Die Jovis, Martii 27, 1645.
THE Grand Committee of the House, according to
former Order, took into Consideration the Business
concerning such ignorant and scandalous Persons as are
not to be admitted unto the Sacrament of the Lord's
Mr. Whittacre was called to the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Evelyn do To-morrow carry to
the Lords the Ordinance for securing the Eighty thousand
Pounds, advanced by the City, &c.; and likewise the
other Orders and Ordinances passed.
Mr. Whittacre reports, from the Grand Committee:
And it is thereupon.
Resolved, &c. That a Person, not having a competent
Measure of Understanding in the Grounds and Principles
of Religion, laid down in the Scriptures, concerning God
the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, shall not be admitted
to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Assembly of
Divines, to set down, in particular, What they conceive
to be such a competent Measure of Understanding, concerning God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, without
which none shall be admitted to the Sacrament of the
Sir Rob. Harley and Mr. Tate are appointed to acquaint
the Assembly with this Order.
Ordered, That the Committee of Plymouth do send
some of their Members to the Commissioners of Excise;
to acquaint them with the extreme Necessity, that Four
thousand Pounds be forthwith provided and furnished for
the Foot at Reading and Farnham; and to know of them,
at what Day certain they will reimburse this Four thousand
Pounds, if the Committee for Plymouth shall, for the
present, considering the Necessity of it, procure it to be
Ordered, That Sir John Wollaston, and the rest of the
Treasurers named in the Ordinance for Repayment of the
Eighty thousand Pounds to be lent by divers Persons of
the City, do advance Seven thousand Pounds, to be carried
to the Army with Sir Thomas Fairfax, for the Pay of a
Fortnight's Pay to such Soldiers as shall voluntarily come
in to list themselves under him; to be issued by such
as they shall send down upon Sir Thomas Fairfaxe's
Warrant and Directions; this House engaging, that the
same shall be repaid, or allowed, upon Account, to the said
Treasurers, as Part of the said Eighty thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That the Earl . . Kent shall have the Duchy-House, if he shall think fit.
Upon the Petition of the Lady Grace Manners;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the
Three hundred and Eighty Pounds, which she oweth to Sir
Lewis Watson, and One hundred and Twenty Pounds more,
to make up Five hundred Pounds, from the Lady Grace
Manners; and doth remit unto her, and discharge her,
from all Inconveniency and Prejudice that she hath or
might incurr by paying of Seventeen hundred Pounds to
divers Persons in London, by the Appointment of Sir
The Lords Concurrence is to be desired herein: And
Mr. Peirpoint is to carry it up.
Ordered, That a Fortnight's Pay shall be forthwith provided for such Officers as shall go off upon the Reducing
of the Army: And that this Five hundred Pounds from
the Lady Grace Manners shall be employed to this Purpose, and paid to the Sub-Treasurers of the Army; to be
issued by Warrant from Sir Thomas Fairfax: And that his
Acquittance shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Lady
Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Smyth shall be admitted
to assist the Clerk, for the better performing the Service
of the House, in the Absence of Mr. Rushworth.
Sir Henry Vane junior reported, from the Committee of
both Kingdoms, the Propositions presented by Monsieur
Movatt, Agent to the Crown of Swede; with a Letter to
be signed by the Speakers of both Houses, and sent to
the Crown of Swede, in Answer to the said Propositions:
The which were all read: And the Letter, upon the
Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the
Lords for their Concurrence, To-morrow, by Mr.
Ordered, That a Month's Pay, upon Muster, by Poll, be
forthwith paid, by the Treasurer of the Earl of Manchester's
Association, out of the Arrears of that Association, to
Colonel Pykering and Colonel Ayloff's Regiments: And
that the common Soldiers of Colonel Ayloffs Regiment be
disposed of to recruit Colonel Pykering's Regiment.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to consider of sending some Horse and Dragoons to Abbingdon: And that it be referred to the Committee for the Army, where Mr. Scawen has the Chair, to
provide Horses and Arms for Three hundred Dragooners.
BE it Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of the Militia
of the City of London, and the several Sub-Committees
of the Militia within the Line of Communication, the
Parishes mentioned within the weekly Bills of Mortality,
shall, by virtue of this present Ordinance, respectively
have Power, and are hereby authorized, to put in Execution, within the said City, and their several Limits,
aforesaid, an Ordinance, bearing Date the Twenty-seventh
Day of February 1644, for the speedy Raising and Impresting of Men for the Recruiting of the Forces under the
Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax.