Die Sabbati, Septembris 13, 1645.
The Grand Committee of the whole House, according to an Order of this House, of the Eleventh
present, proceeded to the Consideration of raising Monies
and Forces for the publick Service.
Sir Tho. Widdrington in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Rents of
the University of Oxon be read on Monday next, after that
the Report concerning Mr. Speaker and Sir John Lenthall
shall be made.
Ordered, That the Members of this House, that are of
the Committee of Excise, do look and inquire into the
State of the Excise; and make Report to the House, In
what Course it is now managed, and how it may be best
improved for the best Advantage of the Commonwealth:
And the State of the Excise is to be brought in to the
House, in Writing: And the Committee has Power to
conser herein with what Persons they shall think sitting:
And Mr. Prideaux and Mr. Bond are appointed to have
a Care of this Business.
Ordered, That the Records and Proceedings of the
Court of Requests, remaining in the Rooms near the
House of Peers, under the Custody of the Register of that
Court, be removed, out of those Rooms, into some other
convenient Place; the House being informed, That there
are other sitting Places formerly appointed for the keeping
those Records: And that those Rooms be fitted, and made
use of, for the constant Keeping in good Order and Preserving of the Records of this House.
It is further Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to give Directions to the Surveyor
of the Works to view the said Rooms; and that they may
be sitted with strong Presses, and other necessary and sitting Accommodations, for the safe and well Keeping of
the Records of the Commons House, that are of so great
Concernment; to the end they may be preserved, and
transmitted to Posterity, and not suffer the Prejudice they
have formerly done, by coming into the Hands of Executors upon the Death of former Clerks.
Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Grimston, Mr.
Lisle, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Selden, Mr. Noble, Sir John
Francklyn, Mr. Ellis, Sir Edward Boys, Sir Thomas Woodhowse, Sir Ralph Aston, Sir Arthur Hasilrig, Mr. Holland,
Mr. Recorder, Mr. Richard Browne, Mr. Pury, Sir Philip
Stapilton, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir Dudley North, Sir Wm.
Massam, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Venne, Mr. Toll,
Mr. Tate, Mr. Jennour, Sir Benjamin Rudyard, Sir Henry
Heyman, Mr. Buller, Sir Thomas Cheek, Mr. Blakiston,
Mr. Knightley, Mr. Millington;
This Committee is to meet this Afternoon at Three of
Clock, in the Exchequer-Chamber, and so de die in diem:
And are to consider of the Prisoners, and of the Nature of
their Crimes; and who are willing to compound, and are
fit to be compounded withal: And are to report the same
to the House: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Drake shall have the Leave of this
House to go into the Country; and be dispensed with for
his Attendance here for the Space of Three Weeks.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports, from the Committee appointed to meet with the Committee of the Lords, to receive
such Matters as should be propounded by the Scotts Commissioners, a Paper, of 12 Septembris 1645, from the Commissioners of Scotland, delivered in by the Lord Chancellor: Which was read: Also another Paper from the Commissioners of Scotland, of 4 Septembris 1645, delivered in
by the Lord Wareston: And that the Lord Warreston further
acquainted the Committee, That this Paper was ready to
have been delivered in to the Committee of both Kingdoms on Saturday last; but, there being not a full Committee there, he kept it to be then delivered.
Resolved, &c. That a general Answer shall be prepared,
and presented to this House, to be given to the general
Parts of the Scotts Paper of 12 Septembris 1645.
Resolved, &c. That the Matter concerning the Scotts
Forces marching (out of, and leaving the Garisons garisoned by the Scotts in the North) into Scotland, for the
Assistance of their own Nation, shall be one Particular of
the Answer to be given to the Scotts Commissioners.
Ordered, That the Members of both Houses, that are
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, do desire to know of
the Commissioners of Scotland, Whether it be the Desire
of the Kingdom of Scotland, that their Army should, upon this late sad Occasion, immediately march into the
Kingdom of Scotland: And they are to report their Proceeding upon this Business, on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this
House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to
consider of the whole Matter of the Debate this Day in the
House, upon Occasion of the Paper from the Scotts Commissioners, of 12 Septembris 1645, in reference to the
Articles of the Treaty; and to report their Opinions
thereupon to the House, on Monday next.