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 Jovis, videlicet, 29 die Decembris.
Houston, a Pass to the King at Oxford.
Upon Information to this House, "That one Mr. Houston, One of the Equerries, is sent by the King to London, to visit His Children, and to return again to Oxford, to give an Account thereof to His Majesty:" It is now Ordered, That Mr. Houlston shall have a Pass, to go from London to Oxford.
Justice Foster, Leave to attend the King.
Mr. Justice Foster acquainted this House, "That he hath received a Letter from the King, dated the 13th December, 1642, to command him (fn. 1) to attend Him at Yorke, to advise for the Peace and Good of this Kingdom; wherein he desired the Direction of this House:" And this (fn. 1) House, considering the Integrity of Mr. Justice Foster, that he may do much Good there, this House gave him Leave to attend His Majesty; and that he shall have a Pass, to go and return in Peace and Safety, and to go by his own House from London, and from thence to Oxford.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the E. of Leicester.
Message from thence, with Instructions for Devonshire.
L. Cottington threatened by Sir Edward Hungerford, if he does not give him 1000 l.
Next, a Letter was read, directed to the Earl of Pembrooke, from the Lord Cottington, dated the 24th of December, 1642; shewing, "That he is threatened by Sir Edward Hungerford with some hard Measure, by bringing his Troopers to his House, if he gives him not One Thousand Pounds to redeem that Vexation.
"His Lordship conceives that a Letter of their Lordships to Sir Edward Hungerford will be sufficient for his Relief; but, if it must be some Protection from the Lords, then he humbly desires their Lordships Favours."
Sir Edward Hungerford not to demand the Money.
This House apprehending this as a Breach of Privilege, the Lord Cottington (fn. 2) being a Peer, Ordered, That the Speaker shall write to Sir Edward Hungerford (fn. 1) to let him know, "That this House hath received an Information from the Lord Cottington, that he demands of him One Thousand Pounds; and, because the Lord Cottington is a Peer of this Realm, and therefore to be assessed by this House, that their Lordships will send to the Lord Cottington, to know what he will contri bute; in the mean Time, to desire him not to proceed any further herein, until their Lordships have received an Answer from the Lord Cottington."
Answer from the H. C. concerning the Conference about the E. of Leicester.
Subject of it.
The House appointed the Speaker to deliver the Letter of the Lord Lieutenant, at this Conference, to the House of Commons; and desire them to join with this House, to desire His Majesty would be pleased to send the Earl of Leycester speedily into Ireland, or some other Person to be Lord Lieutenant there, as the Parliament shall approve; else they shall not be able to save that Kingdom.
Message from the H. C. with an Order to associate the Counties of Warwick and Stafford.
Chichester surrendered to the Parliament.
Next, a Letter was read, dated the 28th of December, to give their Lordships Notice, "That the City of Chichester was Yesterday surrendered up to them; and they have taken some Prisoners, which they intend to send up to the Parliament."