DIE Lunæ, 4 die Septembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Gower.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Hunsdon, Speaker.
Preachers on the Day of Humiliation.
Ordered, That Mr. Valentine and Mr. Gower do
preach before the Lords, in the Abbey Church, the 12th
of this Instant September.
Ordered, The Sermon at the Thanksgiving-day,
on Thursday next, shall be at St. Martin's in the Feilds.
Letter from L. Admiral.
A Letter from the Lord Admiral, reported from
Derby House, was read; and ordered to be communicated
to the House of Commons. (Here enter it.)
Servants to attend the King.
Next, a List of Ordinary Servants to be sent to attend
the King, was read, and approved of; and ordered to
be communicated [ (fn. *) to the House of Commons,] for their
Two Grooms, Alexander Scurry, Edw. Foster.
One Sumpter-man of the Robes, George Karr.
One Farrier, Francis Russell.
One Surveyor of the Stable, Wm. Morgan.
"One Purveyor, Thomas Manley."
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Page and Dr. Aylett return with this Answer
from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Instructions for the Commissioners that are to go to treat with the King, and to the
Order for the Ministers to attend the Commissioners, and
to the Letter to the King by Sir Peter Killegrewe, and
also to the Alteration in the Ordinance for the Listing of
Horse and Foot for the City of London: (Here enter
them.) That they have taken into Consideration the Petition of Colonel Edmund Temple; and that they will
give a Conference this Day, in the Painted (fn. *) Chamber,
as is desired, concerning Tattersall Castle: But to that
Part which concerneth the not answering the Message,
and to all the rest, they will send an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Col. Eyres' Order.
An Order for paying Two Hundred Pounds to Colonel Eyres, was read, and Agreed to.
(Here enter it.)
Kynnersley & al. a Pass to the King.
Ordered, That Mr. Newton, Mr. Kynnersley, and
Mr. Henry Murray, shall have a Pass, to go to the King,
in the Isle of Wight.
Moore's Petition, for Relief.
A Petition of Charles and John Moore, the Orphans
of Arthur Moore, Son to the Lord Viscount Moore, was
read; and ordered to be recommended to the House of
Commons, for some Relief for them.
Morris, alias Poyntz, Smith, & al.
The Order of this House, made the 26th of August
last, concerning the Business of Morris, Isabella Smyth,
&c. was read, and declared to be the true Sense of this
House; and accordingly to be entered.
(Here enter it.)
Col. Wayte's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for paying Two Thousand and Ten
Pounds to Colonel Wayte, for Arrears, was read, and
Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. with L. Admiral's Letter;-about the King's Servants;-about Obstruction in Messages between the Houses;-and about Capt. Jessop's Petition.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Aylette and Mr. Page:
1. To communicate to them the Lord Admiral's Letter.
2. To desire Concurrence in the Names of such Persons as are to be sent to attend the King, in inferior
3. To desire, at this next Conference appointed this
Morning, to impart unto them something concerning
some Obstructions in Messages between the Two Houses.
4. To put them in Mind of Captain Jessop's Petition.
White to be paid for Oxen.
Upon reading the Petition of John White, Yeoman
Warder in The Tower:
It is Ordered, To be recommended to the House of
Commons, that he may have Satisfaction given him for
those Oxen which the King had for His Provisions when
He was last at Readinge.
Mrs. Babbington's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of Sara Babbington:
It is Ordered, To be referred to the Committee
for Ireland; and the Concurrence of the House of
Commons to be desired herein.
Heads for the Conference about Tater. shall Castle.
Ordered, That the Earl of Suffolke, Earl of Midd.
and the Earl of Lyncolne, do prepare what is fit to be
delivered at the Conference concerning Tattersall Castle,
and report the same to this House.
The Earl of Suffolke reported from the aforesaid
Committee the Matter of the Conference; which, being
read, was approved of, and ordered to be delivered at
this Conference. (Here enter it).
Ordinance for Payler, White, and Falkner, to be Officers of the Ordnance.
An Ordinance was presented to the House, for George
Payler, John White, and John Falkener, to be Storekeepers of the Stores of the Ordnance; and being
read, was committed to the Committee of the whole
The House was resumed.
