St. Steven's Day: Die Lunæ, 26 die Decembris.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about the Earl of Leicester and the Inland Post-office.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons by Sir
Edw. Leech and Doctor Bennett:
To desire a present Conference, concerning a Letter
of the Earl of Leycester's, and something concerning
the Inland Letter-office, because they are Matters of
Petition of Three Colleges in Cambridge, for their Principals, who were committed.
Next, a Petition of Three Colleges in Cambridge was
read; desiring "That their Lordships would be pleased
to admit that their Governors, who are now in The
Tower, may be permitted to come amongst them, for
the Government of their Colleges; videlicet, St. John's
College, Queene's College, and Jesus College; Doctor
Beale, Doctor Martin, and Doctor Sterne." (Here
Because these Persons were apprehended by Order
of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom; it
is Ordered, To be committed to (fn. *) that Committee, to
see by the Clerks Books of that Committee for what
Offences these Persons were committed, and to report
the same to this House, and then their Lordships will
(fn. †) take the said Business into Consideration.
Sir. W. Sheffield Leave to Travel.
Ordered, That Sir Wm Sheffeild shall have Leave
to travel, for his Health.
Proposal from Oxford, to exchange Six Captains, Prisonersthere, for the Earl of Lindsey.
The Earl of Bedford acquainted this House, from the
Lord General, "That he had received a Letter from
Oxford, to make a Proposition, that, if there might
be a Restitution and Exchange of the Earl of Lyndsey,
who was taken a Prisoner at the Battle of Keynton,
(fn. ‡) that they would give Six Captains Prisoners at Oxford
for him; but his Lordship would not do any Thing
without their Lordships Direction:" Hereupon this
House thought, that the Earl of Lyndsey was so considerable a Person, as they would not release him upon
these Terms; but, if they will treat upon any Exchange
of others, it shall be hearkened unto.
Countess of Banbury, a Pass to France.
Ordered, That the Countess of Banbury shall have
a Pass, to go into France, to her Husband there.
Alexander and Bennett, a Pass to the King.
Upon Information to this House, "That whereas a
Conference was had with the House of Commons,
about a general Order to be given, for any menial
Servant of the King's, Prince's, or Duke of Yorke, to
go to Oxford; and the House of Commons have Resolved to give Leave to such as shall particularly desire it:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That Hen.
Alexander, Esquire, Sewer in ordinary to the Prince,
and Edward Bennett, Esquire, Gentleman Waiter in ordinary to the Duke of Yorke, (fn. *) may repair to Court, to
give their several Attendance there without any Interruption.
Examinations to be taken about Colonel Hurry's House being searched.
Upon Information to this House, "That Colonel
Hurry hath had his House in London searched, by virtue of a Warrant, in July last;" and because the said
Colonel Hurry is a Gentleman of great Desert, and
hath done faithful Service to the Parliament, it is Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of London shall be desired to examine by what Warrant, and upon (fn. †) what
Ground, and by whom, his House was searched, and
certify the Truth hereof to this House speedily.
Sir Balt. Gerbier, a Pass to the King, with the Spanish Ambassador.
Ordered, That Sir Balthazar Gerbier, Master of
the Ceremonies, shall have a Pass, to go with the
Spanish Ambassador, who goes to the King; and that
the said Ambassador shall have a Pass, to go without
any Molestation or Interruption, and to be used with
that Respect as becomes a Public Minister of State.
Examination about procuring the Petition of the Citizens of London.
Ordered, That the Committee for Examination of
the Manner of the ill procuring of the London Petition
shall meet on Tuesday come Sevennight, in the Afternoon,
at Three of the Clock.
The Committee appointed to consider of the Instructions concerning Lancashire
(fn. †) met; and they are of Opinion, "That the Instructions are fit to pass, with these
Amendments; videlicet, That whereas the Commission of Array is to be brought to the House of Commons, that it be made ["to the Parliament"].
Also, That the Sixteenth Article may be left out.
Ordered, To be communicated at the next Conference.
Mr. Cunningham, a Pass to Scotland.
Ordered, That Mr. Cunningham shall have a Pass,
to go quietly into Scotland.
Blackston presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Living of Horsham.
