DIE Veneris, 3 die Januarii
PRAYERS, by Mr Scudder
Ds Grey de Worke, Speaker
L Viscount Say & Seale
Answer from the H C
Mr Serjeant Whitfield and Mr Serjeant Fynch return
with this Answer from the House of Commons
That they have nominated a joint Committee, to meet
with the Committee of Lords, to give Audience to the
Commissioner of the Queen of Sweden, and to meet
this Afternoon, at Two a Clock
Swedish Minister to have Audience
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Master of the
Ceremonies do give Notice to the Commissioner of
Information concerning Affairs in Gueinsey
Next, was reported from the Committee of both
Kingdoms, an Information of the Affairs in the Isle of
Guernsey, with Articles agreed unto by the Lieutenant
Governor, and the Inhabitants of the said Isle, which
were read, and Ordered to be communicated to the
House of Commons (Here enter it)
Sent to the H C
Which accordingly was sent down, by Serjean Whit
feild and Serjeant Fynch, with a Desire that the House
of Commons would speedily take the same into speedy
The Answer returned was
Answer from thence
That the House of Commons will speedily take this
Business into speedy Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their own
E of Denbigh a Articles against Stone al Committees for Stafford
This Day the Earl of Denbigh brought into this
House Articles against Henry Stone, Captain Thomas
Pudsey, Captain Wm Foxoll, John Swynsen, Edward
Broughton Gentlemen, and John Symcox Ironmonger,
Part of the Committee for the County of Stafford, and
of the Sub committee for the (fn. †) Sequestrations of the said
The House commanded the said Articles [ (fn. ‡) to be]
read (Here enter them)
Ordered, That the Consideration of this Business is
referred to the former Committee, as was appointed to
consider of the Earl of Denbighe s Complaint, and the
Business of his Association
And it is further Ordered, To send to the House of
Commons, to desire that they would concur with their
Lordships herein, and appoint the said Committee of
their House to join with the Lords Committees, to take
these Articles into Consideration, and hear the Business, and after, report the same to the Houses
Witnesses to be examined concerning this Business.
Ordered, That these Persons following shall be summoned to appear before the said Committee, to be examined as Witnesses concerning (fn. *) this Business, which are to
appear on Thursday next come Fortnight
Symon Rugeley Esquire,
James Chadwicke Esquire,
Jo Bowyer Esquire,
Bryan Fitz Williams
Captain Wm Eardly
Message to the H C for Committees to meet about it
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr Page and Dr Aylett
To desire the Articles this Day brought in by the Earl
of Denbigh may be referred to the same Committee that
formerly was appointed to consider of the Business concerning the Earl of Denbigh s Association, and that, the
Business being examined, Report may be made to the
Houses, and to desire that the House of Commons
would appoint their Committee to meet with the Committee of Lords (fn. *) on Thursday come Fortnight
The Answer was
That the House of Commons will send an Answer,
by Messengers of their (fn. †) own, concerning this Message
Proceedings against Le Strang
Next, was read the Certificate of the Commissioners
for Martial Affairs, concerning the Proceedings and
Matters of Fact against Roger Le Stronge
(Here enter it)
Message from the H C for the Sweden Minister to deliver his Business to the Committee of both Kingdoms,
A Message was brought from the House of Com
mons, by Mr Reynolds, &c
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons hath this Day read the Letters from the Crown
of Sweden, and hath had the Report made of the Commissioner's Desire at his Reception, "That he desires
what he hath to deliver may be delivered as private
as may be, in regard it may suffer much Prejudice
if it should be known," and therefore, whereas both
Houses Yesterday appointed a Committee to meet this
Day, to receive what the said Commissioner had further
in Charge to deliver from the Crown of Sweden, they
would now refer him to the Committee of both Kingdoms, to deliver what he hath further in Charge from
the Crown of Sweden, and that the Master of the Cere
monies do acquaint the Queen of Sweden's Commissioner
and to expedite the Ordinance to continue the One for Martial Affairs.
