Die Mercurii, Aprilis 2, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the whole House, according to former Order, proceed to the Consideration
of the Business of the Church, concerning such scandalous
Persons, as are not to be admitted to the Sacrament of the
Mr. Whittaker called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers-Hall, do
forthwith advance and pay unto such as the Assembly of
Divines shall appoint to receive the same, Five hundred
Pounds; to be distributed among such of the Assembly, as
are in the greatest Want.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do, with
their best and first Conveniency, pay unto such Person or
Persons as the Assembly of Divines shall appoint to receive
the same, Five hundred Pounds; to be distributed among
such of the Assembly, as are in the greatest Want.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to consider of
supplying the Wants of the Members, do meet To-morrow in the Afternoon: And that Mr. Rigby be added to this
Committee: And that all that will come shall have Voices
at it: And they are to bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose on Monday Morning next: And the Care hereof is
especially referred to Mr. Rigby.
It is further Ordered, That the Supplying of the Wants
of the Members of the Assembly be referred to the Consideration of this Committee likewise.
Sir Robert Pye carried up to the Lords the Order for
Two thousand Pounds for Abingdon, out of the Ordinance
of Thirty-two thousand Pounds: The Order for referring
the Papers presented by the Spanish Ambassador, concerning Captain Jackson and Captain Taylor: The Order for
Five hundred Pounds, out of Haberdashers-Hall, to the
Assembly of Divines: The Order concerning a Thousand Pounds to Sir Wm. Constable.
A Letter, from Oxon, Martii 31 1645, from Captain Legge, concerning the Discharge of the Mayor, and
some Aldermen, of Yorke, and of Sir Wm. Riddall, according to the respective Articles upon the Surrender of
the Places where they were.
Ordered, That my Lord General shall write a Letter, in
Answer to this Letter, according to such Directions, as he
shall receive from both Houses.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Mr. Pine be taken
into Consideration after the Message.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr.
The Lords desire a Conference, by Committees of both
Houses, presently, in the Painted Chamber, if it may
stand with the Conveniency of this House, concerning the
Lord General, and other Lords. They have sent down an
Ordinance concerning Two great Cakes; in which they
desire the Concurrence of this House. They have likewise received a Petition from one Mr. Symon Blackwell
Minister; which they recommend to the Consideration of
The Ordinance was read; and, upon the Question,
The humble Petition of Symon Blackwell Minister, desiring to be preferred to the Parsonage of Merstham in the
County of Surry, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That this House doth grant the Petition;
upon Certificate from the Assembly of Divines (to whom
he is to this Purpose referred) of the Abilities and Fitness
of the Petitioner for that Charge and Cure.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as
to the Ordinance concerning the Custom of bringing Two
great Cakes into the Church at Twickenham, on Easter-Day in the Afternoon, they do agree; and to a Conference
presently, as is desired; and have taken the Petition into
Consideration; and put it into a Way.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to all the Orders carried up by him.
Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Recorder, Sir Peter Wentworth, are
appointed Reporters of this Conference.
An Ordinance for securing the Two hundred Pounds,
lent and advanced by the Commissioners of Excise for Serjeant-Major Carre, was this Day read; and, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords
for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for securing the Two hundred Pounds,
lent and advanced by the Commissioners of Excise, for
Supply of the Garison of Windesore, was this Day read;
and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent
unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise do make
Payment of the Three thousand Pounds, formerly assigned
for General Langherne's Forces, in its Course.
Sir Peter Wentworth reports, from the Conference,
That my Lord Grey of Werke said, That the Lords had
desired this Conference, to acquaint this House with Two
Papers; one received from the Earl of Essex Lord General;
and the other expressing the Sense of the House of Peers,
touching the Paper from my Lord General; and the Actions
of other Lords in laying down their Commissions: And
that they desire, That the Paper from my Lord General,
being the Original, may be returned.
The Paper received from my Lord General, and That
from the Lords, were both read.
Ordered, That the Paper from my Lord General be entered
in the Journals of this House; and the Original returned.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Surrender of my Lord General's Commission.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Surrender of the Earl of Denbighe's Commission.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Surrender of the Earl of Manchester's Commission.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth look upon this
Action of these Lords in this Conjuncture of Time, as a fit
Testimony of their Duty to the Houses of Parliament, under whom they have so long served in so eminent Employments.
