Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, videlicet, 11 die Novembris.
Letter from Ireland for Aid.
A Letter was read, sent from the Council in Ireland, to the Lord Keeper, dated the 5th of November; shewing, "That the Protestants there will be utterly destroyed, and that Kingdom lost from the Crown of England, if present Supply of Men, Munition, and Money, be not sent them from hence."
Message from the H. C. for a Conference to communicate this Letter.
Mr. Oneal to be examined.
Pleads the Act of Oblivion.
It was signified to this House, "That Mr. Oneale, being appointed to be examined before the deputed Lords, concerning ill Counsel which was given to the King's late Army in the North, he desired, before he were examined of his supposed Crime, that he might have the Judgement of the House of Lords, and the Resolution of the House of Commons, whether the Act passed concerning an Act of Oblivion and Pacification do not interpose, and exempt him from being questioned for the supposed Crime, whether it be Civil or Criminal; this he doth not plead as a Pardon, which would imply a Crime, which he is not guilty of, but as his own Sense of that Act."
The Act of Oblivion was read; and afterwards the Lords Commissioners (that were present) did aver, "That, in their Treaty with the Scotts Commissioners, they never intended the said Act should extend further than to Things past between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland, in Matters of Hostility, and Things thereunto belonging, and not to Things to come."
This House to interpret Laws during the Parliament.
For further debating hereof, this House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure; and the House being resumed, it was Resolved, upon the Question, nemine contradicente, and hereby declared, That it belongs to this House of Peers, by the ancient Laws and Constitutions of this Kingdom, to interpret Acts of Parliament, in Time of Parliament, in any Cause that shall be brought before them.
Mr. Oneal to be examined.
And it (fn. 1) was likewise Ordered, That Mr. Oneale shall be examined by the deputed Lords appointed for that Purpose, notwithstanding his Allegation.
Letters from Ireland.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland acquainted the House, "That he had received a Packet of Letters from Ireland." The House hereupon appointed his Lordship to retire himself, and peruse the Letters, and communicate such to the House as he thought material to the Affairs of Ireland: Which his Lordship did accordingly.
Rioters in Windsor Forest and Egham Walk rescued.
Upon Information given this Day to this House, "That certain Persons of Egham were apprehended, by Order of this House, for killing the King's Deer, and committing Riots, in the Forest of Windsor and Egham Walk, and, being in the Custody of the Messenger, were rescued (fn. 1) out of his Hands, by the Violence of some of their Companions:" Hereupon it is Ordered, That a Warrant be sent to the Sheriff of Surrey, to assist the Messenger of this House, for the apprehending of the former Delinquents, and of such Persons that rescued them out of the Messengers Hands; and that they be brought before this House, that they may receive Punishment according to their Deserts.
Answer from the H. C.
Conference about the Letter from Ireland for Aid reported.
Then this House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported, "That he had delivered the Letter to the House of Commons, having first read it."
Letter from the Council of Ireland.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland presented a Letter to this House, sent from the Council of Ireland to the Council here in (fn. 2) England, dated the 5th of November 1641, shewing "That the Rebels there do proceed in their Rebellion, and have seized on the Houses, Estates, and Persons, of divers Men and Women of good Quality, and have murdered many; that they are, in several Parts of Ireland, gathered to the Number of Thirty Thousand, and threaten that they will not leave an English Protestant there; and that they will not lay down their Arms, until an Act of Parliament be passed for Freedom of their Religion; that the Council desires that they may be speedily supplied with Ten Thousand Men and Arms, and One Hundred Thousand Pounds in Money; and they offer it to their Lordships Consideration, whether it be not fit and convenient that Magwire and M'Mahowne be sent into England, for their better Security, &c."
Message to H. C. for a Conference about these Letters.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported, "That he had read the Letter at the Conference, and delivered the same unto them."
Instructions to be sent to the Committee in Scotland.
After this, the House Resolved, To have a Conference with the House of Commons, touching the Instructions which are to be sent to the Committees in Scotland; and to let them know, that this House agrees to the Six First Instructions; that, for the rest, they have been taken into Debate; but, in regard they are of great Consequence, and will require some Time of Consideration, and for that the State and Affairs of Ireland presseth a present Resolution, their Lordships have therefore thought fit to return an Answer to the Six First Articles, which immediately concern the Safety of that Kingdom; and the rest their Lordships do leave to a further Time.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about them.
Committee for Gun-powder and Salt-petre.
Ordered, That the Committee to consider of the making of good Gun-powder, and preserving of Saltpetre Mines, do meet on Saturday Morning next, at Nine a Clock; at which Time the Officers of the Ordnance and the Salt-petre Men do attend; and the King's Counsel to be present, for to prepare Heads for the drawing up of a Bill.
Answer from the H. C.
Message from thence for this Conference, and about the Irish Affairs.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons are ready to give their Lordships a Meeting, touching the Instructions which are to be sent into Scotland; and that the House of Commons desires a Free Conference, at the same Time, touching the Affairs of Ireland.
Propositions from the Commons.
Letters from Ireland to be imparted to London.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords returning from the Conference, the House was resumed. The Lord Keeper reported, "That he had delivered their Lordships Answer touching the Instructions." And next reported, "That the House of Commons desires the Letters read this Day, sent from Ireland, to the Lords of the Council, may be communicated to the City of London, to let (fn. 3) them see the Truth of the Affairs of Ireland, that so they may be the better stirred up, and induced to lend Monies, for the present Supply of the Business of Ireland; and, to this Purpose, the House of Commons will employ some Members of their own."
Aid for Ireland.
"2. Next, that, in regard of the present urgent Occasions of Ireland, the House of Commons thinks it fit the Six Thousand Men, which both Houses resolved should be sent into Ireland out of England, shall be increased to the Number of Ten Thousand Men and Two Thousand Horse."
Aid from Scotland.
"3. That the House of Commons had voted, To desire the Assistance of our Brethren in Scotland, against Ireland, for Ten Thousand Men, not presently to be sent, but at such Times, and in such Manner, as shall be agreed upon by Articles and Conditions of both Parliaments, according to future Occasions."
And it was Resolved, upon the Question, That this House shall desire the Aid of our Brethren of Scotland for One Thousand Scotts, for the present, to be sent over into Ireland, with an Intimation of a Desire of Nine Thousand Men more, to make up Ten Thousand Men (if Occasion be), according to such Articles as shall be agreed upon by the Parliament of England.