DIE Lunæ, 15 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Bond.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Letter from the King, for the Propositions to be sent Him.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That, on Saturday Night last, one Captain Johnston brought him
a Letter from Newcastle;" which was opened, and
read, as follows. (Here enter it.)
Letters from the Scots Commissioners, &c.
Next, the Speaker signified to the House, "That the
Scott Commissioners delivered to him Two Letters,
One from the Committee of Estates of the Kingdom
of Scotland, the other from the Commissioners of the
Parliament of Scotland here, with divers Papers inclosed;" which were opened, and read as follow.
(Here enter them.)
Ordered, That these Letters and Papers shall be
communicated at a Conference with the House of Commons; and that a Letter be written to the Committee
of Estates of Scotland, to return them Thanks for their
Letters, &c.; and to desire the Concurrence of the
House of Commons, that the King's Letter for delivering up the Garrisons may be speedily sent away.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about them and the King's Letter;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
To desire a Conference, as soon as it may stand with
their Conveniency, concerning a Letter received from
the King, and a Letter from the Committee of Estates
of Scotland, and concerning a Letter from the Scotts
Commissioners here, with some Papers inclosed.
about the Propositions;
2. To put them in Mind of the Propositions for
and for Col. Fielding to go Abroad.
3. To desire Concurrence, that Colonel Feilding may
have a Pass, to go beyond the Seas, he taking the Negative Oath.
E. of Northampton's Mother & al. to come into the Parliament Quarters.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to Sir Tho.
Fairefax, that the Earl of North'ton's Mother, with
her Children and Servants, may be permitted to come
out of Oxford, into some of the Parliament's Quarters.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Ashurst:
To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning
appointing Assessors in the County of Lancaster.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will take this Ordinance into
Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of
Countess of Derby, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Countess of Derby shall have
a Pass, to come to London, out of Lancashire.
Moreton to be instituted to Chirch Lawford.
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett shall institute and induct
Mr. Rob't Morton Clerk, to the Rectory of Chirch Lawford.
Letter to the Committee of Estates of Scotland.
Ordered, That the Earl of Pembrooke, the Lord
North, and the Lord Robertes, are appointed to draw
up a Letter to be sent to the Committee of Estates of
Scotland, and to report the same to this House.
Jones to be intuted to Knockyn;
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett shall give Institution
and Induction to Henry Jones Cleric. to the Parish of
Knockyn; presented thereunto by John Earl of Bridgwater.
Selby to Horseley;
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett shall give Institution
and Induction to Mr. Wm. Selby Clerk, to the Rectory
of Horseley, in the County of Surrey; presented to the
same under the Great Seal.
and Hodges to Birmingham.
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett shall give Institution
and Induction to Mr. Ralph Hodges Clerk, to the Rectory
of Birmingham, in the County of Warwicke; presented
thereunto by Mrs. Mary Smith.
Letter to the Committee of Estates of Scotland.
The Lord Robertes reported from the Committee, a
Draught of a Letter to be sent to the Committee (fn. *) of
Estates of Scotland; which was read, and approved of;
and Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons
for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That it be desired, at this next Conference, that both this Letter of the King's and the last
Letter from the King before this (fn. †)
Propositions for Peace.
Ordered, That at this Conference shall be communicated to the House of Commons the further Resolutions of this House concerning the Propositions; and
accordingly the Messengers had Directions to desire it.
Heads for the Conference on the King's Letters, and Order to surrender His Garrisons, &c.
The Sense of this Conference was, "To deliver the
several Letters to them; and to let them know, this
House formerly communicated to them the King's
Letter of the 18 May, and did desire that it might
have been communicated to the Scotch Commissioners,
according to the Direction of the Letter; but it hath
lain since in their Hands: Their Lordships desire both
may be communicated to them, by the Members of
both Houses of the Committee of both Kingdoms.
"Also to desire that the King's Warrant may be sent
to Sir Tho. Fairefaz; and that he may send it to all
the Governors of the King's Forts and Garrisons."
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons do agree to give a present Conference, and do agree to the Pass for Colonel
Feilding to go beyond the Seas.
Letter from the King, desiring the Propositions for Peace may be sent to Him; and desiring a Personal Treaty.
