Die Veneris, 20 Augusti, 1647.
Martin's in the Fields Poor.
ORDERED, &c. That the Committee of the Revenue
do forthwith advance and pay unto the Collectors of
the poor visited People, of the Parish of Martin's in the
Fields, in which Parish Two of the King's Houses are, the
Sum of One hundred Pounds; to be employed for the
Relief of the poor visited People of the said Parish.
Ordered, &c. That there be a Collection in all the
Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London, Westminster, Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bills of
Mortality, on Tuesday next come Sevennight, being the
Day of Publick Thanksgiving for the great Victory in
Ireland: And that there be likewise a Collection on Tuesday next come Fortnight in all the Churches and Chapels
through England: And that the Money so collected be
returned to the Treasurers at Christ Church; to be disposed
and employed for the Relief of poor Irish Protestants that
are come out of Ireland, and are about the Cities of London and Westminster: And Mr. Knightley is to bring in an
Ordinance to this Purpose: Wherein Care is to be taken
for the orderly Distribution hereof, that these charitable
Intentions of good People herein may not be abused and
Resident in Holland.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Walther Strickland, Resident
for the Parliament with the States of the United Provinces,
shall, upon his own Desire, have Leave, for a convenient
Time, to come home, for Dispatch of his own Occasions:
And that it be referred to the Committee for foreign Affairs, to give him notice hereof; and to the Committee
for the Admiralty, to give Order for a Ship for his Convoy.
Ordered, &c. That, on Tuesday next, the Report in
Mr. Challoner's Hand, concerning some Gentlemen of
Ireland, be made.
Ministers of Religion.
A Letter from the General, from Kingston, of 19
Augusti 1647, with a Copy of a Petition, and other
Informations, of Ministers put in by Authority of Parliament, that are turned out and dispossessed by malignant
Ministers was read.
Mr. Scott, Mr. Ball, Mr. Jo. Corbett, Mr. Ashhurst,
Mr. Knightley, Sir Wm. Brereton, or any Three of them,
are appointed presently to withdraw, to prepare an Order,
upon the Debate of the House, for keeping godly Ministers in their Livings, that are placed there by Authority
Ordered, &c. That, To-morrow, the Petition of the
Borough of Southwarke, now tendered by Mr. Marten,
Ordered, &c. That To-morrow Morning, next after
the Petition of the Borough of Southwarke, the Report
concerning Mr. Jeremy Bowyer, now in Mr. Nelthorpe's
Hand, be made.
An Ordinance for charging the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in
Course, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight
Pounds per Cent. payable every Six Months, from the
Time of the Advance thereof, until the same shall be reimbursed, was read; and, upon the Question, passed;
and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir John Temple is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Ordinance to be prepared.
Mr. Boys, Sir Jo. Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Prideaux, Mr.
Rous, Mr. Wm. Pirrepont, Mr. Greene, Sir Henry Vane, Mr.
Ashhurst, Mr. Clerke, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Swynfen, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Gewen, Sir Arth. Hesilrige, Mr. Bulkeley,
Mr. Dodderiche, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Nath. Fiennes,
This Committee, or any Five of them, is appointed
to meet presently in the Court of Wards, to prepare an
Ordinance, upon the whole Debate concerning the Subject Matter of the Ordinance brought in Yesterday.
Resolved, &c. That the House do meet this Afternoon
at One of Clock.
Message to Lords.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire
them to sit this Afternoon, by reason this House shall
have Occasion to come unto them, upon Matters of great
He likewise carried to the Lords an Ordinance for restoring Wm. Billers, Clerk of the Deliveries, to his Place:
And an Order concerning Dartmouth Castle.
Acts passed since Violence to Parliament.
AN Ordinance for declaring null and void all Votes,
Orders and Ordinances, passed in either or both Houses
of Parliament since the Force on both Houses on Julii
26, until the Sixth of this present August, was this Day
read the First and Second time.
The Question being put, Whether these Words, "and
consenting," shall be added in this Ordinance after the
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Walter Erle,
||Tellers for the Yea:
||With the Yea,
Sir Jo. Evelyn of Wiltes,
||Tellers for the Noe:
|Sir Arth. Hesilrige,
||With the Noe,
So that the Question passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the Word "and," between the
Words "present . ." and "knowing," shall be made
"or;" and that these Words shall run thus, "present at
or knowing of."
Resolved, &c. That this Ordinance shall pass so amended:
Being, upon the Question, agreed unto;
It was sent to the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Sir
Answer from Lords.
Sir John Temple brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Ordinance for appointing the Days of Publick Thanksgiving for the great Victory obtained against
the Rebels in Ireland; and to the Ordinance for Twenty
thousand Pounds upon the Excise, for the Service of the
Forces under the Command of Colonel Jones.
Relief of Chester.
An Ordinance for Relief of the poor visited Inhabitants of the City of Chester, by a voluntary Collection in
the Parishes and Chapels in several Counties and Places
of this Kingdom, named in the said Ordinance, was read;
and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent
unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Wheeler is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Ministers of Religion.
An Ordinance for keeping in godly Ministers, put into
Livings by Authority of Parliament, was this Day read
the First time; and ordered to be read the Second time
To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Answer from Lords.
Sir John Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Ordinance carried by him, as it was sent up.
Leave to attend the King.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Hippesley shall have Leave
to attend the Person of the King.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, &c. That Sir John Corbett shall have Leave
to go into the Country, for the Recovery of his Health.
Violence offered to Parliament.
WHEREAS there was a visible, horrid, insolent, and
actual Force, upon the Houses of Parliament, on Monday
the Twenty-sixth of July last; whereupon the Speakers, and
many Members of both Houses of Parliament were forced
to absent themselves from the Service of the Parliament:
And whereas those Members of the Houses could not return, to sit in Safety, before Friday the Sixth of August: It
is therefore Declared, by the Lords and Commons, in
Parliament assembled, That the Ordinance of Monday the
said Twenty-sixth of July, for the revoking and making
void of the Ordinance, of the Three-and-twentieth of
the said July, for the Settling of the Militia of the City
of London, being gained by Force and Violence; and all
Votes, Orders, and Ordinances, passed in either or both
Houses of Parliament since the said Ordinance of the
Twenty-sixth of July to the said Sixth of August are null
and void; and were so at the Making thereof; and are
hereby declared so to be; the Parliament being under a
Force, and not free. Provided always, and be it Ordained,
That no Person or Persons shall be impeached or punished
for his or their Actings, by, or upon, or according to, the
aforesaid Votes, Orders, or Ordinances, unless he or they
shall be found guilty of contriving, acting, or abetting,
the aforesaid visible and actual Force; or, being present
at or knowing of the said Force, did afterwards act upon
the Votes so forced; or were guilty of entering into or
promoting the late Engagement for bringing the King to
the City, upon the Terms and Conditions expressed in
his Majesty's Letter of the Twelfth of May last.