Die Veneris, Octobris 17 , 1645.
ACcording to former Order, the Grand Committee of
the whole House for Religion sat; and took into
Consideration the Ordinance for regulating and reforming
the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Whittacre in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Upon Mr. Whittacre's Report from the Grand Committee;
It is Resolved, &c. That there be a Commission awarded,
under the Great Seal of England, to certain Persons, to be
nominated by both Houses of Parliament, to some Divines
and other Persons, learned both in the Common and Civil
Laws, and others fit to be employed therein, to view the
Laws and Statutes of the University, and of particular
Colleges and Halls there; to consider, What is defective, or
fit to be altered, in them; and to propound Remedies for
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be nominated, to consider of the Fellowships and Scholarships that be now void
in that University, and of the convenient Filling of them
up for the present.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be nominated, to consider, How godly and religious Preaching may be established,
both in the University Church, and in other ParishChurches in the Town.
Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Rous, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Martin Lumley, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Selden, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Gourdon, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Scott, Sir
Gilbert Pickering, Sir William Waller, Mr. Pierpoint, Sir
Robert Harley, Sir Benjamin Rudyard, Mr. Grimston, Sir
John Curson, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Bond, Mr. Hill, Mr. Lisle,
Mr. Boyse, Mr. Serjeant Wilde, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir
Walter Erle, Mr. Manyard, Sir John Coke, Mr. Ellys, Sir
Dudley North, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Lowrey, Mr. Pelbam,
Mr. Holland, Mr. Theloall, Mr. Jesson, Sir John Corbett,
Mr. Nathanael Fines, Sir John Yonge, Mr. Corbett, Mr.
Salwey, Mr. Rolle, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Long, Mr. Pury,
the Knights and Burgesses for the County, University, and
Town of Cambridge;
This Committee are to consider of the Fellowships and
Scholarships that are now void in that University, and of
the convenient filling them up for the present; and also,
How godly and religious Preaching may be established,
both in the University-Church, and in other Parish-Churches
in the Town: And are to meet To-morrow at Two of the
Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer-Chamber: And
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and
The humble Petition of Sir Lewes Dyve Knight, desireing more Liberty, and some competent Allowance out of
his sequestred Estate, was this Day read; and nothing done
Ordered, &c. That a Conference be desired with the
Lords, concerning their Order to the Clerk of the Crown,
for a Habeas corpus for Sir John Hele: And that, in the
mean time, he do remain in Execution.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to Mr. Sollicitor, Mr.
Hill, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Maynard, and Mr.
Recorder, to state Sir John Hele's Case; and to report the
same to the House, to be the Subject of this Conference to
the Lords; and to desire the Lords to join in a Declaration, That it is lawful for any Man to sue, and proceed
according to Law against any Person that is, or shall be
a Prisoner of War to the Parliament, or under Restraint
to Both or Either of the Houses of Parliament.
Ordered, &c. That the General and Lieutenant-General
be left free to dispose of their Forces in such manner as
they shall think most advantageous for the Commonwealth,
in relation to the Affairs of the West; and to a competent
Number of Force for the Safety of these Parts; notwithstanding any former Order of this House: And that the
Committee of both Kingdoms do send this Order to the
General and Lieutenant-General, with all convenient
A Letter from Sir John Gell, from Derby, of Octobris
14 1645, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms: And that it be
referred unto That Committee, to take care, that the King's
Motions may be observed and attended; and that the best
Care that may be, be taken, to prevent the Raising of the
Siege of Chester.
An Ordinance for applying the Fifth, and TwentiethPart, of the Lady Bankes' Estate, and the Proceed of her
Composition for her Delinquency, for Relief of the Inhabitants of the Town and County of Poole, was this Day
read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be
sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Bond is appointed to carry it unto the Lords.
Ordered, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Examinations, to examine the Business concerning the
Improvement of some of the Committee, and others, of
Rutlandshire, upon a Warrant from the Committee of
Accompts; and likewise to examine the Business concerning the Committee's plowing up Pastures; and that they
do report their Opinions upon the whole Matter, to the
The House being informed, That a Messenger from
Chepstow was at the Door;
He was called in; and related the Manner of the Taking
in of the Castle there.
Ordered, &c. That Thanks be given to God, for delivering into the Parliament's Hands the Town and Castle
of Chepstowe in Wales, upon Sunday next, in like manner
as it is ordered to be given for Winchester and Basing-House:
And the Lord Mayor is desired to give notice hereof to
all the Parish-Churches of London, and within the Lines of
Communication, and Bills of Mortality.
A Letter from Lieutenant-General Cromwall, from
Wallop, of Octobris 16 1645, was this Day read: And
Is is Ordered, &c. That Sir Henry Vane junior do forthwith send to Lieutenant-General Cromwall the Order, this
Day made, concerning the General and Lieutenant-General's disposing their Forces.
The humble Petition of the Colonels, Lieutenant-Colonels, Majors, Captains, and other Officers of Horse, and
in the Parliament's Service, under the Lord Fairefaxe, was
this Day read; and ordered to be referred to the Committee
for the Northern Association.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Sir Thomas Tilsley, Prisoner to the Parliament in
Eccleshall-Castle, for William Jones Esquire, and Two
other Captains, Prisoners to the King's Forces.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant-General Cromwell be
continued in the Command of Lieutenant-General of the
Horse, under the same Entertainment he is now established,
for Four Months after the Determination of the Time for
which he was last continued in that Command: And that
his Service in the House be, in the mean time, dispensed
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, &c. That One hundred Pounds be bestowed
upon Colonel Morgan, the Governor of Gloucester, as a
Gift from this House: And that this One hundred Pounds
be charged upon the Excise, to be paid in Course: And
that Mr. Pury and Mr. Herbert do endeavour the Procuring of this One hundred Pounds for him.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Gloucester do bestow upon the Messenger that brought the good News of
the Taking of Chepstowe-Castle, the Sum of Ten Pounds
for his Pains.