Die Martis, 27 Martii, 1649.
Surrender of Pontfract Castle.
A LETTER from Major General Lambert, from
Knottingley, of the Two-and-Twentieth of March
1648, was this Day read.
Articles, agreed upon for the Rendition of Pontfract
Castle, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the
Articles made, and agreed upon, for the Rendition of
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and
all the well-affected Inhabitants of the Town Pontfract
was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the Castle of Pontfract be forthwith totally demolished.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
West Riding of the County of York, to take care that
the said Castle of Pontfract be forthwith totally demolished, and levelled to the Ground; and the Materials
thereof to be preserved from being imbeziled; and, by
Sale of so much of them as will be necessary, to satisfy, in
the first Place, the Charges of demolishing and levelling
the same: And that so much of the Remainder of the
Materials, as shall be of the Value of One thousand Pounds,
be allotted to the Town of Pontfract, towards the repairing their Place of publick Worship, and re-edifying
an Habitation for a Minister.
Bouldsover, &c. Castles.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
particularly to take into Consideration the present Demolishing of Bouldsover Castle, and Clitherowe Castle; and
also to take into Consideration all such other Inland Castles
as they shall think sit, for the present Demolishing thereof.
Grant to General Lambert.
A Letter from the General, of the Twenty-sixth of
March 1649, touching Major General Lambert, was this
Ordered, That Three hundred Pounds per Annum,
Land of Inheritance out of the Demesnes of Pontsract,
upon a true Survey thereof, at a full Value, as the same
were in 1641, be settled upon Major General Lambert,
and his Heirs for ever, in respect of his many great and
eminent Services, performed with much Care, Courage,
and Fidelity, by the said Major General Lambert, in the
Northern Parts, as well against the Scotts Army, the last
Summer, as against the Forces of Sir Marmaduke Langdale, and otherwise, and in reducing the Castle of Pontfract, being the last Garison in England held out against
the Parliament; and in respect of his extraordinary
Charges therein, he having not been allowed any Pay as
a Major General: And that Mr. Garland do bring in an
Act for that purpose.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be given to
Mr. Margetts, who brought News of the Surrender of
Pontsract Castle: And that the same be charged upon the
Sequestrations in Yorksheire: And that the Committee of
Sequestrations for the said County do forthwith pay
the same to him accordingly: And the Acquittance or
Acquittances of the said Mr. Margetts, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge
to the said Committee, and to such other Person or Persons
as shall pay the same.
Ordered, That Captain Carter's Troop in Lancashire
be forthwith disbanded: And that the Deputy Lieutenants
of the said County be required to take special Care to
see them speedily disbanded accordingly.
The humble Petition of the Two Grand Inquests for
the County of Yorke, at the Assizes held at the Castle
there the Nineteenth of March 1648, was this Day read.
The Presentment of the Grand Juries of the County
of York was likewise read.
Ordered, That this Petition and Presentment of the
Grand Juries of the County of Yorke, together with the
Letter from the Gentlemen of the said County, be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That Mr. Robinson do bring in an Act to
appoint Commissioners in the County of Yorke, to make
Inquiry of the ignorant, scandalous, and malignant Ministers; and to displace them, upon Conviction; and to
place godly and painful Men in their rooms.
Sir Henry Cholmeley.
Mr. Allen, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Lysle, Mr. John Corbett, Colonel Rich, Colonel Rigby, Mr. Gourdon, Colonel
Bosvile, Mr. Robinson, Major General Skippon, Mr. Martyn. Colonel Sydney, Mr. Blakiston, Sir Thomas Wroth;
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to examine the Complaints and Informations given against Sir
Henry Cholmeley, touching his Misdemeanors and Differvice, whilst he was employed against Pontsract Castle;
and to receive such further Informations as shall be given
them touching the same; and report it to the House.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Cholmeley be summoned to
come, and attend this Committee.
Thanks to Gen. Lambert, &c.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks and Respects from
this House be sent to Major General Lambert; and likewise the like Letter to the Yorksheire Gentlemen that sent
up these Petitions, to be signed by Mr. Speaker: And
Mr. Challoner is to prepare the said Letter.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom Colonel Raynesborowe's Widow's Business is referred, do report the said
Business on Thursday Morning next.
The House being informed of a scandalous and seditious Book, intituled, "the Second Part of England's
new Chains discovered;"
The said Book was read.
Resolved, &c. That this printed Paper, intituled, "The
Second Part of England's new Chains discovered, &c."
doth contain much false, scandalous, and reproachful Matter; and is highly seditious, and destructive to the present
Government; as it is now declared and settled by Parliament; tends to Division and Mutiny in the Army, and
the Raising of a new War in the Commonwealth, and to
hinder the present Relief of Ireland; and to the Continuing of Free Quarter.
And this House do further Declare, That the Authors, Contrivers, and Framers of the said Paper are
guilty of High Treason; and shall be proceeded against
as Traitors: And that all Persons whosoever, that shall
join with, or adhere unto, and hereafter voluntarily aid or
assist the Authors, Framers, and Contrivers of the aforesaid Paper, in the Prosecution thereof, shall be esteemed
as Traitors to the Commonwealth; and be proceeded
Ordered, That this Declaration be forthwith printed
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to take care, and give Direction, for proclaiming and publishing this Declaration in all such Places as they shall
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to
examine, and find out, Who have been the Authors, Contrivers, and Framers, Printers, and Publishers of the said
Paper; and to proceed therein as they shall find just and
necessary, for preventing Tumults, and for Preservation
of the Peace of the Commonwealth; and thereof to give
an Account speedily to the House.
Ordered, That it be likewise referred to the General,
to examine, and find out, Whether there be any in the
Army, of the Authors, Contrivers, Framers, or Publishers
of the said Paper; and to proceed against them, as to
the Raising of Mutiny in the Army, as there shall be just
Proclaiming Abolition of Monarchy.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of London do give an
Account to this House, on Friday Morning next, touching the Proclaiming of the Act for abolishing the Kingly