DIE Martis, 27 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Strickland.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Hunsdon, Speaker.
E. of Mulgrave and Sir P. Pindar.
The Earl of Mulgrave acquainted the House, "That
his Lordship and Sir Paul Pyndar are agreed concerning the Alium Mines."
Committee to consider of Peace.
Ordered, That the Earl of Stamford be added to
the (fn. *) Committee named Yesterday, to consider of what
hath been offered to the King, concerning Peace, &c.
Message to the H. C. about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Heath and Mr. Eltonheade:
To let them know, that this House hath appointed
Ten Lords, to meet this Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber, at Four a Clock, to join with a proportionable
Number of their House, to consider of what hath been
offered to the King, &c.
Born, Sheriff of Essex, Leave to come to London.
Upon reading the Petition of Borne, High
Sheriff of the County of Essex; desiring "Leave to come
to London, to take Physic, for his Health:"
Which this House thought fit to grant; and ordered
the same to be sent to the House of Commons, for their
Petition from the Common Council.
A Petition from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and
Common Council of London, was presented, by Mr.
Sheriff Avery and others of the Common Council;
which being received, was read. (Here enter it.)
And these Lords following were appointed presently
to draw up what Answer is fit to return to the said Petition, and to report the same to the House:
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Heath and Mr. Eltonheade return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they have appointed a Committee of their House,
to join with the Committee of Lords, at the Time and
Answer to the Petition from the Common Council.
The Earl of Lyncolne reported from the Committee,
the Answer to be returned to the Petition of the City of
London; which, being read, was approved of.
And the Messengers that brought the Petition were
called in again; and the Speaker read the Answer, as
"The Lords have commanded me to return you
hearty Thanks, for the Continuance of your good
Affections to the Parliament, and Inclinations to the
Peace and Settlement of the Kingdom; and to let you
know, that they were upon Consideration of that
which is contained in your Petition before they received it; and they will employ all their Endeavours
effectually for the speedy obtaining thereof, as may
best conduce to the Contentment, Safety, and Happiness, of the King, City, and the whole Kingdom."
Message from the H. C. with a Letter to Colonel Jones; an Ordinance and Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Thorpe; who brought up divers Particulars,
wherein their Lordships Concurrence is desired:
1. A Letter to be sent to Colonel Jones, in Ireland.
(Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance authorizing the Committee in Yorkeshire to raise Money, for paying the Soldiers Quarters,
to be raised by the Militia there.
Read Twice; and ordered to be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next, by a Committee of the whole House.
3. Order for advancing Three Thousand Pounds, for
the Soldiers in the County of Yorke, late under the
Read; and being put to the Question whether to
pass or not, the Votes were even.
4. Order for Sir Wm. Allison to be added to the Committee of the Militia of the County of Yorke.
(Here enter it.)
5. Order for Bishop Wren to be sent to the General.
Not Agreed to.
6. Order to free Sir John Maynard from the Penalty
of the Ordinance against Contractors that proceeded not
according to their Contracts. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Letter to Colonel Jones,
and to the Order for Sir John Maynard, and to the Order for adding Sir Wm. Allanson to the Committee of
Yorkeshire: To all the rest, this House will send them
an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Committees for the Westmorland Militia.
Divers Names were added to the Committee appointed
by Ordinance of the 23th of May last, for the Militia
in the County of Westm'land, upon Letters from divers
of the Committee there; as,
Colonel Edw. Briggs.
Major Myles Mann.
Captain John Morland.
Captain Rob't Skaife.
Captain Wm. Garnett.
Captain Tho. Ewbancke.
Captain Myles Birkbecke.
Mr. Geo. Bindlosse.
The Concurrence of the House of Commons to be
Osborne examined, about his Letter, changing Major Rolfe and others, with a Design against the King's Life.
Next, Richard Osborne was called in.
And the Speaker told him, "That this House received a Letter from him, of a very high Nature;
whereupon he had a Protection to come in."
He said, "He was come to make good what he had
written; but much did depend upon Mr. Dowcett's
Deposition, to clear Things."
Then the House commanded, that the Letter written
to the Earl of Manchester, and also the Copy of the
Letter to the Lord Wharton inclosed, should be shewed
to him. Which was done. (Here enter them.)
