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, 30 die Septembris.
Justice Reeves's Petition, for Leave of Absence.
A Petition of Mr. Justice Reeves, "That, in regard of his ill Health at this Time, he desireth the Pleasure of this House, that his Attendance might be dispensed withall, until his further Strength will enable him to attend this House."
Le Grand's Petition.
Conference about Irish Affairs reported.
"Complaining that the Lord Forbys refuses to obey any Command of his, and rifled Two Castles, of Two Gentlemen, which forced them to fly to the Rebels; desiring that he may be commanded to give Assistance to them upon Occasion, as he shall be required.
"The House of Commons, taking into Consideration the lamentable Condition of Ireland, think it fit, that speedy Supplies may be sent to Ireland, else they cannot satisfy their own Consciences; and have made Votes, [ (fn. 1) wherein they] desire their Lordships Concurrence.
To know of the House of Commons what they intend by the Word ["Governor"]; whether to make the Lord Inchequine Provost of Munster, and Commander of the Army there. The House conceived, he being an Irishman born, and many of his Kindred out in Rebellion, it might be prejudicial to make him Provost.
"2. The House of Commons desires that the Order for sending Ten Thousand Pounds to Munster, and the Cloaths (fn. 2)
"3. That some Merchants have made a Proposition, for sending Ships, for taking all Ships are bound to relieve the Rebels in Ireland; and this they offer to do at their own Charge, if they may have the Booty for their Pains to themselves.
This House thought it fit to know what Caution will be given, that Trade (fn. 3) of other Nations with Ireland may not be disturbed, with this Undertaking; but that the Adventurers may be subject to Instructions, and undertake for the Actions of those they employ.
Answer from the H. C.
Delinquents sent for, for killing the King's Deer in Somersham Park.
It was informed, "That divers Persons have destroyed the King's Deer, at Somersham Park, in Com. Huntington; as Francis Whiteles, Tho. Smith, Tho. Hiles, and Gilak:" Hereupon it is Ordered, That the aforenamed Persons shall be attached, by the Gentleman Usher attending this House, and brought before the Lords in Parliament, to answer the said Fact.
Sir Thomas Dawes's Petition.
Ordered, That this Petition, and the Petition of Sir Tho. Crymes, &c. are referred to the Examination and Consideration of the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench; and to report the same to this House.
Message to the H. C. with the Order for Indemnity to the Twickenham Voluntiers.
"Instructions for John Wylde, Serjeant at Law, Humfrey Salwey, and John Nash, Esquires, Members of the House of Commons, and Committees to be sent into Worcestershire, and to the County of the City of Worcester, and to the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants of that County, and County of the City, for the Preservation of the same.
Instructions for the Committee to be sent into Worcestershire.
"Whereas it doth appear to the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, that the King, seduced by wicked Counsels, intends to make War against His Parliament; and for that it is not improbable that, under Colour of raising a Guard for His Majesty's Person, or some other Pretence, the Knights, Gentlemen, Freeholders, and Inhabitants, of the County of Worcester, and County of the City of Worcester may be drawn together: Therefore you, and every of you, shall take special Care, that the Ordinance concerning the Militia be forthwith put in Execution through the County and [ (fn. 4) County of the City]; and the Sheriff and all other Officers and Subjects are hereby enjoined to assist you, and every of you, therein; and if any Person whatsoever shall levy, or endeavour to levy, any Soldiers, or to draw or keep together the Trained Bands, or other armed Forces, of the said County, or any other Forces, by Colour or Pretence of any Commission or Warrant from his Majesty, under the Great Seal, or otherwise, without Order or Consent of both Houses of Parliament, you are to make known to the Trained Bands, and other Inhabitants of the said County, that those who shall appear upon any such Warrant, or obey any such Commission, shall be held Disturbers of the Public Peace; and those who shall not appear upon any such Warrant or Commission, nor do any Thing in Execution thereof, shall be protected by both Houses of Parliament.
"And you, and every of you, shall, in the Name and by the Authority of both the said Houses, require and command all Persons to forbear the Execution of such Commission or Warrant, and the same to be delivered up unto you, or any of you, to be sent to the Speaker of the House of Commons; and you, and every of you, Deputy Lieutenants, are hereby required to draw together such of the Trained Bands, and other Forces of the said County, as shall be expedient, for the suppressing of all such Assemblies, and for the apprehending of all or any Person or Persons as shall, after Admonition and Command by you, or any of you, made unto them, to forbear the Execution of any such Commission or Warrant, or the calling or gathering or keeping together of any such Forces or Assemblies, still persist in doing the same; and likewise such as shall bear Arms by Colour of any Warrant or Commission from His Majesty, under the Great Seal, or otherwise, without Order or Consent of both Houses of Parliament; and also such disaffected Persons as shall be found raising any Party or Factions against the Parliament; to be sent up hither, to answer such their Offences, as to Law and Justice shall appertain.
