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, 15 die Julil.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Earl of Manchester to grant Passes for the F. Ambassa dor's Servants.
Ordered, That the French Ambassador shall have a Pass, for Two Servants to go into France; and it is Ordered further, That the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of this House, hath hereby Power to grant him Passes, from Time to Time, to send Servants into France, as often as he hath Occasion.
Ordinance for Dr. Walker to be Master of All Souls.
An Ordinance was brought into this House, for displacing Doctor Shelden from being Master of All Soules Colledge in Oxon, and to put in Doctor Walker into that Place; which being read, it was Ordered to be sent down to the House [ (fn. 1) of Commons,] for their Concurrence.
Banbury Petition, for Materials belonging to Powell, to be build their Church, &c
A Petition of the Inhabitants of Banbury, was read; complaining, That the One Half of the Town is burned down, and Part of the Church and Steeple pulled down; and there being some Timber and Boards at one Mr. Powell's House, a Malignant, near Oxford, they desire they may have those Materials assigned them, for the Repair of their Church and Town."
It is Ordered, That this House thinks fit to grant this Petition; and to desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons therein, and that an Ordinance may be drawn up to that Purpose.
French Ambassador's Audience.
The House being informed, "That there was some Mistake in the representing the Offer of the French Ambassador for shewing his Credentials before his Audience, which he says was not his Meaning to shew them to any Persons as publicly deputed by the Houses, but to some Persons as private Men; and that he desires a speedy Day for to have Audience."
Hereupon this House Ordered, To give Audience to the French Ambassador on Friday Morning next; and to send to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Letter from the King.
A Letter from the King was read; and Ordered, To be communicated to the House of Commons.
(Here enter it.)
E. of Cleveland to give Bail for his Appearance.
Ordered, That the Earl of Cleveland be brought hither on Friday Morning next, to enter into Recognizance; with Security to render himself again to The Tower after Three Weeks Liberty to go to see his Lady.
Platt and Selby.
Ordered, That the Cause between Mr. Platt and Mr. Selby shall be heard, by Counsel on both Sides, on Tuesday next.
Propositions to be published.
Ordered, That the Propositions shall be printed and published.
F. Ambassador's Audience.
Ordered, That a Chair, with Elbows, shall be placed in this House, for the Reception of the French Ambassador, on Friday Morning; and all the Lords to have Notice to attend the House that Day; and the Earl of Stamford is appointed to bring him to this House.
Message to the H. C. about it;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
To let them know, that this House thinks it fit to give Audience to the French Ambassador on Friday Morning next, at Ten of the (fn. 2) Clock.
with the King's Letter;
2. To communicate to them the King's Letter.
and the Banbury Petition.
3. To deliver to them the Petition of the Inhabitants of Banbury, to which this House agrees, to employ the Timber and Materials as is desired; and that an Ordinance be drawn up for that Purpose, and to desire their Concurrence therein.
Payne to be instituted to Grasion Reg.s.
Ordered, That Doctor Heath shall give Institution and Induction to Mr. Payne Clerk, to Graston Regis, in the County of North'ton.
Capt. Hanson's Petition to be freed from an Arrest.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain John Hanson; shewing, "That he is in actual Service of the Parliament, and hath many Arrears due to him; but is arrested by one Chapman, and put into The Poultry Compter."
It is Ordered, That Proof be made to this House that he is in actual Service of the Parliament, and what Monies are owing to him by the State.
Message from the H. C. about the F. Ambassador's Audience.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Christopher Yelverton Knight and Baronet:
To let their Lordships know, that they having understood of the Desire of the French Ambassador, to have a speedy Audience, they have referred it to the Committee of Foreign Affairs, to consider of the Manner of his Reception, and some other Particulars as are fit to be considered of, before he hath Audience.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will return an Answer to this Message by Messengers of their own.
Message to them about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
To let them know, That this House having received a Desire of the French Ambassador for speedy Audience, this House hath appointed it to be on Friday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock; and their Lordships having received this Morning a Message from them, do desire the Committee for Foreign Affairs may meet presently.