And committed to these Lords following:
E. of Mulgrave.
To report on Wednesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Earl of Denbigh be added to
the Committee of Surry.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Mr. Page return with this Answer
from the House of Commons:
That they have taken the Lord Admiral's Letter and
Captain Jessop's Business into Consideration; and they
agree to the Persons to be sent to attend the King as
inferior Officers; and they agree to the Second Part of
Heads for a Conference about Obstruction in Messages between the Houses.
The Matter of the Conference concerning the Obstructions in Messages, was read, and approved of:
(Here enter it.)
"To acquaint the House of Commons, the Lords are
informed, That, upon Saturday last, the Messengers
of the House of Lords delivered a Message to the
House of Commons, desiring a Conference with them;
and stayed Five Hours in Expectation of an Answer,
but had none returned.
"And that divers Times the Lords Messengers have
waited at the Door of the House of Commons Three
or Four Days together, to deliver a Message.
These Things being so prejudicial to the expediting the Affairs of the Kingdom between
the Two Houses, and so unusual in former
Time, and being an Occasion of multiplying
very many Businesses as One Message; the
Lords do desire them to take the same into
Consideration, and think of some Course for
preventing the like Obstructions for the future,
that so Answers more seasonably may be returned."
Letter to the King, with the Commissioners Names who are appointed to treat with Him.
"May it please Your Majesty,
Your Two Houses of Parliament have commanded
us to acquaint Your Majesty, that they have appointed the Earl of Northumberland, the Earl of
Pembrooke, the Earl of Salisbury, the Earl of Middlesex, and the Lord Viscount Say & Seale, Members of
the House of Peers; and Tho. Lord Wainman, Mr.
Denzill Hollis, Mr. William Peirpoint, Sir Hen. Vane
Junior, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Sir John Potts, Mr.
John Crew, Mr. Sam. Browne, Mr. John Glyn Recorder of the City of London, and Mr. John Bunckly,
Members of the House of Commons; to treat with
Your Majesty at Newport, in the Isle of Wight. And
although they cannot come within the Time before
appointed, yet they shall give their Attendance with
all convenient Speed.
Sept. 2, 1648,
"Most loyal and humble Servants."
Order for 200 l. for Col. Eyres.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds
be forthwith paid, out of Sir Charles Keymies's Composition, to Colonel Eyres, or his Assigns, by the
Treasurers at Gouldsmiths Hall, for the Service of
Hursts Castle; and the Acquittance or Acquittances
of the said Colonel Eyres, or his Assigns, testifying
the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Warrant and
Discharge to the said Treasurers at Gouldsmiths Hall,
for Payment thereof accordingly."
Order for 2010 l. for Col. Wayte.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That the Sum of Two Thousand and
Ten Pounds, due to Colonel Thomas Wayte, upon his
Entertainment in the Service of the Parliament, be
paid unto the said Colonel Thomas Wayte, or his
Assignee, out of the Sequestration of the Estates Real
and Personal of John Pate, in the County of Leicester,
Esquire, of the Lord Beaumont, of the County
of Leic. and of Sir Wingfield Boddenbam, of the
County of Rutland, in full Satisfaction of all Arrears,
Demands, and Respites of Public Faith, claimable by
the said Colonel Wayte upon his Entertainment in
the Service of the Parliament; and the Committees
of Sequestrations, Solicitors, and Treasurers, in the
several Counties where any of the Estates of the
foresaid Persons do lie, as likewise the Tenants of
the foresaid Persons, are hereby authorized and required to pay the Rents and Profits that shall arise
out of, and be made of, the said Estates Real and
Personal, (fn. *) be from Time to Time paid unto the said
Colonel Thomas Wayte, or his Assignee, until the said
Sum of Two Thousand and Ten Pounds be paid and
satisfied, if the said Delinquents shall not in the mean
Time be admitted to Composition, and that the said
Estates remain so long under Sequestrations: And the
Acquittance of the said Colonel Thomas Wayte, or
his Assignee, shall be from Time to Time a sufficient
Discharge to the Committees, Solicitors, and Treasurers, and Tenants aforesaid, for the Payment of all
such Sums as in Pursuance thereof they shall accordingly pay as aforesaid."
Heads for the Conference, for Tattershall Castle to be restored to the E. of Lincoln.
