DIE Martis, 16 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Cartwright & al. versus Rawleigh.
Upon reading the Petition of John Cartwright and
others; shewing, "That they having brought their
Action against George Rawleigh, for to be repaired
for what Losses they have suffered by him by Plunder when he was in Arms, but not as having done
any as Soldier in Command."
It is (fn. *) Ordered, That both Sides shall be heard Tomorrow Morning, by Counsel, at this Bar.
Col. Hastings & al. a Pass, to go beyond Sea.
Ordered, That Colonel Henry Hastings, Sir Augustine Cockaine, Edward Stanford Esquire, and Richard
Ashley Gentleman, and Tho. Pegg, Tho. Porter, John
Banks, Henry Shawell, Wm. Gibson, Francis Eaton, Tho.
Wakelin, Wm. Tayler, Jo. Pike, and Ralph Garret, with
their or some of their Servants, shall have a Pass, to
transport themselves, with Sixteen Horses and Geldings,
and a proportionable Number of Arms for so many
Horses and Men, and Monies (not exceeding the Sum
of Three Hundred Pounds), from Dover or Rye, to any
Parts beyond the Seas.
Ordinance to raise Forces for Ireland.
The Lord Willoughby reported from the Committee,
the Alterations in the Ordinance concerning raising of
Horse and Foot for the Service of Ireland; which were
read, and debated.
And the Question being put, "Whether to agree
to this Ordinance with these Alterations?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Ordered, That this Ordinance be sent to the House
of Commons, and their Concurrence desired in the Alterations.
Sir F. Boteler released, on Bail.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Francis Boteler, a
Prisoner of War in The Tower; shewing, "That his
Health being much impaired by his Imprisonment in
The Tower, desires Leave to go to his Mother's in
Hartfordshire, putting in Security to the Lieutenant
of The Tower to be a true Prisoner, and to render
himself when he shall be required."
Which Desire of his this House approved of; and
the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
Message to the H. C. with Ordinances; &c.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath:
1. To deliver to them the Ordinance for Hull, with
the Alterations; and to desire their Concurrence therein.
2. To deliver to them the Ordinance for raising Horse
and Foot for the Service of Ireland, with the Alterations; and desire their Concurrence therein.
3. To put them in Mind of the Ordinance concerning Mr. Inggle, a Minister.
4. To desire their Concurrence in a Pass for Dr. Collidon, to go beyond the Seas, and return, with his
5. To put them in Mind of Mr. Corbett's Ordinance.
6. To put them in Mind of the Names of the Persons
added to the Committee of the County of Westm'land.
Platt and Selby, concerning the Parsonage of Horseley.
Upon reading the Petition of John Platt:
(Here enter the Petition.)
It is Ordered, That Mr. Selby, Minister, shall have
a Copy of this Petition, and return an Answer to this
House on Friday next, how he comes to lay Claim to
the Parsonage of Horsely under Pretence of a Lapse; and
in the mean Time all Proceedings upon the Presentation
to be staid until the Pleasure of this House be further
England and Clarke.
This Day this House heard Counsel, to argue the
Errors, in the Writ of Errors depending in this House
between England Plaintiff, and Clarke Defendant.
And it is Resolved, That this House affirms the
Judgement; and that it be remitted into the Court of
King's Bench, that so Judgement may be executed accordingly.
Pitcher and Draper.
Likewise this Day this (fn. *) House heard Counsel, to
argue the Errors, in the Writ of Errors depending in
this House between Pitcher Plaintiff and Draper Desendant.
And it is Resolved, This House affirms the Judgement; and that it be remitted into the Court of King's
Bench, that so Judgement may be executed accordingly.
Message from the H. C. with Letters from Ireland; and with an Order, Votes, &c. concerning Ireland.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Temple Knight, &c.
1. To communicate Letters from the Commissioners
in Ulster in Ireland. (Here enter them.)
2. To put their Lordships in Mind of the Ordinance
for raising Horse and Foot for the Service of Ireland.
3. To desire Concurrence in an Order, That the
Power of the Commissioners in Ulster be enlarged for
Three Months after the Expiration of their present Ordinance, which determines the 3d of July next; and
that they may have Power to act alone, in case the Scotts
Commissioners join not with them.
4. To desire Concurrence in divers Votes, concerning
Forces to be sent to Ulster speedily.
5. To put their Lordships in Mind of the Order for
adding Sir Wm. Waller and Mr. Wallop to be of the Committee for the Irish Affairs.
The Vote concerning Colonel Edward Massie's Horse
and Foot was read; and Ordered, That the Consideration thereof shall be respited until To-morrow Morning.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to the Addition of Sir Wm.
