DIE Mercurii, 13 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hardwicke.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Denbigh, Speaker.
Letter, &c. to the P. Elector.
A Letter from the Prince Elector was read, with
divers Papers inclosed, concerning the Treaty of Peace
of the Princes in Germany. (Here enter them.)
Ordered, That the Consideration of this Business
E. of Cleveland's Liberty prolonged.
Ordered, That the Earl of Cleaveland have Three
Months longer Liberty, upon the same Bail and Security he stands now in; and the Concurrence of the
House of Commons be desired herein:
And accordingly a Message was sent, by Dr. Bennett
and Mr. Hakewill.
Letter, &c. from Col. Jones.
A Letter from Colonel Jones, Governor of Dublin,
with Papers inclosed, were read. (Here enter them.)
And Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons,
with a Desire that some Course may be taken, for vindicating the Lord Admiral from the Slander of Harman.
Message from the H. C. for Salwey to be a Commissioner of the Navy.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Colonel Bosevile, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence, that Mr.
Richard Salwey be One of the Commissioners of the
Navy, in the Place of Mr. Squire Bence, lately deceased.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to Mr. Richard Salwey to be
a Commissioner of the Navy, in the Place of Mr. Squire
Combes to be Sheriff of Warwick.
Ordered, That Mr. Thomas Combes be High Sheriff
for the County of Warwicke; and the Concurrence of
the House of Commons to be desired herein.
And accordingly it was sent down to the House of
Commons, by Dr. Bennett and Mr. Hakewill.
Eastway to be instituted to Bradworthy;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and
duction unto Elias Eastway Clerk, to the Vicarage of
Bradworthy, in Com. Devon. void by Death; salvo Jure
cujuscunque: Granted by the Great Seal.
Carrill to Boxford;
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett give Institution and
Induction unto Jo. Carrill Clerk, Batchelor of Arts, to
the Rectory of Boxford, in Com. Berks, void by Death;
salvo Jure, &c.: George Cure Esquire, Patron.
and Muston to Dalby Parva.
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and
Induction unto Jo. Muston Clerk, Master of Arts, to
the Vicarage of Dalby Parva, in Com. Leic. void by
Death; Salvo Jure, &c.: Wm. Hartopp Esquire, Patron.
Letter from the P. Elector, concerning the Peace concluded in Germany, desiring the Advice of the House how to act in it.
It being now about Two Years since I acquainted
this House with the Treaty for the Peace of Germany,
which, after so long Agitation, is now transacted;
and by Occasion thereof having received Letters from
The Imperiall States Ambassadors, and those of France
and Sweden; the Two former upon Terms (as by
both the Instrumenta Pacis may appear) disadvantageous to me, exhorting me to a Concurrence; the
latter expecting also my Resolution. I have thought
it suitable to the Respect I bear to this House (of
whose Civilities and Affection I have had so ample
Demonstration), not only to communicate to their
Knowledge how my Affairs stand, and what is expected from me; but to declare likewise my Unwillingness to conclude any Thing (especially in such an
Exigent) without the Benefit of their Advice; a
Help as in self most useful (and on which I shall
much rely,) so to which I shall think much added by
the Speed of it; the Emperor's Ratification of the
Peace already being come to Munster, the Ratifications of the other Princes being expected there by
the 14th Current, if that Time be not prolonged;
and the easing of many Thousands in my Country
(exhausted by Garrisons, Quarterings and Impositions)
depending on my Consent.
"This, my Lord, is that briefly, which at present
I commend to the friendly Consideration of this House.
And when I call to Mind their so frequent Professions for the Advancement of the Protestant Interest,
which they have been pleased to think both abroad
and here to be in Part concerned in the recovering of
my usurped Rights, I shall not doubt, either at this
Instant of their mature Counsel, or hereafter of such
seasonable Assistance from them as to so great a
Work may be thought conducible: The Honour of
their contributing whereunto, as it will be public, so
the Fruit of it will in good Measure redound to my
Particular; and the Memory of so important a Benefit accordingly shall remain with me, who am
"Most affectionate Friend to serve you,
Som'sett House, this 12th of December, 1648.
"For my Lord, Speaker of
the House of Peers."
Letter from Col. Jones, with the following Papers, desiring Supplies of Forces and Provisions, &c. and Ships to guard the Irish Coast.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester,
Speaker to the most Honourable the Lords
House in Parliament. These present.
