Die Sabbati, 12 Julii, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to
former Order, proceeded to take into Consideration the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Mr. Reynolds in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
A Letter from Major-General Browne, of 9 Julii,
from Abingdon, was this Day read.
Mr. Whitlock reports, from the Gentlemen of the Militia of the City of London, and of the neighbouring Counties, Propositions for raising a new Force of Horse and
Dragoons: Which were read: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Counties of Bedford
and Norfolke, and the City of Norwich, do contribute proportionably with the other Counties for the Raising of
these Forces: And
It is further Ordered, That Mr. Grimston and Mr. Whitlock do immediately withdraw, and prepare an Order for
the Raising of Fifteen hundred Horse and Dragoons, according to the said Propositions.
Ordered, That Seven hundred and Sixty Pounds shall
be forthwith provided and paid to Major-General Browne,
upon Account, in Part of the Arrears of his Pay: And that
this Seven hundred and Sixty Pounds be charged upon the
Excise, to be paid in Course. And Mr. Whitlock is appointed to bring in an Ordinance, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Proportions of Horse and Dragoons
to be raised by the Gentlemen of the Militia of London,
and the neighbouring Counties, according to their Propositions, this Day reported by Mr. Whitlocke, be so raised,
according to the Proportions laid for Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer from the Lords, That
the Lords do agree to the Votes carried by him to the
Lords, concerning the Scotts Army.
Ordered, That the House do meet this Afternoon at
Two of the Clock: And that the several Reports from
the Committee of both Kingdoms be then taken into Consideration: And that the Report concerning Nottingham be
first considered of; and the Instructions for the Commissioners that are to go into Scotland.
Ordered, That the Forces now in the West, sent from
the several Counties for the Relief of Taunton, be continued
there for one Month longer: And that the Committee of
the West do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker,
and sent to the several Counties that raised those Forces,
to desire them to continue them there for one Month
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint you, That
they have appointed the Earl of Stanford and the Lord
Mountague to be Commissioners to reside with the Scotts
Army: An Ordinance for nominating and appointing
Commissioners of both Houses to be sent to the Kingdom
of Scotland: A Minute of a Letter to be sent presently
into Scotland, before the Commissioners go: An Ordinance to nominate the Commissioners that are to go into
Scotland to treat and conclude with the Parliament of Scotland, according to such Instructions as shall be given them
from both Houses of Parliament of England. The
Lords have thought fit, That Mr. Marshall and Mr.
Stronge, Two Divines, should be desired to go with the
Commissioners into Scotland: To all which they desire the
Concurrence of this House.
Likewise they have commanded us to deliver you these
Papers; which were sent unto them from the Scottish
Commissioners: Which they refer to your Consideration.
The Minute of the Letter to be sent presently into Scotland, before the Commissioners go, was read; and, upon
the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, That Mr. Marshall and Mr. Stronge be desired to
go, with the Commissioners of both Houses, into Scotland.
Mr. Speaker, by Command from the House, gave Sir
John Price Thanks for his Faithfulness and Services to the
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Granting of Four thousand Pounds to the Lord Wharton, out of the Estate of
the Heir of Sir William Savile, a Ward, be reported this
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered of your Message: And, as
to the Minute of the Letter to be sent into Scotland; and
that Mr. Marshall and Mr. Stronge may go, with the Commissioners of both Houses, into Scotland; they do agree:
And, as to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers
of their own.
WHereas a Proposition hath been made to this House,
for the raising and arming One thousand Horse,
and Five hundred Dragoons, by the City of London, and the
Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Cambridg, Huntingdon, Hertford,
Middlesex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Bedford, Norfolk, and the
City of Norwich; It is therefore Ordered, That the Charge
of raising the said Horse and Dragoons shall be borne by
the said Cities and Counties, according to the Rule of Proportion for Monies in the Ordinance for the Maintaining
of the Forces under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax:
And that the Monies so to be disbursed for the Raising
and Arming of the said Horse and Dragoons shall, according to the Proportions laid out by them, as aforesaid, be
repaid to the said several and respective Cities and Counties, out of such Monies as shall be advanced upon the Ordinance which is to be passed for the Sale of Delinquents
Estates, next after the Two hundred thousand Pounds,
already engaged to be raised out of the said Estates: And
that the said Horse and Dragoons shall be taken into Pay
the next Day after they shall come to any Rendezyous
within any of the Three Counties of Oxon, Buck', and
Berk', by Order of both Houses of Parliament, or of the
Committee of the Two Kingdoms; and shall be commanded by Major-General Browne, and maintained out of
the Twenty thousand Pounds, secured by the Excise, for
the Service of the said Three Counties: And, if any Part
of the said Horse or Dragoons shall be made use of, or
employed, in any other Counties, but the aforesaid Counties of Oxon, Berk', and Buck', that then the said Horse
and Dragoons shall be paid by the respective Counties
where they shall be employed, as aforesaid, during the
Mr. Recorder reports, from the Committee of both
Kingdoms, an Extract of a Letter from the Earl of Leven,
and Committee of Estates with the Army, to the Scotts
Commissioners at London, from Acester, 8 Julii 1645;
and a Paper from the Scotts Commissioners here, 12 Julii
1645: Which were both read.
