Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Sabbati, 29 Aprilis, 1648.
Information concerning Chetwyn, &c.
RESOLVED, &c. That it be referred to the Committee appointed, on Thursday last, upon the Petition of the City, to examine the Business, now informed of, concerning Mr. Chetwyn, and Mr. Gewen, a Member of this House: And they are to meet upon it this Afternoon: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, and Papers.
Duke of Yorke's Escape.
Mr. Reynolds reports the Matter of the Conference had with the Lords, on Monday last, concerning the going away of the Duke of Yorke: And delivered, in Writing, a Declaration and Votes, which the Lords passed; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
The same was read; and was, upon the Question, assented unto; and was in hæc verba; viz.
"The Lords do well remember, that it was reported to both Houses, from the Committee of the Lords and Commons at Derby House, upon a former Design of the Duke of Yorke's going away, That the Earl of Northumberland desired, That he might not be further accountable for the Duke of Yorke; for that it appeared, that there was a Design for taking him away; and that the Duke was consenting to it: The same Declaration was likewise made by the said Earl in the House of Peers: Yet, notwithstanding this Report and Declaration of the said Earl, upon the Receipt of Two Letters from the Duke of Yorke, directed to the Speakers of both Houses, by which he engaged his Honour and Faith never to engage himself any more in such Business, both Houses did, by a Vote of the Second of March 1647, desire the Earl of Northumberland to take the best Care he could of the said Duke, and the rest of the King's Children; and to continue them still under his Charge and Care: Which the said Earl did accept; so as he might not be accountable, if any such Accident should fall out, as that he should go away: Upon the Consideration thereof, and the Account which the Earl of Northumberland hath this Day given, the Lords and Commons do Declare, That they are fully satisfied, that the said Earl hath discharged his Duty and Trust, so far as could be expected from him."
Resolved, &c. That the Allowance assigned for the Support of the Duke of Yorke be taken off, from Thursday the Fourth Day of May next.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to consider of the Servants late attending the Duke of Yorke, now to be discharged; and report their Opinions concerning them to the House.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to consider of, and report, what they think fit, touching a further Allowance to be made for Support of the Duke of Gloucester.
Resolved, &c. That it be left to the Earl of Northumberland, to remove the Duke of Gloucester, and the Princess Elisabeth, with their Servants, to Hampton Court, or Syon House, as he shall think fit.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That the Matter of this Day's Debate be taken up again on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business; and no other Business to intervene.