The Lords having sent down an Order of their
House (made the 3d of July last), requiring the Delivery of Tattershall Castle to the Earl of Lincolne, or
such as his Lordship should assign; the then pretended
Governor, Captain Clinton, alias Fynes, being served
with the said Order, refused to yield Obedience
thereunto, alledging he had an Order of the House
of Commons, a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed,
bearing Date the First of August, commanding his
detaining the same till their Pleasure was further
The Lords, being desirous to continue a good Understanding between the Two House, and to prevent
all Clashing of Orders, have desired this Conference,
in Confidence that the House of Commons will recall their Order; which they believe could not have
been obtained, if they had been duly informed that
the said Castle is the Possession of the Earl of Lincolne,
a Peer of this House, who hath constantly and faithfully adhered to the Parliament; and therefore his
House ought not to be disposed of by any, without
the Consent of the House of Lords:
1. Because, by the Laws of this Land, as well the
Possessions as Persons of Peers are privileged
from all Disturbance whatsoever.
2. The said Earl hath formerly suffered very great
Damage, by a Garrison there, by Free Quarter, pulling down his Houses, and by spoiling
his Warren, never having received any Consideration for the same.
"3. The Order of the House of Commons, bearing Date so long after, could not be any
sufficient Warrant to the forementioned Governor to disobey their Lordships Order, in
not delivering it up to the said Earl of Lincolne, or his Assigns.
4. That there is now no Need of putting the
Country to so unnecessary a Charge, in maintaining a Garrison there.
"5. The Lord Clinton, Son to the said Earl, being a Member of the House of Commons, and
now at Nottingham with his Wife, hath no
other House furnished to carry her unto.
"And for these Reasons, the Lords command
me to let you know, it's their Lordships
Desire, the House of Commons will recall
Mortis, alias Poyntz, Smith, & al.
Upon Consideration of the Report of the Judges,
and also upon reading the Petition of John Browne
Esquire, Clerk of the Parliaments, and likewise the
Judgement of this House against John Morris, alias
Poyntz, and Mary his Wife, Leonard Derby, John Harris,
and Isabell Smith, dated the 21th September, 1647:
It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That when the Parties adjudged in the said Judgement,
or any of them, shall bring in the Exemplification under the Great Seal of England, concerning the Manor
of Little Munden, in the County of Hertford, and also
the forged Exemplification of the counterfeit Act of
Parliament, to which the Great Seal of England is
charged to have been unduly and fraudulently affixed,
that so the aforesaid forged Exemplification may be
canceled and vacated, then this House will take their
Releasement into Consideration.
Ordinance for the Committee for the London Militia to raise Forces, and for Gen. Skippon to command them.
Whereas the Lords and Commons, by an Ordinance
of Parliament of the 12th of July, 1648, have declared it to be an acceptable Service in any Persons
that would inlist themselves, Horse or Foot, under
the Command of Major General Skippon, who was
thereby authorized to inlist them accordingly, and to
act, do, and perform, such other Acts and Things as
in and by the said Ordinance is declared and authorized: Now, for the preventing of Divisions and
Disturbances in the Forces of the City of London
and the Liberties thereof, and the better to unite
them for the Defence and Preservation of the Parliament, City, and Kingdom, the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled do ordain and declare,
and be it Ordained and Declared, That the Power
formerly given to Major General Skyppon, by the
aforesaid Ordinance, to list and raise Forces, in the
City of London and Liberties thereof, be transferred,
and is hereby accordingly transferred, to the Committee for the Militia of the City of London, of which
Major General Skippon is a Member; and the said
Committee, or such as they shall appoint, shall have
Power, and are hereby authorized, to inlist any
Person or Persons accordingly, within the City of
London and Liberties thereof; and all such so listed
and raised shall be, by the Appointment and Direction of the said Committee, put under the Command of Major General Skippon, who is to present
to the said Committee the Names of all such Officers
as shall be found necessary, who, being allowed and
approved of by the said Committee, shall be by
them constituted accordingly; and the said Committee
are hereby authorized to employ all such Forces, as
well Horse as Foot, raised and constituted in Manner
aforesaid, for the suppressing of all Mutinies, Tumults, and Infurrections, which shall happen within
the said City and Liberties thereof, and to fight with,
kill and slay, all such as shall oppose them therein;
as also to send forth and employ all such of the
Forces aforesaid as shall be willing to march, under
the Command of Major General Skippon, according
to such Directions as the said Committee or Major
General Skippon shall receive from both Houses of
Parliament, or from the Committee of Lords and
Commons sitting at Derby House: Provided always,
That the Number of Horse to be listed and raised
by virtue of this Ordinance do not exceed a Thousand, nor the Number of Foot Five Thousand: Provided also, That this Ordinance continue for Six
Months, and no longer. And whatsoever the said
Committee, or Major General Skippon, or any other
Person or Persons, shall do in Persuance hereof, they
shall be saved harmless and indemnified by Authority
Instructions for the Commissioners to treat with the King, in the Isle of Wight.
