DIE Martis, 29 die Octobris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Bowles.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech, &c. sent with a Message Yesterday
to the House of Commons, return with this Answer:
That they will send an Answer, by Messengers of their
own, concerning Mrs. Ferrer's Petition, and concerning
The Chayne in The Ould Pallace.
The Lord Admiral acquainted the House with a Letter sent to the Committee of both Kingdoms, as followeth:
Letter, giving an Account of an Action with the King's Forces near Newbury.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"As we wrote in our last Letter, and as we repeat
lest that should miscarry, Yesterday about Four of
the Clock those Forces which went from Thatcham
towards Newbury, by the Way of Wickham Heath, and
were there drawn up, set upon a Work and Breastwork, well guarded with Ordnance, Horse, and Foot,
which commanded all the Ways which lead to that Side
of the Field betwixt Newbury and Dennington Castle,
where the King's Army was drawn up: The Works
were made strong, although they had but little Time;
that the gaining of them would have lost much Time,
and been doubtful, if the Foot (amongst whom my
Lord General's particular Forces deserved very well)
had not with extraordinary Resolution stormed them,
which they did within an Hour after the First Charge.
Upon their unexpected Entrance into the Works,
their Foot, which secured them, all run, and left the
Ordnance that were placed in and about the Works.
Major General Skippon hazarded himself too much,
Sir Wm. Balfore used great Diligence, there being
but few Field Officers of Horse. Sir Wm. Waller,
Sir Arthur Hesilrigg, Sir James Harrington, Lieutenant General Middleton, Lieutenant General Cromwell,
Major General Crawford, Major General Holborne,
Colonel Greeves, and divers others, did very good
"The Earl of Manchester, about Four of the Clock,
endeavoured to force a Passage through Shaw, a
Village on the other Side of the Field, where the
King's Forces lay. Prince Maurice was on that Side,
and many of the King's best Foot, who maintained
those Passes, although they were very bravely assaulted. The Earl of Manchester, for Want of
Day-light, and by reason of the great Guards, did
not take the Passages; but his employing so many
of the King's Forces on that Side was of great Advantage to our other Forces.
"The Battle lasted about Three Hours; they fought
at least an Hour by Moon-shine. The Earl of Manchester and those on the other Side were ignorant of
each other's Success till the next Morning. The Earl
of Cleveland was taken Prisoner, and is sent up to London; and, as we hear, Colonel Goring's Younger
Brother was slain. Captain Galler, One of my Lord
General's Captains, was slain. Our Side took Nine
Pieces of Ordnance. Major General guesseth,
that the Number slain on both Sides were between
Two and Three Hundred. The King's Forces were
all gone before this Morning; some few Carts were
left in the Field, but the Carriages were put into
Dennington Castle, and so near it that they could not
be taken off. All our Horse and Dragooners, except One Thousand which stay with the Earl of
Manchester, are gone after the King's Forces, which
we hear are gone toward Walling ford. We desire
you to take into your Consideration how the Foot
Army shall be disposed, and how they may be provided for. None of your Provisions are as yet come,
but we hope will be shortly. We desire to give
God the Glory of this Victory, it being His Work,
and upon His Day. The Earl of Manchester marcheth To-morrow to Blewbury.
"We rest, my Lords,
"Your Lordships humble Servants,
Newbury, 28 of October, 1644.
"We earnestly intreat you
to take Care that the
Want of Chirurgeons
may be supplied; it is
a miserable Thing to
see Men want Means
of Cure, who have
been wounded in the
Defence of the Public."
"For the Right Honourable the
Committee of both Kingdoms.
These. At Derby House."
Message from the H. C. with Propositions concerning London.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Reynolds:
1. To present to their Lordships some Propositions
in Behalf of the City of London, to be tendered to
the King with the rest; which Propositions the House
of Commons have debated, and Agreed to, and desire
their Lordships Concurrence therein.
and with an Order and an Ordinance.
2. To desire Concurrence in an Order for providing
a House for Captain Parsons. (Here enter it.)
3. An Ordinance for issuing out Six Thousand Pounds,
out of the Excise, for the Use of the Navy.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Propositions concerning the City of London were
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinance concerning Six Thousand Pounds, and the Order concerning
Mr. Parsons: To the Propositions concerning the City
of London, their Lordships will send an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Fast to be observed.
Ordered, That the Peers do meet in this House
To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, and go to
the Abby Church, and celebrate the Fast.
Order for Furniture for a House for Captain Parsons.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That it be referred
to the Committee of Sequestrations at Campden House
and Westm. and they are hereby desired and required,
to accommodate Captain William Parsons, a Commissioner from the Protestants in Ireland, and despoiled of all he had there, with Houshold Stuff
convenient for the furnishing of an House for him
and his Family to dwell in."
Order for the Commissioners of Excise to reimburse themselves 6000 l, advanced for the Navy.
"Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the
City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners
of Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent
the Sum of Six Thousand Pounds, for the Use of
the Navy: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall satisfy and reimburse themselves
the said Six Thousand Pounds, together with Interest for the same after the Rate of Eight per
Cent. for so long Time as the same or any Part
thereof shall be forborn, out of such Intervals of
Receipts of Monies upon the Office of Excise of
Flesh, Victuals, and Salt, as shall happen when other
Payments shall not fall due, or, for Want of such
Intervals, then as the Reimbursement thereof follow in Course; and shall not, by any other Order
or Ordinance of One or both Houses of Parliament,
be debarred from satisfying themselves accordingly;
and the Receipts of Sir Henry Vane Junior, Knight,
Treasurer of the Navy, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Six Thousand Pounds, to the
said Commissioners in that Behalf."
House adjourned till 9a cras.