Die Mercurii, 9 die Aprilis.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Clayton.
L. Viscount Say & Scale.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer to the Message sent Yesterday to the House of
That they have considered of the Message, and every
Part of it, and do agree to every Part of it.
E. of Warwick desires Leave to resign his Post of L. Admiral.
The Earl of Warwicke signified to the House this Day,
"That, as he had received the Honour from the Parliament to be Admiral of England, so he as willingly
desired Leave of the Houses to surrender his Commission; which he desired might be with this Declaration following." (Here enter it.)
Sir J. Conyers, to export Horses.
Ordered, That Sir John Conyers shall have a Pass,
to transport Two Geldings into Holland, for his own
Papers from the Committee of both Kingdoms, about the Scots Army.
The Earl of Manchester reported divers Papers from
the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Scottish Army.
The said Papers were read, as followeth:
"Die Saturni, 5 Die Aprilis, 1645.
"At the Committee of both Houses appointed to
treat with the Scottish Commissioners:
Committee of both House desire the Scots Commissioners, that their Army may march Southward.
"According to an Order of the House of Commons,
of the Fourth of this Instant April, we do earnestly
desire your Lordships, that the Scottish Army now in
the North may speedily advance, according to our
former Desires; there being effectual Care taken for
the providing and furnishing the Remainder of the
Thirty Thousand Pounds assigned to that Army, and
likewise the Arms and Ammunition desired.
"By Command of the Committee of both
Secretary to the same Committee."
Scots Commissioners desire the Remainder of the Money may be paid to their Army; and that the Northern Army may be put in a proper Posture, to secure those Parts
"We shall send your Lordships Desires, contayned
in your Paper of the 5th of this Instant, to the Comittee residing with the Scottish Army; and are confident that, upon Receipt of the Remainder of the
Money, Armes, and Amunition, they will with all
possible Speede take the Fields, and advance Southward (toward which they are preparing themselves);
and will soe direct their Motions, by Advise of the
Comittee of both Kingdomes, upon the Place, as may
most promote the Publique Servise; and in respect
the Troubles of Scotland, by Irish Rebells and Malignants (occasioned by the Engagement of that Kingdome in this Cause), are a Hinderance to the present
strengthning and recrutinge of that Army from
thence, and that upon their marching Southward
there is a Necessity of leaving behind them such
Forces as may secure the Garrisons there, we desire
your Lordships to move the Honorable Houses,
speedily to put the Northen Forces in such a Posture,
as there may be a competent Strength for Defence
of those Parts; and to joyne with the Scottish Army,
for opposing the Enemy, in case their Forces shall
draw Northward; and that the Armies in the North
and South may with all possible Speede (fn. *) be put in
such a Condition and Readines to each other, for the
active carrying on of the Warr, which, since the Disappointment of our Hopes in the late Treaty, seemes
to be the only Meanes left us (for the present) for
setling a blessed Peace: And we are desirous to
consider with your Lordships the best Waies and
Meanes, how, by the jointe Councells and Forces of
both Kingdomes, the Servise may be promoted, and
a happy Ende may be put to the destructive and
unnaturall Warrs: All which wee desire may be made
knowne to both Houses of Parliament.
By Comand of the Comissioners for
the Parliament of Scotland.
8 April, 1645.
Scots Commissioners desire the Defalcation of 58. a Chaldron on Coals at Newcastle may be made good, for the Maintenance of their Army, and for Monies assessed upon the Northern Counties; and the Excise to be paid in.
"Upon the 14th of September last, wee delivered a
Paper to your Lordships and these Gentlemen, to be
reported to both Houses, wherein we did represent,
that diverse Letters and Papers had bin comunicate to the Houses of Parliament by their Comissioners residing with the Scottish Army, without the
Answeres of the Committee of Estates of the Kingdome of Scotland with whom they are appointed to
treate; and did alsoe shew the manifold Prejudices,
Mistakes, and Differences, might ensue, if nether
the Comittee residing with the Armie nor we
should be consulted about the Doubts and Objections might arise upon Consideration thereof; and
thereupon did desire, that whatsoever Doubts should
arise in ether House, upon Consideration of any
Thinge propounded concerning the Scottish Armies in
England or Ireland, the same might be re-comitted
to your Lordships and these Gentlemen, that, after
Debate, and full Understanding of our Meaning, the
Results thereof might be reported to both Houses;
which Desire was agreed unto by them, and ordered
in the very same Words that are set downe in our
Paper, as may appeare by the Votes of the 17th of
October, 1644: Notwithstanding whereof, the Busines of the Coale beinge referred to this Comittee,
and no Report as yet made thereof to the Houses,
we understand by Letters from Newcastle, that an
Ordinance of Parliament, for Diminution of Five
Shillings of the Chaldron of Coale from the Price
mutually agreed upon by the Comittee of both
Kingdomes upon the Place, hath bin late sent thither, with which we have not bin acquainted: It is
therefore our earnest Desire, if this Diminution,
amoungting to the Halse of the Profitts that comes in
upon the Coale, contrary to the Agreement of the
Comittee of both Kingdomes upon the Place, and
without their and our Knowledge, be, upon further
Consideration, found necessary, that, before soe great
a Desalcation be made of the Monthly Intertainment of that Army, some other solide and effectuall
Way may be laid downe, for supplying that Defect;
and we desire that the Twenty-four Thousand Pounds
assessed upon the Counties and the Northerne Excise,
by the late Ordinance, may be speedily and really
By Comand of the Comissioners for
the Parliament of Scotland.
