DIE Martis, videlicet, 26 die Aprilis.
L. Keeper communicates a Letter and Message from the King to the House.
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That he
had received a Letter, wherein is inclosed a Message
from the King; which he is commanded to communicate to both Houses of Parliament."
The Letter and the Message were commanded to be
read, as followeth:
"Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor, We
greet you well. Our Will and Command is, That,
forthwith, upon Receipt of these Our Letters, you
deliver to be read in Our House of Peers, and after
communicated to Our House of Commons, Our Message inclosed, concerning Sir John Hotham's Refusal
to give Us Entrance into Our Town of Hull; and for
so doing, this shall be your Warrant.
"Given at Our Court at Beaverley, the 24th of
"His Majesty's Message:
Message from the King, about His being refused Admittance into Hull by Sir John Hotham.
"His Majesty, having received the Petition inclosed
from most of the chief of the Gentry near about
Yorke, desiring the Stay of His Majesty's Arms and
Ammunition in His Magazine at Hull (for the Safety
not only of His Majesty's Person and Children, but
likewise of all these Northern Parts, the manifold
Rumours of great Dangers inducing them to make
their said Supplication), thought it most fit to go
Himself in Person to His Town of Hull, to view His
Arms and Ammunition there, that thereupon He
might give Directions what Part thereof might be
necessary to remain there, for the Security and Satisfaction of His Northern Subjects; and what Part
thereof might be spared for Ireland, the arming of
His Majesty's Scotts Subjects that are to go thither, or
to replenish his chiefest Magazine of The Tower of
London; where being come upon the 23d of this Instant April, much contrary to his Expectation, He
found all the Gates shut upon Him, and the Bridges
drawn up, by the express Command of Sir John Hotham, who for the present commands a Garrison there,
and from the Walls flatly denied His Majesty Entrance
into his said Town; the Reason of the said Denial
being as strange to His Majesty as the Thing itself,
it being, That he could not admit His Majesty without Breach of Trust to His Parliament; which did
the more incense His Majesty's Anger against him, for
that he most seditiously and traiterously would have
put his Disobedience upon His Majesty's Parliament;
which His Majesty being willing to clear, demanded
of him if he had the Impudence to aver that the Parliament had directed him to deny His Majesty Entrance; and that, if he had any such Order, that he
would shew it in Writing, for otherwise His Majesty
could not believe it; which he could no ways produce, but maliciously made that false Interpretation
according to his own Inferences, confessing that he had
no such positive Order, which His Majesty was ever
confident of: But His Majesty, not willing to take so
much Pains in vain, offered to come into that His Town
only with Twenty Horse, finding that the main of his
Pretence lay, that His Majesty's Train was able to
command the Garrison: Notwithstanding, His Majesty
was so desirous to go thither in a private Way, that he
gave Warning thereof but Over-night; which he refusing, but by way of Condition (which His Majesty thought
much below Him), held it most necessary to declare him
Traitor (unless upon better Thoughts he should yield
Obedience), which he doubly deserved, as well for
refusing Entrance to his natural Sovereign, as by laying the Reason thereof groundlessly and maliciously
upon His Parliament.
"One Circumstance His Majesty cannot forget, that
His Son the Duke of Yorke, and His Nephew the
Prince Elector, having gone thither the Day before,
Sir John Hotham delayed the letting of them out to
His Majesty, till after some Consultation.
"Hereupon His Majesty hath thought it expedient
to demand Justice of His Parliament against the said
Sir John Hotham, to be exemplarily inflicted on him,
according to the Laws; and the rather because His
Majesty would give them a fit Occasion to free themselves of this Imputation by Him so injuriously cast
upon them, to the End His Majesty may have the
easier Way for the chastising of so high a Disobedience."
This House took this Message of His Majesty's in a
serious Debate; and, in the End, came to these Resolutions following:
The Question was put,
Resolutions of the House upon this Message.
1. Whether Sir John Hotham, according to this Relation, hath done nothing but in Obedience to the Commands of both Houses of Parliament?
And it was Resolved affirmatively.
Resolved, upon the Question,
2. That this declaring of Sir John Hotham Traitor,
being a Member of the House of Commons, is a high
Breach of the Privilege of Parliament.
