DIE Saturni, 30 Septembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salwey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Lee, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Lee shall have [ (fn. *) a Pass,] for
himself and his Man, with Two Horses, to go into France.
E. of Warwick to have the Custody of Hyde Park.
Upon reading a Letter of the Lord Admiral to the
Earl of Manchester: (Here enter it.) It is Ordered
to (fn. *) be sent to the House of Commons, with this Sense,
That, upon the Receipt and Consideration of the Earl
of Warwicke's Letter, directed to the Earl of Manchester,
Speaker of this House, the Lords do think fit to revoke
their former Order, of the recommending the Lord
Howard to have the Custody and Keeping of Hide
Parke; and do desire that the Earl of Warwicke may
have it granted unto him: And the Concurrence of the
House of Commons to be desired herein.
Osborn and Rootes, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Osborne and Mr. John
Rootes shall have a Pass to go into the Isle of Wight.
Leonard to be instituted to Denford.
Ordered, That Dr. Heath shall give Institution
and Induction to Wm. Leonard, to the Vicarage of
Denford in the County of North'ton; presented thereunto by the Countess of Peterburgh.
D. of Richmond's Fine to be abated.
Upon reading the Petition of the Duke of Richmond: (Here enter it.) It is Ordered, That a Conference be had with the House of Commons; and to
acquaint them with the Sense of this House thereupon,
that this House thinks it fit to abate the Remainder of
his Fine unpaid, in regard of the Loss of his Offices,
which were his Freehold.
Ordinance to indemnify Story, for failing in a Purchase of Bishops Lands.
Upon reading an Ordinance, "That Mr. Story having
contracted for the Mansion House of Foard, with the
Park, in the County of Kent, with the Contractors
for Bishops Lands; but, in regard the said Story
hath since purchased other Bishops Lands, in the
Bishopric of Winton, therefore he may not suffer the
Penalty of the Ordinance of Parliament:"
It is Ordered, To be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence therein.
Toll's Ordinance to be Comptroller of Lynn.
An Ordinance was read, for making Thomas Toll
Comptroller of the Customs of Lynn, and putting out
It is Ordered, To be referred to these Lords Committees, to hear Parties on both Sides, and report the
same to this House:
Any Two; to meet on Tuesday Morning next.
Kirk, a Pass.
Ordered, That John Kirke shall have a Pass, to go
to the Isle of Wight.
Mr. Vaughan, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Vanghan shall have a Pass,
with Two Servants, to go into France.
Barley, and Inhabitants of Long Acre.
Ordered, That the Counsel of John Barley, and
the Counsel of the Inhabitants of Long Acre, shall be
heard, at this Bar, on Tuesday come Fortnight; in the
mean Time, the said Barley shall forbear to build the
House complained of, as a Brewhouse.
Bishop, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Bishopp shall have a Pass, to
go to the Isle of Wight.
Papers from the Committee at Derby House, concerning the Fleet.
The Earl of Denbigh reported divers Papers from
the Committee at Derby
House; which were read, as
1. The Lord Admiral's Summons to the revolted Ships.
2. The Prince's Answer to the Lord Admiral.
3. The Reply of the Lord Admiral and the Council of War.
4. The Lord Admiral's Answer to the Message of the Commissioners of The States of Holland, sent to his Lordship.
|(Here enter them.)
Ordered, That these Papers be sent to the
House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. with them;—for the E. of Warwick to have the Custody of Hyde Park;—and with the Ordinance to remove Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons,
by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
1. To deliver to them the Report, with the Papers
received this Day, and read, from Derby House.
2. To deliver to them the Letter of the Lord Admiral's, concerning the Keepership of Hyde Parke, with
the Sense of this House thereupon.
3. To deliver to them the Ordinance for removing
Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands, with the Additions of Lords Names to be of the Committee;
and desire they would nominate a Committee of their
House, of a proportionable Number, to join with the
Sir W. Cobb and Mrs. Vannenden.
Upon hearing the Counsel of Mrs. Ann Vanenden,
and the Counsel of Sir Wm. Cobb, upon the Complaint
of the said Mrs. Vannenden, "That Sir Wm. Cobb had
made Contempt to an Order of this House, dated
the 13th of July, 1647, and speaking slighting
Words of this House;" and upon a full Consideration of the Business:
It is Ordered, That Sir Wm. Cobb shall be discharged
of his present Restraint, by Order of this House, as being
found clear from any Particulars charged against him;
and that the Cause is dismissed this House; and that
Mrs. Vannenden shall pay the Fees which Sir Wm. Cobb
should have paid to the Officers of this House if he
had been found guilty of the Complaint.
