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.
Answer from the H. C.
Writs of Error brought in.
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.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King.
Letter from Gen. Skippon.
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.
"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:
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."
"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,
Letter from Gen. Skippon, that the Scots have quitted Hartlepoole and Stockton, and that he has garrisoned them.
"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