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 Mercurii, 23 Augusti, 1648.
Information against Rolphe, &c.
ORDERED, That all the Letters, Papers, Informations, and Examinations concerning Major Rolphe, Mr. Dowcett, and Mr. Osborne, be especially transmitted and sent to the Judges of Assize, at the next Assizes at Winton.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House do receive into his Custody Mr. Dowcett his Prisoner; and send his Deputy with him to the Tryal of Major Rolphe, at the next Assizes at Winton.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay unto Major Edmond Rolphe, the King's Prisoner in the Gatehouse, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, for defraying his Charges and Expences, during his Imprisonment.
Ordered, That Mr. David Jenkins, now Prisoner in Newgate, committed for High Treason, be removed to Wallingford Castle, and committed to safe strict Custody for High Treason, in levying actual War against the Parliament and Kingdom.
Ordered, That Major General Skippon be desired to take care to remove, and send with a competent Force in safe and strict Custody, Mr. David Jenkins, to Wallingford Castle, a Prisoner, according to the Order of the House for his Removal and Commitment.
Inquiry into Design in London.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to examine the late Design in London, to meet this Afternoon, in the Queen's Court; and to frame Articles for the Tryal of such in London, as shall endeavour to betray the Parliament or City; and prepare an Ordinance for establishing a Court Martial, to these Purposes, in London: And that they bring in Names for Commissioners: And that Mr. Bois, Mr. Hill, and Mr. Scott, be added to this Committee: And they are to report To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the Committee appointed to examine, with the Committee of the Militia, the late Design, do make Report of that whole Business To-morrow Morning.
According to former Order, Mr. Speaker gave the Thanks of this House to Mr. Bryan Stapilton, one of the Commissioners of Parliament employed into Scotland, for the faithful Discharge of his Trust in that great and weighty Service.
Victory in Lancashire, &c.
A Letter from Lieutenant General Cromwell, of 20 Augusti 1648, relating the Particulars of the wonderful great Victory, bestowed, by the great Mercy of God, against the Scotts whole Army, on the Seventeenth, Eightteenth, and Nineteenth instant, in Lancashire, now this Day read; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.
Resolved, &c. That there be a Day of Solemn Thanksgiving, through the whole Kingdom, unto Almighty God, for his wonderful great Mercy and Success, bestowed upon the Parliament Forces under the Command of LieutenantGeneral Cromwell, against the whole Scotts Army under the Conduct and Command of Duke Hamilton, on the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth of this present August, in Lancashire: And that this Day be Thursday come Fortnight, being the Seventh Day of September next 1648.
Mr. Swinfen carried this Order to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Notice is likewise to be taken, and Thanks given to Almighty God, on the same Day, for his Mercies and Blessing lately upon the Forces before Deal, at Tinmouth Castle, and in Herefordshire: And the Members, relating to those Parts, are to make a Collection of those particular Mercies.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Carill and Mr. Heyrick be desired to preach before the Commons, at Margarett's, Westminster, on the Seventh of September next, the Day appointed for a Publick Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the great and wonderful Success against the Forces in Lancashire.
Resolved, &c. That a Collection be made in all the Churches and Chapels through the whole Kingdom, on Thursday come Fortnight, the Seventh of September, the Day appointed for a General and Solemn Thanksgiving for the great Victory against the Scotts: And that the Monies, bestowed and collected upon that Day, be employed for the Relief and Supply of the wounded Soldiers in Lancashire; and of the poor and visited People and Places there.
Mr. Swynfen is appointed to carry to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for a Publick Thanksgiving.
He is likewise to desire a Conference with the Lords, at such time as will stand with their Lordships Conveniency, upon the Matter of the last Conference touching the King's last Letter.
Ordered, That the Knights and Burgesses of the several and respective Counties, Cities, and Places, do send printed Copies of the Order for the Publick Thanksgiving for the great Victory against the Scotts whole Army.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Major Berry, and the Sum of One hundred Pounds upon Edward Sexby, who brought the very good News of the wonderful great Success obtained, by the great Mercy of God, against the whole Scotts Army in Lancashire: And that the said respective Sums of Two hundred and One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto the said Major Berry, and Edward Sexby, or their respective Assigns, out of the Fine and Composition of Sir Charles Keymies: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Major Berry, and Edward Sexby, or their respective Assigns, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said respective Sums of Two and One hundred Pounds: And Sir Anthony Irby is particularly desired to take effectual Course, that these Sums may be forthwith paid, as aforesaid, accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be effectually referred to the Committee of the Army to take care that the Soldiers in the North may be speedily supplied with Shoes, Stockings, Cloaths, and other Necessaries, and Recruits.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army, and the Northern Committee, appointed to go to the Common Council on Friday next, do re-inforce to the City of London the Necessity of the speedy bringing in the Arrears due from the City to the Army, upon the Occasion of the great Necessities, and almost Nakedness, of the Army, that have fought so valiantly and successfully against the Scotts whole Army.
