DIE Veneris, videlicet, 17 die Junii.
The Lord Wharton was appointed to sit Speaker
Letter from L. Dacres, that he is now ill, but will attend in a Fortnight.
A Letter was read, from the Lord Dacres, who
expressed "a great Desire to attend this House; but,
because his Health is not good at this Time to come
in Person, and do his Service to this House, but
hopes within a Fortnight to come in Person." Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Speaker write him
a Letter from this House, to give (fn. *) his Lordship
Thanks for his Expressions of his Service to this House,
and to desire him within a Fortnight to come to this
Capt. Brough, about Reports against the L. Lieutenant of Ireland.
The Lord Admiral reported, "That the Committee
hath examined the Parties and Witnesses in the Lord
Lieutenant's Cause, concerning the Reports of his
Lordship's having taken Money for Officers Places:
That it hath been proved that Captain Brough
spake Words to this Effect; and he said he had the
Ground from Captain Manwood, who denies the
Words: And the Opinion of the Committee was,
That it was fit to be examined by this House, to clear
the Honour of a great Person." Which this House
Ordered the same accordingly.
Clauses in the King's Declaration in Answer to one of both Houses.
The House was acquainted with a Declaration printed
and published in the King's Name, in Answer to a
Declaration of the Lords and Commons, 26 May;
wherein was read a Clause, videlicet, ["We must tell
those ungrateful Men, who dare tell their King,
that they may, without Want of Modesty and Duty,
depose Him, &c."]
Ordered, To have a Conference with the House of
Commons, concerning this Business; and that a Committee of both Houses may be appointed, to draw a
Declaration, by Way of an Answer to this Particular;
and that Care be taken to disperse it throughout the
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Ayliffe:
Message to the H. C. for a Conference to prepare an Answer to it.
To desire a present Conference, concerning an Answer
to a Declaration of both Houses, late set out by both
Houses of Parliament.
Committee for it.
These Lords were appointed to be Committees, to
join with a proportionable Number of the House of
Commons, to draw up an Answer to the King's Declaration:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Petition of Essex delivered.
A Petition, delivered by the High Sheriff, accompanied with divers Gentlemen and Freeholders, of the
County of Essex, was read, in hæc verba. (Here enter it.)
Committee to prepare an Answer to it.
The Petitioners withdrew, and the House [ (fn. †) took it]
into Consideration; and it was appointed, That the Lord
Admiral, Earl Holland, Lord Viscount Say & Seale,
and Lord Robarts, should presently draw up what
Answer for the present shall be given to the said
Concerning the Arms which they desire may be restored, this House Resolved, To have a Conference with
the House of Commons about them.
E. of Exeter to put the Rutland Militia in Execution.
Ordered, That the Earl of Exon shall put the
Militia into Execution in the County of Rutland on the
First of July; and likewise put into Execution the
Instructions concerning the raising of Money, Plate, and
Horses; and that the Speaker write a Letter to the Earl
of Exeter. (Enter the Letter.)
E. Bolingbrooke, about raising Money and Horse.
Ordered, That the Earl of Bollingbrooke shall put
into Execution the Propositions concerning the raising of
Horse, Money, and Plate.
Committee to take an Account of Money, Horses, &c. brought into the City.
Ordered, That the Lord Wharton and the Lord
Brooke are appointed Committees, with a proportionable
Number of the House of Commons, to go into the City
as oft as they shall think fit, to take an Account what
Money, Plate, and Horses, are brought in, and to consider of what Course is to be taken for the Expedition
and Advancement of this necessary Service in the City;
and the Receivers and Commissaries are appointed to
bring in Lists unto the said Committees, of all those
that have subscribed, or shall from Time to Time subscribe.
The Messengers return this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will give a Meeting presently, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
The Earl of Essex was appointed to deliver the Sense
of this House concerning this Conference.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went
to the Conference.
Two Letters were read, and approved of.
Letters to L. Dacres and E. of Exeter.
