Die Lunæ, 1 die Maii.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. La Warr.
Message from the H. C. with Orders; and to expedite the Confession of Faith.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Tate; who brought up divers Particulars,
wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence:
1. An Order for the sick and maimed Soldiers to
have the Use of Ely House. (Here enter it.)
2. An Order that the Earl of Northumb. may remove
the King's Children to Hampton Court, or to Syon House,
at his Pleasure. (Here enter it.)
3. To desire their Lordships would give Expedition to
the Confession of Faith.
The Answer returned was:
That this House (fn. *) will take the Confession of Faith
into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own: To all the rest of this Message,
they do agree to it.
Report from the Admiralty Committee, for Captain Crowther to have The Antelope.
A Report was read, from the Committee of the
Admiralty and Cinque Ports, as followeth:
"Die Veneris, 28 April, 1648.
"Whereas Captain Hall, appointed by Order of
both Houses of Parliament to be Captain of the Ship
Antilope for this Summer's Expedition, hath, by Letters
to this Committee, dated this Day, humbly signified
his Willingness to do the best Service he is able for
the Parliament, but that he is altogether unfit at
present to undertake that Command, in respect of his
Want of Health, and of some other extraordinary
Occasions; and hath therefore desired, that some
other Person may be appointed in his room: And
whereas Colonel Rainborow, Vice Admiral of the
Fleet, hath presented it to the Consideration of this
Committee, that The Swallow, or Antilope, may be
sent into the Irish Seas (as One of the Nineteen
Vessels appointed for the Coasts of Ireland and Wales),
and that Captain Crowther, the Vice Admiral of those
Seas, may serve upon One of them, till The Bonadventure, upon which he now serves, and which hath
not been on Ground these many Months, shall be
fitted at Bristoll to return to Sea: Ordered, That it
be reported to both Houses of Parliament, to be the
Opinion of this Committee, That The Antilope be
speedily sent into the Irish Seas, and there put under
Command of Captain Crowther, until The Bonadventure shall be fitted as aforesaid; as also that Direction is given to Colonel Rainborow, to speed her
away; and that Direction will be hastened to Captain Crowther, for his proceeding accordingly."
Ordered, That this House approves of this Report;
and that it be sent to the House of Commons, for their
Eltonhead versus Brickwood, Cockayne, & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Cockayne, on Behalf of himself and Barth. Brickwood, Wm. Ham Senior,
and Wm. Ham Junior, Marshall Clench, Jonathan Smallwood, and Edmund Burrowes, concerning the Business
complained against them by Mr. Eltonhead:
It is Ordered, That the said Parties shall be released
of their present Restraint, Mr. Wm. Cockayne
(fn. *) undertaking that they shall be forthcoming when this House
shall appoint; and that Mr. Eltonhead shall have a Copy
of this Petition, and then this House will appoint a
Time to hear the Business by Counsel on both Sides.
Letter from Colonel Jones.
A Letter from Colonel Jones, in Ireland, was read.
(Here enter it.)
D. of York's Servants to be discharged.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee of
the Revenue, to consider of the Servants late attending
the Duke of Yorke now to be discharged, and report
their Opinions concerning them to the Houses.
D. of Gloucester's Servants.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee of
the Revenue, to consider of and report what they think
fit, touching an Addition of Attendance to the Duke of
Gloucester, and an Allowance accordingly.
Letter from Captain Crowther.
A Letter from Captain Crowther, Vice Admiral of the
Irish Coasts, was read. (Here enter it.)
Paper from the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge.
An Account from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, concerning the Paving of the
Streets in Cambridge, was read. (Here enter it.)
