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 Veneris, videlicet, 8 die Aprilis, post meridiem:
Guards may go when the Houses rise.
Ordered, That the Guards that attend the Parliament shall (fn. 1) have Liberty to go Home as soon as both Houses rise.
E. of Bristol, Liberty to go abroad with a Keeper.
Upon reading the Petition of the Earl of Bristoll, desiring, for his Health-sake, and soliciting of his necessary Affairs, he may have Leave (either upon his Honour for his true Imprisonment, or with a Keeper) to go abroad; it is Ordered, That the Earl of Bristoll shall have Liberty to go abroad out of The Tower, with a Keeper, for his Health-sake, and to look after his necessary Affairs, provided he return every Night to The Tower again.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords are ready to give Judgement against Benyon.
The Speaker of H. C. demands Judgement against Benyon.
The House of Commons being come; George Benyon was brought to the Bar, by the Gentleman of the Black Rod; and, after he had kneeled until he was bid to stand up, than the Speaker of the House of Commons said, "That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons, having impeached before their Lordships George Benyon, Silkman, of London, for divers Crimes and Misdemeanors; the said Commons have commanded him, in the Name of themselves, and all the Commons of England, to demand Judgement of their Lordships against him."
Sentence against Benyon.
"Whereas George Benyon hath been impeached, by the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons, for the wicked and malicious contriving and framing of a false, dangerous, and seditious Petition, containing therein divers false, scandalous, and seditious Matters; and likewise for divers arrogant, false, and scandalous Speeches, in Derogation, and in Contempt, of the Privileges of Parliament, and of the Peers therein assembled; the Lords, having taken the said Charges into their due Consideration, do find the said George Benyon guilty of the contriving and framing the said false, dangerous, and seditious Petition; and, for that Offence first charged, this High Court doth award and adjudge:
"5. That, after the Two Years Imprisonment, he shall put in such Sureties for the good Behaviour as this House shall think fit; and, if this House sits not, then such Sureties as the Lord Keeper shall approve of."
Returned to The Tower.
Liberty to go abroad to his Counsel.
Ordered, That George Benyon shall have Liberty, by virtue of this Order, to go to his Counsel, and to peruse his Papers, with his Keeper (but otherwise not to go abroad), that thereby he may be enabled to make his Defence, in the Cause depending in this House against him, upon the Petition of the Lord St. Johns; which Cause is to be heard before the Lords in Parliament on Thursday the 14th of this Instant April, 1642.
Message from the H. C. concerning
Reforming Innovations in the Church.
For a Conference about
Good Correspondence between the Two Kingdoms. Perfecting the Treaty with the Scots concerning Ireland, and Removing Animunition from Hull.
Order concerning Innovations in the Church agreed to.
"The Lords and Commons do Declare, That they intend a due and necessary Reformation of the Government and Liturgy of the Church, and to take away nothing in the one or the other but what shall be evil, and justly offensive, or at least unnecessary and burdensome; and, for the better effecting thereof, speedily to have Consultation with godly and learned Divines; and because this will never of itself attain the End sought therein, they will therefore use their utmost Endeavour to establish Learned and Preaching Ministers, with a good and sufficient Maintenance, throughout the whole Kingdom, wherein many dark Corners are miserably destitute of the Means of Salvation, and many poor Ministers want necessary Provision."
Answer to the H. C.
Committee for Depredations.
Report of the Conference, about removing Arms, etc. from Hull.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed; and the Lord Viscount Saye & Seale reported the Effect of the Conference; which was, That the House of Commons did not yet see any Reasons to change their former Resolutions for the removing of the Arms and Ammunition from Hull to London.
Lords adhere to their former Vote concerning Hull.
Scots Propositions concerning Ireland.
The Second Part of this Conference was: "To acquaint their Lordships with some Resolutions concerning the Scotts Propositions, touching the Affairs of Ireland, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence."
Scots Officers Pay.
Allowanes for Waggons.
General of the Scots Army to save what he can from such Officers as are not in actual Service.
Provisions for the Scots Army.
"That, for Provision of Victuals for the Scotts Army, the Parliament will take Care that there shall be a sufficient Provision always in Magazine, of such Kind of Victuals as they shall desire, and at such Rates as they can afford them, and as shall be offered to the English Forces there, unless they shall undertake it themselves. For the Carts for the Ammunition, Match and Bullet, a Sum of Money shall be deposited in the Deputy Treasurer's Hands, for the buying of them.
Powder for Carrickfergus.
