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 Mercurii, videlicet, 2 die Martii.
William Murray sworn.
The Earl of Warwicke reported, That, according to their Lordships Command, he hath delivered the Message of both Houses to His Majesty, who returns this Answer; which was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
The King's Answer to the Message concerning the Militia and the Prince.
"I am so much amazed at this Message, that I know not what to answer. You speak of Jealousies and Fears; lay your Hands to your Hearts, and ask yourselves whether I may not likewise be disturbed with Fears and Jealousies; and if so, I assure you this Message hath nothing lessened them.
"For the Militia, I thought so much of it before I sent that Answer, and am so much assured that the Answer is agreeable to what in Justice or Reason you can ask, or I in Honour grant, that I shall not alter it in any Point.
"To conclude, I assure you, upon My Honour, that I have no Thought but of Peace and Justice to My People, which I shall by all fair Means seek to preserve and maintain, relying upon the Goodness and Providence of God for the Preservation of Myself and Rights."
Message from the H. C. with the Bill to clear Lord Kymbolton and others;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Serjeant Wylde; who brought up a Bill concerning the Lord Kymbolton and the Five Members of the House of Commons, which had passed their House; and they desire their Lordships to give Expedition therein.
and about the Attorney General's Trial.
2. Whereas there is a Charge brought up from the House of Commons, and depending in this House, against Mr. Attorney General; the House of Commons desire that their Lordships would appoint a speedy Day to proceed therein; and they will be ready to make good their Charge against him.
Day for his Trial.
Message to the H. C. with a Copy of the King's Answer about the Militia and the Prince.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the King's Answer concerning the Prince and the Militia.
Report of the Conference.
The Lord Keeper reported the Effect of this Conference; which was, "That it was expressed that the House of Commons have taken great Consideration of the King's Answer to the Message of both Houses concerning the Militia; and they think it fit the said Message to the King should be insisted upon; and, for that Purpose, the House of Commons have made some Resolutions, in which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The Kingdom to be put into a Posture of Defence by the Parliament.
A Protest against it.
The Lord Great Chamberlain.
Ds. Willoughby De Earseby.
Ds. De Grey.
To the Second Resolution, this House agrees with the House of Commons therein; and Ordered, The same Committee that is appointed to consider of the King's former Message concerning the Militia, is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to consider of the several Particulars as is mentioned in this last Conference.
To let the House of Commons know, that this House agrees with them in their Resolutions brought up at the last Conference; and that their Lordships have appointed a select Committee of Fifteen Lords, to meet with a proportionable Number of their House presently, with the same Power and Commission as they have given their Committee.
Message from the H. C. for Committees to examine Mr. Murray.
Bill to clear Lord Kymbolton, &c.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the clearing and vindicating of the Lord Kymbolton, Denzell Holles, Esquire, Sir Arthur Haslerigge, Baronet, John Pym, Esquire, John Hampden, Esquire, and William Strode, Esquire, from a late feigned Charge or Accusation of High Treason.
Order for rigging of Ships for Defence of the Kingdom.
"The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, having received Advertisement of extraordinary Preparations made by the neighbouring Princes both by Land and Sea, the Intentions whereof have been represented as to raise an Apprehension in both Houses, that the public Honour, Peace, and Safety of His Majesty and His Kingdom cannot be secured, unless a timely Course be taken for the putting of this Kingdom into a Condition of Defence at Sea as well as Land; it is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons aforesaid, That the Earl of Northumberland, Lord High Admiral of England, do forthwith give effectual Direction and Order, That all and every the Ships belonging to His Majesty's Navy, which are fit for Service, and not already abroad, nor designed for this Summer's Fleet, be with all Speed rigged and put in such a Readiness, as that they may soon be fitted for the Sea; and that his Lordship do also make known unto all the Masters and Owners of Ships as now are in or about any the Harbours of this Kingdom, and may be of Use for the public Defence thereof, That it will be an acceptable Service to the King and Parliament, if they likewise will cause their Ships to be rigged, and so far put in a Readiness, as they may be at a short Warning set forth to Sea, upon any emergent Occasion; which will be a Means of great Security to His Majesty and His Dominions."
