DIE Mercurii, 19 die Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Delmy.
Ds. Grey de Wark, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer to the H. C.
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath, sent Yesterday with a
Message to the House of Commons, return with this
That they will take all the Particulars into Consideration, and send an Answer by (fn. *) Messengers of their own.
Capt. Hobart released.
Turner sent for.
Upon reading the Affidavit of Anthony Hobart: It is
Ordered, That Captain James Hobart shall be released
of his Imprisonment, and have the Privilege; as being a
Captain in the Service of the Parliament; and that
Thomas Turner, that spoke the uncivil Words, shall be
sent for, to answer the same.
(Here enter the Affidavit.)
Papers from the Committee of both Kingdoms, about Capt. Stone, Governor of Stafford.
The Lord Viscount Say & Seale reported from the
Commitee of both Kingdoms, "To communicate several Papers to this House;" which were read, as
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms at DerbyHouse.
"Ordered, That the Letter from Captain Stone to
this Committee, with the Two inclosed Papers, be
reported to both Houses; and if that, notwithstanding this Letter, the Lords be pleased to have Captain
Stone sent for, it is desired that some Time be given
for this Committee to put Stafford first into some secure Hands.
"Secretary to the same Committee."
Next, the Letter of Captain Stone was read, with the
inclosed Papers, of the Warrant, and his Answer to it.
(Here enter the Papers.)
Capt. Stone sent for.
Ordered, That Stone shall be sent for, according to
the former Order of this House; and that the Committee of both Kingdoms be desired to take Care that
the Town of Stafford be put into secure Hands.
Message from the H. C. with Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Wraye Knight, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Order concerning the Earl of Mulgrave, and
the Lord (fn. †) Sheffield. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
2. An Ordinance for discharging the Delinquency of
Edward Russell. (Here enter it.)
3. To desire Concurrence in Nomination and Approbation of Mr. Forde, formerly of Magdelen Hall in Oxford, to be admitted into the Assembly of Divines, in
the Place of Mr. Bowles, deceased.
4. That the Committee of Lords and Commons for
Advance of Monies at Haberdashers Hall do forthwith
advance and pay, unto the Committee for the West, One
Hundred and Fifty Pounds, for providing of Ordnance,
for the Defence of Taunton, in Somersettshire.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to all the Particulars of this
Message now brought up.
E. of Lincoln committed to the Black Rod for Contempt.
The Lord General informed the House, "That the
Earl of Lyncolne was in the Withdrawing room, and
desired to have Leave to speak somewhat to this
House by Word of Mouth, which he thought it sit
to express in his own Words."
Hereupon this House considering, that, by reason of
the Vote of this House, "That no Member should sit in
the House, after the 17th Day of August, 1644, until
he had taken the National Covenant;" the House sell
into Debate, whether to admit him to come in, and
hear him speak, or not; and, in the Midst of this Debate, the Earl of Lyncolne came in, without the Knowledge or Consent of this House: Whereupon the Peers
in Parliament commanded him to withdraw; and his
Lordship refused to obey the House, until the House
commanded him peremptorily to withdraw; which he did.
And this House took into Consideration what Punishment to inflict upon the said Earl, for that Contempt
done in disobeying the Commands of this House.
And it was Resolved, upon the Question, That the
Earl of Lyncolne, for this Offence, shall stand committed
to the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of this House,
during the Pleasure of the House.
Capt. Stone's Letter to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
"To the Right Honourable the Committee of
both Kingdoms. These humbly present.
"Mr. Richards served me with this inclosed Warrant,
which when I considered, in regard I could not leave
this Place without apparent Hazard thereof, and failing that Trust reposed in me by your Honours, I gave
him this Answer inclosed (in Writing), lest any Thing
should be wrested to my Prejudice, who shall ever
make it my chief Care to serve the Public, and yield
Obedience to such Commands as I shall receive from
the Honourable Houses of Parliament.
"Colonel Rugeley (who came hither some few Days
before) commanded some of the Soldiers not to take
Orders from me, and required of me the Command
of the Town and Forces, producing an old Commission from the Earl of Denbigh, to command the
Forces of the County. I produced the Command I
had from your Honours, which he slighted; and
said, "The Earl of Denbigh's Commission was superior to that." I told him, "I would not dispute
that, but would use that Power committed to me,
until it was superseded." He also required the Keys
of the Magazine from the Commissary, who is a very
faithful Man; and further said, "The Committee of
both Kingdoms disavowed any Order to Sir William
Brereton, to secure him and Colonel Chadwicke; and
that the Lord Say had denied his Hand to the Warrant; which particularly I shall prove (if called) by
sufficient Witnesses; and, in regard they tend to the
raising of Mutinies, and hindering the Proceedings
before you concerning Colonel Rugeley and Colonel
Chadwicke, I thought it my Duty to give your Honours an Account thereof, humbly referring the
same to your judicious Consideration.
"And seeing the Enemy is moving with several
strong Bodies in these Parts, and the Forces of this
Garrison (which is of great Concernment) are by
your Orders commanded to Salop;
"My humble Suit is, that your Honours would be
pleased either to commit the Charge of this
Place into such Hands as I may with Safety
leave it; or else that you will be pleased to
mediate to the Honourable House of Peers,
that (until I shall be adjudged guilty of some
Crime) I may remain here without incurring
the Danger of Contempt, to attend that
Trust reposed by you in
"Most humble Servant,
Stafford, March 3, 1644.
