DIE Veneris, videlicet, 4 die Februarii.
Sir Thomas Cary and the Bishop of Ardagh.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Tho. Cary, Knight,
exhibited to this House, and also upon the reading of
a Petition of the Bishop of Ardagh, in the Kingdom of
Ireland, exhibited unto the Lords in Parliament there,
and an Order made by them thereupon, it is Ordered
by this House, That the said Bishop of Ardagh shall
forthwith attend this House, and then their Lordships
will take this Business into Consideration; in the mean
(fn. *) Time, the said Bishop may have a Copy of the Petition of Sir Tho. Cary, if he will.
Report of The States Ambassador about the Stay of Ships going to the Rebels in Ireland.
The Earl of Bath reported to the House, "That
he had acquainted The States Ambassador with the
Desire of both Houses, concerning the Staying of
Ships that were bound for Ireland, with Supplies for
the Rebels there; and the Ambassador returns this
Answer: That The States have already given Order
to their General, to make Stay of all Ships as they
can meet withall, laden with Arms, Munition, or
Provisions, which are going for Ireland, to relieve
the Rebels there; and, if they find any, they will
put them into some of the King's Harbours, or into
the Custody of some (fn. *) of the King's Ships at Sea, if
they are near."
Thanks to The States Ambassador.
The House, receiving this Answer well, appointed
the Earl of Warwicke to return The States Ambassador
Thanks from this House, for his Care in this Business.
The Earl of North'ton reported the King's Answer
to the Messages sent to Him from both Houses:
His Majesty's Answer about the Mumtion at Hull,
"1. Touching the Order concerning the Warrant
to be given that Ammunition may be delivered to
the Soldiers at Hull, for the Defence of that Town
and the Magazine there; His Majesty will return
an Answer by the Earl of Newport, with the rest
of the like Kind.
and the Militia.
"2. Touching the Petition concerning the Militia,
His Majesty returns this Answer, That He hath received the Message from both Houses, and resolves
to take it into His mature Consideration, as the Importance of the Matter deserves, and will return a
speedy Answer by, or before Saturday, if He can."
E. of Berks Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That the Earl of Berks hath Leave to
go into the Country, for his Health.
Witness concerning the impeached Bishops.
The Bishop of Salishbury was sworn, and is to be examined in the Cause concerning the Twelve Bishops
that are impeached of High Treason.
Bill for pressing Mariners, passed by Commission.
Then the Lord Keeper signified to this House,
"That the Commission for giving the Royal Assent
to the Bill for pressing of Mariners was come."
Hereupon the Gentleman of the Black Rod was commanded by the House to let the House of Commons
know of it; and that their Lordships are ready to
Then the Lord Keeper, the Lord Privy Seal, the
Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Admiral, and the
Lord Chamberlain of the Household, Five of the Commissioners, sitting upon a Form set across the House, between the Chair of State and the Lord-keeper's Woolsack, the Commons came with their Speaker; and, the
Commission being read, the Clerk of the Crown read
the Title of the Bill; videlicet,
"An Act for the better raising and levying of Mariners, Sailors, and others, for the present guarding
of the Seas, and necessary Defence of this Realm
and other of His Majesty's Dominions."
And then the Clerk of the Parliament pronounced
the Royal Assent, in these Words,
"Le Roy le veult."
This being done the Commons went to their House.
Sheriffs of London and Middlesex and Lieutenant of The Tower discharged of their Attendance.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of London and Midd.
and the Lieutenant of The Tower, shall be dismissed for their Attendance on this House until further Notice be given; and that the Business shall be
taken into further Consideration when the King hath
returned His Answer to the Petition of both Houses
concerning the Militia and the Forts.
E. of Bristol's Absence excused.
Ordered, That the Earl of Bristoll is excused for
his Absence this Day.
The Lieutenant of The Tower to be allowed for keeping Magenis.
Upon the Petition of Arthur Magenis, a Prisoner
in The Tower; it is Ordered, That the Lieutenant of
The Tower do see that he hath a competent Diet allowed; and the Lieutenant shall have an Allowance
for the same.
Lords Leave to be absent.
The Earls of South'ton and Carnarvan have Leave
to be absent.
Twelve Bishops to be examined.
