DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 25 die Januarii.
Kirk and West qualify for Naturalization.
This Day, before Prayers, John and James Kirke,
and Mary now Wife of John West, before the reading
of the Bill for their Naturalization, took the Oath of
Supremacy and Allegiance, at the End of the Lord
Keeper's Wool-sack, in his Presence, the Clerk of the
Parliament reading the Oath; and delivered in a Certificate for their receiving the Sacrament within a Month
before the exhibiting of their Bill, as followeth:
Be it known to all whom these Presents shall concern, That John Kirke, James Kirke, and Mary West,
the Wife of John West, of London, Gentleman, have
been, and are, diligent Resorters to the Church, and
frequent and reverent Receivers of the Blessed Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and did receive the
same upon the Twenty-third Day of January, in reverent Manner, within the Parish Church of St.
Andrew Undershaft, London. And this I Henry Vesey,
Minister, Curate of the said Parish, who did then
and there minister the same unto them and every of
them, do seriously and sincerely testify the same, this
23d Day of January 1640.
"By me, Henry Vesey, Curat. ibidem."
Examinations concerning the Attainder of the Earl of Castlehaven.
Memorandum, That the Lord Coventry, according to
an Order on Saturday last, delivered in certain Papers,
in Number Seventeen; being Examinations of several
Parties in the Case of the Earl of Castlehaven.
Witness in the Earl of Strafford's Cause.
After this, the Lord Rannelaugh was sworn in the
Case of the Earl of Strafford, and received an Injunction for Secrecy.
Next, the Lord Privy Seal reported His Majesty's
Speech at Whitehall, made to both Houses of Parliament
Report of the King's Speech at Whitehall.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
A principal Cause of My Coming here now is,
That I foresee the great Inconveniencies that may
daily arise, by the slow Pace of this Parliament in
those Businesses that most import the Welfare of this
Therefore I hold it necessary at this Time, to lay
shortly before you the State of Affairs as now they
stand, thereby to quicken, but not to interrupt, your
And first I must remember you, that there are
Two Armies in the very Bosom of this Kingdom, and
in Effect (as it cannot be otherwise) maintained by
you; the very naming of which doth more livelily
represent the mischievous Inconveniencies thereof,
than a better Tongue than Mine in particular can
declare. Therefore I must, in the first Place, recommend to your Care the quick Dispatch of this
Business; assuring you the Delay thereof shall no
ways be occasioned by Me.
In the next Place, I must recommend to your Care
My Navy and Forts; the Condition of both which
are so well known as I need not mention the Particulars; only thus much, when the Walls and Defences of this Kingdom are weak and out of Order,
I leave all Men to judge what Disheartening it will
give to our Friends, and Encouragement to our
Last of all (though not least of all to be considered),
I must lay before you the present Distractions of
Government, occasioned partly because of the Parliament, not by it; for some Men, taking Occasion
now by the Sitting thereof (more maliciously than
ignorantly), will put no Difference betwixt Reformation and Alteration of Government. Hence it
comes that Divine Service is irreverently interrupted,
Petitions tumultuously given, and much of My Revenue detained or disputed.
More Particulars I will not mention, because I will
hasten to put you in a Way of Remedy; which I will
do, first, by shewing you My clear Intentions; then
by warning you to eschew those Rocks that may
hinder this good Work.
First then know, That I shall willingly concur with
you to find out and reform all Innovations in Church
and Commonwealth; and consequently, that all
Courts of Justice shall be regulated according to Law;
My Intention being to reduce all Matters of Religion
and Government to what they were in the purest
Times of Queen Elizabeth's Days.
Moreover, what Parts of My Revenue that shall
be found illegal or grievous to the Public, I shall
willingly lay down, relying entirely upon the Affections of My People.
Having thus clearly shewn you My Intentions, I
will now tell you what you are to eschew; to which
Purpose I cannot but take Notice of those Petitions
(I cannot tell how to call them), given in the Name
of several Counties, against the present established
Government of the Church; and of the great Threats
that are given out, that Bishops shall be no better than
Cyphers, if not clean done away.
Now I must clearly tell you, That I make a great
Difference betwixt Reformation and Alteration of
Government; though I am for the first, I cannot give
Way to the latter. I will not say, but that Bishops
may have over-stretched their Power, or incroached
upon the Temporal; which if you find, correct and
reform the Abuse, according to the Wisdom of former Times; so far I am with you.
