DIE Lunæ, 30 die Januarii.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That he hath
received a Letter from the Lord Viscount Falkland;"
which was read, as followeth:
Letter from Lord Falkland, with the following Pass.
"I have, by His Majesty's Command, inclosed His
Majesty's Safe Conduct for the Lords and Gentlemen,
according to the Desire of both Houses, expressed in
your Letter of the 27th of January, directed to me,
who assure your Lordship that I am,
Oxford, 28th January,
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Directed, "To the Right Honourable the Earl of
Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers
The King's Pass, for the Committee, who are to attend Him.
"Our Will and Pleasure is, and We do hereby
streightly charge and command all the Officers and
Soldiers of Our present Army, and all Our Ministers
and Subjects whatsoever, to permit and suffer Our
Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousins and
Counsellors Algernoone Earl of Northumb. Phillip Earl
of Pembrooke and Mountg. Wm. Earl of Salishbury,
and Henry Earl of Holland, Our Right Trusty and
Well-beloved Thomas Viscount Wenman and Ric'd
Viscount Dungarvan, and our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Wm. Litton, Knights, Wm.
Pierpoint, Bulstrode Whitlocke, Edward Waller, and
Ric'd Winwood, Esquires, (together with their Servants) to pass and re-pass to and from Us, they
being now sent to tender Us Propositions from Our
Two Houses of Parliament. This Our safe Conduct,
under Our Sign Manual and Royal Signer, We charge
and command them, and every of them, punctually to
observe and obey, as they will answer the contrary
at their utmost Perils.
"Given at Our Court at Oxford, the 28th Day of
Sir Robert Fenn, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir Rob't Fenn Knight, One of the
Officers of the Green Cloth, shall have a Pass, to go to
Oxford, being his Waiting Month.
Mr. Cary, Leave to stay in Town.
Ordered, Mr. Cary shall have Leave to stay in
Town Four or Five Days.
E. of Portland's Servant released.
Ordered, That a Servant of the Earl of Porland's,
being his menial Servant, shall be released, being arrested.
Bill against scandalous Ministers.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the punishing of divers scandalous Clergymen and others.
And it being put to the Question;
It was Resolved, To pass as a Law, with the Alterations.
Sent to the H. C. with the Bill for the Synod.
This Bill and the Bill for the Assembly was sent down
to the House of Commons, by Message, by Dr. Bennett
and Dr. Aylett:
Committee going to the King to carry only their own Servants.
Ordered, That the Four Lords that are to go to
Oxford with the Propositions shall carry no Servants but
their own along with them.
Message to the H. C. to give the same Order to their Committee.
The Messengers that carried down the Bills to the
House of Commons were to let the House of Commons
know, that their Lordships have received a Safe Conduct for the Members of both Houses that are to go to
Oxford; and to let them understand, that their Lordships have Ordered, That the Four Lords shall take
no Servants along with them but their own Servants;
and to desire that the House of Commons would make
the same Order for the Members of their House.
Sir Basil Brooke and Sir J. Winter, versus Mr. Mynn.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Basill Brooke, and
Sir John Winter, against Mr. Mynn; it is Ordered,
That Mr. Mynn shall have a Copy of the Petition, and
return his Answer, and shew Cause why the Petition
should not be granted.
Lancaster, a Pass.
Ordered, That Wm. Ryley Lancaster shall have a
Pass, to go to Oxford, and back again.
Bar, a Pass.
Ordered, That Bar, Servant to the Earl
of Bath, shall have a Pass, to go into France, and back
Withings, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Wythinges, One of the Equerries
to the Prince his Highness, shall have a Pass, to go to
Oxford, to attend on the Prince.
House adjourned till 3a post meridiem.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Afternoon.
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance for a Loan for Ireland;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Whitlocke; which consisted of these Particulars:
1. To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning a Loan for Ireland.
and to sit a while.
2. To desire that their Lordships would please to sit
a while, for they shall (fn. *) have Occasion to bring up some
Business of Importance to their Lordships.
Agreed, To fit, as is desired.
The said Ordinance was read. (Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. about removing Sir Cha. Berkley;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Glanvile and Mr. Dr. Heath:
To let them (fn. *) know, that whereas lately their Lordships had a Conference with them concerning Sir Charles
Berckley, their Lordships did not intend to bail him;
but only, in regard of his ill Health, to remove him
from the Prison where he now is, to some safe Place,
where he may have better Accommodation for his Health;
and, he being their Lordships Prisoner, they will take
Care for his safe Custody.
and about the Ordinance for the Irish Loan.
