DIE Saturni, 4 die Julii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Salawey.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
P. Rupert and Maurice to export Horses.
Ordered, That Prince Rupert and Prince Maurice
shall have Liberty to carry over their Horses with them
beyond the Seas, Custom-free.
Goodier to enjoy the Mines, &c.
Upon reading the Petition of Edmond Goodier: (Here
enter it.) It is Ordered, That he shall quietly enjoy
the Mines and Works as he did before he was (fn. *) dispossessed by the King's Forces; Deacon and Corsellis performing their Bargain and Contract.
Upon reading the Petition of Ann Hall: It is Ordered, To be referred to the Committee of Lords and
Commons for Sequestrations, to give her such Relief
therein as they shall think fit.
Sir R. Markham's Ordinance.
The Ordinance for taking (fn. †) off the Sequestration
from Sir Rob't Markham's Estate, was read, and Agreed
to. (Here enter it.)
Durham Ministers Ordinance.
An Ordinance was brought in, for settling of godly Ministers in the County and Bishopric of Durham; and read Twice, and Ordered to be laid
Petition from the L. Mayor, &c. with One from them to the King.
This Day Sir Thomas Foote Knight, One of the
Aldermen of the City of London, accompanied with
other Aldermen and Common Council Men, presented a Petition to this House; which was received, and
And afterwards the Draught of their Petition to the
King was also read.
(Here enter them.)
And then the Messengers withdrew; and the House
took the same into Consideration.
And the Question being put, "Whether to approve of this Petition to be sent to the King,
from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
The Aldermen and Common Council were called in
again; and the Speaker, by the Direction of the House,
gave them this Answer; (videlicet,)
Answer to them.
"The Lords take in good Part the Respect and
Care which the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council have shewed, by their addressing
themselves thus unto this House. They have perused
the Petition which you intend to present to His
Majesty, and do approve of the sending of it unto
Sabran to export Horses.
Ordered, That the Horses that Monsieur Sabran
(fn. *) has shall be transported Custom-free.
Lenthall & al. and Sir W. Russell & al.
The Order between Lenthall and others, against
Sir Wm. Russell, &c. was this Day read, and confirmed.
(Here enter it.)
Upon reading of the Petion of Thomas and Francis
Lenthall, and John Marston, Merchants, against Sir
Wm. Russell, John Wood, and others, this Day in the
House: It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament
assembled, That it is hereby referred to all the Judges,
to consider whether a Prohibition lieth in the Case between the Parties abovesaid, or not; and afterwards to
make Report to this House, that such farther Directions may be given therein as shall be meet.
Letter &c. from the Scots Commissioners.
Next, was read a Letter, with an inclosed Paper,
concerning the Propositions for Peace.
(Here enter them.)
Likewise was read, a Declaration of the Scotts Army,
with a Petition of theirs to the King, with His Answer
Ordered, That these Papers be communicated to
the House of Commons, and the Propositions be compared with this Paper against Monday Morning next.
Message to the H. C. with them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath:
To communicate to them the Declaration of the
Scotts Army, and their Petition to the King, and His
Answer to it.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax.
A Letter from Sir Tho. Fairefax, was read.
(Here enter it.)
And it is Ordered, That on Tuesday next the Articles of Surrender of Oxford shall be taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That the King's Counsel shall bring in
the Charge against Lylburne on Tuesday next.
Sir J. Sidley and Baldwin versus Rookes.
Ordered, That the Cause of Sir John Sidly, against
Baldin, and the Cause of Mrs. Rookes, shall be heard
on Monday Morning next.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer to the Message sent Yesterday to the House of
That they agree to the Addition in the Declaration:
(Here enter it.) And do agree that the Nineteenth Proposition, the Declaration, and the Names for the Conservators of the Peace, be communicated to the Scotts
Commissioners: To the rest of the Particulars, they will
send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Petition from the Officers in the Scots Army with the following Declaration.
To his Excellency the Earle of Leven.
The Petition of all the Officers and Souldiers
under your Excellencye's Comaund.
