DIE Martis, 13 die Octobris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Sallawey.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answers from the H. C.
Mr. Baron Atkins, &c. returns with this Answer from
the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Ordinance for making Mr.
Willis Vicar of Twickenham: Concerning the rest, they
will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Order concerning Captain
Penn, and to the Order concerning the Commissioners
to be sent into Ulster. (Here enter it.)
To the other Particulars, they will take them into
Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of
Pamphlet, called An Arrow against all Tyrants, &c. brought in.
This Day was presented to the House a scandalous
Pamphlet, printed, intituled, "An Arrow against all
Tyrants and Tyrany, &c. made by Richard Overton."
And it is Ordered, That the Consideration of this,
and all other scandalous and base Books against the
Parliament, shall be considered of To-morrow Morning, by a Committee of the whole House; and what
Course is fit to be taken for the punishing of such
Persons as shall make, print, and divulge them; and
all Ordinances to be perused, made concerning Printing.
Letter from Ireland.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That Sir
Gerard Lowther and others, Commissioners from Ireland, delivered him a Letter;" which was read, as
follows. (Here enter it.)
Committee of both Kingdoms to meet with the Commissioners from Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
both Houses that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to hear what the Commissioners from Ireland
have to deliver; and to consult and consider; and to
meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock.
The Concurrence of the House of Commons to be
The Commissioners were called in, and made acquainted with it.
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Solicitor General &c. who brought up
divers Ordinances, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is (fn. *) desired:
1. An Ordinance concerning the Peers of Parliament,
and other Honours and Titles.
2. An Ordinance for justifying the Proceedings of
3. An Ordinance concerning the Great Seal of England.
4. An Ordinance concerning the Cessation of Arms
in Ireland, and Grants under the Great Seal of Ireland.
5. An Ordinance concerning the Great Places and
Offices in the Kingdoms of England and Ireland.
Ordinance concerning Peers of Parliament.
The Ordinance concerning Peers of Parliament, &c.
was read Twice, and Ordered to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning; and to be compared
with the Propositions for Peace.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House will take their Message into Consideration, and send an Answer by Messengers of their
Message from thence, with Ordinances;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight; who brought up divers
Orders and Ordinances, wherein their Lordships Concurrence is desired.
and for a Conference about the Great Seal.
2. To desire a Conference concerning some Alterations in the Ordinance touching Commissioners of the
Ordinance to raise 200,000 l.
An Ordinance for speedy raising of Two Hundred
Thousand Pounds, was read, and Agreed to; and Ordered to be printed. (Here enter it.)
An Order for Mr. Pierrepont to have the Benefit of
Executorship of his Father the Earl of Kingston, was
Sir J. Clotworthy's Order.
An Order was read, That Sir John Clattworthy shall
be One of the Commissioners of the Parliament for the
Province of Ulster, in the Kingdom of Ireland.
(Here enter it.)
Committees not to dispose of Offices.
The Order was read, That no Committee shall dispose of any Office, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees to the Order that no Committees shall dispose of any Office, and to the Order
that Sir John Clattworthy shall be One of the Commissioners for the Province of Ulster, and to the Ordinance concerning the Two Hundred Thousand Pounds:
To all the rest, they will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Message to them, about the Conference concerning the Great Seal;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To let them knew, that this House appoints the
Conference to be To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the
Clock, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Alteration in the Ordinance concerning the Commissioners
of the Great Seal.
and for the Committee of both Kingdoms to meet with the Commissioners from Ulster.
2. To let them know, that the Lords this Morning
received a Letter from the Council of Ireland, who
have sent Commissioners to the Houses of Parliament;
whereupon this House hath referred the Hearing of
the said Commissioners to the Members of this House
that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms; and to
consider and consult thereof; and to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock: And to desire the House
of Commons, that they would give the like Power
to the Members of their House that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, and to meet accordingly.
Browne committed, for serving Writs on L. Pawlett.
