Die Lunæ, Martii 10, 1644.
THE humble Petition of Rich. Chambers Alderman
and Sheriff of London was this Day read; and committed unto Mr. Ellys, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Strode, Sir
Anth. Irby, Mr. Holland, Colonel Ven, Mr. Jo. Ashe, Mr.
Rolle, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Vassall, Mr. Ed. Ashe, Mr. Long,
Sir Rob. Pye, or any Three of them, to take into Consideration the Desires of the Petition; and to consider of
the Place in the Custom-House, now in the Possession of
Sir Tho. Dawes; and to represent the State of it to the
House; and to bring in an Ordinance for the Settling of
that Place upon the Petitioner, if it may be done; if not,
to consider of some other Place in the Custom-House to be
settled upon the Petitioners; and to report it to the House:
And are to meet upon it To-morrow at Two of Clock, in
the Duchy-Court: And have Power to send for Parties,
Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That the Committee for Plymouth do bring in
an Ordinance for continuing the One per Cent. for the
Maintenance of the Garison of Plymouth; and likewise for
confirming and settling the Proposition made by the County
of Kent, for Maintaining of their Forces at Plymouth, if
the City, being acquainted with the said Proposition, shall
The House being informed, That the Sheriff of the
County of Cornewall, and Captain Leighton, were at the
Door, with a Petition from the Garison and Town of Plymouth; and a Petition from the Captains and Officers of
the Ships at Plymouth;
They were called in; and did prefer the said Petitions.
The which were read.
A Letter from the Mayor was likewise read: And
Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee of the
West, to settle the Business, if they can; or otherwise, to
report to the House.
Ordered, That the Day of Publick Thanksgiving, appointed by both Houses to be kept on Wednesday next the
Twelfth of this Instant March, be observed, on the same
Day, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of
Communication: And the Assembly of Divines are desired
to take notice hereof; and to employ their best Endeavours
and Care herein: And my Lord Mayor is further desired
to give Notice hereof to all the several and respective Ministers.
The House being informed, That divers Ministers of
the City of London were at the Door;
They were called in; and did present a Petition, in
the Name of the Ministers of the City of London, assembled at Zion College:
The which was read; and the Divines called in: And
Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, gave them
Thanks for their Care; and acquainted them, That the
House intended presently to fall upon the Consideration of
the Matter of the Petition concerning the keeping back
from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper scandalous and
ignorant Persons. He further acquainted them, That he
was commanded to signify unto them, That the Houses
always intended, and so ordered, That the Publick Thanksgiving, appointed to be kept on Wednesday the Twelfth
of this Instant March, should be observed and kept in all
Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication;
and desired them to acquaint their Brethren herewith.
An Ordinance for applying to the Relief of Plymouth,
Weymouth, and Melcomb, the Collections that shall be
made on the next Day of Publick Thanksgiving, being
the Twelfth of this Instant March, was this Day read;
and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent
unto the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Mr. Whaddon.
Resolved, &c. That Three thousand Pounds be charged,
and forthwith raised, out of the Excise, for Supply of
the Forces to be sent to Sir Wm. Brereton; and paid to
Walter Frost Esquire, Secretary to the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to be disposed of by the said Committee.
Mr. Whaddon likewise carried up to the Lords the Title
of the Directory; and the Ordinance, concerning the new
Commissioners of the Customs: And was to desire the
Lords to expedite the List of the Officers of the Army
under Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Mr. Whaddon brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to the Ordinances carried up by him; and to the Title
for the Directory: And, as to the List, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Scowen reports, from the Committee at GrocersHall, an Estimate of the Arms to be provided for the
Resolved, &c. That Thirty-one thousand Nine hundred Eighty-nine Pounds be provided for furnishing a Magazine of Arms for Horse and Foot, and Cloaths for the
He also reports an Estimate of the Charge for the
Providing of Things for the Train of Artillery, according
to the List.
Resolved, &c. That Four thousand Four hundred and
Six Pounds be provided for Supply of the Train of Artillery.
Mr. Scowen likewise presents a List for a Month's Pay
of the Army by way of Estimate, besides the Charges of
Resolved, &c. That the Scoutmaster-General in this
Army shall have Seven Pounds per diem; and be bound
to keep Twenty Scouts.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee,
where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to take into their Consideration the State of the Garisons, or other Forces, not
employed in this Army, and the constant Pay allotted to
them; and to present their Opinions to the House.
