DIE Saturni, 28 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ordered, That Mr. Jenning Protection shall be renewed till the latter End of Michaelmas next.
Letter from Sir T. Glemham, inclosing One from the King.
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter
which he received from Sir Thomas Glemham
(fn. *) to him,
by a Trumpeter; which was read, as follows:
"By His Majesty's Command, I have herein sent
you His Letter, directed to your Lordship, to be
communicated to the Two Houses of Parliament at
Westm. and the Commissioners of the Parliament of
Scotland. And so I rest,
Oxon, 26 Feb. 1645.
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
"For the Right Honourable the Speaker of the
House of Peers pro Tempore."
Next, the Letter was read. (Here enter it.)
Mrs. Dutton's Order.
Upon reading of the Petition of Francis Dutton,
Wife of Giles Dutton: It is Ordered, That the former Orders concerning the Petitioner are hereby ratified; and that they shall be obeyed in all Points, as
the contrary will be answered to this House.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c. and to pass the One about Compositions at Goldsmiths Hall.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
The House of Commons have now sent up several
Ordinances, which they desire the Lords Concurrence
in; and that the Lords will pass an Order sent up formerly concerning Goldsmithes Hall; videlicet,
Ordinance H. Commons, for Two Thousand Five
Hundred Pounds, for reducing of Dennington.
Ordinance H. Commons, for the trying of Mr.
Murrey by Martial Law.
Order H. Commons, that Two Thousand Pounds
be raised for the Garrison of Abington.
Order H. Commons, that Twenty Thousand Pounds
for Major Le Hunt, Major Gibb &c.
Order H. Commons, that Six Hundred Pounds be
raised for the Kentish Horse before Denington.
That the Lords will return Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Order about Delinquents Compositions at Goldsmiths Hall.
Order H. Commons, touching Delinquents that make
their Compositions at Goldsmithes Hall, 1a & 2a
lecta, and committed:
Any Three, to meet this Afternoon, Prince's Lodgings, at Three; or Monday Morning.
Mr. Justice Rolls, Mr. Justice Bacon, and Mr.
Baron Atkins, to assist.
Form of a Pardon for Delinquents.
Next, the Form of Discharge of Delinquents was
read, and committed to the aforesaid Committee.
Ordinances from the H. C. agreed to.
Next, the Ordinance for paying Two Thousand Five
Hundred Pounds, for reducing Donington Castle.
(Here enter it.)
Next, an Ordinance was read, for paying Twenty
Thousand Pounds, out of the Excise, for the Use of
Three Regiments of Horse, under the Command of
Major Le Hunt, Major Gibb, and Major Haynes, now
before Newarke. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
An Ordinance for Six Hundred Pounds for the
Kentish Horse employed for the reducing of Donington
Castle. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference on the following Subjects;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
1. To desire a present Conference, in the Painted
1. Concerning a Letter received from the King.
2. Concerning the Propositions.
3. Concerning the Lord Savill's Business.
to remind them of L. Grey;
4. To put them in Mind of the Letters of the
Lord Grey of Warke, in regard (fn. *) of his great and
faithful Service to the Parliament and his Losses.
and Mr. Fathers.
5. To put them in Mind of the Ordinance concerning Mr. Fathers.
King's Letter to be communicated to the Scots Commissioners.
Ordered, That the Members of this House that are
of the Committee of both Kingdoms do communicate
to the Scotts Commissioners the King's Letter received
Major Kerle's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for making Major Kerle Governor of
Monmouth, was read; and respited till Tuesday next.
The Lord Wharton reported a Paper from the Committee of both Kingdoms, and a Letter; which were
Cols. Fleetwood and Whalley to watch the Motions of the King's Forces about Oxford.
Jovis, 26 Feb. 1645.
"At the Committee of both Kingdoms, at Derby
"Ordered, That it be reported to the Houses,
That, upon the Receipt of their Order of the 23th Instant, this Committee did forthwith give Order to
Colonel Fleetewood and Colonel Whalley, to be so observant of the Motions of the Forces about Oxford
and these Parts, that the Designs of the Army in the
West might not be disturbed or interrupted by any
Alarms into any of the Parts Westwards; yet we
thought it necessary that the Forces with Colonel
Whalley should be kept together as much as may be,
and on the North of Oxford, to prevent the joining
of the Forces of Oxford and the rest of the Garrisons
of those Parts with Sir Jacob Ashley (which we have
Intelligence they do intend); who, being the greatest
Number of Forces that the Enemy any where hath,
may, if they be increased with the Addition of these
about Oxford, give the most probable Beginning to a
new Army for the King: By lying there also, they are
ready to hinder the marching of the said Oxford
Forces, or those with Sir Jacob Ashley, toward Newarke, to interrupt that Siege; and may best also preserve the Association.