It was moved, "That the Committee of the House
of Commons desired that some of the Twelve Bishops
in The Tower may be examined by the Lords Committees;" which this House agreed to, so it be not
upon Oath, nor concerning any Thing whereby they
may accuse themselves. (fn. *)
L. Mowbray Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That the Lord Mowbray hath Leave to
be absent, to settle some Businesses of his own as much
Voluntiers for L. Craven for the Low Countries.
Ordered, That Captain Bautry shall be permitted
to entertain and transport, for the Service of The States
of the United Provinces, Thirty Men, Voluntiers, for
the recruiting of the Regiments of the Lord Craven.
Bill to disable Persons in Holy Orders from exercising Temporal Jurisdiction.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to disable all
Persons in Holy Orders to exercise any Temporal Jurisdiction or Authority.
Ordered, That this Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Bill shall be
taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, at the
First Sitting of the House.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Nathaniell Fynes, Esquire:
Message from the H. C. about an Order concerning Serjeant Major General Skippon.
To let their Lordships know, that he was commanded
by the House of Commons to present to their Lordships
an Order, which hath passed the House of Commons,
concerning Serjeant Major General Skippon, in which
they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
And with the Commission for delivering Carrickfergus to the Scots.
2. He brought up the Commission which is to be
given to (fn. *) the Scotts, touching their going into Ireland,
and concerning the delivering up of the Town and
Castle of Carrickfergus unto them, which Commission
hath received some Amendments, which have been made
by the House of Commons; and they desire their Lordships to join with them therein.
The Order was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Order concerning Serjeant Major General Skippon.
"Whereas, for the Safety of the Parliament, it hath
been thought (fn. *) fit, and is accordingly Ordered,
by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That good and sufficient Guards be, by the
Sheriffs of London and Midd. from Day to Day
appointed, under the Conduct and Command of Captain Phillip Skippon, Serjeant Major General of
the Forces of the City of London; it is hereby
declared, That the said Serjeant Major's Diligence,
Faithfulness, and Sufficiency, in all that he hath
hitherto directed and done in conducting and ordering
the said Guards, is well accepted and approved of
by both Houses of Parliament; and the Lords and
Commons now assembled in Parliament do further
Order, and more expressly authorize the said Major,
That he shall, from Day to Day, henceforth, until
he receive Order from both Houses of Parliament to
the contrary, go on with all Care and Fidelity in
conducting and ordering the said Guards, as he shall
conceive may most and best further the said Service.
And his so doing is hereby declared to be for the
real good Service of His Majesty and of the Commonwealth, and is in every Part thereof according to
his Duty, to the last Protestation, and the Laws of
this Kingdom; and, if any Person or Persons shall
arrest or any other Way trouble him, for so doing,
he doth break the Privileges of Parliament, violate
the Liberty of the Subject, and is hereby declared
to be an Enemy to the Commonwealth."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of
Commons in this Order, and Orders the same accordingly.
Next, the Commission which is to be given to the
Scotts was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
Commission for delivering Carrickfergus to the Scots.
Charles, by the Grace of God, etc. To all to
whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. Whereas, by Advice and Counsel of Our Parliament of
England, We have held it fit and necessary that Two
Thousand and Five Hundred Men of Scottish Subjects, being now in present Pay in Our Kingdom of
Scotland, be forthwith sent into Our Realm of Ireland, and placed and disposed in Our Town of Knockfergus, alias Carrickfergus, in Our said Realm of Ireland, for the Safety, Preservation, and Defence of
the same, against the Rebels, Traitors, Enemies, and
their Adherents, in Our said Kingdom of Ireland,
upon such Conditions and Agreements as are made
and concluded on between Our said Parliament of
England and the Commissioners of Scotland: Know
ye, that We have given and granted, and by these
Presents do give and grant, full Power, Licence, and
Authority, unto such Person or Persons as the Lords
of Our Privy Council of Our Kingdom of Scotland
shall nominate and make Choice of, who, for his and
their Wisdom, Discretion, and Valour, they shall
hold, and esteem fit to have the chief Government
and Command of our said Town and Castle of Knockfergus, alias Carrickfergus, or of either of them, or
of the said Two Thousand and Five Hundred Men,
or of any Part of them, to be conducted and led
to the Town and Castle aforesaid, for the necessary
Defence and Preservation thereof, jointly or severally; which Person or Persons, so by them as
aforesaid nominated and chosen, We do, by these
