DIE Martis, 16 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Good.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Burges and Dickens:
This Day Burges and Dickins were called to the Bar,
to answer their Offence, in arresting the Person of
Lieutenant Colonel Marshall, who is a Messenger sent
from the Parliament of Scotland, to the Parliament of
Petition from the Common Council:
The House was adjourned into a Committee of the
whole House, to take into Consideration the Desires of
the City of London in their last Petition.
The House being resumed;
City to nominate their Militia Officers.
And the Question being put, "Whether to agree
to the Desire of the City of London, to have
Power for the Nomination of Persons to be
intrusted with the Militia of the City?"
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the rest of the
Desires shall be resumed on Friday Morning next.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances and an Order.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Boyse, &c.; who brought up divers Particulars,
wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence:
1. An Ordinance for paying Four Thousand Pounds,
for the Forces in Lancashire now disbanded.
(Here enter it.)
2. An Ordinance concerning Examination of the late
Tumult at Norwich. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order for punishing of false Musters, in the
County of Kent.
Agreed to, with the Addition of a Proviso; and
sent down to the House of Commons, by Doctor
Heath and, for Concurrence.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinance for the
Four Thousand Pounds for the Lancashire Forces, and
also to the Order for Examining of the Business of
Norwich; as to the Order for the punishing of false
Musters in Kent, this House will take the same into
Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Petition from Surry:
A Petition was presented, at the Bar, from the County
of Surry. (Here enter it.)
And being read publicly, the Petitioners were commanded to withdraw.
And the House Resolved, That this Answer following should be returned.
And they being called in again, the Speaker read to
them, as followeth:
Answer to it.
"The Lords have commanded me to let you know,
That they look upon the County of Surrey as having
been very affectionate and serviceable to the Parliament: And the Lords are very sensible of those
Burdens that particularly press upon them; for the
Removal whereof, they will use their utmost Endeavours. And as they have always, so they will
still continue to employ their Care, for the composing these unhappy Differences, that the Kingdom
may enjoy a safe and well-grounded Peace."
Petition from Surry, for a Personal Treaty with the King; and for the Army to be disbanded.
"To the Right Honourable both Houses of the
Parliament of England assembled at Westm'r.
"The Petition of divers Thousands Knights,
Gentlemen, and Freeholders, of the
County of Surrey, together with the
Borough of Southwarke.
"Your humble Petitioners having earnestly besought
of God, and expected many Years from your
Wisdoms and Counsels, a full and comfortable Redress of the grievous Miseries of this Kingdom;
which Blessing having hitherto failed us, through the
manifold Sins of us all, and divers Miscarriages, we,
among others the freeborn Subjects of this Realm,
crave humble Leave to express our pious Affections
to the public Good, and our earnest Desires for the
preventing of the Continuance and Increase of further
Evils, as followeth:
"That the King's Majesty, our only lawful Sovereign, may be restored to His due Honour
and just Rights, according to our Oaths of
Supremacy and Allegiance, which have been
taken by us in the Sight of God, and from
which no Power on Earth can absolve us; and
therefore our Souls do yearn, and our Consciences do groan for it, that His Majesty
may forthwith be established in His Throne,
according to the Splendor of His Ancestors;
and that His Majesty may for the present
come up to this Parliament at Westm'r with
Honour and Safety, to enter with you into a
Personal Treaty, for the composing of all
former Differences, and the granting of all
That we, and all the Freeborn Subjects of this
Realm, may be governed no otherwise than
by the known Laws and Statutes now in
Force in this Kingdom.
"That speedy and grave Wisdom may prevent the
miserable and unnatural Wars beginning again
in this distracted and exhausted Kingdom; and
to prevent, by fair Treaty, the Forces ready
to be brought in from the Neighbour Kingdom, and from other Nations not unlike to
invade us; which we conceive, through the
Mercy of God, may be soon effected by
timely providing for the Premises.
"That not only the Ordinances made of late, by
the Goodness and Wisdom of the Two Houses
of Parliament, against the unsupportable and
most wasteful Burthen of Free Quartering of
Soldiers, may be duly executed; but forthwith Order and Care may be taken, as becometh Patriots that love their Country, for
the Disbanding of all Armies (having their
due Arrears paid), that we may enjoy without Terrors and Jealousies a blessed and long
Order for an Examination about the Insurrection at Norwich.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Samuell Smith Esquire Recorder
of the City of Norwich, Erasmus Erle Esquire Steward
of the said City, Charles George Cocke, of Norwich
Esquire, Sir Thomas Woodhouse Knight and Baronet,
Robert Wood Senior, Thomas Weld, Robert Wilton,
Toby Fryer, Thomas Sotherton, Robert Jermy, Gabriell
Barber, Robert Wood Junior, Esquires, or any Three
of them, be appointed a Committee, to whom or any
Three of them it is referred to examine, upon Oath,
the whole Business of the City of Norwich, as well
for the Contempt of the Ordinance of 14 Martii and
the Order against the late Mayor, the Abuse of the
Messenger, as also concerning the great Rebellion,
Riot, and Insurrection, committed in the said City, the
23th and 24th of April, 1648."
Order for 4000l. for the supernumerary Forces in Lancashire, now disbanded.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament, of the Eight
and Twentieth of May, 1647, the Sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds was charged upon
the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, to be paid to
Sir John Wollaston Knight, and the rest of the Treasurers at War, and by them to be issued out, upon
Accompt, for the Payment of the Arrears of the
Army, which said Sum of One Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Pounds is, by Ordinance of both Houses of
Parliament of the Thirtieth of October last, (fn. *) appointed for Payment of the Army; and whereas, by
Ordinance of Parliament of the First of February last,
the Sum of Seventy Thousand Pounds, Part of the
said Sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds,
is appointed to be first paid to the Committee of the
Navy, for the pressing Necessities thereof, so that
there only remains the Sum of Seventy-five Thousand
Pounds for Payment of the Army; and whereas, by
Order of the House of Commons of the Fourth Day
of May Instant, the Committee of the Army is appointed to pay Two Months Pay to the Supernumerary Forces in Lancasheir, upon their Disbanding: In
Pursuance whereof, the said Committee have assigned
Part thereof out of the Assessments on the County
of Lancaster, and other Part thereof upon the Treasury at Guildhall, London; yet there remains the Sum
of Four Thousand Pounds to perfect the said Order:
It is therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, That the said Sum of Four
Thousand Pounds, with Interest for the same after
the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, from the Date
hereof, to the Time of the Payment of the said Four
Thousand, is hereby appointed to be paid, out of the
First Monies that shall grow due in Course of the
said Seventy-five Thousand Pounds, to Mr. James
Wainewright and Mr. Edward French, or their Assigns, for the Payment of Two Months Pay to the
Officers and Soldiers in the said County of Lancaster,
now disbanded: And the Commissioners of Excise
are hereby required to make Payment of the Four
Thousand Pounds, with Interest for the same to the
Time of Payment thereof, out of the said Seventyfive Thousand Pounds as aforesaid; and the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Mr. James Wainwright and Mr. Edward French, or their Assigns, shall
be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners of
Excise, any Order or Ordinance to the contrary thereof
in any Wise notwithstanding."