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, 15 Augusti, 1648.
THE Grand Committee sat upon the Ordinance for the Settling of the Militia of the whole Kingdom.
Sir Robert Harley in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Sir Robert Harley's Report from the Grand Committee;
It is Resolved, &c. That the Grand Committee of the whole House do meet on Thursday Morning next, at Eight of Clock, upon the Ordinance for settling the Militia of the Kingdom: And that Mr. Speaker do forbear to take the Chair.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Dr. Bennett;
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you the King's Letter: A Letter from Colonel Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight; with their Vote thereupon: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House: An Order for Dr. Colladen to pass into France; and to take with him a Coach and Four Horses, Custom-free: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Letter from the King.
The Letter from his Majesty was read; and was dated, in the Top of the Letter, from Carisbrooke Castle, of 11 Augusti 1648; and subscribed, at the lower End of the Letter, "Charles R.;" and directed for the Speaker of the Lords House pro tempore, to be communicated to the Lords and Commons, in the Parliament of England, at Westminster.
The Letter from the Governor of the Isle of Wight, of 11 Augusti 1648, directed to the Earl of Middlesex, and the Lords Votes thereupon, was read.
Dr. Colladon's Pass.
The Order for Dr. Colladon to pass into France, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Dr. Colladon, with his Two Servants, shall be permitted to go to any Port of this Kingdom, to embark themselves for France, and to return, taking with them a Coach and Four Horses, Custom and Impost free: And that they be suffered to take Apparel, and other Necessaries, lawfully exportable, without Let or Stay. Provided, That this Order be made use of within Two Months next after the Date of this Order.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House does agree to the Order for Dr. Colladon's Pass into France: to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Commissioners to the King.
The Question was propounded, For giving Thanks to the Commissioners employed to the King:
And the Question being put, For adding these Words, "For approving their Proceedings;"
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth give Thanks to Sir John Hippesley, and Mr. Bulkley, employed to the King; and doth approve of their Proceedings.
Accordingly Mr. Speaker did give the Thanks of this House to Sir John Hippesley, and Mr. Bulkley, standing up in their Places; and did declare unto them the House's Approbation of their Proceedings.
King's Message to be considered
Resolved, &c. That this Business of the King's Message be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning; and proceeded in de die in diem, without the Interruption of any private Business.
London Militia, &c.
The House being informed, That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London was at the Door;
They were called in: And Alderman Gibb did present the State and Ground of their Aprehensions and Fears, and of their Desires for Remedy.
After his enlarging himself, touching the Grounds of the Discontents and Distractions in the City, and of their Apprehensions and Dangers; and had expressed their Desires touching the Liftings under Major General Skyppon, touching a Power to enable them to inlist Horses, and touching the Uniting of the Militia of the City of London with the Militias of the Out Parts; he did humbly tender divers Orders made by the Committee of the Militia of London, in order to the Employing of their Forces to the Preservation and Defence of the Parliament and City.
He did further tender the humble Representation of the Commanders of the Trained Bands of the City; as likewise the Expression of very many of the said Commanders, of their full Resolutions to be as faithful to the Parliament as ever.
The Committee being withdrawn, the Orders, mentioned by Alderman Gibb to be made by the Committee of the Militia, were read; and likewise the humble Representation of the Commanders of the Trained Bands of the City.
Sir Walter Erle reports from the Committee formerly appointed to go to the City of London, to whom it was referred to receive such Proposals as should be made unto them by the Common Council, or the Militia of the City of London, and to confer with them about the printed Paper of the Date of the Twenty-seventh of July, and the Matters therein contained, and to know by what Authority it was printed, the whole State of the Matter of those Proposals; and likewise the Matter of Fact touching the said printed Paper.
Ordered, That the Power formerly given to Major General Skippon, by the Ordinance of the Twelfth of July last, to list and raise Forces in the City of London, and Liberties thereof, be transferred to the Militia of the City of London: And that the said Forces, so listed and raised by the Militia of the City of London, be under the Command of Major General Skippon, by the Direction of the said Militia.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in to that Purpose on Friday next.
Mr. Vassall is to bring in the Ordinance.
Sir John Evelyn, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr. Sallway, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir John Potts, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Bulkey, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Dodderidge, Mr. Drake, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Boys, Mr. Scott, Mr. Recorder of London, Colonel Harvey, Major General Browne, Colonel Venne, Mr. Gett;
This Committee, or any Five of them, have Power to confer with the Militia of the City of London; and to consult with them how the Forces, listed by Major General Skippon, may be made serviceable for the City and Parliament: The said Committee are to sit To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem.
And the more particular Care of this Business is referred to Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Gott, and Mr. Dodderidge.
Ordered, That the Committee where Mr. Sandys hath the Chair, for Joining of the Militias of the City of London, and Out Parts, be revived; and do sit To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem.
The Care of this Business is more particularly referred to Mr. Sandys, and Mr. Wheeler; or either of them.
Affairs in Kent.
