DIE Lunæ, 9 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
E. Manchester, Speaker.
Mrs. Cromwell and Sir H. Tracy.
Ordered, That the Cause between Mrs. Anne Cromwell and Sir Humphrey Tracy shall be heard on this Day
Fortnight; and both Parties are to take Notice, and attend by their Counsel accordingly.
Tindall to be instituted to Wigborow.
Ordered, That Mr. Doctor Aylett shall institute and
induct Thomas Tindall, Batchelor of Divinity, to the
Rectory of Wigborow, in the County of Essex; the said
Mr. Tindall producing his Presentation thereunto under
the Hand and Seal of James Earl of Suff. Patron.
Gen. Skippon's Letter about Bristol.
A Letter of Serjeant Major General Skippon read,
concerning the State of the Garrison of Bristoll.
(Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this Letter be communicated to the
House of Commons, with this Sense sent down to that
Additional Forces to be sent there.
"That the Letter of Serjeant Major Skippon be
specially recommended to the House of Commons,
in regard of the great Consequence of the City of
Bristol, which appears, by the said Letter to the Lords
in Parliament, to be in very great Danger, and especially by the great Increase of Forces in Ragland Castle:
Therefore the Lords think it necessary that there be
a present sufficient Strength provided for the Defence of that Place; and, until other Force be provided, that the Regiment of Major General Skippon
be continued within the said City."
The Concurrence of the House of Commons to be
City Petition about the Propositions.
The City Petition was now read again in the House
publicly, and then taken into Consideration, according
to former Appointment.
Ordered, That the Votes mentioned in the Petition
shall be recorded in (fn. *) this House, for the Indemnity of
the City of London for what is past, as is desired in
the Petition of the said City of London.
Ordered, That this House agrees to the Second
Desire in the Petition of the City of London.
Concerning the Third Desire of the City of London:
It is Ordered, The same Proposition concerning the
Militia of the City of London, which was presented to
the King at Oxford last, shall be sent next to the King,
amongst the rest of the Propositions.
Message to the H. C. with Gen. Skippon's Letter about Bristol;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
1. To communicate to them the Letter of Major
General Skippon, with the Sense of this House thereupon.
for a Conference about the Propositions concerning the City;
2. To desire a Conference To-morrow Morning, at
Ten a Clock, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning the Propositions which concern the City of London.
and with Ellison's Petition.
3. To recommend to them the Petition of Thomas
Next, the Ordinance for One Thousand Pounds to
be paid to the Train of Artillery, was read, and Agreed
to. (Here enter it.)
Preachers for the next Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That Mr. Cawdrey and Mr. Carroll are
appointed to preach before the Lords in Parliament on
Thursday next come Sevennight, at Martin's Church in
the Fields, being the Day of Thanksgiving for the
taking-in of Chester.
A Letter was presented to this House, and read;
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, about the Maintenance of their Army before Newark.
"For the Right Honorable the Speaker of the
House of Peeres pro Tempore.
"We have often represented to both Houses the
Condition of the Scottish Army before Newarke, and
desired that a speedy and solide Course might be taken
for their Maintenance; but have receved no Answere.
It is now our earnest Request, that we may knowe
from the Honorable Houses, whether we are to expect any Answere at all; that the Quarter Master
Generall of the Army may be dispatched, and we
may understand what Account to returne to those
that sent us. We are,
Worcester House, 9th Feb. 1645.
"Your Lordship's affectionate Freinds
and humble Servants,
"Lauderdaile. J. Balmerino.
Paper from the French Agents, complaining of their Courier being stopped by the Governor of Rochester, and his Dispatches taken away.
A Paper was presented to this House, from the French
Agent; which was read:
"Monsieur le Comte de Manchester, Orateur de la
Maison des Seigneurs d'Angleterre, aura, sil luy plaist
agreable, de representer À la ditte Maison la Violence
qui a eté faitte par le Gouverneur de Rochester, en
arrestant un Courrier du Roy nostre Maistre, et en se
saisissant des Depesches de sa Majesté, en quoy l'on
n'a pas seulement manqué de Respect envers elle, mais
on a encore violé le Droit des Gens. Et il fera, s'il
luy plaist, en sorte que l'on ait une prompte et entiere Reparation de cette Injure, et que l'on soit en
suitte assuré du libre Passage des Courriers et de l'Envoy certain des Depesches.
