DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 2 die Novembris.
Lord Grey de Warke, Speaker.
The Messengers return this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That they have delivered the Bill concerning the Innovations.
Means of bringing about a Peace to be considered.
It was moved, "That this House might sit this
Afternoon, and take into Consideration what Course
is best, to prevent the further Effusion of Blood, if
the Armies should meet again and fight, and to
settle the present Distractions of the Times:" And this
House Resolved, To send to the House of Commons,
to desire them to sit this Afternoon.
Message to the H. C. to sit P. M.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfeild and Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire that the House of Commons would sit this
Afternoon, about the pressing Affairs of this Kingdom.
Dr. Hackett, a Pass to the King.
Ordered, That Mr. Doctor Hackett shall have a Pass,
to the King, being his Waiting Month.
Justice Foster Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That Mr. Justice Foster hath Leave to be
absent from this House for a little Time.
Order for Support of the King's Children.
The Order brought up Yesterday from the House of
Commons, concerning the Payment of Eight Hundred
Pounds a Month, by Sir Ralph Freeman, for the Maintenance of the King's Children: It is approved of.
(Here enter it.)
Michell sent for, for disobeying an Order about paying Money to Mr. Osbalston.
Upon Affidavit read of John Howard, "That Thomas
Michell, of Curricoate, in the County of Hartford,
hath disobeyed the (fn. *) Order of this House, dated the
7th of July, 1641, concerning Monies to be paid to
Mr. Osbalston, which were received out of the Profits
of Whethamsteed:" It is Ordered, That the said
Tho. Michell shall be sent for, as a Delinquent, for disobeying the said Order.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will sit at Three a
Clock this Afternoon.
Order for 800l. a Month, for Maintenance of the King's Younger Children.
"Whereas Sir Ralph Freeman, and other the Officers
of the Mint, in whose Charge and Custody the Monies
growing due unto His Majesty (fn. †) are, were Ordered,
the 25th of October last, to pay unto Cornelius Holland,
late Pay-master for the Household of the Prince his
Highness and the rest of His Majesty's Children,
for and towards the Expence of the Household
of His Majesty's Two Youngest Children, the
Duke of Gloucester and Princess Elizabeth, the Sum
of Eight Hundred Pounds for the Month of October last past, and so the like Sum of Eight Hundred Pounds for each ensuing Month, until they
should receive Order from both Houses of Parliament to the contrary: It is this Day further Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for
the more orderly Payment of the said Monies, That
the said Sir Ralph Freeman and Sir Wm. Parkhurst, and
all other the Officers or Ministers belonging unto the
said Office of the Mint whom the same may concern,
shall pay the said Eight Hundred Pounds Monthly
into His Majesty's Exchequer; and that Sir Rob't Pye,
Sir Edward Warder, and the several Tellers of His
Majesty's Exchequer, shall thence pay, or cause to be
paid, the said several Sums of Eight Hundred
Pounds Monthly, in Manner aforesaid, unto the said
Cornelius Holland, for and towards the Expence of
His Majesty's said Two Youngest Children; and for
so doing, this, together with an Acquittance under
the Hand of the said Cornelius Holland, shall be a
sufficient Discharge unto the said Sir Rob't Pye, Sir
Edward Warder, and all other the Officers of His
Majesty's Exchequer whom it may concern."
Adjourn to 3a hora post meridiem.
Lord Grey, Speaker.
Propositions for bringing about a Peace.
The House took into Consideration what Course to
take, to make an Address to His Majesty, for the staying the Effusion of more Blood, and settling the present
Distractions; and the Committee for the Safety produced a Letter written from the Lord General, in Answer to a Letter written from the said Committee to his
Lordship, which Letter was read, in hæc verba:
E. of Essex's Letter to the Committee of Safety about it.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I have received a Letter from you, that mentions
an humble Petition to be directed to His Majesty,
to save the Effusion of more Blood. In the First
Place, I am to acknowledge your Favour of desiring
to hear from me before you send it. In the Second
Place, to declare that a happy Accommodation, for
the Advancement of Religion, the Flourishing of this
Kingdom with the ancient Rights, and saving the
Effusion of more Blood, and the uniting of His Majesty to His Parliament, none shall pray more, nor receive it with more Joy than myself. If I had not, by
the Commands of the Parliament, been here to govern this Army, I should have given my Attendance
upon you, and should have discharged my Conscience
(to the best of my Abilities) honestly and clearly;
but, being absent, and not hearing the Debates, or
from whence this hath risen, I must submit myself
to their greater Judgements, and shall, with all Obedience, submit both to what they shall do, and to
obey the former Commands, to advance towards
London, to interpose with my utmost between them
and all Dangers.
