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 Sabbati, 6 die Maii.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Papers from the Admiralty Committee.
Letter to be sent to the Arch-duke Leopold.
Ordered, That this House approves of a Letter to be sent to the Arch-duke; and that it be referred to the Committee of the Admiralty, to draw a Letter, and consider of a Messenger to go with it, and report the same to this House.
Commanders for Ships.
Baber, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. John Baber, Batchelor of Physic, with One Servant, shall have a Pass, to go (fn. 1) to Leydon, to study Physic.
Countess of Lincoln's Servant, a Pass.
Mrs. Blake, a Pass.
Message from the H. C. with Declarations about the Government of the Kingdom, Treaty with the King, &c.
3 Vote. That this last Vote may be sent to the Commissioners in Scotland, to (fn. 2) be communicated by them to the Parliament there. (Here enter it.)
Vote for the Scots to send Commissioners here.
Petition from Norwich, complaining of their Losses in the late Riot there.
Upon reading the Petition of the Deputy Mayor, Justices, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City and County of Norwich; complaining of "the great Losses they have suffered by the late Riot and Insurrection there; and that the late Abuses may (fn. 2) be rectified:"
Committee to prepare Heads for a Conference about the Four impeached Aldermen.
Ordered, That these Lords following are appointed Committees, to consider of drawing up Matter of a Conference to be had with the House of Commons, touching the Four Aldermen impeached by the House of Commons; and to report the same on Tuesday next:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Report from the Admiralty Committee, for a Letter to be sent to the Arch-duke Leopold, Governor of Flanders, to prevent a Fleet failing from thence under Sir N. Crisp:
"Whereas this Committee did, by their Report of 30 March last, (fn. 3) recommend to both Houses of Parliament, that some Persons might be sent, with a Letter, to congratulate his Highness the Archduke Leopoldus's Accession to the Regency of Flaund'rs, with Letters of Credence and Instructions, or that a Letter of Excuse might be sent him, in the Name of both Houses, to communicate the Cause why the Address formerly intended by Sir Peter Killegrew had not been (fn. 4) made, if the Houses should in their Wisdom so think fit: And whereas Mr. Thelwell, the Parliament's Agent in Fland'rs, hath, by Letter dated Ten Days since, certified this Committee, that the Sending of an Extraordinary, or Letter, as aforesaid, would better enable him to prevent the Issuing of some Vessels out of the Ports of Flanders, which, as he informs, are now in a Way of Preparation, and intended to be set forth in the Name of the Duke of Lorraigne, as against the French, under the Command of Sir Nicholas Crisp as Admiral, and may be by him employed to the Parliament's Prejudice: Ordered, That it be recommended to both Houses of Parliament, that the said former Report may be taken into Consideration, and such Resolution thereupon given as they shall in their Wisdoms think fit.
For Sir Peter Killegrew to go with it:
"Whereas both Houses of Parliament did in May last order, That Sir Peter Killigrew should go over into Flanders, to address a Letter to the Arch-duke Leopoldus, Governor of Fland'rs (in the Name of both Houses), for congratulating his Highness' Accession to the Regency thereof, which was prepared, and signed by the Speakers of both Houses, but not sent, in respect of the public Troubles then ensuing: And whereas the Condition of Affairs at this present, in Point of Trade and Commerce, doth advise the perfecting of some Resolution of that Nature: This Committee doth therefore recommend it to both Houses of Parliament, That the said Sir Peter Killigrew, or such other Person as the Houses shall in that Behalf approve, may be sent, with a Letter Congratulatory, to his Highness the said Arch-duke, and a Desire that the Ancient and Modern Treaties betwixt the Two Crowns may be preserved, for the better facilitating of mutual Trade and Commerce; and that, to the Envoy so to be appointed, such Letters of Credence and Instructions touching the said Points may be given as both Houses shall think meet; or that at least a Letter of Excuse may be sent to the said Arch-duke, in the Name of both Houses, to communicate the Cause why the said intended Address hath not been yet made, if the Houses shall in their Wisdom so think fit.
for Captain Harris to command The Swallow;
"Whereas the Ship Swallow (being One of the Third Rate Ships) is not yet furnished with a Captain, whereby she is rendered less serviceable at Sea; and whereas the House of Commons have voted Captain Leonard Harris to that Command, to which the House of Peers have not yet concurred: Ordered, That the Lord Mountague be desired to move the House of Peers, that the Command of the said Ship may be settled.
Captain Gregory The Warwick;
"Whereas Captain John Greene, heretofore Commander of The Welcome Pinke lately employed in the Parliament's Service, being taken in France, and there kept and still remaining a Prisoner, was appointed by both Houses Captain of The Warwicke Frigat in this Summer's Expedition; and whereas Captain William Gregory, having done very good Service for the Relief of Plym°. Garrison, was, by an Order of both Houses, dated 16 March, 1646, specially recommended to this Committee for some Employment: Ordered, That it be recommended to both Houses of Parliament, that the said Captain Gregory may command upon The Warwicke Frigat, until Captain Greene's coming over, or till further Order: Nevertheless, that this may not be in any Kind to the said Captain Greene's Prejudice, he having deserved very well for his Faithfulness to the Parliament.
and Squibb The Weymouth.
"Whereas Captain John Peirce, Commander of The Weymouth Frigat, having performed very good Service at Sea, is ordered to be removed into the Ship Hector, whereby the Command of The Weymouth Frigat will be void; and whereas Captain Stephen Squibb did, in Summer 1647, command the Ship Gloabe (heretofore employed in the Parliament's Service, and since sold), and, being destitute of Employment, was voted by this Committee to be Lieutenant of the Ship Lyon, in this Summer's Expedition: Ordered, That it be recommended to both Houses of Parliament, That the said Captain Stephen Squibb may be by them approved and appointed Commander of The Weymouth Frigat, in the Place of Captain Peirce, for this Summer's Expedition: Which Report the Lord Mountagu is desired to make in the House of Peers.
Vote not to alter the Government of the Kingdom;
and for maintaining the Covenant and Treaties:
"That they do declare, That they are fully resolved to maintain and preserve inviolably the solemn League and Covenant, and the Treaties betwixt the Kingdoms of England and Scotland; and that they shall be ready to join with the Kingdom of Scotland, in the Propositions agreed on by both Kingdoms, presented to the King at Hampton Court, for the making such further Proceedings thereupon as shall be thought fit, for the speedy Settlement of the Peace of both Kingdoms, and Preservation of the Union according to the Covenant and Treaties.
These Votes to be sent to the Commissioners in Scotland.
"That the abovesaid Vote be sent to the Commissioners in Scotland; to be by them communicated to the Parliament of Scotland, or to the Committee or Convention of Estates if the Parliament be not sitting."