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 Lunæ, 27 die Decembris.
Ds. La Warr.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Col. Rainsborough.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax about him.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King.
Clamp's Ordinance to be Searcher of Lynn.
Ordinance for Westm. College to grant Leases, &c.
Marq. of Winton, Liberty prolonged.
Message to the H. C. about it;—with the Westm. College Ordinance;—and about L. Cromwel's and Ly. Cawfield's Petitions.
4. To desire their Concurrence, that the Marquis of Winton may have Liberty for Four Months longer, for his further Recovery of his Health, upon the same Security as he hath formerly given to the Lieutenant of The Tower.
Answer from the H. C.
Report of the Conference about Col. Rainsborough commanding the Winter Fleet.
The Speaker reported the Effect of this Conference: "That Colonel Raynsborough, the 27th of September last, was nominated by the House of Commons to be Vice Admiral for this Winter's Guard; and the 8th of October last, their Lordships concurred therein; and it was sent down from their Lordships, with a Desire that he might be speedily sent away to Sea: Since, their Lordships, upon the Ground of a Letter from the General, sent a Vote down to the House of Commons, That Colonel Raynsborough may not go to Sea. That the House of Commons did order that Colonel Raynsborough should be examined; but neither the General nor the Officers of the Army have sent any Charge against him. But since, the House of Commons have received a Letter from the Army, That Colonel Raynsborough might go to Sea; and that Colonel Raynsborough hath given the House of Commons Satisfaction concerning this Business, That he is not guilty of it."
Committee to examine the London Agents who encouraged the Mutiny in the Army.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the London Agents do meet with some of the Members of the House of Commons that are of that Committee, and open the Papers sealed up, that so the original Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax to this House may be produced To-morrow Morning; and then this Business shall be taken into further Consideration.
Ordinance to raise 50,000 l. for Ireland.
Committee for Plantations.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That any Five of the Committee for Plantations, settled by Ordinances bearing Date the Second of November, 1643, and 21th of March, 1645, whereof One Member of the House of Lords and Two Members of the House of Commons to be present, shall be a Quorum, to act according to the Powers of the said Ordinances."
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, desiring Col. Rainsborough may be allowed to command the Winter Fleet.
"It was but a few Days since, I made an humble Desire to the House of Commons, That the Vice Admiral might be sent to his Charge at Sea. I made my Address only to that House, because I apprehended the Command of his Attendance upon the Service of the House only stayed him. Hearing now that there is some Stick with the House of Peers, I thought it my Duty to acquaint your Lordships, That, as to those Things for which (as I understand) Exceptions have been taken to him, he had (before I writ to the House of Commons) expressed to myself and divers principal Officers such a deep Sense of the late Distempers and Miscarriages in those Things whereunto he had appeared too inclinable, and such Resolutions to decline the like for future, as gave us large Satisfaction concerning him: Upon which Assurance (together with the Consideration of the present Need of him at Sea) as I writ before to the House of Commons, so I now take the Boldness humbly to desire your Lordships speedy Consideration of his Dispatch to his Charge; and rest
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, that they have presented the Propositions to Him.
In Pursuance of the Instructions and Commands from the Parliament, I did, with the other Commissioners, present the Bills and Propositions to His Majesty, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon. The King was then pleased to say, "That He was assured we could not expect a present Answer; but He would take the same into Consideration, and give His Answer within few Days." This is all the Account I can return your Lordship at present; which I desire you will be pleased to communicate to the House of Peers, from
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax to the Speaker of the H. C. for Col. Rainsborough to be sent to Sea; and for Vessels to guard the Isle of Wight.
I understand, by Persons well affected to your Service, that there is some Want of good Guards at Sea about the Isle of Wight, though there be now more than ordinary Need thereof thereabouts; and indeed the whole Business of your Sea Service seems to be elsewhere in too loose a Posture, considering the Condition of Affairs: Therefore, for the better Managing of that Service (without which the Safety of the Kingdom cannot be so well provided for by the best Care and Vigilancy of your Land Forces), I make bold to offer my humble Desire, That the House would be pleased to re-assume the Consideration of dismissing and dispatching the Vice Admiral Colonel Rainborow to his Charge at Sea; which, as I hope it will conduce not a little to your Service, and the Safety of the Kingdom in the present State of Affairs, so it will be with much Satisfaction to your Servants in the Army, and others that wish well to the Public, and in particular to