House of Commons Journal Volume 4: 27 April 1646

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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 Lunæ 27 Aprilis, 1646.


A Letter from Colonel Rainborowe and Colonel Fleetewood, of 26 Aprilis 1646, was this Day read; and was, concerning the Delivery of Woodstock Manor into the Hands of the Parliament; and concerning some Propositions, made by the Earl of Southampton to the said Colonel Rainborowe and Colonel Fleetewood, concerning the King.

Ordered, That the Members of this House, who were appointed to communicate the Breach of Privilege to the Assembly of Divines, do this Day attend the Service of the House; and do communicate the said Matter of Breach of Privilege unto the Assembly of Divines To-morrow.

Ordered, That Mr. Jennour, a Member of this House, do from this House go to the Assembly of Divines, and desire them to sit To-morrow.

The House being informed, That Three hundred Pounds is behind of the Money by former Order appointed to be paid to the Lady Fairfax; and that she is in very great Want;

It is Ordered, That the said remaining Three hundred Pounds be now paid to the said Lady Fairfax, or her Assigns, out of those Monies that shall accrue or be payable to the Parliament, out of the Estate of Mr. Rumney, deceased.

Resolved, &c. That the Concurrence of the Lords be desired to the Order of this House, for the Payment of Eight hundred Pounds per Annum to the Bishop of Durham.

Ordered, That the Business of the Election of a Knight for the County of Bucks be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Friday Morning next.

Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of Lancaster be, and is hereby, injoined, peremptorily, to make Return of the Writs remaining in his Hands, for new Elections in Parliament for the said County, and for the Town of Wygon in the said County, by Friday next.

The Letter from Colonel Rainborowe and Colonel Fleetewood was read again.

The House being informed, That Major Disborrowe, who brought the said Letter, was at the Door;

He was called in; and related to the House the Conditions whereupon the Garison of Woodstock Manor was delivered into the Hands of the Parliament: And withdrew.

Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be bestowed upon Major Disborowe, to buy him Horses: And that the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall do forthwith pay him the said One hundred Pounds.

Major Disborrowe was again called in: And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, gave him Thanks for his good Service in the Gaining of Woodstock Manor, and for his many former good and faithful Services: And further acquainted him, That the House did well approve of the Taking in of the said Garison; and had appointed One hundred Pounds to be forthwith paid him out of Goldsmiths-Hall, to buy him Horses.

The Letter was again read.

Resolved, &c. That this Letter be now read again.

The Question was propounded, Whether this Letter shall be communicated to the Lords:

And the Question being put, Whether this Question should be now put;

It passed with the Affirmative.

And then the Question being put;

It is Resolved, &c. That this Letter from Colonel Rainborowe and Colonel Fleetewood, this Day read, be communicated to the Lords.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth Declare, That these Addresses, in such a Way, are indirect, and do hinder the Proceedings of the Parliament for Peace in a right Way; and may administer Occasions of ill Designs against the Parliament, and their Army: And that this Sense be declared upon this Letter, and communicated to the Lords at a Conference; and their Concurrence desired therein.

Resolved, &c. That the Letter from Colonel Ireton, read in this House on Saturday last, and the Votes thereupon, be communicated to the Lords at a Conference; and their Concurrence desired in the said Votes.

The Question was propounded, Whether, in case the Lords shall concurr with this House in the Votes, and their Sense declared this Day upon Colonel Rainborowe's and Colonel Fleetwood's Letter, that the Lords be desired, that they may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners:

And . . . . . being put, Whether this Question should be now put, or no;

The House was divided.

The Noes went forth.

Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Tellers for the Noe: 59.
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, With the Noe,
Mr. Holles, Tellers for the Yea: 38.
Sir John Clotworthy, With the Yea,

So as the Question passed with the Negative.

Mr. Martyn, Sir John Evelyn, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Mr. Nathanael Fiennes, are to prepare Reasons to be offered to the Lords at a Conference, for the Passing of the said Votes.

Ordered, That the Scotts Papers, appointed to be read this Morning, be read this Afternoon, the first Business: And that the House do sit to hear the said Papers until Six of the Clock: And that no other Business do intervene.

Post Meridiem.

The House, according to Order, sat, to take into Consideration the Four Papers from the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland.

The Letter from the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, of 20 Aprilis 1646, concerning the said Papers, was read.

The First Paper, containing the Answer of the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland to the whole Propositions, was read.

The Second Paper, concerning the Treaty made at Edenburgh, the Eight-and-twentieth of November 1643, containing Reasons, Why it is a Treaty, was read.

The Third Paper, concerning the Militia, containing the Reasons of our Differences about that Proposition, was read.

The Fourth Paper, containing Citations of Passages out of several Declarations of the Houses, concerning the Militia, and Uniformity in Religion, was read.

Ordered, That the First Paper, containing the Answer of the Commissioners of the Parliament to the whole Propositions, be read the Second time; and taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.

Ordered, That Sir William Litton, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to visit Mr. Giles Strangewaies, now Prisoner in the Tower.