Die Lunæ, Decembris 30, 1644.
An Ordinance for Continuance of the Ordinance for
Martial Law was this Day read; and, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords
for their Concurrence.
Sir Rob. Pye is appointed to carry it up to the Lords.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Martial Law do
bring in an Explanation upon such Articles in the Commission as seem doubtful unto them.
A Commission from the King to Captain Collyns of Kent,
to do him Service in that County, was read; and immediately re-delivered unto Sir Hen. Heyman.
Resolved, &c. That the House doth approve of the
Exchange of Colonel Jo. Bellassys, Prisoner to the Parliament, for Serjeant Major Carre, Captain Aiscough, and
Mr. Rich. Stevens, Prisoners to the King's * * *.
My Lord General to be acquainted herewith.
Sir Ralph Asheton presented the Duchy-Seal: Which is
ordered to be sealed up, and left in the Custody of Mr.
Speaker, till the House take further Order.
Two intercepted Letters from Chard, of Decembris 25,
from Colonel Edm. Wyndham to Sir Jo. Berkeley, Governor of Exeter, and Mr. John Coventry.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
West, to examine the Miscarriages in the coming back
of the Forces sent down into the West; and to take care
of sending down a further and a considerable Party; and
to consider of an Expedient, and present to the House,
for raising of Monies to carry on the Service of the West
An Ordinance for Disabling and Disfranchising of Sir
Roger Jacques, Sir Rob. Belt, Sir Edm. Cowper, Wm.
Scott, Rob. Hemsworth, and Jo. Myers, Aldermen of the
City of Yorke, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for
Sir Wm. Strickland is appointed to carry it up.
Ordered, That the Committee for the West, and the
Committee for the Counties of Sussex, Surry, and Hants,
may meet this Afternoon, to consult of preparing and
sending down the Dragoons appointed to be furnished by
those Counties; and likewise to consult and consider of
sending down Monies speedily to Lieutenant General Middleton, formerly recommended by this House to the Committees of Hantshire, to be raised by them.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Page and Doctor
The Lords desire this House to return an Answer to
their Message on Saturday, concerning the Sparing the
Life of Sir Jo. Hotham; in regard he is much streightened
in Time, and has formerly deserved very well of the Parliament.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and
The Lords having long since, at a Committee of
both Houses, delivered unto you a Narrative of the Earl
of Manchester; the Lords do desire, that this House will
take it into as speedy Consideration as may stand with their
Conveniency; and give an Answer unto it.
Ordered, That the Report, concerning the Narrative of
the Earl of Manchester's, be made on Wednesday Morning next.
The Question being put, Whether this House would
concurr with the Lords in sparing the Life of Sir John
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Philip Stapilton,
||Tellers for the Yea:
|Sir John Coke,
||With the Yea,
Sir Jo. Evelyn,
||Tellers for the Noe:
||With the Noe,
So that the Question passed with the Negative.
Mr. Nicoll went up to the Lords, to * * * *.
Answer returned by the First Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the first Business,
the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Scotts Armies in England and Ireland, and the
Northern Army, be resumed; and proceeded in: And
that no other Business intervene: And that Mr. Speaker
put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Middleton shall have Power
to send such Prisoners as he cannot conveniently and securely dispose of, to be kept and secured in such Garisons
as he shall think fit, of Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire,
and Staffordshire: And the Governors and Committees
of those Garisons, whom it doth concern, respectively,
are hereby required to receive such Prisoners so sent as
aforesaid; and to keep them in Security accordingly.
Answer returned by the Second Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer, concerning the Earl of Manchester's Business, speedily, by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That this House doth approve of Sir Edw.
Coke Baronet, and Sir Sam. Sleighe, to be added to the
Committees for Sequestrations, and for the Fifth, and
Twentieth-Part, and all other Committees for the County
Resolved, &c. That the Order made on Thursday last,
the Twenty-sixth of this present December, prohibiting
the Entertainment or Admission of any private Business
for Ten Days, shall be continued until the Ten Days be
expired: And that the Lords be acquainted with this
Mr. Ellis is appointed to carry it up.
