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 Sabbati, videlicet, 6 die Augusti.
Message to the H. C. to postpone the Lord Mayor's Cause.
To let the House of Commons know, that their Lordships are resolved, (fn. 1) in regard of the pressing Occasions of the Kingdom now in Hand, to put off the Proceeding of the Lord Mayor's Cause until Tuesday next, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning.
Indemnity for those who apprehended Sir Lewis Dives.
An Order of Indemnity of the Persons that assisted Sir Oliver Luke, in the apprehending of Sir Lewis Dyves, (fn. 2) was read.
Judge Mallet committed to The Tower.
Escot's Sentence, for Words against the Parliament.
Sir F. Fortescue's Petition about Carrickfergus Castle.
Squire versus Francis.
Upon reading the Petition of Scipio Squire, against Mathew Francis; it is Ordered, That the Committee for Petitions shall meet, and hear this Cause, on Monday next in the Afternoon; but, if the Lords Committees have other Business, so as they cannot meet, then the Lord Chief Justice is to hear the Business by Counsel on both Sides, and report the same to this House.
Message from the H. C. for the Lords to sit an Hour.
To let their Lordships know, That the House of Commons have a Business of an extraordinary Consequence to bring up to their Lordships, which requires great Expedition; but it will require an Hour's Time to prepare it, before they can bring it up; therefore they desire their Lordships would be pleased to sit an Hour, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
Sir P. Vernatti and Mr. Jennings.
Amendments to the Scots Treaty.
"It is Provided and Agreed, That, at any Time after the Three Months now agreed upon for the Entertainment of the Scotts Army shall be expired, and that the Two Houses of Parliament, or such Persons as shall be authorized by them, shall give Notice to the Council of Scotland, or the Lord Chancellor there, That, after One Month from such Notice given, the said Two Houses of Parliament will not pay the said Scottish Army now in Ireland, any longer; then the said Two Houses of Parliament shall not be obliged to pay the said Army any longer than during the said Month, any Thing in this Treaty contained to the contrary notwithstanding."
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it.
Message from the H. C. for the Lords to concur in the following Particulars.
Delinquents to be sent for, from Shropshire.
The Names of the Persons to be sent for (fn. 3) are these: Sir Paul Harris, Knight and Baronet.
Answer to the H. C.
Answer from the H. C.
Message from thence, for Judgement against Lord Digby.
"That they had formerly brought up an Impeachment of High Treason against George Lord Digby, and had brought up Articles in Pursuance of that Impeachment: There are likewise divers Proclamations issued out, to warn him to appear before this House, sub Pæna Convictionis, which he hath not obeyed; and, lest his foul Crimes should be thought to be forgotten, the House of Commons desires that their Lordships would please to appoint some short Day, to give Judgement against him."
Committee of Safety to open Letters, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, between this and Monday next, shall have (fn. 4) Power to open all Letters that are directed to the Speaker of this House; and to send for such Persons as they think fit, and to consider of any Thing as may be for the Safety of the Kingdom.
Judgement against Lord Digby to be considered.
That this (fn. 4) House will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own.
Letter from the Committee in Shropshire, complaining of some Persons, who would have executed the Commission of Array.
"We (fn. 5) came to Shrewsbury on Friday last, where, and in other Parts of the County, we found the Commission of Array was begun to be put in Execution the 26th of July, by Warrants then sent out, under the Hands of the High Sheriff of the County and other Commissioners; a Copy of a Warrant we have herein sent: Whereupon we sent to the Persons of the Trained Bands of Horse and Foot, and their Maintainers, to come to us on Monday after, to Shrewsbury; where, although the Time was very short, yet (as much as we could allow, the training by the Commission of Array being appointed to be on Tuesday the Second of August) there was a great Appearance of Gentlemen of great Worth, and substantial Freeholders. We, in a public Place, read unto them our Instructions from both Houses of Parliament, to which they gave a great Acclamation. Then we spake to them, and read the Commission of Array, to which they gave no Approbation that we could perceive. Then we read the Resolutions of both Houses, of the 18th and 20th of June last, which they liked well on; and then was read the Declaration against the Commission of Array, which was heard with great Attention, until the Sheriff, with many of the Commissioners of Array and others, came, and called to stop, and the Sheriff would have taken the Declaration out of the Reader's Hand; but, being prevented by us and others, Sir Paul Harris, Knight and Baronet, most violently endeavoured to hinder the reading, by often offering to snatch the Declaration; but, being likewise prevented, he laid Hold on and pulled Mr. Pierrepont's Cloak, which being suddenly caused to let loose, he continued in an offensive Manner, backed with a Crowd, insomuch as many of the People below called often and earnestly to us to throw him down to them. In this Distemper, came in Mr. Francis Ottley, with a Drum beating, he flourishing a Staff about his Head, with some few Gentlemen, and a great Rabble of mean People, with Staves in like Manner, which for some Time gave Hindrance to our Proceedings.
"Mr. Edward Cressett, a Commissioner of Array, did with Words of Scorn hinder the reading of the Declaration. Richard Gibbons, Mayor of Shrousbury, did what he could to hinder us also; making Two Proclamations, the one for all to depart presently, the other to be gone within an Hour, or to be proceeded against as Rioters. Yet, after a little Time, we went on; and the Declaration was read out, and something said to the People thereon. After, many Hundred Persons came to us to our Inn, whom we again acquainted with the Inconveniences of the Commission of Array, destructive to the Laws and Liberties, and desired them to depart to their Houses. Yesterday Morning, Captain Hunt, appointed by Ordinance of both Houses, did train his Voluntier Soldiers, whom we went to see. They were about Three Hundred orderly Men. The same Day, as (fn. 6) we were informed, Sir Vincent Corbett, Knight and Baronet, and Mr. Richard Lloyd, both Commissioners of Array, did train Two Companies of Soldiers, each Company consisting of One Hundred and Fifty, of which they were heretofore Captains, at Atcham and Mountford Bridges, the one Two Miles South and the other Three Miles North of Shrousberry; in One Company appeared about Eighty, in the other about One Hundred; and Mr. Ottley, under Colour of the Commission of Array, with the High Sheriff, the Mayor of this Town, many of the Commissioners of Array, with the Irish and other Commanders, of which near One Hundred were Townsmen of Shrousebury, the rest Strangers, marched up and down the Town. This Night there was a great Uproar, but ended without Hurt.
"This Day we sent for the Recorder and many of the Aldermen, with whom we consulted, and took Order for preserving the Peace. The Sheriff (fn. 6) and all the Commissioners of Array but such as live here being all gone, and the Multitude dispersed from hence, we are now ready to depart from this Town, to put in Execution your Commands in other Parts.
"We have been received with great Affection by many Gentlemen of great Quality in this County, and by the greater Number of Aldermen and other substantial Inhabitants of this Town, coming from the Parliament,
Order for 200l. to Lord Loftus, late Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, taking Notice of the great Worth and long Time of faithful Service performed to this Crown, in the Kingdom of Ireland, by the Lord Loftus, late Lord Chancellor of that Kingdom, and of the present Condition he is brought unto now, in his great old Age, by reason of the Rebellion in Ireland; in Consideration of his great Sufferings, do Order, That the Treasurers at London, appointed to receive the Monies that come in upon the Act of Loan and Contribution for Ireland, do forthwith pay unto the said Lord Loftus, or to his Assignee, Two Hundred Pounds, out of the Monies that are or shall come in upon the said Act of Loan and Contribution; and this Order, together with an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Lord Louftus, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers for so much Money, as they shall hereupon pay in Manner as aforesaid."