Nay further, if, upon serious Debate, you shall
shew Me, that Bishops have some Temporal Authority
inconvenient to the State, and not so necessary to
the Church for the Support of the Episcopacy, I
shall not be unwilling to persuade them to lay it
down; yet, by this, you must not understand that I
can consent for the taking away of their Voice in
Parliament, which they have so anciently enjoyed
under so many of My Predecessors, even before the
Conquest, and ever since; and which I conceive that
I am bound to maintain, as one of the fundamental
Institutions of this Kingdom.
There is but one other Rock, and that not in Substance, but in Form; yet that Form is so essential,
that, except it be reformed, it will mar the Substance. There is a Bill given in for frequent Parliaments: The Thing I like; that is to say, to have
often Parliaments; but to give Power to Sheriffs and
Constables, and I know not whom, to do My Office,
that I cannot yield unto: But, to shew you that I am
desirous to please you in Forms (which destroy not
the Substance), I am content you shall have an Act
for this Purpose, but so reformed, that it neither
trench on Mine Honour, nor on that inseparable
Right of My Crown concerning Parliaments. To
which Purpose I have commanded My Learned Counsel to wait on you, My Lords, with such Propositions
as I hope will give Contentment; for I ingenuously
confess that frequent Parliaments is the best Means
to preserve that right Understanding betwixt Me and
My Subjects, which I so heartily desire.
To conclude all, I have now shewed you the State
of Affairs, My own clear Intentions, and the Rocks I
wish you to eschew; in all which you may perceive
the Desire I have to give you Contentment, as you
shall likewise find by those Ministers I have and intend to employ in My Assairs, for the Pursuance of
My good Intention; which I doubt not but will
bring Peace and Happiness to My Subjects, to the
Contentment of us all. I have no more to say for
"My Lords, I hear of a Conference you have had
this Day with the House of Commons; concerning
which, upon Monday next, I will send you a Message,
and the Reasons of what I have done, which I hope
shall satisfy you."
Message from the King concerning Goodman.
After this the Lord Keeper signified to the House,
That His Majesty had commanded him to let their
Lordships know, That the Occasion of His Majesty's
taking Knowledge of the Conviction of John Goodman,
the Priest, lately reprieved, was, upon the constant
Order that hath been taken for divers Years, that the
Recorder hath, at the End of every Session, attended
His Majesty with the Names of the Persons convicted,
with an Expression of their Offences, to the End that
His Majesty might be truly informed of the Natures
of their Crimes, and consequently not to be hindered,
by Misinformation, to reprieve such as were not fit for
Grace and Mercy; and therefore, finding that he the
said Goodman was now lately condemned for being in
Orders of a Priest merely, and was acquitted of the
Charge of perverting the King's People in their Belief,
and had never been condemned or banished before; His
Majesty is tender in Matter of Blood in Cases of this
Nature, in which Queen Eliz. and King James have
been often merciful: But, to secure His People that this
Man shall do no Hurt, He is willing that he be imprisoned
or banished, as their Lordships shall advise; and, if he
return into the Kingdom, to be put to Execution without
Delay; and He will take such fit Course for the expulsing
of other Priests and Jesuits as He shall be counseled unto
by your Lordships; and that he doth not intend, by this
particular Mercy, to lessen the Force of the Laws.
This being ended; the Lords resolved upon a Conference with the House of Commons, to that Purpose;
and sent a Message, by Mr. Serjeant Ayliff and Mr. Attorney General, to this Purpose:
Message to the H. C. for a Conference concerning Goodman the Priest.
That their Lordships do desire a Conference presently,
with a Committee of both Houses, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Conference on Saturday last, about
the reprieving of the Priest.
Witness in the E. of Strafford's Cause. Sir Pierce Crosbie to be sreed from Arrests.
Sir Pierce Grosebie was sworn as a Witness in the Earl
of Strafford's Cause, and received an Injunction for Secrecy. And the House did Order (in regard he is
threatened with many Arrests), That he shall have the
Privilege of this House, to protect him, during the Time
that this House examine him in the aforesaid Cause.
A Proclamation to be issued concerning the Lord Keeper Finch.
