Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 10, 1648-1649. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 13 die Martii.
Beringer, Sheriff of Bucks, Leave to reside in London.
Upon reading the Reasons of Richard Beringer, which scruples him from taking the Oath of High Sheriff of the County of Bucks: It is Ordered, That Mr. Bowyer, the last Sheriff, shall be discharged from being Sheriff; and that Mr. Richard Beringer shall have a Dispensation to live in London, in the Term Time, as other Sheriffs have, in regard of his Office of Filazer.
Rushworth to have a Lease of More-end Farm.
Upon reading the Petition of Francis Rushworth, of North'ton, Apothecary; shewing, "That he was appointed to attend His Majesty, as Apothecary, when He came first to Holdenby, whereby he was at great Charge, and Loss of his Practice; therefore desires he may (fn. 1) have a Lease, for Thirty-one Years, of Parcel of a Farm of the Honour of Grafton, called Moreend Farme, of the Rent of Four Pounds, Ten Shillings, Ob. per Annum, which he is now in Possession of:"
Ld. Craven, Leave to be absent.
List of the Summer Fleet.
The Earl of Warwicke reported from the Committee of the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, a List of the Ships and the Names of the Commanders of this Summer's Fleet; which they offer to their Lordships Consideration.
The Names of the Commanders were (fn. 2) read, and Agreed to, with some Alterations; only Colonel Rainsborowe and Captain Hall were respited until Wednesday next, and then to be taken into Consideration.
Message to the H. C. with Ordinances;- with Rushworth's Petition;- and for Ld. Cromwell's Fine to be abated.
Vote about the Declaration of the Members who went to the Army.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances and Orders.
Ld. and Lady Brereton's Petition, for their Son, who is under Age, to be allowed to join in a Recovery, to raise Money to pay his Fine.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Lord Brereton, and the Lady Eliz. his Wife, the Lord Goring's Daughter; shewing, "That his Lordship having compounded, for Discharge of his Sequestration, for the Sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Thirty-eight Pounds, Eighteen Shillings; and having but an Estate for Life, and Wm. Brereton his Son being betwixt Sixteen and Seventeen Years of Age, he is altogether unable to raise the Money, but by Assurance out of his Lands: Now for that, without special Directions, some Scruple is like to be made by the Judge, of taking a Common Recovery from his Lordship's Son, who is within Age; and for that, unless he be enabled to give Security out of his Lands, must suffer the Estate to be again sequestered, for Non-payment of the Fine; therefore desires their Lordships would please to direct that, at the next Assizes before the Chief Justice of Chester, in which County the Lord Brereton's Estate lies, Wm. Brereton the Son, with the Consent of the Lord Goring, may suffer a Common Recovery, by Guardian or Prochein Amy, of the Lands, thereby to make good a Lease for Twentyone Years absolute, or for any greater Number of Years, determinable upon Three Lives, for securing the said Money:"
E. of Carlisle, to export Hounds.
E. of Portland's Daughters, a Pass.
Letter from the Commissioners in Scotland:
Instructions to be sent them.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee at Derby House, to consider and prepare some Instructions, to be sent to the Commissioners in Scotland, for them to acquaint the Parliament of Scotland, "That the Horsemen mentioned in the Earl of Nottingham's Letter, that came lately into Scotland, did come without the Command or Privity of the Parliament of England, or any Authority derived from them; and how they may be kept safe there, or remanded hither."
Message from the H. C. with a Vote to prevent the printing of Parliamentary Proceedings.
Ordinance to raise Money for the Army.
Letter from the Commissioners in Scotland, complaining of their Instructions being printed;- that Malignants resort to Scotland;- and that a Body of Horse at lately entered it:
"The Parliament of Scotland did meet upon Thursday last, the Second of this Month. They have ever since (as we hear) been upon the questioned Elections printed-that Malignants resort to Scotland;-and that a Body of Horse had lately entered it; of their Members; yet we did upon Saturday last write a Letter to the President (whereof the inclosed is a Copy), but do not hear of any Resolution taken upon it.
"My Lord, We hold it our Duty to acquaint your Lordships, that the Liberty which is taken to print in Diurnals all Things that pass concerning our Transactions here, is a Prejudice to your Service. Our Instructions were, in a Printed Diurnal, in Edinburgh the Day before Mr. Ashburst and Colonel Birch came hither; and since that (especially this last Week) there hath been very gross Mistakes as written from us, which tend to our Dishonour. And if what we shall send to you, or your Commands to us, should thus be made public every Week, it might be very much for your Disservice.
"There is likewise another Thing wherewith we hold ourselves obliged to acquaint your Lordship; we hear of many great English Delinquents that do resort to this Kingdom, and great Numbers of Soldiers. We were informed, that about Two Hundred Horse came into Scotland by the Way of Carlile, with their Arms and Colours, which gave not only the Country but (as we hear) the Army also a very great Alarum; they give out, they are of those who were disbanded at Worcester, but supposed to be of the King's Party.
"My Lord, We shall not take upon us to prescribe what is fit to be done in these Cases; we leave that (fn. 3) to your Wisdoms: And whatsoever your Lordships shall resolve and command, shall be carefully observed by,
Letter from them, to the Ld. Chanc. of Scotland, to acquaint the Parliament of their Arrival.
"We have already made known to the Right Honourable the Committee of Estates of this Kingdom, that we were sent, by both Houses of the Parliament of England, unto the Parliament, Convention, and Committee of Estates of this Kingdom of Scotland, to continue and preserve a good Correspondence and brotherly Agreement betwixt both Kingdoms; in order whereunto, we have already given to the Committee of Estates our Letters of Credence, and several other Letters and Papers; which if they be regularly according to your Form of Proceedings before the Right Honourable the Parliament of Scotland now sitting, we shall wait for their Resolutions thereupon: But, if they be not, we do desire your Lordship to move the Parliament, that they would be pleased to direct the Way of our Addresses to them; wherein you will do a Favour unto,