DIE Martis, videlicet, 4 die Januarii.
The King's Answer about the Guards.
The Lord Steward reported, "That the King will
send an Answer to the Desire of both Houses Yesterday, concerning the Guards, very speedily, which may
be To-day or To-morrow."
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfeild and Serjeant Glanvile:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To communicate the aforesaid Answer of the King to
Upon the Report of the Lord Chief Justice of the
King's Bench made this Day unto the House, it is
Ordered, That Arthur Progers, now a Prisoner in
The Gatehouse at Westm. shall be forthwith freed, and
set at Liberty, of and from his present Restraint and
"To the Keeper of the
Gatehouse at Westm."
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Hotham, Knight:
Message from the H. C. about the Safety of the King and Kingdom, and concerning Privilege of Parliament.
To desire a present Free Conference, if it may stand
with their Lordships Conveniency, by a Committee of
both Houses, touching the Safety of the King and Kingdom, and touching the Privileges of both Houses of
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Meeting, as
is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
The Messengers which were sent to the House of
Commons return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That they have delivered their Message.
This House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the House was resumed; and the Lord Keeper reported
the Effect of the Conference, which was:
Conference about Privilege of Parliament reported.
About the Guards at Whitehall.
"That the Occasion of this Conference was, to put
their Lordships in Mind that last Night, at the Conference, the House of Commons informed their Lordships of (fn. *) a Guard of Soldiers, which were in a Warlike
Manner at Whitehall, near the Houses of Parliament,
which they conceive to be a Breach of the Privilege
of Parliament, being without the Consent of both
Houses; for vindicating of which Breach of Privileges
the House of Commons desired their Lordships to
join with them, humbly to move His Majesty that the
said (fn. *) Guard may be discharged; but the said Guards
be not dismissed, but continued; the House of Commons do now again desire their Lordships to join
with them to vindicate the Privileges of Parliament,
and do reiterate their Desires Yesterday, and that
upon these Reasons:
"1. The House of Commons have received fresh
Informations, that divers Gentlemen have made their
Addresses to the Gentlemen of the Inns of Court,
and have dealt with them to come armed to Whitehall,
when they shall be required; yet they have not
The Commons complain of the Charge of their Five Members for Treason.
"2. The House of Commons have met with a scandalous Paper, as was published abroad, to the Scandal (fn. †) of some Members of both Houses. The Paper,
being read, contained Articles of High Treason and
High Misdemeanors against the Lord Kymbolton, a
Member of this House, and Denzill Hollis, Esquire,
Sir Arthur Haslerigg, John Pym, Esquire, John
Hampden, Esquire, and William Stroude, Esquire,
Members of the House of Commons. The Desire of
the House of Commons is, that their Lordships would
join with them, to find out the Authors, and to bring
them to condign Punishment for so high a Breach of
the Privileges of Parliament."
Nothing at this Time was Resolved of.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii,
videlicet, 5m diem instantis Januarii, hora 1a post meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.