It was moved, That a Proclamation be sent forth,
whereby the Lord Keeper Finch, being accused of High
Treason by the House of Commons, may take Notice
of it, and come in at a certain Day to his Trial; but the
further Consideration of this was respited until To-morrow Morning; in the mean Time, the Lord Keeper
is appointed to give the House an Account of the ancient Manner of Proceedings in Cases of this Nature.
L. Phil. Herbert's Cause.
Ordered, That the Lord Phillip Herbert's Business is
deferred until To-morrow in the Afternoon.
Answer to the Message concerning Goodman.
The Answer from the House of Commons was: That
they will give a Meeting presently, as is desired.
The Lord Privy Seal, Earl Marshal, and the Earl of
Dorsett, were appointed by the House, to deliver and
report the Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went forth to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed; and the Lord Privy Seal
reported to the House, That, according to their Lordships Command, he had delivered the Message to the
House of Commons, concerning Goodman the Priest.
Order concerning Mr. Longevile's Cause.
Ordered, That Mr. Longevile's Cause be heard on
Thursday Morning next, at the Bar; and the Judges, or
as many as conveniently can, to be then present, to hear
Mr. Heily's Book delivered in from the Archbp. of Canterbury.
After this, Mr. Maxwell returned the Petition of Mr.
Heily, and the Book, together with an Answer from the
Archbishop of Cant. That the Book was delivered to
him by the Bishop of Hereford, Dr. Lindesy, who told
him, in his Judgement, there were some Things in the
Book incoherent; and the House Ordered, That the
Book be delivered to the Owner.
Report concerning Beeton versus Barker.
The Earl of Bath reported from the Lords Committees, That they have further taken the Cause into Consideration of Bceton, a Constable of North'tonshire,
fetched up by Barker, a Messenger to the Lords of the
Council, for refusing to pay Ship-money; and being released from the Council Table, was detained by the said
Messenger in Custody, until he had paid Four Pounds
for Fees: For this illegal Act, all the Lords Committees
have thought fit and reasonable that Beeton should have
Restitution of the Four Pounds, but the Difference was,
who should restore it; therefore, the Lords Committees
desired the Advice of the House herein; for debating
whereof the House was put into a Committee, during
Pleasure; and the House being resumed, nothing was
Message from the H. C. for a Conference concerning the Treaty of both Kingdoms.
A Message from the House of Commons, was brought
by Mr. Henry Belasis, to this Purpose: That the Knights,
Citizens, and Burgesses, of the Commons, assembled in
Parliament, do desire a present Conference, with their
Lordships, by a Committee of both Houses, concerning
the last Conference, touching the Treaty of both Kingdoms.
The Answer to the said Message was: That their
Lordships will give a Meeting presently, as is desired, in
the Painted Chamber.
The Earl of Bath, Earl of Dorsett, Earl of Warwicke,
and Earl of Bristoll, were appointed to (fn. *) report the Conference.
The House was adjourned, during Pleasure; and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and the Earl of Bath reported the
Conference, which in Effect was:
Conference reported, concerning friendly Assistance of the Scots.
"To let their Lordships know, that, upon serious
Deliberation, the House of Commons hath Resolved,
That they think fit that a friendly Assistance and Relief shall be given, towards Supply of the Losses and
Necessities of the Scotts; and that, in due Time, they
will take into Consideration the Measure and Manner
Scots Commissioners to be acquainted with the Resolution of the Commons.
After some Consideration hereof had; it was moved,
That the Scotts Commissioners might be made acquainted
with the Message from the House of Commons; hereupon it was thought fit, That the Lords Commissioners
do shew unto the Scotts the Paper which the House of
Commons brought up at the Conference.
Beeton to be paid Damages.
Ordered, That it is the Opinion of this House, that
Beeton be re-paid his Four Pounds between this and Tomorrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Bill of Subsidies be read Tomorrow Morning.
Witnesses sworn in Sir Richard Wiseman's Cause:
Witnesses sworn in Sir Richard Wiseman's Cause.
Hearcourt Leighton, Esquire.
Sir Edward Bishop, Baronet.
Wm. Biarley, Esquire.
Sir Edm. Plowden.
Wm. Greene, Esquire.
Witnesses. Jay contra Arnold.
Witnesses sworn in Causa Jay contra Arnold:
Witnesses sworn in Causa Walker contra Sir Jo.
Witnesses. Walker versus Sir John Lambe.
Mr. Edm. Johnston.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, videlicet, 26m diem instantis Januarii, hora nona, Dominis