House of Commons Journal Volume 5
28 May 1647

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 5: 28 May 1647', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 5: 1646-1648 (1802), pp. 188-193. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=25093 Date accessed: 30 July 2014.


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Die Veneris, 28 Maii, 1647.

Prayers.

Leave of Absence.

ORDERED, That Sir Henry Vane, a Member of this House, shall have . . . . . to go into the Country.

Ordered, That Mr. Hallowes, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Military Company.

The humble Petition of the Military Company was this Day read.

Resolved, &c. That the walled Ground in Martin's Field, known by the Name of the Military Ground, or Garden, with all the Buildings, Houses, and Rooms therein, be forthwith restored, and put into the Possession of the Trustees of the Military Company, to be enjoyed and made use of by the said Military Company, as formerly they did.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest, payable for the same, every Six Months; and paid, upon Account, unto the Trustees of the Military Company of the Ground in Martin's Field, or such as they shall appoint to receive the same; to be employed and disposed of by the said Trustees for the re-edifying and repairing the said Military Ground, and the Houses and Buildings there, which have been made use of for the Publick Service, by Order of both Houses of Parliament, and much impaired and endamaged thereby: And that the Acquittance of the said Trustees, or such as shall be by them authorized as aforesaid, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise for the Payment of the said Sum of Five hundred Pounds, and Interest accordingly.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same, payable every Six Months: And that the same Sum of Two hundred Pounds be paid by the Commissioners of the Grand Excise unto Thomas Falconbridg and Lawrence Swetnam Esquires, upon Account, to be employed for repairing and reedifying the Wall and Buildings of the Military Yard in Tothill Fields, make use of heretofore, by Order and Direction of both Houses, and thereby much impaired and endamaged; and for restoring it to the said Condition it was in, when the Houses, by their Order, first made use thereof: And that the Acquittance of the said Thomas Falconbridge and Lawrence Sweetnam, or either of them, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise, for the Payment of the said Two hundred Pounds, and Interest, accordingly.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Duresine Members.

Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Knights and Burgesses to serve in Parliament for the County of Duresme, be reported on Thursday Morning next.

Incest, &c.

Mr. Serjeant Wilde reports the Ordinance long since re-committed, for the Suppressing and Punishing of Incest, Adultery, Fornication, Drunkenness, Swearing and Cursing: The which, because it was long since re-committed, it was all read over: And

It is Ordered, That it be re-committed: And the Committee are to divide this Ordinance; and to provide for the Suppressing and Punishing of Incest, Adultery, and Whoredom, by one Ordinance; and they are therein to set down the Degrees they intend to prohibit: And, in the other Ordinance, to provide for the Suppressing and Punishing of Drunkenness, profane Swearing, Cursing and Blasphemy: And they are to bring in both these Ordinances together, on the First Day that is, or shall be appointed, for the Affairs of the Church: And Mr. Selden, Mr. Recorder, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Bois, Mr. Jesson, are added to this Committee: And all that will come are to have Voices at this Committee: And are to meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards; and so de die in diem, notwithstanding the Adjournment of the House.

Confession of Faith.

According to former Order, the House proceeded to the Consideration of the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning a Confession of Faith.

