DIE Mercurii, 17 die Novembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Lisle to attend, concerning Impostmoney.
Ordered, That Mr. Lilse shall attend this House
between this and Friday next, to give an Account concerning the Impost-money due to the Peers.
Evelyn versus Sir J. Brook.
Upon reading the Petition of Arthur Evelinge Esquire,
&c. against Sir John Brooke:
It is Ordered, That Sir John Brooke shall have a
Copy of the Petition, and return his Answer within
Three Days after Notice given him.
Letter to Colonel Hammond.
A Letter to be sent to Colonel Hamond, was read;
and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for
their Concurrence; and that it may be signed by both
Servants to attend the King.
A List of such Servants as are to attend the King, was
read, and approved of; and Ordered to be sent to
the House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Message to the H. C. with a List of them;—with the Letter to Colonel Hammond;— and about the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To deliver to them the Letter to Colonel Hamond,
and desire their Consent therein; and to be signed by
2. To put them in Mind of the Conference Yesterday,
and desire they would take the same into speedy Consideration.
3. To put them in Mind of the Business concerning Sir
Francis Willoughby, formerly sent down to them.
4. To deliver to them the Ordinance concerning setting
the Poor on Work, and desire their Concurrence therein.
5. To recommend to them Captain Swaine's Petition.
6. To deliver to them the Names of the Servants to be
presently sent to attend the King.
Ordinance to augment the Living of Banbury.
An Ordinance for augmenting the Living of the Minister of Banbury, was read, and approved of; and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their
Order for 900l. to Officers.
Ordered, That the Ordinance passed this House
13 Nov. 1647, for Nine Hundred Pounds to be paid to
Mr. Pocock and Mr. Greenhill, shall bear Date this Day,
videlicet, Die Mercurii, 17 Die Novembris, 1647.
Remonstrance from Sir T. Fairfax.
The Remonstrance sent Yesterday from the General,
was this Day read. (Here enter it.)
Declaration against The Agreement of the People.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee
appointed Yesterday to examine the Authors and Abettors of the Irregularities, to consider also the Book
(fn. *) printed, called "The Agreement with the People;" and
to prepare a Declaration, shewing the Dislike of it.
Letter from Nottingham, inclosing that Pamphlet, and encouraging People to sign it.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That he hath
received from Nottingham a Letter, with "The Agreement of the People" inclosed, sent down thither by an
Agent, from The Saricen's Head, in Friday Street,
London; stirring up the People to subscribe the Agreement; and to send the same up to London, to The Saricen's Hend."
Message to the H. C. for Committees to consider them.
Ordered, That these Papers be sent to the House
of Commons; and desire that the Consideration of these
Papers may be referred to the Committee appointed
Yesterday to examine the Irregularities of the London
Agents; and that they may consider what they think
fit to be presently done for Suppression (fn. †) of this throughout the Kingdom.
This was sent down to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page.
Vote about the Propositions to be communicated to the Scots Commissioners.
Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms
do meet this Afternoon, at Derby House, to communicate
to the Scotts Commissioners the Vote passed Yesterday,
concerning the Propositions.
"A Remonstrance from his Excellency Sir Thomas
Fairefax, and his Council of War, concerning
the late Discontent and Distraction in the
Army; with his Excellency's Declaration of
himself, and Expectation from the Army thereupon, for the future uniting of the Army.
Remonstrance of Sir T. Fairfax; against the London Agents, for encouraging the late Mutiny in the Army;— and with the following Requisitions,—That a Time shall be fixedfor this Parliament to determine,— for Indeminity for the Army, — for their Pay to be settled,— for a Provision to be made for maimed Soldiers;—and that the Officers and Soldiers shall subscribe the following Declaration.
"That, ever since the Engagement of the Army at
Newmarkett Heath, his Excellency, with the General
Officers and General Council of the Army (to which
that Engagement refers) have been doing their Duty
and best Endeavour for the Good of the Army and
Kingdom, according to the Ends of that Engagement,
and the Declarations and other Papers that have since
passed from the Army.
