DIE Sabbati, 27 Augusti.
Lord Kymbolton, Speaker.
Lord Grey of Scotland a Pass to go Home.
Ordered, That the Lord Grey, of Scotland, with
his Lady, Children, Servants, Coach, and Horses, with
Six Saddle-horses, with their Pistols and Cloak-bags, may
pass into Scotland.
Thorne, a Minister, for Blasphemy.
Mr. Thorne, a Minister, was at the Bar, who was
charged for speaking of Blasphemous Words.
To. Bonstred, sworn, said, "That, in a Sermon, he
said, That God was puzzled to hear our Prayers."
Tho. Sibbes, sworn, saith, "That it doth, as it were,
puzzle God to hear our Prayers."
Earl of Southampton comes into the House, and is ordered to withdraw.
The Earl of South'ton, coming from the King at Nottingham, came into the House, as high as his Place;
who, being commanded to withdraw, went out of the
To send in a Message, he brought from the King, by the Gentleman Usher.
The Lords were informed, "That the said Earl, had
a Message to deliver to the Lords in Parliament, from
the King;" but, in regard of the Manner of his coming into the House, and that without giving any Notice
thereof before either in one Kind or another, the House
did not think fit that the said Earl of South'ton should be
permitted to deliver the said Message; but that he should
send it in, by the Gentleman Usher attending this House.
Gentleman Usher sent to him for it.
Whereupon the said Gentleman Usher was sent out
to the Earl of South'ton, with this Message in Writing:
"1. My Lords are not satisfied with the Manner of
your Lordship's coming into the House at this Time:
They will not, therefore, receive any Message by your
Lordship; but, as it comes from His Majesty, they
are ready to receive it with all Humility, and wish
your Lordship to send it in unto them by the Hands
of their Gentleman Usher."
The Earl's Answer:
2. That he desires to let your Lordships know, he
was commanded, by the King, to deliver this Message to the House; and he doth not know how His
Majesty will be pleased, if he should deliver it to Mr.
The Lords Answer:
The Lords Reply.
3. My Lords conceive the Delivery of the King's
Message to their Gentleman Usher, by their Command, is a Delivery of it to this House."
The Earl's Answer:
The Earl refuses to deliver it to the Gentleman Usher.
"The Earl of South'ton desireth not to be pressed
to it, for he durst not do it until he had acquainted
the King therewith."
Committee to draw up a Resolution about it.
After this, the House appointed a Committee, to draw
up the Resolution of the House touching this Business,
which was to be sent forth, by the Gentleman Usher,
unto the Earl of South'ton: videlicet,
Earl of Northumb'land.
Earl of Holland.
Lord Viscount Say & Seale.
Their Lordships to withdraw presently, into the
Lord Keeper's Lodgings.
A Message from the Commons, by Sir Christo. Yerverton and others:
Message from the H. C. to sit a while.
That the Commons desire the Lords to fit a while, for
that they have Business of great Importance to impart
unto their Lordships.
After the Messengers had withdrawn, and were called
in again, they were told by the Speaker, "That the
Lords would sit, as they had desired."
The Committee, returning, reported what they had
drawn up, touching the Earl of South'ton: videlicet,
Resolution concerning the Earl of Southampton's refusing to deliver the King's Message to the Gentleman Usher.
That the Lords were ready to receive with Humility the Message from the King, though not from his
Lordship's Hand, because they were unsatisfied with
his Carriages; therefore they sent their Gentleman
Usher to bring it to them, which he Twice refusing,
they shall account him answerable for any ill Consequence that may ensue thereby; and their Lordships
have not proceeded farther against him at this Time,
in respect he was employed by the King to this House,
but do command him forthwith to depart this Town;"
which, being read, was approved.
He sends it in.
After this, the Earl of South'ton sent in the King's
Message, by Mr. Maxwell; which was read, in hæc
verba: videlicet, (enter the King's Message.)
Message from the H. C. for a Conference on a Message from the King.
A Message from the Commons, by Mr. Longe and
That the Commons desire a present Conference, touching a Message lately sent from the King, by Sir Jo.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference.
Phillips and Burnby from Huntingdon committed to The Fleet.
Ordered, That Lewis Phillippes, Under Sheriff of
Huntingdonshire, and Hen. Burnbye, Bailiff of the Hundred of Toosland, in the said County, shall be received
by the Gentleman Usher, and returned over to The
Report of the Conference.
The Lord Kymbolton reported, "That they had received the like Message from the Commons, sent to
them by the King, as the Lords had received, and
likewise Two Votes, whereunto their Lordships Concurrence was desired.
"Resolved, upon the Question,
Votes of the H. C. upon the King's Message.
"That this House cannot give Answer to this Message from His Majesty, until the Proclamations and
Declarations be re-called, whereby the Earl of Essex,
and both Houses of Parliament, and their Adherents
and Assistants, and such as have obeyed and executed
their Commands and Directions, according to their Duties, are declared Traitors, or otherwise Delinquents,
and until the Standard set up in Pursuance of the said
Proclamations be taken down."
Read, but not agreed unto.
"To desire the Lords to join with this House, in a
Direction to the Lord General, That he advance his
Forces with all possible Speed for the Defence and
Safety of the Kingdom; that this (fn. *) the House doth not
out of any Apprehension (fn. †) of any Backwardness in
the Lord General, but to give Satisfaction that this
Message doth not render them any Thing slack."
Read, and agreed unto.
Answer to the H. C. about the Votes.
The Messengers being called in, the Speaker told
them, That the Lords concurred with them in the latter Vote; and touching the former, they should receive
an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Committee to consider of the First, and prepare an Answer to the King.
Lord Viscount Say & Seale,
To withdraw presently, to consider of the
First Vote; and, by the Substance of
that, to draw up an Answer to his Majesty's Message, and report the same to
Their Lordships, returning, reported the said Answer,
in hæc verba: videlicet. (Enter Answer.)
Message from the H. C. with Orders, etc. for the Lords Concurrence.
A Message from the Commons, by Sir Rob't Harley
That the (fn. ‡) Commons desire their Concurrence in several Orders:
1. An Order touching Benedict Stafford, a Master of
2. An Order to restrain Soldiers to break Houses,
Read, agreed, and Ordered to be printed.
3. An Order that Thirty Cables shall be sent to the
Earl of Warwicke.
4. An Order touching the Lord Kelley.
5. Instructions for Kent.
To be examined by the Clerk, and to be delivered.
Message to the H. C. with an Order to prevent plundering Houses.
Sir Rob'te Rich and Mr. Page sent to the Commons,
with a Public Order to avoid the plundering of Houses;
and that, they having concurred with the Lords, that it
may be printed.
"Whereas daily Complaints are made of breaking
into, pillaging, and robbing of Houses, in several
Parts of this Kingdom, contrary to the Laws of the
Land, and which hath caused a great Fear and Distraction in the Minds of many of His Majesty's loving and good Subjects, and hath been much to the
Prejudice of the Peace and Quiet of this Realm: It
is therefore thought fit, and so Ordered, by the
Lords and in Parliament assembled, That
no Person or Persons whatsoever shall henceforth
presume to break into or pillage any House, steal or
take away the Goods, of any Man, upon Pain of severe Punishment, according to the Laws of the Land:
And it is further Ordered, That (fn. ||) no Person or Persons whatsoever shall search the House of any Man,
either for Arms, Powder, or Ammunition, but with
the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenants appointed
by Parliament, Justices of the Peace of the County
where such Search shall be made, or other His Majesty's Officers, authorized by the Laws of this Land,
or by some particular Order or Ordinance of both
or either of the Houses of Parliament, or Order
from the Committee of both Houses of Parliament
appointed for the Safety of the Kingdom, or the
Earl of Essex, Lord General: And it is further
Ordered, That all such Person or Persons as have,
or shall have, their House or Houses broken up, entered into, or their Goods taken away, without any
Order or Ordinance as aforesaid, contrary to the
Laws of the Land, shall have Restitution and Satisfaction from the Parties so wronging them, who may
(by virtue of this Order) be impleaded or proceeded
against, according to the Law of the Land, as Offenders: And lastly, That all Sheriffs, within the
Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, shall,
with all possible Speed, publish this Order, in all the
Market Towns within their several Counties."
French Ambassador's Servant a Guide to Nottingham.
