DIE Martis, 25 Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Rayner.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
Exportation of Pictures in the Possession of Mr. Andrews stopped, on Mr. Ruthin's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of Patrick Ruthin Esquire: It is Ordered, That there be a Stop made for
the present of the Exportation of the Pictures remaining in the Possession of one Richard Andrewes; and
that the Party whom it concerns shall have a Copy of
the Petition, and return his Answer thereunto; and,
in the mean Time, the Property of the said Pictures
is not to be altered, nor sold.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance for Sir T. Fairfax to command the Army.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Evelyn Knight:
To present to their Lordships Consideration an Ordinance, to give Power unto Sir Thomas Fairefaxe to
govern the Army; wherein they desire their Lordships
The said Ordinance was Once read; and Ordered,
That it shall be read the Second Time on Thursday
Morning next, at which Time all the Lords are to
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Ordinance into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their
Edwards, sent to collect the E. of Suff.'s Rents in Shropshire, imprisoned by the Committee there.
Upon Information to this House, "That Thomas
Edwards, a Servant of the Earl of Suffolke, having a
Pass from the Earl of Denbigh, to go into Schropshire, to receive the Rents of the Earl of Suffolke;
and as soon as he came there, the Committee of
Shropshire have imprisoned him."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the said Thomas Edwards shall appear before this House; and that
the Committee of Shropshire shall send up Information
(fn. *) to this House, of such Matters as they have to object against (fn. †) him.
Mrs. Meldrum's Petition, for Arrears due to her Husband.
Upon reading the Petition of Jane Meldrum Widow,
late Wife of Colonel John Meldrum; desiring, "she
may have the Arrears due to her Husband (fn. ‡) paid to
It is Ordered, To be recommended to the House of
Commons by the next Message.
Bishop to have Three Hand Guns, found in Capt. Gesle's Apartments.
Upon reading the Petition of John Bishop, Blacksmith; shewing, "That, upon the Commitment of
Captain Gesse, there were Three Hand Guns
found hid in his Rooms at Foxhall, which were the
State's, formerly made by the Lord Herbert's Men
there, who so ordered the Matter, that, whensoever
any of that Kind were made for the King, they
were obscured and kept from the Petitioner's Sight,
many of which Sort are now made at Oxford, and
elsewhere, for the King's Party; that the said Three
Pieces are now in the Hands and Custody of Sir
Rob't Needham Knight, at Clapham: Therefore
the Petitioner humbly (fn. †) prayeth, that Order may be
given, that the said Three Hand Guns may be delivered to the Petitioner, that he may make more
of this (fn. †) Sort for the Service of the Parliament, as
well as they at Oxford for the King's Party."
Hereupon this House Ordered, The said John
Bishop shall have an Order, to take the said Three
Hand Guns into his Possession, for the Use of the State.
Declaration of the H. C. to preserve the Privileges of the Peers.
Next, the Speaker made Report of the Effect of the
Conference Yesterday with the House of Commons,
concerning the Declaration of the House of Commons,
to preserve the Peerage of this Kingdom.
(Here enter the Report.)
And it is Ordered, That these Lords following are
appointed to consider of this Report, and to draw up
what they think fit to return to the House of Commons
in Answer to it:
Committee to prepare an Answer to it.
Their Lordships, or any Three, to meet on
Thursday Morning next, at Nine of the
Clock; and afterwards as often as they
And Mr. Serjeant Whitfield to attend.
Ordinance concerning Shipwrights.
The Lord Admiral presented to this House an Ordinance concerning Shipwrights, which was read, and approved of by this House; and Ordered to be sent
to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Throckmorton, a Clerk of this House, to be continued in his Place at the Customhouse.
Upon reading the Petition of John Throckmorton, One
of the Clerks of this House; shewing, "that he having been employed in an Office in the Custom-house
these Six Years last past, and is in Danger of losing
it, because of his daily Attendance on this House."
It is Ordered, That it is specially recommended
from this House to the Committee for the Navy, that
he may be continued in (fn. *) his Place at the Custom- (fn. †) house,
as is desired.
