DIE Lunæ, 28 die Aprilis.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Message from the H. C. for Sir T. Fairfax and General Skippon to go to the Relief of Taunton.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Sam. Browne; who said, "That, upon the
Report to the House of Commons from the Committee of both Kingdoms, they have made a Vote,
wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence;
"That Sir Thomas Fairefax and Serjeant Major General Skippon shall both march with the Army that
is designed by the Committee of both Kingdoms to
go into the West, for the Relief of Taunton."
Ordered, That this House agrees to this Vote.
The Answer returned was:
That this House concurs in this Vote now brought
up, for sending Sir Thomas Fairefax and Serjeant Major
Skippon for the Relief of Taunton.
Officers to serve under Colonel Grey in Lincolnshire.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
both Kingdoms, to grant Commissions to these Officers,
under the Command of Colonel Henry Gray, in Lyncolnshire:
|Leutenant Colonel Wm. Chandler.|
|Captain Peeter Stubber Major.|
|Captain Andrew Ruddocke.|
Nath. Wright Lieutenant
||to Captain Ruddocke.|
James Kingsborow Ensign|
Rob't Russell Captain Lieutenant
||to the Colonel.|
John Gray Ensign
Edward Vere Lieutenant to Captain Cambridge.
John Isakes Lieutenant to Captain Bee.|
Daniell Mathewes Lieutenant to Captain Playford.|
Captain Richard Lewis Captain to that Company which
was Captain Tooleday's.|
Ordered, That the Concurrence of the House of
Commons be desired herein.
Letter from General Cromwell.
Next, a Letter was reported to this House from the
Committtee of both Kingdoms, written from Lieutenant
General Cromwell, with the Articles between him and
Colonel Wyndebanke, April the 24th, 1645.
(Here enter them.)
Ld. Herbert & al. versus D. of Lenox & al. about Sutton Marsh.
Upon reading the Petition of Phillip Lord Herbert
and the Lady Penelope Viscountess Bayning his Wife,
Francis Lord Dacre and the Lady Eliz. his Wife, Mary
Viscountess Grandison, Relict of Wm. Viscount Grandison,
in the Realm of Ireland, deceased. (Here enter it.)
It is Ordered, That the Defendants shall have a Copy
of this Petition; and that this House will hear the
Cause, by Counsel on both Sides, the next Tuesday after
Sir J. Hamilton's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for Sir John Hamilton's Park was
Tenants of Coventry Free School, against the Aldermen there.
Upon reading the Petition of the Poor Men of the
City of Coventry, who are Tenants inhabiting and dwelling in Part of the Lands and Tenements belonging to
the Free Grammar School in the said City: (Here enter
the Petition.) It is Ordered, That a Copy of the
Petition be sent to the Aldermen of Coventry, who are
to return their Answer to this House within Fourteen
Days after the Receipt of it.
General Cromwell's Letter, that he had defeated Part of the King's Forces; and taken a House in Bletchington; commanded by Colonel Windebank.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"According to your Lordships Appointments, I have
attended your Service in these Parts, and have not
had so fit an Opportunity to give you Account as
now. So soon as I received your Commands, I appointed a Rendezvous at Watlington. The Body being
come up, I marched to Wheatly Bridge, having sent
before to Major General Browne for Intelligence; and
it being Market-day at Oxford, from whence I likewise
hoped by some of the Market People to gain Notice
where the Enemy was. Toward Night, I received certain Notice from Major General Browne, that the
Carriages were not stirred; that Prince Maurice was
not here; and by Four Oxford Scholars, with their
Carriages and Waggons ready, and in another Place
Five, all (as conceived) fit for a March, I received
Notice also that the Earl of North'ton's Regiment
was quartered at Islip. In the Evening I marched
that Way, hoping to have surprized them; but, by
Mistake, and failing of the Forlorn Hope, they had
an Alarum there, and to all their Quarters, and so
escaped; by Means whereof, they had Time to draw
all together. I kept my Body all Night at Islipp;
and in the Morning a Part of the Earl of North'ton's
Regiment, the Lord Wilmott's, and the Queen's,
came to make an Infall upon me. Sir Thomas Fairefax's Regiment was the First that took the Field;
the rest drew out with all possible Speed, and that
which is the General's Troop charged a whole Squadron of the Enemy, presently brake it, and our other
Troops coming seasonably on, the rest of the Enemy
were presently put into a Confusion; so that we had
the Chace of them Three or Four Miles, wherein
we killed many, and took near Two Hundred Prisoners, and about Four Hundred Horse. Many of
them escaped towards Oxford and Woodstocke; divers
were drowned; and divers got into a strong House in
Bletchington, belonging to Sir Thomas Coggin, wherein
Colonel Windebancke kept a Garrison with near Two
Hundred, whom I presently summoned; and, after
long Treaty, he went out about Twelve at Night,
with these Terms here inclosed, leaving us between
Two and Three Hundred Muskets, besides Horse
Arms, and other Ammunition, and about Threescore
and Eleven Horses more. This was the Mercy of
God, and nothing more due than a real Acknowledgement; and though we have had greater Mercies,
yet none clearer, because, in the first, God brought
them to our Hands when we looked not for them,
and delivered them out of our Hands when we had
laid a reasonable Design which we carefully endeavoured in. It appears in this also, that I did much
doubt the storming of the House, it being strong,
and well manned, and I having few Dragoons, and
this not being my Business; and yet we got it. I hope
you will pardon me if I say, God is not enough
owned; we look too much to Men and visible Helps,
This hath much hindered our Success; but I hope
God will direct all to acknowledge Him alone in all.
Bletchington, Apr. 25 1645.
