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 Martis, 10 die Martii.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Col. Searle's Petition.
The Petition of Michaell Searle Colonel, read; directed to both Houses of Parliament, and sent this Day.
Ordered, To be specially recommended to the House of Commons.
Clarke, to farm some Lands.
The Petition of Rob'te Clarke, Eldest Son of Sir Rob'te Clerke.
Order Lords and Commons for Sequestration read.
Ordered, That he said Petitioner is hereby recommended to the House of Commons, that he may be Farmer to the Lands mentioned in the Petition (being sequestered at Fifty Pounds per Annum); and the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired therein.
Adams, at Northampton, pardoned.
Ordered, That Blaze Adames is to be added to the Persons that are to be pardoned in the Gaol Delivery for North'ton, he being condemned for Horse-stealing, and since reprieved.
Ordinance for Martial Law in Lancaster.
Ordinance H. L. for Martial Law to be used by Commissioners in the County Palatine of Lancaster, 1a & 2a vice lecta; committed.
Lords Committees to consider of the said Ordinance:
Any Three, to meet To-morrow, at Nine in the Morning, in the Prince's Lodgings, and when after they please.
Sir R. Meredith and Mr. Stewart.
The Petition of Sir Rob'te Meredith Knight read; desiring, "That a Judgement of this House, on the Behalf of Mr. Henry Stewart, against him, might be respited; he being in Prison for the Parliament since the said Judgement, and now desires to be heard before any Execution be had against him."
After long Debate;
It was Resolved, That the Business shall be respited till Friday next; and that, in the mean Time, the Clerk shall look out the Proceedings in the Cause.
Message to the H. C. with the E. of Rutland's Letter; and with the following Petitions.
Mr. Doctor Aylett and Mr. Doctor Heath to the House of Commons with several Particulars; videlicet,
1. The Petition of Francis Courtney and others, recommended to the House of Commons.
2. The Earl of Rutland's Letter, communicated to them.
3. The Petition of Rob'te Clarke, recommended to the House of Commons, [ (fn. 1) to have the Land] mentioned in his Petition, being sequestered at Fifty Pounds per Annum.
4. Longe recommended to have Forty Pounds.
5. The Petition of Michaell Scarle, specially recommended to the House of Commons.
6. To put them in Mind of Colonel Welden's Petition.
7. To do the like for Colonel Ogle's Petition.
Report from Committee of both Kingdoms:
Col. Rainsborough, Martial Law.
"1. That it be reported to both Houses, That a Commission of Martial Law may be granted to Colonel Rainesborough.
Another of the King's Garrisons will surrender, on the same Terms as Ashby de la Zouch did.
"2. That it be reported to both Houses, That another considerable Garrison of the King's will be surrendered, if they may have the same Terms which the Garrison of Ashby had."
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to consider of the Report brought from that Committee this Day, intimating that another considerable Garrison of the King's will be surrendered, if they may have the same Terms which the Garrison of Ashby had; and to report their Opinion concerning that Business; and likewise to present the Articles to this House upon which the said Garrison of Ashby was delivered; which was sent to the House of Commons.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance; and Amendments to the Letter to Russia.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob'te Pye and others:
Ordinance H. C. that Colonel Rainsborough shall have Martial Law, 1a, 2a, vice lecta.
Committed to the Committee pro County Pal. Lancasier.
The Amendments to be made in the Letter to be sent to the Emperor of Russia, read, and Agreed unto.
(Here enter it.)
The Messengers, being called in, were answered, That to the Alteration in the Letter, the Lords do agree; and to that Ordinance for Colonel Rainsborough, they will return an Answer by Messengers of their own."
Col. Kerle's Ordinance.
Ordered, That Colonel Kerle' Ordinance shall be considered of on Friday next.
Ingle, &c versus Cornwallis.
Ordered, That the Cause of Ingle and Ford, versus Cornewallis, shall be heard on the 14th of this instant March.
Letter to the Emperor of Russia, congratulating Him on His Accession to the Throne, and for preserving a good Correspondency between the Kingdoms.
"To the Most High, Mighty, and Right Noble Prince, the Great Lord Emperor, and Great Duke Alexsea Michaylowich, by the Mercy of God, of all Russia sole Commander; of Volodimer, Musco, Novogrod, Cazan, Astrican, and Siberia, Lord; of Vobsky, Great Duke; of Tuershy, Ugorsky, Perinsky, Vatsky, Bolgarshy, and others, also Lord and Great Duke; of Nevorod in the Lower Countries, of Rezausky, Pobotsky, Rostovesky, Yearoslanesky, Bealozarshy, Udorsky, Obdorsky, Conduisky, and of all the Northern Parts, Lord and Commander; also Lord of the Countries of Iversky, Cartalinsky, and Emperor of Grusinsky; and of the Countries of Caberdinsky, and of the Dukedoms of Chercasky, Igorsky, and of many other Kingdoms, Great Lord and Conqueror: We, the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, being the Representative Body of the whole Kingdom of England, wish a glorious and happy Reign, with all Health and Prosperity.