2. To let them know, that this House agrees to the
Ordinance now brought up, concerning the Contribution
The Messengers return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That they have delivered their Message to the House
of Commons; and to that Part of the Message concerning Sir Charles Berckley, they are contented that (fn. †) he
be removed, as their Lordships have propounded.
Message from thence, for a Conference about a Letter from the King to the Queen, and about one from Lord Fairfax.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob't Harley:
To desire a present Conference, concerning a Letter
intercepted going from the King to the Queen, and a
Letter sent from the Lord Fairfaix.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Conference,
in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
Answer from the H. C. to the Message sent this Morning.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons this
Morning, return with this Answer:
That they do agree in the Amendments in the Bills
concerning scandalous Ministers and the Assembly; and
that the House of Commons have Ordered, That
such Members of theirs as go to the King with the Propositions shall not carry any but their own Servants with
The House of Commons being come in the Painted
Chamber, ready for the Conference, the House was
adjourned during Pleasure:
And the House was resumed.
Conference about the Letter from the King to the Queen, and about one from Lord Fairfax.
The Speaker reported the Effect of the Conference:
"1. To communicate a Letter sent from the Lord
"2. A Letter of the King's to the Queen, which
was intercepted by the Lord Fairefaix." (Here enter
Which Letters they desire their Lordships Concurrence therein; and that they may be printed and published, with a Declaration through the Kingdom; and
Public Thanks to be given in all Churches in London
and Westm. and the Suburbs and Liberties thereof, the
next Sabbath-day, by the Ministers, for the good Success of the Parliament Forces in the North, against the
Ordered, That the Printing of the King's Letter
shall be respited.
Lord Fairfax's Letter to be printed.
Ordered, That the Letter of the Lord Fairefax
shall be printed, with so much of the Declaration as
concerns it; and that as concerns the Queen to be
Recusants Names commissioned by the Earl of Newcastle.
The Names of Recusants to whom the Earl of Newcastle hath granted Commissions to raise Forces, was
read. (Here enter it.) And to be printed.
Message to the H. C. for a further Conference on the Subject of the last.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Bennett and Dr. Heath:
To desire a present Conference, concerning the Matter of the last Conference.
Georgius Kirke, de Westm. Armiger, recognovit se
debere Domino Regi Tres Mille Libras, levari ex Terris,
Tenementis, Bonis, et Catallis suis, ad usum Domini Regis.
The Condition of the abovesaid Recognizance: That,
if the said George Kirke shall keep Sir Charles Berkley
Knight, impeached before the Lords in Parliament of
High Treason, by the House of Commons, as his true
Prisoner, in Mrs. Peacoke's House, near Charing-Crosse,
Westm. and shall not permit him to go abroad to any
Place, upon any Occasion whatsoever, without Leave of
this House, but only to St. Martin's Church, and that in
his Company, and to return Home with him again to
the said Mrs. Peacock's House so soon as the Church is
done, that then this Recognizance to be void; or else to
remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sir C. Berkley removed to the Custody of Mr. Kirk.
Ordered, That Sir Charles Berckley, Knight, shall
be removed from The Tower, and transmitted over to
the Custody of Mr. George Kirke.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Declaration concerning Ld. Fairfax's Success in the North.
"Whereas many and servent Prayers have been sent
up to God, for His Blessing to be poured down upon
the Endeavours of the Parliament, in Maintenance of
His own Cause and Religion, now openly assaulted
by Papists; and because it is most just and necessary
to observe the Return of these Prayers, that our
Mouths and Hearts may be as much enlarged in
Praises as they have been (fn. *) in Prayers; the Lords and
Commons have thought fit to publish some late good
Successes, as so many Answers from Heaven, which
God hath given to the Prayers of His Servants.