You have here inclosed Ormond's late Declaration,
wherein appeareth that the whole Design is intended
principally to the disturbing of your Affairs there,
according to the former Intimations thereof given
you in mine of the 18th past. Here is also inclosed
a Letter from Major Thomas Harman (lately of your
Army, now revolted to the Rebels), wherein some
Account is given of Ormond's Proceedings in this
Treaty with the Rebels. There is nothing wanting in
their Work, for a full and general Association, but
their gaining of Owen Roe and his Party, so on all
Hands to fall into our Quarters in many Places at
once. The Preparations are great against us; the
Rebels Army, with Inchiquin's, making up Eight
Thousand Foot and Two Thousand Horse, besides
Eight Ships now in setting out from Wexford and
their other Harbours, for annoying us here, and attending on the Harbours there. It is therefore necessary that our Supplies of Horse and Foot, together
with Money and other Provisions, may be hastened;
that also the guarding of these Seas be well provided for against these Pirates, and against the
Prince's Fleet which is by Ormond here expected.
In the mean Time I shall (by God's Assistance) find
them Work sufficient, and shall ever remain
Dublin, Nov. 18, 1648.
"Most faithful Servant,
E. of Ormond's Declaration, that he will support the Protestant Religion, - the King's Prerogative, - Freedom of Parliaments, &c.
"A Declaration of the Lord Lieutenant General
To prevent the too frequent Prejudices incident,
through Jealousies, Distrusts, and Misconstructions, to
all Undertakings, we account it not the least worthy our Labour, upon the Instant of our Arrival, to
prepare this People, whose Welfare we contend for,
with a right Understanding of those Intentions in
us, which, in order to His Majesty's Service, we
desire may terminate in their Good.
To enumerate the several Reasons by which we
were induced (for Preservation of the Protestant Religion and the English Interest) to leave the City of
Dublin, and other His Majesty's Garrisons then under our Power in this Kingdom, in the Hands of
those intrusted by His Two Houses of Parliament,
were to set forth a Narrative, in Place of a Manifest.
"It may suffice to be known, that those Transactions
had for One main Ground this Confidence, that, by
being under the Power of the Houses, they would,
upon a happy expected Composure of Affairs in
England, revert unto, and be revested in, His Majesty, as His proper Right.
"But, having found how, contrary to the Inclinations of the Well-affected to His Majesty's Restoration in England, the Power of that Kingdom hath
unhappily devolved to Hands employed only in the
Art and Labour of pulling down and subverting the
Fundamentals of Monarchy (with whom a pernicious
Party in this Kingdom do equally sympathize and
co-operate); and being filled with a deep Sense of
the Duty and Obligations that are upon us, strictly
to embrace all Opportunities of employing our Endeavours towards the Recovery of His Majesty's
Rights in any Part of his Dominions; having observed the Protestant Army in the Province of Munster (by special Providence discovering the Arts and
Practices used to entangle the Members thereof in
Engagements, as directly contrary to their Duties towards God and Man, as to their Intentions and Resolutions), to have found Means to manifest the
Candour and Integrity thereof, in a Disclaimer of
any Obedience to, or Concurrence with, those Powers
or Persons who have so grossly varied even their own
professed Principles of preserving His Majesty's
Person and Rights, by confining Him under a most
strict Imprisonment; His Majesty also vouchsafing
graciously to accept the Declaration of the said Army as an eminent and seasonable Expression of their
Fidelity towards Him, and, in Testimony thereof,
having laid His Commands upon us to make our
Repair unto this Province, to discharge the Duties
of our Place; we have, as well in Obedience thereunto, as in Pursuance of our own Duty and Desire
to advance His Majesty's Service, resolved to evidence
our Approbation and Esteem of the Proceedings of
the said Army, by publishing unto the World our
like Determination in the same ensuing Particulars;
and accordingly we prosess and declare,
First, To improve our utmost Endeavours for
the Settlement of the Protestant Religion,
according to the Example of the best Reformed Churches.
"Secondly, To defend the King in His Prerogatives.
"Thirdly, to maintain the Privilege and Freedom of Parliament, and the Liberty of the
"That, in order hereunto, we shall oppose, to the
Hazard of our Lives, those Rebels of this Kingdom,
who shall refuse their Obedience to His Majesty
upon such Terms as He hath thought fit by us to
require it. And we shall endeavour to the utmost
the suppressing of that Independent Party, who have
thus fiercely laboured the Extirpation of the true
Protestant Religion, the Ruin of our Prince, the
Dishonour of Parliament, and the Vassalage of our
Fellow-subjects, against all those who shall depend
upon them, and adhere unto them: And that this
our Adhering might not appear obnoxious to the
Trade of England, but that we desire a firm Union
and Agreement be preserved betwixt us; we do
likewise declare, That we will continue Free Traffic and Commerce with all His Majesty's good Subjects of England; and that we will not in the least
Manner prejudice any of them, that shall have Recourse to our Harbours, either in their Bodies, Ships,
or Goods; nor shall we take any Thing from them,
without Payment of ready Money for the same.
