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 Sabbati, 12 die Julii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Gouge.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Appeal from the Court of Wards, by Hawes.
Upon reading the Petition of Anne Hawes, the Widow of Thomas Hawes deceased; and of the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London, Governors of Christ's Hospitall, concerning an unjust Decree made in the Court of Wards and Liveries:
It is Ordered, That a Copy of this Petition shall be delivered to Hawes the Defendant; and he is to put in his Answer to this House by Thursday next come Sevennight.
Message from the Assembly of Divines, complaining of a blasphemous Book, intituled, Comfort for Believers, &c.
A Message was brought from the Assembly of Divines; to acquaint their Lordships with a Book printed, intituled, "Comfort for Believers, about their Sins and Troubles; written by John Archer, Master of Arts, sometime Preacher of Allhallowes, Lumbard Street, London, and printed for Benjamin Allen, and are to be sold at his Shop, at The Crowne, in Pope'shead Alley." This Book the Assembly of Divines presents to this House, as containing a horrid and blasphemous Heresy; the Consequences thereof will prove very mischievous and derogatory to this Church and State. The Author of it is dead: Therefore the Desire of the Assembly is, that some public Manifestation of this Kingdom's Detestation of so blasphemous an Heresy be made; and that the Book may be damned in the most public Manner.
Judgement upon it.
Hereupon this House, taking the Particulars into Consideration, Ordered and Adjudged as follows:
"1. That the said Book shall be publicly burnt, by the Hand of the Common Hangman.
"2. That the Printer be sent for, to know how this Book came to be printed.
"3. That all these Books shall be called in, and forbidden any more to be sold; and that those that have any of these Books in their Hands shall bring (fn. 1) them in, under a Penalty; and that all Stationers and others are enjoined to sell no more of them.
"4. That a Detestation of this Heresy be published; and that the Assembly of Divines be desired to draw one, and present the same to this House."
Assembly to draw up a Declaration against it.
Then Dr. Gouge and the rest of the Divines were called in again; and the Speaker, by Direction of this House, gave the Assembly Thanks for this Business; and acquainted them with the Judgement this House hath given upon the Book; and desired that the Assembly of Divines would draw up a Detestation, to be published, against the blasphemous Heresies in the said Book, and present the same to this House.
Ludlow and Temple.
Upon reading the Petition of George Ludlow Gentleman; complaining, "That he, according to the Order of this House, did attend this House, concerning the Business between him and Major Temple, depending in this House; but was assaulted, in the Painted Chamber, by Major Temple, and struck him so vio lently, that he could hardly keep himself from falling to the Ground."
It is Ordered, That Major Temple shall have a Copy of this Petition; and the Cause shall be heard on Tuesday next, at which Time all Parties shall be present; and that, in the mean Time, all Proceedings upon the Action brought against Major Temple shall be stayed.
Message from the H. C. about sending an Answer to the E. of Leven, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Harley Knight, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these particular Votes:
"1. Resolved, &c. That the Lords be desired to concur with this House, in sending an Answer to the Lord General and Officers of the Scotch Army, That the Houses are sending a Committee unto them, according to their Desires, with all convenient Speed, with particular Instructions; and that, in the mean Time, the Houses do desire them to take all Advantages they can upon the Enemy, as may most conduce to the Public Service, and the speedy ending of this War."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Vote.
with Committees Names to reside with the Scots Army;
"2. That Sir John Corbett, Humphrey Salwey Esquire, Colonel Wm. Purefoy Esquire, and Edward Bainton Esquire, be appointed, to join with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, to go and reside with the Scotts Army, upon such Instructions as they shall receive from both Houses."
and to prepare Instructions for the Commissioners going to Scotland.
3. To desire their Lordships would send to the House of Commons the Names of their Committees; and to desire that the Committee of Lords and Commons, to whom it is referred to prepare Instructions for the Commissioners that are to go into Scotland, may meet this Afternoon, to prepare Instructions for this Committee that are to go and reside with the Scotts Army.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now brought up.
Instructions, &c. for the Commissioners going to Scotland.
Next, the Earl of, Northumb. reported from the Committee, Instructions, and Commission, and Letter of Credence, for the Committees of both Houses, that are to go into Scotland:
1. The Ordinance by Way of Commission was read; and Agreed to, with some Alterations.
2. The Letter of Credence to the Parliament of Scotland was read, and approved of.
3. The Instructions to the Commissioners of both Houses, were read, and approved of.
Ministers to go with them.
It was moved, and thought fit, "To send to the House of Commons, that Mr. Stephen Marshall and Mr. Strange, Ministers, be desired, from the Houses, to go with the Commissioners into Scotland."
Letter from the E. of Leven, representing the Want of Money for the Scots Army.
Next, the Earl of Manchester reported a Paper, and an Abstract of a Letter from the Earl of Leven; setting forth the hard Condition of the Scotch Army, for Want of Monies and Supplies.
And it is (fn. 2) Ordered, To send them to the House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. about it; and the Commissioners, &c. going to Scotland, and their Instructions.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page:
To deliver to them the Commission, Letter of Credence, and Instructions to be given to the Commissioners that are to go into Scotland, and desire their Concurrence therein.
2. To desire their Concurrence, that Mr. Marshall and Mr. Strange be desired to go along with the Commissioners into Scotland.
3. To acquaint them with the Paper of the Scotch Commissioners, and the Abstract of the Earl of Leven's Letter.
4. To acquaint them, that this House hath named the Earl of Stamford and the Lord Mountague, to go, as Committees, to reside in the Scotch Army.
Ordered, That Ramsey the Printer shall be released.
King's Footmen taken at Naseby released.
Upon reading the Petition of Seven of His Majesty's Footmen, now Prisoners in Ely House, being taken at the Battle at Naseby Field: It is Ordered, That they shall be released, and set at Liberty forthwith.
House adjourned till 9a, (fn. 3) Monday.