DIE Veneris, 8 die Januarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Cawdrey.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Hereford.
French Ambassador to have Goring House.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That Sir Oliver
Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, informed him,
That the Steward of the French Ambassador told him,
that the French Ambassador is coming to London, and
(fn. *) will be here about Monday or Tuesday next: Therefore desires to know where he shall be lodged."
Hereupon this House thought it fit he be received at
Goringe-house, where first he lay.
Message to the H. C. about it; and to remind them of Two Ordinances;-and about building some Frigates.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that the Lords, being informed
that the French Ambassador will be at London on Monday or Tuesday next, do think it fit that he come to
Goringe House, where he was first received; and therefore desire it may be made ready for him.
2. To put them in Mind of the Ordinance for the
Lambeth Library to be bestowed upon the University
3. To put them in Mind of Doctor Gibbons' Ordinance.
4. To deliver to them the Report concerning the
building of the Three Frigates, with the Sense of the
House upon it.
Ordinance concerning Chester.
The Ordinance concerning the County of Chester, was
read Twice, and committed to these Lords following, to
consider of it, and report their Opinions to this House:
Any Three, to meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine
of the Clock.
Mr. Justice Rolls and Mr. Baron Atkins, to be
Ordered, That the Committee concerning Mr. Lapthorne's Ordinance shall meet To-morrow Morning, at
Nine of the Clock; and afterwards to adjourn from
Time to Time, as they shall see Cause.
Letters from York.
A Letter from Major General Skippon, was read.
(Here enter it.)
A Letter from Alderman Gibbs and Mr. Noell, was
read, sent from Yorke. (Here enter it.)
Jones and Vesey in Error.
Ordered, That the Errors between Jones and Vesey
shall be argued, at this Bar, by Counsel on both Sides,
on the 11th of January Instant.
White and others for defacing the E. of Essex's Effigy in the Abbey.
The Examination of John White, who defaced and
cut the Effigies of the Earl of Essex in the Abbey
Church, was read. (Here enter it.)
It is Ordered, That the Persons mentioned in the
Examination shall be sent for, to appear before this
House the 20th of this Instant January, to be examined
concerning this Business.
Lady Blaney's Order.
The Order concerning the Lady Blany was Agreed
to, leaving out the Word ["Leycester"]. (Here enter it.)
The Earl of Denbigh reported the Case of Mr. Anthony Withers, from the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations. (Here enter it.)
And being put to the Question, "Whether an Ordinance shall be brought in, for taking off the
Sequestration of the said Anthony Withers?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Papers from Ireland, about the Scots Army there.
The Earl of Northumb. reported some Papers from
Ireland, concerning the Scotts Army.
(Here enter them.)
"Die Jovis, 7 Januarii, 1646.
"At a Committee of Lords and Commons, at
"Ordered, That the Two Letters of the Commissioners in Ulster, of the 21th and 24th of December,
and also the Seven several Papers sent therewith, be
reported to both Houses; and to offer it to the
Houses, whether they will not second what the Commissioners have done to the Parliament of Scotland,
concerning the Town of Belfast; the having that
Place being so necessary for the Preservation of the
Soldiers now sent thither.
Ordered, That the rest of the Papers shall be read
Cable and Cross.
Ordered, That the Cause between Cable and Crosse
shall be heard on Saturday come Sevennight.
Martin, a Pass to France.
Ordered, That Martyn shall have a Pass,
to go into France, to the Earl of Winchelsey.
Letter from General Skippon, that the Money for the Scots was arrived at York.
"To the Right Honourable the Speaker of the
House of Peers pro Tempore. These humbly
"Under God's special Favour, we arrived here Yesterday, and have lodged our Treasure in Safety: As
yet none are come from the Scottish Army to join
in telling the Money; but some are expected Hourly. This I held myself obliged in Duty to acquaint your Lordships with; desiring nothing more
than to give your Lordships Assurance of my Care
and Faithfulness in discharging that Trust reposed in
me, as becometh,
"Your Lordship's true-hearted Servant,
Yorke, the 4th of January, 1646.
"Since the Writing hereof, the Deputy
Treasurers of the Scotts Army are come."
