DIE Veneris, 28 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Sterry.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Page and Mr. Dr. Heath return with this Answer
from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Alterations in the Ordinances
concerning pressing of Soldiers for Sir Tho. Fairefaix'
Army; and for securing the Papists, &c. (Here enter
them.) But concerning the Ordinance for Martial Law
at Sea, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their
Next, a Letter was read, as followeth:
Letter from Ld. Roberts, that he had drove the Enemy from their Works near Plymouth:
"To the Right Honourable the Lord Gray of
Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"On Monday Night, the Enemy came to Mount Stamford, to re-build that Work, which by the Morning
they had brought to some Fashion. We plied them
all the Morning with our Cannon from Mount Batten
in the Front, and with our Ships and another Work
we had on both Flanks; and having drawn out the
Forces of the Garrison to alarm them on One Side,
I commanded Three Troops of Horse, Two Bodies of
Seamen, and some Companies of Foot, to fall on them
at Mount Stamford, wherein it pleased God to give
us that Success, as we not only beat the Enemy out
of their new Work, but routed them, and drove them
out of the Field, killed divers, took many Prisoners,
a List whereof I herewith send your Lordship. In
all this, we had but One Man slain. In this Action,
the Seamen did very considerable Service, whose Ships
of War I have for the present Necessity stayed here.
All the Sea Captains behaved themselves stoutly;
and Captain Thomas, of the Warwicke Frigate, was
eminent in it. I desire your Lordship to take Notice
of it to him, and the rest. Grenvill raises all the
Power; wherefore I desire that due and timely Care
may be had of this Place, according to the Importance of it, which I desire your Lordship to acquaint
our House, from
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Plymouth, the 20th of February, 1644.
"A List of the Prisoners taken at Mount Stamford, February 18, 1644.
List of Prisoners taken there.
"Lieutenant Colonel Mohun.
"Serjeant Major Hele.
Mr. Pym to he freed from his Father's Debts.
It was moved, in regard the Houses of Parliament
have Resolved to pay the Debts of John Pym Esquire,
deceased, for his good Service done to the Public, "That
Alexander Pym Esquire, his Eldest Son, may be freed
from all Arrests and Suits, for any Debts of his Father."
Hereupon this House held it fit, and Ordered,
That an Ordinance to this Effect be drawn up; and
the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired therein.
Sir R. Mansell and Harris, & al.
Ordered, That this House will hear the Cause,
upon the whole Matter, between Sir Robert Mansell
and Harris, and other the Defendants, at this Bar, by
Counsel on both Sides, on the 17th Day of April next,
at which Time all Parties with their Witnesses are to
Seamen at Plymouth, the Thanks of the House.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral do return Thanks,
from this House, to the Seamen, for their good Service done at Plymouth, mentioned in the Lord Roberts'
Capt. White's Petition, for his Arrears.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain Wm. White;
shewing, "That he is a Captain of a Foot Company,
under the Command of the Earl of Stamford, and
is Twenty-four Months Pay in Arrears, besides the
Charge of the raising of a Company of One Hundred Men; his humble Desire is, That some Order
may be taken, for Supply of his pressing Occasions."
It is Ordered, To send this Petition to the House
of Commons, by the next Message, with Recommendations.
Ordinance for impressing Soldiers, for Sir Tho. Fairfax's Army.