"His Majesty, looking with Grief of Heart upon
the sad Sufferings of His People in His Three Kingdoms some Years past, and being afflicted with their
Distresses and unquiet Condition, through the Distractions about Religion, the keeping of Forces on
Foot in the Fields and Gavrisons, the not-satisfying
the Public Debts, and their Fears of the further
Effusion of Blood, by continuing an unnatural War
in any of these Kingdoms, or by renting or dividing
these Kingdoms so happily united; and having lately
sent a Gracious Message unto both Houses of Parliament, and Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, expressing the necessary Causes of the coming
from Oxford unto the Scottish Army, without any
Intention to make a Division, where He is in Freedom and right Capacity to settle a true Peace, and
containing such Offers as He conceived would have
been accepted, with a general Clause of complying
with their Desires; and being impatient of Delays,
and not acquainted with the Particulars which may
give Contentment to them; His Majesty doth earnestly desire, that the Propositions of Peace, so often
promised, and so much expected, may be speedily
sent unto Him, that, upon Consideration of them,
He may apply Himself to give such Satisfaction as
may be the Foundation of a firm Peace: And for the
better and more speedy attaining thereunto, His Majesty doth further propound, that He may come to
London with Safety, Freedom, and Honour, where
He resolves to comply with His Houses of Parliament
in every Thing which may be most for the Good of
His Subjects, and perfect what remains for settling
both King and People in a happy Condition; being
likewise most confident that they, according to their
reiterated Declarations and solemn Protestations, will
be zealous in the Maintenance of His Honour and
just and lawful Rights.
"As His Majesty desires the Houses of Parliament to
disburthen the Kingdom of all Forces and Garrisons
in their Power, except such as before these unhappy
Times have been maintained for the necessary Defence
and Safety of this Kingdom; so He is willing forthwith to disband all His Forces and Garrisons within
the same, as the inclosed Order herewith sent will
evidence: And if, upon these Offers, His Majesty
shall have such Satisfaction as He may be confident a
firm Peace shall ensue thereupon, His Majesty will
then give Order for His Son the Prince's present Return. Newcastle, the 10th of June, 1646.
"For the Speaker of the House of Peers pro
Tempore; to be communicated to the Lords
and Commons assembled in the Parliament
of England at Westm'r and the Commissioners
of the Parliament of Scotland."
Order from the King to the Governor of His Garrisons, &c. to surrender them.
"Having resolved to comply with the Desires of Our
Parliaments in every Thing which may be for the Good
of Our Subjects, and leave no Means unessayed for removing all Differences betwixt us; therefore We have
thought fit, the more to evidence the Reality of Our
Intentions of settling a happy and firm Peace, to require you, upon honourable Conditions, to quit those
Towns, Castles, and Forts intrusted to you by Us;
and to disband all the Forces under your several Commands.
"Given at Newcastle, the 10th of June, 1646.
"To Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir Thomas
Glemham, Sir Thomas Tildsley, Colonel Henry Wasington, Colonel Thomas Blaigg, Governors of Our Cities and Towns of Oxford, Worcester, and Wallingford; and all
other Commanders of any of Our Towns,
Castles, or Forts, within the Kingdom of
England, or Dominion of Wales."
Letter from the Committee of Estates of Scotland at Newcastle, desiring the Propositions may be sent to the King.
"For the Right Honnorable the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England,
"Not only our Consciences beare Wittnesse to ourselves, but our Actions are a reall and publique Testimony to all Men who have marked our Wayes since
our coming into this Kingdome, how earnest our Desires, and how constant our Endeavors have beene, to
preserve the Union of the Two Kingdomes, as a
principall Meanes of Happines to both; and for this
End, what our Affection and Care hath bin, to observe
and performe the whole Articles of the Covenant
and Treatyes betwixt the Kingdomes: Yet (this much
wee may truly say); at noe Tyme since the Begining
of our Engagments in this Cause have wee with
more Sincerity and Faithfullnes indeavored to improve
our Oppertunityes for the Publique then wee have
done of late, since His Majesty's unexpected comeing
into our Army, by our earnest and uncessant dealing
with Him to send such Messages to His Parliament as
may give them full Sattisfaction, and bee a sure
Ground of Peace to His Kingdomes, and of Happines to Himselfe: And although wee have not as yet
prevailed soe farre against such Principles, as by
Education, Length of Tyme, and the Councells and
Company of such as have beene formerly bought
Him, have bin deeply rooted in His Minde, as to obtayne the uttmost of our Desires; yet have wee not
loosed our Labour, nor are wee diffident but that in a
short Tyme He may bee moved to give Satisfaction to
His People, which, when it cometh, wil bee a Matter of Rejoyceing to all that love the Settling of Religion and Peace: And wee doe earnestly entreate, and
confidently expect, that the Houses of Parliament will,
in their Wisdome, and from their Love of Peace,
bee pleased, with the Concurrence of the Commissioners from the Parliament of Scotland, and speedily,
to send such Propositions and Demaunds to bee
graunted by His Majesty, as are necessary for cureing
the present Distempers, the setling of Religion and
Peace, the Safety of His Majesty's Person and Authority, and the confirming and conserving the Union
of these Kingdomes; which being sent, wee will, upon
His Majesty's Answere, cleerly and distinctly knowe
how to proceede in this intended Pacification; and
to sattisfy the Desires of the Parliament, and our
owne, in disbanding our Forces, delivering upp the
Garrisons possesst by us, and retourning Home, after all our Sufferings, with the same Cheerefullnes and
Affection that wee had when wee came into this Kingdome: And wee resolve shortly to send some from us,
to give your Lordships further Information of our
Proceedings here, that by mutuall and joynt Advise
such Things as may serve for the Peace and Good of
both Kingdomes may bee brought to a speedy and
happy Close; which is the earnest Desire of
Newcaslle, 10th June, 1646.
