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 Lunæ, 26 Februarii, 1648.
Remonstrance of Scotts Commissioners.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Challoner, Mr. Martyn, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Mr. Whitlock, Sir Arthur Heslerigg, do forthwith withdraw; and word a Vote, to be passed upon the Sense of the House, on the Paper inclosed in the Letter of the Scotts Commissioners.
Members not to depart.
Petition from Westminster.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Inhabitants of Westminster, this Day presented to the House, be referred to the Committee of Complaints: And that Mr. Challoner, Lord Munson, Mr. Blakeston, Sir Gregory Norton, Sir Jo. Bourchier, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Allen, Mr. Garland, Colonel Rich, Mr. Humphry Edwards, Mr. Lister, Sir Henry Myldmay, Mr. Scott, Mr. Wm. Allanson, Sir Wm. Masham, Colonel Moore, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Boone, Mr. Dove, Mr. Clement, Colonel Jones, Mr. Hallowes, be added to the Committee of Complaints. And the especial Care of this Business is referred to Mr. Whittacre.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take care, that some Ships be speedily sent for Convoy of the Fishermen now at Dartmouth, bound for Newfoundland: And that Order be given to Captain Moulton, or such other Commander of the Ships at Portsmouth as they shall think sit, effectually to attend that Service.
Petition of Lilborne, &c.
They were called in: And Lieutenant Colonel Lilborne in the Name of himself, and the rest, presented a Paper, to this House, intituled, "The serious Apprehensions of a Part of the People, in Behalf of the Commonwealth, being Presenters, Promoters, and Approvers of the large Petition of the Eleventh of September 1648."
Declaration against Remonstrance.
A Declaration of the Parliament of England, concerning a Paper subscribed by the Commissioners of Scotland, dated the Twenty-fourth of February 1648-9, and sent in a Letter to Mr. Speaker, to be communicated to the House.
THE Parliament having received a Paper, dated the Twenty-fourth of February 1648-9, subscribed by the Earl of Lothian, Sir John Chesley, and Mr. Lendoninge, in the Name of the Kingdom of Scotland; and taking the same into their serious Considerations;
They do Declare, That the said Paper doth contain much scandalous and reproachful Matter against the just Proceedings of this Parliament; and an Assuming on the Behalf of that Kingdom, to have a Power over the Laws and Government of this Nation, to the high Dishonour thereof; and lastly, a Design, in the Contrivers and Subscribers of it, to raise Sedition, and lay the Grounds of a new and bloody War, in this Land; that, under the specious Pretences in that Paper contained, they may gain Advantages to second their late persidious Invasion. And
It is further Declared, That all Persons whatsoever, residing in England or Ireland, or the Dominions thereof, that shall join with, or adhere unto, or voluntarily aid or assist, the said Contrivers and Subscribers, or any whatsoever, of the Kingdom of Scotland, in pursuance of the Grounds by them laid in the said Paper, for raising Sedition, and a new and bloody War, in this Land, are Rebels and Traitors to the Common-wealth of England; and shall be proceeded against as Traitors and Rebels.
Message to Scotch Parliament.
And it is Ordered, That a Message, with a Duplicate of the said Paper, be forthwith sent from this Parliament to the Parliament and Kingdom of Scotland, To know whether they do or will own and justify the said Paper, that hath been presented to this Parliament in their Names.
Commissioners to be secured.
Ordered, That the Lord Lothian, Sir John Cheisley, and Mr. Glendoninge, Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, shall have a Guard set upon their Lodging, to secure them from Violence; and also to restrain them from Communication with any, by whom the Sedition, contained in their Papers, dated the Twenty-fourth of February 1648, might be promulged: And that none be suffered to have Access to them, or to pass out from them, but for their Supply with Necessaries, during their Abode here.
Sir Arthur Heslerigg reports from the Council of State, several Letters from Ireland; the one from Dublin, the Fourteenth Day of February 1648, from Colonel Jones to Lieutenant General Cromwell; one other, from Sir Charles Coote to the General, from Londonderry, Eighteenth of January 1648; another, from him, of the same Date.
Ordered, That the said Letters, and likewise a Letter from Colonel Munck, from Dundalke, Seventh February 1648, and the whole Business thereupon, be referred to the Consideration of the Council of State; to proceed therein, as they in their Wisdom shall think fit: And that the original Letters be transmitted to the said Council.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue be required to pay such Sums of Money, as the Committee appointed for Alteration of Seals have or shall agree to be paid, for such new Seals as have or shall be made by Order of this House.
Reduced Officers, &c.
Ordered, That the General be desired to take care, That the Officers of every Troop in the Army do make Certificate, What Troopers did lose their Horses in the last Summer Service, and have not been recruited by Prize Horses, or otherwise, and do now want Horses: And that those Certificates be returned to the Committee of the Army; that Course may be taken, that they may be supplied.
Issue for Ireland.
Sir John Danvers reports from the Council of State, their desire that the Order, lately made, for the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall to pay unto Sir Adam Loftus the Sum of Two thousand Six hundred Pounds, for the Service of Ireland, may be amended, by adding the Sum of Thirty-eight Pounds more, there being so much of that Money which is to be paid thence.
Trying Earl of Cambridge, &c.
An Act for continuing the High Court of Justice, erected for Tryal of James Earl of Cambridge, &c. for One Week, from the Expiration of the Time limited by the former Act, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and was in hæc verba; viz.
BE it Ordained, and Enacted, by the Parliament of England, That an Act, lately made, intituled, An Act for erecting an High Court of Justice, for Trying and Adjudging of James Earl of Cambridge, Henry Earl of Holland, George Lord Goring, Arthur Lord Capell, and Sir John Owen Knight, be in Force, and have Continuance, to all Intents and Purposes, for One Week longer, to be accounted from the Expiration of the Time limited by the said Act; any thing in the same, or otherwise, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding.
Ordered, That Henry Broad, Richard Wilcox, Nicolas Bond, James Prince, and Thomas Richardson, or any Two of them, do forthwith, according to their best Skill, Discretion, and Judgment, take, examine, state, and audite the Accompts of all such Officers and Soldiers, as by an Ordinance of Parliament, dated 20 Julii 1648, they are authorized unto: Wherein they are to observe, as near as they can, the Rules appointed by Ordinance of Parliament, of 28 Maii 1647, and to give Debentures accordingly, deducting for Free Quarter, according to the Ordinance of Parliament of the Twenty-fourth of December last 1647; and also audite the old Arrears of the Soldiery of this Army, contracted before the Modelling of this Army, and their Entertainment into it.