Die Martis, 18 Januarii, 1647.
Affairs in Bucking-hamshire.
A LETTER from Aylesbury, of 14 Januarii 1647,
from Mr. West, Colonel Fleetwood, and Mr. Simon
Mayne, was this Day read; with a Warrant inclosed,
from one John Chapman, to the High Constable of the
Hundreds of the County of Bucks, to draw the Country
together, upon pretence of a Petition to be presented to
Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Chapman be forthwith
sent for, as a Delinquent, by the Serjeant at Arms attending on this House: And that the Examination of this
Business be referred to the Committee for Complaints: And
that it be referred to the said Committee, upon Examination of the said Business, as they shall find Cause, either
to bail, discharge, or imprison, the said John Chapman.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be returned to Mr.
West, and the rest that wrote this Letter; and by them
to the Gentlemen of the County of Bucks, that have
shewed their good Affections in this Business: And Mr.
Scott is appointed to prepare this Letter, to be signed by
Mr. John Ashe reports from the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, the Fine and Composition of George Snell;
viz. as followeth;
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of the Sum
of Three hundred and Thirty Pounds, for a Fine, for the
Delinquency of George Snell, of Waverton in the County
of Chester, Doctor in Divinity: His Offence, That he
adhered unto and assisted . . . . . . the Parliament: He
rendered in March 1645: His Estate, in Fee per Annum,
Sixty-six Pounds: For which his Fine, at a Third, is
Three hundred and Thirty Pounds.
An Ordinance for granting a Pardon unto George
Snell, of Waverton in the County of Chester, Doctor of
Divinity, for his Delinquency, and for taking off 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.
Mr. John Stephens reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for discharging such Delinquents as are not worth
Two hundred Pounds in Estate, real and personal, without paying any Fine: The which were twice read, and,
upon the Question, recommitted; to be brought in Tomorrow Morning.
Comm rs of Assessment.
Resolved, &c. That Henry Walrond, Richard Duck,
and John Torling, Esquires, be added to the Commissioners for the County of Devon, in the Ordinance for
bringing in the Assessments of Sixty thousand Pounds
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Repair of Houses.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of
Repair to be made for burning and destroying Houses,
or any Five of them, shall have Power to meet.
Action against Rigby.
Ordered, That the Report concerning the Arrest and
Imprisonment of Mr. Edward Rigby, the Son of Mr.
Alexander Rigby, be made on Friday Morning next.
Whereas the Cause concerning the Arrests and Imprisonment of Mr. Edward Rigby, by Wm. Porter and Thomas Turner, hath depended before a Committee of this
House, and hath long been ready for Report: It is Ordered, That the Actions at Law, brought by the said Porter
and Turner against the said Edward Rigby, and all Proceedings at Law thereupon, be stayed, until Report of
the said Cause be made to this House: And the Judges
are to take notice hereof: And the Counsel, Attornies,
and Solicitors, are likewise required to take notice hereof,
and to yield Obedience accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Complaints, to examine the Persons apprehended and seized
by the Provost Marshal of the City of London; and, as
they shall find cause, either to commit the said Persons,
or to discharge them.
Payment to Clayton.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be forthwith
paid unto Commissary Thomas Clayton, upon Account, by
the Committee for Irish Affairs, usually sitting in the Star
Chamber, out of such Monies as are in their Power.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to peruse the Accompts of Captain St. George;
and to pay him the Sum of Fifty Pounds, upon Account.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Payment to Bampfield.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
West, to pay to Colonel William Bampfield the Sum of
One hundred Pounds, upon Account, in Part of a greater
Sum of Monies due unto him: And that it be referred to
the same Committee, to consider of some Way, How the
Remainder of the Debt due unto him, may be satisfied;
and to report it to the House.
According to the Order Yesterday made, the late Letters from the Commissioners of Scotland; Two of the Fifth
of January 1647-8; One of the Sixth of January 1647-8;
and another of 17 Januarii 1647-8; were read.
Arrears of Loans, &c.
By a List, this Day sent in from the Treasurer at Goldsmiths Hall, Mr. Michaell Herring, of 18 Januarii 1647,
and read, it appears, There is yet unpaid, of the Two
hundred thousand Pounds Loans for the Payment of the
Scotts Army, the Sum of Nine thousand Seven hundred
and Ninety Pounds: That there is also unpaid, of the
Four Months Assessments for Payment of the Scotts Army,
to begin the First of March 1644, and the Sixth of July
1645, due from the City, and the several Counties, the
Sum of Fifty thousand Three hundred and Ninety-six
Pounds: The whole Arrears are Sixty thousand One
hundred and Eighty-six Pounds.
Lords desire a Conference.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Justice Bacon and
Mr. Justice Godbolt;
The Lords desire a present Conference, by Committees
of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand
with the Conveniency of this House, to impart some Matters that concern the present Safety of the Kingdom.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message; and will
give a present Meeting, at a Conference, as is desired.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver you this
Order: It is for Removing of the King's Books and
Manuscripts from Whitehall to St. James's:-An Order
for the Payment of the Adventurers Money, for Lands
in Ireland, to the Vice Treasurer there; in which they
desire the Concurrence of this House:-A Petition of Mr.
