DIE Jovis, videlicet, 3 die Novembris.
Lord Grey, Speaker.
Parliament Petition to the King, for restoring Peace.
The Earl of Northumb. reported, "That the Committee for the Safety have considered of an Address
to His Majesty, which they have thought fit to be
by Way of Petition;" a Draught whereof they have
made, and present it to this House; which was read, in
these Words: videlicet, (Here enter it.)
This House approved of the said Petition; and Ordered, To communicate it to the House of Commons, by
a Conference, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference upon it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfeilde and Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire a Conference, touching a Petition to be
sent to the King.
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal Subjects, the Lords
and Commons in Parliament assembled, being affected
with a deep (fn. *) and piercing Sense of the Miseries of this
Kingdom, and of the Dangers to Your Majesty's
Person, as the present Affairs now stand, and much
quickened therein with the sad Consideration of the
great Effusion of Blood at the late Battle, and of the
Loss of so many eminent Persons; and further weighing the Addition of Loss, Misery, and Danger, to
Your Majesty and Your Kingdom, which must ensue,
if both Armies should again join in another Battle,
as, without God's especial Blessing, and Your Majesty's Concurrence with Your Houses of Parliament,
will not probably be avoided.
"We cannot but believe that a suitable Impression
of Tenderness and Compassion is wrought in Your
Majesty's Royal Heart, being Yourself an Eye Witness of the bloody and sorrowful Destruction of so
many of Your Subjects; and that Your Majesty
doth apprehend what Diminution of Your own
Power and Greatness will follow; and that all Your
Kingdoms will thereby be so weakened, as to become
subject to the Attempts of any ill-affected to this
State; in all which respects, we assure ourselves that
Your Majesty will be inclined graciously to accept
this our humble Petition, that the Misery and Desolation of this Kingdom may be speedily removed and
prevented: For the effecting whereof, we most humbly beseech Your Majesty to appoint some convenient Place, not far from the City of London, where
Your Majesty will be pleased to reside, until Com
mittees of both Houses of Parliament may attend
Your Majesty with some Propositions for the Removal of these bloody Distempers and Distractions,
and settling the State of the Kingdom in such a Manner as may conduce to the Preservation of the true
Protestant Religion, the Safety and Honour of Your
Majesty's Royal Person, &c."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Message from the H. C. that they concur in it.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Pierpointe:
That the House of Commons do concur with their Lordships in this Petition, which is to be sent to the King.
For the Manner of the Delivery of this Petition to the
King, the Earl of Northumb. reported, "That the Opinion of the Committee was, that a Committee of both
Houses should be sent with it; and that a Letter be
written to the Secretary, or some near the King, to
desire Safe Conduct for those Persons; and that a
Trumpet should be sent before the Messenger, to
desire Safe Conduct, for the Delivery of the said
Committee to present a Petition to the King.
Which Proposition for the Manner of delivering it
this House approved of; and Ordered, That the Earl
of Northumberland and the Earl of Pembrooke shall be
Committees for this House, to join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to present the
said Petition to the King.
The Letter to be sent to the Secretary was read, and
approved of, as followeth: videlicet,
Letter to the King's Secretary, for Safe Conduct for them.
"I am commanded, by my Lords the Peers, and
Commons assembled in Parliament, to address by you
their humble Desires to His Majesty, that He will
be pleased to grant His Safe Conduct to a Committee
of Lords and Commons, to pass and to re-pass unto
His Majesty, that are directed to attend Him with
an humble Petition from His Parliament. This
being all I have in Commission, I rest,
"Your Lordship's Friend and Servant,
"Grey de Warke.
"For the Right Honourable the Lord Viscount
Falkland, Principal Secretary of State to His
Majesty; or, in his Absence, for Mr. Secretary
Nicholas, or for any Lords the Peers attending
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with this, and for a Committee of theirs to join the Lords who go with the Petition.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfeild and Serjeant Glanvile:
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
hath Resolved, and think it fit, That a Committee of
both Houses should be sent to His Majesty, to present
the said Petition to Him; and that a Letter should be
sent to the Secretary, or some Lord near the King, to
desire Safe Conduct (fn. *) for them: To that Purpose, this
House hath nominated Two Lords, to join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to go to
the King; and have made a Draught of a Letter (a Copy
whereof this House sends them, desiring their Concurrence therein) to be sent to the Secretary, to procure the
The Messengers return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons do approve of this Way
of sending to His Majesty; and have approved of the
Letter to be sent with a Gentleman and a Trumpeter;
and that the House of Commons have nominated Four
of their Members, to go with the Committee of Lords,
to present the Petition to His Majesty.
Adjourn till 10a cras.