House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 30 August 1651

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Saturday, the 30th of August, 1651.


Military Affairs in Lancashire.

A LETTER from Colonel Robert Lilburne from Wiggon, of the Twenty-fifth of August 1651, with a List of the Prisoners taken, and Officers and Soldiers slain: Which were this Day read.

A Letter from the Lord General near Worcester, of the Twenty-eighth of August 1651, with a Letter from Colonel Robert Lilburne to the Lord General inclosed, were this Day read.

The House being informed, that Lieutenant Turner was at the Door, he was called in; and gave an Account and Relation, at the Bar, of the Manner and Circumstances of the Fight in Lancashire.

Ordered, That the Papers taken in the Hampers of the Earl of Derby, be referred to the Council of State, to see what there is of Importance in them; and to give an Account thereof to the Parliament.

Grants to the Officers.

Resolved, That, in Satisfaction of the 1,000£. formerly ordered by the Parliament, by Order of the Eighteenth of March 1650, unto Colonel Robert Lilburne out of Discoveries; and of 1,000£. more, which the Parliament doth now bestow on the said Colonel Robert Lilburne, as a Mark of Honour for his Fidelity and great Service, the Sum of Five hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto the said Colonel Robert Lilburne, or his Assigns: And, that Lands of the clear yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds, be, by Act of Parliament, settled on the said Colonel Robert Lilburne, and his Heirs, of the Lands of some new Delinquent in this Business of Lancashire: And that the Committee for Obstructions do prepare an Act, and present the same to the House, for that Purpose.

Resolved, That the Council of State do take Care and give Order for the speedy Payment of the said Five hundred Pounds to the said Colonel Lilburne, or his Assigns.

Resolved, That Lieutenant Turner have One hundred Pounds bestowed on him, as a Gratuity from the Parliament.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take Care, that the said One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto the said Lieutenant Turner, or his Assigns.

Resolved, That a Letter be written to Colonel Robert Lilburne, taking Notice of his good and faithful Service; and to give the Thanks of the Parliament to him and his Officers and Regiment and other Soldiers who engaged with him in this Service: And that Colonel Marten do prepare the Letter, and that Mr. Speaker do sign the same, accordingly.

Worcester Delinquents.

Resolved, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Compounding, to take the Information of Thomas Wickes and Richard Thompson, or any other Person, touching the Goods or Estate, in and about London, of any Inhabitant of the City of Worcester, or any other Person, who have adhered to the King of Scotts in this Business, and to make Stay of and secure the same.

Taking the Engagement.

Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to examine whether Mr. Ratcliff hath taken the Engagement, or not; and if he have, then the Time When he took the same; and report it to the Parliament.

Army Maintenance.

An Act for further continuing of the Assessment of 120,000£. a Month for Three Months, from the Twentyninth Day of September 1651, for Maintenance of the Armies in England, Ireland, and Scotland, was this Day read the Second Time.

Resolved, That the Time in this Bill be the Fifteenth of September for the Commissioners to meet.

The Question being put, That this Bill be committed;

It passed with the Negative.

Resolved, That this Bill be ingrossed; and brought in on Monday Morning, the First Business.

Successes in Scotland and Lancashire.

The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports, from the Council of State, a Narrative of the Successes the Lord hath been pleased to give to the Parliament's Forces in Scotland, and lately in Lancashire: Which was read.

Thanksgiving Day.

The Parliament having received Intelligence of the taking of the Castle of Sterling in Scotland, wherein were the Records of Scotland, 40 Pieces of Ordnance, 5000 Arms, with several Provisions and Ammunition; as also of the dispersing of the new Levies of the Enemy in Scotland; and likewise, of the total Rout and Overthrow of the Earl of Derby, and all the Forces under his Command, in Lancashire, by the Parliament Forces under Colonel Robert Lilburne; the Particulars whereof, together with the Number and Names of divers of the Colonels slain, or taken Prisoners, is contained in a Letter sent to the Parliament from the said Colonel Robert Lilburne, do order, That, on the next Lord's Day, Thanks be given to Almighty God by the Ministers in all Churches and Congregations within the late Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, for these great and seasonable Mercies: And that they do then also beg of Almighty God a Blessing upon the Parliament's Army, now ready to engage with the Enemy: And that the Lord Mayor of the City of London do take Care, that timely Notice be given to the said Ministers, accordingly.

Resolved, That this Order be forthwith printed and published.


Ordered, That Mr. Lister do report the Act touching impowering the Commissioners of the Militia to raise another Month's Pay, on Monday Morning next.

Grant for Navy.

Ordered, That, on Monday Morning next, the House do take into Consideration the Moneys charged on the Excise for the Use of the Navy.

Thanksgiving Day.

The Lord Commissioner Whitelocke reports, from the Council of State, a Narrative of the Grounds and Reasons of appointing Thanks to be returned to Almighty God on the next Lord's Day: Which was this Day read; and laid aside.

London, &c. Militia.

Mr. Alderman Allein reports, That the Thanks of this House was, according to the Order of this House, given to the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and CommonCouncil of the City of London, and to the several Militias, and to the Colonels, Officers, and Soldiers, for their great Affection to the Parliament, in their chearful Readiness to serve the State, manifested at their last Appearance in Finsbury Fields on Monday last: With their Return of their humble Respects to the Parliament: And further acquaints the Parliament, That they have a Purpose to have another general Rendezvous at Two of Clock on Tuesday next.

Resolved, That Mr. Speaker and the Members of Parliament do honour the Meeting at the said general Rendezvous with their Company; and that Mr. Speaker and the Members of Parliament do go to the said general Rendezvous on Tuesday next accordingly.

Alford, &c. pardoned.

The humble Petition of John Alford, Wm. Burton, Thomas Adams, John Jekill, and Ralph Farre, Citizens of London, was this Day read.

Resolved, That the said John Alford, Wm. Burton, Thomas Adams, John Jekill, and Ralfe Farre, who were privy to, and acting in the Correspondence held between Wm. Drake here, and Captain Tytus beyond the Seas, with the King of Scotts, be pardoned for this Treason both for Life and Estate, and discharged of all Sequestration and Delinquency by reason thereof; and that Mr. Attorney General do prepare one or more Pardons for that Purpose; and that the Lord Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do pass the said Pardon, or Pardons, under the Great Seal of England, accordingly.

Dickens' Petition.

The humble Petition of Anne Dickens, Widow, was this Day read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue to state the Matter of Fact, and to report it to the House forthwith: And the said Committee are injoined to sit. And it is further ordered, That Sir James Harrington, Alderman Pennyngton, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Garland, Mr. Ralegh, Col. Purefoy, Alderman Allein, Lord Mounson, Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Snelling, Mr. James Challener, be added to the Committee of Revenue for this Business only; and that the Quorum of this Committee be Five.