Winstanley versus Sir Robert Heath.
Upon reading the Petition of Edmond Winstanley
Gentleman; shewing, "That he addressed himself to
the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to be relieved against Sir Rob't Heath, sequestered upon a Judgment for a real Debt recovered by the Petitioner (fn. ‡) in Hillary Term last: That
the said Committee, being satisfied that the Debt
was ancient before these Troubles, due to the Petitioner in Right of his Wife, and not neglected at
all by any Defect in Prosecution: That the Committee, not finding within the Letter of the Ordinance
how they may properly relieve him without the
further Direction, have referred the Petitioner to the
further Resolution, of this High Court:
"Therefore the humble Prayer of the Petitioner is, that, in this particular Case, the
Committee may be authorized and enabled
to give the Petitioner Relief, according to
that special Equity which they shall conceive to arise out of the whole Matter."
And this House Ordered, To give Power to the
said Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, to give the Petitioner such Relief as they conceive fit, upon hearing of the whole Matter; and that
it be recommended to the House of Commons, to concur herein.
"The Report of the Conference:
Report of the Conference for preserving a good Correspondency.
"Sir John Evelyn said, That the Occasion of this
Conference was, upon the Expressions of their Lordships at a late Conference, concerning the happy
Correspondency between both Houses, for the better
carrying on of this great Cause now in Hand.
"That it hath (fn. †) been the Endeavour of the Enemy,
from the Beginning of this Parliament, to sow Divisions and Jealousies betwixt both Houses; but by
the Wisdom of the Houses prevented.
"The House of Commons do take especial Notice
of a malicious Scandal spread abroad, of overthrowing the Peerage of England; which the House of
Commons do detest and abhor, and say, that, if
there be any that dream it necessary to reduce all
Things to their First Principles, and know no Way
to Perfection but by Confusion, their Thoughts perish
"They cannot forget what your Lordships Noble
Ancestors have done, for the purchasing and preserving the Liberties of the Kingdom; nor will they
forget wherein your Lordships have out-done them,
for the redeeming and recovering of them; wherein
your Lordships have denied your Safety, Plenty, and
all your Interests, which will ever be acknowledged
by the House of Commons.
"That the House of Commons will endeavour to
find out the Authors of this Scandal upon them, and
will desire your Lordships Concurrence to punish them;
the Thing in itself being so contrary to the Laws of
Nature, ancient and laudable Customs of all Nations, Grounds of Reason, and Principles of Religion, they hope they shall use no other Argument
to satisfy your Lordships, than to tell you, that they
that fit in the House of Commons are Gentlemen.
"And that it might appear that this was a fixed Resolution, and no present complimental Civility, he
said, he was commanded to read this Declaration, and
leave it with your Lordships:
Declaration of the H. C. to preserve the Privilege of the Peers.
"The House of Commons, taking Notice of some
unworthy Endeavours to asperse the Integrity of
their Proceedings, as aiming at the Overthrowing of
Peerage, and undermining of the Rights and Privileges of the House of Peers, do unanimously Declare,
"That they hold themselves obliged, by the fundamental Laws of the Land, their several Protestations and Covenant, to preserve the Peerage,
with the Rights and Privileges belonging to the House
of Peers, equally as their own; and will really perform the same.
"And as, in the First Place, they look to the carrying on that great common Cause of Religion and
Liberty wherein both Houses stand mutually engaged, which no Respect whatsoever should make either of them to desert, and which (fn. *) they will not
(God assisting them) suffer to miscarry; so they shall,
to these Public Ends, be very careful to preserve
a right Understanding between the Two Houses, and
will maintain the Right and Honour belonging to the
Places and Persons of the Peers of England."
Message to the H. C. with Petitions; &c.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page;
To deliver to them these Particulars following, with
the Recommendations according to the Sense of the
House upon them:
1. Captain Kettlebye's Petition.
2. Captain Hunckes' Petition.
3. Lady Darcie's Petition.
4. Mrs. Meldrum's Petition.
5. To desire them to expedite the Order for the
Prisoners at North'ton.