DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 20 die Junii.
The Earl of Leycester was appointed to be Speaker.
Ld. M'Gwire, Macmahown, and Col. Read, committed to The Tower.
The Lord Lieutenant informed the House, "That
the Justices of Ireland have sent up Three Prisoners,
videlicet, Lord Magwire, Macmahowne, and Lieutenant Colonel Reade." The Letter of the Justices to
the Lord Lieutenant was read, dated the 10th June,
1642, at Dublin. The Three Prisoners are in Holborne;
and they being the principal Rebels of Ireland, it is
Ordered, That the Lord Macgwire, Hugh Macmahowne, and Lieutenant Colonel Reade, shall presently be
committed to The Tower of London, under such safe and
strict Custody, that they shall not have any Means to
escape; and that special Care shall be taken, that none
be permitted to speak to them from any Persons whatsoever, excepting their Keeper; and that they be not
permitted to come or speak one with another.
Judges of the King's Bench to examine them there.
Ordered, That the Lord Chief Justice, and the rest
of the Judges of the King's Bench, shall presently go to
The Tower, and examine them; and then the King's
Counsel are to proceed against them in the King's Bench,
according to Law.
Papers found upon them.
His Lordship further reported, "That he hath received some Letters taken in their Pockets, and some
Papers found in a Cape of a Cloak, coming up at
Brickhill, which are written in Blood."
Earl of Salisbury will at tend the House.
Order to send for him as a Delinquent vacated.
The Lord Admiral signified to this House, "That the
Earl of Sarum writ to him, to let him know that he
is come to Hatfeilde from Yorke, and is ready to give
his Attendance upon the Parliament:" Hereupon the
House Ordered, That the former Order made for the
sending for the Earl of Sarum, as a Delinquent, to the
Bar, shall be vacated; and that he come to this House,
and sit in his Place as a Peer; and the Lord Admiral is
appointed to let his Lordship know the Pleasure of the
Message from the H. C. with the Declaration concerning the King's Letter to the City;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Jo. Evelyn:
1. The Declaration sent down to them on Saturday
last, concerning the King's Letter to the City, was returned, with some Amendments.
2. A Vote, which hath passed the House of Commons; to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
and with a Vote that all who act under the Commission of Array are Disturbers of the Peace.
"That all those that are Actors in the putting of this
Commission of Array in Execution shall be esteemed
as Disturbers of the Peace of the King, and Betrayers of the Liberty of the Subject."
The Declaration, with the Amendments and Alterations, were read, and approved of. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in the Amendments now brought up, and also agrees in
Lord Mayor, &c. will attend the Committees at a Common Hall this Afternoon.
Sir Robt. Rich reported, "That he hath been at
Guildhall, and acquainted the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, at the Common (fn. *) Hall, with the Reasons why
their Lordships could not come on Saturday to † them;
and told them, their Lordships desire to meet at a
Common Hall this Day, at Three a Clock in the
Afternoon; and the Lord Mayor and Aldermen return this Answer, That they will be ready to attend
their Lordships, with a Common Hall, this Afternoon,
at Three a Clock."
Geo. Benyon committed to Colchester Gaol.
Ordered, That George Benyon shall be presently
sent to Chochester Gaol, to be kept there, according to
the Sentence pronounced against him by this House.
Bill against Pluralities.
Ordered, That the Bill of Pluralities shall be sent
to the King, to be passed.
Commission of Array for Leicestershire to E. Huntingdon, and the Vote upon it, to be printed.
Ordered, That the Commission of Array given to
the Earl of Huntingdon, for the County of Leycester,
be printed, with the Vote made on Saturday last concerning the Illegality of it.
Bill against scandalous Ministers.
The Bill against scandalous Ministers was debated
and the House being adjourned during Pleasure, it was
The House was resumed.
Message from the H. C. about Letters received from the Prince of Orange;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Waller:
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, touching some Letters received from the Prince
and with an order for Ten Thousand Pounds to be paid by the Chamberlain of London.
2. To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Order
concerning Ten Thousand Pounds to be paid by the
Chamberlain of London.
Which Order was read, and approved of.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That their Lordships will give them a present Meeting, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired. Concerning
the Order, their Lordships will return an Answer, by
Messengers of their own.
Declaration for the Sheriffs not to publish the Proclamation against the Militia, to be examined, &c. Judgement in Ld. St. John's Cause.
Ordered, That the Declarations now printed, concerning the Sheriffs not publishing the Proclamation
against the Militia, shall be called in, being misprinted;
and that they be examined and re-printed.
Ordered, That this House will (fn. *) give Judgement in
the Lord St. John's Cause on Wednesday next.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the Three Prisoners from Ireland.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylott:
To desire a Conference, touching the Three Prisoners
brought out of Ireland.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went
to the Conference.
Conference about Letters from the Prince of Orange reported.