This Day Nathaniell Browne was brought to this
Bar, who confessed he delivered the Writs to the Lord
Whereupon the House Ordered, That the said
Nath. Browne shall be committed to the Prison of
The Fleete, during the Pleasure of this House, for serving
an illegal Warrant upon John Lord Pawlett, a Peer of
this Realm; and that the Sheriff's Clerk shall attend
this House To-morrow Morning, to give an Account
who gave Directions for the issuing out of the said
Letter of Credence from the E. of Ormond and Council of Ireland, for Sir Gerrard Lowther & al. as Commissioners to treat with the Houses about the Relief of Ireland;-and giving an Account of the Rise of the Troubles there.
"To the Right Honourable our very good Lord,
the Lord Speaker of the most Honourable
the Lords House of Parliament of the Kingdom of England.
Our very good Lord,
We who have the Honour to be intrusted by His
Majesty with the Government of this His Kingdom of
Ireland, and on whom the greater Obligation of
Duty is laid, towards preserving this Kingdom for
the Crown of England, by how much that great
Trust is here deposited with us, do find clearly that
the Dangers here are now grown to that Height, as
either a speedy Course must be instantly taken towards overcoming those Dangers, or otherwise the
Kingdom will be unavoidably torn from the Crown
of England, the Protestant Religion here rooted out,
and the Remnant of His Majesty's Protestant Subjects here utterly destroyed.
Hence therefore it is, that we are at this Time
induced (all Difficulties set apart) to this most necessary and hasty Application by your Lordship to
the most Honourable the Lords House of Parliament of that Kingdom of England.
We doubt not you have heard of the Articles of
Peace lately concluded here by me the Lieutenant,
whereunto I was necessitated for Preservation of this
Kingdom for the Crown of England; but now we
find, that many of this People, even divers of those
who seemed desirous and willing to embrace Peace
(whose Rottenness of Heart the publishing of that
Peace hath now laid open), had in their secret
Thoughts further and more destructive Aims and
Purposes than they outwardly pretended, and that
as in other Things so particularly in these Two;
First, The overthrowing of all Plantations,
which, by the Piety and Wisdom of His
Majesty and His Royal Predecessors, for the
better strengthening, civilizing, and enriching the Kingdom, and establishing it in due
Obedience to the Crown of England, had
been in several Ages settled and established
here; upon which Plantations were settled,
when this Rebellion began, many Thousands
of Protestant Families Undertakers, and besides them many Servitors, as well Natives
of this Kingdom, who are found Persons of
eminent Merit and approved Fidelity to the
Crown of England, as others; and many of
them underwent vast Charge, in costly Buildings and chargeable Improvements, now for
the most Part defaced by the Rage and Fury
of the Rebels.
And Secondly, The setting-up of Popery in
this Kingdom, in the Fulness of Papal Power,
Jurisdiction, and Practice; and both those
Aims laboured by the Popish pretended Prelacy and Clergy, and by most of the meer
Irish, and others of desperate Fortunes, and
others of English Extraction too easily carried
away by the Seducements of their Prelacy and
Clergy, and all industriously set on and fomented by Two Persons who came into this
Kingdom, and have a long Time resided here,
without Licence from His Majesty, and contrary to the Laws of the Land, and without
any Licence from us His Majesty's Ministers,
or any Application by them made unto us;
namely, the King of Spaine's Agent, and the
When those that aimed at those pernicious Ends
found that there was no Possibility to incline His
Majesty to grant them those Desires, then the Trains
and Mines which had been secretly laid between
them and that Agent and Nuncio began to appear
in Public Act; the Nuncio on one Side, and with
him the Popish pretended Prelacy and Clergy, assembling in Public Convocations, as a National Congregation and Clergy, issued out publicly in Print
Excommunications, Interdicts, Edicts, Sentences,
Letters, Decrees, and other Fulminations, against
all those that should embrace Peace, which were
as diligently dispersed into all Mens Hands throughout the Kingdom, as they were maliciously contrived: And on the other Side, the Spanish Agent
