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 Jovis, 4 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Case.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they have delivered the Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, with the Desires therein; and have told them, that the Messenger is to stay but Fifteen Days.
Message from thence, for Borne to be Sheriff of Essex.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Sayers; who brought up a Vote for making Robert Borne Esquire Sheriff of the County of Essex.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees in the Nomination of Mr. Borne to be Sheriff of the County of Essex.
L. Herbert's Arrears to be paid.
Upon reading the Petition of Edward Lord Herbert of Cherbery; desiring, "That the Arrears of Twenty (fn. 1) Pounds per Mensem, allowed him by both Houses, may be paid, and Consideration had of his Losses, according to the Capitulation made with him upon the Surrendering up of his Castle to the Parliament:"
It is Ordered, That it shall be specially recommended to the House of Commons, that he may have his Arrears speedily paid him.
E. of Mulgrave to have the Allum Mines in Mulgrave.
Whereas, in March the 31th, 1648, it was Resolved, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, "That the Letters Patents of the 9° Car'l. granted to Sir John Gibson, for the sole Making and Sale of Allum, were illegal and void," and thereby so declared:
It is hereby Ordered, by the Lords assembled in Parliament, That Edmund Earl of Mulgrave shall and may, by virtue hereof, forthwith enter into and upon the Allum Works, Houses, and Mines, within his Lordship's Manor of Mulgrave, within the County of Yorke, and take and receive the Profits thereof to his own Use from the said 31th of March: And it is further Ordered, That any Two Justices of the Peace within the said County, and all other Officers there, shall give their best Assistance, to see this Order effectually performed, when they shall be thereunto desired.
James and Draper.
The Answer of George James, to the Petition of Roger Draper, was read.
It is Ordered, That the Petition of Draper, and this Answer, shall be read again To-morrow Morning; at which Time Mr. Justice Rolls and Mr. Justice Pheasant shall attend this House, and deliver their Opinions to this House concerning the same.
Hopkins to be instituted to Cleve Pepper.
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett shall give Institution and Induction to Richard Hopkins Clerk, to the Vicarage of Cleeve Pippere, in the County of Wilts, void by Resignation of Henry Burford Clerk; the said Hopkins being thereunto presented under the Hand and Seal of Francis Goddard Esquire, the Patron: And this with a Salvo Juris cujuseunque; the said Hopkins taking the League and Covenant.
Petition from Essex:
This Day Sir Wm. Hickes, with divers Knights and Gentlemen of the County of Essex, presented a Petition to this House; which was received, and read publicly in their Presence. (Here enter it.)
The Petitioners being withdrawn;
The House commanded the said Petition to be read again.
Committee to prepare an Answer to it:
And, after Debate, the House appointed these Lords Committees to draw up an Answer to be returned to the Petitioners, according to the Sense of the House; and to present the same to the House presently:
The Earl of Manchester read a Paper from the Committee, in Answer to the aforesaid Petition.
And the Question being put, "Whether the Paper now read shall be the Answer to the Petition?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Then the Petitioners being again called in, the Speaker read the Answer to them, as followeth:
Answer to it.
"The Lords have commanded me to return Thanks to the County of Essex, for the good Affections which they have expressed to the Parliament and Kingdom.
"They have likewise commanded me to let you know, That they will take your Petition into their serious and speedy Consideration; and do assure you, that they will not be wanting to contribute their utmost Endeavours for the removing the present Pressures and Burdens, and for the composing of these unhappy Differences, so as the Kingdom may enjoy a safe and well-grounded Peace."
Ordered, That the Business appointed for this and Yesterday shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Sir J. Fortescue, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir John Fortescue, with Four Servants, shall be permitted to pass to any Port of this Kingdom, to transport themselves beyond Seas, to go to The Spawe; taking with them Apparel and other Necessaries lawfully exportable, without the Lett or Stay of any Person whatsoever: And this to be a sufficient Warrant.
Paman to be instituted to Thatcham.
Ordered, That Doctor Heath give Institution and Induction unto Clem. Paman Master of Arts, to the Rectory of Thacham, cum Capell. de Gernham, Middiam & Croockham thereunto annexed, in the County of Berks, void by the Cession of Lucas Clarke, the last Incumbent there; salvo Jure cujuscunque: George Miller Esquire and others, Patrons.
Petition from Essex, for a Personal Treawith the King;-for the Army to disbanded, &c.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons in the Parliament of England assembled, at Westminster.
"The humble Petition of the Grand Jury at the Assizes holden at Chelmsford, for the County of Essex, the 22th of March, 1647, with the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the same County;
"That your Petitioners taking into their serious (yet sad) Considerations the great Distractions and Calamities of this whole Kingdom; and being also very sensible, by woful Experience, of the great and many Pressures and Grievances of their own particular County; and taking Notice also with all Thankfulness of the honourable Resolutions of this House, in giving Encouragement to the just Desires of the Oppressed, in a Petitionary Way (the undoubted Right of the Subject), and the very Life of their Liberty itself; out of a tender Fellow-feeling of others and the deep Sense of their own Miseries, have made this humble (yet necessary) Address; conceiving both the present and future Happiness of themselves and the whole Kingdom to be concentered in these their ensuing Desires:
"And First, Considering that it is impossible the sad and direful Effects of the late War should cease without the principal Causes be first taken away and removed; and considering likewise His Majesty's Absence from His Two Houses of Parliament hath been One main Cause of increasing Jealousies, and continuing a Misunderstanding betwixt Him and His Great Council (the Original and Source of our Happiness); and humbly conceiving that a timely and ready Concession to His Majesty for a Personal Treaty with His High Court of Parliament may prove the most effectual and speedy Means for the Removal of all such Misapprehensions and Fears, which are yet the unhappy Obstacles of the Peace and Quiet of this our Kingdom.
"Secondly, Considering the excessive Charges and almost intolerable Burden this County with the rest of the Kingdom do at this present groan under, which although for a Time they may possibly bear with Patience, yet, if continued, will certainly and inevitably ruin themselves, their Families, and Posterities; and withal considering that the most hopeful Means of settling a well-grounded Peace, and the surest Way of preventing future Troubles, consist in the due Satisfaction of all just Complaints and Interests; and that this Army, who have faithfully discharged their Trusts to yourselves and Kingdom, do much complain for Want of their Arrears:
"We, therefore, your humble Petitioners, do most earnestly desire, that you would be pleased to take these Premises into your grave and serious Considerations; and to condescend to the Royal Intimations of His Majesty, for a Personal Treaty; and to expedite such a Course which in your Wisdoms you shall think most meet, for the Satisfaction of the Arrears of the Army, with a Disbanding of the same.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c."
Borne to be Sheriff of Essex.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do nominate and appoint Robert Bourne, of Boninger, Esquire, to be Sheriff of the County of Essex; and that a Patent do pass under the Great Seal accordingly."