Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Sabbati, 20 Januarii, 1648.
Adjournment of the Term.
AN Act for enabling Sir Thomas Widdrington Knight, Serjeant at Law, and Bulstrode Whitlock Esquire, Two of the Members of this House, and Commissioners of the Great Seal, to sign Warrants for issuing out Writs for Adjournment of Part of the next Term, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Leave to visit the King.
Ordered, That Dr. Juxon have Leave to repair to the King, according to the King's Desire: And that the said Dr. Juxon do continue there so long as the King shall require him; but shall not be permitted to go to-and-fro, but constantly to abide with the King.
A Letter from the Prince Elector, from Somersett House, this Twentieth of January 1648, of his Desire to be permitted to visit the Kin, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Prince Elector shall have Liberty, in the Presence of the Guards, to go and visit the King.
Petition from the Army.
The House being informed, that divers Officers of the Army were at the Door;
They were called in: And Lieutenant General Hamond informing the House, "That the Lord General and his Council of Officers, have commanded me, and these Gentlemen, to present their humble Petition, with a Writing, in Parchment, to this honourable House:" And did thereupon present the Petition accordingly.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read: And the said Petition was intituled, "The humble Petition of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax, and the General Council of Officers of the Army under his Command:" And the said Writing, in Parchment, was intituled, "An Agreement of the People of England, and the Places therewith incorporated, for a secure and present Peace, upon Grounds of common Right, Freedom, and Safety."
Resolved, &c. That, as the Necessity of Affairs will permit, this House will take the said Writing, intituled, "An Agreement of the People, &c." into Consideration.
Ordered, That the said Petition of the General, and General Council of the Officers of the Army under his Command, this Day presented to the House, be forthwith printed.
The Petitioners being again called in, Mr. Speaker, by Command of this House, gave them this Answer;
Gentlemen, You the Officers of the Army, sent by the Lord General and the Officers of the Army, unto this House, with this Petition; the House hath read your Petition: And for the Agreement, presented therewith, the House hath commanded me to tell you, They have resolved to take the same into their Consideration, with what possible Speed the Necessity of the present weighty and urgent Affairs will permit. They have commanded me likewise to tell you, They find those good Affections and serious Representations, made in your Petition, that they have ordered it to be printed. I am likewise commanded to tell you, That this House doth take notice of your faithful and great Services to the Kingdom, in standing in the Gap, for their Preservation; and commanded me to give hearty Thanks to the Lord General, and the Officers of the Army, for these good Services, and the good Affections you have herein expressed: And I do, in their Name, give the hearty Thanks of this House to the Lord General, and to you the rest of the Officers of the Army, for their good Affections, great Services, and cordial Expressions.
London Common Council.
An Act for removing Obstructions in the Proceedings of the Court of Common Council of the City of London was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time, on Monday Morning next.
Colonel Ven reports from the Committee of the Army, the Soldiers Want of Two thousand Cassocks.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to provide the said Two thousand Cassocks, with the best Advantage they can for the State.