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 Martis, 23 Augusti.
Atkinson, Newark Post-master, Words against the E. of Holland.
Peter le Hatch, sworn, faith, "That Atkinson, the Post-master at Newarke, said, in his Hearing, when the Earl of Holland went into the North with a Petition from the Parliament to the King, That it was Pity that ever he should return Home again alive."
Ordered, etc. That (fn. 1)
E. of Bath's Letter to the Speaker, why he absents himself from Parliament.
"I received last Night a Summons from that Honourable House, requiring my Attendance there on Monday next, the 22d of this Month, according to His Majesty's Writ. It is true, that I was summoned at the Beginning of this Parliament, as of Right I ought, and did not fail to give my Attendance upon that Service, with as much Diligence and Affection to the Public as my poor Ability could express: But I received many Interruptions, by Scorns, Menaces, and Affronts, from the People inhabiting about the City of London and Westm. contrary to the Constitution and Privileges of that and all other Councils, where the Members ought to come, sit, and return, with Honour and Safety; and I do not yet see the Minds of those People so settled and composed, that I may hope for better Usage: Wherefore I shall humbly desire their Lordships to excuse my Absence, until I may have some Confidence of enjoying that Honour and Safety, which heretofore I have not had. And so, with my Service to your Lordship, I will remain
To be sent for, as a Delinquent.
Colonel Butler, a Pass to go beyond Sea.
Mesengers to return Papers to the Clerk of the Parliament, when the H. C. is up.
Ordered, etc. That when any Messengers shall be sent from this House to the Commons, with any Orders, Declarations, or other Papers, and they are risen, so that they cannot deliver them, the said Messengers shall presently return them to the Clerk of this House, and not keep them in their Hands.
Morrice, the Prince's Servant's Privilege.
Upon the humble Petition of Jo. Morrice, a Servant in Ordinary to the Prince his Highness, which was read in the House, desiring to be released of his Imprisonment: It is Ordered, That the said Jo. Morrice shall be released of his Imprisonment, by Privilege of Parliament.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference, about the Declaration concerning Papists; and about the Gentleman Usher's and the Lieutenant of The Tower's Expences for Prisoners.
That the Lords desire to express something unto them, to be altered in the late Declaration touching Papists. 2. That the Gentleman Usher might have Satisfaction for several Journies that he hath made, for the Service of the Parliament. 3. And that the Lieutenant of The Tower of London might have Satisfaction for the Prisoners committed to him by Parliament, that are not able to keep themselves.
Message from the H. C. for the Prisoners in The Tower to be more restrained;
1. That the House of Commons desired the Lords, that the Lieutenant of The Tower of London might be commanded, That his Prisoners might not have the Liberty to come one to the other with such Freedom as now they have.
with an Order about Lynn Regis;
and for a Conference about Letters from Essex and Ireland.
Committee to consider of restraining the Prisoners in The Tower.
To peruse Letters from Spain.
L. Teynham to be sent up.
Gerrard, etc. to go beyond Sea.
Keyes, for Words against the King and Parliament.
Upon Information this Day given to the House, "That Wm. Keeyes, a Prisoner in Newgate, said, in the Hearing of several People, That the King and Parliament were a Company of Rogues:" It is Ordered, That the King's Counsel shall inform themselves of the Certainty of the Speaking of these Words, and proceed against the said Willm. Keeyes, according to Law.
Conference about a Declaration to be sent to Essex, reported.
The House being again resumed, the Lord Kymbolton reported, "That the Commons had delivered a Letter at the Conference, which was brought up from Colchester, dated the 24th of this Instant August; upon which that House had drawn up a Declaration, which is intended to be speedily sent into Essex, by Sir Tho. Barrington; and that House desireth your Lordships Concurrence therein."
Sir Jo. Lucas and Newcomen, sent for as Delinquents;
his Arms, Plate, etc. to be brought up.
Sir Tho. Barrington to send up Delinquents.
Lady Rivers's House to be searched.
Mrs. Roberts's Pass.
Common Council to be called.
