Die Martis, 3 Februarii, 1645.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you this
Petition of Mr. John Ward Clerk; with their Sense upon
it; and Two Orders from the Committee of Lords and
Commons for Sequestrations. They recommend the Petition unto you; and desire your Concurrence in the Sense
they have expressed upon it. They desire likewise to put
you in mind of the Lady Chaworth's Petition.
The Petition of Mr. Ward, and the Lords Order upon
it, were both read: And
It is Ordered, upon the Question, That this House doth
concurr with the Lords in the Order upon their said Petition;
That this House thinks fit to refer to the Committee of
Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, the Consideration
of the Petition of Mr. John Ward; and that they may have
Power to settle a Way, How the Two hundred Pounds
per Annum, with the Arrears, may be paid him, if they
can; or, otherwise, to make Report to the Houses respectively.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Lady Chaworth be taken into Consideration on Monday next, in
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House hath considered their Lordships Message; and doth
agree with the Lords in their Order upon Mr. Ward's
Petition; and will take the Lady Chaworth's Petition into
According to the Order Yesterday made, The House
took into Consideration the King's last Letter.
Ordered, That it be left to the Committee that shall be
appointed to prepare an Answer to this Letter, to observe
the Contrarieties in this Letter to the King's former Professions and Proceedings, concerning Ireland; and to the
Declaration he now holds forth, in this Letter, of leaving
the War and Peace of Ireland to the Houses of Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee, in the Answer of
this Letter, shall take notice of the King's avowing the
granting a Commission for Raising and Bringing over of
Rebels out of Ireland, to fight against the Parliament of
Resolved, &c. That, in this Answer, the Committee shall
take notice both of the Uncertainty of the Clause concerning the Militia, and that it is conditional: And that, in
Answer to it, the Houses are sending a Proposition, which
does fully express their own Desires.
Ordered, That, as to the Clause of the General Officers,
and Judges, the Answer shall take notice, That, in due
time, the Houses will present such Things unto his Majesty as shall be convenient thereupon.
Resolved, &c. That this Letter of the King's gives no
Satisfaction in point of Religion.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed to prepare a Declaration upon this Letter, and the other former
Letters of the King, for the Undeceiving of the People.
The Question was propounded, Whether that, in this
Declaration, this Committee shall express, A fitting Care
shall be taken of tender Consciences, so far as may stand
with the Word of God and Peace of the Kingdom:
The Question being put, Whether the Words "Church
and" shall be added, after the Words "Peace of," and
before the Words "the Kingdom;"
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
||Tellers for the Yea:
|Sir Phil. Stapilton,
||With the Yea,|
|Sir Arthur Hesilrig,
||Tellers for the Noe:
|Sir Henry Mildmay,||With the Noe,|
So the Question passed with the Affirmative.
Mr. Nath. Fienis, Sir Henry Vane junior, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Mr. Sollicitor, Mr. Lisle, Mr. Samuel Browne, Sir
Henry Vane, Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Holles, Mr.
Recorder, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Marten, Mr. Ellis, Sir
Gilbert Gerard, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Tate, Sir
Thomas Widdrington, Mr. Stockdale:
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to prepare
an Answer to this Letter from his Majesty, according to
the several Votes of this House concerning the same: And
are to meet thereupon this Afternoon, in the Queen's
Court; and to bring in the same To-morrow Morning: And Mr. Lisle and Mr. Marten are to take care
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed
to prepare the Answer to this Letter from the King, to
prepare likewise a Declaration upon this Letter, and the
other former Letters of the King, for the Undeceiving of