Die Martis, Aprilis 22, 1645.
Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham, was
called in; and acquainted the House, That the Enemy from the Garison of Newarke, and the Garisons thereabouts, drew out, to the Number of One thousand Six
hundred, on Sabbathday last; and have possessed themselves of the Fort at the Bridge; and have put the Town
into great Danger.
Ordered, That the Governor of Nottingham be forthwith
sent down, with Order, That the Instructions made by
the Committee of both Kingdoms, for the present, may
be pursued: And that a Letter be written to the Committee resident there, to this Effect; and to acquaint them,
That, upon their last Petition, the House had taken the
whole Matter into Consideration.
Mr. Knightley and Mr. Millington are appointed to prepare this Letter, for Mr. Speaker to sign: And Mr. Millington is to apply himself to further a Reconcilement between the Governor and the Committee, and a Settlement
of Matters for the present, for the Safety of the Place.
And, to that End, It is Ordered, That the Governor, and
those of the Committee that are here, do come to the Committee of both Kingdoms this Afternoon, to whom it is
referred to make a Reconcilement; and to persuade a Compliance, in the Committee of Nottingham, to the Instructions formerly made by the Committee of both Kingdoms:
And it is left to the Committee of both Kingdoms, if they
shall find That Committee to comply, to send Them down
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to take care of the Safety of the
Place; and to give Order for the Sending of some considerable Assistance for the Preservation of the Town and
Castle, and Regaining of the Fort.
An Ordinance for the Raising of a monthly Sum upon
the County of Derby, for the Payment and Ordering of
their Forces, and other Expences for the publick Service,
was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read,
the first Business, To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That, after all other Assignments, which are
already charged upon the Excise, shall be satisfied, that
One thousand Pounds shall be charged upon the Excise,
for the present Service of the Forces in the County of
Darby: And Sir John Curson, Sir John Coke, and Mr.
Hallowes, are to take care hereof.
A Letter to the Duke of Vennis, on the Behalf of the
East India Company, was this Day read; and approved
of; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Peter Wentworth carried up to the Lords the Two
Lists or Establishments for the Pays of the Officers of Sir
Thomas Fairfax' Army: The Ordinance for Martial Law
in Kent: The Vote for the Two Brass Demiculverins,
and Two Brass Sacres, to be employed for the Train of
Artillery for Sir Thomas Fairfax his Army: The Vote
concerning the discharging the Sequestration of Sir John
Hamilton's Park: And the Vote for the City of London to
present a fit Person to the House to be Lieutenant of the
Tower: And a Letter to the Duke of Vennice, on the Behalf of the East-India Company.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Fairfax be desired to take
care, that Colonel Fleetewood's and Colonel Rosseter's Regiments of Horse may be speedily mustered, and reduced;
that they may have each Regiment a Fortnight's Pay of
Advance, as the other Regiments, that are reduced, have.
Ordered, That the Regiment of Colonel Rosseter shall
have a Fortnight's Pay of their Arrears, out of the Arrears
of the Monies in the County of Lincolne, if it may be there
had; otherwise, that the said Fortnight's Pay shall be
charged upon the Excise: And the Gentlemen of the
County of Lincolne are, for the present, to advance it,
upon their personal Credit; and are to be repaid out of
the Excise, with Consideration for the Forbearance.
Sir Peter Wentworth brings Answer from the Lords,
That he received this Answer from my Lord Grey of
Warke; That the Lords would take all those Particulars,
carried up by him, into speedy Consideration; and send
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That all the Forces of Sir William Waller's,
Lieutenant-General Cromwell, Sir Arthur Heselrig, Colonel Fleetwood's, and the rest of the Forces of that Brigade,
as well those that are to be reduced; as those that shall go
off upon the Reducement, shall have a Fortnight's Pay
paid them, and charged upon the Excise.
