DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 1 die Novembris.
Lord Keeper acquaints the House with the Discovery of the Rebellion in Ireland.
The Lord Keeper informed this House, "That the
Lord Lieutenant General of Ireland having Yesterday
Morning received a Packet of Letters and Examinations, from the Justices and Council of Ireland, discovering an Insurrection and Treason in that Kingdom; and that the Rebels have already committed
divers Murders, and fired Houses and Villages of Protestants there; upon this the Privy Council Yesterday
met, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, at Whitehall, and considering it to be a Matter of so great
Importance, thought it not fit to omit (fn. *) any Opportunity, nor lose Time; therefore, because this House
was appointed not to sit until this Afternoon, the
Lords of the Council, as Privy Counsellors, thought
it expedient to communicate the same speedily to the
House of Commons; and this Morning, in a full
House, their Lordships in Person caused the Letters
and Examinations concerning the Business to be publicly read unto them, and desired the House of Commons to take the same into Consideration."
Hereupon this House caused the said Letters and Examinations to be read, as followeth: videlicet,
First, a Letter was written from the Council of Ireland to the Lord Lieutenant General.
Letter from the Council of Ireland to the Lord Lieutenant.
"May it please your Lordship,
"On Friday the 22d of this Month, after Nine of the
Clock at Night, this Bearer, Owen Connelly, Servant
to Sir John Clatworthy, Knight, came to me the Lord
Chief Justice Parsons, to my House, and in great Secrecy (as indeed the Case did require) discovered unto
me a most wicked and damnable Conspiracy, plotted
and contrived, and intended to be also acted, by some
evil-affected Irish Papists here. The Plot was, on the
then next Morning, Saturday, 23d of October, being
Ignatius-day, about Nine of the Clock, to surprise His
Majesty's Castle of Dublin, His Majesty's chief
Strength of this Kingdom, wherein also is the principal Magazine of His Majesty's Arms and Munition;
and it was agreed (it seems) amongst them, that, at the
same Hour, all other His Majesty's Affairs and Magazines of Arms and Munition in this Kingdom should
be surprized, by others of those Conspirators; and
further, that all the Protestants and English throughout the whole Kingdom, that would not join with
them, should be cut off, and so those Papists should
then become possessed of the Government and Kingdom at the same Instant.
"As soon as I had that Intelligence, I then immediately repaired to the Lord Justice Borlass, and thereupon we instantly assembled the Council; and having
sat in Council all that Night, as also all the next
Day, the 23d of October, in regard of the short
Time left us for the Consultation of so great
and weighty a Matter; although it was not pos
sible for us, upon so few Hours Warning, to prevent
those other great Mischiefs which were to be
acted even at that same Hour, and that so great
Distance, as in all the other Parts of the Kingdom,
yet such was our Industry therein, having caused the
Castle to be that Night strengthened with armed
Men, and the City guarded, as the wicked Counsels
of those evil Persons (by the great Mercy of God to
us) became defeated, as they were not able to act that
Part of their Treachery, which indeed was principal,
and which, if they could have effected, would have
rendered the rest of their Purposes the more easy.
"Having so secured the Castle, we forthwith laid
about for the Apprehension of as many of the Offenders as we could, many of them having come to
this City but that Night, intending (it seems) the
next Morning to act their Parts in these treacherous
and bloody Crimes.
"The First Man apprehended was one Hugh Mac
Mahowne, Esquire (Grandson to the Traitor Tyrone),
a Gentleman of a good Fortune in the County of
Monoghan, who, with others, was taken that Morning in Dublin, having, at the Time of their Apprehension, offered a little Resistance with their Swords
drawn; but, finding those we employed against
them more in Number, and better armed, yielded.
He, upon his Examination before us, at first denied
all; but, in the End, when he saw we laid it Home
to him, he confessed enough to destroy himself, and
impeach some others, as by a Copy of his Examination herewith sent may appear to your Lordships.
We then committed him, until we might have further
Time to examine him again, our Time being become
more needful to be employed in Action, for securing
the Place, than in examining.
"That Mac Mahowne had been abroad, and served
the King of Spaine as a Lieutenant-Colonel.
