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, 13 Januarii.
L. Say & S.
Soldiers billeted in Houghton Lodge, Ld. Bruce's, to be removed.
The House being this Day informed, "That one Henry Miles, a Quarter-master, hath billeted Soldiers in Houghton Lodge, in the County of Bedd. being the Lord Bruce's House, and in the Keeper's Lodge there, contrary to an Order of this House:"
It is Ordered, That the Quarter-master shall, upon Sight of this Order, remove all such Soldiers as are billetted in the said Ledges; and that neither the said Quarter-master nor any other Person shall billet any Soldiers hereafter in either of the said Lodges.
Le Strange's Petition, to be bailed.
Ld. Evre's Petition, for an Allowance.
Ordered, That the said Petition and Contents thereof are specially recommended to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Secuestrations, that a competent Allowance may be made him, out of his own Estate, suitable to his Degree and Quality.
Ld. Brudnell to be in Custody of the Black Rod.
Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending this House shall take the Lord Brudnell into his Custody (he having been lately taken at Hereford), as soon as he shall come into the Lines of Communication, and keep him in Safety until the Pleasure of this House be farther signified.
Ordinance concerning the London Militia.
The Ordinance for the Militia of the City of Lond. being committed to a Committee of the whole House, was this Day considered of; but not perfected, by reason of many Businesses that were this Day agitated: And thereupon, after the House was resumed, it was referred to a Private Committee; videlicet,
Exportation of Horses stopped.
E. of Devon's Assessment to be employed for Bristol.
Letter to the King.
The Letter was read, and Agreed (fn. 1) to by this House; and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence. (Enter the Letter.)
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the Ordinance for continuing the Committee for the Army, &c. and about the following Particulars.
Sir W. Russell & al. and Lenthall & al.
Message from the H. C with a Letter to the King;
1. That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, did by him present to their Lordships an Answer to be sent to the King, to which he was commanded to desire their Lordships Concurrence; and that they would (having passed it) (fn. 1) cause it to be sent to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to be speedily dispatched with a Trumpeter unto His Majesty.
and to remind the Lords of some Ordinances.
Their Messengers being called in again; the Speaker, in the Name of this House, returned this Answer: "That the Lords have agreed unto the Answer brought up by them to the King's Letter; and that it shall be signed as is usual, and sent away as is desired: But to the Three Ordinances mentioned in their Message, the Lords will take them into their Consideration, and return them an Answer by Messengers of their own."
Ordinance for Martial Law.
A new One to be brought in.
Ordered, That a new Ordinance shall be brought into this House, to remedy the present Inconveniences, to continue for a short Time; and that any Member of this House might present such an Ordinance as he should think fit.
Answer from the H. C.
That they will give a present Conference, touching the Ordinance for the Treasurers of the Army, and the Votes concerning Delinquents, as is desired: That they do agree with their Lordships in the Alteration of the Ordinance touching the Earl of Devon; and to all the rest, they will return Answer by Messengers of their own.
Conference on the Ordinance for continuing the Committee for the Army, &c.
Le Strange's Petition, to be bailed.
"Wherefore he humbly represents the State of his present Condition, as also of his by-past Sufferings, to the Judgement and noble Consideration of these Honourable Houses; desiring your Honours will be pleased now at Length to relieve this your unfortunate (fn. 3) Petitioner, by restoring him to his Liberty; humbly assuring you, upon the Parole of a Gentleman, or any other cautionary Security, that he will neither directly nor indirectly act, consult, or project, any Thing of Prejudice to the Parliament.
Ld. Evre's Petition, for an Allowance.
"That your Petitioner's Estate both Real and Personal is wholly sequestered, not leaving him so much as a Bed to lie upon but what he borrows, whereby he is reduced to extreme Want, even of Bread for himself, his Daughter, and Family. Your Petitioner is very aged and infirm, and hath not been able to go out of his House for these Two or Three Years.
"Wherefore your Petitioner humbly prays, that the Consideration of the Premises (fn. 4); and that your Lordships will be pleased to grant some Weekly Allowance to be paid to your Petitioner, either out of his own Estate or otherwise, for the Livelihood of your Petitioner, his Daughter, and Family, as you in your Clemency and Wisdom shall think fit.
Letter to the King, in Answer to Two from Him, proposing a Personal Treaty at Westm.
"We, Your humble and loyal Subjects of both Kingdoms, have received Your Letters of the 26th and 29th of December last, unto which we humbly return this Answer: That there hath been no Delay on our Parts but what was necessary in a Business of so great Consequence, as is expressed in our former Message.
"Concerning the Personal Treaty desired by Your Majesty; there having been so much innocent Blood of Your good Subjects shed in this War by Your Majesty's Commands and Commissions; Irish Rebels brought over into both Kingdoms, and Endeavours to bring over more (fn. 5) into both of them, as also Forces from Foreign Parts; Your Majesty being in Arms in these Parts, and the Prince in the Head of an Army in the West, divers Towns made Garrisons, and kept in Hostility by Your Majesty against the Parliament of England; there being also Forces in Scotland against that Parliament and Kingdom by Your Majesty's Commission; the War in Irel. fomented and prolonged by Your Majesty; whereby the Three Kingdoms are brought near to utter Ruin and Destruction: We conceive, that, until Satisfaction and Security be first given to both Your Kingdoms, Your Majesty's coming hither cannot be convenient, nor (fn. 6) be assented unto; neither can we apprehend it a Means conducing to Peace, that Your Majesty should come to Your Parliament for a few Days, with any Thoughts of leaving it, especially with Intentions of returning to Hostility against it: And we do observe, that Your Majesty desires the Engagement not only of Your Parliaments, but of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, and Militia of the City of London, the Chief Commanders of Sir Thomas Fairefax's Army, and those of the Scotts Army, which is against the Privileges and Honours of the Parliaments, those being joined with them who are subject and subordinate to their Authority: That Your Majesty, against the Freedom of Parliaments, enforces in both Your Letters with many earnest Expressions, as if in no other Way than that propounded by Your Majesty the Peace of Your Kingdoms could be established. Your Majesty may please to remember, that, in our last Letter, we did declare that Propositions from both Kingdoms were speedily to be sent to Your Majesty, which we conceive to be the only Way for the attaining a happy and well-grounded Peace; and Your Majesty's Assent unto those Propositions will be an effectual Means for giving Satisfaction and Security to Your Kingdoms, will assure a firm Union between the Two Kingdoms, as much desired by each for other as for themselves, and settle Religion and secure the Peace of the Kingdom of Scotland, whereof neither is so much as mentioned in Your Majesty's Letter.
"And in proceeding according to these just and necessary Grounds, for the putting an End to the bleeding Calamities of these Nations, Your Majesty may have the Glory to be a principal Instrument in so happy a Work; and we, however misinterpreted, shall approve ourselves to God and the World, to be real and sincere in seeking a safe and well-grounded Peace."
E. of Devon's Assessment for the Garrison of Bristol.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, &c. That the Proceed of the Earl of Devonsheire's Twentieth Part shall be employed for the Service of the Forces of the Garrison of Bristoll, which are to be new raised there."