That whereas the whole Officers and Souldiers
of this Army under your Excellencye's Comaund,
out of their Zeale to the Reformation of Religion,
their tender Care to preserve and confirme the mutuall Amity and Confidence of both Kingdomes,
and their earnest Desires to vindicate their Honnor
from Reproaches and Aspersions lying upon them,
have thought it necessary to (fn. *) emitt a Declaration
of their Constancy and Integrity in the Pursuance of
the End of the Covenant, and likewise to supplicate His Majesty, that He would bee pleased to
comply with the just Desires of His Parliaments,
and take some speedy Course to put an End to our
lastinge Misseryes, by settling of Truth and Peace:
"May it therefore please your Excellency, to
represent our Desires in this Behalfe to the
Honnorable Committee; and that wee humbly conceive the Uprightnes of our Intentions herein (haveing nothing before our
Eyes but the Good of Religion, His Majesty's Happines, and the Peace of these
Kingdomes, will procure a favorable Acceptance of our Endeavors.
Declaration of the Officers of the Scots Army, to vindicate themselves from Aspersions, and to preserve the Union between the Two Kingdoms.
A Declaration of the Lord Generall, the Generall Officers and Souldiers of the Scottish
Newcastle, 29th June, 1646.
The many Chamityes and heavy Pressures, the
sad Affiction lying upon these Kingdomes this Tyme
past, and the greate Effusion of Christian Blood
occasioned by the Continuance of this unnaturall
Warre, haveing soe deeply wounded us; and beinge earnestly desireous to give some evident Testimony of our Prety to God, Loyalty to our Soveraigne, and Love to His Kingdomes; and that the
Constancy of our Affection to this Cause, our Zeale
to the Reformation of Religion, and His Majesty's
Person and Authority in Defence thereof, and firme
Resolutions to pursue the Ends exprest in our solemne League and Covenant, may appeare to the
World; wee have thought it necessary in this Juncture of Tyme, when all Meanes are assayed by the
Enemyes of Truth and Peace to disparage our Proceedings, by rendring suspected our best Actions
and Endeavors, to the begetting of Misunderstanding, and weakening the Union betweene the Two
Kingdomes, to declare and make knowne, that, as
wee entered in a solemne League and Covenant, with
our Hands lifted upp to the Most High God, with
reall Intentions to promote the Ends thereof, soe
doe wee resolve, God willing, constantly to adhere
to the whole Heads and Articles of the same; and
for noe earthly Temptation, for noe Feare nor Hope,
to fall away and violate our sacred Oath.
Wee doe likewise profes, that nothing hes beene
with greater Care and Faithfullnes endeavored by us,
then to preserve the happy Union and brotherly Correspondence betweene the Kingdomes, as a principall Meane of Happines to boath; and shall continue the same Care to avoyd every Thing that may
tend to the Infringment thereof, with a speciall Regaurd and Tendernes to the Interests of both Kingdomes; for the strengtheninge of which Union, and
removeinge every Thinge that might obstruct the
same, as hitherto wee have had noe Complyance, nor
kept Correspondence, with knowne Enemyes and Malignants, soe will wee never hereafter give Countenance
or Encouragment to any Person disaffected to the Parliaments of either Kingdome: And that the Integrity
of our Intentions and Uprightnes of our Desires may
bee the more manifest, wee doe declare, that wee abhore all publict and private Wayes contrary to the
Covenant, and distructive to the Happines of both
Kingdomes; wee declaime all Dealling with these
that are Instruments of these unhappy Troubles, and
Impediments of Peace, and with all such Persons
who will not use all Meanes and Endeavors, and
contribute their best Councells and Advise, for hastening an End to our lasting Misseryes, and procureing
a suer and well-grounded Peace; and in particuler
we doe abominate and detest that execrable Rebellion
of James Graham, utterly abjuring all Manner of
Conjunction with him and his Confederates, and with
all other knowne Enemyes or declared Traytors to
either Kingdome, notwithstandinge any Insinuations
to the contrary exprest in some Letters as is said
to bee sent by His Majesty to the Earle of Ormond
in Ireland; for wee have none but single Intentions
and unfained Desires of Peace, renouncing all Comunion with whatsoever Designes and Practises contrived in the Darke, to the Prejudice of Religion
and Tranquility of these Kingdomes, the only Principles by which wee move: And as wee came into
this Kingdome at the earnest Desires of our Brethren,
to assist them in the Tyme of their greate Extreamity,
in the Pursuance of the Nationall Covenant, not for
any mercinary Ends, nor to enrich ourselves, as falsly and calumniously charged upon us by those that
wish not well to us nor our Cause; soe shall wee bee
most willing to depart and retourne Home in Peace,
with the same Cheerfullnes and Affection that wee had
when wee came in; nor shall the Matter of Money,
or Want of just Recompence for the Service performed and Hardshipp susteyned, bee to us an Argument of our Stay; but, leaving the Consideration of
these Things to the Wisdome and Discretion of both
Parliaments, wee shall soe farre deny ourselves, as not
to suffer any private Respects of our owne to retard
the Advancement of this Worke, or (fn. *) prejudge the
Publique Good of both Kingdomes.