"And you, and every of you, the abovesaid Members of the House of Commons, shall, in the Name of the Lords and Commons, require and command the Sheriff of the County of Worcester, and County of the City of Worcester, to publish throughout the said County the Declarations formerly published by both Houses of Parliament.
"You, and every of you, shall further take Care, that such Resolutions and Orders of both Houses, as have been, or shall be, delivered or sent down unto you, or any of you, be put in Execution; and shall require the Sheriff, Justices of the Peace, and all other His Majesty's Officers and Subjects, to be aiding and assisting unto you, and every of you, for that Purpose.
You shall declare unto all Men, That it hath ever been, and still shall be, the Care and Endeavour of the Parliament, to provide for His Majesty's Safety; and that they do not, nor ever did, know of any Evil intended to His Majesty's Person, which might move Him to require any extraordinary Guard; that His greatest Safety is in the Affection and Fidelity of His Subjects, and in the Advice and Counsel of His Parliament; and His greatest Danger in withdrawing Himself from them; so that, under Colour of doing Him Service, disaffected and malignant Persons, obnoxious to Justice for their great Crimes, have raised Forces, which they labour to increase, to the Disturbance and Hazard of the Kingdom.
"You, the said Members of the House of Commons, and every of you, shall endeavour to clear the Proceedings of Parliament from all Imputations and Aspersions; and shall, from Time to Time, certify us of all Things which you conceive necessary for the present Service: And that we may have a speedy Account of it, and that our Directions to you, as well as your Advertisements to us, may have a clear and ready Passage, you, and every of you, shall lay strict Charge upon all Post-masters, that they do not suffer any Letters, or other Dispatches, to or from the Parliament, to be intercepted or stayed, and, if any shall presume to make such Stay of those Dispatches, you, and every of you, shall direct the Post-masters to repair to the Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all other Officers, for their Aid and Assistance, who are hereby required to take special Care that there may be no such Interruption.
"You, and every of you, shall take Care, that none of the Recusants Arms, or other Ammunition, of the said County, or County of the City, shall be carried or taken out of the County, upon any Pretence of Command whatsoever, without Warrant from both Houses of Parliament; and you, and every of you, shall give Order and Direction to the Sheriff, Justices of Peace, and other Officers, to require and command all the Popish Recusants in that County to confine themselves to their Dwellings, according to the Statute in that Case provided; and if any such Recusant shall be found to transgress therein, you, and every of you, shall cause the Justices of the Peace forthwith to bind them to their good Behaviour; and, upon Refusal or Neglect to give Security accordingly, to commit them to Prison, and further proceed against them according to Law.
"You shall also, in the Name of both Houses of Parliament, require all such Persons, who have in their Custody any Part of the Public Magazine of your County, or any Arms of the Trained Bands, to deliver the same unto you, or some of you, or to such Person or Persons whom you shall nominate and appoint, to be employed for the Defence of the said County; and if any Person or Persons shall deliver and yield up the said Magazine, or any Part thereof, or any of the Arms of the said Trained Bands, unless he or they shall be thereunto inforced by Violence of such Power as he or they cannot resist, that then such Person or Persons, so delivering up the same Magazine or Arms, shall be accountable to both Houses of Parliament for such their Contempt, and shall make good unto the County (out of his own Purse) the true Value of the said Magazine and Arms, and every Part thereof so yielded up as aforesaid.
"And you, and every of you, are likewise to give Charge, from both Houses of Parliament, to all Captains, Lieutenants, and other Officers of the Militia, that they be observant to such Directions as they shall, from Time to Time, receive from the Lieutenant of the said County, or his Deputies, or any of them, for due Performance of any the Commands of the said Houses.
"You, and every of you, shall resist and repel, and are hereby authorized to resist and repel, by the Power of the said County, and by all other Ways and Means, all such Force and Violence as shall be raised or brought, by any Person or Persons, to the Hindrance or Disturbance of this present Service, or for the arresting or seizing of the Persons of you, or any of you, or of any others which shall be employed in the Performance of the Ordinances, Instructions, and Commands of both Houses of Parliament, for any Thing done in Execution thereof; and the Sheriff and Justices of Peace of the said County, and County of the City, and all other Officers and Subjects, are hereby enjoined to be aiding and assisting to you, and every of you, for the better and more speedy Execution of the Premises.
"And the Lords and Commons do hereby Declare, That they will protect, defend, and assist, all Manner of Persons, for such Actions as they shall perform in Pursuance of these Instructions, and other Orders and Commands of the said Houses of Parliament."