DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 17 die Januarii.
Nettervill staid in Chester.
Upon Information given this Day by the Lord Admiral, "That he hath received a Letter from the Mayor
of the City of Chester, that he hath staid one Mr.
Nettervill, Son to the Lord Nettevill, who is in actual
Rebellion in the Kingdom of Ireland, and the (fn. *) said
Mr. Nettevill being a suspicious Man that he will go
to the Rebels, and he endeavouring to ship himself for
Ireland, the Mayor of Chester caused him to be kept
in safe Custody, until he might receive Directions
from the Parliament:" It is hereupon Ordered,
That the said Mr. Thomas Nettervill shall be forthwith
safely brought up unto the Lords in Parliament, by the
Sheriff of the County of the City of Chester; and the
Lord Admiral is desired to write the Mayor Thanks
from this House, for his Care in staying Mr. Nettervill.
Paper concerning Ld. Inchequin.
Ordered, That the Paper which came from the
King, concerning the Lord Inchequin, shall be referred
to the Consideration of the Committee for the Irish
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page:
Message to the H. C. that the Bishops are to put in their Answer Today.
To let them know, that this is the Day appointed for
the Twelve Bishops that are impeached by the House of
Commons of High Treason to put in their Answers, and
accordingly they are come; and that such of the Members of the House of Commons may be present as they
shall think fit, as Committees, to hear the said Answers
of the Bishops.
The King's Message about
The Lord Duke of Richmond reported the King's Answer to the Message delivered to Him the 15th of January:
the Adjournment of the Parliament.
"1. Concerning His Majesty's Royal Assent to be
given to the Bill for the adjourning of the Parliament
from Westm. to London, or any other Place, His Majesty
faith, He will take further Time to consider of it.
Arms, &c. for Ulster,
"2. That His Majesty hath signed a Warrant to the
Earl of Newport, Master of the Ordnance, for issuing
out of Arms and Ammunitions, and transporting them
for Ulster, as is desired.
for securing Hull,
"3. And as touching the securing of the Town and
Magazine at Hull, His Majesty conceiveth He hath
formerly given a satisfactory Answer."
and for replenishing His Stores here with Arms and Powder.
Then the Lord Keeper signified, "That the King
had commanded him to deliver this Message to both
Houses of Parliament: To let them know that there
hath been much Powder, Arms, and Ammunition,
issued out of His Stores, for the Supply of the Occasions of Ireland; and His Majesty hopes that both
Houses will take a Care the Stores be replenished, for
the Security and Defence of this Kingdom."
Committee for Gun-powder.
Ordered, That the Committee for Gun-powder do
meet on Wednesday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock,
in the Painted Chamber.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with the King's Message and Answer.
Then a Message was sent to the House of Commons,
by Serjeant Fynch and Serjeant Glanvile:
To acquaint the House of Commons with the King's
Answer, and the Message as aforesaid.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Evelyn:
Message from H. C. to remove the Arms, &c. from Vauxhall into the City.
"To acquaint their Lordships with the Ordnance,
Arms, and Ammunition, that is at Faukes-hall; and
to desire that this House would join with them, for
the removing of them forthwith from thence to the
City of London, to be there securely kept, in regard
of the Danger of these Times, and the Weakness of
that Place, and the Situation of it so near the Houses
of Parliament, and the Conveniency of the Water;
and that they understand the greatest Part of the
Ordnance belongs to the Lord Herbert, who is willing
they should be removed, and disposed of as the Parliament shall think fit; and that the Marquis Hambleton is willing to have those Ordnance of his there removed: Also they desire that the Arms, and other
Provision, at Lambeth-house, and those Arms at the
Archbishop of Yorke's House in Westm. and the
Arms at the Bishop of Winton's House, may be removed to London, and kept there in safe Custody.
"Also the House of Commons presented unto their
Lordships Two Orders, made by them, in which they
desire this House would join with them; which were
read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Order about evil Counsellors.