Mr. Recorder, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Nicolls, Sir Peter
Wentworth, Mr. Reynalds, Mr. Holles, Sir. Ben. Ruddyard;
Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Arthur Heselridge, Mr. Knightly,
Mr. Lisle, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Long, Sir Henry Heyman,
Sir Christ. Wray, Mr. Rous, Sir Philip Stapleton; Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Pierpoint, Sir John Corbett, Mr. Maynard:
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to this Committee,
or any Five of them, to take into Consideration the Services and Fortunes of the Earls of Essex, Denbigh, and
Manchester, in such a Way as may, according to their
several Merits, express the Acceptance and Value the
Houses have of their Faithfulness and Industry in the Commands and Hazards they have undergone for the publick
Good of the Kingdom, and Safety of the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to this Committee, to
take some speedy Course, that the Officers, which are laid
aside, who have served under the Earls of Essex, Denbigh,
and Manchester, or any of them, may have Satisfaction in
the Point of their Arrears, by the Payment of some Part
thereof for their Support, and securing the Remainder by
the Publick Faith. It is referred, That Mr. Nicholl do
take care in this Business. And this Committee are to meet
To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the
Exchequer-Chamber; and so from time to time.
It is also further referred to this Committee, to prepare
and bring in an Ordinance for discharging the Wardships
of such Persons as have died in the Parliament's Service:
And Mr. Maynard is desired to take care herein.
Ordered, That the Earl of Manchester's Answer to the
Charge against him in this House, shall be reported; and
taken into Consideration on Tuesday next.
Ordered, That Mr. Pine do attend the House on Friday next.
Ordered, That Mr. Rigby do bring in and report the
Ordinance for Lancashire To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Six Clothiers be discharged from
any further Restraint; giving Security to stand to the
Order of this House, touching the Cloaths brought by them
from the Enemies Quarters: And Mr. Speaker is hereby
authorized and desired to take the said Security accordingly.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane, Sir Thomas Witherington, and Mr. Blackston, be heard To-morrow Morning
touching the Northern Affairs.
Having received this great Charge, in Obedience to the
Commands of both Houses, and taken their Sword
into my Hand, I can, with Confidence, say, that I have
for this now almost Three Years, faithfully served you;
and, I hope, without Loss of any Honour to myself, or
Prejudice to the Publick; supported therein by the Goodness of God, and the Fidelity and Courage of a great
many gallant Men, both Officers and Soldiers: But I will
neither trouble you, not myself, by repeating either the
Difficulties or Danger we have overcomed, or the Service
I have done you. I see by the now coming up of these
Ordinances, that it is the Desire of the House of Commons, that my Commission may be vacated; and it hath
been no particular Respect to myself (whatever is whispered
to the contrary) that hath made me thus long omit to
declare my Readiness thereto; it being not unknown to
divers Men of Honour, that I had resolved it after the
Action of Gloucester; but that some Importunities (pressed
on me with Arguments of Publick Advantage, and that
by those of unquestionable Affection) over-ruled me therein. I now do it; and return my Commission into those
Hands that gave it me; wishing it may prove as good an
Expedient to the present Distempers, as some will have it
believed; which I shall pray for with as hearty Zeal, as any
can desire my doing which I now do. I think it not immodest, that I intreat both Houses, that those Officers of
mine, which are now laid by, might have their Debentures audited, some considerable Part of their Arrears
paid them for their Support, and the Remainder secured
them by the Publick Faith; and that those of them that
remain questioned, may be brought to some speedy Tryal,
whereby they may receive either the Punishment or Justification that is due to them: Under which Notion, I remember only Three; of whom I must testify, that they
frankly and courageously have adventured their Lives,
and lost their Blood, for the Publick; and That with continued Fidelity, for ought ever I could observe.
I know that Jealousies cannot be avoided in the unhappy Condition of our present Affairs: Yet Wisdom and
Charity should put such Restraints thereto, as not to allow
it to become destructive. I hope that this Advice from
me is not unseasonable, wishing myself, and my Friends,
may, among others, participate the Benefit thereof; this
proceeding from my Affection to the Parliament, the
Prosperity whereof I shall ever with from my Heart, what
Return soever it bring me; I being no single Example, in
that kind, of that Fortune I now undergo.
THE Lords and Commons, taking into Consideration, that there is a Custom anciently used in the
Parish-Church of Twickenham in the County of Middlesex, to bring in Two great Cakes yearly into the said
Church upon Easter Day in the Afternoon, to be distributed amongst the younger Sort of People; which, by
reason of Scambling and Contention about the same, hath
caused great Disorder, to the Profantion of the Lord's
Day, and Scandal to the Parishioners there; It is therefor Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, That the said
Custom, for the Providing and Bringing of the said Cakes,
as aforesaid, is hereby absolutely abolished and taken away,
and to be hereafter no more used: And that, in lieu thereof, the full Value of the said Cakes be made into ordinary
Loaves of Bread, and disposed of by the Minister and
Churchwardens, for the Time being, to the Poor of the
said Parish, upon such Day as they shall think fit: And all
Parties performing the same shall incurr no Forfeiture nor