[Passes and expenses granted for carrying of letters to England; lord general's demission refused]

Prayers heard and rolls called.

The estates appoint Colonel Gray to go with the letters to Newcastle to [Thomas Fairfax], lord Fairfax [of Cameron] and to the speaker of the house of commons, and to take one with him to be sent back from Newcastle, and Captain Johnston to go towards Carlisle to carry the letter to the Lord Fairfax, and pass granted to them for that effect.

The estates ordain [Sir John Wauchope], laird of Niddrie-[Marischal], treasurer of the excise, to take course for sending away of the letters and advance money for that use; and the parliament ordain the excise of July and August to be allowed for payment of the overspend given out by him and Sir John Smith [of Grotehill], and declare it shall not be imputed to them as a fault for not paying any precepts drawn upon them until the overspend be repaid to them.

[Alexander Leslie, earl of Leven], lord general, having desired of the parliament (in respect of his age and infirmity) to be exonerated of his charge, the parliament notwithstanding thereof declared to his excellency their desire and resolution to continue his excellency in his place and service wherein he has been so useful and successful, and that they shall require no more of him than his age may agree with.

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[Report approved; reports and supplication remitted to the several bodies; addition to the membership of the commission for purging the army]

Report Major Weir from the committee of bills read and passed.

Report from the committee of bills anent the laird of Lesmoir remitted to the several bodies.

Report from the subcommittee for the conference, containing the list and deficiency of the troops, read and remitted to the bodies, with the other two papers given in therewith.

The estates ordain that none of the officers of the army be upon the commission for purging the army, and the number to be five of every estate, the quorum eight, there being one of every estate present. The number of the troop to be 75 when there shall be a necessity etc., according to the minutes.

Supplication shire of Fife remitted to the bodies.

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[Orders to the commissioners of the shires concerning putting out of horse and foot; addition to the subcommittee of the conference for the security of the kingdom]

Ordain the commissioners of the several shires to go to the exchequer house this day at 3 o'clock, to the subcommittee of the conference, and to give in a list of such as have been put out of their shires of horse and foot, either in burgh or land.

The estates add to the subcommittee for the conference [Sir George Maxwell], laird of [Nether] Pollok and [George Porterfield], provost of Glasgow.

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[Orders to the subcommittee of the conference for the security of the kingdom; continuation]

The estates appoint those of this conference to think of the way of the parliament's nomination of officers, and appoint the committee for the conference to speak anent the regimenting of the horse and report.

Ordain the conference to meet on Monday at 7 o'clock, the committee for the provost of Edinburgh's accounts this day at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the whole other committees to meet on Monday at 7 o'clock in the morning; and what is considered by the committees, to be given in to the bodies at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, which is the time of their meeting; and ordain the bodies to think upon the manner and time of adjourning of the parliament and report. The parliament to meet on Monday at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

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