Die Sabbati, 20 Maii, 1648.
Soldiers in the Tower.
A LETTER from the General, from Windsore, of
19 Maii 1648, touching the Lieutenant of the
Tower, the Officers and Soldiers under his Command,
was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Six thousand Pounds, assigned
by Ordinance of Parliament to be paid unto the Lieutenant of the Tower, out of Haberdashers Hall, be transferred and assigned over to the Treasurers at War: And
that an Ordinance of Parliament be brought in, to that
Purpose, by the Committee of the Army.
It is further Ordered, That this Letter from the General
be referred to the Committee of the Army.
Affairs in Surry.
Resolved, &c. That the Gentlemen that serve for the
County of Surry, and those Gentlemen, Members of this
House, that dwell in the County of Surry, be desired to
go down into the County of Surry.
Sir Richard Onslowe reports some Instructions for some
Gentlemen to be appointed to go into the County of
Surry: The which were read; and, upon the Question,
committed unto Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Tate, Mr. Boys, Sir
John Evelyn, Sir Richard Annesley, Mr. Drake, Mr.
Weaver; or any Three of them: Who are presently to
withdraw upon it.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Henry Herbert, Mr. Boone,
and Colonel Morley, shall have Leave to go into the
The Question being put, That Mr. Lisle shall have
Leave to go into the Country;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Henry Mildmay,
||Tellers for the Yea:
||With the Yea,
Sir Tho. Dacres,
||Tellers for the Noe:
||With the Noe,
So that the Question passed with the Affirmative.
Affairs in Wales.
A Letter from Lieutenant General Cromwell, of the
Fifteenth Maii 1648, from Cardiffe; with some intercepted Letters inclosed; and a Declaration, in the Name
of the Gentlemen and Inhabitants of Wales; were all this
A Letter from Captain Wogan, from Bridge End, of the
Thirteenth of May 1648; with Papers inclosed, of the
Names of such Officers as came off from Langharne to
Colonel Horton: A Note of Gentlemen to be Committees
of the Militia and Sequestrations in the Counties of Carmarthen and Pembrokesheire, of Persons to be Committees
in the County of Cardigan.
Resolved, &c. That the Powder, Ammunition, Arms,
Guns, and Shot, desired by Lieutenant General Cromwell
in his Letters to the Committee at Derby House, and the
Committee of the Army, be forthwith provided, and sent
to him by Sea: And that it be referred to the Committee
of the Army, the Committee of the Navy, and Committee
of Stores, to provide all such Arms, Ammunition, and
Guns, &c. accordingly: And that the Committee of the
Admiralty do take care, and give Order, that these Provisions and Supplies may be conveyed by Shipping.
Resolved, &c. That the Advantage and Benefit that shall
be made by the Sequestration or Sale of the Estates of those
Persons that have engaged in the late Action against the
Parliament Forces in South Wales and Monmouthsheire,
shall be applied to the Service and Pay of the Army:
And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army to
prepare and bring in an Ordinance, whereby those Estates
may be sequestered, sold, and disposed, to the best Advantage, for these Uses; with the Names of such Persons as
they think fit to be intrusted in this Service.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to make Provision and Supply of present Monies
and Shoes, for the Brigade in South Wales: And that, on
Monday Morning next, the Committee of the Army do
make Report of such Obstructions as they meet with in
the Bringing in of Monies for the Army, and of such Remedies as they shall think fit to offer for Removal of
Ordered, That the Officers and Soldiers, that drew off
from Langharne, and came in to Colonel Horton, be paid
in like manner, by the Committee of the Army, as other
the Supernumeraries that are disbanded, and their Arrears
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, Sir Walter
Erle do make Report concerning Ammunition, and the
Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, the House
do proceed with the Ordinance for settling the Militia of
the Kingdom, the first Business.
Affairs in Surry.
Mr. Swynfen reports from the Committee, Instructions
for the Gentlemen that are appointed to go into the County
of Surry: The which were read; and, upon the Question, assented unto, and ordered to be sent unto the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Sir Richard Onslowe is appointed to carry it to the
And they were in hæc verba; viz.
Instructions for such Lords, and Members of the House
of Commons, as shall be sent into the County of
THAT the Earl of Northumberland be desired to go
suddenly down, with such other Gentlemen as the House
shall please to nominate into the County of Surry.
That they use their Endeavours, by the best Ways and
Means as they shall think fit, to inform the County of
Surry of the undue Manner of delivering a Petition to
the Houses, on Tuesday last, by many of the Inhabitants
thereof; and of the great Disorders that was amongst the
Petitioners, by tumultuous Shoutings, whilst the Houses
were in Consideration of the Petition; to the drawing together many disaffected Persons in and about Westminster,
to the Danger and Interruption of the peaceable Sitting
of the Houses.