1. To be sent to the Lord Dacres.
2. To be sent to the Earl of Exon.
|Both to be signed by the Speaker.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Cromewell:
Message from the H. C. to pass the Ordinance for the additional Forces in Ireland.
1. To desire that the Ordinance concerning the Ships
that (fn. *) are to go for Ireland as additional Forces may be
To know the King's Pleasure about passing Two Bills. Deputy Lieutenants for Essex.
2. To desire their Lordships to take some Course, to
know the King's Pleasure concerning the passing of the
Bill for the Assembly, and the Bill for the Subscription
concerning the Adventure for Ireland.
3. That Mr. Tymothy Midleton may be One of the
Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Essex.
For the Devonshire Militia to be put in Execution.
4. To desire that their Lordships would please
to appoint that the Militia shall be put into Execution in the County of Devon, on the First of July
Letter to be sent to Secretary Nicholas, about passing Bills.
Ordered, That this House will take the Ordinance
for the additional Forces into speedy Consideration; and
concerning the King's Answer touching the passing of
the Two Bills, a Letter from the Speaker is to be sent
to Secretary Nicholas, to know the King's Pleasure
Answer to the H. C.
The Answer returned was as aforesaid.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Evelyn:
Message from the H. C with a Resolution for putting in Execution the Propositions for raising Horse.
That they, perceiving Hourly a Necessity to put the
Propositions concerning the raising of Horse into Execution, to that Purpose the House of Commons have
made a Resolution, to which they desire their Lordships
"Resolved, upon the Question,
"That the Horsemen that shall come to the Commissaries to Guildhall, to be inrolled, shall deliver
Tickets where they lie, that they may be ready to
be trained upon Warning; and that, so soon as Sixty
Horses shall be inrolled, Notice shall be given by
the Commissaries to the Lord Admiral, the Earl of
Essex, Earl of Pembrooke, Earl of Holland, and the
Lord Viscount Say & Seale, Master of His Majesty's
Court of Wards and Liveries, or some One of them;
that, by the Direction of the greater Part of them;
Officers may be appointed for the several Troops, to
command, train, and exercise them; and that the
Commissaries shall begin to sit at the Place appointed
in the Propositions on Monday next."
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House is
of Opinion to join with the House of Commons in this
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in this Vote.
E. of Stamford opposed in putting in Execution the Leicestershire Militia. by the E. of Devon, &c. who have Commissions of Array.
The Letter of the Earl of Stamford was read again;
shewing, "That the County of Leycester have executed
the Militia with a great Readiness, and many Voluntiers came in; but a Commission of Array is granted
to the Earls of Huntingdon and Devon, and Mr. Henry
Hasting, to oppose the Militia; and the said Commission is to be put into Execution on Thursday next:
Therefore the Earl of Stamford desired the Advice
of the Parliament, what he shall do if the said Commission be put into Execution."
Committee to consider how to prevent the executing the Commissions of Array.
Hereupon it was Resolved, To have a select Committee of both Houses, to consider how to prevent the
executing of Commissions of Array, and in particular
that Commission of Array which the Earl of Stamford
And these Lords following were appointed to be Committees of this House: videlicet,
E. of Holland.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
To meet at Three of the Clock this Afternoon.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir
Edw. Leech and Dr. Ayliffe:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To let them know, that this House hath chosen
select Committee of Five Lords, to join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to meet
this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, to consider how to
prevent the executing of Commissions of Array, and in
particular that Commission informed of by the Earl of
Stamford; and to desire that the House of Commons
would appoint a Committee of their House.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons have appointed a Committee to meet this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, as is
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob. Harley:
Message from the H. C. for the Commissioners for Irish Affairs to meet.
To desire that the Lords Commissioners for the Irish
Affairs may meet with their Commissioners this Afternoon, about some important Business concerning Ireland.
The Answer returned:
That the Lords have appointed the Lords Commissioners.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Oliver Cromewell:
Message from the H. C. for melting down the Plate brought in by virtue of the Propositions.
