Die Martis, Junii 10, 1645.
Whereas the Commissioners of Excise are appointed
to pay Two Parts of the new Excise to the Treasurers for the maimed Soldiers: It is this Day Ordered and
Declared, That the Receipt and Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Treasurers for maimed Soldiers, or any
Two of them, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said
Commissioners of Excise, for so much Monies as they shall
pay unto the said Treasurers, in pursuance of the said Ordinance:
It is further Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise do forthwith pay-in all such Monies as remain in their
Hands, of the Two Parts of the said new Excise, to the
Treasurers for maimed Soldiers.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Serjeant Whitfield
and Mr. Serjeant Finch;
The Lords have sent unto you an Ordinance concerning the Clerkship of the Court of Wards: To which they
desire your Concurrence; it being a Place, that, in Term
Time, requires Execution.
The Ordinance was, for Gabriel Beck, of Lincolne's-Inn,
Gentleman, to have the Office of one of the Clerks of
the Court of Wards and Liveries, which formerly belonged to Mr. Chamberlaine; and was by the Parliament
granted to Mr. Miles Corbett, a Member of this House;
rendering the Profits thereof to the Commonwealth, during
the War, upon a Salary: And was read the First and
And the Question being put, For the Commitment
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Walt. Erle,
||Tellers for the Yea,
|Sir Roger North,
Sir Robert Pye,
||Tellers for the Noe,
And then the Question being put, For the Passing
It passed with the Affirmative.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and do
agree with the Lords in passing the Ordinance for constituting Mr. Gabriel Beck one of the Clerks of the Court
of Wards, in that Place that Mr. Miles Corbett, a Member
of this House, formerly held.
A Letter from Sir Tho. Fairefaxe, and divers of the
chief Officers of his Army, from Sherrington, of June
the Eighth, desiring, That Lieutenant-General Cromwell
might command the Horse in Chief in Sir Tho. Fairefaxe
his Army, was this Day read.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Thomas Fairfax
be desired (if he thinks fit) to appoint Lieutenant-General Cromwell to command the Horse under Sir Thomas
Fairfax, as Lieutenant-General, during such Time as this
House shall please to dispense with his Attendance: And
that Sir Thomas Widdrington do prepare a Letter to be signed
by Mr. Speaker, and forthwith sent to Sir Thomas Fairfax,
to acquaint him with this Vote.
Ordered, That the Committee of the whole House do,
on Friday Morning, proceed to take into Consideration the
Business concerning the Government of the Church.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to return this Ordinance: It is for establishing a Committee in Hants: It
moved first from this House: And they do agree to it with
these Additions and Amendments.
They have likewise commanded us to put you in mind
of a Petition of the Earl of Stanford's, formerly sent from
the Lords: They desire it may be speedily taken into Consideration, because it concerns him very much.
The Amendments were read; and, upon the Question,
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House hath considered their Lordships Message: And, as
to the Amendments in the Hants Ordinance, they do concurr: And, as to the Earl of Stanford's Petition, they will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for the better carrying
on the Affairs of the Excise may meet this Afternoon at
Two of the Clock, in the Star-Chamber.
Whereas it is very probable, that the Two Armies may
be engaged very speedily: It is Ordered, That Mr. Tate
and Mr. Salwey do, from this House, go to the Assembly of Divines; and desire them to set apart To-morrow for seeking God by Prayers to bless and prosper the
Parliament's Army, under the Command of Sir Thomas
A Letter from the Committee of Kent, from Aylisford,
of June 9, 1645, relating, That they would send One
hundred and Sixty Dragoons, and a Troop of Horse, consisting of Eighty, for a Month, into the West, was this Day
It is Ordered, That Sir Peter Wentworth and Mr. Browne
do forthwith prepare a Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker,
to return them Thanks; and to acquaint them with the
Necessities, that all Expedition be used in this Relief of
Ordered, That the House do sit To-morrow at Eight
of Clock: And Mr. Millington do, from this House,
repair to the Assembly of Divines; and desire them, That
they would appoint some one of their Members to pray
with this House, To-morrow Morning at Eight of Clock,
for an Hour, to seek God for a Blessing upon Sir Thomas
Fairfax his Army, very likely to be very suddenly
A Letter from General Leven, from Rippon, of June
the Sixth, 1645, was this Day read; and likewise a Paper
from the Scotts Commissioners at London, of June the Ninth,
1645; and likewise a Letter from Sir Wm. Armyn and Mr.
Robert Fenwick, from Newcastle, of June the Fifth, 1645,
relating, That they had sent up Sir John Marley Prisoner;
and likewise Two Persons suspected to be Popish Priests
(Peter Good and Wm. Johnson); and also Captain Bradshaw,
Captain of a small Vessel that robbed upon the Irish Seas.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Examinations, to dispose of these Prisoners; and to discharge
the Persons that brought them up.
Mr. Tate brings Answer, That the Divines of the Assembly will disperse themselves into the several Churches and
Chapels of London and Westminster, to seek God for a
Blessing upon Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's Army.
Sir Robert Pye carried up to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Vote for the Exchange of Colonel Henry
Tillier for Sir Robert Pye junior: The Votes for adding
Mr. Francis Gerard, and Mr. Gilbert Gerard, to the Committees of Middlesex and Westminster: The Desire, That
the Committee of the Lords and Commons for the better
carrying on the Affairs of the Excise may meet this Afternoon at Three of Clock, in the Star-Chamber.
