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 Martis, 1 die Julii.
Prayers, by Dr. Burges.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Comes (fn. 1) Bolingbrooke.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Leake to he Purser of The Star Frigate.
The Earl of Warwicke reported from the Committee of the Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, as follows:
"Whereas John Leake hath been recommended to this Committee, by the Commissioners of the Navy, as fit to execute the Place of Purser of The Starr Frigott, now void by the Death of the late Purser thereof; Ordered, That he be presented to both Houses, for their Approbation, that thereupon he may be entered into that Place by Warrant from this Committee."
Ordered, That this House approves of John Leake, to be Purser, as is reported.
Governor for Montgomery Castle wanted.
The Earl of Warwicke reported a Paper from the Committee of both Kingdoms, as follows:
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby House.
"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses, That a Governor may be speedily settled in Montgomery Castle; for that this Committee (fn. 2) is informed, that, if it be at all delayed, it will be in Danger to be lost."
Ordered, To communicate this to the House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. for the Remainder of the Letters that were taken at Naseby;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Sir Edward Leech:
1. To let them know, that their Lordships desire, that such other Papers and Letters as were taken at Naseby Field, and not yet transmitted to their Lordships, may be sent unto them before the Committee appointed for viewing them do meet.
for Committee to meet about them;
2. To acquaint them, that their Lordships have named Ten Lords, for to join with a proportionable Number of their House, for viewing of the Letters taken at Naseby Field; and to meet this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings; and desire their Committee may meet.
to expedite the Ordinance concerning Windsor Parks;
3. To desire that the Ordinance concerning The Greate Parke at Windsor may be taken into speedy Consideration; and the rather, because the Keeper's Son there hath been killed; and, if the Ordinance be not speedily passed, more Blood and Mischief is like to ensue.
and Captain Hitching's Petition;
4. To desire that Captain Hitchin's Petition may be taken into speedy Consideration.
and for Mr. Leake to be Purser of The Star.
5. To desire their Concurrence, that John Leake may be Purser of The Starr Frigott.
Lusher, the Spanish Ambassador's Interpreter, apprehended on Suspicion for a Priest, to be released.
It was reported to this House, "That an Account hath been given to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, from the Committee of Examinations, of the Causes of their Commitment of Edward Lusher, Servant to the Spanish Ambassador, to Newgate; and it appears it was but upon a Suspicion to be (fn. 3) a Priest."
Hereupon this House Resolved, To send to the House of Commons, by a Message, to let them know, "That it appearing to the Lords, upon the Report made from the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed to treat with Ambassadors, that the Commitment of Edward Lushier was only upon Suspicion of his being a Priest, there being no Proof at all of it: In regard of the fair Respects which hath always been expressed unto the Parliament by that Crown and the Ministers thereof; the Lords, approving the Report made from the Committee of Lords and Commons, think fit to suffer the said Lusher to depart out of the Kingdom; the Spanish Ambassador engaging himself that he shall not return again: This Civility, they conceive, may be of great Advantage both unto our Merchants, and other Affairs of Public Concernment at this Time;" whereunto the Concurrence of the House of Commons is desired.
Ordinance concerning Surrey.
The Ordinance for putting the County of Surry into a Posture of Defence, was read the Second Time, and committed to the Consideration of the Earl of Northumb. Earl of Kent, Earl of Warwicke, and the Lord Roberts; who are to meet presently.
Dr. Burges and Antrobus.
Upon hearing the Counsel of Mr. Antrobus, and Doctor Burges: It is Ordered, That Mr. Antrobus shall bring in his Lease into this House To-morrow Morning, whereby this House may receive further Information concerning the Cause; in the mean Time; the Building is to be stayed.
Ordinance to raise 20,000l. for reducing Oxford.
Next, the Ordinance for raising the Twenty Thousand Pounds, for the reducing of Oxford, was read the Third Time, and Agreed to, with an Enlarging of the Proviso; and Ordered to be sent down to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Ordinance concerning Surrey.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee the Ordinance for Surry, as fit to pass, with some Additions and Alterations; which being read, this House Agreed to the said Ordinance with the Additions and Alterations.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer to the Message sent Yesterday to the House of Commons:
1. They agree in sending away the Resident of the Duke of Lorraine out of the Parliament Quarters.
2. They agree to refer to the Committee of both Kingdoms the drawing of a Letter, to be sent to the King of Portugall.
3. To the Ordinance concerning the Affairs of Ireland, and to the Business concerning the Spanish Ambassador's Servant, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance, &c. and to expedite the Articles concerning the Northern Association.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Clatworthy, &c.
To desire their (fn. 4) Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. An Ordinance touching the managing of the Affairs for Ireland. (Here enter.)
2. To pay Two Hundred Pounds to Sir Wm. Fairefax Lady. (Here enter it.)
3. To pay to Major O'Connelly Two Hundred Pounds. (Here enter it.)
4. To desire Expedition to the Articles concerning the Northern Association.
The Answer returned was:
That to the Articles concerning the Northern Association, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Sir Edw. Leech return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree that the Committee for the Letters shall meet this Afternoon, at Three a Clock; that they will send a speedy Answer concerning the rest of the Papers taken at Naseby Field, by Messengers of their own; that they agree that John Leake shall be Purser of The Starr Frigott: To all the rest of the Particulars, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to the H. C. about releasing the Spanish Ambassador's Interpreter;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
To desire their Concurrence in the Paper concerning the Servant of the Spanish Ambassador.
and with an Ordinance.