Letter from the Treasurers at York, on the same Subject.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manche'r, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
Tempore. these present.
"Your Honours may be pleased to receive this
further Account in Addition to our former: That, on
Sabbath-day Morning, we received Answer from the
Scotts General, That he had received ours, and had
appointed Mr. John Drumond to repair to Yorke, to
see the Monies expressed in the Articles of Agreement betwixt the Two Kingdoms told and packed up,
and doing any Thing requisite in that Behalf, and to
use all possible Diligence to be with us against the
Time desired, which accordingly we expected on
Sabbath-day Night; but he came not till this Night;
which so soon as he was in his Quarters, we applied
ourselves to him, to agree upon the carrying on of
the Work: And although as yet he hath not Tellers
enough to tell over the Money in so few Days, yet
faith it shall not hinder, but that the Business shall
be dispatched within the Time limited. All which
we thought it our Duty to signify to your Lordship;
"Your Honour's humble Servants,
Yorke, Monday Night, the 4th of January, 1646.
Letter from the English Commissioners in Ireland, to Gen. Munro, desiring the Troops from England may be admitted into Belfast.
"Being arrived here, and authorized with Power
from the Parliament of England to order and direct
the Forces that are or shall be designed for subduing
the Rebels; we have already brought with us out
of England Two Regiments of Foot, divers of which
we suppose are landed about Bangor (according to
our Orders), for their present Refreshment, after
enduring much Hardship by Sea; and we think fit to
acquaint you, That we are commanded by those that
have employed us (upon the Failure of the Treaty
with the Lord of Ormond, which hath not succeeded)
speedily to direct the Forces to Belfast; in Pursuance
whereof, Part of them (through God's Blessing) are
safely arrived as before-mentioned, and the rest we
imbarked in the Harbour of Dublin, whom we expect by the First fair Wind.
"Sir, we doubt not of your ready Compliance with
the Directions of the Parliament of England, in order
to this great Service; and have therefore addressed
these to you, to let you know of the Landing of
these Forces, and their coming to quarter in this
Place whereunto they are directed; in which we rest
assured of your chearful Concurrence, and that, by
their Conjunction with your Forces, we may not only
secure these Parts against Attempts of the Rebels, but
jointly and unanimously proceed in the Prosecution
of the War, and advancing the good Cause in which
we are engaged; desiring withall, that it may be understood, we do not intend that these Forces shall
trespass in the least Kind on the Quarters of your
Men for Maintenance; but that they, having only
Accommodation of Shelter, shall be so provided with
Victuals and Necessaries (which we have brought with
us and are ordered to follow us immediately from
England) as may administer Occasion of Advantage
rather than Prejudice to these Parts. So we remain
"Your very affectionate Friends
to serve you,
Belfast, 1 Dec. 1646.
"Rob. Meredith. Rob. Kinge. Jo. Clotworthy.
"We have had a hard Voyage by Sea, and
are not as yet furnished with Horses;
otherwise we would have given you a
Visit at Carrickfargus.
"For the Honourable General Major Monro, at
Gen. Munro's Answer.
"As I am glaid of your safe Arrivalls, soe I doe
heartily wish for the Continuance of mutuall Love
and Freindshipp betwixt all the forces intended against
the common Enemy; and that their comeing and yours
may administer Occasion of Advantage rather then
Prejudice either to the Army or Country. As touching the Quartering at Belfast, if you have a direct
Order from the Committee of both Kingdomes for
that Effect to the Comaunder in Cheife, I doe not
doubt but it will bee readily obeyed by him, who
must answere for his Deportment to the Generall of
the Army, the Earle of Leven; if otherwise that bee
wantinge, I beleeve the Colonell wil bee loath to part
with his Guarrison, till such Tyme as he knowes of
his Excellency's Pleasure; which formerly was the
Stopp to the Parliament's Demaund the last Yeare,
concerning the giveinge upp of that Guarrison (as is
knowne to Sir Robert King) when Captaine Kennedy
was sent expressly into Scotland for that End. For
my Part, bee pleased to knowe, that my Commaund
over Colonell Home's Guarrison cannot reach soe farre
as to put him from it, unlesse I were acquainted with
the Generall's Pleasure; being more then I could
answere for on my Life and Creditt. Therefore I
humbly intreate for your favorable Construction in a
Matter of this Moment; and I shall ever strive to
approve myselfe as becometh the faithfull Servaunt
of the Publique, and
"Your affectionate Freind
and humble Servaunt,
Carrickfargus, 1 of Decembris, 1646.
