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, 10 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Taylor.
E. of Manchester's and Sir William Waller's Associations, to provide Money for their Troops.
The Lord Wharton reported Two Papers from the Committee of both Kingdoms; which were read, as followeth:
"Die Lunæ, 9 die Decembris, 1644.
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby House.
"That it be recommended to both Houses, to write their Letters to the Association of the Earl of Manchester, to provide Money for his Army; as also to the Association of Sir Wm. Waller, to provide Monies for the Arrears due to his Troops.
Pass to be sent for the Lords coming from the King.
"That the Draught of a safe Conduct, to be sent from both Houses of Parliament, for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, be reported to both Houses.
"That the Letter to be sent by the Lord General to the General of the King's Army, inclosing the safe Conduct, be reported to both Houses."
Then the Draught of the safe Conduct was read, and Agreed to with an Amendment; and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Message to the H. C. for their Concurrence in it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch:
To deliver to them the safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of South'ton, and to desire their Concurrence therein.
States Ambassadors Audience.
The States Ambassadors being come, the Peers sitting in their Places, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and the Master of the Ceremonies conducted the said Ambassadors into the House; and they sitting in Chairs appointed for them, the Speaker signified unto them, That the Lords in Parliament have prepared an Answer to the Proposition of The States Generall of the United Provinces, to their friendly Offer of Interposition between His Majesty and the Parliament, for procuring a happy Peace; which Answer the Lords in Parliament had appointed to be read unto them by the Clerk of the Parliament:" Which accordingly was done.
Upon this, One of the Ambassadors speaking somewhat, it was signified, "That the House could give "no Answer to any, unless they did withdraw:" Which they did.
And then this House Ordered, That the Speaker should let them know, from this House, "That the Lords assembled in Parliament do desire that what their Lordships have propounded, or shall propound, to this House, may be put into Writing; and this House will take it into speedy Consideration."
Then the Ambassadors came in again; and the Speaker read the aforesaid Answer in Writing, and delivered the Paper to the said Ambassadors.
Which being done, they departed.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Draught of the safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of South'ton. (Here enter it.)
Letter to the King's General, with
Next, the Copy of the Letter, to be written by the Lord General, to the General of the King's Army, concerning the safe Conduct, was read, and approved of:
"I am commanded, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, to send this inclosed safe Conduct, for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of South'ton, as is desired in your Letter:
a Pass for the Lords coming from the King.
"According to an Order of the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westm. we do hereby will and require all Commanders in Chief, Officers, Soldiers, and all other Ministers and Persons whatsoever, to permit and suffer the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, and their Attendants, not exceeding the Number of Fifty, with their Horses, Coaches, and other Accommodations for their Journey, freely, peaceably, and quietly, to pass by and through all Guards, from His Majesty, to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westm. who are to come to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westm. and to the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, with His Majesty's Answer to the Propositions presented unto Him from the Parliaments of both Kingdoms, for a safe and well-grounded Peace; and to remain free and peaceably during their Stay; and to return back again, by and through all Guards and Places, to His Majesty, when they shall think fit, without any Lett, Hindrance, or Molestation: And to these our Commands we require your due Obedience, as you will answer the contrary at your utmost Peril."