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 Lunæ, 8 die Decembris.
Prayers, by Mr. Caudrey.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter which was delivered to him by a Trumpeter on Saturday Night last; which was read, as follows:
Letter from Sir T. Glemham, inclosing One from the King.
For my very good Lord the Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore.
I am commanded by the King to send the inclosed to your Lordship from His Majesty, to be presented to the Lords and Commons in the Parliament of England at Westm. And so I rest
Oxford, the 5th of December, 1645.
Your Lordship's humble Servant,
King's Letter, desiring a Pass for Commissioners that He will send to Westminster, to treat about Peace.
For the Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore.
"His Majesty, being still deeply sensible of the Continuation of this bloody and unnatural War, cannot think Himself discharged of the Duty He owes to God, or the Affection and Regard He hath to the Preservation of His People, without the constant Application of His earnest Endeavours to find some Expedient for the speedy Ending of these unhappy Distractions, if that may be; doth therefore desire that a safe Conduct may be forthwith sent, for the Duke of Richmond, the Earl of South'ton, John Ashbournham, and Jeffery Palmer, Esquires, and their Attendants, with Coaches, Horses, and other Accommodations for their Journey, to Westm. during their Stay there, and Return to Us when they shall think fit; whom His Majesty intends to send to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westm. and the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, furnished with such Propositions as, His Majesty is consident, will be the Foundation of a happy and well-grounded Peace; Given at the Court at Oxford, this Fifth of December, 1645.
"For the Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore."
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Camberland, and to the adding of the Persons to the Committee for the County of Devon: To all the rest of the Particulars, they will send an Answer by Messengers of (fn. 1) their own.
Next, the House took into Consideration the Paper received this Day from the King.
And it was moved, "That this Letter might be sent to the House of Commons, with this Sense, That this House thinks it not fit there shall be a safe Conduct granted to these Four Persons upon this Letter."
But this Question was put, "Whether to have this Sense declared before the Letter be sent down to the House of Commons?"
And it was Resolved in the Negative.
Message to the H. C. with it; and to communicate it to the Scots Commissioners.
Ordered, That this Letter be sent to the House of Commons; and desired, that it may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners, by the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
And accordingly it was sent down presently, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page.
Fox and Broughton.
Upon reading the Petition of John Fox: (Here enter it.) It is Ordered, That the Petitioner and Edward Braughton shall attend this House To-morrow Morning; and Precedents are to be perused, what hath been done in this Kind.
Answer to the Scots Papers.
Ordered, That the Report of the Paper of the Answer to the Scotts Papers shall be made To-morrow Morning.
Sir R. Cooke to be bailed.
Ordered, To send to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence, that Sir Rob't Coke may be bailed, for his Health, and Prosecution of his Business.
Propositions for Peace.
Ordered, That the Propositions shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
E. of Northumb. to appoint a Governor of Wressell Castle.
Ordered, That if Major Fenwicke, who now commands in Wresell Castle, a House of the Earl of Northumberland, be removed, and that a Garrison be thought fit to be continued there, that the Earl of Northumb. shall have Liberty to nominate another Person unto that Command; and that the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein.
House adjourned till 9a cras.