"For the Honnorable the Commissioners of the
Parliament of England, residing at Belfast.
White's Examination, about destroying the E. of Essex's Effigy in Westm. Abbey.
"The Examination of John White, of South Perot,
in the County of Dorsett, Husbandman, taken
this 11th Day of December, 1646.
"Who faith, and voluntarily confesseth, That, upon
Tuesday last was Fortnight, he came to London; and
upon Thursday following he came into the Abbey at
Westm'r, about Two Hours before Night, and walked
there till Night, and then went and hid himself in
a Pew next the Pulpit until One of the Clock; and
about a Quarter of an Hour afterwards, he went to
find the Door that leaded to the Earl of Essex's
Hearse; and finding it locked, he wrenched it open
with a Hatchet, he had bought for that Purpose of
an Ironmonger near Ludgate, which cost him Twelve
Pence; and feeling for the Effigies, as soon as he felt
it, he cut off the Head as near as he could, which
he thinks he did with about Seven or Eight or Ten
Blows, and took out his Knife, and cut and ripped
the Cloaths and Boots, and threw the Effigies over,
and then laid down there in the Seat until about Four
or Five of the Clock in the Morning; and then went
down and sat by the Cradle until the People came
into the Church, and then went and heard the Morning Sermon: And further faith, That first of all,
about Ten of the Clock of that Night, he struck at the
Head of Mr. Cambden's Monument with his Hatchet,
but knew not where he hit it, for it was very dark;
and a little Dog barking at him there, he gave over:
And the Reason that he did all this was, for that the
Hearse and Effigies did dishonour Christ, and was
bound to it both Body and Soul by Promise to an
Angel, and was bound afterwards to reveal it: And
farther faith, That he went to one Mr. Mapesden, a
Justice of Peace, at Maidstone, in Kent, to seek some
Work, about a Fortnight before Michaelmas last,
whither he went by Direction of an Angel; and
while this Examinant was at Work with Mr. Mapesden,
he intreated him to go into a private Room, that he
might speak with him; and then, being together in
a Room after Dinner, he told Mr. Mapesden, "That
an Angel had oftentimes spoken to him, by the
Speech of other People; and the said Angel told this
Examinant, that, the City of London living in such
vile Sins and Wickedness, the Lord was so angry
with them, that He would send so great Plagues that
they should not be able to bury one another, or else
He would fire it as He did Sodome and Gomorrah:"
And this Examinant knowing that Mr. Mapesden did
often ride to London, he therefore desired him to acquaint the City therewith, because himself was a
Stranger; and thereupon Mr. Mapesden asked him,
"If he were not appointed by the Angel to go to
any other besides him?" And this Examinant replied,
"He was appointed to go to the Parson of Maidstone,
Mr. Wilkins by Name;" and so, at Mapesden's Intreaty,
went afterwards, upon a Monday Morning, to the said
Mr. Wilkins, who was a more fitter Man, going every
Monday to the Parliament-house about Business, as
Mr. Mapesden said: And this Examinant speaking
with the said Mr. Wilkins, he related the whole
Matter to him touching the City of London, as he had
done formerly to Mr. Mapesden; and Mr. Wilkins
then told this Examinant, "That it was true, for
the Angel spoke it then to Mr. Wilkins, and bid him
tell it to this Examinant:" And this Examinant further
faith, "That the said Mr. Wilkins told him, That
the Angel bid him ask this Examinant, whether he
had not heard that the Earl of Essex was dead?"