"And whereas sundry late Declarations have shewed
to the World divers Informations and Proofs, concerning the raising of a Popish Army, with an Intention to subvert God's true Religion, professed and by
Law established in this Kingdom, and to introduce
Popish Idolatry and Superstition; that it may appear
that what (fn. †) was before an Intention is now Matter
of Fact, and really put in Execution, a most certain
and true Relation is here offered to Public Notice
and Observation, wherein it may be seen that this
Popish Army hath set up the open Practice of their
abominable Idolatry in Yorke, the Second City of this
Kingdom, and are grown to that Height of Insolency,
that they terrify and drive away Protestant Ministers
and People from frequenting their own Churches,
and from the Practice of their own Religion, wherein they have given a Pattern and Pledge what they
intend to do, and what must (fn. *) be expected from them,
through the whole Kingdom: The Consideration
hereof (whereby the most precious Things in the
World, God's Glory and true Worship, and the Salvation and Souls of Men, are brought into Danger)
ought to excite and stir up (and we are confident it
will) the strongest Endeavours and most united Conjunctions of all religious and well-affected Protestants
and Patriots, to resist and suppress these common
Enemies of God, Piety, their Country and Commonwealth; for now it plainly appears, that, however
they pretend to defend the and the Laws,
yet their main Intention is, to establish Popery in this
Kingdom, and to extirpate the Protestant Religion,
which cannot be done without Subversion of the
Laws, as the Papists have almost effected in Ireland."
Ld. Fairfax's Letter.
"It is most necessary that I continue my Relation to
you of the State and Condition of the Affairs in this
Country, that they may be made known to both
Houses, and Provision made for Succours to be sent
us, which have hitherto come very slowly, though
they have made large Expressions of their Care: We
have been long destitute of Money to pay the Army;
and, to supply that Want, I have used all possible Industry, by taking up Money upon Exchange, and by
calling upon the Country to supply me for the present upon the Public Faith. The Want of Money doth
so perplex that Part of the Army here, as I imagine
the House will not expect any considerable Matter to
be done by us; though, God be thanked, the Forces
I send from hence, and are raised by the Country,
with other Places, are daily acting something to advance the Public Service: As in the North Riding,
where Sir Hugh Cholmley hath carried himself very
bravely, giving several Defeats to the Enemy near
Malton; and on Monday, the 16th of this Month,
joining his Forces to Sir Mathew Baynton, they fell
upon Colonel Slingsby, at Gisborough, where they defeated him, and Six Hundred Horse and Foot with
him, that had done much Spoil in the North Ryding:
They wounded and took Colonel Slingsby himself,
with One Hundred and Forty other Prisoners, killed
a great many, and recovered Two Hundred Arms,
with Plate. Amongst the Prisoners taken by Sir
Hugh Cholmley at Malton, and here at Gisborough, it is
found that a great Number are Papists; and indeed
the Strength of the Enemies will be found to consist
much of Papists and Popishly affected, the Earl of
Newcastle granting his Commissions for raising Men to
Papists for the most Part. I have heard of late of
Commissions granted to Twelve Recusants of these
Parts, whose Names I send inclosed; and it is to be
doubted he walks the same Ways in other Places as
well as here; which Courses have so advanced Popery, as I hear that in Yorke, where many Recusants are
settled, Mass is ordinarily said in every Street, and
such Affronts offered to the Protestants, and their
Ministry, as few dare (fn. *) resort to Church; and in
other Parts of the Country I am informed that, for
many Miles together, the Religious Ministry are all
either fled or imprisoned, which Persecutions, if they
be not timely repressed, will extirpate or much depress
the Protestant Religion in these Parts: About Bradford and Hallifax, God hath blessed my Son and those
small Forces with good Success against the Enemy,
in several light Skirmishes; and on Monday was Sevennight, he seized on the Lord Savill's House at Howley,
and put about One Hundred Musketeers into it; and
on Tuesday I sent Sir Wm. Fairfax and his Officers,
with some Arms, to raise his Regiment in those Parts;
and for his Convoy, I sent what Horse and Dragooners
