DIE Jovis, 9 die Martii.
Earl of Manchester was appointed by the House to
be Speaker this Day.
Sir Hugh Pollard's Petition to be released upon Bais.
The Petition of Sir Hugh Pollard Baronet, was read;
shewing, "That he hath been Six Months a Prisoner
in The Poultry Counter, where the Streightness of his
Lodging and the unwholesome Air of the Place hath
much impaired his Health, and will in a short Time
bring him to Extremity, unless they be pleased to
take some favourable Consideration of his Sufferings,
by granting him some Enlargement; which he is the
more emboldened to hope for, having, upon his last
Restraint, left the Town with the Consent and Approbation of some eminent Persons of both Houses of
Parliament; and since that Time he hath not, as he
conceives, given any great Cause of Offence to the
Honourable Houses, having neither served against
them in Person in this War, nor with Money or
Arms, or by any other Means shewn himself in any
Way that may make him uncapable of their Lordships Favour.
"He therefore humbly beseecheth their Lordships, that they will be pleased to take into
Consideration his sad Condition, and accept
of Bail for his safe Confinement to his own
House in Holborne, for the Recovery of his
Health, and not to depart thence without
Leave of their Lordships."
And, because the said Sir Hugh Pollard stands committed by the House of Commons as a Delinquent, this
House Resolved, To communicate this Petition to the
House of Commons at the next Conference, and acquaint them that this House inclines to release him, according to the Petition.
Lady Thynne, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Arbella Thynne shall have
a Pass, with her Coaches and Horses, and Servants, to go
Mr. Mell, Ditto.
Ordered, That Mr. Mell shall have a Pass, to go
to Oxford, with his Horse.
Officers of the Wardrobe, Ditto.
Ordered, That Two or Three of the Officers of
the Wardrobe shall have a Pass, to go to Oxford, about
Report from the Committee appointed to advise with the Lord General about the Articles for a Cessation of Arms.
The Lord Newnham and the Lord Hunsden reported,
"That they, with Four of the Members of the House
of Commons, have waited on the Lord General, to receive his Advice concerning the King's Answer concerning the Articles touching the Cessation of Arms.
"And the Lord General, calling to his Assistance
some of the Council of War, upon Consideration,
offered some Inconveniencies, which will ensue by
the Articles of Cessation offered by His Majesty."
The said Paper was read, as followeth: (Here
"The Committee of Lords and Commons, appointed to advise with his Excellency upon His Majesty's Answer, and Articles of the Cessation
from Arms, received from his Excellency this
"That howsoever any Cautions which his Excellency
shall propound, by Way of Advice, concerning the
Cessation as is now by His Majesty propounded in
these Articles, may be subject to Misinterpretations,
as if he were disaffected to Peace; nevertheless, in
Satisfaction to the Desire of both Houses, his Excellency offereth unto their Consideration these following Inconveniencies:
"To the First Article, these Difficulties are propounded:
"1. That it cannot possibly be known or discerned
what Carriages of Arms, Ammunition, Money, Bullion, and Victual, are intended for the Use of the
Army, and which are not; whereby continual Contentions are like to arise upon the Guards of the respective Quarters, which will endanger the Violation
of the Cessation, and the Breach of the Treaty.
"2. The Words in the last Clause being ambiguous,
the Generals of each Army ought to be made clearer
by this Expression, [" the Generals of both Armies,
as well of His Majesty's as of the Parliament's
"To the Second Article:
"1. It is not discernable who is a Soldier and who
is not; and then who was a Soldier Yesterday may
To-day be cashiered, for to qualify him for another
Design, in either Army: And, as this Article lieth,
Five Hundred of His Majesty's Army may be cashiered
for the Purpose, and sent into London, to be in the
Head of the malignant Party: Besides, if they be
Soldiers, or no Soldiers, the unrestrained Passage of
all other Persons must of Necessity infuse Intelligences and bad Impressures in the Minds of Men in
each Army; and the Passage of Commodities, which
must be attended by divers Persons, will open a Way
to the same Inconveniencies. Moreover, upon the
free Passage of Commodities, will of Necessity follow the Importation of Money into each Army, which
is agreed to be restrained by the First Article. Furthermore, in Passage of Carriages unsearched by Water
or Land, all Manner of Warlike Provisions, and
Goods Contraband, may be packed up and carried
into each Army, as soon as the Carriages, who pretend to go to another Place, be past the Guards of
the respective Quarters; neither can the Search of
Goods and Persons be made without great Disputes
and Quarrels, whereby daily Breaches and Interruptions of the Cessation are to be expected.
"In Consideration of which Premises, it will be safer
for the Subject to restrain the Passage of Commodities
for a small Time, which, being but of Twenty Days
at the most, cannot be of any great Prejudice.
