Die Veneris, 21 Maii, 1647.
Forgery of Clerk's Hand.
MR. Twisden gave an Account to the House, concerning the Copy of an Act of Parliament; to
which it is supposed the Hand of the Clerk of their House
Ordered, That this House doth agree, That the Writing in Mr. Twisden's Hand, pretended to be a Copy of
an Act of Parliament; to which it is supposed that the
Hand of the Clerk of the Lords House is forged; be
delivered, by Mr. Twisden, to the Clerk of the said
House, to examine the supposed Forgery.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Report of the Ordinance concerning the late Officers of the Court of Wards, be made on
Tuesday Morning next, peremptorily, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Papers sent in from the Prince Elector, be taken into Consideration, peremptorily on Thursday next, at Ten of Clock, immediately next after the
Reports from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall.
Removing the King to Oatlands.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylet, and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Resolve: It is for removing the King's Person from Holdenby to Oatlands, as soon as that Place can be made fit;
in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Vote was in these Words; viz.
"Resolved, &c. That the King's Person be removed
from Holdenby to Oatlands, as soon as that Place can be
Envoy to Flanders.
The Lords have appointed Sir Peter Killegrew to go
into Flanders, to congratulate the Coming of the Archduke Leopald, to the Government of Flanders.
The Lords Votes concerning sending into Flanders, was
in hæc verba; viz.
"The Lords have thought fit to send a Letter to the
Archduke Leopald, to congratulate his coming to the Government of Flanders: And for that Purpose have appointed the Committee of the Admiralty and CinquePorts to draw the Letter, and present it to the Houses;
and likewise some Obstructions, concerning mutual Trade
and Commerce between the Two Crowns: And have appointed Sir Peter Killegrew Knight to carry the same
Letter, and to manage that Employment."
"The Concurrence of the House of Commons is desired herein."
They further Declared, That the Lords grounded this
Vote upon a Report from the Committee for the Admiralty
and Cinque Ports, of 13 Maii 1647, in hæc verba; viz.
"Whereas the Archduke Leopald, Brother to the Emperor, and a Person of great Eminency, is settled in the
Government of Flanders, in the room of Don Castell Roderigo, late Governor there: Resolved, That it be offered
to the Consideration of both Houses of Parliament, that
a Letter be sent in their Name to the said Archduke,
to congratulate his Highness' Accession to the Regency
of Flanders; with a Desire, that the ancient and modern
Treaties betwixt the Two Crowns may be preserved,
for the better Facilitating of mutual Trade and Commerce; as also that a fit Person be nominated for Addressing of the said Letters to the said Archduke, with
such Credence and Instructions, touching the Points aforementioned, as both Houses shall think meet."
Resolved, &c. That, in Answer to the First Part of this
Message, concerning the Removal of the King's Person
to Oatlands, the House will send Answer by Messengers of
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the
Lords, in their Vote concerning a Letter to be prepared
and sent to Archduke Leopald, Governor of Flanders.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Killegrew be referred to the
Committee of the Revenue, to allow some sitting Allowance unto him for several Journies he last made into the
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, out of the Reprisal Goods, to appoint some competent and convenient Allowance to be made to Sir Peter
Killegrew, for the desraying the Expence of his Employment into Flanders, to the Archduke Leopald; and to report to the House, What Sum they think convenient for
Answers to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; And, as
to the Vote concerning the Removal of the King's Person
to Holdenby, they will send Answer by Messengers of their
own: To the Vote concerning the Letter, and Sir Peter
Killegrew to be sent into Flanders, they do agree.
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of
the Committee and County of Northampton, were at the
Door, desiring to prefer a Petition;
They were called in; and Mr. Bernard did prefer a
Petition, stiled, the humble Petition of the Committee
for the County of Northampton, and others the Gentry
there, on the Behalf of themselves, and the Inhabitants of
the said County:
The which (the Petitioners being withdrawn) was read.
Ordered, That this Petition, the Petition from the
County of Bucks, and the Petition from the Town of Plymouth, be read on Thursday next, after the Reports from
the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall.
The Gentlemen of the County of Northampton were
called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That this
House is very sensible of their Burdens, and of their many
good Services, and constant Faithfulness to the Parliament: for which he was commanded to give them Thanks:
That the House was now very full of great Business;
but had appointed a short Day to take their Petition
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Wm. Fenwick, a Member of this
House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Pye carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance of the reduced Officers of the North,
under the Command of the Lord Fairfax, for their Arrears out of the Grand Excise, in Course: An Order for
the giving Colonel Robert Manwaring the Publick Faith
for Monies advanced by him, for the Service of the Parliament: An Order to give Liberty to the Sheriffs of Warwick and Cornwall, to come out of their respective Counties, to London: An Order for Payment of Arrears to
Captain Charles Pym, out of Haberdashers Hall: An
Order for making Henry Kelsey Gentleman, Governor
of Magdalen Hospital, near Winchester: An Order for
referring a Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, in the
Behalf of the Lord Viscount Airdes, to the Committee for
the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House: An Order for
approving the Proceedings of Mr. Cason, employed as
Agent, touching the Captives at Argier, &c.
