Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, Aprilis 16, 1645.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to consider of all Ways and Means for the Payment of the poor Waggoners and Soldiers, and their Widows, as well out of the Arrears of the Three Months weekly Assessment, as out of such Monies as shall be remaining at Haberdashers-Hall, after all former Assignments now charged there shall be satisfied: And the said Committee are further to consider who shall receive the said Monies, and pay it unto them upon their Warrants; and by what Means they that want Debentures may have Debentures and Warrants for such Money as is due unto them.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard do pay unto Tho. Parker, Rich. Ward, Robert Holton, John Gold, Rich. Jenks, Thomas Stenson, Henry Wyford, Thomas Sheaphard, Thomas North, and * Wilkenson, Waggoners, the several Sums of Money due unto every of them, respectively, for their Teams, upon their Debentures, notwithstanding the same Debentures came in after, and were not included in the last Ordinance for Payment of the Teams.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Tho. Fairefax to be Governor of Kingston upon Hull.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Sir Peter Wentworth is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
Mr. Lisle, Mr. Maynard, Sir Martin Lister, Mr. Noble, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Sir Jo. Curson, Colonel Jo. Moore, Sir Wm. Alanson, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rigby, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Mr. Jesson, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Tho. Dacres, Sir Jo. Evelyn junior, Mr. Knightley, Sir Jo. Meyrick, Sir Sam. Rolle, Mr. Wheler, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Ashherst, Mr. Baynton, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Colonel Walton, Mr. Purefoy, Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr Millington;
This Committee is appointed to take into Consideration the whole Matter of the Differences between the Governor and the Committee at Nottingham, and to hear the Complaints of all Parties, and to consider of the best Ways and Means for settling the said Differences: They are likewise to take into Consideration the Instructions given by the Committee of both Kingdoms in this Business; and further, to take into Consideration, what that Committee has further conceived in this Business: And are to meet on Friday next at Two post Meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records.
Resolved, &c. That the Members of both Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, or any Five of them, the Committee sitting, shall have Power to grant Commissions to such Commanders and Officers as shall be nominated and approved by both Houses, or by any Authority derived from them, to any military Places or Commands, where there is no Power already settled by the Parliament to grant such Commissions.
Mr. Rigby, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Jephson, and Sir Tho. Widdrington, are to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to this Purpose To-morrow Morning.
Two Letters, one from Sir William Waller, the other from Colonel Holborne, were this Day read: And thereupon Ordered, That Mr. Nicoll do carry the same to the Committee of both Kingdoms; and desire them to take the Business of the West into their speedy Consideration.
The House being informed, That Colonel Fitz James, Quartermaster-General Fincher, attended at the Door, with a Petition from the Officers of Sir William Waller's Army;
They were called in; and the Petition read: And
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve the same as a very modest Expression of their Affections.
Ordered, That all the Officers and Soldiers under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller, shall have a Fortnight's Pay of their Arrears; and shall be taken into Consideration for the rest of their Arrears in the like manner as the Soldiers and Officers of my Lord General and the Earl of Manchester were: And it is referred to the Committee of the West, to consider how this Fortnight's Pay may be raised; and how such as shall not be taken on upon the new Model may be employed.
Sir Peter Wentworth carried up to the Lords, the Ordinance concerning Martial Law, sent from the Lords; with some Amendments and Alterations from this House: The Ordinance concerning the Lord Admiral and Lord Warden of the Cinque-Ports: The Ordinance for Two thousand Pounds for Abingdon out of the Excise: For Three thousand Pounds out of the Excise for Major-General Langherne's Forces: The Vote for making Sir Thomas Fairfax Governor of Hull: And was appointed to press the Lords to expedite the Ordinance.
Resolved, &c. That the Horse of Norfolk and Suffolk, that are to come on upon the new Model, shall have a Fortnight's Pay of their Arrears, to be paid out of the Arrears of the Assessments in those Counties; or if it shall fail there, then to be secured and repaid out of the Receipts of the Excise in its Course, together with the Interest for the Forbearance: And the Committee for the several Counties are desired forthwith to disburse the Money for the Troops now remaining in the respective Counties.
