Die Veneris, 23 Octobris, 1646.
THE Grand Committee of the House sat, to take
into further Consideration the Ordinance for appointing the Sale of Bishops Lands.
Mr. Sandys in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Henry Mildmay is appointed to go to the Lords, to
desire them to sit awhile, concerning some Business of Importance, which this House will send to them about.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in
Parliament, That the Speakers of both Houses shall have
Power to seal all original Writs and Process, and likewise
Commissions and Pardons, which have usually passed,
and ought to pass, under the Great Seal of England, as
fully as any Lord Keeper, or Commissioners for the Great
Seal, for the Time being, ought or might to have done.
This Power to be continued until further Order.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Samuel Browne is appointed to carry this preceding
Order, concerning the Great Seal, for their Concurrence.
Mr. Crewe, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Hill, Mr. Selden, or
any Two of them, are appointed to prepare an Ordinance,
concerning the Hearing of Causes in Chancery before the
Master of the Rolls, calling to him any of the Judges;
and to authorize the said Judges to sit with him for the
An Ordinance for appointing the Three thousand Pounds,
charged upon the Receipts of the Great Excise, with Interest, by Ordinance of the Eleventh of June, to be paid unto
Mr. John Billingsley, was this Day read; and, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Sum of Five thousand Pounds,
charged upon the Receipts of the Compositions of Delinquents at Goldsmiths-Hall, upon the Tenth of November
last, for the Maintenance of the Forces then of Abingdon
Garison, and yet unpaid, be forthwith paid unto the Committee of the County of Berks, or to such Person as they
shall appoint for the Receipt thereof: Whose Receipt
shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Committee and Treasurers at Goldsmiths-Hall for the Payment thereof: And
that the said Five thousand Pounds be issued and paid out
by the said Committee of the County of Berks, in order
to the total Disbanding of the said Forces, and to no other
Use: And the present Provision of this Money is especially
recommended to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall.
Ordered, That the Committee for the County of Berks
do disband the Forces of Reding and Abington, or any
Part thereof, upon Payment of such present Pay as they
can raise: And that the said Committee have Power to
cast up their Arrears, and give them Certificates thereof:
And the said Forces are to take Notice, that, upon such
Payment and Certificates, they are disbanded.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Three Counties of
Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, have Power to disband the several Forces, Horse and Foot, raised in the said Counties,
being no Part of the Army under the Command of Sir
Thomas Fairfax: And that they do forthwith disband the
Mr. Whitelock brings Answer, That the Lords will take
into speedy Consideration the Ordinance concerning the
Committee and Treasurers of the Army; and send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Ordinance inhibiting the scandalous
Ministers to come again into their Livings; and the Ordinance to inhibit all Lawyers that have been in Arms
against the Parliament, or have adhered to the Enemy, to
practise; be brought in, and considered of, on Monday
The House being informed, That Mr. John White, a
Delinquent, had forcibly entered into an House or Lodge
at Eltham, the Custody whereof was granted unto Sir
Thomas Walsingham, a Member of this House; and had
dispossessed him thereof;
Ordered, That the whole Matter of Fact of this Information be referred to the Examination of a Committee.
Mr. Bond, Mr. Holland, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Hill,
Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir John Northcote, Sir John Hippesley, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Wilson, Sir Thomas Wroth,
Mr. Westrowe, Sir Michael Livesay, Mr. Robinson, Mr.
Thorpe, Mr. Morley, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Nichlas, Sir Arthur Heselrige, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Lisle, Sir John Burgoine,
Mr. Venn, Mr. Marten, Mr. Pury;
This Committee, or any Five of them, are to examine
the whole Matter of Fact of this Information, concerning
Sir Thomas Walsingham: And have Power to hear Complaints, and examine all other Cases of like Nature; and,
upon Examination, to restore Possessions, as they shall see
Cause: And are to have respect to the Articles of Oxford;
and to meet upon it at Two of the Clock this Afternoon,
in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for
Parties, Papers, Witnesses, Records.
And the Care hereof is more especially referred to Mr.
Ordered, That Sir William Brereton's Case, concerning
the Possession of Cashia Bury, and Mr. Serjeant Wilde's
Case, be especially referred to the preceding Committee: Who are to examine the same accordingly.
