DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 4 die Januarii.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
Report about the Earl of Nottingham's Petition for Arrears of Pensions due to him.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee for
the Earl of Nottingham's Petition, which (fn. *) was for the Payment of the Arrears and Pensions to the Earl of Nottingham; and in regard the Pensions are out of the Customs,
which are sequestered by the Ordinance of both Houses,
the Committee think it fit, "That it be communicated
to the House of Commons, at a Conference, and recommend it unto them, to their Care and Consideration, that the said Pensions and Arrears may be paid
(fn. †) him during the Time that the Customs are in their
disposing:" Which Opinion of the Committee this
House approved of.
Witnesses about procuring the City Petition.
Ordered, That an Order for Witnesses shall be
given, to bring in Witnesses against To-morrow in the
Afternoon, before the Committee to consider of the
undue procuring of the Petition of some Citizens in
Jack a Pass to Oxford, to the Prince.
Ordered, That Jemmy Jacke shall have a Pass,
quietly to go to Oxford, with a Birding-piece and a Case
of Pistols, for the Use of the Prince.
Delinquents sent for, for assaulting the Earl of Carlisle's House, and killing his Deer, &c.
Upon Information by the Earl of Carlile, "That
divers Persons have in riotous Manner assaulted his
House, and came (fn. *) and killed his Deer:" Hereupon
this House Ordered, That these Persons following
shall be sent for, and brought before this House, and
this Business to be further then taken (fn. *) and examined:
John Taverner, of Epping, Draper, vocat. Pr. Robert.
Ric'd Nicholls, a Carpenter.
Edward Stace, Junior, a Yeoman.
Laurance Walker, of Epping, Shoemaker.
Edward Westwood, of Weale Gullet, Yeoman.
Ric'd Westwood, a Yeoman.
Order to prevent the further seizing of Horses, &c.
Upon Complaint of the great Abuse of seizing
Horses, and breaking open of Stables, and carrying
them away, under Pretence of recruiting the Army
with Horses: It was Resolved, To have an Order drawn,
to revoke all former Orders for seizing Horses; and
that a Liberty may be given to the Lord General and
the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, for recruiting the Army in such a Way as is fitting:
(fn. †) L. Viscount Say.
Thanksgiving for the Victory at Chichester.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of
London shall be sent to, to give Order, That Public
Thanks shall be given to Almighty God, in all the
Parish Churches of London, and the Liberties thereof,
on the next Lord's-day, for the late Victory at Chichester, obtained by the Parliament Forces; and Bells
and Expressions of Joy this Night to be done, as is
And the like Order for Westm. and the Liberties
Beverlett and Le Grand.
Upon reading the Certificate of Mr. Baron Trevor
and Mr. Justice Foster; it is Ordered, That Berverlett
shall be released from his Restraint; and that, if Le
Grand will have the Goods restored to him which were
deposited in Beverlett's Hands, that he give such Security as shall be fit, to save him harmless from Desormeaux, for whose Accompt those Goods were deposited
in his Hands. (Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. with a Letter from Lord Fairfax;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Wm. Strickland, which consisted of these Particulars:
1. To communicate a Letter from the Lord Fairefaix.
The Letter was read, as followeth. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, To be printed.
with a Deputy Lieutenant's Name for Lincoln;
2. To desire Concurrence in nominating Sir Tho.
Trollop, Knight, to be a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Lyncolne.
and for Concurrence in the following Orders.
3. To desire Concurrence to these Orders following:
1. An Order to give Power to a Committee to give
Warrants and Licences, for sending over Victuals and
Cloaths, &c. to Ireland. (Here enter it.)
2. An Order concerning Lambeth House, and the Officers and Keepers there, &c. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That Mr. Howell, a Servant of the Archbishop of Cant. is to be permitted to live in the House
of Lambeth, instead of Mr. Dobson, unless there be just
Exceptions against him.
3. An Order to compel Soldiers, in London, Westm.
and the County of Midd. to come to their Colours upon
Summons. (Here enter it.)
4. An Order to pay to Wm. Hawkins Thirty Pounds,
Sixteen Shillings. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to nominating of Sir Tho.
Trollop to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Lyncolne; and that
this House agrees with the House of Commons in all
the Orders now brought up, excepting the Order concerning Lambeth House, (fn. *) to which their Lordships will
send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to the H. C. for Mr. Howell to live in Lambeth House.