"To all such Persons as have given any Counsel, or
endeavoured to set or maintain Division or Dislike,
between the King and Parliament, or have listed their
Names, or otherwise entered into any Combination or
Agreement, to be aiding or assisting to any such Counsel, or endeavoured to have persuaded any other so
to do, or that shall do any the Things above-mentioned, and shall not forthwith discover the same to
either House of Parliament, or the Speaker of either
of the said Houses respectively, and disclaim it, are
declared public Enemies to the State and Peace of the
Kingdom, and shall be enquired of and proceeded
"An Order and Declaration of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for the providing of Guards,
and other necessary Defence, for the Safety of
His Majesty, the Parliament, and Kingdom.
Order and Declaration about the Guards and the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom.
"Forasmuch as the Necessity of providing Monies,
and other Supplies, for the present Relief of Ireland,
and for Defence of this Kingdom, requireth the speedy
Care and Consideration of both Houses of Parliament;
and for that (fn. *) it appears by many wicked Designs and
Practices that have been lately discovered, that the
said Houses cannot sit in Safety, without strong and
sufficient Guards from the City of London and Parts
adjacent; it is therefore Ordered and Declared, by
the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
That there be necessary and sufficient Guards raised,
out of the City and Parts adjacent, and the same to
be in Order for the Defence and Safety of the King,
Parliament, and Kingdom; and it is Declared by the
said Lords and Commons, That, for the providing of
Guards, and other necessary Defence, for the Purpose aforesaid, as well the Sheriffs of the City of
London and Midd. as of all other Counties of this
Realm, may and ought by Law to raise the Posse Comitatus; and, in Case they fail of their Duties herein, which they are accountable for to God, the King,
and Parliament, then every good Subject may and
ought, in their Duties to God, their King and Country, by their solemn Oath of their late Protestation,
to maintain and defend, to the uttermost of their
Power, the Person of His Majesty, and of every
Member of each House of Parliament, being the Persons whom they have intrusted with their Lives, Liberties, and Fortunes, from all Force and Violence
"And the said Lords and Commons do further declare, That the Sheriffs of London and Midd. as
well within the City as without, and that for the
Safety of the King, Kingdom, and Parliament, which
is now in imminent and apparent Danger (the Commission of the Lord Mayor being but a Commission
of Lieutenancy and illegal), the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, or the greater Number
of them, ought to make use of the Trained-bands, or
any other Forces of the City, for the preserving of
the Peace of the Kingdom, Person of His Majesty,
and all the Members of Parliament, from Violence
and Dangers, both within their Limits and without;
and that, there being yet no Declaratory Law for the
regulating of the Militia of the Kingdom, though in
Agitation in Parliament, the said Lords and Commons
do declare, That, in this pressing and extraordinary
Occasion, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common
Council of the City of London, or the greater Number
of them, ought to appoint such Officers that the necessary Guards and Forces aforesaid may be governed
in a due and orderly Manner; and that the Officers
aforesaid may beat up the Drums, for the Safety of
His Majesty, the Kingdom, and Parliament; and that
the Performance of the Premises shall be taken a
good and acceptable Service to both Houses of Parliament. And it is further Ordered and Declared,
by the said Lords and Commons, That Captain Skippon
shall be Serjeant-major General of the City Forces,
until the City resolve to the contrary, and not
to depart from this Service, upon any Command or
Countermand, until Order be taken by Parliament;
and he shall have Power, if Violence be offered, to
make Defence or offend; and that all the Trained
Bands both of London and Westm. and the Parts adjacent, and all the Captains and Officers of the said
Bands, shall be commanded by him, and receive
Order from him, from Time to Time, for beating
the Drums for Service; and all Soldiers thereupon,
under his Command, shall resort to their Colou s
in Arms, without expecting further Order from
the Lord Mayor; and that all Citizens, or others,
that will mount themselves on Horse-back, shall
be under the Command of the said Serjeant Major
General Skippon: and that Ammunition of all Sorts
be issued out of the Chamber of London, in such
Proportion as he shall think fit and direct.
