DIE Veneris, 16 die Januarii.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Doctor Aylett and Mr. Doctor Heath returned
this Answer from the House of Commons; videlicet,
To that Business of the Marquis Winton, for his Relief, being Prisoner in The Tower; they answer, they
have taken it into Consideration.
To the Ordinance for pressing of Mariners, they will
return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
To the Ordinance for Martial for Colonel
Birch, Governor Hereford. (Here enter it.)
To the Ordinance for Martial Law for Gloucester, they
agreed unto. (Here enter it.)
They agree to the Letter to be sent to the State of
Genoa. (Here enter it.)
Concerning the Business of the Castle at Yorke, and
(fn. *) the Lady Drake's Petition, they will send an Answer
by Messengers of their own.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That he hath
received a Letter, by a Trumpeter, from Oxon;" which
was opened, and read publicly in this House, as follows:
Letter from Sir T. Glemham, with One from the King.
For the Right Honourable the Speaker of the
House of Peers pro Tempore.
"I am commanded by His Majesty to send unto your
Lordship His Majesty's Letter inclosed, and to desire
you to deliver the same according to the Directions;
and so I rest,
Oxford the 15th of January, 1645.
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Letter from the King, desiring an Answer to His former ones, desiring a Personal Treaty.
"For the Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"But that these are Times wherein nothing is strange,
it were a Thing much to be marvelled at, what should
cause this unparalleled long Detention of His Majesty's
Trumpet, sent with His Gracious Message of the 26th
of December last; Peace being the only Subject of it,
and His Majesty's Personal Treaty the Means proposed for it: And it were almost as great a Wonder
that His Majesty should be so long from enquiring
after it, if the Hourly Expectation thereof had not in
some Measure satisfied His Impatience. But lest His
Majesty, by His long Silence, should condemn Himself
of Carelessness in that which so much concerns the
Good of all His People, He thinks it high Time to
enquire after His said Trumpeter; for, since all Men
who pretend any Goodness must desire Peace, and
that all Men know Treaties to be the best and most
Christian Way to procure it, and there being as little
Question that His Majesty's Personal Presence in it
is the likeliest Way to bring it to a happy Issue, He
judges there must be some strange Variety of Accidents which causeth this most tedious Delay: Wherefore His Majesty earnestly desires to have a speedy
Account of His former Message, the Subject whereof
is Peace, and the Means His Personal Presence at
Westm.; where the Government of the Church being
settled as it was in the Times of the happy and
glorious Reigns of Queen Eliza. and King James, with
full Liberty for the Ease of their Consciences who
will not communicate in that Service established by
Law, and likewise for the free and public Use of
the Directory prescribed, and by Command of the
Two Houses of Parliament now practised in some Parts
of the City of London, to such as shall desire to use
the same, and all Forces being agreed to be disbanded;
His Majesty will then forthwith (as He hath in His
Message of the 29th of December last already offered)
join with His Two Houses of Parliament, in settling
some Way for the Payment of the Public Debts,
to His Scotts Subjects, the City of London, and others,
And His Majesty having proposed a fair Way for the
settling of the Militia, which now by this long Delay
seems not to be thought sufficient Security, His Majesty (to shew how really He will employ Himself at
His coming to Westminster for making this a lasting
Peace, and taking away all Jealousies how groundless
soever) will endeavour, upon Debate with His Two
Houses, so to dispose of it, as likewise of the Business of Ireland, as may give to them and both Kingdoms just Satisfaction; not doubting also but to give
good Contentment to His Two Houses of Parliament,
in the Choice of the Lord Admiral, the Officers of
State, and others, if His Two Houses, by their ready
Inclinations to Peace, shall give Him Encouragement
Thus His Majesty having taken Occasion, by His
just Impatience, so to explain His Intentions that no
Man can doubt of a happy Issue to this succeeding
Treaty; if now there shall be so much as a Delay of
the same, He calls God and the World to Witness,
who they are, that not only hinder, but reject this
Kingdom's future Happiness, it being so much the
stranger, that His Majesty's coming to Westm', which
was first the greatest Pretence for taking up Arms,
should be so much as delayed, much less not accepted, or refused. But His Majesty hopes that God will
no longer suffer the Malice of wicked Men to hinder
the Peace of this too-much-afflicted Kingdom.
"Given at the Court at Oxon, the 15th of January, 1645.
"For the Speaker of the House of Peers
pro Tempore; to be communicated to the
Two Houses of Parliament at Westm.
and to the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland."