Ordered, That the French Ambassador's Servant
shall have a Post-warrant for Two or Three Horses,
and a Guide to Nottingham.
Message from the H. C. with an Answer to the King's Message.
A Message from the Commons, by Mr. Pime and
That the Commons have agreed with the Lords, in
the Answer to the King's late Message, with some little
Alteration; and desire that Sir Jo. Culpepper may be
the Messenger, to carry the said Answer unto His
Which the Lords agreed unto; and it was Ordered,
Message from the King, at Nottingham, to both Houses, proposing a Treaty for composing Differences.
"His Majesty's Gracious Message to both Houses
of Parliament, sent from Nottingham, by the
Earls of Southampton and Dorsett, Sir John
Culpeper, Knight, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Sir William Uvedall, Knight.
We have, with unspeakable Grief of Heart,
long beheld the Distractions of this Our Kingdom.
Our very Soul is full of Anguish, until We may
find some Remedy to prevent the Miseries which
are ready to overwhelm this whole Nation with a
Civil War. And though all Our Endeavours, tending
to the Composing of those unhappy Differences betwixt
Us and Our Two Houses of Parliament (though pursued by Us with all Zeal and Sincerity) have been
hitherto without that Success We hoped for; yet
such is Our constant and earnest Care to preserve the
Public Peace, that We shall not be discouraged from
using any Expedient which, by the Blessing of the
God of Mercy, may lay a firm Foundation of Peace
and Happiness to all Our Subjects. To this End,
observing that many Mistakes have arisen by the
Messages, Petitions, and Answers, betwixt Us and
Our Two Houses of Parliament, which happily may
be prevented by some other Way of Treaty, wherein
the Matters in Difference may be more clearly understood and more freely transacted, We have
thought fit to propound to you, That some fit Persons may be by you enabled to treat with the like
Number to be authorized by Us, in such a Manner,
and with such Freedom of Debate, as may best tend
to that happy Conclusion which all good Men desire, the Peace of the Kingdom; when, as We promise,
in the Word of a King, all Safety and Encouragement to such as shall be sent to Us, if you shall
choose the Place where We are for the Treaty (which
We wholly leave to you), presuming of the like Care
of the Safety of those We shall employ, if you shall
name another Place; so We assure you, and all Our
good Subjects, that (to the best of Our Understanding) nothing shall be therein wanting, on Our Part,
which may advance the true Protestant Religion,
oppose Popery and Superstition, secure the Law of
the Land (upon which is built as well Our just Prerogative as the Propriety and Liberty of the Subject), confirm all just Power and Privileges of Parliament, and render Us and Our People truly happy,
by a good Understanding betwixt Us and Our Two
Houses of Parliament. Bring with you as firm Resolutions to do your Duty; and let all Our good
People join with Us in Our Prayers to Almighty God,
for His Blessing upon this Work. If this Proposition
shall be rejected by you, We have done Our Duty
so amply, that God will absolve Us from the Guilt
of any of that Blood which must be spilt. And
what Opinion soever other Men may have of Our
Power, We assure you nothing but Our Christian
and pious Care to prevent the Effusion of Blood
hath begot this Motion; Our Provision of Men,
Arms, and Money, being such as may secure Us from
further Violence, till it please God to open the Eyes
of Our People."
Nottingham, 25 Augusti, 1642.
Answer of both Houses to it.
"May it please Your Majesty,
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
having received Your Majesty's Message of the 25th
of August, do with much Grief resent the dangerous
and distracted State of this Kingdom, which we have
by all Means endeavoured to prevent, both by our several Advices and Petitions to Your Majesty, which
have been not only without Success, but there hath
followed that which no ill Counsel in former Times
hath produced, or any Age hath seen; namely, those
several Proclamations and Declarations against both
the Houses of Parliament, whereby their Actions
are declared treasonable, and their Persons Traitors;
and thereupon Your Majesty hath set up Your Standard against them, whereby You have put the Two
Houses of Parliament, and in them this whole Kingdom, out of Your Protection; so that, until Your
Majesty shall re-call those Proclamations and Declations, whereby the Earl of Essex and both Houses of
Parliament, and their Adherents and Assistants, and
such as have obeyed and executed their Commands
and Directions, according to their Duties, are declared Traitors or otherwise Delinquents; and until
the Standard set up in Pursuance of the said Proclamations be taken down, Your Majesty hath put
us into such a Condition, that, whilst we so remain,
we cannot, by the fundamental Privileges of Parliament, the Public Trust reposed in us, or with the
general Good and Safety of this Kingdom, give Your
Majesty any other Answer to this Message."