For Indemnity of the Committee of the Common.
Council in London.
"And it is further Ordered and Declared, by
the said Lords and Commons, That whereas there is
a Committee chose of the Common Council of the
City of London, to treat and confer with a Committee
of the House of Commons, touching the Safety of
the King and Parliament, City and Kingdom, That
the Persons of the said Committee of the Common
Council shall not be apprehended, or otherwise restrained, without the Leave of the Commons House
of Parliament first obtained, during the Time that
they shall be Committees for the Business aforesaid,
for any Thing done, or to be done, in Pursuance
"And that none of the said Committees of the said
Common Council presume to depart out of the said
City, to any Place, upon any Intimation whatsoever,
without Leave first obtained from the said Committee of the Common Council, or the greater Part
Actions of the Citizens justified.
"And lastly it is Declared and Ordered, by the
said Lords and Commons, That all Actions of the
said Citizens of London, or of any other Person whatsoever, for the Defence of the Parliament, or the
Privileges thereof, or for the Preservation of the
Members thereof, are according to their Duty and
their Protestation, and the Laws of this Kingdom;
and, if any Person shall arrest or trouble any for so
doing, he is declared to be a Violator of the Liberty
of the Subject, and of the Rights and Privileges of
Parliament, and a public Enemy of the Commonwealth."
Hereupon this Order following was made: videlicet,
Arms ordered for removing from Cant. Yorke, and Winchesterhouses, and Vaux-hall.
Upon Information this Day given unto this House,
by the House of Commons, That there are Ordnance,
and other Munition, at Canterbury-house, the Archbishop
of Yorke's House in Westm. at the Bishop of Winchester's, and at Fox-hall; it is thought fit, and so Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament, That the Earl of
Newport, the Lord North, and the Lord Brooke, with a
proportionable Number of the House of Commons (if
that House shall think good to join them to the Committee), shall make Search in the several Houses aforesaid;
and such Ordnance and other Arms as belongs to the
King shall be forthwith sent to the Magazine at The
Tower; and such other Arms as shall be found (a fit
Proportion being left in the House where they shall be
taken for the Defence of the same) shall be conveyed
into some other safe and secure Place, unto the Use of
such as by the Enquiry of the said Committee they do
properly and of Right belong unto.
Answer to the H. C.
The Messengers were called in, and acquainted with
the Order aforesaid; and told, that for the rest of the
Particulars of this Message, this House will take them
The Messengers return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
Answer from the H. C. about the impeached Bishops.
That they will appoint a Committee of their House,
to be present when the Twelve Bishops do put in their
The Messengers, which went to the House of Commons, to acquaint them with the King's Answer, return
That they have delivered their Message, as they were
George Minne versus Sir Richard Young.
Whereas the House was this Day moved, on the Behalf of Sir Richard Yong (a Servant in Ordinary unto His
Majesty), That (fn. *) he might enjoy the Privilege of Parliament, and not be enforced to answer a Suit of George
Minne, Esquire, now prosecuted against him; it is Ordered,
etc. That the said Sir Richard Young and George Mynne, to
gether with their Counsel, shall attend the Lords Committees for Privileges on Thursday the 20th of this Instant
January, by Eight of the Clock in the Morning, in the
Painted Chamber; at which Time some of His Majesty's
Counsel are also to appear; and then their Lordships,
considering of the whole Matter, will give such further
Directions therein, as to their Wisdoms it shall seem
Treaty with the Scots about Ireland.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland delivered in a Paper,
which the Scotts Commissioners delivered to the English
Commissioners; and it was commanded to be read, in
"Our Treaty concerning the Irish Effairs being
so efte interrupted by these emergent Distractions, give us Occasions earnestly to desire your
Lordships, and these Noble Gentlemen of the
House of Commons, for to present to the Honourable Houses of Parliament, that wee having
taken to our Consideration the manifolde Obligations
