DIE Jovis, videlicet, 18 die Augusti.
Lord Kymbolton Speaker.
The Gentleman Usher gave an Account of his going
Yesterday to fetch the Lord Mayor's Sword. (Here
Letters about Portsmouth.
The Lord General acquainted the House with some
Letters which he hath received from Sir Wm. Waller,
and others, of the Business at Portsmouth.
Another Letter was read, sent from Sir Wm. Lewis
and Mr. Ricd. Norton, dated from Southwicke, the 17th
August, 1642, to the same Purpose.
The Messengers sent Yesterday to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C. about staying the Money for Ireland.
That they agree in the Two Declarations; and the
Order for the Staying of the Twenty-eight Thousand
Pounds in the Lord Mayor's Hand. (Here enter the
Message from the H. C. for the Lords Concurrence in Three Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Christopher Yelverton, Knight and Baronet:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in Three
1. Concerning the County of North'ton appointing
Treasurers, for the receiving Money upon Subscriptions
for Plate and Money. (Here enter it.)
2. Instructions concerning Pembrookeshire and Haverfordwest. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order to appoint Commissaries to inroll the
Horse of North'tonshire.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in these Orders and Instructions.
Barons of the Exchequer to swear the Lord Mayor Elect.
Ordered, That Mr. Baron Trevor and Mr. Baron
Page shall give the usual Oath to Alderman Pennington,
Lord (fn. *) Mayor Elect of the City of London, this Day.
The Lord Kymbolton reported the Effect of the Conference Yesterday with the House of Commons:
"1. A Letter was read, written to Sir Phillip Stapleion and Mr. Henry Darley.
"2. (fn. †) The House of Commons offered to their Lordships Consideration a Proclamation by His Majesty,
requiring the Aid and Assistance of all His Subjects
on the North Side Trent, and within Twenty Miles
Southward thereof, for the suppressing of the Rebels
now marching against Him.
"The House of Commons desires, 1. That a Committee of both Houses may be appointed, to draw
up a Declaration, to set down the unjust Grounds of
"2. To consider of the desperate Propositions of
those that do meet at the Dean's House.
"3. To consider of the Propositions of the Gentlemen of Yorkeshire.
"4. That this Letter may be printed and published.
"5. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance, declaring all Men Traitors that assist His Majesty in this
War." (Enter it here.)
Declaration in Answer to the King's Proclamation.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Committee for
the Safety of the Kingdom, to consider of a Declaration,
in Answer to the King's Proclamation; and to consider
of an Answer of the Propositions of the Gentlemen of
Yorkshire, and of the desperate Propositions of those
that meet (fn. ‡) at the Dean's House of Yorke.
To be printed.
And further it is Ordered, That this Letter shall be
forthwith printed and published.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robt. Rich and Mr. Page:
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
joins with them as abovesaid.
Lyon sent for, for a Riot at Greenwich.
Ordered, That one Lyon shall be sent for, to appear
before this House, for a Riot committed lately at Greenwich.
Clark of Staines sent for.
Ordered, That the Constable of Stanes, James
Clarke, shall be sent for as a Delinquent, upon the
Affidavit of (fn. *)
Ordered, That, if Mr. Baron Page do not come by
Two of the Clock, then Mr. Baron Treavor shall swear
the Lord Mayor Elect himself.
Col. Butler Leave to go Abroad, on Security not to go to Ireland.
Upon reading the Petition of Colonel Butler; it is
Ordered, That Colonel Butler, giving Security that
he shall not go into Ireland during the Time of the Rebellion there, and upon Protestation and Faith given
that he will never take up Arms against the King, he
shall be released of his Restraint, and be permitted to
depart this Kingdom.
Squire and Francis.
The Lord Chief Justice reported the Cause between
Scipio Squire and Serjeant Francis. (Here enter it.)
To be considered of To-morrow.
Lovet Leave to go beyond Sea.
Ordered, That Mary Lovett and (fn. †) her Children shall
have Liberty to go beyond the Sea.
Cause of Captains Slingsby and Wake.