Thomas Pigott; which they refer to the Consideration of
this House. And they desire to put this House in mind
of a Petition of Mrs. Martha Pigott, Mother of the said
Thomas Pigott; which they formerly sent to this House.
The Order for removing the King's Books and Manuscripts to St. James's was read; and, upon the Question,
agreed unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Sir
Symonds D' Ewes, Mr. Selden, and Mr. Wheeler, or any
one of them, shall take care, with the Assistance of Mr.
Patrick Younge, Keeper of his Majesty's Libraries, for
the Removing of the Books, Manuscripts, and other Antiquities, in the Library, Chaire House, and his Majesty's
Cabinet, at Whitehall, unto the Library at St. James's;
there to remain for a publick Use: And that Colonel
Baxter be required to give them all Furtherance and Assistance therein; and to secure the same, until they can
The Order for Payment of the Adventurers Money
for Lands in Ireland to the Vice Treasurer, was read; and,
upon the Question, agreed unto; and was in hæc verba;
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, assembled in
Parliament, That the Monies that are or shall come in
upon the late Ordinance, ordered to be printed 1 Decembris 1647, concerning Adventurers for Lands in Ireland,
shall be paid, by the Treasurers in the said Ordinance
named, unto Sir Adam Loftus Knight, Vice Treasurer for
Ireland: Whose Acquittance shall be to the Treasurers a
sufficient Discharge in that behalf: Which Money he the
said Vice Treasurer shall issue forth by Order of both Houses.
Ordered, That the Petitions of Mrs. Martha Pygott
and Mr. Thomas Pygott be read, and considered of, on
Saturday Morning next, the first Business.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That to
the Order for removing the Books and Manuscripts from
the King's Library at Whitehall to St. James's, and to the
Order for paying the Adventurers Money for Lands in
Ireland to the Vice Treasurers, this House doth agree:
To the rest they will send Answer by Messengers of their
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Nath. Fienis, Mr. Prideaux, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, are appointed Reporters of
Proceedings concerning Lilbourne, &c.
Sir Arthur Hesilrige reports from the Conference, That
the Minister of Shoreditch had made a Narrative of Matters of great Importance: Upon which the Lords desired
this Conference, and did desire, That the said Minister
might make the same Narrative at the Bar of this House.
Mr. George Masterson, Minister of Shoreditch, was
called in; and did acquaint the House, That he was,
Yesterday at Weld Close, desired by some of his Parishioners to judge of a Petition that was there read, of very
strange Concernment: The Meeting was in the House of
one Williams, a Gardener: That Lieutenant Colonel John
Lilbourne was there, one Weldman, and others: That it
was said by Lieutenant Colonel Lilbourne, the Petition was
directed to this House, for a Colour and Cloak only; and
that he gave such mean Terms of this House, that he would
no ways express: That Ten Commissioners were chosen
by the People of London to send their Agents with these
Petitions to the several Counties: That Thirty thousand
of these Petitions were to come forth in Print this Day;
and delivered to the Mercuries that cry about Books, to
be put into the Hands of all that could but read. Many
other Particulars touching this Business, he related (and
more particularly touching Treasurers and Collectors) and
named the Treasurers; touching the Meetings of their
Commissioners and Agents; touching the House of Peers;
touching Lieutenant General Cromwell, and Commissary
Ireton; and touching wearing Blue Ribbands in Hats.
Mr. Masterson being withdrawn;
Mr. Prideaux reported, That the Earl of Manchester
said, that Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne was, by Sentence
of the House of Peers, committed Prisoner to the Tower:
That, observing he went Abroad, the Lords sent to the
Lieutenant of the Tower, to have an Account hereof:
That he answered, That he had received an Order from
the House of Commons to permit him to go about upon
his Occasions; and that very seldom he rendered himself
to the Tower; and that thereupon he could give not Account of him. The Lords desire, That a good Correspondence may be continued and preserved between the
Houses: and that some such Course may be taken, that
such seditions Practices might be prevented, which did
tend to the Destruction of the Government of this Kingdom: which had so long continued; and under which the
People of this Kingdom had so long lived happy.
Resolved, &c. That the former Order, that gives Liberty to Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne to go abroad
to follow his Occasions, be hereby recalled and annulled.
Resolved, &c. That the Lieutenant of the Tower be
hereby required to bring up to the Bar of this House,
To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, Lieutenant
Colonel Lilburne, his Prisoner.
Resolved, &c. That one Mr. Wildeman, alias Wenman,
be forthwith sent for, in safe Custody, by the Serjeant at
Arms attending on this House; and brought to the Bar
of this House To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock.
Mr. Masterson was again called in: And Mr. Speaker
acquainted him, That the House had considered of this
Relation made by him; and do require him to be here
To-morrow Morning at Nine of Clock, together with his
Ordered, That Mr. Robert Malton and Mr. John Willison be forthwith summoned to attend this House, Tomorrow Morning at Nine of Clock, to testify their Knowledge in some Matters as are to be demanded of them.
Ordered, That, To-morrow Morning, the first Business, the House do take into Consideration, What is fit
to be done upon the Four Letters last delivered in from
the Scotts Commissioners.
Assessments for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee appointed to sit
To-morrow Morning, the first Business, after Prayers,
upon the Ordinance for the Assessments for Ireland, do
meet on Thursday Morning next, the first Business after
Prayers, upon that Ordinance.