Losses by Scotts Invasion.
Ordered, That Commissions do issue, under the Great Seal of England, and the Seal of the Duchy of Lancaster, to inquire, upon Oath, what Damage, Wrong, or Injury, the Counties of Lancaster, York, Duresme, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmorland, and all other Counties of the Kingdom, have suffered, and what Charge and Expence they have been put to, by this Invasion of the Kingdom by this Army of Scotts, and their levying War upon the Kingdom of England: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal be hereby required and authorized to issue Commissions into the several Counties and Places accordingly.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the House do take into Consideration the Business touching the Scotts Prisoners.
Martial Law in Navy.
An additional Ordinance for the authorizing the Lord Admiral, with his Council of War, to agree upon Laws and Ordinances, as are mentioned in the Ordinance of the One-and-twentieth of this Instant, for Tryal of Offenders by Martial Law, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Swynfen is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Northern Association, to consider and present some Way of Recompence and Satisfaction to be given to the Wife and Children of Colonel Thornhaugh, for his gallant Service; who lost his Life in this said Service against the Scotts.
Gen. Cromwell, &c. thanked.
Ordered, That a Letter of suitable hearty Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to Lieutenant General Cromwell, taking Notice of his great Valour, Vigilancy, and wise Conduct, in this great Service against the Scotts in Lancashire; desiring him to give the Thanks of this House to all his Officers for their good Service; and to let them know, that his Desires by his Letter are taken into Consideration.
Mr. Lisle is to prepare the Letter.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to Colonel Ashton, for his good Service against the Scotts Forces.
Sir Ralph Ashton to prepare the Letter.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to the Committee of Lancashire; taking Notice of their seasonable and ready Assistance against the Scotts Forces.
Colonel Moore to prepare the Letter.
Ordered, That a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to the Committee of York, and to such others as have been assisting and serviceable in Raising of Forces against the Scotts, for their good Services therein.
Sir Thomas Widdrington is to prepare the Letter.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay do make Report, touching the Propositions from the Eastern Association, on Saturday Morning next the first Business.
Sir Henry Vane, junior, Mr. Green, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Holles, Sir Henry Mildmay, Major General Skippon, Mr. Edward Ashe, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir Walter Erle;
This Committee, or any Three of them, is appointed to confer with the Commissioners of the Customs, and receive their Answer, and report it to the House, touching the Loan of Twenty thousand Pounds; and the Forbearance of One Moiety of the Receipts.
Treaty with the King.
Upon Sir John Potts' Report from the Committee for Peace;
It is Resolved, &c. That, for the Time of Beginning of the Treaty, Ten Days after the King's Assent to treat, as is agreed by both Houses, will be a convenient Space for his Majesty to send for such as he shall please; and for Dispatch of the Commissioners of both Houses, who are to treat: And that the Treaty then begin: And that, from Beginning of the Treaty, Forty Days be allowed for Finishing thereof.
Resolved, &c. That, at the Time of the King's Assent to treat, according to the Propositions, Colonel Hamond shall be authorized to receive his Majesty's Royal Word to be passed to the Houses of Parliament, for his Residence in the Isle of Wight, according as is agreed; and shall certify the same to both Houses.
He farther reported Reasons, agreed by the Committee, to be offered at the Conference, wherefore this House cannot agree to divers of the Lords Votes concerning the Treaty.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for sequestering the Estates of Delinquents, . . be employed towards raising a Troop of Horse, for the Service of the Parliament, within the County of Surrey, be read, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Partherich, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into the Country.
An additional Ordinance, for the better regulating and speedy bringing in the Sequestration Monies of Papists and Delinquents Estates, was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Swynfen brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the additional Ordinance for Martial Law; and to the Order for a Publick Thanksgiving: And do also agree, That there shall be a Conference To-morrow at Ten of Clock, as is desired.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Eltonhead;
The Lords desire they may communicate something concerning the King's Children, at the Conference To-morrow.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House has considered their Lordships Message; and do agree, that the Lords do communicate the Matter concerning the King's Children, as is desired.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith paid, out of Sir Charles Keymies his Composition, to Colonel Eyres, or his Assigns, by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Service of Hursts Castle: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Colonel Eyres, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for Payment thereof accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence * * * *.
Mayor of Barwick.
An Ordinance for Payment of the Sum of Six hundred Pounds to the Mayor of Barwick, out of the Grand Excise, in Course, was this Day read; and, upon the Question passed; and ordered to . . sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Petition of Lieutenant Samuell Somaster be referred to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall; to take the same into their Consideration, for his speedy Relief.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for a Salary to be allowed to the Auditors, out of the Grand Excise, be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Lady Moore's Business be heard To-morrow Morning.