Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, the 9th of September, 1651.
Thanks to the LordGeneral.
SIR Henry Vane jun. reports, from the Council of State, Instructions for the Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Lord Chief Justice St. John, and Sir Gilbert Pickering, sent from the Parliament to the Lord General; which were this Day read; and, upon the Question assented unto; and were as followeth; viz.
"You, are, in the Name of the Parliament, to congratulate his Lordship's good Recovery of Health, after his dangerous Sickness; and to take Notice, Of his unwearied Labours and Pains in the late Expedition into Scotland, for the Service of this Commonwealth; Of his Diligence in Prosecution of the Enemy, when he fled into England; Of the great Hardships and Hazards he hath exposed himself unto, and, particularly, in the late Fight at Worcester; Of the prudent and faithful Managing and Conducting throughout this great and important Affair, which the Lord from Heaven hath so signally blessed, and crowned with so compleat and glorious an Issue: Of all which, you are to make known to his Lordship, the Parliament have thought fit, by you, to certify their good Acceptance, and great Satisfaction therein: And for the same, you are to return, in the Name of the Parliament and Commonwealth of England, their most hearty Thanks: As also, to the rest of the Officers and Soldiers, for their great and gallant Services done to this Commonwealth."
"You are likewise to let his Lordship know, That since, by the great Blessing of God upon his Lordship's and the Army's Endeavours, the Enemy is so totally defeated, and the State of Affairs as well in England, as Scotland, such as may very well dispense with his Lordship's Continuance in the Field, they do desire his Lordship, for the better Settlement of his Health, to take such Rest and Repose as he shall find most requisite and conducing thereunto: And, for that Purpose, to make his Repair to, and Residence at, or within some few Miles near this Place; whereby also the Parliament may have the Assistance of his Presence, in the great and important Consultation for the further Settlement of this Commonwealth; which they are now upon."
Resolved, That the Committee for Plundered Ministers be further impowered to send for and examine * Hawgood, Wife of * Hawgood, and * Robbins, and such other Persons as they shall think fit, in the Business touching * Garman, formerly referred to the said Committee.
Mr. Attorney-General reports, from the Council of State, an Extract of several Letters: Which was this Day read.
Prisoners of War.
Mr. Attorney-General reports, a List of the Officers and Soldiers taken Prisoners at the Fight at Worcester: Which was this Day read.
Resolved, That a Warrant do go from Mr. Speaker to Lieutenant General Monke, to send up to London, by Shipping, of the Prisoners taken in Scotland, all the Lords, Gentlemen of Quality, and the Ministers named in the List of the Prisoners taken at Ellitt; in Perth; together with such of the Country Gentlemen, as he shall find dangerous in their Influence upon the People there: And that such other Gentlemens Servants and Soldiers, as are taken there, be left to be disposed of upon the Place, as shall be thought fit.
Grant to Lambert and other Officers.
Resolved, That Lands of Inheritance in Scotland, of the yearly Value of One thousand Pounds Sterling, be settled on Major General Lambert, and his Heirs, for his great and eminent Services for this Commonwealth.
Resolved, That Lands in Scotland, of the yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds Sterling, be settled upon Colonel Mathew Alured, and his Heirs.
Resolved, That Lands of Inheritance in Scotland, of the yearly Value of Five hundred Pounds Sterling, be settled on Lieutenant General Moncke, and his Heirs.
Resolved, That Lands of Inheritance in Scotland, of the yearly Value of Five hundred Pounds Sterling, be settled on Commissary General Whalley, and his Heirs, for his great Services.
Resolved, That Lands of Inheritance in Scotland, of the yearly Value of Three hundred Pounds Sterling, be settled on Colonel John Okey, and his Heirs.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider how these several Votes may be made effectual; and bring in several Bills for that Purpose.
Resolved, That the same Committee do consider what annual Rents are fit to be reserved to the Commonwealth, out of the Lands to be settled.
