DIE Veneris, 20 die Februarii.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Serjeant Fynch and Mr. Page return with this
Answer to the Message sent on Wednesday last to the
House of Commons:
That they will give a Conference, as is desired, this
Morning; and they agree that Captain Phipps's Troop
may be reduced into Major Shilbourne's: To the rest
of the Particulars, they will take them into Consideration, [ (fn. *) and send an Answer] by Messengers of their
Letters from the Parliament of Scotland.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That the Scotts
Commissioners delivered to him Two Letters from the
Parliament in Scotland, with a Desire that they may
be communicated to both Houses of Parliament;"
which were commanded to be read, as follow.
(Here enter them.)
Ordered, That these Letters be communicated to
the House of Commons, at the next Conference.
Message to the H. C. about communicating them;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To desire, at the next Conference, their Lordships may
communicate to them Letters received from the Parliament of Scotland.
and about Mortimer's Ordinance.
2. To put them in Mind of Mortimor's Ordinance,
formerly sent down to them.
Chamberlain and Nicholls.
Upon reading the Petition of Abram Chamberlaine;
(fn. †) desiring, "that he may have Mr. Maynard, Mr. Herne,
and Mr. Hales, assigned by this House to be of Counsel with him, concerning his Petition depending in
It is Ordered, That Mr. Herne and Mr. Hayles is
assigned to be of Counsel with the Petitioner; and in
regard Mr. Maynard is a Member of the House of
Commons, this House leaves it wholly to him.
Preachers at the Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That Mr. Cawdrey and Mr. Carroll shall
have Thanks given them from this House, for their
Sermons Yesterday preached before the Lords at Martin's Church, being a Day of Thanksgiving for the
taking-in of Chester; and that they be desired to print
and publish their Sermons.
Prince Elector to export Horses.
Ordered, That the Prince Elector shall have a Pass,
to transport out of this Kingdom Ten Horses, for to be
sent to his Highness' Brother Prince Phillip, Customfree.
Hammond, L. Chandois's Servant, released.
Ordered, That whereas John Hamond is a menial
Servant to the Lord Chandois, is imprested, which is contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, and the Ordinance
for impresting, (fn. *) he shall be forthwith set at Liberty.
Upon reading a Certificate of the Committee of Lyncolne: It is Ordered, That it be communicated to the
House of Commons. (Here enter the Certificate.)
Sir R. Carr cannot attend till released by the Speaker of the H. C.
The Gentleman Usher attending this House gave Account, "That he had been this Morning with Sir Rob't
Carr, and served him with the Order of this House,
to appear before the Lords in Parliament this Day;
and his Answer was, That he could not come until the
Restriction which he lies under by a Warrant of the
Speaker of the House of Commons be taken off."
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page returned with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
Answer from the H. C.
That they agree, at the next Conference, the Letters
from the Parliament of Scotland may be imparted to
them; as to the Ordinance concerning Mr. Mortimer,
they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Capt. Hodder's Petition, for Arrears due for his Ship The Hope.
The Earl of Warwicke reported a Paper from the
Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty
and Cinque Ports; which was read, as follows:
"On reading of Captain Hodder's Petition; praying,
that an Order may be given for Payment of what
shall appear upon Accompt to be due for the Hire of
The Hope, of Cork, which, being manned with
Twelve Mariners, was, on the First of October, 1644,
taken up and employed by the Lord Inchequin for
the Service of Munster, and hath so continued till
10th December 1645, on his Lordship's Promise of like
Allowance as to other Vessels in the Parliament's
"And on reading the Lord Inchequin's Letter, purporting the Truth of what's therein set forth, and
that his Lordship was constrained so to employ her, in
respect of the Exigency of Affairs in Ireland, for
Supply of the Garrisons, and for other special Uses,
to preserve that bleeding Province:
"Ordered, That the said Petition, and the Lord
Inchequin's Letter, be specially recommended to both
Houses of Parliament; with the Opinion of this
Committee, That they conceive it fit that the said
Accompt be made up, and the Money thereupon due,
satisfied by the Committee of the Navy."
Ordered, That this Petition be sent to the House
of Commons by the next Message.
E. of Nott's Petition sent to the H. C.
Upon reading the Petition of the Earl of Nottingham:
It is Ordered, That this Petition (fn. *) be specially recommended to the Consideration of the House of Commons,
that his Lordship may have speedy Supply for his Necessities; and that it be sent down To-morrow Morning by
And accordingly presently Sir Edward Leech and
Mr. Page had the Order of the House to deliver it.
Message from thence, with Votes about settling the Presbytery in London;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Christopher Yelverton, Knight and Baronet:
1. To present to their Lordships some Votes for the
speedy settling of the Presbytery within the Precincts
of the City of London, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence; and that the Lord Mayor of the City
of London be desired to put these Votes into Execution,
if their Lordships concur.
and about Letters from Scotland.
2. To desire that, at this next Conference, the House
of Commons may communicate to them some Letters
which they have received from the Parliament of Scotland.