"Upon Conference with him and others, and calling
to Mind a Letter, which we received before from Sir
William Cole, a Copy whereof we send your Lordship
here inclosed, we gathered that the Lord Magwire
was to be an Actor in surprizing the Castle of Dublin,
(fn. *) wherefore we held it necessary to secure him immediately, thereby also to startle and deter the rest,
when they found him laid fast: His Lordship, observing what we had done, and the City in Arms, fled
from his Lodging early before Day (it seems disguised), for we had laid a Watch about his Lodging, so
as we think he could not pass without disguising himself; yet he could not get forth of the City, so surely guarded were all the Gates.
"There we found at his Lodging hidden some Hatchets, with the Helves newly cut off, close to the
Hatchets, and many Skenes and some Hammers.
"In the End, the Sheriff of the City, who (fn. †) was
employed in a strict Search of his Lordship, found
him hidden in a Cock-lost, in an obscure House, far
from his Lodging, where they apprehended him, and
brought him before us.
"He denied all, yet so as he could not deny but he
had heard of it in the Country, though he would not
tell us when or from whom; and confessed that he
had not advertised us thereof, as in Duty he ought to
have done; but we were so well satisfied of his Guilts
by all Circumstances, as we doubted not, upon further Examination, when we could be able to spare
Time for it, to find it apparent.
"Wherefore we held it of absolute Necessity to commit him close Prisoner, as we had formerly done Mac
Mahowne and others; wherefore we left them on
the 23d of this Month in the Morning, about the
same Hour they intended to have been Masters of
that Place in the City.
"That Morning we laid wait for all those Strangers
that came the Night before to Town; and so many
were apprehended, whom we find Reason to believe
to have Hands in this Conspiracy, as we were forced
to disperse them into several Gaols, and since found
that there came many Horsemen into the Suburbs
that Night, who, finding the Plot discovered; dispersed themselves immediately.
"When the Hour approached which was designed for
the surprizing the Castle, great Numbers of Strangers
were observed to come to Town in great Parties, several Ways, who, not finding Admittance at the
Gates, stayed in the Suburbs, and there grew numerous, to the Terror of the Inhabitants: We, therefore, to help that, drew up and instantly signed a
Proclamation, commanding all Men not Dwellers in
the City or Suburbs to depart within an Hour upon
Pain of Death, and made it alike penal to those that
should harbour them; which Proclamation the Sheriff
immediately proclaimed in all the Suburbs by our
Commandment; which, being accompanied with the
Example and Terror of the Committal of those Two
eminent Men and others, occasioned the Departure
of those Multitudes; and in this Case, all our Lives
and Fortunes, and above all His Majesty's Power and
Regal Authority, being still at the Stake, we must
vary from ordinary Proceedings, not only in executing
Martial Law, as we see Cause, but also in putting
some to the Rack, to find out the Bottom of this
Treason, and all the Contrivers thereof, which we foresee will not otherwise be done. On that 23d of this
Month, we, conceiving that as soon as it should be
known that the Plot for seizing Dublin-Castle was disappointed, all the Conspirators in remote Parts
might be somewhat disheartened, as on the other
Side the good Subjects would be comforted, and
would then with the more Confidence stand on their
Guard, did prepare to send abroad to all Parts of the
Kingdom this Proclamation, which we send you here
inclosed; and so, having provided that the City and
Castle should be so well guarded as upon the sudden
we could provide, we concluded that long-continued
"On Saturday, Twelve of the Clock at Night, the
Lord Blayny came to Town, and brought us the ill
News of the Rebels seizing, with Two Hundred
Men, his House at Castle-Blayney, in the County of
Monoghan, and his Wife, Children, and Servants; as
also a House of the Earl of Essexe's, called Carrickmacrosse, with Two Hundred Men, and a House of
Sir Henry Spotswood's, in the same County, with
Two Hundred Men, where there being a little Plantation of Brittish, they plundered the Town, and
burnt divers Houses; and since appears that they
burnt divers other Villages, and robbed and spoiled
many English, and none but Protestants, leaving the
English Papists untouched as well as the Irish.
"On Sunday Morning, at Three of the Clock, we
had Intelligence from Sir Arthur Terringham, that
the Irish in the Town had that Day also broken up
the King's Store of Arms and Munition at Newry,
and where the Store for Arms hath been ever since
the Peace, and where they found Threescore and Ten
Barrels of Powder, and armed themselves, and put
them under the Command of Sir Con. Magenis,
Knight, and one Creeley, a Monk, and plundered the
English there, and disarmed the Garrison.