The House was informed, "That the Witnesses
against Captain Slyngesby and Captain Wake cannot be
spared from their Charge in which they are; and that
the Earl of Warwicke referred himself to what Reparation this House shall think fit."
It is Ordered, That a Commission shall be sent down,
to examine the Witnesses.
Letter from Mr. Harley, &c. of the Situation of Affairs in the North.
"The Constitution of Affairs in this County are of
so high Importance to the general Good of the whole
Land, as we conceive it requisite to have them represented to the House of Parliament, and to receive
Directions from thence, to guide the well-affected
Subjects in such Ways as conduce to the Establishment of Peace here and elsewhere; and, to that End,
the Committee, when they returned to the Parliament,
promised frequent Intercourse, and that those who
should be employed from hence upon such Occasions
should find. Their Gentlemen of the Country having
met here at Yorke this Day and Yesterday, did resolve
it necessary to dispatch the Bearer with a View of the
present Condition of the Country, which they desire
you to make known to the House, as you shall find
"His Majesty hath now withdrawn all His Forces
from Hull and Bev'ley, and sent most Part of His
Horse towards Newarke and Nottingham, and intends
to advance His Standard at Nottingham the 20th of
August, and, by Proclamation, command all Mens
Attendance on His Person, as the Proclamation which
the Bearer will deliver will more fully inform. His
Army at this present consists especially of Horse,
which are intended to be about Four Thousand, in
several Regiments; in which Number, we conceive,
is not included the Five Hundred Horse, which certain
of the Gentry of Yorkshire promise to raise, nor
the Train of the Court, estimated at Five Hundred
Horse. For Foot Forces, here are very few visible,
and those of the Scum of the Country, being raised
by beating Drums for Voluntiers: Yet it is said, that
the Proportion is Thirteen Thousand Foot, though
in Discourse they declare as if Five Thousand Foot
will be sufficient for the Design; which what it is, or
against whom, we know not, otherwise than is expressed in the Proclamation for raising the Standard;
for, if it were for Defence of the Protestant Religion,
the Laws of the Land, and Privileges of Parliament,
so often repeated, we conceive the Papists, who hate
them all, would not so much rejoice, nor shew themselves so forward to assist the Service, nor make so
frequent Resort as now they do into these Parts,
from Ireland, Lancashire, and all Parts of Yorkshire.
And besides, we observe the King hath sent out
Warrant to call to the Service all Recusants Horse
and Arms; and many Recusants, to make themselves capable of Commands, do resort to Church.
"It is given out, that the King goes Southward on
Tuesday next, though of that we can write no Certainty; but, whensoever He goes from hence, He
leaves the Earl of Cumb'rland to govern these Northern Counties, with Authority to raise Forces for Defence of them, and a Council of War to assist: And,
to terrify the Subjects, and constrain Obedience to
the Government, it is to be accompanied with a Commission of Oyer and Terminer; and this Government
and Council are to reside at Yorke.
"You have already heard how the Gentry of this
Country were summoned to appear before His Majesty at Yorke the 4th of this Month, where His Majesty made certain Propositions to them, which you
have since seen in Print; whereupon the Earl of
Cumberland, Lord Savill, Lord Fawlkonbridge, all or
most of the Commissioners of Array, and divers other
Gentlemen of the Country, met in the Deanry at
Yorke, and there framed the Petition sent up by Mr.
Jackson and Mr. Maude to the Parliament; which,
though it was carried then with much Secrecy, yet
now it is divulged, and disliked by a great Number of
the other Gentry of this Country, who will protest
against it in Writing as soon as they can meet with
Conveniency; yet they which framed it resolve to
maintain it, and hold Meetings and Consultations at
the Deanry in York, where they treat of Matters
of dangerous and high Consequence, and contrary to
the Laws of the Land and the Liberty of the Subject: That is to say,
"To join in Association with other Neighbouring
Counties, to maintain the Petition aforesaid.
"To raise an Army of Horse and Foot, for Defence
of the County, under the Command of the Earl of
Cumberland, to be laid about Yorke, and paid by the
"To obtain of the King an able Soldier to command
in this Army, under the Earl, to whom they intend
the Country shall allow Entertainment.