"Your Lordships Servant,
North'ton, the 1st Novemb. 1642.
To be communicated to the H. C.
This Letter being read, it was Resolved, To have
a Conference with the House of Commons, and communicate this Letter unto them; and to desire that Committees of both Houses might be appointed, to consider
of some fitting Way and Accommodation to be presented to His Majesty, for the preventing and staying the
Effusion of more Blood, and for the settling Religion,
and the Peace of the Kingdom, and Liberty of the Subject, &c. and to present the same to be approved of
by this House.
Then this House Ordered, That the preparing of
this Petition and Address to His Majesty shall be referred to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom,
to join with the Committee of the House of Commons,
and that the Earl of Exon and the Lord Bruce are added to this Committee.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about these Matters.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfeild and Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire a present Conference, with the House of
Commons, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the
present Affairs and Condition of this Kingdom.
The Answer was:
That the House of Commons will give a present
Conference, as is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference on some Propositions for the Safety of the Kingdom.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Wray, Knight:
To desire that, at this next Conference, the House
of Commons may have a Free Conference, touching some
Propositions concerning the Safety of this Kingdom.
That this House will give a present Free Conference,
as is desired.
Paviours Petition, for paving Old Palace Yard.
Upon the humble Petition of the Paviours and others
employed about the Work of Paving The Old Palace,
desiring, "That One Hundred Pounds may be delivered, by Way of Impress, to the Hands of the
Officers of His Majesty's Works, whereby they may
be paid for their Work in the said Palace:" It is
Ordered, That Inigo Jones, the Pay-master, and other
the Officers of the Works, shall disburse the Sum of
One Hundred Pounds, by Way of Impress, for paying
the poor Workmen.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords
went to the Conference; which being ended, the House
And the Speaker reported, "That, at this Conference, the House of Commons presented a Declaration, which is to be sent to the Kingdom of Scotland,
wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence; and
that the Care of sending of it to Scotland may be referred to the Committee of the Defence of the Kingdom."
The Declaration was read, as follows: videlicet,
(Here enter it.)
Parliament's Declaration to the Kingdom of Scotland.
(fn. *) "We, the Lords and Commons assembled in the
Parliament of England, considering with what Wisdom and Public Affection our Brethren of the Kingdom of Scotland did concur with the Endeavours
of this Parliament, and the Desires of the whole
Kingdom, in procuring and establishing a firm Peace
and Amity betwixt the Two Nations, and how
lovingly they have since invited us to a nearer and
higher Degree of Union, in Matters concerning
Religion and Church Government, which we have
most willingly and affectionately embraced, and intend to pursue, cannot doubt but they will with as
much Forwardness and Affection concur with us,
in settling Peace in this Kingdom, and preserving
it in their own, that so we may mutually reap the
Benefit of that Amity and Alliance so happily made,
and strongly confirmed, betwixt the Two Nations:
Wherefore, as we did about a Year since, in the First
Appearance of Trouble then beginning among
us, actually declare that, in our Sense and Apprehension of the National Alliance betwixt us,
we were thereby bound to apply the Authority of
Parliament and Power of this Kingdom to the Preservation and Maintenance of their Peace; and seeing now that the Troubles of this Kingdom are grown
to a greater Height, and subtile Practices of the common Enemy of the Religion and Liberty of both Nations do appear with more Evidence, Strength, and
Danger, than they did at that Time, we hold it necessary to Declare, That, in our Judgement, the
same Obligation lies upon our Brethren, by the aforementioned Act, with the Power and Force of that
Kingdom, to assist us in repressing those amongst us
who are now in Arms, and make War not only
without Consent of Parliament, but even against the
Parliament, and for the Destruction thereof.
