Die Veneris, 23 Julii, 1647.
MR. Swinfen reports the Case concerning the Election of Mr. Warmouth, to serve as a Burgess for the
Town of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Resolved, &c. That the House shall now proceed in
House to sit.
Resolved, &c. That the House do meet this Afternoon
at Two of Clock: And that the Lords be acquainted
herewith: and desired to sit likewise, if it may stand with
Message to Lords.
Sir John Evelyn went to the Lords with the Message
and Orders he was Yesterday appointed to carry to the
Lords for their Concurrence: The Order Yesterday made,
of Reference to the Commissioners with the Army, to treat
with the General and Commissioners, upon the sending
spcedily Forces into Ireland: The Ordinance for pardoning the Delinquency, and taking off the Sequestration, of
one Mr. Richard Earnley: And was to acquaint the Lords,
That this House hath resolved to sit this Afternoon at
Two of Clock; and to desire their Lordships to do the
like, if it may stand with their Conveniency.
Resolved, &c. That the Election of Mr. Warmouth, to
be Burgess for Newcastle, is void, and ought to be null:
And that a new Writ ought to issue forth.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker issue his Warrant to
the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, for issuing forth a
Writ for a new Election of a Burgess, to serve for the
Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Engagement by trained Bands, &c.
The printed Paper, stiled, The humble Petition of
the Citizens, Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers of the
Trained Bands and Auxiliaries, &c.; and the Engagement annexed; Yesterday read; was this Day again read.
A solemn Engagement of the Citizens, Commanders,
Officers, and Soldiers of the Trained Bands and
Auxiliaries, the young Men and Apprentices of the
Cities of London and Westminster, Sea Commanders,
Seamen, and Watermen; together with divers others,
Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers, within the
Lines of Communication, and Parishes mentioned
in the weekly Bills of Mortality.
WHEREAS we have entered into a solemn League
and Covenant, for Reformation and Defence of Religion,
the Honour and Happiness of the King, and the Peace and
Safety of the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and
Ireland: All which we do evidently perceive not only to
be endangered, but ready to be destroyed: We do therefore, in pursuance of our said Covenant, Oath of Allegiance, Oath of every Freeman of the Cities of London and
Westminster, and Protestations, solemnly engage ourselves,
and vow unto Almighty God, that we will, to the utmost
of our Power, cordially endeavour, that his Majesty may
speedly come to his Two Houses of Parliament with Honour, Safety, and Freedom; and that without the nearer
Approach of the Army; there to confirm such Things as
he hath granted in his Message of the 12th of May last, in
Answer to the Propositions of both Kingdoms: And that
by a personal Treaty with his Two Houses of Parliament,
and the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, such
Things as are yet in Difference, may be speedily settled;
and a firm and lasting Peace established.
For Effecting hereof, we do protest and re-oblige ourselves, as in the Presence of God the Searcher of all Hearts,
with our Lives and Fortunes, to endeavour, what in us
lies, to preserve and defend his Majesty's Royal Person
and Authority, the Privileges of Parliament, and Liberties
of the Subject, in their full and constant Freedom; the
Cities of London and Westminster, Lines of Communication, and Parishes mentioned in the weekly Bills of Mortality and all others that shall adhere with us to the said
Covenant, Oath of Allegiance, Oath of every Freeman of
London and Westminster, and Protestation: Nor shall
we, by any means, admit, suffer, or endure, any kind of
Neutrality, in this common Cause, of God, the King, and
Kingdoms; as we do expect the Blessing of Almighty
God, whose Help we crave, and wholly devolve ourselves
upon, in this our Undertaking.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to a Committee, to
prepare a Declaration against this Engagement, upon the
Debate now had in this House.
Mr. Selden, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Marten,
Mr. Wm. Pierrepont, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Snellinge, Sir
John Evelyn, Mr. Nath. Fiennes;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to prepare this Declaration; and to bring it in this Afternoon.
Grant for Irish Service.
Ordered, &c. That the Disposing of the Seven thousand Pounds, now to be sent into Munster, shall be by
the Lord President and Council, according to such Instructions as they shall receive from the Committee of
Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby
House: And that the War be carried on in that Province,
by Direction of the said President and Council.
Answer from Lords.
Sir John Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Declaration against the calling or drawing any
Forces into this Kingdom: to the Order of Reference to
the Commissioners with the Army, concerning the lessening the Charge, and disposing the Forces, in relation to
Ireland; and to the Ordinance for the taking off Mr.
Ernlye's Delinquency; and to all the other Orders and
Ordinances carried to them by him.
An Ordinance for restoring the Militia of the City of
London into the same Hands it was formerly in, before the
last Change, was read the First and Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Time for continuing this Ordinance shall be, during the Pleasure of both Houses.