of the Kingdom of Scotland to our Native and Gracious Soveraigne, His Person and Government, confirmed and multipliede by the greate and recent Favoris bestowed be His Majesty on that Kingdome at
His last being there, and settling the Troubles thairof,
and considering the mutual Interest of the Kingdomes
in the Weilfaire and Prosperity of others acknowledged and established in the late Treaty; and finding ourselves warranted and obliged by all Meanes to
laboure to keep a right Understanding betwixt the
King's Majesty and His People; to confirme that
Brotherly Affection begun betwixt the Two Nations,
to advance theire Unity be all suche Ways as may
tend to the Glory of God, and Peace of the Church
and State of bother Kingdomes; to render Thanks
to the Parliament of England, for theire Assistance
givine to the Kingdome of Scotland, in settling the
late Troubles theireof, wherein, next to the Providence of God and the King's Majesty's Justice and
Goodness, they do acknowledge themselves most beholding to the Mediacionne and Brotherly Kindnes
of the Kingdome of England, and likewayes to profer
our Service for removing all Jelousyes and Mistakeings, which may arise betwixt the King's Majesty
and this Kingdome, and our best Indevoris for the
better Establishment of the Effaires and Quiet of the
"We do thairefore, in Name of the Parliament and
Kingdome of Scotland, acknowledge ourselves, next
to the Providence of God and His Majesty's Justice
and Goodnesse, most beholding to the Mediacionne
and Brotherly Kindnesse of the Kingdom of England
in many respects, and especially in condescending to
the King's Majesty's Doune-coming to Scotland, in
the Midest of their great Effaires, whereof we have
tasted the sueite and comfortable Fruites, and doe
heartily with the like Happines to this Kingdome;
and, as we are heartily sorry to finde our Hopes
thaireof deferred by the present Distractions, growing daily heir to an greater Height, and out of the
Sens thaireof have takine the Boldnes to send our
humble and faithful Advise to the King's most Excellent Majesty, for remedieing of the same, to the
juste Satisfaction of His People; so, out of our Duty
to His Majesty, and to testify our Brotherly Affectione to this Kingdom, and acquit ourselves of the
Trust imposed upon us, we do most earnestly beseike
the most Honourable Houses, in the Deepe of theire
Wisdomes, to think tymously upon the fairest and
fittest Wayes of composing all present Differences, to
the Glory of God, the Good of the Church and
State of both Kingdomes, and to His Majesty's Honour and Contentment; wherein if our faithful Indeavours may be any-wayes usefull, wee shall be most
ready at all Occasions to contribute the same.
15 January 1641.
Ordered, That this Paper is referred to the Consideration of the Committee for the Irish Affairs; and
that the English Commissioners do return the Scotts
Commissioners Thanks for their kind Expressions therein; and to desire them that they would deliver in a Copy
of that Paper which they presented to the King.
Message from the H. of C. about
Next, a Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nathaniell Fynes, to this Effect:
"1. To desire that their Lordships would give Dispatch to the Scottish Propositions, both those that were
formerly sent up to their Lordships, and those that
were sent upon Saturday.
Contribution for Ireland,
"2. That their Lordships would give Dispatch to the
Bill for a Contribution for Ireland.
Adjournment to Grocers Hall, London.
"3. To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons do resolve to adjourn their House till Thursday, at Eight of the Clock, and had appointed in the
mean Time a Committee (whereunto all that would
come shall have Voice) to sit in London, at Grocers
Hall, and have given them a large Power; 1. Concerning the Safety of the Kingdom; 2. Concerning
the Privileges of Parliament; 3. The Affairs of Ireland; and 4. Concerning the settling of the present
Distempers; and the House of Commons desire, that,
if their Lordships think so fit, that this House would
appoint a like Committee, and that their Lordships
would give them Power to meet, and confer with the
Committee of the House of Commons.
Committees for Ireland.
"4. The House of Commons desires that the Committees for Ireland might meet there, if their Lordships
think it fit.
Committee about Examinations.
Breach of Privilege.