Ordered, That this Letter be communicated to the
House of Commons; and that the Members of this
House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms
do communicate the same to the Scotch Commissioners.
Petition from the Court of Aldermen and Common
Council, for settling Church Government.
This Day a Petition was delivered, by Alderman
Gibbs, and divers other Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London, in the Name of the Lord
Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled. (Here enter it.)
The Petition being publicly read in their Presence,
they (fn. *) withdrew.
And the House, taking the same into Consideration,
returned them this Answer following; which was read
by the Speaker:
Answer to them.
The Lords have always had great Experience of
the Care and good Affections of the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, for which they are glad of any Opportunity to
express their great Sense, and to return their hearty
Thanks; and more especially upon this Occasion,
wherein the Common Council have manifested so great
Zeal and Faithfulness to the true Worship of Almighty God, and Care for the Peace and Wellordering of the City of London, in which the whole
Kingdom is so nearly concerned: The Lords, therefore, upon Consideration of the Petition now presented unto them, and the Expressions of that worthy
Alderman made unto their Lordships, have commanded
me, in their Names, to give ye farther and larger
Acknowledgements for your great Care and Endeavours to prevent so (fn. †) growing a Mischief; giving ye
this Assurance, that, as they have been very forward
formerly to do what in them lay for a Settlement of
Church Government, so they shall still continue to
advance and perfect a Work so much tending to the
Glory of God, and to the settling of the Peace of the
Kingdom; holding themselves thereunto obliged by
their Solemn League and Covenant: And they do seriously recommend it to the Care of the Lord Mayor,
and such as are in Office in the City, to suppress
and prevent such great Offences by you mentioned,
which are so much to the Dishonour of God, and the
Disturbance of the present and future Good-government of the City of London; and wherein ye shall
find yourselves wanting in Power, the Lords will be
ready to contribute (fn. ‡) their Authority for your Encouragement and Assistance."
Ordered, That this Petition, and the Answer to it,
shall be forthwith printed and published.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Nicolls, &c.
To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance for Two
Thousand Pounds for the Garrison of Portsmouth.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Ordinance now brought
The Earl of Manchester reported from the Committee
of both Kingdoms divers Papers.
"Die Jovis, 15 Januarii, 1645.
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms at Derby
Papers from Ireland.
Ordered, That the Two Letters from Mr. Annesley and Sir Rob't Kinge, to Mr. Pierrepont, of the
19th and 26th of November, as also the Three Papers
inclosed in the latter of the said Letters, which
Papers were taken in the Archbishop of Tuan's Carriages (who was slain near Sligo in Connaught) be reported to both Houses.
"That it be also reported to both Houses, that the
Power granted to the Commissioners in Ulster is determined the 4th of January last; and to desire the
Houses to continue it for such Time longer as they
shall think fit.
"Secretary to the same Committee."
Then the Letters of Mr. Annesley and Sir Rob't King,
of the 19th and 26 of November, were read.
(Here enter them.)
The other Papers were read. (Here enter them.)
Message to the H. C. with them, and the Letter from the King;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
1. To communicate the King's Letter to them, read
2. To communicate the Letters of Mr. Annesly and
Sir Rob't Kinge, and the Commissions, this Day read.
and to renew the Commission for Ulster.
3. To desire that they would join with this House,
that the Commission formerly granted to Mr. Annesley
and Sir Rob't Kinge, lately expired, shall be newed for
Six Months succeeding the Date; and that the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby authorized and
required to issue out a Commission accordingly.
L. Digby's, Goff's, and Jermyn's Letters, to be delivered to the Commitee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That such Original Letters between Dr.
Goffe and Mr. Jermyn, and Mr. Jermyn and the Lord
Digby, as are in the Custody of the Clerk of the Parliaments, shall be delivered to the Earl of Manchester, to
be made Use of, in the Affairs of the State, by the
Committee of both Kingdoms; afterwards to be returned
to the Clerk of the Parliaments.
