DIE Veneris, 7 die Julii.
Prayers, by Mr. Hickes.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ld. Dunsemore's Horses taken away by Capt. Pretty.
Upon Information to this House, "That Captain
Pretty hath taken away the Horses of the Lord
Dunsemore, from his House at Dabbes Court, in the
County of Surrey;" and in regard his Lordship is a
Peer of this Realm, and hath compounded for his Delinquency:
It is Ordered, That Captain Pretty do certify to
this House the Grounds wherefore they were taken
away, and in the mean Time not to dispose of the Horses;
and that the said Lord Dunsemore shall be protected, and
his Family; he carrying himself quietly and peaceably,
and yielding himself to the Obedience of the Parliament.
A Letter, directed thus, was read:
Letter from Dingley, with the following one.
"For his Honoured Friend John Browne Esquire,
Clerk of the Parliament.
These Letters are of much Concernment for the
Public Business: Therefore I desire the Packet may
be delivered with all Speed; for that the timely Notice may prevent much Danger.
In the Packet inclosed were these Papers:
A Letter directed to the Speaker of the House of
Commons; which was sent to the Speaker.
Another Letter directed to the Earl of Manchester,
and an inclosed Paper, being a Declaration; which were
read. (Here enter them.)
Letter from the D. of Bucks and the E. of Holland and Peterborough, about their taking up Arms.
We do here take away your Jealousies, by giving
you a clear Knowledge of our Designs; which if you
shall be pleased to communicate to the House of Peers,
we hope they will find we do not vary from those
Principles and Grounds we have been engaged in,
both from His Majesty and the Parliament; which
God give them Grace so to think, and to advise upon
it, as His Majesty may find His just Rights, according
to our Covenant and Declaration; and the Parliament rise, and recover the Dignity due unto them, by
a speedy Way of settling the Peace of this distracted
July 5th, 1648.
Most humble Servants,
"Holland. G. Buckingham.
"For the Right Honourable the
Earl of Manchester, Speaker of
the House of Peers."
Maj. Ralph to be proceeded against by Indictment.
Upon the Report of Mr. Serjeant Finch, and hearing
the Opinion of the Judges: It is Ordered, That the
Proceedings against Major Edmund Rolph shall be put
into a Way of Indictment.
And these Lords following are appointed to consider
of some Things to offer to the House, concerning this
Some of the Judges and Mr. Serjeant Finch to
meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock;
the Quorum to be any Two.
Heads for a Conference about a Treaty.
The Earl of Lyncolne reported from the Committee,
the Reasons for adhering to the Vote of the 30th of
June last, which are to (fn. *) be communicated to the House
of Commons at a Conference; which, being read, were
approved, and ordered to be offered at a Conference,
To-morrow Morning, at Eleven of the Clock.
(Here enter them.)
D of Richmond's Horses to be returned.
Upon Information, "That the Horses of the Duke
of Richmond are stayed at Lambeth, as he was going
to his House in Kent:"
It is Ordered, That his Horses shall be presently
released; and a Pass to be granted him, to pass to his
House without Molestation; and to have a Protection
to reside in his House in Kent.
Ld. Petre, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lord Petre shall have a Pass
to go into Essex.
Reduced Officers Petition.
A Petition from the Reduced Officers was read, and
ordered to be recommended to the House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about a Treaty.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Baron Trevor and Mr. Justice Goldbold:
To desire a Conference, To-morrow Morning, at
Eleven of the Clock, concerning a Vote formerly sent
to that House, for the not insisting upon the Three Propositions sent into Scotland, before a Treaty be had with
Declaration of the D. of Bucks and the E. of Holland and Peterborough, containing their Reasons for taking up Arms.