I could spare from hence, directing them to stay with
my Son, to assist him in his Design against Leeds; and
Yesternight I received Letters from him, wherein he
relates to me, That on Monday last he drew his Forces
out of Bradford, and marched to Leeds, where Sir
Wm. Savill commanded in Chief: My Son first summoned them by a Trumpet to yield; which being refused, the Assault began, wherein his Men carried
themselves with great Resolution, the Town being
fortified on all Sides, furnished with Two Brass Sakers,
and manned with Fifteen Hundred Soldiers; yet they
forced an Entry in Two Hours Fight, there being not
lost on both Sides above Forty Men, but he took
Four Colours, Five Hundred Prisoners (of which Six
are Commanders); and with the Prisoners they took
many Arms, the Sakers, and all the Munition they
had, which was not much. On our Part, we lost
Thirteen Men, and Captain Briggs and Captain Lee
both sore wounded; and I perceive that, in this Exploit, Sir Wm. Fairfax, Sir Tho. Norcliff, and Serjeant Major Forbes, with the rest of the Commanders,
carried themselves very gallantly. The People do
observe that Sir Wm. Savill and the Chief Commanders on the other Side, soon after the Fight, began to fly, by secret Ways, towards Pomfrett, and
their Men after them by Degrees; but, by the Way,
Serjeant Major Beaumont was drowned, crossing the
River, and Sir Wm. Savill very narrowly escaped
the like Fate: After Leeds was thus won, my Son
writes that he intended to have marched to Wakefeild,
where Sir George Wentworth commanded, but was
prevented therein by the Enemy's Fears, who, hearing he had taken Leedes, fled all away from Wakefeild
to Pontefratt, and left the Town; so he hath sent
some Forces to invest and keep that Place: Thus
hath God blessed their Endeavours on that Side; and
now I am told that Captain Hotham and Sir John
Savill are gone up Yesterday with some Forces into
those Parts, but upon what Design I know not
Yesterday Morning I had some Intelligence that the
most Part of the Forces were marched the Day before
out of Doncaster; so I have sent my Serjeant Major
General, with Six Companies of Foot, to invest that
Place, and to leave some Forces to keep it, until
more Strength come to us out of the Southern Counties; which, if they could be hastened hither, might
very much advance the Cause, and crush these Popish
Forces before they be supplied by the Queen's coming,
or their Party in Scotland, of which there is some
Expectation. I desire you would make known to the
House the great Extremities that are put upon me;
and that a certain Course may be settled for supplying us with Money, for the Entertainment of the Army, in such Season as our Men may be encouraged in
the Service, and not fall into a Way of plundering
for Want of Pay. My Son, upon the Taking of Leeds,
though he entered it by Force, yet he restrained his
Army from pillaging; so I have ordered that the
Malignants, in Lieu of the Spoil challenged to be due
unto the Soldiers, shall give them a Month's Entertainment, which I hope will content both Parties.
Yesternight Intelligence was brought to me, that the
Earl of Newc. hath drawn down all his Forces from
the South Parts of Yorkshire, those only excepted
that keep the Castle at Pontefrat; for Yesterday he
marched from Sherborne to Yorke, with Thirty-six
Colours, Two Pieces of Cannon, and Forty-three
other Carriages; the certain Cause I do not yet know,
but suppose it is to meet the Arms and Ammunition
coming from Newcastle, or to prepare for the Queen's
Entertainment at Yorke, which is much spoken of. I
shall carry a vigilant Eye upon his Designs, and endeavour to prevent them, so far as can be expected
from the Forces under the Command of,
"Your most affectionate Friend and Servant,
Selby, the 26th Jan. 1642.
"I have sent unto Mr. White,
to be shewed unto you,
Three Papers found with
Colonel Slingsby, when he
was taken at Gisborough, by
Sir Hugh Cholmley; which may
peradventure be thought necessary to be made known to
the House, if Sir Hugh have
not already presented the
Transcript to you."
Recusants Names, who have received Commissioners from the Earl of Newcastle.
The Names of Recusants in these Parts, to whom
the Earl of Newcastle hath granted Commissions to raise
Mr. Rob't Trappes.
Mr. Stevenson of Thorneton.
Sir John Middleton.
Sir Walter Vavasor.
Sir Phillip Hungate.
Besides, those formerly printed by Order of this
House, and many more are omitted.
Ordinance for a Loan for Ireland.
