Die Sabbati, Aprilis 12, 1645.
Ordered, That all the Members of the House do, by
Wednesday next, peremptorily, bring in to the Committee appointed to consider of the Necessities of the
Members, the Value of such Places as they enjoyed and
held by the Gift of the Two Houses of Parliament.
This Order to be set up at the Door.
Mr. Reynolds reports, from the Conference desired by
the Lords touching the Earl of Warwick's laying down
his Commission of the Place of Lord Admiral, That my
Lord Gray delivered in a Paper, with many Expressions
of Faithfulness and Readiness in the Earl of Warwick to
serve the Parliament; and a free voluntary Delivering up
of his Commission to both Houses of Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords in Acceptance of the Earl of Warwick's Commission.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth look upon this
Action of his Lordship, in this Conjuncture of Time, as
a fit Testimony of his Duty to the Houses of Parliament,
under whom he hath so long served in so eminent an Employment.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to that Committee
which is appointed to consider of the Services and Fortunes of the Earl of Essex, to take the Services and Fortunes of the Earl of Warwick in such a Way, as may, according to his Merits, express the Acceptance and Value
the Houses have of his Faithfulness and Industry in the
Commands and Hazards he hath undergone, to the publick Good of the Kingdom, and Safety of the Parliament. And further, it is likewise referred to the same
Committee, to take into their Considerations those Officers
of the Earl of Warwick's, that have been faithful to the
Service of the Parliament.
Being lately in Kent, to speed out the Fleet, that an
Easterly Wind might not prevent their seasonable Getting forth of the River; and receiving Notice of an Ordinance of Parliament, whereby the Members of both
Houses, holding Offices under their Authority, stand
discharged after the End of Forty Days; I thought it my
Duty (after my giving in Charge to the Captains then in
those Parts to be faithful . . . . . Trust) to make my
Return back; that I might testify my chearful Compliance
with the Houses Resolution. While I have had the Honour to serve the Parliament in the great Trust by them
reposed in me, both since my being Lord Admiral, and
before, I have endeavoured to perform my Duty with
Fidelity and Diligence; being acted therein by no other
Design, but a Desire to advance God's Glory, and my
Country's Service: And my Endeavours, though accompanied with those common Infirmities that are incident to
Men, have, through the Blessing and Goodness of God,
not being without some visible Advantage to the Publick;
being made instrumental to preserve the Parliament's
Interest in the Fleet, when it was laboured, by Letters
and Commands, under the Broad-Seal, from his Majesty,
to be turned against them: And some Service hath accrued
to the State by the Relieving of our Friends, and Interception of Supplies intended to the Enemy, besides these
less observeable Preventions of Danger, which, without a
vigilant Eye, might have infested the Kingdom. But, as
I did, in Obedience to the Command of both Houses,
receive, and hitherto manage, That Employment; so did
my Heart, with all possible Readiness, submit to their
Pleasure, so soon as it was held forth in That Ordinance:
And therefore, in Testification of that high and honorable
Esteem that I owe, and sincerely bear, to their Wisdoms,
I do, with all Humility and Chearfulness, resign and surrender into their Hands the Office of Lord Admiral,
wherewith they were pleased formerly to intrust me: And
shall value it as my highest Honour and Contentment,
next to my God, to be serviceable to them and my Country, in any other Condition, whereinto his Providence shall
cast me; not counting my Person, nor dearest Interests,
too precious to be laid out in Maintenance of That great
Cause of Religion and Liberty, wherein they are so justly
engaged. And, in all their Resolutions, my faithful and
ready Concurrence shall demonstrate to all the World,
that my highest Ambition is no other, than to contribute
my best Endeavours for their Service; and that I am resolved to stand and fall with them in the Upholding of God's
Truth, and the publick Liberty; knowing well, by many
Years Experience, that the Welfare of this Kingdom cannot subsist without God's Blessing in the Preservation and
Safety of the Parliament: Which I here present as the real
and candid Expressions of a Mind full of Integrity and
humble Respect towards them. And I shall join my
Prayers, together with my utmost Assistances, that as
God hath thus far honoured them with doing of great
Services to his Name; so he will continue to shine upon
their Councils, until this shaken Kingdom be established
upon a lasting, honourable, and holy Foundation.
An Ordinance for giving more Power to the Commissioners of the Customs to substitute Under-Officers, the
better to enable them to carry on the Affairs of the
Customs, was this Day read; and, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their
Mr. Greene presented an Oath, to be presented to the
Waiters of the Customs and Excise: The which was read;
and, upon the Question, passed; and approved of.
