Die Mercurii, 8 Julii, 1646.
ORdered, That Mr. Dallison, Clerk to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, do, To-morrow in the Afternoon,
attend the Committee that sits in the Star-Chamber, where
Mr. Sandys hath the Chair.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed, by Order of
the Sixteenth of March 1645, to sit in the Star-Chamber,
to consider what Members of this House, or any in Trust
for them, do hold any Offices Military or Civil, &c. shall
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
A Letter from Michael Hudson, of 24 Junii 1646,
from London-House, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee
appointed for Examining of Mr. Hudson, presently to send
away, and to employ their best Endeavours for Recovering
of the Letter mentioned in the said Letter of 24 Junii
1646, to be delivered to one Bignall, a Baker in Woodstock;
and to send to Mr. Cole, a Servant to Mr. Speaker, now in
those Parts, to be assisting to the Messenger employed upon that Service: And that they do likewise send for Bignall to attend this Committee: And that the Committee
do preserve this Letter from Hudson safe, to be returned,
and made use of by the House, upon Occasion.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Revenue, to allow and pay, out of the Revenues of the
Archbishoprick of Canterbury, the Sum of Two hundred
Pounds, for the Maintenance of Four godly and orthodox
Ministers, to be sent to Oxford: And that the said Committee do likewise pay for the Directories that are to be
The humble Petition of Colonel Owen Rowe was this
Day read. And
It is Ordered, That Colonel Owen Rowe shall have
forthwith paid unto him, in respect of his long and faithful Service to the Parliament in their Employment, the
Sum of One thousand Pounds, out of the Compositions of
such Delinquents, as he shall nominate and bring to Goldsmiths-Hall: And that One other thousand Pounds be allowed unto him upon the Publick Faith, to be passed in his
Accompt by the Committee of Accompts.
Ordered, That, out of the first Monies that shall be paid
in to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall by Sir John Menns,
Sir Francis Anderson, and Mr. Ralph Cole, for their Fines
or Compositions, the said Committee do pay unto Sir Arthur Hesilrige Baronet, a Member of this House, the Sum
of Six thousand Six hundred Sixty-three Pounds Sixteen
Shillings and Seven-pence, in full of all Sums of Money due, or claimed to be due, to the said Sir Arthur Hesilrige, for any Service to the Parliament, or otherwise,
respited upon the Publick Faith, and certified by the Committee of Accompts, the Sixth Day of May 1646, and
allowed of this Day by this House.
And it is further Ordered, That, in case the Fines and
Compositions of the said Sir John Menns, Sir Francis Anderson, and Ralph Cole, not yet paid in, shall not satisfy
the said Sum of Six thousand Six hundred Sixty-three
Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Seven-pence, to the said Sir
Arthur Hesilrige, that then what shall be wanting thereof
shall be paid to the said Sir Arthur Hesilrige, out of the Fines
or Compositions of any such other Delinquent or Delinquents, which have not compounded, as shall be named
and presented to the said Committee by the said Sir Arthur
Ordered, upon the Question, That Colonel Norton do
detain in his Hands, upon Account, and pay to the Garison of Portsmouth, the Nine hundred Pounds which is to
be paid in to Goldsmiths-Hall, for the Composition of the
Delinquencies of James May and Edward Norton, Esquires:
And that Ordinances be brought in for taking off the Delinquencies, and Granting of Pardons to the said Mr. May
and Mr. Norton, as if the said Nine hundred Pounds had
been paid in to Goldsmiths-Hall.
The House being informed by Sir Martin Lumley, a
Member of this House, That his Park was broken up by
one Browne, and others, his Deer destroyed, and one of
his Servant's Hands cut off, to the Endangering of his
It is Resolved, &c. That * Browne be forthwith sent
for in safe Custody, to answer his Contempt and Breach of
the Privilege of this House.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Examinations shall
be, and is hereby, from henceforth dissolved.
Ordered, That the State of Sir William Waller's Accompts be reported to the House, on Saturday Morning
Sir Robert Harley carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Order for the Marquis of Argile to be admitted to the Assembly of Divines: The Establishment for the
Castle of Pontefract: And the Ordinance for One thousand Pounds out of the Excise, for the Yorkeshire Forces.
He was to desire, That, at the Conference this Day,
this House may impart-something concerning the Amendments sent from their Lordships to the Ordinance for Ten
thousand Pounds for the Forces in Yorkeshire, &c.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, the Letter from the Committee of Litchfield be read.
Ordered, That the Report concerning Cheshire be made
To-morrow Morning: And that the Gentlemen of Warwickshire and Leicestershire be added to the Committee of
Cheshire, as to this Business.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, That
they think fit, That Mr. Morray shall be inlarged from his
Imprisonment; he having undergone his Tryal, and being
cleared by the general Vote of the Court-Martial: And
herein they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The humble Petition of William Morray Esquire, desiring to be discharged out of Prison, was this Day read:
And likewise the Act of the Court-Martial sitting in GrocersHall 2 Julii 1646, before whom the said William Murray, by virtue of an Ordinance of Parliament of 10 April
1646, was tried for a Spy, and, by Sentence of the said
Commissioners, absolved and acquitted from the Crime and
Imputation of a Spy, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That this Petition be taken into Consideration on Monday Morning next: And that the Restraint
of his close Imprisonment be forthwith taken off.
