DIE Martis, 1 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Newcomen.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer
to the Message sent Yesterday to the House of Commons:
That they will give a Free Conference, this Morning,
at Ten of the Clock, as is desired.
Reasons for adhering to the Clause about the King's Person, in Sir T. Fairfax's Ordinance.
The Earl of Denbigh reported from the Committee,
Reasons drawn up to be offered to the House of Commons, at a Free Conference, concerning the adhering
to the additional Clause in the Ordinance for additional
Powers to Sir Thomas Fairefaxe.
Ld. General desires Leave to deliver up his Commission.
And the Lord General desired he might have Leave
To-morrow to present and deliver up his Commission
to the Houses; and so there will be no Obstacle for
the passing of the Clause concerning the Forts and Garrisons to be put into the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefaxe.
Additional Clause in Sir T. Fairefax's Ordinance, about Guards and Garrisons.
Hereupon it was moved, "That there might be a
retracting of the Vote for adhering to the Alterations
in that Clause; and that the Alterations may be left
And, upon Debate, these Questions following were
"Whether to agree to that Clause concerning the
Forts as it came from the House of Commons?"
Resolved in the Affirmative.
"Whether this House doth agree to leave out the
"Resolved in the Negative.
Conference on Sir T. Fairfax's Ordinance.
Hereupon the Lords went to the Free Conference
with the House of Commons, to communicate to them
these Reasons, and hear the Reasons of the House of
Commons upon the Matter of the former Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The Free Conference being ended, the House was
And, after Debate, this Question was put,
Additional Clause in it, retracted.
"Whether this House is satisfied with the Reasons of the House of Commons, at the Free
Conference, for leaving out the additional
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Then the Lords went to acquaint the House of
Commons, in the Painted Chamber, "That this House
agrees with the House of Commons, in the leaving
out the additional Clause in the Ordinance for further Powers to Sir Thomas Fairefaix; and hath passed
the same accordingly."
Ordinance for additional Power to Sir T. Fairfax.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament have, by an Ordinance, in or about
the 15th Day of February last past, intituled, "An
Ordinance for raising and maintaining Forces, for
the Defence of the Kingdom, under the Command
of Sir Thomas Fairefax," Ordained, That there be
forthwith raised and formed an Army, consisting of
Six Thousand Six Hundred Horse, One Thousand
Dragooners, and Fourteen Thousand Four Hundred
Foot, and shall be under the immediate Command
of the said Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight, who is thereby constituted and ordained Commander in Chief of
all the said Forces: The Lords and Commons now
assembled in Parliament, taking the same into their
serious Consideration, have Ordained, and be it Ordained, That the said Sir Thomas Fairefax shall
rule, govern, command, dispose, and employ, the
said Army, and every Part thereof, and all Officers
and others whatsoever, employed, or to be employed, in or concerning the same, in, for, or about,
all Defences, Offences, Invasions, Executions, and
other military and hostile Acts and Services, as
Commander in Chief, and be subject to such Orders and Directions as he hath or shall receive
from both Houses of Parliament, or from the Committee of both Kingdoms; and the said Army, and
every Part thereof, shall conduct and lead against
all and singular Enemies, Rebels, Traitors, and
other like Offenders, and every of their Adherents,
and with them to fight, and them to invade, resist,
depress, subdue, pursue, slay, kill, and put to Execution of Death, by all Ways and Means; and to
fulfil and execute all and singular other Things for
the governing of the said Army; and likewise shall
have Power to assign and grant Commissions to
all such Commanders and Officers as shall be thought
necessary and requisite for the Government and
Command of the said Army; and likewise shall
have Power to assign and appoint One or more
Provost Marshals, for the Execution of his Commands, according to this Ordinance: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That the said Sir
Thomas Fairefax shall have Power to command all
Garrisons, Forts, Castles, and Towns, already fortified, or to be fortified, without amoving or displacing the Governors and Commanders; as likewise, by himself or others deputed and authorized
by him, to take up and use such Carriages, Draught
Horses, Boats, and other Vessels, as in his Discretion, and as often as he shall think meet, shall be
needful, for the conveying and conducting of the
said Army, or any Part thereof, or for bringing or
carrying Ammunition, Ordnance, Artillery, Victuals, and all or any other Provisions necessary or
requisite for the Army, or any Part thereof, to
or from any Place or Places, according to the Intent of this Ordinance; and likewise to give Rules,
Instructions, and Directions, for the governing, leading, and conducting the said Army; and shall also
have Power to execute Martial Law, for the Punishment of all Tumults, Rapines, Murders, and other
Crimes and Misdemeanors, of any Person whatsoever in the said Army, according to the Course and
Customs of the Wars, and Law of the Land, and
according to the Laws and Ordinances of War
heretofore allowed by both Houses of Parliament;
and the said Laws and Ordinances of War shall
cause to be proclaimed, performed, and executed;
straightly charging and requiring all the Officers
and Soldiers of the said Army to be obedient to
him the said Sir Thomas Fairefax; as likewise all
Lieutenants of Counties, Sheriffs, Deputy Lieutenants, Officers of the Ordnance, Justices of the
Peace, Mayors, Bailiffs, and other His Majesty's
Officers and Subjects whatsoever, in their respective
Counties and Places, to be aiding and assisting to
him the said Sir Thomas Fairefax, in the Execution
of the said Office of Commander in Chief of the
said Army, for the Ends and Purposes, and in the
Manner aforesaid: And do likewise Ordain and Declare, That the said Sir Thomas Fairefax, the Commanders and Officers of the said Army, and all His
Majesty's Officers and Subjects whatsoever, in the
Execution of the Premises, shall be saved harmless
and defended, by the Power and Authority of both
Houses of Parliament."
House adjourned till 9a cras.