DIE Martis, 12 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Prophett.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Denbigh, Speaker this Day.
Letter, &c. from the L. Admiral.
A Letter from the Lord Admiral, with a Paper inclosed, being the Results of the Council of War, was
read. (Here enter them.)
And Ordered, To be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning; and the Lords to have Notice to attend the House.
Letter from Guernsey.
A Letter from the Governor of the Isle of Guernsey,
was read. (Here enter it.)
Letter from the L. Admiral, with the following Resolutions of the Council of War.
"For the Right Honourable Edward Earl of
Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers
"Receiving a Letter from the Committee of Lords
and Commons sitting at Derby House, touching the
Revolters Preparation to get forth to Sea; I did with
the First Opportunity call a Council of War, of such
Captains of the Fleet as could here be got together,
to consult thereupon; by whom I was desired to
represent to the Right Honourable the House of
Peers several Matters referring to the Fleet, which,
I conceive, will be best done by a Copy of the said
Council of War. And therefore I send it here inclosed, desiring your Lordship to present the same,
together with my humblest Service, to my Lords the
House of Peers; to whose Consideration and Wisdom
referring it, I rest,
Aboard The St. George, in The Downes, 9 Decembr.1648.
Resolutions of the Council of War, concerning the Reduction of the Revolted Ships; - for the Fleet to remove from Goree;-desiring Pay for the Fleet, and a Supply of Stores and Provisions for it;-and advising how it should be stationed.
"At a Council of War, held aboard The St.
George, in The Downes, on Friday the 8th of
|Captain Haidock, Vice Admiral.
"A Letter from the Committee at Derby House,
dated 1 Decem. and directed to the Lord Admiral, was
now read; Notice being thereby given of the Revolters Intention and Endeavours to get out to Sea;
which, as to some of the Ships, hath been also communicated this Day to the Lord Admiral by other
"That the Lord Admiral be desired to represent
unto the Houses of Parliament, and the Committee
at Derby House, the Reasons inducing the Council of
War's Resolution for the Fleet's Removal from Goree;
"1. The Frostiness of the Season when the Resolution was taken.
"2. The Probability of the Frost's continuing.
"3. The sudden Increase of Frosts in those
"4. The apparent Danger thereby threatened to
"5. The Opportunity of a fair Wind then offered.
"6. The Danger of having the Fleet kept in, if
the Wind should have altered.
"7. The drawing of the Fleet's Victuals near the
Proportion requisite for the Ships coming in.
"8. The Uncertainty of Supplies from England.
"9. The Difficulty of getting aboard Supplies
from Holland; and the Impossibility thereof
in case the Frost should have increased to the
Freezing up of the Inland Passages.
10. The ill Quality of some of the Victuals
lately before sent from London, which hazarded Distempers among the Men.
"Against which Inconveniencies Provision
could not be made by drawing into The
"1. The Sluice was near filled with the Revolters
Ships and some Vessels of the Holland'rs; the
Admiral of Holland having also, before the
Fleet's coming away, caused all the Dutch
Men of War then in that Harbour (other
than his own) to be drawn in, for avoiding
the Danger of the Frost.
"2. And the Mariners of the Parliament Fleet,
by conversing with the Revolters, might have
been drawn into Distempers; whereof there
was Experience in some of The Falcon's Company, whereof Seven being on Shore, Three
only returned, and the other Four engaged
with the Revolters.
"3. The Denial of any of our Boats or Men to
go to The Sluice by Prince Rupert and his
Party, and the affronting and restraining of
such as on any Occasion went on Shore.
"So that, upon the whole Matter, the Fleet could
not with Safety have stayed longer than it
did in Goree Harbor.
"That the Lord Admiral be desired to represent, as
aforesaid, the Fleet's present Station; (videlicet,)
"At The Downes.
Fellowshipp, which is to go in, in Place of The Satisfaction,
"At the Isle of Wight, for Guard thereof.
Lyon, whose Victuals are by this Time expired, and she to be laid up.
|sent upon an Order of the House of Commons and Derby House, dated 27 Nov. last.
"About The Land's-end, and other Parts of the West of England, for securing the Merchants.
|supposed to be yet at Portsmouth, to get a Supply of Victuals, being sent for Guard of the West Coast on an Order from Derby House, dat. 27 Nov. last.
"On the North Coast of England.
"Ships of the Winter Guard now fitting.
||In The Thames,
Leopard, Adventure Frig. Satisfaction, to go forth in Room of The Fellowshipp, Hart, Recovery.
| At Portsmouth,
"That the Lord Admiral be desired to represent,
as aforesaid, that the Ships now abroad are soul,
having been many Months off Ground: That they
want divers Stores of all Sorts, which (as to the Ships
in The Downes) hath been certified to the Lord Admiral by the respective Officers: That the Victuals
of most of the Ships is very short (those in The
Downes having not Three Weeks aboard); and of
that little aboard, much is defective and stinking;
which hath begotten Distempers in some of the Mariners, and given Cause to suspect that they will be
unwilling to take more in: That there will be a Necessity of paying the Seamen some Money (before
their Engagement in further Action), they being in
great Want of Cloaths, which is the more considerable
in this Winter Season, and the Upper Works of
several of the Ships being very leaky.
