DIE Veneris, 29 Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answers from the H. C.
Sir Edw. Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That concerning the Business touching the King's
Daughter the Lady Henrietta, (fn. *) they will send an Answer
by Messengers of their own; and they agree to the Letter to the Emperor of Russia: (Here enter it.) As
to the Letter from Dantzick, and the Ordinance concerning Sir John Wortenholme, they will send an Answer
by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Justice Bacon and Mr. Justice Rolls return with
That they were in Debate of the Business concerning
the King's Letter to Sir Tho. Glemham, and they will
send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Essex and Suffolk Ministers Petition.
This Day a Petition was presented to this House, by
divers Ministers, from the Ministers of the Counties of
Essex and Suffolke, which was received, and read; and
then they withdrew. (Here enter it.)
The House taking this Petition into Consideration;
and the Ministers that presented the same were called
And the Speaker of this House gave them this Answer; videlicet,
Answer to it.
"The Lords are glad to find this Zeal and Care in
the Ministry of the Counties of Suffolke and Essex,
for the preventing the further Increase of Heresy and
Prophaneness, and for the promoting a Growth in
the Power of Godliness. The Lords desire you
to continue still in your Endeavour therein, and
they will not be wanting to give you all Encouragement. They have commanded me to give you
Thanks for your Expressions of your good Affections to the Parliament and this Cause; and do
assure you, that they will improve their Power, for
the Suppressing of Error, Heresy, seducing Teachers, and Soul-subverting Books, and likewise for
the settling of Church Government according to
the Word of God and the Example of the best
Reformed Churches, to which they hold themselves
obliged by their solemn League and Covenant;
and that their Lordships have appointed that their
Petition with this Answer shall be printed and published."
Letter from the Queen of Bohemia.
A Letter from the Queen to this House, was read.
(Here enter it.)
Ambassador Extraordinary coming from France.
This (fn. *) Day Sir Oliver Fleminge Knight, Master of
the Ceremonies, acquainted this House, " (fn. †) That
Monsieur Sabran this Morning told him, that there
is an Extraordinary Ambassador coming (fn. *) from
France to the Parliament; and that he will be here
Hereupon the House appointed the Master of the
Ceremonies to repair to Monsieur Sabran, the French
Agent, to know of him in particular whether the said
Ambassador doth come to the King or to the Parliament, and give this House an Account thereof, that
so Order may be taken accordingly for his Reception.
Chamberlain and Nicholls.
The Report of the Judges, concerning the Business
referred to them touching Chamberlaine and Nicholls,
was read; (videlicet,)
"Inter Chamberlaine & Nicholls.
"According to your Lordships Order of the 23th
of March last, we have heard the Counsel of both
Parties concerning the Matters to us thereby referred; and we are of Opinion, That the Sum in
the Order mentioned, which Mr. Chamberlaine, One
of the Executors to Nicholas Askwith the Testator,
owes to the State, is in Equity liable as Assets, for
Payment of Legacies.
May 28th, 1646.
Report of the Conference, about Words spoke by Sir J. Evelyn.
Ordered, That the Report of the late Conference
concerning Sir John Evelyn shall be made To-morrow Morning, at which Time the Lords are to be
Message from the H. C. with a Vote about the Princess Henrietta;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Cornelius Holland:
1. To desire their Lordships Concurrence in a Vote
made by the House of Commons concerning the Princess
and about the One concerning the King's Person.
2. To put their Lordships in Mind of the Vote concerning the disposing of the King's Person.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their
Quarrel between Sir W. Farmer and Mr. Mordant reconciled;
The Earl of Essex reported, "That Sir
Farmer and Mr. Mordant have engaged themselves
to be Friends; and that all former Differences shall
and the One between Porter and Capt. Sackvile.
The Earl of Warwicke reported, "That the Committee have made Major General Porter and Captain
Sackvile Friends; and have laid the Injunction of this
House upon them to continue so."
and the One between L. Campden and L. Chandois.
And the Lord North reported, "That the Committee have (fn. ††) made the Lord Viscount Campden and
the Lord Chandois Friends; and they have promised
to continue so."
Ordered, That all the aforesaid Persons, that
were under the Restraint of this House, shall be released.