Resolved, upon the Question,
3. That this declaring of Sir John Hotham Traitor,
without due Process of Law, is against the Liberty of
the Subject, and against the Law of the Land.
The Message, and these Votes, to be communicated to the H. C.
Ordered, To have a Conference with the House of
Commons, and communicate this Message of the King's,
and these Votes made thereupon, to them.
Norton, a Minister, offers to discover the Author of a Pamphlet, intituled, A Question answered, how Laws are to be understood, and Obedience yielded.
The Lord Keeper acquainted this House, "That last
Night a Minister, one Mr. Norton, came voluntarily
to his Secretary, and offered to discover who is the
Author of the printed Paper, which was Yesterday
sent from the King to this House:" Hereupon this
House Ordered, That Notice hereof shall be given to
the House of Commons by the next Message; and that
the said Mr. Norton shall attend the House of Commons
concerning this Business.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the King's Message, concerning His being refused Admittance into Hull.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfeild and Mr. Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, in the Painted Chamber, so soon as it may stand
with their Conveniency, touching a Message received
from the King this Day; and likewise to let them know,
that their Lordships are informed, that one Mr. Norton,
a Minister, hath voluntarily offered to discover the Author of the printed Paper sent down to them Yesterday;
and that their Lordships have (fn. *) commanded him to attend the House of Commons.
Col. Fitzwilliams Leave to transport his Family and Equipage to France.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel Fitzwilliams
this Day in the House; it is Ordered, That the said
Colonel Fitzwilliams shall have Liberty, by virtue of
this Order, to transport out of this Kingdom, into France,
his Wife and Children, Houshold Stuff, Trunks, and
other Necessaries, together with his Coach and Horses,
a Gelding and a Mare; delivering in a Particular of such
Things as he is to transport, for his own Occasions as
aforesaid, unto His Majesty's Customers and Searchers,
where the said Things shall be shipped.
Mr. Keymes, Curate of Bermondsey, to officiate there unmolested.
Ordered, That Mr. Samuell Keymes, serving the
Cure of Mary Magdalen Bermondsey, under Mr. Dr. Paske,
Minister, shall not be disturbed in officiating in the said
Cure, unless it be by due Course of Law; and, in case
any Disturbance shall be offered unto him, contrary to
this Order, by the Parish of Bermondsey aforesaid, or by
any others, this House, having Notice thereof, will
punish the same; and thereupon do further Order,
That the Names of them that shall disturb or molest
the said Mr. Keymes, in any illegal or tumultuous Manner, shall be certified into this House, that thereby their
Lordships may proceed against them, according to Justice
and their Demerits.
Lord Darcy and Conyers versus Thomas and John Savill.
Ordered, That Thomas and John Savill shall put in
their Answers, unto the Petition of the Right Honourable the Lord Darcy and Coniers, depending now before their Lordships, within Ten Days after this Order
shall be served upon them, or a true Copy thereof left
at their Houses or Habitations; and hereof they and
either of them are to take Notice, and put in their Answers accordingly; or else this House will proceed
against them by Default.
Lord St. Johns versus Geo. Benyon.
Ordered, in regard of the many great Businesses
now depending before their Lordships, That the Cause
of the Lord St. Johns against George Benyon is hereby
put off until the 5th of May next; at which Time all
Parties interested, and Witnesses formerly appointed,
are to attend the said Hearing; and, in the mean Time,
the said George Benyon, now a Prisoner in The Tower, is
to have Liberty to go abroad, with his Keeper, to his
House or Counsel, the better to enable him to attend
the Hearing of the said Cause.
Lady Hastings versus Mr. Poulton.
Ordered, That the Cause of the Lady Hastings,
against Mr. Poulton, shall be heard at the Bar on Monday
next, being the First of May next, at Nine of the Clock,
at which Time all Parties interested and the Witnesses
in the said Cause shall attend accordingly.
Lord Loftus's Cause.
Ordered, That the Lord Viscount Loftus's Cause
shall be heard on Friday next, at Nine of the Clock in
the Morning, at which Time the Parties and Witnesses
are to attend accordingly.
Smith and Busby in Error.
Ordered, That the Writ of Error between Busby
and Smith shall be argued at this Bar on Thursday next,
in the Afternoon.
Answer from the H. C. about the Conference on the King's Message, concerning His being refused Admittance into Hull.
