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 Saturni, 22 die Julii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salwey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Heath and Doctor Bennett return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Ordinance concerning Gray and Steward, and to the Ordinance for making Mr. Bradshawe Head of Ballioll Colledge in Oxford: (Here enter them.) To the rest, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Earl of Kent reported a Paper from the Committee at Derby House; which was read, as followeth:
Order to put off the Fair at St. James's.
"That it be reported to both Houses, that the Committee of the Militia of Westm. hath desired that the Fair at St. James' may be put off for this Year, left, under Pretence of repairing thither, there may be a Meeting of many that may prove dangerous to the Parliament."
Ordered, That this House agrees to this Order; and that the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein.
E of South'ton, a Protection.
Ordered, That the Earl of South'ton shall have a Protection of this House, for himself, Family, Goods, and Horses, at his House at Titchfeilde, in the County of South'ton.
Campbel, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Archibald Cambell, with his Two Servants, shall be permitted quietly to pass, from the City of London, either by Sea or Land, into the Kingdom of Scotland, taking with them Apparel and other Necessaries; provided that this Order be made Use of within Two Months next after the Date of this House.
Petition, &c. from the Common Council.
A Petition was presented to this House, by Mr. Sheriff Avery and others, in the Name of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, of the City of London; and read publicly.
After which, the Persons that brought it withdrew.
And the House commanded the said Petition and the Papers annexed to be read again.
Likewise the Vote passed both Houses the 12th of this Instant July, was read.
Gen. Skippon's Order for inlisting Men, and the Order for the Militia to assist him, revoked.
And the Question being put, "Whether the Vote of the 12th July Instant, for Major General Skippon to inlist Volunteers, shall be revoked?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Next, was read the Vote of both Houses of the 12 July Instant, for the Militia of London to be assisting to Major General Skipon, in inlisting (fn. 1) Volunteers.
And the Question being put, "Whether this Vote now read shall be revoked?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Answer to the Common Council.
The House, after Consideration of the aforesaid Petition, called in the Persons that brought it.
And the Speaker, by Command and Directions of the House, gave them this Answer following to their Petition; (videlicet,)
"The Lords have commanded me to let you know, that they will be ready to make good the Confidence that the City of London hath of their Lordships Care to preserve the Safety and Quiet of the City, which hath merited so much from them, and to prevent those Things that may occasion any Distraction or Disorder amongst them. The Inconveniencies which are now expressed by your Petition were not apprehended, when the Votes passed giving that Authority to Major General Skippon. But, since the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, are sensible of Danger and Distraction that may arise in the City by such a Power, they will do what in them lies for the re-calling of those Votes, that so the Quiet and Order of the City may not be disturbed, and that no Interruption may be given to the Endeavours of the City, for the perfecting their former Engagements to the Parliament."
Indemnity for these inlisted under Gen. Skippon to be revoked.
Ordered, That these Lords following are appointed to consider of drawing an Order, for revoking the latter Part of the Vote of the 12th of July Instant, for Indemnity of such as shall list themselves under Major General Skipon, that so it may not look forwards:
Ordinance to unite the Militia of London, Westm. &c.
An Ordinance brought in, for joining the Militia of Westm., Hamlets, and Southwarke, to the Militia of London, was read, and committed to these Lords following:
Any Five; to meet on Monday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock.
Message to the H. C. about putting off St. James's Fair; and with Overed's Ordinance.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Bennett:
To deliver to them,
1. The Report for putting off St. James' Fair.
2. The Ordinance for Mr. Overed to be Rector of Toppesfield, in the County of Essex; and desire their Concurrence therein.
Osborne, Dowcet, and Worsley, Leave to attend the Hampshire Assizes, as Witnesses against Major Rolse.
Ordered, That Richard Osbourne, Abraham Dowcett, and Edward Worseley, shall have free Liberty to go down to the next Assizes to be held for the County of South'ton, and be here free in the mean Time; and to stay there for Prosecution of an Indictment against Major Rolph; and after that to return to the Cities of London and Westm. for the further Prosecution of the said Indictment, without Molestation of any Person or Persons whatsoever; and after that, the said Osborne shall go with Freedom where he shall think fit.
Ordered, That the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein.
Petition from the Common Council, for Gen. Skippon's Orders for inlisting Men to be revoked.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in 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 your Petitioners being very sensible of the great Discontents and Jealousies for the present, and great Dangers like to ensue for the future, to the Parliament and City, by reason of divers Listings of Horse and Foot, within this City and Liberties thereof, by Servants and Apprentices listing one another, in a clandestine Way, at unseasonable Times in the Night, and taking Power to grant Commissions to other Apprentices and Servants to do the like, pretending to do the same by virtue of printed Papers, which they call Commissions (One of which is hereunto annexed), tending to the raising of Tumults, dividing and breaking of the Trained Bands and Auxiliary Forces of this City, thereby disabling them to preserve the Parliament from Force and Violence, according to their many former Engagements, and endangering the Peace of this City. All which Practices the said Listers conceive to be warranted by the Order of the House of Commons of the 5th of July present, and an Ordinance thereupon of the 12th of the same.
