DIE Sabbati, 23 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salwey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Denbigh, Speaker.
Message from the H. C. with an Order;—about the Sheriff of Oxford;—and with a Letter from L. Fairfax, about L. Willoughby's Money.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John D'anvers, &c.; who brought up these
Particulars, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence:
1. An Order for adding some Men, Members of the
House of Commons, to the Committee for Sequestrations. (Here enter it.)
2. To put their Lordships in Mind of the Sheriff for
the County of Oxford.
3. To communicate a Letter of the General's, sent
to the House of Commons, concerning the Lord Willoughbye's Money, appointed for the Lancashire
(fn. *) Forces.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the adding of the Persons to the Committee for Sequestrations, and have
passed the Sheriff for Oxfordshire; and as touching the
Business of the Lord General's Letter, the Lords will
give a present Conference about it.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Addition in the Ordinance
concerning Lieutenant Colonel John Lylburne: (Here
enter it.) And will give a Conference, as is desired:
To the rest, they will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Perchard and Roland.
The Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench reported, "That, according to the Order of the 5th September last, the Judges have heard the Counsel of John
Percherd Plaintiff, and Roland Defendant; and the
Parties, by Agreement, have referred the Determination of the Difference between them to Six Persons, videlicet, John Cary Gentleman, Peter Cary
Gentleman, John Brobough Gentleman, Joseph Gaslyn Gentleman, Michaell d'Somenis Gentleman, Jo.
Bonamy Gentleman; and if they cannot agree the Business, then they are to choose a Seventh Man, finally to
end the Business:"
Which this House ordered the same accordingly; and
that the Decree and other Proceedings (fn. *) do stand in the
mean Time as now they are.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference with the House of Commons; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Petition from the Court of Aldermen.
A Petition, delivered by Alderman Gibbs and other
Aldermen, from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the
City of London, was read. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this Petition shall be taken into
Consideration on Thursday next.
Answer to them.
The Speaker returned this Answer to the Aldermen:
"That as (fn. †) this House hath been always ready to
preserve the Liberty of the City of London, so shall
they still be; and will take this Petition into Consideration forthwith for the furthering of their Good and
Welfare to the uttermost of their Power."
Persons added to the Committee of Sequestrations.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Mr. Love and Mr. Lilliborne
Long be added to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, in the Room of Mr. Solicitor St. Johns and Mr. Samuell Browne.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Colonel Stapeley and Sir James
Harrington be added to the Committee of Lords and
Commons for Sequestrations."
Absent Lords summoned.
Ordered, &c. That all Lords within the late Lines
of Communication, and Twenty Miles Distance, being
to fit in Parliament, do peremptorily make their Appearance in the House of Peers on Thursday Morning
next, to attend the great Affairs of this Kingdom, relating in an extraordinary Manner to all the Peerage of
Engl'd; and that all Lords that shall not then appear,
or send such Reasons of their Absence to this House as
shall satisfy the House, shall be taken into further Consideration as may most stand with the Honour and Dignity of the House of Peers: And it is further Ordered, That all such Lords as are beyond the Distance
of Twenty Miles from London shall make their Appearance as aforesaid within Fourteen Days after the
The Names of such as are to be summoned to the
House on Thursday the 28th of December, 1648,
at Ten of the Clock in the Morning.
Earl Pembrooke, &c.
Earl Stamford, Leave of Absence.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Lord La Warr.
Lord Grey of Werke.
Petition from the Court of Aldermen, desiring Liberty in choosing their Officers, not withstanding the Restrictions in the Ordinances lately passed about them:
To the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled.
The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor and
Aldermen of the City of London;
"That whereas the Honourable Houses of Parliament were pleased to pass an Ordinance, of the 20th
of December Instant, that no Person whatsoever, that
subscribed, promoted, or abetted, any Engagement
in the Year 1648, relating to a Personal Treaty with
the King in London, should be elected, chosen, or
put, into any of the Offices or Places expressed in
another Ordinance of the 18th of this Instant December, under the Penalty therein contained.