Resolved, That it be also referred to the same Committee to bring in an Act for asserting the Right of this Commonwealth to so much of Scotland, as is now under the Power of the Forces of this Commonwealth; and how the same may be settled under the Government of this Commonwealth; viz. Mr. Attorney-General, Major Salwey, Mr. Bond, Lord Chief Justice St. John, Mr. Holland, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Earl of Pembroke, Mr. Whittacre, Col. Marten, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Garland, Mr. Blagrave, Lord Chief Baron, Baron Thorpe, Col. Purefoy, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Clement, Lord Mounson, Mr. Strickland, Col. Lister, Mr. Boone, Mr. Challoner, Mr. Carew, Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Smyth, Mr. Love, Mr. Scott, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Henry Vane, Alderman Allen, Captain Skinner, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Salwey, Mr. Hallowes, Mr. Thomas Challoner, or any Five of them: and all that will come to have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem. Lord Commissioner Lisle and Mr. Love to take Care of it.
Letters, &c. Concerning Affairs of Scotland.
Mr. Attorney General reports, from the Council of State, a Letter from Lieutenant General Monck to the Lord General Cromwell, from the Leaguer before Dundee, of the 28th of August: Which was this Day read: And also private Instructions for the Earls of Crafurd, Marshall, and Glencarne, and Lord Balcarres, appointed a Committee of Estates in Scotland by Charles R. under his Privy-Seal: Which were this Day read.
And also a Proclamation emitted by the Committee of Estates from Dundee, of the 20th of August 1651: Which was this Day read.
Resolved, That this Proclamation be kept of Record here, by the Clerk of the Parliament, amongst other Records of Parliament.
Ordered, That Copies of these Instructions and Proclamations be sent by the Clerk of the Parliament to the Council of State.
And also a Commission from Charles R. to John Earl of Crayford and Lindsay, Commander in Chief, under the Earl Leven, General of the Forces raised in Scotland.
And a Letter to the Lord Belcarris, of the Seventh of August 1651: Which was this Day read.
And a Letter to the Earls of Crayford, Glencarne, &c. of the 15th of August 1651.
And the Answer of the Governors of Dundee to the Summons of Lieutenant General Monck.
And the Answer of the Provost of St. Andrew, &c. to the Summons of Lieutenant General Monck, of the 27th of August 1651: Which were all this Day read.
Apprehending Charles Stewart.
Mr. Attorney-General also reports, That it be humbly offered to the Parliament, that they will be pleased, if they so think fit, to publish their Pleasure concerning such Persons as shall harbour and conceal any Person who hath been in Arms with, or on Behalf of, Charles Stewart, and his late Invaders; and for Encouragement of such, as shall apprehend, or discover so as they may be apprehended, the said Charles Stewart, or any of his Party, who have been in the late Invasion and Rebellion against the Parliament and Commonwealth of England.
Resolved, That One thousand Pounds be given, as a Reward, to such Person as shall bring in to the Parliament Charles Stewart, Son of the late Tyrant: And that Mr. Attorney-General do prepare a Proclamation to that Purpose; and present it to the Parliament To-morrow Morning.
Thanks to Militia.
Colonel Martin reports, a Draught of a Letter to the Commissioners of the respective Militias, of Thanks, from the Parliament, to the Officers and Soldiers, for their ready and faithful Service at Worcester: Which was read; and, after some Amendments, assented unto.
Resolved, That that Month's Pay, which by the Act intituled, An Act enabling the Commissioners of the Militia to raise Money for the present Service of the Commonwealth, is to be levied on the Persons in the several Counties, who were charged or chargeable with Horse and Foot, or Dragoons, for the Safety of the Commonwealth, be forborne to be levied, notwithstanding the said Act.
Ordered, That this Letter be sent to the Commissioners of the respective Militias; and that Mr. Speaker do sign the said Letters; and that the Order this Day made, touching the Month's Pay for the Militia Forces, be inclosed in the said Letters: And the Council of State are to direct to what Militias the Letters shall be sent; and to take Care the same be done accordingly.
Prisoners to be brought to Justice.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of such Prisoners, as well English as Scotts, as are fit to be made Examples of publick Justice; and all Circumstances that they think fit concerning it; and to present it to the Parliament: And to give Direction for securing and disposing of the rest, as may be most for the Safety of the Nation.
Charge of the State.
Ordered, That the House do, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, take into Consideration the lessening of the Charge of the Commonwealth.
Resolved, That the Council of State do present to the Parliament, on Thursday next, a List of all the several Garisons and Forces therein; that the Parliament may take into Consideration how the Commonwealth may be most eased.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do, on Thursday Morning next, represent to the Parliament the State of the several Forces; that the House may thereupon take into Consideration the easing of the Charge of this Commonwealth.