"Instructions for Algernon Earl of Northumberland,
Phillip Earl of Pembrooke and Mountgom'y,
Wm. Earl of Salisbury, James Earl of Midd.
Wm. Lord Visc. Say & Seale, Members of the
House of Peers; Thomas Lord Viscount Wenman, Denzell Holles, Wm. Pierrepont, Esquires,
Sir Henry Vane Junior, Knight, Sir Harbottle
Grimston, Sir John Potts, Baronets, John Crew,
Samuell Browne, John Glynn, John Bulkley,
Esquires, Members of the House of Commons; Committees nominated and appointed
by both Houses of Parliament, to repair to
Newport, in the Isle of Wight, and there to
treat Personally with His Majesty, upon Propositions for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
"1. You shall repair to Newport, in the Isle of
Wight, where you, or any Eight of you, whereof
Two Lords shall be present, to treat with His Majesty, for the Space of Forty Days from the Beginning of the said Treaty, upon the Propositions
which were presented to His Majesty at Hampton
Court, concerning the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, and for the taking away of Wards and Liveries,
now delivered unto you, and such other Propositions
as by both Houses of Parliament shall be agreed
"2. You shall receive such Propositions as His
Majesty shall offer, and forthwith transmit them to
both Houses of Parliament, that you may have further Directions from them how to proceed thereupon.
"3. You shall proceed to treat upon the Propositions for recalling Declarations, &c. the Propositions
concerning the Church, the Propositions concerning
the Militia, the Propositions concerning Ireland, in
the First Place, in Order; and receive the King's
Answer to each of them, and upon the rest in the
same Order as they are now placed.
"4. You shall use your best Endeavours that the
aforementioned Propositions may be agreed unto,
without receding from the Matter of them.
"5. You shall deliver your Demands, and receive
His Majesty's Answer to them, in Writing.
"6. You shall give frequent Advertisement to both
Houses of Parliament, of your Proceedings in this
Order for a Protection for Dr. Williams, Archbishop of York, against the Enemy.
Whereas Dr. John Williams, late Archbishop of
Yorke, having for many Months last past lived and resided at Gwydir, in the County of Carnarvon, under
the Obedience of the Parliament, and there upon several Occasions manifested his good Affection to the
Parliament; and whereas the said Dr. Williams is maligned by divers Persons now in Arms in the County
of Anglesey against the Parliament, some whereof
have attempted to seize upon the Person of the said
It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That the said Doctor Williams, upon all Occasions of
Danger, may withdraw himself from Time to Time to
any other Place of Strength, to secure himself, his Servants, and Goods, as he shall see Cause, and there to
continue and remain, for his Safety, under the Protection of the Parliament, with all Freedom: And it is
further Ordered, That the said Dr. Williams, with
his Servants and other Accommodations (if the Troubles
shall continue in those Parts where he shall be), may
remove to any such other Place as aforesaid, under the
Obedience of the Parliament, for the Causes abovesaid:
And hereof all Committees of Parliament, Officers, and
Soldiers, under the Command of the Parliament, and
all others any Way concerned, are to take Notice, and
yield their Obedience unto this Order, whereby the
said Dr. Williams and his Servants may have civil
Respect and Safety; they carrying themselves inoffensively, and in Obedience unto the Parliament.
Letter from the E. of Warwick, with an Account of his chacing the revolted Ships;-that he is joined by the Portsmouth Fleet, and apprehends the revolted Ships are gone to Goree.
(fn. *) "The Earl of Warwick's Letter to the
Right Honourable the Committee of
Lords and Commons at Derby House;
containing a Narrative of his Proceedings
in Pursuit of the Revolted Ships, and
their declining the Engagement, and of
the Conjunction of the Portsmouth Fleet
with the Lord Admiral's.
