DIE Martis, 3 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Coleman.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ordinance for pressing Mariners.
The Earl of Warwicke reported from the Committee
for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, "To desire their
Lordships to send to the House of Commons, to quicken
them for expediting the Ordinance for pressing of
Ships recommended by the Committee of the Navy to cruize on the North Coast of England, and to be Part of the Summer Guard.
A Paper likewise was read, reported from the said
"Whereas Notice is taken, that many of the King's
Frigates are plying on the North Coast of England;
this Committee conceives it fit, that, to prevent their
doing further Mischief, the Merchants Ships following, videlicet, The Harry under the Command of
Captain John Ellison, The Defiance under Command
of John Whitty, and The President under Command
of Captain Peter Whitty, be, together with The Warwicke Frigate, employed with all Speed towards that
Coast, for the Guard thereof; and because the List
for the Summer Guard is not yet fully completed, and
the Loss of any Time in this Business may be prejudicial, this Committee doth therefore recommend it to
both Houses of Parliament, That the said Merchants
Ships, The Harry, The Defiance, and The President,
may be approved of, to be Part of the Merchants
Ships for the Summer's Guard, they having been
presented by the Commissioners of the Navy as very
fit for the Parliament's Service.
"Wm. Jessop, Secretary."
Ordered, That this House agrees to this Report;
and that the Concurrence of the House of Commons be
Message to the H. C. about these Papers.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To communicate the Report to them from the
Committee of the Admiralty, concerning the hiring of
the Three Merchants Ships, and to desire their Concurrence therein.
2. To desire Expedition to the Ordinance formerly
sent down to them for the pressing of Mariners.
Answer from thence.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this
Answer to a former Message to the House of Commons:
That they agree in the Order concerning Mr. John
Ward; and concerning the Lady Chaworth's Business,
they will take it into Consideration, and send an Answer
by Messengers of ther own.
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter
received, directed thus:
Letter from the Committee with the Army, with an Account of the Surrender of Belvoir Castle.
"For the Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker of the
House of Peers pro Tempore.
May it please your Lordship,
We thought it fit to summon Belvoyr Castle in our
own Names, for sundry (fn. *) Reasons conducing to your
Service. A Copy is here inclosed, and the Governor's Answer, together with the Articles of Surrender agreed on by those appointed to treat. The
Bearer hereof, Captain Henry Markham, can fully relate all Particulars, who hath had his Share in this
hard Duty; and truly I must needs say, that Colonel
Grey and the Soldiers under his Command, as likewise the several Troops of Horse, have all of them
performed their Duty with much Chearfulness; and
for their Encouragement, and the better Furtherance
of your Service, we have promised them One Week's
Pay, which will be about Six Hundred Pounds; and
shall now apply our whole Endeavour for the reducing of Newark.
Grantham, 31th of January, 1645, at Night.
"most humble Servant,
Their Summons to the Governor of it, to surrender.
"We are sent down, and authorized by the Two
Houses of Parliament, to use our best Endeavours
for the finishing this bloody intestine War, wherewith
this Kingdom hath been now for some Years miserably
afflicted; and, in Pursuance of that Duty, we do
hereby, in their Names, demand of you, that you
surrender up into our Hands the Castle of Belvoyer,
for their Use. We do further let you know the
pious Care of the Parliament to prevent (as far as
possibly may be) the Effusion of Christian Blood, and
the Destruction of the Towns, Castles, and Houses
in this Kingdom; and accordingly are willing to entertain a Treaty with you: Whereunto we shall only
add, that if you shall refuse or neglect the Mercy of
the Parliament at this Time while it may be had,
and flatter yourself with vain Hopes that you may
obtain as good and honourable Conditions hereafter
as at present; we do most unfeignedly assure you, you
will utterly deceive yourself. Besides, we do think
good to advertise you, that it is not the Part of a
Soldier, nor of a wise Man, to endeavour the holding
of a Place not tenable, when there are not the least
Hopes of being relieved; which Act in you will by
all Men be interpreted rather an affected Obstinacy,
than a Soldiery Resolution. Consider likewise seriously with yourself, that the exposing of so many
Christians as are now under your Command to a
manifest Destruction will undoubtedly be required
of you. We will expect your Answer by Eight of
the Clock To-morrow Morning.
Grantham, 29th Jan. 1645.
"For the Governor of Belvoyer
The Governor's Answer to them.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
I shall most chearfully meet you, in a pious Care
for the preventing the Effusion of Christian Blood;
and will assign Gentlemen to treat with such as you
shall appoint; desiring to know the Persons, Time,
and Place of Meeting. And rest
Belvoir Castle, the 30th January, 8 a Clock in the Morning.
Your humble Servant,
"For the Right Honourable the Committee of Lords and Commons, at
Articles for the Surrender of Belvoir Castle.
