[23 December, 1643.]
Power to Com. of Militia of London send out Forces under Maj. Gen. Browne.
It is this day Ordered by the Lords and Commons in Parliament Assembled, That the Committee of the Militia of the City
of London shall have power, and is hereby authorized to Command the White and Yellow Regiments of the Trained Bands of
the said City, and such other Regiments of Trained Bands and
Auxiliaries of Foot, and as many Troops of Horse, or other
Forces, under their commands within the Cities of London and
Westminster Lines of Communication, and Parishes mentioned
in the weekly Bils of Mortality, as to them shall seeme convenient; to March under the conduct of Richard Browne
Esquire, Major Generall of this Brigade, who is hereby authorized by the said Lords and Commons, to lead and conduct them
for the defence of the Cities of London and Westminster,
and parts adjacent, into the Counties of Middlesex and Surrey
and elsewhere, as he shall be directed by the Committee of the
Militia, or Sir William Waller, with the consent of the said Committee.
To cause said Forces to march under their Colours.; To punish by fine or imprisonment all Officers, Soldiers, etc., that shall disobey their commands.
And it is further Ordained, That the said Committee of the
Militia shall have power, and is hereby authorized, to cause all
or any of the said Forces to March with their colours to any
places whatsoever, and not to depart from the same without
licence of their Captaines, for the defence of the said City, and
the publike safety; And to impose reasonable Fines, or to imprison all Collonels, Leivtenant-Collonels, Seargent Majors, Captaines, and other Officers and Souldiers whatsoever, under their
Command, whether Masters or Servants, as shall disobey their
commands and directions from time to time, as they shall thinke
fit, or otherwise to proceed against them according to the course
To recall such Forces at will.; These Forces to be paid by Parliament.; Indemnity.
And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons,
that the said Committee of the Militia shall have power, and is
hereby authorized, to call backe all such Forces as they shall
appoint to march forth by vertue of this Ordinance when they
shall thinke fit. And it is further Ordained that such Forces
as shall be sent forth by the said Committee for this Expedition
shall be paid by the Parliament for the time they shall continue
abroad, according to the establishment of the Kingdome: and
the said Committee and all other persons acting in the premisses
according to the intent of the said Ordinance, shall for so doing,
be saved harmlesse by authority of Parliament.