Die Mercurii, Februarii 11 , 1645.
ACcording to former Order, the Grand Committee for
Religion sat, to receive, and take into Consideration,
the Votes passed both Houses, concerning Church-Government.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
A Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, from WorcesterHouse, of 3 Februarii 1645; representing the Necessities
of their Forces before Newarke; and one of the Ninth of
February, to the same Purpose; were both read:
A Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, of 9 Februarii
1645, touching a Paper of theirs, formerly given in, concerning Informations proceeding from an unknown Knight,
and from one Robert Wright; another Letter from the
Scotts Commissioners, of no Date, delivered this Morning,
concerning the Business of the Letters taken out of the Earl
of Northumberland's Lodgings, by Mons. Mountereul, and
the Courier; were likewise read.
A Letter from the Commissioners of both Houses, from
Lincolne, of 7 Februarii, desiring an Allowance of Twelve
hundred Pounds, to be presently paid for incident Charges,
was likewise read.
Ordered, That Fifteen thousand Pounds, Part of the Oneand-thirty thousand Pounds per mensem, appointed for the
Pay of the Scotts Army, shall be monthly paid to the Scotts
Forces before Newarke: And that this Fifteen thousand
Pounds per mensem shall not be extended to the Pay of
any supernumerary Horse; but that the Horse be reduced
to the Number expressed in the Treaty, according to the
Votes of both Houses: And that the Soldiers, upon the
Receipt of this Allowance, do constantly pay and discharge
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Mr. Benjamin Weston, a Member of this
House, shall have Liberty to go and visit the Lord Savile,
a Prisoner in the Tower.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the Northern Association, to state the Matter of Fact informed to this House, concerning the Violences committed
by some of the Scotts Horse at Tickhill, and in some other
Places in Yorkeshire; and prepare it ready to be represented by the Members of both Houses, that are of the
Committee of both Kingdoms, to the Scotts Commissioners;
to be treated and considered of by them; to the end that
the Business may be brought to Effect, for a timely Redress thereof: And that the Horse may be reduced according to the Treaty, and Votes of both Houses: And this
Committee are to meet upon this Business this Afternoon.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to this Committee, to prepare a Letter to be sent from this House to
the Committee at Yorke, concerning the Business of Tickhill and Ireland.
Ordered, That the Answer to the Scotts Commissioners
Papers, of the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-seventh of January, concerning Robert Wright's Letters, and the Informations proceeding from a Knight, whose Name is yet
unknown, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Sir Walter Erle reported, from a Committee thereunto
appointed, a Letter, of Januarii 17 1645, from Mr. Jermyn, from Paris, directed to the Lord Culpeper, and the
Chancellor of the Exchequer, or either of them, written
all in Characters; a Letter from Mr. Mackworth, directed
to them, likewise written in Characters, from Paris, of
Januarii 8/18;; and a Letter from Mr. Henry Jermyn, to
the Lord Culpeper, from Paris, of Januarii 18 , written
Part in Cyphers; were all this Day read, being all decyphered: In the Decyphering of which, Sir Walter Erle
has bestowed great and faithful Pains; and was so thought
of, by the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Thanks of this House be given
to Sir Walter Erle, for his great and faithful Pains taken
in the Decyphering of these Letters.
And Mr. Speaker, accordingly, by Command of the
House, gave him Thanks.
Ordered, That these Letters be referred back again to
the same Committee that was appointed to decypher them;
to put them into a fair Way of a Narrative; together with
the whole Proceedings, held in the Decyphering and Discovery of them: And that Mr. Salwey junior be added to
the said Committee.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do take care
to write to Sir Thomas Fairfax General; to send up a Key,
which Sir Wm. Davenant, in his Letter to Sir Hugh Pollard, refers him to take out of his Cabinet at Dartmouth,
for the uncyphering a Paper inclosed in his Letter to the
said Sir Hugh Pollard; which Paper was sent up with the
other Letters from Dartmouth.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Wm. Murray be kept close
Prisoner: And that he have neither Pen, Ink, nor Paper,
permitted him: And that no Person be suffered to come to
him, or to speak with him, without Leave of this House:
And that no Letters be brought to him, or received from
Ordered, That Henry Harleston be discharged from all
Attendance upon any Committee of Parliament.
Ordered, That Henry Harleston be forthwith sent for, as
a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this
Ordered, That Mr. * Cunningham be committed close
Prisoner to the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House.
Ordered, That Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes do go to the
Lords, To-morrow Morning; and to press the Lords with
the Reasons and the Necessity of passing the Ordinance for
Ordered, That the Committee of the Tower do, this
Afternoon, go to the Tower; and examine Mr. Murray
very strictly and throughly: And that they do make use
of the decyphered Letters that were read here, if they
shall judge it necessary.
It is further Ordered, That they do likewise strictly examine Mr. Cunningham.
The House was informed, That there was this Morning
a Common-Council, to which the Commissioners of Scotland repaired; and that some Matters were by them there
communicated, of which some Members of this House
could give more particular Information: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That if any of the Members of
this House were present at the Common-Council this
Morning, that they should acquaint the House with their
Knowledge of what passed there.
Mr. Francis Allen, a Member of this House, acquainted
the House, That he was present at the Common-Council
this Morning: And
It is thereupon Resolved, &c. That Mr. Allen do declare
to the House the Truth of the whole Business and Proceedings this Morning at the Common-Council.
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Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the first Business,
the Business concerning the Letters from the Scotts Commissioners to Mr. Speaker, this Day read; the Answer to
the Scotts Papers, of the Twenty-fourth and Twentyseventh of January; the Business of the Letters decyphered;
and the Report concerning the Scotts Commissioners repairing to the Common-Council, and communicating some
Letters unto them from the Parliament of Scotland, be taken
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the House
do take into Consideration the City-Petition last preferred
to this House; and likewise the Lords Message concerning the City-Propositions.