DIE Lunæ, 3 die Martii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Hoyle.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Message from the H.C. with Ordinances, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Harbottle Grimston Esquire;
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Ordinance for paying (fn. *) Monies due to Officers
of the County of Essex.
2. An Ordinance to present Mr. Blackwell to be
Minister of Marstham, in the County of Surry.
3. Two Orders, to reward the Messengers that
brought the good News of the taking of Shrewsbury
and Wem. (Here enter them.)
The Answer returned was:
That concerning the Ordinances touching the County
of Essex, and presenting Mr. Blacke to perform the
Cure of Marstham, their Lordships will take it into
speedy Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own; to the Orders for rewarding the
Messengers that came from Shrewsbury with the News
of taking it, their Lordships do agree to it.
Ordinance to raise Money in Essex.
Next, the Ordinance for the County of Essex was
read Twice; and the House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to take the same into Consideration.
The House being resumed, the said Ordinance was
read the Third Time, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That Devenish, Keeper of the
Prison of Winchester House, shall release and set at Liberty John Ogle Esquire; he having entered into Bond,
according to the Order of this House.
Message from the H. C. with Names of Officers for Sir Thomas Fairfax's Army; and with Letters intercepted from Sir Lewis Dyves.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Wm. Strickland Knight, &c.
To present to their Lordships a List of the Names
of such Officers as are to be employed in the Army
under Sir Tho. Fairefaix, which the House of Commons
have approved of, and desire their Lordships Concurrence therein; and that their Lordships may see the
Necessity of the passing the same, they present to their
Lordships Copies of Two Letters lately intercepted,
written by Sir Lewis Dyves.
First, the Two Letters were read.
(Here enter them.)
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will take the List and the
Letters into Consideration, and send an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Next, the List of the Names of the Officers were
read, and committed to the Consideration of the Committee (fn. *) of the whole House, to be taken into
Consideration To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the
Message from the H C. to give Thanks to the Commissioners who negotiated at Uxbridge.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Harley Knight of the Bath, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons have given their Members that were Commissioners at the Treaty at Uxbridge Thanks, for their
great Care and Pains, and Industry, in the Treaty at
Uxbridge; and to desire their Lordships would please to
give the Lords of this House that were Commissioners
Thanks likewise; and to desire their Lordships would
join, to give the Scotts Commissioners Thanks from the
Houses, for their great Pains and Industry at that
to draw a Declaration concerning that Treaty;
2. To desire Concurrence, That a Declaration be
prepared and published, upon the Proceedings of the
Treaty; and that it be referred to the Commissioners
of both Houses that were employed upon the Treaty,
to prepare this Declaration; and have Power to meet
with the Scotts Commissioners, and to advise with them
herein, and to report the same to both Houses.
and about borrowing Money from the City.
3. To desire Concurrence, that it be referred to the
Commissioners of both Houses, to prepare Heads, to
be offered to the Common Council (which is appointed
to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock), for the borrowing of present Monies; and that, among other Propositions, they shall have Power, for their Security, to
propound unto them to nominate Treasurers, for receiving the Monies upon the Ordinance for raising
Forces to be under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefaix;
and that they consider of what other Security shall be
requisite to tender unto them for the said Monies.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into present
Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of
their own, presently.
Ordered, That the Lord General, Lord Admiral,
Comes Manchester, and the Earl of Denbigh, do (fn. †) presently consider what Answer (fn. ‡) is to be returned to this
Paper from the Scots Commissioners.
The Earl of Northumb. presented to this House a
Paper from the Scotch Commissioners, concerning the
Army, which was read.
(Here enter it.)
Answer to the Message from the H. C.
The Earl of Manchester reported what the Committee had drawn up, to be given as an Answer to the
House of Commons to their last Message, which was
read; and Ordered, To have Conference upon this
Paper with the House of Commons To-morrow Morning.
"This House desires that Public Thanks be given
unto the worthy Members of the House of Commons
that were employed in the Treaty at Uxbridge, for
their special Care, Prudence, Industry, or Circumspection, and Resolution, in the managing of the
"That this House doth agree in giving Thanks to
the Scottch Commissioners; and have named Three
Lords, Lord General, Earl Manchester, Lord Bruce;
and desire the House of Commons to name a proportionable Number, to join with them therein.
"They think it most proper, instead of a Common
Council, to have a Common Hall To-morrow, at
Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, because it
may give the more public Satisfaction.