supplied the Nuncio with large Sums of Money,
therewith to levy Men, assemble Forces, and make
War here, under the Conduct of Owen Row O'Neale,
who from his Youth was bred in the Condition of a
Soldier in the Wars and Service of the King of
Spaine, in Flaund'rs and elsewhere; which Monies
the Nuncio so cunningly and liberally distributes
amongst the Soldiery, with large Promises, as they
are thereby for the most part seduced to his Party;
and to such a Height is the Nuncio advanced, as by
Directions from him Commissions in great Numbers are issued by the said Owen Row O'Neale, for
raising Men, assembling Forces, forming Armies,
levying War, seizing of Towns and Forts; and
proceeds yet further, even to take upon him the
judging and deciding Controversies in Matters meerly Temporal, and in fine openly usurps the Exercise of all Powers and Jurisdictions, in all Matters
and Causes, as well Ecclesiastical as Temporal:
And as well by Awe (fn. *) the open and Public Ways
and Means herein formerly mentioned, as by his
and the said Agent and their Adherents Subtilty
and underhand Intelligence and Working amongst
the People, they have so far prevailed, as they have
drawn to their Party exceeding great Multitudes of
People, and all the Cities and Corporate Towns and
Forts in the Irish Quarters, and some of the Forts in
the English Quarters, and particularly that of Athlone,
a Piece next this of Dublin of the greatest Importance of any which were in our Hands; in some of
which Cities and Towns they have plentiful Magazines of Arms and Munition: And it is now come
to pass, that not only all those who are professedly
Enemies to the English Nation and to the English
Government here, and to all Peace with England,
but also many others, and some of them of those
who formerly seemed willing to embrace Peace, are
now openly declared against it, and for the Spanish
Agent and Nuncio; and it now appears clearly that
the joint Endeavours of that Agent and Nuncio
and their Adherents are, utterly to shake off from
the Subjects of this Kingdom the English Government, to root out the Brittish Nation and Protestant
Religion, and finally to rend this Kingdom from the
Crown of England, and to transfer it entirely to the
King of Spaine or the Pope.
And albeit those traiterous Purposes have taken
deep Rooting in the Minds of Multitudes of this
People, and that perhaps by the just Judgement of
God, so in due Time to bring deserved Vengeance
on those Miscreants who have here glutted themselves in the bloody Massacres and horrid Spoils
of His Majesty's Brittish and Protestant Subjects,
and have made this Kingdom even an Heap of Desolation; yet certainly there are now amongst them
a great Party, not only in Cities and Corporate
Towns, now declared against us, but also in many
other Parts of the Country, who are not so much
Partakers of the Crimes of others, as hurried away
violently and unwillingly in the general Tumults
of other Mens Disorders; and however (as Things
now stand) those Men cannot now shew themselves
for us, yet we presume that they will join with us,
and they will be of great Use and Advantage to us,
as soon as we can appear in the Field with such a
Force as may render Safety and Protection to them,
and be enabled to put Arms in their Hands; the
Arms and Munition whereof they should now
make Use being for the most Part out of their
Power, and under the Power of the opposite
This then being the present State of this Kingdom, and the Kingdom thereby in Danger to be
wrested from the Crown of England; we, towards
preventing so great an Evil, have now employed
to the Most Honourable the Lords House of Parliament there, these Persons; namely, Sir Gerrard
Lowther Knight Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas, Sir Francis Willoughby Knight Serjeant Major General of His
Majesty's Army (both Members of this Board), and
Sir Paule Davis Knight Clerk of the Council,
with whom we have sent Propositions to be humbly presented there; to which Persons we humbly
desire Credence may be given in what they shall
there move concerning the Public Service; and for
us, who, as we first and principally above all Things
desire the Preservation of this Kingdom for the
Crown of England, so we choose to seek and desire to find our own particular Safeties in the common Good of the Crown and Kingdom of England, rather than in any other Means under Heaven.