Wee cannotte conceale, must acknowledge, how
sensible wee are, and have alwayes beene, of the many
Complaints presented to the Parliament of England
against this Army, and the heavy Callumnyes and
Aspersions lying upon us, for haveing committed Insolencyes, and oppressed the People, by takeing of
Free Quarters, offering ourselves most willinge and
ready, that whosoever amongest us have, by their
Misdemeanors, Miscarriages, or inordinate Way of
Walking, scandalized the Cause for which wee have
taken our Lives in our Hands, or endeavored to begett a Misunderstandinge, or foment Jealousyes, betweene the Kingdomes, wee shall strive to discover all
such, and labour to bring them to publict Tryall
and condigne Punishment; not doubtinge but, as wee
are zealous to vindicate our Honnor and Reputation
from all Reproaches, soe the Parliament will likewise
bee pleased to have such favorable Construction of
our Proceedings, as not willingly to harbour any
Thoughts which may lessen their Respects to us, and
which are not sutable to the constant Tennor of our
Carriage and Profession; and wee shall likewayes desire that the manifold Necessityes and pressing Wants
to which wee were many-tymes reduced, may not bee
forgotten, and that the Wayes and Meanes appointed
for our Supply neither answered the Expectation of
the Honnorable Houses of Parliament, nor sattisfyed
our Necessityes, soe that, for Want of Moneyes, wee
could not alwayes discharge our Quarters: Yet doe
wee most freely declare our Willingnes to allowe of
whatsoever hes beene taken upp by us; and for that
Effect, wee desire the Accompts of the Army to bee
adjusted with the severall and respective Countyes,
that whatever can bee justly charged upon us may
bee discompted of any Sumes that shall bee resting
us in Arreare: And if wee knew any Thinge else that
could serve to remove all Jealousyes and Misunderstandings, and begett a more full Confidence of our
Uprightnes, wee could with the same Readines apply
ourselves to all the Wayes that might conduce thereto.
"But because His Majesty's suddaine and inexpected
cominge into this Army doth minister new Occasion to
us to give some Demonstration of our Constancy;
though wee hope His Majesty came with reall Intentions to sattisfy the just Desires of His Parliaments,
and compose all those Differences; yet, least it should
bringe in Question the Cleernes and Integrity of our
Wayes, whereof our Consciences beare us Wittnesse, and our Actions shal bee publique reall Testimonyes, wee doe protest, That His Presence with us
hat not begetten any Alteration in our Mynds, in
the least Measure to estrange us from the Wayes of
our Covenant, or alyenate our Resolutions from goeing on zealously, constantly, and unanimously, to
sett fo'wards the Ends therein exprest; endeavoring (soe farre as lyeth in our Power) to improve that
Providence of His comeing to us, to the Publique
Good and Happines of both Kingdomes: And as it is
our earnest Desire that His Majesty would noe more
suffer Himselfe to bee involved in the Counceles
whereof He hes had soe sad Experience, to the endangering of His Person, Posterity, and Kingdomes,
soe doe wee exceedingly wish that He would comply
with the Councells of His Parliaments, to the Sattisfaction of His good People; and wee shal bee carefull
that nothing proceede from us which may give Occasion to His Majesty to entertayne any secrett Considence that the Army will give Assistance for advanceing other Ends then such as are agreeable to our Covenant, conduceinge to the Goods of Religion, the
Happines of the King and His Posterity, and Safety
of the Kingdomes."