"5. That the Committee that their Lordships have
appointed to take Examinations upon Oath might likewise sit there; and also the Committees appointed to
draw a Petition to His Majesty, concerning the Breach
of Privileges, if their Lordships think fit."
The Power given to the Committee at Grocers Hall.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Irish Affairs
shall meet at Grocers-Hall, on Tuesday, the 18th of this
Instant January, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning;
and that they shall have full Power to treat and debate
concerning the Safety of this Kingdom, the Privileges
of Parliament, the Affairs of Ireland, and the settling of
the present Distempers, and to take into Consideration
His Majesty's Message sent to both Houses; and likewise that the Committee to take Examinations upon
Oath may be there; as also the Committee appointed
to draw a Petition to His Majesty, concerning the
Breach of Privileges; and to consider of all Means for
vindicating the same. And it is further Ordered,
That all the Lords may be present at the said Committees, and have Votes; and every of them shall have
Power to debate amongst themselves, and with the Committees of the House of Commons, and to call all Persons whom they shall think fit before them; and likewise to adjourn from Time to Time, and from Place to
Place, as they shall see Cause; and the Votes and Results of the Committee to report unto this House.
Answer to the last Message.
This being done, the Messengers were called, and
had this Answer given them, That their Lordships will
proceed with all Expedition to give a Dispatch to the
Scotts Propositions; and likewise to the Bill for the Contribution for Ireland.
Concerning the Third Part of their Message, their
Lordships have appointed the Committee for the Irish
Affairs, and given them Power, to confer with the Committee of the House of Commons, about the Four Particulars, as they have desired, and have appointed the
Place of Meeting to be at Grocers Hall.
Concerning the Fifth Particular of their Message,
this House hath appointed the Committee to meet at
Ordered, That the Earls of Pembrooke and Sarum,
and the Lord Howard of Estcrigg, are added to the
Committee for the Irish Affairs.
Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, chose Speaker.
The Lord Keeper, being not well, desired Leave to
go Home, and that their Lordships would dispense
with his Attendance upon this House this Day; which
the House granted, and presently appointed the Lord
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas to sit Speaker for
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Vane, Knight, Junior, to this Effect:
Message from the H. C. to Petition the King for removing Sir John Byron from the Tower.
"That the House of Commons having, by divers
Conferences, expressed unto their Lordships the just
Causes of Fears and Jealousies that are in the City,
by reason of Sir John Byron's being Lieutenant of
The Tower of London, which caused the House of
Commons formerly to desire their Lordships to join
with them to petition the King, that he might be
removed from that Place, which their Lordships
thought not fit to join therein; the House of Commons presented to their Lordships a Petition, delivered to them from divers Merchants and Goldsmiths of London, that have great Store of Bullion
in The Tower, and have divers Ships laden with
Bullion, which are lately come into the River, and,
by reason of the Fears and Jealousies they have of
the now Lieutenant of The Tower, they forbear to
bring in their Bullion, as may appear by the Petition,
which was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Petition of the Merchants, &c. against him.
"To the Honourable Assembly of the House of
Commons in Parliament:
"The humble Petition of the Merchants and Goldsmiths, Traders to His Majesty's Mint with
Foreign Bullion and Coin.
"That many Jealousies and Fears have risen in
your Petitioners, by reason of the sudden Removal
of that worthy Gentleman Sir William Belfore,
Lieutenant of The Tower; and that the same is now
commanded by one, of whom we now have not that
Satisfaction as formerly we have had.
"Your Petitioners therefore, in all Humility, tender this considerable Request to this Honourable Assembly, that there may be such
Lieutenant there placed (it being a Place of
so great Trust and Confidence) as shall be
thought fitting by this Honourable Assembly,
which undoubtedly will not only cease our
Fears and Jealousies in these distractive Times,
but will occasion us to continue all possible
Encouragements to our Correspondents beyond
the Seas, that the Importation of Bullion and
Coin (of which great Quantity is newly
arrived in Spain) may have its free Course, as
in former Times, to the Welfare of Trade in
"And Your Petitioners shall pray, &c.
