Die Jovis, Martii 20, 1644.
THE List of the Officers of the Ships to be employed in this Summer's Fleet was read; and the
particular Commanders approved.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Edward Hill is approved
and recommended to my Lord Admiral, to be employed
in this Summer's Service.
The Merchants Ships were approved of as to the
The humble Petition of the Soldiers of Lieutenant-General Cromwell, acknowledging the Heinousness of their
Offence in refusing to march with Sir Wm. Waller into
the West, was this Day read: And
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the
Acknowledgment and Submission of the said Soldiers;
and do admit them into their former good Opinion and
Sir Arthur Heselrig, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Maynard, Mr.
Pierepoint, and the Lieutenant of the Tower, are appointed
to prepare a Letter, to be written from Mr. Speaker, to
Lieutenant-General Cromwell, in Answer of His: They
are likewise to prepare a Letter to be sent to the Committee at Shrewsbury.
Resolved, &c. That Money be provided, from time to
time, as the Committee for the Army shall direct, for
bringing about the Arms that are in the Magazine at Lynne,
both fixed and unfixed, leaving Five hundred Arms for
the Use of the Garison; and for fixing those Arms there
that are unfixed.
Ordered, That Sir Beauchamp St. John do earnestly
write unto the Committee of Bedford, to quicken them
to bring in with all Speed the Monies upon the Ordinance for maintaining the Forces under the Command of
Sir Thomas Fairfax: And that he give Account to the
Committee for the Army, What Proceedings the Committee, makes in this Business.
Ordered, That Colonel Stapeley and Mr. Cawley do
write to the Committee of Sussex, earnestly pressing them
to quicken and speed the bringing in the Monies upon the
Ordinance for maintaining the Forces under Sir Thomas
Ordered, That Fifteen hundred Pounds be forthwith
paid upon the Order of the Committee for the Army, for
satisfying the first Contract made by Order of the said
Committee, for Horse.
Resolved, &c. That the Twelve hundred Foot ordered
to march under Major-General Crawford, to the Assistance
of Sir Wm. Brereton, shall have Three Weeks Pay allowed
them out of the Arrears of the Monies that are to come
in from the Associated Counties: And that the Treasurers
of the said Associated Counties do advance the same;
and repay themselves out of the Arrears of the said
Ordered, That those Persons as shall be appointed to
receive the Monies upon the Ordinance for maintaining
the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax,
shall undertake for Payment of such Sums of Money as
shall be contracted for by the Committee of the Army, for
Horse, Arms, Ammunition, and Cloaths, according to the
Times agreed on; and those Persons to have Allowance
thereof upon their Accounts: The Money to be paid for
the Horses, by Order of this Committee, upon the Certificate of Sir Thomas Fairfax, subscribed by such Persons
as shall be appointed by him to receive and allow of the
Horses, and their Prices: And the Money for Arms, and
Ammunition, to be paid by Order of this Committee,
upon a Certificate from the Officers of the Ordnance, that
the Provisions are delivered in: And the Money for
the Cloaths to be paid by Order of this Committee, upon
Certificate under the Hand of the Commissary-General of
the Army for Provisions.
An Ordinance for bringing in the Arrears of the Monies
in the Associated Counties of the Earl of Manchester's Association, was this Day read the First and Second time;
and, upon Question, committed unto the Committee where
Mr. Scawen has the Chair.
A Letter from Major-General Browne, from Abingdon,
of March 17, 1644, desiring a Supply of Monies, and
a Recruit of Three hundred Dragoons, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Fairfax be desired to
send Three hundred of his Dragoons to Abingdon; to lie
there, till Sir Thomas Fairfax shall take the Field; and
to be paid upon the new Establishment: And that it be
referred to the Committee for the Three Associated Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, in the mean time, to raise
and provide Three hundred Dragoons, to be sent to Major-General Browne to Abingdon, in lieu of Sir Thomas
Fairfaxe's, when they shall be called off.
Resolved, &c. That Three thousand Pounds be forthwith provided, and charged upon the Excise, for the Service of Major-General Browne, and the Garison at Abingdon.
Mr. Green and Mr. Whitelock are to press the Commissioners of Excise herein.
Mr. Whitelock and Mr. Lane are appointed to prepare a
Letters, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Major-General Browne.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee,
where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider of some
Order, and present it to the House, for keeping all Officers and Commanders to their Charges.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you the
Petition of Captain Reeve Williams: The Lords do think
fit to refer the Petition to the Lord Admiral, and the
Committee of the Navy: Who are to examine the Contents; and make Report thereof, What they conceive fit
to be done thereupon: And desire this House to agree
with their Lordships herein.
The Lords have likewise commanded us to deliver unto
you a Petition from the Earl of Nottingham: The which
Petition the Lords conceive to be very just and reasonable;
and desire this House to settle some certain Way of Payment to his Lordship of his Pension and Arrears.
Ordered, That these Petitions be taken into Consideration on Tuesday next.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House will take this Message speedily into Consideration;
and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Hoogan, Sir Miles Hobart, Colonel Mountague, and Colonel Russell's Regiments
shall have a Fortnight's Payallowed them, upon their reducing, and recruiting, upon Muster by Poll; and paid by
the Treasurers of the Earl of Manchester's Association, out
of the Arrears of the said Monies: And it is referred to the
Committee, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to call the
several Counties of that Association to account, Where the
Obstruction is, that those Arrears come not in; and to
settle some Course, that those Monies may be speedily
brought in; or otherwise, to report the Obstructions to the
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Church, in
such manner as is appointed by former Order, be taken
into Consideration To-morrow, the first Business, peremtorily: And Mr. Speaker to put the House in mind
A Letter from the Commissioners at Newcastle, of
March 12, 1644; and a Petition inclosed, in the Name
of the Masters of Ships now in the Town of Newcastle
upon Tine, in the Behalf of themselves and Owners, with
others trading to those Parts for Coals; were both read:
And, upon the Consideration of them; and the Report
made by Mr. Green, from the Committee, of the Business
concerning the Trade of Coals;
It is Resolved, &c. That, upon Perusal of the Instructions to the Commissioners of Parliament residing in the
Scotts Army; and of the Ordinance of Parliament of the
Sixteenth of October 1643; the Five Shillings imposed
upon every Chaldron of Coals, by the Commissioners of
both Kingdoms, at Newcastle and Sunderland, is without
any Authority or Power: And the said Imposition of Five
Shillings the Chaldron is hereby taken away, and not to
continue any longer.
Ordered, That Sir Anthony Irby do make Report, To-morrow, from the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall.
Ordered, That the House do proceed in the Business of
Newcastle on Saturday next.
FOR the better Securing of the Island, and North-Sea-Fishing, and Conveying of Vessels from Port to Port
between London and the River of Humber; It is Ordered,
by the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, That
Five Ships, or more, of convenient Strength, be, with all
Speed, provided with Men, and Victuals for Six Months;
the said Ships not employing above the Number of Three
hundred Men; which are intended to be above the Number of Shipping appointed for the Summer's Fleet: The
Charge of Victualling-Part to be borne by the State, and
paid out of the Monies appointed for the Use of the Navy.
And, for Freight and Mens Wages, It is Ordered, That
the same shall be paid out of Fifteen hundred Pounds to be
raised out of the Estate of Mr. Charles Walgrave, a Popish
Recusant: And the Residue of the Charge to be paid in
such manner as shall be hereafter directed by the House of
Commons. And the Committee of the Navy, upon
Conference with my Lord Admiral, are to take care for the
putting this Order in -Execution.