Die Veneris, 30 Octobris, 1646.
SIR William Lewes, Mr. Dennis Bond, Sir Robert Pye,
Sir Thomas Wroth, Mr. John Ashe, Mr. Reynolds, Sir
John Burgoine, Mr. Harrington, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr.
Whitehead, Sir William Masham, Sir Richard Onslowe,
Mr. Harris, Mr. Groves, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Samuel
Rolle, Sir Edward Aiscough, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Prideaux, Sir William Allenson, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Fiennes,
Mr. Scawen, Mr. Bowyer, Sir Edward Partherich, Mr.
Knightley, Mr. Sandys, Mr. Framlingham Gaudy, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Salwey, Mr. Lane, Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr. Stapilton, Mr. Whitelocke, Mr. White, Sir Dudley North, Mr.
Westrowe, Mr. Oldesworth, Mr. Liegh, Sir John Evelyn
of Surrey, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Strode, Sir John Corbett,
Mr. Erle, Mr. Moore, Mr. Dixewell, Mr. Scott, Mr. John
Rolle, Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Bacon;
This Committee is appointed to consider of fit Men for
Sheriffs of the several Counties; and to present their
Names to the House, on Monday next: They are likewise to consider of the Names of all Justices of Peace,
already constituted; and to present to the House the
Names of such as they think fit to be left out, to continue,
or to be added: And the Commissioners of the Great Seal
are, from time to time, to certify the Names of such Persons, as shall be offered to them to be in the Commission
of Peace, to this Committee: Who are to present their
Names to this House, before any such be put in Commission: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two of
the Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power
to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Ordered, That the Action entered in the MerchantAdventurers Court at Rotterdam, by Gabriel Rudd, against
Peregrine Pelham Esquire, a Member of this House, be
forthwith dismissed, and his Bail discharged: And that
this Addition be further made to the former Order, made
22 Junii 1646, concerning this Business.
The humble Petition of Colonel John Cromwell, and
Abigail his Wife, sole Daughter and Heir of Sir Henry
Cleere, deceased, his Majesty's Ward, presented to this
House the Fourth of May last; and the Order of Reference thereupon made to Sir Benjamin Rudyard, and Sir
Rowland Wandesford, in pursuance of the said Order, of
the Fourth of May 1646; were all this Day read.
The humble Petition of John Smith Esquire, and John
Awcock Gentleman, was this Day read.
Mr. Thorpe, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Recorder,
Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Lane, Mr. Sandys, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Nichlas, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Maynard, Sir John Corbett, Mr. Harrington, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Lisle; and all the Lawyers of the House;
This Committee is appointed to consider of some way
how the Decrees, and other Proceedings, in the Court of
Wards, may be brought to an effectual Determination,
that the Subject may reap the Benefit thereof: And they
are to prepare an Ordinance to this Purpose; and to report
it, with all convenient Speed, to the House: And they
are to meet this Afternoon, in the Court of Wards: And
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
And the more particular Care of this Business is referred
to Mr. Thorpe.
An Ordinance for appointing the Earl of Manchester
Speaker of the House of Peers pro tempore, and Wm. Lenthall Esquire Speaker of the House of Commons, and
Master of the Rolls, Commissioners of the Great Seal of
England, to all Intents and Purposes; and for appointing the said Commissioners to seal a Commission to enable
the Master of the Rolls, the Judges, and Masters of the
Chancery, to hear Causes in Chancery, in the Absence of
the Commissioners; was this Day read the First and Second
time; and, upon the Question, passed.
The Commission, in Latin, for appointing the Master
of the Rolls, the Judges of the several Courts, and Masters
of the Chancery, to hear Causes in Chancery, in Absence
of the Commissioners, was this Day read; and, upon the
Question, passed; and both the Ordinance and Commission ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence: And were delivered unto Mr. Reynolds, by Mr.
Speaker, in the Chair.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Ordinance for
spreading the Gospel do meet this Afternoon; and do
bring in that Ordinance, on Wednesday Morning next:
And that the same Day be appointed for Matters of Religion.
Ordered, That One hundred Barrels of Powder, with
Match and Bullet proportionable, be furnished and sent
to Plimouth for the Service of the Western Parts: And
that the Committee for Powder and Ammunition do take
care for the Furnishing of the said Powder, Match, and
Bullet, for the Services aforesaid, accordingly; to be delivered to such Persons as the Committee of Plimmouth shall
Upon Mr. Scawen's Report from the Committee to
whom the Consideration of the Guards about the City was
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with
the Committee, That, for the Safety of the Parliament
and City, the Guards be continued Six Months, from the
Fifth of October last past: And that the Ordnance be
drawn off the Forts: And that they be disposed of where
the Committee of the Militia shall think fit.