2 To desire their Lordships Expedition in the Ordi
nance concerning the renewing the Ordinance concerning
The Answer returned was
That this House agrees with the House of Commons,
in referring the Commissioner of Sweden to the Com
mittee of both Kingdoms, and concerning the Ordinance
concerning Martial Affairs, then Lordships will send an
Answer by Messengers of their own
Ordinance to establish the Directory for Public Worship
The Lord Admiral reported, "That the Committee
have considered of the Ordinance, intituled, "An
Ordinance of Parliament, for the taking away of the
Book of Common Prayer, and for the establishing
and putting in Execution of the Directory for the
Public Worship of God, and the Committee are of
Opinion, That it be fit to pass, with some Alterations and Additions, which they offer to their Lordships Consideration'
And the Ordinance being read, with the Alterations
and Additions, it was Resolved, upon the Question,
That this House agrees to this Ordinance, with these Alterations and Additions.
Message to the H. C. with it.
Ordered, That this Ordinance be sent to the House
of Commons; and that their Concurrence be desired in
the Alterations and Additions.
And accordingly a Message was sent to the House of
Commons, by Mr. Page and Dr. Aylett.
The Answer returned was:
That the House of Commons will send an Answer to
this Message, by Messengers of their own.
Report concerning the Manner of the Treaty with the King.
The Lord Viscount Say & Seale reported from the
Committee of both Kingdoms, "That they have prepared a Draught concerning the Manner of Treaty
of Peace; and think fit there be a Treaty to be at Uxbridge, and that Four Lords and a proportional Number of the House of Commons be appointed to treat."
(Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House approves of this Draught
And this House Resolved, To send Four Lords to
treat; and that this Paper be communicated to the
House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein; and to let them know, that this House intends to nominate Four Lords, to go as Committees from this House.
Message from the H. C. with a Letter to the Parliament of Scotland, and Instructions to Commissioners going there.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by, Mr. Pierrepont:
To present to this House a Letter, to be sent to the
Parliament of Scotland; and some Instructions to be given
to Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Bryan Stapilton, and Wm. Thompson, Commissioners to go to Edenburgh.
The Letter and Instructions were read, and Agreed
to, and Ordered to be signed by the Speaker of both
Houses. (Here enter them.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Letter and Instructions
now brought up.
Message from the Assembly, for Leave to give the Commissioners of the Church of Scotland an Account of what they have done.
A Message was (fn. *) brought from the Assembly of Divines, by Mr. Marshall:
To let their Lordships know, "That the Commissioners from the Church of Scotland having sent
divers Papers to the Assembly of Divines, concerning
which they desire some Answer from them (they being
to go presently to the Parliament in Scotland), what
hath been done upon (fn. †) them in the Assembly; but, by
reason of a Clause in the Ordinance, the Assembly
cannot do this without acquainting both or either
Houses therewith: The Assembly, out of their Duty,
do make this known to this House, before the Writing of a Letter; and have their Lordships Leave, before they do set upon the Work; which is, to give an
Information of the Heads of the Proceedings which
have passed in the Assembly; and, before the Letter be sent away, the Letter shall be presented to this
House, that so it may be perused, and approved of by
And, upon Debate, it was Resolved, upon the Question, Not to agree the Assembly should write a Letter
as is desired.
Ordered, That this Answer be given to Mr. Marshall, "That this House agrees not that the Assembly of Divines (fn. ‡) should write a Letter as is desired;
but that they may write a Letter of those Things as
came from the Assembly, and have been passed by
And Mr. Marshall being called in, he had this Answer given him.
Message to the the H. C. concerning the
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Sejeant Fynch:
Manner of the Treaty with the King.
To deliver the Paper to them, which was reported
from the Committee of both Kingdoms this Day, concerning the Manner of the Treaty, and to desire their
Concurrence; and to let them know, that this House
intends to nominate Four Lords.
The Answer returned was:
That the House of Commons will send an Answer to
this Message by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance to exclude Members of both Houses from holding Offices, Civil or Military.
The Earl of Manchester reported what the Committee
had prepared to offer to the House, concerning the Or
dinance for exempting the Members of the Houses
from holding Places in Civil or Military Matters; and
a Conference was appointed to be had with the House of
Commons, to communicate the same to them; but it
being late now, it was referred until To-morrow.
Certificate from the Commissioners for Martial Low, concerning the Proceedings against Roger Le Strange.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and
Commons in Parliament assembled.