"And in this (according to their Consciences, and
the best of their Understandings) they have done the
utmost they could, without present Destruction to the
Parliament, which in their Opinions would inevitably
have put the Kingdom into Blood and Confusion,
and so both the Army and Kingdom into an Incapacity, or past all rational Hopes, of attaining or
enjoying that Satisfaction or Security for which the
Engagement was entered into; and if they have
neglected any Thing wherein they might have done
better, they have been ready (as still they are) to be
convinced thereof, and to amend the Default, and
to hearken to what any Man would soberly offer for
that Purpose, or to lead them to any Thing better.
"That, while they have been thus doing their Duty
(besides many other Interruptions or Diversion bythe
Designs and Workings of Enemies), they have of late
found the greatest Interruption to their Proceedings
by a few Men, Members of the Army, who (without
any Authority, or just Call thereunto, that we know
of, assuming the Name of Agents for several Regiments)
have (for what Ends we know not) taken upon them
to act as a divided Party from the said Council and
Army, and, associating themselves with, or rather (as
we have just Cause to believe) give themselves up to
be acted or guided by, divers private Persons that are
not of the Army, have endeavoured, by various Falsehoods and Scandals, raised and divulged in Print, and
otherwise, against the General, the General Officers
and Council, to possess the Army and Kingdom with
Jealousies of them, and Prejudices against them [as
if they were fallen from their Principles, had broke
all their Engagements and Declarations, and thereby
forfeited their Trust, and were in their whole Proceedings false and treacherous both to the Army and
Kingdoms]. And, by these and other Practices, the
said Agents and their Associates have laboured to make
Parties and Factions in the Army, to raise Discontents,
Mutinies, and Disorders therein, to divide the Soldiers from the Officers, and both Officers and Soldiers amongst themselves, and to withdraw several
Parts of the Army from their Duty and Obedience
to the General's Orders, (and that) in Things most
necessary for the Safety of the Army and Kingdom.
"And thus, while they causelessly cry out against
Breach of Engagements and Dividing the Army, they
themselves have made, or endeavoured to make, the
greatest Breaches of their Engagements, and greatest
Dividing of the Army, that can be; a Dividing most
truly contrary to the Engagements, a Dividing which
is as bad and destructive as Disbanding, even the
Dissolution of all that Order, Combination, and Government, which is the Essence of an Army; and,
under false and delusive Pretences (that the Engagements have been broken), they have endeavoured
really to loosen and draw the Army off from its former Engagements, and to draw it into new Engagements, different from, and (in some Things) destructive
to, the former; and have thus endangered the greatest
Forfeiture of the Faith, and Honour of the Army,
that ever it incurred.
"And whilst they cry out there is nothing done,
they themselves have made the greatest Obstructions
to the doing of any Good for the Army or Kingdom,
both in the Hindrance and Delays to our Proceedings,
and the Expence of Time which with their Workings
have occasioned (either to have satisfied them (if it
had been possible), or else to salve and quiet those
Discontents and Distractions which they have raised
in the Army); and also by the Occasions which the
Parliament and Kingdom (yea even our best Friends
in both) have thus received, to discourage them from
Compliance with, or Confidence in, an Army so uncertain, so unsettled, so divided.
"For these Causes, the General hath thought fit to
rendezvous the Army, or such Parts of it as are not
fixed upon necessary Duty elsewhere; and having (with
the Advice of the General Council) sent to the Parliament more importunately than before, for speedy
Satisfaction to the Army in their just Desires (especially in Point of Provision for constant Pay to avoid
Free Quarter, and of Security for Arrears), thought
it best (with the same Advice) to dismiss most of the
Officers and Agitators from the Head Quarters, for
a Fortnight, unto their respective Regiments, to satisfy and compose these Discontents and Division,
which have thus been raised in them; and, for Ease
to the Country, and Accommodation to the Soldiery
(with respect to the Season of the Year), thought fit
to contract the Quarters of the Army in Three Brigades, and to draw them to Three several Rendezvous not far from each other, and this in order to
One general Rendezvous, if there should be any Occasion; and in this the several Regiments of Horse and
Foot have been appointed to contract Quarters, in
order to those several Rendezvous, by taking them
directly in Order as their several Quarters lay before,
without any other Respect or Consideration: But
even these Things the said pretended Agents and their
Associates have laboured to pervert and make Advantage of, to the aforesaid Ends of Discontent and
Distraction, and to represent the same to the several
Regiments as done in Pursuance of the same treacherous Counsels and Designs which they had before
suggested: And what Good they could not deny to
be in the Things, they assume to themselves, as gained
by their Procurement; and so greedily catch at the
sole Credit of it, as if the General and his Council
(but for them) had not done it; and, by Letters or
Messages contradicting the General's Order, they have
(under such scandalous Pretences) laboured to draw
divers Regiments, from the Quarters and Rendezvous
to which they were ordered, unto the First Rendezvous near Ware, in a disorderly and confused Manner,
to the Oppression of the Country, and Disaccommodation (if not Quarreling and Distraction) of the
Soldiery in Quartering.
