Die Sabbati, Junii 29, 1644.
ALETTER from Aylisbury, of June 22, 1644, from Colonel Martyn, desiring Arms and Ammunition, was this Day read; and referred to the Lieutenant of the Ordinance.
Middlesex Forces, &c.
Mr. Whittaker reports from the Committee, the State of the Case between the Inhabitants of the County of Middlesex without, and those within, the Lines, and Parishes mentioned in the Weekly Bills of Mortality; and the Opinions and Resolutions of the Committee thereupon.
Resolved, &c. That the Inhabitants within the Lines, Hamlets, and weekly Bills of Mortality, shall not be enforced, either in Purse or Person, to contribute any thing to the Garison of Uxbridge, upon the Ordinance of February last.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Middlesex, to consider what Forces the Inhabitants of the County of Middlesex, without the Line, are able to raise, without the Contribution of the Inhabitants within the Line; and whether those Forces may not be drawn out of the County, upon Occasion of publick Service elsewhere.
Ordered, That the Payment of the Fifteen hundred Pounds per Month, ordered to be paid to the Lieutenant of the Ordnance, out of the Excise, for Provision of Arms and Ammunition, shall begin from March the Twentieth, 1643.
Ordered, That the Order of June 21, 1644, for discharging the Sequestrations of Sir Thomas Eversfield's Estate, be forthwith punctually observed.
Money for Army Service.
Ordered, That the Committee for the West shall deliver unto Mr. Trenchard the Bond whereby Fifteen hundred Pounds, Part of Sir Robt. Berkeleye's Fine is secured; to the end that, therewith, such Sums of Money may be satisfied, as the Commissioners of Excise have given Credit for, for Provision of Arms for the West; so that the Ten thousand Pounds lately appointed to be paid out of the Excise for the present Pay of Sir Wm. Waller's Army, may be entirely paid, without any Defalcation: And, for this Purpose, Mr. Trenchard hath Power to change the Security, and to rebate Interest, if he shall find it necessary for the Service.
Ordered, That the Committee for establishing Sir Wm. Waller's Army be injoined to meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, peremptorily, in the Star Chamber.
Ordered, That the Committee of the West do send down a Committee to Sir Wm. Waller's Army, to see the Payment of the Monies appointed for that Army, to be made according to the Establishment of my Lord General's Army.
Upon Report from the Committee to which the Petition of divers Clothiers of Gloucester was referred, that they do find the Matter of Fact, alleged in the Petition of the Clothiers of Gloucestershire, to be true; it is thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Holland, Agent for the Merchant Adventurers, shall presently deliver the Petitioners Cloths: And that they shall have Liberty to sell them in the Market, for their best Advantage, although they be not sealed according to the Statutes.
Members deserting Parliament.
Sir H. Mildmay went up to the Lords, to desire a free Conference concerning the Matter of the last Conference, touching the Ordinance for excluding such Members of either House as have deserted the Parliament.
-Brings Answer, That the Lords will give a present Meeting, as is desired.
Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Ellis, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Mr. Prideaux reports from the Conference, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning the excluding the Members that have deserted the Parliament, with the Amendments, as they were sent from hence.
Letter to Earl of Denbigh.
A Letter to be sent to the Earl of Denbigh, from both Houses, was read; and assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Proceedings against Bagshaw.
A Letter from Coventrie, of June 21, 1644, from Colonel Purefoy, concerning the sending up of Mr. Bagshaw, formerly a Member of this House, and expelled.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Edw. Bagshaw shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the King's Bench during the Pleasure of the House.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Bagshaw shall be committed for High Treason, for deserting the Parliament, and adhering to the Forces against the Parliament.
Mr. Bagshaw was called in; and kneeled at the Bar; and then was bid to rise: And was demanded whether he was not at Oxon, since he left this House:-Answered, He had been at Oxon, and had sat in that Meeting there; and that his Name was to one of the Declarations sent from that Meeting at Oxford to this House.
Mr. Bagshaw was again called in: And Mr. Speaker pronounced this Sentence against him; that Mr. Bagshaw shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Prison of the King's Bench, in Southwarke, for High Treason, for deserting the Parliament, and adhering to the Enemies of King, Parliament, and Kingdom.
