House of Commons Journal Volume 4
4 May 1646

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 4: 4 May 1646', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 4: 1644-1646 (1802), pp. 531-534. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=23684 Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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Die Lunæ, 4 Maii, 1646.

Prayers.

Ordered, That Sir John Wray, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country.

An Ordinance for continuing the late Ordinance of the Sixth of April, for keeping and putting out of the Lines of Communication all Papists, and such as have borne Arms against the Parliament, for a Month longer; and containing some other Clauses, to prevent all Mischiers that may happen by the Resort of the Persons aforesaid to these Cities, or within Twenty Miles of the Lines of Communication; was this Day read the First and Second time.

A Letter from Mr. John Rushworth, from the Leaguer, of 3 Maii 1646, was this Day read; and was from Garsington.

A Letter from Mr. George Wither, of 4 Maii 1646, was this Day read.

A Letter from Mr. John Rushworth, from the Leaguer, of 3 Maii, from Garsington, was this Day likewise read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to provide Two thousand Tents for the Foot-Soldiers, and Two hundred Tents for the Foot-Officers.

Resolved, &c. That the Persons, in the Ordinance for keeping and putting out of the Lines of Communication all Papists, and such as have been in Arms against the Parliament, that shall have Power to grant Passes to such as shall go beyond Seas, shall be the Committee of the Militia of the City of London.

And the Blank in the Ordinance was filled up accordingly.

Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London be desired, That the general Training may be put off till Tuesday next come Fortnight; in regard that the Houses, desiring to be present at it, cannot be there To-morrow.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

And Sir Christopher Yelverton is appointed to carry it to the Lords.

Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London, or such as they shall appoint, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to enter into, and make Search in, all suspected Places within Twenty Miles of the said City of London, and Lines of Communication, for any Person or Persons whom they shall conceive, or have Information of, to be dangerous to the State; and to apprehend and secure all such Person and Persons; and to disarm them, and every of them; and also to search for all Arms or Ammunition which shall be concealed, belonging to such suspected Person or Persons, which may be made use of to the Prejudice of the Parliament, in all or any Place or Places within the said City of London, and Lines of Communication, and within Twenty Miles of the said City of London. This Power and Authority to continue for the Space of Twenty Days now next coming.

Ordered, That Mr. Whittacre and Mr. Corbett, and some others of the Committee of Examinations, do forthwith withdraw, and send for Mr. George Wither, and examine the Truth of the Information given in by Mr. George Wither.

Colonel Manwaring, and other Colonels of the Militia of the City of London, were called in: And Mr. Speaker acquainted them with the Reasons, which moved this House to desire the Committee of the Militia of the City of London to put off the general Training till To-morrow Fortnight; and with the Powers they had given the said Committee of the Militia for searching after suspected Persons, and for Arms and Ammunition, within Twenty Miles of London; and did return the Thanks of this House to the City for their Respects.

Ordered, That the Ordinance for keeping and putting out of the Lines of Communication all Papists, and Persons that have been in Arms against the Parliament, be committed unto Mr. Scawen, Mr. Nathanael Fiennes, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Sallwey junior: Who are presently to withdraw; and to consider of it.

Sir Christopher Yelverton brings Answer, That the Lords do agree to the Order for putting off the general Training.

Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Marten, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Ellys, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Holles, Mr. Crewe, Sir Henry Vane;

This Committee, or any Four of them, are appointed to withdraw, to prepare something to be declared concerning such Persons as shall harbour or conceal the Person of the King, upon the Debate had in this House upon this Business.

Ordered, That the Report concerning the Garison of Dover-Castle be made To-morrow Morning.

Mr. Scawen reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for putting and keeping Persons that have been in Arms against the Parliament, and all Papists, out of the Lines of Communication, and within Twenty Miles of the City of London, and Lines of Communication: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, re-committed unto the Committee of the Army; with the Addition of Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Blakiston, and Mr. Wheeler, as to this Business: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon; and to bring it in To-morrow Morning.

Ordered, That the Business of Ireland, and the Reports concerning the Officers that are to go to Munster, and for Dispatch of the Lord Inchiquin, be made and taken into Consideration the first Business on Wednesday Morning next.

Upon Sir Arthur Hesilrige's Report from the Committee that withdrew;

It is Ordered, That it be, and it is hereby Declared, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That what Person soever shall harbour and conceal, or know of the Harbouring or Concealing of the King's Person, and shall not reveal it immediately to the Speakers of both Houses, shall be proceeded against as a Traitor to the Commonwealth, forfeit his whole Estate, and die without Mercy.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London be desired to publish this Order by Beat of Drum, or Sound of Trumpet, within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Lines of Communication.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

And Sir Robert Pye is appointed to carry it to the Lords; and to put them in mind of an Ordinance for a Pardon to Major-General Porter.

