DIE Veneris, 27 die Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Valentine.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Great Seal to be mended.
Ordered, That any Three of the Commissioners
of the Great Seal of Engl. shall be present during the
Time that the Great Seal is mended.
Thanks to the Preachers at the Fast.
Ordered, That Mr. Harris and Mr. Case shall have
Thanks given them, for preaching before the Lords in
the Abbey Church the last Fast-day, and desired to
print their Sermons.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this
Answer to the Message sent lately to the House of
That concerning the Ordinance concerning the Hospital at Leycester, and Captain Canon's Business, and
concerning the Captain of The Providence, they will
send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Dr. Heath, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That Doctor Heath hath Leave to be
absent from the Attendance of this House for Three
Order for a Thanksgiving.
The House agreed to the Order for the Thanksgiving
for the good Success of the West, Thursday come
Three Weeks, in the Counties within Ten Miles of
London; with the Addition, ["to give Thanks for the
Victory against Sir Jacob Ashly"].
L. Lovelace committed to the Black Rod.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That the Lord
Lovelace is come out of the King's Quarters, and
hath rendered himself to the Parliament, and desires
to compound with the Parliament."
It is Ordered, That the Lord Lovelace shall stand
committed to the Gentlemen Usher of this House, and
by him to be kept in safe Custody, until the Pleasure of
this House be further signified.
The Earl of Warwicke reported a Paper from the
Committee for the Admiralty:
Paper from the Admiralty Committee, for the E. of Inchequin to be allowed for his Ship The Charles, fitted out for the Public Service.
"Die Martis, 24 Martii, 1645.
"At the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
"Upon Perusal of a Paper delivered into this Committee by the Lord Inchequin; importing, That a
Frigate of his Lordship's, called The Charles, was,
about the Middle of July, 1644, apparelled,
manned, and sitted for Sea, at his own Charge, and
sent from Ireland to England, purposely to give Notice to his Friends of some Designs and Intentions
for the Parliament's Service, and to advise a Co-operating therein; and that she continued thereon till the
29th of October, 1644, at which Time she was entertained into the Service of the Fleet: And forasmuch as it appeared unto this Committee (upon Conference with his Lordship), that her said Employment
was with good Advantage and Success, so that they
conceive it reasonable that Satisfaction be given his
Lordship from the State, according to the usual Allowance in like Cases, during the said Time that she
was so employed: Ordered, That it be recommended to both Houses of Parliament, from this
Committee, to give Direction for the Payment of so
much Money to his Lordship as the Employment of the
said Frigate, from the Sixteenth of July to the 29th
of October, 1644, shall, according to the usual Rate,
Ordered, That this House approves of this Report; and that it be recommended to the House of
Commons, for their Concurrence.
It was further desired, "That their former Report
concerning Captain John Hodder may be expedited."
Committee for St. Gregory's Church.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning Gregorie's Church shall meet To-morrow Sevennight, in
Book called The last Warning to the City of London, complained against by the Lord Mayor, &c.
The Earl of Northumb. reported, "That the Committee of Lords and Commons went Yesterday to the
Common Council of London; and they received what
was delivered to them with great Joy and Expressions,
and return their Lordships Thanks for it: And they
delivered to the Committee a Book, printed, and
published abroad, intituled, "The last Warning to
London;" which Book being of a high Nature, the
Lord Mayor hath (fn. *) apprehended some about it, for
dispersing it, and are endeavouring to find out the
Author: And the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council desire the Houses would please to take
some Course for finding the Author of it, and punishing of him according to Justice."
The said Pamphlet was read.
Lord Mayor to proceed in the Examinations about it; and the Master, &c. of the Stationers Company to attend.
It is Ordered, That the Lord Mayor be desired to
proceed in the Examination of this Business; and to
send to this House To-morrow Morning the Examinations which he hath already taken in this Business; and
that he will from Time to Time send such Examinations as he shall take; and to let him know, that this
House hath put this Business into Examination: And it
is further Ordered, That the Master and Wardens of
the Company of Stationers shall attend this House Tomorrow Morning, to give this House what Informations
they can, to find out the Author of this Pamphlet.
Invitation from the L. Mayor, Aldermen, &c. for the Lords to dine with them on the Thanksgiving-day.
This Day divers Aldermen and Common Council of
the City of London came to this House; and Mr. Alderman Foukes, after a long Speech, said, "He was
commanded, by the Lord Mayor and Common Council of the City of London, to give their Lordships
humble Thanks for the great Favour shewed to them,
in sending those Lords Yesterday to the Common
Council, to acquaint them with the many Successes
and Victories it hath pleased God to give the Parliament Forces, and also to invite the Lord Mayor and
the Common Council to the Thanksgiving at Christ'schurch on Thursday next; which they received as a
great Expression of their Lordships and the House of
Commons; the Intent being, first, to give Praises to
God for His Mercies, and, next, to preserve Love
and Unity between the Parliament and City, which
some did endeavour to divide: Therefore, to shew
their Readiness to embrace any Opportunity of that
Nature, and to express their Thanks to their Lordships
for these Favours, the humble Desire of the Lord
Mayor and Common Council is, That their Lordships would be pleased to take a Dinner with them at
Grocers Hall the same Day, after both the Sermons
Upon this, they withdrew.
