Die Jovis, 25 Novembris, 1647.
ORDERED, That Mr. Wheeler do, from this House,
give Thanks unto Mr. Carter, for the great Pains he
took in his Sermon, preached Yesterday at Margaret's
Westminster, before the House of Commons, it being a Day
of Publick Humiliation: And that he desire him to print
his Sermon: Wherein he is to have the like Privilege in
Printing of it, as others in the like kind usually have had.
Ordered, That Major General Browne do, from this
House give Thanks unto Mr. Kentish, for the great Pains
he took in his Sermon, preached Yesterday at Margarett's
Westminster, before the House of Commons, it being a
Day of public Humiliation: And that he desire him to
print his Sermon: Wherein he is to have the like Privilege in Printing of it, as others in the like kind usually
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler do, from this House, desire Mr. Seaman to preach before the House of Commons,
at Margarett's, Westminster, on the next monthly Fast
Ordered, That Mr. Allen do, from this House, desire
Mr. Carill to preach before the House of Commons, at
Margarett's, Westminster, on the next monthly Fast Day.
A Letter from the General, from Windsore, of 23 Novembris 1647, was read; signifying, That a Petition was
delivered unto him from some Four hundred Inhabitants
of one Part of the County of Bucks, concerning Free
It is Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Consideration of the Grand Committee, appointed to sit Tomorrow Morning concerning the taking off Free Quarter.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Coke, a Member of this House,
shall have Leave to go into the Country for Six Weeks.
Propositions to the King.
According to former Order, the House took into Consideration the Paper of 23 Novembris 1647, reported
from the Scotts Commissioners by Sir Arthur Hesilrige;
containing their Answer touching joining in presenting
the Propositions to the King.
Ordered, That the Members of both Houses, that are
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do, this Afternoon,
acquaint the Scotts Commissioners with the Declarations
and Votes that have been made, concerning the Savings
that each Kingdom hath made, touching the respective
interest of each Kingdom in the Matter of their Propositions of Peace; and to press the Scotts Commissioners to
give their positive Answer, touching their joining in presenting these Propositions to the King.
Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein.
Mr. Reynolds is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Tonage and Poundage.
He is likewise to put the Lords in mind of the Order
concerning Tonage and Poundage, remaining with their
Lordships; and of the Necessity of expediting it.
Ordinance, &c. returned.
Returned the Ordinance concerning the Maintenance of
a Minister at Banbury, with one Amendment: Order concerning Timber, assigned for Repair of the Town of Banbury: Order for lessening the Quorum of the Committee
appointed to examine the Business concerning London
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Berrow, a Member of this House,
shall have Leave to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the Seals set upon the Doors of the
King's Bedchamber, and other Places at Hampton Court,
by the Commissioners, be taken off: to the end that
Use may be made of those necessary Accommodations that
are there: And that Sir Walter Erle and Mr. Crew do go
down, and take off these Seals accordingly.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Crew a Member of this House,
shall have Leave to go into the Country for Six Weeks.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Reynolds brings Answer, That the Lords do agree
to all the Matters carried to them by him, except only to
that Order concerning the Scotts Commissioners; to which
they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The House being informed, that divers Divines of
the Assembly of Divines, were at the Door;
They were called in; and did present a Catechism,
stiled by them, "A Shorter Catechisin."
Ordered, That the Assembly of Divines be desired to
print the like Number of this Catechism as of the former,
in the like manner as the former is appointed: And that
they do add, both to the larger Catechism, and this Shorter,
the Texts of Scripture.
Resolved, &c. That the Divines of the Assembly be
desired to proceed in giving their Answer to the Queries,
formerly propounded unto them by this House.
Assembly of Divines thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do return the Divines of
the Assembly the Thanks of this House, for the great
Pains and Care they have taken in this Catechism.
The Divines of the Assembly were called in: And Mr.
Speaker, by the Command of the House, did give them
the Thanks of this House, accordingly; and did acquaint
them with the other Resolutions and Desires of the House.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Mr.
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you
an additional Power to the Committee of Lords and
Commons, appointed to examine the Business concerning the London Agents: Which they have expressed in
Writing; and desire the Concurrence of this House:-
An Ordinance for Nine hundred Pounds for Poor; which
moved first from this House; which they agree to, with
some small Alterations: A Petition of Mrs. Highlerd;
which they do especially recommend to the Consideration
of this House:-To put this House in mind of the
Draught of a Letter, formerly sent to this House, to be
sent to the Scotts Commissioners, in Answer of Two of
The Power desired to be given to the Committee of
Lords and Commons for London Agents was read; and
was in hæc verba; viz.