He was further to put the Lords in mind of the Act of
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Order for continuing the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, for Six Months
longer: To give you Notice, That the Lords have passed
the Act of Indemnity; and the Orders for Advance of
Pay to the Army, upon their Disbanding; and to those
of them that go into Ireland.
The Order for continuing the Committee of the Admiralty was read; and, upon the Question, assented
unto: And was in hæc verba; viz.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament
assembled, That the Committee of Lords and Commons
for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports shall be continued
for Six Months from the Date hereof, according unto the
Powers formerly granted: And that they may also appoint all standing Officers for the several Yards belonging
to the Navy, and the subordinate Officers of Vice Admiralties, as any of them are, or shall happen to become
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Indemnity be forthwith printed and published.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And do
agree to the Order for continuing the Committee of the
Admiralty and Cinque Ports; and do take notice of the
Lords passing the Act of Indemnity; and the Ordinance
for Advance of Pay to the Army, and those that go for
THE humble Petition of Sir Martyn Lister Knight,
a Member of this House, was read; and upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Maynard, Sir
Ben. Rudyard, Sir John Evelyn, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Henry
Cholmley, Mr. Holles, Mr. Harrington, Mr. Strode, Mr.
Wheeler, Sir Wm. Lewes, Sir Wm. Constable, Mr. Povie,
Sir Walter Erle, Sir John Potts, Mr. Oxenden, Mr.
Nicoll, Mr. Scawen, Captain Wingate, Sir John Trevor,
Alderman Atkin, Sir Edmond Fowell, Mr. Swynfen, Mr.
Bence, Colonel White, Mr. Rous, Sir Humphrey Briggs,
Lord Wenman, Mr. Thynne, Mr. Longe, Mr. Bossevile,
Mr. Nath. Fienis, Mr. Recorder, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Sir
Wm. Lister, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Whittacre,
Sir John Burgoyne, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Purefoy, Mr.
Sandis, Mr. Bond, Sir Tho. Widdrington, all the Lawyers
of the House; or any Five of them: And are to meet Tomorrow at Two post meridiem, in the Star Chamber: And
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records: And are to examine the Truth of the Matters
suggested in the Petition; and to state it to the House,
and their Opinions, What is fit to be done for Redress and
Reparation in this Particular mentioned in the said Petition. They are further to consider of some Course for Remedy; and to prevent the evil Consequences and Mischiefs that may happen in Business of the like Nature;
and are to bring in some Ordinance to that Purpose.
Bailing Brunkard, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do, by his Warrant, send
for Sir Wm. Brunkard, Mr. Henry Brunkard, and Captain
Harrington; and require good Bail from them, and every
of them, such as he shall think fit to allow of, to be forthcoming, when they, or any of them shall be required;
or else to commit such of them as shall refuse, to safe
Bailing Dr. Aston.
Ordered, That Dr. Aston, now a Prisoner in the Serjeant's Custody, be forthwith bailed.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will
sit this Afternoon at three of Clock: That they do agree
to the Ordinance for Payment of Monies out of Haberdashers Hall, in Discharge of the Arrears of Captain
Charles Pym: To the rest, they will send Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Lieutenant General Cromwell gave an Account of the
Proceedings of the Commissioners employed from this
House to the Army.
Resolved, &c. That Thanks be given from this House
to Field Marshal Skippon, Lieutenant General Cromwell,
Commissary General Ireton, and Colonel Fleetwood, Commissioners employed from this House to the Army, for
the great and faithful Pains and Endeavours they have
diligently employed in this Service.
Mr. Speaker accordingly gave the Thanks of this House
to Lieutenant General Cromwell and Colonel Charles Fleetwood, present; and was appointed to do the like unto
Field Marshal Skippon and Commissary General Ireton,
at their Return.
1. Resolved, &c. That the Accompts of the Soldiers
shall be speedily audited; and a real and visible Security
given for what shall appear to be in Arrear.
2. Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be brought in to
make good the Declaration formerly passed, concerning
Apprentices enjoying their Freedoms that have engaged
in the Service of the Parliament.
The Question being propounded, That none that has
served voluntarily in this Army, shall be pressed to serve
beyond the Seas;
And the Question being put, Whether this Question
shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
3. Resolved, &c. That none that has served voluntarily
in this Army, shall be pressed to serve beyond the Seas.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be prepared and
brought in, for the Relief of maimed Soldiers, Widows,
and Orphans, in the several Counties.
Resolved, &c. That these Votes be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, and the Committee of
the Army, joined as to this Business; Who are to bring
in their Report on Tuesday Morning: And that the Debate now had, concerning the Army, be resumed on
Tuesday Morning, the first Business.
According to former Order, the House, by Vote upon
the Question, adjourned itself to Tuesday Morning
next, at Eight of Clock.