That the House of Commons are informed, that
great Quantity of Plate is brought into London, by virtue of the Propositions; and they desire to join with
that some Course may be taken for
melting and coining of it; and that the Committee in
London appointed to receive it shall have Power to execute the same.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in this Desire.
The Answer was returned accordingly.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee
appointed this Day to go into London, to take an Account of the Money, and Plate, and Horses, to consider
of some fit Places to lay the Arms and Ammunition in,
that came from Hull.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Ayliff:
Message to the H. C. for Committees to consider of a proper Place to put the Ammunition &c. in from Hull.
To let them know, that the Lords appointed Two
Lords, to join with a proportionable Number of the
House of Commons, to go this Afternoon into London,
to take an Account of what Money, Plate, and Horse,
are come in, according to the Propositions: The Lords
do desire that the said Committees shall have Power to
consider of some fit Places in London, to lay the Arms
and Ammunition in that came from Hull.
Ordinance for the Sea Adventurers.
Next, the Ordinance of Parliament concerning the
Sea Adventurers was read. (Here enter it.)
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Ordinance
Protest against it.
These Lords following, before the putting of the
Question, desiring Leave to enter their Dissents to this
The Earl of Leycester, Lord Lieutenant of the Kingdom of Ireland.
The Earl of Portland.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in the High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Repromission and Resolution of the
Captains and Soldiers, and other Inhabitants,
of the County of Essex,
Petition of Captains &c. of the County of Essex.
"That we (having with Joy and Admiration observed
the wife and gracious Passages and Proceedings of
this Parliament, and the pious, tender, and affectionate
Care of your Honours, for the Preservation of the
Peace and Honour of His most Excellent Majesty and
these Three Thrice-happy United Kingdoms, represented to the World in your several Ordinances,
Declarations, Votes, and Remonstrances, sufficient to
stop the Mouth, if it were possible, of Envy and
Malignity itself) cannot but with Grief and Indignation wonder to hear that there should be yet found,
and that even about the Regal Throne, such unnatural and evil-affected Spirits and malignant Counsellors, who, desirous to swim to the Haven of their
ambitious Hopes in the Blood of their dearest Friends
and Countrymen, do continually instill into His Majesty's Royal Breast a sinister Conceit and Misinterpretation of your most humble and loyal Affections,
and noble Actions and Undertakings.
"Wherefore we understanding (not by Misinformation of flying Reports, but by the late Votes and
Declarations of both your Honourable Houses) that
His Majesty, seduced by wicked Counsel, intends to
make War against the Parliament, that so to do is
a Breach of the Trust reposed in Him by His People
contrary to His Oath, and that whosoever shall serve
or assist Him in such Wars are Traitors by the Fundamental Laws of the Kingdom; and withall perceiving your most Christian and Heroical Resolutions
to persist in your Honourable Endeavours for the
Public Safety, though you should (which God avert)
perish in the Work:
"We thought it our Duties humbly to represent
to your Honours the faithful Affections and inviolable Resolutions of our Souls, to stand or fall, live
or die, together with you, according to our Protestation.
"Thus, with our Hands upon our Swords, we stand
ready at your Command to perform our Vows to
God, and Oaths of Fidelity to His Majesty, in taking
up Arms against those false Flatterers and Traitors,
who abuse His Royal Favour, intending, under the
Glorious Title of His Name and Standard, to fight
against the Peace and Honour of their Sovereign,
against Religion and the Laws, and to make a Prey
and Spoil of Three Flourishing Kingdoms at once;
and to spend our dearest Blood in the Defence of the
Lives and Liberties of our Countrymen; the Laws,
which are the Life of our Liberty and Peace; Religion, more precious than both; and the King and
Parliament, in whose Lives lieth bound up the Life
of all the rest: Whosever is otherwise affected, we
hold him not worthy the Name of Soldier, but a
Proditor of his King and Country to all Posterity.