"Whereas the gasping Condition of the Protestants
in Ireland is too manifest, their Estates devoured,
their Lives daily sacrificed, not only to the Malice of
their and our bloody Enemies, the Popish Rebels,
but likewise to the more unavoidable Executioners,
Starving, Cold, and Hunger; their Sorrows hardly
to be equaled, nor their utter Destruction possible to
be prevented, but by the great and undeserved Mercy
of God, upon some speedy Supply of their grievous
Necessities: In a deep Sense and Compassion of their
sad Estates, and not so much doubting the Charity
of all good Protestants here (which hath been so
fully manifested before), as to use many Arguments
to invite them to a liberal Contribution and Loan for
the present Relief of those of our own Blood and
Profession, and to hinder the Rebels from being
Sharers in the Execution of those Devilish Plots,
which they and their Adherents in England have devised, and too far effected amongst us (who can expect no Safety here, if that Kingdom be not preserved
unto us, that (fn. *) hath so near a Relation and Dependance
upon this): And for the more speedy Raising, Collecting, and Disposing of such Supplies, as God shall incline
the Hearts of the People to afford their Brethren in
Ireland, which can be no otherwise procured at this
Time, by reason of the unhappy Distempers here,
the Lords and Commons in Parliament do hereby Order and Declare, That all and every of His Majesty's
well-affected Subjects of any His Kingdoms and Dominions, and any Person and Persons of the Dutch
Nation under the Government of The States Generall
of the United Provinces, that at any Time hereafter
shall bring in and disburse any Sum or Sums of Money, to be employed and laid out for the Maintenance
of the Army in Ireland against the Rebels, or that
shall bring in and deliver any Victual, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, or Commodities, fit and necessary for the better Supply of the said Army, to be
received and indifferently appraised and valued by
such Person and Persons as shall be appointed for
that Purpose by the Committee for the Irish Affairs
made 3 Septembris, 1642, or any Eight of (fn. †) those
intrusted with this Service, and that are hereafter
named, that all and every such Person and Persons
shall have the Public Faith of the Parliament; and
both Houses of Parliament do hereby engage the
Public Faith of the Kingdom, to satisfy and content,
and that such Persons shall be satisfied and contented,
for the same, either out of the Rebels Lands in
Ireland forfeited, or that shall be forfeited and
confiscate, when it shall please God that Kingdom shall be reduced, in Proportions answerable
and according to the several Sum and Sums of Money, in Manner and Form aforesaid to be brought in,
and in all Respects and Things to their best Advantage
and Contentment, as the Adventurers for Lands in
Ireland, according to the former Propositions, and several Acts of Parliament, or any of them, therefor
made and enacted this present Session, shall have their
Lands set out unto them, or otherwise at their Election
shall be re-satisfied their Monies, and the Value of
their Goods with Interest for the same, after the Rates
of Eight Pounds per Cent. for so long Time as it shall
be forborne to be paid, out of the common Treasure
of this Kingdom; and for the better ordering and
managing of this Affair, and to the End that such
Monies, Victuals, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares,
and Commodities, thus to be brought in, may only
be employed for the Maintenance of the said Army,
and not otherwise, the Lords and Commons do hereby nominate, authorize, and appoint, Sir Paule Pinder, Mr. John Kendrick, Mr. William Pennoyer, Mr.
Maurice Tompson, and Mr. Michaell Casteele, Mr.
Benjamin Goodwin, to be Treasurers, and to have
the receiving of the said Money, Victuals, Arms,
Ammunition, Goods, Wares, and Commodities, and
to nominate, appoint, and employ, all such Persons
under them, for the Purposes aforesaid, as they shall
think fit; and the said Money, Victuals, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, and Commodities, to pay
and deliver out, for the Maintenance of the said
Army in Ireland, and for no other Cause whatsoever,
in such Manner as the said Committee, or any Eight
of them, shall from Time to Time order and appoint; and the Persons to be employed under the
Treasurers beforenamed to be rewarded for their
Service, in such Manner and Proportion as the
said Committee, or any Eight of them, shall from
Time to Time order and appoint; and the Receipts
and Payments of Monies, coming in and issuing out
by virtue of this Ordinance, shall be kept at Guildhall, London, by the said Treasurers and others by
them appointed; and an Acquittance under the
Hands of any Two or more of the said Treasurers
shall be a sufficient Discharge to any Person paying
any Sum or Sums of Money to them by virtue of
this Ordinance: And, for the more speedy and
better Effect of this Ordinance, the Lords and Commons in Parliament have commanded that the same be
put in Print, and be published and dispersed in every
