Die Sabbati, 13 Decembris, 1645.
THE Grand Committee, according to former Order,
proceeded to take into Consideration the Business of
Propositions to be sent to his Majesty, for a safe and wellgrounded Peace.
Sir Thomas Widdrington in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Mr. Samuel Browne's further Report;
Resolved, &c. That every Delinquent that shall compound for his Delinquency, shall, after his Composition
made at Goldsmiths-Hall, depart out of the Lines of Communication; unless he shall have Allowance from the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall for his Stay here: And, if he have
such Allowance to stay, he shall then there enter the
Place of his Abode.
Resolved, &c. That those that shall stay within the
Lines of Communication, and shall not compound according to the former Directions, or, having compounded,
shall not depart, or enter their Names, according to the
said Directions, shall be taken as Spies, and publick Enemies, and shall be so proceeded against.
Resolved, &c. That such as have come in, pretending
to compound, and have gone back to the King's Quarters, and not compounded, shall be liable to the Censure
of both Houses for their Persons and Estates, according
to the Declaration of both Kingdoms.
Resolved, &c. That all Soldiers of Fortune, that have
heretofore borne Arms against the Parliament, and have
yielded themselves to the Parliament before the First of
this instant December, and are within the Lines of Communication, shall, if they will, have Passes to go beyond
Sea, from the Speaker of the House of Commons; they demanding them before the Five-and-twentieth Day of this
Instant December: And that all such others shall, before the
said Five-and-twentieth Day of December, depart out of
the Lines of Communication, to the Places of their Habitation where they inhabited immediately before these
Troubles; in case their Habitations be not within the
King's Quarters: If they be, then they are to go anywhere else, that is not within Twenty Miles of the City
of London: And those that shall have Passes to travel,
shall, within Four Days of the Passes granted, depart out
of the Lines of Communication, and so to the Place
to which their Passes shall be granted.
Resolved, &c. That if any Officer, or Soldier of Fortune, shall not observe the aforesaid Directions, they shall
be taken as Spies, and publick Enemies to the Commonwealth.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall
shall sit Three Days every Week, and oftener, if they
shall see Cause.
Resolved, &c. That no Gaoler shall suffer any Prisoner
of War, or that hath taken Arms against the Parliament,
to go out of their Prisons, without Leave of one or both
Houses, or the Committees of either House; nor shall
suffer any other than their Servants to come to any of
them, or to be with them, after Nine at Night, at any
Resolved, &c. That no Soldier, or any other, that hath
been in Arms against the Parliament, shall wear about
him any Arms, within the Lines of Communication; upon
Pain of Imprisonment by the Committee of Examinations,
and the Forfeiture of such Arms to the Party that shall
Resolved, &c. That, if any shall come in to compound,
he shall present the Particular of his Estate to the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, and the true yearly Value of it,
as it was before these Troubles began: And for That that
is concealed or omitted, he shall have no Advantage by
his Composition; but shall pay Four times the yearly
Value of what real Estate is concealed: And, for his personal Estate concealed, he shall forfeit all That.
Ordered, That the several Votes, resolved upon Mr.
Samuel Browne's Report by this House, be sent to the
Lords for their Concurrence: And that all the said Votes
be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Hill do, on Tuesday next, report
the Ordinance concerning Martial Law.
An Ordinance for securing and reimbursing, out of the
Receipts of the Excise, Five thousand Pounds, to such
Persons as shall advance the same, for Provision of Powder, Match, and Bullet, was this Day read; and, upon
the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the
Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes carried to the Lords, for their
Concurrence, Instructions for the Commissioners for both
Houses that are to reside in the Scotts Army: An Ordinance for Two thousand Pounds, with Interest, out of
the Excise, for the Forces in the County of Lincolne:
The Votes for the Sheriffs for Salop and Northampton:
And the Ordinance for Five thousand Pounds out of the
Excise, Part of Eight thousand Pounds, for the Provision
of Powder, Match, and Bullet, for the publick Stores.