Petition of the Court of Aldermen and Common Council, for settling Church Government.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords now assembled in the High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of
London, in Common Council assembled;
"That, in November last, the Petitioners made it
their humble Request to this Honourable House, that
Church Government might be settled; and are most
humbly thankful for your favourable Interpretation
thereof, proceeding from the good Intentions of the
Common Council, who are resolved, according to their
Duty, to have a tender Respect to the Privileges of
Parliament, whereby the Liberties of the City and
Kingdom are preserved: That, in December last, at
the Choice of new Common Council-men for the
Year ensuing, the Inhabitants of most of the Wards
in this City petitioned their respective Aldermen, in
their Wardmote, to move your Petitioners to make
their farther Address to the Honourable Houses of
Parliament, for the speedy settling of Church Government within this City, and against Toleration, as
by Copy of One of the said (fn. *) Petitions annexed
"That private Meetings, especially on the Lord's-day
(of which there (fn. †) are at least Eleven in One Parish),
are multiplied, whereby the public Congregations,
Ordinances, and godly orthodox Ministers, are very
much neglected and contemned, as if they were Antichristian, and our present Times were like the primitive Persecutions, or as if we were still under the
Tyranny of the Prelatical Government; and by
reason of such Meetings, and the Preaching of
Women and other ignorant Persons, Superstition,
Heresy, Schism, and Prophaneness, are much increased, Families divided, and such Blasphemies as
the Petitioners tremble to think on uttered, to the
High Dishonour of Almighty God.
"That the Petitioners are informed, that divers Persons have an Intention to petition the Honourable
Houses for a Toleration of such Doctrines as are
against our Covenant, under the Notion of Liberty
"The Petitioners, therefore, having no Power of
themselves to suppress or overcome these
growing Evils, do, according to their Covenant, reveal and make the same known to this
Honourable House; and for timely Prevention
and Removal thereof, do humbly pray, that
the Premises may be taken into your most
serious Consideration, and that Church Government may speedily be settled, according to
our most solemn Covenant with the Most High
God, in such Manner and Form as to your
Wisdoms shall seem most agreeable thereunto,
before we be destroyed one by another
through Rents and Divisions; and that no Toleration be granted, either of Popery, Prelacy, Superstition, Heresy, Schism, Prophaneness, or of any Thing contrary to sound
Doctrine and the Power of Godliness; and
that all private Meetings, contrary to the said
Covenant (the rather in regard of the sad
Effects thereof), may be restrained.
"And the Petitioners shall pray, &c.
Petition of the Inhabitants of Farringdon Within, about it.
"To the Right Worshipful the Alderman and
Common Council-men of the Ward of Farrington Within, at their Wardmote.
"A Representation of the humble and earnest Desires of the Inhabitants of the
"1. That Church Government may speedily be
settled within this City, before we be utterly ruined
with Rents and Divisions.
"2. That the Government may be that which is
agreeable to the Word of God, and Example of the
best Reformed Churches, according to our solemn
League and Covenant with the Most High God.
"3. That no Toleration, either of Popery, Prelacy, Schism, Heresy, Superstition, Prophaneness, or
any Thing contrary to sound Doctrine, or the Power
of Godliness, may at all be yielded unto, as being
against the Word of God, and contrary to the very
Letter of our Covenant.
"And these our most humble and earnest Desires,
which we are obliged and encouraged also
to make by reason of our said Covenant,
we intreat the Right Worshipful the Alderman and Common Council-men of this Ward
to represent to the Right Honourable the
Lord Mayor and the Honourable Court of
Common Council at their First Sitting, that
they would make their further Address to
the Honourable Houses of Parliament for
the obtaining of these our just and necessary
Desires." (fn. **)
Order for 2000. for the Garrison of Portsmouth.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of Parliament, dated the
24th of June, 1645, Five Thousand Pounds is assigned
in Course, towards the Payment of Two Hundred
Pounds per Week to the Garrison of Portsmouth; and
whereas Fifteen Hundred Pounds thereof hath already,
upon Two several Ordinances of Parliament, dated
the 5th of August and 12th of October last, been
advanced and lent, by the Commissioners of the Excise and new Impost, to be re-paid by Intervals or
Course, which shall first happen; and forasmuch as
Thomas Foote Esquire, Alderman of the City of London, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and
new Impost, have further advanced and lent the Sum
of Two Thousand Pounds, upon the Security of the
said Ordinance of the 24th of June aforesaid, and
for the Use therein mentioned: Be it Ordained, by
the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That
the said Thomas Foote, and the rest of the Commissioners of Excise and new Impost, shall and may reimburse themselves, and that their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall be reimbursed and paid,
by the Commissioners of the Excise for the Time
being, the said full Sum of Two Thousand Pounds,
together with Interest, after the Rate of Eight Pounds
per Cent. from the Date of this Ordinance, at such
Time as the same shall happen to fall due, in the
Course and Order of the before mentioned Ordinance
of the 24th of June last, according to the true Intent
and Meaning of the same; and this Ordinance to be
a sufficient Warrant, as well to the said present Commissioners for their Reimbursement as aforesaid, as
to the Commissioners for the Time being for due
Payment of Principal and Interest as aforesaid; and
the said Commissioners of Excise are hereby authorized to pay the said Two Thousand Pounds unto
Colonel Richard Norton, Governor of the said Town
of Portsmouth, for the Use aforesaid, whose Receipt
shall be their and every of their sufficient Discharge
in that Behalf."
