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 Mercurii, videlicet, 11 Maii.
Earl of Bath Leave to be absent.
Earl of Marlborough Leave to go to Sea.
(Here enter it.)
Attorney General, Leave to go in the Country.
Delinquents for Words in Mr. Fisher's Cause sent for.
Upon reading an Affidavit of contemptuous Words spoken against the Order of this House in Mr. Fisher's Cause; it is Ordered, That the Parties disobeying the said Order shall be sent for, as Delinquents.
Complaint from the French King, of a Treaty negotiating by Sir Tho. Roe, with the Emperor, for Recovery of the Palatinate.
The Earl of Holland acquainted the House, "That the French Ambassador desired him to acquaint this House with an Abstract of a Letter from the French King, complaining of some Treaties of Sir Tho. Roe, Ambassador with the Emperor, of offering an offensive and defensive League with the House of Austria, for recovering of the Palatinate; which is presumed he hath no such Instructions from the King or Parliament."
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about this and about Saltpetre and Gunpowder.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, to desire a Conference, by a Committee of both Houses, touching an Abstract of a Letter delivered by the French Ambassador, and also touching the Salt-petre Mines, and the making of Gunpowder.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Sir Geo. Strode and Mr. Spencer. Orders for removing the Magazine from Monmouth.
2. That the Orders concerning the removing of the Magazine from Monmouth, and concerning the Priests, and the other Particulars of the late Conference (fn. 1)
The Paper from the Scots Commissioners.
Answer to the H. C.
That this House will give a present Conference, as is desired; and that the Particulars of the Conference reported Yesterday shall be (fn. 2) speedily put into Execution.
Earl of Lindsey to bring in his Commission of Lieutenancy.
Mr. Bushell's Cause.
Subject of the Conference about the Saltpetre and Gunpowder Mines.
The Lord Keeper was appointed to let the House of Commons know, at this Conference, "That the Mines of Salt-petre are very much decayed, and but little Store of Powder in the Kingdom; and, in regard of the great Occasions of Ireland for Powder, and the Safety of this Kingdom, to desire that a select Committee of both Houses may be appointed, to consider of the preserving and increasing of Salt-petre Mines, and making and furnishing the Kingdom with Gunpowder: To meet when they please."
Committee to consider of preserving them.
E. of Essex.
E. of Holland.
E. of Leycester.
E. of Dover.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Nuttall and Gisbrough, in Error.
Conference concerning the Scots Paper for conciliating Matters between the King and Parliament, reported.
Sir George Strode and Mr. Spencer impeached by the H. C.
No Lord to ask Leave of Absence but in a full House.
Lords absent without Leave.
There is a Difference to be made between those Lords that went without Leave before the making of the last Order and those that went since, and those that had Leave and have exceeded the Time given them by this House.
Earl of Carlisle to attend the House.
Earl of Newport sent for, as a Delinquent.
Lords sent for, to attend the House.
Lord Rich sent for, as a Delinquent.
No Lord to be absent, after he has appeared, without fresh Leave.
The Sense of this House was, "That, if any Lord ask Leave of this House to be absent for a certain Time; when he comes and sits in this House, his Leave is expired, though it comes short of the Time granted."
Lord Savill sent for, as a Delinquent.
Lord Spencer Leave to be absent.
Further Report of the Conference, about the Paper from the Privy Council of Scotland, for conciliating Matters between the King and Parliament.
"That Mr. Pym did, from the House of Commons, communicate to their Lordships a Paper, which was sent to them from the Scott Commissioners; concerning which the House of Commons have made some Observations, and some Resolutions:
Sir George Strode and Mr. Spencer's Impeachment.
"To deliver to their Lordships Two several Impeachments from the House of Commons, with which (fn. 3) they transmit their Bodies likewise; one against Sir George Strode, the other against Richard Spencer, Esquire; who were, like Symeon and Levi, Brothers in Iniquity.
"Mr. Perd said, That the ancient Use when Impeachments were brought was, to forbear Comments or Aggravations: The House of Commons speaks the Matter in the Articles. To speak to them were to (fn. 4) no Purpose, being absent; neither to their Lordships, being not now in Judgement; but when their Lordships shall assign a Day, the House of Commons will be ready to make good the several Impeachments against them."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in the First Part of this Conference touching the Scotts Commissioners, and appoints the Lords Commissioners to signify to them according to the Resolutions of the House of Commons.
Sir George Strode and Mr. Spencer to attend Tomorrow, to hear their Impeachment read.
Ordered, That Sir George Strode and Mr. Richard Spencer shall remain as they are now until To-morrow Morning, at which Time they are to be brought to this House, to hear their Charges read; and then this House will give further Directions therein.
Thanks to the Privy Council of Scotland, for their Paper presented to the Parliament.
Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the Lords Commissioners shall let the Scotts Commissioners know, that this House returns Thanks to the Council of Scotland, for their good Affections to the King and this Kingdom, expressed in their Answer to His Majesty; and to desire of the Scotts Commissioners a particular Notice of what the Council of Scotland have received from the King, upon which their Answer was grounded.