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, 1 die Maii.
Message from the H. C. with Orders; and to expedite the Confession of Faith.
That this House (fn. 1) will take the Confession of Faith into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own: To all the rest of this Message, they do agree to it.
Report from the Admiralty Committee, for Captain Crowther to have The Antelope.
"Whereas Captain Hall, appointed by Order of both Houses of Parliament to be Captain of the Ship Antilope for this Summer's Expedition, hath, by Letters to this Committee, dated this Day, humbly signified his Willingness to do the best Service he is able for the Parliament, but that he is altogether unfit at present to undertake that Command, in respect of his Want of Health, and of some other extraordinary Occasions; and hath therefore desired, that some other Person may be appointed in his room: And whereas Colonel Rainborow, Vice Admiral of the Fleet, hath presented it to the Consideration of this Committee, that The Swallow, or Antilope, may be sent into the Irish Seas (as One of the Nineteen Vessels appointed for the Coasts of Ireland and Wales), and that Captain Crowther, the Vice Admiral of those Seas, may serve upon One of them, till The Bonadventure, upon which he now serves, and which hath not been on Ground these many Months, shall be fitted at Bristoll to return to Sea: Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses of Parliament, to be the Opinion of this Committee, That The Antilope be speedily sent into the Irish Seas, and there put under Command of Captain Crowther, until The Bonadventure shall be fitted as aforesaid; as also that Direction is given to Colonel Rainborow, to speed her away; and that Direction will be hastened to Captain Crowther, for his proceeding accordingly."
Eltonhead versus Brickwood, Cockayne, & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Cockayne, on Behalf of himself and Barth. Brickwood, Wm. Ham Senior, and Wm. Ham Junior, Marshall Clench, Jonathan Smallwood, and Edmund Burrowes, concerning the Business complained against them by Mr. Eltonhead:
It is Ordered, That the said Parties shall be released of their present Restraint, Mr. Wm. Cockayne (fn. 2) undertaking that they shall be forthcoming when this House shall appoint; and that Mr. Eltonhead shall have a Copy of this Petition, and then this House will appoint a Time to hear the Business by Counsel on both Sides.
Letter from Colonel Jones.
D. of York's Servants to be discharged.
Ordered, That it is 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 Houses.
D. of Gloucester's Servants.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to consider of and report what they think fit, touching an Addition of Attendance to the Duke of Gloucester, and an Allowance accordingly.
Letter from Captain Crowther.
Paper from the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge.
Letter from Colonel Jones, thanking the Houses for the Supplies sent him; desiring some more Forces, and that another Commander in Chief may be sent over.
"I shall represent to the Officers here the great Sense you have of their Condition, and the Plentiful Supplies by you made for this Service, which cannot but be unto all of them of very great Encouragement for going through with the Work in all Chearfulness: And, for the more full enabling us thereto, I make bold thus again earnestly to press Supplies of Horse and Foot, without which (notwithstanding all other Provisions made) nothing can be expected to be done of us considerable; your Army here being so far weakened, that at present we stand but in a defensive Posture only. The Expectations therein formerly desired (to go no further than Recruiting) is Two Hundred Pounds for each Troop, which, among the Thirty-five Troops here being, amounteth to Seven Thousand Pounds; and to the Thirteen Regiments of Foot, at Five Hundred Men to each Regiment and Twenty Shillings to each Man, Six Thousand Five Hundred Pounds; so as, for recruiting both Horse and Foot, the Charge would be Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred Pounds, besides their Quarters until they be shipt. It will be a Sum very well spent, thereby gaining this Province (the considerable Part of the Kingdom); and whatsoever shall be so disbursed being to be Treble recompensed in what shall be spared in your Magazines, by our after living out on the Enemy's Quarters. I press this the more earnestly, that, being so supplied, all other Preparations be not lost in our lying still, that thereby also I may be in a Condition for over-powering and suppressing Malignants, whom, having Power in my Hand, I shall secure from hurting; and by such Supplies timely made over to us, I am very confident (with Gods Blessing), this Province may be very speedily reduced, which, with the rest of the Kingdom, hath already held out against you in almost a Seven Years War, with such vast Expence of Blood and Treasure. The Iniquity of the Times and the Malignity of some is so great, that I shall desire (as formerly I have often desired) that, for better Satisfaction in this jealous Age, some one of Place, Power, and Abilities, may be thence designed for the Management of your Affairs here, under whom I shall serve with all Chearfulness; resolving, to the last of my Life and Fortunes, to be to the Public, and therein to your Lordship,
Dublin, April 19th, 1648.
Letter from Captain Crowther, that the Cessation in Ireland is going on.
"Your Lordship's joint Letter with the Speaker of the House of Commons I received; returning you most humble and unseigned Thanks for your timely Advice to direct me for the future in my Actings: But as yet Things here seem to be at a Stand, that I cannot as yet inform your Honour what will be their Proceedings. I conceive, few Days will farther demonstrate the Effect it may produce; of which, so soon as I shall know, I shall give your Lordship Account. However, it's the common Report, that the Cessation goes on, and that it will be concluded; which if so, I shall endeavour by my Actions to make them know the Parliament's Displeasure; to whose Commands none shall be more faithfully obedient than,
Paper from the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge, about the Order for clearing and repairing the Streets there.
"In Obedience to your Lordships Order about paving and cleansing the Streets in Cambridge, bearing Date March 31, 1648, and requiring an Account thereof by the First of May; the present Vice Chancellor, thankfully acknowledging your Honours tender Care for the Welfare of this Place, humbly certifieth,
"That, according to your Lordships Command, the said Order hath been printed and published; that he hath already begun, not without good Success, to put in Execution the Statute of 35 Henric. VIII. Cap. 15. and intends to proceed effectually therein, with all due Respect to the Composition between the University and Town, and the laudable Practices of former Governours; hoping so to prevail with those whom it concerns, that your Lordships shall not be troubled again in his Time with further Complaints of Annoyances here.
Ely House for sick and maimed Soldiers.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the sick and wounded Soldiers shall have the present Use of Ely House, until the Houses take further Order, at such reasonable Rent by the Year as shall be agreed on by the Trustees for the Sale of Bishops Lands and the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers; and that the said Rent, so agreed upon, be paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies usually sitting at Habberdash'rs Hall: And, that a Work of so great Charity may have no longer Delays, the said Trustees for the Sale of Bishops Lands are hereby authorized and enjoined to cause the Possession of the said House to be forthwith delivered to the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers, and the Rent to be speedily agreed and settled."
King's Children to be removed to Hampton Court.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That it be left to the Earl of Northumberland, to remove the Duke of Gloucester and the Princess Elizabeth, with their Servants, to Hampton Court or Sion House, as he shall think fit."