"Resolved, upon the Ground foregoing,
"That the Lord Admiral be desired to move the
Houses, and the Committee at Derby House, That
Four Months Pay at least may be sent down, for
Two Thousand Men; that the said Ships of the Winter
Guard may be hastened out; that Command may be
given to the Commissioners and Victuallers of the
Navy, to take Care the Victuals to be sent down be
sweet and well-conditioned; and that a Proportion of
Stores of all Sorts may be speeded to The Downes,
to be distributed to the several Ships as there shall
be Occasion: Which Proportion the Lord Admiral is
desired to make an Estimate of, on Consideration of the
several Ships Defects; and to communicate the same
to the Officers whom it shall respectively concern.
"That the Lord Admiral be desired to order the
Commissioners of the Navy to send into The Downes,
with the First Opportunity, the Six Weeks Victuals
for the Fourteen Hundred Men lately intended to be
shipped; and to hasten out the said Ships of the
"That Notice be speedily sent to the Ships Westwards, of the Intelligence concerning the Revolters,
that they may be warned to stand upon their Guard,
and keeping as much as may be in a Body; for which
Service, the Lord Admiral is desired to employ The
"That the Lord Admiral be desired to call to him,
from the West, the Vessels following; videlicet,
The Phenix, Nonsuch, Tygre, Dragon, Providence,
Weymouth Pincke; and to signify this Resolution to
the Houses and the Committee at Derby House, to
the End it may be known that the Guard of Trade
in those Parts will by Means hereof be weakened.
That it be recommended by his Lordship to the
Houses, that a Gratuity for the Seamens past Services in this Expedition may be considered of; with
Intimations that the same is humbly expected by them,
and that their Disappointment may be of a very
"It is declared, by all present at this Council of
War, That they will for their Parts do their utmost,
for perfecting the Revolters Reduction; and that they
will not be wanting to use their best Endeavours with
their several Companies, who, as it is much doubted,
will not be encouraged thereunto, without present
Pay, well-conditioned Victuals, and some Assurance
of a Gratuity; and till then little or nothing can be
expected from the Ships here, for Prevention of the
"The Resolutions of this Council of War were
approved by all present, nemine contradicente.
Letter from the Governor of Guernsey, complaining of People appealing from the Court there, to avoid paying their just Debts;-and desiring some Ships for their Guard, to protect them against the Designs of the Jersey People.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester,
Speaker of the House of Lords. These
We have with Faithfulness and Alacrity borne the
many Burdens that these distracted Times have laid
upon us; and have often choaked the Seeds of Sedition which the Enemy have sowed among the Inhabitants of this Isle. The Malice of our Enemies of
Jarsey is more virulent than ever; and they act with
stronger Power than heretofore, having Strangers
among them. They have endeavoured to execute
their Design to surprize this Island. God hath hitherto delivered us from their Malice; and we conceive
that the Enemy doth now endeavour to seduce the
People of this Island by specious Pretences of Public Liberty; and do promise them, by their Agents,
that they shall be free of their Debts, and of what
they owe to the Crown. This hath appeared of late,
some of the Inhabitants having been in Arms to that
Effect; and others, more cunning, but led with the
same Spirit, have appealed from a Sentence of this
Court to your Honour, hoping that your Lordship
will free them from what they owe to their Neighbours, and to the Revenue belonging to the King,
now in the Hands of the Governor for his Entertainment, and of his Officers, and for Public Uses.
These Conceits, put into the Heads of this poor
People by Malignants and others, who aim at their
own Ends, hath caused many Distractions among us;
and, to avoid the Loss of this Island, we most humbly
beseech that your Lordships will be pleased to send
a Command for every Man to pay what he oweth
to the King's Revenue and to Private Men. And because we cannot subsist of ourselves, we humbly beseech, that with all possible Expedition we may have
some Vessels sent hither for our Guard; it will secure the Island, and oblige us ever to remain,
"Most humble Servants,
"Peter de Beauvoir.
"Captain Jourdan, who hath done good Service
in this Island, is ready to depart; his Victuals
Guernsey, the 28 of Nov. 1648.
Green to be instituted to Market Orton;
Ordered, That Doctor Heath give Institution and
Induction unto Edward Greene Batchelor in Divinity,
to the Rectory of Markett Orton, alias Markett Norton,
Com. Rutland, void by Death; salvo Jure cujuscunque:
Alexander Noell Esquire, Patron.
Howet to East Waight;
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett give Institution to
Tho. Howett Clerk, Master Arts, to the Rectory
East Waight, in Com. Nott. void by Resignation and
voluntary Cession; salvo Jure, &c.: Arthur Stanhope
Mason to Bouby;
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett give Institution to
Stephen Mason Clerk, Master of Arts, to the Vicarage
of Bouby, in Com. Lincolne, void by Death; salvo Jure
cujuscunque: Granted by Great Seal.
T. Dyriell to Nulton;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution to Tho.
Dayriell, Clerk, Master of Arts, to the Rectory of
Nulton, in Com. Berks; salvo Jure, &c.: Granted by
Wal. Dayriell to Sarsden;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution to Walter
Dayriell, Master Arts, to the Rectory of Sarsden, in
Com. Oxon; salvo Jure, &c.: Granted by the Great Seal.
and Wright to Anworth.
Ordered, &c. That Doctor Bennett give Institution
and Induction unto Wm. Wright, Batchelor of Arts, to the
Vicarage of Anworth, in the County of Devon, void
by Death; salvo Jure, &c.: Granted Great Seal.