Resolved, &c. That a Regiment of Twelve hundred
common Soldiers, divided into Twelve Companies, are
sufficient to keep the Guards; the Guns being drawn off.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Bradleye's Regiment be
completed to that Number; and do this Service; and
excuse the Trained-Bands of the Hamlets, Westminster,
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Twelve
thousand Pounds to be allowed for the Maintenance of
the City-Guards: And that the said Twelve thousand
Pounds be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths-Hall,
in Course; and paid by the said Committee, in Course, to
the Committee of the Militia of London, to be employed,
by their Order, for the Maintenance of the City-Guards:
And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said
Committee of the Militia, or such as shall be sufficiently
authorized by the said Committee to receive the same,
shall be a sufficient Authority and Discharge to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, and the Treasurers there, for
the Payment of the said Twelve thousand Pounds, in
An Ordinance for renewing and continuing the Payment of Fifty-six Pounds per mensem, out of the Grand
Excise, for the Five Months past, at Fifty-six Pounds per
mensem; and for Six Months, at Fifty Pounds per mensem,
out of the Grand Excise; for Maintenance of the WaterGuards; was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
Ordered, That the Report of Sir Benjamin Rudyard,
and Sir Rowland Wandisford, in the Case between Colonel
John Cromwell, and Abigail his Wife, and John Smyth
Esquire, and John Aucock Gentleman; and the Petition
of the said John Smyth, and John Aucock; and the whole
Business thereupon depending; be referred to the Hearing and Determination of the Court of the Chancery.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, That the Lords will take
the Ordinance concerning the Great Seal, and the Commission concerning Hearing of Causes in Chancery, into
speedy Consideration; and will send Answer thereunto by
Messengers of their own.
An Ordinance for appointing the Sale of the Lands and
Estate of the Marquis of Winton, Earl of Worcester,
Francis Lord Cottington, Arthur Lord Capell, and divers
other Delinquents, excepted from Pardon; the Proceed
to be disposed for Maintenance of the Forces of Ireland,
and for reducing that Kingdom; was this Day read the
First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Gregory Norton, Mr.
Maynard, Mr. Lisle, Serjeant Wilde, Sir Wm. Brereton,
Sir John Temple, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Colonel Strode, Mr. Bond, Sir John Corbett, Sir Thomas Dacres, Mr. Trenchard, Sir John Evelyn of Surrey,
Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Holles, Mr. Leman, Mr. Holland, Mr.
Browne, Sir Sam. Rolls, Mr. Pierpoint, Mr. Moore, Mr.
Strickland, Mr. Green, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Aldisworth, Mr.
Abbott, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Stocdale,
Mr. Rolle, Mr. Pury, Mr. Westrow, Mr. Whitehead, Mr.
Lenthall, Sir Robert Harley, Alderman Hoyle, Mr. Bedingfield, Mr. Kirle, and the Members of this House of
the Committee for Ireland: And they have Power to think
of Persons and Lands; and to prepare and bring in one
or more Ordinance or Ordinances, if they shall see Cause:
And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers,
Records; and hear Parties: And to meet upon it Tomorrow at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the StarChamber.
An Ordinance for appointing Five-and-twenty thousand
Pounds to be paid, in Course, out of the Receipts of Excise, to come in upon the several Ordinances of Parliament, after the Credit for the Four hundred thousand
Pounds be first satisfied, with Interest every Six Months,
from the Day of the Date hereof, unto Nicolas Loftus
Esquire, Deputy-Treasurer at Wars for Ireland, or his
Assigns, to be employed for the present Service and Relief of that Kingdom, was this Day read; and, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Excise do certify
unto this House, what Sums of Monies are charged upon
the Receipts of the Excise, and how much thereof upon Interest: This Certificate to be brought in on Monday Sevennight.
And it is further Ordered, That the Members of this
House that are of the Committee of Lords and Commons
for the Affairs of the Excise, do confer with the Commissioners of the Excise, concerning the Removing of
Obstructions, and advancing the Credit of the Excise:
And that the House do, on that Day, take into Consideration the Advancing of the Credit of the Excise: And
that the Reports, concerning the Comptrol to be settled
on the Excise, be then likewise made.
Upon a Report from the Committee of Lords and
Commons which are of the Committee of both Kingdoms;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with
the Committee, That, for the Preservation of the Isles of
Guernsey, Aldernay, and Sarque, from present Danger,
Four hundred Men be forthwith sent thither, with Provision of Victual for them: And that, for the better carrying on of this Work, the Sum of One thousand Pounds
be forthwith advanced and paid, by the Committee at
Goldsmiths-Hall, to such Persons or Persons, as the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both
Kingdoms shall appoint: Whole Acquittance shall be
a good Discharge for the same.
Ordered, That it be referred back to the Members of
both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to provide the Four hundred Men, that are to be
sent for Relief of the Isles of Guernsey, Aldernay, and
Sarque; and to direct the Making of the Provisions for
them; and likewise so to dispose of them to those Islands,
as they shall conceive may most conduce to the Preservation
of them, and the Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Garison at
Windsore-Castle be reported on Monday Morning next, the