DIE Veneris, videlicet, 24 die Decembris.
The Petition from some Citizens of London was presented to this House, which was read in their Presence:
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
in this present Parliament.
"The humble Petition of divers Citizens, Merchants,
and others of London, trading in the Realm of
"Sheweth unto your Lordships,
Petition of Citizens trading into Ireland.
"That your Petitioners, on the Behalf of themselves
and other Merchants, Shop-keepers, and others trading into the Realm of Ireland, whose Estates, to the
Value of above a Million of Money, do lie involved
in the desperate Question of that Kingdom; as also
on the Behalf of the Protestant Party of that People,
reduced to unspeakable Extremity in their Lives and
Fortunes, as by our daily Letters from thence we are
informed to our great Grief:
"We most humbly beseech your Lordships, That
you will be pleased to consider the sad Condition of
them and us in our respective Interests, and lay aside
all Things that may trouble the Way to the Relief
of that wretched State, who, without speedy and effectual Assistance, will not be able to serve His Majesty, in the Resistance of the Rebels there; nor shall
we be able, in our several Degrees and Conditions,
to do His Majesty, your Lordships, and the whole
Realm, that Service, in our ready Compliance with
the great Affairs of this Kingdom, as we should and
will most willingly perform to the uttermost of our
"This, my Lords, we most humbly offer to your
Lordships, as a Consideration whereupon that Kingdom depends, besides many Thousands depending upon us the Petitioners in our Trades, that are here
equally concerned with them of Ireland in our Livelihoods; and do beseech your Lordships in the End, after the long Suffering of that unfortunate Nation, our
long Expectation, and the Wonder of all neighbouring States, occasioned by a long, and, as we humbly
conceive, an unseasonable Delay, whilst the Life, Liberties, and Interest of the Protestants of that Kingdom are daily invaded and destroyed, you will now
give an instant Dispatch, for the Relief of that miserable Realm and People.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c.
With many other Names subscribed, as appears by the
Petition of the same Persons to the King, referred by him to the House.
A Petition of the same Effect, from the same Parties,
was presented (fn. *) to the King, which His Majesty, by the
Lord Keeper, this Day, (fn. †) recommended to the Consideration of this House.
These Petitions to be considered.
The House taking these Petitions into Consideration,
for the present, the Petitioners were called in; and the
Lord Keeper, by Direction of the House, told them,
"That their Lordships are taking into their Consideration and Care the Necessity and Affairs of Ireland,
and will use all Expedition therein, and will take their
Petitions into Consideration."
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Grey of Ruthin:
Message from the H. C. for the Lords to join in a Petition for a Monthly Fast.
To desire their Lordships to join with them in an humble Petition to His Majesty, that He will be pleased to
give Way for the keeping a Monthly Fast through the
Kingdom, during the Troubles in Ireland; and that a
Proclamation may be issued out for the due Observation
of the same, and likewise for the keeping of the Fast upon the 20th of January next through the Kingdom, except in those Places where it hath (fn. *) been observed already.
And for an Answer concerning The Tower.
The House of Commons desires their Lordships to expedite the Answer to the Conference last Night, concerning the Business of The Tower, which is a Matter of
The Answer hereunto returned is:
That this House joins with the House of Commons in
the First Part of this Message; but concerning the Matter of the late Conference, concerning the Lieutenant
of The Tower, this House hath not thought it fit to
join with the House of Commons therein.
Report concerning the 2500 Scots for Ireland.
The Earl of Bedford (fn. *) reported, "That the Lords
Commissioners have acquainted the Scotts Commissioners with the Order made Yesterday, concerning the
Two Thousand and Five Hundred Men to be entertained for Ireland; and the Scotts Commissioners will
send Word thereof to Scotland, and upon Monday
next they will give in all their Propositions."
Letter from Sir J. Temple to L. Say and Seale about Ireland.
After this, a Letter was read, dated from Dublin, the
10th of this Instant December, written by Sir John Temple, to the Lord Viscount Say & Seale, setting forth the
miserable Estate of the Kingdom of Ireland, by the Increasing of the Rebels, and their great Want of Supplies.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Herbert, who brought up Three
Bills, which had passed in the House of Commons:
Bills from the H. C.
1. Intituled, An Act to restrain Bargemen, Lightermen, and others, from labouring and working on the
Lord's-day, commonly called Sunday.
2. An Act for the better raising and levying of Mariners, Sailors, and others, for the present Guarding of
the Seas, and necessary Defence of the Realm, and
other His Majesty's Dominions.
3. An Act for the settling, by Fitzwilliam Conningsby, Esquire, of a Rent-charge of Two Hundred Pounds
per Annum upon an Hospital, in the Suburbs of the City
of Hereford, commonly called Conningsbie's Company of
Old Serviters, &c. and for the Settlement of Lands and
Tenements, for the Payment of his Debts, and raising
of Portions for his younger Children; and for a new
Jointure to his Wife, and a new Settlement of his
Commons desire the Lords would sit a while.