"Forasmuch as the true Protestant Religion, the
Laws and Liberties of the Subjects, and the Parliament, are in Danger to be subverted, Idolatry and
Tyranny like to be introduced, by the Force and
Power of several Armies, raised by Pretence of the
King's Authority, consisting of Papists and other dangerous and ill-affected Persons of this Kingdom, and
Irish Rebels, and of divers Popish Soldiers, and others
of Foreign Kingdoms and Nations, being not under
the King's Obedience, for the Ruin and Destruction
of this Kingdom, unless the same be prevented by a
considerable Power of Forces to be suddenly raised
by both Houses of Parliament, being, with God's
Blessing and Assistance, the most probable Way to
preserve this Kingdom, our Religion and Liberty:
Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament, and by Authority of the
same, That the Committee of the Militia for the City
of London, the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees
of Parliament, in every County, City, or Place, within
this Realm, or any Two or more of them, within
their several Limits and Jurisdictions, shall and are
hereby authorized, and are hereby required and enjoined, from Time to Time, to raise, levy, and imprest, such Number of Soldiers, Gunners, and Chirurgeons, for the Defence of the King, Parliament,
and Kingdom, as shall be appointed by both Houses
of Parliament, by the Committee of both Kingdoms,
or by Sir Thomas Fairefax; and to command all Constables, and other Officers, to be aiding and assisting
to them in the said Service of Impresting; all which
Persons so to be imprested, and every of them, shall
have such Imprest-money, Coat and Conduct-money,
Wages, and Entertainment, and other necessary
Charges and Allowances, as shall be fit and convenient, according to the Discretion of the Committees
and Deputy Lieutenants, or any Two or more of
them respectively; and if any Person or Persons shall
wilfully refuse so to be imprested for the said Service, that then it shall and may be lawful to and
for the said Persons, so authorized as aforesaid, to
commit them to Prison, until they shall yield Obedience, or pay the Sum of Ten Pounds to the said
Commissioners, or Deputy Lieutenants, to be employed for the Supply of the said Service.
"Provided always, That this Ordinance shall not
extend to the pressing of any Clergyman, Scholar,
or Student, in any the Universities, Inns of Court,
or Chancery, or Houses of Law; or any the Trained
Bands, in any County, City, or Place; or of any
Person rated in the last Subsidies granted by Parliament, or the Son of any Person rated at Five Pounds
Goods, or Three Pounds Lands, in the Subsidy-books;
or of any Person of the Rank or Degree of an
Esquire or upwards, or the Son of any such Person,
or the Son of the Widow of any such Person; or to
the pressing of any Person under the Age of Eighteen,
or above the Age of Fifty; or of the Members or
Officers of either House of Parliament, or of the
menial Servants of the Peers of the Kingdom, or
Officers of either of the said Houses, or any the
Assistants or Attendants of the Lords House, or any
of their menial Servants; or any of the Inhabitants
of the Isle of Wight, or Cinque Ports; or of any
Mariner, Seaman, Waterman, or Fisherman; or any
Officer employed in the Office of Excise, or in the
Office of Customs of Tonnage or Poundage.
"Provided, That this Ordinance shall continue, and
be in Force, for the Space of Nine Months, from
the Date hereof, and no longer."
Ordinance to authorize the Committee of the Militia to compel Persons to find Arms, raise Horse, and search for Papists.
"Whereas divers Persons, within the City of London, and Parts adjacent, within the Lines of Communication, and Parishes mentioned in the Weekly
Bills of Mortality, and Hamlets of The Tower, that
are not fit to bear Arms in their own Persons, yet
are able and fit to find Arms, and pay others for
bearing the same, but do neglect and refuse the
doing thereof; and whereas divers Papists, and other
ill-affected Persons, do lurk and hide themselves in
divers Houses and Places within the Limits aforesaid,
that hold Correspondency with, or bring Intelligence
from the Enemy, and others that gather together
Arms, Ammunition, and other Materials of War,
likely to be employed to the Prejudice of the Parliament; and whereas, by several Ordinances of
Parliament, Power is given to the said Committee,
for ordering the said Militia within the Limits aforesaid, and drawing out Forces for Service abroad;
and that many Things, mentioned in the said Ordinances to be put in Execution, require the Help
and Assistance of more Persons, in the Nature of
Sub-committees; thereupon Power is given to the
said Committee, to make One or more Sub-committees, within the said Limits, as they shall think fit:
And for the better enabling the said Sub-committees