He was likewise to desire the Lords to expedite the Ordinance for enabling the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall with
Power for the better bringing in the Monies, upon the Ordinance for the Entertainment of the Scotts Army.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports a Letter to be sent from
the House, and signed by Mr. Speaker, to Sir Thomas
Fairfax, in pursuance of a Vote of this House, to desire
him (if he shall so think fit) to appoint Lieutenant-General
Cromwell to command the Horse, during so long time as
the House shall dispense with his Absence: The which
was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and
ordered to be forthwith sent away to Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to all the Messages carried up by him: And, as to the Ordinance concerning Goldsmiths-Hall, that they have already
returned it to this House, with some Alterations.
Ordered, That so much of the Paper, of 9 Junii 1645,
from the Scotts Commissioners, be referred to the Committee
at Goldsmiths-Hall, as concerns the Providing of Monies for
the Payment of the Scotts Army: And that the Members
of this House, that are of that Committee, be injoined to
meet concerning this Business of Monies; and to consider
of sending down a Treasurer and Mustermaster to that
Army, according to the former Order.
The House being informed, That the Body of the Assembly of Divines were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Prolocutor and the Two
Assessors, represented, severally, the Blasphemies of one
Paul Best against the Deity of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of the Holy Ghost, contained in Books, Treatises, and
Notes of his; and in his Answer to Twelve Interrogatories
drawn out of the Writings of the said Paul Best: And they
desired, that the Parliament would use that Authority they
were intrusted with, for Executing of condign Punishment
upon an Offender of so high a Nature; that, in reference to
the Crime, he may be made exemplary; that all the World
may know, how much you detest such prodigious Blasphemies, and Heresies of so fearful a Nature.
The Interrogatories and Answers were severally read.
And the Divines were again called in: And Mr. Speaker,
by Command of the House, acquainted them, That the
House did acknowledge the Assistance they had received
from them; and had ever found their Care and Desire of
suppressing erroneous Opinions, that spread too much abroad in this Town, and elsewhere: And, for this Particular,
the House returns the Assembly Thanks, both for their Care
in it, and for their speedy acquainting the House with it:
And, for the Things themselves, the House will take them
into Consideration; and put them into such a Way, that
there may be condign Punishment executed for so horrid
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to examine, with all Diligence, the Truth
of the Fact of the Informations against Paul Best, of divers
prodigious Blasphemies against the Deity of our Saviour,
and the Holy Ghost, contained in Notes and Writings of
the said Paul Best: And that they do not meddle with any
other Business, until they have dispatched this: And that
they bring their Opinions to the House with all Speed,
What they think fit to be done in this Business: And they
have Power to call to their Assistance such of the Divines
of the Assembly as they shall think fit; and to send for
Books, Writings, and Papers.
Resolved, &c. That Paul Best be forthwith committed
close Prisoner to the Prison of the Gatehouse: And that
none be permitted to speak with him, but such as shall be
appointed by the Committee of plundered Ministers: And
that the Committee of plundered Ministers shall have Power,
from time to time, to send for him, as they have Occasion,
to examine him.
Resolved, &c. That Major Ennys shall have One hundred Pounds forthwith bestowed upon him, as a Gift from
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Prisoners where Mr. Knightley has the Chair, to consider
of Exchanges for all those Prisoners that were taken at
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, to compound with Captain Thomas Bradnax,
for the Two-Thirds of a Farm, called Newenham, in the Parish of Wickham Brewx, and Preston in the County of
Kent; being the Lands of the Lord Roper of Tenham, a
Recusant: And Major Ennys to have the Proceed thereof,
in Satisfaction of this One hundred Pounds bestowed on
him this Day, by the House: And that the Sequestration
be taken off, and discharged.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Leech and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to return this Ordinance,
to enable the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall with Power
for bringing in Monies for Payment of the Scotts: It moved
first from this House: They do agree to it with these
They commanded us likewise to deliver this Ordinance:
It is to enable Sir Thomas Fairfax to press Men for the present Service.
The Additions were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Ordinance for giving Power to Sir Thomas Fairfax
for impresting Men was read; and, upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be forthwith printed.
And it is further Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington do take care for Sending of this Ordinance to Sir Thomas
The humble Petition of Wm. Crosse and Thomas Vincent Merchants, and others, was this Day read; shewing,
That Sir Walter Erle, and John Trenchard Esquire, being
appointed, by Order of Parliament, to make Sale of certain
Spanish Wools free of Custom, Excise, and all other Duties; the which Wools were sold to the said Petitioners,
and other: And, forasmuch as the said Wools are not so
vendible here, by reason of Deadness of Trade, as in Foreign Parts, the Petitioners desired to have Liberty to transport the said Wools free from Custom and Excise.
It is thereupon Ordered, That the said Petitioners, Mr.
Andrewes, Mr. Broomfeild, and Mr. Cranley, who bought
Two hundred Forty-four Bags of the said Spanish or Segovia Wools of Sir Walter Erle and Mr. John Trenchard,
shall have free Liberty to transport the same, without paying any Customs for them; or to sell the said Wools in this
Kingdom, without paying any Excise for the same, in pursuance of the said Contract.