"And this (though too much) is all that we yet
hear is done by them.
"However, we shall stand on our Guard the best we
may, to defend the Castle and City principally, those
being the Pieces of most Importance.
"But, if the Conspiracy be so universal as Mc. Mahowne saith in his Examination it is, namely, that all
the Counties of the Kingdom have conspired in it,
which we admire should so fall out in this Time of
universal Peace, and carried with that Secrecy that
none of the English could have any Friend amongst
them to disclose it, them indeed we shall be in high
Extremity, and the Kingdom in the greatest Danger
that ever it underwent, considering our Want of Men,
Money, and Arms, to enable us to encounter so great
Multitudes as they can make, if all should so join
against us; the rather, because we have pregnant
Cause to doubt that the Combination hath taken
Force by the Incitement of Jesnits, Priests, and Friars.
"All the Hope we have here is, that the English of
The Pale, and some other Parts, will continue constant
to the King in their Fidelity, as they did in former
"And now, in these Straights, we must, under God,
depend on Aid forth of England, for our present
Supply, with all Speed, especially Money, we having none, and Arms, which we shall exceedingly
want; without which we are very doubtful what
Account we shall give to the King of His Kingdom.
"But, if the Conspiracy be only of Magwire, and some
other Irish of the Kindred and Friends of the Rebel
Tyrone, and other Irish in the Counties of Downe,
Monoghan, Cavan, Fermanagh, and Armagh, and no
general Revolt following thereupon, we hope then
to make Head against them in a reasonable Measure,
if we be enabled with Money from thence, without
which we can raise no Forces, so great is our Want
of Money (as we formerly have written), and our
Debt so great to the Army; nor is Money to be borrowed here, and, if it were, we would engage all
our Estates for it; neither have we any Hope to get
in His Majesty's Rents and Subsidies in these Disturbances, which adds extremely to our Necessities.
"On Sunday Morning the 24th, we met again in
Council, and sent to all Parts of the Kingdom the inclosed Proclamation, and issued Patents to draw hither Seven Horse Troops, as a further Strength to
this Place, and to be with us in case (fn. *) the Rebels shall
make Head, and march hitherward, so as we may be
necessitated to give them Battle. We also then sent
away our Letters to the Presidents of both the Provinces of Munster and Connaght; and we likewise then
sent Letters to the Sheriffs of Five Counties of The
Pale, to consult of the best Way and Means of their
"That Day the Lord Viscount Germanstowne, the Lord
Viscount Nettervill, the Lord Viscount Fitz-William,
and the Lord of Howth, and since, the Earls of Kildare and Fingall, and the Lords of Dunsany and Slane,
all Noblemen of The English Pale, came unto us,
declaring that they then, and not before, heard of
the Matter, and professed all Loyalty to His Majesty,
and Concurrence with the State; but said, they
wanted Arms, whereof they desired to be supplied
by us, which we told them we would willingly do,
as relying much on their Faithfulness to the Crown,
but we were not yet certain whether or no we had
enough to arm our Strengths for the Guard of the
City and Castle; yet we supplied such of them as
lay in most Danger with a small Proportion of Arms
and Ammunition for their Houses, lest they should
conceive we apprehended any Jealousy of them; and
we commanded them to be very diligent in sending out
Watches, and making all the Discoveries they could,
and thereof to advertise us, which they readily promised to do.
"And if it fall out that the Irish generally rise,
which we have Cause to suspect, then we must of Necessity put Arms into the Hands of The English Pale
in present, and to others as fast as we can, to fight
for Defence of the State and themselves.
"Your Lordship now sees the Condition wherein we
stand, and how necessary it is, First, that we enjoy
your Presence speedily, for the better guiding of
these and other the public Affairs of the King and
Kingdom; and Secondly, that the Parliament there
be moved immediately to advance to us a good Sum
of Money, which, being now speedily sent hither,
may prevent the Expence of very much Treasure and
Blood, in a long continued War; and if your Lordship shall happen to stay on that Side any long Time,
we must then desire your Lordship to appoint a Lieutenant General, to discharge the great and weighty
Burthen of commanding the Forces here.
