Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 8, 1645-1647. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Martis, 16 die Decembris
Prayers, by Mr Ash
Ds Grey de Worke, Speaker
Message from the H. C. to continue the Commissioners of the Great Seal,
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Pye Knight, &c
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars
1 That the Commissioners of the Great Seal of Eng land shall be continued in that Service and Employment until the last Day of February now next coming, according to their former Powers granted unto them
and with Ordinances
2 An Ordinance for to advance Ten Thousand Pounds, for the Garrison of Plymouth, out of the Excise (Here enter it)
3 An Ordinance for the constituting and appointing Colonel Ralph Weldor Governor of the Garrison of Plymouth, and the Island there (Here enter it)
The Answer returned was
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought up
Sir W Russell & al and Lenthall & al
This Day the Counsel in the Cause between Sir Wm. Russell, &c and Mr Lenthall and Mr Morston, were heard in Part, and Ordered to be further heard on Friday Morning next
Instructions for the Committee going to the Armies
Next, the Instructions which are to be given to the Committees of both Houses that are to reside about Neworke, with the Armies there, were read, and approved of (Here enter them)
Orders for Concurrence
An Order to pay Thirty Pounds to Stevens, was read, and Agreed to (Here enter it)
An Ordinance for Five Thousand Pounds, for Provision of Match and Bullet, for the Use of the State, out of the Excise (Here enter it)
Read, and Agreed to
Upon the Desire of the Earl of Northumb It is Ordered, That Forrer be discharged of his Restraint in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher
Ordinance to reimburse the Commissioners of Excise 10,000£ to be advanced for Plymouth
"Whereas Thomas Foot Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, have consented to advance and lend the Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds, for the Service of the Garrison of Plymouth, and the Forts thereof Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Commissioners of Excise may satisfy and reimburse themselves, and that their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall and may be satisfied and reimbursed, the said Ten Thousand Pounds, together with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, either by Intervals or Course, out of the Receipts of Excise, upon the Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, and that the said Ten Thousand Pounds, advanced for the Use aforesaid, be paid unto Nathan Wright, of London, Merchant, whose Receipt shall be the Commissioners of Excise their Discharge in that Behalf And be it further Ordained, That in case the said Ten Thousand Pounds and Interest, or any Part thereof, shall not be imbursed and paid unto the said Commissioners of Excise, in the Intervals or Course of this present Year, ending the 11th of September, 1646, that then the sad Commissioners of Excise, their Executors and Administrators, shall be reimbursed and paid, out of the further Receipts of the Excise, by the Commissioners for the Time being, according to the true Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance, and the Commissioners of Excise for the Time being are hereby authorized to make Payment of Principal and Interest accordingly, and the said Nathan Wright is to issue and pay the said Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds to such Persons, and in such Manner, as by the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Safety of Plymouth, Poole, and (fn. 1) Lyme, &c or any Five of them, shall be ordered and directed"
"An Ordinance for the constituting and appointing Colonel Ralph Welden Governor of the Garrison of Plymouth, and of the Fort and Island there
Ordinance for Col Weldon to be Governor of Plymouth
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, having had many and real Testimonies of the Integrity and Ability of Colonel Raph Weldon, and knowing him to be a Person of approved Valour and Fidelty, and well meriting a Trust of great Concernment, do hereby ordain, nominate, and appoint, the said Colonel Ralph Weldon to be Governor of the Garrison at Plymouth, and of the Fort and Island there, and of all the Forces in them, willing and requiring all Officers and Soldiers of the said Garrison, Fort, and Island, to be obedient unto him, and to receive and obey his Orders and (fn. 2) Commands concerning the same And it is further Ordained, That the said Colonel Ralph Weldon shall have Power, and is hereby authorized, to execute Martial Law, within the said Garrison, according to the Articles published by the Earl of Essex, and now used in the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefaix, and on all such Officers and Soldiers as shall be under the Command of the said Colonel Weldon by virtue of this Ordinance Provided, That nothing in this Ordinance shall lessen or take away any Power or Authority given by any former Ordinance of Parliament unto Sir Thomas Fairefax Commander in Chief of the Parliament's Army, nor of Colonel Edward Massey Commander in Chief of the Forces for the Western Associations This Ordinance to take Place, and be in Force, when the said Colonel Weldon shall first personally appear and be in the said Garrison, and not before, and to continue during the Plea sure of both Houses"
Order for, 30l to Stephens Col Langhorns Messenger
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habber dashers Hall do pay unto Edmond Stephens (who hath brought several Letters and Dispatches from Colonel Langberne to this House at several Times) the Sum of Thirty Pounds for his Pains, which is freely bestowed upon him as a Recompence for the same"
Order for 5000 l for Powder, Match, and Bullet
