Die Lunæ, Aprilis 14, 1645.
AN Ordinance, for Execution of Martial Law, to continue for the Space of Two whole Months, and no
longer, sent from the Lords, was this Day read the First
and Second time; and, upon Question, committed unto
Mr.Ellis, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr.
Prideaux, Sir Jo. Corbett, Mr. Whitelock: And are presently to withdraw, to consider of it.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the
Gentlemen of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire, to consider and take care of
sending Provisions to Sir Wm. Brereton's Forces: Mr.
Ashherst, Sir Ralphe Asheton, and Sir Jo. Curson, are desired especially to take care of this Business.
Ordered, That the Gentlemen of Yorkeshire, Lincolneshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Bedfordshire, and the Counties late associated under the Earl of Manchester, do meet
this Afternoon at Four of Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber; to consider and advise of some Matters that
will be much for the Advantage and Safety of those
A Paper, of April' 11, from the National Church of
Scotland, representing the great Contentment the General
Assembly of the Kirk of Scoland, and the Parliament of
Scotland, received from the Directory for the publick
Worship of God, and the Propositions concerning Church-Government, was this Day read; and ordered to be taken
into further Consideration To-morrow Morning, by the
Grand Committee for Church-Business.
An Ordinance for the Associating the several Counties
of Yorke, Nottingham, Bishoprick of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmorland, was this Day read the
Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto
the Northern Committee, where Sir Tho. Widdrington
has the Chair, and to the Knights and Burgesses of the
Associated Counties mentioned in this Ordinance, and to
the Knights and Burgesses of Lancashire and Lincolneshire:
And that the Committee of the West be joined to this
Committee, as to this Business: And that all that will
come shall have Voices: And are to meet on Wednesday
next at Two post meridiem, in the Exchequer-Chamber:
And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers,
An Ordinance for maintaining the Forces raised, and
to be raised, under the Command of the Lord Fairefaxe,
was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon
the Question, committed, in the same manner as the former
Ordinance, to the same Committee; to the End, that, out
of both, one Ordinance may be framed.
It is further Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapilton do
bring to this Committee the Model agreed upon by the
Committee of both Kingdoms, of the Forces which they
think fit to be maintained for the Safety of the Northern
An Ordinance for the better regulating and maintaining
the Forces of Lancashire was this Day read the Second
time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the same
Committee as the Two former Ordinances.
A Letter from Yorke, of March 29, 1645, from the
Committee there, was this Day read; and ordered to be
referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the
It is further Ordered, That the Letter of the same
Date, from the Committee at Yorke, directed to Sir Wm.
Constable, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Philip Stapilton, and
divers other Members of this House, be referred to the
Consideration of the same Committee.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Widdrington do, on Wednesday
next, report the Ordinance concerning the Ministers of
Mr. Ellys reports, from the Committee, the Amendments and Alterations to the Ordinance for Execution of
Martial Law, sent from the Lords: The which were
twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And
the Ordinance thus amended, upon the Question, passed;
and ordered to be sent unto the Lords, thus amended, by
A Letter from the Committee of Coventry was this Day
read; and referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms,
to take care of.
It is thereupon further Ordered, That the Members of
this House, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms,
do earnestly move the Commissioners of the Kingdom of
Scotland, to give present Order to hasten the Advance of
that commanded Party of the Scotts Army which were
formerly with Sir Wm. Brereton, to march with all Speed
again to his Assistance.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of both
Kingdoms concerning Nottingham, be taken into Consideration the first Business after the Speaker comes into the
Chair; the Ordinance concerning Derbyshire next; the
Business of Crowland, and the Report by Sir Robert Harley concerning the Army, next.
Two Ordinances, the One for securing the Two thousand Pounds, advanced by the Commissioners of Excise,
for the Garison of Abingdon; the other, for charging
Three thousand Pounds upon the Receipts of the Excise,
for Major-General Langherne's Forces; were this Day
read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to
be sent unto the Lords, for their Concurrence, by Mr.
Mr. Rolle reports, from the Committee, the Amendments to the Ordinance for constituting a Committee to
manage the Places of the Lord Admiral and Lord Warden of the Cinque-Ports: The which were twice read;
and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the Filling up the Blanks in this Ordinance, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army this Afternoon, to consider how the Troop of Gentlemen, which were of the Lifeguard to the Earl of
Essex, may be taken on in the new Model, and maintained; and to report their Opinions To-morrow Morning.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and
The Lords have received a Letter from the Committee
of both Kingdoms, directed unto that Committee, from
the Committee at Gloucester: The which the Lords think
fit to recommend unto the Consideration of this House, it
being a Matter of great Importance.
The Letter was, of April 8; and was read.
Ordered, That Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Bond, and Mr.
Nicoll, do repair to the Commissioners of Excise, and see
in what Condition and State the Money upon the Receipts
of the Excise is in; and to see by what Means Monies
may be provided and advanced, upon Interest, or otherwise, for the Service of the West: They are further to
employ their Endeavours with those particular Persons to
whom the Twenty-two thousand Pounds is payable very
shortly out of the Receipts of the Excise, and to see how
much of the said Twenty-two thousand Pounds may be
forborne and continued, upon the same Security, and upon
Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent.
Whereas John Towse Esquire, Alderman of the City
of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of
Excise and New Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum
of Two thousand Pounds for and towards the Relief of
the Garison at Abindon, under the Command of Major-General Browne; Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise, their Executors or Assigns, shall and
may satisfy and reimburse themselves the said Two thousand Pounds, together with Interest for the same, after
the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long Time as
the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborne, out of
such Intervals of Receipts as shall happen when other
Payments already assigned upon the Office of Excise shall
not happen to fall due; or, for want of such Intervals,
then as the same shall follow in Course: And shall not, by
any other Order or Ordinance of one or both Houses of
Parliament, be secluded from reimbursing themselves accordingly: And that the said Commissioners shall pay the
said Two thousand Pounds unto Walter Frost Esquire,
Secretary to the Committee of both Kingdoms; whose
Receipt shall be their sufficient Discharge in that Behalf.
THE Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled,
taking into Consideration, that a timely Provision be
made for Relief of Major-General Langherne's Forces, do
Ordain, That Three thousand Pounds, formerly assigned,
by Order of the Twenty-fourth of March last, to that Use
and Purpose, be charged upon the Receipts of the Excise:
And that the Commissioners of Excise do make Payment
thereof out of the said Receipts, in such Course and Time,
when as other Assignments already made on that Office
shall be first satisfied, unto Charles Floyd Merchant, or
Arthur Owen Esquire, for the Use aforesaid: Whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Three
thousand Pounds to the said Commissioners in that