Petition from the Ministers of Essex and Suffolk, for Church Government to be established.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Lords
now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Ministers of Suffolke and Essex;
"That your solemn League and Covenant, your
great and glorious Victories, the Expectation of the
Reformed Churches beyond the Seas, the longing
Desires of our Brethren of Scotland, the humble Petitions of the Reverend Assembly and the Great City
of this Kingdom, the pressing Miseries of the orthodox and well-affected Ministers and People in the
Country, cry aloud to your Honours for a settling of
Church Government according to the Word. From
the Want of this it is, Right Honourable, that the
Name of the Most High God is blasphemed, His
precious Truths corrupted, His Word despised, His
Ministers discouraged, His Ordinances vilified. Hence
it is, that Schism, Heresy, Ignorance, Prophaneness,
and Atheism, flow in upon us, Seducers multiply,
grow daring and insolent, pernicious Books poison
many Souls, Piety and Learning decay apace, very
many Congregations lie waste without Pastors, the
Sacrament of Baptism by many neglected and by many
reiterated, the Lord's Supper generally disused or exceedingly prophaned, Confusion and Ruin threatening us in all our Quarters.
"In all Humility, therefore, acknowledging your
unwearied Labours for the Public Good, your successful Endeavours for saving this Kingdom, your
hopeful Beginnings of a blessed Reformation; we,
out of Conscience, and in tender Regard to the
Glory of God and the Salvation of our People, beseech your Honours, that a Form of Church Government, according to the Word of God, and the
Example of the best Reformed Churches, may with
all possible Speed be perfected, and confirmed by
your Civil Sanction; that Schismatics, Heretics, seducing Teachers, and Soul-subverting Books, be effectually suppressed; that further Care may be had of
Ordination, for a Supply of able and orthodox Ministers; and all good Means used to make up the
sad Breaches in this our Zion: So shall the Churches
of God be settled, your Hands strengthened, the
Sacred Covenant performed, our Fears prevented,
the Judgements of God diverted.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c.
Letter of Thanks from the Q. of Bohemia, for the Provision made for Her.
"For my Lord the Speaker of the House of
Peers for the Time being.
"I cannot sufficiently testify unto this Right Honourable House of Peers the Comfort and Contentment I receive, to understand their ready Concurrence with the House of Commons, to make some
Provision for My Support. As My Wants were exceeding great, so, I pray you, present My Thankfulness unto them in no less Degree; assuring them,
that I take more Delight to acknowledge their Favours, than press them with My Complaints; and
that I shall never be unmindful of this Honour they
have done Me, nor leave praying to God that He
would bless their Endeavours at last with a happy
Peace, which would be a common Rejoicing. My
Lord, I beseech you present thus much to the Right
Honourable House of Peers, in the Name of
Haghe, 14th May, 1646.
"Your affectionate Friend,
Letter to the Emperor of Russia, to protect the English Merchants resident in His Dominions, to confirm their Privileges;—and for preserving a good Correspondency between the Kingdoms.
"To the Most High, Mighty, and Right Noble
Prince, the Great Lord, Emperor, and Great
Duke Alexsea Michaylowick by the Mercy of
God of all Russia; sole Commander of Volodimer, Musco, Novogrod; Emperor of Cazan, Emperor of Astrican, and Emperor of
Siberia; Lord of Vobsky, Great Duke of
Iversky, Ugorsky, Perniskey, Vatsky, Bolgarsky
and others; also Lord and Great Duke of
Novogrod in the Lower Countryes of Rezansky,
Polatsky, Rostovesky, Yearoslavesky, Bealozarsky,
Udorsky, Obdorsky, Conninsky, and of all the
Northern Parts, Lord and Commander; also
Lord of the Countries of Iversky, Cartalinsky,
and Emperor of Grusinsky; and of the Countries of Caberdinsky, and of the Dukedoms of
Chercasky, Igorsky, and of many other Kingdoms, Great Lord and Conqueror: We, the
Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, being the Representative Body of the
whole Kingdom of England, wish a happy
and glorious Reign, long Life, with all Health,
continual Prosperity, and Contentment.
