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 Jovis, 20 Julii, 1648.
ORDERED, That Thanks be given to Mr. Bond and Mr. Obadiah Sedgwick, that preached before the House of Commons at the Thanksgiving Yesterday: And that their Sermons be forthwith printed and published: And that they have the like Privilege in printing their Sermons, as others in the like kind usually have had.
St. Alban's Church.
Insurrection at Horsham.
A Letter from Horsham, of the Seventh of July 1648, was this Day read: And the Examinations of Witnesses taken before the Committee of Sequestrations for the said County, touching Mr. Middleton, a Member of this House, and others, touching the late Insurrection there, were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the House doth approve of what the Committee of Sequestrations at Horsham have done in committing Mr. Middleton, a Member of this House; and other their Proceedings in suppressing the late Insurrection in Horsham.
Ordered, That the Governor of Arundell Castle do permit Mr. Thomas Middleton, a Member of this House, to come up to London; and to attend the Committee appointed to examine such as raised and assisted the late Tumults, to be examined by the said Committee touching the raising and abetting the late Tumult at Horsham.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to desire the Lords to grant a free Conference, as formerly was desired to be had, this Morning, if their Occasions will permit; and also to grant a Conference, touching the Ordinance about the Raising of Two Troops of Horse, and a Company of Dragoons, for preventing of Tumults, and preserving the Peace of the County of Sussex: And that the Gentlemen of Sussex do prepare their Reasons for passing the same, against the said Conference had.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth Declare, That all such Persons as are of this Kingdom, that have invited the Army of the Scotts, now come into England under Duke Hamilton, to come into this Kingdom; or have assisted that Army; are Traitors, and shall be proceeded against as Traitors.
Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Hill, Sir John Maynard, Mr. Copley, Mr. Dodderidge, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Bunckley, Mr. Hungerford, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Stroude, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Whittacre, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Purefoy, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Priestly, Mr. Bois, Sir Dudley North, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Waller, Mr. Ashhurst, Colonel Morley, Mr. Darley, Mr. Ellison, Colonel Massey, Mr. Scott, Mr. Lechmore, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Henry Pelham;
This Committee, or any Five of them, are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Queen's Court: And have Power to inquire, by all Ways and Means they can, to find out and discover what Persons they are, who have invited the Scotts Forces, now come into England under Duke Hamilton, to come into this Kingdom: And the said Committee have Power to send for Persons, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And Mr. Scott is more particularly appointed to take care of this Business.
Resolved, &c. That these Words, "under the Command of Duke Hamilton," be added to the Vote formerly passed, for declaring the Scotts, come in an hostile way into England, Enemies to the Kingdom: And that the said Vote, with this Addition, be delivered at the Conference to the Lords, for their Concurrence therein.
Comm rs in Scotland.
Message from Lords.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you an Order, in favour of the Duke of Bucks, That, in case the Duke of Bucks shall, within Fourteen Days after publishing the said Order, come in, and render himself unto the Parliament, and engage never to take up Arms against the Parliament; then he shall be indemnised for his late taking up Arms against the Parliament: Hereunto they desire the Concurrence of this House.-The Lords have returned unto you an Ordinance for stating the Accompts of Officers and Soldiers: And the Ordinance for the Auditor's Salary, with some Amendments; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House:-An Order, upon a Report from Derby House, That a Commission for Martial Law be granted to the Governor of Chester, &c. for Tryal of those who are in the late Design against Chester: An Order, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to give Instructions to the Lord Admiral, from time to time, as they shall find meet, for the Parliament's and Kingdom's Service: An Order, made upon the Petition of Sir Henry Frederick Thyn, to have Leave to come to Town to follow his Suits in Law: To which the Lords desire the Concurrence of this House: A Pass to Colonel Thorpe, to have Leave to pass, with his Servants, and Four Horses, to any Port of this Kingdom, to transport the said Horses, Custom-free, into France: To put this House in mind of the Lord Cromwell's Petition, Sir John Worsnam's Petition, Colonel Allen's Petition, Dr. Cheyney Row's Petition; and of the Petition of the Supernumerary Officers: And to acquaint this House, That the Lords intend to adjourn their House from Friday to Tuesday, every Week this Summer; but would not adjourn without first acquainting this House therewith.