Order to impress Two Thousand Pounds to the Scots General for Fortifications, etc.
"Ordered, That, by the Warrant of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Deputy Treasurer at War for Ireland shall have Power to impress to the General of the Scotts Army Two Thousand Pounds, for Fortifications, Intelligences, and other Accidents, so that there be not above the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds in a Year impressed upon these Occasions, without particular and special Warrant from this House."
Good Correspondency between both Kingdoms.
The Third Part of the Conference was, "Concerning the keeping of a good Correspondency between the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland; and, to the End that that Kingdom may be rightly informed of the Proceedings of this Parliament, to avoid all Jealousies in this Time of Design of a malignant Party to set the Kingdoms into Distractions, the House of Commons have for the present drawn up a short Declaration (but are in Hand about a larger), which they desire their Lordships would please to concur with the House of Commons in, and to Order the Lords Commissioners to communicate this to the Scotts Commissioners from the Parliament, and to desire them they would send the same to the Council in Scotland; and the House of Commons have appointed their Commissioners to do the like from their House."
Declaration for keeping good Correspondency between both Kingdoms.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, understanding that the Commissioners from Scotland do send One of their Number to the Council of that Kingdom, to give them an Account of the State of the Treaty concerning the Supplies of Ireland, which we hope will be speedily concluded; and being desirous to take all Occasions to express their Care and Zeal to maintain the good Correspondency between the Nations (which both Parliaments have obliged themselves, by solemn Vow and Protestation, by all good Ways and Means to preserve); and having Cause enough to doubt that, at this Time, ill-affected Persons to the Good and Peace of both Kingdoms may take Occasion, from His Majesty's absenting Himself from His Parliament, to misconstrue and misinterpret their Actions; and calling to Mind the Wisdom of the Parliament of Scotland, to prevent all Misapprehensions in Cases of the like Difficulty and Importance, by giving a timely and right Understanding of their Proceedings unto the Kingdom of England; invited by their Example, and to the End that all Testimonies of mutual Affection between the Two Nations may be reciprocal; they hold it fit to impart unto them the Truth and Clearness of their Proceedings; that they have given no Cause or Occasion to His Majesty to withdraw Himself at this Time from His Parliament; but it hath wholly and solely proceeded from the ill Counsels and Suggestions of ill-affected Persons, who have also stirred up His Majesty, by Declarations and Messages, to lay several great and heavy Imputations upon the Parliament, and to disaffect Him to their Proceedings; whereby they are inforced, for the clearing of themselves and their Actions from such Aspersions, to set forth a Declaration unto this Kingdom, which when they have perfected, they intend also to send to the Council of Scotland, that it may be communicated to that Kingdom, to give them more particular Satisfaction concerning their Intents and Actions; assuring them, in the mean Time, that their Aims and Ends are conjoint with theirs, to maintain and advance the Honour and Greatness of His Majesty, the Peace and Prosperity of His Kingdoms, and, most of all, the Truth and Sincerity of the Protestant Religion within all His Dominions."
To be sent to Scotland.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Declaration, to be sent to the Council of Scotland from both Houses of Parliament; and that the Lords Commissioners do deliver the said Declaration to the Scotts Commissioners, to be sent into Scotland.
Message from the H. C. that the Earl of Warwick may settle the Officers for the Militia in the Counties of Norfolk and Essex;
To let their Lordships know, that they taking Notice of the Earl of Warwicke's going to Sea shortly, and he being Lord Lieutenant of the County of Norff and Essex, they are desirous that his Lordships would settle the deputing of Colonels and Captains, and other Officers, in those Counties, before he goes; for which Purpose the House of Commons have prepared a Draught of a Form for deputing Colonels and Captains, according to the Ordinance for the Militia; wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
and for the Earl of Bridgewater to deliver up Papers concerning the Isle of Anglesey.
2. The House of Commons desires that their Lordships would please to send to the Earl of Bridgewater, to desire him to deliver unto the now Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Anglesey such Papers as he hath in his Custody, concerning that Isle, and the Militia thereof.
Committee to consider of the Forms of Colonels and Captains Commissions in the Militia.
The L. Admiral.
The L. Chamberlain.
L. Viscount Saye & Seale.
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees with the House of Commons, in sending to the Earl of Bridgwater; concerning the Forms of the Deputations to Colonels and Captains, this House will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own, in convenient Time.
Lord Strange Leave to be absent.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, videlicet, 9m diem instantis Aprilis, hora 10a Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.