Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Lunæ, 8 Januarii, 1648.
Court for trying the King.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Indorsement upon the Act for erecting an High Court of Justice for Tryal of the King, be in these Words following; viz.
"6 Januarii 1648."
"Read the Third time; and, upon the Question,"
"Resolved, That it be enacted for Law; and have the Force of a Law: And that the Clerk do indorse the same accordingly."
Ordered, That the General be desired to take special Care for the Safeguard of the Holy Island, for the Use of the Parliament.
An Ordinance, That, from the Twenty-eighth of November last past, all Sequestrations of all Delinquents, and the Fines and Compositions of new Delinquents, and the Fines and Compositions of old Delinquents, for their new Delinquency, within the Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmerland, and County Duresme, the Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed, be disposed of for disbanding the late-raised Forces in the said respective Counties and Places, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Gentlemen of the Northern Counties: with Power to bring in Names of Commissioners to be added in the said Ordinance: And the said Committee are to bring in the said Ordinance on Wednesday Morning next.
Sir R. Stewart, &c.
A Letter from Sir Charles Coote, from Londonderry, of Twenty-fifth of November 1648, touching Sir Robert Stewart, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the General and Council of War, to try Sir Robert Stewart, by a Council of War, upon the Matters charged against him: And that the Prosecutors do give in their Charge against him, to the Council of War. And
It is further Ordered, That Sir Robert Hannay, Colonel Hunckes, Captain Carey, and Lieutenant Wm. Dutton, do attend the Council of War, to make good the Charge. And
It is further Ordered, That the Council of War do secure the Person of the said Sir Robert Stewart: And that he be not set at Liberty, until this House be first made acquainted therewith, and give Order therein: And that the said Letter from Sir Charles Coote, and Charge, be transmitted to the Council of War: And that the Serjeant at Arms do deliver over the said Sir Robert Stewart to the Marshal, General, or Council of War, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Proceedings of Sir Charles Coote, in Apprehending of Sir Robert Stuart, and sending him up a Prisoner to the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of Sir Charles Coote's taking into his Possession the Fort of Culmore, and other Holds, late in the Possession of Robert Stewart; and of his disposing of the said Places and Holds. And
It is Ordered, That Sir Charles Coote shall and do hold and enjoy the said Fort of Culmore, and the Fishing of Loughsall, and Customs of Londonderry; he the said Sir Charles Coote rendering an Account of the Profits thereof to the Use of the State. And
It is further Ordered, That the said Sir Charles Coote, being Commander in Chief of the Forces of Lagan and Londonderry, be and is hereby impowered to dispose of Places under the said Command, as they shall fall void, unto able Men, and such as stand really well affected to the Parliament, for their future Encouragement, and for the Service of the Parliament.
Ordered, That it be referred to the General and Council of War, to take into Consideration the Desires of Sir Charles Coote, to have Relief and Supplies speedily sent unto him.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what Sir Charles Coote, the Lord President of the Province of Connaught, hath done, in securing, by Restraint, Mr. Humphry Galbreath, and several of the Officers who went into Scotland and England, in the last Engagement of Duke Hamilton. And
It is Ordered, That it be, and is hereby, referred to the said Lord President, to proceed against the said Mr. Humphry Galbreath, and the said several Officers; and try them by a Council of War.
Thanks to Sir C. Coote.
Ordered, That a Letter be prepared to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to Sir Charles Coote, giving him Thanks for his great good Service: And that the Votes and Orders, now made concerning him, be inclosed therein; and sent unto him.
Ordered, That Colonel Moore and Sir Wm. Allenson, do prepare this Letter.
Settling the Government.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, this House be resolved into a Grand Committee, to take into Consideration the Business concerning the Government and Settlement of the Kingdom: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind hereof: And that the Members of this House be desired then to give their Attendance here.