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 Lunæ, 27 die Novembris.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Sir T. Sanders to be Sheriff of Bucks;
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do nominate and approve of Sir Tho. Sanders, to (fn. 1) be Sheriff of the County of Bucks; and that the Commissioners for the Great Seal of Engl. do issue out a Commission to him, to be Sheriff of the said County, accordingly.
Meares, of Lincoln;
and Stawton, of Warwick.
Letter from Colonel Hammond;
and from Ld. Fairfax to him.
Ld. Wharton excused.
Ordinance concerning Debts due to the Court of Wards, and for Delivery of Writings.
An Ordinance was brought in, concerning the Debts and Monies due to the late Court of Wards and Liveries, and Delivering of Writings belonging to the Persons that had Suits in the said Court of Wards; which said Ordinance was read Twice, and agreed to, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Message to the H. C. about the Sheriffs.
Whitlock, Attorney of the Dutchy.
Message from the H. C. with Letters to Ld. Fairfax and Colonel Hammond.
Browning to be Sheriff of Gloucester.
(fn. 2) Past H. C. this Day.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do nominate and approve of John Browning Esquire, to be Sheriff of the County of Gloucester; and that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England do issue a Commission to him, to be Sheriff of the said County, accordingly."
Letter from Colonel Hammond, that he is going to the Head Quarters of the Army, by Ld. Fairfax's Order.
"Having lately received this inclosed Letter from his Excellency the Lord Fairefax, I thought it my Duty to acquaint your Lordships with it; and to let you know, the General having the Authority of Parliament for the commanding of all the Forces of this Kingdom, and I having no positive Instructions from Parliament for my constant Abode here, nor other of Force at this present, save only to take Care that there be a sufficient Guard for the Safety of this Island, and to hinder the taking away of the King's Person from hence; upon most serious Consideration, finding no Way to avoid it, I resolved it my Duty to give as speedy Obedience to it as the Duty I owe to your Commands and Services would permit. I expected before this to have seen Colonel Ewers, by whose Hands this inclosed should have been conveyed unto me; but he failing, and the Letter being positive for my speedy Repair to the General, I resolve, so soon as I can settle the best I may the Soldiery and Inhabitants of this Island for the best Advantages of your Services, to take my Journey to the Head Quarters, where I shall be ready to receive your Lordships Commands, if they come to me before my Return, which I purpose, God willing, shall be the next Hour after his Excellency shall please to dismiss me; if I do not before that Time receive your Lordships Discharge of my unhappy Employment (which I again most humbly and heartily beg of you). If your Lordships please to certify your Pleasure to me by this Bearer, it shall to the utmost of my Ability be observed, as becomes him who must ever subscribe himself,
Letter from Ld. Fairfax to Colonel Hammond, to repair to the Head Quarters.
"I have received your Letter of the 19th of this Instant, whereby I apprehend your great Dissatisfaction, Trouble, and Burden, both in relation to your present Employment, and some other Things, which hath occasioned your Address to the House: Therefore I desire you (before you resolve quitting your Trust), even with all possible Speed, to repair to me, because I have somewhat to communicate to you of a very public Concernment; and doubt not likewise but, upon a true Understanding of Things, you may receive that Satisfaction which will encourage you to continue your Charge. I have herewith sent Colonel Ewer (the fittest Person I could think of) to take Care of the Island till you return; and therefore say the less, because I expect so soon to see you.
Letter to Colonel Hammond, enjoining him not to leave his Charge in the Isle of Wight.
"Your Letter of the 26th Instant, directed to the Speaker of the House of Commons, hath been read in both Houses, whereby you intimate, That you have received a Letter from the Lord General Fairefax, importing his Desire for your speedy Repair unto him; and that Colonel Ewers was by him appointed to take the Charge of the Island in your Absence. The Houses of Parliament have taken into serious Consideration the Matter of the Lord General's Letter, and your Letter thereupon; and finding their Affairs in that Island in relation to the Treaty, and their Instructions given unto you concerning the same, in such a Posture as that they cannot possibly dispense with your Personal Attendance upon that Charge, have commanded us to let you know, That it is their Pleasure, and they do accordingly enjoin you, to reside there, and to demean yourself according to the Trust reposed in you by the said Houses and their Instructions formerly given unto you, until you shall receive further Order from the said Houses, and they have signified their Pleasure herein to the General. This is all at present that is commanded.
Letter to Ld. Fairfax on the same Subject.
"The Houses being acquainted with a Letter from Colonel Hammond, dated the 26th of this present, of your Excellency's Desire that he should speedily repair unto you, have commanded us to let you know, That they cannot possibly dispense with his Absence from his Charge in the Island, in regard of the Instructions he hath received from both Houses, concerning the Safety of the King's Person and the Security of that Place; and therefore they desire you not to expect his sudden Repair to you; nor to appoint Colonel Ewers, or any other, to take the Charge of the Island, until the Pleasure of both Houses shall be further signified unto you. And so we remain
Process out of the Exchequer against Ld. Mountague stayed.
Whereas William Harrington, of Wytham on the Hill, in the County of Lincolne, Esquire, late deceased, in the 19th Year of King James over England, &c. for, valuable Considerations, did assure and convey unto Edward Lord Mountague, since deceased, and unto his Heirs, (inter alia) Stocking Close containing Ten Acres, The Dove cote Close containing Five Acres, Tames Close containing Ten Acres, Tames Peece containing Thirty Acres, Horse Milne Close containing Eight Acres, Gilberts Close containing Sixteen Acres, Merrythicke Close and Warren Close containing Fifty Acres, all of them within the Precincts of Wytham aforesaid; and whereas, by Process out of the Exchequer, upon several Outlawries, the one in the Tenth Year another in the 15th Year of King Charles, against Thomas Harrington Gentleman, Son and Heir of the said William Harrington, the Goods of one William Pauke and other the Tenants of Edward now Lord Mountagu of the aforesaid Closes and Premises, have been distrained, and their Cattle driven, as the Goods of the said Thomas Harrington, to the great Damage of the said Lord Mountague, and against Privilege of Parliament, he being a Peer of this Realm: It is thereupon Ordered, by the Lords assembled in Parliament, That all Officers and Clerks of the Exchequer do forbear to make out, issue, or send forth, any further Process; and that the Sheriff of the County of Lincolne do (fn. 3) not make any Seizures or Levies upon any the Lands or Goods of the said Edward Lord Mountague, upon any Pretence whatsoever; it being the undoubted Privilege of the Peers of this Realm, that their Lands and Goods are to be freed from all Seizures and Levies during the Continuance of the Parliament: And herein Obedience is to be yielded, as the contrary will be answered to the House.
Powell to be instituted to Nantmel;
and Mitchel to Rugby.
Stanbury versu: Tucker.
Ordered, That the Error between Jo. Stanbury Plaintiff, and Walter Tucker Defendant, depending in this House, (fn. 4) be argued on the 6th December next: Parties to attend.