DIE Jovis, 27th of April.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Murdock, a Pass.
Ordered, That Joseph Murdocke shall have a Pass,
to go into Ireland, and to bring over his Wife and his
Merchant Strangers Petition, for an Addition to the Ordinance for settling the Jurisdiction of the Admiralty.
Upon reading the Petition of divers Merchant
Strangers; desiring, "An additional Ordinance may be
made to the Ordinance for settling the Jurisdiction of
the Court of Admiralty; that the said Ordinance shall
extend to all Marine Causes, as well now depending
either in the Admiralty or Delegates, as for the
future for those that shall be begun before the Expiration of the Three Years limited by the said Ordinance:"
It is Ordered, That the Consideration of this Petition is referred to the former Committee of this House
concerning the Court of Admiralty.
Preachers at the Fast thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Cawdrey and Mr. Hericke have
Thanks returned them, for their Sermons Yesterday at
(fn. *) Church, being the Fast-day; and are desired
to print and publish their Sermons.
Petition from the Common Council:
The Sheriffs of London, with divers Aldermen and
Common Council Men of the said City, presented a Petition to this House, from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London; which
was read, as followeth, with an Information annexed.
(Here enter it.)
They withdrew; and the House taking the same into
Ordered, That the Speaker should return them
this Answer following; which, the Messengers being
again called in, the Speaker read it unto them; (videlicet,)
Answer to them.
"Mr. Sheriffs, and Gentlemen of the Common
Council of the City of London,
"The Lords have commanded me to return Thanks
to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council,
of the City of London, for the good Affections that
they have expressed in this their Petition; asserting
the Resolutions of the City to adhere to the Parliament, according to their solemn League and Covenant.
"They likewise have commanded me to assure
you, that it hath ever been a principal Part of their
Care, to prevent any Danger or Inconvenience that
might threaten the Disturbance of the Quiet of the
City of London, or tend to the Decay of the Trade
thereof, though, to their great Grief, these late
Troubles have much hindered the Success of their
Endeavours therein; which Care they are fully resolved still to continue, to the utmost of their Power:
And they assure you, that it never entered into their
Thoughts to have the City of London to be disarmed; and they hope there can be no such Intentions in any others who wish well to the Safety of the
"As to the Report which hath been brought unto
you by one John Everard; they will put it into a
further Examination, that they may be satisfied of
the Truth or Falshood of it; and, except there be
further Proof of it, they hope such a Report shall
not render the Army to be suspected of any such Design, considering the many former and late Experiences that the Parliament and City have had of the
Fidelity and good Services of the Army.
"As to the Particular of setting up the Chains
within the City; they do fully leave it to the Lord
Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, to do therein as they shall think fit.
"To the last Particular, concerning Major General
Skippon; he being a Member of the House of Commons, the Lords can resolve nothing therein without
a joint Concurrence of that House; but they will
take it further into their Consideration."
Report concerning a Fleet for the Irish Coast.
A Report from the Committee of the Admiralty was
read, appointing a Navy to be for the Guard of the
Irish Coasts; which this House approved of, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their
Concurrence. (Here enter it.)
Rowe to be instituted to St. Michael, near Guilford.
Ordered, That Dr. Bennett do give Institution and
Induction unto Thomas Rowe Clerk, to the Rectory of
St. Michaell juxta Gilford, in Com. Surrey, void by
Death; Salvo Jure, &c.: Under the Great Seal.
Petition from the Common Council, concerning an Intention of the Army to plunder the City desiring Leave to put up their Chains, &c.; and for Gen. Skippon to command the City Forces.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commons, in Common
"That they had lately presented unto them an Information from one John Everard (a true Copy
whereof is hereunto annexed), whereby he doth
give Intimation of some Speeches that passed from
certain Persons at Windsor, of an Intention to disarm
the City, and then to plunder the same; and that
divers Reports to that Effect have been brought unto
us, by Letters and otherwise, from divers Parts of
this Kingdom, and from Foreign Parts; which Reports, together with the present drawing and continuing of the Army so near the City, and the Increase of the Number of Soldiers, hath been, now is,
and will be, Occasion of great Fears, Decay of Trade,
and an Inhancing of the Prices of Victuals within this
City; the which Fears are much increased by the
taking and keeping down of the Chains within the
same: And the Petitioners do humbly conceive, that
their Danger is increased, and their Strength much
abased, by the disuniting of the Command of the
Forces of the City and the Parts within the late
Lines of Communication and the Weekly Bills of
"For the removing of which Fears, and obtaining
of those Things which may conduce to the
Safety of the Parliament and of this City;
the Petitioners do humbly pray,
"That Consideration may be taken of the
Information given by the said John Everard; and that, upon a further Examination thereof, such Course may be taken
therein as your Honours shall think fit.
