Die Lunæ, 28 Decembris, 1646.
Leave of Absence.
ORDERED, That Mr. Exton shall have Leave to go
into the Country.
Upon the Desire of Sir Henry Vane junior, Treasurer
of the Navy. who had that Place of Treasurer conferred
upon him by Letters Patents from his Majesty, some Two
Years before this Parliament; That, after-(sitting the
Parliament), for the Discharge of his Duty as a Member
of this House, he was displaced by his Majesty; That,
since, he was restored by both Houses; and now enjoys
the said Place under the Great Seal of England, quam diu
bene se gesserit;
It is Resolved, &c. That this House doth consent, and
give Leave, that the said Sir Henry Vane shall have Power,
and free Liberty, to surrender the said Office, with all his
Interest therein, as aforesaid: And that he shall have
Power, and is hereby authorized, to nominate unto both
Houses of Parliament, a fit and able Person to have,
hold, and enjoy, the said Place or Office, with all Advantages and Profits thereunto of Right belonging, and
heretofore usually and lawfully received and taken, in as
full and ample manner (quam diu bene se gesserit) as the
said Sir Henry Vane, or any other his Predecessors formerly, have or might enjoy the same.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Samuell Browne is to carry it to the Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Samuell Browne do prepare and
bring in an Ordinance to authorize Mr. Solicitor to prepare a Grant, to pass the Great Seal for such Person to
enjoy, under the Great Seal of England, the Office of
Treasurer of the Navy, as Sir Henry Vane junior shall
nominate unto both Houses of Parliament; and to enable
the Commissioners of the Great Seal to pass the said Grant
under the Greal Seal accordingly.
Sir Robert Harley reports from the Committee of
Elections, the Case of Return of Mr. Howe and Mr. Ludlowe, to serve in the Parliament for the Borough of Hindon in the County of Wiltes.
Resolved, &c. That this Business be re-committed unto
the same Committee upon the whole Matter, both concerning the Election, and Return, of a Burgess to serve
for the Borough of Hindon in the County of Wiltes.
Ordered, That the Lawyers of the House, that are of
the Committee of Elections, be enjoined to attend That
Berwicke and Carlisle.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Gentlemen of
Northumberland and Cumberland, that are of this House,
to consider of fit Persons to see the Fortifications of Berwicke and Carlisle slighted, in pursuance of the late Articles; and to present the Names of such Persons to the
House; and prepare Instructions for them: And the
more particular Care of this Business is referred to Sir
Tho. Widdrington and Sir John Fenwick.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edw. Leech . . .
The Lords have commanded us to deliver unto you
Two Votes upon some Part of the King's Letter; in
which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
They desire a Conference, by Committees of both Houses,
concerning the Obstructions in point of Compositions at
Goldsmiths Hall, at Eleven of the Clock, in the Painted
Chamber, if it may stand with the Conveniency of this
An Ordinance for Colonel Manwaring to be Searcher
of the Port of Sandwich; in which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Votes respecting the King.
The Votes were read.
The First was in hæc verba;
"26 Decembris, 1646."
"Resolved, &c. by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That the Vote made by this House, and sent down to
the House of Commons, concerning the King's coming
to one of his Houses, without any further Addition or
Explanation, is a fit Answer to that Particular in the
Resolved, &c. That, as to this Vote, this House will
send Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Second Vote was in hæc verba; viz.
"Resolved, &c. That, in Answer to this Particular in
the King's Letter, of desiring to be heard, this House
will return, That this House will have no Treaty upon
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree and concur
with the Lords in this Vote, That, in Answer to this Particular in the King's Letter, of desiring to be heard, this
House will return, That this House will have no Treaty
upon the Propositions.
Conference agreed to.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to a Conference with the Lords, by Committees of both Houses in
the Painted Chamber, as is desired, concerning the Obstructions, in point of Compositions.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired, that at this Conserence, this House may confer with the Lords, upon the
Sheriff of Derbyshire, and such other Sheriffs as are not
yet agreed by both Houses.
Mr. Gell is appointed to desire this Conference.
Searcher of Sandwich.
An Ordinance for appointing Colonel Randall Mainwaring to be Searcher of the Port of Sandwich, and the
Members thereof, in the Place of George Rookes Gentleman, late Searcher there, and deceased, was this Day
read the First time.
And the Question being put, for reading it the Second
It passed with the Affirmative.
And it was thereupon now read the Second time.
The Question was propounded, Whether this House
will agree with the Lords in appointing Colonel Randall
Mainwaring to be Searcher of the Port of Sandwich, and
And the Question being put, Whether this Question
shall be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, in appointing Colonel Randall Mainwaring to be
Searcher of the Port of Sandwich, and the Members-.
And then, upon the Question, the Ordinance aforesaid
was committed to the Committee of the Navy.
Mr. Samuell Browne brings Answer, That the Lords do
agree to the Vote for Enabling of Sir Henry Vane junior,
to surrender his Place of Treasurer of the Navy; and to
nominate to the House a fit Person to have the said Place.