The Messengers return this Answer from the House
That they will give a present Conference, in the
Painted Chamber, as is desired; and that they will be
ready to hear what Information Mr. Norton can give, concerning the printed Paper.
The House of Commons being ready for the Conference, this House was adjourned (fn. *) during Pleasure,
and the Lords went to the Conference; which being
ended, the House was resumed.
Conference concerning Sir Edw. Deering reported.
The Lord Keeper reported the Conference formerly
had with the House of Commons, concerning Sir Edward Deeringe, "That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, have presented to their Lordships an Impeachment against Sir Edward Deering, Baronet;" which
was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"Articles of Impeachment of Sir Edward Deering,
Knight and Baronet, by the Commons assembled in this present Parliament, in the Name
of themselves and of all the Commons of England, for high Crimes and Misdemeanors by
him committed, as followeth:
Articles of Impeachment exhibited by the Commons against him.
"1. That whereas an Ordinance was lately made,
and agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament, for
the settling of the Militia of this Kingdom, for the
Safety and Preservation thereof in these Times of
imminent Danger; the said Sir Edward Deering, knowing thereof, and having been lately before a Member
of the Commons House in Parliament, and, by Order
of the said House, for Offences by him committed,
expelled the same, out of a malicious and wicked Intention to cross and hinder the said Ordinance, and
to interrupt and scandalize the Proceedings of Parliament, and to set Division between His Majesty and
the Parliament, and to raise Sedition and Tumult in
the County of Kent, and in other Parts of this Realm,
in or about the Month of March last past, by Practice
and Combination with Richard Spencer, Esquire, Sir
Roger Twisden, Knight and Baronet, Sir George
Stroade, Knight, and others, did wickedly and maliciously contrive and frame certain dangerous and seditious Heads or Articles of a Petition, to be presented
to the Parliament, for and on the Behalf of the
Gentry, Ministers, and Commonalty of Kent, amongst
which some were to this or the like Effect: videlicet,
"1. That no Member of the House of Commons
should be put out of the said House, without
shewing a Reason for the same; and that they
should shew some Cause why the said Sir
Edward was put out of the said House.
"2. That His Majesty's Subjects should not be
bound by any Order of either of the said
"3. That no Ordinance of the said Houses touching the Militia should bind the Subjects, without His Majesty's Assent thereunto.
"And, for the better effecting thereof, at the Assizes holden for the said County, on Tuesday the Two
and Twentieth Day of March, One Thousand Six
Hundred Forty and One, the said Sir Edward Dering
being then and yet a Justice of Peace of the said
County, together with the said Sir George Strod, and
divers other Justices of Peace of the same County
then present in Court, by the Practice and Combination aforesaid, did offer himself to serve on the Grand
Inquest at the said Assizes, albeit there was another
sufficient Grand Jury then returned by the Sheriff
(whereof he was none), and no Exceptions taken to
the same; and that no Justices of Peace, or other
Gentlemen of that Rank or Quality, in that County,
had served upon any Grand Jury at the Assizes for
many Years then before: And the said Sir Edward
Dering, together with the said other Justices of the
Peace, upon their said Offer, being sworn and impanneled of the said Jury, the said Sir Edward
Dering, with the said Sir George Strode, by the Practice
and Combination aforesaid, and to the Intent and Purpose aforesaid, did tender the said Heads to the said
Grand Jury; and did then and there wickedly and
unlawfully persuade, labour, and solicit the rest of
the said Jury to agree to the same, and to have them
drawn into a Petition to the Parliament, to be presented by the said Grand Jury to the Judge of the
said Assizes, and the rest of the Bench there, to be
by them assented to and approved of; and did then
and there wickedly conjure the said Grand Jury to
Secrecy, and not to discover any Thing touching the
said Petition till it should be by them agreed upon
and presented as aforesaid, falsely persuading them
that they were thereunto bound by their Oath.
