DIE Martis, videlicet, 11; die Januarii
Report from the Committee for Irish Affairs.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland reported to this
House, "That the Lords Committees for the Irish Affairs have met in London, with the Committee of the
House of Commons, and have agreed upon some
Resolutions concerning the Affairs of Ireland: videlicet,
About the 2500 l. for Horse to Dublin.
"That they are of Opinion, that Two Thousand
and Five Hundred Pounds, out of the Loan-money
in the Chamber of London, shall be forthwith delivered to Sir Job Harbie and Sir John Nulls, Knights,
who have undertaken to return it to Chester, for the
paying and transporting of the Three Hundred Horse
now there to Dublin.
3000 l. for Victuals.
"2. That Three Thousand Pounds more, out of the
Loan-money in the said Chamber, be likewise forthwith paid to the said Sir Job Harbie
(fn. *) and Sir John
Nulls, Knights, who have undertaken to give Credit
to Mr. Walter Frost, Commissary for the Victuals.
Further Supply for Ireland.
"The Committee of the House of Commons told
the Lords Committees likewise, that they were now
at the Bottom of their Purses; and forasmuch as
the Necessity of providing of Money, and of the
Supply for the present Relief of Ireland, requireth
the Consideration of both Houses of Parliament, and
forasmuch as they cannot sit in Safety without strong
and sufficient Guards from the City of London and
adjacent Parts, they desired the Lords Committees to
join with them, to consider of a Way for securing
of both Houses by Guards as aforesaid, that they
may come and return and remain in Safety.
Votes of a Guard for the Houses.
"Hereupon the Lords Committees have voted, That
it is fit and necessary that there be strong and sufficient Guards from the City of London
(fn. *) and adjacent
Parts, for the securing of both Houses, that they
may fit in Safety.
By the Sheriffs of London and Midd.
"2. Their Lordships have voted, That it is a legal
Way for the House to require the Sheriffs of Midd.
and London to attend for that Purpose, with the Posse
Comitatus; and that they will report these Votes to
the House accordingly.
The Manner referred to the Common Council of London.
"And the Lords Committees, meeting again with
the Committee of the House of Commons the Tenth
of this Instant January, were of Opinion, That
Guards are necessary to be placed, before the Committee for the Irish Affairs do sit at Westminster; and
for the Manner of Ordering of those Guards, they referred it to the Common Council of the City of
London; and their Lordships will report to the House
of Lords, That the placing of those Guards, for the
Safety of the Irish Committee, is, in their Opinion,
an acceptable Service to the Commonwealth."
Ordered, That this House confirms the Report now
made by the Committee for the Irish Affairs, and doth
approve of their several Opinions and Votes therein,
and doth Order the same accordingly.
The Lord Steward reported the King's Answer,
touching the Desire of both Houses concerning Guards;
which Answer was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
The King's Answer concerning Guards.
"We having considered the Petition of both Houses
of Parliament concerning a Guard, do give this Answer, That We will (to secure their Fears) command
the Lord Mayor of London to appoint Two Hundred
Men out of the Trained Bands of the City (such as
he will be answerable for to Us), to wait on the
Houses of Parliament, that is to say, One Hundred
on each House, and to be commanded by the Earl
Lyndsey, it being most proper to have him, as being
Lord Great Chamberlain, who, by his Place, hath
a particular Charge of the Houses of Parliament,
and of whose Integrity, Courage, and Sufficiency
none can doubt."
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Hotham, Knight:
Message from the H. C. with Two Letters one sent to Mr. Bridgemar, the other to Mr. Anderton.
To inform their Lordships of Two Letters, One sent
to Mr. Orlando Bridgeman, a Member of the House of
Commons, the other written to one Mr. Anderton, which
they offer to their Lordships, to make Use of them as
they think fit. Likewise the House of Commons sent
up a Vote, which hath passed in their House, touching
the Guards, which they leave to their Lordships Consideration, to join with them in it if their Lordships shall
think fit; and further, they let their Lordships know,
that they have called in some Citizens and others, who
came down to guard the Parliament this Day, and have
given them Thanks for their said Service; and they desire their Lordships will please to do so likewise, if this
House shall think fit.
The Two Letters were read.
After that, the Vote of the House of Commons was
read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"Resolved, on the Question,
Vote for approving the Service of some Citizens for guarding the Houses.