"Lastly, finding a Multitude of well-affected People, whose Hearts are good to join with us, but
want Arms; we most humbly crave that Restitution
may be made of those Arms which were taken out of
this County, either out of the Store lately arrived
from Hull, or otherwise, as to your most excellent
Wisdoms shall seem best.
"And we shall ever pray, &c."
This Petition being read, the Speaker, by the Directions of the House, gave this Answer, in bæc verba:
Lords Answer to the Petition.
"My Lords have taken your Petition into Consideration, and receive much Contentment in the good
Affections you have expressed thus seasonably and
necessarily for the Good of the King and Kingdom,
and for their Lordships Encouragement in the Performance of their Duty, for which they give you
hearty Thanks; and my Lords do assure you, that, God
willing, they resolve to insist in their former declared
Resolutions, for the upholding the true Religion, the
King's Authority in the Highest Court, which, by
sundry late Declarations and Practices to abuse the
People, they find so much vilified and invaded, the
Privileges of Parliament, the free Course of Justice,
the Laws and Peace of this Kingdom, notwithstanding
any Dangers and Hazards that for that Cause befall
them; that, for the Manifestation of (fn. *) your good Affections, and their Lordships kind Acceptation thereof,
they have commanded your Petition and this Answer
to be forthwith printed and published."
The Speaker's Letter to L. Dacres, for the Execution of the Militia.
"I am, by the Lords now assembled in Parliament,
commanded to let you know, that they take in very
good Part those Respects to the House, which you
express in your Letter to my Lord Wharton: They
will command nothing prejudicial to your Health,
but they do expect that your Lordship will not fail to
be here within the Time prefixed in your Letter;
and seeing your Service here is necessary, and much
conducing to your own Honour, the sooner you come
it will be the better; and thus, bidding you heartily
Farewell, I rest."
The Speaker's Letter to the E. of Exeter, to put the Militia in Execution.
"I am commanded, by the Lords assembled in Parliament, to let you know, that they having great Considence in your Lordships, Readiness to obey their
Commands, they expect from your Lordship that you
put in Execution the Militia with what Expedition
you can; and, because your Lordship may expect a
precise Day to be appointed by the House, they do
fix upon the First of July, or any Time before; with
this Declaration, That the Service will be much advantaged by a timely Expedition.
"They have also commanded me to send you down
these Instructions; not doubting but that your Lordship, being so well affected to the Public, will, by
your utmost Endeavour, by your Example, Reason,
and Interest in the Country, advance that Service,
which is so absolutely necessary at this present.
"Thus bidding you Farewell."
The E. of Bedford, to put the Militia in Execution in Devonshire
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the Earl of Bedford, Lord Lieutenant of
the County of Devon, shall put the Militia for that
County in Execution on the First Day of July next, or
before; and shall likewife put in Execution the Instructions concerning the Horse, Plate, and Money, for the
Honour and Safety of the King, Parliament, and the
E. of Exeter, to put the Militia in Execution in Rutlandshire.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament,
That the Earl of Exeter, Lord Lieutenant of the County
of Rutland, shall put the Militia for that County in
Execution on the First Day of July next, or before;
and shall likewise put in Execution the Instructions concerning the Horse, Plate, and Money, for the Honour
and Safety of the King, Parliament, and the whole
The Ordinance for the Sea Adventure to Ireland.