Resolved, &c. That this Ordinance be committed to
the Committee that brought it in; with the Addition of
Mr. Miles Corbett, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Selden, Mr. Hill,
Mr. Bulkley, Sir Robert Harley, Mr. Whitelocke, Mr.
Fenwick, or any Three of them: And they are to meet
presently, in the Inner Court of Wards.
ORDERED, &c. That Mr. Lane's Petition be read,
on Tuesday next: And that Mr. Doyly, whom it
concerns, have notice hereof.
Mr. Wm. Stephens reports the Alterations and Amendments to the Ordinance, concerning the Militia of the
City of London: The which were twice read; and, upon
the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That the Time limited for this Ordinance shall be, during the Pleasure of both Houses.
And then the Ordinance, so amended, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Lords to sit.
Sir Robert Harley is appointed to go to the Lords, to
desire them to sit a while; in regard this House will suddenly be ready to come to them, with Business of Importance.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Ordinance, for Dr. Clerke to be Judge of the Admiralty:
There were some Defects in the former, which are supplied
in this. They recommend unto the Consideration of this
House the Petition of Dame Alice Moore, Viscountess
Dowager of Drogheda; with some Papers annexed: A
Report from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland,
made by the Earl of Warwicke; in which they desire the
Concurrence of this House: A Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Plymouth, concerning
one Stephen Evans, of Plymouth, Merchant, to have Satisfaction for bringing up divers Prisoners from Plymouth to
the Downes; in which they desire the Concurrence of this
House: An additional Ordinance for the true Payment
of Tythes, and other Duties.
The Order for appointing Dr. Wm. Clerke to be Judge
of the Admiralty was read; and, upon the Question,
The humble Petition of the Lady Moore was read:
It is Ordered, That this House will send Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Grant for Irish Service.
The Report from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, was
read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And was
the same that was made to this House, this Morning,
and passed; viz.
"That the Seven thousand Pounds, now to be sent into
Munster, be disposed by the Lord President and Council,
according to such Instructions as they shall receive from
the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House:
And that the War be carried on in that Province, by the
Direction of the said President and Council.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Stephen Evans, of Plymouth,
Merchant, shall have Satisfaction for the Hire of his Ship,
and the Expence of his Provisions therein, in bringing up
divers Prisoners from Plymouth into the Downes; with
some Consideration for his Care and Pains; being employed with Letters and Instructions from the Governor
and Mayor of that Place to the Parliament: And that it
be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to make
Satisfaction to the said Mr. Stephen Evans, accordingly.
The additional Ordinance for the true Payment of
Tythes, and other Duties, was this Day read.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And do
agree to the Ordinance for appointing Dr. Wm. Clerke
to be Judge of the Admiralty; and to the Order concerning the Disposing of the Seven thousand Pounds now to
be sent into Munster; and concerning carrying on the
War there: To the rest they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to Lords.
Sir John Evelyn carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance now passed, concerning the Militia
of the City of London: And was to desire the Lords to sit
Engagement by trained Bands.
Mr. Marten reports a Declaration, concerning the
printed Paper, containing an Engagement, read in the
Morning: The which was read; and, upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for
their Concurrence: And
It is Ordered, That this Declaration be published by
Beat of Drum, and Sound of Trumpet, in the Cities of
London, Westminster, Liberties, and Lines of Communication: And that it be referred to the Care of the Lord
Mayor, to have it published within the City of London,
and Liberties; and to the Care of the Sheriffs for the
Places within Middlesex.
Sir Henry Mildmay is appointed to carry it to the Lords;
and to desire their Concurrence in the Publishing of it.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of this House that are
of the Committee of the Militia of London, do take care,
That the Ordinance concerning the Militia of the City of
London, now passed both Houses, be communicated to the
Committee of the Militia: And that the said Committee
do meet this Night; and take some speedy and effectual
Course to provide for the Quiet and Safety of the City,
and the safe Sitting of the Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That Captain White be required to draw
forth his Company; and to have it in Readiness to prevent any Tumults in these Parts; and to be a Guard for
the safe and quiet Sitting of the Houses To-morrow:
And Mr. Wheeler, and Mr. Gurdon are desired to acquaint
Captain White with this Order; and to take care, that this
be so done accordingly.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Robert Manwaringe do
attend and guard the Houses To-morrow with his Troop
Declaration against the Engagement.