so made, or to be made, to perform the Services therein contained; the said Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled do Ordain and Declare, and be it
Ordained and Declared, That the said Committee of
the Militia of London shall have Power, and are
hereby authorized, to impose upon all such Persons
as have any Stocks going in Trade, within the Limits
aforesaid, and absent themselves, or do personally
inhabit or reside within the said Limits, to find such
Proportion of Arms, and pay such Persons as have
been, or shall be, appointed to bear the same, as the
said Committee shall think fit, not exceeding Three
Foot Soldiers for any One Person; and such Person
or Persons as shall disobey the Commands and Directions of the said Committee of the Militia herein, the said Committee shall have Power to impose
such reasonable Fines upon them, or any of them,
as they shall think fit, not exceeding the Sum of
Forty Shillings for any One Offence; and, for Want
of Payment thereof, to levy the same by Distress
and Sale of their Goods and Chattels, or otherwise to imprison their Persons, without Bail or
Mainprize, until such Time as they shall conform
themselves accordingly: But, in case such Person or Persons so offending do absent themselves
without the said Limits, where the Authority of the
said Committee doth not extend, and not a sufficient
Value of his or their Goods or Chattels to be found
within the said Limits, whereon to levy the said Fines
by Distress as aforesaid, that then the Committee
of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations; upon
Complaint made by the Committee of the Militia,
or such as they shall appoint, do forthwith grant
their Warrants for apprehending of such Person or
Persons, wheresoever they shall be, and to commit
him or them to Prison, without Bail or Mainprize,
until he or they do conform themselves, or to distrain his or their Goods, and bring them to London,
and there sell them, to pay the said Fine or Fines;
all which Fines are to be employed to such Use and
Purpose, for the Safety and Defence of the City, as
the said Committee of the Militia shall think fit and
"And it is further Ordained, That the said Committee for the Militia shall have Power, and is hereby authorized, by themselves or such as they shall
appoint, for whom they shall be accountable, there
being One of the said Committee of the Militia
present, to search all Houses and Places, within the
Limits aforesaid, where the said Committee shall
have Cause to suspect that any Papists are, or other
Persons that come from any of the King's Quarters,
or cannot give a good Account of their Business or
Abode within the Limits aforesaid, or that have or
shall discover their ill Affection to the Parliament;
and likewise to search for Arms, Ammunition, and
Materials for War, in the Custody of such Persons,
and to seize and take away the same, and to commit such Persons to safe Custody, or to expel them
out of the Limits aforesaid, if they shall see Cause;
and, in case of Resistance, the said Committees are
hereby authorized to command any Constable or
Constables to break open any House or Place within
the said Limits where such Resistance shall be made.
"And it is further Ordained, That the said Subcommittee so appointed, or to be appointed, by the
said Committee of the Militia, shall have Power,
and are hereby authorized, to cause all or any of
the Clauses contained in this or any other of the said
Ordinances to be put in due Execution, when and as
often as they shall receive Directions from the said
Committee for the Militia; and all Constables, Headboroughs, and other Officers and Soldiers, are hereby required to obey and execute such Warrants as
they from Time to Time shall receive from the said
Committee for the Militia, or other Sub-committees,
for and concerning the Execution of the same accordingly.
"And it is further Ordered and Ordained, by
the said Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
That the said Committee for the Militia of London
shall have Power to charge such Inhabitants, within
the Lines of Communication and Bills of Mortality,
as they shall esteem able, to find Horses with Riders
and Furniture, at their proper Charge, for the Defence of the City and Parts adjacent, so as no One
Person shall be charged for the raising and maintaining of more than Two Horses.
"Provided, That no Power hereby granted shall be
extended against any Peer of this Kingdom, or Member of either of the Houses of Parliament, or any
of the Assistants of the House of Peers, or Attendants of the House of Peers or Commons; and as well
the said Committee, as also their said Sub-committees, and all other Persons acting in the Premises according to the Intent of this Ordinance,
shall be saved harmless, by Authority of both Houses
"Provided, That this Ordinance shall continue, and
be in Force, for the Space of Eight Months, to begin
from the publishing of this Ordinance, and no longer."
House adjourned till 9a cras.