Message from thence, about the Vote for sending the Scots Army home.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Mildmay Knight:
That there hath been a Vote depending in this House unresolved, concerning the declaring this Kingdom hath no further Use of the Scotts Army; which they hold it to be a Matter of so great Concernment to this Kingdom, as nothing greater: Therefore the House of Commons desire their Lordships to give Expedition therein.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Adventurers to Providence, &c. Petition for Reprisale against the Spaniards.
Upon reading the Petition of the Governor and Company of the Adventurers of the City of Westm'r, for the Plantation of Providence, Henrietta, and adjacent Islands, lying on the Coasts of America: "That they, having received great Losses by some Spaniards in those Parts, desire that they may have Leave to have Letters of Reprizals, against the Ship S'ta Clara, and the Spanish Goods, and the Proceed thereof, whereby they may be enabled to sue in the Admiralty Court upon their Case, that the Suit may there proceed to Proofs or Judgement, according to the Course of Law."
It is Ordered, That this House grants this Petition; and to desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons therein.
Pierce Lloyd's Cause.
Ordered, That this House will read the Papers concerning Peirce Lloyd on Tuesday Morning next.
Wicalf, Lord Bruce's Servant's Privilege.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Tho. Christye, Servant to the Lord Bruce, "That Arthur Wichalfe is One of the Household Servants of his Lordship, and was arrested on Thursday the 9th of July Instant, by William Sympson One of the Serjeants at Mace for London, and by one Griffin his Yeoman, at the Suit of George Rouse, and by them carried to Woodstreete Compter, where he is a Prisoner."
Rous sent for.
It is Ordered, That he shall be released of his Imprisonment; and George Rouse to be sent for as a Delinquent.
Ordered, That the Business against Mr. William Dell shall be taken into Consideration on Friday Morning next.
Message to the H. C. about Mr. Murray's Releasement.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To put them in Mind of their former Desire; and concerning Mr. Murrye's Releasement.
Sir R. Gurney's Judgement.
Sir Richard Gurneye's Petition was read; and it is Ordered, That the Judgement against him shall be ready against Friday Morning next.
Ordinance to clear Mr. Exton of his Delinquency.
"Whereas Robert Exton, of Chichester, in the County of Sussex, Gentleman, hath by both Houses of Parliament been admitted to his Fine of One Hundred and Fifty Pounds, for that he adhered to the Forces raised against the Parliament: The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do hereby authorize and appoint the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England to pass a Pardon for the said Robert Exton, in such Manner as shall be agreed by both Houses, and according to this Ordinance, with a Grant and Restitution of his Lands, Goods, and Chattels, and other Estate for which the said Fine was accepted, according to the Particular thereof made, and entered with the Committee at Gouldsmiths Hall, and of all Mean Profits, from the 10th of January, 1645, with an Exception of the Right and Estate of the said Robert Exton in or to all Advowsons, Presentations, and Right of Patronage, to any Church or Chapel; and Oliver St. John Esquire His Majesty's Solicitor General is hereby required to prepare a Pardon accordingly: Provided always, That this Ordinance, or the said Pardon thereon to be passed, shall not extend to free the said Robert Exton from a further Composition, for any other Lands, Goods, or Chattels, than what are contained in the Particular aforesaid; and that in case the said Lands mentioned in the said Particular were of greater Yearly Values than are therein expressed during Three Years before the Year of our Lord 1640, then the said Robert Exton shall pay such further Fine, by Way of Composition for the same, as both Houses of Parliament shall appoint."
None to speak with Lylburne, but in the Presence of his Keeper.
Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That none shall speak with Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne, now a Prisoner in The Tower of London, but in the Presence and Hearing of his Keeper; and that, when he shall desire to take the Air within The Tower, his Keeper shall constantly go with him forth and back, and stay with him till he return to his Lodging; and that, if his Wife desire to come to him, she shall reside with him, and not go in and out during his Imprisonment in the said Tower: And lastly it is Ordered, That this Restraint of speaking with the said Lilburne shall be taken off, when he shall give good Bail to this House, not to contrive, write, or publish any scandalous or libellous Pamphlets or Papers against both or either of the Houses of Parliament.