Die Mercurii, 12 Aprilis, 1648.
Mr. Knightley reports from the Committee, the State
of Mr. Peck's Losses, in relation to the Iron Works
in the Forest of Dcane; and the Opinion of the Committee for the Repair of his Losses.
Resolved, &c. and be it Ordered, That no Wood or
Timber be cut or selled, within the Forest of Deane, until the House take further Order: And that the Wood or
Timber, now cut, be forthwith seized upon, and preserved for the Use of the State; notwithstanding any
former Grant, Order or Ordinance of Parliament.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Revenue, together with the Gentlemen of the County of
Gloucester, as to this Business, to take speedy and effectual
Care for the Preservation of the Wood and Timber in
that Forest, according to the former Order.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the former Committee, to examine the Abuses that have been committed
in felling Timber in the Forest of Deane, upon Pretence
of Cordwood; and by whom the Abuses have been committed; and to send for Parties, Witnesses; and to report the Abuses committed, and by whom; together with
their Opinions, for effectual Redress of the like for the
Resolved, &c. That such Timber as is already cut and
selled in the Forest of Deane, be viewed; and such as shall
be judged fit for Shipping, be preserved for that Use,
and brought into the Stores of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do send
to the Committee of the Navy; desiring them to give
Order to the Commissioners of the Navy, to appoint
Commissioners, or other Officers, that may be employed
to view the Timber already cut or felled, in the Forest of
Deane; and to set apart such as shall be fit for Shipping;
and to take care, that it may be speedily brought into the
Stores of the Navy, there to be employed for Shipping,
for the publick Safety.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee in
the like manner, and with the same Power, to consider of
the New Forest; and to take care of the Preservation
thereof; and to examine the Abuses there; and to take
the like Care for preventing and redressing them: And
that no Wood or Timber be cut or felled there, until the
House take further Order: And that such as is there already cut, be preserved for the Use of the State: And
that there be the like Care taken for setting apart, bringing
into the Stores of the Navy, and employed for the Use of
the publick Shipping, such Timber, as, within the New
Forest, is already cut, that is fit for Shipping.
Mr. Love is appointed to go to the Lords, to desire
them to appoint a speedy Time for the Swearing the
Commissioners of the Great Seal.
Resolved, &c. That this Report concerning Mr. Pecke
be re-committed: And that the Gentlemen of the County
of Gloucester be added to this Committee: And they are
to send for Mr Gonning, or any other Person, as they
shall think fit; the better to enable them to state the
whole Matter to the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Gower be desired to preach before
the House the next Fast Day; Mr. Bargesse, formerly desired, excusing himself upon great Indisposition of Health.
Colonel Lee is appointed to desire Mr. Gower.
Ordered, That, on Tuesday Sevennight, Sir Gilbert Gerard's Mr. Peck's and the Accompts of Sir Henry Vane's
junior, be brought in, and reported.
Mr. Wheeler, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Snelling, Mr.
Humfrey Edwards, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Greg. Norton,
Colonel Wilson, and Mr. Holland.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are presently
to withdraw; and to consider of the additional Ordinance
for the Committee of the Militia in the Borough of Southwarke: And are presently to bring it in again.
An additional Ordinance for giving further Power to
the Committee of the Militia of Westminster, and Parts
adjacent, was this Day read the First and Second time; and
upon the Question, committed unto the Committee formerly appointed for the Militia of Southwarke, with the
Addition of Sir Robert Pye, Sir John Danvers, and Sir
John Hippesley, and Mr. Whittacre: And this Committee
is likewise to bring a Clause in this Ordinance, to enable
the Committees of the Militia to call Treasurers to Account, and to punish them upon Refusal: And they are
to bring in this Ordinance To-morrow Morning.
Sheriff of Dorset.
Ordered, That William Sacage Esquire, formerly appointed by both Houses to be Sheriff of the County of
Dorsett, have Liberty to come out of his County, and to
come to London, upon his own Occasions.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Transactions with Scotland.
A Letter from the Commissioners of Parliament, from
Edinburgh, of 4 Aprilis 1648, with the Copy of a Paper
delivered in, by them, to the Parliament of Scottland,
touching the Demand of Sir Thomas Glemham, and others;
and a Letter from the Chancellor of Scotland to the Commissioners of Parliament; were all this Day read.
Ordered, That a Warrant do issue forth, under Mr.
Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in
Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the new Election of
a Knight of the Shire to serve in this present Parliament
for the County of Middlesex, in the room and place of Sir
John Francklyn Knight, deceased, formerly chosen to serve
as Knight of the Shire for that County.
The House being informed, that the Gentleman Usher
of the House of Peers was at the Door;
He was called in; and acquainted the House, That the
Lords were ready to give the Oaths to the Commissioners
of the Great Seal, if this House were ready to come to
Relief of Ireland.
Ordered, That on Saturday Morning next, peremptorily, the first Business, the additional Ordinance for Relief
of Ireland be read.