Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 5, 1642-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, videlicet, 2 die Decembris.
Earl Manchester was appointed Speaker this Day.
The Messengers return Answer:
That they have delivered the Order, and the Addition, concerning Captain Manwaring's Searching of Waggons, and Trunks, &c. and the House of Commons will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
E. of Warwick's Cause about the Post Office.
Mr. Burlamachi was called, and demanded a Reason why he disobeyed the Order of this House of the 25th November, in not delivering the present Possession of the Inland Letter Office to the Earl of Warwicke. He answered, "That he is not in Possession of the said Office, nor Interest, since the Sequestration was taken away; but the Office is kept at his House; and one Mr. Prideaux, a Member of the House of Commons, hath hired his House and his Servants, and disposes of the Letters."
The Earl of Warwicke hath a Title to the said Office, under the Great Seal of England.
Ordered, That this House confirms the Order of the 25th of November last; and that the Post-masters shall bring the Mails of Letters to the Earl of Warwicke, or his Deputies; and, if they refuse, that then the Earl of Warwicke shall have Power to seize upon the Mails, and to put them out of their Places until they conform themselves thereunto; and if Mr. Prideaux do interpose, then this House holds it fit to have a Conference with the House of Commons, and to represent the Particulars to them.
Venetian Ambassador's Horses seized.
Complaint was made to this House, "That the Persons, who are appointed to seize Horses for the Service of the Army, have seized the Horses of the Venetian Ambassador (who is a Public Minister of State), and took them away in a violent and uncivil Manner, by some of the Trained Bands of the City of London." It was further informed, "That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom have sent for the Parties, to examine them this Afternoon; and, if the said Committee thinks it fit that the said Ambassador should have a public Satisfaction, then the Committee will report the same to the House of Parliament, and do therein according to their Wisdoms."
House adjourned till 10 a cras.