Leonard to be instituted to Denford.
Ordered, That Dr. Heath give Institution and Induction unto Arthur Leonard Clerk, Master of Arts, to
the Vicarage of Denford, cum Ringsteed, in Com.
North'ton, void by the Death of the last Incumbent;
salvo Jure cujuscunque: Presentation under the Hand
and Seal of the Countess Dowager of Peterborough,
D. of Richmond's Petition, for his Fine to be abated, on account of the Loss of the Wardenship of the Cinque Ports.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers.
"The humble Petition of James Duke of Richmond & Lenox;
"That the said Duke is comprehended within the
Articles of Oxford, and thereupon made a Composition for the freeing of his Estate from Sequestration with the Committee at Gouldsmiths Hall, for
Eight Thousand Five Hundred Seventy-six Pounds,
whereof he hath already paid the One Half, though
with some Difficulty; his Estate being engaged before
these Troubles for Forty Thousand Pounds Debt,
which yet lies upon it at Interest: And further it is
humbly offered to your Lordships Consideration,
that, in his Composition, he hath not been admitted
to a Part of his Estate, (videlicet,) the Office of Constable of Dover Castle, Chancellor, Admiral, and
Warden of the Cinque Ports, wherein he hath a
Freehold Estate; which he is content to submit to
the Pleasure of the Parliament, upon such reasonable
Allowance in the Abatement of his Fine as your
Lordships shall think sitting.
"Wherefore he humbly prays your Lordships, to
take the Premises into your Consideration, as
you were pleased to do for the Government
of the Isle of Wight to the Earl of Portland,
by abating his whole Fine, which was above
Nine Thousand Pounds; and that you will accept of that Part of his Fine for the Whole
which is already paid, and recommend his
humble Request to the Honourable House of
Commons for their Concurrence.
"J. Richmond & Lenox."
L. Admiral's Summons to the revolted Ships.
"Sent the 19th Sept. aboard The Reformation,
by Mr. Monins.
"Whereas I do observe a Fleet of Ships, Part of
the Navy Royal of the Kingdom of England, to be
now riding at Anchor off Helvord Sluice, and to bear
a Standard; having been by their respective Mariners carried away, contrary to their Duty, and the
Trust reposed in them by the Two Houses of the
Parliament of that Kingdom, who had set them forth
for the immediate Service thereof; as also other
Ships belonging to particular Owners, that have been
surprized by the said Ships, or otherwise adhered to
them: I do therefore, by virtue of the said Parliament's Authority, whereby I am constituted Lord
High Admiral of England, &c. require the Admiral
or Chief Commander of the said Fleet to take
down the said Standard; as also him, and the Captains and Mariners belonging to the said Ships, to
render themselves and the Ships upon which they
are respectively borne, to me, as Lord High Admiral
of England, for the Use of the King and Parliament, in order to the settling of the Peace of His
Majesty's Dominions. And I do hereby (by virtue
of the Power derived to me by the said Houses of
Parliament) offer Indemnity to such Captains, Officers, and Mariners, belonging to the said Ships, as
shall actually bring in any of the said Ships, to myself or such as I shall appoint to receive the same,
to the Use aforesaid. Whereof I expect a speedy
Sept. 19, 1648.
P. of Wales's Answer to it.
"Dated 22 Sept. delivered aboard The St. George,
24 Sept. 1648, by Mr. Boswell.
"We have seen a Paper, dated the 19 of September,
signed by the Earl of Warwicke, and sent aboard our
Fleet now riding at Anchor off Helford Sluice, and
under our own immediate Command; by which,
with strange Insolence and in a Manner very disagreeable to a Person of Honour (whose own Condition so absolutely depends upon the Preservation
of the Regal Power), he requires our Officers to
take down the Standard, and to render themselves and the Ships under their Command to him
(who says (fn. *) he is constituted by Authority of Parliament
Lord High Admiral of England), for the Use of King
and Parliament. To all which extravagant Expressions and Demands he will receive the most proper
Answer from the Disdain and Courage of those faithful Officers and Mariners whom he would corrupt,
who have with such eminent Affection and Loyalty
(which we shall always remember) brought that our
Royal Father's Fleet to be employed under our Command for His Service; and who, we are confident, by
God's Blessing, will preserve and defend the same
against any such Demands or Attempts whatsoever.