"Whereas we have been informed, from our Merchants, by Letters of their Consul residing at Your Imperial Highness' Glorious Court, of the Decease of the late Most Mighty, High, and Right Noble Prince Michaell Phedorowich, of Famous and Blessed Memory, and of Your Majesty's prosperous Succession (by the Mercy of God), as His most worthy Son and Heir, in the Imperial Government of all His great Kingdoms and Dominions; we have thought requisite to testify our great Esteem of Your Imperial Highness' noble Virtues and famous Merits, and to congratulate Your deserved Succession and Sitting in that glorious Throne.
"And whereas we, taking Knowledge of the Arrival of Gerusim Semonowick, as Messenger sent by Your Imperial Highness, Most Noble and Renowned Prince, at this famous City of London, on the 27th of November last, and withall the most earnest Desire of Your said Messenger, presently to address himself to the King's Majesty of Greate Brittaine, for Delivery of Your Most Mighty Highness' Letters, and his dutiful Performance of Your further Commands, and that he might be speedily returned without Delay or Restraint, and hath shewed Your Imperial Majesty's Pass to that Effect, to which we have given Credit; we have found it most necessary, upon serious Consideration, to write these our Letters, and to represent unto Your Imperial Majesty, Most Excellent and Noble Prince, the present great Disturbance and Distraction of this Kingdom, by reason of an intestine, bitter, and bloody War, and our King's Majesty's long Absence and remote Distance from this City: And therefore we, the Lords and Commons assembled in the High Court of Parliament, being most careful and solicitous to preserve the Person of this Your Messenger, Most Mighty and Honoured Prince, from such Affronts as he might suffer from the rude Soldiery at such a Distance from us, have thought it necessary to keep him under our Protection, and not expose him to those Affronts; as also, Most Noble and Glorious Prince, to signify to Your Most Renowned Highness, and to assure You, that those who follow and are now with the King, are no Merchants, nor trade in any Merchandize at all; but that our Merchants in general, and especially all those who trade (fn. 2) to Your Most Excellent Highness' Imperial Dominions, are Merchants residing here in the City of London; and yet to satisfy (if it be possible) Your said Messenger's Desires, as soon as the King shall return, he shall then have speedy Address and Access unto His Majesty; and whatsoever befall else, all possible Care shall be taken by us, at all Times, for his safe and expedite Return to your Highness' Most Glorious Presence by the First Ships. Mean while, the firm Desire of this Noble Kingdom is, That the ancient Amity, and Correspondence, and Intercourse, whereby these Kingdoms of Greate Brittaine and your Highness' Imperial Realms and Dominions have (fn. 3) this long Time been mutually honoured and united, may firmly continue, and more and more increase; and the Merchants of this Nation may still be better encouraged, favoured, and protected, in their Commerce, which in so remore Parts doth many Times encounter with great Perils and Difficulties.
"We, the Lords and Commons of the High Court of Parliament, in the Name of the whole Kingdom, do offer and desire a constant Correspondence of League and Amity; most earnestly requesting, Most, Noble and Right Excellent Prince, Your Highness' Imperial Confirmation of the ancient Privileges formerly granted by Your Royal and Renowned Predecessors, and of late also graciously promised by Your High and Glorious Majesty.
"And because, Right-renowned and Honoured Prince, we know to what great Dangers the Ships of our Merchants are Yearly exposed, (fn. 4) in being confined to the old Bar; we therefore, Most High and Noble Prince, do here most instantly desire Your Imperial Majesty's favourable and laudable Licence and Order, that our said Ships may henceforth pass the new-discovered Bar of Berozana Oust.
"Further, we here do earnestly recommend unto Your High and Imperial Majesty Mr. Spencer Bretton, now Resident there as Agent or Consul for negociating of the Affairs of the English Nation; on whose Behalf we most seriously request, Most Noble and Right-illustrious Prince, Your Ever-glorious Highness to extend Your comfortable and chearful Countenance and most conduceable Favours unto the said Spencer Bretton, and to the English Merchants resident in Your Most-honoured Highness' renowned Dominions, for the Continuance and Advancement of that Trade which so much conduceth to the mutual Honour and Utility of both Kingdoms. And so we and this Kingdom shall be ready, in all mutual Offices, to correspond with and honour You, Most High and Right-noble Prince, and be ready to gratify whatsoever You shall please to commend.
"And, wishing You, Most Renowned Emperor, all Prosperity, Honour, and Glory, and a happy and victorious Reign, we recommend and leave Your Most Noble Imperial Highness to the Protection of Almighty God.
"Given in the Palace of Parliament in Westm. this (fn. 5)
"The Lords and Commons Assembled in the High Court of Parliament."
Adjourn, 10 To-morrow.