"That we have written to Colonel Fleetwood and
Colonel Whaley, to send Two Hundred Horse unto a
certain Place in Wiltsshire, near Farrington; and have
desired the Committee of Wilts to provide Two
Hundred Musketeers to be made Dragoons, for the
more secure lying of those Horse; and that the House
will take some Course to enable that County to raise
some Horse for the Defence of the Country: All which
we have reported to the House, for their Satisfaction."
Gen. Lesly's Letter and Proclamation.
Next, was read a Letter (fn. *) of General Lesley's, and a
Proclamation sent down to the House of Commons by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath. (Here enter them.)
Heads for the Conference about the King's Letter, L. Savill, and the Propositions.
The Matter of the Conference is to be, "To communicate to them the King's Letter, and desire it
may be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners;
and to let them know, that this House having passed
an Order concerning the Lord Savill, and sent it down
to them, their Lordships do adhere to it, and think
it fit that the Lord Savill be not at further Liberty
until that Order be obeyed.
"Also to let them know, That this House agrees
with them in the leaving out the Clause in the Fifth
Proposition, and desire the Propositions as are agreed upon may be forthwith communicated to the
Ordinance for trying Mr. Murray.
The Ordinance for Martial Law, to try Mr. Murray
for a Spy, was read; and Ordered to be taken into
Consideration on Tuesday Morning next.
The Ordinance concerning the Heir of Sir Christopher
Wraye, to free him from Wardship, was read.
Ordered, To be referred to the same Committee
as is for the Ordinance for Gouldsmithes Hall, to prepare it, that there be no Clause therein as crosses what
is already voted by the Houses concerning the Court of
Wards; and to meet on Monday Morning next.
The Lords went to the Conference.
King's Letter, desiring an Answer to His former One about Peace.
"His Majesty needs to make no Excuse, though
He sent no more Messages unto you; for He very
well knows He ought not to do it, if He either stood
upon Punctilios of Honour, or His own private
Interest, the one being already called in Question by
His often sending, and the other assuredly prejudiced
if a Peace be concluded upon what He hath already
offered, He having therein departed with many of
His undoubted Rights: But nothing being equally
dear unto Him to the Preservation of His People,
His Majesty passeth by many Scruples, Neglects,
and Delays, and once more desires you to give Him
a speedy Answer to His last Message; for His Majesty believes it doth very well become Him (after
this very long Delay) at last to utter His Impatience,
since that the Goods and Blood of His Subjects
cries so much for Peace.
"Given at the Court at Oxford, the 26th of February, 1645.
"For the Speaker of the House of Peers pro
Tempore; to be communicated to the Two
Houses of Parliament at Westm. and the
Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland."
Order for 2500 l. for reducing Donnington Castle.