"To constrain all Persons to contribute to the Charge
of this Army, and to distrain upon such as refuse it.
And, to disable the Subjects to oppose or defend
themselves against this Oppression, they intend to
disarm and imprison all such Gentlemen as shall not
consent with them; and they have especially designed for imprisoning a great Number of Gentlemen,
who, they suppose, will give Opposition to their
Trained Band, in every Regiment, and intend to disarm more of them where they find Danger of Opposition.
"And Sir John Mallory, in his Regiment, hath already caused both Money to be furnished to his
Soldiers by the Constables, and Arms to be taken
from the Soldiers.
"These Propositions and Consultations, which are
generally spoken of, do not a little perplex the wellaffected Subjects; and their Fears increase by divers
particular Affronts and Attempts upon the Gentry of
the Country, by the Troopers and others of the
King's Army; as the pillaging of divers Gentlemens
Houses about Hull, and pillaging Sir Henry Cholmlye's
House near Selby on Sunday last, and Mr. George
Marwood's House at Nunmunckton, Five Miles from
Yorke, on Wednesday last. In this of Mr. Marwood's,
we will relate some Particulars, for your better Information.
"It was done in the Day-time, and by Twenty-four
Horse, or thereabouts; Part stayed beyond the
River, running close by the House; Part entered the
House, and others kept Watch, that none should
come to hinder their Attempt; they threatened Mrs.
Marwood and her Servants with Death, to discover
where her Husband was; and swore they would cut
him in Pieces before her Face, and called her Protestant Whore, and Puritan Whore; they searched
all the House, and broke open Seventeen Locks; they
took away all his Money, being about One Hundred
and Twenty Pounds, and all his Plate they could find;
and they pretended that they had the King's Warrant
for their Doings, which the King disavows, and is
very much offended to have His Name so abused, and
threatens to have them all hanged, if they be discovered. And though it be Mr. Marwood's Lot to
suffer first, yet the loose People threaten to pillage
and destroy all Roundheads, and name some particular Persons; under which foolish Name, Roundhead,
they comprehend all such as do not go their Ways.
"These Beginnings and Preparations of Misery are
necessary to be made known to all the Kingdom,
that the good Subjects may stand upon their Guard;
for though we may assure ourselves that the King will
endeavour to preserve us, yet we find it is impossible
to restrain the Malice and Rage of bloody Papists and
faithless Atheists; and in Time these Mischiefs will
approach other Parts, though for the present we
lie in the Mouth of Danger.
"Now, towards the Redress of these growing Evils,
and securing the Peace of this County, and Preservation of those peaceable Subjects, intended to be
disarmed and left naked to the Fury of every malicious
Adversary, we offer to your Considerations the Propositions following: videlicet,
"That an Order be conceived in Parliament, and
declared, that all the Kingdom may take Notice of
it, to this Effect: That all well-affected and good Subjects (that shall be plundered, pillaged, or suffer in
their Estates, by any of the Cavaliers, or other Forces
raised without Consent of Parliament) shall have full
Reparation of their Damages, out of the Estate of
such Persons of Wealth and Quality, whose Fortunes
lying in the South, do now reside in Yorkshire, and
with their Presence and Assistance do countenance
and further these Distempers of the Kingdom, and
the Mischiefs that do happen, and are like to increase.
"That there may be speedily sent to Hull a sufficient Proportion of Powder, Arms, Ordnance, and
other Munitions, with an Order to furnish the Country
with them as there shall be Occasion, especially to
such as shall be disarmed upon the Consultations held
in the Deanry.
"That Commissions be speedily sent down, from the
Earl of Essex, Lord Lieutenant of this County, to the
Gentlemen named in this inclosed Paper, or such of
them as the House shall elect for the present, to raise
and command the Forces of this Country, for suppressing of any Insurrections, or unlawful Tumults,
that may happen to arise.