"The humble Certificate of the Commissioners for
Martial Law, concerning the Cause of Roger
"Upon Suggestions to His Majesty at Oxford from
Roger Le Strange, of some Overtures from divers of
the Inhabitants of the Town of Lynne, concerning
the gaining of that Town to the King, His Majesty
thereupon, by a Paper dated the 28th of November
last, and signed Charles R. (which the Prisoner
styles his Commission), after His Thanks returned
to those He calls His well-affected Subjects there,
gives these particular Encouragements to Roger Le
Strange, to proceed in that Service:
"First, That, in Case that Attempt be gone through
withall, he shall have the Government of that Place.
"Secondly, That what Engagements shall be made
unto the Inhabitants of that Place, or others contributing to that Service, by Way of Reward, either
in Employment, or Money not exceeding Five Thousand Pounds, the Service being performed, shall be
punctually made good unto them.
Thirdly, Promise of Assistance from His nearest
"And lastly, Intimation of further Help for the
Preservation of the Place when it should be gained.
"Having thus provided himself, and promised the
Performance of his said Instructions, he comes from
Oxford, to Mr. Pastour's House, called Appleton Hall,
in Norffolke, within Six Miles of Lynne, which he
made Choice of in regard of the Solitariness of the
Place; and thence sends a Note for Captain Thomas
Lemon of Lynne, who coming unto him the next
Day, he acquainted him with the Business, and shewed him his said Commission; and, for his effectual
Concurrence, said, "In Case the Work succeeded, it
should be worth to him a Thousand Pounds." The
Captain, promising to bring another with him the
next Day to assist the Design, went back to Lynne,
and returned, according to Appointment, with one
Haggar, whom Mr. Le Strange, after his proposing and
passing of mutual Promises of Secrecy, likewise dealt
with, for his Assistance in that Service, assuring him
of a Hundred Pounds for his Pains, and a Cannonnier's Place; and, in that Conference, received
Proposals from Haggar, after what Manner the Town
of Lynne should be surprized and seized upon; and
Hagger propounding that Mr. Le Strange should provide Two Hundred Men, Mr. Le Strange acknowledged he knew not where to get the Men. But,
before any further Progress, the said Lemon and Haggar apprehended him and his Commission; and carried him Prisoner to Lynne, Mr. Le Strange having
there made the Design known to none but these
"In these Examinations, Mr. Le Strange says, "That
he went from Newarke to Oxford, being a listed Soldier in Major Cartwright's Troop, in the Garrison
of Newarke; and that he was always of the King's
Party, and so declared himself, and conceived that
Lemon and Hagger were likewise of the same Party.
"Upon these Examinations and Confessions the whole
Case appearing, the said Roger Le Strange was brought
to his Trial; and his Charge was, "That he came
from the Enemy within the Quarters of the Parliament as a Spy; and had plotted, contrived, and endeavoured, the betraying of the Town and Garrison
of Lynne, in the Power of the Parliament, to the Enemy."
"Of all which the Court took serious Consideration;
and of their Power, as well by their First Ordinance
of the 16th of August last, as of a latter Ordinance,
made in the Case of this Prisoner, of the 21th of December following, authorizing them to proceed therein according to the Course of Martial Law; and, upon
full and mature Deliberation of the Fact and Circumstances, adjudged Roger Le Strange thus Guilty;
videlicet, "That he had, contrary to the Rules of
War, plotted, contrived, and endeavoured, the betraying of the Town and Garrison of Lynne, in the
Power of the Parliament, to the Enemy:" And gave
Sentence, and ordered Execution accordingly.
"The special State of whose Cause is thus humbly
certified to both the Honourable Houses, by their
Commissioners for Martial Law, in Obedience to their
late Order requiring the same.
"John Mylles, Judge Advocate."
Further Answer to the King, concerning His Proposal for a Treaty for a Peace.
