DIE Lunæ, 2 Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Rayner.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Balmerino and Sir R. Heath.
The Report of the Judges, concerning the Business
referred to them by the House between Sir Rob'te
Heath and the Lord Balmerino, was read; (videlicet),
"Inter Joh'em D'num Belmerino Quer. & Rob't
Heath Mil. Defend.
"According to your Lordships Order of the First of
November last, we have, in the Presence of the Lord
Balmerino and his Counsel (none attending for the
Defendant Sir Rob't Heath), considered of the Plaintiff's Petition, and the Defendant Sir Rob't Heath's
Answer, and of the Agreement in the Petition and
Answer mentioned, and of the Statute of 21°
Limitations of Actions; and thereupon we are of
Opinion, that the said Statute of Limitation doth extend to this Cause.
17 Jan. 1645.
Wybrantson & al. Dutch Merchants, Petition, for Leave to send Vessels to Dublin, to fetch away their Effects.
Upon reading the Petition of Daniell Wybrantson,
Isaac Paulson, and Adrian Paulson, Merchants of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and Subjects to the Lords and
States Generall of The United Provinces; desiring, "That
they may be permitted to send into the Haven of
Dublin some Three or Four small Vessels, for to fetch
off their Ships and Estates at Dublin in Ireland."
It is Ordered, To be referred to the Consideration
of the Committee for Foreign Affairs; and the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein: And the said Committee to meet on Wednesday
next, in the Afternoon, about this Business; and the
former Paper delivered in from The States Ambassador
to be then taken into Consideration.
Letter from the Parliament of Scotland.
The Speaker acquainted this House with a Letter
delivered by the Lord Wariston from the Parliament of
Scotland; which was read, as follows. (Here enter it.)
Discovery to be made of the Persons who raised the Report about the Scots treating with the King.
Hereupon this House Resolved, To communicate
this Letter to the House of Commons, with this Sense,
"That this House thinks it fit, for the keeping a good
Correspondency and Union between the Two Kingdoms, that all possible Means may be used for the
Discovery of Robert Wright; and also, for the Satisfaction of the Kingdom of Scotland, that there may be
a Discovery of the unknown Knight: As concerning
the other Particulars, this House will take them into
Message to the H. C. about it;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To deliver to them the Letter received this Day from
the Parliament of Scotland, with the Sense of this House
concerning Rob't Wright, and the Discovery of the unknown Knight.
and with the Dutch Merchants Petition, &c.
2. To communicate to them the Paper of The States
Ambassador, and the Petition of Daniell Wybrantson,
&c.; and desire that the Committee for Foreign Affairs
may meet on Wednesday next, in the Afternoon, to consider of these Two Businesses.
Message from the H. C. that the Propositions may be communicated to the Scots Commissioners, and sent to the King;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight;
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars:
1. To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons doth concur with this House, in communicating the Propositions already passed both Houses to
the Scotts Commissioners; and do desire Concurrence
with the House of Commons, that they may not only
be communicated to the Scotts Commissioners, but that
their Concurrence may be desired therein, to the
End they may be speeded to His Majesty; and that
a fair Copy of them may be made, and examined and
signed by both Clerks, and delivered, by the Members
of both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to the Scotts Commissioners, according as aforesaid.
to expedite the Ordinance to continue the Commissioners in Ulster, &c.;
2. To desire Expedition to the Ordinance for continuing the Commissioners in Ireland; and to join in
the Letter from the Committee for the bringing in the
Monies for Ireland. (Here enter it.)
and to add the Recorder to the Admiralty Committee, and Mr. Johnson to the Assembly.
4. To desire Concurrence in a Vote:
"Resolved, &c. That Mr. Recorder be One of the
Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, in the Place of Sir Christopher
Wray Knight, deceased."
5. For Mr. Johnston to be added to the Assembly of
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees in the Ordinance concerning
the continuing of the Commissioners in Ireland, and
to the adding of Mr. Recorder: To the rest of the
Particulars, this House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
E. of Newport's Petition, for an Allowance.
Upon reading the Petition of Mountjoy Blount, Earl
of Newport; shewing, "That forasmuch as his Estate
is sequestered, so that no Part thereof comes to his
Hands for his Maintenance; desires to have such
Allowance of competent Means for his present Subsistence."