Petition from them to the King, to comply with the Desires of the Parliaments,
and to establish Peace.
Wee Your Majesty's Loyall Subjects and faithfull
Servaunts, the Lord Generall, the Generall Officers,
the Colonells, and Captaines, in the Scottish Army
now in the Kingdome of England, from the deepe
Sence of the bleeding Condition of these Kingdomes,
soe heavy prest with sad Afflictions, through the unhappy Differences betweene Your Majesty and Your
Subjects; from the true Affection and Zeale to the Reformation of Religion, and Your Majesty's Person and
Authority; in Defence thereof, and in the Pursuance
of that sacred Oath which wee have taken, with our
Hands listed upp to the Most High God; doe make
our humble Addresse, and tender this earnest Petition
to Your Majesty, in our own Name, and in the
Name of all the inferiour Comaunders and Souldiers
under our Charge, that Your Majesty, in Your Wisdome and Goodnes, may bee pleased to take a speedy
Course for setling of Religion and Church Government in this Kingdome, according to the Word of
God and Example of the best Reformed Churches,
and bring the Churches in the Three Kingdomes to
the neerest Conjunction and Uniformity; and for
establishing the Priviledges and Libertyes of Your
Kingdomes, according to the Desires of Your good
People. Wee may not conceale our unfained Greife,
for that Your Majesty hes not bin pleased to authorise and signe the Covenant, which, wee are confident, would bring Honnor to God, Happines to
Yourselfe and Posterity, and indeare Your Majesty
(above Measure) to all Your faithfull and loyall Subjects; in the just Defence whereof as many of them
have already lost Lives, soe are wee ready to sacrifice
"Wee must alsoe pray Your Majesty to compassionate the distressed Condition of Your Kingdomes,
groaninge under the heavy Pressures of manisold Calamityes, occasioned by the Continuance of this unnaturall Warre, and to comply with the Councells of
Your Parliaments, that, all Differences being happily
composed, and the Armyes in both Kingdomes disbanded, wee may retourne Home in Peace, or bee
disposed of otherwise by Your Majesty, with the Advise of Your Parliaments, which may bee most for
Your Majesty's Honnor and Service, and the Prosperity of these Kingdomes."
The King's Answer.
By His Majesty's Command;
I am, in His Name, to return this Answer to the
Petition presented to Him (fn. *) from the Lord General,
the General Officers, the Colonels, and other Officers
and Soldiers of the Scottish Army: That His Majesty
came into the Scottish Army with full Intent of settling an happy Peace in these His Kingdoms, and to
satisfy the just Desires of His good Subjects, and
likewise to comply with His Parliaments in all Things
which shall be for the Good of Religion and the
Happiness of His Subjects, which He will always
prefer to all worldly Interests; and whensoever it
shall please God to bless His Majesty's Endeavours as
to settle an happy Peace in these His Dominions, His
Majesty will be very solicitous to find out some
Means of honourable Employment for so many gallant Men as are employed in this Army.
At Newcastle, the 27th June, 1646.
Letter from the Scots Commissioners, with the foregoing Papers, and about the Propositions.
For the Right Honnorable the Speaker of the
House of Peeres pro Tempore; to bee comunicated to both Houses of Parliament.
Yesterday wee received the Propositions of Peace;
wherein though wee doe finde materiall Additions,
yet wee are soe unwilling to retard the Meanes of
Peace, that, as wee have formerly declared, wee doe
willingly concurre with the Honnorable Houses, that
they may bee speedily sent to His Majesty.
