DIE Veneris, videlicet, 25 die Februarii.
The Earl of Leycester, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland,
reported to this House, "That he hath attended the
King with the Message from both Houses; and His
Majesty commanded him to let their Lordships know,
that He conceives the Message was an Answer to
Him, and therefore required no Answer nor Reply
from His Majesty."
Report of the Delivery of the Petition about the Militia to the King.
The Earl of Portland reported, "That he had presented the Petition from both Houses of Parliament
to the King; and His Majesty returns this Answer:
"His Majesty, having received a Petition from both
Houses of Parliament, by the Hands of the Earl of
Portland, Sir Tho. Heale, and Sir William Savill, gives
The King's Answer.
"That He deferred giving His Answer to the Petition formerly presented to Him concerning the
Militia to an indefinite Time, only for that He was
not assured when He should return: But, since that
the Queen will (by the Grace of God) be aboard
To-morrow, He is resolved on Saturday next to be
at Greenwich, where He will give His full Answer
to the said former Petition without any further
To be communicated to the H. C.
Ordered, That this be communicated to the House
Ordered, That the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas hath Leave of this House to go his Circuit;
and his Absence in the mean (fn. *) Time is to be dispensed
A Letter was read, directed to the Lord North, Lord
Lieutenant for the County of Cambridge, as followeth:
Letter to L. North from Cambridgeshire, for reviewing their Militia, and supplying them with Arms.
"We have received a public Request, at our last
General Quarter Sessions, in open Court, from the
better Sort of the Inhabitants of our Country that
were there (and a greater Sessions for Appearance we
never saw, beyond the Assembly of any Assizes if
we shall respect only the Country People): Their earnest Desire was, that we would move your Lordship
to make Use of your Authority to your Captains,
for a present Muster; that the Arms we have may
be dressed and viewed, their Defects supplied, and
our Soldiers often drilled and exercised, as is frequently done in many Countries about them. Another Request they made at that Time, which was,
that their Money in Mr. Crane's Hand may be put
into Arms, which we also allowed unto, but would not
conclude upon it before we had first acquainted your
Lordship with their Motion. The imminent Dangers
we may expect from these miserable Times, and the
great Care we hear every Country takes to prepare
themselves for their own Defence, invites us to do
the same; and therefore, with our Neighbours,
humbly request your Lordship to grant their Desires,
that there may be a present Muster to make good
their Arms, and a frequent Exercise of their Soldiers,
which will (as we conceive) encourage them to stand
better to them when any Occasion shall require.
Thus humbly taking our Leaves, we rest,
"Your Lordship's humble
and faithful Servants,
To be communicated to the H. C.
Ordered, That this Letter be communicated to the
House of Commons, at the next Opportunity.
E. of Berks acquaints the House with a Letter he received from the King, for his Attendance in Parliament.
The Earl of Berks signified to this House, "That
this Day he received a Letter, being a Command
from the King, to repair and give his Attendance
upon this House, notwithstanding former Leave from
His Majesty to be absent; at which his Lordship said
he wondered, because he hath not asked any Leave
to be absent, neither hath been absent, only Three
Weeks, which he had Leave of the House for, to take
the Air for his Health in the Country."
The Letter was read, as followeth:
The King's Letter.
"Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousin, and
Counsellor, We Greet you well.
"As We have been Graciously pleased, at your Request, and for your private Occasions, by our former
Letters, to dispense with your present Attendance in
Parliament; so, now that there is likely to be treated
in Parliament Affairs much importing the public Peace
and Good of Our Kingdoms, we have thought good,
by these Our Letters, to desire you to repair forthwith to London, (fn. *) and not to fail to give your Personal
Attendance in Parliament; which as We know your
own good Affections to the Public will incline you
to be careful to prefer before your own private Use,
so We assure you We shall take it as a Testimony
of your good Affections to Us, on whom the Care
of the Public doth immediately depend. Given at
Our Court at Dover, the 23d of February, 1641.
