Die Mercurii, 17 Decembris, 1645.
THE Grand Committee, according to former Order,
sat, 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 Sir Thomas Widdrington's Report from the Grand
Committee for Propositions;
Resolved, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to
desire them to speed the Propositions.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes was appointed to go to the
Lords with this Message.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the County of
Northampton shall have Power to raise Two hundred
Horses for Dragoons and Recruits, at their own Charges,
and within their own County.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Corbett shall have the Allowance of Four Pounds per Week paid to him by the Committee of the Revenue, for his present Support, as divers
others of the Members have, out of the Revenue, to begin
from the same Time with others.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee formerly appointed to examine, What Offices or Employments,
Military or Civil, were held by any of the Members of
Parliament, by any Grant or Authority from the Parliament; that the said Committee shall now examine, What
Members of Parliament, either such as were elected in the
Beginning of the Parliament, or such as have been lately
elected, do hold any Office or Employment, Military or
Civil, by any Grant or Authority from the Parliament;
and what the Profits of any of those Offices or Employments are, or have been; and what Part thereof hath
come to the Parliament, or to any other Person or Persons
executing the same, or otherwise, by reason of the said
Offices or Employments.
Ordered, That all such Persons as have come in from the
King's Quarters, being Soldiers of Fortune, and submitted
to the Parliament before the First of this instant December,
and also those Five Colonels or Officers that came in with
Captain Pickering from Worcester, taking the Oath in the
Ordinance of the Fifth of April 1645, and the National
League and Covenant, shall forthwith depart out of the
City of London, and Lines of Communication; and
give Security to appear, when they shall be required, to
submit unto all Ordinances of Parliament; not to act or
counsel any thing against the Parliament; and not to
return to the said City of London, or come within the
Lines of Communication, without Leave from this House:
And shall thereupon have Passes to go to their own Habitations, or to their Friends, within any of the Parliament's
Quarters, being no Garison; and to reside there: This
Security to be given to the Committee of Examinations:
Who are hereby authorized to take the same. Provided,
That if any of them shall return to the said City, or come
within the Lines of Communication, without such Leave
as aforesaid first obtained, that then they, and every of
them, shall be taken and proceeded against as Spies.
Resolved, &c. That the Examination and Consideration
of the Charge, informed at the Committee of Privileges,
against Mr. George Evelyn, a Member of this House, by
the Counsel of Sir Matthew Brand, as from Sir Matthew
Brand, That he did raise and send Horse to the King, be
referred to the Committee of Examinations: And Sir
Matthew Brand is appointed to attend the said Committee,
to make good the said Charge.
Captain Pykering was called in; and did make Relation of the Passages of his Employment from the Parliament to the Princes Rupert and Maurice.
The House being informed, That Sir Wm. Vavasour
was at the Door;
He was called in; and delivered in the Pass formerly
granted him by Mr. Speaker to go beyond the Seas.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Wm. Vavasor do within Four
Days depart out of the Lines of Communication, and repair to the Port of Dover, or unto Deale; and do there
embark himself, and his Servants, for any the Parts beyond the Seas, with the first Opportunity of Wind and
Shipping; otherwise to be taken and proceeded against as
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Hide do within Four Days
depart out of the Lines of Communication, and repair to
the Port of Dover, or unto Deale; and do there embark
himself, and his Servants, for any the Parts beyond the Seas,
with the first Opportunity of Wind and Shipping; otherwise to be taken and proceeded against as a Spy.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Speaker do grant his Pass to
Colonel Hide to go beyond the Seas, upon like Engagement as are appointed to be made by such as have
deserted the King's Party, and intend to go beyond the
Sir Henry Mildmay carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, . . . . Four thousand Pounds out of Delinquents Compositions, to the Committee of Northampton:
The Vote concerning the King's Letter;.... Thirty
Pound out of Haberdashers-Hall, to the Gallery-keepers
at St. Margaret's, Westminster;.... One hundred
Twenty-eight Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Eight-pence
out of the Receipts of the Excise, to George Tapper;
.... One thousand Pounds for the Leicestershire Foot,
out of the Receipts of the Excise;.... for Support of the
Countess of Stamford;.... Two hundred Pounds for
Colonel Davies, out of Haberdashers-Hall: The Votes
for making a Classis of the Chapel of Rolles, and Four
Inns of Court.
