Die Martis, Aug. 26, 1645.
ACcording to an Order of the House, of Wednesday
last, the Grand Committee of the whole House sat
upon the Matter of Church-Government.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Whittacre reports, from the Grand Committee for
Religion, Two Resolutions of that Committee: And
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That this Report be
taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next, in the
House, the first Business, peremptorily: And that Mr.
Speaker put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds be charged upon
the Excise, to be paid, in its Course, for the Furnishing of
Colonel Whalley, Captain Lawrence, Captain Cannon, Captain Browne, and Lieutenant Disher, with Horses, Arms,
and other necessary Accommodations for the present Service they are now employed upon, and designed unto:
And that it be referred to the Committee of the Army to
furnish them, accordingly.
A Letter from Colonel Massy, from Lyme, of August
Three-and-twentieth, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That this Letter be
referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both
Kingdoms: And the Committee of the West are desired
to advise with the Committee thereupon.
Sir Anthony Irby carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, an Ordinance for Continuance of the weekly Assessments in the Counties of Wiltes, Dorset, &c. for Six Months:
An Ordinance for Maintenance of the Garisons of NewportPagnell, and other Garisons in the Eastern Association:
An Ordinance for granting Commissions to Colonel Jephson, and his Officers: The Order for enabling the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall to contract for Arms for Ireland: The Order for enabling the Commissioners sent to
the Parliament of Scotland to treat at Berwick, or in any
other Place in England or Scotland: And was to put the
Lords in mind of the Ordinance for Sale of Papists and Delinquents Estates.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this
Ordinance concerning the Duchy-Seal: It moved first
from this House; and they agree to it, with these Additions and Amendments; to which they desire your Concurrence: A Letter from the Scotts Lieutenant-General:
It was sent to the Committee of both Kingdoms: It hath
been read in the Lords House; and they thought fit to
communicate it to you. They desire to put you in mind of
Captain Bowen, who is to be Captain of the Leopard: The
Ship is rigged, and victualled, and ready to set Sail; and
stays only for your Confirmation of him.
The Amendments to the Ordinance concerning the Duchy-Seal were read; and, upon the Question, assented
The Letter from Lieutenant-General Lesley was read;
and was from Baintrie, of 24 Augusti 1645.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House has considered their Lordships Message:
And, as . . the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning
the Duchy-Seal, they do agree: They have taken notice
of the Letter: And, as to the Business concerning Captain
Bowen, they will send Answer by Messengers of their
The House being informed, That divers well-affected
Persons were at the Door, with a Petition;
They were called in: And one of them acquainted the
House, in the Name of the rest, That they came to present a Petition to the Commons House, on the Behalf of
The Petition was read; and was, for his Inlargement
from Imprisonment in Newgate; and for some present Relief for him out of his Arrears.
Ordered, That Mr. Walker and Mr. Steele be desired,
from this House, to manage the Proceedings, by Indictment or otherwise, to be had against Lieutenant-Colonel
Lilbourne, now Prisoner in Newgate, at the next General
Sessions to be held for the City of London: And that Mr.
Bradshaw, formerly desired to attend this Service, be discharged of it.
A Letter from Colonel Points, of 22 Augusti 1645,
from Doncaster, to Sir Henry Mildmay, a Member of this
House, was this Day read: And
Ordered, That, as to that Part of the Letter which concerns the Pursuing of the King, it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That, upon the Ordinance of the 23 Julii
last past, for securing the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds,
with Interest for the same, out of the Excise, for the Northern Forces, the same shall be paid according to the Purport of the said Ordinance: And that no Anticipation shall
be made by any subsequent Ordinance; but that it shall be
paid, in its Course, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum
of Six hundred Pounds of Sir John Tirrell, of Essex, to be
forthwith paid for Discharge of his Delinquency and Sequestration: And that, upon Payment thereof, an Ordinance
be brought in for Discharge of his Delinquency, and takeing the Sequestration off from his Estate, accordingly; he
paying the said Six hundred Pounds within Ten Days.