"W. Argill. Calender.
"Crafford Lindsey. Dunfermelyne.
"T. Hepburne. D. Home. T. Shaw.
"Ro. Frerland. W. Lengonyng."
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, desiring Supplies may be sent to their Armies in Ireland, and in the North; and that the Propositions may be sent to the King.
"To the Right Honnorable the Speaker of the
House of Peeres pro Tempore; to be comunicated to the Two Houses of the Parliament.
"Wee have frequently, and of a long Tyme, represented to the Honnorable Houses our earnest Desires
of a happy and speedy Peace; of which wee are soe
studious, that wee cannott cease from expressinge the
same Desires at all Oppertunityes; and the rather at
this Tyme, because of the sad Stroake lately fallen
upon our Brethren in Ireland, whose former and present Sufferings under which they groane doe of themselves call soe loud, that wee doubt not the Houses,
from their Wisdome, Care, and Commisseration, will
tymely and effectually apply themselves to the composing of all Differences, and the speedy setling of a
happy Peace in this Island, whereby they may bee
enabled to send further Ayde and Succor unto that
Kingdome, for prosecuting of the Warre there,
and reduceing of the Rebells to Obedience; and,
for the same Ends, speedily to send Provisions to the
Scottish Army there, who for many Monthes have
receaved noe Intertainment, notwithstanding of their
Faithfullnes and greate Sufferings in that Publique
Service. Annother Occasion now ministred unto us
is, from the pressing and unsupplyed Necessityes of
our Armye in the North of this Kingdome, who are
extreamly straightned in their Quarters and Provisions; for Remedy whereof, the Lord Generall and
Committee of Estates with the Army did write to
the Committee at Yorke, and to Colonell Generall
Poyntz, who in their Answers have declared noe Unwillingnes; but they are not enabled by any Power
from the Parliament to afford them the desired Assistance and Sattisfaction, toward the Enlargment of
their Quarters, or bettering of their Provisions, as
will more fully appeare by the Letters themselves
herewith presented: Wee doe therefore yet againe
earnestly desire, that the Honnorable Houses will bee
pleased to give Order to the Committee at Yorke,
for the convenient Quarteringe of the Scottish Army,
and for accomodating them with necessary Provisions, that the Burthens of the Country, occasioned
(to our greate Greife) by the faileinge of the due and
orderly Course for providinge for that Army, may
bee eased; to which End, wee doe alsoe renew our
former Desire, for sendinge them from hence a considerable Some of Money towards the Discharge of their
Quarters. Wee must further make knowne, that, as
the Committee at Yorke and Colonell Generall Points,
in their Letters of the 4th of this Instant June, doe
fairely and ingeniously give Testimony to the faithfull and carefull Endeavors of the Committee of Estates, for preventing Misunderstandings, and for preserving Peace and Amity betwixt the Kingdomes; of
which they were pleased in these Letters to give for
Instance, the Orders of the Committee of Estates for
preventing the future Intertainment of such as shall
give Occasion of Offence, and for disbanding the
Regiment of Generall Major Vandreuske, which, as
the Messinger sent hither doth assure us, is already
put in Execution, and none of them are suffered to
bee received into other Regiments: And as that
Honnorable Committee, in their Paper of the 8th of
this Instant presented to the Kinge (which wee doe
herewith communicate), and in their owne Letter to
the Honnorable Houses now sent, have expressed
their firme Resolutions, not to suffer themselves to
bee divided from their Brethren of England, with
whome they are united by the solemne League and
Covenant, but to preserve that happy Union, and to
observe the whole Articles of the Covenant and Treatyes betweene the Kingdomes; soe upon the most particuler and assured Knowledge which wee have of
their faithfull, reall, and unanimous Endeavors, wee
dare confidently say, That if both Houses had bin
Witnesses to their most privy Consultations, as before, soe especially since His Majesty did unexpectedly
come amongest them, it had bin insteede of many Demonstrations to remove Jealousyes betweene the Nations, and to breed a more full Confidence of their
Sincerity and Integrity towards this Nation: Wee,
therefore, joyninge and co-operating with them for
the same good Ends, doe with all Earnestnes desire the
expediting of the Propositions intended to bee sent to
His Majesty, that, by the Blessinge of God upon the
joynt Desires, Councells, and Endeavors of both
Kingdomes, Religion and Peace with all possible
Speede may bee setled, all Distempers and Differences
healed, all Armyes in both Kingdomes disbanded, the
Country eased, our distressed Brethren in Ireland
releived, and a firme Peace and Union in this Island
continued to the Generations followinge; then which
nothing can bee more earnestly desired or endeavored
"Your Lordships humble Servaunts,
"W. Jhonston. Charles Erskine.