They very well know, it is in the King's sole Power
to make a Lord High Admiral of England; and that,
though this our Fleet be now required to be given up
for the Use of the King and Parliament, the King
in Truth is still in Prison, with such Circumstances
of Restraint as (to say no more) are not (fn. †) usual in
the Case of the most private Person; and whose
Delivery and Freedom all His Subjects are obliged
to endeavour, by the Laws of God and Man, with
the utmost Hazard; and that, in that pious Work
and whatsoever shall contribute thereunto, we have
full Assurance, all the Officers and Mariners of our
Fleet will vigorously perform their Part, and in so
doing publish to the World how much they abhor
those that would seduce them: And for the Encouragement of all such who have any Impressions in
their Consciences of Honesty and Duty to God and
the King, and who, we believe, by Fears and Threats
are led into this desperate and wicked Combination;
we do, by the Authority granted to us by our Royal
Father, and in His Name, who hath the sole Power
to grant Pardons, and without whose Consent no
Act of Indemnity can secure any guilty Person, offer
a gracious Pardon to all those Officers and Mariners
who are now aboard any of the Ships under the
Command of the Earl of Warwicke, if they shall
quit that Service, and betake themselves to our Protection, where they shall be received into Pay, and
into a better Condition of Subsistence than they can
be in the Employment they now have: And if they
shall bring with them any of the Ships in which
they now are, or other Ships, they shall continue
in the same Commands they now have, and receive
such further Encouragement and Reward as (besides
the Satisfaction of their Consciences) shall be very
advantageous to them. And if that unhappy Earl
himself, who hath contributed so much to the Destruction of a Government which himself or his Posterity can never reasonably hope to survive,
(fn. ‡) upon the Observation of the Temper and Disposition of those whose Commands he now executes,
and from whom we believe, in his First Engagement,
he did not expect or apprehend such Commands, shall
now, out of Conscience and Prudence, desire to join
with us in the Rescue of our Royal Father from His
unworthy Imprisonment, and in the restoring the almost-ruined Kingdom to Peace and Happiness, and
the English Nation to their old Glory and Renown,
we shall with all Princely Sincerity and Affection
take him into our Arms, and concur with him to
those great and good Ends, which can only make
the Nation happy. Septembr. 22, Old Stile, 1648.
"May it please your Highness,
Reply of the L. Admiral, and his Council of War, to the Prince's Answer.
"We have had the Honour to be acquainted with
your Highness' Paper of the 22 of Sept. expressing
your Displeasure against that Summons sent by the
Right Honourable the Earl of Warwick (duly constituted Lord High Admiral of England), to the Admiral
or Chief Commander of the Fleet of English Ships riding off Helford Sluice; which, as it was advised and
approved by us (amongst others as his Lordship's Council of War), so, upon Second Thoughts, we cannot
find to contain either Insolency or Extravagancy, it
tending to no other End but the returning of those
Ships to the Service of the King and Kingdom, whose
they are; from which they have been perfidiously
diverted and betrayed, and for their Reduction
whereunto we shall not count the utmost Improvement of our Courage (which, blessed be God, will
not be blunted with any treacherous Reflections),
nor the Hazard of our Lives, too dear a Sacrifice;
and which to endeavour, his Lordship is, by the
Obligations of Honour and Duty, so much engaged.
We have considered your Highness' Invitement of
the Officers and Mariners of this Fleet, to quit and
exchange this Service; which our and their Hearts
do with the greatest Indignation disdain and abhor,
as that which would be a Sin against God, an Injury to His Majesty, a further Disturbance of our
native Country's Peace, and a Violation of those
Impressions of Honesty and Duty which we owe to
our Consciences and Trust; and so would render us
truly unhappy, by really contributing to the Destruction of the Parliament, in whose Preservation
and Honour, your Highness' Interest, as well as the
Kingdom's; is so much concerned; and to the further Effusion of precious Blood, whose vast Expence,
with the true Originals thereof, we beseech your
Highness to lay sadly to your Princely Heart, and to
make your serious Application to those Ways which
may most directly conduce to a safe and well-grounded
Peace betwixt His Majesty and the Parliament; in
order to which, a Treaty is now depending, and His
Majesty in a Condition of Freedom, Honour, and
Safety. And in such Ways none shall with more
faithful, chearful, sincere, and humble Affections
serve your Highness, than
Aboard The St. George, at Anchor off Gorce, 25 Sept. 1648.
L. Admiral's Answer to the Message from the States General, desiring him to observe a Neutrality in their Ports.
"Delivered aboard The St. George, riding
before Goree, 22 Sept. 1648.
