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 Martis, decimo-octavo Julii.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Grey de Werk.
Kinketts, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Robert Kynketts shall have a Pass, with a Servant and Two Horses, to go into France; the Horses Custom-free.
Ld. Stafford, D°.
Ordered, That the Lord Stafford shall have a Pass, with his Servants, to go over Seas, to fetch his Lady into England.
Ordered, That Mr. Sadler, with Servants, shall have a Pass, to go to The Spawe and back.
Ly. Winter, D°.
Ordered, That the Lady Winter, with Four Servants, shall have a Pass, to go into France, and return.
Pacey versus Snellock, &c.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Thomas Robson this Day in the House:
Ordered, That Mordant Snellocke and Tho. Sturney shall attend this House within Two Days next after this Order shall be served, and answer the Complaint of the said Affidavit; and that the serving of this Order upon the Parties, or either of them, or the leaving a Copy thereof at either of their Houses or Lodgings, shall be a sufficient Serving of him or them where it shall be so served respectively: And herein Obedience is to be given, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Watkins and Vicars.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Samuell Watkins:
It is Ordered, That Mr. John Vicars shall be attached by the Gentleman Usher, and brought before the Lords, to answer his Contempt upon the said Affidavit.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Gilbert Gerrard and others; who brought up,
An Ordinance that Four Hundred Pounds per Annum be settled upon the Lady Harecourt, out of Luke Nettervill's Estate, in Ireland.
That they will return Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about a Treaty.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Walter Erle and others:
That the House of Commons desire a Conference with their Lordships, that they may impart some Votes of the House of Commons, touching a Treaty with His Majesty.
That the Lords do appoint a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
A Petition of the Watermen belonging to the River of Thames, was read: (Here enter it;)
After the reading whereof, they were commanded to withdraw.
They were called in again, and answered by the Speaker; videlicet,
Answer to it.
"That the Lords have not been wanting in their Endeavours to bring His Majesty to a Treaty at London; and shall still continue to do what in them lies, for the procuring of a speedy Settling of these present unhappy Distractions."
Petition from Westm. Tower Hamlets, &c.:
A Petition was read, from the Inhabitants of Westm'r. Hamlets of The Tower, and Parts adjacent, within the Weekly Bills of Mortallty. (Here enter it.)
The Petitioners being withdrawn, the said Petition was read the Second Time.
And the Petitioners were called in again; and Answer was returned them by the Speaker, as followeth; videlicet,
Answer to it.
"The Lords return you Thanks, for the Expressions of your good Affections and Zeal for the Public Peace of this Kingdom. They have further commanded me to let you know, that they shall improve their best Endeavours in Answer to your Desires contained in the several Particulars of your Petition; nothing being more in their Care, than the restoring of the Peace and Happiness, and establishing of the fundamental Government, of this now distracted and divided Kingdom."
Petition from the Common Council:
A Petition was presented to this House, by Mr. Alderman Bide and divers other Citizens, in the Name of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in Common Council assembled; which was read. (Here enter it.)
The Persons which brought the said Petition withdrew.
Answer to it.
And being called in again, were told by the Speaker, "That the Lords had appointed a Committee, to draw up such an Ordinance as is desired in their said Petition, and in Pursuance of their own Votes; and that the Names of such as they mention be presented by some of the Petitioners to the Lords Committees."
Ordinance to unite the Militia of London, Westm. &c.
Ordered, That these Lords following shall be a Committee, to draw up such an Ordinance as is desired in the Petition from the City, and in Pursuance of the Vote of this House; and that the Names of such as they mention in their Petition be presented to this Committee; videlicet,
Their Lordships, or any Two, to meet on Thursday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock, in the Lord Keeper's Lodgings; and to adjourn themselves as they please.
Report from the Committee at Derby House.
A Report from Derby House was read: (Here enter it.)
And the former Part was Agreed unto, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.
The other Part to be considered of on Thursday next.
Ld. Andover to be brought to London.
Ordered, That the Lord Viscount Andever be brought up to London.
Message from the H. C. with a Declaration against the Scots who have entered England;- and with Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Colonel Copley and others:
1. A Declaration, That the Scotts now come into England with Forces are Enemies to the Kingdom of England; and that all English and Irish that join with them are Traitors.
2. An Order for Grevill Verney Esquire, Sheriff of Warwickshire, to execute Eight Prisoners, condemned at the last Assizes for that County.
Read, and respited.
3. An Order for Five Hundred Pounds to be paid, for victualing of some Garrisons of Consequence.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
Declaration against the Scots who have entered England in a hostile Way.
Much Debate was had touching the Declaration.
And the Question was put, as followeth; videlicet,
"As many of your Lordships as are of Opinion that this Business shall be deferred for some Days, say, "Content;" others, "Not Content"."
Passed in the Negative.
Then the Question was put, "Whether to agree to this Declaration?"
It passed in the Negative.
Protest against it.
Memorandum, That, before the putting of the aforesaid Question, these Lords following desired that they might enter their Dissents, if it passed in the Negative: Which the House gave Way unto; and accordingly they do enter their Dissents, by subscribing their Names.
Ld. Bruce versus Butt & al.
Ordered, That the Complaint of the Lord Bruce be considered of (fn. 1) on Tuesday next.
Message to the H. C. with the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Bennett and Dr. Heath:
1. An Order touching the Lord Admiral.
2. Scotts Petition.
Prentice versus Freer.