It is Ordered, To be specially recommended to the
House of Commons.
Walloons at Dover Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of the Walloones at Dover:
(Here enter the Petition.) It is Ordered, To be referred to the Committee for the Cinque Ports, to consider of the Business and report (fn. *) their Opinions to this
Message to the H. C. about adding Lords to the Committee for Ireland.
Ordered, That Mr. Justice Bacon and Mr. Justice
(fn. †) do deliver this Message to the House of Commons To-morrow Morning, to put them in Mind of
(fn. ‡) adding to the Committee for the Revenue those Lords
formerly sent down.
Ordinance to continue the Commissioners in Ulster.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons in this present
Parliament assembled have, by their Ordinance of
the Third of May, 1645, nominated, ordained, and
appointed, Arthur Annesley Esquire, Sir Robert King
Knight, and William Beale Colonel, or any Two of
them, to be a joint Committee with the Committee
and Commissioners of Scotland, to reside in the Province of Ulster, and to advise, consult, and direct
concerning the carrying on and managing of the War
of the Kingdom of Ireland for the best Advantage
thereof, wherein they were to observe and follow
such Instructions, Orders, and Directions, as they
should therewith, or from Time to Time thenafter,
receive from both Houses of Parliament, from the
Committee of both Kingdoms residing at Westm;
with a special Proviso, That the said Ordinance should
continue for Eight Months, and no longer: Forasmuch as the said Eight Months expired on the Third
Day of January last, and that the Service doth require their Residence in those Parts for some longer
Time; it is now Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, That the Power and Authority granted unto
the said Arthur Annesly Esquire, Sir Robert King
Knight, and William Beale Colonel, by the before
mentioned Ordinance of the Third of May, 1645,
be continued unto them for Six Months longer, to
commence from the Third Day of January last:
Provided, That nothing in this Ordinance shall extend to the Prejudice or Lessening of any Authority granted, or to be granted, by both Houses of
Parliament, to the Lord Lisle Chief Governor of
Walloons and other Foreign Protestants Petition, for Leave to erect a Congregation at Dover.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Walloones, or French,
and other Strangers, professing the true Protestant Religion, residing in Dover;
"That your Petitioners, desirous to serve God in
their own Tongue, under a faithful Ministry of the
Word and Sacraments, in the Town and Port of
Dover, have petitioned the Magistrates of the said
Place for their Consent, that your Petitioners might
be enabled to petition the Honourable Committee
for the County of Kent; which the said Magistrates
have freely granted, giving them their Consents under their Hands and Seal of Office; which your Petitioners have tendered unto the said Committee,
desiring that they would be pleased to authorize the
Erection of a Walloone or French Congregation in
the said Town and Port of Dover, with the same
Discipline and Immunities which the King's Most
Excellent Majesty, and His Royal Ancestors of
happy Memory from Edward the Sixth, have graciously granted unto the several Foreign Congregations in the several Places of this Kingdom, and as
formerly a Dutch Congregation was erected in the
"The said Committee do conceive that the Suit of
your humble Petitioners is reasonable, and tending
to the Glory of God; but found not that it is in
their Power to authorize the Erection of a Congregation, but wholly to reside in the Power of the Parliament: And the said Committee, through their
good Affections towards your Petitioners Suit, have
written in their Behalf unto the Burgesses of Dover
sitting in Parliament, for to be represented unto
"Your Petitioners most humbly beseech your
Honours to be pleased to consider the Premises; that, by the Power of this SupremeCourt, a Walloone Congregation may be erected in the said Town and Port of Dover, to
the Glory of God, and as a Means of the
Conversion of many Papists.
"And they (as in Duty bound) shall continue daily to pray, &c.
"Iaques le Candele.
Anthony Le Candle."
| M. De Haze.
Phillippe le Keux.
Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, for Discovery of the Persons who accused the Scots of treating separately with the King;—complaining of the flow Progress of the Reformation of Religion; and desiring the Propositions for Peace may be expedited.
