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, 24 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Dury.
Comes Manchester, Speaker this Day.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
E. of Ancram, a Protection.
Ordered, That the Earl of Anc'am shall have the Protection of this House, for his Person and Goods, from being arrested, until Midsummer Term next; and all Persons whom it concerns are to take Notice hereof.
Message to the H. C. with Dr. Walker's Narrative, and the Letter to the Governor of Flanders; and about the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To communicate the Narrative of Doctor Walker's Negotiation, and the Letter to be sent to the Governor of Flanders; which the Lords do approve of, and desire their Concurrence; and that it may be signed by their Speaker, as their Lordships have ordered their Speaker so to do.
2. To desire their Concurrence, that Colonel Layton may command the Plymouth Horse.
3. To desire Concurrence in the Ordinance concerning the Counties of Glamorg. Radnor, &c. with the Addition of Two Names to be Committees.
4. To desire Concurrence that Locker may be Master of the Ship taken from Bushell Browne.
5. To desire Concurrence in the Paper reported from the Committee of Admiralty, concerning the Building of new Ships for the Navy.
6. To desire Concurrence in the Paper concerning the payment of the Ships that guarded the Fishing Ships.
Lady Gorge's Petition.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Lady Gorge's Petition shall meet this Afternoon.
Sir W. Russell and Lenthall.
Ordered, That this House shall take Sir Wm. Russell's Cause into Consideration on Tuesday next.
Steward and De Franchi.
This Day being peremptorily appointed to hear the Cause between Walter Steward and Nic. Di Franchi, by Counsel on both Sides; but upon Failure of Mr. Steward for not attending: It is Ordered, That this Cause shall be peremptorily heard, by Counsel on both Sides, the 3d of January next: And if either Side shall then fail to come with Counsel, then this House will either hear it on that Side the Counsel appears, (fn. 1) or dismiss it, as they shall think fit.
E. of Essex's Arrears.
Ordered, That the Auditor of the Army shall cast up the Arrears of the Earl of Essex, late Lord General of the Army, as Colonel of Horse and Colonel of Foot.
Sir T. Mayhern's Case.
The Earl of Northumb. reported a Draught concerning Sir Theodore Mayherne's Case; which was read, and approved of; and Ordered to be communicated to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
(Here enter it.)
Blake and Rolfe.
Upon the Petition of Anne Blake Plaintiff, and Wm. Rolfe Defendant, desiring the Cause depending in this House may be dismissed this House: It is Ordered accordingly, if Cause be not shewed to this House by To-morrow Sevennight.
Upon reading the Petition of Philip Jones Esquire: It is Ordered to be recommended to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence. (Here enter it.)
Draught of Sir Theodore Mayhern's Case.
"That the Lords have passed the Ordinance sent up from the House of Commons, for providing a necessary Maintenance for the Servants of the Duke of Gloucester and the Princess Elizabeth's Houshold, it being now reduced; wherein they find only Two Hundred Pounds per Annum appointed for Sir Theodore Mayerne, who long since, upon his coming into England, at the Desire of King James, had, by Agreement and Grant under the Great Seal of England, the Yearly Pension of above Nine Hundred Pounds; which Pension hath been unpaid ever since these unhappy Differences: He had also allowed Him for His Service a constant Diet, valued at Five Hundred Pounds per Annum, which now he is deprived of: Yet he doth faithfully and diligently attend upon the King's Children, and hath often given with good Success his best Advice to several Members of both Houses that have desired it, and is still ready so to do. The Lords do desire that the House of Commons would join with them, in taking the said Sir Theodore De Mayerne into further Consideration, for his Pension and Diet, in such Sort as may encourage him to remain here amongst us; and that he, having been called hither from beyond the Seas, may not, for not performing of the Agreement with him, be forced to return back again."
Jones's Petition, to be Prothonotary of Merioneth, &c. in Consideration of his Losses.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers, assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of Phillip Jones Esquire;
"That your Petitioner, for his good Affection to the common Cause of Religion and Liberty, and for refusing to yield any Assistance for the Furtherance of this unnatural War against the Parliament and Kingdom, was, at the First Beginning of this Distraction, forced with his Family to desert his Habitation, for his Safety; and had his whole Estate then plundered, sequestered, and totally ruined; himself, his Wife and Children, being above these Three Years exposed to much Hazard, and wholly deprived of all Means of Subsistence.
"May it therefore please your Lordships to take his Condition into your tender Consideration; and, for the Reparation of his great Losses sustained for adhering to the Parliament, and for enabling your Petitioner with his Family to subsist, that your Lordships would confer on him the Office of Prothonotary, and Clerk of (fn. 2) the Crown, in the Counties of Merioneth, Carnarvon, and Anglesey, formerly by a Delinquent now in the Enemy's Quarters executed."
"And your Petitioner shall pray, &c.
House adjourned till 9a cras.