DIE Veneris, videlicet, 7 die Maii.
Protestation taken by the Judges and Assistants of this House.
The Names of the Assistants and Judges as took the
Protestation, and subscribed it:
Lord Viscount Willmott.
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
Mr. Justice Crawley.
Sir Edward Leech.
The Bishops to enquire about Printing Books of Innovations of Doctrine.
Ordered, That the Lords the Bishops that are of
the Committee for Religion have Power from this
House to enquire after the Printing and Publishing of
new Books that are lately printed, full of Innovations
of Doctrine; and Liberty to send for the Printer, and
examine him; and afterwards to report the same to this
Report about the Protestation.
After this, the Bishop of Lincolne made Report of
Mr. Hollis's Speech, which he delivered by way of
Introduction when he brought up the Protestation;
which the House approved of.
The King approves of the Lord Mayor's Request.
The Earl of Dorsett signified, "That he had acquainted the King with the Clause which the Lord
Mayor of London desired might be added to the former Order; and that the King likes it well;" whereupon the House did Order it accordingly.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Henry Willmott:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the Peace of the Kingdom.
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, presently, if it may stand with their Lordships
Conveniency, concerning the Peace and Safety of the
Answer to the said Message was:
That their Lordships will give a Meeting presently,
as is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
The Lord Privy Seal,
The E. of Bath,
|E. of Warwicke, &
L. Viscount Say & Scale.
Were appointed to report the Conference.
Votes of the Lords about the E. of Strafford.
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Conference about the Peace of the Kingdom reported.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and the Lord Privy Seal reported
the Conference, as followeth:
"That it was delivered at the Conference with the
House of Commons, that Seven or Eight Persons, that
would have been material Witnesses in this great Bu
siness, are fled, and run away, upon their sending for
them; and therefore their Suspicion is much confirmed, concerning the Design to seduce the King's
Army, and bringing them hither to join with other
Forces, to the Disturbance of the Parliament.
"Also that they have probable Information of some
Forces now at Sea Side in France, designed for Portsmouth; therefore they desire their Lordships to join
with them, in all convenient Ways, for the Discovery
of this Business, not doubting but that these Designs
are united together; therefore it is their Desire, that
Three Persons, One Member of this House, and Two
Members of the Commons, be sent forthwith to
Portsmouth, with a Commission directed to that Lord,
a Member of this House, in the Presence of Two of
their Members, to examine the Governor of Portsmouth upon Interrogatories; and, if any Cause of
Jealousy be to suspect the Governor, forthwith to
command him to come to Parliament; and one of the
Commons to come up with him, and the other to
stay there, to make as good Provision as they can
for that Place till they hear from hence. If the
Governor refuse to come up to London, that some
speedy Course be taken, that there be no further
"Next, that there may be some Forces drawn out
in Wiltshire and Barkshire, Inland Counties, to secure
Portsmouth. Then to take Care Provision be made
for the Isles of Jarsey, (fn. *) and Garnesey; and that the
Trained Bands of Hampshire, Sussex, and Dorsett, may
be in Readiness. Also, that Order may be taken that
the Ships at Portsmouth may be put into a good Posture for the defending of that Town; and that my
Lord Admiral be spoken withall, to put Commanders
of Trust and Fidelity into those Ships. That a Letter
be sent down, under the Hand of the Speaker of
this House, and under the Hand of the Speaker of
the House of Commons, to the Commanders of the
Army, to give Satisfaction to the Army. And to think
of some fit Way how the Bottom of this Plot may be
"That the Commons have appointed some Members of their House to go into Dorsetshire, for drawing of the Men together, to be ready upon Occasion;
and likewise they have sent down to the King's Army
in the North other Members of theirs, for satisfying
of the Army; and to endeavour the Discovery of
those Counsels and Plots in Hand.
"Lastly, that the House of Commons have voted,
That whosoever have counseled, assisted, or joined, to
bring in any Foreign Forces, but by the Leave of the
King and Advice of the Parliament, shall be accounted an Enemy to the King and Kingdom."
This being reported; the Lords took it into Consideration; and first resolved upon the Question, nemine
Votes of the Lords upon the Conference.
That whosoever hath counseled, assisted, or joined,
or shall counsel, assist, or join, to bring in any Foreign
Forces into this Kingdom, but by the Leave of the
King and Advice of the Parliament, shall be accounted
an Enemy to the King and Kingdom.
Ld. Xymbolton to go to Portsmouth, to take Examinations of Persons there, about the Safety of that Place.