Ordered, That the Judges and Serjeants of the several
Serjeants-Inns, the Benchers of the several Inns of Court,
and the Members of this House, of the said several Inns of
Court, respectively, do take care, that no Persons, who
have adhered to the Enemy against the Parliament, be permitted to come again into any of their Chambers, or be
admitted into any of the Serjeants-Inns, Inns of Court,
or Inns of Chancery, or to live in any of the said
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and
The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that
they desire, that a Committee may be appointed, to join
with a proportionable Number of theirs, to consult, and
debate with the Commissioners of Scotland, concerning
such Things that may settle the Peace, Prosperity, and
brotherly Amity of the Two Kingdoms of England and
Scotland, in relation to the King: The Number of the
Committee is Eleven: The Time of Meeting to be at
Three this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer to this Message shall
be, by Messengers of their own.
Resolved, &c. That the Papers sent in from the Commissioners of Scotland be read To-morrow Morning, the
Mr. Browne brings Answer, That the Lords will take
this Message, concerning the Sealing of original Writs,
into speedy Consideration; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall be required forthwith to advance Five thousand Pounds, Part
of a greater Sum charged upon those Receipts for the Service of Ireland; the present Payment thereof so much
importing the Good of that Service, that, without it, the
Service will suffer, and the immediate Relief intended for
Ireland be disappointed: Wherein is very much concerned the Safety and Hopes of Recovery of that Kingdom.
Sir John Temple, Mr. Salwey, and Mr. Knightley, are
appointed to take care herein; and earnestly to press the
Committee with the absolute Necessity of the present Payment of this Sum.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to return you this Ordinance, concerning the Great Seal: It moved from
you: And the Lords do agree to it, with these Amendments: To which they desire your Concurrence. They
have commanded us to put you in mind of an Ordinance,
formerly sent unto you, concerning the Appointing of
Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal. They
have sent you this Petition: It is from the Inhabitants of
the Isle of Guernsey: And they do especially recommend
it unto you: And they desire to put you in mind of the
Earl of Warwick to be Governor of the Isle of Guernsey.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Guernsey, in
the Behalf of the said Island, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of
both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, or any Five of them, to consider of some speedy
and effectual Course for the Relief and Preservation of the
said Island; and to report it to the House with all
The Amendments to the Ordinance concerning the
Sealing of original Writs and Processes, &c. by the
Speakers of both Houses, were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, late Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal of England,
do forthwith deliver the Key of the Chest remaining with
them, wherein the Great Seal of England is kept, unto
And Mr. Serjeant Wilde forthwith delivered the said Key
to Mr. Speaker, in the Chair, accordingly.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as
to the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning the Sealing of original Writs, Processes, &c. by the Speakers of
both Houses, they have assented unto them: And have
taken into Consideration the Petition of the Inhabitants
of the Isle of Guernsey: As to the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The humble Petition of the Grand Inquest of the
County of Hereford was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That this Petition,
and the Charge this Day presented to the House by Sir
Robert Harley (who undertakes to prove it) against Colonel John Birch, Governor of the City of Hereford, be referred to the Examination of this Committee following;
videlicet, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Recorder, Sir
Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Pury, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Whitelock,
Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Abbott, Sir Henry Vane senior,
Mr. Purefoy, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Ashurst, Mr. Stephens, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Peregrin Pelham, Mr.
Morley, Mr. Scawen, Mr. Sydenham, Mr. * Smyth, Mr.
Holles, Mr. Leman, Mr. Lisle, Colonel Harvey, Mr.
Grimston, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Kirle, Sir Michael Livesey,
Mr. Thorpe, Colonel Stapeley, Mr. Blague, Major Scott,
Mr. Baker, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Bois, Mr. * Smyth, Colonel Ven, Sir John Corbett, Mr. Bainton, Sir John Francklyn, Mr. Nelthorp, Colonel Liegh; the Knights and Burgesses of Glocestershire, Shropshire, and Worcestershire:
And this Committee is to meet on Monday next, at Two
post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have
Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That John Field, Printer, committed, by Order of this House, Prisoner to the Prison of Newgate,
there to continue a Prisoner till further Order, be forthwith discharged from any further Restraint.
Ordered, That Laurence Chapman, and Anne Griffyn,
Printers, now in the Serjeant's Custody, by Order of this
House, be forthwith released, and discharged from any
further Restraint or Custody.
Ordered, That Five hundred Copies, and no more, of
the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, presented to this
House,oncerning Part of a Confession of Faith, be
forthwith printed: And that the Care of the Printing
thereof be referred to the Assembly of Divines: And the
Printer is injoined, at his Peril, not to print more than
Five hundred of them.
It is further Ordered, That no Man presume to reprint,
divulge, or publish the said Advice, or any Part of it, till
further Order be taken herein by both or either of the
Houses of Parliament.