Ordered, That this House approves of this Order now read; and that it be sent down to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein; which was accordingly done, by Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page.
Order to adjourn this House till Friday, and a Committee to meet at Merchant Taylor's Hall.
Ordered, That this House shall be adjoured until Friday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock; and that the Committee appointed for to consider of the Declaration to lay down the just Causes of the Fears and Jealousies given to the Houses of Parliament, and to clear them from any Jealousies conceived against them, and to consider of all Matters and Incidents that may arise upon this Message of His Majesty's, and to declare their Opinions thereupon, shall meet To-morrow Morning, at Merchant Taylors Hall, in London, at Nine of the Clock: And likewise the said Committees shall have Power to take into their Consideration the Safety of this Kingdom, and the Affairs of the Kingdom of Ireland; and that all Members of this House as will come thither shall have Votes.
Message to the H. C. about rigging of Ships;
and for Committees to meet at Merchant Taylor's Hall, concerning the King's Answer about the Militia and the Prince.
Also to let the House of Commons know, that their Lordships have Ordered this House to be adjourned until Friday Morning, at Nine of the Clock; and to acquaint them that this House hath appointed the Lords Committees to consider of the King's Answer to meet at Merchant Taylors Hall, To-morrow Morning, at Nine of of the Clock; and to let them know the Power given to the said Committees by this House, as aforesaid; and to desire that the House of Commons would adjourn their House accordingly, and appoint their Committee to meet the Lords Committees at Merchant Taylors Hall, with the like Power.
That they do agree with their Lordships in the Order concerning the rigging of Ships for the Defence of this Kingdom; and concerning the Second Part of the Message, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from the H. C. with the Ordinance for the Militia, with Amendments.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Walter Earle, Knight; who brought from the House of Commons the Ordinance of Parliament concerning the Militia, with some Amendments agreed upon by them; to which Amendments the House of Commons desires their Lordships Concurrence.
Answer to the H. C.
Message from the H. C. for a Committee of both Houses to meet at Merchant Taylors Hall.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons having received a Message, that their Lordships have appointed to adjourn this House till Friday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning; and that they have appointed their Committee to meet To-morrow, at Merchant Taylors Hall, at Nine a Clock; the House of Commons have adjourned their House till Friday next, at Nine a Clock, and have likewise Ordered their Committee to meet To-morrow, at Merchant Taylors Hall, with the same Power which their Lordships have given to their Committees.
Attorney General's Petition about his Counsel.
"That, whereas, upon the 17th of this instant February, your Lordships were pleased to Order, That Mr. Lane, the Prince his Highness's Attorney, Mr. Recorder of London, Mr. Chute, Mr. Fountaine, Mr. Trevor, and Mr. Hales, should be of Counsel with your Petitioner, in his Cause depending before your Lordships, upon an Impeachment against him brought up from the Honourable House of Commons:
"Your Petitioner, therefore, in all Humbleness, beseecheth your Lordships, That Sir Tho. Bedingfeild, Knight, Mr. Herne, and Mr. Adams, may be assigned of his Counsel. And your Petitioner shall ever pray for your Lordships."
New Counsel assigned him.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That Sir Tho. Bedingfeild, Knight, Mr. Herne, and Mr. Adams, shall be added to such of Mr. Attorney's Counsel as have been already appointed by this House for him; and that the Cause shall be heard in this House on Monday next.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with the Day fixed for his Trial.
To let them (fn. 1) know, That whereas their Lordships had appointed Mr. Attorney General's Cause to have been heard on Friday next; now, upon the humble Petition of the Attorney, desiring some further Time, in regard his Counsel are out of Town, this House hath assigned Monday next for the Hearing of the said Cause.