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, 18 Julii, 1648.
Leave of Absence.
Message to Lords.
Sir Walter Erle went to the Lords with this Message; to desire a free Conference, by Committees of both Houses at such Time as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, upon the Matter of the last Conference, touching the Three Propositions sent into Scotland; and a Conference concerning some Votes passed this House, in order to a Treaty, and a Peace: And was to put the Lords in mind of the Ordinance for the County of Sussex.
Revolted Ships, &c.
Resolved, &c. That the Earl of Warwicke, Lord High Admiral of England, be authorized and required to fight with the revolted Ships, or any Person or Persons of any Condition or Quality soever, that shall be upon the said Ships, or join with them; or that shall any way oppose the Power and Authority of Parliament: And that it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to give him Directions accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to prepare and give Instructions to the Lord Admiral, and to Mr. Alexander Bence, and Mr. Walter Strickland, that are appointed to go to Sea with him: And that these Gentlemen do forthwith go down to the Lord Admiral.
Answers from Lords.
A Narrative, commemorating the many Blessings of Almighty God, in owning the Parliament's Cause, by giving them many great Victories, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And it is ordered to be forthwith printed and published: And the Lord Mayor is desired to communicate the same to the several and respective Ministers within the late Lines of Communication, and Parishes, within the weekly Bills of Mortality.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Three Weeks, 9 Augusti, be appointed for a Publick Thanksgiving to Almighty God, in the several Parish Churches in the several Counties within the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, for the several great Victories lately given to the Parliament Forces.
London, &c. Militia.
They were called in: And, after a Prologue made by Alderman Byde, the said Alderman in the Name, and by the Command of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, did present Two Petitions; the one intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled;" the other likewise intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled."
Ordered, That the Petition of the City of London, touching the Uniting of the Militias, be referred to the Committee where Mr. Sandys hath the Chair; to which the rest of the Petitions, touching that Business, were referred.
The House has read your Petitions: And they have referred an Ordinance to that Purpose, of uniting the Militias, to a Committee; who are to sit this Afternoon: And they have referred your Petition to that Committee; to take the same into their Considerations.
The House has read your Petition; and find the Matter, therein contained, to be formerly in Debate in this House: And there is a Committee appointed to consider thereof: And your Petition is referred to that Committee: And you may attend that Committee, if you please.
Message to Lords.
Colonel Copley is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire them to fit awhile: And carried unto them the Order for declaring the Scotts, that are come into England in an hostile manner, Enemies; and all that join with them, Traitors and Rebels: The Order for providing Five hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall, for Provisions for some Garisons of Consequence: The Order for the Sheriff of Warwicksheire's executing the Judgement of Law against the Eight Prisoners condemned at the last Assizes, in the County of Warwicke: And
Brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for providing Five hundred Pounds, for Provisions of some Garisons of Consequence: To the rest of the Particulars of the Message by him carried, the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The House takes notice of your orderly Coming with this Petition, according to the Ordinance of Parliament: That they are many of them near Witnesses of the unwearied Endeavours of the Parliament to the Settling of a good Peace; and that you have most of you demeaned yourselves quietly and obediently: That they are now in Consideration of that matter; and will do that therein, which shall be for the most Good of the Kingdom, and all the People therein.
Propositions to the King.
Mr. Swynfen reports Reasons for insisting upon the Three Propositions before a personal Treaty with his Majesty, intituled, "Reasons for the House of Commons their insisting upon the Three Propositions to be first granted by the King, in manner as is resolved, before a Treaty."
Letter from Col. Lambert.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning, the first Business, the House do take the latter Part of Colonel Lambert's Letter, of the Fourteenth of July 1648, into Consideration: And that then the Dabate, touching the Commissioners of the Parliament now in Scotland, returning into England, be considered of.