Order for Col. Morgan to exercise Martial Law at Gloucester.
"Be it Ordained, and it is Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Colonel
Thomas Morgan, Governor of Gloucester, calling unto
him Field Officers and others, according to the Course
of War, shall have Power, and is hereby authorized,
to execute Martial Law, within the County of Gloucester, and within the City of Gloucester and County
thereof, according to the Articles published and now
used in the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas
Fairefax: Provided always, That this Ordinance, or
any Clause therein contained, shall not extend to any
of the Peers of this Realm, or to the Members of the
House of Commons, or to any Assistant, Attendant,
or Officer of the House of Peers, or Officers of the
House of Commons."
Order for Col. Birch to exercise Martial Law at Hereford.
"Be it Ordained, and it is Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Colonel
John Birch, Governor of Hereford, calling unto him
Field Officers and others, according to the Course of
War, shall have Power, and is hereby authorized,
to execute Martial Law within the City and Garrison
of Hereford, according to the Articles published and
now used in the Army under the Command of Sir
Thomas Fairefax: Provided always, That this Ordinance, or any Clause therein contained, shall not extend to any of the Peers of this Realm, or to the
Members of the House of Commons, or to any Assistant, Attendant, or Officer of the House of Peers,
or Officers of the House of Commons."
Letter to the State of Genoa, in Behalf of the East India Company, whose Goods are detained there on Account of Ricaut's here.
"Screnissime Princeps & Excellentissimi
Queruntur Præses & Societas nostrorum Londinensium in Indiis Orientalibus negotiantium Mercatorum
Equitem Petrum Ricautium id, quod non ita pridem
alibi etiam facere nequicquam est conatus, nunc in
inclytâ vestrâ Urbe efficere satagere; dum jam nunc
Detentionem Bonorum ad dictam Societatem spectantium sub Serenissimâ vestrâ Jurisdictione procuravit, magnam capæris Summam sibi ab eâdem Societate debitam prætendens: Nostrum itaque est, Fuco
Ricautio absterso, Vafritiéque ejus detectâ, vestræ
Serenitati genuinam Rei Veritatem ob Oculos ponere;
quâ perspectâ, non dubitandum censemus, solitam
vestram Justitiam nostris Mercatoribus propediem
præstò futuram. Res autem sic se habet, quòd Ricautius Angliæ Subditus, et quondam dictæ Societatis
unus, æquo nostro contra Perduelles publicato Decreto,
Perduellionis reus suit declaratus & damnatus, unde
omnia & singula ejus Mobilia & Immobilia, Terra
Marique existentia Bona, Consiscationi fuerunt subjecta, & Publicæ Regni Utilitati adhibenda; imò ea
quæ in communi Societas Peculio Potestateque habuit,
nostro Jussu, secundùm Regni Leges Fisco applicata.
Hæc cum ita sint, enixè rogamus, ut Detentionis pro
Ricautio iniquè procuratæ Bonorum Societatis Anglicanæ Causâ sublatâ, vestra Serenitas & Excellentiæ
malum omnem À
Ricautio malè moræ aut movendæ
Litis Effectum tolli sine Morâ benevolè
æque ac Jure
jubeant. Quod si Recautio se habere de quo queri
queat videatur, is sese patrio Juri sistere Justitiam,
quam hic veram experietur postulare commoneatur.
Hoc nobis a vestræ Serenitatis Inclytissimæque (fn. *) Reipublicæ Justitiâ, pro antiquâ inter verasque hinc inde
Gentes æternum servandâ Amicitiâ promittimus, &
À solitâ vestrâ in hanc Gentem Benevolentiâ ad Celebritatem mutui Commercii promovendam, iterùm instanter contendimus; atque omnia grati Animi &
sinceræ Amicitiæ Officia vicissim offerentes, easdem
vestras Serenitatem & Excellentias diutissimè et prosperrimè valere & florere vovemus.
"Serenitatis & Excellentiarum vestrarum
Officiosissimi & studiosissimi,
Ex Palatio Parliamentario Westmonasterii.
"Proceres & Ordines Communium