The Earl of Leycester reported, "That it was delivered at the Conference, that they having received
some Letters from the Prince of Orange, which they
thought (fn. †) it their Duty to communicate to their Lordships; the Letters were opened which were directed
to the Parliament of England; and there being a Letter directed to both (fn. †) the Parliaments of England and
Scotland, which they have not (fn. ‡) opened without acquainting the Scotts Commissioners."
English Commissioners to communicate One directed to both Parliaments to the Scots Commissioners.
Ordered, That the English Commissioners shall have
Power to communicate the Letter directed to both Kingdoms to the Scotts Commissioners; and, if the Scotts
Commissioners will open the said Letter, the English
Commissioners shall have Power to open it in (fn. §) their
Mayor of Exeter, about the Proclamation against the Militia.
A Letter was read, from the Mayor and Sheriff of
Exerter, delivered in by the Earl of Bedford, to desire
their Lordships Directions what to do concerning the
proclaiming of the Proclamation against the Militia.
Declaration sent to him to publish.
The Earl of Leycester, Speaker, is to write them
Thanks from this House; and that the Declaration be
sent them as was made concerning the Sheriff of Essex.
Committee to publish the Declaration in the City, concerning the King's Letter against bringing in Money, &c.
These Lords were appointed to go into the City this
Afternoon, to publish the Declaration at the Common
Hall in London this Afternoon, concerning the King's
Letter against the bringing in of Money and Plate for
the raising of Horse:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Letter, in Ld. Paget's Name, to be burnt.
Ordered, That the Letter printed in the Lord Pagett's Name shall (fn. *) be forthwith burnt, by the Hand of
the Common Hangman. (Here enter it.)
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will give a present
Meeting, as is desired.
Message to the H. C. with the Mayor of Exeter's Letter, and the Answer from this House.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edw. Leech and Dr. Aylott:
To communicate unto them the Letter sent to the
Earl of Bedford, from the Mayor and Sheriff of the City
of Exerter; and to let them know, that the Lords have
appointed the Speaker of this House to send them a
Letter of Thanks from this House, and a printed Declaration, which was made upon the Occasion of the
Sheriff of Essex; and that the Lord Lieutenant of the
County of Devon desires, that the Sheriff of the County
and City of Exon may be a Deputy Lieutenant.
The Letter to the Lord Lieutenant, from the Lords Justices of Ireland, about the Three Prisoners sent over.
"May it please your Lordship,
"We have now delivered over the Traitors, the Lord
Mac Gwire and Hughe Mac Mahowne, together with
Lieutenant Colonel Reade, to these Gentlemen the
Bearers hereof; namely, Captain Henry Smith, Lieutenant Jo. Bernard, and Lieutenant Arnald Cosby;
whom we have commanded to convey them safely, in
the Condition of Prisoners, until they shall deliver
them at London to whom your Lordship shall appoint;
concerning whom we have no more to say, than that
the Lord Mac Gwire and Mac Mahowne were Two of
the principal Conspirators in this hideous Treason,
and were of those who were designed to surprize this
His Majesty's Castle of Dublin, and us therein, as
appears, amongst other Proofs, by the Examinations
formerly sent you; and for Lieutenant Colonel Reade,
he was long amongst the Rebels, as your Lordship
may perceive by his Examinations formerly sent you,
and was so wretchedly unnatural and disloyal as to
write Letters to the Earl of Ormond, persuading him
(when the Rebels besieged Drogheda) to send Direction to Sir Henry Titchborne to give up that Town to
them, as your Lordship may find by the inclosed Copy
of his Letters to the Earl to that Purpose.
|"Ormond & Ossory.
Dublin Castle, 10th
The Copy of a Letter sent from the Right Honourable
the Lord Pagett unto the Honourable House of Parliament, declaring the Reasons of his Departure from the
Parliament unto the King's most Excellent Majesty at
Ld. Paget's Letter.
"It may seem strange that I, who with all Zeal and
Earnestness have prosecuted, in the Beginning of this
Parliament, the Reformation of all Disorders in Church
and Commonwealth, should now, in a Time of such
great Distractions, desert the Cause: Most true it is,
that my Ends were the common Good; whilst that
was prosecuted, I was ready to lay down both my Life
and Fortune: But when I found a Preparation of Arms
against the King, under the Shadow of Loyalty, I
rather resolved to obey a good Conscience than particular Ends, and am now on my Way to His Majesty, where I will throw myself down at His Feet,
and die a loyal Subject.
Declaration concerning the King's Letter against bringing in Money, &c.
"Whereas, in a Paper inscribed, To Our Trusty and
Well-beloved the Lord Mayor and Aldermen and the Sheriffs of the City of London, dated the 14th of June, 1642,
it is affirmed, That great Labour is used to persuade
His Majesty's Subjects to raise Horse, and to furnish
Money, upon Pretence of a Guard for the Parliament, but in Truth to be employed against His Majesty: The Lords and Commons do Declare, That the
Design of those Propositions is, as was formerly declared, to maintain the Protestant Religion, the King's
Authority and Person in His Royal Dignity, the free
Course of Justice, the Laws of the Land, the Peace
of the Kingdom, and Privileges of Parliament, against
any Force which shall oppose them.