Likewise the House of Commons desired their Lordships would sit a convenient Time, for the House of
Commons shall have Occasion to come up to their Lordships about Business of Importance.
The Answer hereunto returned was:
That their Lordships will sit a convenient Time, as is
Bill for raising Mariners.
Hodie 1a et 2a
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the better
raising and levying of Mariners, Sailors, and others,
for the present Guarding of the Seas, and necessary
Defence of the Realm, and other His Majesty's Dominions.
Committed to these Lords following: videlicet,
The L. Archbp. of Yorke.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Baron Henden and
|Epus. Cov. et Litichfield.
Ds. Howard de Estc.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on
Monday, at Three post meridiem, in the Painted
Propositions of the Scots agreed to.
The Resolutions of the Lords in Parliament to the
Six Propositions of the Scotts Commissioners, concerning the sending of Men into Ireland out of Scotland.
To the First Proposition: Resolved, upon the Question,
That Ten Thousand Scotts shall be sent into Ireland,
upon such Conditions as shall be agreed upon by the
To the Second Proposition: This House agrees with
the House of Commons therein.
To the Third Proposition: That, for the Proposition,
this House agrees unto it thus, that there shall be delivered unto the Scotts Five Thousand Arms, within a
short Time after their carrying their Arms out of Scotland, and Five Thousand Arms more within Five or Six
Months, consisting of Pikes, Muskets, and Swords, which
we conceive are the Arms they will carry out of Scotland into Ireland.
To the Fourth Proposition: Agreed to, that some
Ships of War be sent, to secure the Transporting of
Scotts into Ireland, as is desired; but, because it will
be some Time before our Ships can come thither, our
Commissioners are to treat with the Scotts Commissioners,
either to transport their Men with our Ships of War,
or else to employ some of their own Ships, until ours
can come, and they shall be paid for the same.
To the Fifth Proposition: This House agrees with
the House of Commons, and refers it to the English
Commissioners to treat about a smaller Number of
To the Sixth Proposition: This House agrees with
the House of Commons therein.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the Safety of the King and Kingdom.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Craneborne:
To desire a Conference, so soon as it may stand with
their Lordships Conveniency, by a Committee of both
Houses, touching the Safety of the King and Kingdom.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships 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.
Then the Lord Keeper reported the Effect of the
Report of the Conference.
"That the House of Commons greatly desired that
both Houses might have joined together, in an humble
Petition to His Majesty, for removing of Colonel
Lunsford from being Lieutenant of The Tower of London.
"The House of Commons say, they find ill Consequences already by his being Lieutenant; for Merchants have already withdrawn their Bullion out of
the Mint, and Strangers that have Ships lately come
with great Store of Bullion do forbear to bring it
into the Mint because he is Lieutenant of The Tower,
and by this Means Monies will be scarce to come by,
which will be prejudicious and obstructive to the pressing Affairs of Ireland: The House of Commons
took it much to Heart that their Lordships did not
join with them to petition His Majesty: Hereupon
they have made a Declaration for themselves, and
desired that the same may be entered into the Journal
Book of this House, as they have done the like in their
House, which was read, in these Words: videlicet,
Declaration of the Commons for the Safety of the King and Kingdom.
"We, the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the
Commons House of Parliament, being very sensible of
the great and imminent Danger of the Kingdom,
through the Design of the Papists and other Persons
disaffected to the public Peace, and finding, by frequent and evident Symptoms, that the same groweth
very near to Maturity, amongst which we reckon
this not to be the least, that The Tower, being a Place
of such Importance for the Safety of the City and
of the whole Kingdom, should be put into the Hands
of a Man so unworthy, and of so dangerous a Disposition, as by divers Testimonies Colonel Lunsford
is affirmed to be, which caused (fn. *) us Yesterday, upon
the Petition of the Citizens of London, to desire your
Lordships to join with us in an humble Suit to His
Majesty, that a Place of that great Consequence
might not be disposed in such a Manner as to hazard
the Safety, Peace, and Content of the City and of the
whole Kingdom; and, perceiving that your Lordships
have refused to join with us in so important and necessary a Request, do hereby declare, before God and
the whole Kingdom, That, from the Beginning of
this Parliament, we have done our uttermost to preserve the State from Ruin; and having, through God's
Blessing, prevailed so far, that the Design of the
Irish Army of Papists, the other Designs of bringing
up the English Army several Times attempted, a
former Plot of possessing The Tower (without which
Treason could not be so mischievous to the State),
were all prevented, although strongly bent to the Destruction of Religion, the Parliament, and the Commonwealth, do now find themselves encountered with
as great Difficulty as ever, the Papists Rebellion in
Ireland giving such Encouragement to the malignant
Party here, that they likewise receiving such Advantage by the Delays and Interruptions which we have
received in the House of Peers, as we conceive, by
the great Number of Bishops and Papists, notoriously
disaffected to the common Good; and do therefore
hold ourselves bound in Conscience to declare and
protest, that we are innocent of the Blood which is
like to be spilt, and of the Confusions which may
overwhelm this State, if this Person be continued in
his Charge; and do intend to resort to His Majesty
in an humble Petition, that He will be pleased to
afford us His Royal Protection, that the Kingdom and
ourselves may be preserved from this wicked and
dangerous Design; and that He will grant Commissions and Instructions as may enable us to defend
His Royal Person and His loyal Subjects, from the
Cruelty and Rage of the Papists, who have long
plotted and endeavoured to bring in a bloody Change
of Religion, to the apparent Ruin of the whole
Kingdom; and if any of your Lordships have the
same Apprehension that we have, we hope they likewise will take some Course to make the same known
to His Majesty, and will further do what appertains
to Persons of Honour and Fidelity for the common
It was moved, that this House might be adjourned,
and the Debate to be taken into Consideration on
Monday next; but it was desired that this Business might
be debated now.