To the Right Honourable the Committee of
Lords and Commons, at Derby House.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
By my Letter of Thursday last, I gave your Lordships a brief Account of our Condition.
I shall take Leave now to trouble your Lordships
with a more particular Representation of our Proceedings.
On Tuesday Morning, 29 August, the Fleet with
me proceeded down as low as The Shooe, where, the
Tide of Flood coming in, we anchored.
In the Forenoon of the same Day, we discovered
a great Fleet of Ships coming up into the River; and
by a Signal from The Adventure Frigot (sent out the
28 for Advice) we found them to be the revolted
Ships: At their coming nearer, we saw their Three
Flags, and made them to be (small and great) at least
Twenty in Number.
We had by this Time a very great Experiment of
the Mariners Affection; those aboard my Ship applying themselves to a Preparation for Fight with
the greatest Alacrity that ever I saw, there being
not One of them that discovered the least Averseness to engage, or Unwillingness to lay down his
Life for the Enemy's Reduction; which (as the Captains informed me) was likewise the general Temper
of the rest of the Fleet: And truly the special Influence of God upon their Spirits was visible to
Admiration; and (which I value as no small Privilege
and Honour to this Undertaking) their Eyes, Hearts,
and Prayers, were so advanced to Heaven (as the
Place only from whence they expected their Help),
that it was a great Engagement to our Faith, that
God would manifest and engage His special Presence
and Power amongst us and for us, in the Issue of this
The Place where we that Day anchored was full
of Sands, and the Channel narrow; therefore about
Noon we began to ply up towards the Buoy of The
Oze Edge, endeavouring to keep the Advantage that
God had given us, of being to the Windward of the
Enemy. That Night we anchoring off the Buoy of
The Oze Edge, and the Enemy at about a League
Distance from us, the Prince sent me a Summons,
by Mr. Henry Seymour, about Eight of the Clock;
which I received, and answered, as I gave Account
in my last to your Lordships; wherein, of the Summons, and of my Answer, I inclosed a Copy.
The same Tuesday Night, I consulted with a Council of War, where we determined how to manage the
next Day's Action; the Sum of our Resolution being,
that every Ship should weigh, and be loose at the
Windward Tide, and get and keep the Wind of the
Enemy if possible, and assist each other to the best
Advantage, if engaged, but not on that Day to begin
the Engagement on our Part; we being every Hour
in Expectation of the Portsmouth Ships, and the Channel where God's Providence had cast us being so
narrow, that, in case of Engagement, some of the
Ships would have been necessarily forced upon the
Sands, and so destroyed (which Inconvenience, we
considered, might be prevented by the Portsmouth
Ships falling upon the Rear, while we fell upon the
Van of the Enemy's Fleet); yet withal to keep our
Ground about The Oze Edge, being a Place of more
Advantage than many others thereabouts.
That Night and the next Day, videlicet, the 30
of Aug. till about Noon, all was quiet (the Mariners
retaining their former Spirit of Courage, Unanimity,
and Resolution); and then, the Tide of Flood coming
on, the Enemy weighed. I also weighed, with the
Fleet under my Command; which, plying up and
down some Hours according to the Resolutions of
the Council of War, maintained the Advantage of
being to the Windward of the Enemy, and expected
without Scruple a sudden Engagement; the Weather
also being fair, and a Calm expected rather than
otherwise: But about Four in the Afternoon there
fell so great a Gale of Wind (amounting to no less
than a Storm), that the Admiral of the revolted
Ships, with his whole Fleet, was forced to come to
Anchor, and so were we; there being no Action
the Remainder of that Afternoon nor the Night
following, during which the Admirals of the Two
Fleets rode about a League each from other.
