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, 22 Augusti, 1648.
RESOLVED, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to consider of this Paper, now delivered in, concerning Offices, and Places of Honour, enjoyed by Grant to the Duke Hamilton; and to state the whole Matter to the House.
A Letter from Captain Batten, Governor of Holy Island, this Fourteenth of August 1648, was this Day read.
Ordered, That Mr. Greene be desired to disburse so much Monies, for the Use and Pay of the Garison in the Holy Island, as will pay off their Arrears: And that he be reimbursed the said Monies by the Committee of the Revenue: And Mr. Blakiston and Mr. Ellison are desired to take care of this Business; and to repair unto Mr. Greene, to receive these Monies, and take care for conveying of the same to the Governor of Holy Island.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write a Letter unto Sir Arthure Heselrigg, Governor of Newcastle, forthwith to send and supply the Governor of Holy Island with so many Men as may . . . . up those he has now an Hundred: And that he doth furnish those Men with Arms . . . Ammunition, and the Isle and Fort there with Provisions, and Monies necessary, from Newcastle.
Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Blackeston, and Mr. Ellison, are to prepare this Letter.
Ordered, That, Mr. Blackiston and Mr. Ellison do prepare a Letter to be sent to the Governor of Holy Island, to take Notice of his Faithfulness; and to give him Thanks, for his Encourage . . . . therein.
A Letter from the Committee of the County of Durham, from Gateside, the Eleventh of August 1648, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Northern Committee, to take the said Letter into Consideration; and, upon Consideration thereof, to present such an Ordinance as shall be most convenient and necessary for the Safety of that County.
Inlisting in the City.
An Ordinance concerning the Inlisting and Raising of Horse within the City of London, and Liberties thereof, by the Committee of the Militia, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed . . . . Mr. Hill, Mr. John Ash, Mr. Vassall, Sir Tho. Dacres, Mr. Bond, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Edward Ashe, Sir Walt. Erle, Colonel Copley, Sir Harbott. Grimston, Colonel Birch, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Greene, Mr. Edward Stephens, Colonel Venne, Sir John Potts, Mr. Walker, Sir Francis Pile, Mr. Leechmere, Mr. Holland, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Snelling, Sir Antho. Irby, Sir Hen. Vane junior, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Pury, Mr. Scott, Mr. Gott, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Lisle, Sir Dudley North, Mr. John Corbett, Colonel Leigh, Mr. Doddridge, Mr. Holles, Mr. Hobbey, Mr. Salway, Mr. Wheeler, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir Richard Onslowe, the Citizens and Burgesses of London: And are to meet upon it this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so . . die in diem.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Ashurst carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for Payment of Nine hundred Forty Pounds Three Shillings One Peny Halfpeny to Sir Arthure Blundell: An Ordinance for Payment of Ten thousand Pounds, for Payment of the Forces in Lancasheir.
Mr. Ashhurst brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to both the said Ordinances.
Sir John Davers brings Answer from the Lords, That, as to the Ordinance for the County of Wiltes, of which he was to put the Lords in mind, the Lords will take the same into their Consideration; and send Answer thereunto by Messengers of their own.
Martial Law in Navy.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Swynfen do prepare and bring in an additional Ordinance, for granting the Power of Martial Law to the Lord Admiral.
A Letter from my Lord Admiral, from aboard the St. George in Tilbury Hope, of 17 Augusti 1648, representing the great Emergencies that require the Supply of present Monies, for carrying on the Affairs of the Navy, was this Day read: And likewise the Answer of the Commissioners of the Customs, of the Seventh of August 1648, to the Proposition made unto them by the Committee of the Navy, for the advancing a Sum of Monies; or by forbearing their Moiety of their Arrears.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs be desired to come to the House To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do represent to the Commissioners of the Customs the great Necessities of the Affairs of the Navy, and, in particular, the Discharge of the Yards; which will require Eleven thousand Pounds; and the Payment of the Mariners of Five Ships, at Portsmouth and Bristoll, estimated at Six thousand Six hundred Pounds; and propound unto them the Loan of Twenty thousand Pounds, and the Forbearance of One Moiety of the Receipts; and to consider of and propound what Security; and that the House will appoint a Committee to confer with them hereupon; and to report their Answer to the House.
Treaty with the King.
Upon Sir John Potts' Report from the Committee appointed to consider of the Instructions of 16 Novembris 1647, formerly given to the Governor of the Isle of Wight;
1. It is Resolved, &c. That the Place for the Treaty shall be the Town of Newport in the Isle of Wight; where his Majesty shall be in the same State and Freedom, as he was in when he was last at Hampton Court, according to the ensuing Instructions.
2. Resolved, &c. That no Persons excepted by the Two Houses of Parliament from Pardon, or under Restraint, or in actual War against the Parliament by Sea or Land, or in such Numbers as may draw any just Cause of Suspicion, shall be permitted to come or remain in the said Isle during the King's Residence there.
3. Resolved, &c. That no Person who hath been in Arms, or assisted in this unnatural War against the Parliament, shall be admitted to come into any Fort or Castle in the said Isle during the King's Residence there, although he be an Inhabitant, and compounded with the Parliament.
4. Resolved, &c. That no Stranger, or Person of a Foreign Nation, shall be permitted to come into the King's Presence, without the Order of both Houses of Parliament: And that if the King shall please to send for any of the Scottish Nation to advise with him concerning the Affairs of the Kingdom of Scottland only, the Governor shall permit them, having safe Conduct from both Houses to come to His Majesty.