"Hew Kennedy. Ro. Barclay.
Worcester House, the 15th of June, 1646.
"Wee doe againe earnestly desire that the Honnorable Houses will send a Committee, to
joyne with the Committee of Estates, who
may bee Wittnesses of all their Proceedings,
and co-operate with them for the Good of
the Publique Service there."
Letter from the Committee at York to the Committee of Estates of Scotland, desiring them to remove their Army out of that County; and that they have no Power to relieve them with regard to Quarters.
"May it please your Honours,
"We find, by your Lordships Letters of the First of
June, you are not pleased to give any Hopes of the
removing of your Forces out of the County, which
we have been often Suitors for, in regard of the
Disability of this County to bear the Charge of both
Armies, and cannot forbear to renew the same Suit
still. Your Honours are still pleased to desire our
Assistance, in the quartering of, and Provision for, your
Army here; to which, my Lords, we must deal ingenuously. As we had no Power in that Particular
heretofore, so at this present, neither in that nor any
other Public Employment, by reason the Ordinance
by which we acted expired the last of May; and we
having yet received no Intimation from Parliament of
their Pleasure for the Continuation of it. We oftentimes applied ourselves to the House, for their speedy
Course for the Provision of your Army in some equal
Way, and do expect a Return daily: Till then (especially in the Condition we now are) we hope your
Lordships will not expect any further Answer from us
herein; and that your Lordships will rest satisfied in
the Reality of our Desires and Care to do the utmost
in our Power that may speak our Constancy to our
Covenant, and our Zeal to prevent Mistakes that
might any wise weaken the happy mutual Amity between the Two Nations. And truly, my Lords, we
cannot but with many honourable Respects take Notice of your Lordships Care therein, and of that honourable Instance your Lordships have given, in your
Order for disbanding of Colonel Vandrusk's Regiment; in Execution whereof, we conceive your Lordships will do yourselves and the Cause much Right.
So soon as, my Lords, we shall obtain any Return
from the Parliament, we shall readily give your Lordships a further Account; in the mean Time, shall desire to be accounted, as we are,
Yorke, the 4th of June, 1646.
"Most humble Servants,
"Tho. St. Nicholas.
Letter from Col. Poyntz to the Committee of Estates of Scotland, acknowledging their constant Care to prevent Misunderstandings.
"I received your Lordships of the First of June Instant; and as I perceive your Lordships do suspend
your Resolutions concerning the more Northerly
Quartering of your Army till you have a Return from
the Committee of both Kingdoms, so I hope your
Lordships will not seek any Thing further from me
in a Business of so great Concernment to this poor
Country till I shall likewise have the Pleasure of those
above, whose Commands and Directions your Lordships will apprehend I am engaged to observe. My
Lords, I should highly injure your Lordships and myself also, if upon all Occasions I should not acknowledge your Lordships great Care and prudent Circumspection to carry on the Public Affairs, wherein both
Nations have a reciprocal Interest, so as the happy
Union may be preserved, and the Ends which are mutually driven at in the National League may be best
atchieved; and I hope your Lordships will not believe,
in any Complaints I have represented, I had the least
Intention to reflect on your Lordships Particulars.
And truly, my Lords, I do with many humble Thanks
acknowledge it a great Favour to myself, and a convincing Evidence to the World, of (what wise Men
were always satisfied in) your Lordships Desires to prevent Occasions of Distaste, that, upon my last, your
Lordships have given Order for the disbanding of General Major Vandruske's Regiment, and for the preventing of the future Entertainment of such as give
Occasion of Offence; the effecting of both which will
be certainly of very good Consequence, and of very
honourable Interpretation. For my Particular, I shall
ever deem it my Honour and Happiness, in any civil
Relation, to be instrumental to the Public Good; so
none shall be more ready to manifest what a large
Share thereof he doth account is lapt up in being esteemed, as he is,
Yorke, the 4th of June, 1646.