"That the Chains within the City of London,
which were lately pulled down, may
forthwith be repaired, and set up again;
and that the Army may be speedily removed to a further Distance from the
"That, by an Ordinance of Parliament, Major General Skippon, who was long since
chosen, and still by Act of Common Council is continued, Major General of the
Forces of the City, may be appointed to
be Major General over the Forces within
the late Lines of Communication and the
Weekly Bills of Mortality; by which
Means, he may the better be enabled
to re-unite the Forces within the City,
and the said late Lines of Communication and Weekly Bills of Mortality, for
the better Defence of the City and Places
adjacent, and likewise for the Preservation of the Parliament, to whom the City
do resolve to adhere, according to their
solemn League and Covenant.
"And they shall pray, &c.
Everard's Information of the Design of the Army to disarm and plunder the City.
"John Everard maketh Oath, That he, having some
Occasion of Business at Windsor, upon Thursday the
20th of April, 1648, as he did lie in Bed, did hear
some Gentlemen discourse in the next Chamber, the
Number of whom he cannot tell, but by their Discourse they could not be less than Three or Four;
and that he doth believe they were all Officers of
the Army under the Command of his Excellency the
Lord Fairefax. One of them was Quarter-master
General Gravener, as he supposeth; another, one
Colonel Ewer, or some such Name. And, after some
merry Discourse, they began to be serious, and propounded what they thought fit to be done in reference to the present Exigences of the Kingdom; upon
which Subject they discoursed an Hour or more.
They made no Doubt of the coming in of the Scotts;
and with the same Considence believed that the City
of London would join with the Scotts; for the preventing of which, they could find no Way but to disarm the City, both Friend and Foe; and afterwards,
they said, they would intimate, "That those who
were the Friends of the Army should come forth into
the Fields, and there they should be armed; and that
they should have the Power of the City of London
put into their Hands, to keep the rest of the Citizens
in Awe; and that they should be maintained at the
Charge of the City, so long as it should be thought
fit to continue them: And because that Monies is
the Sinews of War, having which they doubted not
to procure Men enow, if there were Occasion to use
them; and therefore, for the present Advancement
of the same, if Need were (this City being disarmed),
they would make them advance a Million of Money,
or else plunder them." And the Party that spake this
said, "he had acquainted Commissary General Ireton
with it." All which, or to the like Effect, was spoken
in this Deponent's Hearing.
"23 April. 1648, jurat. coram
"Jo. Warner, Mayor.
"Vera Copia, ex'r,
Report from the Admiralty Committee, for a Fleet for the Irish Coast.
"Die Martis, 25 April. 1648.
"By the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
"Whereas, upon a Report from this Committee, the
House of Commons did, on the 17th of this Instant
April, order, that Nineteen Ships should be appointed
for Defence of the Coasts of Ireland and Wales, and
left it to the Vice Admiral of the Fleet to appoint the
Ships accordingly; and whereas the Vice Admiral
hath, in Pursuance thereof, proposed the Ships following to the said Services; videlicet,
"For Guard of Milford, &c. and to ply sometimes about The Land's End, The
|Now on the Coast of Pembr'sheire.
"For Guard of the Irish Coasts,
Swallow, or Antilop,
|Now or lately in the Irish Seas; and must, not long hence, at their respective Times come to re-victual.
|Newly victualed, or fitting at Portsmouth.
|Late at The Downes, or falling thither.
"That this Committee doth approve of the Employment and Sending of the said Ships as aforesaid; that
the Commanders of the Vessels abovementioned to be
newly victualed, or fitting at Portsmouth, be required to hasten away into the Irish Seas; that the
Captains of The Antilop and Swallow be hastened to
their respective Charges; and that Report be made
hereof to both Houses of Parliament.
"W. Jessop, Secretary."
House adjourned till 10a cras.