There being several Opinions, the Question was put,
whether the Debate upon this Report shall be put off
till Monday next or not.
Debate of this Report deferred till Monday.
And it was Resolved, by the major Part, to be put
off till Monday next.
Lords dissent to it.
These Lords following did disassent to this Vote; and,
before the putting of the Question, did claim their
Right to enter their Protestation against it: videlicet,
"In respect the Conference brought up and reported
from the House of Commons doth, as is thereby declared, concern the instant Good and Safety of the
King and Kingdom, I do protest against the deferring
of the Debate thereof until Monday, to the End to
discharge myself of any ill Consequence that may
Similiter L. Chamberlain.
Similiter Comes Pembrooke.
Similiter Comes Bedford.
Similiter Comes Warwicke.
Similiter Comes Bollingbrooke.
Similiter Comes Newport.
Similiter L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Similiter Comes Suffolke.
Similiter Comes Carlile.
Similiter Comes Holland.
Similiter Comes Clare.
Similiter Comes Stamford.
Similiter Ds. Wharton.
Similiter Ds. St. John.
Similiter Ds. Spencer.
Similiter Ds. North.
Similiter Ds. Kymbolton.
Similiter Ds. Brooke.
Similiter Ds. Grey de Warke.
Similiter Ds. Robartes.
Similiter Ds. Howard de Estcricke."
Upon reading of the Petition of the Lord Bishop of
London, William Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, and
Mathew Lord Bishop of Ely, shewing, "That they had
(fn. *) paid Three Score Pounds a-piece for the Poll-money,
and deposited other Monies, according to a Proportion
of the Double Tenths of their Bishopricks:" But,
because their Bishopricks are freed, by Letters Patents
under the Great Seal of England, from paying, or accounting for any Tenths; it is Ordered, by the Lords
in Parliament, That Mr. Parramore, with whom the
said Monies were deposited, shall forthwith, upon Sight
hereof (if he hath so much in his Hands of the Pollmoney, and if not, then as soon as so much Money shall
come in unto him), re-pay unto the said Lords the
Bishops, their Assigns or Agents, all such Sums of
Money as he hath received from their Lordships respectively, above the Sixty Pound a-piece as aforesaid.
Earl of Arundel, concerning a Pew in St. Clement's Church.
Ordered, That the Right Honourable the Earl of
Arundell, Earl Marshal of England, shall quietly enjoy
his Seat and Pew in the Parish Church of Saint Clements
Danes, formerly appointed unto him by the Ordinary,
as his Lordship hath done, until he shall be evicted by
due Course of Law.
Lord Fauconbridge versus Harrison.
Ordered, That an Order formerly made by the
Lords Committees for Petitions, dated the Tenth of
July, One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and One, concerning a Decree in Chancery, between the Right
Honourable the Lord Faulconbridge, and one Thomas
Harrison, is hereby confirmed by this House; and that
all Parties any Ways concerned therein are to take Notice thereof, and obey the same accordingly.
Sir Tho. Lake versus Lake.
Whereas the Cause between Sir Tho. Lake, Knight,
and Lancelott Lake, Esquire, was referred unto the Lord
Keeper of the Great Seal of England, and Three other
Lords, whose Lordships have not had Leisure to meet
all together for the Hearing of the the same, by reason
of the great and public Affairs depending now in Parliament before their Lordships; it is therefore Ordered, That the Lord Keeper, with any one of those
Lords appointed in the the said former Order, shall
have Power, by virtue hereof, calling all Parties interested therein, to hear, arbitrate, and end the said
Cause, if they can, or otherwise to certify the true
State thereof unto this House, which will proceed
therein according to Justice.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ,
videlicet, 27m diem instantis Decembris, hora 1a post
meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.