DIE Veneris, 11 die Novembris.
Lord Grey, Speaker.
Letter from the Committee who went to the King with the Petition.
A Letter was read, directed, "For the Right Honourable the Speaker of the House of Peers:" videlicet,
"When we were near Maydenhead, Sir Peter Killegrew met us, and told us His Majesty was on Horseback, on His Way towards Colbrooke; and that His
Pleasure was, we should return thither, and attend
him there; when, soon after His Arrival, His Majesty
sent for us, and we presented the Petition as we were
"His Majesty returned the Answer here inclosed in
the same Words as near as we can recollect them.
This is all the Account for the present that can be
Uxebridge, the 10th of Novem. 1642.
"Your Lordship's Servants,
Pembrook & Mountg."
King's Answer to the Petition.
"His Majesty's Answer to the Committees of both
Houses, at their presenting the Petition to His Majesty:
"I know you do not expect that I should give you an
Answer now, to this which is of so great Importance;
but something I will say at this present to the Preamble, mentioning the saving of the Effusion of Blood.
I have often professed, and do call God and Man to
Witness, that, if other Men (whom a short Time will
discover) had been as careful as Myself, this War
had not happened. What I have done, was for My
own Safety, and to maintain that Government with
Honour, which My Father left me. I will not hinder your Return to London, but will in Part deliver
My Answer to you To-morrow, and send it more
fully by some Messengers of My own."
Countess Rivers Leave to travel.
Ordered, That the Countess of Rivers shall have
Leave to go beyond the Seas, with a Physician and Servants.
Countess of Newport a Pass to go into the West.
Ordered, That the Countess of Newport shall have
a Pass to go into the West Parts of this Kingdom, with
Five or Six Servants.
Ordered, That this House shall sit this Afternoon,
at Four of the Clock, because it is probable that the
Earl of Northumb. may return with some Business as
may require Expedition.
Message to the H. C. to sit P. M.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, to desire them to sit this Afternoon, at Four a Clock.
Next, a Letter written from the Earl of Stamford was
Earl of Stamford's Letter from Hereford.
"I have received a perfect Relation concerning the
good People of Pembrookshire, the which I have sent
here inclosed. I have taken the Boldness to send unto the City of Bristoll a Copy of that Relation, and
have desired them that they would send out some few
Ships to appear upon that Coast; and, if your Lordship would please to intimate so much to their Lordships, that the City of Bristoll might receive further
Commands from the Parliament, to assist those good
People in these their Distresses and Miseries. As for this
Place, by God's Grace, I shall use my best Care and
Vigilance to preserve (fn. *) it, although I am much threatened since I brought away those Men of Power. I
am further to desire your Lordship, that some Course
may be taken, that we may have our Pay as constantly as heretofore; and that we may be furnished with Powder, Match, and other Materials of
War, from Bristoll. I beseech your Lordship, let
these Things be seriously taken into Consideration, and
done with as much Expedition as may be; and so I
shall cease to trouble your Lordship at this Time, beseeching the great God of Heaven to preserve the
Honour and Persons of the Remnant of those noble
Lords that remain amongst you, and of us that are
employed by them. I shall remain,
"Your Lordship's most humble Servant,
Hereford, the 7th of Nov. 1642.
Phillips, Swens, and Wogan's Letter, of the Situation of Affairs in Pembrokeshire.
