DIE Jovis, 2 die Martii.
Earl Manchester, appointed Speaker this
Glynn, Justice Reeve's Servant, a Pass.
Ordered, That Griffith Glynn, Mr. Justice Reeve's
Servant, shall have a Pass, to go to Oxford, to carry
some Letters to the Lord Keeper, concerning their not
going the Assizes.
Portugal Agent's Petition, about Goods of Portugueze Merchants seized, in the Hands of Ricault.
Upon reading an Information of the Agent (fn. *) of Portingall, complaining, "That divers Goods have been
seized, in the Hands of Pietro Ricault, a Merchant,
in London, as his Goods, whereas they appertain to
divers Portingall Merchants, as is alledged:" Hereupon it is Ordered, To be referred to the Judge of
the Court of Admiralty, who is to examine the Proofs
that are to be produced to make it appear that (fn. †) the
said Goods belong to the Portingall Merchants; and,
after such Examination, to certify the same to this House,
and then this House will take the same further into
Thorne and the Inhabitants of St. Cuthbert.
Ordered, That Mr. Thorne shall be brought before
this House To-morrow, concerning the Petition of the
Inhabitants of St. Cutbert, in Bedfordshire.
Countess of Westmoreland's Goods; a Pass.
Ordered, That a Pass shall be granted, to bring a
Waggon laden with Goods to London, belonging to the
Countess of Westm'land, against her Lying-in.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Nath. Stevens:
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Order,
which was concerning securing of Monies, which have
been paid for the setting (fn. *) forth of Sir Wm. Waller.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in the Ordinance now brought up.
Letter from L. Grey, about assessing L. Campden.
Upon reading a Letter of the Lord Grey, concerning
the Lord Viscount Campden, desiring their Lordships
Direction for his further proceeding concerning rating
of him for Contributing: (Here enter the Letter.)
L. Campden to attend the House;
his Goods to be secured by L. Grey.
Ordered, That the Lord Viscount Campden shall
be summoned for to come and give his Attendance on
this House; and that a Letter be sent from the Speaker
to the Lord Grey, to let him know, that the House hath
summoned the Lord Viscount Campden to come up;
and to desire him that he will take Order that such
Goods of the Lord Viscount Campden's, and his Son
Mr. Henry Noeell, which he hath taken, may be kept
safely, until his Lordship hear further from this House.
Committee to assess Lords, in Northamptonshire and Rutland.
Ordered, That these Lords following shall cess
such Lords, in North'tonshire and Rutland, (fn. †) as the Lord
Grey and the Committee of North'ton desired might be
rated by their Lordships:
|L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Sir Job Harby, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir Job Harby shall have a Pass,
to go to Oxford; and return again to London.
Message from the H. C. to sit a while.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Herbert:
To desire their Lordships would Please to sit a while,
for they have some Business of Importance to bring up
to their Lordships.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will sit a while, as is desired.
Report from the Committee for assessing Lords in Northampton and Rutland.
The Earl of Warwicke reported from the Committee,
That their Lordships have thought fit to rate these
Lords following for the Twentieth Part, according to
the Letter of the Committee at North'ton:
|"Lord Viscount Campden,
|"Earl of Northton,
|"Earl of Westm'land,
|"Earl of Newport,
|"Lord Mountugue of Bougbton,
|The Lords are informed, that the Lord Vaux hath sustained great Losses already; therefore they forbear to rate his Lordship, until such Time that they may be informed here upon Oath what his Losses are.
|"The Lord Brudnell,
This House approved of these Rates; and Ordered,
That the Speaker shall send these Rates to the Committees, in a Letter, according as they desire.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about a late Proclamation of the King's.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Christopher Yelverton, Knight and
To desire a present Conference, touching a Proclamation of the King's, concerning the Counties of Kent,
Sussex, Surrey, and Hamptshire.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a present Conference, as is
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
The Speaker reported the Effect of this Conference:
"That the House of Commons acquainted their
Lordships with a Proclamation; which was read, in
hæc verba: (Here enter it.)
"Next, the House of Commons desired their Lordships Concurrence in some Votes made by the House
of Commons, touching this Proclamation:
"The Votes were read, as followeth:
Votes of the H. C. upon the King's Proclamation.
"That, in this Proclamation, prohibiting the Association of divers Counties, and the Contributions to
the Army under the Command of the Earl of Essex,
there are contained divers false and scandalous Charges
upon the Proceedings of the Parliament; and that it
is Treason against the Commonwealth in those that
advised His Majesty to the setting forth of this
Proclamation, and likewise in all such as shall publish
the same, or act any Thing upon it; and that the
Houses will proceed against them according to Law.
