DIE Sabbati, 27 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Sallawey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. La Warr.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Page and Mr. Eltonheade return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they have delivered the Desires of the Gentlemen of the County of Surry, with their Lordships Sense
thereupon; and they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Countess of Kildare's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of the Countess of Kildare:
It is Ordered, To be recommended to the House of
Rawleigh and Vivers.
Ordered, That the Cause between Rawleigh and
Vivers, &c. shall be heard on Tuesday come Sevennight.
Letter from Vice Admiral Rainsborow.
A Letter of the Vice Admiral, reported from the
Committee of the Admiralty, was read; and ordered to
be sent down to the House of Commons.
(Here enter it.)
Officers and Soldiers Petition, offering to serve the Parliament.
A Petition from divers Officers and Soldiers was read;
offering their Service, in this Time of Exigency, to defend the Parliament and the honest Party with their
Lives and Fortunes.
It is Ordered, That they shall have Thanks given
from this House; and that the Petition be sent down to
the House of Commons.
Paper concerning the In urrection in Kent.
A Paper reported from Derby House was read, concerning the Business of Kent. (Here enter it.)
Letter from Colonel Hammond.
Another Paper from the Committee at Derby House,
being a Letter from Colonel Hamond, was read, and
ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.
(Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. with these Papers.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Page and Doctor Bennett:
1. To deliver to them the Report from Derby House.
2. The Report from the Committee of the Admiralty.
3. To deliver to them the Petition of the Officers.
Message from thence, with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Rous; who brought up an Ordinance for giving
Power to the Committee for the regulating of the University of Oxon to send for convicted Malignants that are
Scholars; and their Lordships Concurrence is desired
herein. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House (fn. *) agrees to this Ordinance now
Lady Hatton, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Hatton shall have a Pass,
for herself, her Daughter, Two Maids, and Two Men
Servants, to go into France.
Howard to be Surveyor General of London.
Upon Information to this House, "That Mr. Carmarden, Surveyor General of the Port of London, being dangerously sick, and not like to recover:"
It is Ordered, That it be recommended to the
Committee of the Navy, and the Committee of the Revenue, or either of them, who have the disposing of
that Place, "That Mr. Wm. Howard, Second Son to
the Right Honourable the Lord Howard of Escricg,
may have the said Place conferred upon him, in case
the said Mr. Carmarden die."
Ordered, That the Cause between Mr. Eltonheade
and Mr. Cockayne shall be heard on Thursday next.
Ordinance to enable the Committee for Oxford University to send for Delinquents.
"Whereas divers Doctors and others, in the University of Oxford, do still continue their Contempt to
the Authority of Parliament, in acting contrary to the
Votes and Commands of Parliament, notwithstanding
they are some of them convicted, and cast out of their
Places upon Conviction; besides, their Continuance
in the University may be of dangerous Consequence,
for moving of Sedition and Tumults: Be it Ordained,
by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
That the Committee of Lords and Commons for regulating the University of Oxford shall have Power to
send for in Custody, and to imprison, any such Persons as shall be found to be under Contempt of the
Authority of Parliament, and to act contrary thereunto: Be it further Ordained, That the Visitors of
the said University shall have Power to take away
and to destroy all such Pictures, Relics, Crucifixes,
and Images, as shall be found in Oxford, and be
judged by them to be superstitious or idolatrous."
Report from the Admiralty Committee, with the following Letter.
"Die Sabbati, 27 Maii, 1648.
"By the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
"Ordered, That a Letter, directed to this Committee, from Colonel Rainborrow, bearing Date the 24th
of this Instant May, be reported to both Houses of Parliament: And the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the
House of Peers, is desired to report the same to that
"W. Jessop, Secretary."
Letter from Vice Admiral Rainborow, concerning a Mutiny in the Fleet:
"For the Right Honourable the Committee of
Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and
Cinque Ports. These present.