Ordered, That the Eighth Paragraph of the First Chapter of the Advice, concerning a Confession of Faith, intituled "Of the Holy Scriptures," be referred to the Members of this House that are of the Assembly of Divines; to confer with the Divines of the Assembly upon the said Paragraph; and to report it on Wednesday next.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the First Paragraph of the Second Chapter, intituled, "Of God and the Holy Trinity," in these Words; viz. "There is but One only Living and True God; who is Infinite in Being and Perfection; a most pure Spirit; Invisible; without Body, Parts, or Passions; Immutable, Immense, Eternal, Incomprehensible, Almighty, most Wise, most Holy, most Free, most Absolute, Working all Things according to the Counsel of his own Immutable and most Righteous Will, for his own Glory; most Loving, Gracious, Merciful, Long-suffering, Abundant in Goodness and Truth; forgiving Iniquity, Transgression, and Sin; the Rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and withal, most Just and Terrible in his Judgments; Hating all Sin; and who will by no means clear the Guilty."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Second Paragraph of the Second Chapter of God and the Holy Trinity, in these Words; viz. "God hath all Life, Glory, Goodness, Blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself, All sufficient, not standing in Need of any Creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any Glory from them; but only manifesting his own Glory in, by, unto, and upon them: He is the alone Fountain of all Being; of whom, through whom, and to whom, are all Things; and hath most Sovereign Dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth: In his Sight, all Things are open and manifest; his Knowledge is Infinite, Infalliole, and Independent upon the Creature: So as nothing is to him Contingent or Uncertain; he is most Holy in all his Counsels, in all his Works, and in all his Commands: To him is due, from Angels and Men and every other Creature, whatsoever Worship, Service, or Obedience, he is pleased to require of them."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Third Paragraph of the Second Chapter of God and the Holy Trinity, in these Words; viz. "In the Unity of the Godhead there be Three Persons, of One Substance, Power, and Eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost: The Father is of none, neither Begotten nor Proceeding; the Son is eternally Begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally Proceeding from the Father and the Son."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the First Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree; viz. "God, from all Eternity, did, by the most Wise and Holy Counsel of his own Will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the Author of Sin, nor is Violence offered to the Will of the Creatures, nor is the Liberty or Contingency of Second Causes taken away, but rather established.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Second Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree, in these Words; viz. "Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass, upon all supposed Conditions; yet hath he not decreed any thing because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such Conditions."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Third Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree, in these Words; viz. "By the Decree of God, for the Manifestation of his Glory, some Men and Angels are predestinated unto everlasting Life; and others, foreordained to everlasting Death."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Fourth Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree, viz. in these Words; "These Angels and Men, thus predestinated and fore-ordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their Number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Fifth Paragraph of the Third Chapter, in these Words; viz. "Those of Mankind, that are predestinated unto Life, God, before the Foundation of the World was laid, according to his Eternal and Immutable Purpose, and the secret Counsel and good Pleasure of his Will, hath chosen in Christ, unto everlasting Glory, out of his mere free Grace and Love, without any Foresight of Faith, or good Works, or Perseverance in either of them, or any other Thing in the Creature, as Conditions or Causes, moving him thereunto; and all to the Praise of his glorious Grace."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Sixth Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree, in these Words; viz. "As God hath appointed the Elect unto Glory, so hath he, by the Eternal, and most Free Purpose of his Will, fore-ordained all the Means thereunto: Wherefore they who are elected, be fallen in Adam; are redeemed by Christ; are effectually called unto Faith in Christ, by his Spirit working in due Season; are justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by his Power, through Faith, unto Salvation; neither are any other redeemed by Christ. effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the Elect only."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Seventh Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree, in these Words; viz. "The rest of Mankind God was pleased, according to the unsearchable Counsel of his own Will, whereby he extendeth or with-holdeth Mercy as he pleaseth. for the Glory of his Sovereign Power over his Creatures, to pass by; and to ordain them to Dishonour and Wrath, for their Sin; to the Praise of his glorious Justice."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to the Eighth Paragraph of the Third Chapter of God's Eternal Decree, in these Words; viz. "The Doctrine of this high Mystery of Predestination is to be handled with special Prudence and Care, that Men, attending the Will of God, revealed in his Word, and yielding Obedience thereunto, may, from the Certainty of their effectual Vocation, be assured of their eternal Election; so shall this Doctrine afford Matter of Praise, Reverence, and Admiration of God; and of Humility, Diligence, and abundant Consolation, to all that sincerely obey the Gospel."

Resolved, &c. That, on Wednesday next, the House do proceed in the Consideration of the Advice of the Assembly of Divines, concerning a Confession of Faith.

Greek Bible, &c.

Ordered, That the Report of the Ordinance concerning the Printing of the Greek Bible, and the Ordinance concerning the Annotations upon the Dutch Bible, be read and considered of on Wednesday next, the first Business.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Mr. George Fenwick, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

London Provincial Assembly.

Resolved, &c. That the Provincial Assembly of the Province of London shall have Power to adjourn themselves from Paul's, and to sit in any fit Place within the City of London, or Liberties.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Mr. Popham is appointed to carry it to the Lords.

Mr. Doyley.

Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre do, on Thursday next, make Report of the Business concerning Mr. Doyley, a Member of this House, and some Gentlemen of the Committee in the County of Oxon.

Apprentices.