"In Consideration of the dangerous Consequences whereof, your Petitioners humbly pray, that this Honourable House would be pleased to take the Premises into speedy and serious Consideration, and to put a Period to the Power and Execution of the aforesaid Order and Ordinance granted to Major General Skippon, for listing of Horse and Foot; and that all Persons listed by Authority thereof may be discharged; and that, by the speedy passing of the Ordinance for uniting of the Militias of the City and the Parts adjacent, and for the raising of Horse therein mentioned, they may be the better enabled to defend the King, Parliament, and City, according to their former Engagements; the which your Petitioners will be ready to make good with their Lives and Estates, according to their solemn League and Covenant.
"And they shall pray, &c.
Order of the H. C. for Gen. Skippon to inlist Forces:
"Die Mercurii, 5 Julii, 1648.
"That the House doth declare it an acceptable Service in any Persons, that will list themselves, Horse or Foot, under the Command of Major General Skippon, for Defence and Safety of the Parliament, City, and Kingdom; and that the said Major General Skippon is hereby authorized to inlist all such Persons, and command them out of the late Lines, into any Part as he shall see Occasion, and to conduct and lead them, and to fight, kill, and slay, all such as shall oppose, rise, or make any Insurrection, against the Parliament, or to the Disturbance of the Peace of the Kingdom.
"Cler. Parl. D. Com."
His Warrant for that Purpose;
"In Pursuance of an Order from the Honourable House of Commons, bearing Date the 5th of July, 1648.
"These are to desire you to inlist all such Persons as shall voluntarily offer themselves, for the Defence and Safety of the Parliament, City, and Kingdom; and to return their Names unto me with all convenient Speed you may. And for so doing, this shall be your Warrant.
"Dated the 7th Day of July, 1648.
"To Mr. John Manley, and to such others as he shall desire to further the Service abovewritten."
and Manley's by his Authority.
"In Pursuance of the abovesaid Order from the Honourable House of Commons, bearing Date the 5 Day of July, 1648, directed to Major General Phillip Skippon; and by virtue of his Warrant to me directed, bearing Date the 7 of the same.
"These are to desire you to inlist all such Persons as shall voluntarily offer themselves, for the Defence and Safety of the Parliament, City, and Kingdom, and to return their Names unto me with all convenient Speed you may, that I may return them to the Major General. And for your so doing, this shall be your Warrant.
"Dated the 8th Day of July, 1648.
"To Mr. John Whitle, and to such others as he shall desire to further the Service abovewritten."
"Right Dear and Beloved Friends,
"So many as are resolved willingly to be Fellow Assistants in this so just and commendable Service, having no less than the Authority of this Parliament, as by their Order above inserted appeareth, with Major General Skippon's special Warrant, to justify this our Practice and Proceedings: Be pleased, therefore, freely to subscribe your Names, with the Places of your Abode; and whether you are most willing to serve with Horse, Musket, or Pike; as also whether you are provided with such Arms as you intend to serve with: And this is expected from you only at such Hours and Seasons as all that is near and dear unto us shall appear to be in imminent Danger. Your Names shall be returned with what Speed may be to the Major General, that so, having distinct Knowledge of our Numbers, with our Resolutions, he may, as he is resolved, grant us Authority to choose fit Persons from among ourselves, to lead, order, and conduct us with Security, when a sudden Alarm or Confusion shall be in the City, or near adjacent; that so for the future we may not be, as formerly, in an Incapacity to preserve ourselves in case of Danger. And in thus doing, you shall not only answer the Desires of the Parliament and of the Major General, but also of us your faithful Friends, who are jointly resolved in every respect to enjoy the same Measure with you, whether it be Life or Death, or any other Condition; we being fully sensible, that what, concerning Visibilities, is lovely in our Eyes lieth at the Stake. Thus, in the Discharge of our Duties and Places, we shall be satisfied; quietly waiting and expecting comfortable Success, as it shall by the God of our Strength be handed out unto us, as the Fruits of our Labours and Endeavours."
Ordinance for Bradshaw to be Head of Baliol College, in Oxford.
"Be it Ordered and Ordained, and it is hereby Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That George Bradshawe, Master of Arts, and Fellow of Balioll Colledge, in the University of Oxford, be, and is hereby, nominated, constituted, and confirmed, Master or Head of the said College of Balioll, in the Room or Place of Thomas Lawrence, Doctor of Divinity; the said Place being lately become vacant, by the Resignation of the said Doctor Lawrence; to have and to hold the said Master's Place or Headship of the said College, to the said George Bradshawe, during his natural Life, together with all and singular the Profits, Commodities, Emoluments, Salaries, Stipends, Dividends, Commons, Allowances, Lodgings, and other Rights, Privileges, Powers, and Authorities whatsoever, to the said Master's Place or Headship of the said College in any Wife belonging or appertaining, in as ample Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as the said Doctor Lawrence, or any other Master or Head of the said College of Balioll, heretofore ever had, held, or enjoyed, or ought to have had, held, or enjoyed, the same; any Charter, Statute, or Custom to the contrary, notwithstanding."
House adjourned till 10a, Monday Morning next.