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 Mercurii, 1 Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Delmy.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
They agree to the adding the Words ["from Danger"] to the Vote concerning the King's coming within the Lines of Communication. (Here enter it.)
They agree to the Order for the Day of Thanksgiving with the Addition. (Here enter it.)
And they agree to the Ordinance concerning Mr. Woodroffe: (Here enter it.) And to the Report concerning the Lord Inchequin, and to the Desire of my Lord Conway to go beyond the Sea.
Johnson and the Minister of Paulsberry.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lady Wotton: It is Ordered, That Johnson, and the Minister whom the Patron of the Parsonage of Paulsperry [ (fn. 1) put in] in the County of North'ton, shall be left to the Law for their Remedy.
Ordinance for Martial Law.
The House took into Consideration the Report made Yesterday concerning the Ordinance for Martial Law, wherein the Committee presented to this House some Alterations.
And the House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to debate the Business.
The House being resumed;
A Clause concerning the Peers was read.
And the Question being put, "Whether that this Clause now read shall be added to the Ordinance for Martial Law at the Third Reading?"
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
This Question was put, "Whether this Clause shall be added to the Ordinance for Martial Law, ["That such as shall execute Martial Law by this Ordinance shall first take the Covenant before they execute as Commissioners?"]
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
The Ordinance, with the Alterations and Provisos, was read the Third Time.
And the Question was put, "Whether to agree to this Ordinance with the Alterations and Provisos now read?"
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
These Lords following, before the putting of the Question, desired Leave to enter their Dissents if this Question was carried against their Votes:
Committee for the Army to go into the City about the Militia.
Ordered, That the Lords of this House, that are of the Committee for (fn. 2) the Army, go into London to the Militia, with the Committee of the House of Commons, this Afternoon; and to meet afterwards when they please.
A Letter from the Commissioners of Scotland was read; (videlicet,)
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, that they consent to the Answer to the King.
"Although, upon the Reasons and Grounds contained in our Paper of the 20th of December last, we have just Cause to desire that the Answere to His Majesty's Letter might have ben framed by comon Consent; and notwithstanding we conceive some Particulers fitt to be added to the Draught of the Answere Yesterday delivered unto us; yet we are soe desirous to avoid all Occasions of Delay in Matters of this Kinde, as we have thought fitt to desire your Lordship to acquainte the Houses, that we doe hereby give our Consent, that the Answere as it was sent unto us be forthwith dispatched; and we remaine,
Worcester House, 1 Aprill, 1646.
"Very affectionate Freinds and Servants,
Answer to the King to be sent away.
Ordered, That the Letter in Answer to the King's last Letter shall be presently sent away to the King; and it is referred to the Lords that are of the Committee of the Two Kingdoms, to give Mr. Frost Directions to send a Trumpeter therewith.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Rigby, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance for sending Papists and others out of the Lines of Communication.
Agreed to, with an Alteration, wherein the Concurrence of the House of Commons is to be desired.
The (fn. 3) Answer was:
That this House will send them an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from thence, with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Evelyn:
1. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning the Lord (fn. 4) Lisle.
2. An Ordinance for Alderman Dawson to be Deputy Mayor (fn. 5) of Newcastle.
The Answer was:
That this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to them, with Two Ordinances; and an Order for L. Montgomery to export Horses.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To deliver to them the Ordinance concerning Martial Law, with the Alterations and Proviso, and to desire their Concurrence therein.
2. To deliver them the Ordinance concerning such Papists, &c. as are to go without the Line of Communication, with the Alterations, and to desire their Concurrence therein.
3. To desire their Concurrence in the Order for the Earl of Mountgomery to transport Ten Horses into France.
Larner & al. to attend about London's last Warning.
Ordered, That Larner and the rest shall be brought to this House on Friday Morning, at Ten of the Clock.
Vote to prevent the King's coming to London.
"Resolved, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That in case the King shall, contrary to the Advice of the Houses of Parliament already given Him, come, or attempt to come, within the Lines of Communication, that then the Committee of the Militia of London shall have Power, and are hereby enjoined, upon Advice had with the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Army, to raise such Forces as they shall think necessary to prevent any Tumults that may arise by His coming, and to suppress any that shall happen, to apprehend and secure such as shall come with Him, to prevent Resort to Him, and to secure His Person from Danger."
Letter to the King, advising Him not to come to London till He has assented to the Propositions.
"May it please Your Majesty,
"We, Your humble and loyal Subjects of both Kingdoms, having received Your Letter of the 23th Instant, do humbly return this Answer: That, until Satisfaction and Security be first given to both Your Kingdoms, and for the Reasons mentioned in our Answer to Your former Letters, Your Majesty's coming hither cannot be for Your own Good nor Your Kingdom's, nor by us admitted; and Your Majesty's Assent unto the Propositions, which we intend speedily to present unto You, will be the effectual Means to give the Satisfaction and Security which is desired."
Letter to Sir T. Glemham with it.
"I am commanded, by the House of Peers assembled in Parliament, to send you this inclosed, directed to His Majesty, from the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, and the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland; and do desire you to present the same to His Majesty according as is desired.
Westm. 1 April, 1646.
"Your humble Servant,
"E. Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore."
"21 March, 1645.
Order for a General Thanksgiving for the late Successes.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Thursday shall be Three Weeks shall be set apart for a Day of Public Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the great Success of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax General against the Enemy in the West, in breaking and destroying their Armies, and giving them up into the Hands of the Parliament; to be observed and kept in all Churches and Chapels in the several Counties of the Kingdom under the Power of the Parliament above Ten Miles from London; and that the Knights and (fn. 6) Burgesses of the several Counties and Places, within the Limits aforesaid, do take Care that the respective Ministers in the said Counties and Places may have timely Notice thereof; and that the several Ministers do, on the said Day, respectively, take Notice of the great Blessing of God upon the Forces of the Parliament, in taking of Sir Jacob Ashly Prisoner, and routing and defeating the Forces under his Command, near Stowe, in the County of Gloucester."
Ordinance for Mr. Woodroffe to be Rector of Chartham.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled have accepted of the Resignation of Mr. Edward Corbett, of the Rectory of Chartham, in the County of Kent, and (for his better Conveniency and in Lieu thereof) have otherwise preferred him; which Rectory being [ (fn. 7) late in the] Gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the said Lords and Commons, to the End the said Church and Parish of Chartham may be supplied with a learned, godly, and orthodox Divine, have Ordered, Ordained, and Appointed, and do hereby Order, Ordain, and Appoint, Mr. Thomas Woodroffe Master of Arts, to be Rector and Parson of the said Church and Parish of Chartham; and that he shall and may have, hold, possess, and enjoy, the said Church and Parsonage, and the Parsonage-house, with all the Rights, Members, Stipends, Duties, Glebe, Tithes, Profits, Commodities, and Appurtenances whatsoever, to the said Parish Church or Parsonage belonging, from the Day of the Date of this Ordinance, in as large and ample Manner as the said Mr. Corbett, or any other Rector or Parson thereof, lawfully, or of Right, had, or ought to have had, the same: Provided, That the said Mr. Woodroffe shall pay all such Tenths, First Fruits, and other Duties, as ought to be paid, for or in regard of his Incumbency there: Saving also to all Bodies Politic and Corporate, and all other Person and Persons, all such Right and Title as they, or any of them, have unto the Patronage of the Church of Chartham aforesaid; except such Persons as are sequestrable by the Ordinance of Parliament for the sequestering of Papists and Delinquents Estates: And the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby authorized to pass the same, under the Great Seal of England, unto the said Mr. Woodroffe, accordingly."
House adjourned till 10a Friday Morning next.