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 Veneris, 14 die Julii.
Boyd, a Pass.
Sir A. Loftus released.
Declaration about the revolted Mariners, &c.
Hakewill, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That Mr. Hakewill, One of the Assistants of this House, hath Leave to (fn. 1) be absent, so he be here Five Weeks hence.
Report from the Committee at Derby House, for no more Prisoners to be brought to London.
The Earl of Northumb. reported a Paper from the (fn. 2) Committee at Derby House; which was read, as followeth:
"That it be reported to the Houses, That there was great Disorder and Danger of Tumult, in carrying some Prisoners but of mean Quality hence to Peter House: That this Committee is of Opinion, That it is not safe to bring any more Prisoners to London, especially Persons of Quality; and that therefore the Lord Andover should continue still, at least for some Time, at Dover Castle."
(fn. 3) Ld. Andover to be released on Bail.
It is Ordered, That, upon such Bail as shall be offered by his Lordship's Friends, and approved of by this House, for his Appearance when he shall be required, his Lordship is to be brought up to London, and released.
Letters between the D. of Hamilton and Gen. Lambert.
"That it be reported to both Houses, That this Committee hath considered the Reference of both Houses, together with the Letters of Duke Hamilton, and the Answer of Colonel Lambert: That this Committee knows not by that Reference what the Mind of the Houses is, concerning the Answer to be drawn: Therefore to desire the Houses to give the Heads of that Answer."
Message to the H. C. that the Lords will not sit on Saturdays and Mondays.
Kirk and Fitchet.
Stewart and Gray's Ordinance.
An Ordinance concerning Wm. Steward and James Gray, was brought in, and read, for changing the Name of Wm. Steward for Henry Steward; which, being Agreed to, was ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Dyers Petition against Frauds in their Trade.
A Petition from the Company of Dyers, against Fraud in Dying of Cloths, Stuffs, and Silk, was read; and Ordered, That the said Company shall offer to this House what Expedient they think fit, to redress the said Fraud.
Leveston, a Pass.
Cudworth and Vernon.
Marshland Inhabitants, in Norfolk, Petition, about their Losses.
Declaration to bring in the revolted Officers and Mariners.
"It cannot be unknown unto all Men, that the Commerce and Navigation of this Kingdom hath been, by the Blessing of God, an especial Means of the Honour and Greatness of the English Nation, and that the Courage, Industry, and Fidelity, of the English Seamen and Mariners hath been a principal Means of the Increase of the Trade and Commerce of this Kingdom, in all the Parts of the World; the Considerations whereof have caused both Houses of Parliament to have an especial Care unto the Royal Navy, by building many Ships and Frigates, and setting forth and maintaining Fleets, expending in that Service the whole Revenue of the Customs (the greatest Part whereof, in former Times, was diverted unto other Uses), besides other vast Sums of Money laid out in that Action; and, for the better Encouragement of such Mariners as were employed in the Service of the State, they have much advanced their Pay above that which it was formerly; and at the Coming-in of the Fleets have so carefully provided for them, that they were never discharged from 'board out of Victuals and Wages, until their Monies were duly paid them; hoping that by these and many other Encouragements, upon all Occasions, they would have approved themselves faithful to the Kingdom, in the Discharge of the Trust reposed in them: But, contrary hereunto, the Mariners of several of the Royal Ships set forth in this last Summer's Fleet, being by the cunning Insinuation of Men ill-affected to the Peace of this Kingdom seduced, have treacherously revolted from their Duty, and do still persist in their Disobedience. By which horrid and detestable Act, in Breach of their Trust, they have much blemished the Honour and Credit of the Navigation and Mariners of this Kingdom, and, as much as in them lies, betrayed the Public Interest and Liberties thereof, and retarded those Ends of a happy Peace which the Parliament have ever pursued, and now are more especially employed in. And although both Houses of Parliament have (after an Act of Indemnity already offered) good Reason for to proceed in the reducing of them by Force, yet, to the End it may appear that the Parliament do as much as in them lies seek to prevent the Effusion of Blood, the said Lords and Commons do hereby offer and declare, That if the Seamen, Officers, and Commanders, on board the said Ships, shall, within Twenty Days after Publication hereof, or forthwith upon Notice given them by the Lord Admiral, or such other Person or Persons as he shall appoint, render themselves and the Ships wherein they are to the Parliament's Obedience, and bring them into some Port under the Command of the Parliament, the Persons so submitting shall be indemnified in their Persons and Estates, any former Act of theirs notwithstanding: But if they shall, after the said Time prefixed expired, persist still in their Disobedience, then the Houses will proceed to the reducing of them by Force, and doubt not of a good Success, by the Blessing of Almighty God; hoping that every true-hearted Englishman will contribute his uttermost Assistance to this Work, especially the Merchants and Owners of Ships, they being principally interested in the Consequences thereof, it being to be expected that the Revolters will endeavour to maintain their Defection by Rapine and Violence: And, for the Encouragement of Seamen to engage themselves herein, the Lords and Commons do promise and declare, That such Seamen as shall so engage, and use their best Endeavours in this so honourable a Work, shall have Two Months Wages extraordinary duly paid them, as soon as the said Ships shall be by them reduced, and brought into Port. And it is lastly declared, That not only the Persons on board the said Ships who shall, notwithstanding this Offer of Indemnity, stand out, but also all other the Subjects of this Kingdom, and others whatsoever, who shall hereafter join with, assist, supply, or any Way adhere to them, shall be dealt with, and proceeded against, as Traitors and Enemies to the Kingdom, and their Estates confiscate; and for the Miseries that shall ensue, they will stand charged with the same, as guilty of them, and Authors of that Ruin which will attend them and their Posterity."
Gowen to be instituted to Tooting;
Young to Kirkdighton;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Alexander Young Clerk, Master of Arts, to the Rectory of Kirkdighton, in the County of Yorke, void by the Death of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure, &c.: Granted by Great Seal.
Goodwin to Henton Anmer;
and Cheld to Llanunethly.
Ordered, That Dr. Heath give Institution and Induction unto Rowland Chelde Clerk, to the Rectory of Llanunethly, with the Chapel of Llanvorage thereunto annexed, in the County of Anglisey, void by the Death of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure, &c.: Granted by Great Seal.