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 Mercurii, 28 Martii, 1649.
Earl of Rutland.
THE humble Petition of John Earl of Rutland was this Day read.
Whereas a Petition was lately exhibited unto this House, by the Miners of Darbeysheire; which was referred unto a Committee, and ordered to be reported unto this House, for the Petitioners Reliefs therein, if there should be Cause; and, since that time, this House being informed, by the Petition of the Earl of Rutland, That the Miners have entered into the Lands of the said Earl, and broken up his Pasture Grounds near unto his Mansion House in Netherhaddon; and made great Riots, Wastes, and Destruction, by colour of their Petition so referred, before any Report hath been had thereof, or any Resolution given therein; and that contrary to several Verdicts at Law, as this House is informed: It is therefore Ordered, by this House, That the said Miners, and every of them, do sorbear forcibly to enter into or disturb the Possessions of the said Earl, or any other in Haddon, or elsewhere, by mining or digging, or otherwise, until such time as the Law shall determine the same; or this House, upon the Report of the whole Matter, shall give any further Resolution therein; and the Sheriff and Justices of the Peace, of the said County, or any one of them, are hereby required to see that the Possession of the said Earl be quieted, in such manner as the same was before the said Miners Petition exhibited unto this House; and likewise to take care to put this Order in Execution: And all Officers, and other Persons, are hereby required to be aiding and assisting unto the Sheriff, if there shall be need.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland do report the Business of Gernsey, next after the Business of Ireland, this Day.
Earl of Ormond.
Sir Wm. Armyn reports from the Council of State, a Letter from Colonel Jones, from Dublin, February the Twenty-eight 1648: Which was this Day read:-A Letter from the Earl of Ormond, from Carrick, the Ninth of March 1648: Which was this Day read:-A Letter from Colonel Jones to the Earl of Ormond, of the Fourteenth of March 1648, in Answer to the Earl of Ormond's Letter: Which was this Day read. A Proclamation, made by the Earl of Ormond, in Ireland, was this Day read:- A Letter from George Munck, from Dundalke, the Twenty-eighth of February 1648: Which was this Day read: And a Paper therein inclosed, intituled, "A necessary Presentation of the present Evils, &c.:" Which was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Letter sent by Colonel Michael Jones, Governor of Ireland, dated the Fourteenth of March 1648, in Answer to a Letter sent to him by the Earl of Ormond.
Resolved, &c. That James Earl of Ormond hath committed, and is guilty of High Treason, in joining with the Rebels of Ireland, making Peace with them, and somenting that Rebellion, tending to the Destruction of the Protestant Religion, and the Laws and Liberties of England and Ireland.
Ordered, That the Letter, sent by the Earl of Ormond to Colonel Michael Jones, Governor of Dublin; and the Answer of Colonel Jones thereunto; and the Articles between the Lord Ormond and the General Assembly of the Roman Catholicks of Ireland, be forthwith printed and published: And that it be recommended to the Council of State, to give Directions for printing the same; and to take into Consideration the Votes of this House thereupon; and of the Paper, intituled, "A Presentation of the Presbytery of Belfast;" and what is further sit to be done thereupon; and to prepare and publish a Declaration of the Sense of the Parliament upon the Whole, together with the Letters and Articles.
Grant to Jones.
Ordered, That the Fine of Sir Francis Lloyd, Son of Sir Marmaduke Lloyd, upon the Composition of his Delinquency, or of the said Sir Marmaduke Lloyd, upon his Composition for his Delinquency, which shall be first made, shall be paid unto Colonel Michael Jones, Governor of Dublyn, or his Assigns; in Satisfaction of the Thousand Pounds formerly ordered to the said Colonel Jones, and Interest for the same.
Correspondence with Holland.
Sir William Armyn reports from the Council of State, an Extract out of the Register of the Resolutions of the Lords the States of Holland and West Freesland, taken in the Assembly of their Noble Great Mogentheden.
Clergy interfering in Politics.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Lysle, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Garland, Mr. John Gurdon, Sir Arthur Heslerigg, or any Two of them, to bring in an Act forbidding Ministers in London, or any Part of England or Wales, in their Pulpirs, in Preaching or Praying, to meddle with Matters of Government, or the Transactions of State; and likewise prohibiting them to hold Correspondence or Intelligence with Foreign States; under a Penalty; and only to apply themselves to their Duty in preaching Jesus Christ, and his Gospel, to the Edification of their Congregations; taking Notice of the Mischiefs which have been thereby occasioned in Ireland and Holland; and what hath been done in Holland thereupon: and the especial Care hereof is referred to Mr. Lysle: And that this Act be brought in on Friday Morning.
Ordered, That the Resolutions of the House touching Delinquents, and their Compositions, be forthwith printed and published.
Plymouth Garrison, &c.
The humble Petition of Colonel Ralph Weldon was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be re-committed to the Council of State, upon Conference with the Committee of the Army, and the Treasurers, and with Mr. Prideaux, and other Members of the House, of the Western Parts, to take into Consideration the State of the Business touching the Four thousand Pounds, Residue of the Six thousand Pounds, formerly ordered for the Garison of Plymouth; and what other Money is necessary, upon changing the Governor, for securing that Garison and Town; and to present their Opinions therein to the House.
Ordered, That the Governor of the Fort and Island at Plymouth be hereby impowered and required to take Order, That Captain James Bowden, now or late Prisoner in Plymouth, be offered in Exchange for Captain Hatsell, now Prisoner in Jersey: And that the Council of State do send to Plymouth for effecting the same.
Ordered, That the Business of the Fleet be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next.
Ordered, That Colonel Moore do make his Report, touching Lemster Forces, This-day-sevennight.
Sir. T. Jones.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid to Sir Theophilus Jones, for the Charges he hath been at in travelling from Ireland to England, for the Service of the Commonwealth, out of the publick Revenue: And that the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay the same accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Sir Theophilus Jones, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Committee, and to the Receiver of the said Revenue, and to such other Person or Persons as shall pay the same.
Ordered, That Three hundred Pounds be provided for Captain Henry Hatsell, in Consideration of his Sufferings, and for the Relief of his Wife and Children: And that it be referred to the Council of State, to advise with the Committee of the Army, and the Members of the House of the Western Counties, How the same may be raised; and to give Direction for Payment thereof, accordingly.
Mr. Holland reports an Act * * * *.
Sir Henry Cholmely.
Ordered, That Major General Lambert, Colonel Bright, Colonel Charles Fairefax, Colonel Maleverrer, Mr. John Adensell, or any Three of them, be, and are hereby, impowered and authorized to examine the Business touching the Miscarriages of Sir Henry Cholmely, when he was in the Employment before Pontfract Castle: And the said Commissioners are to certify the same to the Committee of this House, to whom the said Business is referred.