DIE Saturni, 3 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Corbett.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Flute and Plusher.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Flute; shewing,
"That whereas a Difference between him and Symon
Plusher is referred to Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr.
Serjeant Fynch, to hear all Parties."
It is Ordered, That such Witnesses as they shall
think fit to examine upon Oath shall be first sworn at
this Bar, and then examined by them.
Sir Charles Coote's Commission.
Next, was read the Commission for Sir Charles Coote
to be President of Connaught, and Agreed to; and
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal
shall pass the same under the Great Seal of England.
(Here enter it.)
Next, was read the Instructions for Sir Charles Coote.
(Here enter it.)
Ordinance for a Committee in Ireland.
An Ordinance for Committees to reside with the Army
in Ireland was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Colonel West's Ordinance.
An Ordinance for making Colonel Francis West to be
Lieutenant of The Tower, was read.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance, and Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nicholls, &c.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. An Ordinance to give Power to the Members of
the Committee of both Kingdoms, to grant Commissions
to such Persons as shall be recommended from the Committee of the West. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
2. An Order to pay Four Hundred Pounds to Colonel
Martin Pindar, &c.
3. An Order to pay Four Hundred and Ninety
Pounds to Mr. Frost, for the Service of the State.
(fn. *) 4. An Order concerning the Paper of The States
Ambassador to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
5. An Order to pay Three Months Pay due to Colonel Herriott Washbourne's Troop at Abingdon.
(Here enter it.)
6. An Order concerning the Vintners Delinquency.
7. An Order concerning Oils.
The Answer returned was:
That concerning the Ordinances touching Wine and
Oil, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own: To all the rest of the Particulars of this
Message, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee
of both Kingdoms (fn. †) a Paper as followeth:
Sir William Riddall to be released;
"1. That the Houses be put in Mind, to give Order
for Release of Sir Wm. Riddall, according to the
Agreement and Capitulation made at the Surrender of
and Sir John Henderson, and sent back to Denmark.
"2. That it be reported to the Houses, as the Opinion of this Committee, That Sir John Henderson be
set at Liberty, to return to Denmarke; and that, in
the Letter to the King of Denmarke, to be desired
for the future not to employ any that hath been actually in Arms against these Kingdoms, and are within
the Compass of the Declaration of both Kingdoms,
as Sir John Henderson is, and so might have been
justly censured and punished, according to his Demerits."
Ordered, That this House approves of this Report of the Committee; and that it be sent to the
House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence
Message to the H. C. to concur in their
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
Releasement; and with the Answer to the Earl of Leven.
To deliver the Draught of the Letters to them to be
sent to the Earl of Leven, and to the Commissioners
attending the Scottish Army, and the Report concerning
Sir Wm. Riddall and Sir John Henderson; and desire
their Concurrence therein.
Colonel Charlton's Order was read, and approved of.
(Here enter it.)
Thomas Turner's Order was read, and approved of.
(Here enter it.)
Wm. Jhannes' Order was read, and approved of.
(Here enter it.)
Earl of Denbigh's Order, concerning the Committee
of Stafford, was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Examinations in the Cause between Fairfax, Legay, and Jhannes.
Ordered, That Christopher Ayres shall shew unto
Doctor Aylett the Examinations, Books, and Accompts.
remaining in his Hands, concerning the Cause depending in his House between Jhannes and Fairfaix, and
report unto this House.
Colonel West's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for making Colonel West to be Lieutenant of The Tower of London, was read, and Agreed
to. (Here enter it).
Declaration in Behalf of Sir John Conyers.
Ordered, That the Earl of Northumb. shall draw up
something, and present to this House, to be offered to
the House of Commons, on Behalf of Sir John Conyers,
touching his being Lieutenant of The Tower.
Wife, for a Disturbance in Sutton Marsh.
Ordered, That the Cause appointed to be heard
this Day concerning Sutton Marsh shall be heard on
Commission for Sir Charles Coote to be President of Connaught.