"To Our Right Trusty and
Right Well-beloved Cousin
and Counsellor, Tho. Earl
These Lords affirmed they had received the like Letters from the King, to the same Effect:
Like Letters to other Lords.
The Earl of North'ton; who had desired Leave of
the King to be absent, but never made Use of it.
The Earl of Bath confessed he had Leave of the
King to be absent for a little Time in the Country for
his Health, but had not yet made Use thereof; which
His Majesty thought he had done, sent this Letter to
Earl of Devon.
Lord Mowbray said, he had the King's Leave to be
absent, but not by Letter.
The Lord Powis had a Letter.
The Lord Seymour said he had no Leave of the King
to be absent; and that he hath been constantly for this
great while a constant Attender upon this House.
These Letters were delivered to them by a Messenger.
Debate about these Letters.
The House took it very well, as an Act of Respect
from these Lords that have acquainted the House with
the said Letters. But the House considering that, not
long before, the King sent to call certain Members
away from this House, and the House commanded their
Stay; therefore their Lordships conceived this to be a
Preparation to the Effects of evil Counsels given to His
Majesty; and the House being put into a Committee
during Pleasure, it was debated what ill Counsels have
been given to the King; and these Three Heads or
Particulars were propounded to be considered of:
Ill Counsel given the King.
"1. Who have gone about to extend the King's
Prerogative beyond the ancient Bounds?
"2. Who were the Authors and Procurers of Monopolies?
"3. Who gave Counsel for the Breach of the Pacification with the Scotts, which hath cost the Kingdom Five Millions, besides many other Mischiefs and
Inconveniences that happened thereupon?"
But, not being resolved on at this Time, the House
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Fynch and Dr. Bennett:
Message to the H. C. about the Militia.
To deliver to the House of Commons,
1. A Copy of the King's last Message concerning the
Letter from Cambridge.
2. A Copy of a Letter written to the Lord North
from the County of Cambridge.
The Prince not to go to Greenwich without the Marquis of Hertford. Lord Loftus's Cause.
3. To let them know, That the Lord Marquis of
Hertford intends that the Prince shall not go to Greenwich
until he be able to attend him.
A Letter was read, written to the Lord Keeper, from
the Justices of Ireland, concerning the Lord Loftus's
Cause, desiring their Answers sent in this Cause may be
The Messengers return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That they have delivered their Lordships Commands
to the House of Commons.
Act to prevent Abuses in Wines.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent Abuses
in the Sophistication of Wines.
The Lords Names that received Letters from the King.
Next, one Barber, a Messenger, was called in, and
commanded to deliver in a List of those Lords Names
to whom he was to deliver Letters, to appear and give
their Attendance in this House.
He said, "He received last Night, between Five and
Six a Clock, a Command from the Lord Viscount of
Falkland, one of the Secretaries of State to His Majesty, to deliver to several Lords, whose Names follow, Letters which were brought to him by one Robert
Taverner, a Messenger: videlicet, (fn. *) accordingly he did,
"To the E. of North'ton.
"E. of Lyndsey.
"E. of Peterborough.
"E. of Bath.
"E. of South'ton.
"E. of Berks.
"E. of Devon.
"E. of Huntingdon.
Ds. Conyers & Darcy.
Ds. Howard de Charlton.
Act to prevent Abuses in Wines.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to prevent Abuses
in Sophistication concerning Wines.
Committed to these Lords: videlicet,
L. Privy Seal.
Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas,
Any Three of their Lordships to meet on Tuesday next,
at Nine a Clock in the Afternoon.
Message from the H. C. with some Instructions to accompany the Propositions for the Advantage of Ireland.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Walter Earle:
That the House of Commons do present to their Lordships Consideration some Instructions, which the House of
Commons think fit to accompany the Propositions (fn. †) for
the Adventure for Ireland; and they desire their Lordships Concurrence with them in the said Instructions; and
that the Propositions and the Instructions, together with
the King's Answer, may be printed and published forthwith.