Presents, appoint and ordain to supply the Place of
Chief Governor or Governors of the said Town and
Castle, or of either of them; giving and granting
hereby also, unto him or them, full and absolute
Power and Authority to conduct and lead the said
Two Thousand and Five Hundred Men to Our said
Town and Castle of Knockfergus, alias Carrickfergus,
and there to govern, order, and command them,
and every of them, for Our Service, and Guard of
Our said Town and Castle against the Invasion of
the said Rebels; and, for the better Security of the
said Town, Castle, and Parts adjacent, the said Person or Persons shall have Power, from Time to Time,
and as oft as he or they shall see Cause, to lead
and draw forth of the said Town and Castle such
Numbers of the said Two Thousand Five Hundred
Men as he or they shall think fit, and therewith to
oppose and withstand the said Rebels, and them to
assault, fight with, subdue, kill, and slay, and to burn,
and use all other Acts of Hostility, in such Sort as
he or they shall, in their Judgement, think most advantageous for Our Service, until they shall be
called and discharged of and from the said Service
by Order of Us and Our said Parliament of England, upon Conditions to be agreed upon by Our
Commissioners of Our Kingdom of Scotland; further also authorizing, by these Presents, such Person or Persons as shall be so elected to be Chief Governor or Governors as aforesaid, to take the Oath
and Oaths of all Captains and Soldiers that shall serve
in the said Town and Castle, as in like Cases is requisite, and from Time to Time to remove out of the
same Garrison such as by him or them shall be thought
unfit to serve us there; and likewise to receive and
admit, from Time to Time, into the said Garrison, such
Persons as he or they shall think convenient for our
better Service; and also to punish, by Law Martial,
or otherwise as Cause shall require, such of his Officers and Soldiers of the Army serving there, as shall
be any ways Offenders, either by Death, or other Corporal or Arbitrary Punishment, according to the Quality of their Offence: Wherefore Our Will and Pleasure is, and We do by these Presents require and command all and every Person and Persons whatsoever,
under whose Charge, Custody, Command, or Government, the said Town and Castle of Knockfergus, alias
Carrickfergus, or either of them, and now are and remain, forthwith upon the Demand and producing of the
due Nomination and Election of the Person or Persons
beforementioned, to be elected and nominated by the
Lords of Our Privy Council of Our Kingdom of Scotland, to surrender, yield up, and deliver the same, to
the Person or Persons so as aforesaid nominated and
chosen, together with the whole Artillery and Ammunition thereunto belonging; for the doing and performing whereof, these Our Letters Patents, or the
Inrollment, Exemplification, or Duplicate thereof,
shall be, to all and every such Person and Persons so
delivering and yielding up the said Town and Castle
as aforesaid, a sufficient Warrant and Discharge. And
Our Will and Pleasure is, and We do likewise by these
Presents require, charge, and command, the Mayor of
Our said Town of Knockfergus, alias Carrickfergus,
quietly and peaceably to permit and suffer the said
Person or Persons, so as aforesaid elected, appointed,
and chosen, together with the said Two Thousand and
Five Hundred Men, to come into and remain in the
said Town and Castle, in Defence thereof; and these
Presents, or the Inrollment or Duplicate thereof, shall
be unto the said Mayor a sufficient Warrant and Discharge in that Behalf. And We also command as
well the said Mayor of the said Town and the Inhabitants thereof, that they, and every of them, demean
and carry themselves civilly and orderly to the Commanders and Officers of the said Garrison, as is fit
and usual in such Cases; as also the said Officers and
Soldiers of the said Garrison to use the Magistrates
and Inhabitants of the said Town with all Brotherly
Kindness, that there may be mutual Love and Respect
between them: Provided nevertheless, and Our express
Will and Pleasure is, That such Person and Persons
as shall be elected, appointed, and chosen as aforesaid,
to have the chief Command, Charge, and Government
of the said Garrison, shall, before he or they enter
upon the said Charge and Command, take his and
their Corporal Oath and Oaths, before the Mayor of
the said Town of Knockfergus, alias Carrickfergus, or
his Deputy for the Time being, who are authorized
hereby to adminster the said Oath or Oaths, for the
faithful true keeping and defending the said Town
and Castle, for the best Advantage of Our Service and
Crown of England, until he and they shall be thereof
discharged as aforesaid. And lastly, We strictly charge
and command all Our Lieutenants, Deputy Lieutenants, Mayors, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, and all other Our
Officers, Ministers, and Subjects whatsoever, whom
these Presents shall or may in any wise concern, to be
obedient, aiding, helping, and furthering, in the Execution of Our Will and Pleasure herein before declared, as they and every of them will answer the
contrary at their uttermost Perils. In Witness, etc.