"May it please Your Most Excellent Majesty,
"We Your Majesty's humble and loyal Subjects, the
Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of
England at Westm. and the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, do make our further Answer to
Your Majesty's Message of the 13th of December,
1644, to the King, concerning the Treaty for Peace,
"We do consent there be a Treaty for a safe and
well-grounded Peace, between Your Majesty and the
Parliaments of both Kingdoms; and, for the present,
have appointed Four of the House of Peers, and
Eight of the House of Commons, Committees for
the Parliament of England, and
for the Parliament of Scotland, who shall be appointed and authorized to meet at Uxbridge, on the
Day of, with such Persons as
Your Majesty shall under Your Majesty's Sign Manual appoint for that Purpose (not exceeding Sixteen),
there to treat upon the Matters contained in the Propositions we lately sent to Your Majesty, according to
such Instructions as shall be given unto them; and
the Propositions for Religion and the Militia to be
first treated upon and agreed; and the Time for the
Treaty upon the said Propositions for Religion and
the Militia not to exceed Twenty Days; And for the
Things mentioned in Your Message to be proposed
by Your Majesty, when the Persons sent by Your Majesty shall communicate the same to the Committees
appointed by us as aforesaid, we have directed them to
send the same to us, that they may receive our Instructions what to do therein."
Letter to the Parliament of Scotland.
"Your Commissioners have let us know of your
sitting on the 7th of this Instant, and that the Lord
Wareston and Mr. Barckly are to attend you, from
whom you will be informed of our Proceedings in
the Matters concerning Religion and your Armies in
England and Ireland, of the Treaty of Peace betwixt
His Majesty and the Parliaments of both Kingdoms
now in Agitation, with the State of our Affairs.
"We shall endeavour to settle what is not perfected
concerning Religion and your Armies, and proceed
in the same with as much Expedition as our Abilities, and our Money, and weighty Businesses, will permit. We acknowledge the Union of both Kingdoms, by our late solemn League and Covenant, to
be a great Blessing of God; and return our hearty
Thanks for the great Assistance we have had in this
Cause by your Forces, and for the Benefit we have
received by the Help and Advice of those honourable
and worthy Persons who have resided with us, and
with much Wisdom and Fidelity advanced the carrying on this great Work of Religion and of our Liberties, wherein both Kingdoms are mutually so nearly concerned; and we, therefore, finding the Stay and
Assistance of your Commissioners here to be very
conduceable to the Public Good, earnestly desire the
Return of the Lord Wareston and Mr. Barckley as soon
as may stand with your Occasions. We have sent
Sir William Armyn Baronet, Bryan Stapleton Esquire,
and Mr. William Thompson, our Commissioners to
you, desiring by all Means to continue the good Correspondency betwixt us, to whom we desire you to
give Credence in such Things as from us they shall,
from Time to Time, impart unto you.
"For the Right Honourable the Lords
the Commissioners of Shires and
Boroughs, assembled in the Parliament of Scotland."
"Instructions for Sir Wm. Armyn Baronet, Bryan
Stapilton Esquire, and Mr. William Thompson,
or any Two or One of them.
Instructions for English Commissioners going to Scotland.
"1. You shall repair to the City of Edinburg, and
endeavour to be there on the Eighth of this Instant
January, or so soon after as you can; and to deliver
to the Parliament of Scotland the Letter from both
Houses of Parliament, herewith delivered unto you.
2. You are authorized to make Use of any Thing
contained in the former Instructions from both Houses
of Parliament, for the good Correspondency betwixt
both Kingdoms and Public Service.
"3. You are to take with you Mr. Edward Bowles,
(fn. *) Minister.
"4. You are to give Account, from Time to Time,
to both Houses of Parliament, of your Proceedings;
and to observe such further Instructions as you shall
receive from them."
3 Januarii, 1644.
"Articles exhibited by Bazill Earl of Denbigh,
against Captain Henry Stone, Captain Thomas
Pudsey, Captain William Foxall, John Swynsen,
Edward Broughton, Gentlemen, and John Symcox Ironmonger, Part of the Committee for
the County of Stafford, and of the Sub-committee for the Sequestrations of the said County.
E. of Denbigh's Articles against Stone & al. Committees for Stafford.
"1. That the Persons abovenamed set divers Papists
and Delinquents, videlicet, William Ward Esquire,
Brynley Yeoman, and Brynley his Son, at Liberty, without the Consent of the greatest Part of the
Committee; compounded for their Estates at a very
low and no considerable Value; and, for Favour and
Rewards, or Promises of Reward, caused the Estates
and Persons of divers other Papists and Delinquents,
videlicet, Sir John Skeffington Knight and Baronet, and
Thomas Broughton Esquire, and others, to be protected, and their Estates of the Yearly Value of
Twenty Thousand Pounds to be unsequestered, to the
Encouragement of Malignants, the disheartening of
good Men, the Prejudice of the Public Cause, the
Soldiers being inforced to disband for Want of Pay.