Ordered, That the Errors between Prentice and Freer be argued on the 20th Instant.
Adams to be instituted to Hornden on the Hill.
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Wm. Adams Clerk, Master of Arts, to the Vicarage of Horden super Montem, in Com. Essex, void by the Death of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure, &c.: Granted by the Great Seal.
Watermens Petition, for the King to be invited to come to London.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Watermen belonging to the River of Thames;
"That these Petitioners, being in Family above Twenty Thousand Persons, are all undone, and like to perish, by reason of His Majesty's Absence from us, being kept away notwithstanding His many former gracious Offers: And therefore, having an Interest both in His Person and Government, we cannot do less than humbly beseech your Honours, speedily and really to invite Him to London, with Honour, Freedom and Safety.
"And your Petitioners shall pray, &c."
Petition of Westm. Tower Hamlets, and Southwark, for a Personal Treaty with the King, and for their Militia to be united to the City Militia.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of divers well-affected Inhabitants of the City of Westminster, Hamlets of The Tower, and Borough of Southwarke, and Parts adjacent, within the Weekly Bills of Mortality;
"That your Petitioners, notwithstanding their grievous Sufferings and heart-breaking Fears of utter Ruin to all that is precious in this some-time flourishing Kingdom, by the continued, nay increasing Distractions thereof, cannot but look on your present Resolutions of a Personal Treaty with the King's Majesty as a Door of Hope, opened by the God of Salvations, for the Cure of our otherwise-remediless and all-destroying Distempers: And as they give you hearty and humble Thanks for your Votes and Resolutions already passed to that Purpose, so they cannot but, as Englishmen, nay Christians, humbly and earnestly beg your speedy and effectual Progress therein, until the Great Creator of the Ends of the Earth create a happy Peace to this now-miserably-tossed and afflicted Kingdom.
"That whereas the Honourable Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City of London, have, in order to the said Personal Treaty, made several late Addresses to the Right Honourable Houses of Parliament, offering their utmost Endeavours, both of Estate and Life, for the securing His Royal Majesty and both Houses of Parliament from all Force and Tumults impeding or disturbing the said Treaty, and desiring, in order thereunto, that the Militia of the Out Parts may be united to and with the said City of London, as it was constantly during our sad Troubles, with very good Success and Advantage to the Public Safety, always fixed until of late.
"Your Petitioners, in Concurrence with the said Engagement and Desires of the Honourable City of London, do humbly pray, That the said Personal Treaty may be hastened, and the Militia of the Out Parts united with the said City in One Militia, according to an Ordinance already offered by the said City (only in the Hands of such Persons as are cordial to the Ends of the Protestation, solemn League and Covenant); which we humbly conceive may best tend to the Preservation of His Majesty's Royal Person, and both Houses of Parliament, in their settling a safe and wellgrounded Peace, by this so-much-desired Treaty.
"And your Petitioners, &c."
Petition from the Common Council, for the Militia within the Line to be united.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in the High Court of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in Common Council assembled;
"That the Petitioners, calling to Mind the happy Successes and great Benefits, which not only the Parliament and City, but also the Kingdom received, when the Forces within the late Lines of Communication were united to the City, under the Command of One Militia; and the Inconveniences that have happened since they were disunited; their Strength thereby being much abated, and they made more unserviceable to the Parliament and City.
"And your Petitioners being very sensible thereof, and of the great Benefit that may be expected (by the Blessing of God) by their re-uniting; having received several Petitions from divers well-affected Persons, Inhabitants of the City of Westminster, Hamlets of The Tower, and Borough of Southwarke, declaring their Desires thereof; and, upon Conference with them, finding them not willing to be a Subcommittee as formerly; in our Desire to further so good a Work, tending so much to the enabling of us to be serviceable to the Parliament, City, and Kingdom, your Petitioners did condescend, that the said adjacent Parts should have Five for every Division, to be joined to the present Militia of London, and to make One entire Militia; provided that they should be nominated by the Common Council, and presented to the Honourable Houses of Parliament for their Approbation and Allowance: And having received several Votes from the Honourable Houses of Parliament for their re-uniting;
"They therefore humbly pray, That an Ordinance of Parliament may be speedily passed, for the adding unto the present Militia of London the Fifteen Persons nominated by the Common Council, and by them humbly presented and submitted to the Honourable Houses for their Confirmation.
"And they shall pray, &c.
Report from the Committee at Derby House, for the Embargo to be taken off the Colliers, on their furnishing Seamen.
"Die Martis, 18 Julii, 1648.
"At the Committee of Lords and Commons, at Derby House.
"Upon reading a Letter from the Lord Admiral, to Mr. Bence, concerning the Embargo of the Ships; and upon Conference with him thereupon had: It is Ordered, That it be reported to the Houses, as the Opinion of this Committee, That the Lord Admiral may have Direction, That, if the Coal Ships shall furnish his Lordship with Two Men out of a Ship, if he shall need so many, for the Manning of his Ships, and shall think fit to take them, that then it may be left to him to take off the Embargo from the said Coal Ships, and suffer them to go to Sea for Harwich, if his Lordship think they may do it with Safety."
Order for 500 l. for victualing Garrisons.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds be forthwith provided, for victualing some Garrisons that are of special Consequence; and that this Sum of Five Hundred Pounds be charged upon the Monies brought in by the Committee usually sitting at Habberdashers Hall, out of the First Monies that shall arise upon the Payment of the Fifth and Twentieth Parts."