Resolved, &c. That Consideration may be had of such
Officers omitted in the new Model as are actually in Service, and have deserved well of the Publick, for to put
them in such Employments as are fit for them, and as for
present may be had; or otherwise to provide for them according to their Deserts, that they may be reserved for
future Employment: And the Consideration of this Business is referred to the Committee, where Mr. Tate has the
Chair; who is speedily to take the same into Consideration; and to report to the House.
Ordered, That the Propositions offered as furtherable
to the more speedy Recruiting of the Army, when the
List is past, and Money provided, this Day reported to
the House, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, where
Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to prepare and bring in an
Ordinance for imposing and levying a Penalty upon the
several Wards in the City, and several Parishes, for every
Man they shall harbour, after they have sent them to the
Army, except they have lawful Leave from his Captain, with
the Approbation of the Colonel: And likewise to bring in an
Ordinance for repaying the Counties for the One thousand
Horse they shall provide for the Train, out of the Third
Month's Assessment; and also, that the Charge of pressing
Soldiers, and of Coat and Conduct-money to the Rendezvous, shall be borne by the Committees, and the Counties; to
be reimbursed out of the Third Month's weekly Assessment.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to take into their speedy Care the Reducing of
the Forces according to the new Model; and to recruit
Mr. Ellis reports, from the Committee at GrocersHall, several Particulars: Whereupon.
It was Resolved, &c. That, in case the Monies that shall
be raised upon the Ordinance for the monthly Assessment,
for Maintenance of the Forces under the Command of Sir
Tho. Fairfaxe, shall not be sufficient to reimburse Those that
shall advance the Eighty thousand Pounds, this House doth
Declare, That they will take it into Consideration, in what
other way they shall be satisfied so much Monies as shall
fall short of their said Reimbursements.
Mr. Ellis reports also the Propositions, tendered by the
Committee at Grocers-Hall, to the Common Council, for
the Providing of Eighty thousand Pounds: Which were
read; and, upon the Question, assented unto (fn. [a]) .
Mr. Sollicitor, Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Prideauxe, Sir Jo.
Ivelyn, Mr. Crew, Colonel Ven, Mr. Perepoint, Mr. Bond,
Sir Tho. Soame, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Sam.
Roll, Mr. Rous, Mr. Strode, Mr. Bedingfeilde, Mr. Jenour,
This Committee, or any Four of them, are appointed
to go this Day to the Court of Aldermen, and Committee of Common-Council, and to propound the Propositions this Day voted; and to treat with them concerning
the Monies desired; and to receive their Propositions:
And have the like Power from the House, as formerly they
had as a Sub-Committee at Grocers-Hall.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashe do, To-morrow, give an Account to the House, in what Readiness the Forty thousand Pounds for the Scotts Army are.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to consider of the Estimate of the Magazine
of Victual this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
West, to examine and secure the Two thousand Pounds,
and the Estate of a Delinquent, informed of and not yet
discovered: And the Proceed thereof to be employed for
recruiting Colonel Ludlowe's Regiment; and the rest, for
the Service of the West.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you
this Ordinance: It is for the Election and Establishing
of Elders in every Congregation; in which they desire
the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise sent
down the Names of divers Gentlemen to be added to the
Deputy-Lieutenants of the County of Essex; in which
they desire the Concurrence of this House. The Lords
do concurr in the Essex Ordinance.
The Names of the Deputy-Lieutenants to be added
were read; videlicet, Richard Harlington, Arthur Barnardiston, Wm. Goldingham, Deane Tindall, John Meade,
and George Pyke. Several Questions were put upon every
one of them; and the Question, upon every one of them,
passed with the Affirmative, except upon Mr. George
Upon whom, the Question being put;
It passed with the Negative.
The Ordinance for the Election and Establishing of
Elders in every Congregation, was this Day read the First
and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed
unto a Committee of the whole House: And
It is Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Committee To-morrow Morning at Eight of Clock.
And it is Ordered, That the Committee do take into
Consideration, in the first Place, that Clause of the Ordinance, that concerns the keeping from the Sacrament
of the Lord's Supper ignorant and scandalous Persons;
and that they report That to the House, before they
proceed to the Consideration of any other Clause.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has taken their Lordships Message into Consideration: And, as to the Ordinance, they will take it into
speedy Consideration; and send Answer by Messengers of
their own: And, as to the Names of the Deputy-Lieutenants, to be added to the Deputy-Lieutenants of the
County of Essex, they agree to all, but Mr. George Pike;
and, as to him, they will send Answer by Messengers of
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and
The Lords have returned a List of the Officers of Horse
and Foot: To which they do consent, with some Alterations; in which they desire the Concurrence of this
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicoll do, To-morrow Morning,
bring in the Ordinance for a Thousand Pounds out of
the Excise, for Abingdon.
