Die Sabbati, 20 Januarii, 1648.
Adjournment of the Term.
AN Act for enabling Sir Thomas Widdrington Knight,
Serjeant at Law, and Bulstrode Whitlock Esquire,
Two of the Members of this House, and Commissioners
of the Great Seal, to sign Warrants for issuing out Writs
for Adjournment of Part of the next Term, was this Day
read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Leave to visit the King.
Ordered, That Dr. Juxon have Leave to repair to the
King, according to the King's Desire: And that the said
Dr. Juxon do continue there so long as the King shall require him; but shall not be permitted to go to-and-fro,
but constantly to abide with the King.
A Letter from the Prince Elector, from Somersett
House, this Twentieth of January 1648, of his Desire to
be permitted to visit the Kin, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Prince Elector shall have Liberty,
in the Presence of the Guards, to go and visit the King.
Petition from the Army.
The House being informed, that divers Officers of the
Army were at the Door;
They were called in: And Lieutenant General Hamond
informing the House, "That the Lord General and his
Council of Officers, have commanded me, and these Gentlemen, to present their humble Petition, with a Writing,
in Parchment, to this honourable House:" And did thereupon present the Petition accordingly.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read:
And the said Petition was intituled, "The humble Petition
of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax, and the General
Council of Officers of the Army under his Command:"
And the said Writing, in Parchment, was intituled, "An
Agreement of the People of England, and the Places
therewith incorporated, for a secure and present Peace,
upon Grounds of common Right, Freedom, and Safety."
Resolved, &c. That, as the Necessity of Affairs will
permit, this House will take the said Writing, intituled,
"An Agreement of the People, &c." into Consideration.
Ordered, That the said Petition of the General, and
General Council of the Officers of the Army under his
Command, this Day presented to the House, be forthwith
The Petitioners being again called in, Mr. Speaker, by
Command of this House, gave them this Answer;
Gentlemen, You the Officers of the Army, sent by the
Lord General and the Officers of the Army, unto this
House, with this Petition; the House hath read your Petition: And for the Agreement, presented therewith, the
House hath commanded me to tell you, They have resolved to take the same into their Consideration, with what
possible Speed the Necessity of the present weighty and
urgent Affairs will permit. They have commanded me
likewise to tell you, They find those good Affections and
serious Representations, made in your Petition, that they
have ordered it to be printed. I am likewise commanded
to tell you, That this House doth take notice of your
faithful and great Services to the Kingdom, in standing
in the Gap, for their Preservation; and commanded me
to give hearty Thanks to the Lord General, and the
Officers of the Army, for these good Services, and the
good Affections you have herein expressed: And I do,
in their Name, give the hearty Thanks of this House to
the Lord General, and to you the rest of the Officers of
the Army, for their good Affections, great Services, and
London Common Council.
An Act for removing Obstructions in the Proceedings
of the Court of Common Council of the City of London
was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read
the Second time, on Monday Morning next.
Colonel Ven reports from the Committee of the Army,
the Soldiers Want of Two thousand Cassocks.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to provide the said Two thousand Cassocks, with
the best Advantage they can for the State.