"A Monsieur le Comte de Manchester,
Orateur de la Maison des Seigneurs
Upon this, the Earl of Northumb. acquainted this
House with the Carriage of Montreul, in taking away
the Letters out of his Lordship's Chamber.
Lieutenant, who stayed the Courier, sent for.
Upon Consideration hereof: It is Ordered, That the
Lieutenant that stayed the Courier at Rochester shall be
sent for, to appear before this House, to answer the same.
Couriers of Foreign Agents to pass free.
Ordered, That this House declares, that the Couriers
of those Agents from Foreign Nations as are owned
here, are to pass free, without Stay and Interruption;
and that the French Agent is to be acquainted with what
now is done.
Col. Lilburn's Business.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Colonel Lilborne's Business be heard on Friday next, at this Bar.
The Earl of Manchester reported a Paper from the
Committee of both Kingdoms:
Capt. Phipps's Troop to be reduced into Major Shelborn's.
"Ordered, That it be reported to both Houses,
That it is the Desire of the Committee of Buckinghamshire, that Captain Phips's Troop may be reduced
into Major Shelborne's Troop; and to desire the
House to give Order for it, if they please."
E. of Denbigh, Leave to see L. Savill.
Ordered, That the Earl of Denbigh hath Leave to
go to The Tower, to see the Lord Savill, so often as he
Another Letter from the Scotts Commissioners was
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, that the concealed Authors of the scandalous Report of the Scots making a separate Peace with the King may be discovered.
"Upon the 24th of Jan. last, we delivered in a
Paper to both Houses, about some Matters which
doe highly concerne the Kingdome of Scotland, the
Scottish Army in this Kingdome, and ourselves who
are Commissioners from that Kingdome, to which we
have receved noe Answere; and therefore doe now,
after so long Expectation, againe earnestly desire,
that the Knight whose Name is still concealed from us
may be made knowne; and that all Meanes may be
used for Discovery of Robert Wright; that, the Truth
appearing, we may no longer lye under such Aspersions as are by some malitious Persons with much Industry spread abroad against us; the Authors and
Contrivors may receave their due Censure (which we
expect from the Wisedome and Justice of the Honorable Houses); and for preventing Misinformations and Misunderstandings in the Kingdome of
Scotland, which, notwithstanding all Discouragements,
shall ever be the Endeavour of
Worcester House, Feb. 9th, 1645.
"Very affectionate Freinds
and humble Servants,
"Lauderdaill. J. Balmerino.
Marquis of Winton to have the Liberty of The Tower.
Ordered, That the Lord Marquis of Winton shall
have the Liberty of The Tower; and to send his
Servants abroad, for such necessary Occasions as he
E. of Oxford to export Horses.
Ordered, That the Earl of Oxford shall have a
Pass, for transporting over to Holland to him Three
Horses or Geldings, Custom-free; they being Horses of
his own Breeding, and for his Lordship's own proper
Gen. Skippon's Letter from Bristol, desiring a Reinforcement for the Garrison there.
"To the Right Honourable the Lord Grey of
Warke, Speaker to the Right Honourable the
House of Peers assembled in Parliament at
Westm. These, with all Speed and Trust,
"I was exceeding unwilling, and hoped, having so
often and fully advertised the Condition of this City,
Garrison, and these Parts, to some worthy Members
of the Honourable House of Commons, and the same
having been divers Times remonstrated from the Committee here to the Honourable Committee of the
West, that I should not (as now I am) have been necessitated to have troubled your Lordships therewith.
