Die Sabbati, 7 Martii, 1645.
REsolved, &c. That the Committee of both Kingdoms
shall grant a Pass to Monsieur de Montereul, to pass
with his Retinue into Scotland by Oxford, or otherwise, if the
Commissioners of Scotland shall consent; taking his Engagement not to return hither.
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Letters from Mr. Rushworth, of 2 and 3 Martii
1645, from Bodmyn, and other Parts of Cornewall, were
this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee of the West do forthwith pay unto the Messengers that brought the Letters from
Mr. Rushworth, from Bodmyn, the Sum of Twenty Pounds
for his Pains.
Whereas Thursday next is, by former Order, appointed
for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving, for the great Mercy
of God, in giving Success to the Parliament's Forces
against the Enemy at Torrington in Devonshire: And
whereas, sithence the Appointment of the said Day of
Thanksgiving, the Parliament's Forces, in several Parts
of the Kingdom, have given the Enemy divers Defeats,
and gained several Strengths, which are now in the Possession of the Parliament: It is thereupon Ordered, That
the respective Ministers, within the Limits where the said
Day of Thanksgiving is appointed to be observed and
kept, do make mention of these several Mercies and Successes, and stir up the People to a due Thankfulness for
the same: And to the end the said Mercies and Successes
may be the better taken notice of, Mr. Rous, Sir Peter
Wentworth, Mr. Gourdon, and Mr. Alderman Pennington,
are to collect the same; to the end the Ministers may be
acquainted with the Particulars thereof: And the Lord
Mayor of London is desired to take care, that the Ministers
may have timely Notice of this Order.
Mr. Holles, according to former Order, carried this
Day to the Lords the Ordinance concerning Church-Government, accompanied with all the Members of the
House; the Speaker leaving the Chair in the Interim: And
was to acquaint the Lords, That the Votes, lately sent to
them concerning Church-Government, were most, if not
all, included in this Ordinance.
Mr. Holles brings Answer, That the Lords conceive
the Message, brought up by him, to be a Business of great
Weight: They will take it into serious Consideration; and
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That Six Weeks Pay be charged upon
the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, with Interest after
the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum for the Forbearance
thereof, to be paid at every Six Months, for all the
Forces in the Field under Colonel Massie, Commander in
Chief of the Western Associated Forces. And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
the West, to consider, What Sum this Six Weeks Pay will
amount unto; and to bring in an Ordinance to charge it
upon the Excise, in Course, accordingly: And that they
do take care and employ their Endeavours for the speedy
Raising of these Monies.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the West, to consider, What Garisons are fit to be kept in
the Western Association.
Resolved, &c. That it be likewise referred to the Committee of the West, to consider, What Forces are fit to be
kept in those Garisons that shall be thought fit to be
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
the West, to consider, Whether any Forces, and, if any,
what Forces for the Field are fit to be kept in the West.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Members of
this House that are of the Committee of the West, to
consider, How these Forces may be maintained, having
regard to the publick Charge.
Resolved, &c. That the Report from the Committee of
the West, sent from the Lords to this House the Two-andtwentieth of January last, concerning an Establishment
for Major-General Massie's Forces, being to set a Charge
upon the Counties, ought to be rejected, the Message
expunged out of the Books of this House, and no Record kept thereof.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords have made a Breach of
the Privilege of this House, to vote the said Report first
in their House, and enter the same in their Books; and
in sending it to this House, by a Message, desiring the
Concurrence of this House therein; the said Report being
concerning Raising of Monies.
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the
Lords concerning this Business; and Satisfaction desired
of them, by expunging the Entries thereof out of their
Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Recorder, Mr.
Nicholas, are to prepare Reasons to be offered to the
Lords at a Conference, concerning the Breach of the Privilege of this House, about the Report from the Committee of the West, concerning the Establishment for Colonel Massie's Forces.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes carried to the Lords, for
their Concurrence, the Order for Sir Wm. Brereton to
command the Forces drawn into the Field, for the Safety
of these Parts of the Kingdom, for Three Months: The
Order for giving Power to the Lord Lisle to grant Commissions to Officers for Raising of Two Regiments of
Foot, and One of Horse: The Ordinance for Five thousand Pounds for the Garisons of the Isle of Ely, out of
the Excise: The Order for adding Mr. Button and
Mr. Edmund Herbert to the Committee for Gloucester
Association: And the Order for Twenty Pounds, out of
Haberdashers-Hall, to the Messenger that brought the
Letters from Cardiff.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Thomas Middleton Esquire to be Governor of
Chirke-Castle in the County of Denbigh: And that the
Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of
both Kingdoms, do grant him a Commission accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edwara Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this
Order: It is for Mr. Whitlocke to have the late Lord Littileton's Books: It moved first from you; and they agree;
with these Alterations:-An Order to authorize Colonel
Dolbyer to execute Martial Law: To which they desire
your Consent to it; and that it may be signed by the
Speakers of both Houses:-A Report from the Scotts
Commissioners, for the Payment of Fifteen thousand
Pounds per mensem to their Army: Which the Lords refer
to your Consideration:-A Petition of Colonel Ogle's:
Which is recommended by the Committee of both Kingdoms: The Lords have agreed to it; and desire your Concurrence:-A Petition of Mr. Charles Clerke: Whereupon
the Lords have made this Order; to which they desire
your Concurrence:-A Petition of Colonel Welden's:
Which the Lords have agreed; and desire your Concurrence.
The Lords desire to put you in mind of a Petition of
Mr. Lestrange, which they formerly sent you: The Gentleman is sick, and desires but some Liberty to recover his
Health; therefore the Lords desire you to take it into
speedy Consideration: And of a Petition of Mr. Ellison,
which they likewise formerly sent unto you; and desire
you will take it into Consideration: And of Sir Marmaduke Lloyde's Petition; which they desire likewise you
would take into Consideration.
The Amendments to the Order for Mr. Whitelock to
have the late Lord Littleton's Books were read; and,
upon the Question, assented unto.-
The Letter to the Emperor of Russia was read; and assented unto, with One Amendment; as also, that the
Speakers of both Houses should sign it: And
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired to the
Resolved, &c. That, as to . . . rest of the Particulars of
this Message, this House will return Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Ordered, That the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners
be taken into Consideration on Wednesday Morning
Ordered, That the Letters and Articles concerning the
Rendering of the Garison of Ashbey de la Zouche be read
on Monday Morning, the first Business.
Answer returned by the same Messengers, That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And as to
the Amendments to the Order for Mr. Whitelock to have
the late Lord Littleton's Books, they do agree: And, as
. . the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their