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 Veneris, 19 Junii, 1646.
THE House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of the County of Wiltes were at the Door; They were called ino And Mr. Erneley acquainted the House of the . . . . said County, by the great * and Murders committed by the Soldiers of Colonel Massie's Brigade in the said County.
Resolved, &c. That a Letter be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Sir Thomas Fairefax General, to take care for the speedy reducing and disbanding Colonel Massie's Brigade; and to send such Forces into those Parts, as may restrain the Insolencies of the Soldiers, and prevent the Destruction of the County: And that it be referred to the Committee of the West, and the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, to meet this Afternoon, and take care for the Providing of some Monies for the paying such of the said Forces as shall be either disbanded, or employed for the Service of Ireland, in a proportionable Manner.
Sir John Evelyn is appointed to prepare this Letter.
Ordered, &c. That the Letters and Papers from the North be read, the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses, and other Inhabitants of the Town of Newberie, was this Day read.
And it is Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Bucks, and Berks, to examine the said Petition; and bring in an Expedient for the Relief of the said Petitioners.
Upon Colonel Norton's Report of the Necessities of the Garison of Portesmouth;
It is Resolved, &c. That One thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same, to be employed for the Use of the Garison of Portsmouth.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be charged upon that Moiety of the Receipts of Monies at Goldsmiths-Hall, not charged for the Use of the Army, in Course; with Interest for the same; and employed for the Use of the Garison of Portsmouth.
Upon Mr. John Goodwyn's Report;
It is Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Four thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipts of the Grand Excise, in Course, with Interest for the same, to be employed for the Payment of the Scotts Officers, in such manner as was appointed for the Payment of the said Officers by a former Ordinance, charging the like Sum for them upon the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall: And that the said former Ordinance to Haberdashers-Hall be revoked.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds, Remainder of a greater Sum formerly ordered to be paid to the Lady Fairefaxe, be paid by the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall to the said Lady Fairefaxe, or her Assigns, out of the Composition of any such Delinquent of the North, as the said Lady shall present to the said Committee.
Mr. Pury delivered in to the House a Letter, and several Examinations, concerning Mr. David Jenkins.
And it is Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee whereof Mr. Corbett is one, to whom it was referred to draw up the Charge against the said David Jenkins.
The Proposition for the Militia of the whole Kingdom, appointed by former Order to be communicated to the Lords at a Conference, was all read over: And likewise the Proposition concerning the Militia of the City of London, as it is agreed by both Houses.
Sir Robert Pye went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, so soon as it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, concerning the Propositions; and was to acquaint the Lords, That the House did agree to the Amendment to the Proposition for the City of London, as it came from the Lords.
He likewise carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for Discharge of the Sequestration of Edward Wrench; and was to acquaint the Lords, That this House doth agree with their Lordships in the Order concerning Captain Turpin's Daughters.
Sir John Evelyn reports a Letter, to be sent to the General, for the Reducing and Disbanding of Colonel Massie's Brigade: Which was read; and amended, at the Table; and, upon the Question, so amended, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and appoint Captain Robert Batten to be Captain of Holy-Island: And that the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do grant him a Commission to be Captain of the said Island accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, forthwith to prepare Instructions for Captain Robert Batten, for his Deportment, and ordering himself, in the Place.
Resolved, &c. That a Commission of Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-delivery, be forthwith issued under the Great Seal, directed unto Mr. Serjeant Wilde, and other fitting Persons to be therein named, for the Delivery of the several Gaols in the Counties of Gloucester, the County of the City of Gloucester, Monmouth, and Hereford: And that he, and some other Gentlemen of those Counties, do go down with him for the Purposes aforesaid.
Ordered, &c. That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be provided and paid, by the Committees of Gloucester, Hereford, and Monmouth, unto Mr. Serjeant Wilde, for the Defraying of his necessary Charges and Expences in his Journey, for the Delivery of the respective Gaols in the said Counties.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Hereford was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Ambrose Elton junior, Esquire, to be Sheriff of the County of Hereford: And that the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do issue a Commission to him, to be Sheriff of the said County accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Hereford be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Garisons and Forces of the said County, what are fit to be continued, and what are fit to be slighted and disbanded.
Ordered, &c. That the Ordinance for Discharge of the Commissioners of Excise be brought in by Mr. Corbett, on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business.
A Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Ordinance, for Continuance of the Committee for the Admiralty, and some Names to be added to the said Committee: To which they desire your Concurrence:-An Ordinance concerning Chester: To which they desire your Concurrence:-An Ordinance concerning Forces for Ireland, with some Additions: To which they desire your Concurrence:-These Petitions of Mr. Peter Ricaut, Captain Kettelby, and the Widow Paynter: Which they especially recommend to your Considerations.
The Ordinance for Continuing of the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Names to be added to the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports were read. And
It is Resolved, &c. That, as to the Names to be added to the Committee of the Admiralty and CinquePorts, this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Ordinance, and the Additions to it, concerning the Forces for Ireland, were read; and nothing done therein.
Resolved, &c. That, to the several Petitions, this Day sent from the Lords, this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee for Irish Affairs do make the Report of the Forces to be sent into Ireland with all convenient Speed.-
Ordered, &c. That Sir Henry Vane junior do make the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Disbanding of the Forces of the Garisons of the Eastern Association, on Monday Morning next.-
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message: And, as to the Ordinance for Continuing of the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, they do agree: And, as to the Names to be added to the said Committee, and the other Ordinances and Petitions, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.