And it (fn. *) being demanded of the said Osborne, "Whether
he would avow the Letters, and justify the Matter?"
He answered, "Yes."
Whereupon the House commanded, that the said Letters should be read, in the Presence of the said Osborne;
which was accordingly done.
The said Mr. Osborne being further asked, "What
Witnesses he would desire to have to be examined
concerning this Business?" He said, "Mr. Dowcett and
one Mr. Worseley."
Then he withdrew.
The said Osborne was again called in, and had an Oath
tendered him. And then being asked, "Whether that
Major Rolph did acquaint him with the Design of poisoning the King?" He avowed the same, upon his Oath.
Major Rolfe committed, for Treason:
Hereupon it is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, that Major Rolph shall stand committed
to the Prison of The Gatehouse at Westm. being accused
of High Treason before the Lords in Parliament; and
that the Keeper of the said Gatehouse shall keep him in
Safety, until the Pleasure of the House be further signified.
To the Keeper of the Gatehouse,
Westm. or his Deputy.
Charge against him.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Fynch shall prepare a
Charge against the said Major Rolph; and present the same to this House, after Advice had with the
Judges; and that Rich. Osborne do attend Mr. Serjeant
Worsley to attend.
Ordered, That Worseley shall forthwith attend this
House, de Die in Diem, until the Pleasure of this House
be further signified.
Message to the H. C. to let Dowcettattend also.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Heath and Mr. Eltonheade:
To let them know, that this House hath some Occasion to use the Testimony of Mr. Dowcett, who is their
Prisoner: Therefore to desire that the said Dowcett may
attend this House on Thursday Morning next, and so de
Die in Diem, during the Pleasure of this House.
|"Richardus Osborne recognovit se debere D'no Regi in
"The Condition of the abovesaid Recognizance is, That
the said Richard Osborne shall, from Time to Time,
attend this House, or any Committee of this House, to
make good his Charge of High Treason against
Major Rolph; or else it to stand in Force."
Letter from Osborne, with the following one, which he had wrote to L. Wharton.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers.
"I did, by a Letter of the First of June, acquaint
my Lord Wharton with what I send here inclosed;
expecting it would before this have been communicated to both Houses. What should be the Reason
of concealing a Business of this Nature, I know not;
except it be to give those Time that are concerned
in it, better to think upon some Stratagem to evade
"I humbly desire your Lordship, upon Sight of
this Relation, to communicate it to the House of
Peers; which I shall be ready to attest upon Oath,
in every Particular, whenever their Lordships shall
please to allow me that Freedom and Security which
ought to be afforded to any Gentleman and Christian
in witnessing a Truth.
"My Lord, I am
June 10th, 1648.
"Most humble Servant,
Letter from him, charging Rolfe with a Design to poison the King; and that Col. Hammond had received Directions to do it from the Army.
"Though I cannot but imagine I stand so highly
condemned in your Lordship's and many Persons
Thoughts, that any Thing of Vindication from me
must come with all the Disadvantage and Prejudice
that may be; yet (my Lord) being conscious of my
own Integrity, and confident that I shall be judged
by your Lordship by no other Rules but those of
Justice and Reason, I cannot doubt but, when I have
discovered the Grounds and Reasons of my Actions,
that it will (fn. *) appear to your Lordship, that what I
have done hath been as agreeable to the several
Duties I stand engaged in, as I am supposed to have
acted contrary before I am heard.
"Not to detain your Lordship in Circumstance, I
shall make this Protestation, That, as no other Thing
but the Danger of the King's Life could in Reason
excuse such an Attempt, so I do protest that no
inferior Consideration did or could have moved me
to such an Action. But, my Lord, having had such
particular and well-grounded Information that so
horrid a Design was intended, and moved from
those that could when they pleased have had the
Power to have put it in Execution, I hope I shall
not be censured for having (fn. †) postponed all other
Considerations to that Loyalty which cannot be
questioned but I owe the King.