"Articles agreed upon betwixt Sir John Pate
Baronet, on the Behalf of Sir Gervas Lucas
Governor of Belvoir Castle, on the one Part,
and Lieutenant Colonel Candler, on the Behalf of the Committee of Lords and Commons now residing at Grantham, on the other
Part, for the surrendering up of the Castle
of Belvoir, to the Use of the Parliament.
1. Imprimis, it is concluded and agreed upon by
the said Parties, That the Castle of Belvoir, with all
the (fn. *) Arms, Ordnance, and Ammunition, and Goods
therein (more than what is hereafter (fn. †) excepted), shall
be delivered into the Hands of such as the said Committee of Lords and Commons shall appoint to receive them, for the Use of the Parliament, upon
Tuesday next, being the Third of February, by Two
of the Clock in the Afternoon, without any Manner
of imbezzling any of the said Ammunition or Goods.
2. That Sir Gervas Lucas, and all the Officers,
Gentlemen, and Soldiers, in the said Castle, shall
have Liberty to march away to Litchfield, with their
Horses and Arms, Colours flying, Drums beating,
Matches lighted, and Muskets laden with Bullet;
and to have a sufficient Convoy, and Six Days Time
for their safe Passage; Thirty Hostages being given
by Sir Gervas Lucas for their Return of the said
"3. Item, That the Governor Sir Gervas Lucas, Sir
John Pate, and all the Officers, Gentlemen, and Soldiers, now within the Castle of Belvoir, shall have
Six (fn. ‡) Days Liberty for carrying away of all such Goods
as are now within the said Castle, which are properly
and shall clearly appear to be their own; and to have
Carts and Carriages provided for the carrying away
of the same.
4. Item, That all Prisoners whatsoever within the
Castle of Belvoir shall forthwith, upon signing of
these Articles, be set at Liberty, and are hereby declared to be at Liberty.
5. Lastly, That the Governor of Belvoir shall
send forth of the Castle To-morrow Morning, by
Nine of the Clock, Francis Leake Esquire, Major
Bywater, Captain Wm. Colby, and Captain John Goodman, to be Hostages for the Performance of these
Articles on his Part; and that Mr. Wm. Prescott,
Captain Ruddocke, Captain Buckley, and Lieutenant
Hard, shall be sent to Litchfeild, to remain there till
these Articles be performed on the Behalf of the said
Committee of Lords and Commons.
In (fn. *) Writing whereof, the said Sir John Pate and
Lieutenant Colonel Candler have interchangeably set
their Hands hereunto, this 31th of January, 1645.
Sir R. Carr and Mrs. Carr.
Ordered, That Robert Carr shall make good his
Suggestions (fn. †) in his Petition on Behalf of Sir Rob't Carr,
on the 18th of February next, at this Bar; and both
Sides shall have Notice thereof.
And the House being informed, "That the said Sir
Rob't Carr is not in a fit Condition to attend this
House, in regard of his Distemper upon him:" It is
Ordered, That Sir Theodore Mayherne, Doctor Clarke,
and Doctor Wright, and Doctor Ente, with the Four
Censors of the College of Physicians, shall visit the said
Sir Rob't Carr some convenient Time before the Hearing of the Cause, and certify to this House whether he
be in a fit Temper to attend this House.
E. of Warwick to export Horses.
Ordered, That the Earl of Warwicke shall have Liberty to transport Three Horses, for the Use of his own
Servants, which he is to send over to Foreign Parts, for
the Service of the State.
Propositions for Peace, which are to be immediately sent.
The House made a Progress into the Consideration of
these Propositions which are to be presently sent to the
King; and Ordered, To be further considered of Tomorrow Morning, the First (fn. ‡) Business.
Ordered, That the Order of this House formerly
made, for putting Mr. Scroope into the First Qualification of the Fifteenth Proposition, is hereby revoked;
and he left to make his Composition for his Delinquency according to the usual Way.
Gamages to be instituted to Lanharcy, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Nathaniell Brent shall institute and
induct Edmund Gamage Clerk, to the Rectory of Lanharcy, in the County of Glamorgan; and (fn. |) likewise shall
institute and induct Thomas Gamage to the Rectory of St.
Brides Minor super Ogmore, in the said County; being
presented by the Right Honourable the Earl of Leycester.
Order for 500 l. to Col. Fielder's Forces in Surry.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That William Powell,
Treasurer to the Sub-committee for Accompts in the
County of Surrey, do pay unto Mr. Sackford Gonson
the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds of the Money
he hath received, by Order of the said Sub-committee,
from several Officers and other Persons within the
County of Surrey, and is remaining in his Hands;
which Money shall be disposed of towards the paying of the Arrears due unto the Officers and Soldiers
under the Command of Colonel Feilder."