Die Jovis, Julii 24, 1645.
A Letter concerning the Taking of Bridgewater.
A Letter from Colonel Poynts, Commander in Chief of
all the Forces of the Northern Association, of July the
One-and-twentieth, relating the Taking of Pontefract.
A Letter from the Committee at Yorke, of July the
Twentieth, relating the Taking of Pontefract, was this
Ordered, &c. That, on the next Lord's Day, being the
Twenty-seventh of this present July, Notice be taken of
God's Mercies and Blessings upon the Parliament's Forces
in the West, and in the North, particularly in the Taking
in of Bridgewater and Pontefract-Castle: And that, in all
the Churches and Chapels within the Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bill of Mortality, the Ministers do
return Thanks unto Almighty God for these great Mercies: And that the Lord Mayor be desired to give timely
Notice of this Order to the Ministers of the several
Churches and Chapels.
Ordered, &c. That Colonel Poynts shall have the next
Command worthy of him, that shall fall in the North.
It is further Ordered, That Mr. Jephson do prepare a
Letter, to be sent from the House to Colonel Poynts, to
give him Thanks for his Service; and to acquaint him
with this Order.
Ordered, &c. That the military Command of PontefractCastle shall be placed in Sir Thomas Fairefaxe, General of
the Parliament's Forces.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have resolved to make Colonel Poynts Governor of Pontfract-Castle; the Gaining of it being the
First-fruits of his Labour.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House hath considered their Lordships Message; and will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir Henry Vane junior, by Order of the House, went to
the Lords, to acquaint them, That the Government of
Poyntfract-Castle was, before this Message, by the Vote of
this House, placed in Sir Thomas Fairefax; and to desire
the Lords Concurrence.
Sir Henry Vane junior brings Answer, That the Lords
do agree, That the military Command of Poyntfract-Castle
shall be placed in Sir Thomas Fairefaxe.
Two Letters, one to his Excellency the Earl of Leven,
the other to the Committee of both Kingdoms upon the
Place, recommending unto them the humble Petition of
the Inhabitants of the County of Chester, and the Design of
besieging Chester, were this Day read; and ordered to be
signed by Mr. Speaker.
Sir Walter Erle carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for furnishing the Stores with Match
and Bullet: The Ordinance for enabling Sir Walter Erle
to pay for Harness, and other Materials, taken up by him
for the Train of Artillery: The Ordinance for Seven hundred and Fifty Pounds for Major-General Browne.
Mr. Whitelocke carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance for enabling the Treasurers at Guildhall to receive and issue forth the Monies that shall come
in, for the Raising of Fifteen hundred Horse and Dragoons, for the Blocking up of Basinge, Winchester, &c.
ORdered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That Sir Walter Erle Knight, late
Lieutenant of the Ordnance, shall out of such Monies as
are remaining in his Hands, of what he hath received from
the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, and out of the additional Excise for Land-Service, pay unto John Munings
One hundred Seventy-and-five Pounds for Horse-Harness; and to Alexander Norman Twenty-five Pounds for
Powder-Barrels; the last Year procured upon the Credit
of the said Sir Walter Erle, for the Use of the Army then
under the immediate Command of the Earl of Essex Lord
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of the Earl of Annandale be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons
for Sequestrations, to state the Grounds of the Sequestration; of the Value of the Lands sequestred; and how long
the same have been so sequestred.
Resolved, &c. That Five thousand Pounds shall be
charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, and paid, in its
Course, to be employed for the Reducing of Winchester,
Dunnington, and Basinge: And Mr. Lisle is to bring in an
Ordinance to this Purpose.
Ordered, &c. That, To-morrow, Mr. Corbett do make
his Report concerning Newarke, and the Eastern Association.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have returned the Ordinance settling One
hundred Pounds per Annum, out of the Revenues belonging to the Bishoprick of Lincolne, for the Maintenance of
the Ministers at Darby.
The Lords do desire, That the Committee appointed
for Examination of the Lord Savile, and the Lord Digbie's
Letter, may meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock,
if it may stand with the Conveniency of this House.
The Lords have added Two more to the Committee of
Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs; and desire this
House to add a proportionable Number of their Members,
if it may stand with their Conveniency.