"Sabbati, 27 Augusti, 1642.
Order to secure the Bullion, Cargo of The Clear, Stafford, of London.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament are informed, That a Ship, called The
Cleare of London, is lately arrived in the Port of
Hampton, whereof Mr. Benedict Stafford is Master,
from the West Indies, laden with Silver and other
Commodities of Value, which the said Master hath
brought thither without Consent of the Owners of
the Silver, and other Goods, whereof Part or all is already landed, and carried to the House of Mr. Legire,
Merchant, Owner of the same Ship: It is this Day
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That the
Committee and Deputy Lieutenants of the County of
Southampton shall forthwith, upon the Receipt hereof, send Two of their own Company to South'ton,
and there, with the Assistance of Mr. Gallopp and
Mr. Upton, Burgesses serving in Parliament for that
Town, shall call before them the said Mr. Legire,
Benedict Stafford, and such others as shall be best
able to inform them of the Truth of the Premises,
and of the Value of the Bullion or Coin, and the
Quantity and Quality of other Lading, and to take
the Bullion or Coin into their own Custody, to be
brought up to London, with a sufficient Guard, that
so it may be kept to the Use of the true Owners, to be restored as soon as the Parliament shall
be informed to whom the same doth belong, it appertaining to the Honour and Justice of this High
Court to see that Right be done, and that no Subjects of any Foreign State be wronged by the Miscarriage of any of His Majesty's Subjects in this
Kingdom: Touching the other Goods, it is Ordered,
That the Committees shall certify their Opinion,
what is best to be done with the same Goods, that a
true Accompt may be made of them to all Parties
which shall be justly interested therein; willing and
requiring the Mayor and Sheriff or Sheriffs of the
said Town of South'ton and the County of the said
Town, as likewise the Sheriff of the County of
South'ton, with the Power of their several Counties,
and of the said Town, and all Justices and Deputy
Lieutenants of the said Counties and Town, and all
other His Majesty's loving Subjects, to be aiding
and assisting thereunto; and for their so doing, this
shall be their sufficient Warrant."
"Die Sabbati, 27 Augusti, 1642.
Order to prevent plundering Houses.
"Whereas divers Soldiers have, in a tumultuous and
violent Manner, broken into divers of the King's
Subjects Houses, pillaged and ransacked them, under
Pretence and Colour that they are Papists Houses,
or the Houses of Persons disaffected: The Lords and
Commons, taking the Premises into Consideration,
do Declare and Order, That whatsoever Soldier or
Soldiers shall, without the Command of the Captains of their respective Companies, or the Officers
of the Field, attempt upon or break open any House
whatsoever, or pillage or ransack any House, shall
be pursued and punished according to the Law, as
a Felon; and the said Lords and Commons do require all Officers of the Army to employ their best
Endeavours, for the bringing of any such Soldiers,
that shall commit any of the Insolencies aforesaid, to
condign Punishment, that they may be severally and
effectually proceeded against according to Law; and
the Lord General is desired that this Order may be
duly published in the Army, in the Head of each
"Die Sabbati, 27 Augusti.
Officers for the Dock Yard at Chatham to issue Stores, for the Fleet under the E. of Warwick.
"It is Ordered, by the and Commons in
Parliament, That the Store-keepers and Clerk of
Check of His Majesty's Stores at Chatham do issue,
out of the said Stores, Thirty Cables, of the several
Dimensions hereunder written, for the Use of His
Majesty's Ships now at Sea; and the said Officers
are to take Care that the said Cables be forthwith
sent unto The Downes, and delivered on Board His
Majesty's Ship The James, or George, or to such
other Ship or Ships as the Earl of Warwick shall appoint: And it is further Ordered, That the Clerk
of the Check and Store-keeper at Chatham, as also
the several Clerks of the Check and Store-keepers
of His Majesty's Yards and Stores at Dedford, Woolwich, and Portsmouth, and all other Officers there,
shall from Time to Time take in, and issue out, all
such Provisions and Stores, for the Use of His Majesty's Navy, as they shall receive Directions from
the Committee of the Commons House of Parliament for the Navy:
"James, 2 Cables of
|"The George, 2 Cables of
|"Victory, 2 of
|"Raynbow, 2 of
|"Unicorn, 2 of
|"Charles, 2 of
|"Reformation, 2 of
|"Vanguard, 2 of
|"Hen. Maria, 2 of
|"Lyon, 2 of
|"Grardland, 2 of
|"Antelop, 2 of
||14 and ½
|"Mary Rose, 2 of
||13 and ½
|"Expedition, 2 of
|"Greyhound, 2 of
"These Cables of Necessity must be supplied, if
these Ships above specified be kept out any
Part of the Winter."
