Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Jovis, videlicet, 3 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hodges.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
17 Comes Manchester, Speaker.
1 Dux Bucks.
10 Comes Dorset.
7 Comes Lyncolne.
21 Comes Winchilsea.
23 Comes Strafford.
16 Comes Bollingbrooke.
11 Comes Sarum.
8 Comes Nottingham.
18 Comes Berks.
14 Comes Denbigh.
24 Viscount Hereford.
20 Comes Stamford.
13 Comes Warwick.
(fn. 1) 3 Comes Derby.
22 Comes Carnarvan.
12 Comes Bridgwater.
26 Viscount Conway.
6 Comes Pembrooke.
4 Comes Rutland.
15 Comes Midd.
2 Comes Oxon.
25 Viscount Say.
(fn. 2) 3 Comes Northumb.
5 Comes Bedford.
9 Comes Suffolk.
19 Comes Rivers.
7 Ds. Hunsdon.
12 Ds. Grey.
1 Ds. De la Warr.
2 Ds. Berkley.
4 Ds. Crumwell.
8 Ds. Petre.
14 Ds. Maynard.
3 Ds. Morley.
6 Ds. Chandos.
11 Ds. Brooke.
5 Ds. Willoughby.
16 Ds. Capell.
13 Ds. Craven.
15 Ds. Howard.
10 Ds. Tenham.
9 Ds. Gerrard.
D. of Bucks' Order for staying Waste on his Estate.
ORDERED, That an Order of this House be granted, for the Staying of Felling of Timber upon Duke of Bucks his Lands, in several Counties, and against the Spoiling of his Houses; and that the Rents be stayed in the Tenants Hands, until further Order of this House.
(Entered at large hereafter.)
L. Deincourt excused.
The Lord Deincourt was excused for his Absence this Day, in regard of the Death of his Mother.
L. C. J. Newdigate, an Assistant.
ORDERED, That the calling of Chief Justice Newdigatc as an Assistant to this House be referred to the Committee of Privileges, who are to report the same to this House.
Peers to receive the Sacrament.
ORDERED, That Sunday come Sevennight is appointed for the Peers to receive the Sacrament, in the Abbey Church at Westm.; and Dr. Gawden is appointed then to preach, and Mr. Bucks to assist in delivering the Sacrament.
Answer from H. C.
Mr. Rich and Mr. Eltonhead return with this Answer to the Message sent Yesterday to the House of Commons concerning a Committee of this House to join with their House in settling of the Militia, That they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence, that they have prepared an Answer to the King's Letter to them.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Will. Lewis Knight:
To acquaint their Lordships, that the House of Commons hath prepared an Answer to His Majesty's Gracious Letter sent to that House; and that they intend to send the same to His Majesty, by some Members of their own.
King's Statues to be set up.
ORDERED, That the Statues of the late King shall be put up in same Places where they were pulled down, and likewise the Arms of the Crown.
Answer to the King's Letter, &c.
The Earl of Manchester reported from the Committee, the Draught of an Answer to the King's Gracious Letter to this House; which, being read, was approved, and ordered to be sent to the King.
Lords to carry it to His Majesty:
And the Earl of Oxon, Earl of Warwick, and Earl of Midd. Viscount Hereford, Lord Berkley, and Lord Brooke, were nominated as Persons to present the said Answer to His Majesty from this House; and their Lordships are to consider what Time they shall prepare themselves to go. (Here enter it.)
Message to H. C. about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Rich and Mr. Eltonheade:
To let them know, that this House hath appointed Six Lords, to wait upon the King's Majesty, with the Answer of this House to His Majesty's Gracious Letter, and Declaration inclosed in it.
King to be prayed for, and His Statues and Arms to be set up again.
ORDERED, That the Statues of the late King's Majesty be again set up, in all Places from whence the same were pulled down; and that the Arms of a Commonwealth be demolished and taken away, wherever they are, and the King's Arms set up in their Rooms; and that the King's Majesty be publicly prayed for, by all Ministers, in their Churches; and that some Place be considered of where General Monck's Statue may be set up. All which Particulars are referred to the Committee of Privileges, to consider of, and make Report to the House.
Adjourning the Term.
ORDERED, That it be referred to the Judges and Assistants of this House, to peruse Records, and confer with the rest of the Judges, and present their Opinions to the Committee of Privileges at their next Meeting, touching the Conveniencies and Inconveniences of adjourning the next Term.
Rich and Eltonhead, Masters in Chanc. restored to Precedency.
