DIE Jovis, 29 die Junii.
Prayers, by Mr. Strickland.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Hunsdon, Speaker.
Reduced Officers Petition for Arrears.
Upon reading the Petition of many Reduced Officers,
concerning their Arrears:
It is Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons, with Recommendations.
Petition from The Trinity House.
A Petition was presented, from the Master, Wardens,
and Fellowship of The Trynity House, which was received, and read. (Here enter it.)
And the Lord Admiral, Earl of Northumb. and the
Lord North, were appointed to consider of what Answer to return to this Petition.
Green & al. to be attached, for throwing down L. Bruce's Inclosures, in Gillingham Forest.
Upon reading an Affidavit of Josias Willes, Gentleman; complaining, "That Thomas Greene and others
have thrown down the Hedges and Ditches belonging to the Lord Bruce, in the Forest of Gillingham,
in the County of Dorsett, contrary to the Order of
It is Ordered, That the Parties named in the Affidavit shall be attached, and brought before this House,
to answer the said Contempt.
Barnard versus Mayne.
Upon reading the Petition of Joell Barnard, Minister, against Dr. Jasper Mayne:
It is Ordered, That Doctor Mayne shall have a
Copy of this Petition, and return his Answer this Day
Capt. Jessop Leave to transport the Men he has raised.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain John Jesop;
shewing, "That he hath Licence to raise Eight Companies of Foot, each Company to consist of One
Hundred and Fifty Men; desires Leave to transport
them beyond the Seas:"
Which is granted; provided he give very good Security they shall be no Ways employed to the Hurt or
Prejudice of the Parliament; and the Concurrence of
the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Proclamation for Major Rolfe to surrender.
This Day Michaell Baker, One of the Messengers belonging to the Gentleman Usher attending this House,
gave an Account, "That he had searched in all Places
in Town where Major Rolph did use to come; but
he cannot find him."
Hereupon it is Ordered, That a Letter be written
to the Governor of the Isle of Wight, to require him
to make Search in the said Isle for him; and, upon
Discovery of him, to send him up in Safety to this
House; and also that a Proclamation be issued out, to
summon him to come by a certain Day.
Answer to the The Trinity House Petition.
The Lord Admiral reported the Draught of the
Answer to be returned to the Masters of The Trynity
House; which was read, and approved of.
And the Petitioners being called in, the Speaker
read the Answer to them as follows:
"The Lords have commanded me to return unto
you their hearty Thanks and Acknowledgements, for
the good Affections you have expressed to the Parliament on many former Occasions, as well as in the
Petitions now presented: And to your Desires therein contained, for the settling of a well-grounded
Peace, the Lords neither are, nor shall at any Time
be wanting, to use their utmost Endeavours for the
happy and most speedy effecting thereof."
Provincial Assembly of London's Petition;
A Petition was presented, by divers Ministers of the
Provincial Assembly [ (fn. *) of London;] which was read, and
ordered to be taken into Consideration on Tuesday next.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer was:
Answer to them.
That this House returns them Thanks, for their good
Affections expressed in this Petition; and this House
will take the Particulars into Consideration with all convenient Speed.
Capt. Jessop released.
John Jesop, being brought before this House by a
Habeas Corpus, was ordered to be released; he assigning to his Creditors so much of his Arrears as will
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning Lyncolneshire shall be taken into Consideration To-morrow
Ordered, That Mr. Adoniram Byfield, One of the
Scribes to the Assembly of Divines, shall attend this
House To-morrow Morning, to acquaint this House
with the Matters objected against Mr. Wm. Lance, Minister, in the Assembly of Divines.
Petition from The Trinity House, for a Personal Treaty with the King.
To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
assembled in Parliament.
The humble Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Fellowship, of Trinity House;
"That whereas they have received a Petition from
the Younger Brothers of their Corporation, as also
from many well-affected Seamen, Masters of Ships,
and others, therein expressing their Desires to present
their Petition unto this most Honourable House: We
do, in all humble Manner, shew our great Apprehension of the many Distempers, both by Sea and
Land, occasioned by the Means of a discontented
Party, who daily take up Arms against the Parliament and Kingdom, which (if not timely prevented,
by the Mercy of God and Wisdom of Parliament)
is like to engage the Kingdom again in a most bloody
War, to the endangering the long-expected Peace of
the Three Kingdoms, the Loss of Navigation, the
Obstructing of Trade, and the utter Ruin of many
Thousands of Families, relating both to Marine and
Land Affairs, whose whole Subsistence depends upon
Trade to and from this Kingdom.
Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray your
Lordships, to take the Premises into your
grave Wisdoms; and that a present Personal
Treaty may be had with His Majesty, which,
we humbly conceive, under God, is the
only Means for settling of a well-grounded
Peace both in Church and Commonwealth,
by which, with the Blessing of God on your
Endeavours, the present Distempers may be
removed, and the Kingdom again restored to
a flourishing Condition; for which your Petitioners, with the whole Kingdom, shall have
great Cause to acknowledge the Lord's Goodness, and our great Thankfulness to this most
Honourable Assembly, for their unwearied
Pains for the Good of this almost undone
Kingdom. And, as we have ever shewed ourselves willing, with the Hazard of our Lives
and Fortunes, to preserve the Parliament, so
shall we be always ready to the utmost of our
Powers (according to the Protestation and the
solemn League and Covenant) to assist them,
in all their just Undertakings, against their
and the Kingdom's Enemies.
