DIE Lunæ, 25 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Corbett.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Ordinance concerning Mr.
Spinkes: (Here enter it.) As to the Business concerning
the Lady Henrietta, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Quarrel between L. Campden and L. Chandois.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That he heard
on Saturday last of a Quarrel between the Lord Viscount Campden and the Lord Chandois, Two Peers of
this Realm; and that his Lordship sent to the Lord
Viscount Campden, who hath promised to keep his
House, and not to do any Thing further concerning the
Business: But the Lord Chandois is not to be found."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Gentleman
Usher of the Black Red shall find where the Lord Chandois is; and let him know, "That this House requires
him to keep his Lodgings, and proceed no further in
this Business, until the Pleasure of this House be
Letters from the King, Estates of Scotland, &c.
A Letter from the King was read, as follows.
(Here enter it.)
Another Letter was read, reported from the Committee of both Kingdoms. (Here enter it.)
Another Letter, from the Committee of Estates of
Scotland residing in the Scotts Army. (Here enter it.)
Another Paper was read, being a Copy of Papers delivered to the King at Newcastle. (Here enter it.)
Next, a Copy of His Majesty's Letter to the States of
Scotland, was read. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That these Letters be communicated to
the House of Commons, at a Conference.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page:
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, if it may stand with their Conveniency, concerning
a Letter received from the King, and some other Letters and Papers received from the Commissioners of the
Parliament of Scotland residing here.
L. Paget, Leave to visit the D. of Richmond, &c.
Ordered, That the Lord Pagett hath Leave to go
and see the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Lyndsey.
Ordered, That a Letter be written, by the Speaker,
in the Name of this House, "That, upon Business of
Consequence, he give Notice by Letter to this House
of the same (fn. *) "
Fitzakerley and Fenton, in Error.
This Day being appointed to hear the Counsel on
both Sides, to argue the Errors in the Writ of Error
depending in this House between Fitzacre' Plaintiff, and
Fenton Defendant; but the Counsel for the Plaintiff not
appearing, the House proceeded, and read the general
And it is Ordered, That if the Plaintiff do not shew
Cause on Thursday Morning next, this House will affirm
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they will give a present Conference, as is desired.
Message from thence, with Orders, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Jesson, &c.
To desire Concurrence in divers Particulars.
The Answer was:
That this House will take the Particulars into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their
Heads for a Conference on the Letter from the King about Peace, and surrendering Oxford; and those from the Estates of Scotland, for preserving the Union.
The Sense of the House, which was to be delivered at
this next Conference, was to this Effect:
"That the Lords conceive this Letter of the King to
be of higher Concernment to this Kingdom, and to
bring greater Satisfaction, than any Offers or Overtures of Peace formerly made by His Majesty, because it discovers a great Change in His Majesty's
Thoughts and Opinion of the Proceedings of His Parliaments of both Kingdoms, which lays the surest
Foundation for our future Hopes of recovering a
happy Peace to these Three Kingdoms, which have
long lain under this bloody and unnatural War. Their
Lordships know that the assured Enjoyment of this
Peace must be the King's acting according to His
Professions, which cannot be till the Propositions be
sent unto Him from both Kingdoms; therefore desire
not to omit so fair an Opportunity, but that they
may with all possible Speed perfect the Propositions
intended to be sent unto the King by the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland.
"That the Members of both Houses that are of the
Committee of both Kingdoms do communicate the
King's Letter to the Scotch Commissioners; and to
let them know the good Resentment the Houses have
of the Care and good Expressions the Estates of the
Kingdom of Scotland have made, of preserving the
Union and good Understanding between the Two
Kingdoms, according to the League and Covenant;
and to assure them again, that the Houses will be as
careful to preserve the same according to the Covenant and the Treaty.
"To desire that there may some Course be thought
of, how the King's Commands to Sir Tho. Glemham,
for surrendering up of Oxford, may be sent to Sir
Thomas Fairefax, and so sent to Sir Tho. Glemham;
and to let them know, that their Lordships think it
fit, that a Committee of Nine Lords be appointed
to meet with a proportionable Number of the House
of Commons, to consider what Conditions are fit to
be sent to Sir Tho. Glemham, for the Surrender of
Oxford, and to report the same to the House; and
desire them that they would nominate a proportionable Number of their House, to join therein.
"That their Lordships think it fit that a Letter be
written from the Houses, to the Estates of Scotland, to
express how well the Houses take their declaring
their Affections to the Union of both Kingdoms; and
to desire Concurrence herein, and that it be referred
to the Lords and Commons, Members of the Houses,
that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to prepare a Letter, and offer the same to both Houses."
Committee to consider of the Conditions for surrendering Oxford.
The Names of the Lords Committees that are appointed to consider of the Conditions for surrendering
up of Oxford:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
The House was adjourned; and the Lords went to
the Conference with the House of Commons.