He further reported the Opinion of That Committee
concerning the Supplying of the Wants of the Scotts
A Letter from the Scoutmaster-General of Sir Thomas
Fairfaxe's Army, of 10 Julii 1645, from Lamport, at
Seven at Night; relating the great Victory which God
hath given the Parliament's Forces over the Enemy in the
West, was this Day read: And
The House being informed, That the Messenger that
brought the Letter was at the Door;
He was called in; and more particularly related the
Manner of the Defeat.
Ordered, That the Committee of the West do bestow
upon the Scoutmaster-General's Servant, that brought the
Letter, and this good News, to the House, the Sum of
Thirty Pounds, for his Pains.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder, Mr. Bainton, and Sir
Anthony Irby, do go to the Committee at GoldsmithsHall; and know of them, In what Readiness the Remainder of the Month's Pay is in for the Scotts Army;
and to desire them to hasten it with all possible Expedition.
The Ordinance for nominating the Commissioners that
are to go from both Houses of Parliament to the Parliament of Scotland, was read; and, upon the Question,
Upon Debate of that Part of the Message this Day from
the Lords, which concerned the Sending of Commissioners
to reside with the Scotts Army;
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Earl of Stamford is not fit to go upon this Employment.
Ordered, That Mr. Tate do prepare and bring in an
Ordinance, on Monday Morning, for appointing Commissioners of both Houses of Parliament to reside with the
Mr. Tate reported Instructions for the Commissioners of
both Houses of Parliament, that are to be appointed to
reside with the Scotts Army: Which were first read intirely,
and then Clause by Clause; and distinctly agreed, and
Ordered, That Mr. Sollicitor and Sir Robert Harley do
go to visit Major-General Skippon from this House; and
do give him Thanks for his great Services to the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Committees for Sequestrations in the
County of Middlesex and City of Westminster, or at Campden-House, do provide Major-General Skippon of a convenient House for him and his Family, for their better Accommodation.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of both Houses of Parliament, that are to be appointed to reside with the Scotts
Army, or any Three of them, shall have Power, as they
shall see Cause, to help the Scotts Army with Recruits of
such Horses, upon Account, as shall be lost in the Service.
Ordered, That in case any Horses shall be taken out of
such Counties or Places, as now are under the Assessment,
Power, and Contribution of the Parliament, for the Maintenance of the Scotts Army, that the Values of such Horses
shall be allowed to such Counties or Places where they shall
be taken, upon their Assessments for the Maintenance of
Ordered, That the Instructions that are to be sent with
the Commissioners of both Houses, that are appointed to
go to the Parliament of Scotland; and the Ordinance for
Four thousand Pounds to the Lord Wharton, out of the
Wardship of Sir Wm. Savile's Heir; be reported on Monday Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder do proceed in his Report
from the Committee of both Kingdoms, on Monday
Ordered, That the Commissioners of both Houses, appointed to reside with the Scotts Army, shall have Power
to appoint Commissaries to take the Musters of the Scotts
Army: And that the said Commissaries are hereby authorized to muster the said Army, from time to time; and are
required to return the Rolls of their Musters to this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett do make his Report concerning the Isle of Ely, and the Garisons, on Monday Morning.
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, for the nominating, appointing, and authorizing John Earl of Rutland, Philip Lord Wharton,
Sir Henry Vane Knight, Sir Wm. Armyn Baronet,
Thomas Hatcher, and Robert Goodwyn, Esquires, to
be Committees and Commissioners of both Houses
to be sent to the Kingdom of Scotland, to treat and
conclude divers Matters concerning the Safety and
Peace of both Kingdoms.
