Die Veneris, 23 Junii, 1648.
A LETTER from Carisbrooke Castle, of the Oneand-twentieth of June 1648, from Colonel Hamond,
was this Day read.
Proceedings against Rolph.
The House being informed, That Major Rolph was at
He was called in: And, after Mr. Speaker had acquainted him, That what he was to speak, was to be
spoken in an high Court of Justice; and therefore required and exhorted him to speak the Truth, as he would
answer the same, at the dreadful Day of Judgment.
Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, did strictly
examine him, What he knew touching the Design of
taking away the King's Life; wherewith he was charged
by the Letter of Richard Osborne: Who, upon his Examination, denied that he ever knew of any such Design,
either by Discourse or Letter; or that he ever received any
Intimation from the Governor of the Isle of Wight, or
from any other Person, by Writing, or otherwise, touching
the Design of taking away the Life of the King.
Ordered, That Mr. Wheeler do go to the Lords, and
acquaint them, That Major Rolph is come to Town: And
that he do desire the Lords to nominate a Committee of
Lords; who may, in the Presence of a Committee of this
House, examine Major Rolph forthwith, upon Oath; and
to take the Examinations of all other Persons that will
come in, to testify their Knowledge touching the Allegations of Richard Osborne, in his Letter to the Speaker of
this House, and to the Lord Wharton.
Mr. Wheeler is also to put the Lords in mind of the
Ordinance for settling the Militia in the County of
Ordered, That the Order, That Mr. Richard Osborne
may have Forty Days to come, and depart, with Safety
to his Person, to make good his Allegations mentioned in
his Letters to Mr. Speaker, and the Lord Wharton, be
forthwith printed and published; and be forthwith posted
up at Westminster, Paul's and both the Exchanges.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed to
apprehend Persons to be sent to the General into the
County of Essex, do forthwith withdraw; and find out to
the Number of Twenty Persons, and apprehend them,
and send them to the General, to be disposed of according
to the former Order: And the Serjeant at Arms, who
attends this House, is forthwith to take care to apprehend
the said Persons accordingly. And
It is further Ordered, That Sir Samuell Luke and Mr.
Gurdon be added to the said Committee: And it is referred to the said Committee, to consider, How, and in
what manner to send the said Persons to the General.
Ordered, That, in case so many such Persons cannot be
forthwith found and apprehended here, that a Letter be
written, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the
General, and desire him to give Order to apprehend so
many of the most active Persons in raising and somenting
the Insurrection in Essex, as will make up the said Number, to be used in such Sort as Sir Wm. Massam, and the
rest of the Gentlemen of the Committee of the County of
Essex, are used.
Defence of Suffolk, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Nathaniell Barnardiston, Sir William
Spring, Sir William Playters, and Mr. Heveningham, do
go down into the County of Suffolke, for Furtherance of
the Service of the State, in Defence of the Country, and
Preservation of the Peace of those Parts.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay do go down into
the County of Essex, for Furtherance of the Service of
the State there.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Eastern Association, to consider what Money is fit to be
levied, and how, and in what manner, to proportion the
said Levy, for Defraying of the Charges of the Associated
Counties, in suppressing the Insurrection in Essex, and the
Insurrections in other Places. And
It is Ordered, That the said Committee do meet this
Afternoon: and do bring in an Ordinance To-morrow
Morning to that Purpose.
Provincial Assembly of Divines;
The House being informed, That the Divines of the
Provincial Assembly were at the Door;
They were called in; and presented a Petition:
Which (after they were withdrawn) was read; and intituled, "The humble Petition of the Provincial Assembly
Who being withdrawn; the House commanded Mr.
Speaker to give them the Thanks of this House for their
And they being again called in; Mr. Speaker returned
them this Answer;
The House has read your Petition: And most of the
Particulars they have in Debate: Some Parts thereof
they have already finished; and have appointed a Day for
And Mr. Speaker did accordingly give them Thanks
for their good Affections.
Ordered, That, on Wednesday Sevennight, the House
do take into Consideration the several Particulars of the
Petition of the Provincial Assembly of London.
Treaty with the King.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider, What the Parliament hath done towards the Settling
of a Peace; and what the King hath offered; and what
is fit further to be offered to the King, for his Satisfaction,
for Settling of a speedy and well-grounded Peace: And
that the said Committee do also consider of a Time,
Place, and other Circumstances, where Addresses may be
conveniently made to the King.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Colonel Booth is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Isle of Wight.
Ordered, That the General do send Five hundred Men
to the Isle of Wight: And that the General have Power
to increase his Army to that Number, for the Safety and
Defence of that Isle: And it is referred to the Committee
at Derby House, to send this Direction away to the
An Ordinance, sent from the Lords, for appointing the
Commissioners, formerly appointed by the Ordinance of
the Sixteenth of February last, to nominate Sub Collectors
to levy the Money to be assessed by virtue of the said
Ordinance, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
Ordered, That when the House doth rise, the House
do adjourn itself unto Monday Morning next: And that
the House do adjourn every Week, from Friday until
Tuesday following, all this Summer. And
It is Ordered, That the Lords be made acquainted with
this Order. And
It . . further Ordered, That all the several Committees
shall have Power to sit, notwithstanding the said Adjournments.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Complaints, to take into Consideration the Breaches of the
several Acts and Ordinances concerning the Sabbath and
Fasts; and of the Ordinances concerning Playhouses:
And that the said Committee have Power to send for
Persons offending against the said several Acts and Ordinances; and to send for Witnesses: and to put the said
several Acts and Ordinances in speedy Execution.
The Question being propounded, That the next Fast
shall be kept here within the Walls of the House;
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the
Lords, That the Lord Pawlett have Liberty to stay at his
House at Cheswicke, notwithstanding the Ordinance of the
Sixteenth of June, 1648.
Isle of Wight.
Sir John Danvers reports from the Committee at
Derby House, the Opinion of that Committee, What
Course is fit to be taken for the Safety of the Isle of
Letter to Col. Jones.
Sir John Temple reports a Letter to be sent to Colonel
Jones, in Answer to his, of the One-and-thirtieth of March
last: Which, being read, upon the Question, was agreed
unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence: And that the said Letter be signed by the
Speakers of both Houses.
Mr. Swynfen reports an Ordinance, formerly sent from
the Lords, for constituting Dr. Corbett Orator of the University of Oxford; Mr. Pococke, Hebrew Professor of the
said University; and Dr. Corbet, Mr. Pococke, Mr. Milles,
and Mr. Cornishe, Collegiate Prebendaries of Christ
Church; with some Amendments: The which were this
Day read: And the said Ordinance, with the Amendments,
being put to the Question, passed: And
It was Ordered, That the said Ordinance, so amended,
be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.