Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 6, 1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 2 die Septembris.
Report from the Committee of Safety, concerning the Earl of Denbigh.
The Lord Wharton reported from the Committee of the Safety, "That, upon full Examination and Consideration of the Proceeding in the Business concerning the Stay of the Earl of Denbigh, the Committee conceives they had just Cause to send for the Earl, for not obeying the Order of the Committee, made in his Lordship's Presence, with his Consent, as they apprehend: But his Lordship, upon his Return, affirming, upon his Honour, that he did mistake the Order of the Committee; and that, if he had understood it to have restrained his going out of Town with his Forces and Provisions, he would have obeyed it; the Committee thinks good to Declare, That there is nothing appears to them, that doth any Way diminish their Opinion of his Innocency and Faithfulness to the Parliament and State; but he remains, in their Apprehensions, untainted in his Honour; and so they desire he may be esteemed by others."
To be printed.
Two Portuguese Leave to go to Lisbon.
E. of Elgin, will attend the House.
Upon reading a Letter of the Earl of Elgin, directed to the Speaker of this House; shewing, "That, in regard of his ill Health at this Time, he desires this House to dispense with his Attendance; and, so soon as he is recovered of his Health, he will wait on this House:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That he is dispensed with for Fourteen Days longer, at which Time the House expects his Attendance here.
Petition of the Adventurers for Lands in Ireland, to prevent the Treaties, said to be on Foot with the Rebels there.
In all Humility representeth to your Honours Consideration, That your Petitioners have, for the Defence of the Protestant Religion, and speedy reducing the Rebels in Ireland, adventured considerable Sums of Money, both upon the Acts and Ordinances of Parliament for the Encouragement of Adventurers for Lands in Ireland, and are likewise willing to strain themselves yet further, to the uttermost of their Abilities, if some probable Course may be taken for reducing those Rebels, and re-settling of the true Religion, according to the Design and Intention of the said Acts and Ordinances: But, may it please your Honours, this is our Misfortune, that the great Distractions of this Kingdom disabling us to send that Plenty of Supplies (which otherwise might have been done) to the Armies there, by the malicious Endeavours of the implacable Adversaries of our Religion and Country, a Treaty for a Cessation of Arms (as we are credibly informed) with the Rebels is now set on Foot in some Parts of that Kingdom, whereof the Consequences must be these; the Ruin of our Religion and Countrymen, the giving of Time, Strength, and all Advantages, to the Rebels, that they may recommence their late-begun Tragedy; the utter defeating of your Petitioners of their just Hopes, secured to them both by Acts and Ordinances of Parliament; the discrediting of the Public Security; the weakening of the Hands of all those that hereafter would help the Public upon the like Assurance; the Increase of Charges upon this Kingdom (for the Cesfation is of Hostility not of Pay); and, after it, the Rebels will be enabled to prolong the War, and an unavoidable Mischief intended to this Kingdom of England by those Rebels; when they shall be freed of an Enemy at Home, their Cruelty, already being fleshed with the Murders of the British Protestants in Ireland, will thirst after their Blood here also.
May it therefore please your Honours, according to your tender Care of that Kingdom expressed in several Declarations, and your Duties to this Kingdom, for the Preservation of Religion and Liberty, to take some such speedy Course, that this so ominous a Cessation may be prevented, and thereby the Ruin, if possible, of that Kingdom may be averted, and Mischief may be diverted from this; or at least the Parliament may be cleared and justified before the World, that not their Neglect nor Discountenance of the Cause, but the subtile and malicious Practices of the Enemies, are the Cause of our Evils and Fears; which your Petitioners are confident, with the Directions, Assistance and Countenance of both Houses of Parliament, they shall be able by God's Blessing to effect.
Conference to be had with the H. C. about it.
Ordered, To have a Conference on Monday, and communicate this Petition to the House of Commons; and to propound that some Course may be taken, to prevent the Cessation of Arms, and the sending of them Provisions.