DIE Saturni, 11 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Delmy.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree, the Members of their House that
are of the Committee of both Kingdoms do join with
the Members of this House that are of the said Committee, to deliver to the Scotts Commissioners the Answer
of both Houses to their last Paper.
Petit & al. and Rednes & al.
Ordered, That the Cause between Petite &c. and
Rednes shall be heard on Wednesday Morning next.
Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, in Behalf of Mr. Meldrune.
A Letter from the Parliament of Scotland was read;
desiring, "That Mr. Rob't Meldrum, Nephew to Sir
John Meldrum, to whom he hath bequeathed the managing of his Affairs, may have the Furtherance of
both Houses, for his Dispatch therein."
Papers from the Committee of both Kingdoms.
The Lord Wharton reported Three Papers from the
Committee of both Kingdoms; which were read:
1. The Articles of the Delivery-up of the Castle and
Isle of Portland to Captain Wm. Batten, Vice Admiral
and Commander in Chief of all the Forces by Sea for
the Parliament. (Here enter it.)
2. A Paper of Colonel Ven, from North'ton.
(Here enter it.)
3. A Paper from the Commissioners of Scotland was
read: (Here enter it.) And Ordered to be referred
to the Committee of the Navy; and the Concurrence of
the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Dutchess of Richmond's Messenger to return.
Ordered, The Trumpeter that brought the Letter
from the Dutchess of Richmond shall have (fn. *) Leave to
go back from whence he he came.
"Die Sabbati, 4 April. 1646.
"It is agreed upon, between Captain William Batten
Vice Admiral and Commander in Chief of all
the Forces by Sea for the King and Parliament, and Colonel Thomas Gollopp Governor of
the Castle and Island of Portland, in Manner
Articles for the Surrender of Portland to the Parliament's Forces.
"1. That the said Colonel Gollopp shall, upon Monday next, the Sixth of April, by Ten of the Clock
in the Morning, surrender and yield up unto the said
Vice Admiral, for the Use of the Parliament, the Castle
and Isle of Portland, together with all the Cannon,
Arms, and Ammunition, now there, and not contained in the ensuing Articles; and that, until the further Pleasure of the Parliament be signified, all is to
be left in the Hands of such an Officer of Weymouth
Garrison as the said Vice Admiral and Colonel William Sydenham shall appoint.
"2. Item, That al Officers and Soldiers that are now
in the Island and Castle shall have free Liberty to
march away out of the Island, with all their Horse
not surmounting the Number of Fifteen, full Arms,
Matches lighted, Bullet in Mouth, Colours displayed,
Drums beating, and Bag and Baggage, to Oxford;
and an Hundred and Twenty Pounds delivered to the
Officers, in Lieu of One Week's Pay for all the Officers and Marching Soldiers within the Garrison;
and that they shall have Horses and Carriages provided, to carry the Baggage and Goods, and not be
solicited by any to forsake their Colours in their
"3. Item, That all such Soldiers as are willing shall
have free Leave to take up Arms for the Parliament;
and that all such Soldiers shall have present Entertainment and constant Pay, as also Two Shillings Advance, and Cloaths for every Soldier; and such as
are willing to go to their Homes, shall have Passes;
and such as desire to go to Oxford, safe Conduct; and
not be compelled to march (fn. †) above Eight or Ten
Miles a Day.
"4. Item, That the Porter, Gunners, and such others
that have Places in the Castle of Portland, shall either
be continued in their Places, or have Satisfaction for
"5. Item, That we do faithfully promise to use our
best Endeavours to both Houses of Parliament, for
the speedy taking off their several Sequestrations (if
any such be) upon any of their Estates; and that
(fn. *) they may re-possess their Lands, Goods, and Chattels, free as formerly they have done.
"6. Item, That the Islanders of Portland shall peaceably enjoy the true Protestant Religion, agreeable
with, and grounded on, the Word of God, and according to such Discipline as is and shall be established
by the Parliament; that they shall have no other
Preacher preferred unto them but such as is orthodox, and without any just Exception.
"7. Item, That every of the Islanders and Strangers
respectively shall have and enjoy their Lands and
Estates as formerly they have done, together with all
their Immunities and Freedoms; notwithstanding any
Act of Hostility committed against the Parliament,
either within or without the Island, since these unhappy Wars began.
"8. Item, That no Oath, Imposition, or Tax, shall be
imposed upon any of the Inhabitants other or others
now resident in the Isle, other than what shall be enjoined and conformable to other Parts of the Kingdom.
"9. Item, That all Strangers now in the Island, as
Lieutenant Colonel Duke, Lieutenant Armestrong, Robert Mohun Gentleman, John Browne and William
Ware Yeomen, shall have their Liberty and Freedom,
quietly to return to their several Habitations, and to
carry with them their Horses, Arms, and such other
Goods as properly belong to any of them, and there
to remain without any Molestation or Trouble.
"10. Lastly, That the last Governor of the Island
for the Parliament, that was there when the Island
was lost to the King's Forces, shall not be Governor
there any more during this War.
"These Articles were agreed on and confirmed in
the Presence of these Gentlemen, whose Names
are underwritten, and were present at the transacting of the Business.
"For the Island. For the Parliament.
"Thomas Gallopp Governor. Colonel William Sydenham Governor of Weymouth.
