Die Veneris, 8 Augusti, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to
former Order, proceeded to take into Consideration
the Business concerning Church-Government.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Whittacre reports, from the Grand Committee, the
Opinion of That Committee, That an Ordinance be
brought in to raise an Allowance, out of the Profits of the
Printing of the Septuagint Bible, and other Bibles, for
Mr. Patrick Yonge, during his Life: And this Committee to have Power to frame such an Ordinance; and consider of it: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the said Committee do
prepare and consider of an Ordinance, accordingly.
The House being informed, That some of the Assembly of Divines were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. White acquainted the
House, That the Assembly of Divines had commanded
them to present to this House a Petition: And they desired
the House would take notice, That there is not a Matter
of higher Concernment for the Glory of God, and Peace
of this Church, than the Matter of this Petition; nor was
ever any thing presented to the House with more Zeal, and
Tenderness of Conscience: And therefore they do humbly
desire, That it may be accordingly taken into Consideration.
The Petition was read; and was, concerning the Keeping of notorious ignorant and scandalous Persons from the
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Resolved, &c. That this Answer shall be given to the
Ministers of the Assembly; That this House hath heretofore considered of the Desires in this Petition; and will
take it into further Consideration.
The Ministers were again called in: And Mr. Speaker,
by Command of the House, acquainted them with the
Resolution and Answer of the House, accordingly.
The Lord Fairfax acquainted the House, That he had
received Letters from his Son Sir Thomas Fairfax; and a
Letter of 4 Augusti 1645, written to Sir Thomas from
Lieutenant-General Cromwell; and also a List of the
Country Gentlemen and Ministers, called the Leaders of
the Clubmen, for the Counties of Wiltes, Dorsett, and
Somerset, surprised at Shaftsbury, and brought Prisoners to
Sherborne: Which were all read.
Resolved, &c. That such of the Gentlemen and Ministers, Leaders of the Clubmen in the Counties of Wiltes,
Dorsett, and Somersett, and surprised at Shaftsbury, as Sir
Thomas Fairfax shall think fit, shall be forthwith sent up
Prisoners to London: And it is further left to Sir Thomas
Fairfax, to set at Liberty such others, of the meaner Sort,
as he shall think fit; so as they first take the Covenant,
and engage themselves to live quietly for the future. And
Sir Thomas Widdrington is appointed to prepare a Letter,
to be sent from this House to Sir Thomas Fairfax, accordingly.
Whereas it was ordained, by the Lords and Commons,
assembled in Parliament, the Tenth Day of May last, That
Lieutenant-General Cromwell, being then in the actual Service of the Parliament, and the Prosecution of the Enemy,
should be continued in the Employment he was then in
for Forty Days longer; notwithstanding the late Ordinance, or any Clause therein, that discharges the Members
of either House from having any Office or Command Military or Civil: And whereas the said Lords and Commons, the Eighteenth of June last, did further order,
That he should continue as Lieutenant-General of the
Horse, according to the established Pay of the Army, for
Three Months from the End of the Forty Days formerly
appointed to him: It is this Day Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the said LieutenantGeneral Cromwell shall be continued in the same Employment, as formerly, for the Space of Four Months longer,
from the End of the said Three Months, for which he was
formerly continued, as aforesaid.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.