"That the Sheriff be commanded, by special Order
of Parliament, to conduct and assist them as the House
"This List of Gentlemen for commanding the
Country Forces is not intended to disappoint any
of Trust or Command, who are already nominated
and intrusted by the Parliament; nor are they intended to be continued longer, than until some
other Provision by Act be concluded on by the
King and Parliament, for settling and ordering the
"And lastly, it is the Desire of the well-affected
Country to receive Weekly Advertisements from
thence, by some specially employed for that Purpose,
until Affairs be so settled as we may safely conside in
the ordinary Post; for now we neither rightly understand the Proceedings of the House, nor can we represent to them such Matters as concern the Peace of
"All which we hope you will be pleased to represent to the House, as the unanimous Considerations
of a great Number of the Gentry of the Country.
"And we remain
"Your most affectionate and &c.
"The Grand Juries this Assize consist for the most
Part of such as give us Cause to suspect that
there is some extraordinary Business to be
presented; but of this the Sheriff excuseth
himself, and faith, The Pannel returned by
him was viewed and corrected by the Judge,
the Night before the Assize."
This Letter was directed,
"To our much-honoured Friends, Sir Phill.
Stapleton, Knight, Henry Darley, and
John, Esquires, or to any of them,
Insignia belonging to the City seized, by the Gentleman Usher, in the late Lord Mayor's House.
The Gentleman Usher gave the House this Account,
"That, according to their Lordships Order, he hath
taken out of the Study of Sir Ricd. Gurney, Knight
"4 Swords belonging to the City.
"1 Cap of Maintenance.
"1 Embroidered Crimson Cap.
"1 Collar of Esses, with a great Jewel hanging at
the End thereof, with a pendent Pearl.
"1 Great Mace, belonging to the City.
Delivered to the Lord Mayor Elect.
"All which Particulars he delivered to the
Lord Mayor Elect, as appears under his
An Order brought from the House of Commons was
read, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence:
Order for the Commissioners for Irish Affairs to meet.
"Ordered, That Sir Robt. Harley do go to the
Lords, with this Message, to acquaint them that this
House hath Ordered, That the Members of this
House, that are in the Commission for Ireland, or
any Four of them, shall meet as a Committee for the
Affairs of Ireland, and desire the Lords Concurrence
herein; and that the Members, in their House, in
that Commission, or a proportionable Number of
them, may have the like Power to meet as a Committee, to prepare and consider of Things necessary
for Ireland; and to present the same to both Houses,
in regard the Commissioners cannot meet, by reason
that divers of them are now out of Town, in the Service of the Parliament."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in this Order; and that any Two of the
Lords may meet, with a proportionable Number of the
House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Aylott and Dr. Heath:
To let them know, that this House agrees with them
in the Order for settling the Irish Affairs, as they desire; and have appointed any Two Lords, to meet with
a proportionable Number of the House of Commons.
Clark, Constable of Staines, sent for, for not serving a Warrant of this House, on Weekes, Grover, and others.
Upon reading an Affidavit, as followeth:
"Humanitas Mayo maketh Oath, That, on Tuesday
the 16th of this present August, being sent by the
Gentleman Usher of the Honourable House of Peers,
as his Deputy, with a Warrant for the apprehending of Ricd. Weekes, Jo. Grover, and others, with
which he, this Deponent, repaired unto James Clarke,
Constable of Stanes, requiring his Assistance in the
Execution of the said Warrant; the said James Clarke,
reading of it, did, in a very scornful Manner, slight
the said Warrant, and said, That Mr. Manning and
Mr. Squibb had, in a sinister and indirect Way, procured the said Warrant from Mr. Browne, to fright
Men withall; and that, if he, the said Clarke, were
in the Warrant, he would not care a Pin for it, nor
would not obey it; and further told this Deponent,
That whosoever set him on Work went the wrong
Way: Notwithstanding, this Deponent with much
Persuasions got him to go with him, but with such
an ill Will as he went without any Staff, and with
his Hands in his Pocket; but this Deponent could
find none of the Delinquents, by reason the said
Clarke had under-hand given them Notice of the said
Warrant, as he doth confidently believe that the
Parties that were formerly at Hanworth would be
there again shortly, if not that Day, for Satisfaction
of the Wrong they had received there.