Charles, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the
Faith, &c. To all Men (fn. *) to whom these Presents shall
Know ye, That We, by the Advice and Consent
of Our Parliament of England, in Consideration of
the many great and important Services performed
against the Rebels in Ireland by Our Right Trusty
and Well-beloved Sir Charles Coote Knight and Baronet; as also of his Courage, Wisdom, and Circumspection; have given and granted, and by these Presents do give and grant, unto him the said Sir Charles
Coote, the Office of Lord President of Our Province of
Connaught; and the said Sir Charles Coote Lord President and Chief Governor of Our said Province of Connaght We do by these Presents constitute, ordain, and
make; and to the said Sir Charles Coote [ (fn. *) the Office of]
Chief Governor of Our said Province and of Our
Subjects there resident We do commit; and further do
give and grant by these Presents, to the said Sir
Charles Coote Knight and Baronet, in and for the
Execution and Exercise of the said Office of Lord
President, all such Wages, Fees, and Allowances,
Profits, Commodities, Emoluments, Jurisdictions,
Preheminencies, and Dignities, as Sir Charles Wilmott,
late Lord Viscount Wilmott of Athlone, and the late
Lord Viscount Rannelaugh, or the late Earl of Clanrickird, or any of them, received, had, or enjoyed,
as Lords Presidents of the said Province of Connaght;
and We do further give and grant unto the said Sir
Charles Coote Knight and Baronet, the Keeping of
Our House of Athlone, in Our said Province of Connaght, and also the Command of Our said House, as
Constable there, and of the Town of Athlone, and
Lands and Liberties of The Brawney, in Our County of
Westmeath, and of all the Lands, Tenements, and
Hereditaments, together with the Customs belong
ing to the Manor of Athlone, and to the Abbies of
St. Peter and St. Benedict, and to either of them, in
the several Counties of Rostoman and Westmeath, and
of all other Lands, Provisions, and Commodities,
which the said Sir Charles Wilmott, late Lord Viscount
Wilmott of Athlone, and the late Lord Viscount Rannelaugh, or the late Earl of Clanrickird, or any of them,
received, had, or enjoyed, as Lord Presidents of the
said Province of Connaght; and We do further give
and grant unto the said Sir Charles Coote all other
Fees, Profits, Entertainments, Allowances Ordinary
and Extraordinary, Jurisdictions, and Preheminences, as
hath been heretofore enjoyed by the said Sir Charles
Wilmott, and Lord Viscount Rannelaugh, or the Earl of
Clanrickird, or any of them, received, had, or enjoyed, as Lord Presidents, and belonging to the said
Government; giving and granting unto the said Sir
Charles Coote, Knight and Baronet, full Power and
Authority to rule and govern Our said People within
Our said Province of Connaght, according to such Instructions and Directions as are now annexed in a
Schedule to these Presents, or as shall at any Time
hereafter be given or directed unto him by Us, by the
Advice of Our said Parliament of England; to have,
exercise, and enjoy, the said Office of Lord President,
to the said Sir Charles Coote, with all Fees, Wages,
Profits, Allowances, Jurisdictions, Preheminences,
Privileges, Authorities, and Appurtenances, before
by these Presents mentioned, during Our Pleasure,
signified by the Advice (fn. *) of Our Parliament of England: And whereas the said Sir Charles Coote, in respect of Our Service in other Parts or Places, may
have Occasion to be absent out of Our said Province
of Connaght, and that, in such his Absence, Our
Pleasure is, some meet Person or Persons may be substituted, to govern that Province, as Vice President,
Commissioner, or Commissioners; We do therefore,
by these Presents, by the Advice aforesaid, give full
Power and Authority to the said Sir Charles Coote, to
appoint, choose, and substitute, in his Absence, such
meet and convenient Person or Persons, to be his Vice
President, Commissioner, or Commissioners, of the
said Province of Connaght, as he will answer for; and
the said Person or Persons, so appointed, chosen, and
substituted, We do, by these Presents, authorize to
govern and rule Our said Province of Connaght, in
the Absence of the said Sir Charles Coote, to all
Respects and Purposes as if the said Sir Charles Coote
were Personally present, and did and might rule by
Authority aforesaid; willing, and hereby strictly
charging and commanding, all Our Officers, as well
Civil as Martial, and all Manner Our loving Subjects,
to be respectively aiding, assistant, and obedient, to
the said Sir Charles Coote, or any other or others authorized by or under him as aforesaid, in the Execution of the said Office, as they will answer the contrary at their Perils."
