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, 11 die Maii.
Ld. Mohun to attend, with his Bail.
D. of Richmond and E. of Lindsey, to have Apartments at Windsor.
E. of North'ton, Leave to remain within the Lines, to make his Composition.
Capt. Somarster freed from an Arrest.
This Day Captain Somarster was brought to this Bar, and released from his Imprisonment, being arrested contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, being in actual Service of the Parliament, and Arrears due unto him.
Marquis De Vieuville to export Horses.
Examination about Capt. Massy's stopping the Messenger of the Scots Commissioners, and taking away His Letters;
Colonel Manwayring gave this House an Account, "That he hath examined the Business referred unto him on Saturday last, and the Captain hath returned his Answer in Writing; which was read, as followeth:
"I Francis Maissy, One of the Captains of Colonel Bradlie's Regiment, having the Command of the Guard at Shorditch on Thursday Night last, being the 7th of this Instant May, a Scotch Gentleman was staid at the Passage, about Nine a Clock at Night; who being, as he said, going to the Scotch Army, and shewing no Pass under any Hand known to me, I caused him to be staid and searched; and finding divers Letters about (fn. 1) him, which he told me he knew not from whom he had them; upon which, Two of them were opened, the one by myself, the other by One of the Guard whom I know not; and conceiving the Matter of that Letter, which was not writ in Characters, to be prejudicial to the Parliament and Kingdom, to have the private Debates of the House of Commons published, my Conscience told me that I ought not to pass any such Letters without the Knowledge or Consent of the Parliament, which caused me to stay the Person and the Letters until the Morning; at which Time, I presented them both to the House of Commons, where the Letters are now remaining, but the Messenger discharged; which was done upon Friday last, being the 8th of this Instant May.
to be sent to the Scots Commissioners.
Ordered, That a Copy of this Answer be sent to the Commissioners of the Kingdom of Scotland; and that Captain Maissy shall have Notice to attend this House on Wednesday Morning next; and then this House will take this Business into further Consideration.
Letter to the Prince of Wales, inviting him to come into the Parliament Quarters.
And the Question being put, "Whether it shall be referred to the Committee for drawing up the Letter to be sent to the Prince, for making an Addition to the said Letter, concerning the King's coming into the Quarters of the Parliament, and concerning Propositions which are preparing to be sent to the King?"