"Your most humble Servant,
"Articles of Agreement, upon the Surrender of
Bletchington House, between Lieutenant General Cromwell and Colonel Wyndebanke,
April the 24th, 1645.
Articles, between General Cromwell and Colonel Windebank, on the Surrender of it.
"1°. First, it is agreed, that all Officers of Horse
of Commission of the Garrison shall march away,
with their Horse, Sword, and Pistol.
"2°. That the Colonel and the Major are to march,
with their Horse, Swords, and Pistols; and the Captains of Foot to march, with their Horse and Swords.
"3°. That all the Soldiers in the Garrison are to
march away, leaving their Arms, Colours, and Drums,
behind them; and for such Officers of Horse as
retreat hither for Safety, they are to march away
with their Swords.
"4°. That Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Ernly, Mr. Edes,
and Mr. Pitts, being Gentlemen that came to visit the
Colonel, and not engaged, shall march away, with
their Horses, Swords, and Pistols.
"5°. That all other Arms and Ammunition shall be
delivered up immediately to Lieutenant General Cromwell, without embezzling, except (fn. *) as above-mentioned.
"6°. That a Safe Conduct be granted by the Lieutenant General, for all the above-mentioned, to Oxford.
"7°. That the Colonel's Wife, his Two Servants,
and Chaplain, march away along with the Colonel,
with their Horses.
"8. That the Lady of the House shall enjoy her
Goods as before, without Plunder, and all her Family.
Petition of the Poor Freemen of Coventry, Tenants of the Free School there.
To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Poor Freemen of
the City of Coventry, who are Tenants
inhabiting and dwelling in Part of the Lands
and Tenements belonging to the Free
Grammar School in the said City;
"Most humbly sheweth,
"That, in 37° Hen. VIII. a Patent was obtained, by
John Hales Esquire deceased, for the founding and
erecting of a perpetual Free Grammar School there,
in the Time aforesaid, as appeareth at large by the
true Copy of the Patent, hereunto annexed; and the
same being accordingly established to Feoffees, and
Lands and Tenements given, &c. by the said John
Hales, as also appeareth by a Deed enrolled in Chancery, in the Fifteenth Year of the late Reign of our
Sovereign Queen Elizabeth, of Famous Memory, with
the Particulars of the Lands, together with a Rental of all and every the Lands and Tenements
there included; and, for the further Confirmation
thereof, the Mayors, Bailiffs, and Commonalty, by
their Petition, procured an Act of Parliament to
them for the same, which is also annexed hereunto,
as Trustees, to employ for and according to the good
and pious Uses of the Donor, for the Education of
Children, and the Benefit of Freemen, such who are
now Tenants, and your Petitioners, to have and enjoy,
according to the Rents, Issues, and Profits, in the said
Rental mentioned; yet, notwithstanding, the said
Mayor, Bailiffs, and Commonalty, or some of them,
contrary to the said Donor's Gift, and the Limitation
of the Rents reserved and mentioned in the said Rental, to and for others, for their own private Uses,
sold Part of the said Lands and Tenements, taken
several Fines for Leases, and have inhanced and
raised the said Rents from the old Rents, being Fiftytwo Pounds, Ten Shillings, and Two Pence, to Ninetyfive Pounds, Six Pence, for the remaining Houses and
Lands unsold since the said Gift made, as appeareth
by an exact Particular hereunto added and annexed,
although the School-master hath but the Yearly
Stipend of Forty and Three Pounds: And for that
many of your Petitioners have suffered Imprisonment,
and the turning out of divers of the said Tenants, because
they refused to pay more than the old Rents according to the Donor's Gift, and still daily put out, and
threatened, if they do not submit to further Exactions
and Inhancements, that so your said poor Petitioners
are not further able to subsist; and, in respect of
their great Poverty and Charge, they are in no Wise
able to wage Law, or to stand to the great Hazard of
the Displeasures and Delays of the said Mayor, Bailiff,
and Commonalty therein; so that the not calling the
Premises in Question in this due Time of your most
Honourable Assembly in this blessed Parliament, the
said pious and charitable Gift will be in a Manner not
only utterly abused and neglected, but quite perverted
Wherefore they most humbly pray that the
original Donor's Gift, according to the Rental, may be confirmed; that the Lands sold
may be made good and restored, and the Fines
taken employed to the pious and charitable
Uses intended; or a Commission ad pios Usus,
for Examinations, Hearing, and Determining
of the Particulars, so that your poor Petitioners Grievances may be redressed, their
great Oppressions and Burthens mitigated, and
the Donor's Gift rectified and established.
"And, as ever bound, they shall most heartily
pray for your blessed and honourable
Ld. Herbert & al. versus The Duke of Lennux & al. about Sutton Marsh.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in the
High Court of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of Phillip Lord Herbert
and the Lady Pennelope Viscountess Bayning
his Wife, Francis Lord Darre and the Lady
Elizabeth his Wife, Mary Viscountess Grandison Relict of William Viscount Grandison in
the Realm of Ireland, deceased;
"That your Petitioners, together with the said Lord
Grandison and others intrusted for your Petitioners,
formerly preferred a Petition to this Honourable
House, concerning Sutton Marsh, in the County of
Lincoln, against the Right Honourable the Duke of
Lenox, and Bevill Wymberley Esquire, as by the Copy
thereof hereunto annexed may appear.
That thereupon several Days were spent by your
Honours in hearing the said Cause; and the same
was ready for your Lordships Judgement.
That, by reason of the Intervention of the great
Affairs of the Realm, the final Determination of the
said Cause hath been hitherto forborn; only the
Profits of the Lands in Controversy have been sequestered into several Hands, and lately into the Hands
of the Right Honourable (fn. *) "