"That the Actions of the Citizens of London and
others, in the Guarding and Defence of the Parliament, or the Privilege or Members thereof, either
by the Trained Bands or otherwise, are according to
their Duties, and the late Protestation, and the Laws
of this Kingdom; and that, if any Person shall arrest or trouble any of them for so doing, he doth
thereby break the Privilege of Parliament, violate
the Liberty of the Subject, and is hereby declared
an Enemy of the Commonwealth."
Ordered, That this House consents and agrees to
this Vote of the House of Commons.
Thanks to be given to the Guard.
Ordered, That this House give Thanks to the
Sheriffs and Citizens of London, for coming down this
Day, and guarding the Houses of Parliament.
L. Keeper Leave to be absent Tomorrow.
L. C. J. C. P. appointed Speaker.
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That he
hath now received a Letter from the King, to command him to wait upon Him at Windsor, with all
Speed, To-morrow Morning:" Hereupon the House
gave the Lord Keeper Leave; and Ordered, That the
Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas shall fit Speaker
of this House To-morrow.
Citizens receive the Thanks of the House.
The Citizens of London and others were called in; and
the Lord Keeper, by the Command of this House, gave
them Thanks for the great Care they had for the Security and Safety of the Houses of Parliament.
L. Kymbolton offers himself to Trial.
The Lord Kymbolton made it his Suit this Day to this
House, he lying under so great a Charge, which concerned his Life, his Estate, and his Honour, which is
dearest unto him, "That Mr. Attorney General may be
commanded (when it shall be declared by this House
that the Proceedings against him are legal) to prosecute the Accusation against him:" His Lordship declared, "That, if Mr. Attorney be now ready to make
good the Charge against him, he is ready to answer
it, he desired no further Time; but, if Mr. Attorney
be not now ready, his Lordship tendered himself to
be at their Lordships Disposing, and will render himself to their Pleasures whensoever Mr. Attorney shall
be ready with his Witnesses to proceed against him,
and their Lordships command him; his own Innocency
making him thus confident."
Mr. Attorney General, being absent, was sent for,
to be asked when he will be ready to prosecute the Accusation against the Lord Kymbolton and others.
Attorney General not ready.
Mr. Attorney being come, was commanded to speak
what he could concerning the Proceedings against the
Lord Kymbolton and others; who declared, "That what
he did was by the express Command of the King his
Master, and not done by his Advice; and, since, he
attended the King to receive His Majesty's further
Directions therein, who told him, that when He went
out of Town, His Majesty would leave something
with the Lord Keeper to acquaint this House further
with concerning Business. His Majesty being gone
out of Town, Mr. Attorney said, he attended the
Lord Keeper to know whether the King had left
any Directions with him, who told him, he had received none from His Majesty, but that he was commanded to attend His Majesty speedily."
Hereupon the Lord Kymbolton desired the House, that
some speedy Course may be taken, that his Life, Estate,
and Honour, may be secured.
Two Companies of the Trained Bands daily to guard the Houses.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Midd.
be hereby required to send Two Companies of the
Trained Bands of the City of London, and County of
Middlesex, under the Conduct and Command of Serjeant Major Skippon, to attend both Houses of Parliament every Day, for (fn. *) their Security, until both Houses
do give Order to the contrary.
Directed "To the Sheriffs of the
City of London and Midd."
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Whitfield and Serjeant Glanvile:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To let them know, that this House hath fully agreed
and consented with them in their Vote concerning the
Guards, sent up this Day: And further, that their
Lordships think it fit, and have Ordered it, That the
Sheriffs of London and Midd, shall send Two Companies of the Trained Bands, under the Conduct and
Command of Serjeant Major General Skippon, every
Day, to secure the Parliament.
The Messengers return Answer:
That they have delivered their Message to the House
Lord Fauconbridge and Harrison's Cause referred to the Lord Keeper.