Wee finde the Clause concerninge the Conservation
of the Peace to bee established (as is exprest in the
Votes of both Houses the 26th of March) and some
other Things wanting, which wee conceive to bee
accidentally omitted or added in the Transcribinge,
and doe desire to bee amended according to the inclosed.
Upon Monday last, wee delivered in a Letter to
both Houses, to which wee have received noe Answere; and therfore doe againe desire, that, either
in the Close of the Propositions, or in Answere to
His Majesty's Letters, He may receive such Encouragment as may move Him to give His Assent to
the Propositions, and to come hither to perfect what
remaines for setlinge a firme Peace.
Wee received alsoe with the Propositions a Declaration of both Houses, which as yet wee have not had
Tyme to take into Consideration.
Yesterday, by an Expresse from his Excellency the
Earle of Leven, wee received a Declaration and Petition to His Majesty, subscribed by his Excellency,
the Generall Officers, and Three Commissioners
from every Regiment of the Scottish Army in this
Kingdome, together with His Majesty's Answere to
their Petition, of all which wee doe herewith deliver
the Originalls and Copies, desireing the Originalls
may be retourned unto us: And as in that Declaration and Petition they have given undenyable Evidences of their sincere Affection to the Cause, and
Faithfullnes to this Kingdome, soe wee cannott but
expect that, according to our many and frequent Desires, the Honnorable Houses will take some speedy
Course for the Supply of that Army; in Confidence
whereof, wee remaine
Worcester House, the 4th of July, 1646.
Alterations in the Propositions.
Concerning the Conservation of the Peace.
These Words are omitted ["that the same Course
bee held for the Conservation of the Peace betweene
the Two Kingdomes, in relation to the Peace to bee
made upon the Propositions to bee now sent to His
Majesty, as was provided and agreed upon in the Articles of the large Treaty"]; which wee desire may
bee added to the 13th Proposition, or in some other
Part of the Propositions.
After these Words in the 12th Proposition ["the
same shal bee as valide to all Intents and Purposes as
if the Royall Assent had bin given thereunto"], to
adde these Words ["the like for the Kingdome of
In the End of that which is now the 14th Proposition, wee desire these Words to bee omitted [if the
Parliament of Scotland, or their Commissioners, shall
soe thinke fitt"].
The Clause concerninge the Kingdome of Scotland,
subjoyned to that which is now the 17th Proposition,
is now wrong transcribed; and wee desire it may
bee thus amended ["the like for the Kingdome of
Scotland, concerning the Nomination of the Lords of
the Privy Councell, Lords of Session and Exchequer,
Officers of State, and Justice Generall, in such Manner as the Estates of Parliament there shall thinke
By Command of the Commissioners for the Parliament of Scotland.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, about the Articles for Surrender of Oxford.
To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester,
Speaker in the House of Peers.
"Having agreed the Articles for the Surrender of
Oxford, I sent them to the House of Commons, humbly conceiving that to be a fit Way of possessing the
Parliament of them; but, if it were a Mistake that I
did not at the same Time send a Copy immediately to
your Lordships, I ask Pardon, and shall be gladly
rectified by you, there being an Impression upon me
to perform all that great Duty and Service I owe to
the House of Peers to the utmost. Having no more
to (fn. *) trouble your Lordship with at present, I remain
Oxford, June 30, 1646.
Your most humble Servant,
Declaration to assert the Privilege of the Houses concerning the Propositions.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons assembled in the
Parliament of England in the Name and on the Behalf
of the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, and the
Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland in the
Name and on the Behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland,
have thought fit to send unto the King the humble
Desires and Propositions for a safe and well-grounded
Peace, agreed upon by the Parliaments of both Kingdoms respectively: The Lords and Commons of the
Parliament of England do Declare, That it is not
their Intention that any Construction should be made
thereupon, as if either Kingdom had any Interest in
the Matter of each other's Propositions, or in the
Legislative Power of each other's, concerning any of
the said Propositions; but that it remaineth distinct
in each Kingdom respectively; and that, notwithstanding any joint Proceedings upon the said Propositions, either Kingdom hath Power of themselves to
continue, repeal, or alter, any Law that shall be made
upon the said Propositions, for the Good and Government of either Kingdom respectively: And it is hereby Declared, That both Houses are fully resolved to
maintain and preserve inviolable the solemn League
and Covenant, and the Treaties betwixt the Kingdoms
of England and Scotland."
