DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 5 die Julii.
The King will be present this Morning.
The Lord Chief Justice signified to this House, "That
the King commanded him to acquaint their Lordships,
that He intends to come hither this Morning, and
desires that the House of Commons may have Notice
Then a Message was sent to the House of Commons,
by Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Bennett:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To let them know, that the King will come to this
House this Morning.
His Majesty was present, sitting in His Chair of State;
and the Lords sitting in their Robes uncovered, the Commons were sent for, by the Gentleman Usher of the
Black Rod. The Commons being come, with their
Speaker, His Majesty made a short Speech; and afterwards these Bills passed the Royal Assent: videlicet,
"An Act for regulating of the Privy Council, and
for taking away the Court commonly called the Starchamber;" also another Bill, intituled, "An Act for
Repeal of a Branch of a Statute, made 1° Eliz. concerning Commissioners for Causes Ecclesiastical."
The Clerk of the Crown read the Titles severally,
and then the Clerk of the Parliament pronounced the
Royal Assent to them both severally, in hæc verba:
"Le Roy le veult."
This being done, His Majesty departed, and the Commons went to their House, and the Lords went to the
Business of the Day.
Bill against Recusants.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning the Bill concerning disarming of Recusants shall be taken into Consideration.
Order concerning seditious Preachers in St Margaret's Church.
Upon Complaint made this Day unto the House,
That several Ministers have of late preached dangerous and seditious Doctrine, in St. Margeret's Church,
in Westm. by the Oversight or Neglect of the Lord
Bishop of Lincolne, Dean of Westm. and Ordinary of
the said Parish;" it is thought fit, and so Ordered
by this House, That the said Lord Bishop of Lincolne
is, by virtue of this Order, to take more Care and Diligence hereof; and to receive Information every Thursday, who are to preach in the said Parish Church of
St. Margerett's on the next Sunday following; and they
are to be allowed of by his Lordship before they preach
unto the said Congregation.
Order about Sir Richard Osbaston's Estate.
Upon Information this Day to this House by Mr. Attorney General, "That he had perused the Conveyances concerning the Personal and Real Estate of Sir
Richard Osbaston, which Sir George Radcliffe (being
but a Trustee with others for Preservation of the
said Estate) is to assign over to other Trustees under
the same Conditions and Trust; and that there is
nothing in the said Conveyances which is prejudicial
to His Majesty, or can make to His Majesty's Detriment, in Case the said Sir George Radcliffe be attainted
of Treason;" it is thereupon Ordered, That such
Conveyances as Mr. Attorney General hath perused
shall be sealed and executed by the said Sir George
Ordered, That the Cause concerning Sutton Marsh
shall be further heard on Wednesday next.
Shepheard discharged of his Imprisonment.
Whereas Wm. Shepheard is now a Prisoner in The
Fleet, by the Sentence of this House, for pressing in
with others into the Church of St. Saviour's, in Southwarke, and violently breaking and pulling down of the
Rails about the Communion Table; which Sentence the
said Wm. Shepeheard acknowledging to be just and
honourable; it is Ordered, That the said Wm. Shepeheard shall be released from his said Imprisonment for
this Offence, and set at Liberty.
Letters from the Lord General read.
Next was read divers Letters, sent from the Lord
General of His Majesty's Army to the Earl of Essex,
setting forth the Disorders of the Soldiers, and concerning the disbanding of the Five Regiments of the
Afterwards, a Message was sent to the House of
Commons, by Serjeant Fynch and Dr. Littleton:
Message to the H. C. for a Conference concerning the Army and the Northern Business.
To desire a Conference presently, if it may stand with
their Lordships Conveniency, by a Committee of both
Houses, touching the King's Army, and the Northern
The Earl of Essex, the Lord Wharton, and the Lord
Kymbolton, were appointed to speak at the Conference.
That the House of Commons will give a present
Meeting, in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and the Earl of Essex reported,
"That he had delivered at the Conference what he was
commanded by this House."
Cook, &c. concerning Sir Giles Dutton, about Coat and Conduct Money in Gloucestershire.
Upon Report made this Day to the House by the
Lords Committees for Petitions; it is Ordered, That
the Treasurers as well of the County of Glocester as of
the City of Glocester, and the County of the City, shall
give an Account unto Sir Bayneham Throgmorton, Baronet, Sir Robert Cooke, Sir William Masters, Sir Robert
Tracy, Thomas Chester, George Bridgeman, Wm. Guise,
Silvanus Woode, Esquires, Commissioners formerly appointed by this House, or any Three or more of them,
between this and Michaclmas next, what Monies they
have received for Coat and Conduct Monies, at which
Time the Collectors, Constables, and Receivers, are to
attend; and then the Treasurers are to set down all
their Receipts; and the said Constables, Collectors, and
Receivers, are likewise to let down their several Receipts; and then the said Commissioners are to take Consideration likewise of the Disbursements by every of
the said Persons, and to certify the Lord Lieutenant of
that County of all the Particulars touching the said Account, and what remains, and in whose Hands the same
is, to the End the said Lords Committees may, from the
Lord Lieutenant, receive a full Account herein, in convenient Time; and that, out of the said Monies, Thirty
Pounds shall be paid unto Robert Cooke, of Parnswicke,
in the said County, and Twenty Pounds unto Will.