A Messenger was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Bennet and Dr. Ayleff:
To let them know, that this House hath altered
Francis Howell, a Servant of the Archbishop of Cant.
to be appointed to live in the House at Lambeth, instead
of Mr. Dobson, unless the House of Commons know of
any just Exceptions to the said Howell.
Essex Petition presented.
The House was informed (fn. †) that certain Gentlemen of
Essex were ready at the Door, to present a Petition to
their Lordships: They were called in; the House received it, and commanded it to be read, which accordingly was done, in hæc verba:
The Answer returned was:
That this House approves of the End of their Petition, which is Peace; and their Lordships are, and always have been, desirous of it, and endeavour to further it: But this House utterly dislikes the Manner of
it, in prescribing what Way this House should proceed
in, which is wholly to be left to the Wisdom and
Judgement of this House, and not to be prescribed.
Information of a Proclamation for the Adjournment of some Courts to Oxford.
Upon Information to this House, "That there is a
Proclamation for the Adjournment of some Courts
the next Term to Oxford, Chancery, Receipt of Exchequer, Dutchy of Lancaster, Wards and Liveries,
Court of Requests, which is Matter of great Concernment:" Therefore this House Resolves, To communicate it to the House of Commons, and acquaint
them with it at a Conference To-morrow Morning; and
to let them know, that many Inconveniencies will ensue
if this Proclamation takes Effect.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it.
And immediately a Message was sent to the House of
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
is informed of a (fn. ‡) Proclamation from the King, for the
adjourning of some Courts the next Term to Oxford;
concerning which, their Lordships are resolved to have
a Conference with them To-morrow Morning about it.
Horses seized from the Essex Gentlemen, who presented the Petition, to be returned.
Upon Information, "That the Gentlemen that came
with the Essex Petition hath had their Horses taken
from them last Night, by Mr. Beard and Mr.
Browne:" It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Beard
and Mr. Browne shall presently deliver the Horses to
the Gentlemen of Essex, and attend this House Tomorrow Morning, to shew by what Warrant they seized
Lord Fairfax's Letter concerning the Proceedings of his Army in Yorkshire.
"I have of late addressed some Relations of my Proceedings here, to the Committee appointed for the
Safety of the Kingdom; being assured that they would
from Time to Time impart them to both Houses, that
such Consideration might be had of them as the Necessity of the Cause required: Now I address this Relation to you, not doubting but that it shall be timely
imparted to both Houses, and to the Committee for
the Safety of the Kingdom, that, the Affairs of
this Country being known to them all, they may be
provided for, as their great Wisdoms shall see convenient. I have formerly advertised that the Earl of
Newcastle's Army have seized upon Leeds, where
they plunder the well-affected Party, and raise a very
great Sum of Money out of those that they can
draw to compound for their Securities; and from
Leedes they marched on Sunday the 18th of this
Month, with Five Troops of Horse, Six Companies
of Dragooners, Two Hundred Foot, and Two
Drakes, of the Earl of Newcastle's Army, besides
Sir William Savile and divers other Gentlemen of
Yorkshire, and their Forces that joined themselves
with them, and came to Bradford about Ten of the
Clock in the Morning, intending to surprise the Town
in Time of Prayer; but the Town, having Scouts
abroad, had Notice of their coming, and gave the
Alarum to the Country, who came in to their Succour from the Parts adjoining; yet they had not in
all above Eighty Muskets, the rest being armed with
Clubs, and such rustic Weapons; with which small
Force, they put the Cause to Trial with the great
Strength of the Enemies, who planted their Drakes,
and discharged each of them Seventeen Times upon
the Town, until a Townsman, with a Fowling-piece,
killed one of the Cannoneers; and then they all with
great Courage issued from the Town upon the Enemies, and killed many of them, and took about
Thirty Prisoners, and forced the rest to retreat, leaving Forty of their Muskets, and a Barrel of their
Powder, with much other Provision, behind them,
and this with Loss of Three Bradford Men: The
Report of the Country is, That the Enemies, amongst
those that were killed, lost Colonel Evers, and Captain
Bynnes, and another Commander; and that Colonel