Ordinance to clear Sir Robert Markham of his Delinquency.
Whereas Sir Robert Markham, of Sedgebrooke, in
the County of Lincolne, Baronet, hath by both Houses
of Parliament been admitted to his Fine of a
Thousand Pounds, he having assisted the Forces raised
against the Parliament: The Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament do hereby authorize and appoint His Majesty's Solicitor General to prepare a
Pardon to the said Sir Robert Markham for his said
Offence, in such Form as shall be agreed by both
Houses for like Offenders, together with a Grant of,
and Restitution to him, his Heirs and Assigns, of all
his Lands, Goods, and Chattels, and other Estate for
which the said Fine was accepted, according to a Particular thereof made, and entered with the Committee
at Gouldsmiths Hall, and of all Mean Profits thereof,
from the Seventh Day of February, 1645, with an
Exception of the Right or Estate of the said Sir Robert Markham in or to all Advowsons, Presentations,
and Right of Patronage, to any Church or Chapel;
which said Pardon, so prepared, the Commissioners for
the Great Seal of England for the Time being are
hereby likewise authorized to pass under the Great
Seal accordingly: Provided always, That this Ordinance, or the said Pardon thereon to be passed, shall
not extend to free the said Sir Robert Markham 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 Value
than are therein expressed during Three Years before the Year of our Lord 1640, then the said Sir
Robert Markham shall pay such further Fine, by Way
of Composition, as both Houses of Parliament shall
Petition from the Lord Mayor, &c. for Leave to present One to the King.
To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
in High Court of Parliament.
The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London,
in Common Council assembled;
That, having received the Honour from His Majesty to be, by particular Letter of the 19th of May
last (the Copy whereof we represented to your Lordships) assured of His Royal Resolutions to comply with
His Parliament, for Settlement of Truth and Peace,
the Petitioners do conceive themselves obliged in Duty
to make some Return thereunto, and especially to take
this Opportunity, when as the Honourable Houses
are preparing to dispatch some Propositions to His
Majesty; but the Petitioners could not presume to resolve upon any such Address before they had received the Pleasure of your Lordships thereupon.
And therefore they humbly present unto your
Lordships the Draught of that Petition which
they have prepared to be delivered to His
Majesty; and humbly attend the Order of your
Lordships upon the same.
And shall daily pray, &c.
Their Petition to the King, thanking Him for His Attention to them, and assuring Him of their Loyalty.
To the King's most Excellent Majesty.
The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen,
and Commons, of the City of London, in Common Council assembled.
Most humbly acknowledging the special Grace and
Favour of Your Majesty, in condescending so particularly to communicate unto this City Your Royal
and pious Resolutions to comply with Your Houses
of Parliament, for settling of Truth and Peace in
this distracted Kingdom, signified by Your late gracious Letter of the 19th of May last, to the Representative Body thereof; in which as the Petitioners cannot but see the special Hand of Almighty God, so
they must and do, from the Bottom of their Hearts,
bless His Holy Name, that at Length hath opened
such a Door of Hope, by inclining Your Majesty's
Heart to look down upon the Afflictions of Your
People, and from thence take Comfort to themselves,
that He will confirm and increase those good Resolutions in Your Majesty.