Mr. Popham likewise carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance concerning Apprentices; and the Order for constituting Wm. Wilson to be Searcher of Boston.

House to sit.

Resolved, &c. That this House shall sit this Afternoon, at Two of Clock.

Sir Wm. Lewes is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, That this House has resolved to sit this Afternoon at Two of Clock; and to desire their Lordships to do the like, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.

Answers from Lords.

Mr. Popham brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order that gives Liberty to the Provincial Assembly of London to adjourn to any Part within the City of London, and Liberties; and to the Order for making Wm. Wilson Searcher of Boston: And, as to the Order concerning Apprentices, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Colonel Birch brings Answer of the Message Yesterday delivered by him to the Lords; That the Lords do agree to the Order for restoring Sir Wm. Allenson to the Place of Clerk of the Hanaper: To the Ordinance and Instructions for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Sir Wm. Lewes brings Answer, That the Lords do resolve to sit this Afternoon, as is desired.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Mr. Weaver, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Mr. Nathaniell Fienis, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Ordered, That Sir Wm. Constable, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Invalid Soldiers, &c.

An Ordinance for Relief of maimed Soldiers, and Mariners, and the Widows and Orphans of such as have died in the Service of the Parliament during these late Wars, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Maynard, Mr. Jesson, Mr. Priestly, Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Bacon, Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Dove, Sir John Petts, Sir Richard Anslow, Sir Wm. Massam, Sir John Maynard, Mr. Stoughton, Mr. Leman, Mr. * Allen, Mr. Strode, Mr. Francis Bacon, Mr. Marten, Sir John Burgoyn: And all that will come to have Voices; or any Four of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon at One of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And are to report it to this House this Afternoon.

Army Pay.

An Ordinance for receiving and paying, out of the Forty thousand Pounds assigned to be paid to such of the Army as disband, and as engage for Ireland; and for authorizing of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to give Order for the Time and Manner of convoying and carrying down the said Forty thousand Pounds; was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

Ditto.

An Ordinance for securing the common Soldiers out of the Grand Excise, and the Officers out of Delinquents Estates, with a Blank for the Sum to be charged upon the Excise, was this Day read.

Resolved, &c. That the Sum of an Hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, to fill up the Blank in the foresaid Ordinance.

And then the Ordinance, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

Army Accompts.

An Ordinance for enabling the Committee of the Army to adjust and determine the Accompts of the Soldiers of the Army, and to give Debentures, was this Day read.

The Question was propounded, For adding the Word "Money," in this Ordinance, to the Words "Free "Quarter."

And the Question being put, Whether these Words, "or Money for Free Quarter," shall be added to the Words "Free Quarter;"

It passed with the Affirmative.

The Question was proposed, For adding these Words in this Ordinance "or otherwise," after the Words "for Free Quarter."

And the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;

It passed with the Negative.

And then, the Ordinance being put to the Question;

It passed, upon the Question; and is ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

Post Meridiem.

Message to Lords.

COLONEL Birch carried to the Lords for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for Five hundred Pounds out of the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, for the Company of the Military Garden in Martin's Fields: An Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds, out of the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, for repairing of the Military Ground in Tothill Fields: An Ordinance for restoring the Military Ground in Martin's Fields to the Military Company: An Ordinance to enable the Committee of the Army to state the Accompts of the Army: An Ordinance to secure the Arrears to the common Soldiers, out of the Excise, and the Commissioned Officers, out of Delinquents Estates, in the First Exception: An Ordinance for Issuing, Paying, and Convoying of Forty thousand Pounds, to be paid to the Regiments of the Army that disband, and to such as go for Ireland: An Ordinance concerning Commissions to Colonel Birch, and his Officers.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, &c. That Mr. Boscawen, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Grant to Pattenson.

Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be forthwith paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, at Haberdashers Hall, to Mary Pattenson, the Widow of Captain Robert Pattenson, of Brockdysh in the County of Norfolk, slain in the Parliament's Service at Hamildon House, for the Relief and Maintenance of her and her Two Children.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Payment to Ld. Forbes, &c.