Ordered, That the Lord Kymbolton shall go to
Portsmouth; and that Mr. Attorney General do presently draw, and cause to be issued out, a Commission
under the Great Seal of England, directed to Edward
Lord Kymbolton, enabling him to examine upon Oath
George Goringe, Esquire, Governor of Portsmouth, and
such others as he shall think good, in the Presence of
Sir Jo. Clatworthy and Sir Phillip Stapleton, Knights,
Members of the House of Commons, upon such Interrogatories as shall be administred unto them by the said
Sir Jo. Clatworthy and Sir Phillip Stapleton, concerning
the seducing, misleading, or discontenting His Majesty's
Army in the Northern Parts, or concerning any Practice
or Design against the said Town of Portsmouth, or any
Parts of the Western Coasts, so as no Person be put to
accuse himself; and to give an Oath to the said George
Goringe to keep the said Town and Fortifications safe
to His Majesty's Use.
And lastly, that the said Lord Kymbolton shall hereby
have Authority, by Warrant under his Hand and Seal,
and by the Advice of the said Sir Jo. Clatworthy and
Sir Phillip Stapleton, to send up him the said George
Goringe, or any other Person or Persons, to appear before the Lords in Parliament at such Days and Times
as they shall appoint; and to put in Execution all such
Ways and Courses as he shall think fit, for the securing and safe guarding of the said Town of Portsmouth,
against all Forces whatsoever.
Proclamation for Percy, Jermyn, and others, to surrender.
Ordered, That a Proclamation be presently issued,
to all the Counties of England and Wales, to summon
Henry Percie, Esquire, Henry Jermyn, Esquire, Sir John
Sucklyn, Knight, William Davenant, and Captain Billingsley, to render themselves Personally before the
Lords in Parliament, at Westm. within Ten Days after
the Date of the said Proclamation, upon such a Penalty as this House shall think fit to inflict upon them;
and that Mr. Attorney General shall present the said
Proclamation to His Majesty, to be signed.
The Proclamation followeth in these Words, which
were read openly in this House, and approved of : videlicet,
"Whereas Henry Percy, Esquire, Henry Jermyn, Esquire, Sir John Sucklyn, Knight, William Davenant,
and Captain Billingsley, being by Order of the Lords
in Parliament to be examined, concerning Designs of
great Danger to the State, and mischievous Ways to
prevent the happy Success and Conclusion of this
Parliament, have so absented and withdrawn themselves
as they cannot be examined; His Majesty, by the
Advice of the said Lords in Parliament, doth strictly
charge and command the said Henry Percy, Esquire,
Henry Jermyn, Sir Jo. Sucklyn, William Davenant,
and Captain Billingsley, to appear before the said
Lords in Parliament at Westm. within Ten Days after
the Date hereof, upon Pain to incur and undergo
such Forfeitures and Punishments as the said Lords
shall order and inflict upon them."
Order for the Trained Bands of Dorset and Hampshire to be ready.
After this, the House took into Consideration the
Care of the Trained Bands of Dorsettshire and Hampshire, etc. that they might be in a Readiness, and put into good Order. To that Purpose thought it fit that the
Earl of Sarum be recommended to His Majesty, to be
joined with the Lord Cottington in his Lord Lieutenantship of the County of Dorsett; and likewise that the
Earl of South'ton may be joined with the Earl of March
and the Earl of Portland, in the Lord Lieutenantship of
Committee to move the King for this.
And the Lord Steward, Lord Chamberlain, Earl of
Essex, Earl of March, were appointed by the House to
move His Majesty herein; and to deliver it as the Request of this House.
Bill from the H. C.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
To let their Lordships know, that he was commanded
by the Commons to present to this House a Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent Inconveniencies, which may
happen by the untimely adjourning, proroguing, or
dissolving, of this present Parliament."
Bill to prevent Inconveniencies which may happen by interrupting the Course of this Parliament.
Hodie 1a et 2a
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent
Inconveniencies, which may happen by the untimely
adjourning, proroguing, or dissolving, of this present
Parliament; and it was committed to be debated by the
Committee of the whole House.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during
Pleasure, to debate the said Bill; and the House being
resumed, it was reported unto the House, That the said
Bill is fit to pass, with some few Amendments; con
cerning which they think fit to have a Conference with
the House of Commons about it.
The Judges declare the E. of Strafford guilty of High Treason.
After this, the Lord Chief Justice of the King's
Bench delivered it as the unanimous Opinions of all the
Judges present, "That they are of Opinion, upon all
that which their Lordships have voted to be proved,
That the Earl of Strafford doth deserve to undergo
the Pains and Forfeitures of High Treason by Law."
Bill of Attainder of the E. of Strafford passed.
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E. of Cleveland's Bill.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the Earl
of Cleveland's Bill be referred till this Day Sevennight.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in post meridiem hujus diei, hora 3a, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Scaffolds in Westminster Hall to be taken down.