"Whereas, by Ordinance of the 4th of November last, Three Thousand Pounds were charged upon
the Receipts of the Excise, in Course, for the providing of Ammunition and other Things for the reducing of Denington Castle; and whereas the Commissioners of Excise have advanced only Five Hundred Pounds, Part of the said Three Thousand
Pounds, and no more hath as yet been advanced
upon the said Ordinance: Now be it Ordained, by
the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
That the Remainder thereof, being Two Thousand
Five Hundred Pounds, shall be paid in Course of
the said Ordinance of the 4th of November, for the
Payment of the Forces before Denington Castle, and
Purposes aforesaid; which Sum of Two Thousand
Five Hundred Pounds the Commissioners of Excise
for the Time being are hereby authorized and required to pay accordingly, unto such Person or Persons as shall be appointed to receive the same by the
Committee of the Three Counties of Berks, Bucks,
and Oxon, for the Uses aforesaid; and the Receipt
or Receipts of the said Committee, or any Three of
them, or of the said Person or Persons to be appointed
by them as aforesaid, shall be their and every of their
sufficient Discharge in that Behalf; and this Ordinance shall be likewise sufficient Security unto such
Person or Persons, their Heirs and Assigns, as shall
advance and lend the said Two Thousand Five Hundred Pounds, or any Part thereof, for their Reimbursement in Course as aforesaid, together with Interest, at the End of every Six Months, after the Rate
of Eight Pounds per Centum, for so long Time as the
said Monies, or any Part thereof, shall be forborn;
for the Payment of which Principal and Interest unto
the Advancers and Lenders thereof, their Heirs and
Assigns respectively, this Ordinance, together with
the Receipt of every of them, shall be a sufficient
Warrant to the Commissioners of Excise, and any of
Ordinance for 20,000 l. for Major Le Hunt's, Major Gibb's, and Major Haynes's Horse, and Capt. Waylett's Dragoons, before Newark.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament assembled, That the Sum of Twenty
Thousand Pounds shall be paid, for the Use of Three
Regiments of Horse, of Major Le Hunt, Major
Gibb, and Major Haynes, and of Captain Waylett's
Company of Dragoons, raised, sent out, and maintained, by the Eastern Association, lately advanced
for blocking up of Newarke, and Parts adjacent, in
Course after other Assignments already charged shall
fall due, out of the Receipts of the Excise, by Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643; and the
Commissioners of Excise or new Impost are hereby
authorized to pay the same accordingly unto Thomas
Toll Esquire, a Member of the House of Commons,
or his Assigns, together with Interest for the same,
after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum, for so
long Time as the same shall be forborn, before it
become due as aforesaid; and his or their Receipt
to be their the said Commissioners of Excise sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the said Twenty
Thousand Pounds and Interest, and every Part and
Parcel thereof; and that the said Thomas Toll, or his
Assigns, do pay the Money by him so received, to
such Persons of the several Counties of the said Association as the Committee of Lords and Commons
for the Eastern Association, or any Five or more of
them, and as the Standing Committee of the several
Counties of that Association respectively, or any
Five or more of them, under their Hands in Writing,
shall nominate and appoint, according to the Proportions of Horse assessed and set upon the Counties of the said Association respectively: Provided
nevertheless, That the charging of the said Twenty
Thousand Pounds upon the Receipts of the Excise
shall not prejudice or postpone the Payment of any
Sums of Money charged upon the said Receipts by
any former Order of this House."
Order for 600 l. for the Kentish Horse before Donnington.
"It is this Day Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Six Hundred
Pounds, with Interest, shall be paid, for the Use of
the Kentish Horse employed before Dennington Castle,
out of the Receipts on the Excise, to come in upon
the Ordinance of the 11th of September, 1643, as
the same shall follow in Course; and the Commissioners of Excise or new Impost are hereby authorized to pay the said Sum of Six Hundred Pounds
and Interest, for the Use aforesaid, unto Mr. Skinner,
a Member of the House of Commons, his Assignee
or Assigns, whose Receipt or Receipts shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Commissioners of Excise,
and every of them, for Payment of the said Six
Hundred Pounds and Interest, and every Part and
Parcel thereof, accordingly."
Letter from Gen. Leily, that he has apprehended the Officers and others complained of in his Army, and will bring them to Trial.