Goreing (General of the Horse with the Earl of Newcastle) was wounded, and Serjeant Major Carr taken
Prisoner; and it is generally spoken that One Hundred
and Fifty more are run away upon the Retreat, and
are not since returned to Leeds; in which Victory the
Hand and Power of God was most evident, the Town
being open on all Sides, and of itself not defensible,
assaulted on every Side by a malicious and bloody Enemy, and defended by a few half-naked Men, there
being in the Town not above Eighty Muskets before
they got Forty more by the Spoils of their Enemies,
so that the Slaughter was for the most Part with
Clubs, and Scithes mounted on Poles, when they
closed and came to Hand-blows. With this Defeat
the Enemies are so enraged, as they threaten a Revenge to Bradford, whereupon the Bradford Men
sent to me for Succour of Men and Arms; and I have
sent my Son and Sir Henry Fowlis to them, with Three
Troops of Horse and One Hundred and Twenty
Dragooners, who are safely arrived there, and received with great Joy and Acclamation of the Country,
who flock to him, and offer themselves most willingly
to serve against their Popish Enemies, if Arms could
be furnished to them; he hath already surprised some
Victuals, sent in upon Warrants to the Enemy at
Leeds by the over-awed Country; and he hath sent
Captain Mildmay, with his Troop of Horse, and some
Dragooners, into Craven, to stop the raising of
Money and Forces in that Country, which is attempted
by the Earl of Cumberland, who is lately retired from
Yorke to Skipton; and I hope he will leave nothing
unattempted that may conduce to the Safety of the
Country, so far as can be expected from the few
Forces he hath with him. The Earl of Newcastle
proceeds in raising Money by all the illegal and oppressive Ways that can be devised, and, both by the
Commission of Array, and by Presses made in the
Churches, raiseth all the Men he can; which being
attempted in Cleveland by certain of the disaffected
Gentry, their Expectations were prevented, and the
Resort and Appearance of the People stopped, and
the Commissioners themselves forced to fly, by Sir
Hugh Cholmely, to whom I sent special Order to that
End; and I hear he hath also been at Maulton, and
there surprised both the Receiver and Monies raised
out of the Country thereabouts by those Warrants.
I cannot hear certainly what Monies or Men the Earl
of Newcastle hath raised since he came into this
Country; but he grants Commissions to sundry Convict Recusants, to raise Troops of Horse; as Sir John
Middleton, Sir Walter Vavassor, Mr. Tindall, and others,
who I hear are now raising their Men; and I hear
daily Complaints of horrible Plunders and Spoils
done by that Army, and those by special Order, and
in such Manner as, if they be not speedily restrained,
and this Popish Army expelled the Country, they will
not only utterly ruin the Trade and Commerce of the
Country, but discourage and disable all Husbandry,
and so bring Poverty and Famine upon the Land.
Since my last Estimate of our Forces, there is little
Alteration of them; only One Hundred and Twenty
Dragooners of Sir Anthony Irbye's Regiment are
come, which I have sent to Bradforde with my Son;
and Colonel Boynton with his Regiment, being Five
Hundred Foot, and Forty Horse, are come hither;
and Captain Crompton's Dragooners, as he complains
to me, are all run away, so I have given him a new
Commission to raise a Company; and for any further
Supplies, I cannot expect them until the Aids come
from the South; for Sir Hugh Cholmely, as I hear,
cannot bring One Hundred and Thirty Men, and
those are so much desired to be retained in the North
Riding, to interrupt the Rising of that Country in
Aid of the Earl of Newcastle, as I do not press his
March this Way; and for the Lincolneshire Aids expected to be sent us, I cannot hope for any from
them, having this Day received a Letter, by Captain
Hatcher, wherein the Earl of Lincolne and the Committee at Lincolne write, that they are not able to
defend themselves against Five Hundred Foot and
Three Troops of Dragooners, and Two Troops of
Horse, with Seven Pieces of Ordnance, sent to Newarke
by the Earl of Newcastle, and therefore desire Help
from me. I have formerly represented to the Committee the extreme Want of Money here, and how
impossible it is to raise any, the Enemy being Master
of the Field. I have sent to Sir John Hotham, Sir
Edward Rhoades, Sir Hugh Cholmely, and Captain
Hotham; but they all alledge great Necessities of their
own, and help me with none, so that I am put upon
such Streights as seldom happen, to retain an Army
together, and with it serve upon a more potent Enemy,
having neither Money to pay them, nor free Quarter
