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.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Foxcraft.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
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:"
Which this House thought fit to grant; and ordered the same to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Ld. Craven, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That the Lord Craven is dispensed with for his Attendance on this House, till Michaelmas next.
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.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Bennett;
To deliver these Particulars:
1. The Order for Hannah Terrent to have a Pardon.
2. The Ordinance for Mr. Devereux, and desire Concurrence.
3. The Lord Crumwell's Petition, with a Desire of Concurrence, that his last Payment of his Composition may be remitted, in regard of his Inability to pay it.
4. The Petition of Francis Rushworth, with the Sense of the House.
5. The Ordinance for building the Chapel of Merston Mesey.
6. The Ordinance for the Commissioners of the Great Seal, with the Alterations; and desire Concurrence therein.
Vote about the Declaration of the Members who went to the Army.
Ordered, That the Delivering of the Vote concerning the subscribing of the Declaration of the 4th of August last shall be respited; and the Consideration resumed To-morrow.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances and Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Anthony Irby; who brought up divers Particulars, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is desired:
1. An Ordinance for making Sir Gilbert Gherrard Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster.
Read Twice, and respited for a few Days.
2. An Ordinance for Satisfaction of the Arrears to Colonel Edw. Whalley.
3. An Order concerning Election of Officers in Norwich.
4. An Order touching the Soldiers gone into Scotland.
5. An Order for Delivery unto Mr. Leman his Books of Accompts.
6. An Order for employing Auditor Wilcox and others, in auditing the Accompts of the Soldiery.
7. An Order concerning Chester Mayor and Sheriffs.
8. An Order for One Thousand Pounds for Auditor Broad.
9. An Order for One Thousand Pounds to be paid to Richard Wilcocks.
10. An Order for Five Thousand Pounds for Colonel Christofer Legard.
11. An Order for Eighteen Hundred Pounds to Major George Wither.
12. An Ordinance for Richard Harrison Esquire, to take off his Delinquency.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
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:"
It is Ordered, That this Petition be laid aside.
E. of Carlisle, to export Hounds.
Ordered, That the Earl of Carlile shall have Liberty to transport into France a Pack of Hounds.
E. of Portland's Daughters, a Pass.
Ordered, That Three of the Daughters of the Earl of Portland shall have a Pass, to go into France; (videlicet,) Francis, Katherine, and Eliz. Weston
Letter from the Commissioners in Scotland:
A Letter from the Earl of Nottingham, was read. (Here enter it.)
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.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Annesly; who brought up a Vote for inhibiting the Printing of what is transacted in Parliament, and desire Concurrence therein.
Read, and ordered to be further taken into Consideration.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance to raise Money for the Army.
Ordered, That the Ordinance for raising Monies for Maintenance of the Army shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
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:
"May it please your Lordship,
"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,
" My Lord,
Edinburgh, 7 Martii, 1647.
Most faithful and humble Servants,
"C. Nottingham. Stanford.
"For the Right Honourable Edward Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore. These."
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,
Edinb. 4 March, 1647.
"C. Nottingham. Rob. Goodwin.
"Wm. Ashhurst. John Birch.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Loudonn, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland, and President of the Parliament. These."
House adjourned till 10° cras.