Die Lunæ, Septembris 9, 1644.
ORDERED, That the Ordinance sent from the Lords, concerning the Commissioners of the Navy, be peremptorily read the first Business the next Day the House sits.
Resolved, &c. That Thursday next shall be set apart for a publick Fast, and Day of Humiliation, to be kept by both Houses, the Assembly of Divines, and in the Parishes and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, and Bills of Mortality: And that the Lords Concurrence be desired herein: And that Saint Margarett's Church shall be the Place for this House to keep and observe it in: And that Mr. Coleman and Mr. Newcomen be desired to preach on the same Fast Day: And that Sir Robert Harley do carry up this Message to the Lords: And that Sir Robert Harley and Mr. Ashherst do desire Mr. Coleman and Mr. Newcomen to preach on the same Day.
Ordination of Ministers.
Resolved, &c. That the House be forthwith resolved into a Committee, to take into Consideration the Matter of Ordination, in pursuance of the Order made on Saturday last, concerning the same Matter.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. White called . . the Chair.
Upon Mr. White's Report from the Grand Committee appointed to consider of the Return of the Assembly of Divines, to the Demands of the House, sent unto them August 30, 1644, to be satisfied with Reasons why they desire some Amendments to be added to the Ordinance for Ordination of Ministers in London, pro tempore:
It is Resolved, &c. That Ordination; that is to say, an outward, solemn, Setting apart of Persons for the Office of the Ministry in the Church; is an Ordinance of Christ.
Resolved, &c. That these Words shall be inserted in the Preamble, after the Words " the Work of Ordination," and before the Words " and is to be performed."
Resolved, &c. That these Words, " the Ordinance of Christ and," shall not be inserted in the Place desired by the Assembly of Divines in their Paper of Return touching the Order concerning Ordination of Ministers in London, pro tempore.
Resolved, &c. That Major Hammond, sent up from Gloucester by Order from the Committee of both Kingdoms, be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Lord Peter's House.
Messages to Lords.
Sir Robert Harley carried up to the Lords the Order for a publick Fast to be observed on Thursday next; and the Order concerning the King's Woods.
Mr. Long carried up to the Lords the Order for Two hundred Pounds out of Haberdashers Hall, for the Transport of the Wareham Soldiers into Ireland: The Ordinance concerning Braybrooke Rectory: The Ordinance to make Mr. Prideaux Master of the Posts: The Ordinance concerning Sir Mathew Lister's Fine: The Ordinance for adding Sir Math. Boynton to the Commissioners appointed to reside in the Northern Armies.
Advance from Excise.
An Ordinance for securing and reimbursing the Commissioners of Excise Three thousand Pounds advanced by them, and lent to the Committee of the West, for the Service of the West, was this Day read; and, upon Question, passed; and carried up unto the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Mr. Long.
A Letter from Sir Wm. Waller, directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms, from Farneham, of Septembris 7, concerning Colonel Ludlowe's Commission and Troops, reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, was this Day read.
A Letter from Colonel Massy, of Septembris 5, concerning Prince Rupert's being at Bristol, and his Expectation of Forces to come to join with him out of Shropshire, and the Parts adjoining, &c. and his Resolution to prevent and hinder the joining of those Forces, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Commission granted by Sir Wm. Waller to Colonel Ludlow, is in Force, and Valid.
Resolved, &c. That the Letters from Sir Wm. Waller, of Septembris 7, and from Colonel Massy, be referred back to the Committee of both Kingdoms; to send Answer to them; and to dispose the Forces, and other Matters mentioned in those Letters, to the best Advantage of the Publick in this Conjuncture of Time.
Forces for Plymouth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, this Afternoon, to consider of sending some Forces to Plymouth for the Preservation of that Place; the Committee for Plymouth having provided Victuals, Arms, Ammunition, and Monies, for that Place.
Lord Manchester's Association.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett do prepare and bring in an Ordinance for the Continuance of the Ordinance for maintaining the Forces under my Lord of Manchester's Association, for Three Months longer.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee for the Revenue be made To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the House meet To-morrow at Eight of Clock.