"But, not to leave your Lordship unsatisfied with
this general Account, the Intelligence I speak of
concerning this Design I received from Captain Rolfe,
a Person very intimate with the Governor, privy to
all Counsels, and one that is very high in the Esteem
of the Army. He (my Lord) informed me, that,
to his Knowledge, the Governor had received several
Letters from the Army, intimating, "they desired
the King might by any Means be removed out of the
Way, either by Poison or otherwise;" and at another Time the same Person persuaded me to join
with him, in a Design to remove the King out of
that Castle, to a Place of more Secrecy; proffering to
take an Oath with me, and to do it without the Governor's Privity, who, he said, would not consent,
because of losing the Allowance for the House.
His Pretence for this Attempt was, that the King was
in too public a Place, from whence he might be refcued; but, if He were conveyed into some Place of
Secrecy, he said, we might dispose of His Person upon
all Occasions as we thought fit; and this he was confident he could effect without the Governor's Consent.
"My Lord, Considering all these pregnant Circumstances, I think it will appear that there were, if
there are not, such Intentions concerning His Majesty's Person, as may well justify any Endeavours
that have been made for His Remove from so much
Danger. And for my own Part, my Lord, I must
be so plain as to declare, concerning my own Actings
in relation to this Business, that, had I done less
(having such Grounds), I must believe I had then
verified all those Aspersions of Disloyalty, and Breach
of Trust, which I am contented to suffer, from those
whose Interest is perchance opposed by my Endeavours to prevent such damnable Designs.
"My Lord, I have spoken nothing here but that
I shall be ready to justify upon Oath, whenever I
shall be called to it (with Promise of Freedom and
Security): Till then, I must be content to support
all Censures, and satisfy myself with the Vindication
I receive from my own Conscience.
Jun. 1, 1648.
"My Lord, I am
"Most humble Servant,
"For the Right Honourable the
Petition from the Common Council, for a Personal Treaty with the King; and for the Settlement of Religion, &c.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
in the High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of
London, in Common Council assembled;
"That your Petitioners do with all Thankfulness
humbly acknowledge the many former Favours of
this Honourable House, in granting several of their
Petitions; which gives them Encouragement to make
further Application to your Honours, wherein they
humbly take Leave to express their own and their
Fellow Citizens deep Sense and Apprehensions of the
present Miseries and very sad and deplorable Condition of this City and Kingdom, by reason of the
Growth of Superstition, Heresies, Schisms, and Prophaneness, occasioned by the long Unsettlement of
the Church, and likewise by the Commotions in several Counties which have been faithful and serviceable to the King and Parliament; and of the
great Effusion of Blood that hath been and is continued by reason of the said Commotions, and likewise to be increased by the falling off of a considerable Part of the Navy; all which threateneth
the imminent Destruction of Trade, and the utter
Ruin of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, if not
(by the Blessing of Almighty God upon your good
Endeavours) speedily prevented: And, in your Petitioners Apprehensions, the same is no Way likely
to be avoided, the Peace of the Kingdom settled, and
the Brotherly Union between the Two Kingdoms of
England and Scotland continued, but by a good
Understanding and happy Agreement between the
King's Majesty and the Honourable Houses of Parliament; which your Petitioners are the more hopeful (by the Mercy of God) may be effected, when
they call to Mind the several Expressions of His
Majesty and both Houses of Parliament, in their
several and respective Declarations tending thereunto.
"And that it may appear to all the World, by this
as also by many former Petitions (notwithstanding
the many scandalous Aspersions suggested to the contrary), this City is, and ever hath been, desirous of,
and hath endeavoured to obtain, a safe and wellgrounded Peace, according to the solemn League and
Covenant (their Interest being so much concerned
"And your Petitioners do therefore humbly pray,
That a Personal Treaty may forthwith be
obtained, betwixt His Majesty and both
Houses of Parliament, in the City of London, or some other convenient Place, where
it may be most for the Honour and Safety of
His Majesty's Royal Person, and Preservation
of the Parliament, as in your Wisdoms shall
be thought fit (unto which Treaty it is humbly
desired that our Brethren of Scotland may be
invited); that so (according to the Duty of
our Allegiance, Protestation, and Solemn
League and Covenant) His Majesty's Royal
Person, Honour, and Estate, may be preserved, the Power and Privilege of Parliament may be maintained, the Rights and Liberties of the Subjects restored, Religion and
Government of the Church in Purity established, all Differences may be better composed,
a firm and lasting Peace concluded, the Union
between the Two Kingdoms continued according to the Covenant, all Armies disbanded,
and all your Soldiers just Arrears satisfied,
the Kingdom's Burdens eased, and the laudable Government thereof by the good and
wholesome Laws and Customs happily advanced.
