DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 29 die Januarii.
E. of Dover's Privilege.
Upon Complaint made to the House, That Merideth
Mady, Clerk, Chaplain to the Earl of Dover, and his
Lordship avouching him to be his Household Chaplain,
hath been arrested, for disobeying a Decree in a Court
of Justice; it is Ordered, That the said Meredeth Mady
shall have and enjoy the Privilege of Parliament, as
Servant to the Earl of Dover; and that a Habeas Corpus
cum Causa, ret. immediate, be directed to the Sheriff of
London, for the bringing of the Body of the said Meredith Mady before the Lords in Parliament.
Lady Hastings's Cause.
Upon the Petition of Dame Lucy Hastings, Wife to
the Right Honourable the Lord Ferdinando Hastings, read
this Day; it is Ordered, That the Cause of the said
Lady Hastings, mentioned in her Petition, is hereby referred to be relieved in Equity by the Lord Keeper of
the Great Seal of England, who is desired from this
House to give her all convenient Expedition in her said
Message to the H. C. for Expedition to the Bill for laying down Privilege of Parliament in some Cases, and to the Bill for securing Recusants.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Robert Rich and Mr. Page:
To desire the House of Commons to give what Expedition they can to the Bill concerning Protections, and
the Bill concerning the Securing of the Persons of Popish
Apprentices and Seamen petition again.
The Petition of the young Men, Seamen and Apprentices, was read, desiring an Answer to their former
Answer to them.
The Lord Keeper, by the Directions of this House,
gave them this Answer: "That the Lords take in good
Part their modest Way of coming, not in Multitudes,
but in a regular Way, in which their Lordships gives
them Encouragement: As for their Petition, it hath
been read, and this House will take it into Consideration, and give an Answer as speedily as may stand with
the great Affairs of the Kingdom."
The Messengers that went to the House of Commons
return this Answer:
That they have delivered their Message.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Solicitor General; who brought up a Bill, which
had passed the House of Commons, intituled, "A Subsidy granted to the King, of Tonnage and Poundage,
and other Sums of Money, payable upon Merchandizes exported and imported."
Bill for Tonnage and Poundage.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act intituled, "A Subsidy granted to the King, of Tonnage and Poundage,
and other Sums of Money, payable upon Merchandize
exported and imported."
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Cary:
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance to prevent Irish and Popish Commanders from going to the Rebels in Ireland, and for sending back Irish Vagrants.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons, understanding that divers Irish and Popish Commanders are in the West Country, and it is feared they
will transport Arms and Provisions to the Rebels in Ireland; for preventing whereof, the House of Commons
have made an Ordinance of Parliament, to which they
desire their Lordships to join with them therein, which
was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"Whereas great Numbers of Papists, both English and
Irish, some whereof have been and are Commanders in
the Wars, and others such as have Estates in England,
have gone out of this Kingdom into Ireland, immediately before and during the barbarous and bloody
Rebellion there, and traiterously joined themselves
with the Rebels of that Nation, against His Majesty
and the Crown of England, and likewise divers other
Commanders, and such as have Estates in England, are
daily preparing to go thither, to the same wicked Ends;
and great Store of Arms, Ammunition, Money, Corn,
and other Victuals and Provisions, have been sent, and
are daily preparing to be sent, to that Kingdom, for
the Assistance and Encouragement of those Rebels; for
Prevention whereof, the Lords and Commons in this
present Parliament assembled do hereby Order, and
strictly charge and command, all Sheriffs, Justices of
the Peace, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, and other
His Majesty's Officers, within the Realm of England
and Dominion of Wales, That they apprehend and examine all such Persons as they shall suspect to be Papists, and going out of this Kingdom, or the Dominion of Wales, into Ireland; and that they make also
Stay of all Arms, Munition, Money, Corn, and other
Victuals and Provisions, which they shall suspect to
be preparing for Transportation into Ireland, for the
Aid and Relief of the Rebels there, and to give speedy
Notice thereof in to the Parliament.