Whereas, by Ordinance of both Honses, the One thousand Seven hundred and Four Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Four pence, granted upon Report of the Lord Forbes' Accompt, was to be paid by the Treasurers of Goldsmiths Hall, unto the Treasurers of the Committee of additional Forces by Sea for Ireland, for the Discharge of his Lordship, and his Officers, of their just Dues: It is hereby Ordered, That the said Monies shall be paid to the said Lord Forbes, Colonel Thomas Rainsborough, and Colonel John Humfreyes; and an Acquittance, under any Two of their Hands, to be a sufficient Discharge.

Invalid Soldiers.

Mr. Nathaniell Bacon reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for Relief of maimed Soldiers, Widows, and Orphans of Soldiers, in the several Counties, that have served, or have been slain in the Service of the Parliament: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance so amended, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

Mr. Nathaniell Bacon is appointed to carry it to the Lords.

Grant to Pattenson.

He likewise carried to the Lords an Ordinance for Mrs. Mary Pattenson to have Two hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall.

Birche's Regiment.

An Ordinance for charging Eight hundred Pounds, upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, to be paid unto the Treasurers of the Army, for Cloathing, and other Necessaries, for Colonel Birche's Regiment, was read; and was in pursuance of a former Vole of this House; and, upon the Question, passed: And was carried to the Lords by Colonel Birch, among the Messages aforementioned, carried likewise by him.

Message from Lords.

A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Hakewill;

The Lord's have commanded us to deliver unto you a Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, concerning some Irish Soldiers bound for Deep in France, taken up in Ireland, for the Service of the French King, and seized by the Adventure Frigat, commanded by Captain Thomas Beddall: The Lords think fit to refer the Business back to the same Committee; to do as they in their Wisdoms shall think best for the Advantage of this State, notwithstanding any Ordinance of Parliament:-An Ordinance for the Establishing of a Committee to sit at Derby House for the Irish Affairs: A Petition of Sir Francis Slingesby: They desire to put this House in mind of an Ordinance formerly sent to this House, concerning the Seals of South Wales.

The Report was in hæc verba: viz.

"28 Maii, 1647."

Detention of Irish Soldiers.

"Whereas Captain Thomas Biddall, Captain of the Adventure Frigat, meeting off from Sulley with Seven Vessels bound from Waterford in Ireland, to Diepp in France; having aboard them about Two thousand Irish Soldiers taken up in Ireland for the Service of the French King; hath seized on one of the said Vessels, having aboard Five hundred Irish Soldiers; and brought her into Stockes Bay, where she doth yet remain; there being also found in her some Quantities of raw Hides, Coney-skins, Butter and Wool; Ordered, &c. That this Matter be reported to both Houses of Parliament; that their Pleasure may be thereupon declared in such a way as they shall in their Wisdoms think fit."

Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Lords, in referring this Report concerning the Irish Soldiers taken by Captain Beddall, back to the Committee of the Admiralty; to do as they in their \?\Wisdoms shall think best for the Advantage of this State, notwithstanding any Ordinance of Parliament.

Ordered, &c. That the other Particulars of this Message be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next.

Answer to Lords.

Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to refer back to the Committee of the Admiralty, the Report concerning the Irish Soldiers taken by the Adventure Frigat, bound for Diep in France: To the other Particulars of the Message, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Repair of Churches.

Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance in the Hand of Mr. Francis Bacon, concerning the Repair of Churches, and Parochial Officers, be reported on Wednesday next.

Message to Lords.

Mr. Nathaniell Bacon carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Relief and Maintenance of maimed Soldiers, the Widows and Orphans of Soldiers slain in the Service of the Parliament: The Ordinance for Two hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall, for Mary Pattenson, Widow of Captain Robert Pattenson.

Irish Affairs.

Resolved, &c. That the Reports concerning the Affairs of Ireland be made, and taken into Consideration, on Thursday Morning next.

Col. Rolse.

A Letter from Field Marshal Skippon, from Saffron Walden, of 25 Maii, 1647, concerning Liberty for Lieutenant Colonel Wm. Rolfe, Deputy Governor of Bristoll, to come to London; and that Captain Latimer Samson may command there in the Interim, till the Parliament send a Governor; was this Day read.

Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel Wm. Rolfe, Deputy Governor of Bristoll, shall have Liberty to come from thence to London: And that Captain Latimer Sampson, who is there present, do command there in the Interim, till the Parliament shall think fit to send a Governor down thither.

Army Appointment.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Mr. Francis Dormer to be Major of Colonel Nicholas Kempson's Regiment.

