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, 24 die Januarii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Gouge.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Harborne, to be Rector of Chevering.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Harborne; shewing, "That he hath served the State at Sea, in the Calling of a Minister, the Space of Five Years, behaving himself as became his Calling, and having never as yet been provided of any Place: He understanding that the Rectory of Chevering, in Kent, is void by the Death of Dr. Buckner, the Presentation belonging to the Parliament, in Right of the Archbishop of Canterbury; the Petitioner's humble Suit is, that their Lordships would confer the said Rectory upon the Petitioner: And he, according to his bounden Duty, shall pray, &c."
Hereupon this House consented to confer the Living of the said Cheveringe upon the Petitioner; and that it be recommended to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence therein.
Mr. Tooky, Minister of St. Ives, recommended to have the Rents of the Parson age Impropriate.
Upon reading the Petition of divers of the Inhabitants of St. Ives, in the County of Huntingdon; shewing, "That one Mr. Tooky, a Godly and Orthodox Minister there, hath but a mean and small Allowance, not able to maintain him; and whereas the Parsonage Impropriate belonging to that Town is in Sequestration, the Yearly Value thereof being but about Ninetyfour Pounds, and so rented by the Sequestrators; the Petitioners humble Suit is, that the said Impropriate Rent of Ninety-four Pounds may be granted by Order to the said Mr. Tookie, for his further Maintenance during the said Sequestration."
Hereupon this House Ordered, To send this Petition to the House of Commons; and desire their Concurrence, that they would join with this House, in recommending it to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Pass for the King's Commissioners, for the Treaty.
Letter to The States General.
The Lord Wharton reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms, "a Draught of a safe Conduct for the King's Commissioners and their Servants, to come to Uxbridge to the Treaty; and also, Instructions to be given to the Committees of both Kingdoms that are to treat with the King at Uxbridge; a Copy of a Letter to be sent by the Lord General to the King's General; likewise, a Letter to The States of the United Provinces, concerning Collection for the Protestants in Ireland."
Papers for the Commissioners for the Treaty.
The Committee also desired it may be reported, "That the Clerk of the House of Peers may (fn. 1) prepare authentic Copies of all the Treaties and Papers contained in that List that was sent (fn. 2) by Mr. Pierrepont, with a Copy of the Ordinance of the Directory of Worship, that they may be ready before their going to Uxbridge."
Then the Draught of the safe Conduct was read in this House, and approved of.
The Instructions to the Committees of both Kingdoms were read, and approved of.
The Letter to be sent by the Lord General to the General of the King's Army, was read, and approved of.
Letter to The States General.
Next, the Letter to be sent to The States of the United Provinces, concerning Contribution for Ireland, was read, and approved of.
Message to the H. C. with these Papers; and to fit P.M.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Dr. Aylett:
To deliver to them the safe Conduct for the King's Commissioners.
2. The Instructions to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
3. The Letter which is to be sent by the Lord General to the General of the King's Army.
4. The Letter to be sent to The States of the United Provinces, concerning Contributions for Ireland.
And to desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons in these Particulars.
5. To let them know, that this House intends to sit this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, to dispatch this Business; and desire they will do the like, if it may stand with their Conveniency.
Letter from Sir W. Brereton, that he had routed the King's Forces near Chester.
Next, a Letter was produced by the Lord General, from Sir Wm. Bruerton, (fn. 3) and read; containing a Relation of good Success it hath pleased God to give to his Forces, against some of the King's Forces that issued out of Chester.
And it is Ordered, That the Consideration of this Letter is referred to the Consideration of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Upon reading the Petition of Tho. Withringe: It is Ordered, That he may examine his Witnesses in the Court of Admiralty, and then they are to be returned into this House; upon that, this House will give such further Directions therein as they shall see Cause.
Staveley & Uxor.
Upon reading the Petition of Lucy Staveley, Wife of Arthur Staveley Esquire, and the Affidavits of Ric'd Kilvert and Francis Atkinson; shewing, "by reason of the Cruelties, Oppressions, and wicked Practices, of Arthur Staveley against the Petitioner, and his refusing to cohabit with her, and detaining all Maintenance from her, &c."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the said Arthur Stavely shall have a Copy of this Petition, and return his Answer to this House on Thursday come Sevennight.
House adjourned till 3a post meridiem.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Marshall.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Dr. Aylett return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Letter to be sent to The States of the United Provinces; and they intend to sit as a House this Afternoon. To the rest of the Particulars of the Message, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own. (Here enter it.)
Message from thence, that they agree to the Pass for the Commissioners for the Treaty, and to the Letter to the King's General; and with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Wheeler, &c.
To let their Lordships know, that they agree to the safe Conduct of the Persons that are to come from the King, as Commissioners to treat at Uxbridge, with these Alterations; videlicet, ["Edward Hyde"] instead of ["Sir Edward Hyde"]; ["Richard Lane"] instead of ["Sir Rich'd Lane"]; ["Orlando Bridgman"] instead of ["Sir Orlando Bridgeman"]; ["John Ashburnham"] instead of ["Mr. John Ashburnham"]; and ["Jeffery Palmer"] instead of ["Mr. Jeffery Palmer"]; in which Alteration they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
2dly, They agree to the Letter which the Lord General is to send to the General of the King's Army.