Ordered, That the Persons appointed to take care of
the Danish Ship at Portsmouth, and of her Lading, in
regard of the Insufficiency and Leakiness of the Ship, shall
have Power, and are hereby authorized and required, to
break open the Hatches of the said Ship, and remove the
Landing in her into some other Ship, and such safe Place
as they shall be directed by the Committee of the Navy,
with the Consent of the Merchant-Adventurers and Eastland Merchants, or the Governors or Deputies.
An Ordinance for reimbursing the Commissioners of
Excise Eight thousand Pounds, advanced by them, for
setting forth more Ships for the Service of the State, overand-above the Ships appointed for the Summer's Fleet,
was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed,
and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs shall have Power to treat with
the Spanish Ambassador, that some Course may be taken
to prevent the taking the Ships or Goods belonging to
the Subjects of this Kingdom, by the Persons employed
in Spanish Vessels commissionated by the King of England; and for the Restitution of the Ships and Goods
that have or shall be taken by such Persons so commissioned.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs shall have Power to consider
of and appoint and Agent or Consul to lie in Flanders, to
take care of and act the Business of the Kingdom, according to such Instructions as he shall receive from both
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
An Ordinance for constituting a Committee of Lords
and Commons to do and execute all Things appertaining
to the Office of Lord High Admiral, and Lord Warden
of the Cinque-Ports, was this Day read the First and Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee in this Ordinance
shall consist of Six Lords and Twelve Commoners; whereof
Seven to be of the Quorum.
Resolved, &c. That this Ordinance shall continue until
the First of October next.
Ordered, That all Orders made by this Committee shall
be made, Sitting the Committee.
Resolved, &c. That this Ordinance shall be committed
unto the Committee of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Business of the Church be taken
into Consideration, by the Grand Committee of the House,
on Friday next.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax, from Windsor, of
April the Eleventh 1645, was this Day read; and ordered
to be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of
the Army, as to the Sending of the Monies and Necessaries desired.
There were likewise inclosed Two Letters, read; one
from Lieutenant-General Cromwell; and one from Colonel
Massie; both of the Ninth of April 1645; relating the
Postures and Marches of the Enemy: The which were
Ordered, That one other Thousand Pounds, to make
up the Thousand Pounds, appointed Yesterday, Two thousand Pounds, be advanced out of the Excise, for Payment
of the Horse to be sent by Sir William Waller to Colonel
Mr. Stephens, Mr. Nicoll, and Mr. Hodges, are to go
to the Commissioners of the Excise; and acquaint them
with the great Necessity of the Payment of this Money.
Mr. Greene carried up to the Lords an Order concerning
the States Ambassadors Paper: An Ordinance for Payment of Monies to the Garisons of Poole and Weymouth,
out of the Excise, for Six Months: An Ordinance for settling Mr. Goodwyn in the Vicarage of Watford; and of
Doctor Burges in the Lecture at Paul's, London: An Order for Payment of Eight thousand Pounds out of the Excise, to the Treasurer of the Navy for the Time being, at
the End of Eight Months, for setting out Ships: And
Two Votes, referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs;
one to treat with the Spanish Ambassador about Taking
of Ships; another to have Power to make an Agent or
Consul for Flanders.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Waggoners
be taken into Consideration, the first Business, on Monday
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Pounds be forthwith
furnished, and charged upon the Excise, for the Forces
under the Command of Sir Wm. Brereton.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this
Order: It is for inlarging the Power to the Committee of
Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs, to hear the Complaints of the French Resident; and to receive the Complaints of the English Subjects. They have received a Petition from Sir Hammon le Strange and Mr. Clench; and
have made an Order upon it: In which they desire the
Concurrence of this House. They desire to put this
House in mind of the Ordinance for Rutlandshire; and of
the Petition of Captain Hunckes: And do acquaint the
House, That the Fleet Prison being not so safe or fit for Persons that are accused of Capital Crimes; therefore they
have thought fit to remove Mr. Griffith to Newgate.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House hath considered of their Lordships Message: And,
as to the Order concerning inlarging the Power of the Committee of the Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs; and
as to the rest; the House being in Consideration of Matters of great Importance; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Whereas the House of Commons hath this Day resolved, That Five thousand Pounds be paid unto the Forces
under the Command of Sir Wm. Brereton, out of the Receipts of the Excise, next after the Assignments already
set: But, because the Necessities of those Forces require a
speedy Supply; It is Ordered, That Mr. Recorder, Mr.
Vassall, Sir Thomas Soame, the Lieutenant of the Tower,
Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr. Ashherst, and Colonel Ven, or any
Two of them, do treat with the City of London, or any
particular Persons thereof, who are to receive Twenty
thousand Pounds, or any other like considerable Sum
suddenly, payable out of the Excise, for the Loan of Five
thousand Pounds, upon the Security of the Excise; to be
paid in Course, with Interest, next after the Monies already
Mr. Pierrepont reports, from the Committee of both
Kingdoms, the Business concerning Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That Twenty-six Days Pay shall be furnished and paid, out of the Eighty thousand Pounds raised
for Ireland, to the British Officers.
