DIE Veneris, 26 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Dury.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That to the Alterations in the Votes concerning Persons coming in out of the King's Quarters, and the Ordinance concerning Mr. Bond to (fn. *) be Master of The
Savoy, and the adding the Names to the Committee of
Devon, and Colonel Layton to be Commander of the
Plymouth Horse, and the Ordinance for Nine Hundred
Ninety-four Pounds for Powder and Bullet, they will
send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Collection for Woburn.
Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of
Woborne; desiring "they may have Liberty to have a
"Collection, for the repairing of their Losses:" It is
Ordered, That this House grants the Desires in the
Propositions for a Peace.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to take
into Consideration the Propositions.
The House being resumed;
It is Ordered, To take them into Consideration Tomorrow Morning, in the House.
Ordinance for pressing Carriages.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Ordinance that concerns pressing of Carts shall meet on
Monday next, in the Afternoon, at Three a Clock.
Petition of the Inhabitants of Woburn, for a Collection, on account of their Sufferings.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers.
"The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of
the distressed Town of Woborne, in Bedd.
"That, besides the great Sufferings of the said
Town, by divers Incursions of the King's Forces,
plundering and spoiling us of our Estates and Goods,
and more especially when His Majesty quartered with
His Army at Woborne, in His Return to Oxford, in August last past, 1645 (the Particulars whereof we spare to
mention), our Sufferings have now of late been augmented beyond our Ability to bear, or to silence any
longer; for, upon Thursday Morning, being the 27th
of November last past, a great Party of the King's
Horse, consisting of about Six or Seven Hundred,
made a sudden Assault upon our Town, first with a
Forlorn Hope, who, being repulsed, afterward
came on with a stronger Party; who being again encountered, and beaten back out of the Town Three
several Times, with Loss of some considerable Men,
besides many wounded on the Enemy's Party, through
the great Valour and Resolution of a small Party of
our Townsmen, out of the good Affection to the
State, and Desire of the Preservation of themselves;
the Enemy hereupon drew up their (fn. *) whole Body,
and forced them into the Town, whereby One little
Handful of Men were so overpowered, that they
were necessitated to draw off, and shift for themselves, which they did without Loss of any one
fighting Man, only One taken Prisoner, and Six or
Seven of the most active and forward Men wounded.
The prevailing Enemy, provoked by the extraordinary and unexpected Opposition they met with,
and Loss they received, being also by this Obstruction
and Impediment defeated and disappointed of their
further Design, for the surprizing the Committee at
Bedd. and subjecting the Country to Contribution,
as was discovered by their own Expressions, they
forthwith fell to plandering of Houses, and, in great
Rage and diabolical Fury, wilfully and maliciously
set on Fire the Town in many Places of once, burnt
down Seventeen or Eighteen Dwelling-houses, besides many Barns, Stables, Malt-houses, and other
Out-houses, together with the Goods, Houshold
Stuff, and Apparel, to the Value of Three Thousand
Eight Hundred Sixty-nine Pounds, Seven Shillings,
as appeareth by several Bills, and by the Estimation
of Four sufficient Carpenters and Four Masons, chosen
to that Purpose; whereby many Families are left
harbourless, and utterly ruinated and undone, and
many others brought into a very low and sad Condition.
"Wherefore may it please this Honourable House
to take into their pious Consideration the
Desolation and Misery of our said Town, and
to grant a Collection, for the Charitable Benevolence of the Well-affected through the
City and Suburbs of London and City of Westm.
and Association Counties, for and towards the
Relief of the distressed Inhabitants of the said
Town, the Reparation of the Houses, and
Encouragement of our Townsmen in their
constant Fidelity to the State.
"So shall your poor Petitioners (fn. †) be engaged
to pray for your Honours Prosperity,
and happy Proceedings of the Parliament, for speedy Establishment of Peace
and Truth in the Church and State.
| John Gale.|
House adjourned till 9a cras.