Resolved, &c. That Sixty Barrels of Powder shall be
furnished out of the publick Stores, for the Service of the
County of Lancaster; and delivered to Mr. James Wainewright.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Kentish Petition
be revived; and meet this Afternoon; and so from time
to time, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That the Petition of Colonel John Booth be
read To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Lincolnshire
be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Five hundred Musquets, furnished now
in the Magazine, which were of those which Mr. Hill
and Mr. Pennoyer did furnish to the State, be delivered
to Colonel White, for the Supply of the Lord Fairfax
(†) Propositions (with all humble Submission) offered, as
furtherable to the more speedy and orderly Recruiting of the Army, when the List is passed, and Money
I. IT being impossible to recruit all the Foot in any one
Town; That there may be several Places appointed
to the several Regiments to quarter in, until they be recruited; and those so near together, that, at one Day's
Warning, or little more, they may be brought together.
II. That the City, and several Counties, bring up their
several Numbers of Men to the several Regiments in their
several Quarters, as London, so many to make up such a
Regiment in such a Quarter; so of the rest: Which will
prevent much Strife and Confusion.
III. That Money, Arms, and Cloaths, be in Readiness
and ordered to be presently given out, as soon as the several
Recruits come to their several Regiments.
IV. That Two, or rather Three Regiments of Foot, be
procured out of the City (if it may be) to lie in Redding
with some one of the old Regiments, to be recruited
there, if That Place be capable of receiving so many; else
those Regiments of the City may serve That Turn for the
present Occasion, and no longer: This would not only
much countenance and further the Work, but amuse the
Redding, Henly, Okenham, Maydenhead, Windsore, Stanes,
Egham, Colebrook, Uxbridge, Kingston, Hounsloe: If this
Way be approved, he is willing to give his humble Advice
(if asked) Which Regiments may be laid in each Place.
THE Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled,
taking into their Consideration the great Distress and
Calamity of the Town of Plymouth, Melcombe-Regis, and
Weymouth, Order, That the Collections, on the General
Thanksgiving-Day, being the Twelsth of this present Month of March, be taken and employed for the
Relief of the Widows, maimed Soldiers, and others, poor
and destitute, in and of the Towns of Plymouth, Weymouth, and Melcombe: And commend the same to the
charitable and tender Compassions of all good Men and
Women; requiring the Ministers in the several Congregations, to stir up and exhort their Auditors to all Readiness and Chearfulness in so good and godly a Work. The
said Lords and Commons further Order, That the said
Collections be taken by the several Churchwardens in the
usual Manner; and then delivered and paid to Michael
Herring Merchant, at Goldsmiths-Hall; giving his Acquittances for his Receipts: The said Monies to be
disposed of by the Committee for the Safety of the West,
for the Ends aforesaid: And the Collectors are, within
Seven Days after their respective Receipts, to give Account,
in Writing, to the said Michael Herring; to the end the
same may be speedily employed as aforesaid: And the Lord
Mayor of London is hereby desired to distribute Copies
hereof accordingly, to the several Parishes within the
Lines of Communication.
Mr. Ellis reports, from the Committee at Grocers-Hall;
I. It is desired, that Eighty thousand Pounds be advanced for the present putting the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe into the Field.
Resolved, &c. Those Persons that shall advance the
Eighty thousand Pounds, shall have the Nomination of
the Treasurers for the receiving all the Monies to be
gathered upon the whole Ordinance for the Raising of
Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax.
II. Those Treasurers shall have a Salary of Threepence in the Pound, and all other Fees by the last Establishment allowed by the Treasurers of Wars; they
performing all Things belonging to the Duty of that
Place, and allowing Four hundred Pounds per Annum for
one who shall be appointed by the Parliament to keep, a
a Check upon all the Receipts out of the Country from
the Collectors, and Payments for the Use of the Army.
III. The Persons that advance the Eighty thousand
Pounds, shall be reimbursed Twenty-six thousand Six hundred Sixty-six Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence
per Month, with Interest, after the first Four Months
Receipts, to the Use of the Parliament, upon the said
IV. There shall be such further Declaration upon that
Clause of the Ordinance (in case the War shall so long
continue) as shall be reasonably desired.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of these Propositions.