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, 7 Octobris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Simpson.
L. Grey, Speaker.
Mr. Ash thanked for his Sermon.
Ordered, That Mr. Ash, One of the Assembly of the Divines, be thanked for the Pains that he took in his Sermon preached before the Lords of Parliament in the Abbey Church Westm. on the Second of this Instant October; and that he be desired to print and publish the same.
The Petition of Henry Foster, a Prisoner in The Fleete, for destroying the Earl of Suff's Deer, was read; who, confessing his Fault, was ordered to be released, paying his Fees.
Cordier's Imprisonment and Expulsion, on Account of his Religion, to be considered.
The Order touching James Cordier, a Frenchman and a Papist, was read; having been imprisoned by the Committee for the Militia sitting at The Savoy, and again by them released.
The Warrants for his Commitment and his Releasement were both produced and read.
The House was informed, "That the said Committee have resolved to expel the said Cordier the Lines of Communication, upon the Ordinances of Parliament, for being a Papist, bearing Date the 13th of August, 1645, and that of the 27 Febr. 1644."
Whereupon the Clerk of the Parliament was directed to go to the said Committee from this House, to know whether, upon any of these Three Reasons, being contained within the said Ordinances, they intended his Expulsion as aforesaid; videlicet,
"1. Whether he came out of the King's Quarters?
"2. For what Cause he might be conceived a dangerous Person?
"3. Whether he could not give a good Cause for his inhabiting within the Lines of Communication?"
Lieut. Ogle freed from an Arrest.
Ordered, That Lieutenant James Ogle, now in the Prison of Ludgate, London, being in the actual Service of the Parliament, shall be released of his said Imprisonment, upon Sight of this Order.
Letter from the King of Denmark.
A Latin Letter of the King of Denmarke to the Lords in Parliament was read.
Ordinance for an Allowance for the Prince Elector.
The Committee for the Ordinance to settle Eight Thousand Pounds per Annum upon the Prince Elector, reported the said Ordinance fit to pass, with some Alterations and Amendments, which were read; and the same directed to be sent down to the House of Commons, for a Concurrence.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the E. of Stamford's Impeachment; to expedite the Ordinance for Sale of Delinquents Estates and with Orders, &c. for Concurrence.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Will'm Strickland and others:
That the House of Commons desire a Conference touching the Earl of Stamford's Business; and that they desire their Lordships to expedite the Ordinance sent up from the said House, for the Sale of Delinquents Lands and Estates; and farther, desired their Lordships Concurrence in some Orders now delivered; videlicet,
1. An Order, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs may grant Commissions for Martial Law. (Enter it.)
Read, and Agreed unto.
2. An Order, That Alexander Thistlethwaight Esquire be made High Sheriff of Wiltes. (Enter it.)
Read, and Agreed unto.
3. An Ordinance that Five Thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, be paid for the Relief of the Forces under Colonel Pointz. (Enter it.)
Read, and Agreed unto.
The Messengers being called in, they were answered: That for the Conference conncerning the Earl of Stamford, the Lords will return an Answer thereunto by Messengers of their own; and as for their passing the Ordinance to sell Delinquents Estates, the Lords will take that into their Consideration, and send an Answer also by Messengers of their own; and lastly, for those Two Orders and One Ordinance now brought up, their Lordships have passed them, as was desired.
Ordinance for an Allowance to the Prince Elector.
The Ordinance for the Settlement of Eight Thousand Pounds per Annum upon the Prince Elector, together with the Amendments brought in by the said Committee, were read the Third Time, and passed.
L. Mayor Elect to be presented.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor Elect for the City of Lond. shall be presented to this House on Monday next, to be approved of by the Lords in Parliament.
E. Northumberland to nominate the Governor of Cockermouth Castle.
That if it shall be found fitting to put a Garrison into the Earl of Northumb'land's House in Cumb'land, called Cockermouth Castle; in respect of the great Prejudice he hath received by the Garrisons of Wresell Castle and Warkworth, it is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the said Earl of Northumb'land may now have the Nomination of One to command in the said Castle.
Message to the H. C. to concur in it; that the Lords will give a Conference about the E. of Stamford; and with the Prince Elector's Ordinance.
A Message sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page: videlicet,
1. That this House will give them a Conference Torow Morning, in the Painted Chamber, at Ten of the Clock, concerning the Earl of Stamford's Business.
2. That the Lords have returned the Ordinance for settling of Eight Thousand Pounds per Annum upon the Prince Elector, with some Alterations and Amendments, and desire their Concurrence.
3. That the Lords have sent them an Order, to enable the Earl of Northumb'land to name a Person to command in his Castle called Cockermouth Castle, in Cumberland, if a Garrison be put therein; and desire their Concurrence.
Barton's Version of the Psalms referred to the Assembly.
Upon the humble Petition of Wm. Barton, Master of Arts, read this Day in the House: It is Ordered, &c. That Two Books of David's Psalms, composed in English Metre by the Petitioner, and presented to their Lordships, are hereby referred to the Assembly of Divines, to be read over, and judged by them; and the Result of their Judgements thereupon returned to this House, that such farther Direction may be given touching the same as shall be meet.