They have sent you this Petition of Robert Le Strange:
They have conceived this Order upon it; and desire your
Concurrence: And Two other Petitions, one from Captain Carpenter, the other from Lieutenant Spott, for their
Pardons, being condemned by Council.
The Amendments to the Ordinance for settling the Hundred Pounds per Annum on the Town of Derby, for Maintenance of their Ministers, was read; and, upon the
Question, assented unto.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee appointed for Examination of the Lord Savile, and Lord Digbie's Letter, do
meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock.
Sir Philip Stapleton, Sir Wm. Strickland, Colonel Morley, Mr. Button, are added to the Committee of Lords
and Commons for Irish Affairs.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Nicholas, shall have the Allowance of Four Pound per Week; the Payment to begin
from the Time that the other Members Allowance begins.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Philip Stapleton shall have Leave
to go into the Country, and to be absent from the Service
of the House, for a Month.
Ordered, &c. That Five hundred Pound be forthwith
advanced, and charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, to
be employed for the Relief of the Prisoners taken at Naesby:
And the Commissioners of Excise are earnestly desired
speedily to advance these Monies, in regard of the present
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Samuel Browne shall have Leave
to go into the Country for Ten Days.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered their Lordships Message:
And, as to the Amendment to the Ordinance concerning
Darby; and that the Committee appointed to examine the
Lord Savile, and the Lord Digbie's Letter; they do agree:
They have named a proportionable Number of this House
to be added to the Committee for Irish Affairs: And, as
to the rest of the Messages, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Henry Vane do proceed in the
Report from the Committee of the Revenue, the first
Business To-morrow Morning.
The humble Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of
Jersey, lying here in Want ever since the Revolt of the
Islanders, upon the forcible Entrance which Captain Carteret made there against the Parliament, as well on their
own Behalf, as in the Name of the rest well-affected in that
Isle, remaining there in Want and Misery, was this Day
It is thereupon Ordered, That, upon the whole Matter
of the Petition, it be especially referred to the Committee
for the Admiralty, to take a speedy Course for the Reduction of the Island of Jersy; and to report the same to the
Sir Walter Erle brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Three Ordinances carried by him to the
Mr. Whitlocke brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Ordinance concerning Oxford, carried by him
to the Lords.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Nicoll and Mr. Prideauxe do
give Thanks to the Ministers that preached at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on the Day of Publick Thanksgiving;
and desire them to print their Sermons.
The House being informed, That Sir Charles Egerton
was at the Door;
He was called in; and related the Passages concerning
the Delivery up of Pontefract-Castle.
And Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, gave
him Thanks for his Pains.
The House being informed, That the Messenger that
came from Bridgwater was at the Door;
He was called in; and related the Manner of the Taking
in of Bridgewater.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of the West do give the
Messenger that brought in good News of the Taking of
Bridgwater, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, as a Recompence for his Pains in this Journey.
Ordered, &c. That in regard those Soldiers taken Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairefax, which have chearfully
listed themselves for the Service of the Parliament, against
those bloody and barbarous Rebels of Ireland, could not
possible be yet transported into that Kingdom, have, for
their necessary Sustenance, expended all that charitable Benevolence collected for them, by virtue of the Order of the
Commons, assembled in Parliament, of 27 Junii 1645;
that, upon Sunday next, being a Day of Thanksgiving,
and great Rejoicing, for several Blessings bestowed upon
this Kingdom, that all the Ministers of the several
Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and
Westminster, Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills
of Mortality, be especially desired, both in the Forenoon
and Afternoon of the next Lord's Day, to move effectually their respective Congregations to contribute their
Charity towards the Relief and Transportation of those
Soldiers which are willing to adventure their Lives in so
pious and honourable Employment: And all such Monies
as shall be collected by the respective Officers and Churchwardens for this Service, shall be paid over on Monday
next to Alderman Bunce, Alderman Kenricke, and the rest
of the Treasurers appointed to receive the Fourscore thousand Pounds upon the late Ordinance for Ireland: And
the Committee of Adventurers for Ireland, fitting at Grocers-Hall, are desired to give their best Assistance for Advancing of this charitable Contribution: Which shall be
issued out, for the Relief of the said Soldiers, in such
manner as, by Warrant from the Committee for Prisoners,
shall be, from time to time, directed.