House of Commons Journal Volume 4: 13 February 1645

Pages 47-48

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 Jovis, Februarii 13, 1644.


A Letter, from Farneham, from Sir Wm. Waller, of Februarii 12, was this Day read.

Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do give full and ample Power to Sir Wm. Waller to command all the Forces assigned and appointed to be sent under his Command, upon the present Service, into the West; and likewise, that they give Injunctions to all the Officers and Commanders to obey all such Directions and Orders as they shall from time to time receive from Sir Wm. Waller; and further to signify, that this House does expect an Obedience of all Officers and Soldiers to such Commands as Sir Wm. Waller shall give; and will require a strict Account thereof.

And it is further Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do again write to Sir Wm. Waller to pursue punctually the Directions and Commands of this House, expressed in their Order Yesterday made, concerning the immediate Marching of a strong Party, and speedy Advancing of the rest of the Forces into the West.

Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do immediately send for Lieutenant-General Middleton, and require him forthwith to repair to his Charge.

And it is further Ordered, That it be recommended to the Committee of the West, forthwith to recruit Lieutenant-General Middleton's Troops.

Ordered, That the Letter from Colonel Fortescue be sent unto Sir Gilbert Gerard: And that he do forthwith give an Answer to Colonel Fortescue, concerning the Particulars therein mentioned.

Ordered, That the Committee of both Kingdoms do forthwith consider, how the Army, intended to be raised according to the new Model, may be speedily raised, and the Foot designed for that Service may be raised and recruited: And they are to give a speedy Account thereof, and of their Opinions herein, to this House.

Ordered, That the Committee of the Seven Associated Counties do meet this Afternoon, in the ExchequerChamber, at Two of the Clock; and consider of all Things tending to the Good and Safety of the Association; and to call before them the Treasurers of the Association; and to know what Monies they have in their Hands, and what they have lately paid; and to whom: And to give Order to the Treasurers not to pay any Monies to any Commanders or Officers that lay down their Commissions.

Sir Jo. Evelyn went up to the Lords, to desire them to speed the Passing of the Ordinance for the new Model, which much imports the Safety of the Kingdom; and Time will be lost by putting in Execution the Levying of Monies according to the Ordinance, if it be not speedily passed.

He likewise carried up the Ordinance for the Earl of Carlile; and the Votes to make Sir Matthew Brand HighSheriff of Surrey; and Arthur Staveley Esquire High-Sheriff for the County of Leicester.

Ordered, That the Committee, appointed for the Business concerning the Earl of Manchester, shall have Power to declare unto the Earl of Manchester, the general Heads of the Charges against him; together with the Particulars of Time and Place; and to receive his Answer; and report it to the House on Monday next.

Sir Jo. Evelyn brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Names of Sheriffs for the Counties of Surrey, and Leicester; and to the Ordinance for discharging the Earl of Carlile's Delinquency and Sequestration; and will send Answer to the Ordinance concerning the new Model, speedily, by Messengers of their own.

A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page;

The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this Ordinance: It is for the Raising and Maintaining of Forces for the Defence of the Kingdom, to be under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaxe. They do agree unto all the Alterations, delivered by this House at the last Conference, with an Addition to the Third Proviso of this House; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

They have likewise sent down the Minute of a Letter, to be sent from both Houses, and signed by the Speakers of both Houses, to the French King: They desire the more Haste in this, in regard the Post goes this Night away.

The Addition, desired by the Lords to be added to the Third Proviso, sent up by this House, was read; and so much of it as followeth, was, upon the Question, assented unto; videlicet, "Which Solemn League and Covenant shall be tendered, as aforesaid, unto all the Officers before-mentioned, by some Minister, whom the Commander in Chief shall chuse, in the Presence of him the said Commander in Chief, or the Major-General; and a Return to be made by them unto the Two Houses of Parliament, from time to time, of the Names of all such as shall take the same."

The latter Clause of the said Paper; viz. "And all such as shall refuse to take the said Solemn League and Covenant, shall, upon such their Refusal, be displaced, and made uncapable to have any Charge or Command within the said Army;" was propounded; and put to the Question, For a Concurrence with the Lords: And

The House was divided.

The Yeas went out.

Sir Christopher Wray, Tellers for the Yea: 44.
Sir Wm. Lewes, With the Yea,
Sir John Evelyn, Tellers for the Noe: 60.
Colonel Cromwell, With the Noe,

So the Question passed with the Negative.

Mr. Recorder, Mr. Lisle, and Sir Thomas Widdrington, are appointed to prepare Reasons, to be offered unto the Lords, for dissenting from the last Clause, sent down in the Paper from the Lords this Day, with the Ordinance for the new Model.

The Letter, sent down from the Lords, to be sent to the French King, about the Stay of Merchants Goods in France, was read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms; to prepare a Letter sit to be sent from both Houses; and another Letter, to be sent from themselves, concerning the same Business.

Ordered, That the Post-Master for Foreign Letters be required to make Stay of sending away the Foreign Letters, till this House give further Order.

Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the continuing Colonel Mountague, Governor of Henly, in the Government of that Place; and to consider how to dispose of those Forces marching from Ailisbury.

Ordered, That a Hundred Barrels of Powder, and Ten Ton of Match, shall be forthwith provided and sent to Hull, to the Lord Fairfax.

Resolved, &c. That the Hundred Barrels of Powder, and Ten Ton of Match, shall be paid for out of the Excise.

Ordered, That Colonel Walton do use his Interest to procure the Hundred Barrels of Powder, and Ten Ton of Match, at Lynne, for the Service of the Lord Fairfax: And the Owners thereof shall be paid out of the Excise.

Sir Thomas Widdrington reports to the House the Ordinance and Amendments for Raising and Levying of the monthly Sum of Twenty-one thousand Pounds, towards the Maintenance of the Scotts Army, &c.; and, upon the Question, assented unto, and passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence by Sir Thomas Widdrington.

Ordered, That the Letter from Captain Batten, of the Tenth of February, to my Lord Admiral, be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.