Die Mercurii, Decembris 11, 1644.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Back Gatehouse of St. Mary's in Yorke, with the Rooms over it, and adjacent unto it; and also the Room called Garners, within the said Manor Yard, together with the said Manor Yard, be appointed for keeping the County Gaol in, till the Castle be restored to its former Use: And that it be referred to the Lord Fairfaxe, Governor, to appoint the said Places accordingly: And that Sir Wm. Stricland acquaint the Governor with this Vote. And it is further Ordered, That the Commissioners of Parliament, residing at Yorke, do allow Monies for making the Gaol strong and sufficient, and Irons for the Prisoners, out of the Assessments of the County.
Resolved, &c. That a Fast shall be appointed for this House do observe, on Wednesday next, to humble themselves for their particular and parliamentary Sins and Failings, whereby they may hope to obtain God's Blessing in a better measure upon their Endeavours for the future.
Resolved, &c. That the Lords shall be desired to join with this House in this Fast.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Marshall, Mr. Hill, and Mr. Obadiah Sedgewick, shall be desired to perform the Execises of this Fast.
Sir Wm. Massam is appointed to acquaint these Divines with this Desire of the House.
Sir Hen. Vane is appointed to go to the Lords with these Votes.
Ordered, That, on Monday next, peremptorily, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Prideaux, and Mr. Hill, do bring in the Bill for repressing of Incest, Adultery, Whoredom, Drunkenness, Swearing, and Blaspheming the Name of God, and other enormous Vices.
It is likewise Ordered, That some Provision may be made in this Bill, that it may be put in due and lively Execution.
Ordered, That, on Monday next, peremptorily, the Committee for plundered Ministers do bring the Ordinance for preventing Sabbath-breaking, and Profanation . . . the Lord's Day: Mr. Speaker is required to put the House in mind of these Ordinances.
Lady Hotham's Petition.
The humble Petition of the Lady Hotham, Wife of Sir Jo. Hotham, was this Day read; desiring the Commiseration and Pardon of this House to be extended to her Husband, who, by the Council of War, is condemned to die on Monday next.
Resolved, &c. That this Petition shall be laid aside.
Members not to hold Offices.
An Ordinance appointing, That no Member of either House, during the Time of this War, shall have or execute any Office or Command Military or Civil, granted or conferred by both, or either of the Houses of Parliament, or by any Authority derived from both or either of them, was this day read the First time, and ordered to be read the Second time To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Leave to visit Hotham.
Ordered, That such Members of this House as are desirous to visit Sir Jo. Hotham before he die, shall have Liberty to go and see him.