"2. That whereas the said Grand Jury did not nor
would agree to the said Petition or Heads, but a great
Part of them did utterly refuse and oppose the same,
and resolve to protest against it; yet the said Sir Edward Dering, together with the said Sir George Strode,
by the Practice and Combination aforesaid, did, at the
same Assizes, wickedly and seditiously contrive and
frame a dangerous, scandalous, and seditious Petition,
to be presented to the Parliament, consisting of many
of the Heads aforesaid, and others, a Copy of which
Petition is herewith annexed, and the same did present to the Bench at the said Assizes; and, by false
and sinister Suggestions, Persuasions, and Solicitations,
caused the same to be voted and assented to in open
Court; and did further say, that the same should be
accompanied with Forty Thousand Persons, and that
they should meet at Dettford, Greenwich, or Blackheath, and so to go to the Parliament; and did likewise openly move in Court, that there might be
Three Copies made of the said Petition, One to the
House of Lords, another to the House of Commons,
and a Third to His Majesty.
"3. That the said Sir Edward Dering, together
with the said Mr. Spencer and Sir Roger Twisden, Sir
George Strode, and others, by the Practice and Combination, and to the Intent aforesaid, at the said Assizes, and other Times, did wickedly and seditiously
publish the said Petition, and caused the same to be put
into the Hands of one Pope, an Attorney at Law,
dwelling in Maydston aforesaid, to make and deliver
out Copies thereof, to be dispersed throughout the
said County; and divers Copies thereof were given
out and dispersed accordingly.
"4. That the said Sir Edward Dering, together with
the rest of his said Confederates, by the Practice and
Combination aforesaid, and to the Intent aforesaid,
did unlawfully, wickedly, and maliciously, procure
many Hands to the said Petition, and did labour and
solicit divers of the Inhabitants of the said County to
assemble and meet at Dettford or Greenwich, in the
said County, or some other Place thereabouts, in great
Multitudes, to go along with the said Petition; intending thereby to have raised Commotion and Sedition amongst the People, and to have awed the Parliament.
"All which Doings of the said Sir Edward Dering
and his Confederates were and are great and high
Breaches of the Privileges of Parliament, and contrary to his Oath and the Duty of a Justice of the
Peace, tending to Sedition, and to the apparent Danger of both His Majesty's Kingdoms of England and
Ireland; and the said Sir Edward Dering, being sent
for by the House of Commons, and under Examination of a Committee of both Houses of Parliament for
the said Offences, is sithence fled, in great Contempt
of both the said Houses.
"And the said Commons, by Protestation, saving
to themselves the Liberty of exhibiting at any
Time hereafter any other Accusation or Impeachment against the said Sir Edward Deering, and of replying to the Answer which he
shall make to the said Articles, or any of them,
and of offering Proof of the Premises, or any
of them, or of any other Impeachment or Accusation which shall be exhibited against him,
as the Case according to the Course of Parliament shall require; do pray, That the said Sir
Edward Deering may be put to answer to all
and every the Premises, in Presence of the
Commons; and that such further Proceedings,
Examinations, Judgements, and Executions,
may be upon every of them had and used
against him, as is agreeable to Law and
Observations concerning Sir Ed. Deering's Behaviour.
This being read; his Lordship reported, "That the
Gentleman of the House of Commons that managed
this Conference made some Observations, and said,
That your Lordships see, by this that hath been
read unto you, that nondum ruentis Ilii Fatum Stetit;
that, notwithstanding the many strange and variable
Attempts against the Parliament, and their wonderful and miraculous Preservations, yet Mischief is
so fruitful and generative, as to produce a new
Brood of Serpents, which are continually hissing,
maligning, and practising against the pious and
noble Endeavours of both Houses, and against the
Peace, Prosperity, and Happiness of this afflicted
Kingdom. If the evil and seducing Spirit, which
doth inanimate these Designs, were asked from
whence he comes, doubtless his Answer would be,
From compassing the Earth; having removed his
Scene into many several Parts, and found so many
Friends and Patrons of his audacious Archievements; amongst whom, this Gentleman, Sir Edward Deeringe, is one; a Man of Mark and Eminency, of Wit, Learning, and Zeal, at least in Shew
and Appearance; and yet all these miserably shipwrecked upon the Shelves and Sands of the Kentish
Shore. The Thing itself appears to your Lordships
to be a manifest Breach of the Rules of Law, Justice,
and Religion; and yet, under the Cloak of all Three,
a Fast must be proclaimed, to take away Naboth and
his Vineyard. The Yeomanry of Kent, heretofore
in great Esteem, is now become vile and contemptible:
An extraordinary Grand Jury must be prepared, of
Knights, Gentlemen, and Justices of the Peace, for
some extraordinary Service, which your Lordships
have heard what it is; they must descend from their
Places, from the Bench, and from themselves too,
not to serve their Country (for that were no Disparagement), but to serve their own unworthy, ambitious and seditious Ends.
