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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DE Martis, videlicet, 7 die Februarii.
Sterling, a Pass.
Message from the H. C. about the Ordinance for quieting the Possession of Sutton Marsh.
That whereas an Ordinance of Parliament was sent down to them, to be concurred in, for the quieting of Sutton Marsh, the House of Commons think it not fit to join with their Lordships therein for these Reasons:
1. Because the Sheriff of Lyncolneshire (fn. 1) is not lawfully chosen to be Sheriff.
Therefore the House of Commons have framed a Letter, to be sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Lyncolneshire, to be signed with the Hands of the Speakers of both Houses, for that Purpose, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
Letter to the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, to suppress the Riots in Sutton Marsh.
"After our hearty Commendations, these are to advertise your Lordship, that both Houses, being informed that divers of the Inhabitants of the Towns of Sutton and Lutton, in the County of Lyncolne, have of late, in a riotous and tumultuous Manner, entered upon the Marsh called Sutton Marsh, and pulled down some of the Dwelling Houses, and committed great Waste and Spoil in Corn and other Goods there, and have threatened the Tenants to lay all the said Marsh common, unless they remove their Dwellings before Shrove Tuesday next: The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled have therefore thought fit, in regard that several Petitions are now depending before them concerning the Right of the said Marsh, to command us to signify unto your Lordship their Opinions concerning the same, desiring your Lordship's Care therein; and that, as well by yourself and your Deputy Lieutenants, as by the Justices of the Peace and all other His Majesty's Officers within that County, from Time to Time, by all lawful Means, you endeavour to suppress all unlawful Assemblies, Riots, Tumults, and Disorders, that shall be committed or attempted, by any of the Inhabitants of the said Towns, or by any other Persons whatsoever, in or upon the said Marsh Grounds, until the Cause touching the Title thereof shall either be determined in Parliament, or the Parties in Possession shall be evicted by some other legal Way of Proceeding."