Letter from Colonel Jones, thanking the Houses for the Supplies sent him; desiring some more Forces, and that another Commander in Chief may be sent over.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the Lords House. These
"I shall represent to the Officers here the great
Sense you have of their Condition, and the Plentiful Supplies by you made for this Service, which
cannot but be unto all of them of very great Encouragement for going through with the Work in all
Chearfulness: And, for the more full enabling us
thereto, I make bold thus again earnestly to press
Supplies of Horse and Foot, without which (notwithstanding all other Provisions made) nothing can
be expected to be done of us considerable; your
Army here being so far weakened, that at present we
stand but in a defensive Posture only. The Expectations therein formerly desired (to go no further than
Recruiting) is Two Hundred Pounds for each Troop,
which, among the Thirty-five Troops here being,
amounteth to Seven Thousand Pounds; and to the
Thirteen Regiments of Foot, at Five Hundred Men
to each Regiment and Twenty Shillings to each Man,
Six Thousand Five Hundred Pounds; so as, for recruiting both Horse and Foot, the Charge would be
Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred Pounds, besides
their Quarters until they be shipt. It will be a Sum
very well spent, thereby gaining this Province (the
considerable Part of the Kingdom); and whatsoever
shall be so disbursed being to be Treble recompensed
in what shall be spared in your Magazines, by our
after living out on the Enemy's Quarters. I press this
the more earnestly, that, being so supplied, all other
Preparations be not lost in our lying still, that thereby
also I may be in a Condition for over-powering and
suppressing Malignants, whom, having Power in my
Hand, I shall secure from hurting; and by such Supplies timely made over to us, I am very confident (with
Gods Blessing), this Province may be very speedily
reduced, which, with the rest of the Kingdom, hath
already held out against you in almost a Seven Years
War, with such vast Expence of Blood and Treasure.
The Iniquity of the Times and the Malignity of some
is so great, that I shall desire (as formerly I have often
desired) that, for better Satisfaction in this jealous Age,
some one of Place, Power, and Abilities, may be
thence designed for the Management of your Affairs
here, under whom I shall serve with all Chearfulness;
resolving, to the last of my Life and Fortunes, to be
to the Public, and therein to your Lordship,
Dublin, April 19th, 1648.
"A most constant faithful Servant,
Letter from Captain Crowther, that the Cessation in Ireland is going on.
"To the Right Honourable Earl of Manchester,
Speaker to the Right Honourable the House
of Lords. Humbly present.
"Bonaventure, Kinsayle Harbour, 21 April. 1648.
"Your Lordship's joint Letter with the Speaker of
the House of Commons I received; returning you
most humble and unseigned Thanks for your timely
Advice to direct me for the future in my Actings:
But as yet Things here seem to be at a Stand, that
I cannot as yet inform your Honour what will be their
Proceedings. I conceive, few Days will farther demonstrate the Effect it may produce; of which, so soon as
I shall know, I shall give your Lordship Account.
However, it's the common Report, that the Cessation
goes on, and that it will be concluded; which if so,
I shall endeavour by my Actions to make them know
the Parliament's Displeasure; to whose Commands
none shall be more faithfully obedient than,
Most humble Servant in all
Duty to be commanded,
Paper from the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge, about the Order for clearing and repairing the Streets there.
"To the Right Honourable the House of
Peers assembled in Parliament.
"In Obedience to your Lordships Order about
paving and cleansing the Streets in Cambridge,
bearing Date March 31, 1648, and requiring
an Account thereof by the First of May; the
present Vice Chancellor, thankfully acknowledging your Honours tender Care for the
Welfare of this Place, humbly certifieth,
"That, according to your Lordships Command, the
said Order hath been printed and published; that he
hath already begun, not without good Success, to
put in Execution the Statute of 35 Henric. VIII. Cap.
15. and intends to proceed effectually therein, with all
due Respect to the Composition between the University and Town, and the laudable Practices of former Governours; hoping so to prevail with those
whom it concerns, that your Lordships shall not be
troubled again in his Time with further Complaints
of Annoyances here.
Ely House for sick and maimed Soldiers.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the sick and wounded Soldiers
shall have the present Use of Ely House, until the
Houses take further Order, at such reasonable Rent
by the Year as shall be agreed on by the Trustees for
the Sale of Bishops Lands and the Treasurers for
maimed Soldiers; and that the said Rent, so agreed
upon, be paid by the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies usually sitting at Habberdash'rs Hall: And, that a Work of so great
Charity may have no longer Delays, the said Trustees
for the Sale of Bishops Lands are hereby authorized
and enjoined to cause the Possession of the said House
to be forthwith delivered to the Treasurers for maimed
Soldiers, and the Rent to be speedily agreed and
King's Children to be removed to Hampton Court.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That it be left to the Earl of Northumberland, to remove the Duke of Gloucester and
the Princess Elizabeth, with their Servants, to Hampton Court or Sion House, as he shall think fit."
House adjourned till 10a cras.