That Day I sent forth a Vessel, to enquire after the
On Thursday Morning, 31 Aug. I called a Council
of War; and then it was again considered, that the
Portsmouth Fleet was not yet come in, nor heard of;
that some Ships of this Fleet (especially the great
ones) would in all Probability be forced on the Sands,
if we should here engage; which would also produce
the like Effect as to some of the revolted Ships,
whereby the Strength of the Navy would be much
impaired; that a few Hours Expectance might bring
in the Portsmouth Fleet, whereby we might not only
proportion the Enemy's Strength, but also, by God's
Blessing, disable their Return: We considered withal,
that on the Miscarriage of this Fleet depended the
Miscarriage of the Portsmouth Fleet, and the putting
of very high Advantages into the Enemy's Hand,
further to prejudice the Trade of the Kingdom, and
to make their Strength at Sea much more considerable: Upon which, and some other Grounds then
offered, it was (amongst other Things) unanimously
resolved upon the Question, by myself, the Commissioners of Parliament, and the rest of the Council of
War (consisting of Twelve in Number), not One Voice
contradicting it, that the Ships of this Fleet should
observe the Enemy's Motion; and if he ply up, then
to ply up before him, keeping as much as might be
to the Windward, and declining at present an Engagement, unless it should be unavoidable; and that,
in case the Enemy should weigh, and fall downwards,
this Fleet should follow them, yet at such a Distance
that there might be Room enough with Conveniency
to anchor, and to succour the Portsmouth Fleet, in
case they should be in Sight; and so we prepared
ourselves in Expectation of an Engagement that Afternoon.
But, by the Time that these and some other Resolutions of the Council of War were digested and
ready to be signed, the Vice Admiral of the revolted
Ships did, about Ten in the Forenoon, weigh, and
shortly after so did the rest; and forthwith their
whole Fleet stowed away. I did thereupon give Order to the Fleet with me, to weigh; and as soon as
my Letter to your Lordships of that Day was dispatched, we gave them Chace, some of our Ships
keeping at a small Distance; of which, The Adventure
Frigot, espying a Fleet a head of the Enemy, shot a
Gun, in Token they were the Portsmouth Ships;
whereupon I made all the Sail I could, to the End
this Fleet's Conjuction with the Portsmouth Ships
might be improved, to the more effectual engaging
of the Enemy; though the Fleet, supposed by Captain Ball to be from Portsmouth, proved other
Afterwards, Night being come, and the Pilot conceiving it dangerous further to proceed so near the
Sands, I anchored near the Middle of The Gunfleet,
about a League and a Half short of the Enemy (who,
by shooting off a Gun, and hauling up their Sails,
gave Cause of Confidence that they were also
coming to Anchor); purposing to weigh early next
Morning to pursue them, and appointing some Ships
of this Fleet to lie near, to observe their Motion.
The next Morning, the First of Septemb. we found
that the Revolters had withdrawn themselves in the
Night; and about Six of the Clock we discovered
the Portsmouth Ships (conceived to be those, by the
many Guns that passed by Way of Salute (as was interpreted) betwixt them and some of this Fleet that
went up to them); whereupon I gave Order to
weigh: But the Wind grew so high, that the Pilot
delivered his Opinion, this Ship would not in such
Weather be able to sail, without Danger of fiding
upon Gunfleet Sands; whereupon we remained there
at Anchor all that Day, the Wind continuing to
Night very high.
This Day, being the Second of September, we
weighed from the Middle of Gunfleet; and about
Ten in the Forenoon met with all the Portsmouth Fleet
(other than some of the smaller Vessels that retired
into Harwich for Shelter against the Yesterday's
Storm); and so we proceeded together to Albrough
Rode, to enquire after the revolted Fleet; where
anchoring, I spoke with the Captains that came from
Portsmouth, who represent their several Companies
to be as cordial and resolute for the Enemy's Reduction as could be desired.
Since my coming hither, I have endeavoured to
inform myself which Way the Revolters are gone;
and find it most probable that they are retired to
Goree, there being not the least Intimation in these
Parts that they are gone Northwards: Therefore I
shall (God willing) repair To-morrow Morning towards
The Downs, where I shall expect your Lordships further Commands; intending in the mean Time to send
an Express to Holland, for a certain Account whether
the Ships are in Goree, that I may be in a quicker Capacity to put in Execution such Orders as shall be
given me in Charge concerning them. I shall add no
more, but to commend it to your Lordships Consideration, whether it may not be necessary that the
Order be renewed for Indemnity to the Revolters,
upon their Submission to the Parliament's Obedience,
and to rest
Your Lordships, &c.
Affectionate and humble Servant,
Aboard The St. George, in Albrough Rode, 2 Sept. 1648.
"I have written to Colonel Temple, to take
off the Restraint of Ships Passage by
Tilbury Fort; any Order or Desire
from me notwithstanding."
Ordered, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That this Letter be forthwith printed and published.
"H. Elsynge, Cler. Parl.