"Die Sabbati, 27 Augusti, 1642.
L. Kerry to raise Men in Cornwall and Devonshire, for Ireland.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the Lord
Kerrey shall forthwith have a Commission, to levy
his Men in Cornewall and Devonshire, and those Parts
adjacent, or elsewhere, as shall be most convenient
for that Service; and shall have Power, by that Commission, to employ them in Ireland; and they are to
receive their Arms at Corke, Kinsale, and Youghall;
and this to be done with all Expedition: And lastly
it is Ordered, That the Levy-money shall arise out
of the Adventurers monies, and that the Treasurers
thereof forthwith pay the same."
"27 Augusti, 1642.
"Instructions agreed upon by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for Sir Edward Hales,
Sir Henry Heyman, Sir Humfry Tufton, Knights
and Baronets, Sir Francis Barnham, Sir Edward Boys, Sir Thomas Walsingham, Sir Hen.
Vane, Junior, Sir Edward Masters, Sir Peeter
Wroth, Knights, Sir Thomas Payten, Baronet,
Richard Browne, Augustine Skinner, John
Natt, Richard Lee, Deputy Lieutenants nominated by both Houses of Parliament, and
Members of the House of Commons, and
Committees to be sent into the County of
Kent; and for Sir John Sidley, Knight and
Baronet, Sir Edward Scot, Sir George Sands,
Sir William Brooke, Knights of the Bath, Sir
John Rivers, Knight and Baronet, Sir Michaell Levesey, Baronet, Sir Anthony Weldon,
Sir John Honywood, Sir James Oxingden, Sir
Robert Honywood, Knights, Edwin Sands,
William James, the Mayor of Canterbury for
the Time being, John Boys of Elmington,
John Porter, Edward Money, and
Blunt, Esquires, the rest of the Deputy Lieutenants nominated by the said Houses of Parliament, for the Preservation of the Peace of
the said County.
Instructions for the Deputy Lieutenants of Kent.
"Whereas it doth appear, to the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the King,
seduced by wicked Counsel, hath raised War against
His Parliament and other His good Subjects, and hath
drawn together great Troops of Papists and ill-affected
Persons, and sent out Commissions for the levying of
others, to the great Hazard of Religion and the Public Peace of the Kingdom: You shall therefore take
special Care, that the Ordinance concerning the Militia be forthwith put in Execution through the said
County of Kent; and, for that Purpose, you, or any
Three of you, shall have Power and Authority to
arm, train, and put in Readiness, all and every the
Inhabitants of that County, fit for the Wars, as well
of the Trained Band as other Voluntiers, both Horse
and Foot; and them, under the Command of such
Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Serjeant Majors, Captains, and other Officers, as you, or any Three of
you, shall nominate and appoint, to lead and conduct,
as well against all Foreign Forces that shall in Hostile
Manner invade the said County, as for the resisting
and opposing of all such other Forces as shall be there
raised to the Disturbance of the Peace of that County;
and the Sheriff and all other Officers of the said County
are hereby enjoined to assist you, and every of you,
herein; and if any Person whatsoever shall levy, or
endeavour to levy, or billet, 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, or any One
or more of you, shall, in the Name and by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, require and
command all Persons to forbear the Execution of
such Commission or Warrant, and the same to be delivered up to you, or any of you, to be sent to the
Speaker of the House of Commons; and you, and
any Three or more of you, 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 shall 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 such
disaffected Persons as shall be found raising any Parties or Factions against the Parliament, to be sent
up hither, to answer such their Offences, as to Law
and Justice shall appertain; and you, or any One
or more of you, the abovesaid Members of the House
of Commons, shall, in the Name of the Lords and
Commons, require the Sheriffs of the said County
to publish throughout the same the Declarations commanded to be published by both Houses of Parliament.