"This Gentleman, the Ringleader (a late Member
of the House of Commons, the Great Grand Jury
of the whole Kingdom, and there so highly esteeming of his own Wisdom), is contented now to descend
so low as to become one of a common Jury of the
County; such is the Meanness and Pusillanimity of
high Thoughts, as, for the compassing of their own
Ends, to stoop to any Conditions how low soever they
be! Having thus set the Cards, he plays the Game
very souly; he leads his Followers out of the Way, and
makes them like ill Hunters, instead of following the
Chace, at the Quest of One ill Mouth, to fall upon
a Flock of Sheep. Their Duty, was to have enquired diligently of the Matters given them in Charge;
surely this was out of the Charge, because the Judge
had told them it was out of his Commission; and yet
they leave other Matters which they were charged
with as Accidents and Trifles, and insist upon this,
which they had nothing to do with, as the main and
principal Business. He obtrudes upon them divers
monstrous and seditious Heads; and, by sinister Suggestions, Labours, and Solicitations, which ought not
to be used to a Jury, and by a Kind of Violence
offered to them, seeks to enforce them to a Consent,
contrary to their own Reason, Judgement, and Consciences, when they refuse it and oppose it, and protest against it. Failing of this Si nequeam Superos,
Acheronta movebo; instead of enquiring upon the
Statute of Witchcraft and Conjuration, he useth his
Conjurations and Inchantments upon them, to conjure
them to Secrecy, falsely persuading them that they
will be bound unto it by their Oath. When all this
would not serve, he then applies himself to the
Bench, and, by the Enchantments and Conjurations
used there, prevails so far as to have it there voted
and assented to by such as were present; and, to
give the more Strength and Countenance to it, wants
not the Aid and Concurrence of some appearingreverend Divines, and of Civilians also; and sticks
not to affirm, that he can have Forty Thousand Persons to attend the Petition, proclaims a Meeting at
Blackheath (a fatal and ominous Place for Actions of
this Nature); and all this under Colour of a Petition,
being in Truth a Challenge, an Objurgation, a
Scandal upon the Parliament, and purporting nothing
else but a desperate Design, to put not only Kent, but,
for aught is known, all Christendom too into Combustion; carrying the Sails full swoln with Spight,
Arrogancy, and Sedition: The particular Instances he
forbore to trouble their Lordships with, because some
of them their Lordships will find upon Perusal of the
"He said, many Arguments he might use in Aggravation of them, from the Eminency and Power of the
Person, the Arrogancy of his Mind, the Acrimony of
his Spirit, and from the Topic Place of Kent, which
former Ages have found obnoxious to these Infelicities; which this Gentleman, so well read in Story,
should have been mindful of in these troublesome
Times: But all these and other Circumstances he left
to their Lordships noble and judicious Considerations;
desiring, amongst other Motives, that their Lordships
will be pleased to reflect upon the Acts of their own
Justice in a Case of like Nature, which, being first begun here near at Hand, might have spread the Flame
and Contagion over all England, had not the great
Wisdom and Justice of both Houses in due Time
"He said, he should add no more at this Time, but
what he had read of a People in Africa, which sent
a Challenge to the Wind; whereupon, at the Meeting, the Wind blew down Mountains upon them, and
overwhelmed them. He hoped these bold and insolent Adventurers, who have presumed to send a Challenge or Defiance to these great Houses, shall find
the like Stroke of their wonted Power and Justice;
and that they shall meet with such a Wind as shall
blow down their high Thoughts upon themselves, and
return their Votes into their Bosoms, and their mischievous Designs upon their own Heads.
"All which he was, in the Name of the House of
Commons, and of all the Commons of England, to
desire of their Lordships; and that they will be pleased
to make this Gentleman (the principal Actor in this
foul Act) a Spectacle and Pattern of exemplary Justice,
to the present and future Times."
Order for Sir Edward Deering's Appearance.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Deering, Knight and
Baronet, shall appear before the Lords in Parliament on
Monday next, being the Second Day of May, 1642, and
put in his Answer unto an Impeachment of the House
of Commons brought up against him; or else this House
will proceed against him by Default.
