Die Martis, 6 Martii, 1648.
ORDERED, That it be specially recommended to
the Committee for bringing in the Arrears, to take
Consideration touching the taxing of the Civilians, for
their Chambers in the Doctors Commons, How they may
be eased, and taken off, for the Time past, and to come;
and give Account thereof to the House.
Transactions with Holland.
A Letter from Mr. Walter Strickland, from the Hague,
was this Day read.
Another Letter from Mr. Walter Strickland, from the
Hague, of 21 Februarii 1649, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Letters, and the Petition of
the Dutch Merchants of the Intercourse, dwelling in London, be referred to the Council of State; to examine the
Business; and report to the House, What they think fit
to be done therein; and, if they find Cause, to make a
Stop of it accordingly, in the mean time; and likewise,
upon Consideration of the said Letters, to endeavour that
a good Correspondency, and nearer Union, may be effected
and preserved between the Two States.
Ordered, That the Acts concerning the Militia of the
City of Westminster, and the Out Parts, be read on Friday
Proceedings against Cawton.
Sir William Masham reports from the Council of State,
That Mr. Thomas Cawton being convented before the
said Council for Treason, divulged by him in his Prayer
before his Sermon before the Lord Mayor and Aldermen,
at Mercers Chapel, 25 February 1648, and other Expressions in his Sermon, tending to Sedition; upon several
Informations against him, he was, by the Council of State,
committed to the Gatehouse.
The several Informations of Robert Bradley, Sir John
Wollaston Knight, Alderman Fooke, and Alderman Aveny,
touching the said Mr. Thomas Cawton, were this Day
Resolved, &c. That the said Thomas Cawton be left to
be tried at Law, upon the Act of this present Parliament,
called, An Act prohibiting the Proclaiming of any Person to be King of England, or Ireland, or the Dominions
Resolved, &c. That the said Tryal of the said Mr.
Cawton be had in the Upper Bench.
Ordered, That Mr. Steele and Mr. Cooke be hereby
authorized to prosecute the Tryal of the said Thomas
Cawton, in the Upper Bench, upon the Act aforesaid.
Ordered, That Dr. Burges, Mr. Walker, or such other
Person as hath in his or their Custody, the Charter or
Letters Patents of Syon College, be required to bring the
same to this House, on Friday next.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, a Contract heretofore made by the late Committee for Irishe
Affairs at Derby House, with Colonel Tothill, for his
Regiment of Foot to be sent for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Council of State shall have Power to
perfect and finish the Contract made with Colonel Tothill
touching his Regiment to be sent into Ireland: And that
the Power which the Committee for Irish Affairs at
Darby House had, be transferred to the said Council of
State: Who are hereby impowered to act, and exercise
the like Power in this and like Cases.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, a Particular of the Forces now in being in England and Wales,
of Horse and Foot 44,373; besides those fit presently to
be disbanded, being 2,500:
That it is necessary to have so many kept up for the
Service of England and Ireland:
That, of this Number, 12,000 Horse and Foot to be
sent to Ireland:
|That for the Maintenance of these Forces; viz. the 44,373, there must be the monthly Sum of, per mensem
|And for General Officers, the Train, and Incidencies
|For Relief of the Forces already in Ireland
|In all, per mensem
Resolved, &c. That this House, having considered of
the Necessity of securing Barwick, Carlisle, and the other
new Garisons, doth think fit, that, out of the Forces now
in being in England and Wales, there shall be an Addition of Four thousand Foot to the Forces, within the last
Resolved, &c. That, out of the Forces now in being in
England and Wales, there shall be likewise added to the
same Establishment Twelve thousand Horse, Foot, and
Dragoons, to be forthwith sent into Ireland:
Resolved, &c. That the Residue of the Forces in England and Wales, that are not comprehended within the
Numbers thus established, shall be speedily disbanded.
Ordered, That the Debate about the Raising of Money
for Payment of these Forces, be taken up To-morrow
Lieutenant General Cromwell reports from the Council
of State, That they think fit there should be an Addition
of Money for disbanding the Forces under Colonel Shuttleworth.
Ordered, That Mr. Holland and Mr. Allen be desired
to go to Goldsmiths Hall, and require the Treasurers there
to make present Payment of the Three thousand Pounds
ordered to the sick and maimed Soldiers, according to the
Order made in that Behalf; and, in case of the said Treasurers Refusal, then to give an Account thereof to the
House To-morrow Morning; that this House may take
Course for raising the said Monies, by putting in new
Treasurers, or otherwise, as the House shall think fit.