to give them. If speedy Supply of Money do not
come, I much fear the Soldiers will steal away, and
desert the Service. I now have received your Letters,
signifying that the House have designed us Ten Thousand Pounds to be presently sent, and do take further
Care for all Necessaries to be supplied; for which, I
beseech you, return my humble Thanks, and assure
them that there shall want no Care nor Fidelity in me
to advance the Service, so highly concerning the Religion and Laws of the Land. I am now about to
procure Billet for Fourteen Days of the Inhabitants
of the Towns where I quarter, and to engage for the
Payment as soon as the Money comes to me; all which,
I beseech you, represent to that Honourable Assembly,
whose Care I doubt not but will supply all our
Wants now represented, especially hasting down
the Forces of the Southern Parts, with the Monies
intended for our Supplies. It is advised by the Commanders here, not to fall upon any of the Enemies
Quarters at this Time, until we be stronger, or have
certain Intelligence of their Weakness; in the mean
Time, we lye still, waiting for Opportunities, which
shall not be neglected, if once offered unto
"Your affectionate Friend and Servant,
"P.Script. The Enemy hath made no Attempt
upon any of our Quarters, since our Remove
from Tadcaster, until this Morning, when Five
Troops of Horse, and Three Companies of
Dragooners, from Sherbourne, fell upon our
Quarter at Brayton, where Two Companies
of our Foot and One Troop of Horse quartered: They came in so fast with our Scouts,
that they were in the Town before many of
our Men could be drawn out; yet the most
Part of our Soldiers carried themselves with
such Resolution, as they forced the Enemy to
retreat in great Confusion, and took Three of
them Prisoners, and this with the Loss of One
Man of our Part."
Selby, the 29th December, 1642.
Le Grand and Beverlett.
"According to your Lordships Order of the 15th of
October last, we have called all the Parties and such
as follow the Business of them before us, and have
heard what they could say touching the Matter
of Security referred unto us; and the Question being betwixt them, whether the Goods delivered to
Beverlett were delivered for Want of Bail only, or
delivered towards the Payment of the Debt claimed
due by Desermeux, which Debt Le Graund denieth to
be due, and that (fn. *) it was offered on the Part of Desermeux speedily to go to Trial in Guildhall, to prove
the Debt due unto him; and Beverlett himself claims
nothing in the Goods to his own Use, only desires to
be saved harmless against Desermaux; and on the
Part of Desermoux it was offered, that, in Case Le
Grand would give Bail to the Action, Beverlett should
by Consent deliver the Goods to Le Grand; and because Le Grand was but of weak Estate, if the Trial
did proceed, and pass for Desermaux, he should take
but Five Shillings in the Pound for his Debt; and
if that passed against Desermaux, he should pay very
good Costs to Le Grand, for Charges of Suit; but it
would not be consented unto by Le Grand, nor those
that followed the Business for him, pretending his
Poverty to be such as he could give no Security to
Beverlett. All which we humbly leave, &c.
1 Nov. 1642.
"Richard Le Grand maketh Oath, That the Goods
of his, mentioned in his last Petition exhibited to your
Lordships, which, by virtue of your Lordships Order thereupon, should have been re-delivered unto
him by John Beverlett, a Frenchman, living in London;
the said Beverlett utterly refuseth to obey the same,
notwithstanding that he hath been sundry Times served
with the said Order."
Jur. 6 Octobris, 1642.
Order to give Power to a Committee to give Licences for sending over Victuals for Ireland.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That (fn. †) a select Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to take
Care of the Affairs of Ireland, may give forth Warrants and Licences unto all the Officers of His Majesty's Ports, and to the Governors and Captains of
Castles and Forts, and Captains and Masters of Ships,
whom it may concern, for the Free Shipping and
Transporting, from any the Ports of this Kingdom,
into Ireland, all such Victual, Cloaths, Arms, or Ammunition, as shall be from Time to Time provided
here by the Parliament, for His Majesty's Armies in
the several Ports of that Kingdom; and that all His
Majesty's Officers and Ministers, and all others whom
it may concern, do give due Observance to such Warrants and Licences, as they tender the Service, and
will answer the contrary."
Order to compel Soldiers, in London, Westminster, &c. to come to their Colours upon Summons.
