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 Jovis, 26 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Sedgwicke.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Justice Bacon, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That Mr. Justice Bacon hath Leave the next Week to go to his House at Norwich until next Term.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the Propositions;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Tate, &c.
1. To desire a Free Conference, concerning the Matter of the late Conference, concerning the Propositions.
to expedite the Vote about Elders;
2. To desire their Lordships would expedite the passing of the Votes concerning the Tryers of Elders.
the Order for the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall;
3. To desire Expedition to the Order giving further Power to the Committee at Gouldsmithes Hall.
and for Discharge of Delinquents.
4. To expedite the Ordinance for Discharge of Delinquents upon their Compositions.
Resolved, upon the Question, To give a present Free Conference, concerning the Propositions, as is desired.
The Answer returned was:
That this House hath passed the Votes for the Tryers of Elders; and that this House will give them a present Free Conference, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Propositions, as is desired: To the rest of the Particulars, their Lordships will take them into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Thanks to the Preachers at the Fast.
Ordered, That Mr. Perne and Mr. Jenkins shall have Thanks returned them, for their Sermons preached Yesterday in the Abbey Church, before their (fn. 1) Lordships; and that they be desired to print and publish their Sermons.
Preachers at the Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That Mr. Sedgwicke and Mr. Bond are appointed to preach before the Lords, at Martin's Church in the Feilds, at the Thanksgiving for the good Success of the Forces under the Command of Sir Tho. Fairefax, at Torrington, on the 12th of March next.
D° at the Fast.
Ordered, That Mr. Harris and Mr. Case are appointed to preach before the Lords in Parliament, at the Abbey Church, the next Fast-day, being the 25th Day of March next.
Tryers of Elders.
Ordered, That the Votes concerning the Tryers of Elders shall be printed and published.
Next, the House took into Consideration the Votes brought up from the House of Commons concerning Church Government.
And the Votes were read, concerning appointing of Commissioners.
And it was moved, "That the Question might be, (fn. 2) Whether this House agrees with the House of Commons in the said Votes?"
Then it was moved again, "That the Question might be put, Whether the Question concerning these Votes touching Commissioners shall be put at this Time?" Which Question being put, the Votes were even.
Message from the H. C. for the Scots Commissioners to be desired to give an Answer about the Delivery of the Garrisons;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in Two Votes, which were read:
"1. Resolved, &c. That the Commissioners of Scotland be desired to return the Answer of the Parliament of Scotland, touching the Delivery of the Towns formerly demanded by the Parliament of England."
and for them to give in an Accompt of Monies due to Scotland and their Armies.
"2. Resolved, Whereas the Parliament of Scotland do, by their Letter of the Third of February, 1646, directed to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westm. demand Payment to be made, before the Third Day of May next, of the Sums of Money duly owing by the Houses of Parliament to the Kingdom of Scotland, and their Armies in England and Ireland, according to the Treaties between the Two Kingdoms, the Accompt whereof will be given by their Commissioners; the said Commissioners are desired to give in the Accompt of the said Monies accordingly."
The Answer returned was:
That this (fn. 3) House agrees to the Two Votes now brought up.
Message from the H. C. that they agree to the Order about the Court of Wards; and with an Ordinance and Commissions.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Rob't Reynolds Esquire;
To desire Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. To an Ordinance concerning Sir Christopher Wray's Son.
2. That they agree to the Ordinance concerning the Officers of the Court of Wards and Liveries, with an Alteration, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is desired.
3. To desire Concurrence in a Commission to Sir Rob't Kinge, &c.
4. To desire Concurrence in a Commission to the Governor of Leycester.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take these Things into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer to the Message sent to the House of Commons of Tuesday last:
That they agree to the Business concerning Asby de la Zouch, and to the Order for the Thanksgiving: (Here enter it.) To the rest of the Particulars, this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to them, with L. Conway's Petition amended; and about L. Buckhurst's.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
To deliver the Lord Conwaye's Petition to them, wherein the Word ["Turk"] is put out.
2. To put them in Mind of the Lord Buckhurst's Petition.
Gifford to swear to his Accompts before he goes to Ireland.
Upon reading the Petition of Major Gifford, late Major General to the Lord Fairefax; shewing, "That he is now employed for Ireland, and presently to go over with Colonel Jepson's Regiment raised for that Service, so as he cannot personally be here in England when any Part of his Arrears shall fall due unto him:" And in regard his own Oath is required to the Truth and Verity of his Debenture: It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Accompts do take his Personal Oath unto the Truth of his Debenture now, before he goes over into Ireland, he being commanded to his Charge by the Lord Inchequin.
The Lords went to the Conference with the House of Commons.
Order for a Thanksgiving within the Lines.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Thursday Fortnight be set apart for a Day of Public Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for His great Mercy, in giving Success to the Parliament Forces, against the Forces of the Enemy under the Command of Sir Ralph Hopton, at Torrington, in Devonsheir; to be observed and kept in all Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westm. Lines of Communication, and Ten Miles about; and that the Lord Mayor be desired to take Care that the respective Ministers within the Limits aforesaid may have timely Notice hereof, to the End they may excite and stir up the People to a due Thankfulness for the same."