An Ordinance for securing and reimbursing the Commissioners of Excise Ten thousand Pounds, advanced by
them for the Service of Plymouth, out of the Receipts of
the Excise, by Ordinance of the Eleventh of September
1643, in Course, or Intervals, was this Day read; and,
upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto
the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for constituting Colonel Ralph Welden
to be Governor of the Garison at Plymouth, and the Fort
and Island there, and to give him Power of Martial Law
over the Officers and Soldiers there, was this Day read;
and, upon the Question, passed, with the Addition of
these Words, "and to continue during the Pleasure of
both Houses," and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the Army, and the Committee of the West, to consider
of some Expedient for accommodating the Business concerning Colonel Kerr and Colonel Welden, upon the Removal of Colonel Welden to be Governor of Plymouth:
And are to consult likewise with the General in this Affair;
and to present to this House, for accommodating this
Business the best that may be.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Plymouth, to consider of some way of Securing of the Town
of Plymouth at the least Expence they can, by bringing
the Water about it, or such other Way as they shall think
fit; and report the same to the House.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to consider of
allowing some better Support for the Maintenance of Mr.
Hughes, an orthodox, painful Minister, out of the impropriated Parsonage of Plymouth, now under Sequestration,
or otherwise, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, &c. That Two hundred Barrels of Powder,
with Match and Bullet proportionably, be furnished out
of the publick Stores, for the Service of Plymouth: And
that the Committee for Powder and Ammunition do take
care, that these Stores be furnished accordingly.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel John Fisher, Colonel Wm.
Willis, Colonel Wm. Roleston, Colonel Philip Honnywood, and Major * James, taking the Oath mentioned in
the Ordinance of the First of April 1645, before the
Committee of Examinations, shall have Leave to go beyond the Seas: And that Mr. Speaker, upon a Certificate
from the said Committee of Examinations, of their taking
the said Oath, do give them Passes for their Transportations, according to the Orders of this House in that
Mr. Love reported the Considerations for the Establishment of the Garison of Abingdon: The which was
read; and, upon the Question, re-committed unto the
same Committee: Who are to consult herein with the Committee of the Army; and thereupon to present their Opinions to the House.
A Letter from the General the Earl of Leven, from
Southwell, of Decembris 6 1645, was this Day read;
representing the Necessities of his Army; and desiring a
Resolved, &c. That a Thousand Pair of Pistols, and
Three thousand Pair of Boots, be forthwith furnished and
provided for the Scotts Army: And that it be referred to
the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, to make Provision
Mr. Samuel Browne presents, from the Commissioners
of the Parliament of Scotland, Three Papers; Two of
the Twelfth of December 1645; the other was a Copy of
a former Paper delivered in by them, of the Date of the
Fourteenth of August last: The which were all read: And
It is Resolved, &c. That these Papers be taken into
Consideration on Tuesday Morning next, at Nine of the
Clock, peremptorily: And that Mr. Speaker put the
House in mind hereof.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to bring you these
Three Papers: They came from the Committee of both
Kingdoms: Two of them they desire may be taken into
Consideration: The other, for the Pass for the Four Colonels to go beyond Seas; and desire your Concurrence.
The Lords, having Knowledge of the Desert of Colonel
Searle, and in particular of his Discovery of a Treachery
intended by Captain Greenfield against the Town of Plymouth, who was executed for it, do recommend him to
the House of Commons, that some speedy Course may
be taken for the Payment of his Arrears; and what further Consideration shall be thought fit, to make him
Restitution for his said good Service:-The Petition of
the Yeomen-Warders of the Tower of London:-They desire, That the Committee of both Houses, appointed to
consider of the intercepted Letters, may meet this Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, That the Committee of Lords and Commons, formerly appointed to consider of the intercepted Letters,
may meet this Afternoon.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, That a Pass be granted to Colonel Fisher, Colonel
Willys, Colonel Roleston, and Colonel Honnywood, to go
beyond the Seas.
Ordered, &c. That the humble Petition of Colonel Michael Searle, and the Desire of the Lords concerning him,
be referred to the Committee of the West; to consider
what is fit to be done unto it; and to present their Opinions thereupon to the House.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered of your Message: And, as
to the Pass for the Four Colonels, and the Meeting of the
Committee this Afternoon, they do agree: And, as to
the rest, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Westrowe, Sir John Burgoyne,
Sir Gregory Norton, Mr. Stoughton, Mr. Thorpe, Captain
Temple, Mr. Stockdale, Colonel White, Mr. West, Sir
John Danvers, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Aischough, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Mayne, Mr. Leaman, Colonel Tompson, Mr.
Oxenden, be added to the Committee formerly appointed
for the Certificates returned from the Committee of Accompts: And that they, or any Four of them, shall have
Power to meet: And are to meet this Afternoon, in the
Exchequer-Chamber, at Two of the Clock.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee for
the Accompts of the Kingdom, to take and audit the
Accompts of Sir Thomas Middleton.