Order for apprehending the E. of Bath.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the Sheriff of the County of Devon, and the Deputy Lieutenants of the County, or any of them, apprehend the Body of Henry Earl of Bath, and bring him before the Lords in Parliament, to answer his most dangerous and seditious Expressions and Practices, to disannul this Parliament in the Freedom thereof; and these strictly command all Officers, and other Persons, to be aiding and assisting, for the Apprehension of the said Earl, wheresoever he shall be found, as they tender the Peace and Welfare of this Kingdom, and the Being of Parliament, in which their own Lives and Liberties are assured."
Indemnity for the Voluntiers of King's Lynn.
"Whereas divers well-affected Persons of the Town of King's Lin, in the County of Norff, have of themselves, as Voluntiers, under the Leading of Captain Thomas Revet, and Mr. James Astwood, Lieutenant, exercised themselves in the Use of their Arms, by peaceable training and marching in the Fields near the said Town, the better to enable and prepare themselves for the Service and Defence of His Majesty and this Kingdom, when they shall be lawfully called thereto: The Lords and Commons, taking the same into Consideration, do Order, That the said Persons shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, for their Security and Indemnity, for their said Training and Exercising already past; and do further Ordain, That all such Inhabitants of the said Town, and Liberties thereof, as shall desire and willingly submit to be trained and exercised in the Use of their Arms, may, from Time to Time hereafter, in a peaceable and orderly Way, under the Leading of the said Captain Revett, Lieutenant Astwood, or either of them, train, learn, and exercise themselves in the Use of their Arms, and Order of Marching, at such convenient Times, and in such Places of the said Town and Liberties thereof, as shall be by them thought fit for that Purpose, until other Order shall be herein taken by both Houses of Parliament; and that they shall be saved harmless for so doing, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament; and that the Mayor, Justices, Aldermen, Captains of the Trained Bands, Common Council, and other Inhabitants of the said Town, who shall encourage and assist the said Persons in their Training and Exercising aforesaid, shall be held by both Houses of Parliament to do a very acceptable Service therein, and shall have the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, for their Indemnity in so doing; and the Mayor, Justices, Aldermen, Common Council, Captains of the Trained Bands, Captain Tho. Rivett, and James Astwood, Lieutenant of the Voluntiers, and other Inhabitants aforesaid, are hereby required to take special Care, for the safe guarding of the said Town, and preserving the Magazine; and the said Voluntiers to be aiding and assisting unto them therein, upon all Occasions."
Order to justify the seizing of Sir John Lucas's Horses, Arms, etc.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons in Parliament have this Day received, from the Mayor of Colchester, in Essex, an Information, That Sir John Lucas, at his House there, had made great Provisions of Horse, Arms, and Ammunition, to be secretly conveyed to the King, for His Assistance in oppressing and destroying His good People, which Act of Sir John Lucas and his Adherents is, by the Law of this Land, High Treason; and that the honest Inhabitants of that Town, and the Parts adjacent, having Notice thereof, did seize the same Horses and Arms, and did cause the said Sir John, with others of his Family and Adherents, to be kept in safe Custody, and the Parliament to be speedily advertised thereof: It is now Declared, by the said Lords and Commons, That Sir Thomas Barrington, and Mr. Grimston, Members of the House of Commons, and Gentlemen employed by that House to impart this Declaration to the Country, shall, in the Name of both Houses, assure the said Inhabitants, that, in seizing upon the Horse and Arms of Sir John Lucas, prepared for assisting in the War now levied against the Parliament, they have done a very acceptable Service to the Commonwealth, and such a one as doth express a great Zeal to their Religion and Liberties: Yet, lest the gathering together of so many Persons might seem to give some Occasion to Persons ill-affected, of misconstruing their peaceable Intentions, they are farther to signify unto them, that it is thought fit they should for the present disperse themselves, and repair every Man to his own Home, with this Confidence, that the Lords and Commons, as they have already begun, so they will not fail to continue their utmost Care, in securing that and all other Counties of the Kingdom, by disarming not only Papists, but all other Persons who shall give just Cause of Suspicion to be disaffected to the Public Peace and Freedom of the Subject."