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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Committee on Miscarriages

Est. 17 October 1667 with 56 members
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?comp… this committee conducted the first parliamentary enquiry ever made into the conduct of an entire war. It reported February 1668, condemning faulty intelligence
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?comp…
the naval failures to pusue the Dutch after the Battle of Lowestoff in June 1665, the division of the fleet in June 1666, and the failure to fortify Sheerness leaving Chatham open the humiliating raid of June 1667. In "A Report of the Payment of the Fleet by Tickets" it criticised the Navy Board.

This investigation, and that of the Committee of Accounts (or Brooke House Committee) led to the inquiry into the organisation of the Navy Board in 1668.

(Much of the wording from an L&M note on 17-18 October 1667)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The original members of the Committee on Miscarriages (but it's possible people were added and subtracted later):

Miscarriage of the War.
¶Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the Miscarriage of Affairs in the late War; viz.
Miscarriage of the War.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the Miscarriage of Affairs in the late War; viz.

Sir Tho. Tompkins, === Sir Wm. Lewis, === Sir Edward Walpoole,
Sir Sollo. Swale, === Mr. Wm. Sandys === Sir Robert Atkins,
Mr. And. Marvell === Sir Tho. Littleton, === Mr. Whorwood,
Col. Reames, === Sir Robert Carr, === Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Hungerford,
Mr. Swynfen, === Sir Robert Brookes, === Sir Tho. Clergis
Mr. Crouch === Sir Tho. Osborne, === Sir Courtney Poole,
Mr. Boscawen, === Col. Hollis, === Col. Phillipps,
Sir Wm. Godolphin, === Sir Humf. Winch, === Mr. Ford,
Mr. Pryn, === Sir John Talbott, === Sir Wm. Terringham,
Sir Hen. Cæsar, === Sir Edm. Pooley, === Sir John Goodrick,
Sir Edward Boscowen, === Sir Wm. Lowther, === Sir John Moreton,
Sir Lanc. Lake, === Mr. Morrice === Sir John Heath,
Sir Edm. Windham, === Sir Nich. Carey, === Sir Wm. Hickman,
Sir Tho. Higgons, === Col. Kirkby, === Mr. Seymer,
Mr. Pleydell, === Sir Wm. Gawdy, === Mr. John Vaughan,
Sir Wm. Doyley, === Sir Ja. Smith, === Mr. Hen. Williams,
Sir John Birkenhead, === Sir Tho. Gower, === Sir Wm. Windham,
Sir Walter Smithson, === Sir Franc. Goodrick, === Sir Edw. Harlowe,
Sir Tho. Meres

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/vo…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

L&M Companion -- Colonel John Birch MP (1619-91)
Politician. A self-made Mancunian, originally a carrier.
His interests in naval affairs brought him into frequent contact and occasional conflict with Pepys.
He had fought for Parliament in the Civil War, and sat for Leominster 1646-60, for Penryn 1661-Jan.79, and for Weobley March 1679-91,
serving as a commissioner for paying off the forces 1660-1,
as chairman of the Commons' Navy Committee in 1661,
and as a member of the Committee on Miscarriages in 1667-8,
as well as on numerous committees on financial and commercial maters.
He supported the Navy Board against its critics in 1668.
In the '60's he accepted office as an Admiralty Commissioner March-July 1660, as Auditor of the Excise 1661-91,
and as a member of the Committee for Trade 1688-72.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The original member of the Committee to look into the Miscarriage of the War:

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the Miscarriage of Affairs in the late War; viz.
Sir Tho. Tompkins, === Sir Wm. Lewis, === Sir Edward Walpoole,
Sir Sollo. Swale, === Mr. Wm. Sandys, === Sir Robert Atkins,
Mr. Marvell, === Sir Tho. Littleton, === Mr. Whorwood,
Col. Reames, === Sir Robert Carr, === Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Hungerford,
Mr. Swynfen, === Sir Robert Brookes, === Sir Tho. Clergis,
Mr. Crouch, === Sir Tho. Osborne, === Sir Courtney Poole,
Mr. Boscawen, === Col. Hollis, === Col. Phillipps,
Sir Wm. Godolphin, === Sir Humf. Winch, === Mr. Ford,
Mr. Pryn, === Sir John Talbott, === Sir Wm. Terringham,
Sir Hen. Cæsar, === Sir Edm. Pooley, === Sir John Goodrick,
Sir Edward Boscowen, === Sir Wm. Lowther, === Sir John Moreton,
Sir Lanc. Lake, === Mr. Morrice, === Sir John Heath,
Sir Edm. Windham, === Sir Nich. Carey, === Sir Wm. Hickman,
Sir Tho. Higgons, === Col. Kirkby, === Mr. Seymer,
Mr. Pleydell, === Sir Wm. Gawdy, === Mr. John Vaughan,
Sir Wm. Doyley, === Sir Ja. Smith, === Mr. Hen. Williams,
Sir John Birkenhead, === Sir Tho. Gower, === Sir Wm. Windham,
Sir Walter Smithson, === Sir Franc. Goodrick, === Sir Edw. Harlowe,
Sir Tho. Meres:
And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet on Saturday next at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Star Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/vo…

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