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, 23 Decembris, 1648.
Message to Lords.
Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir John Danvers, Mr. * Herbert, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Millington, Mr. Holland, Mr. Whittlocke, Mr. Alderman Wilson, Mr. Gurdon, Sir Tho. Wroth, Mr. Marten, Mr. Humph. Edwards, Mr. Allen, Mr. Browne, Mr. Tho. Challoner, Lord Gray, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Scott, Sir Gregory Norton, or any Five of them, are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber; and are to consider of the Letter of the Prince Elector's; and of the Letter and Papers therein inclosed; and to present their Opinions thereupon to the House forthwith.
Proceedings against the King.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to a Committee, to consider how to proceed in a way of Justice against the King, and other capital Offenders: And that the said Committee do present their Opinions thereupon to the House with all convenient Speed: And that they have Power to send for Persons, Papers, Witnesses, and Records: viz. unto Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Serjeant Thorpe, Mr. Lisle, Lord Grey, Mr. Holland, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Scott, Mr. Crawley, Mr. Allen, Lord Munson, Lord Lisle, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Serjeant Niclas, Sir Henry Mildmay, Major General Skippon, Colonel Walton, Colonel Stapeley, Mr. Carey, Mr. Hill, Mr. Tho. Challoner, Mr. Lillibone Long, Mr. Henry Smith, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Love, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Millington, Mr. Fry, Mr. Humphry Edwards, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr. Browne, Colonel Venne, Colonel Boseville, Mr. Alderman Pennyngton, Alderman Wilson, Alderman Atkins, Mr. Marten: And all that will come are to have Voices: And the said Committee are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
A Letter from the General, of Decembris 1648, touching the Payment of Three thousand One hundred and Fifty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Ten-pence to Mr. Alexander Boulton, or his Assigns, for the Use of the Forces of Lancashire, out of the Receipt of Goldsmiths Hall, was this Day read.
Sir John Danvers is to carry up the said Letter to the Lords; and desire their Concurrence to the Order of Twenty-fourth October last, concerning the said Three thousand One hundred and Fifty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Ten-pence; and to put the Lords in mind of the Sheriff of Oxfordshire.
Apprehending Blowers, &c.
Whereas Alexander Blowers, Richard Lever, and Samuel Wiseman, had each of them Five Prisoners committed by Sir Arthur Hesilrige to their Charge to bring for London; who undertook to deliver them safe to Captain Atkins, who had a Warrant for them; yet they suffered them all to escape: And whereas Colonel Moore hath apprehended the said Alexander Blowers, Richard Lever, and Samuel Wiseman; and taken them into his Custody:
It is Ordered, That the said Colonel Moore be, and is hereby, impowered and authorized to secure the said Alexander Blowers, Richard Lever, and Samuel Wiseman, till this House take further Order therein.
They were called in: And they presented a Petition to the House, intituled, The humble Petition of divers Wellaffected in the County of Kent, the City and County of the City of Canterbury, together with the Cinque Ports * * * *.
Ordered, That the Committee touching taking Bribes be revived; and sit de die in diem: And that Mr. Fry, Colonel Stapeley, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Wilde, Mr. Dixon, Lord Mounson, Mr. Blagrave, Colonel James Temple, Colonel Marten, Mr. Smith, Mr. Boone, Mr. Allen, Mr. Carey, Mr. Garland, Alderman Pennyngton, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Challonour, Mr. Cawley, Mr. Browne, Mr. Anlaby, Lord Grey, Mr. Humphry Edwards, Colonel Purefoy, Alderman Willson, Colonel Peter Temple, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Scott, Colonel Walton, Mr. Dove, Mr. James Challoner, Colonel Boswell, * Norton, Mr. Leman, Colonel Jones, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Harby, Colonel Venne, Sir Tho. Maliverer, Sir John Bourcher, be added to the said Committee.
Answer to Petition.
Gentlemen, The House has read your Petition; and find, that most Part of that County have always stood very well affected to the Parliament; and, amongst that Number, they reckon you: They have already taken the chief Matter of your Petition into Consideration, before they received your Petition: And for your good Affections and Care, expressed in your Petition, they have commanded me to give you Thanks: And I do accordingly give you the Thanks of this House.
Answer from Lords.
Sir John Danvers brings Answer, that the Lords do agree to the Order for Addition of Mr. Love and Mr. Lillibone Long to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations; and to the Sheriff of Oxfordsheire, formerly sent up: But, to the Order of 24 October last, concerning the Three thousand One hundred and Fifty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Ten-pence, the Lords will give Answer at the Conference.
Mr. Solicitor reports the Conference from the Lords: That the Lord Denbigh acquainted them at the Conference, That the Lords could not agree to the Order for disposing the Sum of Three thousand One hundred and Fifty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Ten-pence towards the Disbanding of the Forces in Lancasheire; for that the said Money was formerly given to the Lord Willoughby of Parham, for very good Service done by him for the Parliament, and disposed of to pay his Debts before any Delinquency; and One thousand Pounds, in Particular, received upon the former Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, at Goldsmiths Hall, or any Three of them, to consider of the Business touching Three thousand One hundred and Fiftyfive Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Ten-pence, formerly ordered to be paid to the Lord Willoughby of Parham, and since ordered to be paid to Mr. Alexander Norris of Boulton, for the Use of the Forces of Lancasheire, out of the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall; to state the Business, and report it to the House.
They were called in: And, after a short Preamble made by Alderman Viner, he informed them, That the Lord Mayor and Aldermen have commanded us to present their humble Petition; and desired, That they may be speedily relieved therein.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee; to consider thereof; and also to consider concerning general Oaths that these Officers take; and present their Opinions thereupon to the House.
Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Holland, Colonel Peter Temple, Mr. Goodwyn, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Boone, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Scot, Mr. Love, Mr. Allen, Mr. Humphry Edwards, Colonel Ludlowe, Mr. Blackistone, Mr. Carey, Colonel Walton, Mr. Long, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Marten, Colonel Venne, Alderman Wilson, Colonel Jones, Mr. Leman, Mr. Darley, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Aldworth;
Gentlemen, You of the City, The House has read your Petition; and considered of it: And all that they have given me in Command is to tell you, That they have referred your Petition to a Committee; who are to consider thereof, and present their Opinions thereupon to the House.