"Finding this Conjucture to be the proper Time
when this wearied Kingdom may be delivered from
those Miseries it both hath and may apprehend yet
to feel, by such Persons as are ill-affected to our Peace,
who at this Time, without Authority or Commissions,
disperse themselves into all Parts to raise Forces,
with no other Intentions but to continue a bloody
and intestine War, which may prove dangerous to
the whole Kingdom, from the Assistance they find by
the Committees of the several Counties, who have
so abused their Power and the People, by an arbitrary Way of Government, as they shun and apprehend nothing more than what we shall endeavour
and seek, Peace and a well-settled Government:
And therefore, that the whole Kingdom may be satisfied upon what Grounds and Principles we go to
oppose and prevent this Mischief and Danger, we do
here declare, That we do take up Arms for the King
and Parliament, Religion, and the known Laws and
Peace of all His Majesty's Kingdoms; prosessing before Almighty God, we have no other Design in
this Undertaking but to see this well and speedily
established, and will with Readiness and Joy lay them
down whensoever God shall give us the Enjoyment
of this Blessing; prosessing that, whatsoever may be
our Success and Prosperity in this good Cause, we
shall not say, by Way of Menace to the Parliament,
"That we will use the Power God hath put into
our Hands;" but shall bless God, that He hath made
us the Instruments to serve the King, the Parliament,
and Kingdom, in the Way of Peace, in a just and
equal Composure between them. And we hope the
City and the Kingdom will well weigh and consider,
whether they may not more reasonably and conscionably join with us in these pious and peaceable
Resolutions, than with those Forces that have by
their Breach of Faith and their Disobedience kept
up the Sword, when those that delivered it into their
Hands commanded the laying of it down; which Disobedience hath brought this fresh Storm of Blood
that is now falling upon this Kingdom, and all those
Fears and Confusion that Petitions daily shew to be in
the Thoughts and Apprehensions both of the City
and the whole Kingdom. We might add sad Circumstances, that are of late discovered and broken out,
concerning His Majesty's Person; and likewise a confused and leveling Undertaking, to overthrow Monarchy, and to turn Order, that preserves all our
Lives and Fortunes, into a wild and unlimited Confusion. But we desire not to express any Thing with
Sharpness, since our End and Pursuit is only Peace;
which shall appear to all the World, whensoever we
may see a Personal Treaty so begun with His Majesty, as we may expect a happy Conclusion by it,
that cannot follow but by a Cessation of Arms, which
in all Parts of the World hath accompanied these
Treaties, even between the bitterest Enemies, Christians and Turks, much more to be expected in these
our Civil Divisions amongst ourselves; for the Sword
should not be in Action as long as a Treaty of Peace
is in Agitation, since Accidents of Hostility on both
Sides will sharpen and divide us rather than close and
unite us. This we thought fit both to desire and to
declare, that the Discourses that may be raised upon
our Actions may not have Power to abuse the Kingdom, as if we did only move in a Way to set up His
Majesty in a Tyrannical Power, rather than in the
just Regal Government; the which hath been always
found in this Nation very well consistent with the
due Rights and Freedoms of Parliament, the which
we do here most faithfully protest the endeavouring
a Preservation of, and call God to Witness of our
Sincerity in this Intention."
Heads for a Conference, about a Treaty with the King.
"Reasons why the Lords adhere to their former
"Because the Condition of the Affairs of the Kingdom at this Time will not permit Delays; but require all possible Expedition, to satisfy the Expectation of the People, who insatiably thirst after Peace,
as it's manifested by several Petitions, from the City,
several Counties, and the Mariners; whereby it appears that they are impatient of Delays of a Personal
Treaty, which they have expressed to be the only
Means to obtain a Peace. But this is like to be a
dilatory Way, in the Judgement of the House of
Lords, if they should defer the Treaty with His Majesty until He had promised to pass these Three Bills,
when all other Things are agreed on: For the King
hath often expressly declared, that He will not consent to any Pre-engagement till all be concluded;
and therefore it may well be expected, that the
sending these Propositions as previous, may beget
a Denial, which must needs protract Time.
2. It's against the Nature of all Treaties betwixt
Nations, or betwixt Kings and their Subjects, for
one Party to grant the greatest Part in Controversy,
before he be assured that the other Party will yield
to any Thing for his Security and Satisfaction.
3. It may make a Breach between the Two Kingdoms; for our Brethren of Scotland do insist upon
a Personal Treaty with His Majesty, at some of His
Houses, where He may be with Honour, Safety,
and Freedom, that so both Kingdoms jointly may
make their Applications to Him for a safe and
well-grounded Peace. But there is no Certainty,
nor much Probability, of their consenting to defer
the Treaty till these Three Propositions be granted; therefore the Lords hold it best to proceed
according to that they have already agreed on.
4. That both Houses thought fit to treat, both at
Uxbridge and Oxford, without any precedent Propositions granted; though the King was provided at
that Time with considerable Forces to balance that
of the Parliament; whereas now the Case is far
different: Wherefore the Lords think they may better do so now."
An additional Reason, to be added to these, is
entered the Day following.
Dingley to be instituted to Brixton;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett do give Institution and
Induction unto Robert Dingley, an Orthodox, to the
Rectory and Church of Brighteston, alias Brixton, in the
Isle of Wight, in Com. South'ton, void by the Death of
Hugh Thompson, the last Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque: Presentation under the Great Seal.
Meredith to Llamder;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Reeves Meredith Clerk, Master of Arts,
to the Rectory or Vicarage of Llamder, in Com. Cardigan; salvo Jure cujuscunque, &c.: Granted by the Great
Evans to Llanristeed;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Griffith Evans Clerk, Master of Arts, to the
Rectory or Vicarage of Llanristeed, in Com. Cardigan,
&c.; salvo Jure cujuscunque: Great Seal.
Osborne to Compton;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Jo. Osborne Clerk, to that Part of the
Vicarage of Compton, in Com. Oxon, which lately Mr.
Hodges had; salvo Jure, &c.: Great Seal.
Grigdale to Llanrewk;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Wm. Grigdale Clerk, Master of Arts, to the
Rectory of Llanrewst, in Com. Denbigh, void by Death
of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque, &c.: Great
Leake to Lyon Halls;
Ordered, That Dr. Heath give Institution and Induction unto Walter Leake Clerk, to the Vicarage of
Lyon Halls, in Com. Hereford, void by Cession of the
last Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque, &c.: Great
and Mason to Stanely.
Ordered, That Dr. give Institution and
Induction unto George Mason Clerk, Master of Arts, to
the Rectory of Stanley, in Com. Derby; salvo Jure cujuscunque, &c.: Great Seal.