The said Votes were read; and this House concurred
therein. (Here enter them.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Votes now brought up;
and that they be sent to the Lord Mayor of London, to
be put into Execution; and that their Lordships will receive what Letters they shall communicate, at the next
Votes for the Election of Elders.
"Resolved, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That there be forthwith a Choice
made of Elders, throughout the Kingdom of England,
and Dominion of Wales, in the respective Parish
Churches and Chapels, according to such Directions
as have already passed both Houses, bearing Date the
19th of August, 1645, and since that Time; and all
Classis and Parochial Congregations respectively are
hereby authorized and required forthwith effectually
to proceed therein accordingly.
"Resolved, &c. That Notice of the Election of
Parochial and Congregational Elders, and of the Time
when it shall be, (fn. *) be given by the Minister, in the
Public Assembly, the next Lord's-day but One before;
and that on that said Lord's-day a Sermon be preached preparatory to that weighty Business.
"Resolved, &c. That such Election shall be made
by the Congregation, or the major Part of them then
assembled, being such as have taken the National
Covenant, and are not Persons under Age, nor Servants that have no Families.
"Resolved, &c. That these Three Votes be communicated to the Lord Mayor, and immediately put
in due Execution."
Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, desiring the Settlement of Church Government;— that Propositions for Peace may be speedily presented; —that the Arrears due to them and their Armies may be paid; — and that their Losses at Sea and by the Irish Invasion may be made good to them.
"As the Parliament of this Kingdome doth acknowledge the Zeale and the Endeavors of the Honnorable Houses of Parliament, for the good Progresse
already made towards Reformation of Religion, and
Uniformity of Church Government; soe is it expected, that (when they shall seriously consider the
brotherly Affection and greate Sufferings of this
Kingdome, who, from a peaceable Condition which
wee formerly enjoyed, did engage ourselves in a
dangerous and bloody Warre with England against
their Enemyes, when their Affaires were in the
hardest and lowest Condition, upon a mutuall League
and Covenant, to settle Religion and Church Government accordinge to the Word of God, the Practise
of the best Reformed Churches, and as might drawe
the neerest Uniformity betwixt the Two Kingdomes,
which was acknowledged to bee the cheife Ground of
craving Ayde and Assistance from this Kingdome)
the Honnorable Houses will now (after soe mature
Deliberation) add their Authority and Civill Sanction
(without further Delay) to what the pious and learned Assembly of Divines, upon soe mature and accurate Debates, have advised to bee most agreeable
to the Word of God, and perfect what remaines to
bee done of the Worke, according to the Covenant;
which I am comaunded by the Parliament of this
Kingdome to demaund, and doe accordingly in their
Names demaund, of the Honnorable Houses of Parliament of England; the Performance whereof wil
bee most acceptable to this Kirke and Kingdome as a
speciall Recompence of the Labours and Blood which
hath beene shed in assisting you to promote the Cause
of God, and wil bee a Meanes to procure God's
Blessinge upon the Proceedings and Undertakeings of
both Kingdomes. And the Parliament of this Kingdome is perswaded that the Piety and Wisdome of
the Honnorable Houses will never admitt Tolleration
of any Sects or Schismes, contrary to our solemne and
"The next Desire of the Parliament of this Kingdome (and which of all Things next to Truth is most
desireable) is, that all lawfull Meanes bee used for
attayning a just well-grounded Peace; for which End,
I am commaunded to desire, and doe accordingly in
the Name of the Parliament of this Kingdome desire,
that the Propositions of Peace bee speedily dispatched
to His Majesty, and may bee soe pursued and mannaged as may best procure the setlinge of Truth and
Peace, that there may bee an End of the greate Distractions and unnaturall Warre of all the Three
"This Kingdome lyeth under the Burthen of greate
and vast Expence in raiseinge and entertayning Armyes,
and hath, with the Losse of the Lives of many precious Men, sett their owne House on Fyer to quench
the Flame of yours, and almost destroyed their owne
Nation to preserve yours: And seeinge (by the seasonable Assistance afforded by this Kingdome to you, and
by the late Successes wherewith God hath blessed
your Armyes) you are in a greate Measure freed of
your Troubles, and are in a farr better Capacity to
pay the Money due to our Armyes in England and
Ireland then you were at any Tyme since the Begininge of these Warres, I am likewise commaunded
by the Parliament of this Kingdome to demaund,
and accordingly doe in their Names demaund, of the
Honnorable Houses of Parliament, to make Payment, before the Third Day of May next, of the
Summes of Money duely oweinge by them to this Kingdome, and their Armyes in England and Ireland, according to the Treatyes betweene the Two Kingdomes (the Accompt whereof wil bee given in by
our Commissioners), that this Kingdome may bee
thereby releived of the greate Burthens and Pressures
of our Debates contracted in this Cause, and bee
enabled and encouraged for joynt carrying on of
the Warre, till the Church of God within the Kingdomes bee setled in Purity and Peace.
