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 Mercurii, 21 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Smyth.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Supplies for the Navy.
The Lord Admiral acquainted the House with a Letter sent to him from the Commissioners of the Navy, concerning the Want of Supplies for the Navy, with an Estimate of the Charge for (fn. 1) the Supply of those Stores.
(Here enter it.)
The Letter and Estimate is entered the Day following, being 22 June Instant.
It is Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons, to be speedily considered of because it so much concerns the Safety of the Kingdom.
Vivers and Rawleigh.
Ordered, That the Cause between Vivers and Rawleigh shall be heard the Tuesday Sevennight next after the Expiration of the Ordinance of putting Papists and Malignants out of the late Lines of Communication.
Thurstyn, a Pardon.
A General Pardon of Course for John Thurstyn, was read, and Agreed to; and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Sir J. Dingly, & Pass.
Ordered, That Sir John Dingly, Secretary to the Queen of Bohemia, shall have a Pass, for himself, Three Persons, and Four Horses, to go into Holland; and the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Message to the H. C. about Supplies for the Navy, and the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Bennett and Doctor Aylett, with these Particulars:
1. To deliver to them the Representation of the Lord Admiral, concerning the Supplies of the Wants of the Navy, with the Sense of the House thereupon.
2. To deliver to them the General Pardon for John Thurstyn, and desire their Concurrence therein.
3. To put them in Mind of the Lord Crumwell's Petition.
4. To desire their Concurrence in the Pass for Sir Jo. Dingley, with Three Persons and Four Horses, to go into Holland.
5. To put them in Mind of the Pardon for Mr. Job Throckmorton.
6. To put them in Mind of the Field Officers Petition.
7. To put them in Mind of passing the Ordinance (fn. 2) for making Mr. Jonathan Lawrance, Minister of Upway, in the County of Dorsett.
Instructions for the Judges going the Circuits.
The Earl of Mulgrave reported from the Committee the Instructions to be given the Judges to be published in the Circuits; (fn. 3) which were read Twice.
And the Question being put, "Whether to agree to these Instructions to be published by the Judges, at the next Assizes?"
And it was Resolved in the Negative.
E. of Nott. desires Leave to return from Scotl.
The Earl of Kent moved, "That it was the Desire of the Earl of Nottingham, One of the Commissioners of the Parliament of England now residing in Scotland, to have Leave to return Home, for his Health Sake."
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Speaker do write to the Earl of Stamford, to know whether his Health will give him Leave to go into Scotland, to attend that Service; and then an Answer is to be given to the Earl of Nottingham.
Desires of the Parl. of Scotl.
The Desires of the Parliament of Scotland, dated the 26th of April, 1648, were read.
And the House adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to consider of the Particulars, and how far the Parliament hath proceeded therein, and what Particulars are already settled.
The House being resumed;
It is Ordered, That this Business be taken into Consideration again To-morrow Morning, the First Business.
Paper from the E. of Warwick, about manning the Fleet.
(fn. 4) "22 June, 1648.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled.
"It is represented by the Earl of Warwicke, Lord High Admiral, That, in Obedience to an Order of the House of Commons, dated the 17th of this Instant, he writ a Letter to The Trinity House, to employ their best Endeavours for manning the Ships of the Fleet with cordial and well-affected Men (a Copy of which Letter is hereunto annexed); and that, in Answer of the said Letter, he did Yesterday receive a Letter from them, with several Papers that came inclosed, and are hereunto affixed. All which he conceives it is his Duty to present to the Consideration of the Houses."
"Die Sabbati, 17 Junii, 1648.
"That a Letter be written, by the Lord Admiral, to The Trinity House, to employ their best Endeavours, for the manning of the Ships of such a Fleet with cordial and well-affected Men.
"H. Elsinge, Cler. Parl. D. Com."
Letter from him to the Master, &c. of The Trinity House, to man the Fleet.
