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, 9 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salwey.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. (fn. 1) Wharton.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer to the Message sent Yesterday to the House of Commons:
That they will give a Conference this Morning, at Ten of the Clock, as is desired.
Order about Ely House.
The Order concerning Ely House was reported as fit to pass, with some Alterations; which were read, and Agreed to; and the Concurrence of the House of Commons desired therein.
The Order concerning Mr. Coote, was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Countess of Rutland Leave to live within the Lines.
Upon the Petition of the Countess Dowager of Rutland; (fn. 2) desiring Leave to live within the Lines of Communication: It is Ordered accordingly.
The Order for Ellen Askwith was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
E. of Northton desires Leave to remain within the Lines, to compound for his Delinquency.
It was moved, as the Desire of the Earl of North'ton, "That since he hath taken the Negative Oath and the Covenant, and hath petitioned the Committee at Gouldsmiths Hall to compound, and is to present a Particular of his Estate to that Committee, which he cannot perfect without Sight of his Writings in Town; that therefore his Lordship and his ordinary Attendance may be permitted to come within the Lines of Communication, to the End only to proceed in his Composition; and that, if it shall not be thought fit for him to remain in London, he may have Leave to continue at Chelsey, or elsewhere, with Liberty to come within the Line as the Occasions of his Composition shall require."
Ordered, That the Committee at Gouldsmithes Hall do certify to this House, whether the Earl of North'ton be admitted to Composition for his Delinquency.
Heads for the Conference about disposing of the King's Person.
The House of Commons being come in the Painted Chamber, ready for the Conference; the Speaker was to deliver at the Conference the Papers received Yesterday from the Commissioners at Newarke, with the Vote to send them to Sir Tho. Fairfax; and to acquaint them, this House doth not agree with them in the Two First Votes brought from them at the last Conference, concerning sending to the Scottch Commissioners in the Scotch Army about the King, &c.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, complaining of their Messenger being stopped, and his Letters opened.
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter from the Scotch Commissioners; which was read:
"We are informed that a Gentleman employed from the Comittee of Estates of the Kingdome of Scotland to us, haveing their Passe, and sent backe againe to Scotland with our Letters, and a Passe under our Hands, was Yesternight intercepted by the Guards, or some other Persons, in or about London, our Letters opened and taken from him, and himselfe kept up; which is an Injury we could not have expected, and leave it to the Wisedome of the Houses to consider how important it is, and to take such Course for delivering of our Letters, and repayreing of us, as may be a Testimony of their Justice, and of their Affection to
"Affectionate Freinds and humble Servants,
Worcester House, 8th of May, 1646.
Col. Manwaring to make Enquiry about it.
Ordered, That a Copy of this Letter be sent to Colonel Manwaring, who is required to examine the Particulars of this Business; what Captains or other Officers were upon the Court of Guards on Thursday Night last, when the Messenger was staid, and the Letters taken away; and what Person or Persons they were that opened the Letters; where the Messenger and the Letters are; and make a Report thereof to this House on Monday Morning next; and then further Consideration will be taken in this Business.
L. Hunsdon to attend as a Peer, and his Bail vacated.
Ordered, That the Bail of the Lord Hunsden is hereby vacated; and that the Lord Hunsden do attend this House as a Peer.
And it is referred to the Committee of Privileges, to consider of the Impeachment and Proceedings against him, and to report the same to this House; the Committee to meet on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon.
Letter to the Prince; and One to the King, for disbanding Forces, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee for preparing a Letter to be sent to the Prince do meet presently; and the Committee that is to draw a Letter to be sent to the King, for the disbanding all Garrisons and Forts, shall meet this Afternoon, at Three a Clock.
The Lord Savill being with his Bail come, his Bail refused to be bound with him upon those Conditions as was demanded by this House.
Princess Henrietta at Wilton.
Two Letters of the Lady Dalkeith were (fn. 3) read; to desire "that some Course may be taken for the disposing of the King's Youngest Daughter, who is now at Wilton, and the supplying her with Necessaries."
It is Ordered, To be taken into Consideration on Monday next.
Order for 50£. for Col. Coote, from Bridgenorth.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies at Habberdash'rs Hall do forthwith advance and pay unto Colonel Coote, that brought the News from Bridgnorth, Fifty Pounds."
Order for 1000£. to Ellen Askwith, for Arrears due to her late Husband.
"The Houses being informed, That Hellen Askwith Widow had discovered several Sums of Money, or other Estate, belonging to Delinquents, and given Notice thereof to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies sitting at Habberdashers Hall: It is Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Committee have Power, and are Ordered accordingly, to pay unto the said Hellen Askwith, or her Assigns, the Proceed of the said Monies or Estate discovered by her, not exceeding the Sum of One Thousand Pounds, in and for Satisfaction of Arrears of Pay remaining due to her late Husband Captain Askwith, deceased in the Service of the Parliament, and of the Losses he sustained by the Enemy."