Answer from Lords.

Mr. Nathaniell Bacon brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for the Relief and Maintenance of maimed Soldiers, &c.; and to the Order for Two hundred Pounds to the Widow of Captain Robert Pattenson.

Colonel Birch brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance for charging One hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, to be Security for the Arrears of the common Soldiers: To the Ordinance for Eight hundred Pounds out of the Excise, for Cloathing, and other Necessaries for Colonel Birche's Soldiers: To the Order concerning Commissions for Colonel Birch and his Officers: To the Ordinance concerning the Payment of One thousand Seven hundred and Four Pounds to the Lord Forbes: To the Order for the paying, and convoying down to the Army, the Forty thousand Pounds to be paid to the Forces that disband; and that engage for Ireland: To the Order for the Five hundred Pounds out of the Grand Excise, in Course, for the Military Company of the Military Ground in Martin's in the Fields: To the Order for Two hundred Pounds, out of the Grand Excise, in Course, for the Military Ground in Tothell Fields: To the rest, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Message to Lords.

Sir Robert Pye went to the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile.

Irish Affairs.

Mr. Holles reports from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby-house, a Certificate from the Lord of Ormond, and Council of Ireland, of 6 Aprilis, 1647, concerning Powder, Monies, and Tobacco, delivered by Captain Plunkett, for the Service of the Parliament's Forces at Dublyn, and the Garisons thereabouts: The which was read.

The List of divers Officers of Four Regiments that have engaged for Ireland; viz. Of Colonel Wm. Herbert's Regiment; of Colonel Nicholas Kempson's Regiment; of Colonel Grey's Regiment; and of Colonel Oconnellye's Regiment; all designed for the present Service for Ireland; and reported from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby-house; were read: And

It is Ordered That the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby-house, do grant Commissions to the said respective Officers for the Service of Ireland, accordingly.

Ordered &c. That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.

They were immediately carried to the Lords by Sir Robert Pye.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, &c. That Sir Wm. Brereton, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Ordered, &c. That Sir Francis Drake, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Message from Lords.

A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Hakewill;

The Lords have sent to this House a Declaration touching the Soldiers in the Army.

The Lords agree to the Votes, sent from this House, for continuing certain Regiments of Horse, and the Commanders of them, in England and Wales.

The Lords have nominated the Earl of Warwick and the Lord Delaware a Committee, to repair to the Army, and see it disbanded, according to the Directions in the Votes, sent from this House; and desire a proportionable Number of this House may join in this Service.

The Lords do agree to the Ordinance, sent from this House, for stating the Officers Accompts by the Committee of the Army; with some Amendments herewith returned: In which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Answer from Lords.

Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Orders for granting Commissions to the Officers in the several Lists carried to them by him, reported from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby-house.

Message to Lords.

Sir Robert Pye is appointed to go again to the Lords, to desire them to sit awhile.

Disbanding the Army.

The Declaration touching the Army was read: And the Words "And Acceptance of their faithful Service" being, upon the Question, added; the Declaration was put to the Question; and upon the Question, assented unto; and carried to the Lords, so amended, by Sir Robert Pye immediately; and was in hæc verba; viz.

"The Lords and Commons, finding it of absolute Necessity, in relation to their Duty as to this Kingdom, to take off the great Charge which it hath so long undergone in Maintenance of Armies; as likewise to that of Ireland, which cries out for present Relief, and must otherwise irrecoverably perish; have therefore thought fit to disband the Foot of this Army: But withal have taken it into their special Care to give all just Satisfaction to those who have served them, in providing for their Indemnity; and for the Maintenance of such as have lost their Limbs; as likewise for the Widows and Orphans of those who have lost their Lives in their Service; and an Assurance unto those who have voluntarily served them, not to be pressed out of the Kingdom; and also such a considerable Part of their Arrears to be paid to those that are to be disbanded, as is possible to be provided for the present, with regard to other publick Charges of unavoidable Necessity; and good and sufficient Security for all that shall appear to be due, both to Officer and Soldier, upon the Auditing of their Accompts; which is put into a way of speedy Dispatch, and of no Trouble at all to the Soldier, and but of little to the Officer: All which doth appear by the several Ordinances and Orders of both Houses, passed to that Effect: Which will, we presume, abundantly satisfy all Persons of the Parliament's Tenderness towards the Army, and Acceptance of their faithful Service; and dispose the Army to a ready and chearful Compliance to their Resolutions, that Ireland may be relieved, and this Kingdom recover a Breathing-time, after so long and heavy Sufferances; the Houses being fully resolved to apply their whole Care and Endeavours, with God's Assistance and Blessing, to remove all those Pressures which either the Necessity of War, or Want of Leisure for the Remedy in these troublesome Times, may have occasioned."