2. To desire their Concurrence, in the Alterations in the Ordinance concerning raising of Twenty Thousand Pounds, for reducing Oxford.
Ordinance for the Courts of Justice to fit on Holidays.
Ordered, That the Lord Viscount Say and the Lord Wharton are appointed to draw and prepare an Ordinance, to be presented to this House, to take away the superstitious Custom of prohibiting the Courts of Justice to fit upon certain Days.
Message from the H. C. with more Letters taken at Naseby;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Zouch Tate:
To acquaint their Lordships, that they do now bring up some more Letters, in Number Two and Twenty, which were taken at Naseby; and desire that (fn. 5) the Committee may meet, to consider of these and the others formerly brought up; that there are some others, which have not yet been read.
and with Ordinances.
2. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance for repaying Four Hundred Pounds to Sir Ric'd Onsloe, &c. out of the Excise.
Read, and Agreed to with an Amendment.
3. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance for Three Hundred Pounds, for the Prisoners sent up by Sir Tho. Fairfax, from Naseby. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinance concerning the Three Hundred Pounds for the Prisoners; to the Ordinance concerning Sir Ric'd Onslow, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance for a Committee of both Houses to manage the Affairs of Ireland.
"Whereas late Informations are come from several Parts of Ireland, and more particularly from the Province of Munster, importing the great Extremities and Danger that Kingdom is reduced unto, which must of Necessity be taken into a serious and speedy Consideration: Be it therefore Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Earl of Kent, Earl of Salisbury, Earl of Pembrooke, Earl of Denbigh, Earl of Bollingbrooke, Lord Willoughby, Lord Mountague, Mr. Hollis, Colonel William Jephson, Sir John Clotworthy, Sir John Evelyn Senior, Mr. Whitehead, Mr. Robert Goodwin, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Reynolds, Sir William Brereton, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Rigby, Colonel Moore, Mr. Rolle, Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Knightly, and Mr. Tate, or any Five of them, to be a Committee, to receive, prepare, and consider of, Propositions for the speedy Relief of that Kingdom, and particularly for the Province of Mounster, and to prepare them in such Order for the Two Houses of Parliament as may most facilitate the Affairs of that distressed Kingdom; and are to sit constantly, for the Affairs aforesaid, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and oftener as Occasion shall require, in such Place as they shall think fit."
Order for 200l. to Lady Fairfax.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Two Hundred Pounds, of the Five Hundred Pounds formerly bestowed upon the late Wife of Sir William Fairefax, who lost his Life in the Parliament's Service, whereof nothing is yet paid, be forthwith provided and charged upon Habberdashers Hall, to be paid out of the First Discovery that shall come in to that Committee, not yet assigned; and that further Care shall be taken for the Relief of the Wants of the said Lady Fairefax, and that by such Means as shall be hereafter propounded to the Houses in her Behalf."
Order for 100l. to Major Oconnolly.
"The humble Petition of Owen Oconnally, Serjeant Major to Sir John (fn. 6) Clotworthy, was this Day read: And it is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Major Owen Oconnally shall have presently paid unto him Two Hundred Pounds, as Part of the Arrears due unto him upon his Pension of One Hundred Pounds per Annum, out of the Discovery informed of by Mr. Nathaniell Stephens, at Habberdashers Hall, if it may there be had; or otherwise, if it cannot be had there, out of the First Monies that shall come in upon the next Discovery there."
Order for 300l. for the Prisoners taken at Naseby.
"Whereas Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, have advanced and lent the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, for the Relief of the common Soldiers that were sent up Prisoners by Sir Thomas Fairefax: Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Commissioners of Excise shall and may reimburse themselves, and that their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall be reimbursed, of the said Three Hundred Pounds, together with Interest for the same, after the Rate of Eight per Cent. out of the Receipts of the Excise, upon the Ordinance 11 Sept. 1643, for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, out of such Intervals of Receipts as shall happen when other Assignments already (fn. 7) assigned shall not fall due, or, in Default thereof, then in such Order and Course as this Ordinance shall succeed; for which Reimbursement of Principal and Interest, this Ordinance shall be their, the said Commissioners of Excise, or their Successors, sufficient Warrant and Discharge: And it is further Ordained, That the said Three Hundred Pounds, by the Commissioners of Excise advanced and lent for the Use aforesaid, shall be paid unto Richard Knightly Esquire, a Member of the House of Commons, whose Receipt shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Commissioners of Excise, and every of them, for the said Three Hundred Pounds, in that Behalf."
Persons, for the Murder of Shemonds, in Windsor Park, to be kept safe.
Ordered, That the Governor of Windsor Castle shall keep in safe Custody those Persons that are in Prison for the Murder of Thomas Shemonds, the Keeper's Son of The Great Parke of Windsor, that so they may be forthcoming at the Trial by the Commission of Oyer and Terminer directed by this House.
House adjourned till 9a cras.