I now crave your Leave truly (and as briefly as I can)
to make the same known unto you; and do beseech
you, with all Speed that may be, to make the same
known to the Right Honourable the House of Peers,
that some speedy Course may be settled, for the upholding and maintaining the established Garrison
here, or else this Place is like suddenly to be in a
very sad Condition; the Importance whereof, in respect of Ireland, Wales, these Western Parts, yea the
whole Kingdom, you can better judge than I mention. So it is, Sir, that, though more than Three
Months of the Six (according to Ordinance of Parment) for Contributions to supply the established Garrison here be already elapsed, whereby more than
Nine Thousand Pounds is become due, there is not
Nine Hundred Pounds come in, nor any Power in me
or in the Committee here, except within the City of
Bristoll, to raise any Part thereof; not One Penny as
yet so much as settled, as far as I can understand, by
the Committee of Gloucester; nothing as yet paid out
of Wiltsheir; only about Seven Hundred Pounds paid
in, out of Som'settsheir; and all for Want of a positive Command, where and how the same should be
raised; whereby I am utterly disabled from raising
the Regiment of Foot, and compleating and arming
the Two Troops of Horse designed for this Place (according to the Establishment), and from paying those
already raised. The Right Honourable the Committee of both Kingdoms hath commanded me to secure
Bath. Monmouthsheir calls for a Succour from hence;
so did the Counties of Wilts, Som'sett, and Gloucester,
in this last plundering Voyage of the Enemy's Horse
in those Parts, which (though I could not as I would,
yet even beyond my Numbers, with respect to the
Security of this Place) I afforded; it being my great
Affliction not to be able to help our distressed Friends,
and to advance the Public Service as my Heart desires. The General hath now commanded away my
Regiment which belongs to the Army; and I am bound
to obey. I have here about Seven Hundred (at most)
of the new Regiment (raw Soldiers, and how fit for
Service, I know not), which with very great Difficulty have been gotten together, Two Hundred of
which I must send to Bath; how considerable a Number the rest will be to keep such a Multitude of illaffected Persons in Awe as are in this City (though
for present quiet, yet it is likely upon Occasion may
shew themselves otherwise), and to keep the absolute
necessary Guards belonging to this Garrison, besides
the utter Inability of relieving our distressed Friends
(which Monmouthsheir now instantly calls for), I leave
to your Lordship's judicious Consideration. This I
assure you, Sir, that (by the blessed Help of God) no
Care, no Industry, no Fidelity (though with never so
much Hazard), shall be neglected by me: Yet with
all Humbleness I beseech your Lordships give me
Leave to say, and to beg it as an especial Favour
from this Right Honourable House (unto many others
they have vouchsafed me), that I may rather live in
a most mean and contemptible Condition all the rest
of my Days with unblemished Reputation, than (as I
am at present here) to be in a Place of Eminency,
and where much is expected from me, through Want
of Means absolutely necessary, to be utterly disabled
from rendering a good Account (as becomes a Man of
Honour and Honesty) of the Trust reposed in me.
Those worthy Members of the Honourable House of
Commons, Mr. Prideaux and Mr. Ash, can fully inform you of many Things I have troubled them with
more (fn. *) at large. Oh! that I durst presume to beg
an Answer of this Letter, that I might know how to
behave myself, and what to trust unto! for, as the
Case stands now, it is impossible for me to bear so intolerable a Burthen long. In all Humility, I crave
Pardon for this Boldness, which nothing but Extremity should have compelled me unto. The Lord
direct and prosper all your Consultations for His Glory, and His People's Good. So, with Heart and Hand,
I subscribe myself.
"Your Lordship's most faithful Servant,
Bristoll, 2d February, 1645.
"In this Manner I have presumed to write
to the Honourable House of Commons."
Order for 1000 l. for the Train of Artillery of the E. of Essex and Sir W. Waller.
"This Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament, That One Thousand Pounds,
with Interest, for Payment of the Train of Artillery
of the Earl of Essex and Sir William Waller, shall be
paid, out of such Intervals of Receipts on the Excise,
to come in upon the Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, as shall happen when other Payments already assigned on those Receipts shall not fall due, or,
in Default thereof, then as the same shall follow in
Course; and the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of
One Thousand Pounds and Interest unto the Committee of Accompts (to be by them paid upon Accompt for the Use aforesaid), or to such other Person or Persons as shall be ordered of that Committee,
or of any Five of them, be nominated or appointed
to receive the same, or any Part thereof; and the
Receipt or Receipts of such Person or Persons so appointed, or to be appointed, of such nominated as
aforesaid, their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns,
shall be the Commissioners of Excise their sufficient
Warrant and Discharge, for Payment of the said One
Thousand Pounds and Interest, and every Part and
Parcel thereof accordingly.
"And it is further Ordained, That the Interest for
the Sum aforesaid, and every Part thereof, shall be
paid at the End of every Six Months, until the said
One Thousand Pounds and Interest, and every Part
and Parcel thereof, shall be fully satisfied."
House adjourned till 10a cras.