Ordered, That the Cause between the Right Honourable the Lord Fauconbridge and Thomas Harrison
(being by the Consent of his Lordship) shall be heard
before the Lord Keeper (as soon as his Lordship shall
please to appoint), without any Formality of a Bill of
Review; and to be Ordered according to the Merits
of the Cause, as in Justice shall appear; and the said
Thomas Harrison to have Notice hereof, that he may
be prepared for the said Hearing accordingly, or else
to shew Cause unto this House.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, (fn. †) by Mr. Nath. Fynes:
Message from the H. C. that they agree to the Guards for both Houses.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons do agree, That Two Companies of the Trained
Bands be appointed by the Sheriffs of London and Midd.
every Day to attend the Houses of Parliament, for their
Security; and that the same are to be commanded under
Serjeant Major General Skyppon.
Message from the H. C. with a Bill, that the Two Houses may adjourn themselves to any Place;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Phillip Stapleton, Knight, who brought up a Bill,
which had passed the House of Commons, intituled,
"An Act declaring that the Lords and Commons may
adjourn themselves respectively to any Place."
and for securing Hull.
2. To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons are informed that there is at Hull a Magazine
of the King, of Arms for Sixteen Thousand Men, and
proportionable Ammunition; but, in regard no great
Strength is in the Town, and that the Country about
is full of Papists ill affected, the House of Commons
desires their Lordships to join with them, that some
Companies of the Trained Bands next adjoining to Hull
be forthwith put into that Town, for the Safeguard of
that Town and the Magazine there; and the said Trained
(fn. *) Bands to be under the Command of Sir John Hotham,
Knight, who hath the Command of that Town already
by Patent from the King.
Order for Sir John Hotham to put a Garrison into Hull.
Hereupon it was Ordered, That some of the
Trained Bands of Yorkeshire, nearest to Hull, in the said
County, under the Command of Sir John Hotham, Knight,
shall with all Speed be put into the said Town of Hull,
for the securing of the King's Magazine there, and the
said Town; and hereof the said Sir John Hotham is (by
virtue of this Order) commanded to perform it accordingly; and the said Sir John Hotham is to command the
Town and Forces therein; and all Parties whom it concerns shall give their Obedience unto the said Sir John
Hotham and his Ministers; and lastly, that Sir John
Hotham, or who else he shall appoint under him, shall
not deliver up the Town of Hull, or Magazine there, or
any Part thereof, without the King's Authority, signified
unto him by the Lords and Commons now assembled in
"To Sir John Hotham, Knight, the Elder."
The King to be acquainted with it.
Ordered, That the King be made acquainted with
this Order speedily.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Clattworthy, Knight:
Message from the H. C. to sit at 10 A. M. To-morrow.
To let their Lordships know, that they intend to fit
To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock; and the
House of Commons desires their Lordships would sit
likewise at the same Time.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will sit To-morrow, at Ten a Clock,
as is desired.
Bill for the Houses to adjourn themselves to any Place.
Hodie 1a et 2a
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for declaring that the Lords and Commons may adjourn themselves respectively to any Place.
And this Bill was presently committed to a Committee
of the whole House; and the House was adjourned
into a Committee during Pleasure, to debate the
The House was resumed; and it was reported to the
House, "That the Bill was fit to pass as it came from
the House of Commons."
vice lecta est Billa, An Act declaring that the
Lords and Commons may adjourn themselves respectively
to any Place.
And, being put to the Question, it was consented
to, to pass as a Law.
The House being informed, "That some Gentlemen of
the County of Buckinghamshire were come to present
to this House a Petition;" the House commanded
them to be brought in, who delivered a Petition, which
was read in their Presence, as followeth:
"To the Right Honourable the House of Peers,
now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the
County of Bucckingham.
"That whereas we hoped, upon the happy assembling of this present Parliament, we should have had
a speedy Redress of those Pressures we had for
many Years been under, but have hitherto been in
great Measure frustrate of our Hopes, by the strong
Counter-working of a malignant Faction, whereby
the perfecting of Reformation is hindered, the Endeavours of the House of Commons in great Part
successless, our Dangers grown upon us by iterated
Plots; Priests and other Delinquents unpunished, to
the Encouragement of others; Ireland lost by protracted Councils, while Thousands are there butchered
by immane Cruelties; and, to cut off all Hopes of
future Reformation, the very Being of our Parliaments endangered, by desperate and unexampled
Breach of Privileges, which, by our Protestation
lately taken, we are bound with our Lives and
Estates to maintain; and in respect of that late
Attempt upon the Honourable House of Commons,
we are now come to offer our Service to that End,
as resolved in their just Defence to live and die.
