Die Jovis, Maii 15, 1645.
THE humble Petition of Henry Lord Blayney, Baron
of Monnaghan, in the Realm of Ireland, was this
Day read: And likewise a Certificate, under the Hand of
Wm. Collins, Auditor to the Irish Army, That there is
due to the Petitioner, as Lieutenant-Colonel of a Regiment of Foot, and as Captain of a Company in the same
Regiment, in the Province of Ulster and Kingdom of Ireland, for his own Pay, and the Pay of his Waggon, the
Sum of One thousand Four hundred and Five Pounds Six
It is thereupon Ordered, That, as to the One thousand
Four hundred and Five Pounds Six Shillings Arrear, certified, under the Hand of the Auditor, to be due unto him,
the said Lord Blayney shall have the Publick Faith of the
Kingdom: And that, as to the rest of the Petition, it be
referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Sir Tho. Widdrington reports, from the Committee, .. the
Amendments to the Ordinance for raising Monies in the
County of Derby, by a monthly Assessment, for maintaining the Forces of that County, were this Day read: And
likewise the Names of divers Persons, to be Committees
of the said County, were all likewise read.
The Amendments were read; and, upon the Question,
assented unto: And divers of the Committees Names
were assented unto; and re-committed, as to the Names
not agreed upon.
The humble Petition of Colonel Mazeres was this Day
It is thereupon Ordered, That it be referred to the
Committee of the Eastern Association, to provide him
some considerable Proportion of his Arrears, to accommodate him in his Return towards France.
Ordered, That Major Rigby, and Major Robinson,
Officers of Colonel Rigbye's Regiments, and Captain Crawford, a Captain of Colonel Moore's Regiment, shall be
referred to the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, to make
Discovery of any Papists or Delinquents Estates that are
concealed (upon a Recommendation from Mr. Speaker)
towards the Payment of some part of the Arrears due to
those Regiments, upon a Certificate of such their Arrears
from the Committee of Accompts.
Ordered, That Mr. Clare shall be referred, upon a Recommendation from Mr. Speaker, to the Committee at
Haberdashers-Hall, to make Discovery of any Malignants
Estates that are concealed to the Value of Four hundred
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
West, to receive Information and Discovery touching any
concealed Goods or Estate, upon a Recommendation from
Mr. Speaker: And that Part thereof be employed for the
Service of the West, and other Part thereof for the Service of Abingdon and Oxfordshire, after that Satisfaction
shall be made to the Discoverers.
Sir John Evelyn reports from the Conference Yesterday,
concerning the Navy, and the Isle of Ely;
"That the Earl of Warwick told us, By Direction
from the Lords, he had given in an Account to them of
the State of the Navy: Which was read at the Conference: And that, after the same was there read, the Lord
Gray of Warke acquainted them, That the Lords had
taken that Paper into Consideration; and were of Opinion, that a greater Number of Ships were necessary for
the present Service of the Kingdom."
"The Earl of Warwick further acquainted them, That
some Scotts Ships had been lately taken; and that it may
be feared, more will be daily taken."
"The Earl of Denbigh also acquainted them, That, as
to the Votes concerning a Committee to govern the Forces
in the Isle of Ely, the Lords had agreed: But, as to the
Vote for Colonel Russell to be Governor there, they could
not agree; but did earnestly recommend Colonel Davies
to that Employment, for the Reasons in a Paper delivered
then by him."
The Paper, concerning the State of the Fleet now at Sea,
was read, in hæc verba;
MY Lords, in Obedience of your Lordships Command received Yesterday, I do present unto you
the State of the Fleet now at Sea, as followeth:
The Number of Ships and Vessels provided for this
Summer's Expedition (besides Six for Guard of the Fishermen and Colliers) are Forty-nine; whereof about Ten
are small Vessels; and, of them, some of little other Use
but as Pacquet-Boats: Which Ships and Vessels are thus
to be disposed; viz.
For a Guard of the Irish Seas, Nine; whereof Two are
Pacquet-Boats; one employed remote on the North-west
For the Scotch Guard, in pursuance of the Treaty,
Seven; besides one more that is to be taken up.
Designed to the Blocking-up of Bristoll, Seven; whereof Three taken out of the other Squadrons; and Four
Additionals (besides Two Shallops), and Two other Shallops for Weymouth,
At Guernzey, for Safeguard thereof, and blocking up
For Convoy at the Downs, less cannot attend than Five.
There will be through the whole Expedition, in Port, to
revictual, repair, go up with Prizes, &c. by Estimation,
Five; in toto, Thirty-six.
So there will rest Thirteen; Upon which the Performance of these Services will necessarily depend,
The Attendance of the Enemies Ports in the West and
North of England;
The appointing of Ships to lie before Ostend, Dunkerk,
Newport, St. Mallo, &c. to intercept Ammunition, &c.;
The Encouragement and Relieving of the Parliament's
The Plying at Sea, from the North of England to the
Land's End Westward;
The Preventing and Resisting of Affronts for maintaining
of the Sovereignty of the Seas.