"Jur. 15 Augusti, 1642.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the aforesaid James
Clarke shall, for this Contempt, be sent for, as a Delinquent.
Squire and Francis.
The Lord Chief Justice reported the Business between
Scipio Squire and Serjeant Francis, referred to his Lordship from this House:
"According to your Lordships Order of the 6th of
this Instant August, I have called the Parties before
me; and, upon hearing of both Parties, the Case did
appear to be thus:
"Mr. Squire being in Possession of a House in Longeacre, in the Parish of St. Martin's, which was his
Dwelling-house, Mr. Serjeant Francis (pretending
Title thereunto) did cause one Mr. Ewer (his Lessee
in Trust) to make a Lease thereof to one Barker, to
try the Title; and thereupon did cause one Leppington, a Stranger both to Mr. Squire and one that had
nothing in the Possession or Title of the said House,
to appear as a Defendant to the said Action, and to
confess a Judgement; and thereupon Mr. Squire (by
virtue of a Writ of Haberi facias Possessionem, taken
forth by Mr. Serjeant Francis) was put out of Possession of his House, and of his Goods (being in the
said House). Mr. Squire maketh Oath, That he
never had any Notice of this Suit (before he was put
out of the Possession), nor of any Proceedings therein; and it doth appear, that he was never arrested,
nor any Process taken forth against him; but Mr.
Serjeant Francis hath produced before me Three
several Affidavits, which do prove that Mr. Squire
had Notice of the said Suit; and one of them doth
depose, that he had a Copy of the Declaration. This
Mr. Squire doth absolutely deny; but doth offer,
that, if he may have the Possession of his House and
Goods again, he will appear gratis, and plead presently, so that a Trial may be had in the Beginning
of Michaelmas Term, and will, upon the Trial, confess the Lease, and the Ejectment, and stand only
upon his Title; which I did think just and reasonable; but Mr. Serjeant Francis did refuse to consent
thereunto. All which I humbly leave to your Lordships Judgement and Consideration.
Dated 18 Aug.
King's Assistants in this War, Traitors.
"Whereas the King, seduced by wicked Counsel,
doth make War against His Parliament and People,
and, for the promoting of that War, divers Forces
both of Horse and Foot have been and are levied
and raised by several Persons, and His Majesty's
good Subjects are most cruelly robbed, spoiled, and
slain: To the End that no Man may be misled
through Ignorance, the Lords and Commons in Parliament Declare, That all such Persons as shall, upon
any Pretence whatsoever, assist His Majesty in this
War, with Horse, Arms, Plate, or Money, are Traitors to His Majesty, the Parliament, and the Kingdom, and shall be brought to condign Punishment
for so high an Offence."
"Die Jovis, 18 Augusti, 1642.
Order concerning the Money, Plate, &c. brought in, in Northamptonshire.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Philip Holman and Willm. Ward, Esquires,
and John Gifford and Thomas Martin, Aldermen of
the Town of Northampton, or any Two of them, shall
be Treasurers, to receive all such Money and Plate
as shall be brought unto them, or any Two of them,
in the County of North'ton, by any Person or Persons,
for the Payment of Soldiers, providing Horses, Arms,
and Ammunition, for the Defence of the King and
Parliament, or the Preservation of the said County,
and other Things necessary for the same; and that
the Acquittances of them, or any Two or more of
them, for the Receipt of the same, shall be a sufficient Ground for any Party so lending Money or Plate
to demand the same, with Interest according to Eight
Pounds per Centum, and their full Value of their Plate,
with Consideration for the Fashion, not exceeding One
Shilling by the Ounce; for the Payment whereof,
both Houses of Parliament do engage the Public
Faith: And it is Ordained, That the said Money and
Plate shall be disposed of, according to the Directions,
and upon the Warrant, of the Lieutenant, or any
Two or more of the Deputy Lieutenants, of the said
County, or of such as are or shall be appointed in
the Place of Deputy Lieutenants there, by both
Houses of Parliament, for the Purposes aforesaid,
until both Houses shall Order the contrary; and that
the Warrant of the said Lieutenant, or any Two or
more of the said Deputy Lieutenants, or such as are
or shall be appointed in their Stead, shall be a sufficient Discharge of the said Treasurers for the issuing
thereof; and, if there shall be any Surplusage or
Overplus of the said Money or Plate, when the said
County shall be peaceably settled, the same to be
paid and delivered to the Treasurers appointed by
the late Propositions and Orders for bringing in of
Money, Horse, and Plate, to be by them accompted
for as if it had been brought in upon the said Propositions."