Agreed to by the Lords.
Ordered, That this House approves of this Commission, and Orders the same accordingly; and that it be
presently ingrossed by the Clerk of the Crown, and a
Duplicate made of it.
The Answer returned to the Messengers of the House
of Commons was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
in the Amendments in the Commission for the Scotts,
and have Ordered, That it shall speedily be ingrossed;
and also that this House agrees in the Order now
brought up concerning Serjeant Major General Skippon.
Commissions to be issued pursuant to the Act of Contribution for Ireland.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do speedily
issue out, and send over England and Dominion of Wales,
Commissions according to the Act for Contribution and
Loan concerning Ireland.
Next, the Petition of the County of Surry was read,
in hæc verba: videlicet,
To the Right Honourable the House of Peers
now assembled in Parliament.
"The humble Petition of Knights, Gentlemen, Freeholders, and others, Inhabitants of the County
"That your Lordship Concurrence with the House
of Commons, in your passing many Bills for the general Good of this Kingdom, especially in your late
joining with them in your Votes for the settling of the
Militia and Forts in such Hands as the Commonwealth
may confide in, and the Kingdom in such a Posture as
may be for its Defence and Safeguard, hath been
long the earnest Desire, and is the present Joy, of
your Petitioners; yet we cannot but very much condole the miserable Condition of the poor distressed
Protestants in Ireland, who, through the great Delay
which hath been found amongst your Lordships, notwithstanding the pressing Endeavours of the House of
Commons, together with many of your Lordships, in
sending timely Relief unto them, have been exposed
to the inhuman Cruelties of their merciless and barbarous Enemies, to the great Dishonour of this Nation,
the Loss well near of that Part of His Majesty's Dominions, and apparent Danger of the rest. With the
like Grief we apprehend the fearful Distractions of
this Nation, the Composure of which is altogether
hopeless, so long as the sacred Throne of His Gracious Majesty is environed with evil Counsellors, of late
producing, besides the dangerous Effects, the high and
unheard-of Breaches of the Privileges of Parliament,
your Lordships and our common Birth-right; and
so long as the Votes of Popish Lords and Bishops are
continued in your House, to the animating of the Papists in these Kingdoms in their pernicious Practices
and the retarding of our generally-desired Reformation; and so long as our Churches do abound with
superstitious Clergymen, many of whom, lying under
the Censure of Parliament, for their own Security
breed and foment Divisions and Factions, thereby to
thwart and overthrow the Proceedings of this Parliament.
"Wherefore your Petitioners do humbly pray and
beseech this Honourable House, that you would
go on in a constant Union with the House of
Commons, in providing for the Kingdom's Safety,
by putting the Militia and Forts in such a Posture, and into such Hands, as shall be recommended by both Houses: That you would expedite a continual Supply, according to the
emergent Necessities of almost-ruined Ireland:
That all evil Counsellors (the immediate Cause
of our present Distractions) may be found out,
and brought to condign Punishment: That the
Votes of Popish Lords and Bishops (the main
Obstructors of passing many good Bills) may
be speedily removed: That the Church may
be purged of all corrupt and scandalous Ministers: That the Popish Recusants may be more
than superficially disarmed; and some Way
found out by your Wisdoms for the detecting
of Church Papists, as most dangerous to this
State; that so the Peace of the Kingdoms may
be established, the Privileges of Parliament
vindicated, and secured to Posterity, the Purity
of Religion settled and preserved. And your
Petitioners shall ever in Duty be obliged to
defend and maintain, with their Lives and
Estates, His Majesty's Royal Person, Crown,
and Dignity, and your Lordships, so far as you
shall be united with the Honourable House of
Commons in all their just and pious Proceedings.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray, etc."
Thanks given to the Petitioners.
"This being read, the Lord Keeper, by Command of
the House, gave the Gentlemen that brought the Petition this Answer, "That this House gives them Thanks
for their Care of Ireland, and of the Privileges of
Parliament; and that their Lordships will take their
Petition into a speedy Consideration."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati,
videlicet, 5m diem instantis Februarii, hora 9a Aurora,
Dominis sic decernentibus.