A Letter from Colonel Riche, of 14 Augusti 1648, was this Day read; and ordered to be forthwith printed.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Fifty Pounds be forthwith advanced and paid to Major Husbands, or his Assigns, to buy him Horses, out of the Sequestrations in the County of Kent: And that the Committee of Sequestrations, and the Treasurer for Sequestrations, of the County of Kent, be, and are hereby, required and enjoined forthwith to pay the same to the said Major Husbands, or his Assigns, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be forthwith advanced and paid unto Colonel Huson, or his Assigns; and also the Sum of Fifty Pounds more be forthwith advanced and paid unto Daniell Axtell, Lieutenant Colonel to the said Colonel Huson, or his Assigns; to buy them Horses; out of the Sequestrations of the County of Kent: And the Committee for Sequestrations and the Treasurer for Sequestrations, for the said County of Kent, be, and are hereby required and enjoined forthwith to pay the said several Sums to the said Colonel Huson, or his Assigns, and to the said * *, his Lieutenant Colonel, or his Assigns, respectively, accordingly.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent Colonel Rich, acknowledging his very good Service against the Enemy, that intended to raise the Siege at Deale Castle.
Mr. Boys is to prepare the said Letter.
Whereas, by Order of the * Day of * *, the Sum of * * * is ordered to be paid to Colonel Rich, and restrained to be paid out of the new Sequestrations in the County of Kent: It is Ordered, That the said Sum of * * * be paid to the said Colonel Rich, or his Assigns, out of the Sequestrations of the County of Kent, in general.
And it is further Ordered, That the said Committee for Sequestrations for the County of Kent do give the same in Accompt to the Committee of the Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the General, to try, by Martial Law, as many of the Prisoners now taken in the late Defeat given to the Enemy in Kent, as are triable by Martial Law.
Ordered, That it be especially referred to the General, to try Lieutenant Lyndall by Martial Law.
Ordered, That Dr. Anneley be desired forthwith to go down, and attend the Lord Admiral at Sea in his own Ship.
Isle of Wight, &c.
Whereas, by Order of the * Day of * * last, it was ordered, That the Treasurer of the Army, for the County of Southampton, do pay unto Colonel Hamond, Governor of the Isle of Wight, the Sum of Seventeen hundred Forty-eight Pounds, out of the first Monies that were raised: It is Ordered, That the said Treasurer do yield Obedience to the said Order.
And it is further Ordered, That the Governor of Portsmouth be paid next after the said One thousand Seven hundred Forty-eight Pounds is paid to the said Governor of the Isle of Wight.
And it is Ordered, That the Governor of Portsmouth do withdraw his Orders, lately obtained from the said Treasurer, for raising any Money, till the Money be first raised for the Service of the Isle of Wight, as was formerly ordered by this House.
Ordered, That a Letter, signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to the Governor of Portsmouth, to let him know, That, by Order of this House, the Garison in the Isle of Wight was to be paid out of the first Monies that were raised: And that the House have ordered, That the Governor of Portsmouth be paid, in the next place.
Mr. Lisle is to prepare the said Letter.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Hantsheire, to proportion the Assessments, for the future, to be paid to the several Garisons of Caresbrooke in the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, out of such Divisions as lie most convenient for the Service of such Places.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do prepare and bring in an Article, to try such as have broken their Faith with the Parliament, by Martial Law.
Mr. Reynolds is to take care hereof.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to confer with the Militia of the City of London, about the Forces listed by Major General Skippon, do prepare an Ordinance concerning some Horses to be raised by the City; and bring the same in on Thursday next.
Halliburton to depart the Kingdom.
Whereas Mr. Halliburton, being employed by the Committee of Estates in Scottland, as a Messenger to carry Letters, and a Declaration from them, to the King, and both Houses of Parliament; which he hath already delivered, and did long since return back from his Majesty: And whereas the said Mr. Halliburton brought many Letters of dangerous Consequence to private Persons in this Kingdom, not warranted by his Letters of Credence, to raise Parties here, and to give the Publick Faith of the Kingdom of Scotland to raise Money here, to maintain a War against this Kingdom: And, having formerly been ordered by this House to depart this Kingdom; in Contempt of the said Order refuseth to depart, or to yield Obedience thereunto: It is therefore Ordered, That the said Mr. Halliburton be forthwith sent to the Lord Admiral: And that the Lord Admiral be desired, by the next Conveyance, to send him away to Scotland.
London Militia, &c.
The Committee of the Militia of the City of London, being again called in; Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House gave them this Answer;
Mr. Alderman, Mr. Sheriffs, and the rest of you Gentlemen;
The House has considered of your Desires, which were Three in Number; and have directed an Ordinance to be brought in, to invest the Power given to Major General Skippon, by the Ordinance of the Twelfth of July last, to list and raise Forces in the City of London, and Liberties thereof, in the Militia of the City of London; and have appointed a Committee to consult with them how to make the Forces listed and raised by Major General Skippon serviceable for the Parliament and City: And, as you have made large Expressions of Fidelity and good Affections to the Parliament, so they have reposed great Confidence in you, knowing that the Parliament and City cannot be safe the one without the other; and the Loss of the one must consequently be the Ruin of the other; and their being firmly united and conjoined will be a great Daunting of all our Enemies abroad: And this House makes no doubt of your Faithfulness to them, so solemnly prosessed: And they shall do that which they doubt not will be very satisfactory.