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, 25 Julii, 1648.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That the Letters in Cyphers, from the Scotts, be referred to the Committee where Mr. Scott hath the Chair: With Power to the said Committee to send for Persons, Papers, and Witnesses; and, if they find Cause, to secure the Persons.
Ordered, That it be particularly referred to the Committee at Derby House, to send such Forces from Gloucester from the Army, and all the Counties in the Kingdom, and all such other Forces whatsoever as can be spared, into the North, against the Forces brought out of Scotland, and other the Enemies Forces in the Northern Parts, to stop their further Advance into this Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Letters sent from Cornewall and Devon be referred to the Committee at Derby House: And that the Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornewall do attend that Committee, touching some Matters contained in the said Letters.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee where Mr. Scott hath the Chair, to examine the Information now given in by Mr. John Collingwood: And that the said Committee have Power to send for Parties, Papers, and Witnesses; and to examine any Persons, as well Members as others.
Ordered, That Leases be made, not exceeding Twentyone Years, of the Estates of all such Delinquents as have been in Arms against the Parliament since the First of March last, or in the last Engagement against the Parliament; and also of the Estates of all such as have not prosecuted, with Effect, their Compositions at Goldsmiths Hall.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the North, who are to meet this Afternoon, to consider of a Way, how to raise Money for Pay of the Forces in the North; and to report the same to the House on Thursday Morning next.
Arears of Assessments.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, that were formerly sent to confer with a Committee of Common Council in the City of London, to go again to the said Common Council, to acquaint them with the Necessity of the present Payment of the Arrears, due upon the several Assessments for the Army; and that some speedy and effectual Course be taken by them for Paying in of the same unto the Treasurers of the Army.
Leave of Absence.
Southampton Garison, &c.
Ordered, That there be added to the Forces now in the Garison of Southampton, so many as will make the Forces there full Two hundred Foot, besides Officers: And that the said Two hundred Men be paid upon the Establishment of the Army.
Resolved, &c. That Two Gunners more, with Matrosses suitable, be added to the Gunners in the Garison of Southampton: And that Twenty Barrels of Powder, One hundred Musquets with Bandeleers, Forty Pikes, and One Ton of Musquet Bullets, be provided and sent to the Garison of Southampton.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to confer with the Commissioners of the Customs, to see that half the Customs may be free; and also to consider, How the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds may be presently advanced, and the Half Customs continued to the Use of the Parliament.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Southampton, and Committee of the Town and County of Southampton, and Governor of Southampton, to join together, to raise and list Two hundred Men of the wellaffected neighbouring Inhabitants: And that the said Governor have Power to command and draw them into the Town of Southampton upon all Occasions, to be ready to guard the said Town: And the said Forces are, during their Service there, to receive Pay.
Ordered, That the Town of Southampton, and County of the Town of Southampton, and Parts adjacent, be desired to help to make the Fortifications to Seaward, for Preservation of Gunners and Musqueteers in the said Town; and to prepare the old Fortifications there.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Derby House, to confer with the Committee of the Army, to consider of the Condition of Calshot Castle; and to take a speedy Course for the Safety of that Castle, and Supply thereof with Men and Ammunition: And it is referred to the Committee of Hantshire, and Governors of Southampton and Calshott Castle, to supply the Castle of Calshott in the mean time, until the same be otherwise provided for.
Ordered, That Mr. Cobb, Receiver General of the County of Southampton, and Mr. Falconberge, do speedily pay unto the Gunners and Soldiers, of the Garison of Portsmouth, the Pay due and owing unto them.
Leave of Absence.
The Lords desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Matter of the last free Conference, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House: And have sent a Petition of the Merchant Adventurers: Which they recommend to this House. The Lords commanded us to put you in mind of the Petition of Sarah Nicholls, formerly sent to this House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers, That the House has considered of their Lordships Message; and do agree to give the free Conference presently, as is desired: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.