Whereas Edwin Rich and Edward Eltonhcade were admitted Masters of the Chancery in Ordinary, when the Government was by King, Lords and Commons, and sworn, according to the Statute, to serve the King and His People; but were displaced by the pretended Protector, when he usurped the Government; the rest of the Masters being admitted long since, or by the Command of the said Protector:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, upon the Report of the Lords Committees for Privileges, That all the Transactions made since the Change of Government in the Year 1648, in relation to the said Masters of the Chancery, and made to the apparent Wrong and Prejudice of the said Edwin Rich and Edward Eltonhead, in Point of Precedency, (fn. 3) be null and void; and that this Order be filed in Chancery.
Babington and Gunn, about Greenwich Park.
Upon the Report of the Lords Committees for Petitions:
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That Uriab Babington shall continue in his Office of keeping Greenwich House and Park, as formerly, until this House shall see Cause to give further Order therein; with Power to regulate all Disorders, Spoils, and Wastes, committed either in the said House or Park, according as the Lords Committees for Privileges shall from Time to Time direct, and to proceed against the Offenders according to Justice; and also to remove all disorderly Persons presently out of the said House: and that all others do depart within One Month after Notice or Warning given them by the said Housekeeper.
D. of Bucks' Order for staying Waste on his Estate.
ORDERED, That there shall be a Stop made of cutting down and selling Trees, upon the Lands of the Duke of Bucks, and preventing the spoiling and demolishing any of his Houses; and that the Rents shall be stayed, and remain in the Tenants Hands, until this House give further Order therein.
Sheldon, a Pass.
ORDERED, That Ralph Sheldon shall have a Pass, to go into Holland, with Four Men.
E. Lincoln, Leave to be absent.
ORDERED, That the Earl of Lyncolne shall have Liberty to be absent from his Attendance upon this House, for some Time, about special Occasions.
Letter to absent Lords, to attend.
The House was called; and a Letter to be written to those Lords that are absent, to give their Attendance on this House forthwith.
L. Delawar and L. Berkley, Precedency.
ORDERED, That the Question touching Precedency, between the Lord De la War and the Lord Berkley, is referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Privileges; who are to report the same to this House.
L. Stafford and Howard.
ORDERED, That the Lord Viscount Stafford and Henry Howard Esquire shall be heard, before the Lords Committees for Privileges, touching the Case of the Earl of Arrundell.
L. North will attend.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That he hath received lately a Letter from the Lord North, who will attend upon this House forthwith."*
D. of Bucks' Order, for staying Waste on his Estate, &c.
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords assembled in Parliament, That there be a Stop and Stay of demolishing or defacing of, or committing Waste in, the Houses and Lands, or any of them, whereof the Duke of Buckingham, or Katheren his Mother, or either of them, was or were seised, in Possession or Reversion, the First Day of July, 1651; and that no Timber or Woods be felled or cut down of any of the said Lands, or any Part thereof; and that no Wood or Timber felled, and now remaining there, be taken away, or removed from the same Lands; and that all the Rents of the said Lands be stopped in the Tenants Hands respectively; and a Stay and Stop is hereby made accordingly; and this to continue till the Pleasure of the House be further signified concerning the same: And all Persons whom it may concern are hereby required to yield Obedience to this Order.
Letter to the King, in Answer to His Letter and Declaration.
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
Your loyal Subjects the Peers now assembled do with all Humility and Thankfulness return their Acknowledgements to Your Majesty, for Your Gracious Letter and Declaration; and do esteem it their greatest Honour, that Your Majesty is pleased to express a Confidence of their Counsels and Endeavours for the composing the sad and unhappy Distractions of Your Kingdoms; and they own this as their great Advantage, that they may now act in Discharge of their own Duty by Your Majesty's Command.
Your Majesty's great and many Sufferings have long affected their Hearts with deep Resentments of Trouble and Sorrow: But the same Power that usurped and prophaned Your Sceptre divested them of their Rights and Privileges, and kept them under such Pressures and Difficulties, as they were rendered uncapable of serving Your Majesty in order to those Ends to which their Duty and Allegiance did engage them. It hath been their constant Desire, that the Nation had continued happy and innocent; but Your Majesty's Piety and Wisdom hath shewed You to what Degree Your Clemency is to be extended. And we hope all Your Subjects will answer Your Majesty's Grace and Favour to the utmost Point of Fidelity and Obedience. The Peers have a just Ground to own a more particular Dependance and Subservience to the Throne of Majesty, not only by the Prescriptions of Law, but by that Affection and Duty which is fixed in their Hearts upon the Foundation of Loyalty, which gives them the Privilege to style themselves
Westm. this 3d of May, 1660.
"Most loyal, most dutiful, and most obedient Subjects and Servants,
"Signed, in the Name, and by the Command, of the said House of Peers, by
"E. Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore.
"For the King's Most Excellent Majesty."
House adjourned till 9 cras.