"Amidst these Confusions and Disorders fallen upon
us, we bethought us of the Parliament, which was
formerly adjourned to November next, and the Term
now also at Hand, which will draw such a Concourse
of People hither, and give Opportunity under that
Pretence of assembling and taking new Counsels, seeing the former seems to be in some Part disappointed,
and of contriving further Danger to this State and
People: We have therefore found it of unavoidable
Necessity to prorogue the Parliament to the 24th Day
of February next; and therefore we do, by Proclamation, prorogue it accordingly, and do direct the
Term to be adjourned to the First of Hillary Term,
excepting only the Court of Exchequer, for the hasting in the King's Money.
"We desire that, upon this Occasion, your Lordship
will be pleased to view our Letters concerning the
Plantation of Connaught, dated the 24th of April last,
directed to Mr. Secretary Vane, in that Part thereof
which concerns the County of Monoghan, where now
these Fires do first break out.
"In the last Place, we must make known to your
Lordship, that the Army we have, consisting but of
Two Thousand Foot and Two Thousand Horse, are
so dispersed in Garrisons, in several Parts of the Four
Provinces, for the Security of those Parts, as continually they have been since they were so reduced,
as, if they be all sent for to be drawn together, not
only the Places where they are to be drawn, and
(fn. *) for whose Safety they lie there, must be by their
Absence distressed, but also the Companies themselves, coming in so small Numbers, may be in Danger to be cut off in their March; nor indeed have
we any Money to pay the Soldiers, to enable them to
march. And so we take Leave, and remain, from
His Majesty's Castle of Dublin, 25th October 1641,
"Your Lordships to be commanded,
Dublin, 25 October 1641.
Rob. Boulton, Canc.
"The said Owen Connelly (who revealed this Conspiracy) is worthy of very great Consideration, to recompence that Faith (fn. †) and Loyalty,
which he hath, so extremely to his own Danger, expressed in this Business, whereby, under God, there is yet Hope left us of Deliverance of this State and Kingdom from the
wicked Purposes of those Conspirators; and
therefore we beseech your Lordship that it
be taken into Consideration there, so as he may
have a Mark of His Majesty's most Royal
Bounty, which may largely extend to him
and his Posterity, we not being now able
here to do it for him,
"As we were making up these our Letters, the
Sheriff of the County of Monoghan and Doctor
Teate, having fled, came unto us, and informed (fn. *) us of much more Spoil committed by the
Rebels in the Counties of Monoghan and Cavan; and that the Sheriff of the County of
Cavan joins with the Rebels, being a Papist,
and prime Man of the Irish.
Letter from Sir William Cole to the Lords Justices.
"Upon Friday last, Two of the Natives of this
County, Men of good Credit, came to my House, and
informed me that Hugh Boy, Mc. Tirlagh, Mc. Hewry O'Neale, Captain, which came from Flanders about
May last, hath since that Time had the chiefest Part
of his Residence in Tyrone, at or near Sir Phelim Roe
O'Neale's House, to which Place it hath been observed that there hath been more than an ordinary,
or former usual, Resort of People; so frequent, that
it hath bred some Suspicion of evil Intendments, in
the Minds of sundry Men of honest Inclinations. But
these Gentlemen my Authors do say, that they do
hold no good Opinions of it, rather construing an
evil Intention to be the Cause thereof; for my own
Part, I cannot tell what to make, or think of it.
