Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 7, 1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 10 die Januarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Harris.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Archbishop of Cant's Petition, for an Allowance out of his sequestered Estate to bury him.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Archbishop of Cant.; shewing, "That he is not unmindful, nor unthankful, for the late honourable Favour of both Houses extended to him, which he expressed, and then conceived, was and would be his last Request to their Lordships; yet now, in all Things summing up himself, as well concerning the Outward as Inward Man, finding his Necessities, in regard of the great Charge of his Imprisonment, had contracted some small Debt beyond that Allowance your honourable Favour had extended to him out of his sequestered Estate, no Means left to bring his Body to the Ground, but to leave it a Charge to his poor Servants, who have now in a Manner suffered Four Years Imprisonment with him, unrewarded.
"His last humble Suit (which he knows (fn. 1) not whether it may come to their Lordships before he be no more of this World) humbly presenteth to their Lordships, praying it may be communicated to the Honourable House of Commons, that as for his Allowance whilst he lived, so somewhat may (to answer these his humble Desires) be lotted out of his sometimes sequestered Estate, by the Honourable Committee of Sequestrations; and that timely, in regard of the Disposal of his Corps.
Committee for Sequestrations to make an Allowance for it.
Ordered, To send this Petition to the House of Commons, and desire that they would join with their Lordships, in referring it to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to give such an Allowance for this Business as they shall think needful.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech &c. returns with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That concerning the Petition of the Merchants of The Entercourse, they have put it into a speedy Way of Consideration, and will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
2. They agree that the Committee of both Houses that is to treat with The States Ambassadors shall meet on Saturday next, at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings.
3. They agree to the Order of the Committee of Sequestrations, concerning the Estate of the Viscountess Willmot. (Here enter it.)
4. They agree to the Alterations in the Order for the pardoning of certain Prisoners in Newgate.
(Here enter it.)
5. They agree to the Amendments in the Order for Alice Mansfield.
Message to them, about an Allowance to bury the Archbishop of Cant. and to remind them of the Waggoners Petition.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
To deliver to them the Petition of the Archbishop of Canterbury; and desire their Concurrence, that it may be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, that some Allowance may be made, as they shall think fit, for the Ends expressed in the said Petition; and also to recommend the Petition of the Waggoners to them, desiring that some Course may be taken to give them Relief.
Col. Fielding to remain in the E. of Denbigh's House.
The Earl of Denbigh acquainted this House, "That Colonel Feilding, taken by the Forces under Sir Wm. Waller, and being his Prisoner, is now at his Lordship's House, placed there by Sir Wm. Waller's Consent; he thought it fit to give an Account thereof to this House, and, if their Lordships please to think it fit that he remain in his House, his Lordship will be responsable for his forth-coming."
Hereupon this House gave Way to it.
Message from the H. C. to expedite the Ordinance to exclude Members from holding Offices.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Sam. Browne:
To desire their Lordships would pass the Ordinance concerning the exempting the Members of either House from any Office, Civil or Martial; because the Delay of it will be of great Danger, if not destructive.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they will consider of both the Parts of the Petition of the Archbishop of Canterbury; and they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Likewise they reported, They have delivered the Waggoners Petition.
Stone & al. Committees for Stafford, complained against by the E. of Denbigh, to attend.
Ordered, That Captain Henry Stone, and such others against whom the Earl of Denbigh preferred Articles, shall be summoned, by a Warrant from this House, to appear before the Committee, on the same Day as the Witnesses are appointed to appear.
Petition from the condemned Prisoners in Newgate.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in the High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition of more than Forty poor convicted Prisoners, now remaining in His Majesty's Gaol of Newgate, whose Names are expressed in a Schedule hereto annexed;
"That your poor Petitioners have, at several Sessions holden for London and Midd. been convicted for several Felonies, and had Judgement to die according to the Law; but, in regard of the Smallness of their Facts, and the same being in many of your Petitioners their First Offences, they were by the Court reprieved from Execution, as Persons fit for Mercy and Pardon.
"That a General Pardon under the Great Seal of England, drawn up by the Clerk of the Crown, hath always heretofore been granted of Course to Persons in your Petitioners Condition, for their Freedom and Liberty.
"And now your Petitioners, being truly sensible of and heartily sorry for their Offences, and being all of them in great Distress, and like to perish for Want, do most humbly, upon their bended Knees, implore this most High and Honourable Court, that the like Grace and Favour may be extended to them, as formerly hath been to others, for their Releasement; and that, to that Purpose, Order may be given, for the drawing up and passing a Pardon, under the Great Seal of England, for them.
"And such of your Petitioners as shall be thought fit for Employment will with all Alacrity and Chearfulness adventure their Lives in any Service whatsoever, for the Parliament and State. And they and the rest shall ever pray, &c."
A Pardon to be passed for the following Prisoners.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal be hereby required to pass a Pardon, in the usual Manner, to such convicted Prisoners of Newgate as are certified by Mr. Recorder, and are specified in a particular List hereunto annexed:
House adjourned till 9a cras.