(Here enter it.)
3. To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration from Mr. Tho. Offley's Estate. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinance concerning Mr. Tho. Offley; and concerning the safe Conduct, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the Pass for the King's Commissioners.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
To desire a present Free Conference, in the Painted Chamber, by Committees of both Houses, concerning the safe Conduct to be given to the Commissioners that are to come to Uxbridge, to treat.
The Answer was:
That the House of Commons will give a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
Heads for the Conference.
The Earl of Northumb. was appointed to manage the Conference, to this Effect: "To let them know, that this House conceives that the Alterations in the safe Conduct may be a Means of deferring and putting off the Day of Meeting at Uxbridge, and are not of that Importance as (fn. 4) the Delay of the Treaty may be, because the Omission of the Titles to the Committees of Parliament was in the Answer to the King from the Houses, and so the King's Conduct is according to the Desire of the Houses: Therefore the Lords do think it fit to pass it as it was sent down to the House of Commons from hence."
The Lords went to the Conference, and the House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The Conference being ended, the House was resumed.
The House of Commons being in the Painted Chamber, to give an Answer to the Conference, the House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords went to give the House of Commons a Meeting.
Report of the Conference.
The House being resumed, the Earl of Northumb. reported, "That the House of Commons have considered of the Matter of the late Conference; and they agree to the Addition to Mr. Ashburnham and Mr. Jeffery Palmer; but as concerning the Addition of the Titles of Knighthood to Edward Hyde and Ric'd Lane and Orlando Bridgman, they adhere to their Alterations, because they cannot recede from the Nineteenth Proposition, which extends to all Titles of Honour; and therefore desire their Lordships Concurrence."
Hereupon this House agreed with the House, but thought it fit to give them the Titles of ["Master"]; and that the Scottish Commissioners be made acquainted with this Alteration; and, if they agree to it, then the Lord General is to send it away.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords went forth into the Painted Chamber, to acquaint the House of Commons with this Resolution.
The House was resumed.
Letter to The States General, thanking them for the Contribution levied for Ireland in The United Provinces.
"High and Mighty Lords,
"Your Wisdom and Zeal in discerning and pursuing the Interests of the Protestant Religion, and your Piety and Commiseration toward those who have suffered for it, have drawn from your Lordships and (by your favourable Influence and Furtherance) from the good People of those United Provinces, those fruitful Effects of your Christian Charity, in those free and liberal Contributions made among you, whereby the Bowels of very many Protestants in that miserably wasted and yet bleeding Kingdom of Ireland have been refreshed and relieved, and by which, in the Absence of other Help, and the lowest Ebb of human Supply, they have hitherto subsisted, and are in a Possibility, by the Mercy of God, yet still to do; which noble and pious Act, in doing good and distributing to so great Necessity, as we believe it a Sacrifice most acceptable to God, and which is upon your Accompt in Heaven, so we cannot but with Thanks acknowledge and be sensible of your noble Favour and Christian Affection therein manifested, and of the Obligation thereby laid upon this Kingdom by your Lordships and that whole State, in so seasonable a Supply of those Wants, when the distracted and implicated Condition of the Public Affairs here (bred and fomented from the same common Causes) gave us then no Opportunity to afford them in that Kingdom any further Relief; by which Experience of your Wisdom and Piety, we have Assurance that your Lordships will still, upon the same Grounds, be as ready to pursue the same Interests, as the Popish Party in all Places are, in the Pursuance of theirs, to afford all Manner of Supply and Supportation to those inhuman and bloody Rebels."
Ld. General's Letter to the General of the King's Army; with a Pass for His Commissioners for the Treaty.
"I am commanded by both Houses of the Parliament of England, and desired by the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, to desire you to let His Majesty know, That they do agree that their Committees do begin the Treaty at Uxbridge on Thursday the 30th of this January, with the Persons appointed by His Majesty, on the Matters contained in the Propositions lately sent unto His Majesty, in such Manner as was proposed; and their Committees shall have Instructions concerning the Propositions sent from His Majesty in your Letter; and you will herewith receive a safe Conduct from the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, for the Persons that are appointed by His Majesty to come to Uxbridge, to treat on the Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace, with their Retinue, in a List hereunto annexed."
Ordinance to clear Offley of his Delinquency.
"Whereas Thomas Offley Esquire hath been fined at the Sum of One Hundred Pounds for his Delinquency to the Parliament, and hath submitted thereunto, and paid the same, and hath besides paid his Twentieth Part: The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled do hereby Order, Ordain, and Declare, That the said Thomas Offley is hereby discharged of his Delinquency, and of his Twentieth Part; and that the Estate of the said Thomas Offley, now under Sequestration, is and shall be hereby free to him the said Thomas Offley, and the Sequestration taken off and discharged; and the Committees, Sequestrators, and others whom it may concern, are hereby required to take Notice hereof, and to yield a ready Obedience hereunto."
House adjourned till 9a cras.