Die Veneris, 5 die Decembris.
Prayers, by Mr. Hickes.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Report of the Conference about Propositions for Peace;
The Speaker this Day reported the Conference lately
had with the House of Commons, which was of several Parts:
"1. The House of Commons considering the great
Pressures and Miseries the Kingdom lies under by
reason of this unnatural War, and out of their Desires to have a safe and well-grounded Peace obtained, they have prepared some Propositions to be
presented to His Majesty; there being some few Alterations in them from those Propositions formerly
presented to the King, wherein they desire their
about Committees residing with the Armies before Newark;
The Second Part of the Conference was, to desire
their Lordships Concurrence in a Vote, That a Committee be appointed, to reside upon the Place, with
the Armies before Newarke, to meet with the Committee of the Scotts, and be a joint Committee of
and about the Ordinance concerning Covent Garden Church.
"The Third Part of the Conference was, touching
the Ordinance for the making The Covent Garden
Church Parochial, which was sent down to the House
of Commons with some Alterations; in some of
which they agree, and in others not; but do offer
some other Alterations to their Lordships Consideration."
Ordered, That the Consideration of these Alterations is referred to the Committee for that Ordinance;
and to meet on Monday next, in the Afternoon, at Three
Propositions for a Peace.
Ordered, That this House will take the Propositions into Consideration on Monday Morning next.
Committee to reside with the Armies before Newark.
Ordered, That the Earls of Rutland and Lyncolne,
the Lord Willoughby and the Lord Mountague, whereof
One of them to be of the Quorum, are nominated by
this House to be Commissioners, with a proportionable
Number of the House of Commons, to reside upon the
Place, with the Armies before Newarke, to meet with
the Committee of the Scotts, and be a joint Committee
of both Kingdoms.
Committee to prepare Instructions for them.
Ordered, That the Earl of Sarum, Earl of Denbigh,
Lord Viscount Say & Seale, and the Lord North, are
appointed to draw up Instructions, to be given to the
Committees that are to reside with the (fn. *) Armies about
Newarke; and to desire the House of Commons would
appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number, to
meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Three a Clock.
Any Two of the Lords.
Letter from the Scots Commissioners.
A Letter from the Scotts Commissioners was read;
and Ordered to be communicated to the House of
Commons. (Here enter it.)
Ordinance to continue Martial Law in Kent.
An Ordinance was presented to this House, for continuing the Ordinance for granting Martial Law for
the County of Kent for Six Months longer; which
was read Twice, and committed to the Earl of Northumb. and the Lord Roberts, to consider of it, and report the same to this House.
Major Mathews to be Governor of Cardiff Castle; and Pritchard Governor of the Town.
"Whereas Edward Prichard Esquire is, by Order
of both Houses, of the First of this Instant Decemb. appointed Governor of the Town and Castle
of Cardiff; and in regard it is not thought so fit and
convenient, in respect of the Safety of the Town
and Castle, that the Command thereof should be
in the Hands of One and the same Person: It is Ordered, by the Lords and assembled in Parliament, That the said Order of the said First of December is hereby repealed and void; and Major
Christopher Mathewes is hereby made Governor of
the said Castle of Cardiff, and the said Edward Prichard Governor only of the Town; and that the
Members of both Houses that are of the Committee
of both Kingdoms do grant them Commissions severally, according to this Order."
Ordered, That the Concurrence of the House of
Commons be desired herein.
Ordinance to continue the One for Martial Law in Kent.
The Earl of Northumb. reported the Ordinance for
Continuance of the Ordinance for Martial Law in
Kent; which was read, as follows:
"Whereas an Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, dated the Seventh
of June, 1645, constituting Commissioners and a Council of War, for the Trial of Persons therein expressed, for the County of Kent, which said Ordinance
doth expire on the Seventh of this present December:
Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Ordinance,
and every Clause and Proviso therein contained, shall
continue for Six Months from and after the said
Seventh of December Instant, and no longer."
Agreed to; and Ordered to be sent to the House
of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Message to the H. C. with it; with the Letter from the Scots Commissioners; with the Order about Cardiff; and about Committees residing with the Army before Newark.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath, consisting of these
1. To communicate to the House of Commons the
Letter received this Day from the Scotts Commissioners,
with the Paper inclosed.
2. To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance for
appointing Major Mathewes to be Governor of Cardiff
Castle, and Edward Pritchard Esquire to be Governor
of the Town.
3. To desire their Concurrence in the Ordinance
for Continuance of the Ordinance for Martial Law for
4. To let them know, that this House (fn. *) concurs
with them, in sending a Committee to reside upon the
Place with the Armies before Newarke, to meet with
the Committee of the Scotts, and be (fn. †) a joint Committee
of both Kingdoms: To this Purpose, their Lordships
have nominated a Committee of Four Lords, whereof any One to be of the Quorum; and this House
desires the House of Commons would appoint a proportionable Number of their House, to join with the
said Committee (fn. ‡) of Lords: And further to acquaint
them, that this House hath appointed and nominated
a Committee of Four Lords, to meet To-morrow in
the Afternoon, at Three a Clock, to consider and draw
up such Instructions as are to be given to the said
Committees; and to desire that the House of Commons would join herein, and appoint a proportionable
Number of their House to meet accordingly.
Answer to the Sots Papers.
The Answer to be given to the Scotts Commissioners Papers was read; and Ordered to be referred to the former Committee, to examine the Truth
of the Matter of Fact in the Accompts, and the Point
of Time in the said Declaration; and to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon.
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, desiring Supplies for their Forces; and with the Account of Muscomebridge being taken.
For the Right Honnorable the Lord Gray of
Warke, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.
Wee received Yesternight, in a Letter from his
Excellency the Earle of Leven, the Particulers of
the takeing of Muscomebridge, which wee send you
here inclosed. The Officers and Souldiers of that
Army are reduced to greater Wants and Extreamityes then wee are willing to expresse; and, unlesse they bee very speedily supplyed with Money,
Clothes, and other Necessaryes, they are noe Wayes
able to prosecute the Service: Wee doe therefore
earnestly intreate, that you would bee pleased to
put the House in Mynd to give Order for their Supply with all possible Expedition. The Generall hath
written diverse Tymes to the Committee at Darby,
Nottingham, and Lincolne, to contribute their Assistance in furnishing them with Provisions, but hath
received noe Answere; which moveth us againe to
desire that the Houses would bee pleased to appoint
some to repaire thither, who may take Care to
furnish them with Provisions, which shall oblige to
Worcester House, 5 Dec. 1645.
Your Lordship's very affectionate
Freinds and humble Servaunts,
E. of Leven's Account of the taking of Muscomebridge.
Upon the 26th of this Instant November, haveing
come to this Place, within a Mile of the Towne,
I caused drawe a Lyne close to Muscome Bridge,
whereupon I placed Muskatteirs, and sought all
Meanes to crosse the River, and storme the Sconce
upon the other Side; but the Enemy, apprehending the Designe, fell out Yesterday Morninge before Breake of the Day, and attempted the cutting
of the Bridge, from which they were beate of bee
our Muskatters with little Losse. Afterwards they
sett Fire to the Drawe-bridge; but our Forces falling on, did beate the Enemy backe, and extinguish
ed (fn. *) the Fire, which made them forsake their Works,
soe that wee are now Masters both of Bridge and
House adjourned till 10a cras.