"Instructions for the Lord President of Connaght.
1. You shall hear and determine (by the Advice
and with the Assistance of the Council there) all
Civil Actions, as well Real as Personal, and all Suits
and Controversies whatsoever, happening betwixt
Party and Party; and shall punish all such Offences
and Misdemeanors, in such Manner and Form, and
according to such Process and Proceedings, by Fine,
Imprisonment, and Corporal Punishment, as have been
formerly used in the said Presidency of Connaght, in
the Time, and during the Government, of the last
"2. You shall keep a Gaol Delivery, at all Times
when you shall see Cause, within the said Province;
and therein to take Cognizance of all Treasons, Felonies, and all other Criminal Offences whatsoever; and
proceed to the Execution of all Traitors, Felons, and
all other Delinquents; or otherwise to punish them,
according to the Laws of the Land; and in such
Manner and Form as the Justices of Gaol Delivery,
or the Lord President of that Province, have been
used to do.
3. You shall, with all Care, Diligence, and Sincerity, by the Advice of the said Provincial Council
and the Council of War, or so many of them as you
can conveniently advise withall, manage, govern, direct, and carry on, the War betwixt the Brittish
Protestants, which (fn. *) have adhered to, and declared
themselves for, the Parliament of England, and the
Irish Popish Rebels there, and all such as adhere to
or take Part with them, against the said Brittish Protestants; and that you shall prosecute, with Fire,
Sword, and all Manner of hostile Acts, the said Rebels and their Abettors, and use your utmost Endeavours to extirpate and root them out.
4. You shall, upon all Occasions, summon and keep
a Martial Court, and hold a Council of War, in such
Manner as hath been there accustomed; and therein
to punish by Death or otherwise, and to constitute
Laws and Ordinances for the better Government of
Military Affairs, and proposing such Discipline therein as shall conduce to the ordering of the War; and
have Power to exercise Martial Law, and to give
Commissions to such as you shall make Choice of, for
that Purpose, in several Places: Provided, That you
or they shall not execute by Martial Law any Person
or Persons who shall be worth Ten Pounds in Goods;
or have Forty Shillings per Annum in Freehold, but
leave them to their Trial by Law, that the Escheats
thereby may come to the Crown, unless in extraordinary Cases, by Advice of the Council of War, it
be found necessary.
5. You shall carefully dispose and improve all such
Lands, Tenements, Rents, Goods, Chattels, and Hereditaments, either by Lease or Custodium, during the
Wars, as have or shall belong to any of the Rebels,
or their Abettors, towards the Maintenance of that
War, or of such Persons as have merited in that
Service, so that there may be an Accompt had and
taken thereof wheresoever it shall be required.
6. You shall conform yourself, and all others there
under your Command, to such Form of Church Government and Discipline as shall be set forth by Authority of Parliament; and you shall sufficiently provide for such godly Ministers as shall submit to that
Government and Discipline.
7. You shall, upon all Occasions, raise, levy, array,
arm, list, and put into Pay, His Majesty's Subjects,
and employ them against the Rebels; and give, confer, and dispose, all Offices and Commands, both
Military and Civil, belonging to a Commander in
Chief, or such as have been incident or appendent to
8. You shall, for the better carrying on of the
War, keep Correspondency with the other Armies
under the Command of the Parliament of England,
and from Time to Time obey and execute such further
Instructions as you shall receive from both Houses of
the Parliament of England, or from any other authorized by them.