"May it please your Lordship to be advertised, that
this County wherein we live is only it amongst those
of Wales which standeth firm and faithful to the Parliament's Cause, whereby we are so much environed
with ill neighbouring Counties, that we cannot possibly address our Letters unto your Honour without
Search and Discovery. We have therefore dictated
our Estate to this Bearer, and directed him to draw it
up in Form of a Letter when he finds himself in a
secure Place, and so present it humbly unto you in our
own Name. You shall first know, that we received
several Letters from the Lord of Hertford, for our
Repair unto him this Wednesday, at the Town of Carmarthen, where if we come, we all know we must
either comply with him or part with our Liberties;
we have therefore made Choice to disobey. And
whereas our County is not able to raise such a considerable Number as can keep the Field against such
Opposition as we are sure of, we have therefore garrisoned our Trained Bands in Hartford-West, Tynby,
and Pembrocke, the only Towns of Consequence in
this County, by which Course we shall be able to defend ourselves for some short Time. Now our humble
Suit shall be unto your Lordship, that you will please
to move the Parliament, or my Lord General, to send
us speedy Aid; or otherwise our Lives and Goods
will be made a Sacrifice to those malignant Spirits,
for our Loyalty to the Public Good: And this your
Lordship shall further know, touching the Situation
of this County, that it is a Nook of Land that thrusteth itself into the Sea; and if any considerable Force
fall upon them here, as they are Sheep in a Pinfold,
Two Thousand Foot and Three Hundred Horse, with
that we have, would beat them out of our Country
and their own. If they plunder and reduce us, all
Wales is theirs; and their next Attempt will be upon
Herefordshire. We humbly desire your Lordship to
take our Case into your Consideration, and to procure
us some speedy Assistance, who are ever
"Your Lordship's most humble Servants,
From Ha'rd West, in the County of Pembrock, 2d Nov. 1642.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the aforesaid
Letter and Propositions are referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Safety.
Adjourn till 4a post meridiem.
Lord Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Thanks from the Duke De Vendosme, for the Lords taking Notice of his House being rifled.
The Earl of Holland signified to this House, "That
he hath been with the Duke of Vendosme, and Duke
Espernon, and have excused the uncivil Carriage of
the Pursuivants to them; and they give their Lordships humble Thanks for taking Notice hereof, which
will encourage them to remain in this Kingdom, with
such a Demeanor as shall be agreeable to their Lordships Expectations.
Sir Har. Waller's Petition, to be freed from an Arrest.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Hardes Waller,
Knight, and a Colonel in Ireland under the Service of the
King and the Parliament, as is arrested upon a pretended
Debt of Forty Pounds, as Surety for another, by the Procurement of one Bowes, desiring to be taken off from
the said Arrest.
Ordered, To be referred to the Common Law.
Message from the H. C. for the Lord, Concurrence in the following Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Peter Wentworth:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Orders
1. A Form of Thanks, to be given to the Lord General the Earl of Essex, for his great Care, Pains, and
Conduct of the Army, which he undertook by the Appointment of the Houses of Parliament. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House approves of this Thanks
to be given to the Lord General; and that the same be
printed and published forthwith, and entered in the
2. An Order for beating of Drums, for Soldiers to
repair to their Colours. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order to pay Two Hundred Pounds to the
Town of Maldon, in the County of Essex. (Here enter it.)
4. An Order concerning the Safety of the Town of
Watford, in the County of Hartford. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons,
in all these Orders; and have Ordered the Thanks to
the Lord General to be printed, and entered in the
Thanks to the Lord General.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament
having, upon mature Deliberation, and assured Confidence in the Wisdom, Courage, and Fidelity, of Robert
Earl of Essex, chosen and appointed him Captain General of the Forces raised by Authority of Parliament, for
the Defence of the true Protestant Religion, the King,
Parliament, and Kingdom, now in great and apparent
Danger, do find that the said Earl hath managed this
Service, of so high Importance, with so much Care,
Valour, and Dexterity, as well by the extremest
Hazard of his Life, in a bloody Battle, near Keinton,
in Warwickshire, as by all the Actions of a most excellent and expert Commander, in the whole Course of
the Employment, as doth deserve their best Acknowledgement; and do therefore declare and publish, to
the lasting Honour of the said Earl, the great and
acceptable Service which he hath herein done to the
Commonwealth; and shall be willing and ready, upon
all Occasions, to express the due Sense which they
have of his Merit, by assisting and protecting him,
and all others employed under his Command in this
Service, with their Lives and Fortunes, to the uttermost of their Power; this to remain upon Record in
both Houses of Parliament, for a Mark of Honour to
his Person, Name, and Family, and for a Monument
of his singular Virtue to Posterity."
Order for Two Hundred Pounds for Malden.