"To the Sheriff of the County of Kent,
who is to deliver this Order at the
House of the said Sir Edward Deeringe,
and make his Return unto this House."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in post meridiem
hujus instantis diei, videlicet, 26m diem Aprilis, hora 3a,
Dominis sic decernentibus.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas was
appointed by the House to be Speaker this
Earl of Clare excused.
The Earl of Clare, being sick, was excused for his
Absence this Day.
Col. Beeling committed to The Tower.
Ordered, That Colonel Beelinge shall forthwith be
committed to The Tower of London, to be kept there in
safe Custody, until the Pleasure of this House be further
known; and the Sheriff of Surrey, in whose Custody he
now is, is hereby discharged of the further Charge of
Bill for punishing scandalous Clergymen.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the Punishment of scandalous Clergymen and others.
Earl of Stamford returns from York, and acquaints the House that Lord Seymour will shortly attend.
The Earl of Stamford acquainted this House, "That,
as he was coming to London, he overtook the Lord
Seymour, who desired him to inform their Lordships,
That, as he was going into Wiltshire, from London,
according to their Lordships Leave, he received a
Letter from the King, commanding him forthwith to
attend Him at Yorke; and accordingly he went to Yorke,
from whence he is returned, and gone into Wiltshire
to his own House, about his Affairs; but within few
Days he will attend this House Personally."
Earl of Stamford acquaints the House what Lords he saw at York.
The Earl of Stamford was commanded by this House
to inform their Lordships what Lords he did see at
Yorke. He said, "He did see there, the Earls of Carlile, Newport, and Carnarvan, and the Lord Rich."
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Hull.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir William Lewis:
To desire a Conference by a Committee of both
Houses, so soon as it may stand with their Lordships
Conveniency, concerning Hull.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Conference,
in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
The Lord Privy Seal,
The Lord Viscount Say & Seale, and
The Lord Robartes,
Were appointed to report this Conference.
Mr Steward's Cause.
Ordered, That Mr. Steward's Cause shall be heard
before the Lords Committees for Petitions on Friday
next, in the Afternoon.
E. Marshall's and L Banning's Bills.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Two Bills,
concerning the Earl Marshal and the Executors of the
Lord Viscount Banning, shall have Power to meet as
often as they shall see Cause, and adjourn themselves
from Time to Time.
Col. Hill to transport Three Horses to France.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel Hill; it is Ordered, That the said Colonel shall have Liberty, by
virtue of this Order, to transport out of this Kingdom,
into France, Three Horses, for his own Use and Service.
Conference about the King's Message concerning Sir John Hotham's Refusal of admitting Him into Hull, reported.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and the Lord Privy Seal reported
the Effect of this Conference as followeth: which was,
"To acquaint their Lordships, that the House of Commons have considered of the Votes communicated unto
them, concerning Sir John Hotham's Refusal to admit
the King with His Force into Hull; and the House of
Commons do agree with their Lordships in those
Votes, and desire that they may be printed, and sent
to the Sheriffs, and likewise to the Lords Lieutenants, and published in all the Market Towns of the
Counties of Yorke and Lyncolne, and Copies of them
sent to Sir John Hotham.
For Two of the Earl of Warwick's Ships to be sent to The Humber;
"That the House of Commons thinks it fit, That Two
Ships, of those in Pay under the Command of the
Earl of Warwicke, be sent to the River of Humber,
to clear the Passage to the Town of Kingston upon
Hull; wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence, and to order the same accordingly.
and for Committees of both Houses to be sent to those Parts, to encourage the Inhabitants in the Service of the Parliament.
"The House of Commons further desire, that some
Committees of both Houses may be sent into those
Parts, who may, as they see Occasion, resort to the
Town of Hull, to see the River cleared, and to thank
Sir John Hotham, and the Commanders, and the particular Soldiers under him, and the Inhabitants of
the said Town (who they shall understand to have
been forward in this Service), for their Faithfulness
in preserving that Place, and to encourage them to
continue the same for the Time to come, it being a
Service of very great Importance to maintain the
Peace of the Kingdom; and to assure the Soldiers
that there shall be particular Care had to reward
them as Sir John Hotham shall certify they have deserved."
