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 Lunæ, videlicet, 20 die Februarii.
Earl of Manchester was appointed by the House to be Speaker this Day.
Halylay, Countess of Devon's Servant, a Pass.
Ordered, That Christopher Halylay, a Servant of the Countess of Devon, shall have a Pass, to go and return to Oxford.
E. of Lindsey Leave to come to Town on Parcle.
The Speaker signified to the House, "That he hath received a Letter from the Lord General, that the Earl of Lyndsey is very desirous to be permitted to come to London, about his Affairs; which the Lord General thinks may (fn. 1) be safely permitted, his Lord ship giving his Word for his true Imprisonment;" which this House approved of, and referred it to the Lord General.
L. Viscount Mountague to send Furniture to France.
Ordered, That the Lord Viscount Mountague shall be permitted to transport some Household Stuff into France.
Lady Leventhorp's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of Dame Dorothy Leventhorpe, late Wife of Sir Tho. Leventhorpe Baronet, and now Wife of Tho. Alford: It is Ordered, That these Lords following shall be Committees, to consider of this Petition, and report their Opinions thereof to this House:
Any Two to meet when they please.
Page versus Standish, & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Margery Page, Widow: It is Ordered, That Hugh Standish Carpenter, Wm. Tenant Shoemaker, Joseph Booth, shall be summoned to appear before this House; and, upon further Examination of the Matter contained in the Petition, their Lordships will give further Direction therein.
Longefeild sent for, for Words against Lord Fielding.
Upon Information to this House, "That one Mr. Longefeild used insolent Words and Expressions Yesterday to a Peer of this House, the Lord Fielding:"
Hereupon this House Ordered, That he shall be sent for as a Delinquent, and then this House will further examine this Business.
Hull Petition, that Soldiers may not be billeted there.
Upon reading of a Letter from the Mayor and others, Inhabitants of Kingston upon Hull, concerning billeting of Soldiers there: It is Ordered, That the Speaker shall write a Letter to them, and acquaint them with the Resolutions of the Committee for the Safety.
Pratt's Petition about Assessment.
Upon reading the Petition of Ann Pratt, shewing, "That her Husband is gone out of Town for Fourteen Days; therefore her Husband may not be assessed according to the Ordinance of Parliament until he return:" It is Ordered, That the Consideration of this Petition is referred to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall in London.
Delinquents sent for, for stealing Deer in Waltham Chace.
Ordered, That the Persons that are apprehended for stealing of Deer in Waltham Chase shall be sent for as Delinquents, when their Names and Affidavits are delivered into this House.
To move the King for a Cessation of Arms, till the Manner of the Treaty is settled.
It was moved, "To have a Conference with the House of Commons, to desire them to join with their Lordships, to send to the King, to acquaint Him in generals with the Resolutions of both Houses; and to desire that, until the Manner of the Treaty be considered of, that there may be no Acts of Hostility commited;" which this House approved of, and Ordered, That the
Earls of Northumb.
Sarum, and the
Lord Viscount Say & Seale,
Shall draw up what is fit to be offered at the Conference.
Message to the H. C. for it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Doctor Heath:
To desire a Conference concerning the Treaty with His Majesty upon the Propositions.
Lambeth Petition, about a Riot there.
The Petition of the Inhabitants of Lambeth was read, concerning a Riot Yesterday committed at Lambeth, where One Man was killed, in Time of Divine Service.
(Here enter it).
Next, the Affidavit was read.
The Petitioners were called in, and asked whether they know any of the Persons that were Actors in this Riot and Murder, that so they may be sent for; but, they not knowing the Names now, it is Ordered, That when they give in the Names of the Persons that killed the Man, and were present at the Action, (fn. 2) they shall be sent for.
E. of Lindsey's Servants, a Pass.
Ordered, That Two of the Servants of the Earl of Lyndsey shall have a Pass, to go to Warwicke and back with his Lordship; and his Lordship is to have Liberty to have a Coach.
Heads for the Conference, about moving the King for a Cessation of Arms.
The Lords Committees reported the Effect of what is to be delivered at this Conference with the House of Commons; which, being read, the House approved of:
"My Lords have thought fit, for the Prevention of all Accidents that may interrupt this Treaty with His Majesty that both Houses have Resolved of, forthwith to send unto Him, that, during the Time they are considering of the Manner of Treating with His Majesty, and of a Cessation of Arms, that no Acts of Hostility may be performed between the Two Armies; that is, neither the beating up of each other's Quarters, nor the attempting upon any Place or Towns on either Side; believing that, within a Day or Two, they with you shall have Resolved of the Way and Manner, both for the Cessation of Arms, and how this Treaty may be governed."
