Die Martis, 29 Junii, 1647.
Plague at Chester, &c.
WHEREAS the City of Chester, and the Town of
Warrington in the County of Lancaster, are grievously visited with the Plague of Pestilence; and that there
are many very poor Persons in the said Places; which, if
they be not relieved in an extraordinary Way, are like to
perish for Want: It is therefore Ordered, by the Commons,
assembled in Parliament, That, upon Wednesday the
Thirtieth of this Instant June, being a Day of Humiliation, a publick Collection be made in all Churches,
Places, and Chapels, within the Cities of London and Westminster, the Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills
of Mortality: And that the one Moiety of the said Money
that shall be collected be paid, by the Collectors thereof,
unto Mr. Henry Ashurst and Mr. James Wainwright,
Citizens of London, or their Agents, at the Sign of the
Talbot in Cateaton Street, near Guildhall, London: Who
are hereby required forthwith to send Two Parts of all
such Monies as they shall receive unto the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs, of the City of Chester; and the other
Third Part unto the Constable of the said Town of Warrington, and unto Mr. Wooly and Mr. Robert Massy, Inhabitants of the said Town; to be by the said Officers
and Persons distributed unto such of the poor Inhabitants
of the said City and Town as shall most need it: And the
Lord Mayor of the City of London is desired to give Notice
of this Order unto the Ministers, Churchwardens, and other
Officers, of the said several Churches, Places, and Chapels:
And the several Ministers are desired to exhort the People
to contribute freely to so charitable a Work.
Ordered, That, on Friday next, the first Business, the
Cheshire Petition be read.
Petition from the Eleveu Members.
The humble Petition of the Members charged by the
Army, whose Names are subscribed, was read.
Resolved, &c. That, according to the former Directions
of the House, the particular Charge and Proofs against
the Members charged by the Army, be brought in, and
produced, by Friday next at farthest: And that a Letter
be prepared, and sent to the Commissioners with the
Army, to this Purpose.
Sir Gilbert Gerard and Mr. Swynfen are appointed to
prepare this Letter.
Army Accompts, &c.
The humble Petition of the Officers that are come off
from the Army, in Obedience to the Parliament's Command, in the Behalf of themselves and Soldiery.
Resolved, &c. That these Petitioners and Soldiers be
referred to the Committee of the Army; to state and
audite their Accompts.
Resolved, &c. That the Officers that have subscribed
this Petition, viz. Colonel Sir Robert Pye, Colonel Thomas
Sheffield, Colonel Richard Grevis, Colonel John Butler,
be referred to the Consideration of the Committee at
Darby House, for the Affairs of Ireland; to give in a
List of themselves, Officers, and Soldiers, that will go for
Ireland; and to report that List with all Speed.
Resolved, &c. That all those Officers and Soldiers that
are come off from the Army shall forthwith either be sent
over into Ireland, or be disbanded: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland at
Derby House, to consider, this Afternoon, how this Vote
may be speedily put in Execution; and to report their
Opinions herein on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That Colonel White do represent it to the
General, That the Walloones formerly of Colonel Grevis
his Regiment, and now under the Command of Colonel
Scroope, may be forthwith discharged; the Countries
complaining of them, that they are an insupportable
Burden unto them.
Prisoners in the Lines.
Ordered, That, on Friday Morning next, the Petition
* * *, concerning the Prisoners in the Lines of
Communication, in Mr. Knightie's Hands, be read
Judges to go Circuits.
Resolved, &c. That there shall be Circuits this Summer
in all the Counties of England and Wales, as formerly:
And that it be referred to the Commissioners of the Great
Seal of England, to appoint Judges for the said several
Circuits, as formerly; and to present them to the Houses,
for their Approbation.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs be
desired to forbear the Twenty thousand Pounds payable
the Twenty-fourth of this instant June, for Three Months
Ordered, That, on Saturday next, Mr. Maynard do report the Ordinance in his Hands concerning Protections.
Tumultuous Assemblies, &c.