"The Lord Magwire in all that Time (as they inform
me also) hath been noted to have very many private
Journeys to Dublin, to The Pale, into Tyrone, to Sir
Phelin O'Neale's, and many other Places this Year,
which likewise gives divers of the Country Cause to
doubt that something is in Agitation tending to no
"Upon Saturday last, one of the same Gentlemen
came again to me, and told me, that, as he was going
Home the Day before, he sent his Footman a nearer
Way than the Horse-way, who, meeting with one of
the Lord of Inskillin's Footmen, demanded from whence
he came; who made an Answer, That he came from
Home that Morning; and the other replying, said,
You have made good Haste to be here so soon; to
which he answered, That his Lordship came Home
late the last Night, and writ Letters all that Night,
and left not a Man in or about his House, but he
hath dispatched in several Ways, as he hath sent me
this Way to Tirlagh, Oge Mc. Hugh, and others also;
with Letters charging them to be with his Lordship
this Night, at his House; of which Passage I would
have given your Honours sooner Notice, but that I
deemed it fit to be silent, in Expectation that a little
Time would produce some better Ground to afford
me more Matter to acquaint your Honours withall:
"Whereupon this Day I understood, by one Hugh
Mc. Gwire, that the said Tirlagh Oge Mc. Hugh Conconaght Mc. Shane, Mc. Enabb, Mc. Gwire, and Oghie
O'Hosey, reported themselves to have been appointed Captains by his Lordship to raise Men; and that
he had the Nomination of Seven other Captains, to
do the like, for to serve under the King of Spaine in
Portingall; and that One of the said Three Captains,
namely the said Conconnaght, entertained Twelve Men:
What Authority or Commission there is for this, is
not here known, but it makes some of us that are of
the Brittish to stand in many Doubts and Opinions,
concerning the same; and the rather for that those
Three Men, so named to be Captains, are broken
Men in their Estates and Fortunes, Two of them being his Lordship's near Kinsmen; and that, if any
Evil be intended, they are conceived to be as apt Men
to embrace and help to act their Parts in it as any of
their Degrees in this Country.
"These Matters seem the more strange unto me
for that they are so privately carried; and that, upon
Friday last, I heard Sir Frederick Hamilton say, that
the Colonels, that at my last being in Dublin were
raising of their Men to go to Spaine, were since stayed,
by Command out of England.
"I have now therefore sent this Bearer purposely, by
these to make known unto your Lordships what I have
heard in this Business; which I humbly leave unto
your Honours Considerations; and, desiring to know
your Pleasures herein, with Remembrance of my most
humble Service unto your Lordships, I will end these,
and be ever,
"Your Lordships in all Duty to be commanded,
Eniskillin, 11 Oct. 1641.
"To the Right Honourable His Majesty's Lords
Justices for the Kingdom of Ireland, these,
"The Examination of Owen Connelly, Gentleman,
taken before us whose Names ensue, the 22d of
Examination of Owen Connelly before the Lords Justices, &c.
"Who, being truly sworn and examined, faith, That,
being at Monimore, in the County of Londonderry, on
Tuesday last, he received a Letter from Colonel Hugh
Oge, in Mahon, desiring him to come to him to Connogh, in the County of Monaghan, and to be with
him on Wednesday or Thursday last; whereupon he this
Examinant came to Connogh on Wednesday at Night
last; finding the said Hugh come to Dublin, followed
him hither. He came hither about Six of the Clock
this Evening, and forthwith went to the Lodging of
the said Hugh, to the House near The Boot, in Oxmantown; and there he found the said Hugh, and came
with the said Hugh into the Town, near the Pillory,
to the Lodging of the Lord Mc. Gwire, where they
found not the Lord within; and there they drank a
Cup of Beer, and then went back again to the said
Hugh's Lodging. He saith, That at the Lord Mac
Quire's Lodging, the said Hugh told him, that there
were, and would be this Night, great Numbers of
Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Irish and Papists
from all the Parts of the Kingdom in this Town, who,
with himself, had determined to take the Castle of
Dublin, and possess themselves of all His Majesty's
Ammunition there, and To-morrow Morning, being
Saturday; and that they intended first to batter the
Chimneys of the Town; and, if the City would not
yield then, to batter down the Houses, and so cut
off all the Protestants that would not join with them.
He saith further, That the said Hugh then told him
that the Irish had prepared Men in all the Parts of the
Kingdom, to destroy all the English Inhabitants there
To-morrow Morning, by Ten of the Clock; and that,
in all the Sea Ports and other Towns in the Kingdom,
all the Protestants should be killed this Night; and
that all the Posts that could be could not prevent it:
And further faith, That he moved the said Hugh to
forbear the executing of that Business, and to discover it to the State, for the Saving of his own Estate;
who said, that he could not help it; but said that
they did owe their due Allegiance to the King, and
would pay Him all His Rights, but that they did this
for the Tyrannical Government that was over them,
and to imitate Scotland, who got a Privilege by that
Course: And he further faith, That, when he was
with the said Hugh in his Lodging the Second Time,
the said Hugh swore that he should not go out of his
Lodging that Night; but told him that he should go
with him the next Morning to the Castle; and said,
if that Matter were discovered, somebody should die
for it. Whereupon this Examinant feigned some Necessity for his Easement, went down out of the Cham
ber, and left his Sword in Pawn; and the said Hugh
sent his Man down with him; and, when this Examinant came down into the Yard, finding an Opportunity, he this Examinant leaped over a Wall and
Two Pales, and so came to the Lord Justice Parsons.