"Die Jovis, 18 Augusti, 1642.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Gilbert Pickering, Baronet, Sir Richard Samuel, Knight, Sir John
Norwich, Baronet, John Crew, Esquire, and Clyston
Catesby, Esquire, shall be Commissaries, to take Subscriptions for, and to view, value, inroll, and take
the Muster of, all such Horses and Arms as shall be
brought in at North Hampton, for the Ends, and upon
the Terms, in the late Propositions of both Houses of
Parliament expressed, and not subscribed for, viewed,
valued, and inrolled elsewhere; and of such Horses
and Arms, and the Value of them, together with the
Names of the Subscribers of them respectively, to
return Certificates up unto the Commissaries in London, appointed by the Ordinance of Parliament upon
the said Propositions, there to be inrolled with the
rest, and also to give Certificates to such Subscribers
respectively, for the Number and Value of Horse and
Arms by them severally brought in, according to such
"Instructions for Sir Hugh Owen, Sir John Stepney, Baronets, and John Wogan the Elder,
Esquire, Members of the House of Commons,
and Committees to be sent into Pembrookeshire
and the Town of Haverford the West; and
for Sir Richard Phillipps, Baronet, John Langbarne, Alban Owen, Thomas ap Price, Hugh
Bowen, Arthure Owen, Roger Lort, Griffith
White, John Phillipps, Lewis Barlow, John
Ellyott, John Edwards, and Thomas Warren,
Esquires, for the Preservation of the said
County and Town.
Instructions for the Pembrokeshire Committee.
"Whereas it doth appear to the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the King,
seduced by wicked Counsel, doth make War against
His Parliament; and for that it is not improbable
that, under Colour of raising a Guard for His Majesty's Person, or some other Pretence, the Knights,
Gentlemen, Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the
County of Pembrooke, and Town of Haverford the
West, may be drawn together: Therefore you, and
every of you, shall take special Care, that the Ordinance concerning the Militia be forthwith put in Execution through the County; and the Sheriffs, and all
other Officers and Subjects, are hereby enjoined to
assist you, and every of you, therein; and if any Person whatsoever shall levy, or endeavour to levy, any
Soldiers, or to draw or keep together the Trained
Bands, or other armed Forces of the said County, or
any other Forces, by Colour or Pretence of any Commission or Warrant from His Majesty, under the Great
Seal, or otherwise, without Order or Consent of both
Houses of Parliament, you are to make known to the
Trained Bands, and other Inhabitants of the said
County, that those who shall appear upon any such
Warrant, or obey any such Commission, shall be held
Disturbers of the Public Peace; and those who shall
not appear upon any such Warrant or Commission,
nor do any Thing in Execution thereof, shall be protected by both Houses of Parliament; and you, and
every of you, shall, in the Name and by the Authority of both the said Houses, require and command
all Persons to forbear the Execution of such Commission or Warrant, and the same to be delivered up
unto you, or any of you, to be sent to the Speaker
of the House of Commons: And you, and every of
you, Deputy Lieutenants, are hereby required to draw
together such of the Trained Bands, and other Forces
of the said County, as shall be expedient, for the
suppressing of all such Assemblies, and for the apprehending of all or any Person or Persons as shall,
after Admonition and Command by you, or any of
you, made unto them, to forbear the Execution of
any such Commission or Warrant, or the calling or
gathering or keeping together of any such Forces or
Assemblies, still persist in doing the same, and likewise
such as bear Arms by Colour of any Warrant or Commission from His Majesty, under the Great Seal, or
otherwise, without Order or Consent of both Houses
of Parliament, and also all such disaffected Persons as
shall be found raising any Party or Factions against
the Parliament, to be sent up hither, to answer such
their Offences, as to Law and Justice shall appertain;
and you, and every of you, the abovesaid Members
of the House of Commons, shall, in the Name of the
Lords and Commons, require and command the Sheriffs of the County of Pembrooke, and Town of Haverford, to publish throughout the said County and
Town the Declarations formerly published by both
Houses of Parliament.