An Ordinance was read, and passed, for the Discharge
of Mr. Platers, for his Delinquency, upon his Composition at Goldsmiths-Hall; and was carried up to the
Lords by Mr. Ellis.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal
do require the Officers and Clerks, in whose Custody the
Patents for the Sheriffs, and Com' to take the Oath, are,
to deliver the same to the Messengers of the Great Seal,
or to others appointed to receive the same; to be delivered according to the Direction of the Commissioners of
the Great Seal.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
An Ordinance for the Continuing of the Court Martial
established to sit in London, Westminster, or within
the Lines of Communication.
Whereas the Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, the 16th Day of August 1644, did ordain and
establish a Court Martial, to sit in some convenient Place
within the Cities of London, Westminster, or Lines of
Communication: And whereas the said Ordinance and Authority thereby given and appointed to the Persons therein
nominated was to endure, and have Continuance, only for
Four Months, from the making thereof; which is now
expired: And whereas afterwards the said Lords and
Commons, by Two other Ordinances, the one of the
Twenty-ninth Day of August following, and the other
of the Sixteenth Day of September last, did explain, declare,
and inlarge, the Power of Commissioners appointed by
the first-recited Ordinance abovesaid: And whereas the
said Ordinances were, by an Ordinance of the Fifth of December last, continued for One Month longer; the which is
now almost expired: The Lords and Commons, by Authority of this present Parliament, do Order, Ordain, and
Declare, That the said Ordinances, and the Authority by
them given and appointed to the Persons in the said firstrecited Ordinance mentioned, shall endure, and have Continuance, for Three Months longer, from the Expiration of
the last-recited Ordinance of Continuance, to all Intents
and Purposes, as if the said Ordinances had been at first
made to have Continuance for Eight Months from the
Passing of the first-recited Ordinance.
Forasmuch as Sir Roger Jaques, Sir Robert Belt, and Sir
Edmund Cooper, Knights, Wm. Scott, Robert Hemsworth,
and John Myers, all of them Aldermen of the City of
York, are very much disaffected to the Service of the
King and Parliament; and their several Delinquencies have
been made known to the Commons assembled in Parliament by the Lord Fairefax, Governor of the City of
York, the Lord Mayor, and the Committee of Parliament
residing there: It is therefore Ordained, by the Lords and
Commons, That the said Sir Roger Jaques, Sir Rob. Belt,
Sir Edmund Cowper, Knights and Aldermen, and also Wm.
Scott, Robert Hemsworth, and John Myres, Aldermen,
be forthwith disabled and removed from their respective
Places of Aldermen, and disfranchised of the Liberty and
Privileges of the said City: And that it shall and may
be lawful to and for-the Lord Mayor and Citizens of the
said City, or such of them in whom the Power of the
Choice of Aldermen, thereby, and according to the
Charters of the said City, may or doth reside, to make
Choice of other Freemen of the said City, for Aldermen
of the said City, in the respective Rooms and Places of
the said Sir Roger Jaques, Sir Rob. Belt, Sir Edmund
Cowper, Knights and Aldermen, Alderman Scott, Alderman Hemsworth, and Alderman Myers.
Whereas Thomas Playters Esquire hath compounded
for his Delinquency against the Parliament for the
Sum of One thousand Pounds, and a Hundred Pounds
more, in Satisfaction of the Arrears of his Revenue; and
paid the same accordingly to Sir Gilbert Gerard Baronet,
Treasurer at Wars: It is this Day Ordained and Declared,
by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
That the said Thomas Playters be, and is hereby, discharged
of his Delinquency, and of and from all Sequestration of
his Estate whatsoever from the Day of his Composition:
And all Committees, Sequestrators, and other Persons,
whom the same may concern, are to take Notice hereof,
and yield a ready Obedience hereunto; and suffer the said
Thomas Playters, or his Assigns, quietly to take the Profits and Rents of his Estate, and all Arrears thereof, not
already received, to the Use of the Parliament, or due upon
the Sequestration out of the Rents of his Houses in
London before the said Day of his Composition. And
be it further Ordained, That the said Eleven hundred Pounds shall be issued out by the said Sir Gilbert
Gerard as followeth; videlicet, a Thousand Pounds
unto and for the Relief of Widows and Soldiers, according to an Ordinance in that Behalf: And the Residue,
being One hundred Pounds, he is to pay unto Jonathan
Powell Girdler, towards Satisfaction of a Debt due to
the said Jonathan Powell from the State.