"I have considered of your Excellency's Message,
delivered me in the Name of my Lords The States
Generall of The United Provinces, expressing their
Care to preserve a good Correspondence with the Kingdom of England, and a Neutrality betwixt the King
and Parliament; and therefore praying and requiring, that the Fleet which I have brought into their
Port may not commit any Act of Hostility within
their Lordships Sovereignty: To which I return this
Answer; That I am come hither in Pursuit of what
I have in Command from the Two Houses of the
Parliament of England, for reducing the English Ships
now riding at Helvord Sluice, that appertain to
the Kingdom of England, and have, by the Treachery
of their Mariners, been withdrawn from their Duty
to the Parliament, who had set them forth at the
Charge of that Kingdom, and for the Service thereof: That, during my being here, I shall not willingly
do any Act that may give just Offence to my Lords
The States. But, if the Ships that have revolted
from the Parliament, and are now within their Lordships Ports, shall, during my Abode here, do any
Act of Prejudice or Affront to me, or any the Ships
or Persons under my Command, I hope their Lordships will not take Offence, if I use my Endeavour
for repairing such Affront or Prejudice from those
that give it; and I doubt not but their Lordships
will, during my Stay in their Ports, suffer me and
the Fleet under my Command freely to enjoy all
necessary Liberties and Accommodations. I shall only
add, that whereas some Merchants Ships (either violently surprized, together with their Goods, or wickedly betrayed) are under the Power of the Ships so
withdrawn from their Duty to the Kingdom of England, I shall desire, and with much Confidence expect, that the Parties interested shall have speedy
Justice as to them, upon their Address in that Behalf
to any the Courts of Justice within their Lordships
Indemnity offered by the E. of Warwick to the Officers of the revolted Ships.
"Robert Earl of Warwicke, Lord High Admiral of
England, &c. now aboard The St. George, riding at
Anchor before Goree, doth, by virtue of the Power
derived unto him by the Two Houses of the Parliament of England, offer Indemnity to such Captains, Officers, and Mariners, belonging to the English Ships now riding or being at or before Helvood
Sluce, as shall actually bring in any of the said Ships
to him the said Lord Admiral, or such as he hath
or shall appoint to receive the same, to the Use of
the King and Parliament; which the said Lord Admiral doth undertake (upon Performance thereof) to
procure to be confirmed and ratified by both the
said Houses of Parliament.
"The 20 Septemb'r, Old, or 30 New Stile, 1648.
Report from the Committees at Derby House, concerning these Papers; and for a Supply for the L. Admiral's Fleet.
"Die Saturni, ultimo Septembr. 1648.
"At the Committee of Lords and Commons, at
"That it be reported to both Houses, That the Lord
Admiral, with his Fleet, is now at Goree, in Holland:
That he hath summoned the revolted Fleet; a Copy
of which Summons, with the Prince's Answer, and
the Reply of the Lord Admiral and the Captains of
the Ships, also his Answer to the Deputies of The
States Generall, is hereunto annexed: That the revolted Ships Companies have received Six Thousand
Pounds, and are providing themselves of Things necessary to go to Sea: That the Lord Admiral cannot
prosecute the Service, without a farther and present
Supply of Victuals for his Fleet.
"Ex'r, Gualter Frost, Secr."
Letter from the E. of Warwick, concerning the Custody of Hyde Park.
"My very good Lord,
"I understand that, upon Perusal of my Brother of
Holland's Grant to me of Hide Parke, in Strictness
of Law, there may a Question arise, whether it
could be assigned (being a Keepership) without express Power in the First Patent so to do; which I
knew not of when I took the Assignment upon a
valuable Consideration: And I was the less careful
to look into the Validity of the Grant, because I
assured myself my Brother of Holland would not take
the Advantage of any Defect in it, being his own
Act. And I hope such an Oversight shall not redound to my Prejudice, when I shall wholly lay the
Weakness of my Title to the Park before their
Lordships Judgement; being confident, in their Lordships Favour, that, being in Possession upon a Grant
made for a considerable Debt which my Brother
(fn. *) owed me, they will take the Equity of my Case
into Consideration, rather than lay hold of the
Strictness of the Law in a Matter of so small Advantage or Profit to the State. This (my Lord) if you
will please to impart to their Lordships, and mediate
for their Favours in a Request so reasonable, you
will very much oblige
From aboard The St. George, in The Downes, the 17th of Sept. 1648.
"Your humble Servant,
"For my Son the Earl of Manchester,
Speaker of the House of Peers