An Ordinance, or Declaration, prohibiting the tumultuous Assemblings of Officers and Soldiers about the
Houses, or about or in the Cities of London; and to command such as are not Inhabitants of these Parts to depart
the Lines of Communication, within Ten Days after the
Publication of this Ordinance, upon the Penalty of forfeiting their Arrears; was this Day read the First . . . .
Removing the King to Holdenby.
Mr. Reynolds reports the Preamble, which was set to
the Vote for removing the King's Person from Newcastle
to Holdenby, joined to the Vote, Yesterday passed, for
removing the King's Person again to Holdenby: The
which, so joined, was read, and approved.
He further reported a Letter to the Commissioners with
the King, to accompany this Vote; and a Letter to the
General, in order to this Vote: The which were read;
and, upon the Question, assented unto; and carried to
the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Mr. Reynolds.
Message to Lords.
There was further sent after Mr. Reynolds, by Mr.
Aiskew, to be communicated to the Lords for their Concurrence, the Vote concerning next Summer's Circuit:
But he was gone in before it came: And thereupon Sir
John Danvers carried it to the Lords.
Proceedings against the Eleven Members.
Mr. Swynfen reports a Letter, to be sent to the Commissioners with the Army, concerning the bringing in the
Particulars, Charge, and Proofs, against the Members
charged by the Army, by Friday next at farthest, was
read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Removing the King to Holdenby.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to the Vote for removing the King's Person to Holdenby;
and to the Preamble unto it; and to the Letters to be
sent to the General, and the Commissioners with the King,
in pursuance of an Order to the said Vote.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to bring unto you a
Paper, from the States Ambassador the Lord Joachimi;
wherein he desires his Pass to the King; and that a Letter
may be written to the Commissioners with the King to admit him accordingly, a Pass to the Low Countries, with
his Retinue, Coach, Horses, and other Necessaries; with
a Safeguard for his House, Houshold Servants, and all
Things left here: To all which Desires the Lords do
agree; and desire the Concurrence of this House.
The Lords desire some speedy Course may be taken for
settling the Jurisdiction and Judicature of the Admiralty:
An Order for appointing Colonel Buller to go speedily
into Silly, to command there in Chief, until both Houses
take further Order, in which they desire the Concurrence
of this House: A Pass for the Earl of Pembroke to transport Two Horses beyond the Seas, with a Groom: Two
Pardons, which are Pardons in Course; in which they
desire the Concurrence of this House.
Dutch Ambassador's Pass.
The Paper from the States Ambassador, containing the
said Three Desires, was read; and the particular Desires
agreed unto: And that a Letter be written to the Commissioners with the King pursuant thereunto.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday next, betwixt Ten and
Twelve, the Ordinance for settling the Jurisdiction of the
Court of Admiralty be read.
Island of Silly.
Ordered, By the Lords and Commons, in Parliament,
That Colonel Anthony Buller shall speedily go into the
Island of Silly, to command there in Chief, until the
Pleasure of both Houses be further signified.
E. of Pembroke's Pass.
The Pass for the Earl of Pembroke to send beyond the
Seas Two Horses, and a Groom to attend them, was
read; and agreed unto.
Two Pardons of Course, signed, the one, Edw. Atkyns
and John Wylde; the other, Henry Rolle and John Godbolt;
for Pardoning of divers Prisoners remaining in the several
Gaols in the Western and Oxfordshire Circuits; their
Facts being, some of them, small, and their first Offences;
and others, the Evidence doubtful; whom the said Judges
spared from Execution, certifying them to be fit Subjects
for Mercy; were this Day read; and assented unto by
Resolved, &c. That Sir Jonathan Crosland and Colonel
Holtby, now under Restraint in the Serjeant's Custody,
be forthwith bailed.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Edward Hungerford, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into . . .
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Alexander Bence and Mr.
Squire Bence, Members of this House, shall have Leave
to go into the Country.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Robert Bindlosse, a Member of
this House shall have Leave to go into . . . Country.
Soldiers to depart the Lines.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, the first
Business, the Ordinance concerning Officers and Soldiers
departing the Lines of Communication, be read.
Ordered, That, on Thursday next, peremptorily, Mr.
Whittacre make his Report concerning Mr. David