"And therefore humbly pray that this most Honourable House will co-operate with the
House of Commons, in most speedy perfecting the most necessary Work of Reformation,
bringing to condign and exemplary Punishment both wicked Counsellors and other
Plotters and Delinquents; that Ireland may
be speedily relieved; the Privileges of Parliament fortified against all future Attempts;
and the whole Kingdom put into such a
present Posture of Defence, that we may be
safe both from all Practices of the malignant
Party at Home, and the Endeavours of any
ill-affected States abroad.
"And they shall pray, &c.
Thanks given to the Petitioners.
The Petitioners, being withdrawn, were called in
again, and told, "That this House takes well their
coming hither with their Petition, and their Care of
the Privilege of Parliament, and the Kingdom of
Ireland; for which this House gives them Thanks;
and their Lordships will take their Petition into Consideration."
Message from the H. C. to join in a Petition for displacing Sir John Byron from the Lieutenancy of The Tower;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir H. Vane, Junior:
and recommending Sir John Conyers for his Place;
To let their Lordships know, That, in regard of the
great Jealousies and Distractions of the City of London,
by Sir John Byron's being Lieutenant of The Tower of
London, as appears by the Citizens shutting up their
Shops, and giving over Trade, and in regard of the
good Affections expressed this Day to the Parliament,
the House of Commons desires their Lordships to join
with them, to petition the King, that Sir John Byron
may be forthwith removed from being Lieutenant of
The Tower, and that Sir John Conyers may be recommended to His Majesty for that Place.
After much Debate of this Message, it was put to
the Question; and it was Resolved, upon the Question,
Lords declare joining in it.
That this House thinks it not fit to join with the
House of Commons in an humble Petition to His Majesty, for the removing of Sir John Byron, Knight, from
being Lieutenant of The Tower, and placing of Sir John
The Answer returned to the House of Commons is:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House thinks it not fit to join with them to
petition the King, for to remove Sir John Byron, Knight,
from being Lieutenant of The Tower, and for placing Sir
John Conyers there.
Day given to the Bishops impeached.
Ordered, That the Twelve Bishops impeached of
High Treason by the House of Commons do put in their
Answers into this House on Friday next.
Earl of Kingston Leave to be absent.
The Earl of Kingston is excused for his Absence,
being taken sick as he was coming up to attend upon
Lord Keeper to acquaint the King with the Order about Hull, and to move Him for the Royal Assent to Three Bills.
Ordered, That the Lord Keeper, when he attends
the King, shall acquaint the King with the Order made
concerning the Town of Hull, and likewise to move
His Majesty from both Houses, That He will (fn. *) be
pleased to give His Royal Assent to Three Bills, which
have passed both Houses, One for the pressing of
Mariners, another concerning redeeming of Captives
at Algiers, and the Third concerning the Power of both
Houses to adjourn the Parliament, etc.
Order concerning Windsor Forest.
Upon Information this Day given unto the House,
That the Commissioners touching the Bailifwick of
Surrey have lately met, for the bounding of the
Bailifwick of Surrey in His Majesty's Forest of
Windsor, contrary to an express Order of the Lords
in the Upper House of Parliament, dated the 5th of
this Instant January; and that the said Commissioners
intend speedily to return their Commission into the
Chancery;" it is thought fit, and so Ordered, by
this House, That the Return of the said Commission,
Inquisition, and all the Proceedings thereupon, shall not
be filed, or be proceeded in, until the Pleasure of this
House shall be further known.
Directed "To the Six Clerks of
the Chancery, and the Clerk
of the Crown, and the Clerk
of the Petty Bag."
Lord Chamberlain and Earl of Holland, sent for by the King, are commanded by the House not to go, but attend this House.
This Day the Lord Chamberlain acquainted this
House, "That the King hath sent Command, that his
Lordship and the Earl of Holland shall attend His
Majesty at Hampton Court; but, before they went,
they desired to know the Pleasure of this House, being bound by their Writs to attend the Business of the
Hereupon the House commanded the Lord Chamberlain and the Earl of Holland to attend this House, and
would not dispense with their Absence, in regard of
the many great and urgent Businesses depending in this
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii,
videlicet, 12m diem instantis Januarii, hora 10a Aurora,
Dominis sic decernentibus.