DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 23 die Novembris.
The Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker.
Conference about an Answer to the King's Reply reported.
The Speaker reported, "That, at the Conference
Yesterday, Mr. Pym said, He was commanded by the
House of Commons to acquaint their Lordships with
some Votes made by the House of Commons, in
Answer to the King's Reply, wherein they desire
their Lordships Concurrence. The Parts were, Two
concerning Propositions; Two concerning the Challenge.
"1. That, in this Answer to His Majesty's Message,
the House shall desire the King to return to His Parliament, to the End that Religion, Laws, and Liberty,
may be secured by the Advice of Parliament.
"2. That the Process and Justice of Parliament, being
the Supreme Court of Judicature, may have it's free
Course, and be executed upon Delinquents; and that
they may not be protected and kept from the Justice
of Parliament by Force; and that in particular the
Lord Digby and Mr. Henry Willmott be presently
delivered over to the Justice of Parliament.
"The House of Commons do remember what Misfortune lately befel the Two Regiments at Brainford,
upon the last Treaty; therefore they now think it
fit, and Declare, That both Armies may be left to
take all Advantages they can on both Sides in the
"Concerning the Challenge, the House of Commons
said, They think it strange that the King of England
should send a Challenge, and an Invitation to a Battle,
seeing heretofore His Majesty hath seemed to decline
the Effusion of Blood, and professed to use all Means
to prevent the same; therefore the House of Commons resolve to be in a Readiness; and, if His Majesty
will withdraw Himself from His Cavaliers, the Army
will so behave themselves as to be ready, and will not
decline, if they have a Mind, to give a Battle, if the
Place and Time shall be appointed.
"These are the Heads which the House of Commons
have resolved; to which if their Lordships shall concur,
they desire that Committees of both Houses may be
appointed, to put them into a Form fit to be sent to
The Report being ended, this House Ordered, That
the Consideration of this Conference shall be committed
to a Committee of all the Lords in the House now
present, and Report to be made to the House; and immediately the House was adjourned during Pleasure,
and the Lords went into the Prince's Lodgings, to debate this Business.
The Lords being returned into the House, the House
Lady Pawlett to bring Goods from Cheswick.
Ordered, That the Lady Pawlett shall have an
Order, to enable her to bring some Goods of hers from
Cheswicke to London, without any Trouble or Interruption.
Ordered, That this House shall sit this Afternoon,
at Four of the Clock.
Message to the H. C. to sit P. M.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Ayliff and Dr. Childe:
To desire that they would fit this Afternoon, at Four
of the Clock.
House adjourned till 4a post meridiem.
The Lord Grey, Speaker.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons this
Morning return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will sit this Afternoon,
at Four of the Clock, as is desired.
Report of a Draught of a Petition to be presented to the King.
The Earl of Holland reported from the Committee
appointed this Morning to consider of the Votes of the
House of Commons; and they have made a Draught of
a Petition to be presented to the King, which was read,
in hæc verba: videlicet,
"May it please Your Majesty,
"It is humbly desired, by both Houses of Parliament, That Your Majesty will be pleased to
return to Your Parliament, with Your Royal not
Your Martial Attendance, to the End that Religion,
Laws, and Liberties, may be settled and secured by
their Advice; finding, by a late and sad Accident,
that Your Majesty is environed by some such Counsels,
as do rather persuade a desperate Division than a Joining and a good Agreement with Your Parliament and
People; and we shall be ready to give Your Majesty
Assurances of such Security as may be for Your
Honour and the Safety of Your Royal Person.
"Or else we shall, in convenient Time,
consider of fit Propositions to present unto
Your Majesty; such as may be for the Preservation
of God's true Religion, Your Majesty's Honour,
Safety, and Prosperity, and to the Peace and Happiness of this and Your other Kingdoms."
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House agrees
to the First Part of this Petition.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this (fn. *) House approves of the Second Part of this Petition.
Ordered, To send to the House of Commons, to
desire a present (fn. *) Conference, touching this Petition,
to communicate it unto them, and desire their Concurrence therein.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Glanvile:
To desire a present Conference, touching an Answer
to the King's last Message.
Warrant for Alexander's Horses not to be seized, who breaks them for the Parliament.
Upon the Petition of Joseph Alexander; shewing,
"That he doth ride Horses, and fit them for Service
with great Saddles, for the Use of the Parliament;
now, in regard that Horses are seized upon, and taken
away, by the Authority of the Parliament, to be employed in the Service of the Parliament, he desires that
a Warrant may be granted to him, whereby his
Horses may not be seized upon."
Ordered, That a Warrant may be granted, as is
The Messengers return this Answer from the House
Answer from the H. C.
That they will give a present Meeting, as is desired,
in the Painted Chamber.
Committee to wait on the Venetian Ambassador on his Departure.
The Earl of Holland acquainted this House, "That
the Venetian Ambassador is going away; and he desired
that this House might know that he goes with very
good Affections and Respects towards this State, and
shall be ready to pay all the Service he can to it:"
Hereupon this House appointed (fn. *) the Earl of Holland
and the Lord Newnham to go to the Venetian Ambassador, from this House, and let him know their Lordships
wish him a good Journey, and take his Expressions
towards this Kingdom very kindly from him.
Hone's Petition for his Liberty.
Upon the Petition of Barth. Hone; shewing, "That
he hath been Fourteen Weeks a Prisoner in The
Tower at a great Charge, and is no Way able to bear
it; and forasmuch as his Continuance in Restraint
tendeth directly to the Ruin of himself and of all those
that depend upon (fn. *) him; humbly prayeth that he may
be called to answer, that, either by such Defence as
his Cause will admit of, or by your Lordships Favour,
in respect of his long and great Sufferings, he might
obtain his Liberty."
His Cause to be heard.
Ordered, That, upon Friday next, Mr. Hone shall
be brought before this House; and then this House will
consider of the Charge against him.
Subject of the Conference.
The House of Commons being come, in the Painted
Chamber, this House appointed to let the House of
Commons know, that this House hath thought fit (upon
the Votes brought up to this House by the House of
Commons) to present this Petition from both Houses to
His Majesty, and desire their Concurrence therein.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went
to the Conference; which being ended, the Lords returned, and the House was resumed.
House adjourned till 10 a cras.