IT is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That John Earl of Rutland, Philip
Lord Wharton, Sir Henry Vane Knight, Sir Wm. Armyn
Baronet, Thomas Hatcher, and Robert Goodwyn, Esquires,
be authorized and appointed Committees and Commissioners of and from both Houses of Parliament, to repair
into the Kingdom of Scotland; and there they, or any
Three of them, to treat, negotiate, contract, conclude, and
agree, with the States of that Kingdom, and all others
thereunto authorized, of all such Matters concerning the
Good of both Kingdoms, as shall be committed and referred to them by the said Lords and Commons, according to such Instructions as are herewithal delivered unto
them, and such other Instructions as they shall, from time
to time, receive from both Houses of Parliament: And,
for their so doing, they shall be warranted, justified, secured, and saved harmless, by the Authority and Power
of both Houses of Parliament.
Die Lunæ, 14 Julii, 1645.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do, from this House, give
Thanks to Sir William Armyn and Mr. Richard Barwis, for their many and great Services to the Parliament.
Which was done, accordingly.
The House being informed, That some of the Assembly of Divines were at the Door;
They were called in: And Doctor Gouche acquainted
the House, That the Assembly of Divines commanded
them, on Friday last, to deliver a Message to this House;
but the House was then risen: They attended on Saturday
again; but were informed, The House sat not, but in a
Committee: Which was the Occasion of deferring it till this
Day. They were charged to make known to the House another scandalous, blasphemous Heresy, besides those others
they had formerly represented; and this being published in
Print, it may the more distinctly be delivered. The Title
of the Book is, "Comfort for Believers about their Sins
and Troubles."The Scope is, That true Believers, how
weak soever in Faith, should not be oppressed or perplexed
in Heart by any thing whatever besals them, either in Sin
or Afflictions. The Author is said to be John Archer, Master of Art. For Proof of this, he declares his Opinion,
which is very heretical and scandalous: His Words are,
"God is and hath an Hand in, and is the Author of, the
Sinfulness of his People; and that God is more in their
Sins and their Sorrows, than they themselves," &c. And
moved, That some special Care might be taken, that this
Book may receive some publick Brand, that the Purity
of the Doctrine of our Church may be vindicated. They
further informed the House, That the Author was a Mininister; but was now dead; and that their Requests were
nothing concerning his Person, but his Book.
Ordered, That a Book, intituled, "Comfort for Believers about their Sins and Troubles," shall be forthwith publickly burnt by the Hand of the common Hangman, some
of them in the Palace-Yard, and other some in Cheapside,
Smithfeild, Paul's Church-yard, and the Exchange; and
that the Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers
do search for, and seize upon the same: And that they,
and every other Person, in whose Hands any of them do
now remain, do deliver the same, together with this Order, to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex: Who are
hereby required to see this Order put in due Execution.
Ordered, &c. That the Assembly of Divines do appoint
some of their Members to be present at the Burning of these
Books; and to declare to the People the Abominableness
of it; and if there be Cause to vindicate the Author.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Examinations, to find out the Author and Printer of this
Book; and who brought the same to the Press.
The Divines were again called in: And Mr. Speaker,
by the Command of the House, acquainted them, What
Order they had made concerning the Book, intituled,
"Comfort for Believers about their Sins and Troubles."
-Returned Thanks to the Assembly.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the Army, to take care, that the Money, already sent for
the Army, may be speedily dispatched unto them; and
likewise to take care to provide a timely Supply of Money,
and of Arms and Ammunition, to be sent to the Army.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of both Kingdoms do
give Directions for the Convoying of such Monies, Arms,
and Ammunition, to the Army, as shall be provided and
put in Readiness by the Committee of the Army.
Ordered, That Sir Roger North have Leave to go into
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Admiralty, upon the Directions of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do
take care to provide Shipping for Convoying of such Money, Arms, and Ammunition, as shall be provided by the
Committee of the Army.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Army do
take care to provide Shoes and Stockings, to be sent to
Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army; and to be deducted out of
Ordered, &c. That Captain Potter be constituted and
appointed a Commissioner of the Army in the place of
Captain Potter his Brother, formerly a Commissioner, and
slain in the Service: And that he shall have the same Allowance as the other Commissioners have by their Establishment.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee
of the Army to reward Curtis, and the rest of ... Messengers that came from the Army, and brought this good
News of the Defeat given to the Enemy in the West.