"And pray, & c.
Petition from Masters of Ships, Mariners, and others, to the same Effect.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Commanders,
Masters, and Mariners, of the Shipping
belonging to the River of Thames, whose
Names are hereunder subscribed;
"That your Petitioners have to this Time faithfully
assisted (according to their Oaths and several Undertakings) in the Defence of this Kingdom, and for the
Preservation of His Majesty and both Houses of
Parliament in their just Rights and Privileges; wherein they have chearfully adventured their Lives, and
spent much of their Estates. And your Petitioners
cannot but acquaint your Honours, that they had of
late more than Hopes, that since His Majesty's evil
Council were removed from Him, and no Face of
an Enemy appearing to obstruct, that, by the settling of His Majesty in His just Rights, this miserable distressed Kingdom might have enjoyed a happy
and lasting Peace. But, to the great Terror and
unspeakable Grief of your Petitioners, they find
themselves in a far worse Condition than ever, unless
by the great Wisdom of this Grave Assembly it be
timely prevented; for, when we consider the manifold Dangers now upon us, and the long Time
likely to be spent before a Personal Treaty is likely
to be had, we may justly fear the utter Ruin of
this once-flourishing Kingdom; especially considering
the many Armies already on-foot in the several
Parts thereof, besides the late Falling-off of the
Ships, which we cannot look upon but as a Business
of the greatest Danger which hath yet happened;
for, besides that it is a laying flat of our strong Walls,
whereby we are exposed to all Foreign Invasions, the
Loss of Trade will be of such Consequence, that we
shall not need to fear a Second Ruin; nor can your
Petitioners conceive any Way how those Ships may
be reduced, when their Pretence is, that the Peace
of this Kingdom may be settled by a Personal Treaty
with His Majesty, which, your Petitioners are bold
to offer to your Honours, is the Sense of all or the
greatest Part of the Seamen of England.
"Wherefore they most humbly pray, that there
may be a speedy Treaty had with His Majesty, for the settling the Peace of this Kingdom; and that, in the mean Time, His Majesty may be entreated to remove to some One
of His Houses which may be most convenient, where He may be with Honour, Freedom, and Safety.
"And your Petitioners shall be ready, with
their Lives and Fortunes, to assist the
Parliament against all those that shall
oppose the same. To all which, your
Petitioners humbly beg a gracious and
Petition from the Provincial Assembly of London, for the Directory, Consession of Faith, and Catechisms, to be established; and for the Ordinances for the Observation of the Lord's-day, to be enforced.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Provincial Assembly of London;
"That your Petitioners are deeply sensible of the
notorious Ignorance, the execrable and horrid Prophaneness, Atheism, Heresies, and Blasphemies,
which have abounded in this Province, and overspread the Kingdom, to the pulling down of God's
just Indignation and heavy Judgements upon us, notwithstanding the manisold Endeavours of the Honourable Houses, by several Ordinances heretofore
and of late published, for Remedy thereof; for
which your Petitioners do return their most humble
and hearty Thanks, and do bless God on your Behalf; not ceasing to pray, that the Almighty may
strengthen and encourage your Hearts and Hands to
carry on His Work, in the Midst of all your Difficulties and Distractions. All which Evils, your Petitioners humbly conceive, through the Blessing of
God, will be redressed, by the effectual Prosecution
of the Reformation of this Church, in Doctrine,
Discipline, and Government, according to the Word
of God, and the Example of the best Reformed
Churches, as was in Part represented unto the Honourable Houses, by a Petition from the Provincial
Assembly of London, dated the 11th of January,
"May it therefore please the Honourable
"1. To resume the Consideration of the forementioned Petition; and to grant the humble
and necessary Requests contained therein.
"2. That you would be pleased to establish the
Larger and Lesser Catechisms lately presented unto the Honourable Houses, by the
Reverend Assembly of Divines sitting at Westm'r; and to ordain and enjoin, that they
may be publicly taught and learned throughout the Kingdom.
"3 That you would likewise be pleased to add
your Civil Sanction to the Consession of
Faith, presented unto (fn. *) you by the said Assembly of Divines.
"4. That the Directory for Church Government,
presented also unto your Honours by the said
Reverend Assembly, may be fully and effectually established, and universally observed
throughout the whole Kingdom.
5. And that the Acts and Ordinances of Parliament for the better sanctifying the Lord'sday, and Observation of the Public Fasts, as
also for the Suppression of Prophaneness, may
be more effectually put in Execution.
And hereby we hope that the Knowledge
of the Lord will be increased, the Power
of Godliness advanced and promoted,
the Ends of our Covenant faithfully prosecuted, and Unity and Purity, in Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship, preserved amongst us, and our Posterity after
"And we shall ever pray, &c.
"Signed, in the Name, and by the
Appointment, of the Provincial
Jer. Whitaker, Moderator.
Wm. Taylor, Scribe.
W. Wickins, Scribe.