Privilege to a Witness.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Rous was attending upon this House, when he was summoned to attend the House of Peers.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Rouse being summoned to be examined as a Witness by this House, during the Time of his Examination here, and Attendance about the same, ought to have the Privilege of this House.
Resolved, &c. That the Proceedings and Judgment in the House of Peers, against Colonel Rouse, is erroneous, and against the Liberty of the Subject.
Ordered, That a Conference shall be desired with the Lords upon this Business concerning Colonel Rous: And that, at the Conference, the Privilege due to Colonel Rouse be remonstrated; and desired to be allowed.
Message to Lords.
Sir H. Mildemay went up to the Lords, to desire them to expedite their Answer to the Ordinance concerning the Seven associated Counties of Essex, &c. and to the Letter to be sent from both Houses to my Lord General.
Devon, &c. Committees.
Mr. Earle reports the Amendments of the Ordinance Yesterday committed, for enabling Committees in Devon, Cornewall, Somersett, &c. to put in Execution certain Ordinances of Parliament: The Amendments were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sheriff of Dorsett.
Resolved, That John Fitz James, of Lewson, Esquire, in the County of Dorsett, shall be High Sheriff of the County of Dorsett.
Cornwall, &c. Committees.
Mr. Earle went up to the Lords with the Ordinance for enabling Committees in the Counties of Cornewall, Devon, &c.
Fewel for the City.
An Ordinance for providing of Fewel for the City, by cutting of Pete and Turff, was read the First and Second time; and committed to Mr. Maynard, Mr. Recorder, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Whitlocke, Mr. Sands, Sir Antho. Irby, Sir Dudly North, Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Beddingfeild, Mr. Harbert, Mr. Ellis, and all the Gentlemen of the several associated Counties: And all that will come, are to have Voices: And are to meet on Monday, at Two of the Clock, in the Star Chamber.
Earl of Kennouill's Bail.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Sir David Cunningham, Sir Robert Anstrother, Mr. John Sandelands, and Mr. Henry Wollaston, to be Bail for the Earl of Kennouill, they entering into Five thousand Pounds Bond.
Leave to go to Oxford.
Ordered, That the Lady Berd shall have Leave to go to Oxford, for to procure the Exchange of her Husband.
Lloyd's Petitions, &c.
The humble Petition of Henry Lloyd was read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of the Four associated Counties; who are to write to the Committees in the several Counties; to send their several Proportions of Draught Horses to Sir Wm. Waller: And are to meet this Afternoon.
Members deserting Parliament.
The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, taking into Consideration, that divers Members of both their Houses have since the Beginning of the unhappy Distractions now depending, in Breach of their Duties, withdrawn themselves from that Attendance upon the publick Affairs of the Kingdom in Parliament, to which the necessity of the Kingdom, and the Trust in them reposed, have obliged them; and have also joined with, and repaired unto, that Party that is now in Arms against that Parliament; and seriously weighing the great Inconvenience and Prejudice, which hath arisen, and may further arise, in respect thereof, the same tending to the Scandal and Dishonour of the Parliament, the Discouragement of such as are well-affected, and the Subversion of Religion, Laws, and Liberty; by means whereof the whole Kingdom is nearly interested and concerned in their said Departure and Offence: And whereas divers Members of the House of Commons, which have deserted the Parliament, and adhered unto those that levy War against the Parliament, have, by Judgment of the House of Commons, been justly disabled from sitting or continuing any longer Members of the said House during this present Parliament; by which Judgment the several and respective Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places, for which they served, have Right to elect new Members for the Parliament, upon a Warrant under the Hand of the Speaker of the House of Commons, directing a Writ to issue under the Broad Seal to that Purpose: And whereas divers Members of the House of Peers have also deserted the said House of Peers, and adhered to those that levy Waragainst the Parliament: The Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, do Ordain and Declare, That whatsoever Member of the said House of Peers hath so offended, or hereafter shall so offend, as aforesaid, shall be disabled from having any Voice, or Sitting, in the said House of Peers, during this present Parliament, until his Re-admittance shall be approved of, and consented unto, by both Houses of Parliament. Provided always, and it is hereby Ordained and Declared, That whatsoever Member of the House of Commons, that heretofore hath deserted, or hereafter shall desert, the Parliament, and adhere to those that levy War against the Parliament, is, and shall be, absolutely disabled from sitting in the said House of Commons during this present Parliament.