9. And that you, by Example and Perswasion, do
endeavour to draw the Officers and Soldiers of that
Province to subscribe for Lands, in Satisfaction of all
or Part of their Arrear, according to the Rates mentioned in the Acts of Subscriptions for Lands in Ireland; which Lands shall be assured to them by Authority of Parliament of England, at the End of the
War, according to their respective Subscriptions."
Ordinance for a Committee to reside with the Army in Ireland.
Whereas, by the Votes and Resolutions of both
Houses of Parliament, of the 11th of April, 1644, it
is Ordained, That Committees be nominated and appointed, by the joint Advice of both Kingdoms, of
such Numbers and Qualities as shall be by them
agreed on, to be sent with all convenient Speed to
reside with the Brittish and Scottish Forces in Ireland,
under the Command of the Right Honourable the
Earl of Leven, and to be enabled with all ample Instructions, by the joint Advice of both Kingdoms, for
the Regulation of the said Forces, and the better
carrying on of that War; and whereas the Parliament of Scotland hath appointed Committees, and
have sent some of them to reside there, for the Purposes aforesaid, in Pursuance of the said Votes: The
Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament do nominate, ordain, and appoint, Arthur Annesley Esquire,
Sir Robert King Knight, and William Beale Colonel,
or any Two of them, to be a joint Committee with
the said Committees and Commissioners of Scotland,
to advise, consult, and direct, concerning the carrying on and managing of the War in that Kingdom, for
the best Advantage thereof, wherein they are to observe and follow such Instructions, Orders, and Directions, as they shall herewith, or from Time to
Time hereafter, receive from both Houses of Parliament, or from the Committee of both Kingdoms residing at Westm. Provided, That this Ordinance
shall continue for Eight Months, and no longer."
Committee of both Kingdoms to grant Commissions to such as shall be recommended by the Committee of the West.
"It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Members of both Houses, being
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, or any Six of
them, whereof One Lord and Two Commoners to
be present, shall have Power, and are hereby authorized, to grant Commissions to such Colonels, and
such other inferior Officers, as shall be recommended
to them by the Committee of Lords and Commons
for the Western associated Counties, for the Service
of that Association."
Order for 400 l. to the Commissioners of the Army.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Committee of Lords and
Commons for Advance of Money at Habberdashershall do pay, upon Acccompt, to Colonel Martin Pinder, Harcourt Leighton, Thomas Herbert, and John
Potter, Esquires, Commissioners appointed to reside
in the Army, a Hundred Pounds to each, to be deducted out of the Arrears due unto them upon their
Order for 490 l. to Mr. Frost.
"The Houses being informed that Four Hundred
and Ninety Pounds, formerly charged upon Habberdashers-hall, and Ordered to be paid to Mr. Frost,
had been since otherwise disposed by both Houses of
Parliament: It is thereupon Ordered, That Four
Hundred and Ninety Pounds shall be charged upon
Habberdash'rs-hall, and paid to Mr. Frost, for the
special Service of the State, according to a former
Order, of the 15 Martii last."
States Ambassador's Paper referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
"Ordered, That the Paper presented to the Houses
by Monsieur Joachimi, The States Resident Ambassador here, be referred to the Consideration of the
Committee of Lords and Commons for Foreign Affairs, who are likewise to consider of some Way, either by Conference with The States Ambassador or
otherwise, to prevent the coming forth of the Fleet
informed to be prepared in those Parts by Commission
from the King."
Order for Three Months Pay to Colonel Wathborne's Troop.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Militia of London shall have
Power, and are required and authorized, to pay unto
Colonel Herriott Washborne, out of the Arrears of
those Monies which were raised for the Payment of
the Brigade under Sir James Harrington's Command,
the Three Months Pay due to his Troop for their
Service at Abingdon."