"For the Right Honnorable the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England
"Being appointed by the Parliament of this Kingdome, now adjourned, to keepe Correspondence with
the Honnorable Houses of Parliament of England,
and beinge intrusted with the Pursuance of their Desires for the Furtherance of the Common Cause, and
the publict and mutuall Good of both Kingdomes;
wee doe, in the Name of the Parliament, and by their
Authority, certify, That this Kingdome, notwithstanding all their Sufferings and Discouragments, are
not moved nor shaken from their former Resolutions
and Vows; but will live and dye with their Brethren
of England in the Prosecution of the Ends expressed
in the solemne League and Covenant; being confident of the like Inclynation and Resolution of the
Parliament and Kingdome of England, against all
such groundlesse Suspicions and needlesse Jealousyes
to the contrary, as bad Instruments from the Begining to this Day have beene, from their Envy of our
common Happines, and for their owne private Ends,
inventing and suggesting, that all the common Troubles which both Kingdomes have endured may end
in a publict Tragedy, to the Scandall and Greife of
the Reformed Churches, the hardning and strengthening our common Enemyes; the making of ourselves
the Instruments of our owne mutuall Ruine and
Destruction, and, which is most of all, the Dishonnor of the greate Name of God, with whome wee
have entered in Covenant, for the Propagation of the
Gospell, and the Advancement of the Kingdome of
"For the present, according to the Trust committed
unto us, wee make our Addresse unto both Houses
in the Particulars followinge; and doe not doubt
but wee shall receive such Sattisfaction as may bee
a reall Testimony of their Justice and Brotherly
Kindnes. Upon Information from our Commissioners
there; the Parliament, before their Adjourning, did
understand what was written by one callinge himselfe
Robert Wright, and informed by annother whose Name
was kept in the Darke, and confirmed by a Letter of
Mr. Jermin to the Lord Digby, against this Kingdome,
their Army in England, and their Commissioners there.
The Accusations are of soe high a Nature, and soe
sophistically insinuated, that the Parliament, which
dureing their Sitting were upon all Occasions endeavoring the best Wayes of the preserving the happy
Conjunction of the Two Kingdomes, were much affected therewith, as a Matter wherein they were much
concerned, both for their owne Vindication, and the
Sattisfaction of their Brethren. If there shal bee any
Matter or Ground of such Accusation found against
any Person of this Kingdome, or of our Army, or
any of our Commissioners, wee are noe lesse willing
that it bee examined and punished to the full, then
wee desire and expect that the like bee done against
any in England that transgresse in that Kinde; which
is conforme to our Covenant, wherein wee shall sweare
with all Faithfullnes to endeavor the Discovery of
all such as have bin or shal bee Incendiaryes, Malignants, or evill Instruments, by hindring the Reformation of Religion, dividing the Kinge from His People,
or One of the Kingdomes from the other, that they
may bee brought to Publique Tryall, and receive condigne Punishment, as the Degree of their Offences
shall require or deserve; but lett us desire and expect
from our Brethren all Charity, Tendernes, and Respect to this Kingdome, our Army, and Commissioners,
of whose Faithfullnes they have had soe large and
manifould Experience, and, in their severall Letters
to this Kingdome, did give them soe ample Testimonyes that noe Aspersions or Suspicions lye upon them,
by concealing the Names of any Persons who can bee
discovered; and therefore, according to the Trust
committed unto us, wee doe desire, in Name of the
Parliament and Kingdome of Scotland (if that Robert
Wright bee not yet found out who he is, and that
hidden Knight after soe long a Tyme be not yet unsecretted and made knowne by Name), all Meanes
may bee used for discovering the one whose Letter
have bin soe frequently produced before the Committee of both Kingdomes, and revealing the other
to our Commissioners which is in the Power of some
of the Members of the House of Commons to doe,
that both Kingdomes may bee sattisfyed when the
Truth is brought to Light, and all such Jealousyes
and Misunderstandings may bee prevented for the
Future. Wee docalsoe represent to the Honnorable
Houses of Parliament, that this Kirke and Kingdome
is more scandalized and greived in the Matter of Religion, which immediatly concerneth God in His
Honnor, then in any Thinge on Earth touching
themselves and their owne Name. A Directory for
the Worshipp of God is agreed upon in the Assembly, and authorised by both Kingdomes, and practised carefully by this Church: But the Service-book
still retayned in some Places of England under the
Parliament's Power; and the Directory very much
