DIE Lunæ, 12 die Januarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Perne.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Heath and Doctor Aylett return this Answer
from the House of Commons, concerning the adding
of Five Lords to the Committee for the Revenue; and
they have taken the same into Consideration, and will
return an Answer, by Messengers of their own, speedily.
Ordinance to sell Materials of St. Paul's, to pay Workmen.
An Ordinance was presented to the House, concerning
selling some of the Materials at Paul's Church, for
paying of the Workmen there; and it was read Thrice,
and Agreed to.
The Earl of Warwicke reported from the Committee of the Admiralty; videlicet,
Paper from the Committee of the Admiralty, about pressing Men for the Sea Service.
"Die Jovis, 8 Januarii, 1645.
"At the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
"This Committee doth recommend it to both Houses
of Parliament, to renew the Ordinance for pressing of
Men for the Service of the Fleet, according to the
Tenor of the late Ordinance, which expired the First
of this Instant January; and the Earl of Warwicke
is desired to represent the same to the House of Peers."
Ordinance for that Purpose.
Next, an Ordinance for pressing of Mariners, was
read, and passed; and Ordered to be communicated
to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
A Letter was read, directed thus:
Letter from the Committee with the Army, with a Petition from Nottingham.
"For the Right Honourable the Lord Gray of
Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"We have received the last Night the Petition
herewith sent you, expressing the Miseries of the
County of Nottingham, which we know will be sadly
resented by your Lordships. We have done the
uttermost in our Power for them, though without
effecting any Thing for their Relief. Their lamentable Complaints will pierce your Hearts, as they do
ours; and as they beg of us, so we assure ourselves,
for God's Sake and their Country's, your Lordships
will give them Ease to their Burthens, which, if
not speedily done, they must sink under. We would
not think our Duty fully discharged by writing Letters; and therefore have desired the Lord Willoughby
and Sir Christopher Wray to attend the Houses, for
their compassionate Care of that most distressed County.
Grantham, 8th January, 1645.
Next, divers Papers and Letters were read.
(Here enter them.)
Members of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to grant Passes to Officers in the King's Service who will go beyond Sea.
Ordered, That the Members of this House that
are of the Committee of both Kingdoms shall have
Power to grant Passes for any considerable Officers,
being Soldiers of Fortune, that are with the Enemy,
upon their Desires in that Behalf to the said Members
of the said Committee, to go beyond the Seas; they
taking such Security or Engagements from them, not
to act or counsel any Thing, either in this Kingdom,
or beyond the Seas, against the Parliament, and not to
return without Leave from the Parliament, as in their
Discretions they shall think fit: This Power to continue
until the last Day of this Instant January.
Ordinance for Martial Law.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure into a
Committee, to take into Consideration the Ordinance
concerning Martial (fn. *)
E. of Carlisle's Case, in Matter of Privilege, against his Creditors.
The Lord Robertes reported from the Committee the
Order drawn up by them concerning the Earl of Carlile; which was read, as follows:
"The House this Day taking into Consideration the
Motion of the Counsel of the Creditors of the late
Earl of Carlile, made at the Bar on Tuesday the 6th
of this Instant January, who desired Leave to prosecute a Decree against the Person of the Earl of
Carlile, a Peer of this Realm, alledging the said Earl
had consented thereunto; upon which they also alledged some Order or Orders had passed this House to
that Effect: Which the House taking into serious Consideration, have Ordered, Declared, and Adjudged,
That no Orders of this House did extend thereunto;
and that no Process of Contempt ought to issue out
of the Chancery, to attach the Person of the said
Earl, as well in respect of Privilege of Parliament,
as for that it is the inherent Right of the Peers of
this Realm, as well out of as in Parliament, to have
their Persons free from Arrests and Attachments
arising from any Cause of Civil Action or Suit, which
hath been so declared and adjudged in this High
Court, in the 14th Year of Queen Elizabeth,
and the 4th of this King: In Pursuance whereof, the Lords do order and enjoin the same to be
observed; and that the said Earl have and enjoy his
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House approves and confirms this Judgement.
