Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 9, 1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 4 die Junii.
L. Viscount Hereford.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Morley's Right to the Parsonage of Wotton Courtney.
Ordered, That no Minister shall have Institution and Induction to the Parsonage of Wotton Courtney, in Com. Som'sett, to the Prejudice of John Morley Clerk, until the Pleasure of this House be further signified concerning the said John Morley.
Message from the Assembly, that they are ready to make good their Charge against Hall.
Committee for this Business.
Herefor it is Ordered, That these Lords following are appointed to hear the Proofs which the Assembly of Divines shall produce concerning this Business, and to take the Examinations on both Sides, and report the same to this House:
Letter from the Commissioners with the King.
King's Children to be brought to St. James's.
Ordered, That the Earl of Northumb. be sent to, for to bring the King's Children now in the Country to St. James'; and that a Letter be sent to this Purpose: And the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Message to the H. C. to concur in it.
To let them know, that, upon some Letters received from the Commissioners at Holdenby, they have thought fit to send a Letter to the Earl of Northumb. for bringing the King's Children to St. James', wherein their Concurrence is desired.
Letter delivered by the King to Murray, at Newcastle, decyphered.
The Earl of Lyncolne acquainted the House, "That the same Party that translated a former Letter of Characters hath decyphered the Letter which the King put into the Hand of Mungo Murray, at Newcastle:"
Which was read; and Ordered to be referred to the former Committee, to call the Party before them, and hear (fn. 1) what Demonstration he can shew that it is rightly decyphered; and that the said Person be recommended to the House of Commons, for a Reward for his said Pains.
Message from the H. C. to sit P. M. Tomorrow, &c.;
2. To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons intend to sit this Afternoon, and To-morrow, and on Monday; and they desire their Lordships would please to sit likewise, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
and with Ordinances.
An Ordinance for Continuance of the Custody of the Great Seal in the Hands as it is now, for (fn. 2) Fourteen Days after the next Term; and for renewing the Commission for hearing Causes. (Here enter it.)
Commissioners of the Great Seal, and for hearing Causes in Chancery, continued.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Custody of the Great Seal of England continue in the same Hands it now is in, till [ (fn. 3) Forty Days] after the End of the next Term.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Commission for hearing Causes in Chancery be renewed, and continued till Forty Days after the End of the next Term; and that the Commissioners of the Great Seal do issue out and seal a Commission under the Great Seal, for the same Term, accordingly.
Order for 300l. for Captain Playford.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds be charged, in Course, with Interest for the same, payable every Six Months, upon that Moiety of the Receipts at Gouldsmiths Hall which is not engaged for the last Two Hundred Thousand Pounds, and upon the Remainder of those Receipts after that Security is perfected, without Prejudice to the said Security; and that the said Sum of Three Hundred Pounds and Interest, as they shall grow due, be paid, upon Accompt, to Captain Samuell Playford, by the Treasurers at Gouldsmiths Hall, to be accompted in Part of the Arrears due unto him upon his Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament; and that an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Captain Samuell Playford, or his Assignee, shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge to the said Treasurers, for the Payment of the said Sum of Three Hundred Pounds and Interest accordingly."
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, that some of Sir T. Fairfax's Army had taken Possession of Holdenby House.