"2. You are required to suppress all Persons whomsoever, who shall levy any Soldiers, or draw together
any of the Trained Bands, by Colour or Pretence of
any Commission from His Majesty, under the Great
Seal, or otherwise; and you, and any One or more
of you, shall stay, search, and examine, or cause to
be stayed, searched, and examined, all suspicious Persons and Carriages, and to search, or cause to be
searched, all suspicious Places, and shall seize upon all
Horses, Arms, Ammunition, Money, Plate, or other
Provision whatsoever, raised or provided, under Pretence of His Majesty's Service, for the fomenting or
maintaining any such unnatural or unlawful War
against His People.
"3. You, or any Three or more of you, shall observe
and execute the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament of the 8th of this Instant August, for the
Suppression of the Rebellion and Commotion raised
by the Marquis of Hartford, in the County of
Somersett, and other Western Counties, and by the
Earl of Northampton and others in the Counties of
Leicester, Northampton, Warwicke, and other adjoining Parts, and of any other Rebellion or Commotion,
raised, or that shall be raised, by any other Person
or Persons, within the said County.
"4. You, or any Three or more of you, shall conduct and lead all such Forces of Horse and Foot, as
shall be appointed by the Lord General, the Earl
of Essex, for this Service; and shall fight with,
kill, and stay, all such as shall by Force oppose
you in the Execution of that Ordinance, and all
other Assistants, Aiders, and Abettors; and you shall
levy such other Forces of Horse and Foot as his
Excellence shall, by his Commission, give you Power
to levy, under such Colonels, Commanders, and
other Officers, as shall be by him appointed or directed; and you shall pursue the said Traitors and
Rebels, in the said County, or in any other Counties or Places of the Kingdom in which they shall
retire themselves; all which Forces, so to be raised,
shall have the same Pay as the rest of the Army is
to have; and you shall defend and protect His Majesty's Subjects from Violence and Oppression, by
the illegal Commission of Array or otherwise; and
you shall hinder and forbid the Execution of that
illegal Commission, and, in all Places, to the uttermost of your Power, endeavour to preserve and restore the Peace of the Kingdom.
"5. You, or any Three or more of you, shall take
from the said Rebels and Traitors all such Arms,
Ordnance, and Ammunition, as they have taken from
His Majesty's Subjects, and restore the same to the
"6. You, or any One or more of you, shall 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 several Sheriffs, and Justices of the Peace, and all other His Majesty's Officers and Subjects of the said County, to be aiding
and assisting unto you, and every of you, for that
Purpose: 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 against His Majesty's
Person, which might move Him to require any extraordinary Guard; that His greatest Safety is in
the Affections 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 Enormities, have raised Forces, which they
labour to increase, to the Disturbance and Hazard of
"7. You, and every of you of the Members of the
House of Commons, and any One or more 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 speedy
Passage, you, and every of you, shall lay a strict
Charge upon all Post-masters and Messengers, 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 Stay of any
such Dispatches, you, and every of you, shall direct
the Post-masters and Messengers 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 be no such Interruption.
"8. You, or any One or more of you, are hereby
authorized and required to disarm all Popish Recusants, and other dangerous and ill-affected Persons,
as well Clergymen as others, as have testified, or
shall testify, their ill Dispositions to the State of
the Kingdom; and all such Arms, and all other
Arms formerly taken from Popish Recusants, shall
be employed by you for the Defence of the County.
"9. You, or any Two or more of you, shall take
Care, that none of the Recusants Arms, or other
Ammunition of the said County, shall be taken or
carried out of the same, upon any Pretence or Command whatsoever, without Warrant from both Houses
of Parliament; and you, and any Two or more of
you, shall give Order and Directions to the Sheriff
of the said County, Justices of Peace, and other
Officers, to require and command all Popish Recusants in the said 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 to proceed against
them according to the Law.
