Die Jovis, 25 Maii, 1648.
Loan from London.
MR. Knightley reports from the Common Council
Yesterday, That they were very sensible of the
great Favours they have lately received from this House:
They were likewise very sensible of the great Necessity
there is for Money: They had taken the Desire for the
Loan of Thirty thousand Pounds into serious Consideration: That they were not able to advance it by way of
Loan: What Money should be requisite for Removal of
the Soldiers out of the Tower, they had prevailed with
the Treasurers to advance it: That, near the Sum desired, they had taken such Course as . . . bring it in almost as speedily as . . . it came in by way of Loan: They
had appointed a Committee to consider of the Obstructions which shall be presented to the House; and Power
desired for the Removal of them.
Soldiers in the Tower.
The humble Petitions of the Officers and Soldiers under
the Command of Colonel Tichborne, Lieutenant of the
Tower of London, and of the Twelve Gunners appointed
by his Excellency the Lord Fairefax, for the Safeguard
of the Tower, were this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Common Council of
the City of London, to take care, that, according to these
Petitions, the Officers, Soldiers, and Gunners, employed
in the Tower, be paid all their Arrears; and likewise so
much of the Monies upon the Engagement of the Six
thousand Pounds, as shall be requisite for the Removal of
the Soldiers out of the Tower.
Tumults in Kent.
Sir Gilbert Gerard reports from the Committee at
Derby House, Instructions for the Earl of Thanett, upon
Propositions by him offered, concerning appeasing the
Tumults in Kent: The which were read; and, upon the
Question, approved of; and were in hæc verba; viz.
Instructions for the Right Honourable John Earl of
Thanet, upon Propositions by him offered, concerning appeasing the Tumults in Kent.
1. Your Lordship is desired to declare to those that
are lately risen in Kent, That the Houses have lately
published a Declaration concerning Petitions to be brought
to the Houses (which is herewith delivered unto your
Lordship); That, when they have delivered up the
Towns, Magazines, and Arms, that they have seized, and
shall be retired peaceably to their Houses, they may bring
and present a Petition to the Houses, according to the
2. Your Lordship shall also declare unto them, That,
upon their immediate Disbanding, and Departing home
quietly to their Houses, they shall have Indemnity for
what is past.
Your Lordship is also desired to return to the Houses,
between this and Saturday Morning, an Answer, whether
they do give Obedience to the Parliament, in laying down
their Arms, delivering up the Magazines, and repairing
quietly to their own Houses.
Ordered, That the Committee at Derby House do forthwith send down the Earl of Thanett, with these Instructions, into the County of Kent.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at
Derby House, to dispose of the Forces of Horse and Foot
that are now to be removed out of the Tower, in such
way as may be most serviceable for the Defence and
Safety of the Parliament and City, according to the
former Order of this House therein.
Ordered, That the Persons taken Yesterday in Westminster Hall, by Colonel Baxter, and the Informations
now offered to the House by the said Colonel, be referred
to the Consideration and Examination of the Committee
at Derby House.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the Ordinance concerning the Militia of Westminster be reported,
next after the Ordinance for the Removal of Obstructions
in the Sale of the Bishops Lands.
Safety of Parliament, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee at Derby House do
give Notice to the General, That this House has given
Order for the present Stay of the Forces in the Tower,
somewhere here about London, for the Safety and Defence of the Parliament and City.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Annesley shall have Leave to go
into the Country.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the first Business,
the House do proceed in the Consideration of the Petitions and Desires of the Soldiery.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Admiralty
and Cinque Ports do sit presently; and so de die in diem,
till the Distractions in Kent be settled.
Message to Lords.
Mr. Bulkley went to the Lords, upon the Message
Yesterday ordered him.
He likewise carried up the Addition of some Names
to the Militia of Coventrey, Cornewall, and other Parts,
ordered at the same time. And
Brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to all the
Particulars of his Message.
Affairs in Kent.
A Letter from Mr. Oxendon and Captain Lee was read,
brought up by Captain Westrowe; together with the Copy
of Articles agreed on between some of the Committee of
Kent, and other Gentlemen at Pickenden Heath, signed,
on the Committee's Part, Michaell Levesay; and, on the
Part of the Gentlemen, Roger Le Strange.
Ordered, That the Business, appointed for this Day,
concerning the settling Religion, and Militia, and recalling
the Declarations, be taken into Consideration To-morrow
Morning, peremptorily, the first Business; and nothing
The Question was propounded, That Power be given
to the Committee at Derby House, to grant Commissions
to such Persons in the several Counties, for raising Forces
for Defence of the said Counties, as shall be recommended
to the said Committee by the Gentlemen of the said several Counties, Members of this House, respectively, or
the Major Part of them:
And the Question being put, Whether this Question
shall be now put;
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
Sir Walter Erle,
||Tellers for the Yea:
||With the Yea,
||Tellers for the Noe:
||With the Noe,
The Question being put, That Power be given to the
Committee at Derby House, to grant Commissions to such
Persons in the several Counties, for raising Forces for
Defence of the said Counties, as shall be recommended
to the said Committee by the Gentlemen of the said
several Counties, Members of this House, respectively, or
the major Part of them present;
It passed with the Negative.
Affairs in Surrey.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen formerly appointed to
go into the County of Surrey with the Earl of Northumberland, shall have Power to meet when and where they
please, upon the Instructions formerly given them.
Resolved, &c. That no Motion be made for Raising of
new Forces, or Monies for the same, but between the
Hours of Ten and Twelve.
Derby House Committee.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Bennett and
The Lords have conceived, that the Number of the
Committee at Derby House is too small for the Dispatch
of Affairs: And therefore, they have added Six more of
their Members; and desire this House to add a proportionable Number of theirs.
. . . . . . . . That the Debate of this Message from the
Lords, concerning an Addition to the Committee at Derby
House, be resumed on Saturday Morning next: And that
then the several Powers granted to that Committee be
brought in, together with the Names of that Committee.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.