Answer to the Earl of Leven's Letter, desiring him to advance Southward.
"The Committee of both Kingdoms have reported
unto us your Lordship's Letter of the 22th of April,
wherein you give Notice of your Orders to Lieutenant General Lesley, for the Party under his Command; and that Part of your Army was then listed,
and moving towards the Rendezvous, in order to the
Advance of the Army Southward; which we since
hear is upon the March.
"We are very sensible of your Lordship's Care and
good Affections herein; and we look upon the speedy
Advance of your Army as an especial Means of carrying on the War this Summer, to the most Advantage, for the Good of both the Kingdoms.
We think fit to give your Lordship Notice, that a
considerable Part of the Forces under Sir Thomas
Fairefax are employed in a present and necessary Service far West, for the Relief of Taunton, where there
are Two Thousand Soldiers, and many well-affected
of those Parts in great Distress, by the conjoined
Forces of Greenvile, Hopton, Barclay, and others,
who besiege them close; and, if they should take
that Town, they would be Masters of the West, and
able to bring a considerable Army from thence.
"Upon this March of Sir Thomas Fairefax Westward, the Association (from whence ariseth the most
Part of the Maintenance for the Armies of both
Kingdoms) are left the more naked; and therefore,
that the Forces of the Princes Rupert and Maurice
may not have too much Opportunity and Liberty to
fall either upon the (fn. *) Rear of the Party sent Westward, or into the Associations, or upon Sir William
Brereton, we do most earnestly recommend it to your
Lordship, to use all possible Expedition in the speedy
Advance of your Army; which we need no further
press, because we are confident your Lordship will
apprehend it to be so much for the Public Good."
For his Excellency the Earl of Leven."
Letter to the Committees with the Scots Army.
We have sent you here inclosed a Copy of the
Letter from both Houses to my Lord of Leven, for
the speedy advancing of the Scotts Army Southwards; we require you from Time to Time to solicit
and promote the same with all Earnestness and Diligence.
"To the Committees and Commissioners of
both Houses appointed to reside in the
Ordinance for Colonel West to be Lieutenant of The Tower of London.
Whereas the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament did Order, the 23th of April, 1645,
That the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common
Council of the City of London, should present the
Name of a fit Person to both Houses of Parliament,
to be Lieutenant of The Tower of London, that thereupon the Houses may take the same into Consideration; and, in Pursuance thereof, the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Common Council, did present the
Name of Colonel Francis West, as a fit Person to be
Lieutenant of The Tower, which both Houses did
well approve of: It is therefore Ordained, and be it
Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in this present
Parliament assembled, That Colonel Francis West
shall be, and hereby is, constituted and made Lieutenant of The Tower of London; and shall have full
Power and Authority, within the said Tower and Liberties thereof, to execute and perform all that belongs to the said Office; and enjoy all the Privilege
and Profits belonging thereunto, in as large and ample
Manner as any Lieutenant of The Tower heretofore
have, or of Right ought to have, executed, performed, or enjoyed."
States Ambassadors Paper, for preserving a good Correspondence between the Two Nations; and desiring Satisfaction for their Ships that have been taken by those of the Parliament.
It is by express Orders of the High and Mighty
Lords, my Lords The States Generall of The United
Provinces of Netherland, the ancient Friends and Allies
of this Kingdom, that I present myself here in this
Your Honours may assure themselves, that my said
Lords The States do desire sincerely, and with a good
Affection, the Prosperity of this Kingdom; and would
rejoice to see it in a better Condition than ever it
As their Sincerity can witness these, who know
with what Instructions the last Embassy was sent
hither the last Year, 1644; and nobody will doubt
of it, who shall consider the Interest they have in the
Well-being of this Kingdom, either in respect of the
Uniformity of Religion, which is the Basis of all politic Government, or in regard of the ancient Alliances and Amity between both Nations.