"10. You, or any Three or more of 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 the County,
to deliver the same to you, or some of you, to
be disposed of and employed for the Defence of
the said County; and, in Case of Refusal, you are
hereby authorized to seize, take, and carry away,
and dispose of the same, for the Purposes aforesaid.
"11. You, or any Three or more of you, are likewise
to give Charge, from both Houses of Parliament,
to all Captains, Lieutenants, and other Officers for
the Militia, that they shall be observant to such Directions as they shall from Time to Time receive
from the Lord Lieutenant of the said County, or
his Deputies, or any of them, for due Performance
of any the Commands of the said Houses.
"12. You, or any One or more 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 several Sheriffs and Justices
of Peace of the said County, and other Officers and
Subjects, are hereby enjoined to be aiding and
assisting to you, and every of you, for the better and
more speedy Execution of the Premises.
"13. You, or any Three or more of you, shall
hereby, with the Consent of Two of the Members
of the House of Commons aforenamed, have Power
and Authority to fortify any Part, or Place, of the
said County, in such Manner and Sort as you, or
any of you, with the Consent of Two of the Members of the House of Commons afore-named, shall
think fit, for the Safety of the said County; and,
for the more Security of the same, shall set forth
several Guards and Forces, in all such Places and
Towns of the said County as you, or any of you,
with the Consent of any Two of the Members of the
House of Commons afore named, shall think it requisite; and to cause the Beacons within the said County
to be watched, guarded, and fired, as Occasion shall
"14. You, and every of you, shall observe and
execute all such further Directions and Instructions
as you shall from Time to Time receive from both
Houses of Parliament, as likewise from the Committee of the Lords and Commons appointed to take
Care for the Safety of the Kingdom; and whatsoever you shall do therein, or any other Person in Aid
or Assistance of you, it shall be accepted as a good
and necessary Service to the Kingdom; and for
their and your so doing, they and you shall be defended and protected by the Authority of Parliament;
and this Resolution of the Lords and Commons, to
protect those that shall obey and further their Commands, you shall publish and declare, upon all Occasions, for the better Encouragement of the Subjects
of this Kingdom in that Behalf.
"15. You, and every of you, shall take Care to
put in Execution the Propositions and Orders made
by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, for bringing in of Money or Plate, to maintain Horse, Horsemen, and Arms, for the Preservation of the Public Peace, and for the Defence of
the King and both Houses of Parliament; as also
other Instructions and Additions for Deputy Lieutenants which are Members of the House of Commons, and other Lieutenants of several Counties,
concerning the last Propositions, according to a Declaration of the said Lords and Commons made thereupon; and that you, or any Three or more of you,
shall or may call together the Inhabitants of the
County, at such Times and Places as you shall think
fit, and propound to them what Horsemen and Arms
they will find and maintain, or what Money they
will contribute, for the Defence of that County,
of which Monies you shall appoint Receivers and
Treasurers; and which Forces, and all other Forces
that shall be raised in that County, by the Authority
of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, and their
Officers, you, or any Three or more of you, shall
lead, conduct, and employ, for the Defence of the
said County; and of the Monies arising out of the
said Contribution within your County, you, or the
major Part of you, shall have Power to issue forth
such Sum or Sums of Money, upon Accompt, as
you shall find requisite, for the providing of Arms
and Ammunition, for the Defence and Security of
the said County, as also for the paying of such Soldiers as shall be levied and employed for the Purposes
"16. You, or any Three or more of you, shall or
may, in the Absence of the Lieutenant of the County,
make and appoint such Captains, and other Officers,
as shall be requisite, for the Service and Defence of
that County, and to remove them out of their Places,
and to make others, from Time to Time, as you shall
think fit for that Purpose.
"17. You, or any Two or more of you, shall or may
require strong Watches and Wards to be set, by the
Constable, or such other Person as you shall think
meet, in all convenient Places in that County, for the
Peace and Safety thereof.
"18. You, or the greater Part of you, whereof
Two to be Members of the House of Commons,
may join in Association with the adjacent Counties,
for the mutual Defence each of other County.
"19. You, or any One or more of you, shall or may
apprehend all such Persons as shall oppose you, or
refuse to obey you, in the Premises; and to send
him or them in safe Custody up to the Parliament, or
the Committee of Parliament for Defence of the
Kingdom, to be proceeded with according to Justice."