Die Sabbati, Februarii 8, 1644.
THE Grand Committee of the whole House proceeded to the further Consideration of the Ordinance
for Raising of Twenty-one thousand Pounds per mensem,
towards the Maintenance of the Scotts Army under the
Command of the Earl of Leven.
Sir Tho. Widdrington was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Widdrington do, on Monday
next, report the Ordinance for Raising of Twenty-one thousand Pounds per mensem, towards the Maintenance of the
Scotts Army under the Command of the Earl of Leven.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Ailett and
That the Lords have commanded them to deliver this
Ordinance, which they have passed, for Pressing of Ships
and Mariners: Five Ships are ready; but want Mariners:
Therefore desire you to speed it.
They desire you speedily to take into Consideration the
Letter and Instructions for the Seven Associated Counties:
For the Gentlemen are here attending about the Business;
and desire an Answer.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do, on
Monday Morning next, bring in an Ordinance for Pressing
of Mariners and Sailors.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the
Judgment given by Mr. Justice Bacon in over-ruling the
Plea of the Lord Macguire; and of the Manner of the
Tryal upon the Indictment of High Treason in the King'sBench: And the Judge is hereby required to proceed
speedily thereupon, according to Law and Justice.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Recorder is appointed to carry it up.
Sir Hen. Vane Senior reported, from the Committee of
both Kingdoms, the Draught of a Letter, to be sent from
both Houses, to the Parliament of Scotland, for the Advance of the Scotts Army Southward: The which was
read; and, upon the Question, assented unto, to be sent
to the Parliament of Scotland: And the Lords Concurrence to be desired therein.
Mr. Recorder is appointed to carry it up to the Lords.
He further reported the Commission and Instructions
for Sir Charles Coote to be Lord President of the Province
of Connaght in the Kingdom of Ireland: The which are
ordered to be read, and taken into Consideration, on Tuesday Morning next: And that Mr. Speaker put the House
in mind hereof.
Ordered, That my Lord General be desired to give his
Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to pay a Week's Pay,
upon the last Muster, to the Three Regiments of Foot at
Farneham, under my Lord General's Command.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise do forthwith issue Three hundred Pounds out of the Two thousand Pounds formerly assigned for Sir Wm. Waller's Forces;
in regard that the Train of Artillery, and the Carriages
appointed for that Army, stay only upon the Not-Payment of these Monies; and that Army cannot move
Ordered, That Mr. Bell, Sir Arth. Hesilrig, Mr. Bond,
and Mr. Recorder, do hear the Surgeons, and what
the Obstructions are, that they do not repair to their
Charges in the Army: And that they accommodate such
Difficulties and Impediments as they shall meet with, if
they can; otherwise, to report to the House.
The House proceeded to the Consideration of the
Amendments, upon the Amendments made by the Lords,
to the Ordinance for raising and maintaining Forces to be
under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe; and, in particular, proceeded to the Consideration of the Proviso
concerning the taking the Covenant by the Officers of
the Army, &c.
Resolved, &c. That all Commanders and Officers that
shall be employed in this Army, shall take the National
League and Covenant of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That the Time limited for the Taking
of the National League and Covenant by the Commanders
and Officers that shall be employed in this Army, and be
approved of by both Houses, shall be within Twenty
Days next after such Approbation.
Resolved, &c. That all other Officers that are to be in
this Army, shall take the Solemn League and Covenant
within Twenty Days after they shall be lifted in the same
Resolved, &c. That all the common Soldiers that shall
be employed in this Army, shall take the Solemn League
and Covenant of both Kingdoms, at such time, and in
such manner, as shall be in that Behalf directed by both
Houses of Parliament.
The Question being put, for a Concurrence with the
Lords in this Clause of the Proviso, "and shall submit to
the Form of Church-Government, that is already voted
by both Houses of Parliament;"
It passed in the Negative.
"Provided also, That every Lord Lieutenant, who is
not disabled by Ordinance of Parliament to sit in the House
of Peers, shall, in their several and respective Counties, be
of the Committee now appointed by this Ordinance."
This Proviso being put to the Question;
It passed in the Affirmative.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed
to consider of the Provisoes sent down from the Lords with
the Ordinance for the new Model, to prepare Reasons, to
be offered to the Lords at a Conference, for the Alterations made by this House: And it is referred to Mr. Lisle
and Mr. Reynolds to take care hereof.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, of the Seventh of February Instant, was read.
Resolved, &c. That Two hundred Backs, Breasts, and
Pots, and Four hundred Pair of Pistols, shall be provided
for Sir Wm. Waller.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
West, to take care to provide these Backs, Breasts, Pots,
Ordered, That so much of Sir Wm. Waller's Letter of
7 Februar', 1644, as concerns the Committee of both
Kingdoms, be referred to that Committee.
A Letter from the Commissioners at Uxbridge, 7 Februarii, was read; and all the several Papers delivered at
the Treaty, concerning the Militia, were read: But nothing
was done thereupon.