Mr. Hodges, Mr. Edward Ashe, Mr. John Ash, and Sir
Arthur Heselrig, are injoined to employ their best Endeavours with the Commissioners of Excise for the present
raising this Fortnight's Pay.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Edward Hales shall be assessed
for his Twentieth-Part.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Edward Hales shall be assessed
Fifteen hundred Pounds for his Twentieth-Part: And that
it be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall to
levy the same; and to make Allowances and Deductions
unto him of Monies by him formerly contributed, as is
usual in other Cases.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports the Amendments to the
Ordinance for punishing such Soldiers as, being imprested,
shall run from their Colours: The which were read; and,
upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance,
with the Amendments, upon the Question, passed; and
ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Thomas Widdrington is appointed to carry it to the
A Letter from St. Albans, of Aprilis 18, from the Justices of Peace of that Liberty; shewing, That they had
apprehended Twelve of those Soldiers, that were lately
pressed out of the County of Hertford, which had committed divers Misdemeanors and Felonies, for which
Two of them are condemned; and reprieved, till the Pleasure of this House be known; was this Day read. And
It is thereupon Ordered, That those Two Soldiers,
which are condemned, shall be left to the Law: And that
Execution be done, according to the Sentence passed upon them: And that Sir Thomas Dacres do prepare a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to acquaint the Justices
of Peace there with the Pleasure of this House, accordingly.
Ordered, &c. That the Collectors of the Monies for Sir
Thomas Fairfax his Army within the City of London, and
Lines of Communication, shall, upon the Warrant of the
Committee of the Militia, out of the Monies collected
within the City, and Lines of Communication, pay unto
the said Committee, or such as they shall appoint to receive
the same, such Monies as shall be necessary to defray the
Charge of Coat and Conduct-Money of such Soldiers as are
and shall be imprested by the said Committee, in such manner as is allowed to the respective Committees of the several Counties.
Mr. Scawen reported, from the Committee, the Business concerning the Earl of Essex's Life-Guard; and the
Propositions made by those Gentlemen: The which Propositions were read. And
It is Ordered, That the Report be re-committed: And
the Committee are further to consider, What will be the
Charge of these Gentlemens Entertainments; and how
the Charge may be raised.
Mr. Holles reports, from the Committee of Lords and
Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports, the Opinion of That Committee touching the Command in Chief
of the Fleet, now prepared for this Summer's Expedition,
in hæc verba; viz.
"Resolved, upon the Question, That it be reported to
both Houses, as the Opinion of this Committee, That it
is most for the Advantage of the publick Service, that the
Fleet, now prepared for this Summer's Expedition, be
put under the Command of one Man, and not divided into
many Hands: But the Ordinance lately passed, to put the
Members of both Houses out of all Employment Military
and Civil, concluding the Committee, that they may not
(as hath been usual and never more necessary than now)
nominate some Person of Honour, Quality, and Estate,
to take upon him such a Charge; they cannot, for the
present, think of any Person qualified for so high a Trust;
which carries with it the Safety of all Three Kingdoms:
They therefore humbly return it back to the Houses, as a
Business of so great Difficulty, and of so high a Concernment, that it is fit only to be settled by their Wisdoms."
Resolved, &c. That the Consideration of this Report
be resumed To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Mr. Sollicitor reports, from the Committee of both
Kingdoms, to whom it was referred to consider of the
printing the Paper delivered in by the States Ambassadors,
That they had examined the Business; and found, that
one Gilbert Mabbott had given Order for the Printing of
it, upon the Desire and Instances of the Secretary to the
States Ambassadors; alleging, That it was the Ambassadors Order, That it should be printed. The Witnesses
attested the same.
Ordered, That this Particular be taken notice of, and
inserted in the Manifesto appointed to be made of the Proceedings and Transactions between the Houses and the
Ordered, That all the Petitions, Papers, and Reports,
concerning the Scotts Officers and Soldiers, recommended
from the Commissioners for the Kingdom of Scotland, be
taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Mr. Joseph Serjant, now Mayor of Northampton,
and the Mayor for the Time being, and Mr. John Fisher,
Alderman, to be Deputy-Lieutenants of the Town of Northampton.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.