Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 8, 1645-1647. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Saturni, 21 die Februarii.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
Instructions for the Committee going into the West.
The Ordinance for Instructions to the Committee to be sent into the West, was read, and Agreed to, with some Alterations; which is to be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence in the said Alterations.
Officers Wives, &c. Petition for Arrears.
Upon reading a Petition of Widows and Wives whose Husbands are in the Service of the Parliament; (fn. 1) desiring, "That they may have (fn. 2) somewhat speedily ordered for their (fn. 3) Subsistence, and the Payment of their Husbands Arrears."
Letters from the Parliament of Scotland.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That, at the Conference Yesterday, the House of Commons did communicate Two Letters which they received from the Parliament of Scotland;" which were read, as follow. (Here enter them.)
States Ambassador's Paper.
Paper from the Spanish Ambassador, about making the Trade to Flanders secure.
"It is represented unto your Honours, by Don Alonso De Cardenas, of the Council of His Catholic Majesty, and His Ambassador in England, That being One of the chief Obligations of his Lordship's Charge to procure the Maintenance of that good Correspondency which at present is observed between this Crown and that of Spaine, to the Freedom and Security of Trade; and [ (fn. 6) his Lordship having] con sidered the Obstructions and Disturbances in the Commerce of this Kingdom and Flanders the last Year, with the great Prejudice did thereby accrue, and particularly to the Dover Merchants; in Prevention of which, his Lordship hath with great Care and Attention studied the Remedies that may be applied to hinder the like this Year, which his Lordship desireth to propound to the Parliament; and, to that Effect, that your Honours would be pleased to appoint a Committee to treat with his Lordship touching the same, where his Lordship will make appear the Facility and Conveniency therein, to the great Security of Commerce, and your Honours full Satisfaction.
Committees to meet about it.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, to receive from the said Ambassador what he (fn. 7) shall propound concerning this Business; and the Committee to meet on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon; and the Concurrence (fn. 8) of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Sir M Lloyd's Petition.
Mrs. Cromwell versus Sir H. Tracy.
Ordered, That Mrs. (fn. 9) Cromwell's Cause, against Sir Humphrey Tracey, shall be put off until Tuesday Morning next.
Message to the H. C. with the Spanish Ambassador's Paper;
1. To communicate to them the Paper of the Spanish Ambassador; and desire their Concurrence, that it may be referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, to receive what the said Ambassador shall offer; and to meet on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon.
with the Petitions of the Officers Wives, &c. Sir M. Lloyd, Vivian, and Hodder.
Instructions for the West;
and about The States Ambassador's Paper.
Major Willet and Squire.
Ordered, That the Business between Willett and Squire is referred to Mr. Justice Rolls, to examine concerning the procuring of the Judgement against Willet, and to mediate an End between them, if he can; else to report to this House.
Petit & al. and Redness & al.
Ordered, That the Cause between Pitite &c. and Redman &c. shall be heard, at this Bar, by Counsel on both Sides, this Day Fortnight; and that Captain Hunter and the Mayor of Harwich shall take Care that none of the Engines and the Materials belonging to their Works be scattered or lost in the mean Time.
Letters from the Parliament of Scotland, about their Garrison at Belfast restoring it to the English.
"Wee have, upon the 20th of December, receaved a Letter of yours, dated the 29th of November last, signifying unto us, That the Houses of Parliament have ordained their Commissioners to demaund and receive the Towne of Belfast from the Officers of the Scotts Army, for quartering the Brittish Forces there; and that, least the Souldiers bee any Failer thereof, you are comaunded, in the Name of the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, to demaund, and that you doe demaund, our Orders and Direction to bee sent to such Officer as commaunds the Scotts Army in Cheife within that Province, that the Toune of Belfast bee delivered over to the Commissioners of the Parliament of England by the Eleaventh of January next; whereupon, that wee might bee the more able to retourne your Lordships a speedy and full Answere, immediatly after the Receipt of your Lordships Letter, wee dispatched an Expresse to Ireland, that from those that commaunds the Scotts Army there for the present wee might knowe the Occasion and Ground whereupon that Towne was first entered, and since fortifyed and kept by them; and wee are confident the Honnorable Houses, when they shall consider the Season of the Yeare and uncertaine Passage betwixt this and Ireland, will not mistake the Delay of our Answere to their Desires upon soe just Grounds, which wee shall labour to hast to them with all Diligence.
"Your Lordships Letter of the 13th of November, with the Papers therein mentioned, came to our Hands upon the 1° Instant; to which wee shall with Diligence retourne such an Answere as shall wittnes our earnest Desires to entertaine a right Understandinge betwixt the Two Kingdomes, wherein the Good of both is soe highly concerned. Soe wee rest