"That whosoever did advise the setting (fn. *) forth this
Proclamation, did thereby express a malicious Intention to hinder the Treaty and the Peace, and happy
Union to be hoped from thence, between the King
and His People.
"That these several Counties of Kente, Surrey,
Sussex, Hantshire, or any other Counties, notwithstanding any Thing in this Proclamation, may proceed to associate themselves.
"That the Lords be moved, That a Committee be
nominated, of some Members of both Houses, for
drawing a Declaration, for vindicating the Proceedings of Parliament from the Scandals in this Proclamation, and upon the other Matters contained in these
"That the House of Commons desired that the
Time may be taken Notice of in the Declaration,
when this Proclamation was made, which was presently after the King had sent an Answer to both
Houses, desiring a Treaty and Cessation of Arms, that
so all Differences may be settled between His Majesty
and the Parliament."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in all the aforesaid Votes, and nominates
these Lords following to be Committees, to join with a
proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to
draw the Declaration:
Committee to draw up a Declaration concerning it.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them, to meet
this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees with the
House of Commons in all the Votes now brought up at
the Conference concerning the King's Proclamation; and
that their Lordships have appointed Seven Lords, to
meet with a proportionable Number of the House of
Commons, to draw up the Declaration.
"His Majesty's Proclamation, forbidding all His
loving Subjects, of the Counties of Kent,
Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire, to raise any
Forces without His Majesty's Consent, or to
enter into any Association or Protestation, for
the Assistance of the Rebellion against His
The King's Proclamation, to prevent the Counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire, from entering into an Association against Him.
"Whereas We have been informed of certain Propositions, agreed upon by some seditious Persons of
our several Counties of Kent, Surrey, or Sussex, and
Hampshire, for an Association betwixt the said Counties, to raise an Army of Three Thousand Foot and
Three Hundred Horse, and great Sums of Money
for the Maintenance thereof, and an Invitation of
Our good Subjects of that County to enter into a
Protestation, to assist them in this odious and unnatural Rebellion; We do hereby Declare, for the
Satisfaction of all Our loving Subjects of those Counties, and that they may not be seduced from their
Obedience by the Cunning and Subtilty of those
Men, that the entering into such an Association and
Protestation, and raising of Men, or contributing
Money unto the same, is an Act of High Treason,
and an Endeavour to take away Our Life from Us:
And We do therefore streightly charge and command all Our loving Subjects whatsoever, upon their
Allegiance, not to enter into any such Association or
Protestation; and such as, by Colour of such Authority, have assembled together, that they immediately disband, and repair to their Houses; and We
do once more renew Our Offer, a Free and Gracious
Pardon to all Our Subjects of Our said Four several
Counties, excepting those whom We before excepted
in Our several Proclamations concerning those Our
Counties, against all which We shall proceed, according to the Rules of the Law, as against Persons
guilty of High Treason; and whom We do hereby
require all Our Officers and Ministers of Justice, and
all Our loving Subjects whatsoever, to apprehend, and
cause to be kept in safe Custody: And Our express
Pleasure is, and We do hereby will and command
all the several Tenants of the Persons excepted in
Our Proclamation for those Four Counties of Kent,
Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire, and all other Persons
who are any Ways indebted unto them, and all the
Tenants to any other Person of any of the said Counties, who is now in actual and open Rebellion against
Us, or who, after the Publishing of this Our Proclamation, shall contribute to the Maintenance of the
Armies now in Rebellion against Us, under the Conduct of Robert Earl of Essex, or of any other Person
or Persons, or that shall join in any such traiterous
Association or Protestation, That they forbear to pay
any Rents or Debts due (fn. *) to the said several Persons,
but detain the same in their Hands, towards the Maintenance of the Peace of the Counties, and the Reparation of such Men who have suffered by the Violence of the others; and if any Soldier or Soldiers,
now under Command against Us, in either of Our
said Four Counties, shall, within Six Days after
the Publishing of this Our Proclamation, apprehend
and bring before Us, or any Officers of Our Army,
or any other Our Minister of Justice, so that the
Person apprehended be kept in safe Custody, the
Bodies of any of the Persons so excepted by Us,
or of any of the Commanders or Officers now in
Rebellion against Us, in any of the said Four several
Counties, such Soldier or Soldiers, besides their Pardons, shall receive such liberal Rewards, by Pensions
or otherwise, as their several Services, in respect of
the Qualities of the Persons so apprehended, shall
deserve; and, if any Commander or Officer (except