"And whereas also divers poor People, Men, Women, and Children, of the Irish Nation, and Papists,
have lately come in great Numbers out of Ireland, into
Cornwall, Devon, and other Parts of this Kingdom,
where they have been and are very disorderly, and
much terrify the Inhabitants where they come, and
due Care is not taken in all Places for the suppressing
and punishing of them; the Lords and Commons, in
this present Parliament assembled, do hereby further
Order and require all Officers before mentioned, that
they put the Laws in due Execution against such wandering Irish Papists before expressed; and that they
cause them to be forthwith conveyed back into that
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in this Order, and Orders the same accordingly.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Peter Wentworth, Knight of the Bath:
Message from the H. C. for a Conference concerning the Duke of Richmond.
To desire a Conference, by a Committee of both
Houses, so soon as it may stand with their Lordships
Conveniency, touching the Duke of Richmond.
The Answer returned:
That their Lordships will give a present Meeting, as
is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
This House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed; and then the Lord Keeper reported the Effect of this Conference: videlicet,
"That Mr. Glyn said, He was commanded by the
House of Commons to acquaint their Lordships with
what Informations have been made to the House of
Commons, concerning the Duke of Richmond.
"Sir Henry Heyman's Information against the Duke
Information against the D. of Richmond, for directing the Port of Hythe who to chuse as a Member.
"That the Duke of Richmond did write unto the
Town of Hyth, to chuse one Captain Wimberley to
serve one of the Barons there in this Parliament;
but he was not chosen.
"Thereupon a Letter was written, by one of the
Duke's Officers, signified to be by Direction; a Copy
of which Letter was read, as followeth:
The Letter wrote to them by his Order.
"After my hearty Commendations, I have at this
present received a Command from the Lord Duke of
Lenox his Grace, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports,
to require from every of you the Elections of your
Barons for this present Parliament by the Poll, which
is the particular Name of every Person that gave his
Voice, and to whom he gave it, as likewise the Quality of each Person, wherein his Grace requireth an
exact Account; these are therefore to pray and require every of you, with all Speed, to make several
and exact Returns of your said Elections by the Poll as
abovesaid into his Grace's Office at Dover Castle, at
or before the 14th of this present November, at your
Perils, that so I may be enabled to address them to
his Grace, according as I am commanded; and so I
bid you heartily Farewell, and rest
"Your very Loving Friend to serve you,
the Seal of Office,
this 10th of November 1640.
"This is a true Copy of a Letter we received from
the Deputy Lieutenant Captain Collins; directed, To
the Mayor and Jurates of Hyth.
|"Wm Deeds, Mayor.
"This Letter was written after the Return of the
About Words spoken to Mr. Perd, concerning Percy and Germyn.
"The Second Information against the Duke of Richmond was by Mr. Perd, a Member of the House of
Commons, That Mr. Percy and Mr. Germyn, being
in the House of Commons questioned for Offences
now declared High Treason; depending that Question, and after the Matter of Fact voted, and before
the Offence was declared High Treason, Mr. Perd
did often with Earnestness press the House to declare
the Nature of the Offence, which he affirmed to be
High Treason; Mr. Scroope, a Servant and Steward
to the Duke of Richmond, came to him to his Chamber in The Temple, in the Duke's Name, and in his
Name desired him to forbear to press the Business
concerning Mr. Percy and Mr. Germyn, and persuaded
him not to call upon it, affirming that it would be an
acceptable Service, and would do him Good. And
Mr. Perd said, he did believe he meant that the King
and Queen would take Notice of it as an acceptable
Service; and Mr. Perd believes he named the King
and Queen, but cannot affirm it positively; but he is
assured, he intimated them so as he understood him to
mean the King and the Queen.
"Mr. Perd answered the said Mr. Scroope, he would
discharge his Conscience; and that he must and would
press forward that Business. And afterwards Mr.
