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 Lunæ, 21 die Julii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Gibson.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Countessof Peterborough's Assessment.
The House took into Consideration the Petition of the Countess of Peterborough, concerning her Assessment at Haberdashers Hall; she, being a Peeress of this Kingdom, claims her Privilege of being assessed by this House only.
It is Ordered, That the Lords of this House that are of the Committee at Habberdashers Hall shall give an Account to this House, on Wednesday next, upon what Grounds they assessed the Countess of Peterborough; and what Reason they can give to this House why she should not be exempted from being assessed by that Committee, according to the Ordinance of Parliament, dated 30 Maii, 1643.
E. of Stamford's & al. Answers to the Impeachment of the H. C. against them, for assaulting Sir A. Haselrigge.
The Earl of Stamford this Day delivered in his Answer to the Impeachment of the House of Commons; which was received, and read, as follows:
"The Answer of Henry Earl of Stamford to the Impeachment sent up by the Honourable House of Commons, against him the said Earl, and Henry Polton and Mathew Patsall.
"The said Earl, saving to himself all Advantage of Exception to the said Impeachment, faith, That he is not guilty of all or any the Matters in the said Impeachment charged upon him, in such Manner and Form as the same are therein charged and alledged; and therefore he humbly prayeth to be hence dismissed. "Stanford."
Next, the Answer of Henry Polton and Mathew Patsall was brought in; which was received, [ (fn. 1) and read], as follows:
"The Answer of Henry Polton and Mathew Patsall to the Impeachment of the Honourable House of Commons, against the Right Honourable Henry Earl of Stamford, and the said Henry Polton and Mathew Patsall.
"The said Defendants, saving to themselves all Advantage of Exception to the said Impeachment, say, and each of them for himself faith, That they, or either of them, are not guilty of all or any the Matters in the said Impeachment charged upon them these Defendants, or either of them, in such Manner and Form as the same are therein charged and alledged.
"And therefore they humbly pray to be hence dismissed.
"The Mark of Henry Polton.
"The Mark of Mathew Patsall."
Ordered, That this (fn. 2) Cause shall be heard, at this Bar, on Friday Morning next.
Message to the H. C. with Copies of them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To deliver to them true Copies of the Answers of the Earl of Stamford, Henry Polton, and Mathew Patsall, to the Impeachment of the House of Commons; and to let them know, that this House hath appointed to hear the Cause at this Bar, on Friday Morning next.
Ld. Maynard and Sir R. Banister.
Upon reading the Answer of Sir Rob't Banister to the Petition of the Lord Maynard; this House respited to give any Order herein, until the Lord Maynard comes to the House.
Message to the H. C. with Sir W. Balfour's Petition for his Arrears.
The Petition of Sir Wm. Balfour, and a Paper of Considerations annexed, was read; desiring "He may have his Arrears of Seven Thousand Pounds due to him paid."
And Ordered, To be recommended to the House of Commons, that his by-past Services may be taken into Consideration; and that the Monies he expended for the Service of the State, and his Arrears when he was Lieutenant of The Tower, may be presently paid him.
And Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page are to carry this down, the next Message.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Alterations in the Instructions to be given the Commissioners that are to be sent to the Parliament in Scotland. (Here enter it.) To the rest of the Particulars of that Message, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Col. Sterling's Petition for his Arrears.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel Robert Sterling; desiring, "That the Arrears due to him for his Service in this Kingdom and Ireland may be secured to him by the Public Faith of this Kingdom:"
It is Ordered, To be recommended to the House of Commons, by the next Message.
Sermons, at the Thanksgiving, to be preached in the Morning.
Ordered, That both the Sermons To-morrow, at the Thanksgiving, shall be preached in the Morning, the First to begin at Eight of the Clock; and the Ministers to have Notice thereof.
Griffith's Petition to be bailed.
Upon reading the Petition of John Griffith Esquire; desiring, "He may be bailed, having lain in Prison about Eight Months:"
It is Ordered, To send to the House of Commons, to desire them, that their Members of the Committee for Mr. Griffith's Business may meet on Wednesday next, in the Afternoon, that so the Report of that Business be hastened.
And Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page to carry this down, as Part of their Message to the House of Commons.
House adjourned till 8a cras.