"And it is further craved, from the Justice of the
Honnorable Houses of Parliament, that they will take
into their serious Consideration the greate Losses susteyned by this Kingdome at Sea, through the Notattendance of their Shipps upon our Coasts according
to the Treatyes, and make Reparation thereof, and
of the Losses which Scotland hath suffered by the
Irish Invasion, which the Kingdome of England is
bound to suppresse by the large Treaty: In all which,
the Desires of the Parliament of this Kingdome are
noe other, then that Religion and Church Government may bee setled according to our Covenant, that
the Warre may bee carryed on with brotherly and
constant Affection by the joynt Councells and Forces
of both Kingdomes, that a well-grounded and dureable Peace may bee endeavored betwixt the Kinge and
His Subjects, that Payment bee made of the Summes
due to this Kingdome and our Armyes by Treaty,
and that (against the Malice of our open Enemyes and
secrett Plotts of such as for their owne Ends are
laboureinge to sow sedition betweene Brethren tyed
by soe many Relations) mutuall Amity and Union betweene the Kingdomes may bee strengthened and
perpetuated to all Posterity. Wee rest
"Your affectionate Freinds and humble Servaunts,
St. Andrewes, 3 Feb. 1646.
President of Parliament.
"To the Right Honnorable the Lords and Commons in the Parliament of Engl. assembled at
Another Letter from them, on the same Subjects; and
about the Garrisons on the Borders,—and of Belfast.
"The Estates of Parliament of this Kingdome have
considered the Desires of the Honnorable Houses,
concerning the Garrisons placed by the Scottish Army
in the Townes and Castles of Carlile, Newcastle, Tynmouth, Hartlepoole, Stockton, Warkeworth, and Thirlewall, expressed in their Letter of the 13th of November last; and have sent Instructions to their Commissioners to give such an Answere to the Honnorable
Houses as they are confident may serve most for promoting the Cause wherein both Kingdomes are soe
highly engaged, and carrying on the Warre to the
"They have further given Direction to their Commissioners, to make knowne to the Honnorable Houses
the earnest Desires of this Kingdome for the setling of
Religion and Church Government (which, as it was
the principall Ground of their Engagment in this
Cause, soe will the perfecting of it bee their cheifest
Joy and Glory of both Kingdomes), and their Propension for carrying on the Warre with the united
Affection and Forces of both Kingdomes; and that
noe good Meanes bee left unassayed for attayning a
firme and lastinge Peace, it beinge the constant Resolution of this Kingdome, against all Opposition, to
strengthen and cherish the Unity and brotherly Kindnes betweene the Kingdomes, and (Peace beinge settled with Truth, and these Things performed by the
Honnorable Houses which by Treaty they are obliged unto) to recall the Scottish Army with als greate
Alacrity, as they were ready to send the same into
England for the Assistance of their Brethren.
"The Inconstancy of the Weather in this Season
hes bin an Impediment to the Passage betwixt this and
Ireland, soe as the Estates have not zit had an Answere to their Letters sent thither concerning Bellfast:
But they have comaunded their Committee to retourne
Answere to the Honnorable Houses in that Particuler,
how soone they shall receive Information concerning
the same. Wee are
"Your affectionate Freinds and humble Servaunts,
St. Andrewes, 3 February 1646.
President of Parliament.
"To the Right Honnorable the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, at Westm'r. These."
Lincoln Committee Certificate, of the Losses in Kettlethorpe, &c. by Inundations, the River Fosse being stopped to secure Lindsey.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Certificate of the Committee of the
County of Lincolne.
"Whereas divers Petitions have been exhibited unto
us, by the Inhabitants of Kettlethorpe, Fenton, Laughterton, and Torcksey, in the Parts of Lindsey, concerning their Grievances, through the Inundations of
Waters, which have generally overflowed their
Meadows, Pastures, and Commons, which Inundation is occasioned by stopping the River Fosse, merely
for securing the Parts of Lindsey, by the Command
of Colonel Hatcher, then Governor of Lincolne, for
preventing the daily Incursions of the Newarkers,
which by the Means aforesaid was made unpassable
except they swim.
"And whereas it doth evidently appear unto us,
that the Towns of Kettlethrope, Fenton, and Laughterton, are damaged by the said Inundations, in this
present Year 1645, Three Hundred and Ten Pounds
at the least, and that the Town of Torksey is damaged
by the Means aforesaid, in the said Year, the Sum
of Two Hundred Pounds at the least;
"Do humbly present their said Losses to your Honourable Consideration and Direction, whether those
Towns shall receive Satisfaction out of the Parts of
Lindsey, who only receive the Benefit out of the said
"We further certify your Honours, that there are
One Hundred and Fifty Housholders at the least
within the said Towns that have suffered much by the
said Inundations, and had (as we are informed) left
their Habitations, but that they received Encouragement from us from Time to Time, that Satisfaction
should be made them for their said Losses, which we
conceive we are not enabled to do by any Ordinance.
"All which we humbly submit to your Honours
Lincolne, 28 Jan. 1645.
Francis Clinton al's Finis, Vic.