An Ordinance, sent from the Lords, for appointing Mr.
Giles Nokeman and Mr. John Nelme, Masters of Arts, and
Ministers, to preach the Word of God, the one in the Parish-Church of St. Nicolas within the said City, and the
other to preach God's Word in the Parish-Church of St.
Michael's within the same City: And that each of them
shall have Eighty Pounds per Annum, out of the Lands and
Revenues of the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral-Church
of Peter's in Gloucester; and for appointing Mr. William
Russell to be Schoolmaster of the Grammar-School of the
Cathedral-Church of Gloucester; and to have Thirty Pounds
per Annum, to be paid out of the said Lands; was this
Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree, That, at this Conference, the House may confer
upon the Amendments to the Ordinance for Ten thousand
Pounds for the Northern Forces; and do agree to the Admittance of the Marquis of Argile to the Assembly of Divines here: And, as to the other Two Ordinances, they
will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That, as soon as the House shall return from
the Conference, the Business of Ireland be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That Sir Norton Knatchbull, a Member of this
House, shall have Leave to go into the Country for a
There was delivered, at this Conference, the Agreement of this House to Three of the last Alterations, sent
by the Scotts Commissioners, to be made in the Propositions; and the Dissent of this House to the First Alteration
concerning Conservators of Peace: The Addition which
this House desires to be made to the Fifteenth Proposition,
after the Word "Treaties," concerning Conservators of
Peace: The Instructions for such as are to go with the
Propositions to the King: The Resolutions of this House,
touching the Amendments to the Ordinance for Ten thousand Pounds for the Northern Forces.
Ordered, That Mr. George Fenwick, Mr. Blakiston,
Mr. Corbett, Mr. Love, Mr. Walter Long, Mr. Recorder,
Mr. Nicholls, Mr. Ball, Mr. Rous, Colonel Venn, Sir
John Clotworthy, Sir Robert Harley, Sir Henry Vane senior,
Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Edward Stephens, Mr. Samuel
Browne, Mr. Pelham, Sir John Burgoyne, Sir William
Waller, and Mr. Salwey senior, be added to the Committee Yesterday appointed to prepare some Declaration concerning sequestred Ministers: And that whatsoever shall be
prepared by the said Committee, be brought in between
the Hours of Ten and Twelve.
Ordered, That Sir William Brereton, a Member of this
House, be referred to the Committee of Accompts, to
have his Accompts stated: And that he have the like Allowance for his Entertainment, as other Major-Generals
have had, who have been employed in the Service of the
A Letter from the Commissioners of both Houses, from
Belfast, of 17 Junii 1646, directed to Mr. Speaker, representing the sad Condition of the Forces and Affairs of
those Parts, was this Day read.
A Letter likewise from the said Commissioners, from
Belfast, of 17 Junii, directed to the Lord Lieutenant of
Ireland, representing more fully the great and sad Losses
at the late Battle at Benburb, of 5 Junii 1646, was this
Day read; and likewise a List of the Prisoners taken and
slain at the said Battle.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Irish
Affairs, to consider of the several Letters and Intelligences
concerning the miserable Estate of Ireland; and that the
same, together with the Letters and Intelligence from
thence, this Day read, be communicated to the Lords at
a Conference: And the said Committee are to consider,
this Afternoon, of something to be offered to the Lords at
this Conference concerning the same; and are to report
the same To-morrow Morning.
The House proceeded in the Consideration of the sad
Condition of the Forces and Affairs in Ulster, represented
in the said Letters.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty thousand Pounds be forthwith
borrowed and advanced, upon the Credit of the Receipts
of the Excise, in Course, together with Interest after the
Rate of Eight per Cent. every Six Months, to the Advancers and Lenders of the said Sum, or any Part thereof,
upon the said Credit, to be employed for the present Service and Relief of Ireland: And that an Ordinance be forthwith prepared for the Sale of Delinquents Estates, according to the Propositions, as they now stand: And that, out
of the Monies that shall arise upon the Sale of the said
Delinquents Estates, already assigned for Ireland, the said
Fifty thousand Pounds, together with the Interest, shall
be repaid to the said Receipts of the Excise.