Resolved, &c. That out of the Proceed of the Sale of the Houses belonging to Sir Nicholas Crisp in Lyme-street, Fifteen hundred Pounds be raised, and employed, towards the Payment of a Fortnight's Pay of the Arrears to such Officers as shall not be taken on in the new Model, according to former Order: And that the said Fifteen hundred Pounds be paid into the Hands of Mr. Francis Allen, and Mr. John Dethick; to be issued for the Purposes aforesaid.
Ordered, That, on Friday next, peremptorily, the first Business, Mr. Scawen do make his Report from the Committee of the Army: And that, at the same time, the Lieutenant of the Ordinance do make his Report concerning the Stores in the Magazine.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for the Maintenance of a Preaching Ministry in the Cities of York, Durham, Carlell, and other Towns mentioned in the said Ordinance: The which were twice read; and assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That the Town of Newcastle upon Tyne shall be nominated in this Ordinance: And that One hundred and Fifty Pounds shall be raised, and allowed out of the Revenues of the Dean and Chapter of Duresme, for the Maintaining of an able, learned, and orthodox Preaching Minister in the Town of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Then the Ordinance, with the Amendments, was passed, upon the Question: And the Lords Concurrence ordered to be desired.
An Ordinance for supplying the Parish of Howden with a learned orthodox Divine, and allowing him Seventy Pounds per Annum out of the Revenues of the Dean, Dean and Chapter of York, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and Ordered, That the Lords Concurrence be desired.
Two Petitions; one from the Commissioners of the Brittish Regiments in Ulster; one other from the distressed Brittish Inhabitants of the North of Ireland, desiring earnestly the Consideration of this Assembly upon their Souls, and to furnish them with some able, learned, religious, Preaching Ministers; were this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That it be in special Manner referred and recommended, from this House, to the Assembly of Divines, to consider how the Desires of the Petitioners may be effectually granted, to the Relief and Comfort of their Souls.
It is further Ordered, That it be likewise recommended to the Assembly of Divines, to consider of godly, able, learned, orthodox, Preaching Ministers, to be sent into such other Parts of the Kingdom of Ireland as are under the Obedience of the Parliament.
Sir Robert Harley, Sir John Clotworthy, and Colonel Jephson, are appointed to acquaint the Assembly of Divines with this Order, and to take some care of this Business.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Captain Michael Balfour, and Captain Michael Beresford, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That the Petitions and Debentures concerning the Monies due to the Officers, Soldiers, and Inhabitants of the Town of Lynne, Boston, and the Isle of Ely, for Pay, and for Fortifications, be referred to the Committee of the Army: And Mr. Scawen is to take care of them; and to report to the House.
Ordered, That the Petition of Ann Key Widow, with the Debenture thereunto annexed, be also referred to the same Committee.
Sir Peter Wentworth reports, from the Lords, That he delivered several Messages to the Lords: And that he received this Answer from my Lord Grey of Wark;
That, as to the Ordinances for settling the Admiralty and Wardenship of the Cinque-Ports; and for Martial Law; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own: As to the Vote for Sir Thomas Fairfax to be Governor of Hull; the Ordinance for Two thousand Pounds to Abingdon out of the Excise; the Ordinance for Three thousand Pounds to Major Langherne out of the Excise; they do agree.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington do report the Ordinance for the Committee in the several Counties to compound with Delinquents, and the rest of the Northern Business, on Friday Morning.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for Derbyshire be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning.
Ordered, That Captain Plunkett be called in on Friday Morning: And it is the Opinion of this House, That he shall have Thanks returned to him for his good Service on the Irish Coast; and his good Affections in supplying the Officers in Munster with some Provisions.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee where Sir Tho. Widdrington has the Chair, to consider of some speedy and effectual Course for supplying the several Preaching Ministers of the several Parishes of England with such a competent Subsistence, as may be an Encouragement unto them, and may vindicate them from Scandal: And the Care and Deligence of the Committee is very much desired in this Business.