Ordered, That the Scaffolds in Westm. Hall be
taken down forthwith, and carried away.
The Lord Steward reported to the House, "That
His Majesty hath been moved from this House, That
he will join the Earl of South'ton in the Lieutenantship of Hampshire with the Earl of March and the
Earl of Portland; and the Earl of Sarum with the Lord
Cottington for Dorsettshire; and His Majesty received
it very well; and gave their Lordships Thanks for
their Care, and To-morrow will send an Answer."
Power given to Sir Philip Carteret in the Isle of Jersey.
A Paper was presented to the House, sent from Sir
Phillip Carterett, concerning the better Defence of the
Isle of Jarsey; which being read, it was Ordered,
for the better securing of that Island, That Sir Phillip
Carteret, Lieutenant Governor of the said Island, shall
have full Power and Authority, by virtue of this Order, in Case of imminent Danger, actually to add to the
ordinary Garrisons in His Majesty's Castles there, such
a Number of the Inhabitants of that Isle as he shall
judge necessary to secure the said Castles against all
Attempts; and that the said Governor may appoint such
others of the said Inhabitants to watch in the said Isle,
at such Times as he shall find most convenient. And
lastly, that the said Sir Phill. Carterett shall be hereby
authorized to take, out of His Majesty's Stores in the
said Castles, such a Proportion of Powder, and other
Ammunition, as can well be spared, to be distributed
amongst the Inhabitants, for His Majesty's Service, in
the Defence of the said Island; they paying for the
Powder after the Rate of Twelve Pence the Pound, and
for other Ammunition the usual and accustomed Rates.
Bill for the Parliament.
Next, the Lord Privy Seal reported to the House the
Bill concerning the Parliament, with the Amendments;
which being read Twice, it was resolved it should be
sent down to the House of Commons, by a Conference.
Ten Thousand Pounds to Sir Adam Loftus, to discharge the Irish Army.
Then the Earl of Bristoll reported to the House,
"That His Majesty had taken a Resolution for the
disbanding of the new Irish Army. To that Purpose
an Estimate hath been of the Charge; and it hath
been given in to the King, that Ten Thousand Pounds
will now do it; whereupon there is Order taken for
the speedy raising and returning of Monies to that
Intent; and Sir Adam Loftus, Vice Treasurer of Ireland, hath engaged himself to re-pay in September
next those Monies that shall be disbursed by the Earl of
Corke and others in the Interim for that Purpose.
Consultation how to dispose of the Irish Soldiers.
"That likewise there is Care taken how to dispose
and employ the said Soldiers, that they may not be
troublesome to that Country. To that Purpose there
are Eight Colonels and Captains (fn. *) nominated, who
will take off these Men, and transport them to Foreign
Parts; which His Majesty will give Way unto, if
it be to a Prince that he is in Amity (fn. †) with; provided
that these Commanders do give to the King and the
Parliament an Account both of their Persons and
their Employments before they have the Command
of the Soldiers."
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Justice Foster and Justice Heath.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference concerning the Bill for this Parliament, pressing of Mariners, and disbanding the Irish Army.
To desire a Free Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, so soon as it may stand with their Conveniency;
1. Touching the Bill brought up Yesterday.
2. Concerning the pressing of Mariners.
3. Touching the disbanding of the Irish Army.
The Lord Privy Seal, the Earl War. and the Earl of
Bristoll, were appointed to deliver the Effect of the
Conference; and the Lord Privy Seal was to speak
concerning the Bill brought up from the House of
Commons; and the Earl of Warwicke to let them know,
"That the Lord Admiral signified to the House, that
divers of His Majesty's Ships were victualed, and
ready to put to Sea; but no Mariners can be got
to man the Ships; and those that are prest and take
Pay do run away. Therefore, to desire at the Conference, That the House of Commons will join with
their Lordships, to think of some fit Way, both for the
pressing of Mariners, and likewise for the well ordering and governing them; as thereby the Service of
the Kingdom may not suffer as it doth." And the
Earl of Bristoll was appointed to declare unto them
the Resolutions and Way that is taken for the present
disbanding of the new Irish Army.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Free Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
And the Lords that were appointed to deliver the
Conference reported to the House, "That they have
spoken what they were commanded to deliver at the
Conference; and that the House of Commons will
give an Answer To-morrow."
Sir Peter Osborne to attend.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Osborne do attend this
House To-morrow Morning, to give an Account of the
State and Strength of the Island of Garnesey.
Justice Reeves Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That Justice Reeves hath Leave to be
absent until Tuesday next.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco,
Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit
præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem
Sabbati, videlicet, 8m diem Maii, hora 9a, Dominis sic