Letter from the King, with Proposals for establishing Peace.
"His Majesty having understood from both Houses
of Parliament, that it was not safe for Him to come
to London, whither He had purposed to repair, that
so He might by their Advice do whatsoever might
be best for the Good and Peace of these Kingdoms,
until He should first give His Consent to such Propositions as were to be presented to Him from them;
and being certainly informed that the Armies were
marching so fast up to Oxford as made that no fit
Place for Treaty; did resolve to withdraw Himself
hither, only to secure His own Person, and with no
Intention either to continue this War any longer, or
to make a Division betwixt His Two Kingdoms,
but to give such Contentment to both, and so to preserve Himself for the Good of both, as (by the
Blessing of God) He might see an happy and wellgrounded Peace, thereby to bring Prosperity to these
Kingdoms answerable to the best Times of His Royal
Progenitors: And since the settling of Religion
ought to be the chiefest Care of all Councils, His
Majesty most earnestly and heartily recommends to
His Two Houses of Parliament all the Ways and
Means possible for the speedy finishing this pious
and necessary Work, and particularly that they take
the Advice of the Divines of both Kingdoms assembled at Westm'r: And likewise concerning the
Militia of England (for securing His People against
Apprehension of Danger), His Majesty is pleased to
have it settled as was offered at the Treaty at Uxbridge; all the Persons being to be named for that
Trust by the Two Houses of the Parliament of England for the Space of Seven Years; and, after expiring of that Term, that it be regulated as shall be
agreed upon by His Majesty and the Two Houses of
Parliament; and the like for the Kingdom of Scotland: Concerning Wars in Ireland, His Majesty will
do whatsoever is possible for Him to give them full
Satisfaction therein; and if these be not satisfactory,
His Majesty then desires that such of the Propositions (as are already agreed upon by both Kingdoms) be speedily sent to Him, His Majesty being
resolved to comply with His Parliament in every
Thing which shall be for the Happiness of His
"And for the removing of all the unhappy Differences,
which have produced so many sad Effects; His Majesty having made these Offers, He will neither question the thankful Acceptation of them; nor doth He
doubt but that His Two Kingdoms will be careful
to maintain Him in His Honour, and His just and
lawful Rights, which is the only Way to make a happy Composure of these unnatural Divisions; as likewise will think upon a solid Way of conserving Peace
betwixt the Two Kingdoms for Time to come; and
will take a speedy Course for the easing and quieting
His afflicted People, by satisfying the Public Debts,
by disbanding all Armies, and whatsoever else shall be
judged conduceable to that End; and so, all Hinderances being removed, He may return to His Parliament with mutual Comfort.
Newcastle, the 18th of May, 1646.
"To the Speaker of the House of Peers
pro Tempore; to be communicated to
the Lords and Commons of Parliament at Westm'r, and to the Commissioners for the Kingdom of Scotland."
Letter from Him, that Oxford shall be surrendered on honourable Terms.
"His Majesty, being desirous to shun the further
Effusion of Blood, and to evidence His real Inclinations to Peace, is willing that His Forces in and
about Oxford be disbanded, and the Fortifications of
that City dismantled, they receiving honourable
Conditions; which being granted to that Town and
Forces there, His Majesty will give the like Order
to the rest of His Garrisons."
His Letter to Sir T. Glemham, for that Purpose.
"Trusty and Well-beloved, We greet you well.
Being desirous to stop the further Effusion of the
Blood of Our Subjects, and yet respecting the faithful Services of all in that Our City of Oxford which
have faithfully served Us, and hazarded their Lives
for Us: We have thought good to command you to
quit that City, and disband the Forces under your
Charge there, you receiving Honourable Conditions
for you and them.
"Given at Newcastle, the 18th of May, 1646.
"To our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir
Thomas Glemham, Governor of the
City of Oxford."
Letter from the Commissioners with the Scots Army, complaining of a Letter wrote by Col. Povntz to Gen. Lesly; and desiring Supplies for their Army.
"Wee are desired, by the Committee of Estates of
the Kingdome of Scotland residing with the Scottish
Army, to comunicate to the Honnorable Houses the
Letters and Papers herewith presented, wherein it
will appeare how carefull they have beene in exhortinge His Majesty to give Sattisfaction to the joynt
Desires of both Kingdomes, without medling in any
Propositions of Peace. They have alsoe renewed
their Desires for Advise from hence; and doe earnestly intreace that Commissioners may bee sent from
both Houses, to joyne with them, and to bee Witnesses of all their Actions, wherein they endeavor
nothing more then that they may bee such as may
give equall Sattisfaction to both Kingdomes.
