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, 1 die Julii.
E. of Portland sent for.
Wainman and Elzey.
Upon reading the Petition of John Wainman, Waterman, and Servant to the Earl of Holland; shewing, That one Elzey, who hath much vexed and molested the Petitioner, hath, this present last Sessions holden at The Old Bayly, by a Wile, caused the Petitioner and his Wife to come to the Sessions, where both he and his Wife (fn. 1) were presently clapped up in Newgate, where they remain in great Distress and Misery:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That Mr. Baron Trevor and Mr. Serjeant Whitfeild, or either of them, shall hereby have Power to call before them the Parties concerned, and their Witnesses, and examine this Business, and make Report thereof to this House in Writing.
E. of Portland sworn.
The Earl of Portland came in, and was sworn at the Clerk's Table, to answer such Things as should be asked him by the Committee, concerning the Discourse which he had with Mr. Waller when they spake together last.
Examined about his Conversation with Mr. Waller.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference on the following Subjects;
and with a Name to add to the Leicester Committee.
That their Lordships will give a present Conserence; and that they agree to the naming of Mr. Billars; but concerning the rest of the Ordinances, their Lordships will take the same into Consideration.
E. of Essex's Letter, for Committees of both Houses to assist him with their Advice.
"Since the coming of the Army to this Place, the Unseasonableness of the Weather, and some other Accidents which have intervened with us, hath prevented many Things which I purposed to have attempted had God seen it fit; and therefore I very much desire that some of the Lords of your House might be sent down, that, together with some of the House of Commons, we may confer and debate of Things of great Necessity to be considered of, which I must desire may be done with all possible Speed, that, upon a Result of what may be offered then, you may receive full Satisfaction of our Condition; which I leave to the Wisdom of the House, resting
Assembly of Divines desire they may keep a Fast.
Persons to preach at it.
To which this House (fn. 2) Agreed, and appointed Friday next for the Fast; and Mr. Bowles of Sutton and Mr. Gattaker to preach.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it; and that the Lords may communicate the E. of Essex's Letter.
To desire, at the next Conference, their Lordships may communicate unto them a Letter which came from the Lord General; and to let them know that, it being the Desire of the Assembly that they may begin with a Fast, their Lordships have appointed Friday next as a fit Day, and that Mr. Bowles of Sutton and Mr. Gattaker shall preach; and desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons herein.
Cole, a Pass.
Examinations concerning the Discourse between the E. of Portland and Mr. Waller.
"That, on Wednesday the 21st of June, whilst he staid to see whether Mr. Alderman Atkins would receive my Lord of Portland, Mr. Waller came to speak with his Lordship, as he conceived. Mr. Alderman carried them into an upper Room; and, when they came down, my Lord came into the Parlour where he staid, and said these or the like Words, Pray do me the Favour to tell my Lord of Northumb. that Mr. Waller hath extremely pressed me to save my own Life, and his, and to cast the Guilt or Blame upon my Lord Conway and my Lord of Northumberland."
Lawrence to attend about it.
Ordered, That John Lawrence, an Apothecary in Cheapeside, shall be sent (fn. 3) for, to attend this House on Monday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock, to be examined touching the Earl of Portland.
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons agrees for communicating, at the next Conference, a Letter from the Lord General; and likewise they do agree for the Fast for the Assembly to be on Friday next, and Mr. Bowles and Mr. Gattaker to preach.
Report of the Conference on the Lord General's Letter for Committees to assist him.
The Speaker reported the Effect of this Conference; which was, "That they have received a Letter from the Lord General, verbatim with the Letter sent to this House, to desire some Members to be sent to him; and, when their Lordships shall appoint a Committee of Lords, the House of Commons will appoint a proportionable Number of their House to go."
Committee to go to him.
For Lady Vere to be Governess of the King's Children.
Examination of the E. of Portland, &c. to be delivered to the Committee of the H. C.
(fn. 4) Ordered, That Copies of the Examinations of the Earl of Portland shall be written out; and the Deposition of the Lord Lovelace and Mr. Thayn shall be written out, and delivered to Mr. Pym, or any of the Committees of the House of Commons, by the Directions of this House.
Countess of Devon's House, near Leicester, not to be damaged.
Ordered, That the Committee at Leycester do forbear to do any Thing to the House of the Countess Dowager of Devonshire, situate near Leycester, as may deface it, or demolish it; but, if there be any Occasion to put in any Forces into it, they may do it at their own Charge.
Lady Fenn, a Pass.
I.d. Lovelace's Evidence, concerning the E. Portland and Mr. Waller.
"That his Lordship went to the Earl of Portland on Monday in the Afternoon; and, after he had been there a while, the Earl of Portland shewed Alderman Atkins's Wife a Petition; and, after she had read it, the Earl of Portland shewed it to his Lordship; and he remembers that, in the said Petition, there was this Clause in it, ["That Mr. Waller desired him to save himself and him, by laying the Blame on my Lord Conway and my Lord of Northumberland."]