Whereupon he answered, "Yes, for that he heard
it from a Woman that picked Hops in Mr. Mappesden's Hop-yard:" And thereupon Mr. Wilkins
willed this Examinant, by the Appointment of the
Angel, "to go back to London, and he should see
the Earl of Essex's Funeral, which was to be in such
a proud and vain-glorious a Manner as he had never
seen before; and that Jesus Christ was greatly
offended with it; and when it should come into the
Church, he should charge them, in the Name of
Jesus Christ, not to go in there, nor into any
Church of London:" And accordingly, upon the
Day of the Funeral, a little before the Abbey-door,
as the Image was carrying, he did say these Words,
"I require you, in the Name of Jesus Christ,
that you carry him not into the Church, to dishonour Christ." And further faith, That when
Mr. Wilkins told him he should speak the Words
aforesaid, he this Examinant asked him, "What he
should do, if they did not obey him, but carry it in
by Violence?" Then Mr. Wilkins replied, "That this
Examinant should know better afterwards by the
Angel what to do with it;" and gave this Examinant
Six Pence; and if he had staid until the next Lord'sday he would have a Gathering for him in the Church;
and bid his Wife give him a Piece of Bread, and so
went up into his Chamber: And this Examinant never
saw him since. And this Examinant further saith,
That, after the Day of the Funeral, he staid here
in Town about a Fortnight, touching Suits in Law,
and was admitted in Formâ Pauperis in the Chancery,
and then carried down a Subpæna for Three Men,
(videlicet) Roger Courtis, Gregory Gibbs, and Thomas
Lane, all of South Perott aforesaid; and upon Thursday the 12th of November, this Examinant met
with the said Mr. Gibbs, at Robert Cubb's House,
Tenant to the said Gibbs; and Gibbs bid him Welcome; and then Mr. Gibbs asked him, "from whence
he came?" and being told from London, he asked
this Examinant, "if he had brought a Subpæna for
him?" whereunto this Examinant answered, "He
had, and had left it with his Wife." Whereupon
the said Gibbs thrust this Examinant out of Doors,
and gave him a Kick in the Breech, and tore his Coat
with his Spur. Then the said Robert Cubbe spoke to
this Examinant presently without the Door; and told
him, "That the Angel had blamed Mr. Gibbs for
striking of him, and would have no Man to wrong
him; for I do punish him myself enough, saith the
Angel," as Cubbe said. And this Examinant further
saith, That the said Mr. Gibbs and Robert Cubbe, in
the Presence of a Minister whose Name he knoweth
not, as this Deponent stood at the Door, asked him
divers Questions touching the Earl of Essex' Funeral,
of the Manner thereof, and "whether he spake those
Words he was commanded by the Parson of Maidstone?" And thereupon he told them "he did." And
then they asked this Examinant "what was done to
him after he had spoke those Words?" And he told
them, "There was One that thrust him from the
Place a good Way off; and then they carried the
Image into the Church." And then the said Mr.
Gibbs and Cubbe told this Examinant, That the Angel
said, "If the Image was kept there, he would fire
the City." Whereupon this Examinant fell upon his
Knees, and prayed the Angel that he would intreat
Jesus Christ to forbear the Firing of the Town;
and upon Condition thereof he would do whatsoever
the Angel would have him. And then thereupon
they told this Examinant, that the Angel commanded
him to cut all the said Image, Hearse, and all that
was about it, in Pieces; and to beat down the rest
of the Images in the said Church: Which this Examinant did undertake to do at one Time or other,
if the Angel would defend and support him in it
while he was doing of it.
"Capt. Die et Anno supradictis,
Order for 200l. per Ann. and 300l. in Hand, to Lady Blaney.
"It is this Day Ordered and Ordained, by the
Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That
the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds be forthwith
allowed and paid unto the Lady Jane Blaney, for her
present Subsistence, and Two Hundred Pounds per
Annum for her future Maintenance, to continue during the Pleasure of the Houses, to be deducted out
of the Arrears due to her Husband for his Entertainment; and that the Three Hundred Pounds, and
Two Hundred Pounds per Annum, be paid unto the
said Lady Blaney, or her Assigns, out of the Sequestration of the Estate of the Lord Brudnell; and
the Sequestrators in the County of Northampton,
where Part of the Estate lies, are hereby required to
make due Payment of the said Three Hundred
Pounds, and Two Hundred Pounds per Annum; and
that an Acquittance under the Hand of the said Lady
Blaney, or her Assigns, shall be (fn. *) from Time to Time
to the said Sequestrators for the Payment thereof