He likewise carried to the Lords the Ordinance for Continuance of the Northern Association.

Resolved, &c. That the Lord Lisle, Sir John Temple, Mr. Nathanael Fiennes, Sir Gregory Norton, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, and Mr. Challenor, be added to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

The humble Petition of Colonel John Cromwell, and Abigail his Wife, sole Daughter and Heir of Sir Henry Cleere, and late his Majesty's Ward, was this Day read: And

It is Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Benjamin Rudyard, and Sir Rowland Wandisford, to take the said Petition into Consideration; and to call before them, and to hear, all Parties that are concerned; and to state the Accompts; and to report their Opinions to the House, What is fit to be done upon the whole Matter: And have Power to send for, and to give Order to the Auditors, and other Officers, as Occasion shall be; and to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records.

Ordered, That Sir Rowland Wandesford be specially recommended to the Grand Committee for the Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards and Liveries.

A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;

The Lords have commanded us to bring you this Order concerning the Election of a Knight for Cheshire: It came from this House; and the Lords do agree to it, with these Alterations; to which they desire your Concurrence: An Ordinance concerning Doctor Bastwick; to which they desire your Concurrence. They desire to put you in mind of the Lady Englesbye's Pass, and of Mr. Samuel's Petition; and to revive the Message concerning Mr. Porter to be Judge of the Admiralty for the Counties of Devon and Cornwall; and concerning the Duchess of Richmond's Petition. They have likewise sent you this Petition of Mrs. Mary Spenser, on the Behalf of her Husband; and the Petition of the Choirmen of Chichester; which is specially recommended to your Consideration.

The Lords Amendments to the Order concerning the Election of a Knight for Cheshire were read; and nothing done upon them.

Resolved, &c. That, as to the rest of the Particulars of this Message, this House will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Doctor Bastwick; the Ordinance, formerly sent from the Lords, concerning Lieutenant-Colonel Lilbourne; and the rest of the Particulars of the Message, sent this Day from the Lords; be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next.

Ordered, That Mr. Dove, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country for Ten or Twelve Days.

Ordered, That Mr. Strickland and Mr. Conant, Two Members of the Assembly of Divines, shall have Leave, and are hereby desired, to go to Salisbury.

Ordered, That Mr. Herbert, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the County of Monmouth.

Answer returned by the same Messengers;

The House hath considered your Message; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

Post Meridiem.

A Pardon to be granted to, and sued forth by, all Delinquents that compound for their Delinquencies, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

And Mr. John Stephens is appointed to carry it to the Lords; and to acquaint the Lords with the Alterations from the Form formerly passed; and the Reasons of those Alterations.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Robert Audley, of Northell in the County of Bedford, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Henry Widdrington, of Black-Heddon in the County of Northumberland, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for the . . . . of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto George Cotton, of Cumbermere in the County of Chester, Esquire, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Wm. Coker, of Mapowder in the County of Dorsett, Esquire, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting Pardons to Rob. Cartwright, of Kingston upon Hull in the County of York, Draper; Thomas Hicks, of Crumhall in the County of Gloucester, Gentleman; and Edward Williamson, of Ingoldmells in the County of Lincoln; for their Delinquencies, and for Discharge of their Sequestrations; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Lynley Wren, of Binchester in the County of Duresme, Esquire, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Nicolas Bacon, of Culford in the County of Suffolk, Esquire, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Robert Betton the younger, of Shrewsbury in the County of Salop, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Robert Exton, of Chichester in the County of Sussex, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and Discharge of his Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Willoughby Manly, of Thorney-Lands in the County of Stafford, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto John Rous, of Stow in the County of Huntingdon, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Sir John Cotton, of Lanwards in the County of Cambridge, Knight, for his Delinquency, and Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Wm. Woodward, of Lambeth in the County of Surrey, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting Pardon unto John Penning, of Old Buckenham in the County of Norfolk, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto George Bromley, of Ware in the County of Hertford, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Thomas Browne, of Boston in the County of Lincoln, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Sir Christopher Athowe, of Beckhamwell in the County of Norfolk, Knight, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Thomas Hillersden, of Stockhammon in the County of Buck', Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Thomas Smythwick, in the County of Chester, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.