Parish in England and Wales, [as (fn. *) well] within Liberties as without; and the Parsons, Vicars, or Curates,
of the said Parishes respectively, are hereby required
to read the Ordinance, in the several Parish Churches
and Chapels, upon the next Lord's-day after the
same shall be delivered unto them, and to exhort the
People to a free and liberal Contribution to so necessary and Godly a Work as this is; and the Churchwardens, or Overseers for the Poor where there are
no Church-wardens, of the said Parish respectively,
are hereby authorized and required, after the Reading of this Ordinance as aforesaid, to go from House
to House, to every of the Inhabitants of the said
Parishes respectively, and as well to collect and gather the free and charitable Benevolence of all the
Inhabitants thereof, from the best to the meaner
Sort of People, that shall be willing to contribute
any Thing herein, as all and every other Sum and
Sums of Money, as also Victual, Arms, Ammunition,
Goods, Wares, or Commodities, that any the said
Parishioners respectively shall be willing to lend and
disburse, to be re-satisfied for the same as is herein
before expressed: And the said Church-wardens and
Overseers for the Poor shall cause to be written
down, in a Schedule thereof indented, as well the
Name and Names of the several Givers as of the
Lenders, with the several Sum and Sums of Monies
which shall be by every of them lent or given; and
the said Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor,
having subscribed their Names at the Foot of One
Part of the said Schedule indented, shall deliver that
Part, together with all such Sum and Sums of Money, Victual, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares,
and Commodities, as shall be given or lent, in the
said respective Parishes, unto such Person or Persons
as shall be therefor employed and intrusted by
Order of the said Committee, or any Eight of them;
and the said Persons so intrusted shall, upon Receipt
thereof from the said Church-wardens and Overseers for the Poor, subscribe the other Part of the
said Schedule, to remain with the said Churchwardens or Overseers for the Poor, and Parishioners; the
producing whereof to the said Lords and Commons in
Parliament, or to such Person or Persons as they shall
appoint for the same, being well attested, at the
Time of the Subscription, under the Hand-writing
of the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, and Four or more
of the principal Inhabitants of the said Parishes respectively; and, all and every Time and Times then
afterwards, shall be an authentic and sufficient Ground
for all and every such Person and Persons, their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, that shall lend
any Sum or Sums of Money, or other Goods abovementioned, to be employed as aforesaid, to have, demand, and receive the same back again, or such
Content and Satisfaction to be therefore made and
given unto them, as the said Lords and Commons
have herein before declared and undertaken; and
the said Persons, so intrusted for receiving of the said
Money, Victual, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares,
or Commodities, in the said several Parishes, shall,
with all convenient Speed after the Receipt thereof,
return the same unto the said Treasurers herein beforenamed, at The Guildhall, London; and the said
Committee are hereby directed to appoint a Register
and Entries to be made of all and every the said
Schedules, Sums of Money, and Premises, to be
thus received, whereby the Persons lending the same
may be the more justly satisfied; and to remain upon
Record, as an Act of great Bounty and Piety, and much
conducing to the Safety of all His Majesty's Dominions."
Propositions from both Houses to the King, for accommodating Differences.
"We, Your Majesty's most humble and faithful
Subjects, the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, having in our Thoughts the Glory of God,
Your Majesty's Honour, the Prosperity of Your
People, being most grievously afflicted with the pressing Miseries and Calamities which have overwhelmed
Your Two Kingdoms of England and Ireland, since
Your Majesty hath, by the Persuasion of evil Counsels, withdrawn Yourself from the Parliament, raised
an Army against it, and, by Force thereof, protected
Delinquents from the Justice of it; constraining us
to take Arms for the Defence of our Religion,
Laws, Liberties, Privileges of Parliament, and for
the Sitting of the Parliament in Safety; which Fears
and Dangers are continued and increased, by the
raising, drawing together, and arming, of great
Numbers of Papists, under the Command of the
Earl of Newcastle; likewise by making the Lord
Herbert of Ragland and other known Papists Commanders of great Forces, whereby many grievous
Oppressions, Rapines, and Cruelties, have been and
are daily exercised upon the Persons and Estates of
Your People; much innocent Blood hath been spilt,
and the Papists have attained Means of attempting,
with Hopes of effecting, their mischievous Design,
of rooting out the Reformed Religion, and destroying the Professors thereof.