Answer from Lords.

Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords will fit awhile, as is desired.

Disbanding the Army.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Knightley, Sir John Potts, to be a Committee, to join with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to repair to the Army, to be assisting in the Disbanding of the Regiments now to be Disbanded.

Sir Robert Pye brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Amendment, returned from this House, to the Declaration sent from the Lords, concerning the Army.

Officers Accompts.

The Amendments returned by the Lords, to the Ordinance for Stating the Officers Accompts, were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And were, That, after the Words "Free Quarter," in this Ordinance, these Words, "and Monies otherwise levied; and to make up the Accompts according to the late Instructions for the Accompt of the Soldiery of the Kingdom," be added.

Disbanding the Army.

A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Heath and Mr. Hakewell;

The Lords have framed a Letter, to be signed by the Speakers of both Houses, and sent with the Votes to Sir Thomas Fairfaxe; and desire the Concurrence of this House herein.

The Letter was read; and was to accompany the Votes for disbanding the Foot of the Army: And was, upon the Question, assented unto.

Dicto.

Resolved, &c. That Power be given to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to prepare and give Instructions to the Commissioners appointed to repair to the Army, in pursuance of the Votes for disbanding the Foot of the Army.

Resolved, &c. That the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, and the Committee of the Army, joined as to this Business, shall have Power to disband the Train of Artillery; and to take care that so much of the Train as shall not be employed for the Service of Ireland, may be brought safe to the Tower of London; and to take like Care to return the Three Pieces now in the Train, to Portesmouth, that are informed to belong to that Garison.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, &c. That Mr. Westrow, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Ordered, &c. That Mr. Gurdon, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Ordered, &c. That Mr. Dixwell, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

Committee of Privileges.

Resolved, &c. That, notwithstanding the Adjourn mnt of the House, the Committee for Privileges do sit Tomorrow in the Afternoon, and on Monday in the Afternoon.

Army Commissioners.

The Question was propounded, That Five hundred Pounds be advanced for the Service of the Commissioners, formerly and now employed to the Army:

And the Question being put, Whether this Question shall be now put;

It passed with the Affirmative.

Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds be forthwith advanced, for the Service of the Commissioners, formerly and now employed to the Army: And that the said Five hundred Pounds be paid by the Committee of the Revenue.

Payment of Dragoons.

Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the Army do give Warrant to the Treasurers at Wars, out of the Monies they shall now receive, to pay the Convoy of Dragoons, that is appointed to convoy the Monies to the Army.

Army.

Ordered, &c. That Colonel Rainsborough do, with all Speed, repair to his Regiment, and command all his Officers that are in Town, to repair down thither likewise with all Speed: And that he do take Course to stay his Regiment in the Place he shall find it at his coming down, until this House take further Order.

Answer to Lords.

Answer returned to the First Message; that this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and have appointed a Committee to join with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to repair to the Army: They do agree to the Amendments returned to the Ordinance for Stating the Accompts of the Soldiers of the Army, by the Committee: To the rest they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Answer returned to the Second Message; That this House hath considered their Lordships Message; and do agree to the Letter to be sent to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe; and that it be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.

Playford's Arrears.

Ordered, &c. That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds be charged, in Course, with Interest for the same, payable every Six Months, upon that Moiety of the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall which is not engaged for the last Two hundred thousand Pounds; and, upon the Remainder of those Receipts, after that Security is perfected, without Prejudice to the said Security: And that the said Sum of Three hundred Pounds, and Interest, as they shall grow due, be paid, upon Account, to Captain Samuell Playford, by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, to be accounted in part of the Arrears due unto him, upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament: And that an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Captain Samuell Playford, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurers, for the Payment of the said Sum of Three hundred Pounds, and Interest, accordingly.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

According to former Order the House adjourned itself to Tuesday Morning next, at Eight of Clock.