Sir Robert Pye brings Answer from the Lords, That they do agree to the Declaration concerning such Persons as shall harbour and conceal the Person of the King; and to the Order for Publishing thereof: And, as to the Ordinance concerning Major-General Porter, and the Northern Association, they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto William Rishton, of Yernley in the County of Sussex, Gentleman; and Richard Rishton, of the same, Gentleman; for their Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of their Estates; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Richard Langley, of Hemingford in the County of Hunt', Gentleman; Wm. Jarvois, of Hutton in the County of Somerset; and Wm. Curtis, of Basingbourne in the County of Cambridge, Gentleman; for their Delinquencies, and for Discharge of the Sequestrations of their Estates; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Thomas Kerresforth, of Dodworth in the County of York, Gentleman, for his Delinquency, and for Discharge of the Sequestration of his Estate, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Hugh Leigh, of the Isle of Wight, Gentleman; Howell Lloyd, of Mantwell in Radnorshire, Gentleman; and Gregory Peak, of Canterbury in the County of Kent, Gentleman; for their Delinquencies, and for Discharge of the Sequestrations of their Estates; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Symond Degge, of Callohill in the County of Stafford, Gentleman; Richard Nicolls, of Felton-Culverton in the County of Stafford, Yeoman; and James Carrier, of Helpsome in the County of Northampton; for their Delinquencies, and for Discharge of the Sequestrations of their Estates; was this Day read; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto Francis Shallett, of Harting in the County of Sussex, Gentleman; Richard Pierce, of Chichester, and Richard Turner, of Beadham, in the said County, Gentlemen; for their Delinquencies, and for Discharge of the Sequestrations of their Estates; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto John Lowe, of Haseland in the County of Darby, Gentleman, and unto Francis Lowe his Son; for their Delinquencies, and for Discharge of the Sequestrations of their Estates; was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

Ordered, That the House do take the Proposition, concerning the Sale of Delinquents Estates, into Consideration on Thursday Morning next.

Upon Sir John Evelin's Report from the Committee of the West;

It is Resolved, &c. That the Castle-Hill, and Works at the Devizes, and the Works about Langford-House in the County of Wiltes, be forthwith slighted.

Resolved, &c. That there be only One Troop of Horse kept in the said County, consisting of One hundred Horse, to be commanded by Captain Wm. Ludlowe, now Governor of Langford; Robert Hasell, Lieutenant; and James Heely, Cornet.

Resolved, &c. That One hundred and Fifty Foot, besides the Townsmen, shall be kept in the Garison of Malmesbury in the County of Wiltes: And that no other Garison be kept or continued in the said County.

Ordered, That Mr. Pigott, a Member of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country, and to be absent for Fourteen Days.

Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, and on Saturday Morning next, the first Business, the Reports from Goldsmiths-Hall, concerning the Fines of such as compound, shall be made: And that no other Business do intervene: And that Mr. Speaker put the House in mind hereof.

The humble Petition of Robert Villiers Esquire, and a Certificate, under the Hands of Mr. Stephen Marshall, Mr. Herbert Palmer, and Mr. Obadiah Sedwick, Ministers, were this Day read: And

It is Resolved, &c. That Robert Villiers Esquire be admitted to his Composition for his Delinquency; and he be referred to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, to make his Composition.

Ordered, &c. That Power be given to the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, and they are hereby injoined and required, to administer to all such Persons as shall come in to compound, that they shall suspect to be Papists, the Oath of Abjuration.

The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.

Ordered, That all such Clubmen as have come in to Goldsmiths-Hall to compound for their Delinquency, shall be used in the like Manner as other Delinquents that have been in Arms, according to the Propositions, and to the Time of their respective Coming in.

Whereas a Debt of Three hundred Thirty-three Pounds is incurred by the Committee of the Three Counties of Oxon, Buck', and Berk', to Mr. Harrison, a Sadler, for the Service of the Parliament; and was to be satisfied out of the Proceed of Compositions with Delinquents of those Counties; the which Compositions are since, by Order, transferred all to the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall: It is this Day Ordered, That the said Sum of Three hundred and Thirty Pounds be charged and paid out of the Compositions of the first Delinquents of these Three Counties, or any of them, that shall be paid in at Goldsmiths-Hall, for the Satisfaction of the said Harrison.

Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve and allow, that Five hundred Pounds, or so much thereof as shall be necessary, be disbursed and disposed of by the Members of this House that are of the Committee of Gloucester, out of the One thousand Pounds, charged upon the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, and payable to Mr. Nathanael Stephens, Mr. Hodges, and Mr. Pury, towards to Maintenance of the Prisoners of War in Gloucester; for Repair of the Works and Fortifications of the said Town, and draining and cleansing and standing Waters about the said City, Garison, and Works.

Ordered, That the Committee for Hull be revived; and do sit To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the little Chamber belonging to the Committee of the Army.

An Ordinance for charging and paying, in Course, out of the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance of the Eleventh of September 1643, with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, to be employed towards the Maintenance and Disposal . . the Prisoners of War in Prison in Gloucester, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.

The humble Petition of the Darnix-Weavers, inhabiting in the City of Norwich, and County of Norfolk, was this Day read: And

Ordered, That it be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Excise.