Depositions of Witnesses concerning the King's Intentions in going to Hull:
Next his Lordship reported, "That, at this Conference, the House of Commons acquainted their
Lordships with the Depositions of Two Persons, Barry
and Gatson, who viva voce informed their Lordships
of some Passages in the North, which was to this
"That the King's coming to Hull was to have
hanged up Sir John Hotham; and, upon his Refusal
to let His Majesty into the Town, He proclaimed Sir
John Hotham Traitor.
"That the Duke of Richmond was with the King
when He came to Hull; and that Sir Thomas Mettam
is raising Forces for the King in Yorkeshire, in the
Parts adjoining to Hull, most of them being Papists
that come in to him; and that, the Night before the
King went from Hull, there was a great Resort of
Papists to the City of Yorke.
"That all Posts, and Persons that bring Letters, between the Parliament and Hull, and other Places,
are stopt, and their Letters taken away, and all Persons forbidden to carry Letters for the Parliament,
under Pain of Death; and (fn. *) that Sir John Hayles and
Sir Thomas Dorrell have lately stayed the Post who
was bringing Letters to the Parliament; and lastly,
that the Passages to Hull, both by Land and Sea, are
endeavoured to be stopt up, to keep off all Correspondency between the Town and the Parliament.
For an Order to be sent into the Northern Counties, for suppressing the raising of Forces to besiege Hull:
"Upon Consideration hereof, the House of Commons think it fit, and desire their Lordships Concurrence, that an Order be sent to the Sheriffs of the
Counties, and likewise to the Lords Lieutenants of
Yorkeshire and Lyncolneshire, and in their Absence
to their Deputy Lieutenants allowed by Parliament, and to the Justices of Peace, and all other His
Majesty's Officers, to suppress all Forces that shall be
raised or gathered together in those Counties, either
to force the Town of Hull, or to stop the Passages to
and from the same, or in any other Way to disturb
the Peace of the Kingdom.
For the Lords to join them for removing the Magazine from Hull:
"The House of Commons further renew their former Desires, that their Lordships would please to
join with them, in removing speedily the Magazine
For the Lord Admiral to send for the Pinnace from Hull:
"And that the Lord Admiral may be appointed to
send for the Pinnace and Captain riding at Hull; and,
if he shall refuse, then to be brought to London by
the Ships that go to remove the Magazine; and the
Lord Admiral be desired to discharge him from his
To send for the Duke of Richmond;
"The House of Commons further desired, that their
Lordships would send for the Duke of Richmond,
and again to consider of the Charge formerly sent up
and desiring the Concurrence of the Lords in a Declaration against stopping the Passages about Hull.
"Lastly, the House of Commons desires their Lordships Concurrence in a Declaration against the stopping of the Passages at Hull, and the staying of Posts
and other Persons that are sent to and from the Parliament with Letters; and that the same may be
printed and published."
The Lords, taking these Particulars into Consideration,
made these Resolutions following:
Votes about Sir John Hotham to be printed.
"Ordered, That the Votes concerning Sir John
Hotham shall be forthwith printed, and sent to the
Sheriffs and Justices of the Peace, leaving out the
Words ["Lords Lieutenants and Deputy Lieutenants"], to be published in all the Market Towns of
the Counties of Yorke and Lyncolne; and that Copies
thereof be sent to Sir John Hotham.
Order to the Lord Admiral, to send Two Ships to Hull.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Lord High Admiral of
England shall send Two Ships, of those in Pay under
the Command of the Earl of Warwicke, to the River
of Humber, to clear the Passage to the Town of
Kingston upon Hull.
Order to send the Earl of Stamford and the Lord Willoughby to Hull. With a Committee of the H.C.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Stamford and the
Lord Willoughbie of Parham shall, with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, resort to
the Town of Hull, as well to thank Sir John Hotham,
and the Commanders and the particular Soldiers under him, and the Inhabitants of the said Town, who
they shall understand to have been forward in this
Service, for their Faithfulness in preserving that
Place, and to encourage them to continue the same
for the Time to come, it being a Service of very great
Importance to maintain the Peace of the Kingdom;
and to assure the Soldiers, that there shall be particular Care had to reward them, as Sir John Hotham
shall certify they have deserved.
