DIE Lunæ, 1 Junii.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Letter from the E. of Bristol:
A Letter was read, directed to the Lord Grey of
Warke, from the Earl of Bristoll; wherein was inclosed
a Petition, which was likewise read.
(Here enter them.)
He may take the Benefit of the Articles for Surrender of Exeter.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Earl of
Bristoll, to let him know, that this House leaves him
to take the Benefit of the Articles of Agreement that
were made at the Surrender of Exon, which shall be
Walter's Commission renewed, for examining Witnesses.
Upon reading the Petition of Eliz. Walter: It is Ordered, That it is referred to the Commissioners of the
Great Seal of England, to renew the Commission formerly granted her by this House, to the Persons named in
the Petition, or to any Two of them; videlicet, Ric'd
Pretheroe, George Haward, Henry Bowen, Ric'd Vaughan,
John Lloyd, and Lewis Davies.
Paper from Mons. Sabran.
This Day a Paper from Monsieur Sabran, the French
Agent, was read, being translated into English.
(Here enter it.)
Master of the Ceremonies to receive the Ambassador from France, on his Landing.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the
Ceremonies, shall go down to the Port where the Ambassador intends to land, to see that he hath all Civility
used to him, and that none of his Trunks, Letters, or
other of his Baggage, be opened or staid; but all Accommodations to be cared for in bringing of them to
London: And when this House shall understand that he
hath Addresses from the Crown of France to the Parliament, that then this House will give such Directions
for his Reception as is fit for a Person of his Quality.
Ld. Pawlett, Leave to come to London, to compound.
Ordered, That the Lord Pawlett, with his own
Retinue, shall have a Pass, to come from Exeter to London, about his Composition for his Delinquency.
The Earl of Warwicke reported a Paper from the
Committee of the Admiralty, &c. (fn. *) which was read:
Allowance to be made to Capt. Plunket, for victualing The Discovery Privateer, stationed on the Irish Coast.
"Die Sabbati, 23 Maii, 1646.
"At the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
"Whereas Captain Thomas Plunkett hath been a Petitioner to this Committee, that he may be allowed
Four Months, Two Weeks, and Three Days Victuals,
for the Ship Discovery, according to the Ordinance
of 30 Nov. 1643, she being set forth as a Private Man
of War upon that Ordinance, and employed on the
Coast of Ireland, for the Space of Ten Months, Two
Weeks, and Three Days, beginning the 9th of July,
1645, of which he hath received Victual only for
Six Months: Forasmuch as the said Term of the said
Ship's Service as a Private Man of War was determined before; his Case of an extraordinary Nature;
and for that the Lord Inchequin hath given Testimony of her great Usefulness on the Coast of Ireland, the several Prizes by her taken during her
said Employment tending not only to the Weakening
of the Rebels, but also to the great Relief of the
Protestant Garrisons and Forces in Munster, who, out
of the Proceed of the said Prizes, have received the
Value of Five Thousand Pounds and upwards; and
because this Committee is informed that, out of his
Public Affection to the said Protestants Encouragement, he hath much discommodated and streightened
himself in his own private Estate, by several Engagements occasioned by that Employment: It is therefore recommended to both Houses of Parliament,
that a special Order may be given, for Allowance to
be made him for the said Four Months Two Weeks
and Three Days Victuals, according to the Purport of
the Ordinance of 30 Nov. 1643, over and above the
Six Months already allowed him in Part of the
said Ten Months, Two Weeks, and Three Days Service."
Ordered, That this House approves of this Report;
and that it be sent to the House of Commons for their
Needham, Author of Britannicus, to be bailed.
Ordered, That on Friday next this House will take
into Consideration the Pamphlet called "Brittanicus,"
made by Needham; and that the said Needham shall be
bailed in the mean Time, he presenting his Bail Tomorrow to this House.
Raleigh arrested for what he did in the King's Service.
Upon reading the Petition of George Ralegh Esquire;
complaining, "That he is arrested, by Robert Vivers
and others, upon Actions for what he did when he
was in the King's Service."
And it is Ordered, That the House of Commons be
put in Mind of that Ordinance which was sent down
concerning this Business.
Message from the H. C. about the Ordinance for raising Forces for Ireland;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Anthony Irby Knight:
1. To put their Lordships in Mind of the Ordinance
concerning raising of Horse and Foot for the Service of
the Vote about the King's Person;
2. To put their Lordships in Mind of the Vote for
disposing of the Person of the King, &c.
about Capt. Maissy, &c.
3. To desire an Answer concerning the Business
touching Captain Maissey.
and with Orders, &c.
4. To desire Concurrence in these Orders and Ordinances:
1. An Order for Ten Pounds to John Taylor the
2. An Ordinance to take off the Sequestration of
3. An Ordinance to take off the Sequestration of
4. An Ordinance to take off the Sequestration of
5. An Ordinance to take off the Sequestration of
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take this Message into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their
Capt. Maissy to be bailed.