The Continuation of this Amity should be purchased by all who desire the Good, were it only of
One of the said Nations.
"When the good Affection of Friends begins to alter,
there groweth easily a Bitterness, which afterwards
can hardly be eradicated from the Hearts of Neighbours, as Experience hath sufficiently shewed in divers
"Your Honours know, that in the last Year was demanded, in the Name of my said Lords The States of
the United Provinces, Restitution of several Ships
and Goods taken, under the Authority of Parliament, from the Inhabitants of The United Provinces,
of which then a List was delivered, which from Time
to Time was augmented, and is Daily yet increasing
by new Complaints.
"By Order of both the Honourable Houses of Parliament, was appointed a Committee, with whom the
Ambassadors of my Lords The States had some Conference upon this Matter, but with little Success.
"True it is, some Ships were discharged; but not
restituted nor restored in the State they were when
they were taken.
"Neither have the Damages and Interests suffered
by the Proprietors and Freighters of some Ships,
taken in the Harbours, and within the Jurisdiction, of
The United Provinces, and others, directly against
Reason, been paid.
"Much less was Satisfaction given to those who are
named in the said List, whose Ships taken contra Jus
Gentium are detained, and many other since taken, the
Number of which daily exereaseth; and the intolerable Damages are able to take away the Patience
from those who lose their Goods in that Manner,
many of them having no other Means to maintain
their Lives, and that of their poor Wives and
"All which it shall please your Honours to take into
Consideration, unto the End their Complaints may
cease; give Orders that the said Ships and Goods taken
as abovesaid, and yet detained, be restored; and
that all interested by reason of the said Taking and
Detentions be indemnized of all Expences; Damages, and Interests, which they have suffered, and
"My said Lords The States expect this of the Justice
and Equity of the Honourable Parliament; and I a
speedy Answer, to send it with all Diligence to them,
who otherwise shall be necessitated to think upon the
Means by which the Inhabitants of The United Provinces, interested in the Taking and Detention of their
Ships and Goods as abovesaid, may be indemnized,
and obtain Satisfaction for their Losses and Damages.
"Delivered at Westm. the 1 / 12 of May, 1645."
Colonel Carleton, a Protection against some of his Creditors, who won't accept of a Composition for their Debts.
Upon reading of the humble Petition of Samuell
Carleton, Lieutenant Colonel; shewing,
"That he hath been long in the Service of the State,
and, by Discontinuance of his Trade (he being a
Citizen of London), and by ill Servants at Home,
much of his Estate is consumed and wasted; as also
by the Plundering of his Creditors in the West and
North Parts of this Kingdom, where great Part of his
Estate lay; that his Creditors have taken out a Commission of Bankrupt against him, who hath to the
uttermost of his Ability given Satisfaction to all; yet
there are some Two or Three that refuse to take Part
with the rest, through a Desire they have of laying
him up in Prison, to the utter Ruin of him and his
It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That since there are Arrears due to the Petitioner
by the State for his Personal Service, that he shall have
the Protection of this House, to be freed of and from
all Suits and Arrests for Debt, until his said Arrears
shall be paid unto him, and no longer; and this is to
be taken Notice of by his Creditors, and all others
whom it may concern, who are to yield Obedience to
this Order, as they will answer the contrary to this
House at their Perils.
Turner and Wilgrice.
Upon reading of the humble Petition of Thomas
Turner this Day in the House, who hath a Cause set
down for a Hearing before the Lords in Parliament,
between him the said Turner Plantiff, and Daniell Welgris and John Cooper Defendants:
It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That
the said Tho. Turner shall have the Privilege of this
House, to be freed of and from Arrests, until the said
Cause shall be heard and determined before their Lordships; and hereof those whom it may concern are
hereby to take Notice, and yield their Obedience accordingly.