And, considering the daily and great Losses of our
Merchants by Sea;
The Number of Ships employed against the Parliament, under Presence of his Majesty's Commission;
The further Preparation of Shipping in Holland, Ostend,
and other Parts of Flanders, to infest the Trade of this
Kingdom; and that, if the Enemy continue to disturb the
Trade of the Kingdom, and seize our Ships, the Enemy
will be thereby furnished with a considerable Fleet from
The Customs and Excise, whereby the Preparations
both by Sea and Land are maintained, will be much withdrawn;
The Merchants will be impoverished in their Estates,
and discouraged in their Trade;
The Mariners will be partly necessitated, through want
of Employment here, and partly encouraged by the Profitableness of Employment elsewhere, to be take themselves
to Foreign Services;
I shall be bold therefore humbly to offer to Consideration, Whether the publick Service of the Kingdom will
not suffer, if a greater Number of Ships be not provided,
and set forth.
The Paper of Reasons, Why the Lords cannot consent
with the Commons in their Choice of Colonel Russell to be
Governor of the Isle of Ely; but, instead of him, did
earnestly recommend Colonel Davies; was likewise read,
in hæc verba;
"The Lords do concurr in their Opinions with the House
of Commons, That there shall be a Committee appointed
by both Houses, to order the Militia of the Isle of Ely;
and to which the Governor (who shall be agreed upon)
shall be subordinate: But, concerning their Choice of Colonel Russell to be Governor of that Island, their Lordships cannot give their Consents: But, instead of him, do
earnestly recommend to them Colonel Davies; and for
"I. Because, That being a Place of such Concernment,
both for the Advantage of Situation in its own Strength
and natural Defence, and for being surrounded with those
Counties which afford us our greatest Subsistence, it will
be necessary to place a Soldier of known Abilities, Fidelity, and Experience, in a Command of such Importance,
as may carry with it the Preservation even of the Parliament and of this Cause, rather than a Gentleman of the
Country, who is young in Years, and hath not had that
Experience in military Affairs, which may make him fit
to be intrusted with the Keeping of a Place of so high Consequence, in a Time of so great Danger."
"II. There being great Factions and Divisions amongst
the Gentlemen and Inhabitants of that Island, though all
may be of good Affections to the Parliament; but differing
in Opinions in point of Church-Government, which may
make them differ amongst themselves in Affection, and
thereby hinder the Progress of the publick Affairs; it will
conduce more to the Quieting and Settling of all Divisions,
to place Soldiers and Strangers there, and one not engaged
in their several Interests, and free from all Faction, than
to intrust some of the Gentlemen of the Island, as a Committee, with the directive Part, and put the Power of the
Militia into the Hands of another Gentleman of those
Parts, so to endanger the fomenting those Differences and
Disorders, which, in most Parts of the Kingdom, have
chiefly retarded the good Success of our Arms."
"III. Both Houses being pre-engaged for Colonel Davies
Preferment, and the House of Peers more particularly for
that Employment to which their Lordships formerly recommended him to the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed for the Nominating of Officers; their
Lordships are so well informed of the Worth and Ability
of that Gentleman, and of the great Service he hath done
the Parliament in some eminent Occasions, with the Loss
of his Blood, and of one of his Limbs, that they are so
far from receding from their former Opinions, and Choice
of him, as, for these Considerations, they do the more seriously insist upon their former Resolutions; and desire the
Concurrence of the House of Commons, that Colonel
Davies may be Governor of that Island."
The House resumed the Consideration of the Report of
the Conference with the Lords, Yesterday made by Mr.
Lisle, concerning the Command in Chief of the Fleet for
this present Summer's Expedition: And
It is thereupon Ordered, That the Committee of Lords
and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque-Ports be
injoined forthwith to grant a Commission to Captain
Batten, for the Place of Vice-Admiral for this Summer's
Expedition: And that they likewise give him such Instructions as may be necessary for the commanding in
Chief, and directing the Fleet now at Sea, for this Summer's Expedition, till both Houses take other Order.
The Question was propounded, Whether the Lords
Concurrence should be desired to this Order:
And then the Question being put, Whether this Question should be now put;
The House was divided.
The Noes went out.
Sir John Evelyn, and||Tellers for the Noe:||41.|
|Mr. Ellis,||With the Noe,|
Sir H. Vane, and||Tellers for the Yea:||39.|
|Sir Wm. Waller,||With the Yea,|
So the Question passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That the Report for the Eastern Association
be heard To-morrow Morning, the first Business after the
Speaker comes to the Chair.
Ordered, That Colonel Ven be heard the next Business
after that of the Eastern Association for Windsore-Castle.