Mr. Holles carried to the Messenger with the Lords, the
Ordinance for appointing Mr. Schlier Parson of Ould in
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Revenue do
pay unto Captain Pikering, employed by the Parliament
to the Princes Rupert and Maurice, Fifty Pounds more
than what he hath already received, towards the bearing
and defraying the Charge and Expence of his Journey and
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this
Letter from his Majesty, only with this Direction, That
they think it fit, that it should be communicated to the
The Letter was read.
Sir Henry Mildmay brings Answer, That the Lords will
send Answer to the Messages carried by him, by Messengers of their own.
Sir Henry Vane is appointed to go to the Lords; to acquaint them, That, upon the Reading and Perusal of the
King's Letter, they find a great Necessity of hastening an
Answer to his Majesty's former Letter; and therefore to
press them to speed their Answer to the Messages, this Day
sent, concerning the Answer to the King's former Letter;
and to acquaint them, That this House intends to lose no
Time from the Propositions; but will fit de die in diem
upon them; and to desire their Lordships to expedite the
Propositions with them.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor
The Lords have commanded us to bring these Two
Papers: They came from the Committee of Lords and
Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports: They do
agree to them; and desire your Concurrence. They have
further commanded us to deliver unto you this Petition
from Dame Elizabeth Grey, late Wife of Sir John Bingley,
deceased: The which they recommend unto your Consideration, with a special Recommendation.
The Papers from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, of the Eleventh
of December, was read; and was, for the Appointing of
John Hancock to be Marshal of the Vice-Admiralty of
South and North in Cornewall. And this House doth concurr with the Lords therein: And that the said John
Hancock be admitted to the said Office by Warrant from
the said Committee.
The Order of Decembris 13 , concerning Eighty-six
Pieces .... for the Three Frigates, was read: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the
Committee of the Navy, to contract with Mr. Browne,
or any other Person as they shall think fit, for the Furnishing of Eighty-six Pieces of cast Iron Drakes for the Three
Frigates ordered to be built by the State: And that they
do contract with the said Mr. Browne, or any other Person, as aforesaid, for the Price of the said Ordnance;
as also for the Times of Payment.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of Dame Elizabeth
Grey be taken into Consideration on Monday next, in the
Afternoon, when the Reports from the Committee of Petitions are made, the Second Business.
Sir Henry Vane brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to the Vote and Resolution of this House, this Day sent
unto them, concerning the Answer to the King's former
Letter; and will take into Consideration, to dispatch the
Propositions with them, with all Speed.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, in referring to the Members of both Houses, that
are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to communicate
to the Scotts Commissioners the Letter from his Majesty,
this Day communicated from the Houses; and to make
use of it as an Argument for pressing the Expediting of
the Answer to the King's former Letter; and to give a
speedy Account of this Business to the House.
An Ordinance for securing and reimbursing to Mr.
Pierepont, a Member of this House, the Sum of Two
thousand Pounds, lent by him, for the Pay of such Officers and Soldiers as are to be drawn out of several Garisons
in the Eastern Association, for Reducing of Newarke, out
of the Monies established by Ordinance of 3 Septembris
last, for Payment of the said Garisons.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the Army, to take care, that the Three hundred Dragoons,
that are remaining of the Regiment of Colonel Webb, may
be added as Recruits to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe's Army,
and to be taken into present Pay upon their Reducement.
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds
be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, and paid, in
Course, unto Colonel Underwood, so as the said Colonel
do draw out his Troop of Horse, now in London, to
Abingdon, to be employed for the Service of the Parliament: And that the said Colonel do pay and disburse the
Sum of Two hundred Pounds for the Entertainment and
Pay of the said Troop during their Service there.
Ordered, &c. That an Ordinance be brought in for the
Payment of Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, Remainder of Three thousand Pounds formerly charged by Ordinance upon the Excise, in Course, out of the Intervals of
the Excise, or in Course of the said Ordinance, to be employed for the Payment of the Forces before DenningtonCastle; and likewise for the Payment of the Sum of Six
hundred Pounds, out of the Intervals of the said Receipts
of the Excise, or in Course, which shall first happen, for
the Pay of the Kentish Horse now employed in the said
Ordered, &c. That an Ordinance be brought in for
the Payment of the Sum of Two thousand Five hundred
Pounds, Part of the Sum of Five thousand Pounds, formerly charged by Ordinance of the Fifth of August 1645,
upon the Excise, for the Service of the Three Counties of
Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, and the Preservation of Abingdon,
out of the Intervals of the said Receipts, or in Course of
the said first Ordinance; to be employed for the Pay of
Colonel Sanderson's Regiment of Reformadoes.