"Whereas there is Five Thousand Pounds remaining, Part of Eight Thousand Pounds charged by Ordinance of the 22th of May, 1645, upon the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance of 11 September, 1643, for Provision of Powder, Match, and Bullet, to be paid the First Dav of July, 1646 It is there fore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons as sembled in Parliament, That, the Commissioners of Excise, or others, shall advance the said Five Thousand Pounds, for Supply of the present Occasions of the State, the said Commissioners, or others, shall be reimbursed and paid the said Five Thousand Pounds, with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, out of the Receipts of the Excise, and the Order of the Committee for Provision of Powder, Match, and Bullet, for the Payment thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise, or others, for the same"
"Instructions for John Earl of Rutland, Theophilus Earl of Lincolne, Francis Lord Willoughby of Parbam, and Edward Lord Mountague, Members of the House of Peers, William Pierepoint Esquire, Sir William Armyn Baronet, Sir Arthur Haslerigg Baronet, Sir Edward Ascough, Sir Christopher Wray, and Sir Anthony Irby, Knights, Thomas Hotcher and William Ellis Esquires, Members of the House of Commons
Instructions for Committees going to reside with the Armies before Newark
"You, or any Three or more of you, whereof there is to be One Peer and Two Members of the House of Commons always present, have hereby full Power and Authority, to order and direct all the English Forces that are or shall be employed for the reducing of Newarke, or that are or hereafter shall be employed to join with, or be assisting to, the Scotts Army, and they are from Time to Time to give Obedience to such Orders and Commands as they shall receive from you"
Instructions for John Earl of Rutland, Theophilus Earl of Lincolne, Francis Lord Willoughby of Parham, and Edward Lord Mountague, Members of the House of Peers, William Pierepoint Esquire, Sir Wm Armyn Baronet, Sir Arthur Haslerig Baronet, Sir Edward Ascough, Sir Christopher Wray, Sir Anthony Irby, Knights, Thomas Hatcher and William Ellis Esquires, Members of the House of Commons
"Whereas, by several Treaties agreed between the Two Kingdoms, divers Things are to be performed and done by the Joint Advice of both Kingdoms, or their Committees thereunto authorized, which cannot be so well transacted but by those upon the Place; you, or any Three of you, whereof One Peer and Two Members (fn. 3) of the House of Commons always to be present, have hereby full Power and Authority given you, to go to the Scottish Army now in England, and to advise, debate, and conclude, with our Brethien of Scotland, or such as shall be authorized by them thereunto, and by joint Advice with them to put in Execution, all such Matters and Things, concerning the Well ordering, Directing, and Disposal, of the Forces brought in and employed by them for our Assistance, as shall be found requisite and needful, from Time to Time, for the Prosecution of this Cause, and the Ends expressed in the Covenant, and have hereby full Power and Authority to order, dispose, and direct the said Army, according to the Articles of the Treaty
"You shall do your utmost Endeavour, that the Enemy be vigorously prosecuted, and all Advantages taken for the speedy ending of this War
"You shall take special Care for the reducing of Newarke, and that the Forces do quarter as near thereunto as may be
"You are to do your utmost Endeavours for the continuing a good Correspondency between the Two Kingdoms and their Forces
"You are to account them with the great Streights we are in, for Want of Money, and that whatsoever failing of Payments (according to the Treaty) have been from hence, have not proceeded from any Want of Affection, or Intent on to make good our Engagements
"You are to acquaint them, that a Monthly Assessment is made for the Maintenance of their Army, and that Care is taken for the speedy Payment thereof
"You are to take Care that, from Time to Time, exact Musters be taken, by such as you shall appoint, of all the Officers both Horse and Foot, and Train of Artillery, now under the Command of the General the Earl of Leven, which you shall from Time to Time certify to both Houses of Parliament.
"That there be no Want of Provisions and other Necessaries for the Armies, you are hereby authorized to send Warrants, under the Hands of you or any Three of you as aforesaid, unto the Counties of Yorke, Lincolne, Nottingham, Cambridge, and the Isle of Ely, or any other Counties adjacent, as you shall think fit, for the furnishing Provisions and other Necessaries for that Army.
"And you are to call to your Assistance, and to name and authorize, such Gentlemen and others, in the aforesaid Counties, as you shall think fit, to be Sub-committees, for the better putting this Instruction in due Execution; and the said Committees, in the said several Counties, are hereby required to be, from Time to Time, aiding and assisting to you herein.
"You are to endeavour that all Provisions, or other Necessaries, provided by your Care, be so ordered, that Accompt may be made what is taken, and that the said Provisions may be discounted upon the Pay of the said Army; as also whatsoever Provisions have or shall be taken by the Scottish Forces, either by Ticket or without.
"You are to take Care that there be no Plundering, Robbing, or Spoiling of the Countries where the said Army shall be; and that equal Justice be done between the Army and People.
"You are to take Care that no Protection be granted to any Delinquent, contrary to the Ordinances of Parliament.
"You are further to take Care, that the several Ordinances be put in due Execution against Papists and Delinquents, notwithstanding any Protection whatsoever.
"You are to acquaint both Houses with your Proceedings from Time to Time, and to observe these Instructions, and such further Directions and Instructions as you shall hereafter receive from both Houses of Parliament."
House adjourned till 10a cras.