"Whereas it was Ordered, unto the Town of
Maldon, in Essex, Two Hundred Pounds, for the Service
of the said Town, namely, One Hundred Pounds of the
Four Thousand Pounds which was in the Hands of Sir
Thomas Barrington, and the other Hundred Pounds out
of the Propositions-money received by the Receivers
of the said Town of Malden: It is now Ordered,
by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament
(by reason that the said Four Thousand Pounds is dis
posed already, and so no Money left in Sir Thomas
Barrington's Hands), That the Sum of Two Hundred
Pounds shall be paid, out of The Guildhall, London,
of the Proposition-money, to the Bailiffs of Maldon,
or One of them, for the Service of the said Town."
Persons in Watford to consult of some Means to preserve the Town.
"Whereas the Inhabitants of the Town of Watford
have been very forward and zealous to express their
Affections for the Defence of the Parliament and
Kingdom, and have, in the free Expression thereof,
left themselves very naked, and open to the Violence
of all Malignants, which have already done much
Spoil to divers Towns near adjoining; and whereas
it is informed, that the Constables of the said Town
are Men of mean Quality, and not able to prevail to
procure a competent Force of Persons well appointed
for the Defence of the same: It is therefore Ordered, and Ordained, That Christopher Loves, Ralph
King, Wm. Finch, Zacharie King, Nathaniell Mamisty,
John Finch Tanner, and Lancelott Wells, or any One
or more of them, together with the said Constables,
or One of them, if he or they will be present, if not,
then without them or either of them, have Power
and Authority to call together the Inhabitants of the
said Town and Parish, to consult and conclude of such
Ways and Means as may tend to the Preservation of
the Peace and Safety of the same, and equally to
assess and charge the said Inhabitants, according to the
Quality of their Estates and Abilities, to provide such
competent Men and Arms, and Ammunition, for the
Defence of the same Town and Parish, as Occasion
shall require; and the same Men, so armed and arrayed, from Time to Time to appoint to watch and
ward in such Places as they, or any Two of them,
shall think meet: It is likewise Ordered, and Ordained, That such other Towns and Parishes, in the
Counties of Herf. Midd. Essex, and Buck. as will
confederate themselves together with the said Town
and Parish of Watford, and join their Strength for the
mutual Safety one of another, shall be hereby authorized, as aforesaid, to train and exercise their Men,
together or severally, as they shall think fit; and the
same to draw forth and employ to and in any Place,
within the said County, for their best Defence and
Preservation against any malignant Person or Persons,
that shall seek to disturb the Peace of any the said
Towns: And it is further Ordered, Ordained, and
Declared, That if any Person or Persons, within the
said Town of Watford, or other the Places which
shall so confederate themselves as aforesaid, shall refuse to find the Arms on them imposed, or to be imposed, or to watch and ward in such Manner as is
hereby intended (fn. *) "
Order for all Officers and Soldiers of the Earl of Essex's Army to repair to their Colours.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That a Search be made, in the
City of London and Suburbs thereof, and Westm. and
Southwarke, and Places adjacent, for all Officers and
common Soldiers, belonging to the Army under the
Command of his Excellency the Earl of Essex; and
that they apprehend all such as they shall find, and
bring them forthwith to The Palace Yard at Westm.
that they may be sent thence to the Army: And it is
further Ordered, That, if it shall be found that any
Alehouse-keeper, or other Householder, shall presume to harbour any of the said Soldiers, after Tomorrow at Nine of the Clock, that they shall be
forthwith sent for to the Parliament, to answer their
Misdemeanor: And it is further Ordered, That
this Order shall be published, by beating of the
Drum, in the City and other Places aforesaid; and
such Officers or Soldiers as shall be found here, after
To-morrow, from their Colours, shall be sent to the
Lord General, to receive Martial Law for their Offence: And the Lord Mayor of the City of London
is desired to give Command, that this Order be published, by beating of the Drum, in the City and
Suburbs thereof; and the Bailiffs of Westm. and the
Captains of the Trained Bands of St. Martin's in
the Fields, Southwarke, and other Places about London, are required likewise forthwith to publish the
same, by beating of the Drum, as aforesaid."
Adjourn till (fn. *)