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 Mercurii, 17 Januarii.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Gray de Warke.
Complaint against Spratt.
Ordered, That this House will hear the Business concerning Steven Spratt on Saturday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Morning; at which Time the Witnesses formerly appointed are to attend this House.
Ordinance for appointing Sheriffs.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee for the Ordinance concerning the Sheriffs: "And they offer some few Alterations of the Names of some of them; as Sir Hennadge Proby for Buck, instead of Tho. Bulstrode Esquire; Humfry Fish instead of Wm. Duncombe for Bedd.; John Norton instead of Edw. Harby for the County of North'ton; Mr. Osborne instead of Tho. Wayte for the County of Rutland; and that Mr. Ric'd Norton of Hampshire (fn. 1) be left out for Hampshire."
Information that Sir Henry Vane, Junior, corresponds with the Enemy.
The Lord General informed this House, "That he had received Intelligence that Sir Henry Vane the Younger doth keep Correspondency with the Enemy, and Letters have passed between him and the Lord Lovelace; and, unless some Course be taken to prevent this, he cannot discharge his Duty herein as Lord General."
Countess of Carlisle's Letter opened by some Members of the H. C.
Also this House was informed, "That a Letter of the Countess of Carlile's was lately intercepted, by some Members of the House of Commons, and opened:" Hereupon this House appointed the Earl of Manchester to let the said Countess know, "That it was done contrary to the Knowledge of this House; and that their Lordships will further enquire into the Particulars of it."
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance about Currants.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, and others:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning Currants; which being read, was committed to the Consideration of the Earl of Northumb. Lord Viscount Say & Seale, and the Lord Wharton; who are presently to meet, and report the same to this House.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer presently, by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance about Currants.
The Lord Viscount Say reported, "That the Committee concerning the Ordinance touching Currants have considered of it, and have thought fit to make an Addition therein:" Which being read, this House approved thereof.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it; and to the One for nominating Sheriffs.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett:
To let them know, that this House agrees to the Ordinance concerning Currants, with an Addition, wherein their Concurrence is desired; and that their Lordships do agree to the Ordinance for the nominating Sheriffs for divers Counties, with the Change of some Names, instead of which their Lordships have propounded others, wherein their Lordships desire Concurrence.
House adjourned till 10a, Friday next.