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 Martis, 5 Januarii.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
A Petition of Mr. Reading, read; and, upon the Question, Ordered to be released, at the Request of the Lord Rich.
Ordinance to continue the Plymouth Duty.
The Order touching Plymouth Duty altered at the Table, in putting out the Words ["now next coming"], and putting in the Word ["instant"].
Author of Regal Tyranny, &c. to be attached.
A Pamphlet read, intituled, "Regall Tyranny discovered," being full of Treason and Scandal.
Ordered, That the Stationers shall seek out for the Printer of the said Pamphlet; and to have Power to apprehend the Author, or any Person they shall suspect to have any Hand in the said Pamphlet.
Sir F. Willoughby's Petition.
A Petition of Sir Francis Willoughby Knight, read: Ordered, To be referred to Law; and the Estate not to be disposed of till it be settled by a Trial at Law.
Paper from L. Petre.
A Paper from the Lord Petre, brought in by Earl Manchest'r. Agreed on, as he desires therein.
French Ambassador to export Horses.
A Pass granted for the French Ambassador, to carry over a Set of Coach-horses.
Middleton to be Serjeant at Arms.
The Petition of Henry Middleton Esquire, read; wherein he desires to attend the Great Seal, as Serjeant at Arms; and Ordered according to the Prayer of the Petition.
Message from the H. C. with an Order, &c. about Ireland.
A Message from the House of Commons, brought by Mr. Goodwin:
1. An Order for preparing a Sword for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
2. A Vote for Counsellors of State for the Kingdom of Ireland.
3. Instructions for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
That this House will take the same into Consideration, and will send them Answer by Messengers of their own.
Commissioners of the Great Seal.
The Business of the Great Seal was taken into Consideration:
1 Question. Question put, "As many of your Lordships as are of an Opinion to put it in a Way how to dispose of the Great Seal, say, "Content"."
Passed in the Affirmative.
2 Question. Another Question put, "Whether the Keeping of the Great Seal shall be in the Custody of a Member or an Assistant of the House?"
Resolved in the Affirmative.
3 Question. Resolved, That Hearing of Causes in Chancery shall be in the Hands of Three; videlicet, Serjeant Bramston, Serjeant Turner, and Sir Tho. Beningfield.
Vote. Ordered, That the Earl of Manchester shall have the sole Keeping of the Great Seal.
Letter from General Skippon &al. about the Money sent for the Scots.
Two Letters read, One from Major General Skippon, and another from Alderman Gibs and Mr. Noell, concerning the Money sent for the Scotts.
(Here enter them.)
Instructions for the L. Lieuts of Ireland.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Lord Lieutenant of Irel. shall be the First Thing To-morrow.
Committee to prepare an Ordinance about the Great Seal.
Lords Committees appointed by the House, to draw up an Ordinance, according to the Votes passed touching the Great Seal; and to report to the House; videlicet,
Their Lordships, or any Three of them, to meet at Nine of the Clock in the Morning, in the Lord Keeper's Lodgings; and to adjourn themselves from Time to Time, as they shall think fit.
Solomon and Rowe in Error.
Ordered, That the Cause between Tho. Solomon and Francis Rowe, upon a Writ of Error depending in this House, shall be argued, at this Bar, on the 8th of January Instant, at Ten of the Clock; and that all Parties attend there, by their Counsel, accordingly.
Saunders and Bedwell in Error.
Report was this Day made to the House, by Mr. Justice Phesant and Mr. Justice Rolls, "That the Writ of Error depending in this House between Jo. Sander and Wm. Bedwell & al. is proper to be proceeded in, according to Course."
It is Ordered, &c. That the said Cause shall be argued, at this Bar, on Saturday Sevennight; and that all Parties attend.
The Order concerning the Pamphlet, intituled, "Regall Tyranny discovered," was read, and Ordered to be entered. (Here enter it.)
Reading's Order for his discharge.
The Order for the Enlargement of Mr. Jo. Reading, was read, and Ordered, to be entered likewise.
(Here enter it.)
Pamphlet called Regal Tyranny discovered, to be burnt, and the Author to be attached.
"The House being this Day informed of a Pamphlet, intituled, "Regall Tyranny discovered, &c." being part of it read in the House, wherein there is inserted much treasonable and other insufferable Matter: It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House, or his Deputy, by the Help and Assistance of the Master and Wardens of the Stationers and their Officers, shall make diligent Search for the said Pamphlet, in and about the Cities of London and Westm'r, and seize all such as they can find; and likewise that the Author, Printers, and Publishers, be enquired after, and discovered; and being found, shall be apprehended, and speedily brought before the Lords in Parliament; as also that the said Books shall be burnt by the Hand of the Common Hangman, and wholly suppressed; and lastly, that the said Author, Printers, and Publishers, shall be proceeded against by the King's Counsel, according to their Demerits."
Order for Reading to be discharged from The Fleet.
"Upon reading of the Petition of Mr. John Reading, One of the Secondaries of The Compters, London, now a Prisoner in The Fleete by Order of this House: It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, upon the Request of the Lord Riche, That the said Mr. Reading shall be released of his said Imprisonment, upon Sight of this Order, paying his Fees; and this to be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
"To the Gentleman Usher attending this House, to be delivered to the Warden of Ths Fleete, or his Deputy."
Letter from General Skippon, that the Money for the Scots was arrived at Nottingham.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker to the Right Honourable House of Peers. These humbly present, at Westm'r.
"Although I have nothing else to trouble you with now, yet I held it my obliged Duty to acquaint your Lordship, that this Night (Thanks be to God!) the Treasure came safe to this Town. I hope (by God's Help) to be therewith at Yorke on Sunday next at furthest; although the Ways are so deep and foul, and the Days so short, that I cannot hasten as I would, for the more Dispatch of this great Business. This I humbly presume to assure your Lordship, that, God assisting me, nothing shall be wanting in the Care and Faithfulness of,
Nottingham, the 28th of Dec'r, 1646. Monday Night.
Most humble Servant,
Letter from the Treasurers at York about it.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker to the House of Peers pro Tempore. These present.
"We think it our Duty to give your Lordship an Account, that, on Monday last, we overtook our Carriages at Nottingham; and on Thursday we came to Yorke, where we find the Lord Mayor and Aldermen very ready to give us fitting Assistance, who have designed the Public Hall, with Two Rooms adjacent, for the Lodging and Telling of our Money; and in regard we expect it to be here on Saturday Night or Sabbath-day Morning, and not hearing from Sir Adam Hepburne Treasurer to the Scotts Army, nor from Mr. Thompson nor Mr. Drumon his Deputies, not knowing where to find any of them, we thought it sit to write to General Leven, intreating his Excellency to acquaint them with our being here, and our Readiness to begin to tell the Money on Monday Morning, if any of them would please to appoint Tellers to tell it after us; which Letter we sent away Post on Thursday Night to Newcastle, and hope to receive Answer To-morrow Night, being Saturday. My, Lord, this is as much of our Business as this little Time hath brought forth. As any Thing worth the Writing shall occur, we shall take the Boldness to acquaint your Lordship, and leave it to your Wisdom to acquaint the rest of the Lords as you shall think fit; for which, and all other your noble Favours, we remain
Yorke, Friday, this 1 of January, 1646.
"Your Lordship's humble Servants,