Die Jovis, 22 Aprilis, 1647.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Assembly be required
to send in to this House, according to former Order,
the former Articles of the Church of England, so far as they
have proceeded in them, with the Texts of Scripture to
them: And that they be sent in by Tuesday next.
Confession of Faith.
Resolved, &c. That, on this Day Sevennight, the House
do take into Consideration the Confession of Faith, presented from the Assembly of Divines: And that the
Assembly be required, in the mean time, to send in the
Texts of Scripture to them, so far as they have proceeded
Mr. Tate and Sir Robert Harley are appointed to acquaint the Assembly with these Orders.
Forces for Ireland.
Mr. Holles reports from the Committee for Irish Affairs,
at Derby House, a Letter from the Commissioners of both
Houses, of 19 Aprilis 1647, from Saffron Walden, with
a Copy of a Declaration inclosed, published at the Head
of the Regiments by the General's Command, to prevent
any Disaffection in the Soldiery to the Service of Ireland:
A Draught of another Declaration to the same Effect: A
Letter from the Commissioners to the General, of 19
Aprilis 1647, concerning the said Declaration: A Letter
from the Commissioners of both Houses, of 15 Aprilis 1647,
from Saffron Walden: Two Letters from the General, of
19 Aprilis 1647, to the Commissioners: Another Copy
of the Declaration before mentioned: A Lift of the Names
of divers Officers of Horse and Foot, that have engaged
themselves for Ireland: The which were all read.
He further reported the Names of the Commanders and
Officers of the Regiments to be sent out of North Wales,
for the Service of Ireland: The which were also read.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee for the Affairs of
Ireland at Derby House shall hereby have Power to grant
Commissions to the Commanders and Officers of the Regiments to be sent out of North Wales for the Service of
Ireland, returned from Colonel Mitton and this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee for the Affairs of
Ireland at Derby House, shall hereby have Power to grant
Commissions to such Officers of Colonel Birche's Regiment
of Foot, and the Two Troops of Horse which he has
contracted with the said Committee to transport into Ireland, as he shall return the Names of unto that Committee:
And that their Commissions bear Date from the Time of the
Contract made between that Committee and him.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Mr. Sadler;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Ordinance, for Mr. John Ley to be Rector of Astbury in
the County of Chester: An Ordinance for Stephen Sedgwich to be Rector of Tingwick in the County of Bucks:
To both which they desire your Concurrence. They have
commanded us to put you in mind of a Petition of Captain
William Sykes, a Merchant, who has disbursed much
Money to the State, and is now in Want; and therefore,
they do desire you to take it into Consideration: Likewise,
of Captain Gregge, who hath been recommended by the
Committee of the Admiralty for a Place; which he hath
not yet obtained; and, being in Want, the Lords think fit
he should have some considerable Allowance, to keep him
from perishing, till he may obtain his Place: And therefore desire you will take him into Consideration: Likewise, of an Ordinance for Captain John Arthurs, for
The Lords have also commanded us to bring you this
Petition of Sarah Robinson, and others; which the Lords
refer to your Consideration: An Ordinance for Delivery of
the Seal of South Wales to the now Justice there: And
an Ordinance for the Perfecting of some Compositions
formerly made in the Court of Wards: To which they
desire your Concurrence.
The Lords have appointed their Committee to meet
with your Committee for Scandals concerning the Sacrament this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur, That the
Members of this House that are of the Committee appointed to judge of Scandal, may meet with the Committee of the Lords this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in
the Painted Chamber.
Astbury Rectory, &c.
An Ordinance for appointing and constituting Mr. John
Ley, one of the Assembly of Divines, to be Rector of
Astbury in the County of Chester; and for assigning the
Tythes of Congleton to the Maintenance of the Minister
of Congleton; this Day sent from the Lords; was this Day
read; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee of plundered Ministers, upon the Debate thereof
this Day had in the House: Who are to consider of it,
and to report with all Speed.-
Message to Lords.
Mr. Holles carried to the Lords for their Concurrence,
the Instructions to the Committee of both Houses, for
procuring the King's Answer to the Propositions: An
Addition to the Propositions concerning the Disposal and
Sale of the Bishops Lands: The Order for the Third Part
of the Arrear to divers Scotts Officers: Order for Payment of Monies to divers Messengers: Order for Fifty
Pounds to one Castle, out of Haberdashers Hall: Order
for the Sheriff of Cornwall, and the Sheriff of Warwickshire, to have Leave to come to Town: Order for the
Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of
both Kingdoms, to conser with the Commissioners of Scotland, touching their joining to procure the King's Answer
to the Propositions: Order concerning the Lord Forbes:
Order concerning the Payment of Three thousand Six
hundred Pounds to Mr. Steward.
Touching for the Evil.
A Letter from the Commissioners from Holdenby, of
20 Aprilis 1647, concerning the Resort of great Number of People thither, to be Touched for the Evil, was
this Day read.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to a Committee, to
prepare a Declaration to be set forth to the People, concerning the Superstition of being Touched for the Healing
of the King's Evil.