With many more."
"The House of Commons, upon this, do desire
that their Lordships would join with them, humbly
to petition the King, that Sir John Byron, Knight,
now Lieutenant of The Tower, may be removed, and
Sir John Conyers recommended to His Majesty from
both Houses for that Place."
The Merchants examined about their Petition.
After this, the same Merchants and Goldsmiths that
exhibited the aforesaid Petition to the House of Commons presented to this House another, agreeing verbatim with it; which being read, the House fell into
Debate of it; and the Merchants were called in, and
asked these Questions, by the Directions of the House.
"1. What Number of Merchants or Goldsmiths
besides themselves brings in Bullion to the Mint?"
They answered, "Sir Peter Richaut, and a few more,
but no great Number."
"2. What Reasons they have of their Fears and
Jealousies of Sir John Byron, Knight, Lieutenant of
The Tower; and why they forbear to bring in Bullion
into the Mint?"
They said, " (fn. *) They heard that he hath disobeyed
the Orders of both Houses of Parliament, when he
was sent for to come and attend them; also that he is
a Gentleman unknown to them; and they desire to
have such a Lieutenant put in as the Parliament
Vote that this House will not join in a Petition for removing Sir John Byron.
Then the Merchants withdrew; and, after much
Consideration, the Question was put, "Whether this
House will join in an humble Petition with the House
of Commons to His Majesty, to remove Sir John
Byron, Knight, from being Lieutenant of The Tower
of London, and to place Sir John Conyers in that
And it was Resolved negatively.
Protest against the Vote.
These Lords following, before the Question was put,
demanded their Right of Protestation; and that they
might have Liberty to enter their Dissents to this Vote,
which the House gave Leave unto:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Willoughby de Parham.
Ds. St. Johns.
Ds. Grey de Warke.
Ds. Howard de Estcrigg.
The Committee of the House of Commons being
come, were called in; and the Counsel of the Bishops
being present at the Bar, the Twelve Bishops were
severally brought in, one after another.
The Twelve Bishops Answer to the Impeachment of Treason.
First, the Archbishop of York was brought to the
Bar; and, after he had kneeled as a Delinquent, he
was commanded to stand up; and then the Speaker, by
Direction of this House, told him, "That this Day
being appointed for the Twelve Bishops to put in
their several Answers to the Impeachment of High
Treason brought up from the House of Commons
against them, their Lordships do require him to put
in his Answer thereunto."
Archbp. of York.
His Grace answered, "That he had received an
Order, dated the 30th of December last, with an Impeachment against himself and Eleven other Bishops,
of High Treason, from the House of Commons;
and likewise he had received divers Orders of several
Days that were appointed for them to put in their
Answers; and the last Order for this Day, which
accordingly he is come to obey their Lordships Command; and for his own Answer to the aforesaid Impeachment of High Treason, gave this Answer, in
this Manner: videlicet,
"I John Archbishop of York, saving to myself all
Advantages of Exceptions to the Insufficiency of the
said Impeachment, for myself say, That I am not
Guilty of the Treason charged by the said Impeachment, in Manner and Form as the same is therein
Then he desired a present and speedy Trial, and so
Bp. of Durham.
In the same Manner, Thomas Lord Bishop of Durham was brought to the Bar, and gave the same Answer.
Bp. of Litchfield and Coventry.
In the same Manner, Robert Bishop of Coventry and
Litchfield was brought to the Bar, and gave the same
Bp. of Norwich.
Next, after the same Manner, Joseph Bishop of Norwich was brought to the Bar, and gave the same Answer.
Bp. of St. Asaph.
Next, John Bishop of St. Asaph was in the same
Manner brought to the Bar, and gave the same Answer.
Bp. of Bath and Wells.
Next, after the like Manner, William Bishop of
Bath and Wells was brought to the Bar, and gave the
Bp. of Hereford.