Upon reading of a Petition of the Archbishop of
Cant. shewing, "That whereas, by an Order of this
House, dated October 23, 1641, he is required to
give no Benefice or Dignity without first acquainting
this House, for their Lordships Approbation of the
Person; and whereas the Vicarage of Horsham, in
Sussex, is in his Patronage, and now void, his Grace
names to the said Vicarage Mr. Wm Blackston, Clerk,
and his Chaplain in House at the Time of the breaking up thereof, and hopes he will (fn. ‡) deserve their Lordships Approbation."
Ordered, That this House will consider further of
this Person now nominated.
Andrews, King's Surgeon, a Pass to Oxford.
Ordered, That Mr. Michaell Andrewes, Chirurgeon
to the King's Person, shall have a Pass, to go to Oxford,
provided he carry no more Money with him than will
serve for his necessary Expences in his Journey.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That they have delivered their Message to the House
of Commons; and they being now in Debate of Business concerning the Safety of the Kingdom, they will
return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Sir John Curzon and Mr. Hone, to be released upon Bail.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Curzon and Mr. Hone, Prisoners in The Tower, shall be released from their Imprisonment in The Tower, (fn. *) giving Security not to depart
from the City of London and Westm. without Leave of
this House, and to appear at such Time as they shall
be Ordered before the Lords in Parliament.
Message from the H. C. for Concurrence in the Two following Orders.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Wm. Armyn:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Two
1. An Order for the quiet conveying of Packets and
Bearers from and to Scotland. (Here enter it.)
2. An Order for the Sequestration of the Profits of
the Vicarage of Silkeston, in the West Riding of Yorkeshire. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in these Two Orders now brought up.
Order for the safe Conveyance of Packets to and from Scotland.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That all Packets and Bearers coming from His
Majesty, or any of His Secretaries of State, to the
Council, Chancellor, or Secretary of Scotland, or to
the Scottish Commissioners resident here, and from any
of them, back to His Majesty, or His Secretary of
State; as also all Packets and Bearers from the Council,
Chancellor, or Secretary of Scotland, to the Scottish
Commissioners, and from the Earl of Lindsey, or any
other Nobleman Commissioner coming from that Kingdom, back again to the Council, Chancellor, or Secretary of Scotland, may pass without Search or Stay;
and that all Post-masters be commanded readily to
furnish Horses for all such Packets, as they will answer at their Perils."
Sposford presented by the House to the Vicarage of Silkeston.
"Whereas the Lords and Commons, for divers
weighty Reasons, having declared that they intend
altogether to abolish and take away the Jurisdiction and
Office of Archbishops and Bishops, within the Realm
of England and Dominion of Wales; and now considering how much Prejudice hath been brought upon
this Church and State, by such unworthy Persons as
are usually presented to those Benefices within this
Kingdom whereof they are Patrons, having for the
most Part constantly promoted such as have fomented
the unhappy Distempers wherewith this Kingdom is
now so much afflicted; and being informed that the
Vicarage of Silkeston, within the Jurisdiction and of the
Presentation of the Archbishop of Yorke, is now lately
become void: It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords
and Commons, That John Sposford, Clerk, shall be
enabled to serve the Church, and receive the Profits
and Fruits of the Vicarage of Silkeston aforesaid, in
the West Riding of the County of Yorke; and the
Archbishop and Archdeacon of Yorke are hereby
prohibited to present or grant Institution or Induction
to any other Clerk, for the Vicarage of Silkeston, until both Houses of Parliament shall take further Order concerning the same."
Petition of Three Colleges in Cambridge, for their Principals to be released, who are in The Tower.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
in the High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Fellows of St. John's
College, Queene's College, and Jesus College, in
the University of Cambridge,
"That whereas Doctor Beale, Doctor Martin, and
Doctor Sterne, Masters of our said Colleges, have a
long Time been, and still are, Prisoners in The Tower,
by Order of this High and Honourable Court; and
whereas their Presence with us is always most useful
and beneficial for the Preservation of good Order and
Unity amongst us, but now at this Time especially
requisite, if not altogether necessary, for the making
up of our Audit Accompts now approaching, the
Choice of Scholars and Officers, the renewing of
Leases, and many other Businesses most nearly concerning the Welfare of our foresaid several Colleges
"We, therefore, your most humble Petitioners, do
crave of this High and Honourable Court, in
these our urgent Necessities, the Presence of
our aforesaid Masters amongst us; so shall we,
who are now yours, become Petitioners to
Almighty God, for the happy Success and
Accomplishment of your just Acts and Designs."
Signed with many Hands of the several Colleges.
House adjourned till 10a cras.