"Your Lordships humble Servant,
Letter from the Committee of Estates to the Committee at York, about Quarters for their Army; and that they had ordered Vandrusk's Regiment to be disbanded.
"10th June, 1646.
"Wee doe perceave, by your Letters of the 4th Instant, that the Ordinance of Parliament, by which
you acted in all Publique Imployments, expired the
last of May, soe that you are not furnished with Authority to afford us any Assistance in the quartering
and provideinge for our Army, which wee shall forbeare therefore to presse any further; not doubting
but, when you are better enabled, and your Power
enlarged, you will continue your Publique Care and
Affection to doe every Thing that may bee for the
Good of the Army, and preserving the mutuall Amity
and Union of the Two Kingdomes, which wee shall
study to confirme by all Wayes and Meanes that are in
our Power; haveing alsoe seriously recommended the
same to G. Leiuetenant Lesly (whome wee desired to repaire to us, aboute the executing of that Order for
disbanding Generall Major Vandrusk's Regiment),
that he would likewise take speciall Care to prevent
all Mistakes that might begett any Misunderstanding
betwixt us. Soe wee remaine
"Leven. Crawford Lindsay.
"Argill. Lanerick. Lothian.
"A. Hepburne. D. Home. Fryland.
"Tho. Ker. W. Glendoninge."
Paper delivered to the King by the Committee of Estates, desiring that the Prince might not go beyond Sea.
"Wee doe humbly represent to Your Majesty, that
wee conceave it will much contribute for the Good of
Your Service, and the better procureing a right Understanding and well-grounded Peace, if Your Majesty were pleased to give Order, that the Prince his
Highnes goe not beyond Sea; but that he may stay
within this Kingdome, soe as hee may reside therein
with Honnor and Safety, for preventinge the Dangers which may bee to his Person and Religion, and
the Jealousyes and Inconveniencyes which may ensue
upon his Highnes goeing out of the Kingdome in
this Juncture of Tyme and Affaires."
2d June, 1646.
Paper from them, desiring the King to treat with the Houses for a Peace.
"Whereas, upon Consideration of the present Condition of Affaires, and Sense of our Duty, wee did in
all Humility and Faithfullnes advise and beseech
Your Majesty, that You would bee pleased to send
such a Message to the Houses of Parliament and Commissioners of Scotland as might bee a Ground of setling Religion and Peace according to the solemne
League and Covenant; it is still our earnest Desire,
that Your Majesty would bee graciously pleased to
send such a Message, for the further Sattisfaction of
Your Parliaments, and preventing of imminent Dangers which may ensue upon the Delay thereof;
which if Your Majesty shall not (out of Your Wisdome, and Compassion of the sad Condition of Your
Kingdomes) bee pleased to grant, wee shal bee constrained presently to take such a Course, as that, by
mutuall Advise and Resolutions of both Kingdomes,
they may bee saved from a Breach, and the dangerous
Sequells prevented which may followe.
8 June, 1646.
"Signed by all the Committee and Generall Officers of the Army."
Letter from the Committee of Estates to Gen. Poyntz.
"10th June, 1646.
"Wee receaved yours of the 4th Instant, sheweinge
that you could not sattisfy the Desires of our former
Letter, nor afford us any Assistance towards the Enlargment of our Quarters, untill their Pleasure were
knowne whose Directions you were to observe.
"And seing you are not furnished with Authority
in that Behalfe, wee shall not further presse it untill
you bee otherwise inabled; not doubting but you
will manifest the Continuance of that Friendshipp
whereof wee have alwayes had the Experience; in
the meane Tyme, wee cannott but bee very sensible
of your Expressions and Acknowledgment of our
Care and Faithfullnes in our Publique Employments;
and shall endeavor soe to behave ourselves in pursueinge the Ends of our Covenant, that all our Wayes
and Actions may speake our Constancy and Zeale to
preserve the happy Union and Amity of both Kingdomes, and to prevent every Thing, to the uttmost
of our Power, that may tend to the Infringment of
that Union, in Assurance whereof wee rest
Newcastle, the 10th of June, 1646.
"Leven. Loudoun. Callander. Argill.
"Crawford Lindsay. Dunfermling. Lanrick. Lothian.
"A. Hepburne. D. Home. Fryland. J. Ker.