"Whereas Sir Nicholas Crispe, Knight, Maurice
Thompson, Thomas Chamberlaine, Gregory Clement,
Richard Waring, John Wood, Richard Shute, George
Thompson, William Pennoyer, Thomas Vincent, William
Tompson, William Willoughby, Thomas Rainsburrough,
Samuell Moyer, and Richard Hill, and their Associates,
as well out of their pious and charitable Disposition
towards their distressed Brethren His Majesty's Protestant Subjects in the Realm of Ireland, who, being
brought into great Misery and Distress, are ready
to perish for Want of Relief, as also out of their
loyal Respect to His Majesty, and Detestation to that
Rebellion, and to reduce the Rebels in the said Realm
of Ireland to their due Obedience, and (as much as
in them shall lie) to prevent and hinder all such Supplies as shall be sent unto the said Rebels, and likewife, by all possible Ways and Means, to assist and
help His Majesty's good Subjects there, and to infest,
spoil, and waste the said Rebels by Land and Sea,
have lately made known, to the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, their voluntary Disposition
and Readiness to undertake, by themselves and their
Associates, the setting forth and employing of Twelve
Ships and Six Pinnaces, with a convenient Number
of Land Forces, Horse and Foot (as an additional
Increase of their former Adventure), (fn. *) at such Rates
and Prices as have been usually allowed for other
Ships and Seamen, and formerly entertained by the
Lords and Commons, and for such Allowance for
Land Soldiers as have been formerly accustomed in
other Expeditions upon the Sea; which being well
approved by the Lords and Commons in Parliament,
as a good Means to further the reducing of the said
Realm of Ireland and the Rebels therein to their due
Obedience, do commend the same for a pious and
laudable Undertaking, and are willing to give it all
the Encouragement and Advancement that may be,
to bring it to good and successful Issue, as tending very
much to the Honour of the King, the comfortable
Subsistance and necessary Relief of His Majesty's good
Subjects there, and the speedy and effectual suppressing of the Rebellion aforesaid: And therefore, for
the better enabling the Performance of this so free
and commendable Undertaking and Enterprize, and
being very well assured of the Fidelity, Circumspection, Integrity, and Abilities, of the Persons hereafter named, in the well-managing and ordering of
the same; it is Ordered, Established, and Ordained,
by the Lords and Commons assembled in this present
Parliament, and by Authority of the same, That the
Right Honourable Robert Lord Brook, Sir Nicholas
Crispe, Maurice Tompson, Thomas Chamberlaine, Gregory
Clement, Richard Waring, John Wood, Richard Shute,
George Tompson, William Pennoyer, Thomas Vincent,
Wm. Thompson, William Willoughby, Thomas Rainsburrough, Samuell Moyer, and Richard Hill, or any Five
of them, shall have full Power and Authority, by
themselves, and such Persons as they shall assign or
appoint, in Warlike Manner, to equip and furnish
Twelve Ships and Six Pinnaces, with all Things necessary, for the said intended Employment, and to
place in them such a Number of Forces, Horse and
Foot, not exceeding the Number of One (fn. *) Thousand
Horse and Two Thousand Land Soldiers, with necessary Arms and Provisions for such Forces and for that
Service, and to appoint such Commanders, Captains,
and Officers, as any Five of the Persons before named,
with the Allowance of both Houses of Parliament,
shall think fit; and shall be allowed the like Rates
and Prices for the said Ships, Pinnaces, Seamen,
Horses, and Soldiers, as hath been formerly allowed
in such like Expenditions: And it is further Ordered,
Established, and Ordained, That any Five of the
before named Persons, and such as shall be by them
thereunto authorized and appointed, shall have Power,
by virtue of this Ordinance, to levy or take up,
within the Kingdoms of England or Ireland, such and
so many Persons only as shall offer themselves voluntarily to serve in this Expedition, as well for Sea
Service as Land Service, as shall from Time to Time
make up the said Number of One (fn. *) Hundred Horse
and Two Thousand Land Soldiers, and not above;
and the said Ships and Pinnaces, so manned and
equipped, armed and provided, to set forth to Sea,
and with those Forces to invade the said Rebels, in
any Ports, Harbours, Creeks, Havens, Islands, Castles,
Forts, Towns, or any other Places, in the Possession
of the said Rebels, within the said Realm of Ireland,
and the Rebels therein to take, surprize, vanquish,
destroy, or kill, and to sack or pillage any such Place
or Places, and to fortify or deliver the same into such