Ordered, &c. That a Letter be written to the Commissioners at Holdenby, to desire them to take care that
the Resort of People thither, to be Touched for the Evil,
may be prevented: And that they do cause the said Declaration to be published in the Country; to the end the People may take Notice of it: And, in the same Letter, Thanks
are to be returned to the Commissioners for their Care.
Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Henry Martyn, Mr. Weaver, Mr.
Doyley, Mr. Blackeston, Mr. Nicholl, Sir Robert Harley,
Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Challener, Mr. Clive, Mr. Strode,
and Mr. Palmer, are appointed to be the Committee for
the Preparing of the Declaration and Letter before mentioned: And they, or any Three of them, are to meet
upon it at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber. And the Care of this Business is more
particularly referred to Mr. Palmer.
Ordered, &c. That the Propositions be read over, the
first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, &c. That the Report this Day made by Mr.
Holles be taken into Consideration, the next Business after
the Propositions are read.
Articles of Truro.
Resolved, &c. That, next after the House shall have
proceeded upon the Report made by Mr. Holles, the
Articles of Truro be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That the Petition preferred from divers Citizens, of 20 March 1646, according to former Order,
be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee who are to take
Care of the Payment of the Scotts Officers, according to
the List agreed on for them, do take care that, in the
Issuing of the Monies, the Proportions to be issued may
be paid to the Persons themselves to whom the same are
due and appointed, or to the Wives of such of them as
are dead (if any be), or to their Executors or Administrators.
Delinquent Ministers, &c.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
plundered Ministers, to consider how the Benefices or
Livings, that belong to Delinquent Ministers or Patrons,
may be disposed for the future; and how Tythes, and
other Dues, may be paid to the Ministry; and to bring
in an Ordinance accordingly. Mr. Grimston and Mr.
Prideaux are to take care hereof; and to bring in this
Ordinance on Friday Sevennight.
Bowyer's, &c. Accompts.
Ordered, &c. That the Certificate from the Committee
of Accompts, concerning Colonel Bowyer, a Member of
this House; and likewise, concerning Sir Francis Drake,
another Member of this House; for the Stating of their
Accompts; be read on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Daniell Potter's Petition be read
on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of Mary Burton Widow
be read on Tuesday next.
Leeds, &c. Potition.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of the poor People of
Leeds and Bradford be read on Tuesday next.-
Seal of Wales.
An Ordinance for the Delivery of the Justice Seal of
some Counties of South Wales, to John Altonhead, Esquire,
now Justice of the said Counties, sent from the Lords,
was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message: And, as to
the Ordinance for Delivery of the Seal of South Wales,
and the Meeting of the Committee this Afternoon, they
do agree: And, as to the rest of the Particulars of the
Message, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The humble Petition of Wm. Sykes, of Hull, Merchant,
sent from the Lords, was this Day read; wherein he does
demand the Sum of Ten thousand Nine hundred Seventyand-five Pounds Two Shillings Six-pence, as owing unto
him from the Parliament, for Monies lent, and Arms and
Ammunition furnished: And
It is Ordered, That the Sum of Four thousand Pounds
be paid to the Petitioner, upon Account, together with
Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. payable
every Six Months, during the Time the said Four thousand Pounds shall be unpaid: And that the said Four
thousand Pounds, together with the Interest arising thereupon, be charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall,
in Course, and paid by the Treasurers there accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That the humble Petition of Wm. Sykes
Merchant, as to that Part of the Petition that concerns his
Father's altering his Will, and giving away a considerable
Estate from him, for his good Affection and Service to
the Parliament, be referred to the Consideration of the
Northern Committee; to examine the Truth of the Suggestion; and to consider of some Way for his Relief; and
to report their Opinions to the House.
Soldiers Wives, &c.
The humble Petition of many desolate and distressed
Officers and Soldiers Wives and Widows, whose Husbands are slain, and others active, in your honourable Service, whose Names are subscribed, was this Day read. And
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee that sits in the Military
Garden; to consider and examine what is justly due unto
It is further Ordered, That the Rules for taking the
Accompts of the Soldiery of the Kingdom be reported
and read on Thursday next.
Redemption of Captives.
Upon Mr. Green's Report of Three Letters, One from
the Basha of Argier, another from the Duana, and a Third
from the Cadee and Governors of the Town;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of
the Proceedings of Edmond Cason Esquire, in his Employment from both Houses of Parliament to Argier.
Ordered, &c. That Letters be written from both Houses,
and signed by the Speakers, giving Credit to the Confirmation of the said Proceedings, and Carrying on of
the Work of the Redemption of the Captives: And that
Mr. Greene do prepare and bring in these Letters; which
the Speakers are to sign, the same being presented unto
An Ordinance for Continuance of the Argeir Duty, from
the Eleventh of December 1647 inclusive, unto the Eleventh of December 1648 inclusive, was this Day read;
and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent
unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That William Sykes, of Hull, Merchant, who
hath largely expressed his great Affection to the Parliament,
by his advancing very great Sums of Money for the Service thereof, be referred to the Committee for taking the
Accompts of the whole Kingdom; to receive, state, and
certify his Accompts.