Tho. Rotherham. Robt. Meredith."
"The Examination of Hugh Oge Mac Mahowne, of
Connagh, in the County of Monoghan, Esquire,
aged Thirty-five Years, or thereabouts, taken
before the Right Honourable the Lords Justices
Examination of Mac Mahowne, taken before the Lords Justices.
"The said Examinant said, That he thinks there
will be Trouble this Day throughout all the Kingdom
of Ireland; and that all the Fortifications of Ireland
will be this Day taken, as he thinks. And he faith,
That he thinks that it is so far gone by this Time,
that Ireland cannot help it. He faith, He was told
this by Captain Brian O'Neale. He saith, That
Captain Bryan O'Neale and Captain Hugh Burne
were designed for the surprising of the Castle of
Dublin; and that, if this Examinant were one for
surprizing the Castle of Dublin, those Captains were principal therein. He faith, The Place of
Meeting was to be at the Examinant's Lodging. He
faith, That Twenty prime Men out of every County
in Ireland were to be at Dublin this last Night, concerning this Matter; and that they were to consult of
it this Morning at the Examinant's Lodging; their
Weapons were to be Swords and Skenes; and that
the Captains that were raising Men in the Irish Countries were they that should (fn. *) send Men hither to second the Business. He saith, When they had Dublin,
they made sure of the rest, and expected to be furnished with more Arms at Dublin. He said, I am
now in your Hands, use me as you will; I am sure I
shall be shortly revenged. And being demanded whether the Lord Magwire was one appointed to this
Business, he at last said he thought he was.
"The Examination of Richard Grave, of Drombote,
in the County of Monoghan, Yeoman, taken the
25th of October 1641:
Grave's Examination, before the Lords Justices, &c.
"Who faith, That, on Friday last, the 22d of this
Month, a little before Night, a Son of Art Oge O'Neale,
of The Fues, whose Name he knoweth not, accompanied with about an Hundred of the said Art Oge's Tenants, armed with Swords, Pitchforks, and some
Muskets, came to Drombote aforesaid, to the House
of William Grave, Brother to the said Richard; and,
having broken down the Doors and Windows of the
said House, they rifled it, and robbed him of all the
Money they could find there, and of sundry other
Goods which they were able to carry away; and,
when they had so done, they came to the House of
William Grave the Elder, Father to this Examinant;
and, having broken down the Doors of the said
House, they robbed him of all his Money, Linen,
and Cloaths, and sundry other Goods. He saith also,
That the same Night they broke into and robbed Sir
Henry Spottswood in the same Town, and took from
thence all the Money and Plate which they found
there, and also divers Household Goods, and a fair
Stone-horse. He saith also, That, about Twelve a
Clock the next Day, the same Persons came again to
the said Town, accompanied with Two or Three Hundred more, and then robbed and spoiled it of all the
rest of the Goods and Chattels which they found; and
presently after they set Fire upon all the Houses
there, and burnt them to the Ground. He faith
also, That the Goods which his Father and himself
and his Brother did lose thereby, were worth Five
Hundred Pounds; and that he verily believeth that
the Goods which Sir Henry Spottswood lost thereby
were worth One Thousand Pounds at least. He saith
further, That, on Friday aforesaid, while the said
Art Oge's Son was in this Examinant's Father's House,
he heard him the said Art Oge's Son and one Patricke
Mc. Cadron of Drombee, who was one of them who
were then in the Company, say, that it was but the
Beginning; but, before they had done, they would
not leave one alive, neither rich nor poor, who went
to Church. And faith also, That the said Art Oge's
Son and Patrick Mc. Cardon said there, that, by the
next Night, Dublin would be too hot for any of the
English Dogs to live in.
Letters from Sir John Borlace and Sir John Temple.