That the House cannot attribute those Disorders to that
County; but do retain in Memory their many faithful Services and good Affections expressed to the Parliament;
and doubt not but those Distempers that fell out were
contrary to the Desires and Liking of that County.
That they inform the Inhabitants of that County, That
the Houses of Parliament intend not to hinder their presenting of Petitions in a due and fitting Way; but shall
be ready to give all Encouragement and Answers thereunto, for the Satisfaction of their just Desires.
That the Houses are upon the present Consideration of
Matters of most weighty Concernment, to the Settlement
of the Kingdom in a safe and happy Peace; and expect
to be free from tumultuous Interruptions therein.
That the Houses have ordered the restoring such Horses
as were taken away from divers of the Petitioners, that behaved themselves in a peaceable Manner at that Time:
And they shall take care that the whole Business be duly
examined; and that all Witnesses be freely heard; and
that no Misrepresentations may be made thereof, in the
A Letter from the General, touching the Guards at
the Mewes, from Windsore, of the 19 Maii, 1648, was
this Day read.
Ordered, That Colonel Rich, that commanded the Regiment of Horse at the Mewes, do forthwith bring back
that Regiment to the Mewes, to continue there as formerly,
until this House shall take other Order.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do give
Information to the General, of the Reasons and Grounds
of this Order.
Ordered, That Major General Phillipp Skippon do use his
best Endeavours, that there may be a good Understanding
and Correspondence held, between the Forces under his
Command, and the Guards at the Mewes and Whitehall,
for the Safety and Defence of the Parliament and City,
and mutual Defence and Preservation of themselves.
Colonel Harvey and Colonel Venne are appointed to acquaint Major General Phillipp Skippon with this Order.
Sir I. Sedley.
Ordered, That the Information given in to the House,
by a Member thereof, concerning Sir Isaack Sedley be
referred to the Examination and Consideration of the
Committee at Derby House.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Isaacke Sedley be forthwith sent
for in safe Custody, to answer such Matters as shall be
objected against him.
Mr. Swinfen, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Boys;
This Committee is appointed to prepare and bring in,
forthwith, an Ordinance for the Preventing of tumultuous Assemblings and Meetings, and of tumultuary
Petitioning; with an Assertion of the Subjects Liberty
to petition in a due Manner.
Lords to sit.
Sir Thomas Dacres is appointed to go to the Lords, to
desire them to sit awhile.
Treaty with the King.
Resolved, &c. That, upon Wednesday Morning next,
the House do debate, Whether they will have a Treaty
with the King; and, Upon what Terms.
Answer of Common Council.
Mr. Annesley reports the Substance of what was returned
in Answer by the Common Council, Yesterday, to the
Committee of Lords and Commons that was with them
Yesterday, by Order of the Houses; viz.
That they did acknowledge, with all Thankfulness, the
great Pains and Care of the Parliament for them: That
their Resolutions were constant, to remain firmly conjoined
in Opposition to the common Enemy, who watch for their
Ruin: That they look upon the News the Committee
brought them, as Light breaking through the Clouds: And
that they do resolve, in pursuance of the Solemn League
and Covenant, to live and die with the Parliament.
Expences of the King's Children.
Mr. Erle reports the Conference had with the Lords,
touching the King's Children: That the Earl of Northumberland had represented to the Lords the Inconveniency
he is always put upon, by laying out of his own Purse
great Sums of Money, for Supply of the King's Childrens Occasions; and, in the Condition that his Estate now
is, the Impossibility for him to do the like for the future:
Desires, That what is in Arrear unto him may forthwith
be paid; that such Monies as are, or shall be, allowed, for
their Expences, be so assigned, that the Payment may be
certain; or else, that the Houses would consider, How
otherwise to provide for and dispose of the Children.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do take
Order, That what is in Arrear to the Earl of Northumberland, for the Expences of the King's Children, be forthwith
Ordered, That such Monies as are, or shall be, allowed,
for the Expences of the King's Children, be assigned and
charged upon particular Receipts of some of the Receivers of the King's Revenue: And that Mr. Scawen do
prepare and bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose.
Ordered, That on Tuesday Morning next Mr. Bond do
make Report concerning the Duke of Gloucester.
An Ordinance for Discharge of the Commissioners of
Excise, for the Year 1645, was this Day read; and,
upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto
the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Mr. John Stephens reports from the Committee, an
Ordinance for preventing all tumultuary Meeting and
Petitionings: The which was read the First and Second
time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to
be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. John Stephens immediately carried it to the Lords.
Prisoners taken in Wales.
A Letter from Lieutenant General Cromwell, to the
Committee at Derby House, for Cardiff, of 15Maii,
1648, was this Day read: Wherein, amongst other things,
he expresses the several Conditions of the Prisoners taken
at the late Fight in South Wales; and their Intentions to
try some of them by a Council of War; believing the
Parliament will approve thereof.
