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, 2 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they have delivered all the Particulars that they had in Charge, and they will return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Writs of Error brought in.
This Day Mr. Justice Bacon brought into this House these Writs of Error following:
Hillary, 22 Caroli R's.
Inter Clowdesley & Hoyle.
Inter Kirke and Guy.
Inter Hickocks and Hill.
Inter Seagar and Rawlings.
Inter Pasfeild and Spencer.
Inter Hackett and Goddine.
Inter Cudbuston and Thompson.
Inter Kilburne and Walley.
Lymbrey and Langham.
This Day Mr. Maynard, Counsel with Captain Lymberey, &c. against Alderman Langham, &c. replied to the Argument lately made by Mr. Sam. Browne, whether the Case be within the Statute of 4 H. IV.
It is Ordered, That the Counsel of Alderman Langham shall be heard, in Answer to it, on Friday come Fortnight, the 19th of February.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Zouch Tate Esquire, &c.; who brought up divers particular Orders and Ordinances, to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King.
Next, the Speaker acquainted this House, "He had received a Letter from the Commissioners at Newcastle." (Here enter it.)
Letter from Gen. Skippon.
Another Letter, from Major General Skippon, was read. (Here enter it.)
Holdenby House to be prepared for the King.
Ordered, That the Letter of the Committee be communicated to the Committee for the Revenue; and recommended to them, that Holdenby House may be prepared, and Provisions made of all Things necessary for the Reception of the King in His Journey, and when He comes to Holdenby.
West, a Pass to Virginia.
Ordered, That Mr. West shall [ (fn. 1) have a] Pass, to go into Virginia.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, desiring Holden by House may be prepared, and Provision made for Him there and on the Road; and about His Desires for His Servants to attend Him.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manche'r, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore, These.
"Haste Post, Post Haste.
"Pembrooke & Mount.
"We have already given you an Account, that, upon Tuesday last, we signified to the King, the Scotts Commissioners, and to the General, "That we were come, by Command of both Houses of Parliament, to receive His Majesty's Person." Yesterday we kept the Fast; and His Majesty sent to let us know, "That, in that regard, he deferred His Answer until Thursday." This Morning we received Commands to attend Him at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon; which we did accordingly; and, after some general Conference, the King was pleased to propound some Questions, the Substance whereof, and of our Answer, which were both by Word of Mouth, are as followeth:
"First, His Majesty asked, "Whether we had Power to place and displace His Servants, and what Servants He was to have about Him?"
"We answered, The Houses had appointed some to attend Him in His Journey to Holdenby, a List of whose Names we should present unto Him."
"Secondly, "Whether those which are now His Servants might not go with Him, although not wait upon Him?"
We answered, "That if His Majesty would give us the Names of such as He desired should go with Him in that Condition, we would then acquaint His Majesty whether they might or not, according to our Instructions."
"Thirdly, "Whether He might not speak to us severally?"
"We answered, "If His Majesty spake concerning any Thing of Moment, we were to acquaint the Committee with it; without which, we could not discharge our Trust."
"Fourthly, "Whether He was to appoint the Time of His going?"
"We answered, "That we desired that His Majesty would appoint a Time; but, unless it were a short Time, it would not consist with our Instructions, by which we are commanded to attend Him with all convenient Speed to Houldenby."
"Thereupon His Majesty did declare, "That He would go with us to Houldenby; and nominated Monday or Tuesday to begin His Journey." But being told by some of His Servants, "That He could not be accommodated with Necessaries by that Time;" He appointed Wednesday: Whereunto we agreed; and shall at that Time be ready to wait upon (fn. 2) Him, according to our Instructions.
"We desire that the Committee of the Revenue do take Care and give Order that Holdenby House may be repaired and fitted for Reception of the King, and Provision made of all Necessaries fitting for the King in His Journey, and when He is come to Holdenby, according to your own Order. So we remain,
Newcastle, 28th January, 1646.
Pembrook & Mount. B. Denbigh. Ed. Mountague."
Letter from Gen. Skippon, that the Scots have quitted Hartlepoole and Stockton, and that he has garrisoned them.
"To the Right Honourable the Speaker of the Right Honourable the House of Peers assembled in Parliament at Westm'r. These, with Speed and Trust, present.
"On Tuesday last, Hartlepoole and Stockton were quitted by the Scotts, and possessed by our Forces. The Remainder of the last Hundred Thousand Pounds lieth this Night at Yarum; and (fn. 3) my Regiment, with Sir Robert Pye's, are appointed to guard the same. Colonel Lilburne's and Colonel Sir Hardrosse Waller's Regiments quarter here this Night, and the rest of our Forces as near about as we can without mixing with the Scotts Horse, which are not all as yet on the North Side of this Place, but will be Tomorrow; and on Saturday (as Lieutenant General Lesley, who is here, told me this Evening) they will be all on the North Side Tyne. We had hoped (as their General sent us Word) they would have been this Night so far Northward of Duresme, that we should on Saturday next have received Newcastle and Tynmouth Castle from them, for which we are in as much Readiness as possible can be; but I doubt it will be so late on Saturday ere they all pass Tyne, that it will be Sunday ere we can receive those Garrisons. This I thought fit, as in Duty I am bound, to acquaint this Right Honourable House with; and to assure your Lordship that, by the Help of God, nothing shall be wanting in me for the Furtherance of this great Public Service in Hand; and that I am, in this and upon all other Occasions, to the utmost of my Power (by the same Assistance), most ready to manifest myself
Durham, 28th of January, 1646, 11 at Night.
"Most humble and faithful Servant,
House adjourned till 10a cras.