"Whereas many of the Trained Bands and others,
listed under several Colonels and Captains inhabiting within the Cities of London and Westm. and the
County of Midd. have neglected to make their Appearance in Arms, to do such Service, by Day or
Night, within the Cities and Liberties aforesaid, and
in the Tower of London, as of them have been required, being lawfully summoned thereunto, by the
Beat of Drums, or otherwise, for the Defence of
the King and Parliament, the Safeties of the City
and Tower of London, with the adjacent Parts of the
(fn. *) County of Midd.: For the Reformation of so great
a Neglect, and for the avoiding of so imminent Evils
in these dangerous Times that might ensue thereupon,
it is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons
now assembled in Parliament, That the Colonels,
Captains, and Lieutenants of the Trained Bands, or
others, in the Cities of London and Westm. and Suburbs
thereof, and the County of Midd. may inflict the
Punishment of Two Days Imprisonment, without Bail
or Mainprise, or the of Five Shillings, for
Supply of the Service, upon such Soldiers under
their Commands as shall not repair to their Colours
at the Time appointed, and do their Duties there,
when and as often as they shall be thereunto required,
unless they be reasonably excused, and that made
known to the Captain or other Chief Officers; or,
being come to their Colours, shall depart before they
be lodged; or, being to find Arms for others, shall
refuse to provide them when and as often as they shall
thereunto be required."
Order for 30 l. 16 s. to Mr. Hawkins, for attending on the Committee for Irish Affairs.
"Whereas, upon the humble Desire of William Hawkins, Gentleman, that Allowance might now be made
and paid unto him, for his constant Attendance upon
the Committee appointed to take Care of the Affairs
of Ireland, after the Rate of Eight Shillings per Diem,
as was formerly allowed him until the 15th Day of
September last, for his Attendance as Secretary upon
the Lords and others His Majesty's Commissioners for
the Affairs of that Kingdom; the said Committee,
considering his Daily Labour and Attendance for that
Service, have thought fit that the same Allowance be
continued unto him, and that Order should be given
as well for the present Payment out of the Adventurer's-money for Ireland, so much as after that
Rate the same Allowance doth amount unto, from
the said 15th Day of September to the 1st Day of
December now last past, as also for the further Payment hereafter of such other Sums as, according to
that Rate, shall arise for his said Labour and Attendance; the same being allowed of and certified,
from Time to Time, by the said Committee: It is
therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament, That the Receivers of the
Adventurers-money, upon Subscriptions for Land in
Ireland, do forthwith pay unto the said William Hawkins, the Sums of Thirty Pounds, and Sixteen Shillings, for his Labour and Attendance on that Service,
for Threescore and Seventeen Days, after that Rate,
beginning the said 15th Day of September, and ending
the last Day of November; and that, from thence forward, and for the Time to come, the said Receivers, or
other Receivers or Treasurers for the Wars of Ireland,
do pay unto him such further Sums of Money as,
after that Rate of Eight Shillings by the Day, shall
be coming unto him for his Labour and Attendance
in that Service, as the same shall be certified and ordered by the present Committee for the Affairs of
Ireland, or any other Commissioners or Committees
of Parliament hereafter appointed for that Purpose,
who are hereby authorized to make such Orders and
Certificates; and that the said Receivers and Treasurers shall be allowed the same, from Time to Time,
upon their Accompts respectively."
"To the Right Honourable the Lords and Commons assembled in this present Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Inhabitants within
the County of Essex, whose Names are
hereunto subscribed and annexed,
"That we, your Petitioners, true Members of this
Church and State, being sensible of the present Distractions and bloody Miseries wherein this Nation
most unhappily is involved, whereby the Ruin of
our Religion, Estates, Lives and Liberties, is inevitably threatened, in a most unnatural and Unchristian
Manner; the nearest and dearest Relations (fn. *) are plotting and acting Destruction each to other: Neither is
this our great Misery bounded within our selves; but
it extendeth itself to our poor Brethren of bleeding
Ireland, not only to the Ruin of their Persons and
Estates, but even to the utter Extirpation of the
Protestant Religion itself in that miserable Kingdom,
by disabling us to afford them that timely Aid and
Assistance which in Truth were due unto them: The
tender Consideration of the Premises doth enforce us
humbly to address ourselves to the Favour and
Wisdom of this Honourable Court for Relief; not
doubting but that the Blessing of God, meeting with
your grave and timely Endeavours, may yet put a
Period to these our miserable Distractions; and, to that
End, we have addressed ourselves by Petition to His
"And therefore do, in all Humility, beg that you
would be pleased seriously to consider of our
present and approaching Calamities; and, before any more Blood be shed, to tender with
all possible convenient Speed unto our Gracious Sovereign such Propositions for Accommodation, as may be for the Preservation of
the true Protestant Religion, His Majesty's
Safety and Honour, the Peace and Prosperity
of all His Subjects.
"And we shall pray, &c."