"In the tender Sense and Compassion of these Evils
under which Your People and Kingdom lie (according to the Duty which we owe to God, Your Majesty, and the Kingdom for which we are trusted)
do most earnestly desire that an End may be put to
these great Distempers and Distractions, for the Prevention of that Desolation which doth threaten all
Your Majesty's Dominions; and, as we have rendered, and still are ready to render, to Your Majesty, that Subjection, Obedience, and Service, which
we owe unto You; so we most humbly beseech Your
Majesty to remove the Causes of this War, and to
vouchsafe us that Peace and Protection, which we
and our Ancestors have formerly enjoyed under
Your Majesty and Your Royal Predecessors, and
graciously to accept and grant these our most humble
Desires and Propositions:
"1. That Your Majesty will be pleased to disband
Your Armies, as we likewise shall be ready to disband all those Forces which we have raised; and
that You will be pleased to return to Your Parliament.
"2. That You will leave Delinquents to a legal
Trial and Judgement of Parliament.
"3. That the Papists may not only be disbanded,
but disarmed according to Law.
"4. That Your Majesty will be pleased to give
Your Royal Assent unto the Bill for taking away
superstitious Innovations; to the Bill for the utter
Abolishing and Taking away of all Archbishops,
Bishops, their Chancellors and Commissaries, Deans,
Sub-deans, Deans and Chapters, Archdeacons, Canons, and Prebendaries, and all Chaunters, Chancellors,
Treasurers, Sub-treasurers, Succentors, and Sacrists,
and all Vicars Choral and Choristers, old Vicars,
and new Vicars, of any Cathedral or Collegiate
Church, and all other their Under-officers, out of
the Church of England; to the Bill against scandalous Ministers; to the Bill against Pluralities; and to
the Bill for Consultation to be had with Godly, Religious, and Learned Divines: That Your Majesty
will be pleased to promise to pass such other good
Bills, for the Settling of Church Government, as,
upon the Consultation with the Assembly of the
said Divines, shall be resolved on by both Houses of
Parliament, and by them be presented to Your Majesty.
"5. That Your Majesty having expressed, in Your
Answer to the Nineteen Propositions of both Houses
of Parliament, hearty Affection and Intention for the
rooting out of Popery out of this Kingdom; and
that, if both the Houses of Parliament can yet find
a more effectual Course to disable Jesuits, Priests,
and Popish Recusants, from disturbing the State, or
(fn. *) eluding the Laws, that You would willingly give
Your Consent unto it; that You would be graciously
pleased, for the better Discovery and speedier Conviction of Recusants, that an Oath may be established
by Act of Parliament, to be administered in such
Manner as by both Houses shall be agreed on, wherein
they shall abjure and renounce the Pope's Supremacy, the Doctrine of Transubstantiation, Purgatory, Worshiping of the Consecrated Host, Crucifix,
and Images; and the refusing of the said Oath, being tendered in such Manner as shall be appointed
by Act of Parliament, shall be a sufficient Conviction in Law of Recusancy.
"That, for the more effectual Execution of the Laws
against Popish Recusants, Your Majesty would be
pleased to consent to a Bill for the true levying of
the Penalties against them; and that the same Penalties may be levied and disposed of in such Manner as both Houses of Parliament shall agree on, so
as Your Majesty be at no Loss; and likewise to a
Bill whereby the Practice of Papists against the State
may be prevented and the Laws against them duly
"6. That the Earl of Bristoll may be removed
from Your Majesty's Counsels; and that both he
and the Lord Herbert, Eldest Son of the Earl of
Worcester, may likewise be restrained from coming
within the Verge of the Court; and that they may
not bear any Office, or have any Employments, concerning the State or Commonwealth.
"7. That Your Majesty will be graciously pleased,
by Act of Parliament, to settle the Militia both by
Sea and Land, and for the Forts and Ports of the
Kingdom, in such a Manner as shall be agreed on by
"8. That Your Majesty will be pleased, by Your
Letters Patents, to make Sir John Brampston Chief
Justice of Your Court of King's Bench; William
Lenthall Esquire, the now Speaker of the Commons
House, Master of the Rolls; and to continue the
Lord Chief Justice Banks Chief Justice of the Court
of Common Pleas; and likewise to make Mr. Serjeant Wylde Chief Baron of Your Court of Exchequer;
and that Mr. Justice Bacon may be continued, and
Mr. Serjeant Rolls and Mr. Serjeant Atkins made
Justices of the King's Bench; that Mr. Justice Reeves
and Mr. Justice Foster may be continued, and Mr.