Tito and Shering in Error.
Ordered, That Ric'd Tito (fn. 3) shall, on the First Tuesday next, cause to be brought into this House the Record out of the King's Bench, between him and Sheringe, at his Peril; or else the Court of the King's Bench is at Liberty to award (fn. 4) Execution upon the Judgement, notwithstanding the said Writ of Error.
The Messengers returned with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will give a present Conference, as is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
Order for 200l. of the King's, in Sir Robert Pye s Hands, to be paid to Fitcher and Shallaker, for Fuel.
Upon Information to this House, "That there is Two Hundred Pounds in the Hands of Sir Rob't Pye, of the King's:" It is Ordered, That an Order be made, in the Name of both Houses, to pay the said Two Hundred Pounds to Fitchett and Shallaker, in Part for Monies owing to them for Fuel, which they have served this House withall.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Aldermen and Common Council of London attend, about raising 60,000l.
Some Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London were called in, who declared, "That they were sent from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, to give their Lordships an Account of the Desire of both Houses, for the Advancement of Sixty Thousand Pounds, which the Common (fn. 5) Council have taken into Consideration, and voted to raise it speedily, if possible it may be; and the Common Council have many Things in Agitation, which are not yet digested, yet think it fit humbly to desire of their Lordships and the House of Commons some Things, that will give Encouragement to the City in the raising of this (fn. 6) Sum, which they offer to their Lordships Consideration:
Requests of theirs to both Houses.
"1. That both Houses would vouchsase to advance the raising of the Sixty Thousand Pounds by their own Example, and by paying it in to the Treasurers at Guildhall in London, to the End that the Sight may encourage others.
"2. That they may be eased in the Rates of the Weekly Assessments, because it exceeds the Proportion of the County, if it be not too late.
"3. That the Three Thousand Pounds per Month, granted out of the Weekly Assessments, may be made Four Thousand Pounds per Mensem.
"4. It is humbly desired that the Citizens Lands and Houses in the Country may not be rated for the Weekly Assessment, so as they pay in London.
"5. It is desired that, in regard they are informed that divers Misinformations have been made concerning the City of London, by private Persons, that hereafter no such Credit may be given thereunto, as to be accounted the Sense of the City, unless it proceed from the Court of Aldermen or Common Council, signified by special Messengers of their own, or by their Burgesses, directed by One of the said Courts.
"6. That it will much promote the said Service, if the Money assessed by virtue of divers Ordinances be collected forthwith in London and other Parts of the Kingdom, that the Charge may not lie wholly upon the willing Part; for that otherwise the wellaffected will be either destroyed with them or for them; with them, if they should refuse as others do; or for them, by contributing alone to the Public Safety more than their Estates will bear.
"7. That Search may be made without the Liberties, in the Parts adjacent, for suspected Persons; and that, upon the Disbanding, those that are called the King's Army may be enjoined to go to their several Habitations, and not to come to London, to the Disturbance of the Peace, Safety, and Welfare of the said City, and of the good Government thereof; and that, during the Time of the Treaty and Cessation, none of the said Army may be permitted to come to the City.
"8. That, to prevent Misapprehensions and Jealousies concerning the present Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament, about the Treaty, and Cessation, and Disbanding, it is humbly prayed it may be Declared, That the Resolutions of both Houses is the same as at the first, that nothing shall be done but that which tends to the securing of the true Protestant Religion, the just Liberties of the Subjects, and Privileges of Parliament.
"9. It is desired that the Ordinance for the Weekly Assessment may pass forthwith, for the Security of the Reimbursing of the Sixty Thousand Pounds, which otherwise will not be raised.
"The Resolutions of both Houses are humbly desired herein, as Encouragements to carry on the Business."
The Answer returned to these Messengers was:
Answer to them from the Lords.
1. That their Lordships give the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council Thanks, for their Readiness and Care in the raising of the Threescore Thousand Pounds.
And to let them know, that their Lordships hope nothing shall be done in this Treaty, but what shall be for the securing of the true Protestant Religion, the Privileges of Parliament, the just Privileges of the Subjects, and the Security of the City of London. For the Ordinance concerning the Weekly Assessment, this House hath passed it already, and sent it to the House of Commons; and concerning the making of Three Thousand Pounds Allowance (fn. 7) a Week to be Four Thousand Pounds, their Lordships will give the best Furtherance they can in it: As for other Particulars, their Lordships will take them into Consideration.
House adjourned till 3a post meridiem. (fn. 8)