Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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RESOLVED, &c. That the Restraint said upon the Northern Circuit be taken off, and discharged: And that it be left to the Judges to go that Circuit, if they shall think fit.
Deseat of the Scotts.
A Letter from Lieutenant General Cromwell, of 21 Augusti 1648; together with divers of the Colours taken from the Scotts brought by Scoutmaster General Pitsenn; was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to go to the Common Council this Afternoon, do require the Common Council forthwith to send and certify, to the said Committee, the Names of such Persons within the City of London, and Liberties, that have not paid their Assessments to the Army under the Command of the now Lord Fairefax: And that they do certify the Sums they are in Arrear: And the Committee is to report the Names of such Persons in Arrear, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Colonel Bowyer have Leave to go into the Country, to put the County of Stafford into a Posture of Defence.
The humble Petiiton of Captain James Pittsonne, formerly Scoutmaster General to the Army, late under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, was this Day read: Who likewise brought the Colours taken from the Scotts at Warrington Bridge; and has done very good Service in this great Defeat of the Scotts.
And whereas there is owing unto him, for Monies disbursed by him for the Service of the Parliament, the Sum of Two hundred Thirty-two Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Ten-pence; and there is due unto him of his Pay, upon Arrear, Two hundred Seventeen Pounds Four Shillings, amounting in all to Four hundred Fifty Pounds Two Shillings and Ten-pence: It is Ordered, That the said Sum of Four hundred Fifty Pounds Two Shillings and Ten-pence be paid unto the said Captain James Pittson, or his Assignee, by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, out of the Fine of Sir Charles Keymish: And that the Acquittance of the said Captain James Pittsonn be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said Sum of Four hundred Fifty Pounds Two Shillings and Ten-pence accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Defeat of the Scotts.
Captain James Pittsonn was called in; and acquainted the House, That he had brought up above One hundred Scotts Colours taken all at Warrington Bridge: Those taken at Preston will be sent up very shortly: That he had brought a List of the Officers and Soldiers taken there: That he did conceive there were about Twelve thousand Prisoners taken, and very near in all Five thousand slain: That, of the Scotts Army Eighteen thousand Foot, and Seven thousand Horse, were mustered on this Side Carlisle, as was confessed by Lieutenant General Bayly; One thousand Horse came to them since: That he did not think, that the Parliament Forces were full Nine thousand Horse and Foot: That he did verily believe, there were not an Hundred of the Parliament's Side slain: It is true, there were many wounded, and many Horse lost and destroyed.
Grants to Pittson, &c.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Captain James Pittson, and the Sum of Fifty Pounds upon James Noble, the Messengers that brought up the Particulars of the great Success obtained by the Parliament Forces, in the Dissipating and total Ruin of the Scotts whole Army; and brought up the Scotts Colours and List of Prisoners taken at Warrington: And that the said respective Sums of One hundred Pounds and Fifty Pounds, be paid unto the said Captain James Pittsonne, and James Noble, respectively, their Assignee or Assignees, by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, out of the Fine of Sir Charles Keymish: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Captain James Pittsonne, and James Noble, their Assignee or Assigns, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said respective Sums of One hundred and of Fifty Pounds accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Letter from Lieutenant General Cromwell, of 21 Augusti 1648, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the Army; And that it be especially recommended to that Committee, to take effectual Care for supplying the Necessities therein represented.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Charles Keymish be admitted to compound at Goldsmiths Hall, at a full Third Part of his Estate.
Defeat of the Scotts.
Ordered, That Sir John Danvers do carry to the Lords the Letters and List of Prisoners brought up by Captain James Pittsonne; and do acquaint them, That the said Captain James Pittsonne, and the other Messenger, are at the Door, ready to inform their Lordships more particularly with this great Success, if they shall please.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to go to the Common Council this Afternoon, do acquaint them with the Particulars of the great Success against the Scotts, now represented to the House by Captain James Pitson, and the other Messenger: They are further to acquaint the City, That this House has passed the Ordinance for inlisting Horse and Foot.
Inlisting in the City.
Mr. Sallwey junior reported Amendments to the Ordinance for enabling the Committee of the Militia of London to raise and inlist Horse and Foot, to be under the Command of Major General Skippon: The which Amendments were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
And the Ordinance, so amended, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Sallwey junior is appointed to carry the Ordinance to the Lords; and is to desire the Lords Concurrence for Major General Skippon's inlisting Forces, and commissionating Officers, in the Out Parts, within the late Lines of Communication.
Treaty with the King, &c.
Sir John Potts reports from the free Conference Yesterday, that the Lords said, That they understood how necessary it was to expedite the Business of the Treaty: They had, upon Consideration thereof, not only receded from their Resolutions; but do agree with this House in all the Votes passed this House; and in the Instructions to Colonel Hamond: That the Lords did think sit, that Sir Peter Killigrew should be dispatched away with the Votes to the King, and the Instructions to the Governor.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords, That Sir Peter Killigrew be dispatched away with the Votes and Instructions.
He further reported, That the Earl of Manchester delivered from the Lords some Papers concerning the King's Children, and the Earl of Northumberland.
Sir John Potts further reported the Draught of a Letter to be sent to his Majesty, with the Resolutions of both Houses concerning a Treaty; and of another Letter, to be sent to the Governor of the Isle of Wight, with the Instructions: The which Letters were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto, and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence; and to be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
Sir John Potts is appointed to carry them to the Lords.
Mr. Holland did likewise deliver in a Report, from the Committee of the Revenue touching the King's Children, and the Earl of Northumberland.
Application of Grant to the Scotts.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Forty thousand Pounds Part of the hundred thousand Pounds, assigned to be paid out of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall unto the Scotts, be paid by the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall to the Committee of the Navy, to be employed for carrying on the present Affairs of the Navy.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Seven thousand Pounds, Part of the Hundred thousand Pounds, assigned upon the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall for the Scotts, be employed for Providing of the Publick Stores of Powder; and the remaining Three thousand Pounds for Pay of the Forces of Lancashire, that went out of the County under the Command of Colonel Ralph Ashton.
Mr. Green is appointed to prepare and bring in an Ordinance, according to these Votes.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to examine and inquire what Sums of Money are appointed to be paid unto any Persons that have been, or are, in War against the Parliament; or have been, or are, aiding or assisting to this War against the Parliament; and to certify their Names to the House; and, in the mean time, to forbear the Payment of any such Sums to any such Persons.
Ordered, That the Reports from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, be made every Day, until Ten of Clock: And that no other Business do intervene, except it be on those Days, on which the Ordinances for settling Ministers are appointed to be read.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane, a Member of this House, have Leave to go into the Country, for Recovery of his Health.
Letters to the King, &c.
Sir John Potts reports, That the Lords do agree to the Letter to be sent to his Majesty; and to the Letter to be sent to the Governor of the Isle of Wight.
Success against Duke Hamilton.
A Letter from Colonel Stone, the Governor of Stafford, of 23 Augusti 1648, was this Day read, relating the good Success of the Forces under his Command against Duke Hamilton's Forces. And
It is Ordered, That Mr. Taylor the Messenger, that brought the News of this good Success, have the Sum of Twenty Pounds bestowed upon him, and paid unto him, or his Assigns by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall: And that the Acquittance of the said * * * shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of the said Sum of Twenty Pounds accordingly.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Colonel Stone, the Governor of Stafford: And that, by him, the Thanks of this House be returned to the Officers and Soldiers under his Command.
Mr. Swynfen is appointed to prepare this Letter.