Resolved, &c. That, To-morrow Morning, the Petition
and Representation from the City of London, be taken
Sheriff of Cambridge.
Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in to discharge
Colonel John Hobert from being Sheriff of the County of
Cambridge: And that it be referred to Sir Dudley North,
and Lieutenant General Cromwell, to bring in an Ordinance for appointing another in his Place.
Sheriff of Dorset.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth nominate and approve of Robert Coker, in the County of Dorsett, Esquire,
to be Sheriff of the County of Dorsett: And that the
Commissioners of the Great Seal do issue a Commission
to him to be Sheriff of the said County accordingly.
Ordered, That this Vote be communicated to the Lords
at this Conference.
Bourchier's, &c. Claims.
Ordered, That the Letter from the General, of 26 Novembris, 1646, concerning Mr. Verney Bourchier; the
humble Petition of the said Mr. Verney Bourchier; the
humble Petition of Mathew Allen, a Member of this
House; the humble Petition of Caleb Burton of Dover,
Merchant; the humble Petition of Wm. Pullein; the humble Petition of George Wither Esquire; the humble Petition of Giles Barrow, Citizen and Merchant of London;
be all of them referred to the Committee of the Navy; to
take the same severally into Consideration; and to think
upon some way of Satisfaction to such of the Petitioners as
have any Monies justly due unto them from the State.
Ordered, That the Remainder of the Fine of Mr. William Coker, not exceeding Two hundred Pounds, not yet
paid into the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, be allowed
and paid by the said Committee unto Mr. Robert Coker
his Son, upon Accompt, in part of his Arrears due to
him from the State: And that the Acquittance of the said
Mr. Robert Coker shall be a good Discharge to the said
Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, and the Treasurers there,
for the Payment thereof to him accordingly.
Answer to Lords.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has considered their Lordships Message: And, as
to the First of the Votes sent from the Lords, upon the
King's Letter; and the Ordinance concerning Colonel
Randall Mainwaring; they will send Answer by Messengers of their own. As to the Second of those Votes sent
from the Lords, upon the King's Letter, and Conference
desired by the Lords, they do agree.
Answer from Lords.
Mr Gel brings Answer, That the Lords do agree, that
at this Conference this House may confer upon the Sheriffs not yet agreed by both Houses.
Resolved, &c. That the House do meet this Afternoon,
to receive and consider of the Report to be made from
the Committee made on Saturday Night last, touching
the Business concerning the King's Person.
Mr. Recorder, Mr. Bond, Mr. Gell, Mr. Corbett, Mr.
Prideaux, are appointed Reporters and Managers of this
King's Person, &c.
SIR William Lewes reports the Clause to be added to
the former Votes concerning the King's Person; the
which was twice read.
Mr. Nathamiell Fienis, Mr. Holles, Sir Wm. Lewes,
Sir John Evelyn of Wiltes, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Morley,
Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Samuell Browne, Mr. Prideaux, Sir
Henry Vane junior, Sir Phil. Stapilton, Mr. Pierrepoint,
This Committee is appointed to withdraw, presently;
and to consider of the Clause now brought in, and reported
by Sir Wm. Lewes; and to alter it according to the Debate now had in the House thereupon; and to add another
Clause for procuring the King's Assent to the Ordinance
or Bill for the taking away the Court of Wards, and all
Mr. Holles reports from the Committee aforesaid, this
Clause following; the which was read; and was in hæc
"And when the King shall be at Holdenby, as aforesaid, and the Scotts Forces gone out of this Kingdom, the
Two Houses of Parliament Declare, That then they will
be ready, according to their former Declarations for preserving the peculiar Rights of the Kingdom of England,
to join with the Kingdom of Scotland, in employing their
best Endeavours to procure His Majesty's Assent to the
Propositions agreed on by both Kingdoms, and presented
to his Majesty at Newcastle; and to the Disposing of the
Bishops Lands, according to the Ordinances already passed both Houses, in that Behalf; and also to the taking
away of the Court of Wards and Liveries, with the Dependencies thereupon, according to the Order of both
Houses, dated the 24th of February, 1645: And, in case
the King shall not give his Assent thereunto, the Two
Houses are resolved still to maintain the happy Union
already settled between the Two Kingdoms."
And this Clause, being read, was, upon the Question,
And the Question being put, for agreeing with the
Lords in the Vote formerly sent from them, concerning
the King's Person, with these Amendments and Alterations.
It passed with the Affirmative: And was ordered to be
communicated to the Lords at a Conference.
Mr. Holles, Sir Philip Stapilton, Mr. Prideaux, Mr.
Nath. Fienis, Sir Henry Vane junior, Sir Wm. Lewes, are
appointed to be Managers of this Conference: And Sir
John D'Avers is appointed to go to the Lords To-morrow
Morning, to desire a Conference concerning this Business,
so soon as may stand with their Lordships Conveniency.