Die Veneris, 25 Augusti, 1643.
Council of War.
ORDERED, That Sir Artk. Heselrig, Mr. Solicitor, and Major Browne, be added to the Council of the War, made and resolved upon Aug. 2 1643; and that they, or any Five of them, shall have Power to meet and act.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Vane sen. and Sir Tho. Walsingham, shall have Leave to go down into the County of Kent.
The humble Petition of divers Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Bedford, whose Names are subscribed, was this Day read; and referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Horses that were taken out of Hertfordshire: And it is likewise referred to that Committee, to consider what Horses have been taken out of the County of Bedford; from whom; how many; and by what Authority: And to consider of way for their Relief, in as like manner, as for the County of Herts.
Resolved, &c. That the Soldiers of my Lord General's Army shall have Stockings, as well as Coats, Shirts, and Shoes.
Answer from Lord General.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicholl be required forthwith to attend the House; and that he deliver to the House the Answer that he brought from his Excellency my Lord General in Writing, to the end it may be entered.
Examination of Hotham.
Mr. Millington reports from the Committee appointed to examine Mr. Hotham, that notwithstanding the Order of Monday last, that he should answer to such Interrogatories as should be proposed unto him by the Committee, he refused to answer; and says, that, in his Conscience, he ought not answer to any Question that concerned his Life, or might accuse himself.-
Council of War.
Ordered, That his Excellency be moved, that he would be pleased to appoint Another to be Lord President of the Council of War, in the Absence of the Earl of Manchester; and that he would appoint an Advocate to attend the Council of War here.-
Proceedings against Hotham.
The Question being put, whether a Day should be appointed for Mr. Hotham to be heard in the House;
The House was divided:
The Yeas went forth.
||Tellers for the Yea:
||With the Yea,
||Tellers for the Noe,
|Sir Rob. Pye,
||With the Noe,
So that it was resolved negatively.
Ordered, That Mr. Hotham shall be brought to the Bar, to be heard there, why, upon the Evidence against him, he should not be discharged from being a Member of this House: And it is left to the Committee to bring him at such convenient Time as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Committee at Hull, to desire them, that Mr. Hotham, under Restraint at Hull, may be discharged, if there be no Cause to the contrary.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylett;
That the Lords have appointed Monday next for the Hearing of the Cause of Mr. Justice Bartlett; and thought fit to acquaint this House herewith.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Sequestrations to consider of the Desire of Sir Wm. Waller, touching the Furniture in Bedford House; and to settle the Business.
Whereas Wm. Crochett, formerly a Soldier in Colonel Hollis his Regiment, hath been Six-and-twenty Weeks in Prison in the White Lyon, by the Commitment of Lancelot Symonds Esquire; and not so much as any Warrant is filed there to charge any Accusation upon him, as by the Certificate of Sir John Lenthall appears:
It is this Day Ordered, That the said Wm. Crochett shall be forthwith discharged, from any further Restraint, without paying Fees; and that the said Wm. Crochett shall have Satisfaction for his Loss and Injuries, out of the Estate of the said Mr. Symonds.
The Lords and Commons, now in Parliament assembled, having received Information, by a Petition of Merchant Strangers, and others concerned in the Importation of Plate and Bullion into this Kingdom, that their Correspondents, inhabiting in the Parts beyond the Seas, have conceived many Fears and Jealousies which might discourage them in the usual importing of Bullion into this Kingdom; for the better Security and Encouragement of all Traders and Bringers-in of Bullion or Coin into this Kingdom, do declare and ordain, That all Bullion and Coin, that shall be brought into this Kingdom by any English Shipping, shall have free and safe Passage and Protection, as in any former Times, both by Sea and Land, into the Ports of Dover and London, and accordingly into and out of his Majesty's Mint, in the Tower of London; without any Interruption.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicholls do bring in the Answer he received from my Lord General, concerning Sir Wm. Waller's Commission, To-morrow Morning.