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, 20 die Septembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Hunsdon, Speaker.
L. Newburgh, a Pass to the King.
Ordered, That the Lord Viscount Newburgh shall have a Pass, to go into the Isle of Wight, with his Servants and Horses; and then to return quietly to London within Ten Days.
Letter from the King.
A Letter from the King was read, concerning a safe Conduct for some Persons to come out of Scotland to attend the King; and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons. (Here enter it.)
Letter from the Commissioners with Him.
A Letter from the Commissioners in the Isle of Wight, was read, dated 16th September. (Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. with the King's Letter; and about Ly. Moor attaching some of the E. of Ormond's Money.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Bennett and Doctor Aylett:
1st. To communicate to them the King's Letter, received this Day.
2. To deliver to them the Petition of the Lady Moore of Ireland, concerning the Money she attached of the Earl of Ormond's at Goldsmithes Hall; desiring, she may not be disturbed in her Proceedings at Law against the said Earl, for Recovery of her Debt owing to her by the said Earl."
Sterling and Folke.
Upon reading the Report of Baron Atkin, concerning the Business of Sterlinge and Folke:
It is Ordered, That the Orders shall be perused To-morrow.
Ordinance to remove Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands.
The Ordinance for removing Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands, was read the Second Time, and committed to the whole House; to be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next.
Letter from the King, for a Pass for Persons to come to Him, from Scotland.
"Whereas, by Our Letters to you of the 8th present, we desired safe Conducts, with Blanks, for such Persons as by the Committee of Parliament of our Kingdom of Scotland should be made Choice of to attend Us here, by whom we might have understood the present State and Condition of Our Affairs in that Our Kingdom: We have, by yours of the 13th, received this Answer, "That Our Two Houses conceive that Way subject to many Inconveniences, and that they cannot consent thereunto." Wherefore, to avoid any Disputes about it, and that the Persons We shall name may speedily attend Us, We desire that safe Conducts may be passed and granted, for the Lord Carnegy, Sir Alexand'r Gibson Knight, Lord Clerk Register, and Sir James Carmichell Knight, Treasurer Deputy, and for their Servants and Necessaries, freely to come and return; and that they be delivered to Richard Parsons Our Servant, by him to be conveyed unto them. So, praying your Dispatch, We bid you Farewel.
"From Our Court at Newport, in the Isle of Wight, this 15th of September, 1648.
"For the Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore; to be communicated to the Lords and Commons in the Parliament of England at Westminster.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, that they are going to begin the Treaty.
"After we had received your Commands, and our Dispatch for this Journey; we were careful to make the best Haste we could, and came to South'ton upon Thursday Night; where Sir Peter Killegrew met us, with a Message from the King, "That His Majesty was glad we were so near arriving; and was so desirous no Time should be lost upon the Treaty, that He would be ready to begin it either Saturday or Monday; but thought Monday would be the fittest Day, in regard we might come late on the Friday, and not be so settled as to begin the next Day. To which we returned this Answer (which he carried back the next Morning), "That we would speed our Passage the next Day into the Island, and hoped it might be in good Time; and then should be ready to attend His Majesty, and go on with the Treaty, either Saturday or Monday, as He would please to command us." Accordingly we passed the next Day; but the Tide so fell out, as it was very late before we got to Newport; when immediately we gave His Majesty Notice of our Arrival, and that we waited His Pleasure for our Admission to Him. He sent us Word, "It should be the next Morning, Saturday, betwixt Nine and Ten of the Clock;" at which Time we repaired unto Him: And my Lord of Northumberland acquainted him, "That, by Order of both Houses of Parliament, we were come thither to attend Him upon the Treaty, and were ready to begin it either that Day or Monday. To which His Majesty replied, "He was very unwilling to lose any Time in it; but yet He did not think fit to begin such a Business upon a Piece of a Day: Therefore desired it might begin upon Monday, at Nine of the Clock." Which being the Time appointed, we shall not fail to observe, as any Thing else hereafter which may give a Dispatch and Furtherance to the Service, and to testify our Obedience to all your Lordships Commands.
"This is all hath yet passed; which we thought it our Duty to give your Lordships an Account of; and, that done, have nothing else to say, but that we are,
Newport, 16 Sept. 1648.
Pembrook & Mount.
W. Say & Seale.
"For the Right Honourable the Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore. These."