"Wee are further desired to acquaint their Lordships with the Perticulers of a Letter written by Colonell Pointz to Leiuetenant Generall David Lesly;
wherein he doth require, that, if he had any Forces
aboute Rippon, he retire them to some other Place;
and if he had appointed any more to come thither,
that he recall his Orders; all which he advised
speedily to performe, as he would evidence to the
World that the Intention of the Commissioners of the
Scottish Army (fn. *) coming into this Kingdome was to pursue the common Enemy, and not to bee troublesome,
or encroach upon their Freinds: To which Leiuetenant General Lesly retourned a civill Answere; shewing him, that his Comaunds should bee obeyed;
and accordinge did forthwith withdrawe his Forces
from those Parts, beinge desireous, accordinge to the
Directions given unto him, to avoyd all Occasions
of Difference; and confessed, upon Consideration
whereof, it is their earnest Desires, that, as Directions are given by them to all the Officers of the
Scottish Army, soe the Honnorable Houses would bee
pleased to give Order to the Comaunders of their
Forces in those Parts, to forbeare all Provokings,
Expressions, Speeches, or Actions, which may give
just Cause (fn. *) of Offence: And for preventing all
Disorders and Inconveniencyes, they doe earnestly
intreate that Directions may bee speedily sent to the
Committee at Yorke, to appoint them Quarters;
and that a considerable Supply of Money may bee
sent unto them now, after soe much Want and soe
long Sufferinge; which Desires being soe reasonable,
and soe often renewed, wee are perswaded the Honnorable Houses will take them into their serious Consideration, and retourne a speedy and sattisfactory
(fn. *) Answer; and wee remaine
Worcester House, 25th of May, 1646.
"Your affectionate Freinds
and humble Servaunts,
"W. Johnston. Hew Kennedy.
"For the Right Honnorable the Speaker of the
House of Peeres; to bee communicated to
both Houses of Parliament."
Letter from the Committee of the Estates of Scotland, about the King's being in their Army, and for preserving the Union.
"By our last to you, the 6th of May, wee gave
your Lordships an Accompt of the Mannor of His
Majesty's comeing to our Army; and did crave
your Advise what was to bee done, for the publique
Good and mutuall Happines of both Kingdomes:
And though as yet wee have had noe Answere retourned we esteemed it incumbent unto us, in Pursuance of the Ends contayned in the solemne League
and Covenant (which have beene ever, and shal bee,
the Scope of our Intentions), to give your Lordships
a further Accompt of what is past betweene His
Majesty and us, this you may knowe the true Posture of Affaires here. Wee did acquaint the Committee of Estates at Edinburgh with the King's unexpected comeing to us, who did send upp some of
their Number to assist us in our just Desires to His
Majesty. All our Labours and Endeavors have
beene, that He would have beene pleased to send
such a sattisfactory Message to the Parliament of England and our Commissioners at London, as might bee
a happy Enterance to the setlinge of Religion and
a well-grounded Peace: And for this Effect, those
who were directed by the Committee of Estates,
with our Advise, gave in a Paper to His Majesty,
representinge the Resolutions of the Kingdome of
Scotland, whereof wee have sent to our Commissioners
a just Coppy, who will shew the same to your Lordships, and give you a further Accompt of all that is
past. Wee earnestly desire that the Parliament of
England may bee pleased to send some Commissioners
from them, to bee Wittnesses of our Actions, and
to give us Concurrence and Assistance in what may
fall within the Compasse of Affaires here; and in
the meane Tyme, that the Parliament will cause
make tymeous Provision for our Army from London,
and give Orders for their Quarters in such Places as
may bee most convenient for the Army.
"Signed, by the Warrant, and at the Comaund,
of the Commissioners of the Parliament of
Newcastle, the 19th of May, 1646.
Most humble Servaunt,
Papers from them to the King:
To give Satisfaction to the Desires of both Kingdoms;
"May it please Your Majesty,
"The Committee of Estates of Your Majesty's Native Kingdome of Scotland, hearinge of Your Repaire to their Army before Newarke, have comaunded us to attend Your Majesty here at Newcastle, and
represent to Your Majesty the constant Affection that
our Kingdome hath ever and yet doth (fn. *) bear unto
Your Majesty, notwithstandinge that their Proceedings hath bin misrepresented to You, and misunderstood by You; though they never had any Thoughts
but such as might tend to the Advancement of the
true Protestant Religion, the preserving of Your Majesty's just Power and Greatnes, and the Freedome
and Liberty of the Subjects, with an happie Union
and Understanding betweene the Kingdomes under
Your Majesty's Government, as is exprest in our solemne League and Covenant: And now, seeing Your
Majesty has thought fitt to come into our Forces
here in England, wee hope You come with Intentions
and full Resolutions to give all just Sattisfaction to
the joynt Desires of both Your Kingdomes, for setling of Truth and Peace; and if Your Majesty comes
with these reall Inclynations, You may bee confident
that, next to the Glory of God and the Preservation
of our Oathes in the Covenant and Treatyes with our
Brethren in England, from which, with God's Assistance, wee will not swerve, nothing shal bee more
deare to them then to preserve Your Majesty and
Your Posterity in Your and their just Power and
Newcastle, 13th May, 1646.