And now that, by His Majesty's said Command,
we have proceeded to re-enter upon the Work of His
Service in this Province, we conceive no higher Testimony can be given of His Majesty's Acceptation,
or of the Estimation we bear about us towards their
Proceedings, than by resorting unto them in Person
with His Majesty's Authority, and exhibiting unto
them the Encouragement and Satisfaction they may
receive in this Assurance, That, as we bear an especial Regard to their present Undertaking and Performances, accompanied with a real Sense of their
former Sufferings, so, left there should any Advantage be derived unto those who endeavour to improve all Opportunities of sowing Sedition and Distrust, by this Suggestion, that the former Differences
in Judgement and Opinion, which have induced Persons to serve diversly under His Majesty and the Parliament, will occasion Prejudice or ill Resentments
to arise towards such Persons as have not formerly
concurred in Judgement with others in His Majesty's
Service; we do declare, That we are qualified with
special Power and Authority from His Majesty to
assure them, that no Distinction shall be made in
any such Consideration; but that all Persons now
interested and engaged in this Cause shall be reflected
upon with equal Favour and Regard; and that we
shall make it our Endeavours so to improve and confirm His Majesty's gracious Disposure towards them,
as that we will never call to Memory any past Difference in Opinion, Judgement, Action, or Profession, to the Prejudice of any Member of this Army,
or any Person relating to it; but, on the contrary,
shall be very ready to attest our good Affections towards them, in the Discharge of such good Offices
as shall be in our Power; in Return whereof, we
shall only expect their Perseverance in their present
Engagements for His Majesty's Service, with such
Alacrity, Constancy, and Affection, as may suit with
their late public Declaration and Professions; to
whom we desire this Assurance also may be inculcated, That, as we shall in the future use our utmost Care
and Diligence to provide for their Preservation from
the like Hardships, to those they have formerly undergone; so we have already employed our best Industry and Endeavours for the Settlement of such
a Course, as we may (with most Reason) hope will
in these uncertain Times produce a constant and competent Subsistence for them, enabling them to make
such a Progress in their present Undertakings, as may,
with the Accomplishment of the great Ends thereof,
establish their own Honour and Content. Thus much
we have thought fit to publish unto the World, to
furnish it with an Evidence of strong Conviction
against us, if we ever swerve (to the best of our
Power) from the just Ways of maintaining the true
Protestant Religion, the Honour and Interest of His
Sacred Majesty, the just Rights of Parliament, the
Liberties of the Subjects, and the Safety, Quiet,
and Welfare of the People entrusted to our Care.
"6 Octob. 1648."
Letter from Major Harman, that the E of Ormond and the Confederates were come to an Agreement; and that the E. of Warwick had submitted to the Prince.
Yours of the 24th of October I received; and as
for the Correspondency you write of, I had continued, but by reason of your great Distance durst not
venture any Matter of Consequence, till I were sure
of a safe Conveyance; which now I shall not doubt
to meet withal. My Lord Lieutenant and all your
Friends having advanced so near as Kilkenny on Saturday last, Matters being in a Manner agreed on
between his Lordship and the Confederates, the
Lett is somewhat concerning the Churches and Religion, which is thought now to be removed; referring themselves wholly to His Majesty's Breast,
both for that, a free Parliament, and all other Matters; so that now, the whole Government being in
my Lord Lieutenant, it is not doubted but Owen
O Neile will submit unto. And as for that Party
you are of (unto whom, I protest, I wish all Happiness), especially if you hold to your former Principles and Protestations of Duty, Service and Loyalty, to His Majesty's Commands and Authority,
which is in the Power of my Lord Marquis of Ormond, for the Settlement and Government of this
Kingdom, and the bringing them to their former
Obedience; to the effecting of which, your Assistance would not only give a speedy Period in this
Kingdom, but also a main Help of settling His Majesty in His just Rights and Prerogatives in England
with Assurance we have, that the Lord of Warwicke
with his Fleet hath submitted to the Prince. This
being so, be pleased to consider what Condition you
are like to be in.
Sir, You are very sparing of your News; for we
have far more here than you write to me, as the
sending your Agent over, &c. I earnestly desire to
be informed what Course you conceive is to be
taken with our Fellow Officers, that are Prisoners.
Mr. Lane presents his Respects and Service to
you; and sends this Declaration of my Lord Lieutenant's, which, he is confident, will give you and
all true Protestants ample Satisfaction.
Kilkenny, Nov. 7th, 1648.
Your faithful Friend and Servant,
List of Persons with the E. of Ormond.
The Names of such as are with the Lord of
"Earl of Resecommon.
Sir Will'm Borroue.
Sir Edm. Varney.
Sir Henry Stradlin.
Mr. Daniell O'Neile.
My Lord Poore.
Lieutenant Colonel Gray.
Captain Tho. Fortescue.
Captain Mich. Dun.
"Colonel Fr. Trafford.
"Bishop of Cloyne.
"These, besides several Field Officers and Captains came lately out of England, I presume,
are Strangers to you."
House adjourned till 10a cras.