An Ordinance for constituting a Committee to reside
with the Brittish and Scottish Forces in Ireland, to act as a
joint Committee with the Commissioners of Scotland, upon
such Instructions as they shall receive from hence, for the
better carrying on the War of Ireland, was this Day read
the First and Second time.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth hold it inconvenient, that Officers of the Armies in Ireland should be admitted into the Committee that is to direct the Managing
and Carrying on the War in Ireland.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Hollis and Mr. Perrepont are appointed to prepare
Reasons, to be offered to the Lords for this Declaration.
Ordered, That Mr. Recorder be added to the Committee for the Comptroll upon the Receipts of the Excise.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Alderman Pennington do, from
this House, recommend it unto the Lord Mayor, and the
Committees of Westminster and Middlesex, to quicken the
Bringing in of the Monies to be raised upon the Ordinance
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the
Engagements, Loans, and Arrears, of the Irish Officers
shall be satisfied out of the Rebels Lands, after
the Adventurers and former Engagements upon those
Lands shall be discharged.
Mr. Reynolds is appointed to prepare an Ordinance to
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Erle do make Report, from the
Committee of the West, of the Business concerning the
Scotts Officers, on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, &c. That, on Monday Morning next, the first
Business, the Commission and Instructions for Sir Charles
Coote to be Lord President of Connaght, * * * *.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Pierrepont have the Leave of
this House to be absent, for the Recovery of his Health.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Hollis, Sir Philip Stapleton,
Sir John Merrick, Sir Arthur Haselrigge, Colonel Long,
and Sir Henry Cholmely, Members of this House, be examined this Afternoon, at the Committee of Examinations,
touching Sir Wm. Balford's Business.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Pass for Mr.
Hollis to transport Three Summer Nags, and a Mare, to
his Mother the Countess of Clare, into France, Customfree.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Speaker do grant his Pass for
Lieutenant-Colonel James Balfour to transport Four little
Summer Nags into Holland, with Anthony Delahay and
David Grey, his Servants, and their Necessaries.
THE Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled,
having caused several Ships to be taken up for the
Service of the State, over and above the Ships appointed
for the Summer's Fleet; the Charge of which Ships will
amount unto Eight thousand Pounds; It is therefore Ordained and Declared, That Eight thousand Pounds be
charged upon the Receipts of the Excise: And that the
Commissioners of Excise do make Payment thereof out of
the Receipts, at Eight Months End: And the said Eight
thousand Pounds to be paid unto Sir Henry Vane junior,
Knight, Treasurer of the Navy, or unto the Treasurer of
the Navy for the Time being, for the Use aforesaid:
Whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said
Eight thousand Pounds unto the said Commissioners of
Excise. And Notice of this Ordinance is to be given to the
Commissioners of Excise, to the Intent the same may be
registered with them.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lord and Commons,
assembled in Parliament, That the Committee of Lords
and Commons for Foreign Affairs shall have Power to hear
the French Resident, upon such Matters as are referred,
and depending before the said Committee; and to receive
and consider of any other Papers, which shall be given in
unto That Committee: And the Committee have further
Power to receive the Petitions and Complaints of the Subjects of this Kingdom, on Injuries done by the French, or
any other Nation; and to demand Satisfaction thereupon
from the Ambassadors or Resident of such Nation.
Whereas, by the Votes and Resolutions of both Houses
of Parliament, of the Eleventh of April, 1644, it
is ordained, That Committees be nominated and appointed,
by the joint Advice of both Kingdoms, of such Numbers
and Qualities as shall be by them agreed on, to be sent,
with all convenient Speed, to reside with the Brittish and
Scottish Forces in Ireland, under the Command of the
Right Honourable the Earl of Leven; and to be enabled
with all ample Instructions, by the joint Advice of both
Kingdoms, for the Regulation of the said Forces, and the
better carrying on of that War: And whereas the Parliament of Scotland hath appointed Committees, and have
sent some of them to reside there, for the Purposes aforesaid, in pursuance of the said Votes: The Lords and Commons, assembled in Parliament, do nominate, ordain, and
appoint, Arthur Annisley Esquire, Sir Robert Kinge Knight,
and Wm. Bedle Colonel, or any Two of them, to be a
joint Committee with the said Committees and Commissioners of Scotland; to advise, consult, and direct, concerning the carrying on and managing of the War in that
Kingdom for the best Advantage thereof: Wherein they
are to observe and follow such Instructions, Orders, and
Directions, as they shall herewith, or from time to time
hereafter, receive from both Houses of Parliament, or
from the Committee of both Kingdoms at Westminster.
Provided, That this Ordinance shall continue for Eight
Months, and no longer.