Sir John Clotworthy is to bring in an Ordinance to this
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be brought in, on
Friday Morning, for the Sale of Delinquents Estates, according to the Propositions, as they now stand: And that
Care be had in this Ordinance for charging and securing,
upon the Monies that shall arise upon the Sale of Delinquents Estates, the Monies already charged upon the Sale
of Delinquents Estates: And that it be declared in the said
Ordinance, That (after that the Remainder of the Two hundred thousand Pounds, charged upon the Moiety at Goldsmiths-Hall for the Armies of England, that is not yet paid
in from that Committee, shall be satisfied, and that the
Value of Twenty thousand Pounds per Annum, assigned
for Ireland, shall be raised out of the Sale of Delinquents
Estates) the Remainder of the Monies, that shall be raised
out of Delinquents Estates, shall be employed towards the
Satisfying of the publick Debts and Damages of the Kingdom: And that it be referred to Sir John Clotworthy, Mr.
Reynolds, Mr. Hill, Mr. Ball, Sir Henry Mildmay, or any
Two of them, to prepare and bring in this Ordinance on
Friday Morning next.
Resolved, That this House shall adjourn for Two Days
in a Week, for One Month ensuing.
Resolved, &c. That the Two Days, whereupon the
House shall be adjourned for weekly, shall be Saturdays
and Mondays; and that this Adjournment do begin on
Monday next: And that the Lords be acquainted with
Ordered, That the Report of the Business, concerning
Mr. Skinner, be made To-morrow Morning.
Sir John Clotworthy reports, from the Committee for
the Affairs of Ireland, the State of the whole Proceedings
between the Houses, and the Parliament of Scotland, and
their Commissioners, concerning the Demand of the Delivery of the Town of Belfast: The which was read, and
allowed of; and ordered to be communicated to the Lords
at a Conference to be desired with the Lords, that, from
both Houses, it may be represented to the Scotts Commissioners here; to the Intent that the said Town, that so
much imports the carrying on the Affairs of that Kingdom,
may be immediately delivered up: 1. By Order of the
Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, of the
Thirteenth of November 1645, the Commissioners resideing in Ulster for the Parliament of England, are directed to
require, from the Officers that keep the Town of Belfast,
the Delivery thereof to such as shall be appointed, by the
Parliament, or any Committee authorized by them, to receive the same: 2. By a Letter from both Houses of the
Parliament of England, of the Twenty-ninth of November
1645, the Parliament of Scotland is desired, lest there should
be any Failure in the former Order, whereupon so much of
the good Conduct of that Affair dependeth, that their Directions and Orders may be sent to the Officers commanding in Ireland, That the Town of Belfast be delivered, according to the former Order, by the Eleventh of January
following, for the Accommodation of that Service: 3. In
Answer to the Order of the Thirteenth of November 1645,
Colonel Home, that commanded Belfast, in the Name of
himself, and the rest of the Officers, taking notice of the
aforesaid Order, craves Patience, until such time as they
acquaint the State of Scotland, and their General: This
Answer bears Date the Twenty-sixth of December 1645:
4. In Answer to the Letter, dated the Twenty-ninth of
November 1645, from the Parliament of England, the
Earl of Crawford, Lindesey, President of Parliament, by his
Letter of the Eighth of January 1646, Stilo Scotico, and
directed to the Speakers of both Houses of the Parliament
of England, after taking notice of the Letter from the
Parliament of England, of the Twenty-ninth of November
1645, gives Answer, That they might return a speedy
and full Answer immediately to the Parliament of England:
They had dispatched an Express to Ireland, to know from
them that commanded the Scotts Army, the Ground
whereupon that Town was first inserted, and since fortified,
and kept by them; and so rest confident, that when the
Houses consider the Season of the Year, and uncertain
Passage 'twixt Scotland and Ireland, they will not mistake
the Delay of their Answer, which they will labour to
hasten to the Parliament of England with all Diligence.
The Parliament of England hath received no other Answer from the Parliament of Scotland since that time: But,
understanding, by the Commissioners from the Parliament
of England, that one of the Captains of the Town of Belfast was dispatched thence, to acquaint the State of Scotland with the Order of Parliament sent into Ireland, they
patiently expected that Return; and, about the Twentyeighth of February 1645, they received a Second Answer
from Colonel Home, dated the Seventeenth of February;
which mentions, That the State of Scotland had written
back to the Commissioners of Scotland at London so satisfactory an Answer to be given to the Parliament, that, they
doubt not, but will give them all Content; and, until he
hears from thence, desires to be excused.
Now, for as much as the Town of Belfast is not yet delivered according to the several Orders of both Houses of the
Parliament of England; and that the Commissioners of
Scotland, residing here at London, have been so far from
giving any such satisfactory Answer to the Parliament,
as is mentioned in the Letter of Colonel Home, of
the Seventeenth of February last, that they have not given
any Answer at all; therefore it is the Desire and Demand of both Houses of the Parliament of England, That
the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland do immediately send Order to Colonel Home, or whosoever else is
the Commander of Belfast, presently to deliver that Town
to such Persons as the Parliament of England shall appoint
to receive the same.
Ordered, That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr.
Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in
Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the new Election of
Two Burgesses for the Borough of Tavistock in the County
of Devon, in the rooms and places of John Pym Armiger,
deceased, and of John Russell Esquire, disabled to sit as a
Member of this House, during this Parliament.