Waller and Mr. Wallopp to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland: To all the rest, this House will send an
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Letter from the Commissioners in Ulster, that the Parliament's Forces there have been defeated; and desiring Supplies, and proper Powers.
"For the Most Honourable the Lord Lieutenant
"May it please your Lordship,
"It is excusable to be Messengers of sad News
when the Safety of a Kingdom lies upon quick Intelligence and speedy Supplies. The Parliament's Forces
in this Province, both Brittish and Scottsh, have received the greatest Overthrow and Loss that to our
Knowledge ever befell the Crown of England in any
Rebellion. The inclosed Relation will give your
Lordship as full an Account as we can yet make
thereof: What is to come, we are well assured, will
but help to sadden it. We are using all possible
Means to secure the Country, which will be most difficult, against the Enemy, whose natural Insolency,
heightened with Victory, makes us expect the worse
that can be done by them for the Ruin of the remaining Party, which they will certainly effect, and
therewith re-gain Connaght, unless by the Parliament's and your Lordship's Wisdom and Care speedy
Relief both of Men, Money, and Arms, Ammunition,
and Victuals, be sent hither. And here we beseech
your Lordship, that we may have Leave to mention
the often Representations we have made to the Committee of both Kingdoms, the Committee of Lords
and Commons for Ireland, and your Lordship, in the
most earnest Way of Expression it was possible for us,
of the pressing Wants both Armies and the Country
were in of all Things necessary for an Army, especially of Arms, which we wish had been so far considered and supplied as that this Stroke (so Judgementlike) might not have hazarded the Parliament's Interest
in this Province; which we much apprehend, so great
an Astonishment is fallen upon Persons of all Sorts, as
is usual in such remarkable Disasters.
"We are here in the Capacity only of private Men;
having no Power but joint with the Scottsh Commissioners, who have left the Kingdom: Yet we are enforced to act as if we had Power, because here is
none to order Affairs, though we must profess ourselves unable to undergo the Burthen; and as we
have formerly humbly represented our Intention of
returning, that Commission expiring the Third of July,
so we do now again humbly move, that we may no
longer be continued here in a Condition uncapable of
serving the Parliament, or supporting ourselves.
"We conceive it will be expedient to command all
Officers now at London to their Charges, if Provisions
be first hastened; for otherwise here will be already
too many to perish.
"Your Lordship will find, by perusing the Relation,
that several Regiments are untouched; as namely, the
Lord Folliott's, Sir William and Sir Robert Steuart's,
Colonel Mervin's, Sir John Clotworthye's, and some of
the Scottsh Regiments; but it is yet uncertain what is
become of Sir William and Sir Robert Steuart's and
Colonel Montros' Regiments and Troops; for we
have this Evening received Letters, that they were
ordered by the Major General to meet him near the
Place of Battle, and intended to do so accordingly;
but supposing them all safe, yet the Country is so
large that the Forces here are to defend, and the Garrisons so many, that they will not be able to gather
the Body of an Army so soon from all Sides, but
that the Enemy will first ruin the greatest Part of the
Country; and when they shall be united, they may
more probably receive a Second Defeat than a
stronger Army did the First, having now to do with
an Enemy flushed with Victory.
"We have thought it so necessary to post this Dispatch to your Lordship, that we cannot mention many
Things which it were expedient to touch, and your
Lordship's Wisdom will prompt to you as fit to be
considered in this Occasion; neither have we Time to
write to the Speaker of either House, or Committee of both Kingdoms, and Lords and Commons
for Ireland; and therefore must beseech your Lordship that this may be communicated to them, and the
Messenger hastened back, with such Assurance of present Supplies as may stay the People's Hearts till they
"We have written Letters to the Committees of
Lancasheir and Chesheir, being the nearest Help; and
send your Lordship the Copies inclosed, to the End
that, if they answer our Desires, Course may be taken
for their Satisfaction; if not, they may be quickened
from London; so, beseeching your Lordship's speedy
Answer and Direction, we remain
Belfast, the 6th of June, 1646.
Most humble Servants,
"A Relation of the Defeat given by Owen
M' Art, General of the Ulster Rebels, to the
Army of the Brittish and Scottsh under the
Command of General Major Monro, near Benburb, in the County of Tyrone, the 5th of
Account of the Defeat of the Parliament's Forces in Ulster, by the Rebels under M' Art.