"And they shall pray, &c.
York Militia Committee.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Sir William Allinson be added
to the Committee of the Militia for the County of
Letter to Col. Jones, thanking him for his Services in Ireland; desiring he will prosecute the War vigorously, and not agree to any Cessation.
"Your Letters of the 31th of March have been
read in both Houses, together with the inclosed
Papers; and they understanding with how much
Care and Faithfulness you have carried on the War
in the Province of Lemster, notwithstanding all the
great Wants that Army suffered under this last Winter,
have commanded us to take Notice thereof unto
you, and in a most special Manner to return you
their hearty Thanks for the same; as also for the
great Desire you express in that Letter, to manage
the late Overtures of a Cessation made by Inchiquin,
Owen Roe, and Preston, to the best Advantage of
the present Service. And we are further to let you
know, that they hold a Cessation with any of them
so dectructive to the Affairs of that Kingdom, as they
can by no Means allow of any Treaty tending thereunto. But their Desires are, that you should go
on vigorously to prosecute the War, while you have
those great Advantages which the Rebels Wants and
Divisions now so manifestly offer to you. And as
you see the late Care of both Houses, in sending
so seasonably such plentiful Supplies of Provisions,
and all Manner of Necessaries, to enable you to
take the Field presently; so you may rest consident,
that they will take Order, as soon as conveniently
they can, for the sending over such Recruits both
of Horse and Foot as are desired by you. And so
Order to indemnify Sir J Maynard, for not proceeding in his Contract for some Bishops Lands.
(fn. *) "Whereas Sir John Maynard, Knight of the Bath,
did heretofore contract with the Contractors for
Sale of Bishops Lands, for the Manor of Bugden,
in the County of Hunt. about Twelve Months since;
but, by reason of his late great Troubles, could not
proceed upon that said Contract: And whereas,
since, an Ordinance passed, That all should perfect
their Assurances, or otherwise to forfeit a Third Part
of their Purchase-money; which said Manor is since
sold to Alderman Packe: It is Ordered, That the
said Sir John Maynard be, and is hereby, discharged
of and from all Penalties and Forfeitures, for not
perfecting his Contract for the said Manor within
the Time prefixed; the said Ordinance, or any Thing
therein contained to the contrary thereof, in any
Woodcock to be instituted to Borden;
Ordered, That Doctor Bennett give Institution
and Induction unto Jo. Woodcock Clerk, to the Vicarage of Borden, in the County of Kent, void by the
Death of the last Incumbent there; salvo Jure cujuscunque: Sir John Colte Knight, Patron.
Priaulx to Nunton;
Ordered, That Doctor Heath give Institution and
Induction unto M. John Priaulx, to the Rectory, Parsonage, or Prebendal Church, of Nunton, alias Newnton,
in Com. Wilts, void by the Death of Doctor Chaffine:
Earl Pembrooke, Patron.
Clarke to Witham on the Mount;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and
Induction unto Edward Clarke Clerk, Master of Arts, to
the Vicarage of Witham super Montem, in Com. Lincolne:
salvo Jure cujuscunque: Granted by the Great Seal.
Ballow to Westley Waterless;
Ordered, That Doctor Heath give Institution and
Induction unto Thomas Ballowe Clerk, Master of Arts,
to the Rectory and Parish Church of Westley Waterlesse, in Com. Cambridge, void by the Death of the
last Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque: Sir Henry Compton Knight, and Richard Wynne Esquire, Patrons.
and Cage to Udmer.
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto William Cage Clerk, Master of Arts, to
the Vicarage of Udmer, in Com. Sussex, void by the
Death of the last Vicar there; salvo Jure cujuscunqus:
Thomas Bromfeild Esquire, Patron.
House adjourned till 10a, Thursday Morning next.