Die Lunæ, Julii 7, 1645.
AN Ordinance for allowing to Mr. Thomas Jackson
Two hundred Pounds per Annum, for being Preacher
in the Cathedral Church of St. Peter's, Gloucester, was this
Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Thomas Carne, Thomas
Hughes, Matthew Herbert, and John Walter, Esquires, be
added to the several Committees of Gloucester, Hereford,
Monmouth, Glamorgan, Brecknock, and Radnor.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
A Letter from Leonard Watson, Scoutmaster-General
of the Army, from Bermister, of July 4 1645, relating the Relieving of Taunton, and the Drawing off of
Goring, was this Day read.
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen
of the City of Westminster were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Fauconbridge acquainted
the House, How sensible that City, and the Inhabitants
thereof, were, of the many Benefits and Advantages they
had received from this Parliament; in Acknowledgment
whereof, many Hundreds of the best-affected of the said
City did present their humble Petition of Thankfulness,
for the great Benefit they have received to their Souls by
the constant Morning Exercise daily held in the AbbeyChurch of Westminster; and for the Continuance thereof;
of which they humbly prayed a good Acceptance, present
Reading, and a favourable Answer; promising to adventure not only their Estates and Fortunes, but their Lives
also, if Need require, in the Service of the Parliament.
The Petition was read.
An Ordinance for regulating the College and Collegiate Church at Westminster was this Day read the First
and Second time; and committed unto the Committee
formerly appointed for the College of Westminster; with
the Addition, as to this Business, of Mr. Ashherst, Mr.
Selden, Sir Hen. Cholmeley, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Hen. Vane
senior, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Rigby, Sir Wm.
Lewes, Sir Wm. Strickland, Sir Robert Pye, Mr. Rich.
Browne, Mr. Hoyle, Mr. Crew, Sir Wm. Alanson, Mr.
Oldisworth, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir
Hen. Vane junior, Mr. Millington, Mr. Knightley, Mr.
Wheler, Mr. Long, Sir Jo. Corbett, Sir Dud. North, Sir
Ro. North, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Pelham, Sir Jo. Curson,
Sir Martin Lumley: And are to meet To-morrow at Two
post meridiem, in the Chamber in the College of Westminster, where the Committee of Westminster was wont
formerly to sit: And have Power to send for Parties,
Witnesses, Papers, Records.
The Gentlemen of the City of Westminster were again
called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the
House, acquainted them, That the House had read their
Petition; and did approve it: That this House sits here
to do Service to the Commonwealth, and advance the
Glory of God; and are glad their Endeavours find any
Success. This is the first Petition of this Kind that hath
been presented to them; and therefore to be taken notice of in a special Manner: The House returns you
Thanks for it, and for your good Affections; and doubt
not, but you will continue them according to your Promise expressed by Mr. Fauconbridge. They have taken
your Petition into Consideration; and have put it in a
Way, both for regulating the College, and appointing a
Maintenance for those Ministers that have taken Pains
there: And they should have a speedy Account of it, for
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Regulation
of the Government of the University of Cambridge be
taken into Consideration on Wednesday next, the first Business, after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
The House being informed, That divers Gentlemen of
the County of Middlesex were at the Door;
They were called in: And Sir William Roberts acquainted the House, That they were commanded to present to this House their humble Thanks for the Displacing
of scandalous Ministers, and Placing of good religious
Ministers in their Places: And did deliver a Petition to
that Effect; desiring, That Consideration might be had
for affording competent Maintenance to the said religious
The Gentlemen withdrew:
And the Petition was read.
Ordered, That the Lord Fairfax and Sir Walter Erle
be added to the Committee of plundered Ministers.
Resolved, &c. That this Petition from the County of
Middlesex be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of plundered Ministers: And they are to take into
Consideration all Petitions of the like Nature: And are to
consider of some Means for providing a competent Maintenance for settling a good Ministry in such Counties and
Places as shall desire it; and to present it to the House:
And that they begin first with this Business of Middlesex.
It is further referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, and they have hereby Power, to remove out of
the same Town and Parish, all such scandalous Ministers
as they have or shall put out of any Benefices or Livings.
The Gentlemen of Middlesex were again called in: And
Mr. Speaker, by Command from the House, acquainted
them, That the House had read their Petition; and was
sensible of their Care, that the Church and Religion should
be advanced; and did thank them for it: And that the
House had put their Petition in a Way for their speedy
Satisfaction, and the Satisfaction of the County.
The House being informed, That some of the Assembly of Divines were at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Marshall acquainted
the House, That, whereas this House had been pleased, at
several Times, to order the Assembly of Divines to send
to them such Propositions as they had finished; which they
had done; that there are some more which needed some
Proofs out of Scripture, and had been under Debate with
them; and were now finished: They had cast their Votes
into a Model and Method; and now the House may see
all before them. They have left out the Proofs, both of
Scripture and Reason, having sent them in with their
former Votes; but, if the House please to command the
Assembly to give in the Proofs, they are ready to do it.