"Wherefore, we have thought good to make known
to our Brethren, that His Majesty hath given Commissions to divers eminent and known Papists, to
raise Forces, and to compose an Army, in the North
and other Parts of this Kingdom, which is to join
with divers Foreign Forces, intended to be transported from beyond the Seas, for the Destruction of
this Parliament, and of the Religion and Liberty of
this Kingdom; and that the Prelatical Part of the
Clergy, and their Adherents, have likewise incited
His Majesty to raise another Army, which in His
own Person He doth conduct against the Parliament and the City of London, plundering and robbing sundry well-affected Towns within their Power;
and that, in Prosecution of their Malice, they are so
presumptuous and predominant over His Majesty's
Resolutions, that they forbear not those Outrages in
Places to which His Majesty hath given His Royal
Word and Protection; a great Cause and Incentive of
which Malice proceeds from the Design they have
to hinder the Reformation of Ecclesiastical Government in this Kingdom, so much longed for by all the
true Lovers of the Protestant Religion.
"And hereupon we further desire our Brethren of
the Nation of Scotland to raise such Forces as they
shall judge sufficient for the securing the Peace of
their own Borders against the ill-affected Persons there;
as likewise to assist us in suppressing the Army of
Papists and Foreigners, which, as we expect, will
shortly be on Foot here, and, if they be not timely
prevented, may prove as mischievous and destructive
to that Kingdom as to ourselves.
"And though we seek nothing from His Majesty
that may diminish either His just Authority or Honour,
and have by many humble Petitions endeavoured to
put an End to this dangerous and unnatural War and
Combustion in the Kingdom, and to procure His
Majesty's Protection and Security for our Religion,
Liberty, and Persons, according to that great Trust
to which His Majesty is bound by the Laws of the
Land, and shall still continue to renew our Petitions
in that Kind; yet, to our great Grief, we see the
Papistical and Malignant Counsel so prevalent with
His Majesty, and His Person so engaged to their Power,
that we have little Hope of any better Success of
our Petitions than we formerly had, and are hereby
necessitated to stand upon our just Defence, and to
seek the speedy and powerful Assistance of our Brethren of Scotland, according to the Act agreed upon
in the Parliament of both Kingdoms, the common
Duty of Christianity, and the particular Interest of
their own Kingdom; to which we hope God will give
such a Blessing, that it may produce the Preservation
of Religion, the Honour, Safety, and Peace of His
Majesty and all His Subjects, and a more strict Conjunction of the Counsels, Designs, and Endeavours of
both Nations, for the Comfort and Relief of the Reformed Churches beyond the Sea."
Ordered, That the Resolution in (fn. *) this be respited
for a Time.
Message from the H. C. for the Lords Concurrence in the following Declaration.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Pym:
To let their Lordships know, that the Commons do
concur with their Lordships in the Matter of the last
Conference; and have referred the Consideration of the
Address to His Majesty for curing of these Distractions;
but, lest the Affections of the People should grow cold,
they have made a short Declaration, to be published, in
which they desire their Lordships Concurrence: videlicet,
Declaration, that an Address is preparing to the King, to conciliate Matters; but the Preparations to go on in the mean Time.
"Whereas we, the Lords and Commons, have Ordered, That it shall be referred to the Committee for
the Safety of the Kingdom, to prepare Heads of an
humble Address to be made unto His Majesty, for
composing the present Differences and Distractions,
and settling the Peace of the Kingdom, and to present them to the House; yet, to prevent all Misconstructions or Neglects whereby our just Defence
may be hindered, we do Declare, That the Preparations of Forces, and all other necessary Means for the
Defence of the Protestant Religion, the Privileges of
Parliament, the Laws and Liberties of the Subject,
shall be prosecuted with all Vigour."
To be printed.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of
Commons in this Declaration; and that it be forthwith
printed and published.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in this Declaration.