Friday, the 26th>
of December, 1651.
Ambassadors from Holland.
RESOLVED, That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of
the Ceremonies, do attend the Lords Ambassadors
Extraordinary, from the High and Mighty Lords the
States General of the United Provinces, and communicate unto their Lordships the Vote of the Parliament,
Yesterday passed concerning them.
Resolved, That Mr. Say do, on Wednesday next, make
his Report concerning Colonel Downes, the first Business.
Resolved, That on Thursday next the Cheshire Business be taken into Consideration.
Resolved, That Mr. Lister do make Report concerning
Lieutenant Colonel Garrett, on Thursday next.
Army, &c. Committee.
Colonel Downes reports from the Committee of the
Army, a Bill for a Committee of the Army and Treasurers at War: Which was this Day read the First and
The humble Petition of Sir John Wollaston, Thomas
Andrewes, John Dethick, and Francis Allein, Treasurers
at Wars, was this Day read.
Resolved, That this Bill, together with the said Petition, be committed to Colonel Downes, Mr. * Edwards,
Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Leman, Sir Peter Wentworth,
Colonel Marten, Sir Henry Vane, Colonel Pyne, Sir Henry
Heyman, Mr. Garland, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. James Challoner, Mr. Tho. Challoner, Captain Smith, Mr. * Darley,
Mr. Dormer, Colonel Lassells, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr.
Strickland, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Bond, Mr. Moyle,
Mr. Long, Mr. Dove, Mr. Sey, Colonel Temple, Colonel
Norton, Colonel Sidney, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Hodges, Sir
Wm. Allenson, Mr. Pury, Mr. Aldworth, Lord Chief
Baron, Major-General Harrison, Mr. Nelthorp, Alderman Pennyngton, Mr. Clement, Mr. Christofer Marten,
Colonel Bennett, Mr. Blagrave, Mr. Masham, or any
Five of them; and all that come to have Voices: And
this Committee are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of
the Clock, in the Committee of the Army Chamber; and
so de die in diem: And to bring it in on Tuesday Morning, the first Business; and Colonel Downes is to take
Regulating the Law.
Resolved, That it be referred to Persons out of the
House, to take into Consideration what Inconveniences
there are in the Law, and how the Mischiefs that grow
from the Delays, the Chargeableness, and the Irregularities in the Proceedings in the Law, may be prevented,
and the speediest Way to reform the same; and to present their Opinions to such Committee, as the Parliament
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider
of, and present to the House, the Names of fit Persons to
be employed in this Work; and also, to receive from
them, such Things as shall be prepared by them, in pursuance of the former Vote; viz. to Lord General, Mr.
Carew, Lieutenant General Fleetwood, Major General
Harrison, Mr. Westrow, Alderman Allein, Colonel Sidney,
Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Lord Commissioner Lisle,
Lord Chief Baron, Mr. Ralegh, Colonel Bennet, Mr.
Strickland, Mr. Garland, Mr. Dove, Mr. Corbett, Sir
Henry Heyman, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Bond, Sir Gilbert
Pickering, Colonel Jones, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel
Fielder, Colonel Rich, Sir Arthure Hesilrig, Colonel
Norton, Mr. Attorney, or any Five of them: And this
Committee are to meet on Monday next at Two of the
Clock, in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber; and
that the Lord General and Lord Commissioner Whitelock,
and Lord Commissioner Lisle, do take Care of it.
Colonel Downs reports from the Committee of the
Army, a Draught of a Letter to be sent into the several
Counties; and to be signed by Mr. Speaker: Which was
read; and, upon the Question, agreed.
Ordered, That a like Number of the said Letters be
written, as formerly, to be sent into the several Counties; and that Mr. Speaker do sign the same.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself
to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.
THE Parliament have, by their Act herewith sent
you, appointed an Assessment, towards the Maintenance
of the Armies in England, Ireland, and Scotland, to commence the 25th of December Instant, and to continue for
Six Months, at the Rate of 90,000£. a Month: And, to
the End the same may be in Readiness to answer the
Necessities of the several Forces, who all depend thereupon for Supplies, the whole Six Months is appointed to
be at once assessed; and the Payment thereof to be
so ordered by you, that three Months thereof may be in
Readiness to be paid to the Treasurers at Wars by the
26th of January next; and the other Three Months to
be, in like manner, in Readiness to be paid to the said
Treasurers, by the 19th of April next, at the farthest.
And, forasmuch, as the Disbanding of the Forces lately
on Foot, whose constant Pay far exceeded the Assessment at the highest, and reducing them to the Number
at present established, did occasion the Expence of more
Monies, than the Payment of them till this Time would
have required; and also, that the Number of Forces yet
necessarily continued, cannot, by much, be constantly
provided for out of the Assessments, for the whole Time
the Assessments are appointed to continue; nor can, for
several Months yet to come, receive any Assistance
from any other publick Receipts: And that the Parliament have also, in their Provision made against the Soldiers compelling Quarter in any Houses except Inns,
Taverns, Victualling-houses, and Ale-houses, as much as
in them lies, endeavoured to remove and prevent all unnecessary Burthens and Inconveniences: In all which, without a constant and timely Supply of the Soldiers with
Monies, to prevent their being put upon any Extremities,
their Endeavours will be rendered ineffectual; especially
as to the Places failing in the Payment of their Assessments,
by the Times appointed; It is therefore expected by the
Parliament, that for the Reasons before expressed, and the
Security of yourselves and Country from free Quarter,
their Order for the Collection and Payment of the Assessment, by the Times herein before appointed, for so much
as concerns your County, according to the Sums charged
thereupon, be duly and punctually observed: And also,
that whatsoever remains unpaid into the Treasurers at
Wars, of former Assessments charged on your County,
may be provided, and paid unto them, at, or before, the
26th Day of January next, being the Time appointed for
the Payment of the first Three of the present Six Months
Assessment. This, by the Appointment and Order of
Parliament, I am commanded to signify, and especially
recommend unto your Care; and remain,
Your very loving Friend.