"Balmerinoth. (fn. †) Mepburne."
that any Servants may attend Him, who have not been in Arms against the Parliament;
"May it please Your Majesty,
"Whereas Your Majesty, in the Close of Your Discourse, demaunded that those Servaunts whome Your
Majesty should name might only have Liberty to
serve Your Majesty, and that You would bee served
with none others; what wee did in appointing Servaunts to waite upon Your Majesty, was done out of
our earnest Desire to have Your Majesty well served,
and in Absence of Your Majesty's other faithfull
and unsuspected Servaunts; and shal bee very willinge
that Your Majesty shall name any to waite upon You,
who have not bin in actuall Service against Your Majesty's Kingdomes of Scotland and England, or have
appeared as Enemyes to either of them."
14th May, 1646.
to begin the establishing of Peace;
"Having, at our First Audience, represented our
Hopes and Confidence that Your Majesty came in to
this Army with reall Intention and full Resolution to
setle Truth and Peace in Your Majesty's Kingdomes; wee shall againe renew our Desires, that
Your Majesty would bee pleased speedily to goe
aboute the readiest Wayes and Meanes to effectuate
the same, as well in England as in Scotland; which
Your Subjects doe expect from You, and exceedingly long for; and if Your Majesty shall delay the
present performing thereof, wee will bee necessitated,
for our owne Exoneration, to acquaint the Committee
of both Kingdomes at London, that a Course may
bee taken, by joynt Advise of both Kingdomes, for
attayning the just Ends exprest in the solemne
League and Covenant."
Newcastle, 15 May, 1646.
and to resrain from conferring Titles of Honour, &c. on His Scots Subject.
"Wee are further commaunded to represent (fn. ††) to
Your Majesty, how usefull they conceive it would bee
for Your Service, that Your Majesty would bee pleased
to restraine Yourselfe from conferringe Tytles of
Honnor, bestowing of Places aboute Your Person,
graunting Pensions, or any Manner of Guift whatsoever, to any of Your Subjects of Scotland, for some
Ordinance for Mr. Spinks to be Minister of Caster.
"Whereas, the Parsonage of Caster, in the County
of Northampton, being left destitute of any Preaching Minister by the Absence of Doctor Towers Bishop of Peterborough, who formerly enjoyed the same,
Edmond Spincks Master of Arts was, about Two
years since, by Order of Sequestration, settled therein: But, in regard of the Nearness of the Enemy's
Forces, he hath not enjoyed any Benefit thereby;
but, instead thereof, it hath been of very great
Charge to him, nor been able for the most Part, till
February last, to come to preach there without a
Party of Horse to guard him, whose frequent Recourses thither to perform his Duty hath been often
perilous to him; which Rectory being in the Gift
of His Majesty by Lapse, or of the Bishop of Peterborough, where there hath been no Minister resident
for the Space of Fourteen Years: The Lords and
Commons in this present Parliament assembled, to
the End the said Church and Parish may be supplied
with an orthodox, godly, and learned Divine, have
Ordered, Ordained, and Appointed, and do hereby Order, Ordain, and Appoint, the said Mr.
Spinckes to be Rector and Parson of the said Church
and Parish of Caster; and that he shall and may
have, hold, possess, and enjoy, the said Church and
Parsonage, and the Parsonage-house, with the Glebe,
Rights, Members, and Appurtenances, Stipends, Duties, Profits, and Commodities whatsoever, to the
said Parish Church or Parsonage belonging, from
the Time the said Mr. Spincks was first admitted to
the same, in as large and ample Manner as the said
Doctor Towers then enjoyed, or any other Rector
or Parson thereof lawfully, or at any Time heretofore of Right had, or ought to have had, the same,
and that without any further Presentation; notwithstanding any Right, Title, Claim, or Interest, that
any Person doth or may pretend to the said Parsonage, by virtue of the Great Seal conveyed away
from this Parliament, or by virtue of any Grant
from the Bishop of Peterborough: Provided, That
the said Mr. Spincks shall pay all such Tenths, First
Fruits, and other Duties, as ought to be paid for
and in regard of his Incumbency there: Saving also
to all Bodies Politic and Corporate, and all other
Person and Persons, all such Right and Title as
they, or any of them, have unto the Patronage of
the said Church of Castor aforesaid, except such Persons as are sequestrable by the Ordinance of Parliament for the sequestering of Papists and Delinquents
Estates; and the Commissioners of the Great Seal
are hereby authorized to pass, under the Great Seal
of England, unto the said Mr. Spinckes, a Presentation
according to the usual Form."
House adjourned till 10a cras.