"To the Third Article, it is said, That the Clause of
the Communication betwixt the several Quarters respectively admits of so great a Latitude, that thereby
the Forces of Cornwall and Newcastle may be drawn
together without Violation of the Cessation.
"To the Seventh, it is said, That the former Part of
this Article, prohibiting to imprison any Subject otherwise than by the known Laws of the Land, doth contradict the Second Article, which giveth Licence to
apprehend and detain Soldiers that have no Safe
Conduct by Law of War.
"For the latter Part of the Article, it is requisite to
explain it thus, ["That no Violence shall be offered
to any Subject, unless it be in Case of Disobedience
to the Orders of One or both Houses of Parliament"].
Message to the H. C. for Committees to meet about this.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To communicate this Advice of the Lord General
unto them; and to desire that the select Committees
of both Houses formerly appointed to consider of the
King's Answer touching the Articles of the Cessation of
Arms, may meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock,
and take this Paper sent from the Lord General, into
Consideration, and prepare what they conceive fit to be
done thereupon, and offer the same to the Consideration
of the Houses.
Message from the H. C. to fit a while.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Thomas Barrington Baronet:
To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons are in Debate of Business of great Importance,
which they desire to communicate to their Lordships;
therefore they desire (fn. *) their Lordships will please to sit
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will sit a while, as is desired.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about a Letter from the Lord General.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Peter Wentworth:
To desire a present Conference, touching a Message
received (fn. †) from the Lord General.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Conference,
in the Painted Chamber, by a Committee of both Houses,
as is desired.
The Messengers returned with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons have appointed their
Committee to meet with the Lords Committees this
Afternoon, at Three of the Clock.
Lieut. Whaly sent for, for taking the Earl of Carlisle's Horses.
Ordered, That Lieutenant Whaly shall be sent for
again, to answer the Complaint of taking away the
Horses of the Earl of Carlile.
Philpott, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Philpott, the Herald, shall have
a Pass, to go to Oxford.
Vanley; a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Valentyne Vanley, and Two with
him, shall have a Pass, to go into Holland.
Damtrey and Atkinson, a Pass.
Ordered, That John Damtrey and Joseph Atkinson,
Servants to His Majesty, shall have a Pass, quietly to go
to Oxford, with Gloves and other Necessaries for His
The House of Commons being come, this House was
adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the
Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Report of the Conference, about a Message from the Lord General, that the King's Forces are in Motion.
The Speaker reported, "That, at this Conference,
the House of Commons acquainted their Lordships
with Letters received from Sir Rob't Cooke, to let him
know, that Prince Rob't is within Four Miles of
Bristoll, and intends to assault that City: Upon this,
the Lord General intends To-morrow to march out
from Windsor, with the whole Army; but desires that
there may be some Course taken, to furnish (fn. ‡) a Supply of Money and Victuals: For the effecting hereof,
the House of Commons have made some Votes,
wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
"The Votes were read, as followeth:
Votes concerning it.
"1. That this House doth approve of the Lord General's Resolution to march, upon Information that the
King's Forces are in Motion; and that Thanks be
given unto him, for his Care of the Safety of the
"2. Resolved, &c.
"That the Lord Mayor be desired that a Common
Council be called, to meet To-morrow at Ten of the
Clock; and that a Committee of both Houses may go
thither, and that Supply of Money and other Assistance may be there propounded and desired, for the
important Service of the Army now to march."
Ordered, and Agreed to accordingly.
Differences among the Commanders in the North.
Next, it was reported, "That the House of Commons
have received some Letters from the North, by which
it seems that there is some Differences amongst the
Officers that command in Chief there; whereupon
the House of Commons have passed some Votes,
wherein they desired their Lordships Concurrence.
Votes concerning them.
"That Letters be sent to the Lieutenants and Deputy
Lieutenants of the Counties of Lyncolne, Nottingham,
and Derby, to send what Forces they can, with all
Conveniency, to the Lord Fairefaix."
"That the Lord Fairefaix shall be desired to go in
Person, if he can, with the best Strength he hath,
to the Aid of Captain Hotham, in the East Riding of
the County of Yorke; if not, to send One Thousand
Foot at least, or more if he can spare them, to
oppose the Army under the Command of the Earl of
Newcastle; and that the Committee for the Safety
do prepare these Letters."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of
Commons in this Vote.
Committee to go to the Common Council.
Ordered, That Three Lords shall go to the Common Council To-morrow at Ten a Clock, with a Committee of the House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. to appoint a Committee to go with them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, to
let the House of Commons know, that their Lordships
agree with the House of Commons in all the Votes
brought up at this last Conference; and that their Lordships do appoint that Three Lords shall join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to go
as a Committee to the Common Conncil To-morrow, at
Ten of the Clock.
House adjourned till 10a cras.