The Amendments to the Ordinance for taking, stating, and determining the Accompts of all such Officers and Soldiers, or Widows of such Officers and Soldiers, that have served the Parliament in the late Wars, and have not been under the Pay and Entertainment of the particular Counties or Associations of this Kingdom, nor of the present Army under the Command of Thomas Lord Fairefax, were this Day read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Martial Law at Chester.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That a Commission for Martial Law be granted to the Governor of Chester, and others, for the Tryal of those who were in the late Design against Chester. And
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That it be referred unto the Committee of Lords and Commons, sitting at Derby House, to give Instructions, from time to time, to the Earl of Warwick Lord High Admiral of England (in reference to the Affairs at Sea), as they shall, from time to time, find meet for the Parliament's and Kingdom's Service.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Colonel Thorp, with his Servants and Four Horses, shall be permitted to pass to any Part of this Kingdom, to transport the said Horses, Custom-free, into France, taking with him Apparel, and other Necessaries lawfully exportable, without the Loss or Stay of any Person whatsoever: And this to be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
Lord Cromwell's Petition.
Leave of Absence.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered of your Lordships Message; And, as to the Ordinance for stating the Accompts of all Officers and Soldiers; and to the Order for granting a Commission to the Governor of Chester, for executing Martial Law on those who were in the late Design against Chester; and to the Order for the Committee at Derby House to give Instructions to the Lord Admiral; and to the Order for Colonel Thorpe to have Leave to transport Four Horses; and to the Petition of Dr. Cheney Row; the House doth agree: And, to the rest of the Particulars of the Message, the House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
An Ordinance for the further and better regulating the Estates of Papists and Delinquents under Sequestration, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Sandis, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Gell, Mr. Blagrave, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Ven, Mr. Solicitor General, Dr. Bond, Mr. Copley, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Myles Corbett, Mr. Purefoy, Mr. Henry Darley, Mr. Rolle, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Rich, Mr. Moore, Sir Thomas Dacres: And all that will come are to have Voices: This Committee is to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Answers from Lords.
Mr. Swynfen reports, That, at the Conference with the Lords, their Reasons were delivered to the Lords: To which the Lords send Answer, That they will speedily take the said Reasons into Consideration; and send Answer thereunto by Messengers of their own.
Colonel Bossevile brings Answer from the Lords, That, to the Vote for the Commissioners of the Parliament of England, now in Scotland, to be commanded home, the Lords will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Prisoners in Nottingham.
Ordered, That the Freemen of the Company of Weavers, being not of the Livery, do forbear to assemble themselves together at Weavers Hall, or any other Place, in these unquiet Times, to disturb the ancient Order of electing the Governor and Wardens of the said Company, the said Difference betwixt the Governors and Commonalty of that Society being now before a Committee of Parliament, and yet undetermined. And,
Ordered, That on Saturday Morning, the first Business, the Report touching Gunpowder be taken up: And it is referred to the Committee that formerly took the same into Consideration, in the mean time to propose to the House, how Money may be provided for that Service.
An Ordinance, formerly sent from the Lords, for granting the Office of Surveyor General of the Ordnance unto George Payler; the Office of the Clerk of the Ordnance to John Whyte; and the Office of Storekeeper of the Ordnance, to John Falkener, under the Great Seal of England; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Officers, Clerks, Artificers, Messenger, and Labourers belonging to the Officers of the Ordnance, being in Number Forty-seven, be referred to the Committee of the Navy; to make Provision, both for their Arrears, and future Payment.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Petition of Dr. Cheyney Rowe, and the Contents thereof, are hereby referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.