Ordered, &c. That Tuesday, being the Two-and-twentieth
of this Instant July, shall be set apart for a publick Day
of Thanksgiving to Almighty God, in all Churches and
Chapels through the whole Kingdom, under the Power of
the Parliament, for the great and glorious Victory obtained by the Parliament's Forces, under the Command of
Sir Thomas Fairefax, over the Enemies Forces in the West:
And that on the same Day the Ministers do likewise take
Notice of the great Mercy of God in preserving this City,
during the Sitting of this Parliament, from the Infection
of the Plague: And this Order be printed and published.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Hickes and Mr. Meddop be
desired to preach before the Commons House, at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on the Day of the Publick Thanksgiving: And Mr. Preideaux and Mr. Nicoll are to give
them Notice hereof.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the several Counties do take care, That the Order for a publick Day of
Thanksgiving, on Tuesday Sevennight, be dispersed to the
several Parishes in the respective Counties; and that the
Countries do keep the same Day: And that the Members
of this House, that serve for the several Counties, to send
these Orders to the respective Committees accordingly.
Ordered, &c. That there be a publick Collection on
Tuesday Sevennight, being the Day of Publick Thanksgiving, in all the Churches and Chapels within the Lines
of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality: And
that the Monies, then collected, shall be disposed of by
Order of the Committee of the West, for the Relief of
the distressed People that are fled out of the West.
An Ordinance for authorizing James Walker and Jeremy Whiteworth for the bringing in the Arrears of a
monthly Assessment of Eight thousand Fifty-nine Pounds
Fifteen Shillings, taxed upon the County of Middlesex,
Cities of London and Westminster, and Borough of Southwarke, to be employed for furnishing the publick Stores
with Match and Bullet, was this Day read the First and
Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto
Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Wheeler, Mr.
Knightley, Mr. Prideaux, Sir John Evelyn junior:
This Committee are added to the Committee of the
Army: And to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock,
in the Duchy-Court.
Ordered, &c. That the Lieutenant of the Tower do
permit no Person whatsoever to speak with, or converse
with, the Lord Savile, or to convey any Paper or Letter
to him, or to receive any from him, till further Order of
Ordered, &c. That Two hundred thousand Pounds be
charged, in the first Place, upon the Monies that shall
come in upon the Sale of Delinquents Estates, for Sir
Tho. Fairefaxe's Army.
Ordered, &c. That the first Fifty thousand Pounds
that shall come in upon the Ordinance for the Sale of Delinquents Estates, after that the Two hundred thousand
Pounds already charged upon that Ordinance shall be satisfied, shall be employed for the raising and furnishing
a publick Magazine of Arms and Ammunition.
Mr. Nicoll went to the Lords to .... Concurrence,
That Tuesday next come Sevennight, being the Two-and
twentieth of this Instant July, might be set apart for a Day
of Publick Thanksgiving throughout the whole Kingdom,
for the late Victory obtained by the Parliament's Forces
over the Enemies in the West, near Lampton: And likewise to desire, That Captain Potter, Brother to Captain
Potter, formerly one of the Commissioners of the Army,
and slain in the Service, may be a Commissioner in his
A Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, of Julii 14,
from Worcester-House, with Three Papers of great Importance, found amongst Mr. Howard's Papers.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired. That the
Committee of Lords and Commons for Examining of my
Lord Savill may meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock;
and that my Lord Savill may be brought thither: And
that the Scotts Commissioners may be desired to communicate what further they know in this Business, according
to what is intimated in their Letter upon this Business.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to go with this Message.
Sir John Clotworthy and Mr. Corbett are appointed to
go to the Lord Savill, and to seize his Papers; and to
take care, that no Person whatsoever may, upon any Pretence whatsoever, speak with him, or to convey unto him,
or bring from him, any Paper or Letter whatsoever.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Samuel Browne do send his
Warrant for the Lord Savill to be brought hither presently.
Mr. Nicoll brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to
the appointing Tuesday come Sevennight for a Day of
Publick Thanksgiving for the late Victory in the West;
and do agree, That Captain Potter be one of the Commissioners of the Army, in the place of Captain Potter his
Brother, slain in the Service.
Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Erle, are appointed to go to the Scotts Commissioners, to desire them
to be present at the Committee this Afternoon appointed
to examine the Lord Savill.
An Ordinance for enabling the Gentlemen of the Militia of London, and of the neighbouring Counties, to
raise several Proportions of Horse and Dragoons for the
Relief of the Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, and the
neighbouring Counties, was this Day read the First time;
and ordered to be read the Second time To-morrow