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, 19 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Gouge.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Hereford.
Relics from Oxford to be valued.
Ordered, That the Copes shall be priced by an Upholsterer, what the Value of them is; and to be brought hither To- (fn. 1) morrow, with the Plate which was brought from Oxford.
Letters from the King, and Commissioners with Him.
A Letter from the Commissioners was read, with a Letter from the King inclosed. (Here enter them.)
Ordered, That this House will take the King's Letter into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Langham and Lymbery.
This Day Sir Thomas Beddingfield, Counsel with Alderman Langham, &c. against Captain Lymbery, &c. made an Argument in Answer to Mr. Maynard's Argument.
It is Ordered, That the Counsel of Alderman Langham, &c. and Captain Lymbery, &c. shall attend the Judges between this and Monday Night next, and by Consent state the Case that hath been argued at this Bar in Matter of Fact, both as it came into the Chancery, and in the Proceedings there, and the Judges to report the same to this House on Tuesday Morning next.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, with One from Him; and desiring Directions.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore. These.
"This Day the King delivered us a Letter, to be sent from Himself to both Houses, with Leave to read it; which we thought fit to excuse, and have sent it here inclosed without Knowledge of the Contents; holding it our Duty not to hinder any Intercourse betwixt His Majesty and the Houses. We earnestly desire their Lordships Directions for the future, which shall be carefully observed until they shall be pleased to recall us from this Service; which we are bold to intreat as a special Favour from their Lordships, after so long a Journey and Attendance in this Service; wherein we have enjoyed ourselves only in our faithful Endeavours to give a good Account of the Trust they reposed in,
Holdenby, 17 Febr. 1646.
"Your Lordship's most faithful Servants,
"Pembrooke & Mount.
Letter from the King, desiring some of His Chaplains may attend Him.
To the Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore; to be communicated to the Lords and Commons in the Parliament assembled at Westminster.
"Holdenby, 17 Febr. 1646.
"Since I have never dissembled nor hid my Conscience, and that I am not yet satisfied with those Alterations in Religion to which ye desire My Consent, I will not lose Time in giving Reasons (which are obvious to every-body) why it is fit for Me to be attended by some of My Chaplains whose Opinions as Clergymen I esteem and reverence, not only for the Exercise of My Conscience, but also even for clearing My Judgement concerning the present Differences in Religion; as I have at full declared to Mr. Marshall and his Fellow Minister, having shewed them that this is the best and likeliest Means of giving Me Satisfaction (which without it I cannot have) in these Things, whereby the Distractions of this Church may be the better settled. Wherefore I desire that at least Two of these Reverend Divines, whose Names I have here set down, may have free Liberty to wait upon Me, for the discharging of their Duty to Me according to their Function.
"Bishop of London.
Bishop of Salisbury.
Bishop of Peterborough.
Doctor Selden, Clerk of My Closet.
Doctor March, Dean of Yorke.
House adjourned till 10a cras.