Friday, the 5th
of September, 1651.
Battle of Worcester.
A LETTER from the Lord General Cromwell, near
Worcester, September the Third 1651, at Ten at
Night, was this Day read.
A Letter from Major Salway and Mr. Scott, from near
Worcester, September the Third, Ten at Night, was this
Sir James Harrington reports, another Letter from
Major Salway and Mr. Scott, from near Worcester, September the Third, Ten at Night.
And also a Letter from Mr. Stapylton, from our
Quarters on the East of Severne, near to the River, Ten
at Night, September the Third 1651.
And also a Letter from George Downing; near Worcester, September the Third 1651, Nine at Night: Which
were all this Day read.
And also a Letter from Colonel Lytcott, of the 30th of
August 1651, was this Day read.
And a Letter from Colonel Desbrow, from Leith, the
30th of August 1651, was this Day read.
The Parliament being very sensible of the wonderful
and seasonable Mercies God hath been pleased to vouchsafe unto this Nation, by his great Blessing upon their
Army near Worcester, in routing the Army of the Scotts
on Wednesday last; as is expressed in a Letter from the
Lord General to the Speaker of the Parliament, herewith
printed; and intending to set apart a Day of solemn
Thanksgiving unto God, to be observed through this
Commonwealth; Do, in the mean time, order, That the
Ministers in all Churches and Congregations within the
late Lines of Communication, and Weekly Bills of Mortality, on the next Lord's Day, give publick Thanks to
Almighty God for this great Mercy: And that the Lord
Mayor of the City of London do take Care, that timely
Notice be given to the said Ministers, for that Purpose;
and that the said Ministers do then read the said Letter.
Ordered, That this Order, and the Letter from the
Lord General to the Speaker of the Parliament, dated the
Third of September 1651, be forthwith printed and published.
Resolved, That a Letter of Thanks be sent to the Lord
General from the Parliament, taking Notice of his great
Service; and that it be referred to the Council of State
to prepare this Letter; to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That Constantyne Heath and Richard Cadwell,
the Messengers, who brought the News from Worcester,
have 30£. a Piece bestowed on them, as Gratuities: And
is is referred to the Council of State, to see the same
forthwith paid unto them; accordingly.
Letters and Papers read.
Major Lister reports, from the Council of State, a Letter from Colonel Duckenfield, from Chester of the Second
of September 1651; and the Examination of Nathanael
Lancaster, Rector of Tarpurby in the County of Chester,
the Second Day of September in the Year of our Lord
1651: Which were this Day read.
He also reports, a Letter from Mr. Fell, from Lancaster, of the First of September 1651: Which was this
He also reports, a Letter from Col. Thomas Birch,
from Liverpoole, of the Second Day of September: Which
was also this Day read.
And also a Letter from Hereford, of the Second of
September 1651, from Francis Pemley, Sheriff of the said
County: Which was this Day read.
A Letter from the Mayor of Chester, and Robert Duckenfield, of the Second of September 1651, from Chester,
was this Day read.
Recorder of Chester.
Resolved, That Mr. Radcliff be discharged from being
Recorder of the City of Chester: And is hereby discharged accordingly.
Resolved, That Richard Haworth Esq; be and is hereby nominated and appointed to be Recorder of the City
of Chester: And is required to take upon him the Execution thereof, accordingly.
St. Alban's Ministry.
An Act for the more frequent Preaching of the Gospel,
Instructing and Catechizing of the People of the Parish of
St. Alban's, and better Maintenance of a godly Minister,
in the said Parish, in the Borough of St. Alban's, in the
County of Hertford, was this Day read the first time.
Resolved, That this Act be now read the second time.
The said Act was read the second time accordingly;
and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Say,
Mr. Leman, Sir Richard Lucy, Sir James Harrington,
Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Col Purefoy, Mr. Salwey,
Mr. Strickland, Attorney-general, Col. Downes, Mr.
Moyle, Mr. * * * Challoner, Mr. Cawley, Mr. Love,
Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Gold, Mr. Snelling,
Mr. Hallowes, Col. Thompson, Col. Bossevile, Mr. Ralegh,
Mr. Garland, Sir Gilbt. Pickering, Sir Henry Vane, Mr.
Hodges, Sir Grigory Norton, or any Five of them: And
this Committee is to meet this Afternoon at Two of the
Clock in the Speaker's Chamber: And Mr. Garland is
to take Care of it.
Bray, a Prisoner.
Sir John Bourchier reports, from the Council of State,
concerning one Captain Bray, a Prisoner in Windsore
Castle; who was committed by the Parliament Two
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to do as they shall think fit in the Business touching
House to sit.
The Question being put, That the House do sit Tomorrow,
The House was divided:
The Yeas went forth:
Sir Gilbert Pickering,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
|Sir James Harrington,
||With the Yeas,
Sir Henry Mildmay,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
So it passed with the Affirmative.