"Yesterday we got first uncertain Intelligence of some Parties of Horse upon their March near Stonny Stratford. Towards Night, other Reports came to us, of an Intention to surprize the Place; whereupon Colonel Greaves doubled the Guards, by such as he had most Confidence in. At length, a Scout of our own brought Word of a Party of Horse rendezvousing upon Harleston Heath, not Two Miles off, about Ten of the Clock at Night; and withal we were secretly informed, that their Intentions were to seize Colonel Greaves, and to possess themselves of this House. Hereupon we began to prepare for Defence; but found, upon Advice with Colonel Greaves, the Guards were so little to be relied upon, that we thought it requisite he should withdraw himself, lest he should be taken by Force from us; there being no Means left us to secure ourselves: To which Necessity he was contented to submit; and we purposely caused it to be divulged that he was gone, hoping thereby to divert the Horse from falling on us. But, about One of the Clock, we had certain Knowledge of their being drawn into the Park and Meadows adjoining, and that we were surrounded by them; which caused us to send for all the Officers of our Guards, who with One Consent declared to us, "That they found no Disposition in their Soldiers to fight with any of the General's Army, with whom they had so often adventured themselves against the common Enemy." While this Discourse held with them, it passing Two of the Clock; about Break of Day, we discovered a Party of Horse drawn up before the Great Gates, whereupon we dismissed them to their Charges; and immediately, at the Back Yard, where our Horse and Dragoons stood, their Horse with many of ours amongst them entered without any Resistance at all, being quietly let in and embraced by the Soldiers. We presently sent to speak with their Chief Officer. It was answered, "There was none that commanded." But soon after, Mr. Joyce, Cornet to the General's Life-guard, came in to us; and being demanded the Cause of their coming in this Manner, he answered, "That they came, with Authority from the Soldiery, to seize Colonel Greaves, that he might be tried by a Council of War, for having scandalized the Army; whereby also a Plot (fn. 4) which was contriving, to convey the King to London without Directions of the Parliament, would be prevented." We desired he would put the same into Writing: And he delivered us the inclosed accordingly, wherein you will not find Colonel Greaves mentioned by Name, though intended.
"Our humble Suit is, That, by this Bearer Captain Tytus, you will please to send us speedy Directions; the Want whereof hath been no small Discouragement to us hitherto in a Service of this Length and Importance. I remain,
Declaration containing their Reasons for it.
"We, Soldiers now under his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax' Command, have, by the general Consent of the Soldiery, manifested our true Love to the Parliament and Kingdom; by endeavouring to prevent a Second War, discovered by the Designments of some Men privately to take away the King, to the End He might side with that intended Army to be raised; which, if effected, would be to the utter Undoing of the Kingdom. We shall be able and willing to bring our Testimony, when called for, who were the Plotters and Contrivers therein, this being the only Way and Means to prevent all those forementioned Dangers, that might unhappily have come on us and this whole Kingdom, whose Weal we have always endeavoured, with the Hazard of our Lives, and the Blood of many of our dear Friends and Fellow Soldiers and Commoners: This being the only Thing presented to us, which put us on our late Action, for the Preservation of the King's Person, and Furthering of the Parliament' Proceedings, together with the Commissioners great Care to effect the same, and to discharge the Trust imposed on them."
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
L. La Warr.
Fulks and Usman, who seized L. Say's Gun, released.
Ordered, That Mr. John Fulkes and John Usman, now in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher, shall have their Liberty, until they shall be called on by this House, upon the Desire of the Lord Say; they carrying themselves so, that there shall be no farther Cause of Complaint against the said Parties.
Sir T. Hanson to compound for his Delinquency.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Hanson is left to make his Composition at Habberdash'rs Hall; and that the Lord Willoughby may have that Allowance that hath been made him out of the said Composition, if he shall prove a Delinquent.
Morrice to enjoy the Vicarage of Kennelworth.
It is Ordered, &c. That the said Order is hereby ratified and confirmed in all Points, the said House having not received any Satisfaction at all why Obedience should not be given unto the same: And thereupon it is further Ordered, That the said Morrice shall have and enjoy the quiet Possession of the Vicarage of Kennellworth, in the County of Warwicke, with all the Profits and Rights thereunto belonging, until the House shall receive Satisfaction for his Removal from the said Vicarage, for any Thing committed or done by him since his Institution and Induction, grounded upon the said Order of this House; and herein Obedience is expected and required, both from the Committee of that County, and the Inhabitants of that Parish of Kennellworth, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Accompts from Haberdashers Hall to be brought in.
Ordered, &c. That the Committee of Accompts shall forthwith return into this House the Accompts lately sent in to them from the Committee of Habberdash'rs Hall, whereof this House hath present Occasion; and herein they may not fail.
Ordinance to sequester Collieries in the North, belonging to Delinquents.
Harvey, a Pass.
Chandler to be kept in Custody.
Governors of Garrisons.
"The Lords and Commons do nominate and appoint Lieutenant Colonel George Kekewiche to (fn. 5) be Governor of St. Mawes.
"The Lords and Commons do approve of Major Gibbons to (fn. 6) be Governor of the Castle of Exon.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Sir Thomas Hoogan Knight be (fn. 6) continued Governor of the Garrison of Lyme.