"Wednesday, the 3d of June, being appointed for
a great Part of the Brittish and Scottch Forces both
Horse and Foot to meet at the Rendezvous on Blayers
Moore, near Lisnegarney; there came accordingly Major General Monro's Regiment, the Lord Mountgomery's,
the Lord Claneboy's, the Lord Blayne's, the Earl of
Glencarne's, the Earl of Crawford Lindseye's, Colonel
Mountgomerye's, and Colonel Home's their Regiments,
with Twelve Troops of Horse commanded by the
Lord of Ardes, and the whole Army, being betwixt
Five and Six Thousand, provided for a Month, they
marched this Night to Dromore, Seven Miles; having
first received Intelligence, from the Commissioners of
the Parliament and other Ways, of Owen M' Art's
Army drawing into the Parts about Enniskilling.
June the 4th, they marched to Hamilton's Bawne
Sixteen Miles; and sending out a Party of Horse before them to take Prisoners for Intelligence, they
took One, who, upon strict Examination by the Major
General, informed him that the Enemy was near
Benburb, being Six Regiments and Twelve Troops of
Horse, victualed for Ten Days; whereupon he resolved to take his March that Way; and, June the
5th, marched towards Benburb; but finding Owen
M' Art's Men possessed of the Pass, the Major General
resolved (seeing the Enemy had Victuals but for a
short Time) not to hazard his Army upon Disadvantages, and therefore took his Way to the Pass of
Kenard, where finding no Opposition, he marched
through, with much Joy both of Officer and Soldier,
thinking they had them then sure, and so went
towards the Enemy, who had seated themselves
amongst Trees and Bushes, near the Pass of Benburb,
at The Black Water River-side; which being discovered, the Major General caused plant his Ordnance
thwarting one the other, and quickly beat them out
of the Bushes; then they drew up into Battalia in an
advantageous Place hard by, and at the same Time
the Major General ordered his Battalia and Reserve,
flanking his Body on both Sides with Wings of
Horse, and with a Commanded Party of One Hundred
Horse charged their Foot without Effect; whereupon
their Horse charged some of ours, who gave Ground;
and the Irish coming on with a Shout, the Foot on
both Sides fell in pell-mell, and were left engaged
in great Confusion by the Horse, who began to shift
for themselves; and in the Fight the Lord Mountgomery was taken Prisoner, and some others. The
Foot, seeing the Horse fly, did most of them fling
away their Arms, and shifted for their Lives, many
being drowned in The Blacke Water, and few being
yet come into our Quarters but Baggage-men who
escaped on the Baggage-horses. The Major General
with several of his Officers are come to Belfast this
Evening; being forced to ride hard for it, when they
could not get the Men to stand. A good Part of the
Horse are also safe; but it is to be feared most Part
of the Foot cut off, for we have not as yet News of
any of the British Officers almost that are got off. It
is uncertain whether the Lord Blayney be taken or
killed; Lieutenant Colonel Crawford of the Lord
Clandeboy's Regiment is generally reported slain, as is
also his Cornet, being both very gallant Men; Captain Dromond of Lindseye's Regiment slain; Lieutenant
Colonel Keeth is said to be Prisoner; our whole Bag
and Baggage, with the Ordnance and all our Arms,
"The Rebels had never such a Day of the Protestants. The Lord sanctify His heavy Hand unto
us, and give Courage to His People to quit themselves
like Men till Help comes!
"Dated at Belfast, June the 6th, at
Platt versus Selby, concerning the Parsonage of West Horseley.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled.
The humble Petition of John Platt, Minister
at West Horsley, in Surrey;
"Whereas the Parsonage of West Horsely, in Surrey
aforesaid, was sequestered because of the Delinquency and Absence of Dr. Howell, and your Petitioner placed therein by the Committee of that County, and confirmed by the Honourable Committee of
plundered Ministers; and for his further Encouragement the Committee of the said County of their own
Accord procured for your Petitioner the next Presentation from the Honourable the Lady Mountague,
which for the present cannot take Place, the said
Dr. Howell being still living.
Yet notwithstanding, one Mr. Selby, under Pretence
of the said Living being lapsed into the King's Gift
since Dr. Howell was sequestered, hath secretly, and
unknown to your Petitioner, procured a Presentation
from the Broad Seal, and an Order for Institution to
the said Living, from this Honourable House.
"Your Petitioner having been faithful and diligent
in his Place, and undergone much Hazard in regard
of the Enemy, and paid great Taxes ever since the
last Harvest, and, in Confidence of a quiet Enjoyment, expended much Money in necessary Repairs;
and if a Precedent in this Kind succeed, it may tend
to the disheartening and ejecting of many faithful,
godly Ministers, who are placed in sequestered Livings
by the Parliament;
Humbly craveth, that the said Presentation, and
Order for Presentation, be suspended until the
Pleasure of both Houses be farther signified
herein; and in the mean Time your Petitioner
continued in the said Living.
And your Petitioner shall ever pray, &c.
House adjourned till 10a cras.