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, 21 die Decembris.
Ordinance concerning the Water Guards.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee, the Ordinance concerning the Water Guards, with some Alterations; which being read, the House Agreed to the said Ordinance with those Alterations; and it was Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Message to the H. C. with it, and about the following Particulars.
Watson versus Sir J. Corbett, about his Estate granted to him.
Upon hearing the Counsel of Edward Watson Esquire; informing, "That Sir Lewis Watson is but Tenant for Life in the Manor of Milton, in the County of Bucks, the Remainder being in the Earl of Rutland and the Lady Rutland, for the Use of the said Mr. Edward Watson; and the said Manor being a Mortgage from Mr. Stafford's Father deceased to Sir Lewis Watson, the Houses have granted to Sir John Corbett the Benefit thereof, as taking it to be the Estate of the said Sir Lewis, not knowing the Truth of the Case."
Hereupon it is Ordered, That these Lords following shall draw up the true State and Case of the Business, and report the same to this House, that so there may be a Conference with the House of Commons:
Design to carry away the D. of York.
The Earl of Northumb. acquainted this House, "That he is lately informed, that there is a Design in some, to convey away the Duke of Yorke, either to Newcastle or into France; and that the Persons that are conceived to act the Business are in Town."
Parties concerned in it, to be attached.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That a Warrant to the Gentleman Usher be presently issued out, with a Blank, to attach the Bodies of such Persons as the Earl of Northumb. shall put in; and that they shall be brought into safe Custody to this House.
E. of Northumb. to take Care of him.
The House gave Thanks to the Earl of Northumb. for his Care in preventing this Design, and acquainting this House therewith; and desired his Lordship to have a great Care that the Duke of Yorke be not conveyed away.
E. of Southton, Leave to continue in Town.
Wotton to be attached, for Words against the Parliament.
The Speaker informed the House, "That he hath received a Letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; acquainting him, that Mr. William Wotton, Fellow of Trinity Colledge, said in Discourse, That the Rebellion now of the Parliament was worse than the Rebellion of Ireland."
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House shall attach the Body of the said Wm. Wotton, and bring him in safe Custody before this House; and that Mr. Vice Chancellor be desired to send up the Witnesses, that so this House may proceed therein.
Message from the with Orders, &c.
That this House will send an Answer concerning the Declaration concerning the Entry of Assignments with the Commissioners of Excise, and the Amendment to the Ordinance for Sale of Bishops Lands, by Messengers of their own: To all the rest, this House agrees to.
Hostages for Performance of the Articles with the Scots.
"Resolved, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Houses do nominate and approve of Sir Rapb Hare of the County of Norff. Baronet, and Sir Lyonell Talmach of the County of Suffolke Baronet, to be Two of the Hostages to be given to our Brethren of Scotland, in Pursuance of certain Articles agreed upon between Committees of Lords and Commons of the Parliament of England and Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, authorized thereunto by the Parliaments of each Kingdom."
Order about their being given.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to give Notice to the Hostages to be given to our Brethren of Scotland, of the Time and Place they are to meet at, and to appoint the Six of the Eight that shall go."
Committee to go into the North, to prevent Disputes, &c.
"Resolved, &c. That a Committee of both Houses be appointed to go down into the North, that may take Care that all Matters may be so accommodated upon the parting with our Brethren of Scotland, that no Unkindness may happen by any Misconstructions or Misapprehensions."
Instructions for them.
"Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Members of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to prepare Instructions for the Committee of both Houses that shall be appointed upon this Occasion to go into the North."
Lord Pagett and Dr. Lawrence.
A Letter being presented this Day to the House, wherein the Lord Pagett, a Peer of this Realm, is required to pay certain Monies, pretended to be due to Doctor Thomas Lawrence, Reader of the Divinity Lecture for the University of Oxon, according to the Articles of the Treaty for surrender of Oxford:
It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the said Lord Pagett may not pay any such Monies for Arrears pretended to be due as aforesaid unto the said Doctor Lawrence, or any other, until the Pleasure of this House be further signified; any Declaration or Letter of any Committee in this or the like Case in any Wise notwithstanding.