Serjeant Phesant made One of the Justices of Your
Court of Common Pleas; that Mr. Serjeant Creswell,
Mr. Samuell Browne, and Mr. John Puleston, may
be Barons of the Exchequer; and that all these, and
all the Judges of the same Courts for the Time to
come, may hold their Places by Letters Patents under
the Great Seal, quamdiu se bene gesserint; and that
the several Persons not beforenamed that do hold
any of these Places beforementioned may be removed.
"9. That all such Persons as have been put out of
the Commissions of Peace, and of Oyer and Terminer, or from being Custodes Rotulorum, since the First
Day of April, 1642 (other than such as were put
out by the Desire of both or either of the Houses of
Parliament), may again be put into those Commissions
and Offices; and that such Persons may be put out
of those Commissions and Offices as shall be excepted
against by both Houses of Parliament.
"10. That Your Majesty will be pleased to pass
the Bill now presented to Your Majesty, to vindicate
and secure the Privileges of Parliament from the ill
Consequence of the late Precedent, in the Charge
and Proceedings against the Lord Kymbolton, now
Earl of Manchester, and the Five Members of the
House of Commons.
"11. That Your Majesty's Royal Assent may be
given unto such Acts as shall be advised by both
Houses of Parliament, for the satisfying and paying
the Debts and Damages wherein the Two Houses
of Parliament have engaged the Public Faith of the
"12. That Your Majesty will be pleased, according to a Gracious Answer heretofore received from
You, to enter into a more strict Alliance with The
States of the United Provinces, and other Neighbour
Princes and States of the Protestant Religion, for
the Defence and Maintenance thereof against all Designs and Attempts of the Popish and Jesuitical Faction to subvert and suppress it, whereby Your Subjects may hope to be free from the Mischiefs which
this Kingdom hath endured through the Power
which some of that Party have had in Your Counsel, and will be much encouraged, in a Parliamentary Way, for Your Aid and Assistance, in restoring
Your Royal Sister and the Prince Elector to those
Dignities and Dominions which belong unto them,
and the relieving the other distressed Protestant
Princes, who have suffered in the same Cause.
"13. That, in the General Pardon which Your
Majesty hath been pleased to offer to Your Subjects, all Offences and Misdemeanors committed before the Tenth of January, One Thousand Six Hundred and Forty-one, which have been, or shall be,
questioned or proceeded against in Parliament, upon
Complaint in the House of Commons before the
Tenth of January, 1643, shall be excepted; which
Offences or Misdemeanors shall nevertheless be taken
and adjudged to be fully discharged against all other
inferior Courts; that likewise there shall be an Exception of all Offences committed by any Person or
Persons, which hath or have had any Hand or Practice in the Rebellion of Ireland, which hath or have
given any Counsel, Assistance, or Encouragement, to
the Rebels there, for the Maintenance of that Rebellion; as likewise an Exception of Wm. Earl of
Newcastle, and George Lord Digby.
"14. That Your Majesty will be pleased to restore
such Members of either House of Parliament to
their several Places of Service and Employment,
out of which they have been put since the Beginning of this Parliament, that they may receive Satisfaction and Reparation for those Places, and for the
Profits which they have lost by such Removal, upon
the Petition of both Houses of Parliament; and
that all others may be restored to their Offices and
Employments, who have been put out of the same
upon any Displeasure conceived against them for any
Assistance given to both Houses of Parliament, or
obeying their Commands, or forbearing to leave
their Attendance upon the Parliament without Licence, or for any other Occasion, arising from the
unhappy Differences betwixt Your Majesty and both
Houses of Parliament, upon the like Petition of
"These Things being granted and performed, as it
hath always been our hearty Prayer, so shall we be
enabled to make it our hopeful Endeavour, that
Your Majesty and Your People may enjoy the Blessings of Peace, Truth and Justice; the Royalty and
Greatness of Your Throne may be supported by the
loyal and bountiful Affections of Your People; their
Liberties and Privileges maintained by Your Majesty's Protection and Justice; and this public Honour and Happiness of Your Majesty and all Your
Dominions communicated to other Churches and
States of Your Alliance, and derived to Your Royal
Posterity, and the future Generations in this Kingdom
House adjourned till 10a cras.