"Wm. Dyer. Robert Coker, Lieutenant Governor.
"Richard Gillew. Captain Thomas Harbert.
"Christopher Gibbs. Captain Edward Hall.
Captain Robert Row.
Captain John Frey."
Letter from Colonel Venn, that he had sent Recruits to Colonel
"For the Right Honourable the Committee of
both Kingdoms. These.
"May it please your Lordships,
Whalley, &c. and that some of the Soldiers at Northampton had deserted.
"According to your Commands by Letter dated the
3d Instant, I am marching out this Day to Colonel
Whally Eleven Hundred Men armed and cloathed.
There is Six Hundred more, I hope are raised
in Warwicksheir. I shall send Captain Potts to dispatch
them also unto Colonel Whally. I shall also dispatch
away Seven Hundred unto Wheatly, to Colonel Rainsborough, after they are mustered, armed, and cloathed; being the Lincolnesheir Men, which yet I have
not seen. The Committee, before I came, quartered
them in the Country, where almost Half ran away.
The Reason is, most Countries press the Scum of all
their Inhabitants, the King's Soldiers, Men taken
out of Prison, Tinkers, Pedlars, and Vagrants that
have no Dwelling, and such of whom no Account
can be given; it is no Marvel if such run away.
I am much troubled to see your Lordships Commands
obeyed by Halves; to have so much Goods, Arms, and
Cloaths provided, and sent this far, and not One Half
of them used. Except your Lordships please to punish
your Committees, I never look from any other at
their Hands. If your Designs be hereby either diverted
or obstructed, I hope your Lordships will call them to
Account that have been the Cause. I purposed to
have sent your Lordships a Particular what every Committee cometh short; but truly my Desire to hasten
away the Recruits will not permit me so to do as
yet. I am troubled what to do with the Cloaths and
Arms remaining here: I do resolve to lodge them up
securely here in this Garrison, except you please, upon Receipt hereof, to command me otherwise. And the
Recruits being all come up that can be expected, and
disposed of according to your Commands, I shall take
the Boldness to return to London, if not otherwise
commanded by your Lordships. I have no more, but
that I am
Northampton, 7th of April, 1646.
"Most humble Servant,
"P. S. I intended this Day to arm and march,
after Payment made what was due to this
Day; but the Soldiers refused to march
without a Month's Pay Advance, and mutinied in a high Measure. I did forbear to arm
them (it was a great Providence I did so). I
had Two Troops of Horse and Two Companies of Foot to appease them. I committed
some Leaders of them in Prison, and do purpose to proceed against some of them according to Martial Law. I therefore, after no
small Trouble, resolved and did march them
out of Town, unarmed, towards Banbury to
Colonel Whalley, having Two Troops of
Horse to convey them. This Mutiny puts me
to so much Charge extraordinary, to send
their Arms after them; and as soon as they
were marched off, I commanded in the Lincolnesheir Forces, hoping they would prove
better ordered, or else it were better for me
to be sent in the Face of an Enemy."
Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, in Behalf of Mr. Meldrum.
"For the Right Honnorable the Speakers of both
Houses of the Parliament of England, at
"The Remembrance of the many greate Services
performed by our Countryman Sir. John Meldrum, in
Pursuance of the Covenant and Cause of both Kingdomes, is soe fresh with us (and wee are confident
with your Lordships alsoe whome he constantly
served), whome wee finde ourselves thereby interessed
in what may concerne him. His constante Care and
Zeale for promoting that greate Worke was such,
that, even against all Difficultyes which he encountered, he continued his faithfull Endeavours therein,
and at last have sealed them all with the Losse of his
Life, and Disorder of his private Fortune. And
now this Gentleman, Mr. Robert Meldrum his Nephew, to whome he hath bequeathed the mannaging
of his whole Affaires, and who stands ingaged for
him, after long Delay occasioned by the Troubles of
this Country and his publique Imployment of Trust
this last Sommer, beinge on his Addresse to your Lordships; wee finde ourselves obliged, both by his
Unckle's Deservings and the many good Services done
by himselfe to us, to recommend him and his Desires
to your Lordships; and doe intreate that he may
have such favorable Dispatch as may bee an Incoucouragment to others to serve faithfully, and a Testimony carryed to the Desires of this Kingdome tendered to your Lordships by
St. Andrewes, 2 Febr. 1646.
"Your affectionate Freinds
and humble Servaunts,
President of Parliament."
Paper from the Scots Commissioners, for Cruizers to be stationed, to prevent the Irish Rebels getting over to Scotland.
"For preventinge the Transportation of the Forces
levyed by the Rebells of Ireland into the Kingdome
of Scotland, wee doe earnestly desire, that, according
to the Treatyes made betweene the Kingdomes, Shipps
may bee appointed to attend the Coasts betweene Scotland and Ireland; and because little Vessells are very
usefull in those Narrow Seas, wee desire that, in Liew
of One Shipp, Two Pinnaces may bee sent (which wil
bee noe greater Charge to the State); and that some
more effectuall Course bee taken for Performance
hereof then was the last Yeare, when, notwithstanding the Directions given by the Committee of the
Admiralty to Captaine Swanley, the Pinnaces never
came in to these Coasts.
6 Aprill, 1646.
"By Commaund of the Commissioners for
the Parliament of Scotland.