8 Aprill, 1645.
States Ambassadors Audience.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That The States
Ambassadors desire their Lordships would give them
Audience, that they might take their Leaves before
they depart the Kingdom.3
Hereupon this House Ordered, To give them Audience To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock.
Message to the H. C. about it;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that their Lordships have received
another Motion from The States Ambassadors, to desire
Audience; and that this House hath Resolved to give
them Audience To-morrow Morning, at Ten a Clock.
to expedite the Rutland Ordinance;
2. To desire Expedition in the Ordinance concerning
and with Beauchamp's Petition.
3. To recommend the Petition of Bcauchamp
Needham to deliver Guns to Bishop.
Ordered, That Sir Tho. Needham shall deliver to
John Bishopp the Muskets he hath in his Custody by
Monday next, or else shew Cause to the contrary: And
it is further Ordered, That the said Bishop shall have
a Protection from this House, to preserve his Servants
from Arrests and Pressing, they being employed in the
Service of the State.
Lady St. John & al. a Pals.
Ordered, That the Lady St. Johns, with Mrs. Francis her Daughter, shall have a Pass, to go to Baith, for
their Health, with such necessary Servants as she shall
think fit to wait on her, with her Coach and Horses,
and Saddles; and that they have Liberty to procure a
Pass from the King, if she shall think fit.
E. of Warwick's Declaration, on resigning his Post of Ld. Admiral.
"Being lately in Kent, to speed out the Fleet, that
an Easterly Wind might not prevent their seasonable
getting forth of the River, and receiving Notice of
an Ordinance of Parliament, whereby the Members
of both Houses, holding Offices under their Authority, stand discharged after the End of Forty Days:
I thought it my Duty (after my giving in Charge to
Captains then in those Parts to be faithful in their
Trusts) to make my Return back, that I might testify my chearful Compliance with the Houses Resolution.
"While I have had the Honour to serve the Parliament in the great Trust by them reposed in me, both
since my being Lord Admiral and before, I have endeavoured to perform my Duty with Fidelity and
Diligence, being acted therein by no other Design,
but a Desire to advance God's Glory, and my Country's Service; and my Endeavours (though accompanied with those common Insirmities that are incident to Men) have (through the Blessing and Goodness of God) not been without some visible Advantage to the Public; being made instrumental to preserve the Parliament's Interests in the Fleet, when it
was laboured with Letters and Commands under
the Broad Seal, from His Majesty, to be turned
against them; and some Service hath accrued to
the State, by the relieving of our Friends, and Interception of Supplies intended to the Enemy; besides those less observable Preventions of Danger,
which without a vigilant Eye might have infested the
But, as I did in Obedience to the Command of
both Houses receive and hitherto manage that Employment, so did my Heart with all possible Readiness submit to their Pleasure, so soon as it was
held forth in that Ordinance; and therefore, in
Testification of that high and honourable Esteem that
I owe and sincerely bear to their Wisdom, I do with
all Humility and Chearfulness resign and surrender
into their Hands the Office of Lord Admiral, wherewith they were pleased formerly to intrust me; and
shall value it as my highest Honour and Contentment,
next to my God, to be serviceable to them and my
Country in any other Condition whereunto His Providence shall cast me; not counting my Person nor
dearest Interests too precious to be laid out in Maintenance of that great Cause of Religion and Liberty
wherein they are so justly engaged; and in all their
Resolutions my faithful and ready Concurrence shall
demonstrate to all the World, that my highest Ambition is no other than to contribute my best Endeavours for their Service; and that I am resolved to
stand and fall with them, in the upholding of God's
Truth, and the Public Liberty; knowing well, by
many Years, that the Welfare of this Kingdom cannot subsist without God's Blessing in the Preservation and Safety of the Parliament; which I here present as the real and candid Expressions of a Mind full
of Integrity, [ (fn. *) Humility, and] Respect towards them;
and I shall join my Prayers, together with my utmost
Assistances, that, as God has thus far honoured them
with doing of great Services to His Name, so He
will continue to shine upon their Counsels, until
this shaken Kingdom be established upon a lasting,
honourable, and holy Foundation."
Williams, Gouge, & al Sufferers by Fire at Hauworth, Leave to collect Charitable Contributions.
Upon certain Information given this Day to the
House, "That the Houses and Goods of George Williams, Thomas Goudge, Henry Blague, Peter Pynn,
William Goswell, Nicholas Williams, and Henry Healy,
Inhabitants of the Parish of Hanworth, in the County
of Midd. were, by a lamentable Fire, happening on
the Four and Twentieth Day of March last, burnt
and consumed, by reason of a sudden and terrible
Wind, to the Ruin and Undoing of the said Inhabitants:"
It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the said George Williams,
Thomas Goudge, & al. Inhabitants of Hanworth aforesaid, shall and may, by virtue of this Order, have full
Power and Liberty to take and receive, collect and
gather, the Charitable Benevolence and Contribution
of well-disposed People, in the several Parish Churches
and Chapels within the said County of Midd.; and the
Money, so to be collected as aforesaid, to be paid and
delivered into the Hands of Zac. Evans, Rector of
Hanworth aforesaid, which is to be distributed and disposed of by the Direction and Privity of the Lord
Viscount Say & Seale, Sir Gilbert Gerard Baronet, and
Sir John Francklin Knight; the Collectors of the said
Benevolence to be approved of by them. This Order
to continue in Force for the Space of Six Months next
after the Date hereof, and no longer.