Resolved, That this Judgement be sent unto all
the Courts in Westm. Hall, to be registered
in the respective Courts, that so they may
take Notice of the same.
Ordered, That these Lords following (fn. †) do consider of some Expedient for the Relief of the Creditor
of the late Earl of Carlile, and report the same to
Any Two, to meet when they please; and have
Power to call such Persons before them as they
shall think fit.
L. Say & Seale's Claim.
Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause of the
Lord Viscount Say & Seale shall be deferred until Thursday come Sevennight.
Sir H. Mildmay's.
Ordered, That the Hearing of Sir Henry Mildmaye's Cause, touching his Claim to the Title of
Lord Fitzwalter's, shall be deferred till To-morrow
Ly. Harcourt's Ordinance.
Ordered, That the Judges shall report the Lady
Harcourt's Business on Thursday next.
A Letter was read, directed thus:
Letter from Col. Whichcott, that he had discovered a Jewel concealed under the Pavement in Windsor Castle.
"For the Right Honourable the Lord Grey of
Warke, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"May it please your Lordship,
"Having had some Information of a Jewel of some
Value hidden within this Castle; following the same
Information, I found under a Pavement a Collar of
the Order, with the George and Garter, that had
been sent to the King of Sweden; of which I thought
it my Duty to inform your Lordships, conceiving in
this Military Condition I have Interest in it: But
howsoever do expect what Commands the Honourable Houses will be pleased to give concerning the
"Your Lordship's most humble Servant,
Windsor, 9th of January, 1645.
Committee to consider of it, and of preserving the Records of the Garter there.
Upon reading this Letter, it was also moved, "That
some Course might be taken, for the preserving of
those Records as are at Windsor, which concern the
Knights of the Honourable Order of the Garter,
that they may not be lost and destroyed."
Thereupon the House nominated these Lords following, to consider of this Letter and this Motion, and
report to this House what they think fit to be done
|L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Any Two, to meet when they please.
Trotman and Robinson sent for, for Contempt of the Order to release Capt. Birckbeck.
Upon (fn. *)
Complaint made this Day to the House, by
Katherin Birckbeck, Wife of Captain Birckbeck, now
Prisoner in The Compter of Wood-streat, London, "That
she did, on Saturday last, shew an Order of this
House, of this Instant January, to One of the Sheriffs of London, for to discharge her Husband out of
Prison, who said he could not discharge him; for,
if he did, the Plaintiff would sue him for the Debt:
Whereupon she went to one Trotman the Secondary's
Deputy, and one Robinson Clerk of the Papers of
the said Compter, who refused likewise to discharge
her Husband upon the said Order, which both of
them read: And the said Trotman said, "The Lords
had forgot themselves."
Upon this, the House Ordered, That the said
Trottman and Robinson shall be summoned to appear before this House To-morrow Morning, to answer the
Nottingham Petition to the Committee with the Army, complaining of the Hardships they suffer by the Scots Army.
"To the Right Honourable the Committee of
Lords and Commons.
"The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of that
Part of the County of Nott. lying on the North
"That we did of late, by our humble Petition, present unto your Honours, the Payment and Sufferings
of this County (by Occasion of this present War)
within Three Years last did amount to above a Million of Money, whereof we did account the Charge
of this present Scottish Army to be but Twenty Thousand Pounds; which now, upon Examination by your
Honours Direction, will appear to be Twenty-six
Thousand One Hundred Eighty-nine Pounds, Seventeen Shillings, and Two Pence, notwithstanding divers
whole Towns and many other particular Persons have
not brought in their Bills touching that Particular.
We did with less Grief undergo the grievous Pressures
of the Scottish Army, with a comfortable Hope that
your Honours coming into these Parts would afford us
a speedy Relief; being fully persuaded then (as we
are still) that that Army was not invited or drawn
hither with any Intent to be our irreparable Ruin.
"Notwithstanding our humble Representation, and
your Honours Access, we yet understood not any
Ease; but find this Part of the County still charged
with an Assessment of Two Thousand Five Hundred
Pounds Weekly, besides for the most Part with Free
Quarter for all Officers and listed Soldiers, and all
other Men, Women, and Boys, depending or shadowing themselves under that Army; and, which is most
of all, the Tyranny and Evils incident to Free Quarter
in the best-governed Armies.