"And they (fn. *) do further Declare, That as the Forces
already attending His Majesty, and the Preparation
which His Majesty is now making, of Arms, Horse,
and Ordnance, from within His Kingdom and without, at first coloured under the Pretence of a Guard,
do evidently appear to be intended for some great
and extraordinary Design, so they give just Cause of
Fear and Jealousy to the Parliament, and do fully
justify those Votes of the King's Intention of levying
War against the Parliament to be altogether free
from any Imputation of Scandal, as is injuriously cast
upon them by that Paper; for so long as His Majesty
shall continue those Levies and Preparations, the Lords
and Commons in Parliament having been so often
threatened and reviled for their Proceedings about
Hull, and the Militia, so necessarily undertaken for
the Good and Peace of the Kingdom, they cannot be
secure by His Majesty's solemn Protestation alone, expressed in this and other Declarations, that all His
Desires and Purposes are for the public Peace, and
that He hath not the least Thought of using Force,
except He be compelled to it for the Defence of His
Person and Protection of the Laws; seeing His Majesty, in a Declaration published at Hewworth-morc,
doth interpret the Protection of the Laws in such
a Manner as giveth just and full Occasion to believe
that, by protecting the Laws, His Majesty intendeth
Force upon or against those who shall submit to the
Ordinance of the Militia; and because it appears, by
divers Expressions and Proceedings of His Majesty,
He hath discovered an Intention of making some Attempt upon Hull, in both which Cases they do declare, That whatsoever Violence shall be used, either
against those who exercise the Militia, or against
Hull, they cannot but take it as done against the
Parliament: And whereas the Houses have, upon
Loan, received great Sums of Money, for the Service of Ireland, from the Companies of the City of
London (for which they give them great and hearty
Thanks), they do Declare, That those Sums shall be
dispended as the former hath been, to that only
Service, notwithstanding an Insinuation, laying an
Aspersion upon them, as if they had done otherwise.
"Further, Whereas it is Declared, to the great
Reproach of Parliament, That Sums desired towards
the raising of Horse and Arms is contrived upon
general Pretences, by some few factious Persons; we
leave it to the World to judge how it is possible the
Houses should have all their Members, seeing divers
of them are by His Majesty summoned to Yorke,
and there, contrary to the Laws of the Land and
Privilege of Parliament, detained, nay protected,
from the Justice of the Houses; and, Secondly, how
that can possibly be called a Faction, which is done by
both Houses of Parliament, the greatest Court of
England, and the most faithful Council His Majesty
hath: But at such Language as this they wonder not,
considering by what wicked Counsel His Majesty's
Affairs are guided, and by what malignant Spirits
His Majesty's Affections to the Parliament of late
have been misled. Both Houses, well weighing the
Premises, do forbid any Mayors, Sheriffs, Bailiffs,
or other Officers whatsoever, to publish or spread
that Paper, as they will answer their Contempt to
the Parliament; and assure themselves that neither
His Majesty's Commands nor His Threats will withdraw or deter Men well-affected to the Public from
doing their Duty, in contributing such Money, Horse,
and Plate, as will be necessary for the preserving the
Being of Parliament, the Peace of the Kingdom, and
those other Ends before mentioned, for which they
are desired; the dangerous and mischievous Intentions of some about His Majesty being such, that
whatsoever is most precious to Men of Conscience
and Honour, as Religion and Public Safety, are like
to be overwhelmed and lost in the general Consusion
and Calamity of the Kingdom, which will not only
question but overthrow the Charter of the City of
London, expose the Citizens, their Wives and Children, to the Violence and Villainy, and leave the
Wealth of that famous City as a Prey to those desperate and necessitous Persons.
"The Lords and Commons, as they hope by this
Means those horrid Mischiefs may be prevented; so
those of the City which contribute hereunto, whereof none are so mean and base as to deserve the Reproaches cast on them by that Paper, and all His
Majesty's good Subjects, may be assured that, in
doing their Duty herein, they shall be protected and
secured in their Persons, Liberties, and Estates, by
the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament, according to their former Engagement, which
they will ever faithfully perform."
Order for the Chamberlain of London to pay Ten Thousand Pounds to the Treasurer of the Irish Adventure.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, That the Chamberlain of
London shall pay unto the Treasurers for the Money
that comes in upon the Act of Subscriptions for the
Adventure of Ireland, Ten Thousand Pounds, which
was borrowed of them to be paid unto the Treasurer
at Wars for Ireland, and promised and ordered by
both Houses to be re-paid unto the said Treasurers
for Subscriptions, out of the First Monies that should
come in of the Hundred Thousand Pounds promised
to be lent by the Citizens of London; and that an
Acquittance, or Acquittances, under the Hands of
the said Treasurers, shall be a sufficient Discharge to
the said Chamberlain of London, for the Payment of
the said Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds."