Thursday, the 26th of February, 1651.
THE humble Petition of Edward Whalley, Commissary General, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the
Committee of Obstructions, for Sale of Lands forfeited
to the Commonwealth for Treason, to hear and determine
the Business, and to consider of other Lands to be set
out for Satisfaction of the Creditors; or, if that may not
be conveniently done, then, of other Lands of equal
Value, to be settled upon the Petitioner, and his Heirs,
in lieu of those Lands to which the Title of the Crediditors shall be allowed.
The humble Petition of James Nalton, Minister of
Lconard Foster Lane, in London, was this Day read.
Resolved, That the said Mr. James Nalton, be freely
pardoned, both for Life and Estate, for or in respect of
all High Treasons, Misprisions and Concealments of
Treasons, and all other Crimes or Offences whatsoever,
for, touching, or concerning his being privy unto, or acting in, the late Correspondency held with or between
Wm. Drake, Christofer Love, or any other Persons
Traitors or Enemies of this Commonwealth: And that
the said Mr. James Nalton, and his Estate, be fully and
freely discharged of and from all Sequestrations, Imprisonment, Bail, or Restraint whatsoever, touching the
same: And that Mr. Attorney General be authorized
and required to prepare a Pardon in common Form, for
that Purpose: And the Lords Commissioners of the
Great Seal of England be authorized and required to
pass the same under the Great Seal, accordingly.
Jenkin, &c. pardoned.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General be authorized
and required to prepare the like Pardons in common
Form, for Mr. Wm. Jenkin, Mr. Thomas Case, Mr. Ralph
Robinson, Mr. Thomas Watson, Roger Drake Doctor of
Physick, and Mr. Arthure Jackson, in Pursuance of the
former Votes of Parliament, for the like Crimes and Offences: And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great
Seal of England be authorized and required to pass the
said several Pardons under the Great Seal, accordingly.
Col. Gill's Claims.
Colonel Downes reports from the Committee of the
Army, and Committee of the Northern Association:
UPON Consideration of the Business concerning
Colonel George Gill, by Order of Parliament of the
Eighth of November last, referred to this Committee to
examine and state to the Parliament; and, upon several
times hearing the said Colonel Gill and his Counsel therein; It is Ordered, by the said Committee, and the Committee of the North joined to them to that Purpose, That
it be reported to the Parliament, That they do find, that,
in May 1647, the Committee for Accompts of the whole
Kingdom certify to the Parliament, that there was due to
the reduced Officers, formerly under the Command of
the late Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, whose Names were
inserted in a List, the Sum of Fifty-one thousand Four
hundred and Fifteen Pounds Twelve Shillings and Ten
Pence, for Arrears of Pay.
The Two-and-twentieth of May 1647, the Parliament
ordered the Sum of Seventeen thousand One hundred
Thirty-eight Pounds Ten Shillings and Eleven Pence,
should be paid in course, out of the Receipts of the Excise, with Interest, in full Satisfaction of the Demands of
the said 51,415l. 12s. 10d.: And referred it to the Committee of the Northern Association, to proportion and
divide the same amongst the Officers, according to the
said Certificate and List.
Major Gill, being one of these reduced Officers, was
mentioned in the List; and, by Certificate from the said
Accomptants, his Demands amounted to 2,257l.16s. 3d.;
viz. 1, 31l. 6s. 3d. Arrears of present Pay, 526l. 10s.
Arrears of respited Pay; of both which Sums they did
allow; and 600l. for Sixty Horses raised and furnished
by him; which they did not allow, but certified it to the
That, notwithstanding the Non-allowance of the said
600l. by the Committee of Accounts, the whole Sum of
2,257l. 16s. 3d. was, in the List, asserted to be due to
Major Gill; and allowed, as Part of the 51,415l. 12s.
10d. by the Parliament.
In Pursuance of the Parliament's Order, the Committee for the North divided the 17,138l. 10s. 11d. and
appointed to Major Gill 747l. 18s. 1d. accounted for
one Third Part of his 2,257l. 16s. 3d.; for which he
confesseth to have received Interest out of the Excise for
Afterwards, the said Sum of 17,138l. 10s. 11d. was,
by an Act of this present Parliament, transferred from the
Excise to Deans and Chapters Lands, for Satisfaction:
And, amongst others, Major Gill's Sum of 747l. 18s.
1d. was likewise transferred.
That Major Gill, having gotten his original Certificate
for the said 2,257l. 16s. 3d. which was signed by the
Committee of Accompts, from the Clerk to the Committee for the Northern Association, carried the same to
Gurney-House; and, as appears by a Copy thereof, certified from Colonel Manwaring, Register-Accomptant,
presented it to the Trustees; where it now remains: And
the Trustees thereupon allowed of the 600l. for Horses,
mentioned in that Account; notwithstanding it was Part
of the 2,257l. 16s. 3d. formerly allowed by the Parliament, and expressed to be satisfied, by paying one Third
Part thereof out of the said 17,138l. 10s. 11d.
Col. Gill's Claims.
That thereupon the said Major Gill took the Advantage of the Act of Parliament for this 747l. 18 s. 1d.
transferred; and also doubled the said 600l. allowed
by the Trustees; notwithstanding also, by Order of
Parliament of the 16th of June 1647, that the said
Major Gill received, for One Month's Pay, the Sum of
Forty-two Pounds; which should have been accounted
as Part of his 747l. 18s. 1d. but was not so accounted,
nor abated out of the same; but Major Gill received the
Interest for the whole 747l. 18s. 1d. Twenty Months
after the said Forty-two Pounds, Part thereof, was satisfied.
That, upon the first Examination of this Business before this Committee, Major Gill produced the Copy of an
Accompt; which, as he affirmed, was all he had to demand of the Parliament; except only Threescore Pounds,
lent in Money to the Lord Ferdinando Fairefax; which
Copy he also affirmed to be a true Copy of his Accompt,
signed by the Committee for Accompts: And the Sum
therein expressed to be due to the said Major Gill, are, as
is before expressed, 1,131l. 6s. 3d. for present Pay;
526l. 10s. for respited Pay; and 600l. for raising and
furnishing Sixty Horse; and no more: To all which the
said Major Gill, in Excuse of himself, allegeth, That the
27th of May 1647, he delivered a Petition to the Committee for the Northern Association; wherein he prayed
an Allowance of 400l. the Remainder of 600l. disbursed
for his Troop; and of 570l. for his Losses and lent Monies: This his Petition was, by that Committee, ordered
to be reported to the Parliament; and proves, that a Petition of his remained Twelve Months in the Hands of
Mr. Bryan Stapleton, a Member of that Committee, to
be reported; but was never reported to the Parliament,
but delivered back again to him the said Major Gill.
That, after the 600l. for Horses was allowed by the
Trustees, he acquainted Colonel Manwaring, That he
was satisfied 200l. thereof by the Parliament; and that
he doubled the remaining 400l. with the Interest thereof,
which amounted to 200l. more: And, to prove that the
600l. doubled was not only Principal, but Principal
and Interest, he produceth a Certificate from one Mr.
Richard Pretty; who certifies a printed Ticket in Form,
as it was delivered by the Treasurers for Deans and Chapters Lands; wherein the 600l. is expressed to be Principal and Interest.
That he never accepted the 747l. 18s. 1d. in Satisfaction of his whole Arrear and Monies disbursed; but
did accept of 547l. 18 s. 1d. thereof, in full of his Arrears of Pay; and the other 200l. in Part of 600l. disbursed by him for Horses: And conceives, that the Parliament intended not any otherwise; for that, in their Order of the Two-and-twentieth of May 1647, it is expressed, That the 51,415l. 12 s. 10 d. was for Arrears of Pay.
That his original Certificate, signed by the Committee
of Accompts, was delivered to him by the Clerk for the
Northern Committee; for the Delivery whereof he believes he could have procured the Committee's Order, if
the Clerk had denied to deliver them to him.
That he never saw the Order of Parliament, by which
the 42l. received by him for a Month's Pay, accounted
as Part of the 747l. 18s. 1d.; but that he did make a
Discovery of that 42l. in a Petition which he delivered
to the Northern Committee in June 1649.
And, lastly, offers an Accompt under his Hand, wherein are all his Disbursements for the Parliament, and his
Receipts towards Satisfaction: For the Balance whereof
there is 46l. mentioned to be due to him from the Commonwealth; notwithstanding he abates 1,105l. 4s. 2d.
being Two Thirds of his Personal Pay, in lieu of FreeQuarter.
At the Committee, by Order of Parliament of the 30th
of September last, appointed for the Consideration of
the printed Book, intituled, "Innocency further
cleared; or, The Case and Vindication of Colonel
George Gill, &c."
January the 27th, 1651.
UPON Perusal of the said Book, and Consideration of such Passages therein as concern the Parliament,
or their Proceedings; It is
Resolved, That it be offered to the Parliament, as
the Opinion of this Committee, that these Words in the
Title-Page of the said Book; viz. 1. "Wherein is
made apparent, how the Sentence of Parliament was
procured against him," are scandalous to the Proceedings
2. That these Words in the second Page, viz. "That,
for a Crime which is no Crime at all, or, in the most
rigorous Interpretation, a Mistake, I am voted uncapable of their Service," are likewise scandalous to the Proceedings of Parliament.
3. That these Words in the 13th and 14th Pages, viz.
"Now by these Committees hath my Business been considered, and Report put into the Hands of Colonel
Downes drawn up; but, for these Nine Months, every
Day almost whereof I have attended at the Door, could
I not get it brought in: And, truly, I do very much
suspect, that some of the Great Ones, sitting in the
House, are afraid the Matter should come in their scanning, lest it should fly in their Faces;" are scandalous to
That it be likewise reported to the Parliament, as the
Opinion of this Committee, That the said Book contains many Passages which do much reflect upon the
Reputation of several Members of Parliament, and of
other Persons without: But, in regard they conceive the
Order of Parliament, referring the Book to the Examination of this Committee, doth not impower them to
examine any Business concerning or relating to any
Member of Parliament, they have therefore forborn to
mention any of the said Passages.
The House being informed, that Colonel George Gill
was at the Door, and that it was his humble Desire
to be heard before the Parliament proceed to Judgment;
He was called in: And, being come to the Bar, Mr.
Speaker told him, "The House hath this Day taken into
Consideration the Report from the Committee of the
Army, of the Business referred to them concerning you;
and the Parliament, being informed you desired to be
heard, they have given you that Leave."
And thereupon the said Colonel George Gill did make
an humble Acknowlegement of his Offences, both in
doubling the 400l. and in printing the Book by him
written; and professed his Sorrow, from his Soul; and
humbly begged Pardon for his said Offences, and for
aspersing the Parliament, or any honourable Member
Resolved, upon the Question by the Parliament, That,
upon the said Colonel George Gill's humble Acknowlegement of his Offences at the Bar of the Parliament, the
Parliament doth pardon the Offences, for which the former Judgment against him was given the One-and-thirtieth
Day of July 1650: And that the Disability and Incapacity put upon him by that Judgment and Vote, for any
further Employment or Command in the Service of the
Commonwealth be taken off and discharged.
Resolved, That the Sum of Money brought into the
Treasury at Gurney-House by Colonel George Gill, upon
his former Doubling, together with Interest for the same,
since the Time he so paid it, be allowed unto him, in
Contract for the Lands by him contracted for.
Resolved, That the said Colonel George Gill be admitted to bring into that Treasury, Bills, allowable upon the
Security of Deans and Chapters Lands, to the Value of
the Monies due by the Bill by him formerly brought in,
and by him doubled, in lieu of the said former Bill: And
that the said former Bill, by him brought in, be cancelled
and discharged, and no Allowance made thereof unto
Resolved, That Thursday next be appointed for Reports
from the Committee of the Army; and nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Report for the Navy and Ordnance
be made on Tuesday next.
Resolved, That the Petition touching the Publick Faith
be read To-morrow, after the Business of Alderman