Hands as any of the Five Persons before named, or
such as they shall authorize and appoint, shall conceive to be most for the Advantage, Honour, and
Profit of the King's Majesty, or otherwise to destroy
and demolish the same, as Need shall require: And it
is further Ordered and Ordained, That the said
Commanders, Captains, Officers, Seamen, and Soldiers, by Force and Virtue of this present Ordinance,
shall have full Power to seize, surprize, and take, all
and all Manner of Ships, Vessels, Goods, and Merchandize, belonging to the said Rebels, or any of them,
or unto any Person or Persons that they shall find or
understand to have aided the said Rebels, or any of
them, with any Arms, Ammunition, or Victuals, by Sea
or by Land; and also to seize all Manner of Ships, and
other Vessels, having aboard them Arms, Ammunition or Victuals, by Sea or by Land; and also to
seize all Manner of Ships, and other Vessels, having
aboard them Arms, Ammunition, and Victuals,
bound therewith to the Kingdom of Ireland, or
any the Dominions of the same, not having aboard
them a Passport or Licence from the Lord High
Admiral of England, or the Lord Lieutenant or
Deputy of Ireland, for the Time being, or other lawful Authority, to carry the same thither: And, for
the better Encouragement of the said Adventurers
and Persons before named in the said intended Voyage,
it is, by the Lords and Commons, likewise Ordered and Ordained, That the said Adventurers and
their Associates shall have all Ships, Goods, Monies,
Plate, Pillage, and Spoil, which shall be seized or
taken by any of the Persons by them employed by
Force and Virtue of this Ordinance, and the same to
hold and enjoy to their own Use, without any Accompt whatsoever thereof to be made: And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That there shall be a
true and faithful Inventory taken of the Ships, Monies,
Goods, Plate, Pillage, and Spoil, that shall be taken
by Virtue or Authority of this present Ordinance, and
a true Appraisement made of the same; and the same,
together with all Papers and Writings found within
any Ships or Place by them taken, shall be carefully
preserved; and Two or Three of the Officers of every
Ship or Place so taken shall be examined before the
Chief Officer of the next Port within any of the
King's Dominions; and the said Examinations, with
the said Papers, shall be sent unto the Registry of the
High Court of Admiralty, to the End that the taking
of the said Ships may thereby be justified, or Restitution by the said Adventurers (if there shall be just
Cause) there made: And for that these Ships are set
out only for His Majesty's special Service, for the
suppressing of the said Rebels; it is further Ordered
and Ordained, That the said Ships shall and may put
up His Majesty's Colours, and shall not be liable or
subject to any other Direction whatsoever, other than
the Direction of the Lord High Admiral, or of any
Five of the said before-named Persons, and the Commanders and Captains by them appointed, or such
other Direction as shall be given by His Majesty's
Authority, signified by both Houses of Parliament:
And more particularly we authorize, and by these Presents do give unto the Persons so to be set forth
to the Seas by Virtue of this Ordinance, and to every
of them, Power, Authority, and Warrant, that, if they
shall happen, upon the Seas, or in any Port, Harbour,
or Creek, to meet with any Ship or Ships that shall
not willingly yield themselves to be visited and proved by Law and Justice, but will defend themselves by
Force and Violence, then they shall, by all Means possible, and with all Force, compel them to yield and
submit themselves to Reason and Justice, although it
doth fall out that, by fighting with them, One or more
of them be maimed, hurt, or slain, in the Resistance:
And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That the
Captains, Masters, and Two or Three other of the
principal Officers of either of those Ships and Pinnaces respectively, shall, before their going to Sea, enter
into a Bond of Two Thousand Pounds, to the Use of
the King's Majesty, in the High Court of Admiralty,
that the said Ships or Pinnaces respectively, nor their
Captains, Masters, or any of their Company, under
Colour or Pretence of this Ordinance, shall not rob,
spoil, or indamage any of the King's Subjects, Friends,
or Allies, other than such particular Persons of His
Majesty's Subjects, Friends, or Allies, as shall be
found to have aided and relieved the said Rebels, or
shall be taken carrying Arms, Victuals, or Ammunition,
for Ireland, without Licence or Authority as aforesaid."