"I acknowledge with all Thankfullnes your Freedome, in acquaintinge us with the base Calumnyes and
Informations invented and spread abroad against our
Army; which I dare say doe proceed for the most
Part from the Activenesse, Industry, and Malice of
our Enemyes, of purpose to render us hatefull to
our Freinds, and to divide (which God avert) the
Kingdomes if possible. I have beene ever most willing to redresse the least Injury and Wrong done
by any under my Comaund; and at this present
have the most Part of them who are complained on
by the Inhabitants of Tickhill in Prison; upon whome
I shall doe Justice most severly, soe soone as any
of the Crymes they are charged with shal bee proved;
by which your Lordships may see how unjustly
wee are delt with. In the best-regulated Armyes
that ever were, there have bin Disorders and Miscarriages; neither is it to bee expected, but there
have bin, and are, some in ours, considering how
much wee have bin neglected in our Maintenance,
that sometymes for the Space of Seaven or Eight
Moneths together wee have received noe Pay. And
as it is noe small Matter of Greife to me when any
Miscarriage falls out, soe noe sooner is any Disorder made knowne to me, but I put it to Tryall
and Examination; which is cleere in that of Tickbill,
soe much agreaged: For I noe sooner heard of the
Abuses said to (fn. *) be done there, but I caused imprison the Persons complained on; I entreated the Commissioners from the Parliament to send to Tickhill
some from them, where I appointed honest and able
Men from our Army to meete with them, to heare
the Complaints, and report to me, that I might accordingly punish or cleere the Persons complained
on: These appointed by me went to the Place, but
there were none there to meete with them; and the
Reason pretended was, because the Inhabitants durst
not complaine, as long as there were in the Place
a Regiment to over-awe them (which I dare say is a
Calumny); wherefore I have removed that Regiment,
and have againe renewed my former Intreaty to the
Commissioners, that they wil bee pleased to send
some from them to Tickhill, where I shall meete
them with the Persons complained on, that, if they
bee found guilty, they may bee punished according
to the Nature of their Faults; and, if innocent, they
may bee cleered. As to that of Major Blair, it is
a wild Calumny; for, since his comeing to Nottinghamsheir, he had noe Order from me to retourne
to Yorksheir; neither did he retourne or quarter
there since, but is yet lying with his Troopes in
Darbysheir. And for our Army, notwithstanding of
all the haynous Crymes wee are charged with, I
dare say never Army did leave more peaceably and
soberly then wee have done; and that noe Army
in the Kingdome is more willing to accept of a
Competency for Subsistance, and to offer themselves
when comaunded with all Cheerefullnes for the
Advancement of the Publique Service. I am confident that God, who knowes the Sincerity of our
Hearts to this Kingdome, and the Cause wee fight
for, will, in His owne Tyme, prove the Truth of
this. I have sent you here inclosed a Coppy of a
Declaration, which I have caused publish this last
Sabboth in all the Parish Churches where our Forces
lye, a Coppy whereof I have alsoe sent to the Commissioners of the Honnorable Houses of Parliament
and to the Committee of Yorkesheir, which I intreate
you to represent, with this Letter, to the Committee
of both Kingdomes and to the Parliament; as alsoe
to give Assurance to our Freinds, that whatsoever
Reports may bee spread of our Army, that they
notwithstanding may rest consident that there shal
bee noe Disorder nor Miscarriage in it which shall
not bee severly punished; and that I expect soe much
Charity and Justice from them, that they will beleeve nothinge to our Prejudice upon bare and naked
Informations and Reports; and that they will suspend their Judgments till due Tryall and Examination bee made; and then I doubt not but that wee
shall receive good Testimonyes from our Freinds,
and make our Enemyes and Accusers ashamed of
their Lyes and Calumnyes wherewith they have
charged us, who have and ever shall bee zealous in
abhorringe and punishinge such Villanyes; and shall
Kelham, the 22th Febr. 1646.
"Most faithfull Servaunt,
Gen. Lesly's Proclamation, to protect the Country People, and for those that are aggrieved by his Troops to make their Complaints.
"Whereas both Houses of Parliament have lately
given Order for provydinge 15,000£. per Mensem for
the Maintenance of the Forces before Newarke, under
my Commaund; and it is expected the Honnorable
Commissioners of Parliament will take speciall Care
for due Performance thereof, whereby the Army may
in some Measure subsist, and bee enabled to prosecute the Service wherein they are now engaged;
and whereas diverse Complaints have bin made elswhere against some in this Army, without makeinge
any Addresse to us here upon the Place, who have
ever beene, and shall still bee, most ready and willing
to redresse all just Greivances: Wee have thought
fitt to make knowne to all the Inhabitants in these
Parts, that wee have issued our Edict and Proclamation, comaundinge all our Officers and Souldiers
not to presume, upon Paine of Death, to offer the
least Wrong or Violence to any whatsoever in their
Persons or Goods; and wee doe hereby invite all
such as have or shall receive any Wronge or Injury
from any within this Army, to make their Repaire
freely to our Quarters, to exhibite their Complaints
against any of our Officers or Souldiers whatsoever:
And wee doe faithfully promise, that severe Punishment shall bee inflicted upon all such as shall bee
found guilty upon Tryall; as, on the other Part, wee
doe expect that none wil bee soe forgettfull of their
Duty, or injurious to this Army, as to make Complaints elsewhere, when Justice hath not bin denyed
them upon the Place.
House adjourned till 9, Monday Morning next.