"If that Two Thousand Five Hundred Pounds, with
the Charge of Free Quarter, shall still continue, it
cannot be less in our Opinions Weekly than Five
Thousand Pounds, which must be borne by Two Parts
of Three of an Half Part of this County, by reason
of untenanted Grounds, and Places visited with the
"This being our most sad and lamentable Condition, bringing upon us a present and apparent Destruction; we once more humbly crave
Leave to present the same to your Honours
Goodness and great Wisdoms; beseeching
your Honours Consideration and present Relief, without which (the Assessments and Pressures still continuing upon us) it will inevitably
follow, that, as a Third Part of this Part of
the County is already deserted, and every Day
others are continually leaving their Habitations, and conveying what Goods they can
away, the small Remainder (that cannot do
the like, must bear all the Burthen or sink
under it) will be driven to prostrate all their
Estates to the Mercy of the Army, and be
forced to beg from them a Part, to keep
themselves and their Families from perishing."
Letter from the Committee to Gen. Lesley, inclosing the Petition.
"We received this Night a Petition from the County of Nottingham, a Copy whereof is inclosed sent
unto you. We are exceedingly grieved to see such
Things presented to us, as must needs make the Heart
of any Christian to bleed: They even with weeping
Eyes complain to us, that themselves with their
Wives and Children must, if this Course proceed any
farther, beg their Bread, to preserve their Lives,
who have been able and have relieved others, and
who, though exceedingly tyrannized over by a cruel
Enemy, yet had hitherto Assistance. We cannot
believe these their Sufferings are known to you, nor
doubt of your speedy Redress; which we most earnestly intreat you forthwith to accomplish, that your
Army may not be thus complained of, which came in
to relieve this Kingdom from Oppression.
"Your assured Friends to serve you."
Committee's Answer to the Nottingham Petition.
"We come hither to do you our best Service; and
had Conference with Lieutenant General Lesly, that
all that we could do for the present was to communicate the whole Business and our Desires to the Houses
and the Committees of both Kingdoms; which we
did, by an Express sent on Saturday Morning, and
since by another Messenger; and did also, by our private Letters, solicit our Friends. We have sent Warrants to raise with all Speed Provisions for the Scottish Army, from the County of Lincolne, Leicester,
Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Cambridge, Isle
of Ely, and Norff.; and so soon as we receive the
Command of the Houses, or Committee of both Kingdoms, we shall speedily obey them, and, God willing,
omit no Means or Opportunity for the Relief of your
most distressed Country.
Nottingh. 5th of January, 1645.
"Your assured Friends.
"For the Committee of the County of Nottingham; the like to the Committee of Darby."
Letter to several Counties, for furnishing Provisions to the Scots Army.
"Whereas we are authorized, by our Instructions
from the Parliament, to send Warrants unto your
County, for the furnishing Provisions and other Necessaries for the Scotts Army, and to call to our Assistance such Persons in your County to be Committees, for the better putting those Instructions in due
Execution; and whereas we are also appointed to
cause due Accompts to be made of those Provisions,
that they may be discounted upon the Pay of that
"These are therefore to desire, that with all Speed
you will provide, and send to the Town of Nottingham, to, whom we have
appointed to receive them, the several Provisions expressed in the Schedule hereunto annexed; the
County of Darby being heavily burthened; and Nottinghamsheir, where the Scotts Army now resideth,
near utterly exhausted, having paid to that Army,
in Money and Provisions, Twenty Thousand Pounds
in Five Weeks last past, as by their Remonstrance
doth appear; and for that, if Provisions be not for
them where they now are, their Army will remove
where they may be had. We expect, for the Public Good and your own, you will not fail, or suffer any Delay to be herein. We also desire you,
that due and exact Accompts may be taken of the
Rates in your Markets of the Provisions you furnish,
that your Expences may be deducted out of the Pay
to the Scotts Army.
"Your assured Friends."
Nottingham, the 5th of January, 1645.