Perd said, he did, as formerly he had done, call for
and press on that Business with as much Earnestness as
"He further said, That, some Distance of Time after this Passage, the Duke met with Mr. Perd in the
Lord House, and came to him, and used in Effect
these Words: "Mr. Perd, I took you to be my
Friend, or you made a Shew you were my Friend, but
it is but in Shew, and so henceforth I will be to you,"
or to that Effect: This he spake with a Countenance
expressing a Displeasure and Disdain, as he conceives;
and, in his Conscience, he believeth this Speech related
to the Message of Mr. Scroope; for Mr. Perd said, he
had never any Business or Occasion of Address to the
Duke, neither did he receive any other Message from
About his Speech in the Lords House to adjourn the Parliament for Six Months.
"The Third Information was, that, by a Copy of
the Record of this House, it doth appear that the
Duke of Richmond, upon the 26th of this Instant January, did desire that the Question might be put for
the Adjournment of the Lords House for Six Months.
Vote against him by the H. C. That he is an ill Counsellor.
"Upon this whole Matter, the House of Commons
made this Vote:
"That the House of Commons hath sufficient Cause
to accuse the Duke of Richmond to be one of the malignant Party, and an evil Counsellor to His Majesty.
"The Reasons of the said Vote are these:
Reasons of the Vote.
"1. That he endeavoured, by his Labour, to have
such Members chosen as he should name; and his
Way of Menace afterwards discovers an Intention to
overthrow the Freedom of Election, and making a
Party in Parliament.
"2. Because he endeavoured to corrupt the Members
of the House of Commons after they were elected,
even in Matters of the highest Nature, for Support
of Delinquents that were in Question for endeavouring to bring the Army upon the Parliament.
"The Motion made in this House, if effected, would
certainly be the Loss of Ireland, and hazard the
Ruin of this Kingdom, there being Distractions at
Home, and imminent Danger in Ireland, and no
Means to help both but by the Parliament; which if
it had been adjourned, in Consequence, that necessary
and good Act for the Continuance of this Parliament
would have been ineffectual.
"The House of Commons say, they know and assure
themselves, and are confident their Lordships know,
that there is a malignant Party and evil Counsellors,
as appears by the Advice given to the King lately to
give that Answer concerning Carrickfergus; but it is
not an easy Thing to discover evil Counsellors, for it
must be either the King that was told it, and He cannot be an Accuser, or else by Witnesses; and such
Counsels are Works of Darkness that cannot be discovered; therefore the House of Commons say, it
must be Circumstances that must satisfy them.
They request the Lords to join in a Petition to the King, to seclude him the Court,
"Now that so much is discovered against the Duke
of Richmond, the House of Commons do desire that
their Lordships will forthwith join with them, to petition His Majesty, that he may not have any Access
to the Persons or Courts of the King or Queen's
and remove him from his Places.
"And that he may be removed from all Offices and
Places of Public Trust.
"And that this may be done with all Speed, in regard of the great Places of Trust and Consequence he
"Afterwards Mr. Hollis concluded, That he was
commanded to tell their Lordships, that it was the
Care of the House of Commons to prevent the Evils
that hang over our Heads, and they can do no less,
in regard of the Duty they owe to the King that
hath called them as His Council, to their Country
that hath intrusted them; and lastly, they do it to
satisfy their own Consciences: They say, They see
the Stone that hit them, but could not discover the
Arm that threw it; they say they wash their Hands
of the ill Consequences of these Things, and lay it at
their Lordships Doors."
A Copy of this Information granted to the Duke.
This Report being done, the Duke of Richmond made
it his humble Desire to the House, that he might have
a Copy of the Heads of the Information now brought
from the House of Commons against him; and that he
may be allowed some short Time to give his Answer
Time given for his Answer.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Duke of Richmond may have a Copy of the Information against him;
and that he give in his Answer on Monday next, at which
Time the House will further debate and consider of this
House to be called on Monday.
Ordered, That this House shall be called on Monday next.
Reynolds and Griffin sent for for searching Ld. Morley's House.
Ordered, That John Reynolds and Allen Griffin be
sent for, to appear before this House, to give an Account by what Warrant they did enter into and search
the Lord Morley's House, being a Peer and a Member
of this House.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ,
videlicet, 31m diem instantis Januarii, hora 1a post
meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.