5. Resolved, &c. That Colonel Hammond take care, that there be a sufficient Guard for the Safety of the Isle of Wight, and to hinder the taking away the King's Person from thence.
6. Resolved, &c. That his Majesty be desired to pass his Royal Word to make his constant Residence in the Isle of Wight, from the time of his Assenting to treat, until Twenty Days after the Treaty ended, unless it be otherwise desired by both Houses of Parliament: And that, after his Royal Word so passed, and his Assent given to treat as aforesaid, from thenceforth the former Instructions, of the 16 Novembris 1647, be vacated, and these observed.
Resolved, &c. That, in the Vote of 17 Augusti 1648, touching such as may repair to the King upon the Treaty, the Words "that are now in actual War against the Parliament, or now under Restraint," be made "in actual War against the Parliament, or under Restraint."
Resolved, &c. That these Words; viz. "They not being Persons under Restraint in this Kingdom, or in actual War against the Parliament, by Sea or Land, or in such Numbers as may draw any just Cause of Suspicion;" be added to the Vote made on Saturday last, of 19 Augusti 1648, touching such of the Scottish Nation as the King may send for.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Committee for Peace, to prepare the Reasons to be presented to the Lords at the Conference, Why this House doth not agree with the Lords in their Votes, delivered at the last Conference, concerning the Treaty; and to report the same To-morrow Morning; as also concerning the Time when this Treaty shall be had.
Reduced Officers, &c.
The House being informed, that the reduced Officers and Soldiers were at the Door;
They were called in; and then presented their Petition.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of many reduced Officers and Soldiers, who have faithfully served in the great Cause, which, by God's Permission, they will never desert; and are not in the Petition presented the Eighth of this present Month, intituled, The humble Petition of the reduced Officers and Soldiers, who have faithfully served, &c.
Resolved, &c. That the Petitioners, as to their Arrears and Indemnity, be put in the same Condition that the other reduced Officers and Soldiers, who formerly petitioned, are, according to the Desires of their Petition.
The Petitioners being again called in; Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, gave them this Answer;
The House has read your Petition; and they have commanded me to give you their Sense thereupon: They have taken Notice of your modest and discreet Demeanour, and also of the Manner, being presented by you in a civil and fair Way; and command me to let you know, that they have granted your Desire, that you be put in the same Condition that the former reduced Officers and Soldiers that petitioned are in: They do take Notice of your Affections formerly shewn, and now largely expressed in your Petition; and have commanded me to give you very hearty Thanks.
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Magistrates, Ministers, and Commons of the Town of Plimouth, and others, well-affected, and desirous of the Peace of God to rule in this Kingdom.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Petition of the Mayor, Magistrates, Ministers, and Commons of the Town of Plimouth.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to the Mayor, Magistrates, Ministers, and Commons of the Town of Plimouth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to print so much of the said Petition, as concerneth the General.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the West, to consider how the Sum of Six thousand Pounds, owing to the Petitioners by the late Garison disbanded, may speedily be paid unto them; and how the Allowance of Sixty Pounds per Week, formerly ordered by this House for Support of the Poor that do Duty in the said Town, may be made good.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Lady Moore be heard To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Soldiers be heard, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
A Letter from Leicester, of 16 Augusti 1648, from the Committee of Leicestersheire, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Money in Colonel Needham's Hands, of the Fines of Delinquents at Ashby Garison, not exceeding the Sum of Six hundred Pounds, be assigned to the Committee of the County of Leicester; and be forthwith paid unto them, for and towards the present Supply of Arms, for Defence of the said County: And that the said Colonel Needham do forthwith pay the same to the said Committee accordingly, for the Use aforesaid: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Committee, or any Five of them, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Colonel Needham for Payment thereof accordingly.
A Letter from Major Robert Harley, from Llaindlas, 18 Augusti 1648, was this Day read.
Brampton Bryan Church.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two thousand Pounds be, and is hereby, granted for the Repair of the Town and Church of Brampton Bryan in the County of Hereford, late burnt and pulled down by Sir Henry Lyngen, out of the Estates of the Prisoners now taken in the County of Mountgomery, not formerly disposed of: And that the Committee for Sequestrations in the said County do take Notice hereof, and make Payment of the said Sum of Two thousand Pounds accordingly.
Sir Robert Harley and Mr. Sallwey, or One of them, to bring in an Ordinance to that Purpose.
Ordered, That, the General try, by Martial Law, such of the Prisoners now taken in the County of Montgomery, as are triable by Martial Law.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That all such Persons as have taken the Negative Oath, the Solemn League and Covenant, or made any other Engagement of their Faith to the Parliament, not to take up Arms against the Parliament, and shall after take up Arms against the Parliament, ought to be tried by Martial Law; and to die without Mercy: And that they be proceeded with accordingly.
Harley, &c. thanked.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be written to Major Harley, and Colonel Horton, for their good Service in the County of Mountgomery.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That Forty Pounds be paid to Ralph Jones the Messenger, that brought the News out of the County of Mountgomery, out of Sir Henry Lingen's Estate.
The Lord Carre reports from the Committee of * * * touching Lieutenant Colonel Lilborne.
Resolved, &c. That Satisfaction be given, out of the late Lord Coventrie's Estate, to Lieutenant Colonel John Lilbourne, for the Two wrongful Sentences the Lord Coventrey passed in . . . Star Chamber against the said Lieutenant Colonel John Lilbourne, the one in February the Thirteenth Anno 15 of King Charles: and the other in April, the Eighteenth of the King.
Resolved, &c. That Three thousand Pounds be the Sum which shall be bestowed upon Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne, for Satisfaction for his Sufferings and Losses.