"You, and every of you, shall further take Care,
that such Resolutions and Orders of both Houses as
have been, or shall be, delivered or sent down unto
you, or any of you, be put in Execution; and shall
require the Sheriff, Justices of the Peace, and all
other His Majesty's Officers and Subjects, to be aiding and assisting to you, and every of you, for that
"You shall declare unto all Men, That it hath ever
been, and still shall be, the Care and Endeavour of
the Parliament, to provide for His Majesty's Safety;
and that they do not, nor ever did, know of any Evil
intended to His Majesty's Person, which might move
Him to require any extraordinary Guard; that His
greatest Safety is in the Affection and Fidelity of His
Subjects, and in the Advice and Counsel of His Parliament; and His greatest Danger in withdrawing
Himself from them; so that, under Colour of doing
Him Service, disaffected and malignant Persons, obnoxious to Justice for their great Crimes, have raised
Forces, which they labour to increase, to the Disturbance and Hazard of the Kingdom.
"You, the said Members of the House of Commons, and every of you, shall endeavour to clear the
Proceedings of Parliament from all Imputations and
Aspersions; and shall, from Time to Time, certify us
of all Things which you conceive necessary for the
present Service: And that we may have a speedy
Account of it, and that our Directions to you, as well
as your Advertisements to us, may have clear and
ready Passage, you, and every of you, shall lay a strict
Charge upon all Post-masters, that they do not suffer
any Letters, or other Dispatches, to or from the Parliament, to be intercepted or stayed; and, if any shall
presume to make such Stay of those Dispatches, you,
and every of you, shall direct the Post-masters to repair to the Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all
other Officers, for their Aid and Assistance, who are
hereby required to take special Care that there may
be no such Interruption.
"You, and every of you, shall take Care, that none
of the Recusants Arms, or other Ammunition of the
said County, shall be carried or taken out of the
County, upon any Pretence or Command whatsoever,
without Warrant from both Houses of Parliament;
and you, and every of you, shall give Order and Direction to the Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, and other
Officers, to require and command all the Popish Recusants in that County to confine themselves to their
Dwellings, according to the Statute in that Case provided; and, if any such Recusant shall be found to
transgress therein, you, and every of you, shall cause
the Justices of the Peace forthwith to bind them to
their good Behaviour; and, upon Refusal or Neglect to give Security accordingly, to commit them to
Prison, and further proceed against them according to
"You shall also, in the Name of both Houses of
Parliament, require all such Persons who have in their
Custody any Part of the Public Magazine of your
County, to deliver the same unto you, or some of
you, to be employed for the Defence of the said
"And you, and every of you, are likewise to give
Charge, from both Houses of Parliament, to all Captains, Lieutenants, and other Officers of the Militia,
that they be obedient to such Directions as they
shall from Time to Time receive from the Lieutenant
of the said County, or his Deputies, or any of them,
for due Performance of any the Commands of the
"You, and every of you, shall resist and repel, and
are hereby authorized to resist and repel, by the
Power of the said County, and by all other Ways
and Means, all such Force and Violence as shall be
raised or brought, by any Person or Persons, to the
Hindrance or Disturbance of this present Service, or
for the arresting or seizing of the Persons of you, or
any of you, or of any others which shall be employed in the Performance of the Ordinances, Instructions, and Commands of both Houses of Parliament, for any Thing done in Execution thereof; and
the Sheriffs and Justices of Peace of the same County
and Town, and all other Officers and Subjects, are
are hereby enjoined to be aiding and assisting to you,
and every of you, for the better and more speedy
Execution of the Premises: And the Lords and Commons do hereby Declare, That they will protect, defend, and assist, all Manner of Persons, for such
Actions as they shall perform in Pursuance of these
Instructions, and other Orders and Commands of the
said Houses of Parliament."