"That such a general Account of the Treaty at
Uxbridge may be given to the Common Hall, as the
Commissioners for the Treaty shall think fit; and that
they may press that Account, as a Motive to the
City to lend such Sums of Money as are necessary
upon this important Occasion."
Letters intercepted from Sir Lewis Dyves, concerning the Proceedings of the Forces near Dorchester.
"Dorchester, 26 Febr. 1644.
"The Church Forts, by a strange Misfortune, was
surprized this Night, by the Enemy in Melcombe;
but the principal Forts, where all our Ammunition
and Provision lies, we still maintain. Sir John Berkly
is sent for hither by my Lord Goreing, to draw his
Forces hither, to join with ours, he having set up
his Rest for the taking both that and the Town of
Melcombe together; which, by God's Assistance, we
doubt not to effect, Waller's Forces being so scattered
by the withdrawing of Essex's Horse and Manchester's
Foot from him, as he is not in a Condition to advance
towards us; and this News was last Night confirmed
to us by Kell Digby, who came from Oxford. I beseech your Lordship, be pleased to employ all your
Interests with Sir R. Greenvile, to hasten the sending of
One Thousand Five Hundred Foot, or Two Thousand
Horse, at the least, towards us, to make good Devonshire against the Forces about Taunton; and that we
may be at a near Distance, to join together if there
be Occasion; and he shall want no Horse from us
that he shall have Need of. The Business is of that
Importance, as little less than the Crown depends
upon it; so as, we are confident, he will not be
wanting to us in this Extremity. So, ceasing your
Lordship's further Trouble, I remain
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Bristoll,
"From Sir Lewis Dives, to Sir John Barkeley, at
"You will, I presume, receive Notice by Colonel
Froad, before this will be with you, of the Disaster
that happened to us this Day, by Negligence of some
of our Horse, which were beaten off their Guards, and
pursued by the Enemy to Weymouth; whereupon a
Hundred Musketeers were drawn out of Weymouth, to
relieve them, which the Enemy in Melcombe taking
all Advantage of, made a Sally over the Draw-bridge,
and have surprized The Chappell Forts; but the Two
principal Forts, where our Provisions and Ammunition lies, we still maintain, and doubt not, by God's
Assistance, to keep them still; hoping that this Misfortune will turn to our Advantage, and a Means
that we shall gain both the Town and Fort together,
whereupon my Lord Goreing hath set up his Rest
to go through with it, being confident of the speedy
Assistance in a Work of that infinite Importance to
His Majesty's Service; and in case Waller should
draw this Way, which is not probable, yet your
Strength, united with my Lord's, will be much superior to Waller's, so as doubtless we may fight with
him upon Advantage; for Kell. Digby came this Night
from Oxford, who assured me, that Essex and Manchester's Forces have absolutely left him, and that he
hath not a considerable Party with him, his Army being utterly broken; so that, this Place being taken,
which, we are confident, cannot be a Work of many
Days, the West is not only secured thereby, but my
Lord Goreing will likewise have an Opportunity of
advancing into the associated Counties, which are now
left naked; and there is Order likewise taken, that
Two Thousand Horse from Oxford and The Vize shall
be ready to attend Waller's Motion. So shall, by
God's Blessing, our Game go fair, if not marred in
Febr. 26, 1644.
Orders for Money to the Messengers who came from Shropshire.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee
of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at
Habberdashers Hall do forthwith advance the Sum
of Twenty Pounds, to the Messenger that brought the
First News of the Taking of Shrowesbury."
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Advance of Money at Habberdashers
Hall do forthwith pay to the Messenger that brought
the further News from the Committee of Embethen,
in Shrewsbury, of the Taking of that Town, the Sum
of Ten Pounds."
Ordinance to raise Money in Essex.
"Whereas the County of Essex, in Obedience to an
Ordinance of Parliament, intituled, "An Ordinance
for putting the associated Counties into a Posture of
Defence," hath raised a considerable Number of
Horse, Foot, and Dragoons, and must be at great
Charges in maintaining of Adjute Officers, to order
and exercise the said Forces and other Trained Regiments, and in providing other Things requisite for
the Defence and Safety of the said County; and,
without the raising of Monies to defray the said Charge,
the County cannot be put into such a Posture as is
necessary: It is therefore Ordained, by the Lords and
Commons in Parliament assembled, and by Authority
of the same, That, for the Intents and Purposes aforesaid, there shall be Monthly charged, rated, taxed,
and levied, upon the said County, from the First of
February, 1644, the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds,
until the First Day of December next, if this unnatural War shall so long continue.
"And be it further Ordained, That every Person or
Persons, that were or are to be assessed or taxed, by
virtue of an Ordinance, intituled, "An Ordinance
for raising and maintaining of Forces, for the Defence of the Kingdom, under the Command of Sir
Thomas Fairefax", shall be assessed and taxed by this
Ordinance, in the same Manner as they are or may
be assessed and taxed by virtue of the said recited
Ordinance; and shall be liable to as great Forfeitures
and Penalties for not paying the Sum or Sums to
be assessed, as they should or might have been, if the
same had been assessed by the said recited Ordinance;
and the Committees named and trusted in the said last
recited Ordinance, to take Care for the assessing, collecting, or levying of any Monies in the said County,
are named and trusted in this Ordinance, and have as
full Power and Authority given them by this Ordinance to nominate and appoint Collectors and Assessors, and to levy, distrain, fine, and imprison, or sequester, as they, or any of them, have by virtue of the
said last recited Ordinance.
"And the said Collectors shall pay the several Sums
by them collected, to the High Constables of the several Hundreds, and the Mayors or other Head Officers of Corporations respectively, within the said
County, who shall pay over the said Monies to such
Treasurers as shall be appointed by the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenants of the said County, or any
Three or more of them, who are to issue forth the
same for the Use and Service of the said County, by
the Vote of the major Part of the said Deputy Lieutenants present, or any Three of them present, and
by their Order, in Pursuance thereof, under their
Hands, and not otherwise: And it is further Ordained, That Three Pence in the Pound shall be allowed
for every Sum of Money which shall be collected
and paid, whereof One Penny shall be for the Collectors, One Penny for the High Constables, and
Mayors, or other Head Officers of Corporations, and
One Penny for the Treasurers; and the Treasurers
shall keep a Register-book of the several Sums received and paid by them; and the said Committees,
or any Three of them, have hereby Power given them
to call all Treasurers, Mayors, and other Head Officers
of Corporations, High Constables, Collectors, and
others, that have, or at any Time shall be thought
to have, any of the said Monies in their Hands, or
any other Monies due upon the Ordinance for the
new Posture, to an Accompt; and if any of them shall
refuse to accompt, or to pay in the Monies wherewith they are charged, then the said Committees, or
any Three of them, shall fine them Double the Sum
charged upon them; which if it be not paid within
Six Days after the Sum is set, and Notice thereof left
at his or their Dwelling-house, it shall be lawful to
distrain for the same; and if there be not sufficient
Distress wherewith to satisfy, then the said Committees may imprison the Offender herein, and sequester
his Estate, until the Money charged, and the Fine set,
be levied and paid; and in case the said Treasurers,
Mayors, and other Head Officers of Corporations,
High Constables, or Collectors, to be nominated as
aforesaid, shall refuse or neglect to levy or receive the
Sums of Money to be assigned and set by virtue of
this Ordinance, or the Ordinance for the new Posture,
it shall be lawful for the said Committees, or any
Three of them, to fine the said Treasurers, Mayors,
and other Head Officers of Corporations, High Constables, or Collectors, not exceeding the Sum of Ten
Pounds, and to levy the same by Way of Distress and
the Sale of their Goods, or by Imprisonment, as they
shall think fit."
Paper from the Scots Commissioners, concerning the Appointment of Officers to the Forces raised by the Parliament; and for an Answer to their Paper concerning Money, Arms, &c. for the Scots Army.
