Die Mercurii, 9 Augusti, 1648.
SIR Robert Harley reports the Adjournment of the
Grand Committee for settling the Militia of the
whole Kingdom, until Saturday Morning next.
Ordered, That the House do adjourn itself on Saturday
Morning: And that the Speaker do forbear to take the
Chair: And that the Grand Committee for settling the
Militia of the whole Kingdom do then sit, according to
their Adjournment, until Ten a Clock.
Offices held by Members.
Ordered, That, this Day Sevennight, the House do
take up the Debate, appointed by Order for this Day,
touching the Offices held by Members of the House;
and Publick Monies by them received: And Mr. Speaker
is to put the House in mind thereof.
Answer to London Petition.
Mr. Swynsen reports an Answer to the Petition of the
Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, presented
to the House Yesterday.
Which Answer was read; and, upon the Question,
Ordered, That the Citizens and Burgesses of the City
of London are hereby appointed a Committee of this
House, to deliver the Answer of the House of Commons
to the Common Council of the City of London, to their
It is recommended especially to Sir Thomas Soame, to
take care of it.
The House of Commons have considered of the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of
the City of London, in Council assembled, presented to
them Augusti 8 1648: And, upon serious Debate had
thereupon, they have thought fit to acquaint the Common
Council, That they have passed an Ordinance for the
Settling of Presbyterian Government: And therein (upon
Review of all their former Ordinances) they have perfected and compiled the same in one entire Body: And,
for the obtaining a safe and well-grounded Peace, they
have resolved upon a Treaty with the King in the Isle of
Wight, upon the Propositions formerly agreed upon,
and presented to the King at Hampton Court, and for
taking away of Wards and Liveries, and also upon such
other Propositions as shall be propounded, either by his
Majesty; or both Houses of Parliament; and that the
King make Choice of what Place he pleaseth in that Island,
to be there with Freedom, Honour, and Safety, to treat
personally with the Commissioners of Parliament: And
the Committee, which they have sent to present this Offer,
are now with his Majesty.
Concerning the Seizing of the Ships and Goods of the
Merchants of the City of London, and the Decay and
Obstruction of the Trade of the Kingdom, by the revolted
Ships that lie in the Downes, the House is deeply sensible
thereof; and have done what lies in them for reducing
those Ships to their due Obedience to the Parliament,
by offering them Indemnity for their Offence, and Payment of the Mariners Arrears, upon their Submission;
and, by sending the Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral,
with Power to command the rest of the Navy to reduce
those Ships by Force, if they refuse the Pardon offered
them: Which might have proved an effectual Means,
before this Time, to have prevented the Loss already
suffered, and to have secured the Trade of the Kingdom,
had not the Going out of the Fleet been retarded by
the Backwardness and Treachery of divers, who have
secretly complied with the late Defection of the Navy:
And, that the House may manifest their earnest Desires
to entertain any further Means for their more speedy
and certain Effecting of this Work, of so necessary
Importance to the Honour and Welfare of this Nation,
they have appointed a Committee to treat with the
Merchants that are most concerned therein, to receive
their Advice, and to know what Aids they will contribute to the Clearing of the Seas: And their Readiness
therein, as it will return abundanty to their own Advantage, so it will be embraced, as a most acceptable
Service to the whole Kingdom, by this House. As to
the Scottish Army, which have in hostile Manner invaded
this Kingdom; are possessed of Barwick and Carlisle,
contrary to the Treaties betwixt the Kingdoms; and do
join themselves with the Popish and Malignant Party in
the North: the House of Commons have declared them
Enemies to this Kingdom; and that all those English or
Irish, as voluntarily adhere to them, are Traitors and
Rebels, and to be proceeded with accordingly: And they
resolve (by God's Assistance) to adhere and prosecute
this their Resolution: And, upon the necessary Grounds
thereof, they do expect the hearty Concurrence and Assistance of this City of London, as of the rest of the
Kingdom; notwithstanding all the secret Plots and Endeavours of the Scotts Emissaries, or the Agents of the
Popish and Malignant Party of this Kingdom, to the
Ordered, That the Lords be desired to grant a Conference, touching Mr. Halliburton, and Mr. Rolfe: And
to acquaint them, at that Conference, this House do
agree (if the Lords please) to a Conference, touching the
Votes concerning Major General Skippon.
Sir Peter Wentworth is desired to go to the Lords with
Execution of Emerson.
Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of Kent be
enjoined to do his Duty, according to the Law, in the
Execution of Thomas Emerson, condemned for wilful
Ordered, That the Sheriff of Kent be required and
enjoined forthwith to put out and discharge John Gilbert
from being Keeper of the Goal without Westgate,
Escapes of Prisoners.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee where
Mr. Lechmere hath the Chair, to examine the Cause of
the several Escapes of the Prisoners out of the Gatehouse;
and the Escapes of all other Prisoners in and about
London, and of such as have been taken from the Serjeant
at Arms attending this House: And that the said Committee have Power to remand the Prisoners taken from
the Serjeant that attends this House, if they be found, to
the Hands and Custody of the said Serjeant at Arms:
And that the Serjeant at Arms do acquaint the said Committee what Prisoners have been rescued, and made Escape
from him: And that the said Committee do report this
Business forthwith to the House. And
It is further Ordered, That the Committee of the Papers
be joined to this Committee: And that Mr. Nelthorpe
and Colonel Hunt be added to this Committee.
Collections for Poor.
Ordered, That One Moiety of all the Collections, that
be gathered To-morrow, be given to the Poor now come
out of Colchester: And that the Lord Mayor be desired to
give Notice to the several Ministers in the several Parishes
in the City of London, and Liberties thereof, and late
Lines of Communication, that there be a Collection accordingly made in their several Parishes: The other Moiety
to be distributed to the Poor of the Parish where it is
collected: The said Collections to be paid to Mr. John
Pocock, one of the Treasurers for the Widows, and maimed
Soldiers, between this and Saturday next, by the respective
Churchwardens of the several Parishes, for the Uses
Mr. Alderman Soame is to give Notice to the Lord
Sir Peter Wentworth brings Answer, That the Lords
have appointed Friday next, at Eleven of Clock, for
the Conference touching Mr. Halliburton, and Major
Rolfe; and touching the Votes concerning Major General
The humble Petition of Captain Richard Hamlyn, was
this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds be
forthwith paid unto Captain Richard Hamlyn, or his Assigns, out of the Seven hundred Pounds, Remainder
of the Compositions for Ashbey De la Zouch in Leicestershire, in Part of Five hundred Eighty-two Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Four-pence, due to him, upon his
Account, by the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall: And the
Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Captain Richard
Hamlyn, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurer at
Goldsmiths Hall, or to such other Person or Persons as
shall pay the same. And
It is further Ordered, That the said Captain Richard
Hamlyn shall be paid the Residue of his Arrears, out of
such Delinquents Estates as he shall discover, not formerly discovered.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That Captain Spencer, and Lieutenant Colonel
Osborne, be enjoined to preserve Mr. Halliburton safe;
and not to permit him to speak with any Person, but in
their Presence and Hearing, until the House give further
General Assembly of Scotland.
Ordered, That the Declaration and Letter from this
House to the Lords, Ministers, and others of the General
Assembly of the Church of Scotland, be forthwith printed.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Erle make his Report from
the City, next after the Conference with the Lords, touching Mr. Halliburton, Major Rolfe, and Major General
Skippon, be reported.
Mr. Pury reports an Ordinance for pardoning the Delinquency of Thomas Coke, of Graies Inn in the County
of Middlesex, Esquire.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Fine
of Five hundred Pounds for the Delinquency of Thomas
Coke Esquire, a Member of this House.
And the said Ordinance, for pardoning the Delinquency
of the said Thomas Coke, was this Day read; and, upon
the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds,
Part of the Fine for the Delinquency of Thomas Coke
Esquire, be paid to Mr. Frost, upon Account.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two hundred Pounds,
Residue of the Fine of the Delinquency of Thomas Coke
Esquire, be paid to Mr. Pury; and be employed for
mending and repairing the Fortifications of the City of
The humble Petition of Sir Edward Povey Knight, was
this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of Six hundred Pounds be
forthwith paid to Sir Edward Povey Knight, and be
charged upon Haberdashers Hall, out of such Delinquents
Estates as have not yet compounded for their Fifth, and
Twentieth Part, and shall be named to that Committee
by Sir Edward Povey: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Sir Edward Povey, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge
to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, or to such other
Person or Persons as shall pay the same. And
It is further Ordered, That the Sum of Five Pounds
per Week, for Two Months, be charged at Haberdashers
Hall, and be paid unto the said Sir Edward Povey, or his
Assigns, for his present Subsistence in the mean time.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
City Petitions, &c.
Ordered, That the City Petition, and the Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That the Committee, appointed to go to the
City this Afternoon, have Power, and are hereby enjoined, to communicate the decyphered Letters, brought
out of Scotland by Mr. Halliburton, to the Common
Council, there to be read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth adjourn itself until
Friday Morning, Eight of Clock.