Die Lunæ, 17 Julii, 1648.
A LETTER from the Leaguer at Colchester, of 15 Julii, Twelve at Night, 1648, was this Day read.
Surrender of Pembroke.
Articles agreed upon for Surrender of Pembroke Town
and Castle, were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Symon Browne, the Messenger that
brought these Articles for the Surrender of Pembroke
Town and Castle, shall have the Sum of Twenty Pounds
bestowed upon him, charged and paid by the Committee
of Lords and Commons, usually sitting at Haberdashers
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
The Messenger, that brought these Articles, was called
in; and did affirm the Truth.
Letters taken at Rumford.
Ordered, That the Letters taken at Rumford, together
with all the Letters, Papers, and *, be sent and referred
to the Committee at Derby House; to examine, search
after, and to proceed therein, as they shall find most for
the Advantage of the Service of the Parliament.
Clerks of Ordnar
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Clerks of
the Ordnance, formerly sent from the Lords, be read
To-morrow, when Mr. Speaker takes the Chair.
Insurrection in Kent.
Some Resolutions passed at the Committee appointed
to consider of the State of the Business, touching the late
Insurrection in Kent, reported from that Committee;
and likewise a Declaration, reported from that Committee,
touching those that rose in the late Insurrection in Kent;
were this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That all such Persons, as shall make it
appear to the Committee for the County of Kent, or any
Seven of them, who have not any ways engaged in the
late Insurrection in the County of Kent, that they deserted
that Insurrection at or before the Coming down of the
Proposition for Indemnity, by the Earl of Thanett; and
that at or before the said Time they came in to the Parliament, or did retire peaceably Home to their own Habitations, without further engaging in the said Insurrection;
shall have the Benefit of the said Indemnity.
Resolved, &c. That all such Persons, as have been
formerly active for the Parliament, and shall now make
it appear to the said Committee, that what they did was
through a real Force upon them; and that they did
desert the Business upon the first Opportunity; shall be
indemnified for what they did, under such a real Force.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Anthony Seintleger, of Boughton,
Robert Barnham and Thomas Flood Esquires, Mr. Francis
Twisden, and Mr. John Mablisden, who were sent for from
their Houses to persuade to Peace, by the Members of
Parliament sent down by the House to that Purpose, and
yet did continue with those in Arms after the said Members were gone, shall be indemnified; so as they make it
appear to the said Committee, that, before the Fight at
Maidstone, they did preserve the Publick Monies before
seized upon, and procured Restitution of Money and
Horses to well-affected Persons, before taken from them;
and so as they were not engaged in the Petition, which
was the Occasion of th[at] Rising, before the Sending for
afore-mentioned; [nor did] take upon them any Office
of Command; nor [did con]trib[ute] Money, Horse, or
Arms, to that Employment.
WE the Commons, in Parliament, taking into our
Consideration the late high Insurrection in Kent, so suddenly and wonderfully quelled, by the Blessing of God
upon that small Part of the Army, under the Conduct of
the Lord Fairefax General, cannot but be deeply sensible
of the evil Demerits of such Persons, as have any ways
had a Hand therein; as also of the mischievous Consequences, that Offenders in so high Nature should go unpunished: Yet are we desirous to use all possible Lenity
towards those, who are, in any measure, capable thereof;
and do therefore hereby Declare, That although we see
a Necessity, that some capital Examples be made; yet
shall one principal Aim therein be, that All may be warned
by the Punishment of Few: And although others, who
have thus employed their Estates against the Parliament
and Kingdom, to the Raising and Fomenting of new Distractions and Troubles, have justly incurred a total Forfeiture of the same, towards the Repairing of the publick
Losses and Damages, by them occasioned; yet shall we
thereunto extend only the Sequestration of the Estates of
the principal Actors; namely, such as have been formerly
in Arms against the Parliament; or in some former Insurrections in that County; or who have taken upon them
to act in this Insurrection as Commissioners or Commanders; or who have been therein notoriously active in
Plunderings or Imprisonments; and such Ministers as
have been active in this Insurrection: And for such other
Persons, who, only through Ignorance, or Weakness in
themselves, and the Subtleties or Threats of others, have
been seduced or terrified into some mistaken or unwilling
Compliance in that Action; we do hereby warn all those,
not to flatter themselves for the future in such unworthy
Principles, so prone and easy to be wrought upon, to
join with Evil-doers: And do likewise hereby require
every such Person, who expects the Favour of this so
gentle a Warning, That they engage themselves, that
they will never bear Arms against the Two Houses of
Parliament, or against any that derive Authority from
them; nor willingly do any thing to the Prejudice of their
Affairs, or to the Disturbance of the Peace of that
County: Upon which said Engagement entered into by
such Persons as come not under any the foresaid Qualifications of principal Actors; or who having been taken
by the Lord General as Prisoners of War, and not by
him already set apart by Lot, or otherwise, for a judicial
Tryal to be appointed by this House; the said Engagers
(not before excepted), and every of them, are freely declared to be freely pardoned; and, so long as they shall
demean themselves according to their said Engagement,
are not to be proceeded against by any Mulct or Penalty
whatsoever for the said Offence; nor to be any ways liable
for the same, otherwise than what they are, and shall be,
liable unto, by Action, or Suit at Law, for Satisfaction
unto particular Persons by them damnified; wherein each
particular Person is left unto his legal Remedy for Reparations, or Recovery of Damages, as if this Declaration
had not been made. And the Churchwarden or Churchwardens of the several Parishes within the said County,
for the Time being, are hereby required to provide and
keep a Register or Book, wherein the said Engagement
is to be written and subscribed, as aforesaid, within Three
Days after Notice of this Declaration, unto any the said
Persons, who expect the Benefit thereof. And the
Ministers of the several Parishes are hereby required
openly to read this Declaration, in their several Parish
Churches, upon the next Lord's Day after the Receipt
thereof, at some convenient Time before the Dismissing
of the Congregation from the Morning's Exercise; and,
at the same time, to give the People some seasonable
Instructions and Exhortations, touching their Duty of
Thankfulness unto God for so great a Mercy, as the
speedy Suppressing of that Insurrection; as also their
Duty of quiet and peaceable Demeanor towards those
that are in publick Place or Authority; and to take heed
of the Counsels and Practices of those, who, upon what
Pretence soever, are the Stirrers up of Seditions and
Tumults. And the Committee of the said County are
hereby required to take care of the speedy Dispersing of
this Declaration; and to take a strict Account, What is
done, according as is hereby required, by the Ministers
and other Persons, respectively concerned.