Next was read Two private Letters, sent to the Lord
Lieutenant, the one from Sir John Borlace, One of the
Lords Justices of Ireland, the other from Sir John Temple, declaring the State and Danger which that Kingdom is in, if there be not present Supply both of Arms,
Men, and Money from hence.
Letters from Ireland staid.
Likewise the Lord Keeper acquainted the House,
That the Lords of the Council, being informed of the
Packets of Letters which came this Week from Ireland,
have sent out their Order, and staid them, and committed them into the Hands of the Gentleman Usher,
until their Lordships further Directions herein."
Committee for opening Letters from Ireland.
Hereupon a Committee of Lords were appointed to
open and read such Letters as conduce any Thing to
the Discovery of the Affairs of Ireland, and to report
the same to this House; and to return those which concern Merchants Affairs to the Post-master, to be delivered to the Owners.
The Names of the Lords Committees for opening of
Letters were these: videlicet,
The L. Privy Seal.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Howard de Charleton.
Their Lordships, or any Seven or more of them,
to meet when they please, and have Power, by
virtue hereof, to divide themselves into several,
by any Four or more, as they shall see Occasion.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Clattworthy, Knight:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the Rabellion in Ireland.
To desire a present Conference, by a Committee of
both Houses (if it may (fn. *) stand with their Lordships Conveniency), touching the Troubles in Ireland, and the Security of this Kingdom.
The Answer hereunto returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Meeting, as
is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
The Lord Keeper is appointed to report the Conference.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and
the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the Lord Keeper reported the Conference, to this Effect: videlicet,
"Mr. Pym said, he was commanded by the House
of Commons to desire their Lordships to let the Earl
of Leycester, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, know,
that they take his diligent and timely acquainting the
Parliament with his Intelligence, concerning the Rebellion and Treason in Ireland, very well; for which
he was commanded to give his Lordship Thanks from
the House of Commons, for his good Service done
therein to the King and Kingdom.
Propositions of the Commons about the Irish Affairs, and for securing this Kingdom.
To borrow 50,000 l. of the Cuy for the Irish Affairs.
"He was further to acquaint their Lordships with
some Resolutions, which the House of Commons have
made concerning the Affairs, and the securing of this
Kingdom: To this Purpose they Resolved, That
Fifty Thousand Pounds shall be forthwith provided;
and they desire that a select Committee of the Members of both Houses may be appointed to go to the
City of London, and to make a Declaration unto
them of the State of the Business in Ireland; and to
acquaint them that it will be an acceptable Service to
the Commonwealth to lend Monies; and that the Committees propose to the City the Loan of Fifty Thousand Pounds; and to assure them that they shall be
secured both for the Principal and Interest, by Act
To appoint a Committee of both Houses to manage the Irish Affairs.
"2. That the House of Commons desires, That a select Committee of both Houses may be appointed, to
consider of the Affairs of Ireland, and of the raising
and sending of Men and Ammunition from hence into
Ireland, and of the Repair of the Lord Lieutenant of
Ireland thither, and of a Declaration of both Houses
of Parliament to be sent into Ireland; and that Committee to have Power, from Time to Time, to open
Packets sent into Ireland or from Ireland.
To reward Owen Connelly for discovering the Treason.
"3. That Owen Conncllies, who discovered the Treason
in Ireland, shall have the Sum of Five Hundred
Pounds presently paid him, and a Pension of Two
Hundred Pounds per Annum, until Provision be made
of Inheritance of greater Value; and that he be recommended to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for
some Preferment there.
To appoint a Committee of Lords for the further Examination of Owen Connelly.
"4. That the House of Commons further desires, That
a Committee of Lords may be nominated, to take further the Examination of Owen Connellies, upon Oath,
upon such Interrogatories as shall be offered by a
Committee of their House, and in the Presence of that
To sequester the Isle of Wight into other Hands.
"5. Also the House of Commons desires that the
Custody of the Isle of Wight, for the present, may
be sequestered into another Hand.
To secure Papists.
"6. That the Persons of Papists of Quality, in the
several Counties where they reside, may be secured,
and such English Papists as within One Year last past
removed themselves into Ireland (except the Earl of
St. Albane's, and such other Persons as have their
ancient Estates and Habitations there) may, by Proclamation, be commanded to return hither within
One Month after the Proclamation there made; or,
otherwise some Course to be taken, by Act of Parliament, for Confiscation of their Estates."