Committee to prepare an Answer.
And the House appointed the Earl of Northumb.
Earl of Manchester, Earl of Denbigh, the Lord Viscount
Say & Seale, and the Lord Wharton, to draw up an Answer to be returned to this Invitation, and report the same
to this House: Which accordingly was done, and approved of.
And the Aldermen and Common Council being again
called in, the Speaker gave them this Answer; which he
read to them, as follows:
Answer to the L. Mayor, Aldermen, &c.
"My Lords acknowledge the wonderful Mercies of
God, in the great and constant Successes by which He
hath pleased so-long-gone-on to bless our Armies;
and they (fn. *) take Notice of the Readiness of the City of
London to improve all Occasions whereby they may
express their Faithfulness and good Affections to the
Parliament. They have commanded me to give you
this Assurance, That they will ever make good that
Confidence you have of them; and will study to prevent all Fears and Jealousies that by any Means may
be east into your Minds, they agreeing fully with you
in one and the (fn. *) same End, Truth and Peace; and they
will employ their utmost Endeavours to preserve
Union between the Two Kingdoms, betwixt the Parliament and City, which they esteem their greatest
"They return you Thanks for your free and kind
Invitation; and intend, God willing, to dine with
you at Grocers Hall on Thursday next."
The Order was read, for paying One Hundred Pounds
to Hornebold, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
A Letter from Mr. Walter Strickland was read.
(Here enter it.)
Paper from the Commissioners of the Assembly of Scotland.
The Earl of Manchester acquainted the House, "That
he had delivered to him, by Commissioners of the
Assembly of Scotland, a Paper, which he was desired
to deliver to this House; and the Members of the
House of Commons that meet with those Commissioners have the like Paper to deliver to the House of
Order for 100£. to Major Hornehold.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Major Hornebold
shall have the Sum of One Hundred Pounds bestowed
upon him, for his Pains in bringing the Letter from
Sir Wm. Brerton, Colonel Morgan, and Colonel Birch,
and for his good Service; and that the Committee
of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies
sitting at Habberdashers Hall do pay the same accordingly."
Letter from Mr. Strickland, that the D. of Orleans is preparing a Fleet against the Parliament; and about the Provinces being transferred by the Spaniards to the French as a Dower.
For the Right Honourable the Lord Grey of
Warke, Speaker of the Lords House, London.
The Duke of Orleans had given Order to prepare a Fleet of Ships, of which he had appointed
one Captain Forran, a Frenchman, who hath been
in the State's Service ever since the Loss of Rochell,
to be Admiral. The Number of Ships was Twentyfour, of which Fourteen were hired. The Intent
of this was against the Parliament, as appears by
Goff's Letters; and the same Goffe and Webster, and
others, were at The Hagh about it. But the State
have resolved that Fleet shall not go out; at which
the Enemies of our Kingdom are much troubled,
having conceived to themselves very great Things
from this Preparation, of which breaking the Trade
of London was One.
I remember your Lordships writ to me, you had
some Conference with the Dutch Ambassador concerning the Growth of the Crown of France, and
your Thoughts of it. The late Fears and Jealousies of a March betwixt France and Spaine, and
that the Portion should be transferring the Provinces now held by the Spanyard to the French, hath
made good what your Lordships then said so fully;
as all the Assurances, the Resident of France here,
or the French themselves to The States Ambassador
at Parris, that the Offers of the Spanyard are fully
rejected by the Queen Regent of France, and that
the French will not treat but conjointly with The
States is not enough to settle their Fears and Apprehensions, and to make them think it fit not to
make the Spanyard's Affairs so desperate as to oblige
him to grant such Conditions to the French, but rather incline to treat with him, and so make a Peace:
Yet, as I said, the French Ministers do abundantly
endeavour to take away these Jealousies, by assuring
The States that the Queen of France doth willingly
reject the Offer the Spanyard made here, of referring
the Differences betwixt the Two Crowns to Her
and the Duke of Orleans, Prince of Condey, Cardinal
Mælarim; and that the Queen will not treat with
the Spanyard but at Monster, and by communicating
all to The States. Yet this is not enough, as it
seems; for they seem more inclined to treat at Monster, than, as they were wont, to solicit France for the
usual Subsidies that State Yearly gives them to come
into the Field with a good Army and an extraordinary Assistance, with which they were wont to raise
My Lord, these Things seem to me to deserve
the Thoughts of the Parliament, and to think, whether now be not a Season for us to consider our Interests here, when we seem to have Advantages which
will not last always. I am,
Hagh, March 29/19, 1646.
"Most humble Servant,