"And whereas, in July last, divers of the Field
Officers and other Commanders of the Trained Bands
of the City did petition the Common Council, to present unto both Houses of Parliament their then annexed Petition, touching a Personal Treaty with the
King by them desired to be in London, with which the
said Court did concur; and, by their Petition, did
present the same to the Honourable Houses of Parliament, referring the Matter contained therein to the
Wisdom of the said Honourable Houses; and thereupon a Committee of the Honourable House of
Commons was appointed, and did confer with a Committee appointed by Common Council for that Business: Upon which Conference, the Committee of
Common Council did apprehend, that the Committee
of Parliament were not satisfied with the Undertaking
of the Common Council, for the Safety of the King
and Parliament, in case the Treaty should be in London, for that they did reckon them (in this Case) but
as so many Persons undertaking for themselves, and
not in a Capacity to oblige the rest of the Citizens
therein; whereupon, for better Satisfaction of the
said Houses of Parliament (and for no other Cause),
the said Common Council did appoint a Subscription
to be taken, of all the Inhabitants within the City,
for their joining with the Common Council in that
Engagement; which took such general Effect, as that,
by reason of the Restrictions of the said Ordinance,
there are not Persons to be found fit for the Undertaking and Performance of the Places of Deputies,
Common Council Men, Inquest-men, Jury-men, Constables, Scavengers, and other fit Persons for making
Assessments and Collections of Monies for the Supply
of the Army under the Command of his Excellency
the Lord Fairefax: By reason of all which, the City
and Government thereof is left in a very distracted
Condition, and deprived of its ancient Government,
settled by Custom, granted by Charters, and confirmed by divers Acts of Parliament, and rendered
unable to perform their Duty to the Parliament, or to
"For Remedy whereof, the Petitioners do humbly
pray, That the said Ordinance may be again
taken into such Consideration, as that they
may have Liberty to elect such honest, able,
and well-affected Persons; as may be fit to perform the several Offices and Duties before
"And they shall humbly pray, &c.
Persons to present it.
Cur Sp'ial. tent. Die Sab'ti, 23
Die Decembr. 1648.
"It is Ordered, by this Court, That Mr. Alderman Gibbs, Mr. Alderman Kendrick, Mr. Alderman
Edmonds, Mr. Alderman Bide, Mr. Alderman Vyner,
and Mr. Alderman Bateman, shall forthwith this
Forenoon make their Address unto both Houses of
Parliament, and present unto the same the Petition,
intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen of this City," now agreed upon.
Ordinance for 3000l. to Lt. Col. Lylburn.
"An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for raising of Three
Thousand Pounds, out of the sequestered
Estates and Compositions of Sir Henry Gibb
Knight, and Sir Henry Bellingham Knight and
Baronet, and Thomas Bowes Esquire, lying
and being within the County of Durham, to
be paid unto Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne, by the Committee of Sequestrations of
the said County, for and towards the Reparation and Damages of the said John Lilburne,
which he sustained by virtue and colour of
Two unjust Sentences or Decrees given and
made against him in the late Court of Starchamber, the one the 13th of February,
1637, and the other the 18th April, 1638.
(fn. *) Past H C. 2-1 Instant.
"Whereas the Cause of Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne, concerning Two Sentences pronounced against
him in the late Court of Star-chamber, 13th February,
13° Carol. Regis, and the 18th April, 14° Carol. Regis
(which were voted, the 4th of May, 1641, by the
House of Commons, to be illegal, and against the
Liberty of the Subject, and also bloody, wicked, cruel,
barbarous, and tyrannical), were transmitted from
the said House of Commons unto the House of Lords,
in which the House of Peers concurred in Judgement,
and, the 13th of February, 1645, declared the
said Proceedings of the said Star-chamber, against
the said John Lilborne, to be illegal, and most unjust,
and against the Liberty of the Subject and Law of
the Land, and Magna Charta, and unfit to continue
upon Record, &c.: The said Lords and Commons,
taking into their serious Consideration the extraordinary Sufferings and barbarous Tyranny, that, by
colour of the said unjust Decrees, were inflicted upon
the said Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburne, and the
long Time hitherto elapsed without any Satisfaction, do
conceive it most just, equitable, and reasonable, to
repair him in some considerable Manner; and therefore, and in Pursuance of Two Orders of the House
of Commons, One of the Two and Twentieth of
August, 1648, and the other the 5th of September,
1648, have ordained, and be it hereby Ordained by
the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, and
by the Authority of the same, That the said John
Lilburne shall have and receive the Sum of Three
Thousand Pounds, to be paid, unto him or his Assigns, by the Committee of Sequestrations for the
County of Durham, out of the First Profits of the
sequestered Estates, both Lands and Goods, of Sir
Henry Gibb Knight, Sir Henry Bellingham Knight and
Baronet, and Thomas Bowes Esquire, lying and being
in the County of Durham, having been all active in
the late Northern Insurrections, and aiding and assisting to the most wicked Invasion of Duke Hamilton:
And the said Committee are hereby authorized to
sell all such Woods, except Timber Trees now standing, as may conveniently be spared, and now standing upon the said Lands (or already felled) or any of
them; and if the said Sir Henry Gibb, Sir Henry Bellingham, and Thomas Bowes, or any of them, shall
compound for their Estates, so much of the said Three
Thousand Pounds as then shall remain unsatisfied shall
be paid to the said John Lilburne, or his Assigns, out
of their or the First of their Compositions: And this
Ordinance, or Copy thereof, attested under the Hand
or Hands of the Clerk or Clerks of One or both
Houses of Parliament, shall be a sufficient Warrant
to the said Committee of Sequestrations in the said
County of Durham, to pay the said Three Thousand
Pounds as is before expressed, unto the said John Lilburne, or his Assigns; and likewise to indemnify and
save harmless all and every Person or Persons that shall
any Way act in the Performance of the true Intent
and Meaning of this Ordinance."
House adjourned till 10a
Tuesday Morning next.