Then the Instructions were read, as follow: videlicet,
"Whereas, according to the Proportion of Lands in
the Propositions mentioned (being Two Millions and
a Half of Acres), the Sums to be under-written will
not exceed One Million of Money; it will be requisite that, together with the Sums underwritten, the
Day and Time of each Subscription be likewise set
down, to the Intent that those who do underwrite
before the Million of Money shall be made up may
not be excluded from the Benefit of their respective
Subscriptions, in case they make Payment of the respective Sums according to the Propositions.
"Nevertheless, if any shall underwrite after the
Million of Money shall be made up, they shall be
admitted to the Shares of such as (having underwritten to the Million) shall fail of Payment according
to the Propositions, or else (at their Election) shall be
forthwith re-paid all such Sums as they shall have
paid in upon Hope of taking Benefit of the Propositions.
"2. The Places to be appointed for the several Underwritings to be:
"For the Cities of London and Westminster, and the
Counties of Surrey and Middlesex, the Chamber of
"For all other Counties in England and Wales, the
Towns where the last Assizes were kept.
"But any of these Counties that shall desire to underwrite in London may be at Liberty to do it there.
"3. The Persons to be employed in taking the Underwritings, and receiving the Monies for London and
Westm. Midd. and Surrey, are to be such as, upon
further Consultation with the Citizens of London, shall
"And, in all other Counties, the Sheriffs of the several Counties respectively, who are to give Acquittances for such Sums as they shall receive.
"4. That printed Books of the Propositions, and His
Majesty's Answer thereunto, and of the Instructions,
shall be sent, and Letters written from the Speaker
to the several Sheriffs of the said Counties, who shall
publish the Books and Letters at the next Assizes, and
shall then likewise give public Notice of the Times
and Places by them to be appointed, as well for the
several Underwritings as for the Payment of the
Sums that shall be underwritten; and for the better
publishing of those Books, the several Citizens and
Burgesses of the House of Commons shall forthwith
send down several Books and Letters to the Head
Officers of their Cities and Boroughs respectively.
"5. That the several Sheriffs shall, (fn. *) every Week,
send up to the Chamber of London a true List of
the Names and Sums subscribed, and of the Time
of the Subscription.
"6. For the better Encouragement of such Persons
as shall be employed for the City of London and
the Parts adjoining, as likewise of the said Sheriffs
and such other Persons as shall be by them employed
herein, it shall and may be lawful for the said Sheriffs,
and for the said Persons appointed for the City of
London respectively, to deduct and retain to his or
their Use, after the Rate of One Penny in the Pound,
for their Pains and Charges in receiving the said
Sums, and in returning the same.
"7. That, together with the printed Propositions
and Letters from the Speaker, Paper Books, with
Titles prefixed, shall be sent down to the Sheriffs of
each County; in the Beginning of which Books, next
under the Titles, the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, respectively, that serve for the same, and who
shall underwrite any Sum according to the said Propositions, shall subscribe their Names and Sums in the
The Propositions and these Instructions, with the King's Answer, to be printed.
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House
of Commons in these Instructions; and that the Propositions concerning Ireland, and His Majesty's Answer
thereunto, together with these Instructions, shall be
forthwith printed and published.
Committee for examining the City Petition about the Militia.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the City Petition shall have Power to send One
or more of that Committee into London, to examine
Witnesses there, if there be Cause.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act (fn. *)
Committed to these Lords following:
L. Privy Seal.
Ds. Howard de Est.
Mr. Justice Crawly, Assistant.
Their Lordships, or any Five, to meet this Day
Fortnight, in the Painted Chamber, at Nine of
the Clock in the Morning.
Babb and Trelawny in Error.
Whereas there is a Writ of Error depending in this
House, between Babb and Trelany; it is Ordered,
That Babb shall have Notice to assign Errors by this
Day Sevennight peremptorily; or else the Transcript
to be remitted into the King's Bench, that Execution
may be taken out accordingly.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati,
videlicet, 26m diem instantis Februarii, hora 1a post
meridiem, Dominis sic decernentibus.