"After my hearty Commendations;
"You cannot but take Notice of the Defection of some Ships of the Fleet, and of the great Prejudice that may be occasioned thereby to the Trade of this Kingdom, besides the Interruption it may give to that public Settlement which the Parliament are effectually endeavouring: In order, therefore, to the Safety of the Kingdom, the Encouragement and Preservation of Trade, and the Reduction of such of the said Ships as have revolted from their Duty, it is now in Agitation (by the Parliament's Direction) that a convenient Fleet be provided and set to Sea. And because nothing is of more Importance than the getting of the said Fleet manned with cordial and wellaffected Mariners, I do therefore recommend it to you, as that which is of great Concernment to the Public Service, speedily to employ your best Endeavours, for the getting of such Mariners to serve in the said Fleet, of whose Courage and faithful Affection to the Parliament you shall have very good Assurance; and of your Proceedings to make as speedy a Return to me as may be. By your diligent and effectual Compliance herewith, you will not only give a further Testimony of your Care of the Public Interests of the Kingdom, and of your Respect to the Parliament (the House of Commons having, by their Order, a Copy whereof I send you here inclosed, resolved, that your best Endeavours in this Behalf be thus desired); but will also more oblige
Westm. 19 June, 1648.
"Your very assured loving Brother and Friend,
"To my very Loving Friends, the Master, Wardens, and Assistants, of The Trinity House."
Letter from them to the E. of Warwicke with the following one.
"In Pursuance of an Order of the House of Commons, dated the 17th present, and also of a Letter from your Lordship of the 19th Ditto, we have communicated both the said Order and Letter to most of the Commanders and other Seamen of several Shipping now at this Port of London, whom we this Day called before us; unto whom after we had related the common Danger of this Kingdom, occasioned by the revolting of certain Ships from the Parliament, as also declared what was therein resolved, that it was both fit and expedient that a Fleet should be set forth, for Preservation of the Kingdom, and the Reducement of the said revolted Ships, desiring their Concurrence therein, in giving their best Assistance thereunto; they presented unto us their Answer in Writing, which they desire may be presented to your Lordship; the Consideration of which we humbly refer to your Honour's more weighty Judgement, and remain,
Trinity House, Ratcliffe, 21th June, 1648.
"Most humbly at Command,
"Bi. Crandley, Master. John Craven.
"Walter Cokes. Nath'll Goodlad.
"Ri. Blythly. Edw. Johnson.
"Wm. Ewen. Walter Maynard.
"Wm. Swanley. Elias Jordan.
"Ri. Swanley. J. Limbery.
"Jo. Hall. Be. Crandley.
"Nic. Hurlestone. Tho. Smith.
"Ro. Tweedy. Thomas Davis.
"Brian Harrison. Peter Andrewes.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Warwick, Lord High Admiral of England."
Letter from Commanders, &c. of Ships in the River, that they will do their utmost to man the Fleet;
"Whereas an Order from the Honourable House of Parliament, directed to my Lord Admiral, dated the 17th June, 1648; as also from the Lord Admiral (fn. 5) to The Trinity House, for their best Aid and Assistance, for the reducing the revolted Ships to their former Obedience, dated the 19th June, 1648: We, whose Names are hereunder subscribed, do promise, according to the Covenant, so far as our Lives and Fortunes will afford, our best Aid and Assistance.
"Witness our Hands, this 21th June, 1648.
"Rob't Moulton, William Bundick, Richard Foannes, Robert Blacklech, Will. Wildegs, John Ewell, Thomas Lidwell, Tho. Jollef, Phillip Gooss, George Pasfeild, Thomas Marriott, Thomas Morley."
and desiring Personal Treaty between the King and the Houses.
"It is humbly offered, by (fn. 6) those whose Names are hereunder, being Mariners and Seamen, that there may be forthwith a Petition drawn, in the Behalf of Seamen and Mariners, and presented to the Honourable Houses of Parliament; wherein our humble Desires may be represented, for a Personal Treaty with His Majesty, as the only Remedy for the present Distempers of this distressed Kingdom, and the reducing of the Shipping revolted from their Trust; and that it is humbly conceived by us, that we are obliged and bound, according to the Protestation and solemn League and Covenant formerly taken by every of us, to maintain and defend, with our Lives, Powers, and Estates, the true Reformed Protestant Religion, His Majesty's Royal Person, Honour, and Estate, and also the Power and Privileges of Parliament: And we do further declare, That if it shall appear that any of those revolted Ships shall endeavour to impede or hinder the King's Personal Treaty with His Two Houses of Parliament, that we will unanimously, with our Lives and Fortunes, (fn. 7) endeavour to bring them to condign Punishment, according to our Covenant and Protestation formerly taken as aforesaid.
"Witness our Hands, the 21th June, 1648.
"Memorandum, That the Subscribers of the Premises are Commanders of Ships; Members of The Trinity House, and living in and about the City of London."
House adjourned till 10a cras.