"In this Conjunture of Tyme and Affaires, such as
hath not bin since the Begining of this unhappy
Warre; the late Solemne Treaty of Peace, after soe
many Prefaces and soe long Preparation, and after
soe greate Hopes and Expectation of all Sorts of
Persons, haveing brought forth nothing toward Peace,
but on the contrary made manifest, that for any
Thing wee can for the present apprehend, the Publique Peace must bee setled in annother Way, and
thereby haveing filled the Mynds of Men formerly
doubtfull with Resolution; wee the Commissioners of
the Kingdome of Scotland, from that Affection wee
owe to the Publict, from the deepe Sence of the
greate Trust put upon us by that Kingdome, and
from our Zeale that, all Differences and Prejudices
layd aside, the greate Worke in Hand may, by united
Counsell and Strength, bee carryed on to a happy
Period, doe finde ourselves pressed to represent our
Thoughts and Desires to the Wisdome of the Honnorable Houses of Parliament:
"Whereas, for the better mannaging of this Warre,
wherein both Kingdomes by their joynt Counsells
and Forces are engaged, and upon which dependeth
the Safety of both Kingdomes, in their Religion, Libertyes, and Lives, the Honnorable Houses, by their
late Order, did referr the makeing a Moddell and
Frame of the Militia, as should bee most for the Advantage of the Publict Service, to the Committee of
both Kingdomes, wherein alsoe they had made some
Progresse in the Point of the Strength and Mayntenance of the Army; and it hath seemed good since
to the Honnorable Houses, to put the Nomination
of the Comaunders and Officers into annother Way;
wee, according to the common Covennant, Treaty, and
Interest of both Nations, doe earnnestly desire, seeing there is nothing in this Warre soe important as
the right Constitution of the Army, and nothing in
the Army more considerable then the right Choyce of
the Comaunders and Officers: That, as the Honnorable Houses have provided, that all the Officers
of the Army take the Solemne League and Covenant, wherein wee acknowledge their Piety and Wisdome, it being the strongest Bond to unite the Army
both with God and amonge themselves, soe, in the
same Piety and Wisdome, they make Choice of such
as are knowne to bee most zealous of Reformation
of Religion, and of that Uniformity which both
Kingdomes are obliged to promote and maintayne
with all their Endeavors, and whereof the Honnorable Houses, by their Votes, have layd soe good
a Foundation; that soe the Votes of the Parliament,
and Strength of the Army (which wee conceive to
bee the Wisdome and Power of the Kingdome) may
still joyne in One, for the Publict Safety; and that
the Scottish Army, which hath bin, and will still
bee, ready to spill their Blood and Lives in the common Cause, may bee incouraged in their Undertakeings, by their Assurance, against all that is or may
bee alleadged in the contrare; that both Armyes fight
in the same Cause, and for the same Ends, especially for the settling of Religion, and Defence of
that Liberty and Power whereby it may bee setled and maintayned; and that their Resolutions bee
not damped, nor their Activenes obstructed, by the
Constitutions of the Forces here, or any other reall Evidence of this Kinde, which, as wee are assured is
farre from the Intentions of the Honnorable Houses,
soe are wee confident that their Wisdome will provide against it in the Choyse of their Officers.
"Seing the Comaunders and Officers of the Army
are to have soe greate a Charge, as is the governing
of the Shipp wherein both Kingdomes are embarked in this Tyme of Tempest, wee desire that
the Army bee not put in worse Case, or weakned,
by chooseng or advanceing of such, who, by their
Education, have not military Abilityes and Experience; or, through the removeinge of able and expert Men of Warre from the Army, or assigning of
lower Places in the Army to such as by their owne
Merritt and the Justice of the Parliament have formerly beene more highly honnored, or, by Want
of such Generall Officers as the greate Military
Science and longest Experience in Warre have found
necessary in all compleate and well-constituted Armyes; and therefore that there bee particular Notice
taken of every Officer's Parts for soe greate a Trust,
and that the Army bee full and perfect in all the
Offices and Officers thereof, and that with such Expedition as the present Posture of Affaires doth require.
"Seing the Honnorable Houses have judged it fitt
to invite the Scottish Army to come Southward for the
Publict Service, and have written to the Parliament
of Scotland for that Effect, referring the particuler
Provisions to bee made for their Accomodation to
bee reported by us; wee doe againe earnestly desire
to have an Answere to our Paper concerning Moneyes, Armes, and Ammunition, &c. that wee may
send an Expresse with it, who hath beene attending here for some Dayes, and hath beene every
Day expected by them. Wee conceive Dispatch in
this to bee the more necessary, that wee are informed, as the Enemy is active toward the West,
soe hath he a considerable Strength marching towards the North, which, joyning with other Forces
as are there already, and such evill-affected Persons
as there bee to many in those Parts, may encrease to
such Strength as may bee of dangerous Consequence,
if not tymeously prevented.
"These our serious Thoughts and earnest Desires,
proceeding from the Integrity of our Hearts and
our sincere Affection to the Common Cause in this
Tyme of soe greate Exigence, without Prejudice or
Respect to any Man's Person, will, wee are confident, bee taken and interpreted to noe other Sence,
by the Wisdome of the Houses of Parliament, or by
any Person that loveth the Publique Good.
3 Marcii, 1644.
"By Comaund of the Commissioners for the Parliament of
House adjourned till 9a cras.