Ordered, That Captain Maissey shall be bailed,
when he shall offer his Bail to this House.
Prynn's Petition, for Damages sustained in the Starchamber.
Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Prynn; desiring
this House would take into Consideration what Damages to give him for his Sufferings:"
It is Ordered, That he shall be heard, by his Counsel, on this Day Sevennight, concerning what Damages
he hath really suffered; and then this House will take
the same into further Consideration.
Ordinance to raise Forces for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Ordinance
for raising Horse and Foot for Ireland be referred to
these Lords following:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Any Four, to meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine
a Clock; and to report the same to this House.
Ordered, That the Petition of Rob't Devereux
shall be referred to the aforenamed Committee.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page return with this Answer to the Message sent on Saturday last to the House
That they have delivered their Message.
Domergue's Petition, for Pay due to him.
Upon reading the Petition of Isaac Domergue, Chirurgeon to the Lord Willoughby's Brigade; shewing,
"That there is due unto him, for his Wages, Two Hundred Thirty-three Pounds, and Two Shillings:"
It is Ordered, That it be recommended to the House
Capt. Hartwell's Petition, to be freed from an Arrost.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain Hartwell;
complaining, "That he, being in the Employment for
the Service of Ireland, and many Arrears due to him
from the State, is now arrested, whereby he is disabled for doing the State Service:"
It is Ordered, That it be made appear to this House,
whether he be arrested upon Mean Process or not; and
then this House will give Direction concerning this Business.
The Ordinance for taking off the Sequestration of Mr.
Audlie's Estate, was read, and Agreed to.
(Here enter it.)
Letter from the E. of Bristol to Ld. Grey of Wark, to intercede for Leave for him to come to London, to make his Composition:
"My very good Lord,
"The ancient Acquaintance that hath been betwixt
us, and the Knowledge you have had of my Proceedings by the Space of many Years, in Spaine, in
several Parliaments, and in the North, embolden
me to make this Address unto you; especially for that
I understand you are, pro Tempore, Speaker of the
House of Peers: And I hope you shall find my Petition such as shall give you no Cause of Scruple to
present it unto the House.
"By the Articles of the surrendering of Exceter, I
had Four Months Time to endeavour to make my
Peace and Composition with the Parliament; and in
case my Endeavours should prove ineffectual, yet I
should then have Leave, and a Pass, to transfer myself beyond the Seas; and although, for soliciting
hereof, it was permitted to me to go into any of the
Parliament's Quarters, yet I held it a Course of more
Respect and Duty to be an humble Suitor unto their
Lordships, for their more special Leave and Protection, before I would presume to appear before
them; which I beseech your Lordship to procure for
me, in case their Lordships shall be pleased to command my Attendance upon them. My Lord, I shall no
Way decline the Judgement of that Honourable
House, nor deny any Thing that (with Truth) shall
be charged upon me; but I should be loth to die, or
leave my Country, with so many Prejudices as undeservedly, I find, in Print cast upon me. The adhering to His Majesty, and the serving of Him with
Fidelity and Affection, in this most unhappy War, (fn. *) is
(I hope) the single Delinquency that will be proved
against me: But to have had any Hand in those Pressures or Corruptions which were the Cause of those
Misunderstandings betwixt the King and His People,
and consequently of this most unnatural War; to
have been an Incendiary either in the Breach of the
Pacification with Scotland, or to have had any Part
or Hand in the setting of this War on Foot, or (since
the Beginning of it) to have been an Instrument of
exasperating, either towards the Houses, or any Man's
Particular; the contrary will appear, when the Truth
shall be known. And as it was always my Care and
Practice to do nothing that in the Public might make
the Differences wider, so hath it been likewise my
Endeavour in my Particular to avoid all Things that
I could conceive might raise a further Displeasure
in the Houses against me; as, the not pretending to
any Place or Office, the not accepting of any Command in the Army, nor any Addition of Title or
Honour, bestowed on so many since these Troubles:
And finding that, in the Articles sent unto Oxford, my
Removal from Court was desired; it is not unknown
to some Noble Personages, that I then declared, That
I would with the First Opportunity remove all Causes
of Difference that might have any Relation to my
Person, and so did withdraw myself (with His Majesty's Leave) to mine own House, hoping to have
enjoyed a poor retired Life; but by the War was
driven into Exceter, where, for the Space of above
Two Years, I have continued with all the Privacy was
possible for me. But not to trouble your Lordship
with too long a Letter, I shall leave all Things of
this Kind to their due Time; and shall be an humble
Suitor unto your Lordship, for your Help and Assistance, in procuring a favourable Answer to my
Petition; and that you will suspend all Prejudice of
me and my Proceedings, till I shall have been heard:
And so, wishing to your Lordship all Happiness, I
recommend your Lordship to God's holy Protection;
Exon, 22th of May, 1646.
"Most humble Servant,
His Petition to the House for that Purpose.
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers.