As for the City, the Petitioners esteem it their
Duty now again, as they have formerly done, to declare unto Your Royal Majesty and the whole World,
that, according to their Protestation and Covenant,
they have always, and do still, retain the same loyal
Thoughts towards Your Majesty as ever, and as becometh Subjects to do, from which they shall never
And as, next unto the good Guidance of Almighty
God they do humbly commit and submit the Means
and Manner of their future Peace and Happiness unto Your Majesty's Great and Faithful Council the
Two Houses of Parliament; so they shall continue
their instant Prayers to the Throne of all Grace, to
dispose Your Majesty's Royal Heart to comply with
such Propositions as from them shall be represented
unto Your Majesty, for the Settlement of true Religion and Peace in all Your Kingdoms, and the Maintenance of the Union between the Two Nations:
And then the Petitioners shall not doubt but Your
Majesty (which is their earnest Prayer) will with
Honour and Joy return unto this Your ancient City,
and that Your Throne shall, in Your Royal Self and
Your Posterity, be established in all Your Kingdoms,
to the great Honour of Your Majesty, and to the
Comfort of all Your good Subjects; amongst whom
the Petitioners shall always strive to approve themselves inferior to none in Loyalty and Obedience.
"And, as in Duty bound, shall daily pray, &c."
Lords Answer to them.
(fn. *) "The Lords take in good Part the Respect and
Care which the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, have shewed, by their addressing themselves thus unto this House. They have perused the
Petition which you intend to present to His Majesty,
and do approve of the sending of it unto Him."
Goodeer's Petition, concerning his Mines of Coomustwith in Cardiganshire.
To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
in the High Court of Parliament.
The Humble Answer and Petition of Edward
Goodere Esquire, to the Order of your Lordships, dated 28th of May, 1646, upon a Petition of Thomas Deacon and Nicholas Corsellis,
of London, Merchants; with both which your
Petitioner acknowledgeth he was served, by
the said Mr. Deacon, on the 12th of this Instant
The said Mr. Goodere humbly acknowledgeth the
Effect of the said Petition to be true; and saith, That
the Order therein mentioned, and the Proceeding of
Mr. Bushell thereupon, was altogether without the
Consent or Privity of this your Petitioner: And further saith, That he having trusted the said Bushell
with the Working and Delivery of the said Lead, and
being sensible of that failing, and other undue Courses
of the said Bushell, did, in the Beginning of September, 1642, enter in his own Person into the actual
Possession of the Royal Mines, and the Mines of
Coonwstwith, and other Works in the County of Cardigan, according to his legal Right formerly vested in
him by lawful Conveyance from the said Bushell, and
wrought the same to his own Use, and raised a good
Quantity of Lead for the said Petitioners, until
he was dispossessed of the same by His Majesty's
Forces, placed in the Castle of Aberustwith and elsewhere near the said Mines and Works, by whose
Power this your Petitioner was excluded out of his
Possession as an Adherent to the Parliament, and all
the Lead and other Profits then and upwards raised
of the said Mines, by special Warrants of the Commanders of those Parts, and Terrors and Threats of
the said Garrisons, were from Time to Time delivered
to the said Mr. Bushell, for the King's Service, until
His Majesty's said Forces were besieged in the said
Castle of Aberustwith; so as this your Petitioner was
thereby inevitably disabled to perform the said Contracts: And further saith, That, so soon as he was
informed that the said Forces were restrained, he did
presently re-enter upon the said Mines and Works,
and hath wrought the same ever since to his own
Use, and raised a good Quantity of Lead and Ore,
for and towards the Performance of the said Contract with the Petitioners, which he saith he intendeth really to perform, together with Damage for Forbearance, according to the said Bushell's Petition
and your Lordships Order thereupon, if he may
quietly enjoy his just and legal Possession of the said
Mines and Works, and dispose the said Lead and
other Profits of the same without violent Interruption, which is daily threatened, and in Part already
acted, as by several Affidavits and Certificates hereunto annexed may appear: All which he humbly
tendereth to your Lordships grave Wisdom, for a
Settlement of his peaceable Possession and quiet Working of the said Mines; and humbly prayeth your
Lordships Order, that he be not interrupted in the
same, or in the lawful disposing of the Lead, Ore,
and other Profits, raised, or to be raised, out of the
said Mines, by any Person or Persons whatsoever; paying the Duties of Custom and Excise, which he hopeth
will be very advantageous to the State.
And he shall always pray, &c.
House adjourned till 10a, Monday next.