"May it please your Lordships,
"The present Distemper of this County is such, as
hath put as sad a Face on Things as ever England
saw; and it hath begot a Distemper in the Fleet,
which, I am confident, (though somewhat allayed at
present) will be of as dangerous Consequence as any
One Thing besides, if this Gathering be not by some
Means or other speedily suppressed. That which is the
greatest Motive to the Disturbance of the Seamen is,
that these Parts are wholly for the King. The Swan
set Sail Yesterday, being Convoy to The Hopewell and
One small Vessel more, for Dublin. The Sattisfaction
stays here, to convoy the rest; we wonder exceedingly
they come not away. The Complaints from the North
are so exceedingly great, that To-morrow (if the Men
will be commanded to it) The Convertine and Providence go to the Northward. The Weymouth Pincke is
now setting Sail, to be Convoy to the Ship Lady of
London, laden with Ammunition, for Weymouth and
Pendennys. A Line or Two from your Lordships at
this Time might be of great Encouragement to many
amongst us. Of all other Things, this Bearer will give
your Lordships a perfect Account. I am, and shall be
May the 24th, 1648.
"Most humble and faithful Servant,
Papers from the E. of Thanet & al. about the Insurrection in Kent.
"Upon Thursday Night, I shewed the Mayor and
Aldermen the Instructions which the Honourable Committee of Lords and Commons at Derby House commanded me to offer to the County of Kent; which
were dispersed with all Expedition into every several
"And a Meeting at Sittingburne, (fn. *) whereof attend
those Gentlemen that met, where they concluded of
a Letter, which I have presented to the Honourable
Committee that I received my Instructions from;
and those Gentlemen that have subscribed the Letter
have promised to return Answer, this Day at Five a
Clock, from the main Bodies of the Petitioners.
Saturday, this 27th of May, 1648.
"For the Right Honourable the Committee of
Lords and Commons at Darby House. Present
"Being streightened by the Time limited for the
Return of the Right Honourable the Earl of Thanet,
wherein it is not possible to have a Meeting of the
Gentry of the County, being now so far distant in
several Places, to make a satisfactory Answer concerning those Instructions communicated to us from your
Lordships; we have desired the said Earl of Thanett
to acquaint your Lordships with what Speed we have
dispatched away several Posts, for a general Meeting of
the whole County; and have in the mean Time desired his Lordships to present our Answer to your
Lordships, which he shall receive by To-morrow Five
a Clock. And so we rest,
"Your Lordships most humble Servants,
Letter from Colonel Hammond, that he has apprehended one Weale, who came to get the King's Approbation for the Surry People to choose a Commander in Chief;-and defrring more Forces.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
Weale's Letter, and the Surrey Petition inclosed. The Surrey Petition was presented to House 16th Instant, and there entered.
"The last Night there came hither one Job Weale,
a Physician as he calls himself, living at Kingston upon
Thames. He came hither upon Post Horses, pretending to
come in great Haste from my
Lord General, employed by
him to me, on Business of
highest Concernment. He
counterfeited himself at the
first in a Fainting Fit, by reason of hard Riding; and
that he would not declare his Business to me till he
had drank some hot Water to recover his Spirits;
which Preamble (being ill managed) to his Business
made me suspect him to be a Knave, as I afterwards
more plainly found him. So soon as he feigned to
come to himself, he began to tell me that his Business
imported the Safety of my Life, and, that which was
dearer to me, the great Charge in my Hands, the
Security of the Person of the King; and that, to this
End, I should immediately remove the King to Portsmouth, to Major Lobb, to whom he had Directions to
receive Him; that otherwise the King would be violently taken hence the next Morning by Four of the
Clock, and myself a dead Man; for, to his Knowledge, the Design was so laid, and it was thus: That
there was a Fleet of Ships at Sea, near this Coast, that
were to come in between the Island and the Land
Shore that Evening, who were to land in the Night;
and that great Numbers were to come out of the
Main Land, pretending Occasions at a Fair which was
to be kept at Newport on the Morrow, who should
assist them; and at the same Time all the Beacons in
the Island were to be set on Fire, and to raise the
Country for the King; and if not, to amaze them
with Fear, that so they might the better carry on
their Design, which there was no Way to avoid but
as he had given me Direction. When he had concluded his Tale, I enquired of him, "Whether he
had any Thing in Writing to confirm it?" He told
me, "That his Instructions to me were intrusted to
him, to communicate only by Word of Mouth; but
he had Instructions in Writing quilted up in his Waistcoat for Major Lobb." I desired him to let me see them.
He told me, "His Order was only to communicate
them to Major Lobb. "I said, "I must see them." He
refusing, I told him, "I apprehended he had other Business here; and if he would not immediately let me
know it, I must take another Course with him."