"The humble Petition of John Earl of Bristoll;
"That, by the (fn. †) Articles for the surrendering of
Exceter, he was so far to enjoy the Benefit of the
said Articles as is expressed by the Certificate of General Fairefax (the Copy whereof goeth hereunto
annexed); videlicet, That he should be allowed the
Space of Four Months, to endeavour to make his
Peace and Composition with the Houses of Parliament; and in case his Endeavours should prove ineffectual, yet it should be lawful for him to transport
himself into any Part beyond the Seas, and to have
a Pass to that Purpose; and in the Interim he might
repair into any of the Parliament's Quarters, and
make his Addresses unto the Parliament.
"The said Earl therefore humbly desireth, That he
may have Leave of the Parliament to wait upon them,
and to endeavour, according to the Articles (as far
as he may), to give them Satisfaction; and when he
shall have received so much Favour and Justice as to
have been heard, he shall not decline what the Parliament shall therein order concerning him; and in
case, for the present, they shall not judge it a fitting
Season for his Attendance upon them, that he may
in the Interim have their Protection, to live quietly
at any of his Houses, until it shall please them to
command his Appearance before them, which he will
punctually obey; and in the mean Time will engage
his Honour, neither by Act nor Correspondence to do
any Thing in Prejudice of the Parliament.
"And the further most humble Desire of the said
Earl is, That this his Petition may be presented to
the Honourable House of Commons in such Manner
and Way as to their Lordships in their Wisdoms shall
seem most fit.
"And he shall pray, &c.
His Pass from Sir T. Fairfax.
"Suffer the Bearer hereof, the Earl of Bristoll (who
was in the City of Exceter, and is to have the Benefit
of the Articles agreed unto by me at the Time of
the Surrendering thereof), with his Family and
Goods, to pass quietly into any Part of this Kingdom
in the Parliament's Quarters; and to enjoy and dispose
of all his and their Goods, Debts, and Moveables,
allowed by the Treaty, during the Space of Four
Months next after the 9th of this Instant April,
without any Interruption or Molestation; and if he
shall not make any Composition with the Parliament
during that Time, and shall be resolved to go beyond
the Seas, then, within the said Four Months, to go
into any Part beyond the Seas.
"Given under my Hand and Seal, 13th of
"To all Officers and Soldiers under my
Command, and to all others whom
these may concern."
Paper from Mons. Sabran, concerning the Ambassador Extraordinary who is coming from France.
"Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of Ceremonies, having,
at my Instance, acquainted the Lords and Commons of the Right Honourable Parliament of England, that Their Most Christian Majesties (to omit
nothing of what may depend of Their Care and good
Offices in these present Affairs, and to testify the
Continuance of Their earnest Desires for the Welfare
and Repose of this State) have acquainted me with
the Election and speedy Departure of Monsieur De
Belieure, as Extraordinary Ambassador for England,
hath desired, in the Parliament's Name, to be informed of me, whether the Deputation was to them,
and whether he should bring Letters of Credence
from Their Majesties: I have assured him, that, by
the Orders I received from Their Majesties for to
treat with them, and to acknowledge them for what
they are, as it hath often appeared by Letters which
I have shown from Their Majesties, they ought not
to doubt of any Thing that may be expected from
Their Majesties to their Content. This is all I can
say, without encroaching upon the Charge of the said
Lord Ambassador, whom I expect hourly; for whom
I hope from the Right Honourable Parliament of
England an honourable Correspondence, suitable to
the Dignity he bears, and to so favourable an Ambassage of One of his Worth."
Ordinance to take off Mr. Audley's Sequestration.
"Whereas Robert Audley, of Northell, in the County
of Bedford, Gentleman, hath by both Houses of Parliament been admitted to the Fine of Two Hundred
Pounds, for that he hath been in Arms against the
Parliament: The Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament do hereby authorize and appoint the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England to pass a Pardon for the said Robert Audley, in such Manner as
shall be agreed by both Houses, and according to this
Ordinance, with a Grant and Restitution of his Lands,
Goods, and Chattels, and other Estate for which the
said Fine was accepted, according to the Particulars
thereof made and entered with the Committee at
Gouldsmiths Hall, London, and of all Mean Profits,
from the 7th Day of March, 1645, with an Exception of the Right or Estate of the said Robert
Audley in or to all Advowsons, Presentations, and
Right of Patronage, to any Church or Chapel; and
Oliver St. John Esquire His Majesty's Solicitor General is hereby required to prepare a Pardon accordingly: Provided always, That this Ordinance, or the
said Pardon thereon to be passed, shall not extend to
free the said Robert Audley from a further Composition, for any other Lands, Goods, or Chattels, than
what are contained in the Particular aforesaid; and
that in case the said Lands mentioned in the said Particular were of greater Yearly Values than are therein expressed during Three Years before the Year of
our Lord 1640, then the said Robert Audley shall
pay such further Fine, by Way of Composition for
the same, as both Houses of Parliament shall appoint."
House adjourned till 9a cras.