Fairfax, Legay, and Jhannes.
Whereas this House hath, by Order of the 20th of
February last, referred a Cause of William Jannes, against
Isaac Legay and Daniell Fairefax, concerning the
Estate of Anthony Hooper deceased, to be ended and determined by Commissioners Delegates in the Court of
Admiralty, which the said Legay and Fairefax oppose;
and thereupon Petition and Answer depend in this
It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That the Counsel on both Sides shall be peremptorily
heard, at this Bar, on the 16th of this Instant May, by
Nine of the Clock in the Morning, touching the said
Order; but, in case the Counsel of the said Legay and
Fairefax give not Satisfaction to this House why it should
be reversed, that then it is hereby ratified and confirmed in all Points. And lastly it is Ordered, That the
Judges (Assistants of this House) be desired to be present at the said Hearing; at which Time all Parties,
with their Counsel, are to attend.
E. of Denbigh versus Captain Stone & al. Committees for Stafford.
Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the
Treasurers Accompts of the Town and County of Stafford, and the Accompt of Captain Henry Stone, or the
Copies thereof truly attested, shall be brought or sent
up to the Lords in Parliament, by the Sub-committee
for Accompts for Staffordshire, at the Hearing of the
Cause of the Earl of Denbigh, against Part of the
Committee of (fn. *) Stafford and others, being appointed
to be heard at this Bar the 4th of June next, by Order
of this House of the 17th of April, 1645; and that
Henry Agard, Clerk of the said Committee, shall bring
up his Books of Orders at the said Hearing; and that
the Advocate, or his Clerk, for the Council of War
there, shall bring up his Books also at the same Time.
Order for vacating the Proceedings against Prynn, Bastwick, and Burton, in the Star Chamber and High Commission Court.
Whereas the Lords assembled in Parliament, upon a
full and deliberate Hearing of the several Petitions and
Counsel of William Prynn Esquire, John Bastwicke
Doctor in Physic, and Henry Burton Clerk, touching
the obliterating and vacating of an illegal Sentence
pronounced against them in the Star Chamber Court,
dated the 14th of June, Anno 13° Caroli Regis, as also
of another illegal Sentence pronounced against the said
William Prynne in the said Star Chamber, dated the 17th
of February, Anno 9 Car. Regis, and of another unjust Sentence given against the said Doctor Bastwicke
in the High Commission at Lambeth, dated 12th of
February, Auno Domini 1643; and, after a due Examination of the whole Proceedings and several Sentences
aforesaid against the said Parties, were fully satisfied
that the said Proceedings and Sentences were very unjust, and against the Law; and did thereupon Order,
upon the 21th Day of March last past, That, if no
Person should appear in the said Causes, to shew Cause
to the contrary, before the First Day of the next Term,
that then this (fn. †) House would proceed to a final Judgement, for the vacating and obliterating of the said respective Sentences, as illegal and most unjust, and
against the Liberty of the Subject, the Law of the
Land, and the Great Charter of Magna Charta; since
which Time, no Person hath appeared to shew any
Cause why the said Sentences should not be vacated and
obliterated as aforesaid: Their Lordships, in Pursuance
of the said Order, do now finally Adjudge, Order, and
Determine, That the several Sentences and Proceedings
aforesaid shall forthwith be for ever totally vacated,
obliterated, and taken off the File, in all Courts where
they are yet remaining, as illegal, and most unjust,
against the Liberty of the Subject, the Law of the
Land, and Magna Charta, and unfit to continue upon
Record; and that the said Parties shall be for ever absolutely freed and totally discharged from the same, and
from all Imprisonments, Fines, Degradations, and other
Censures, inflicted on them, or either of them, by the
said illegal Sentences, and restored to their several Professions and Degrees in the University, of which they
were thereby deprived; and that all Estreats and Process in the Court of Exchequer, for levying their
said respective Fines, shall be wholly cancelled and revoked.