Hanman, Mariner, forthwith, by the Treasurers, by the
Appointment of the Commissioners; and that, out of
the Residue of the said Monies, such poor Men as the
Commissioners shall judge have suffered most in the Carriage of this Business shall be relieved, the Poorest being
Abbott's Creditors and others sent for, for Contempt.
Ordered, That both the Commissioners of Bankrupts for the Creditors of Edward Abbott, and likewise
Tho. Proctor, Master of the Ship called The Will. and
Thomas, and also John Stevens, Master of the Ship
called The London of London, shall be sent for, by the
Gentleman Usher, to appear in this House, and answer
their Disobedience to an Order of this House, served
upon them, concerning Abbott's Goods.
Then was read a Paper, delivered to the House by
His Majesty this Day, being a Conceipt of a Manifesto
from His Majesty, touching the Palatinate Cause, which
His Majesty offered to the Consideration of both Houses
of Parliament, that He might receive their Advice herein. The Contents whereof follow: videlicet,
Manifesto about the Palatinate, referred to both Houses by His Majesty, read.
"To the End that the Endeavours of Our late dear
Father King James, of Blessed Memory, and Our
own Proceedings since His Death, in the Cause of
Our dear and only Sister, Brother-in-Law, and Nephews, Electors and Princes Palatine of The Rhyne,
may not be forgotten, or pretendedly unknown;
wherein We have studied and laboured nothing more
than the Peace of Christendom, and the avoiding the
Effusion of innocent Blood, by seeking the Restitution and Re-establishment of the Electoral House Palatine, in their ancient Rights, Dignities, and Possessions, within the Empire, out of which they have
been, by Violence and Force of Arms, and other
undue Proceedings, expelled and banished, contrary
to the ancient Laws and Constitutions of the Sacred
Empire; We have thought fit, for the Vindication of
Our own Honour, to call to Mind, and to publish to
all the Christian World, both a summary Relation of
Our Actions and Endeavours past, and Our present
Resolutions, in the same Cause.
"It cannot be unknown to all the Princes and Estates
of Europe, and more Particularly to those who have
had any Interest or Relation to the public Affairs of
Germany, how both Ourself and Our Father have,
during these Twenty Years past, by many and several
Embassies, Treaties, and other Negociations, to Our
great Expence and Charges, both with the late Emperor Ferdinand, the King of Spaine, and other
Princes and Estates of the Empire, endeavoured,
by all friendly and treatable Means, to procure the
Restitution and Re-establishment of Our said dear
Sister, Brother-in-Law, and Nephews, in their ancient Rights and Possessions, as the only and possible
Way to settle a good and firm Peace in the Empire,
and consequently with all Princes interested therein,
without which it is impossible to expect or hope for a
good, durable, and honest Pacification of those Troubles, which have already almost rent and consumed,
and involved all the Princes of Christendom in a most
bloody and destructive War.
"And for a clear Demonstration of Our sincere Intentions, not only Our own pious Inclination and
Care of the public Peace hath induced Us to omit
divers Occasions, whereby We might, by such Power
as God hath put into Our Hands, have prevented
the Violences and Oppressions used to Our said Sister
and Nephews, but We have been led on and invited
thereunto by divers Promises, Assurances, and Reversal Letters, both from the late Emperor and King
of Spaine and others, Usurpers of the Inheritances of
the Electoral House Palatine, that They would at
least, in Contemplation of Our Mediations, hearken
and incline to a just and honest Peace, by the Restitution of the Estates and Dignities of Our dear Sister
and Nephews, whereby We have been drawn not
only to pass by Our own and the public Interest, and
to forbear to engage Our Arms in so just a Cause,
but also have procured, by Our Father's and Our
Authority, the withdrawing and disbanding of the
Forces of Count Mansfelt out of the Palatinate, and
advanced divers Truces and Cessations of Hostility or
Defence, only to prepare the Way of amicable Composition, according to the Hopes and Promises to that
End given Us; and particularly have caused the Surrender and Disposition of some Places of Strength
into the Hands of the late Infanta of Spaine, upon
reciprocal Assurances of a final Pacification or Restitution.