The Lords and Commons, having seriously considered
the Dangers and Mischiefs that may be brought upon the
Kingdom, by the Endeavours of those Agents that have
formerly and still do continue to use their Interest for the
Subverting of the present established Government of this
Kingdom, do Order, That the Committee, formerly appointed for the Examination of that Business, shall have
Power to frame a Declaration, setting forth the dangerous
Consequences that may come to the whole Kingdom, if
not prevented; and likewise to put it into a Way for a
present Punishment and Suppression of such Persons as
shall be found spreading of Papers, or writing of Books,
or procuring Subscriptions to Petitions, or any other way
active in promoting so destructive a Design.
The Amendments to the Order for the Nine hundred
Pounds to the Poor, out of Weavers Hall, were read;
and assented unto.
And then the Order runs thus:
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in
Parliament, That the Sum of Nine hundred Pounds, remaining at Weavers Hall, Part of the Forty-two thousand
Pounds raised by Ordinance of the Three-and-twentieth of
June 1647, be borrowed and secured and repaid out of
the first Monies of the Ten thousand Pounds formerly
charged upon the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, and assigned
to the Relief of poor indigent Persons: And that the said
Sum of Nine hundred Pounds be paid unto Mr. Greenhill,
or Mr. Pocock, Treasurers appointed by former Ordinance for Officers, to be distributed according to the
former Orders made to the said Treasurers: And the
Treasurers at Weavers Hall are hereby required to issue
forth and pay the said Nine hundred Pounds to the said
Treasurers, to be disposed as aforesaid, or one of them:
And that the Acquittance of the said Treasurers, or one
of them, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to
the Treasurers at Weavers Hall, for the Payment of the
said Sum of Nine hundred Pounds accordingly.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And do
agree to the additional Power desired to be given to the
Committee of Lords and Commons for examining the
Business concerning the London Agents: To the Alterations in the Order for Nine hundred Pounds, out of
Weavers Hall, to certain poor People: Have taken the
Draught of a Letter, to be sent to the Scotts Commissioners, into Consideration; and will speedily send Answer to it: To the Petition of Mrs. Highlord, they will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the House do meet this Afternoon at
Two of Clock, only to take into Consideration the Providing of present Monies for Supply of the Army.
Merchant Adventurers Claims.
MR. Myles Corbett reports the State of the Debt,
demanded from the Parliament by the Company of
Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of the Demand of the Merchant Adventurers of the Sum of Six
thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds as a Debt from
Resolved, &c. That this House doth allow of the Demand of the Merchant Adventurers of the Sum of Five
hundred Pounds, as a Debt from the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That the Demand of the Merchant Adventurers, of the Sum of Two thousand Eight hundred
and Eighteen Pounds Four Shillings Two-pence Halfpenny, be re-committed.
Merchant Adventurers Loan.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee formerly
appointed to treat with the Merchant Adventurers for the
Loan of Ten thousand Pounds, and the Committee of the
Army, joined as to this Business, to speak with the Merchant Adventurers; and to report their positive Answer
touching the Loan of the said Ten thousand Pounds.
Privilege to Witnesses.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth Declare, That all
Persons that are summoned to attend any Committee of
this House, as Witnesses, in any Cause depending before
them, ought to have the Privilege of Parliament; and to
be freed from Arrests in coming, staying, and returning
from the said Committee.
And whereas the House is informed, That some Persons
summoned, as Witnesses, to attend the Committee of Complaints, in the Cause depending before the said Committee,
concerning the Person nominated Sheriff for the County
of Carmarthen, were, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, arrested, coming or going from the said Committee,
and during the Time of their Attendance upon the said
Committee: It is Ordered, That the said Persons, so
arrested as aforesaid, be forthwith freed from the said
Arrest and Imprisonment thereupon: And the Persons at
whose Suit they are arrested, and in whose Custody they
are, are hereby required to take Notice of this Order, and
to discharge them accordingly.
The humble Petition of divers Inhabitants of the City
of London, who were cut and wounded at the Guildhall
of the said City, on Monday the Second of August 1647,
was this Day read. And,
It is Ordered, That the Consideration of this Petition
be referred to the Committee of Complaints; to examine
the Truth of the Matters suggested, to state them to the
House, and to report their Opinions upon the Whole.
Ordered, That, To-morrow, the first Business, the
House do take into Consideration the Addition of Pay for
the Army, to the end no Free Quarter be taken.