DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 19 die Novembris.
The Lord Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
L. Hastings's Absence excused.
Ordered, That the Lord Hastings's Absence from
this House for a Month is excused.
The Messengers sent Yesterday to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons agree with their Lordships in the Order concerning the Adjournment of the
A Letter was read, directed "To the Right Honourable the Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker of the House
of Peers pro Tempore.
L. Falkland's Letter to the Speaker; with
"I am commanded, by His Majesty, to return to your
Lordship this His Majesty's inclosed Reply to the
Answer of both Houses of Parliament to His Majesty's
Message of the 12th of November; and rest,
Oatlands, the 18th of November, 1642.
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
the King's Reply to the Parliament's Answer.
"To the Answer of both Houses of Parliament to
His Majesty's Message of the 12th of November, His
Majesty makes this Reply: That His Message of the
12th, though not received by them till the 14th, was
sent to them first upon the same Day upon which it
was dated, and meeting with Stops by the Way was
again sent upon the 13th, and taken up on that Day
at Ten in the Morning by the Earl of Essex, and,
though not unto him directed, was by him opened; so
the Slowness of the Delivery is not so strange as the
Stop of the Letter said to be sent by Sir Peter Killigrewe, which His Majesty hath not yet received, but
concludes, from the Matter expressed to have been
contained in that Letter (to wit, to know His Pleasure,
whether He intended the Forbearance of Hostility),
and by the Command of such Forbearance said to
be sent to the Lord of Essex's Army, that no such
Forbearance was already concluded; and consequently neither had His Majesty Cause to suppose that He
should take any of their Forces unprovided, and secure in Expectation of a fair Treaty; neither could
any Hostile Act of His Majesty's Forces have been a
Course unsuitable to His Expressions; much less could
an Endeavour to prepossess (for so He hoped He
might have done) that Place, which might have stopped
the further March of those Forces towards Him
(which, for aught appeared to Him, might as well
have been intended to Colebrooke as to Branford),
and by that the farther Effusion of Blood, deserve
that Stile. His Majesty further conceives, that the
Printing so out of Time of such a Declaration as the
Reply to His Answer to theirs of the 26th of May,
but the Day before they voted the Delivery of their
Petition, and the March of the Earl of Essex's Forces
to Brainford so near to His Majesty, when the Committee at the same Time attended Him with a Petition
for a Treaty, the Earl of Essex being before possessed of all the other Avenues to His Army, by his
Forces at Windsor, Action, and Kingston, was a more
strange Introduction to Peace, than for His Majesty
not to suffer Himself to be cooped up on all Sides,
because a Treaty had been mentioned, which was so
really and so much desired by His Majesty, that this
Proceeding seems to Him purposely by some intended to divert (which it could not do) that His Inclination.
"That His Majesty had no Intention to master the
City by so advancing, besides His Profession, which
(how meanly soever they seem to value it) He conceives a sufficient Argument (especially being only
opposed by Suspicions and Surmises), may appear by
His not pursuing His Victory at Brainford, but giving Orders to His Army to march away to Kingston as
soon as He heard that Place was quitted, before any
Notice or Appearance of further Forces from London;
nor could He find a better Way to satisfy them before-hand that He had no such Intention, but that
His Desire of Peace and of Propositions that might
conduce to it still continued, than by that Message of
the 12th; for which Care of His, He was requited
by such a Reception of His Message and Messenger
as was contrary at once both to Duty, Civility, and
the very Custom and Law of War and Nations; and
such as theirs (though after this Provocation) hath
not found from Him.
"His Majesty wonders that His Soldiers should be
charged with thirsting after Blood, who took above
Five Hundred Prisoners in the very Heat of the
Fight; His Majesty having since dismissed all the
common Soldiers, and entertained such as were willing to serve Him, and required only from the rest
an Oath not to serve against Him.
"And His Majesty supposes such most apt and likely
to maintain their Power by Blood and Rapine, who
have only got it by Oppression and Injustice: That
His is vested in Him by the Law; and by that only
(if the destructive Counsels of others would not
hinder such a Peace, in which that might once again
be the universal Rule, and in which Religion and Justice can only flourish), He desires to maintain it; and
if Peace were equally desired by them as it is by
His Majesty, He conceives it would have been proper to have sent Him such a Paper as should have
contained just Propositions of Peace, and not an unjust Accusation of His Counsels, Proceedings, and
Person. And His Majesty intends to march to such
a Distance from His City of London as may take away
all Pretence of Apprehension from His Army, that
might hinder them in all Security from yet preparing
them to present to Him; and there will be ready
either to receive them, or to end the Pressures and
Miseries which His Subjects (to His great Grief)
suffer through this War, by a present Battle."
Papers taken upon Mr. Murray, who brought the King's Reply.
Next, the Earl of Northumb, informed this House,
"That he had received a Packet of Papers, which
were taken about Mr. Murrey, that brought the
King's Reply, which his Lordship desired the Direction of this House how to dispose of them:"
Hereupon this House perused the Papers, and found a
Copy of the Reply sent to this House, with a Declaration of His Majesty's, and a Warrant to the Printer to
print them. Upon this, the House Ordered, To have
a present Conference with the House of Commons, and
communicate unto them these Papers, together with the
King's Reply; and to desire the House of Commons to
join with their Lordships, to appoint a Committee of
both Houses, to consider what Answer is fit to be given
to this Reply of His Majesty's, it being a Business of
great Consequence, that either a great Deal of Misery,
or a great Deal of Happiness, will follow upon the Resolutions, that shall be taken thereupon.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfeild and Mr. Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, concerning an Answer received from the King, and
touching some Papers taken about the Messenger that
brought the said Answer.
The Answer returned was:
That the House of Commons will give a present
Meeting, as is desired.
L. Coventry Leave to go to Norfolk.
Ordered, That the Lord Coventry shall have Leave
to go into Norff. for his Health.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords
went to the Conference; which being ended, the House
A Servant of the E. of St. Alban's sent for, out of Prison at Maidston, who refused taking the Oaths.
Upon Information to this House, "That one
a Servant of the Earl of St. Albanes, being in Kent upon some Business of his Lordship's, was
stayed, and, the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance
being offered to him, he refused, whereupon he is
committed to the Prison at Maidston; and it was desired that he might have the Privilege of Parliament:"
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the said
shall be sent (fn. *) for, to appear before this
House; and then further Consideration and Examination
hereof is to be had.
House adjourned till 10 a Lunæ.