"But what Effects all these Our Peaceable and
Christian Endeavours have produced, and how all
Our pious Negociations have been either delayed or
deluded thereby, and, by Process of Time, to root
and establish the Usurpations of the House Palatine,
and Our Patience and Piety thereby abused, is so
manifest, by the continued Oppression of Our said
dear Sister and Nephews, that We are forced to protest that there hath nothing succeeded either to Our
Desires or Hopes, but a Resolution of Despair of
ever obtaining, by the Ways of Justice, Treaty, or
Amity, that which hath been so often promised to,
and expected of, the Lovers of Christian Peace.
"Notwithstanding, We having lately received Advice from Our dear Uncle the King of Denmarke,
that at last, by His Mediation and Procurement, the
present Emperor and Duke of Bavaria have condescended to a Treaty to be held at the Diet at Ratisbone, upon the Sixth of May next ensuing, for the
reviewing and resettling of the Controversies of the
House Palatine, as a Preparation and Inducement to
a General Peace and Amnesty through the whole
Empire; and that He, with some of the Electors of
the Empire, is accepted as Mediator of the said Cause,
and hath received strong and pregnant Assurances of
a better Inclination and Disposition towards the Reestablishment of the Electoral Family in their Rights
and Dignities; and, to that End, hath procured convenient Safe-conducts, from the Emperor, to Our
Nephew and His Brethren, freely to come in Person,
or to send their Deputies to that Diet, at the Time
and Place appointed, with all other Clauses requisite for
their Safeties, going, abiding, or coming from thence,
and there to plead the Justice of their own Cause;
and that, in Prosecution thereof, He hath instructed
and dispatched His Ambassadors to assist, either in
Person, or by the Deputies of Our Nephews, at the
said Treaty of Pacification, and hath desired Us herein to comply with Him, by sending Our Ambassadors, qualified and instructed to the same Purpose,
of procuring a good and settled Peace within the
Empire, according to the Intimation of the Princes
Electors, signified to Him by their Letters, thereby
desiring Us to assist in the present Assembly at Ratisbone.
"To which End, Our Nephew the Prince Elector
Palatine having resolved, by Our Counsel and Advice, to send His Deputies, according to the Invitation and Hopes intimated of a good Issue to be expected by the amiable Way of Treaty and Composure; We also have thought fit, not to be wanting
to so good a Design, so concurrent to Our own and
the Desires of so many Princes, and in some Hope
of better Fruits than hitherto all Our Endeavours
have produced, have resolved to make this Our last
Trial by the Way of Treaties, and to send Our Ambassador to the Emperor and other Princes in the said
Diet assembled; and, to that Purpose, have given him
full Power and Instructions to contribute all Our Authority to the Procurement and Settlement of a good and
blessed Peace, by the Re-establishment and Restitution of the Possessions and Dignities of Our said dear
Sister, Nephews, and Electoral Family, without which
no Peace can either be honest or secure; hereby exhorting and desiring all other Kings, Princes, and
States, Our Friends, Allies, and Confederates, who
shall either be present at the said Diet, or shall have
their Ambassadors or Deputies there, that They will
be assisting to the Justice of so good a Cause, and to
so great a Blessing, as the restoring of Peace to the
almost desolate Estate of Germany.
"But, because we have just Cause to doubt, by many
Experiences of Our former Endeavours, that the Issue
and Fruits of this Meeting may not be answerable to
Our just Expectation, but rather that it may produce
contrary Effects, to the Prejudice of the Justice and
Rights of Our said Nephews and their Families (which
God forbid), We are hereby forced to protest against
all Acts, Sentences, Conclusions, or Determinations
whatsoever, which shall or may be had, made, or declared, either in Confirmation of the Oppressions or
Usurpations past, or any Additions thereunto for the
future, as invalid, and of no Power or Effect.
"In which Case (being contrary to Our Desires and
Expectation), We also further protest and declare,
That We will not abandon neither Our own, nor the
Public Interest, nor the Cause, Rights, and just Pretences, of Our dear Sister and Nephews, and other
Princes and States, involved within the Oppressions;
but that We will use and employ all such Force and
Power wherewith God hath enabled Us, both by
Our own Arms and the Help and Assistance of all
Our Allies and Friends, to vindicate Our own Honour, the public Peace, and Redress of the Injuries,
Usurpations, and Oppressions, of Our said dearest
Sister and Nephews, and their Illustrious Family.
"And hereby as We do profess to use all Our Endeavours and Power to promote a happy and desired
Peace, for the Consolation of the distressed Empire;
so We do appeal to Almighty God, the Inspector
of the Hearts of all Princes, and to the World,
Spectator of our just Actions, That We will be innocent before God and the World of all the Evils
that may ensue, if these Our last Hopes shall be delayed or abused."
Copy of it sent to the H. C.
Which being done, a Copy was sent to the House of
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco,
Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit
præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem
Martis, videlicet, 6m instantis Julii, 1641, Dominis sic