Some of these Votes are plainly held out by Scripture;
others have Reasons agreeable to Scripture, and have been
alleged: And such as have the Light of Nature, are received and practised in all Reformed Churches. This Work,
though it appears short, yet hath spent much Time, by
reason of dissenting Judgments; that, if possible, they
might be satisfied. To this short Paper of additional
Votes, they have given in the Proofs out of Scripture:
And if those Proofs, at the first Reading, be not convictive, in regard that God hath not laid down the Points
of Church-Discipline in such clear Texts; they desire they
may not be laid aside, but that the House will command
them to give in the Proofs at large.
Ordered, That the humble Advice of the Assembly of
Divines concerning Church-Government, together with
the Proofs of several additional Votes concerning ChurchGovernment, presented this Day to the House by Mr.
Marshall, shall be read on Wednesday next, in the House,
the first Business after Mr. Speaker comes to the Chair.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Robert Goodwyn be appointed
one of the Commissioners to go to the Parliament of Scotland, in the place of Mr. Tate, formerly appointed, who
earnestly desired to be excused in regard of his very great
Indisposition of Health.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane senior do, To-morrow
Morning, the first Business, make his Report from the
Committee of the King's Revenue.
Sir Robert Pye is appointed to go to the Lords, to acquaint them, That this House hath named those Members that they intend to send Commissioners into Scotland; and to desire them to name theirs; and to desire
further, That the Committee appointed to prepare Instructions for the said Commissioners may meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock; and to put them in mind
of the Votes concerning Carlile.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you
these Two Papers; the one is from the Scotts General,
and other Officers of the Scotts Army, from Nottingham,
directed to the Committee of both Kingdoms; the other
is a Paper of some Particulars from the Commissioners of
Scotland here: The which they recommend unto the
speedy Consideration of this House; and desire, That a
Committee might be named to go and reside with the
Scotts Army, according to the Treaty, and according as
is desired in the Paper.
The Letter was of the First of July, and the Paper
of the Fourth of July: And were both read.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports, from the Committee
appointed to consider of the State of the Garisons of the
most Northern Counties, and upon the Borders of England and Scotland, a Narrative of the State of the Garisons of those Parts; and the Opinion of the Committee.
Resolved, &c. That this Narrative be referred to the
Committee appointed to prepare Instructions for the Commissioners to go into Scotland, to make use of in the Preparing of these Instructions.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be named to go and
reside with the Scotts Army.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this
House, that are of the Committee appointed to prepare
Instructions for the Commissioners that are to be sent to
the Parliament of Scotland, to review the Instructions formerly given to such Commissioners as were appointed to
reside with the Scotts Army; and to consider, What Alterations or Additions are necessary for the Committee now
to be sent to the Scotts Army; and, upon Perusal of the
said former Instructions, to prepare Instructions for this
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Finch and
The Lords have received a Report from the Committee
of both Kingdoms; a Letter, and some Papers, from Sir
Thomas Fairfax; with a Report from the Committee of
Ordered, That Mr. Crew do make the Reports in his
Hands, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, the first
Business on Monday Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Wallop do make the Reports in his
Hands To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Money be peremptorily taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning:
And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind of it.
Sir Robert Pye brings Answer from the Lords, That
the Lords have appointed their Members of the Committee that are to prepare Instructions for the Commissioners that are to go into Scotland, to meet this Afternoon
at Three of the Clock: And, as to the other Particulars,
they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, That the Ordinance, concerning the Rents belonging to the University of Oxon, be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee, appointed to consider of the intercepted Letters, do meet this Afternoon,
peremptorily; and dispose these Letters in such manner, as
they may be, with all Care and Speed, printed and published.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Thomas May shall be desired to
join with Mr. Sadler, and Mr. Henry Parker, in the preparing and setting forth the Declaration upon the Treaty at
Uxbridge: The Letters intercepted with the Declaration, or
Observations upon it: The Great Declaration to the
World; to set forth the Justness of the Cause undertaken
and maintained by the Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Edward Stephens shall have
Leave to go into the Country.
Answer returned by the First Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer returned by the Second Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the West do
write Letters into the West, concerning the Clubmen.
Mr. Greene carried to the Lords the Declaration to be
sent to the States of Holland, concerning Reprisal of Ships:
The Ordinance for continuing the Ordinance of 28 Jan.
1644, for raising Monies for Redemption of Captives:
And the Ordinance for the better Levying of One-Fourth of
One per Centum, for Redemption of the Captives.