Order to suppress the raising of Forces intended for besieging Hull, etc.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Sheriffs of the Counties
of Yorke and Lyncolne, and likewise the Lords Lieutenants of the same Counties, and in their Absence
their Deputies allowed by the Parliament, and the
Justices of the Peace, and all other His Majesty's
Officers, shall suppress all Forces that shall be raised
or gathered together in those Counties, either to force
the Town of Hull, to stop the Passages to and from
the same, or any other Way to disturb the Peace of
the Kingdom. And further it is Ordered, That
this Order shall be printed and published forthwith.
Order to send Ships to remove the Magazine from Hull.
"Ordered, That the Lord Admiral shall send so
many Ships to Hull, to remove the Magazine from
thence to The Tower of London, as he shall think fit
Order to send for the Pinnace at Hull.
"Ordered, That the Lord High Admiral of England shall send for the Pinnace and Captain riding at
Hull; and, if he shall refuse to come, then that he
and the said Pinnace shall be brought to London, by
the Ships that go to remove the Magazine; and if in
Case he shall refuse to come, then the Lord Admiral
is hereby required to discharge him from his said
Next the Declaration was read, as followeth:
Declaration against stopping the Passages about Hull.
"It is Declared, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the stopping of the Passages between
Hull and the Parliament, and the intercepting of
Messengers employed from the Parliament to Hull,
or from any that are in the Service of the Parliament,
or any Letters whatsoever sent by any to or from
the Parliament, is a high Breach of the Privileges of
Parliament, which, by the Laws of this Kingdom,
and the Protestation, we are bound to defend with
our Lives and Fortunes, and to bring the Violators
thereof to condign Punishment; and hereby all Lords
Lieutenants, and their Deputies, authorized by the
Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, all Sheriffs,
Justices, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, and other Officers whatsoever, are required to give their uttermost
Aid and Assistance to all that are employed in the said
Service, for their better and more speedy, free and
safe Passage; and to apprehend all such as, by Colour of any Warrant or other Authority whatsoever,
shall endeavour or go about to hinder any that are
employed about the same, and them to apprehend,
and in safe Custody to send up to the Parliament."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in this Declaration, and that the same be
forthwith printed and published.
Message from the H.C.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Gilbert Gherrard, Baronet, etc. which consisted
of these Particulars:
For expediting the Propositions for the Sea Adventure for Ireland.
1. To desire their Lordships would please to expedite
the Propositions concerning the Sea Adventure for Ireland.
To expedite the raising Ten Thousand Men for Ireland.
2. To desire Expedition to the Commission for raising
Ten Thousand Men for the Service of Ireland.
That Sir Thomas Dorrell, Sir John Hales, etc may be sent for, for being active against the Parliament.
3. To desire their Lordships Concurrence, that Sir
Thomas Dorrell, Knight, and Sir John Hayles, Knight,
Mr. Rudston, Captain Wivell, Captain Duncombe, Sir
Edward Osborne, Mr. Wandesford, Sir William Alford,
and John Edgard, may be sent for as Delinquents, for
being active against the Parliament.
And to desire the Lords to sit To morrow after Divine Service, although it is Fast Day.
4. To let their Lordships know, That, though Tomorrow be the Fast Day, yet, in regard of the pressing
Occasions, the House of Commons intends to sit Tomorrow, after the Sermon; and the House of Commons desires their Lordships would sit likewise, if it
stand with their Lordships Conveniency.
Their Lordships taking the Particulars of the abovesaid Message into Consideration;
Orders upon these Particulars of the Message.
Ordered, To take the Propositions for Ireland
speedily into Consideration.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Commission
for raising Ten Thousand Men for Ireland, do meet
(fn. *) speedily, and expedite that Commission.
Ordered, That Sir John Hayles, and Sir Tho.
Dorrell, Knights, shall be sent for, as Delinquents;
as for the other Seven Persons, this House leaves them
to the Proceedings of the House of Commons, in regard they know the Evidence against them, which this
House doth not.
Ordered, That this House will fit To-morrow in
the Afternoon, after the Sermon is ended.
Answer to the H.C.
The Messengers were called in, and Answer was returned according to the Resolutions aforesaid.
Grievances and Remedies to be considered.
Ordered, That the Grievances and the Remedies
shall be taken into Consideration on Thursday next.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco
declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, videlicet, 27m diem instantis
Aprilis, hora 4a post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.