Wheeler versus Chapman and Lane.
Ordered, That the Cause between Captain Wheeler Plaintiff, and Mr. Chapman and Mr. Lane Defendants, shall be heard on the First Thursday after the next Term, by Nine of the Clock in the Morning; and that all Parties are to have Notice, who are by their Counsel then to attend accordingly.
Committee for Ireland to give Commissions for Officers there.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs shall have Power to give Commissions, from Time to Time, to such Officers as shall be employed in the War of Ireland."
Mr. Thistlethwaite to be Sheriff of Wilts.
"Resolved, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That they do nominate and approve of Alexander Thistlethwayte Esquire, to be High Sheriff of the County of Wilts; and that the Commissioners of the Great Seal do grant him a Patent for Sheriff accordingly."
Order for 5000 l for Relief of the Forces under Col. Poyntz.
"It is this Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Five Thousand Pounds be paid in Course, out of the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance of the 11th of September 1643, for the Service of the Forces under the Command of Colonel General Sednham Poynts; and the Commissioners of Excise are authorized and enjoined to make Payment accordingly of the said Five Thousand Pounds, together with Interest (hereby likewise ordained to be paid) for the same, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Cent. per Annum, for so long Time as the same, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn, before it comes due, unto the said Colonel General Sednham Poynts, or unto Henry Darley Esquire; either of whose Receipt or Receipts shall be the Commissioners of Excise their sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the said Five Thousand Pounds and Interest, and every Part and Parcel thereof; and the Interest, and every Part and Parcel to be paid at the End of every Six Months until the said Five Thousand Pounds become payable as aforesaid."
Letter of Credence from the King of Denmark, for Sir John Henderson to negociate a Peace between the King and the Parliament.
Christianus Quartus, Dei Gratia, Daniæ, Norvegiæ, Vandalorum, Gothorumque Rex, Dux (fn. 1) Slesvici, Holsatiæ, Stormariæ, & Dithmarsiæ, Comes in Oldenburgh & Dellmenhorst.
Singulari Favore ac Gratiâ, nostrâ Regiâ præmissis, Illustres, Generosi, Nobiles, atque Spectabiles, sincere gratéque Nobis Dilecti; ex iis quæ in Germaniâ non minus quÀm aliis afflictis Bello Provinciis, per aliquot jam Lustra & Legatorum Opera & maximorum Europæ Principum solicitatis Interpositionibus, secimus; Orbi Christiano pariter ac vobis abundè liquet quanto Studio id egerimus, ut Pace Christianitati restitutâ, ruentem in pejus Rempublicam sistere, et priori Felicitati restituere possemus; nec quoad aliqua ejus restaurandi Spes supererat, a copto Opere Manum ac Mentem amovere Animus ferebat, nisi, relictis aliorum propriis rebus, impensius Nos advigilare hostiles ac inopinati Suecorum in Regna nostra ac Ditiones facti Impetus coegissent; quos postquam Divini Numinis Beneficio compositos, ac, biennali confecto Bello, almam tandem inter utramque Coronam Pacem videmus reductam, reliqui Christiani Orbis pertinacem ac indies crescentem Calamitatem miserati, ac condolenti Oculo Angliæ potissimum Mala intuiti, Belli Onere tantum non succumbenti Regno Operam nostram diutiùs subtrahere non possumus; quocirca cum Regem vestrum non minus quam vos À Pacis Cogitatione haud alienos audiverimus, pro summa quæ Nobis cum Serenitate suâ intercedit Necessitudine, proque sincere per aliquot jam Sæcula inter Subditos cultâ hinc inde Amicitiâ, decrevimus Interpositionem nostram et Mediationem ad reducendam Pacem ac restaurandam antiquam Concordiam, prout juxta præsentes ejusdem tenoris Literis etiam præmemoratæ Serenitati suæ significavimus, vobis offerre ei fini; & ut de publicâ hâc Curâ copiosiùs nobilem hunc & strenuum Colonellum nostrum, fidelem gratéque Nobis dilectum Johannem Henderson, Equitem, tanquam prævii hujus Tractatus Deputatum ad vos destinavimus, mox alios pleniori ac sufficientiori Mandato instructos submissuri, ubi Mediationis hujus ac Interpositionis nostræ Oblationem gratam utrinque & acceptam fore intellexerimus: Interea, pro certo vobis persuasum habeatis, Nos hic nihil in Detrimentum aut Præjudicium cujusquam moliri, sed eò unicè collimare, quò Religioni sua Observantia, ac Cultus, Regi vestro debita Majestas ac Obedientia Subditis secura Pax, Salus ac Incolumitas maneat, ac tandem inter hæc Regna antiqua Fides ac Amicitia renovetur, stabiliatur, ac confirmetur; quibus Deo vos commendamus.
Dabantur ex Regiâ nostrâ Hassinæ, Die Septembris, Anno Mdcxlv.
"Illustibus, Generosis, Nobilibus, atque Spectabilibus, sincerè gratéque Nobis Dilectis, Dominis, Proceribus et Ordinibus Communium Parliamenti Angliæ."
Adjourn, 9 To-morrow.