Next, after the same Manner, George Bishop of
Hereford was brought to the Bar, and gave the same
Bp. of Ely.
Next, after the like Manner, Matthew Bishop of Elie
was brought to the Bar, and made the same Answer.
Bp. of Oxford.
Next, Robert Bishop of Oxon was after the same
Manner brought to the Bar, and gave the same Answer.
Bp. of Gloucester.
Next, Godfry Bishop of Gloucester was in the same
Manner brought to the Bar, and made the like Answer.
Bp. of Peterborough.
Next, John Bishop of Peterborough was in the like
Manner brought to the Bar, and gave the same Answer.
Bp. of Landaff.
And lastly, Morgan Bishop of Landafe was in the
like Manner brought to the Bar, and gave the same
These Twelve Bishops having given in their several
Answers as aforesaid, the Committees of the House of
Commons went to their own House.
Then a Petition of the Twelve Bishops was read, in
hæc verba: videlicet,
The Twelve Bishops Petition.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in
the House of Peers.
"The humble Petition of John Archbishop of Yorke,
and other the Bishops impeached by the House
of Commons of High Treason, the 30th of
"That your Petitioners, by your Honourable Order
of the Date of the Impeachment, were to put in
their Answers thereunto the 7th of this Instant, and
have had sithence several Days for that Purpose
assigned them, and are now the 17th of this Instant
brought hither by your Lordships Order.
"They always having been (as now they are) ready
to obey your Lordships Commands, and many of
them being already much impaired both in their
Healths and Estates;
"Do humbly pray, that a speedy Proceeding may
be had therein; and that, in the mean Time,
they may be admitted to Bail.
"And the Petitioners shall ever pray for all
Increase of Honours and Divine Blessings
upon Your Lordships.
Guil. Bath & Wells.
Rob. Co. & Lich."
Day appointed for their Trial.
Hereupon it is Ordered by this House, That the
Day of Trial for the Twelve Bishops, which are
impeached of High Treason by the House of Commons, shall be on Tuesday the Five and Twentieth of
this Instant January, at this Bar; in the mean Time
the Bishop of Durham and the Bishop of Co. and
Litchfeild shall be remanded to the Custody of the
Gentleman Usher attending this House, and the rest
Ten to be presently remanded to The Tower, there to
remain until the further Pleasure of this House be
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Finch and Mr. Serjeant Glanvile:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To let them know, that this House hath appointed
To-morrow Sevennight for the Trial of the Twelve
Bishops impeached by them.
The Speaker signified, "That he had received from
the Lord Keeper a Letter, written to him from the
King, wherein there are Papers which are to be communicated to both Houses of Parliament, which
Papers were read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"To Our Trusty and Right Well-beloved Counsellor,
Edward Lord Littleton, Lord Keeper of Our
Great Seal of England.
The King's Message concerning the Marquis of Hertford, and the Prince.
"Our Will and Command is, That you deliver to
the Parliament, in Our Name, the Message inclosed,
concerning the Marquis of Hertford's Attendance upon
Our Son; and for so doing this shall be Your Warrant. Given at Our Court at Windsor, the Seventeenth of January 1641.
"His Majesty hath seen the Order of the Lords,
upon the Motion of the House of Commons, given
to the Marquis of Hertford, concerning his Care in
Attendance upon the Prince, not without Wonder
that His Parliament should make such an Order,
which can hardly be otherwise understood but as if
there had been a Design of sending the Prince out of
the Kingdom, which must necessarily have Reflection
upon His Majesty, the Prince being now in the same
place with Him. And His Majesty hath shewed
Himself both (fn. *) so good a Father and a King, that He
thinks it strange that any should have such a Thought,
as that He would permit that the Prince should be
carried out of the Kingdom, or that any durst give
Him that Counsel."
To be communicated to the Committee of the H. C.
Ordered, That this Answer from His Majesty be
communicated to the Committee of the House of Commons, at Grocers Hall.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco
declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse
usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 20m diem instantis Januarii, hora 11a Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.