Die Jovis, Februarii 27, 1644.
ORdered, That Sir Humphrey Tufton, a Member of this
House, shall have Leave to go into the Country, and
to be absent for Three Weeks.
An Ordinance for charging the County of Essex with
Three hundred Pounds a Month, upon their own Desire,
for paying of Adjute-Officers, to enable them the better
to put themselves into a Posture of Defence, was this Day
read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question,
committed unto the Committee of the Associated Counties, that are Members of this House: And are to meet
upon it this Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That it be especially referred, from this
House, to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider,
how Melcombe, and the other Garison Towns in the West,
may speedily be victualled, relieved, and defended: And
that the Members of this House, that are of that Committee, do give an Account to this House of their Proceedings herein: And
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant-General Cromwell be
desired forthwith to go down to Sir Wm. Waller, to go
with him upon this Expedition into the West, for Relief
of Melcombe, and the Garisons and Places adjacent, and
for preventing and breaking the Enemies Levies and Recruits: And that it be referred to the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to consider, this Afternoon, of disposing of
the Commands, in such Manner as may be most advantageous for the Service, and for accommodating all Differences, if any Occasion should be; and to accommodate
him with what shall be further necessary for this Expedition this Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant-General Cromwell shall
have Liberty to take with him into the West his Three
Troops that are at Henley: And that it be referred to the
Committee of both Kingdoms to appoint Three Troops
in the Place of those Three Troops: And that LieutenantGeneral Cromwell shall have Liberty to take with him
Ordered, That Mr. Gossall and Mr. Lemman, Treasurers for the Earl of Manchester's Association, do forthwith pay unto Lieutenant-General Cromwell One thousand
Pounds; whereof Five hundred Pounds upon his own
Account, and the other Five hundred Pounds to be disposed of as he shall think fit, to the Pay of his own
Ordered, That Mr. Golsall and Mr. Lemman, Treasurers of the Seven Associated Counties, do issue out none
of the Monies to be collected upon the Arrears to any
Officers or Soldiers, but such as are in Forts and Garisons,
or with their Colours, and upon Service, without the
special Order and Warrant of this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the
Exchange of Lieutenant-Colonel Uriah Leigh, and his
Servant, Prisoners to the Parliament, in Petre-House, for
Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Rigby, and his Servant, now
Prisoners at Lathom: And that Leigh shall, upon his
Parole, and Security of a Thousand Pounds, to be
taken by Colonel Alexander Rigby, a Member of this
House, for Render of himself again to Prison within one
Month, if the Exchange shall not within that Time be
perfected, be forthwith permitted to repair to Oxford and
Lathom, with one such Person in his Company as shall be
sent with him by Colonel Rigby: And that LieutenantColonel Leigh may have Liberty to return from Lathome
to London, and from thence to Oxford.
Upon Lieutenant-General Cromwell's Report from the
Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Ordered, That the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall
do forthwith provide Thirty thousand pounds, for the present Advance of the Scotts Army Southward: And they
are to advise with the Commissioners of Scotland concerning the Payment of the same.
Ordered, That the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall do, on
Saturday next, make Report of the Monies, Arms, and
Provisions, recommended unto that Committee, to provide for the Scotts Army.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock,
peremptorily, the House do take into Consideration the
List of the Officers sent in by Sir Tho. Fairefaxe: And
that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof: And
that no other Business intervene.
A Letter, from Shrewsbury, from the Committee
there, of Februar' 22, relating the Taking of Shrewsbury, and the Castle; and a List of divers Officers,
Knights, and Gentlemen of very good Quality; were this
Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
both Kingdoms, to consider of supplying the Town of
Shrewsbury speedily with Forces, and all other Things
necessary, for the Keeping and Preservation of a Place of
so great Importance.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Woodhowse shall have the Leave
of this House to go into the Country, and to be absent from
the Service of the House, for Recovery of his Health.
Resolved, &c. That Four thousand Pounds be forthwith provided, and charged upon the Excise, for the
Service of the Town of Shrewsbury: And that Mr. Nicoll,
Mr. Pierrepont, and Sir Jo. Corbett, do press the Commissioners of Excise herein.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee at
Shrewesbury, or the major Part of them, to nominate a
Governor for the Town of Shrewesbury; and to present it to
the House: And that, in the mean time, the Committee
take care of the Preservation of the Town.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do prepare a Letter, to
be sent from Mr. Speaker to the Committee at Shrewesbury, to return them hearty Thanks and Acknowledgement for their great Service in the Taking of Shrewesbury:
And that the Letter acquaint the Committee, what this
House has done upon their Letter.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Doctor
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you
. . . . . for Martial Law for Government of the Navy.
They have likewise sent you Two Ordinances, which
they received from this House, concerning the Committee
of the Militia in London; and concerning the Pressing of
Land-Forces; to which they agree, with some Amendments; in which they desire the Concurrence of this
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Martial Law for Government of the Navy be read on Monday Morning next.
The Amendments to the other Two Ordinances were
read; and by Vote, upon the Question, assented unto.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and, as to
the Ordinance concerning Martial Law for Government
of the Navy, they will send Answer, by Messengers of
their own: And do agree to the Amendments to the
other Two Ordinances concerning the Committee of the
Militia in London; and concerning the Ordinance for
Pressing of Land-Forces.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for Sir Tho.
Fairefaxe his Army do meet this Afternoon; and so from
time to time, as they shall have Occasion: And that they,
or any Five of them, shall have Power to meet and act.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Vane junior be added to the
Committee for the Ordinance concerning the Commissioners of the Navy.
An Ordinance for securing the Northern Fishing was
this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the
Question, committed unto the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, to consider of some speedy and effectual Course to
prevent the Damage and Spoil done upon the Coasts of
Kent by the frequent Infestation of Sea-Rovers.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Otley, Sir Richard Lee, Sir
Thomas Whitmore, Sir Richard Dyett, Mr. Francis Newport, Sir John Wilde senior, and Herbert Vaughan Esquire,
be forthwith sent up to the Parliament, in safe Custody:
And that a Convoy be sent with them from Wemb to
Strafford, and from thence to Coventry, and from thence
to the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Theloall do write a Letter of
Thanks to Sir John Price.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons
for the Advance of Money, at Haberdashers-Hall, do
forthwith pay to the Messenger that brought the further
News from the Committee of Wemb then in Shrewsbury,
of the Taking of that Town, the Sum of Ten Pounds.