Whereupon I caused him to be strictly searched, and
found only these Papers about him. That Letter
from him, without Superscription or Direction, he
saith, was to my Lord of Dover; the rest Petitions,
and some Notes of Instructions of his own. When
he found his idle Plot would not take, and that he
was discovered, he told me he would deal ingenuously
with me, and would tell me truly, his Business was
principally by this Means to gain an Interest with
me, that so he might speak with the King, to procure Leave from Him, that the County of Surrey
(from whom he was sent to that Purpose) might have
His Majesty's Approbation to choose a Commander
in Chief, under whom to put their Country in a Posture of Defence. Upon his Way, he stopped a Post
going from Portesmouth to London, with this inclosed
Packet, which, if your Lordship' please, may be
speedily delivered, being about Victual for the Navy.
"I perceive, by Discourse with him, that he hath
been a great Promoter of the late Surrey Petition,
and an Agent of the Malignants there.
"My Lords, I take this Occasion to let your Lordships know, that I wrote formerly to the General, for
a Company or Two of Foot more, for the better Security of this Island from any sudden Accident that
may happen from Sea; which, it seems, he hath not
thought fit to spare. I desire your Lordships, that, if
you shall approve of it, there may be another Company or Two more raised and maintained, during this
Occasion, some other Way; and that some Force may
lie in Hampshire, near the Water-side, in the room of
those lately removed thence, to be ready upon Occasion to be transported hither; the Two Companies
to be paid out of the Remainder of the Thirty Pounds
per Diem I am now a raising; but fear I shall be much
troubled myself with them, and the Island more, by
reason the Money comes not so constantly and duly
as were to be wished; for there is no keeping Soldiers in very good Order without Money before-hand,
where there is no Free Quarter. I desire also, that
for the better ordering of those Companies here already, and to be raised, and for my own Ease, if you
shall think fit, that I may have a Major under me,
and Pay allowed for him during this Occasion: I desire it may be Captain Rolph, who hath a Company
here already, who is an honest, faithful, and careful
Man, and who taketh a great deal of Pains, and deserves Encouragement. The Addition of Major's Pay
to him will be little, and not worth speaking of; but
so much deserved by him, and such an Officer so necessary for me, that makes me beg of your Lordships
it may be moved in the Houses, if it cannot otherwise be done. Here is now but One Ship riding before this Island for the Guard of it; and the Captain
of her hath this Day sent me Word, that he is to go
in to victual upon Wednesday next. I desire that Care
may be taken, that we may not, in these Times of
Trouble, be without a Sea Guard.
"My Lords, I am
Carisbrooke Castle, 22 Maii, 1648,
"Most faithful and humble Servant,
Letter from Weale to the E. of Dover, to encourage the Meeting in Surry; and that he is gone to the King. for His Authority for it.
"Since I spake with your Honour, I was with my
Lord Fairefax at Windsor, and dispatched the Business
with him; the particular Account whereof I will
render, God willing, to the County at their next
Meeting. I could not get from thence until about
Four of the Clock on Saturday; and, for Want of
good Horses and a Guide, I could not make Farnham
until Six on Sunday Morning. I thought it fit, therefore, to take Post Horse and a Guide to Portsmouth.
You shall have an Account as soon as I can dispatch
the Business with His Majesty. In the mean Time, I
desire your Lordship to communicate to Sir Edmund
Boyer and Mr. Price as much, as soon as possible you
can; and desire them to use their best Endeavours
that Sir Richard Onslowe and Sir Ambrose Browne may
be entreated to give a Meeting to the County in general, the next Wednesday at the farthest, on (fn. *)
Common, by Ten of the Clock in the Morning; that
the County advise with them, how they may give Satisfaction to the Parliament concerning the Petition,
and what to do therein; and hereof that they would
not fail: At which Time, God willing, I will be
there, with Instructions from His Majesty for our
safe and secure Proceedings, and Satisfaction to all
those that shall make any Objections thereunto. And
I beseech you, that Order may be taken, that the
Examinations of the County for their Injuries, and
the true Cause thereof, upon Oath, may be ready
against the same Time. And so, in Post Haste, I remain, in the Oath of a Soldier, Fide & Taciturnitate,
"Friend and Servant to command for
my Country and County's Good.
"And the Word is the Anagram of my Name,
Farnham, 21th of May, 1648.
House adjourned till 10a, Monday Morning next.