"2. That they have concealed and embezzled a
great Part of the Goods and Estates of divers Papists
and Malignants, videlicet, the Goods of Walter Henningham Esquire, and Raph Snead Esquire, and others,
and also divers other Sums of Money raised for the
Use of the State, whereby they have much enriched
themselves, and hindered the Service of the County.
3. That they have withstood, and interrupted, and
delayed, the raising of Men and Horses, in Contempt
of superior Commands, that were confirmed by Approbation of others authorized for that Purpose; and
great Part of several Troops of Horse and Companies of Foot, by their Practice, and for Want of Accommodation, were forced to leave their Colours, by
reason whereof the Enemy grew very strong and powerful, and the Public Cause thereby received much
"4. That they have expelled and undone divers
honest and well-affected Persons to the State, forth
of their Houses and Estates, videlicet, Ralph Collins,
Mr. Edward Morton, and Robert Daniell, and others,
upon Information of some malicious Persons; not
suffering them to know their Accusers, or make any
Defence or Justification.
"5. That, when Lychfeild Close was taken by Prince
Rupert, they left and forsook the Country and their
Commands, and their Employment as Committees,
and went to Coventry, and could not be persuaded to
return to their Charge until Stafford was taken.
"6. That, when they returned to Stafford, they raised Factions and Mutinies amongst the Soldiers, about
a Year and a Half since; and practised to get the
Government and Command of the Country into their
own Hands, to the End they might procure Gains
and Profit to themselves; which accordingly they did.
7. That divers, videlicet, Captain Stone, Captain
Foxall, and Captain Pudsey, disobeyed the Directions
and Orders of Basill Earl of Denbigh, General, by Ordinance of Parliament, of that Association, to the great
Prejudice of the Commonwealth.
"8. That Colonel Rugeley and his Forces having
laid Siege Ten Weeks, or thereabouts, against Ecclesall Castle, the said Parties, or some of them, with
a Troop or Two of Horse, came the Night before
the Surrender thereof, to assist the said Colonel's
Forces; and the next Morning entered the Castle
upon Composition, possessed themselves of Eight or
Ten Thousand Pounds, and of Goods and Treasure,
promising the Forces of the said Colonel Reward for
their great Service there; yet never performed the
same, but have converted the said Goods and Treasure
to their own private Use.
"9. That Colonel Rudgley, having in Person taken
Chillington House, a strong Garrison of a Papist, the
said Parties raised, fomented, and countenanced, a
Mutiny amongst the Soldiers, against the said Colonel; and some of them gave Monies unto the Soldiers during the said Mutiny, whereby Colonel Rugley was inforced, for the Safeguard of his Life, to
fly out of Stafford, and in his Absence caused his and
his Wife's Trunks and Chests to be broken open and
ransacked; and scandalously charged the said Colonel
to have embezzled and converted great Sums of the
Country's Monies to his own Use; and the next Day
petitioned Sir William Brereton and the Committee of
Safety for that County, in the Name of the whole
Town of Stafford, without their Assent or Privity,
wherein they desired that Sir William Brereton might
take the Command upon him; or, if not, then that
Colonel Graves might be Governor of Stafford; the
which Practices caused the Loss of many Men and
much Money, and was a great Disturbance and Prejudice to the Public Cause.
"10. That the Persons above named, or some of
them, exhibited a very scandalous Petition, in the
Name of the whole Committee of the County of
Stafford, in the Honourable House of Commons,
against the said Earl, which reflected much upon the
Honour of the said Earl; for the clearing whereof,
the said Earl was put to a great deal of Charge and
Trouble, the said Parties having no Cause or Ground
for the said Petition; neither was the same exhibited
by or with the Consent or Privity of the said Committee, but contrived by themselves, of Purpose to get
the Government and Command of the Country into
their own Hands, and to put by the said Earl thereof
11. That the Persons above named, or some of
them, in the further Pursuance of their Malice, have
practised to get Men, by Menaces, and Offers of
Reward, falsely to accuse and impeach the said Earl,
Colonel Rugley, and others of his the said Earl's Officers and Commanders.
House adjourned till 9a cras.