"That, without Redress of these Abuses and Disorders, his Excellency cannot nor will any longer
undergo or undertake further to discharge his present Trust, to the Parliament, and the Army and Kingdom.
"That, though he is far above any such low
Thoughts as to court or woo the Army to continue
him their General; yet, to discharge himself to the
utmost, and bring the Business to a clear and certain
Issue, his Excellency doth now Declare,
"That he is yet willing to adhere to, and to conduct, and live and die with, the Army, in the
lawful Prosecution of these Things following;
"First, for the Soldiery to obtain:
"1. Present Provision for constant Pay while
continued; to enable them to discharge
"2. The present Stating of Accompts, and
Security for Arrears; with an effectual
and speedy Course to raise Monies thereupon.
"3. Sufficient Indemnity, and Commissioners
in every County for that Purpose.
"4. Provision for maimed Soldiers, and the
Widows and Orphans of Men slain in
the Service (and that in a certain and
more (fn. *) honourable Way); with Commissioners in every County for that Purpose.
"5. Provisions for Freedom from Pressing,
according to the First Petition of the
"6. Provision for Freedom of Apprentices
that have served in this War, with a
Penalty upon Masters refusing to give
"Secondly, for the Kingdom:
"A Period to be set for this present Parliament (to end so soon as may be with
Safety), and Provision therewith to be
made for future Parliaments; for the Certainty of their Meeting, Sitting and Ending; and for the Freedom and Equality of Elections thereto; to render the
House of Commons (as near as may be)
an equal Representative of the People
that are to elect.
"And (according to the Representation of the
Army, of June the 14th) to leave other
Things to, and acquiesce in the Determinations of, Parliament; but to mind the
Parliament of, and mediate with them for,
Redress of the common Grievances of the
People, and all other Things that the
Army have declared their Desires for.
"That, upon his Excellency's continued
Conjunction in these Things, he
expects that, for the particular Circumstances of them, the Army shall
(according to their aforesaid First
Engagements) acquiesce in what shall
be agreed unto by the general Council of the Army to which that Engagement refers; and for Matter of
Ordering, Conduct, and Government
of the Army, that every Member of
it shall be observant of, and subject to, his Excellency, his Council
of War, and every One of his Superior Officers, according to the
Discipline of War; for Assurance
whereof, he expects that as many as
are satisfied herewith, and agree
hereunto, do severally subscribe to
what is hereunder written for that
Declaration to be subscribed by the Army, that they will submit to the Orders of Sir T. Fairfax and his Council of War.
"We, the Officers and Soldiers of Regiment of, whose Names are here
subscribed, do hereby Declare, That we are satisfied
in his Excellency the General's continued Conjunction
with the Army, in the lawful Prosecution of the
Things here before declared to be prosecuted for the
Soldiery and Kingdom respectively; and for the particular Circumstance of them, we shall (according to
the general Engagement of the Army above-mentioned) acquiesce in what shall be agreed unto by the
General Council of the Army to which that Engagement refers: And for the Matter of Ordering, Conduct, and Government of the Army, we shall be observant of, and subject to, his Excellency, his Council
of War, and every One of us to our Superior Officers
in this Regiment and the Army, according to the Discipline of War.
Hertford, Nov. the 14th 1647.
"Signed, by the Appointment of his
Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax and
the Council of War.
"Jo. Rushworth, Secretary."