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 Mercurii, 5 Julii, 1648.
Ordered, That Power be, and is hereby, given to the Committee at Derby House, to apprehend and seize all such Persons as they have Suspicion of, whether Lords or others; and to secure them till further Order.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare it an acceptable Service in any Persons, that will inlist themselves, Horse or Foot under the Command of Major General Skippon, for Defence and Safety of the Parliament, City and Kingdom: And that the said Major General Skippon is hereby authorized to inlist all such Persons; and to command them, and draw them out of the late Lines into any Part, as he shall see Occasion; and to conduct and lead them; and to fight, kill, and slay all such as shall oppose, rise, or make any Insurrections, against the Parliament, or to the Disturbance of the Peace of the Kingdom.
London, &c. Militia.
They were called in; and, after a short Preamble made by Sheriff Byde, they presented Two Petitions; the one intituled, "The humble Petition of the Field Officers, Captains, and their Commission Officers, of the Trained Bands of the City of London, and Liberties thereof;" which they said was brought to them Yesterday, as they fat in Common Council; the other from themselves, intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled."
Resolved, &c. That the Militias of the City of Westminster, Borough of Southwarke, and the Hamlets of the Tower, be joined to the Militia of the City of London, in such Manner as is desired in the Petition.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to confer with the Common Council of the City of London, and such as they shall appoint, and with the Commanders of the Soldiers in London, concerning their Engagement for the Safety of the King and Parliament during the intended Treaty, and touching the Manner of the Security.
Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Hungerford, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. John Ashe, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Boys, Sir Dudley North, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Copley, Mr. Sallway, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Henry Vane senior, Mr. Reynolds, Major General Browne, Sir Robert Harley, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Crewe, Sir Jo. Evelyn of Wilts, Colonel Ven, Mr. Drake, Mr. Doddridge, Mr. Edward Stephens, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Strode, Mr. Gell, Colonel Wilson, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Greene, Colonel Edwards, and the Citizens and Burgesses of the City of London;
This Committee are to confer with the Common Council of the City of London, and such as they shall appoint, and with the Commanders of the Soldiers in London, concerning their Engagement for the Safety of the King and Parliament during the intended Treaty, and touching the Manner of the Security.
The House has read your Petition, and the Petition annexed; and they have agreed to the joining the Militias: The other Matters contained in the Petition, are of great Concernment; and have taken up much Debate: And they have appointed another Day to take up the said Debate: And have also appointed a Committee to confer with the Common Council of the City of London, and such as they shall appoint, and with the Commanders of the Soldiers in London, about the same. Wherewith the House desires you to acquaint the Lord Mayor; that a Common Council may be called To-morrow at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, thereupon, accordingly.
Petition of Seamen, &c.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read; and was intituled, "The humble Declaration, Tender, and Petition, of divers cordial and well affected Mariners, being Commanders of Ships, and Members of the Trinity House."
The House has read your Petition with much Content and Satisfaction: And you are to be thanked, in a special Manner, that you have upheld the Honour of the Mariners of the English Nation, by your Fidelity, in these Times of Danger, which those that are revolted much blemished: And, for your good Affections, and cordial Expressions, the House has commanded me to give you hearty Thanks; and that you deserve more than Thanks: And the House has given Order, That those Things that you desire to be put in Execution, be put into speedy and effectual Execution.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lord Admiral, and Committee of the Navy, and, in the Absence of the Lord Admiral, to the Committee of the Navy, to see the Votes of the 17th of June last, mentioned in the Petition of the Seamen, put in speedy and effectual Execution, and also to confer with the Petitioners, concerning the Propositions they will make for the effectual Carrying on of this Business, in reducing the revolted Ships, according to the Orders mentioned in the said Petition.
Thanks to Gentlemen of Suffolke.
Ordered, That a Letter be written, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, in Answer to the Suffolke Gentlemen; with Thanks for their good Service, and that the House will see their Engagement discharged; and further taking notice of their gallant and valorous Services.
Ordered, That the Committee at Derby House be made acquainted with the Intelligence given to the Enemies in Colchester: And it is referred to the said Committee, to examine the Business touching the said Intelligence; and to send for Parties, Papers, Witnesses, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to go into the City To-morrow, have Power to inform the Common Council of the City, of the Necessity there is of relieving the Garison of Newcastle, and to avoid Free Quarter in Newcastle; and to know their positive Answer to the former Message sent them touching the same; or otherwise to let them know, That the House will take such Course for the Relief of that Garison, as shall be sit.
Victory in the North.
Ordered, That, on the next Lord's Day, publick Thanks be given to Almighty God in all the Churches within the City, and late Lines of Communication, for his great Mercy, in giving the Parliament Forces a great Victory in the North: And the Lord Mayor is desired to give to the Ministers, in the several Parishes within the City, Notice hereof.
Ordered, That, this Day Sevennight, between Ten and Twelve of Clock, the Debate touching such as, after they have compounded, and taken the Negative Oath and Covenant, take up Arms against the Parliament, be taken up.
Committee of Sequestrations.
Horses, &c. taken by Poe.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to examine the Business touching the Horses taken by Major Poe: And if any of the Horses were engaged, or going to engage, against the Parliament, then the said Committee have Power to dispose of them to the said Major Poe.
Gratuity to Butler, &c.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That Power be given to the Committee at Derby House to grant Commissioners to Captain William Boteler, Captain John Stirke, to Captain John Coombes, and their inferior Officers; and to grant Commissions to Mr. Henry Benson, and Captain Dickenson, and their inferior Officers; to raise Troops of Horses of Volunteers for securing the County of Northampton, and suppressing Tumults in those Parts.