Die Mercurii, 19 Januarii, 1647.
Grant to Borlase.
UPON a Report from the Committee for the Affairs
of Ireland, at Derby House, representing the very
sad Condition of Sir John Borlase the elder;
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds
be advanced and paid, upon Account, to Sir John Borlase
the elder, for his present Relief and Subsistence.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of One hundred Pounds,
Part of the said Sum of Three hundred Pounds, be charged
upon the Monies coming in at Haberdashers Hall; and
paid forthwith, by Order of the said Committee, unto
the said Sir John Borlase the elder:
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, and the Committee
for the Irish Affairs, at Star Chamber, to consider, How
the Two hundred Pounds, Remainder of the said Three
hundred Pounds assigned to the said Sir John Borlase the
elder, may be paid and satisfied unto him.
Proceedings against Stowell, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor be enjoined to proceed,
with what Effect and Speed he can, to the Tryal of Sir
John Stowell, Mr. Jenkins, and Sir Lewis Dive: And
that Mr. Samuell Browne, Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hill, Mr.
Prideaux, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Lislibon Long, Mr. Nicholas,
or any Two of them, be added to him, to assist him in
this Business: And that they do proceed to an Outlawry,
for Treason, against Sir Lewis Dive; who, being committed
for Treason, is escaped out of Prison.
Ordered, That Mr. Beck be appointed Solicitor to
attend these Gentlemen, and to prosecute these Tryals.
It is further Ordered, That this Committee be authorized
and have Liberty, to advise and consult with the Judges
upon these Matters, as they shall see Occasion.
Ordered, That the Residue of the Monies come in or
to come in to the Hands of the Vice Treasurer for Ireland,
out of Grocers Hall, upon the late Ordinance for Increase
of Adventurers for Ireland, be by him forthwith sent into
the Province of Munster, as Part of the Ten thousand
Pounds formerly ordered to be sent into that Province,
out of the first Monies raised or to be raised for Ireland.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Colonel Jephson is appointed to carry it to the Lords.
A Letter from the General, from Windesore, of 18
Januarii 1647, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this
House, of the Northern Committee, to examine this Business mentioned in this Letter; and to send for Lieutenant
Colonel Lee, and for Witnesses.
Proceedings concerning Lilburne, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne, and
Mr. Masterson the Minister of Shoreditch, be called in:
And that the said Minister be required to make the like
Narrative of the Matters he made Yesterday.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne shall
be acquainted, without withdrawing, That he may give
his Answer to the Matters charged against him.
Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne was brought in to
the Bar by the Lieutenant of the Tower.
Mr. Masterson was likewise called in; and did make
the like Narrative as Yesterday; only some Particulars
Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne, having Liberty given
him, did begin to speak, with some Preamble to his Discourse: Was commanded to withdraw a little.
Ordered, That when Mr. Masterson shall be again
called in, he be put in mind, by Mr. Speaker, of those
Particulars which were omitted by him in the Narrative
now made, of what he made Yesterday.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne be acquainted by Mr. Speaker, That he hath Liberty to make
Answer to the Matters charged against him; and, for the
Manner of it, it is left unto himself.
Mr. Masterson and Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne were
again called in: And Mr. Masterson, being acquainted with
the Particulars omitted, did relate the same Things as
Yesterday he did.
Then Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne, after some Salvo
premised by him of his Right as an Englishman, did make
a long Narrative of what passed at that Meeting; and,
among other Things in his relation, did absolutely and
positively deny, that he did say or use any such Expression,
That they would make use of an Address to this House,
or own this House, for a Colour or Cloak only: And
then, with some Expressions and Desires concerning himself, concluded his Discourse.
The House being informed, That the Lieutenant of
the Tower desired to say something to the House;
He was called in; and acquainted the House, That he
received formerly an Order from the House, for giving
Liberty to Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne to attend his Occasions, and to return to the Tower at Nights: That Yesterday he received an Order for repealing the said former
Order; and another Order requiring him to bring him
to this House this Morning at Nine of Clock: He desired this House to consider, That if they intended he
should take him with him to the Tower, that they would
take some Course that might enforce him, in case of Refusal; in regard he had said, both to his Keeper, and himself, That he would not go, but by Force: That there
were many of his Friends here with him; and that He
was here alone.
Mr. Masterson and Mr. Wildeman were called in: And
Mr. Masterson repeated some Part of his former Narrative,
which related to Mr. Wildeman.
Mr. Wildman, having Liberty to speak, began with a
Salvo of his Right as an Englishman.
Whereupon, being required to withdraw; the House
gave Order to Mr. Speaker, to let Mr. Wildeman know,
That he had Liberty to give his Answer to the Matters
charged against him: And for the Manner of it, they
left it to himself.
Mr. Wildeman and Mr. Masterson were again called in:
And Mr. Speaker acquainted Mr. Wildeman with the
Directions of the House.
And then Mr. Wildeman used many Words to this
Purpose; That, out of his Respects to this House, not
in way of Answer to what that other Gentleman had said,
he would make an ingenuous and true Narrative of what
passed at That Meeting: And made a long Discourse
The House being informed, That Lieutenant Colonel
John Lilburne desired to say something more to this
He was called in; and did express to the House, That
he understood, that this House had Yesterday revoked
that Order they formerly granted, whereby he enjoyed
some Liberty, out of Prison to follow his Occasions;
that his Sufferings had been long time very great; that
He and His lay under great Necessities; that he could
not submit to that Authority that committed him; that,
rather than return, he would chuse to have his Head
cleft by one of the Halberdeers; and did earnestly desire,
that he might continue in the same Condition of their
Favours as formerly he did.
Resolved, &c. That Power be given to the General, to
give Warrant to such Commanders and Officers as he
shall think fit, to transport such of the Supernumeraries,
now to be disbanded, as shall desire to go with them, into
the Parts beyond the Seas: And that he take such Security as he shall think fitting, that they will act nothing to
the Prejudice of the Parliament; And that the General
take Order, That the Persons transported by this Warrant
may be inlisted; and that one Copy of those Lists be sent
to the Ports whence they shall be transported; and another Copy of the said Lists sent to the Committee of this
House for Prisoners.
Proceedings concerning Lilburne, &c.
Two printed Papers; the one intituled, "The mournful Cries of many Thousand poor Tradesmen, who are
ready to famish through Decay of Trade;" the other,
sent in by Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne, upon a Demand
of a Copy thereof by the House, intituled, "The earnest
Petition of many freeborn People of this Nation;" and
directed, "To the supreme Authority of England, the
Commons, in Parliament assembled;" were read.
Resolved, &c. That this Business concerning Lieutenant
Colonel John Lilburne and Mr. John Wildeman be referred
to a Tryal at Law in the King's Bench.
Ordered, That the Care of bringing this Business to
Tryal at the King's Bench, be referred to Mr. Solicitor,
and the Members of this House that are of the Long Robe,
that are joined this Day with Mr. Solicitor, to take care
of bringing other Persons named in that Order to Tryal:
And that Mr. Beck be likewise appointed to solicit the
Prosecution of this Business: With the like Power to
consult the Judges in this Business as in the other, as they
shall have Occasion.
Ordered, That, on Saturday Morning next, the Order
concerning Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne be read.
Resolved, &c. That the Word "treasonable" be inserted in the Question touching the Commitment of
Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne.
Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne
be committed to the Tower, in order to his Tryal, according to Law, for treasonable and seditious Practices
against the State.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. John Wildeman be committed
to the Fleet, in order to his Tryal, according to Law, for
treasonable and seditious Practices against the State.