"We hope that Your Glorious Imperial Majesty
hath well received our Letters of the 10th of March
last, testifying both our high Esteem of Your Most
Excellent Highness' great Virtues and famous Merits, and withall our hearty Congratulation for Your
most deserved Succession, by the Mercy of God, in
those Your Renowned Great Empires and Kingdoms, and Your worthy Sitting in Your Glorious
Predecessors Exalted Throne: But yet, if by some
Mischance our said Letters should have miscarried,
we thought good to redouble here our most affectionate Congratulation and Requests (which we, the
Lords and Commons of the High Court of Parliament, in the Name of this whole Kingdom, have,
and again do present to Your Most High and Imperial Greatness), for the Continuance of a constant
and perfect Correspondence of League and Amity;
and likewise for Your Highness' Imperial Confirmation of the ancient Privileges formerly granted by
Your Most Noble and Renowned Royal Predecessors,
and lastly also graciously promised by Your Most
Glorious Majesty; and also for Your Imperial Majesty's Gracious Licence and Order (Most High and
Most Noble Emperor), that henceforth our Ships
(to shun the great Dangers they are exposed unto
by being confined to the old Bar) may pass the newdiscovered Bar of Berozava Oust; and lastly also for
Your Renowned Imperial Majesty's most-desired
constant Countenance and comfortable Favour unto
Mr. Spencer Bretton, now resident there as Agent, or
Consul, for negociating of the Affairs of the English
Nation, and withall unto all the English Merchants
residing in Your Most Famous and Honoured Highness' Renowned Dominions, whereby that Trade, so
much conducing to the mutual Honour and Utility
of the Empires and Kingdoms on both Sides, may
more and more increase and flourish: Of all which we
cannot doubt, but do assure ourselves most confidently of Your constant Favour; seeing we have
with Gladness understood (by Letters lately received
from our said Consul and Merchants) the Grace
and Kindness Your Most Renowned Highness, Most
Mighty and Glorious Emperor, hath been pleased to
afford them, in vouchsasing them of (fn. *) our bounteous
Admittance to Your Most Noble Royal Hands, in
which respect we do here insert our redoubled and
ingenuous Thankfulness to Your Most Excellent
Majesty: And because we have, in these our Letters,
also represented unto Your Most Glorious Imperial
Majesty, Most Noble and Most Excellent Prince,
the Affronts and Dangers which these present Distractions and intestine Wars of this Kingdom might
have occasioned unto Your Imperial Highness' Messenger Gerusim Semonowich, if he had been suffered
(according to his most earnest Desire) to undergo a
most perilous and uncertain Journey to find out our
King's Majesty; and that therefore we had thought
fittest to keep him under our Protection, in Honour
and Safety, here in this Royal City of London, where
do reside all the Merchants that trade into Your
Most Excellent Greatness' Dominions, Most Noble
and Great Emperor; and that, as soon as our King
should return hither, then Your Imperial Highness'
said Messenger should have his speedy Address unto
our King's Majesty; promising withall, that (whatsoever should else befall) such Care should by us be
taken for his safe and expedite Return to Your Famous Highness' Glorious Presence by the First Ships,
as might aver the true and most affectionate Respect
we bear (Most Noble and Excellent Prince) to Your
Most Illustrious Majesty.
"Now, for as much as our King remains yet abroad,
and doth not repair (as we thought He would have
done) unto this Supreme Court of Parliament, and
that Ambassadors and Messengers from other Foreign Princes have therefore continued, for their
Safety, in this Imperial City of London, and that
Yearly there is made but One Navigation from
hence to Your Happy and Renowned Dominions,
Most Glorious and Excellent Emperor; we therefore have thought it both most reasonable, convenient, and fit (in Performance of our Promise),
that, without further Loss of Time, Your Most
Noble and Most Honoured Highness' said Messenger Gerusim Semonowich, who all the Time of his
Abode here hath, by his good Discretion, shewed
himself a most dutiful and right humble and obedient Servant to Your Most Glorious Majesty, Great
and Famous Prince, should, for his safe Return by
this Opportunity in these our Merchants Ships, be
embarked, and accommodated with all Conveniencies and Necessaries for so long a Voyage, according
to the Respect we bear, Most Renowned and Most
Excellent Prince, to any of Your Most Noble and
High Majesty's Ministers and Servants here.
"Most Great and Glorious Emperor, we cannot but
express our most earnest and servent Desire, that an
Ambassador might now have been sent, to have represented and testified to Your Most Excellent Imperial Majesty with due Honour our great Respect,
and to congratulate the happy and peaceable Succession, which, by the Mercy of God Almighty,
Your Renowned Imperial Highness enjoys; but that
our unhappy Distractions as yet are such, that this
Solemnity due to Your Most Famous Majesty cannot be performed accordingly; hoping and requesting Your Most High and Excellent Majesty,
Right Noble and Great Emperor, in the mean
while, and in Lieu thereof, to accept of this our
Letter, until it shall please God that, after the composing and settling of these our Differences, that
Design of ours may also be effected and accomplished; assuring Your Most Famous Majesty, Most
Honoured and Renowned Emperor, That we (that is
to say), this whole Kingdom, shall always be ready,
with all good Offices, to respect and honour Your
Right Noble and Most Excellent Highness; and,
not doubting of Your Consent, Imperial Benevolence, and Favour towards this whole Nation, we
heartily wish Your Most Respected High Majesty,
Most Great and Glorious Emperor, all Honour and
Prosperity, and a Happy, Victorious and Glorious
Reign; leaving and commending Your Renowned
Imperial Majesty to the Tuition and Protection of