Answers to these Propositions.
The House, (fn. *) having taken these Propositions into
Consideration, severally, Resolved as followeth:
1. To the First Proposition, this House agreed,
That a select Committee of Lords should join with
a proportionable Number of the House of Commons,
to go to the City of London, for to borrow Fifty
Thousand Pounds for the Irish Affairs. And these
Lords were named Committees: videlicet,
The L. Privy Seal.
The L. Admiral.
To go To-morrow, at Four a Clock in the Afternoon.
2. To the Second Proposition, this House agreed;
and Ordered, That the former Committee, this Day
appointed for opening of Letters, shall serve for this
3. To the Third Proposition, concerning the Reward
to be given to Owen Connellies, Agreed to.
4. To the Fourth Proposition, touching the further
Examination of Owen Connellies; Agreed, That the
Committee appointed for the Second Proposition shall
examine Connellies; with this Liberty, that any Peer may
be present, unless he be forbidden by this House.
5. To the Fifth Proposition: Agreed to be laid
aside for the present.
6. Concerning the Sixth Proposition: Touching the
First Part, it is Agreed, That such as are convicted
Recusants shall be secured as the Law hath appointed;
for such as are not convicted Recusants, it is referred to
the select Committees of both Houses, to consider what
Course is fit to be taken to secure their Persons, in
those Cases where the Law is defective.
Concerning the latter Part of this Proposition, touching the Proclamation, this House agrees with the House
of Commons therein, and thinks it fit that the Minutes
or Draught of a Proclamation be sent to the King in
Scotland, that He may from thence send His Warrants
and Directions for issuing out a Proclamation to that
Purpose in Ireland.
Thanks to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for his Vigilance.
This being done, the Lord Keeper, by Command,
gave Thanks (in the Name of this House) to the Earl
of Leycester, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for his Care
and Vigilance in the Affairs which concern the Kingdom of Ireland; and for his speedy communicating the
Letters and Examinations to the Lords of the Council
and the Parliament, touching the Treason and Rebellion
in that Kingdom.
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to write to the King of the critical Situation of Affairs there.
And further, the Lord Lieutenant was desired by the
House, speedily to write to the King, and acquaint Him
with the Affairs of Ireland, and the Danger that Kingdom is now in; and to let Him know what Course the
Parliament here hath taken, for to give Supply and Aid
for the reducing of the Rebels; and also the Lord Lieutenant was commanded to write to the Lords Justices
and Council of Ireland, to let them know that the Parliament hath taken into their Care to send them a Supply of Men and of Money with all convenient Speed,
and are resolved to give them Assistance in this great
Defection; wishing them to persist in their Diligence
and Care in defending that Kingdom against the Rebels,
until Succours can be sent them; and that they give
Intelligence, with the First Opportunities, how the
State of that Kingdom is, and how the Rebels behave
Message to the H. C. for a Conference, about an Answer to the last one relative to the Irish Affairs.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Baron Hendon and Mr. Justice Mallett:
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, touching an Answer to the last Conference
concerning the Affairs of Ireland.
Subject of the Conference.
The Lord Keeper was appointed "to give the
House of Commons Thanks from this House, for
their Readiness in giving their Resolutions touching
the Affairs of Ireland, which import that Kingdom so
much." And further, to let them know, at this
Conference, "That this House agreed to all their
Propositions (the sequestering the Isle of Wight into
another Hand excepted, which is not to be spoken of
at this Conference); only they consider the Papists
under a double Capacity; those which are convicted, and those which are not convicted Recusants:
Those which are convicted, their Lordships agree that
their Persons be secured according to Law; but
those which are not convicted, and the Law therein
extends not so far, their Lordships desire the House of
Commons to consider of some Way how they may be
secured in these dangerous Times."
The Messengers return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
Answer from the H. C.
That they will give a Meeting presently, as is desired,
in the Painted Chamber.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Guards of the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Lord Chamberlain shall have
the sole disposing and appointing what Guards of Soldiers shall guard the Houses of Parliament.
Committee for opening Letters.
Ordered, That the Lords Committees for opening
and reading of Letters shall meet To-morrow Morning,
at Nine of the Clock.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, diem Martis, 2m diem instantis Novembris, hora 1a, post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.