Ordered, That Five hundred Pounds of the said Six
hundred Pounds, being the Composition for the Delinquency of Sir John Tirrell, be forthwith sent to the Governor of Newport-Pagnell, to pay the Officers and Soldiers of that Garison, upon Account: And that the Committee of this House for the Eastern Association do forthwith send the said Five hundred Pounds to the said Governor: And the Receipt of the said Committee, or any Five
of them, under their Hands, to be a Discharge unto the
said Sir John Tirrell for the said Five hundred Pounds.
Resolved, &c. That One hundred Pounds be forthwith
provided and paid to Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne, now
Prisoner in Newgate, upon Account, in Part of his Arrears.
Ordered, That Sir John Tirrell do pay the One hundred
Pounds, remaining of his Fine of Six hundred Pounds, to
Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne, now Prisoner in Newgate,
or to such as he shall appoint to receive the same: And
that the Acquittance of the said Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Sir John
Tirrell for the said remaining One hundred Pounds.
Ordered, That Mr. Richard Barwis do send the Vote of
both Houses, for enabling the Commissioners, sent from
both Houses to the Parliament of Scotland, to treat at Barwick, or in any other Place either in England or Scotland,
to the said Commissioners from the Parliament of England.
Mr. Rowse, Mr. Tate, Mr. Green, and Mr. Lisle, are
appointed presently to withdraw, to prepare an Answer to
be given to the Petitioners.
Ordered, That all that will come shall have Voices at the
Committee, to whom the Petitions from the Heads of
Colleges in the University of Cambridge, and from the
Mayor of the Town, are referred.
Sir Anthony Irby brings Answer from the Lords, That,
as to the Ordinance concerning the Garison of Newport,
and other Garisons in the Eastern Association, they will
send Answer by Messengers of their own: They will take
the Ordinance concerning the Sale of Papists and Delinquents Estates into speedy Consideration: And, as to the
other Orders carried to the Lords by him, they do agree.
Mr. Tate reports the Answer to be given to the Petitioners concerning Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne: Which was
read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
The Petitioners were called in again: And Mr. Speaker,
by Command of the House, acquainted them with the
Answer of the House to their Petition: Which was in hæc
verba; "That Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne is justly committed by this House; that, for some of his Offences, he
stands referred to a Tryal at the Common Law; that the
House doth not approve of the Coming in of this Petition
at this time, the Cause thus depending, and the Party himself not acknowledging the Justice, nor desiring the Mercy,
of this House; that, when there is a fit Time for either,
they will proceed accordingly: In the mean time, the
House hath provided for his convenient Maintenance."
A Letter from the Gentlemen of Cheshire, from Namptwich, of 7 Augusti 1645, with a Remonstrance therein
inclosed, were this Day read.
Mr. Ashurst makes his Report from the Committee to
whom the Business for the Besieging of Chester was referred, &c.
Resolved, &c. That the Matter of this Report, and the
whole Business concerning Cheshire, be taken into Consideration on Monday Sevennight: And Mr. Speaker is to
put the House in mind hereof.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashurst do prepare a Letter, to be
signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Gentlemen of
Cheshire; to acquaint them, That this House will take special Care for reducing Chester; and have appointed a short
Time to take the same into serious Consideration.
Ordered, That the Business of Leicester, and the Letter
from thence, be peremptorily taken into Consideration on
Saturday Morning: And that Sir Arthur Hasilrig do then
bring in the Ordinance for a Collection for the Relief of
Leicester; and that it be then read, the first Business; and
that no other Business do then intervene.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Lancashire be
taken into Consideration on Saturday next.
An Ordinance to made void Two Obligations under the
Seal of the Company of Barber-Surgeons, conditioned
for the Payment of One thousand Pounds to Richard Watson Surgeon, late of London, a Papist and Delinquent,
was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That there shall be Collections in the several
Parishes, Churches, and Chapels within London, and the
Lines of Communication, To-morrow, the Twentyseventh of this present August 1645, being the Day of
Publick Humiliation; and the Monies, so collected, employed for Relief of poor and maimed Soldiers, in manner
formerly used. Provided, That the Moiety of the Monies
collected in St. Margaret's, Westminster, and St. Martin's
in the Fields, shall be employed for the Relief of the Poor
of the said Parishes respectively; and the other Moiety for
the Relief of the poor and maimed Soldiers, as aforesaid.