THE Lords and Commons, having seen a printed
Paper, intituled, A Petition to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Commons, of the City of London, in the Guildhall assembled, under the Name of divers Citizens, Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers, of the Trained Bands,
Auxiliaries, and others, young Men and Apprentices,
Sea Commanders, Seamen, and Watermen; together with
a dangerous Engagement of the same Persons, by Oath
and Vow, concerning the King's present coming to the
Parliament, upon Terms far different from those which
both Houses, after mature Deliberation, have declared
to be necessary for the Good and Safety of this Kingdom;
casting Reflections upon the Proceedings both of the Parliament and Army, and tending to the embroiling the
Kingdom in a new War; and the said Lords and Commons take notice of great Endeavours, used by divers
ill-affected Persons, to procure Subscriptions thereunto;
whereby well-meaning People may be misled; do therefore Declare, That whosoever, after Publication or Notice
hereof, shall proceed in, or promote or set his Name to,
or give Consent that his Name be set unto, or any Way
join in the said Engagement, shall be deemed and adjudged guilty of High Treason; and shall forseit Life and
Estate, as in Cases of High Treason is accustomed.
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons, assembled
in Parliament, for Constituting and Settling of the
Committee of the Militia of the City of London.
THE Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled,
taking into their serious Consideration the present State
and Condition of the Kingdom of England, and particularly
of the City of London, do Ordain and Declare; and be it
Ordained and Declared, by the Authority of Parliament,
That the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of London for the Time being, Sir John Wollaston, Isaac Pennington, Thomas Atkins, John Warner, James Bunce, John
Fowke, William Gibbes, John Kendrick, John Langham,
and Richard Chambers, Aldermen: Field Marshal Skippon; Randall Manwaring, Francis Peck, Samuell Warner,
James Russell, Nathaniell Wright, Wm. Barkley, Alexander Normington, Stephen Estwick, Owen Rowe, Richard
Turner senior, William Hobson, Richard Bateman, Richard
Turner junior, Robert Tichborne, Tempest Milner, Wm.
Antrebus, Thomas Player senior, Samuel Harsnett, Francis
Allen, Colonel Wilson, Colonel John Bellamy, Alexander
Jones, Citizens, or any Nine or more of them, be, and
are hereby constituted and appointed a Committee for
the Militia of the City of London, and Liberties thereof,
and all other Places within the Lines of Communication,
and weekly Bills of Mortality: And shall have Power,
and are hereby authorized, to assemble and call together all and singular Person and Persons of the said
City of London, and Liberties thereof, within the Lines of
Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, that are
meet and fit for the Wars: and them to train, exercise,
and put in Readiness; and them, after their Abilities, and
Faculties, well and sufficiently, from time to time, to cause
to be arrayed and weaponed; and to take the Musters of
them in Places most fit for that Purpose: And that they
shall have Power to lead, conduct and employ, the Persons aforesaid, arrayed and weaponed, for the Suppression
of all Rebellions, Insurrections, and Invasions, that may
happen with the said City and Liberties thereof, or
within the Lines of Communication and weekly Bills of
Mortality: And likewise shall have further Power and
Authority to lead, conduct, and employ, the Persons aforesaid, arrayed and weaponed, as well within the said City,
as within any other Part of this Realm of England, or
Dominion of Wales, for the Suppression of all Rebellions,
Insurrections, and Invasions, that may happen, according
as they shall, from time to time, receive Directions from
the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament: And
that the said Committee, or any Nine or more of them, as
aforesaid, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to
constitute and make Colonels, Captains, and other Officers;
and shall have Power to remove and displace Colonels,
Captains, and other Officers, from time to time, as they
or any Nine of them, as aforesaid, shall see Cause, and
think fit: And that the said Committee, or any Nine or
more of them, as aforesaid, shall have the same Powers
and Authorities, to all Intents and Purposes, and in the
same Manner and Form, as any Committee for the Militia of the City of London had, the 20th Day of July,
Anno Domini 1647, by any Order or Ordinance of Parliament: And that all and every Person and Persons, who
have heretofore acted or done, or hereafter shall act or do,
any Act or thing whatsoever, by virtue of this or any
former Ordinance or Ordinances of Parliament, concerning
the said Militia, shall be saved harmless, and indemnified for and concerning the same by Authority of Parliament. And it is hereby further Ordained, That no Citizen
of the City of London, nor any of the Forces of the
said City, and Liberties thereof, shall be drawn forth, or
compelled to go, out of the said City, or Liberties thereof,
for Military Service, without his or their free Consent.
And it is lastly Ordained and Declared, by Authority aforesaid, That the Ordinance of Parliament, of the Fourth Day
of May 1647, for the Militia of London, shall from henceforth cease, and be determined, to all Intents and Purposes
whatsoever: And this present Ordinance is to continue
during the Pleasure of both Houses of Parliament.
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