Warrant, to attach Capt. Stone, for Contempt.
"By virtue of an Order of Parliament, from the
Honourable House of Lords to me granted, bearing
Date the 13th Day of this present Month of February,
for the attaching of the Body of Captain Henry Stone,
for his Contempt, in not appearing according to an
Order of the Tenth Day of January last past, made
by the Honourable House of Lords: These are,
therefore, to will and require you, by virtue of the
said Order, forthwith to repair down to Stafford, in
the County of Stafford, then and there to attach the
said Henry Stone, according to the said Order, and to
bring him up to Westm. to answer his said Contempt
before the said Honourable House of Lords: And
hereof you may not fail at your Peril.
"Given under my Hand, the 14th Day of February, 1644.
"Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
"To Thomas Richards Gentleman,
my Deputy; and to all others
whom this may concern."
His Answer, on being served with the Warrant
"I humbly submit to the Warrant from the Right
Honourable the Lords of the House of Parliament,
for my Appearance at London; only, in regard the
Committee of both Kingdoms have required my Attendance here, to take Care of this Garrison until
further Orders from both Houses of Parliament, and
the Enemy being near our County, and having had
Intelligence of a Design they have upon this Place,
I do desire only to acquaint Sir William Brereton, that
he may take some Care of the Town in my Absence;
which he having done, I shall suddenly repair to
London to attend the Lords. Before that be done, I
conceive it will not be safe for the Town or County
for me to leave."
Order for paying the E. of Mulgave's and L. Sheffield's Allowances.
"Whereas, by several Orders of both Houses of
Parliament, and of the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, bearing Date 1 Junii, and
3 Junii, 1643, Fifty Pounds per Week was assigned
to the Earl of Mulgrave out of the Sequestrations, and
Ten Pounds per Week to Edmond Lord Sheffeild his
Grandson; and whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament,
bearing Date 11 Aprilis, 1644, the Sequestrations were
assigned for the Payment of the Scotts Army in Ireland, till the Sum of Sixty Thousand Pounds should
be raised: It is Ordered and Declared, by the Lords
and Commons in Parliament assembled, That, notwithstanding the said Ordinance for the Payment of Sixty
Thousand Pounds for the Scotts Army in Ireland, or
any other Ordinance for Payment of Monies out of
the Sequestrations, not preceding the said Orders of
1 and 3 Junii, 1643, the said Sums of Fifty Pounds
and Ten Pounds per Week and the Arrears thereof
ought to be paid to the said Earl, and the Lord
Sheffeild; and the Treasurers of the Sequestrations at
Guildhall are hereby Ordered to pay the same accordingly, until both Houses take further Order."
Order for Discharge of Mr. Russell's Delinquency.
"Whereas Edward Russell, of Wooburne, in the
County of Bedford, Esquire, hath been fined Five
Hundred Pounds for his Delinquency, to pay the
same, by Way of Composition, to the Use of the
State, and, in Pursuance of the said Composition, hath
paid, and given Security to pay, the same, to the
Committee at Gouldsmithes Hall, intrusted for that
Service: It is this Day, therefore, Ordered, Ordained, and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled, and the said Lords and Commons do hereby Order, Ordain, and Declare, That
the Sequestration of the said Edward Russell's Estate,
in what County or Place soever, shall be, and is hereby, taken off and discharged; and that he be likewise
discharged for his Fifth and Twentieth Part; any former Direction, Declaration, or Ordinance, notwithstanding."
Affidavit concerning Captain Hobart's Arrest.
"Whereas Captain James Hobart, upon Saturday
last was a Sevennight, being the 22th Day of February, was employed in the Parliament Service at Norwich, in which City the said Captain Hobart was arrested, upon a Billet, at the Suit of one Rookewood
Robinson and Elizabeth his Wife, by the Prosecution
of one Thomas Turner, an Attorney or Solicitor: Now
Anthony Hobart Gentleman deposeth, and faith, upon
his Oath, That he, being then present, at the Time
aforesaid, did tell Thomas Barrett and Barnard Church,
the Sheriffs of the said City, that the said Mr. Hobart
was a Captain in the Parliament Service, by Commission under the Hand and Seal of his Excellency the
Earl of Essex, a true Copy whereof this Deponent
did then deliver to the said Sheriffs; yet they obstinately refused to discharge him, giving a slight Answer thereunto; so they caused their Serjeants, or
Officers, to carry him to their Gaol, where he now
is: Moreover, the said Thomas Turner said to this
Deponent, "That he did not care a Turd for the
Earl of Essex's Commission, nor any Parliament Lord
of them all; for he said, that if the said Sheriffs
would send the said Captain Hobart to the Gaol, he
would enter Bond or Security of One Thousand Pounds,
to save them harmless;" or Words to that Effect.
And this Deponent further deposeth, That the said
Captain Hobart went purposely at the Time aforesaid
to Norwich, for to deliver a Letter to the Committee
of Sequestrations, under the Hands of Sir John Potts
and Miles Corbett Esquire, Two of the Honourable
Members of the House of Commons, which Letter
was written in the Behalf of the said Mr. Hobart,
and to raise Monies for the Parliament Service; and,
at his Return from the Committee House at Norwich,
the said Sheriffs Officers arrested the said Mr. Hobart, and carried him to the Gaol as aforesaid.
"Jur. 3 die Martii, 1644.
House adjourned till 9a cras.