A Prisoner discharged.
The humble Petition of Richard Banckys, of London,
Silkman, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Richard Bankys, now under
Restraint, in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms,
attending on this House, be forthwith discharged from
Ordered, That the Letter and Papers, from the Committee of Sussex, touching Mr. Middleton, be read and
considered of, on Thursday Morning next, the first
Pay of Northern Forces.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for the King and Queen's
Revenue in the North, to be applied towards the Maintenance of the Forces in the North, be reported and read
on Thursday Morning next; and likewise the Ordinance
for charging the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds upon
the Excise, in Course, for the Service of the Forces in
Ordered, That the Bailiffs, and other Persons under
Restraint, upon the Business offered to Mr. Charleton,
a Member of this House, by Mr. Richard Bancks, be
forthwith discharged from their Restraint.
Treaty with the King.
According to former Order, the House took into
Consideration the Debate concerning the Place of the
And Mr. Green's Report from the City, touching that
Business, was read.
ORDERED, That the Declaration, touching a
Thanksgiving for the great Victories obtained by the
Parliament's Forces, now brought in, and read the First
time, be read the Second time, To-morrow Morning,
the first Business.
Treaty with the King.
The Question being propounded, That, after the Three
Propositions consented to, and signed, as is desired, the
King be desired to nominate Three Places within Twenty
Miles of Westminster; Two of which to be at least Ten
Miles distant from Westminster, where the Treaty shall
be; and then both Houses of Parliament shall have
Liberty to choose one, as they shall think fit;
The Question being put, That this Question be now
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That, after the Three Propositions consented to, and signed, as is desired, the King be desired
to nominate Three Places within Twenty Miles of Westminster; Two of which to be at least Ten Miles distant
from Westminster, where the Treaties shall be; and then
both Houses of Parliament shall have Liberty to choose
one of them, as they shall think fit.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That a Committee of both Houses be appointed to be sent to the King with the Three Propositions: And that the Vote, touching the Place of the
Treaty, be delivered to the Lords at a Conference.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to bring in
Reasons for insisting upon the Three Propositions, do
bring in the said Reasons, at Ten of Clock To-morrow
Newcastle, &c. Garisons.
Letters from Newcastle, from the Mayor, Governor,
Aldermen, Militia, and Common Council of the Town
of Newcastle, from Newcastle, * Julii, 1648, were this
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what
hath been done at Newcastle, by the Mayor, Governor,
Aldermen, Militia, and Common Council of the Town
of Newcastle, for the laying on an Imposition of Four
Shillings upon every Chaldron of Coal, and Four Shillings upon every Chaldron of Grindstones, and Four Shillings upon every Weigh of Salt, which shall be exported
out of the Port of Newcastle, Sunderland, and Blyth, for
and towards the Pay of the Garisons of Newcastle and
Tinmouth; and do order, That an Ordinance be brought
in to this Purpose.
Mr. Blakiston is appointed to bring in this Ordinance.
Westminster, &c. Militia.
The House being informed, that divers Inhabitants
of the City of Westminster, Hamlets of the Tower, and
Borough of Southwark, and Parishes adjacent within the
Weekly Bills of Mortality, were at the Door;
They were called in; and presented a Petition.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read;
and was intituled, "The humble Petition of divers wellaffected Inhabitants of the City of Westminster, Hamlets
of the Tower, and Borough of Southwark, and Parishes
adjacent within the Weekly Bills of Mortality."
It is Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the
Committee where Mr. Sandis has the Chair, appointed
to consider of the other Petitions of the Out Parts.
The Petitioners were again called in; Mr. Speaker,
by Command of the House of Commons, gave them this
The House has received your Petition; and read it;
And the House hath already voted, That the Militia shall
be joined: And, for the Manner how, they have referred
it to a Committee; to which they have likewise referred
your Petition: And the House has taken notice of the
Expression of your ample good Affections, and of your
Approbation of their Votes, touching a Treaty: For the
Matter, being for Peace, no good Man but desires it:
And, for your great and good Affections, expressed in
the Petition, the House has commanded me to give you
real and very hearty Thanks.