We have so fully instructed those we now send
thither, as we need not in these our Letters to enlarge ourselves upon this Subject, either for the
Ways and Means of carrying on the War powerfully and vigorously against these persidious and
bloody Rebels, or for that Supply which is in present of absolute Necessity to be sent us, to enable
us to preserve some Footing in the Kingdom in the
Interim while we expect those powerful Succours,
which we hope, by the Care and Wisdom of that
Most Honourable House, will be in due Time sent
unto us: And therefore we conclude with this Assurance, That, as we have now, by this our Representation thither, discharged our Duty to God, to
His Majesty, to that Kingdom, and to this, and
indeed to all His Majesty's Kingdoms and Dominions, whose joint Happiness are very highly concerned therein; so that Most Honourable House,
out of a just and honourable Sense of the State of
this Kingdom, will be pleased speedily to enable us
with Means to return due Vengeance to these Foreign
Enemies and Domestic Rebels, which thus conspire
against the Crown and Kingdom of England; and
then we no Way doubt, by the Blessing of God
upon our Councils and Actions, to give such an Account of ourselves and this Kingdom, as may terminate in the Glory of God, the Honour of His
Majesty, the Happiness of all His Crowns and
Kingdoms, the Preservation of the Protestant Religion in this Kingdom, the Safety of His Majesty's good Subjects therein, and the Satisfaction
of the Parliament of England; and all to be done
in such Manner as may abundantly recompence in
mighty Advantage to the Kingdom of England,
and in great Profit to all particular Adventurers,
the Charge of this War; and withall recompence,
in large Proportions of Lands, the Soldiery and
others whose Merits here shall be found worthy of
And so we remain, from His Majesty's Castle of
Dublin, the 26 Day of September, 1646.
Very assured loving Friends,
Ri. Bolton, Canc. Roscomon.
Geo. Cloyne. Cha. Lambert.
Robert Forte. Tho. Lucas. Arthur Chichester.
Sir J. Clotworthy to be a Commissioner for Ulster.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Sir John Clotworthy shall be One
of the Commissioners of the Parliament for the Province of Ulster, in the Kingdom of Ireland."
Committees not to grant Offices.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament, That no Office shall from henceforth be
granted by any Committee of Parliament."
Ordinance to raise 200,000 l. upon the Credit of Bishops Lands, &c.
The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, intending to raise the Sum of Two Hundred
Thousand Pounds, for the present Service of the
State; for the Encouragement of such as shall advance any Sum for and towards the same, and to
the Intent they may have Notice thereof; do Declare, That every Person who hath advanced any
Monies, Plate, or Horses, with their Furniture and
Arms, upon the Public Faith, may, for every Sum
of Money he shall further lend for the Advancement of the said Sum, be secured a like Sum more,
out of the Receipt of the Grand Excise, in Course,
and the Sale of the Bishops Lands (except Advowsons and Impropriations), which shall first happen,
together with the Interest, after the Rate of Eight
Pounds per Centum per Annum, to be paid every Six
Months, out of the Receipts of the Excise, till Principal and Interest be fully discharged; as for Example, if there be owing to any Person One Hundred Pounds Principal, which, with Interest due
thereupon for Three Years past, will make One
Hundred Twenty-four Pounds, he, adventuring One
Hundred Twenty-four Pounds more, may be secured
for the whole Two Hundred Forty-eight Pounds as
aforesaid, and so proportionably for a greater or lesser Sum, and according to the Interest due thereupon: And for the more speedy reimbursing of the
said Money secured and lent for the Purpose aforesaid, That the said Lands of the Bishops (except before excepted) are estated and made over to such
Feoffees, for the speedy Sale thereof, and such Treasurers for the Receipt of the Monies, as may give
Satisfaction to the Lenders: And the said Lords and
Commons do Declare, That it shall and may be lawful for any Person or Persons to assign his Right and
Interest in any Sum or Sums of Money owing to
him upon the Public Faith as aforesaid to any Person or Persons that will advance the like Sum in Manner as is before expressed."
Ordinance concerning the Commissioners to be sent into Ulster.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That the Commissioners in Ulster be
continued until the last of November next; and that
they have Power to act alone according to the former
Ordinance, in case, upon due Notice given to the
Commissioners of Scotland, or any of them, of the
Time and Place of Meeting, the Commissioners of
Scotland shall not be present to join with them."