex, to suppress the Tumults there, and to preserve the Peace of that County.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Bainton, a Member of this House, shall have Leave, for a Fortnight, to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Mr. West, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the List of the Northern Army be taken into Consideration on Thursday next.
Ordered, That Colonel Appesley be desired to go down * * * *.
Ordered, That the Ordinances for Sequestering of such Persons as raised the Insurrections in North Wales and South Wales, be read on Tuesday Morning next.
A Letter from the Committee at Horsham * * * *.
Tumults in Sussex, &c.
Ordered, That Power be given to the Committee of Sussex, or any Three or more of them, to raise such Forces of Horse and Foot as they shall think fit, for preventing and suppressing all Tumults and Insurrections in the County of Sussex.
Ordered, That Power be given to the Committee of the County of Hampshire, or any Three or more of them, to raise such Forces of Horse and Foot as they shall think fit, for Preventing and Suppressing of all Tumults and Insurrections in the County of Southampton.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Power be given to the Committee of the County of Bucks, or any Three or more of them, to raise such Forces of Horse and Foot as they shall think fit, for preventing and Suppressing all Tumults and Insurrections in the said County.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Allen be added to the Committee of Hampshire.
A Letter from the Committee of Essex, from Colchester, of 17 Junii 1648, was this Day read.
A Letter from the Lord Fairefax, from Colchester, of 20 Junii * * * *.
Ordered, That Mr. Peregrine Pelham, Mr. James Nelthorpe, Colonel Harvey, and Mr. Thorp, do go to the Commissioners of Excise; to desire them to advance the Sum of Six thousand Pounds, to repair the Breaches and Decays in the Walls, Blockhouses, and Works of Hull.
Affairs in Essex.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Eastern Association, to consider of the Desires of the Committee of Essex in their Letter of 20 Junii 1648; and to take such speedy Course therein as they shall think fit.
An Ordinance for removing Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be read, on Tuesday Morning next, the Second time.