the Persons before excepted) now in Rebellion against
Us, in any of the said Four Counties, shall, within
Five Days after this Our Proclamation published,
being convinced in his Conscience of his damnable
Offence against God, (fn. †) and Us, in assisting this odious
Rebellion, return to his Allegiance, and repair to Our
Army, and commit no hostile Act in the mean while
against Us, We shall not only pardon him, but so far
employ him, as his Quality (fn. †) and Demeanor shall deserve; and We do hereby require all Our loving
Subjects, of what Degree or Quality soever, within
Our said Four several Counties, upon their Allegiance, and as they tender the Cause of God (the
Protestant Religion being invaded, and threatened to
be rooted up, by Anabaptists, Brownists, and Atheists),
of Us and Our Posterity (Our Life being sought
after by this Rebellion); and of themselves, the Law
and Liberty of the Subject being in apparent Hazard to be subjected to an arbitrary lawless Power
of a few schismatical, factious, and ambitious Persons,
to assist Us in Person, or with the Loan of Money,
Plate, and Horses, in this Our great Necessity: And,
having said thus much out of Our tender Regard of
Our Subjects of those Our Counties, if they shall
henceforward be guilty of the Premises, and shall,
either by Loan or Contribution, assist the said Army
of Rebels, assemble and muster themselves in Arms,
without Authority derived from Us under Our Hand,
or shall enter into any Oath of Association for opposing Us and Our Army, and so compel Us to send
Part of Our Forces thither to reduce them to their
Obedience, they must answer the Miseries that must
follow, to God and their Country: And Our Pleasure
is, That this Our Proclamation be read in all the
Parish Churches and Chapels in the said Four several Counties.
"Given at Our Court at Oxford, this Sixteenth
Day of February, in the 18th Year of Our
Order for 700l. to be paid to Mr. Stevens, and others, advanced for equipping Sir Wm. Waller's Army.
"Whereas Mr. Stephens, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Jenner,
and Mr. Ashe, Members of the House of Commons,
have, for the advancing and furnishing out of Forces
into the County of Gloucester, and the other Western
Counties, for the Public Service of the Kingdom,
under the Command of Sir William Waller, Serjeant
Major General of the Forces raised in the said County
of Gloucester, and other Counties adjacent, taken
up and provided at Interest, upon their particular
Credits and Securities, the Sum of Seven Hundred
Pounds, without which Sum the said Forces cannot
march upon their present Expedition: It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Treasurer of the Army, shall forthwith, and within Fourteen Days, issue and pay, out of his First Receipts
upon Subscriptions, or otherwise, the said Sum of
Seven Hundred Pounds, with the Interest of Eight
Pounds per Cent. unto the said Members of the House
L. Grey's Letter, about assessing L. Campden.
"I received a Letter from your Lordship concerning
my Lord Campden, wherein the Honourable House
of Peers were pleased to command me to forbear the
Assessment of my Lord Campden; therefore I do
conceive it my Duty to give them an Account of my
whole Proceedings in that Business. First, my Lord
Campden sent a Gentleman to me, who offered me
Fifty Pounds, for a Protection for him and his Sons;
but withall desired that I would not esteem it as a
Bribe: The which (fn. *) I so much scorned, that I sent
his Lordship Word back again, that it was not a
Bribe that I expected from his Lordship; but that
he would please to subscribe a Sum answerable to
his Honour and Estate. He returned me again Fifty
Pounds, by the same Gentleman; and (at that Time)
[ (fn. †) he and] both his Sons were preparing Arms and
Ammunition (which I can very well prove), and have
since found them to be used against the King and
Parliament, at Mr. Henry Noell's, his Second Son's,
House, which I have lately taken, and brought the
Gentleman away as a Prisoner: And I returned him
again my former Answer, with this Addition, That,
if his Lordship would not subscribe, then I must take
such Course as the Parliament should direct, by Assessment, or otherwise. Then his Lordship sent me
another Message, to desire me that I would forbear
till he had acquainted the Parliament; but I found
the Coals kindle so fast in that Country, that, had I
not suddenly quenched them, the whole Country would
have been on a Flame. The Malignants flocked so
fast, that, had I not entered Rutlandshire at that very
Nick of Time, I am confident in One Week the whole
County would have been drawn into a Body against
the Parliament. My Lord, I had almost forgotten
to acquaint Your Lordship, that I first went to my
Lord Campden's House, where, as I was credibly informed, there was both Arms and Ammunition; but
his Lordship was fled, and all his Arms conveyed
away. Now, having given your Lordship a full
Account concerning my Lord Campden, I desire to
have Directions from the Honourable House for my
further Proceedings in this Particular of my Lord
Campden; and there shall be nobody readier to serve
your Lordship than
North'ton, 28 Feb. 1642.
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
"For the Right Honourable the Earl
of Manchester, at the House of
House adjourned till 10a cras.