Resolved, &c. That such of the Prisoners taken at the
late Fight in South Wales, as are fit to be tried by a
Council of War, be left to be so tried.
Whereas the Receipts of divers Rates of Excise and
New Imposts, set and imposed by Three several Ordinances of the Lords and Commons, assembled; that is
to say, the First of the said Ordinances commencing the
Eleventh of September, which was in the Year of our
Lord God, 1643, and is commonly called the Grand
Excise; the Second of the said Ordinances, bearing Date
the Ninth Day of January in the said Year 1643; and
the Third of the said Ordinances bearing Date the Eighth
Day of July, which was in the Year of our Lord God
1644; to have Continuance for One whole Year, from the
Time of the Commencement of the said Three several
Ordinances respectively; have sithence, by several other
Ordinances of the said Lords and Commons, been continued in the Hands, and under the Regulation, Order,
and Government of the Commissioners, in the said first
recited Ordinance, of the Eleventh of September 1643,
named and appointed, and the Survivors of them; in such
Manner, and during such Time, as in and by the several
Ordinances passed, for their Continuance, accordingly, is
expressed: And whereas by One other Ordinance of the
said Lords and Commons, bearing Date the Fourth Day
of October, which was in the Year of our Lord God 1645,
it is ordered and appointed, That all and every the Accompts of the said Excise and New Impost should then
all determine upon the Twenty-ninth Day of September
1645; and afterwards Quarterly, upon the Four usual
Feast Days, or Terms of the Year; as by the said recited
Ordinance, relation being thereunto had, more fully may
appear: And whereas, in pursuance thereof, the Accompts
of John Towse Esquire, and late Alderman of the City of
London, deceased, Thomas Foote, John Kendrick, Thomas
Cullum, and Symond Edmonds, Esquires, and Aldermen of
the said City; John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, of the
same, Esquires; Chief Commissioners and Governors, as
aforesaid, of all and every the said Receipts for One whole
Year, and Eighteen Days, ending the Twenty-ninth of
September 1645, upon the said Ordinance of the Eleventh
of September 1643; and for One whole Year and Half,
and Eighty-two Days, begun the Ninth of January 1643,
and ending the Twenty-ninth of September 1645, upon
the said Ordinance of the Ninth of January 1643; and
for One whole Year, and Eighty-one Days, ended the
Twenty-ninth of September 1645, upon the said Ordinance
of the Eighth of July 1644; have been duly audited, examined, and pricked over, with the Vouchers, Entries, and
Books of Accompts thereof, in the several Offices throughout the Kingdom, by Wm. Bond Esquire, sole Auditor of
the said Receipts, in that Behalf appointed, according to
the Directions prescribed in and by several Ordinances of
Parliament: Which said Accompts have been likewise
presented; by the said Auditor, unto the Committee of
Lords and Commons for regulating the Excise; and by
them considered of, examined, and allowed: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Heirs and Executors of the
said John Towse, deceased, and also that the said Thomas
Foote, John Kendrick, Thomas Cullam, Simon Edmonds,
John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, surviving Commissioners
of the Excise, and every of them, their and every of their
Heirs, Executors and Administrators respectively, hereby
now are, and from time to time, and at all times, for ever
hereafter, by Authority of Parliament, shall be saved harmless, and defended, for and concerning all and every Act
and Acts whatsoever, by them, or any of them, or by their,
or any of their Sub Commissioners, Deputies, or Under
Officers whatsoever, by their Direction, or any of them,
done or executed in or concerning the Collecting of the
said Rates of Excise and New Impost, or in or concerning
the Ordering and Governing thereof: And that the Heirs
and Executors of the said John Towse, deceased, and also
of the said Thomas Foot, John Kendrick, Thomas Cullum,
Simon Edmonds, John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, and
every of them, their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, respectively, are, and hereby for ever hereafter shall
be, acquitted and discharged of and from all Receipts,
Payments, Reckonings, Accompts, Questions, and Demands whatsoever, of, for, touching, and concerning the
said Three several Ordinances of Parliament herein first
recited, for the several Terms before specified respectively,
ending the Twenty-ninth of September 1645. And lastly,
Be it Ordained, by Authority aforesaid, That the said
Thomas Foote, John Kendrick, Thomas Cullum, Symon Edmonds, John Lamott, and Edward Claxton, and every of
them, their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, are,
and shall be, liable for such Sums of Money, of the Debts
and Surcharges set over, insuper, upon the Sub Commissioners and Debtors, in the said Accompts named; and
for all such other Sums of Money due for Excise, by virtue of the said several Ordinances, until the said Twentyninth Day of September 1645, before mentioned, as already
have, or hereafter shall, come to their or any of their
Hands; and no more.