slighted, and by some avowedly written against; insteed of the intended Unity in Religion, blasphemous
Errors, Hæresyes, Sects, and Schismes, are increased
and multiplyed, through the Want of Church Government; the Nationall Assembly of this Kirke, in
their Answere to the Declaration of the Parliament
of England, of the Date July, 1642, professe, that
themselves and all the Well-affected within the Kingdome, are exceedingly greived and made heavy, because the Reformation of Religion had moved soe
slowly, and suffered soe greate Interruption; and the
Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, in
their Reply, did professe that the misserable Estate of
the Church and Kingdome was not able to endure
any longer Delay: Like as, in their Declaration sent
to the Generall Assembly, they professe that they doe
not doubt but to settle such a Reformation of the
Church as should bee most agreeable to God's Word;
and, in the aforementiond Reply, they declare that
their Purpose is to consult with godly and learned
Divines, that they may settle such a Government as
may bee most agreeable to God's Holy Word. Some
Commissioners from this Kirke have attended the Assembly of Divines there for the Space of Two Yeares
and an Halfe, and long agoe the Assembly hath offered their Advise to both Houses; yet can wee heare
nothing of settling a Government, but, upon the contrare, of a reall Groweth of all Sects and Errors, and
of greate Endeavors for Tolleration thereof; which
maketh us and this Church and Kingdome, who cannott understand where the Difficulty and Obstruction
lyeth, to wonder at soe long a Delay, wherein wee are
very much interessed, not only in relation to the Glory
of God, our mutuall League and Covenant, and the
Peace and Happines of that Church and Kingdome,
but alsoe in regard of the Unity in Religion amongest
ourselves, and of the Peace of this Kingdome, which
cannott bee long preserved from soe dangerous Contagion, which would bee more greivous and intollerable unto us then all our Troubles and Sufferings
have beene: And therefore, from all these Considerations in Name of this Kingdome and Parliament wee
doe in all Earnestnesse desire, that Church Government may now at last, without further Delay, bee
settled accordinge to the Covenant.
"Wee doe, in like Manner, presse what hath bin
sollicited by our Comissioners for the Space of Eight
Moneths past; that the Propositions of Peace, after
soe much Debate and Deliberation agreed upon unanimously by both Kingdomes, the most materiall
whereof have beene fully treated upon at Uxbridge,
may bee forthwith sent to His Majesty, wherein this
Kingdome is the more earnest, that they knowe not
the Cause why the sending of these Propositions is soe
longe suspended: They long for the End of this unhappy Warre, by the happy setling of Religion and
Peace; and soe much the more, that they doe (fn. *) perceave, some would make use of the Continuance of
these Warrs, to raise and foment Jealousyes and Differences betweene these Kingdomes, and to separate
those whome God hath soe strictly tyed, for soe good
Ends, by soe many Bonds and Relations; and wee
are confident will never suffer to bee divided, but still
continue them in a firme and blessed Conjunction,
against all Machinations of Satan and his Instruments,
which shall ever bee the setled Resolution and constant Endeavor of
St. Andrewes, the 10th Febr. 1646.
"Most affectionate Freinds,
and humble Servaunts,
"J. P. D. Com."
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer to the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Meeting of the Committee
for Foreign Affairs on Wednesday next, in the Afternoon: To the rest of the Particulars, they will send an
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir C. Egerton's Order.
Sir Charles Egerton's Order (fn. *) was read, and Agreed
to. (Here enter it.)
Mr. Carr's Business.
Ordered, Mr. Carr's Business shall be further heard
the 9th of March.
Ordered, That this House will take into Consideration what Damages to give Mr. Lilborne on Friday
Mrs. Cromwell and Sir H. Tracy.
Whereas the Cause this Day came to Hearing at
the Bar, between Ann Cromwell Plaintiff, and Sir
Humphry Tracy Baronet, &c. concerning a Decree in
Chancery; but because there was no Record of that
Decree produced to this House, the Lords being of
Opinion, that, no Decree being inrolled, the Plaintiff
may have Remedy in an ordinary Course in Chancery
if there shall be Cause, do dismiss the same from this
Order for 500 l. to Sir C. Egerton.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Sir Charles Egerton shall have the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds,
formerly appointed to him by Order of the House
of Commons, out of the Estates, Fines, or Compositions, of any of the Persons set down in a Paper
presented by him to both Houses of Parliament,
which he himself shall nominate"
House adjourned till 9a cras