DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 2 die Martii.
William Murray sworn.
Mr. William Murray was sworn, being to be examined by the Lords Committees, at the Desire of the House
The Earl of Warwicke reported, That, according to
their Lordships Command, he hath delivered the Message of both Houses to His Majesty, who returns this
Answer; which was read, in hæc verba: videlicet,
The King's Answer to the Message concerning the Militia and the Prince.
"I am so much amazed at this Message, that I know
not what to answer. You speak of Jealousies and
Fears; lay your Hands to your Hearts, and ask
yourselves whether I may not likewise be disturbed
with Fears and Jealousies; and if so, I assure you
this Message hath nothing lessened them.
"For the Militia, I thought so much of it before
I sent that Answer, and am so much assured that the
Answer is agreeable to what in Justice or Reason you
can ask, or I in Honour grant, that I shall not alter
it in any Point.
"For My Residence near you, I wish it might be so
safe and honourable, that I had no Cause to absent
Myself from Whitehall. Ask yourselves whether I
"For My Son, I shall take that Care of him, which
shall justify Me to God as a Father, and to My Dominions as a King.
"To conclude, I assure you, upon My Honour, that I
have no Thought but of Peace and Justice to My
People, which I shall by all fair Means seek to preserve and maintain, relying upon the Goodness and
Providence of God for the Preservation of Myself
Message from the H. C. with the Bill to clear Lord Kymbolton and others;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Serjeant Wylde; who brought up a Bill
concerning the Lord Kymbolton and the Five Members
of the House of Commons, which had passed their
House; and they desire their Lordships to give Expedition therein.
and about the Attorney General's Trial.
2. Whereas there is a Charge brought up from the
House of Commons, and depending in this House, against
Mr. Attorney General; the House of Commons desire
that their Lordships would appoint a speedy Day to
proceed therein; and they will be ready to make good
their Charge against him.
Day for his Trial.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Impeachment
against Mr. Attorney General shall be proceeded in on
Friday next, at this Bar.
Message to the H. C. with a Copy of the King's Answer about the Militia and the Prince.
A Message was sent down to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Bennett:
To communicate and deliver to them the Copy of the
King's Answer received this Day.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in post meridiem
hujus instantis, hora 2a, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about the King's Answer concerning the Prince and the Militia.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Henry Marten:
To desire a present Conference, by a Committee
of both Houses (if it may stand with their Lordships
Conveniency), touching the late Answer from His Majesty.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will give a present Meeting, as
is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Report of the Conference.
The Lord Keeper reported the Effect of this Conference; which was, "That it was expressed that the
House of Commons have taken great Consideration
of the King's Answer to the Message of both Houses
concerning the Militia; and they think it fit the said
Message to the King should be insisted upon; and,
for that Purpose, the House of Commons have made
some Resolutions, in which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
"Resolved, by the House of Commons upon the
"1. That the Kingdom be forthwith put into a Posture
of Defence, by Authority of both Houses, in such
a Way as is already agreed on by both Houses of
"Resolved, on the Question, by the House of Commons,
"2. That a Committee shall be appointed, to prepare a Declaration upon these Two Heads: videlicet,
"1. To lay down the just Causes and Jealousies
given to the House, and to clear this House from
any Jealousies conceived against it.
"2. And to consider of all Matters that may arise
upon this Message; and to declare their Opinions
what is fit to be done thereupon.
"To which Resolutions the House of Commons desires their Lordships Concurrence; and that a Committee of Lords may be appointed, to join with the
Committee of the House of Commons, as aforesaid."
This House taking the aforesaid Resolutions of the
House of Commons in Consideration; after a serious
Debate, it was Resolved, upon the Question, by this
The Kingdom to be put into a Posture of Defence by the Parliament.
That the Kingdom be forthwith put into a Posture
of Defence, by Authority of both Houses, in such a
Way as is already agreed on by both Houses of Parliament.
A Protest against it.
These Lords following, before the Question was put,
desired their Right of Protestation; and that their Dissent might be entered to this Question; which they
have done accordingly:
The Lord Great Chamberlain.
Ds. Willoughby De Earseby.
Ds. De Grey.
To the Second Resolution, this House agrees with
the House of Commons therein; and Ordered, The
same Committee that is appointed to consider of the
King's former Message concerning the Militia, is appointed to meet with a proportionable Number of the
House of Commons, to consider of the several Particulars as is mentioned in this last Conference.
Then a Message was sent to the House of Commons,
by Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Bennett:
To let the House of Commons know, that this House
agrees with them in their Resolutions brought up at
the last Conference; and that their Lordships have appointed a select Committee of Fifteen Lords, to meet
with a proportionable Number of their House presently, with the same Power and Commission as they
have given their Committee.
Message from the H. C. for Committees to examine Mr. Murray.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Cromewell:
To desire that the Lords Committees may meet at
Five a Clock this Afternoon, to examine Mr. William
Ordered, That the Committee do meet at Five a
Clock, to examine Mr. Murray, as is desired.
The Answer returned was:
That this House hath appointed the Lords Committees to meet, as is desired.
Bill to clear Lord Kymbolton, &c.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the clearing
and vindicating of the Lord Kymbolton, Denzell Holles,
Esquire, Sir Arthur Haslerigge, Baronet, John Pym,
Esquire, John Hampden, Esquire, and William Strode,
Esquire, from a late feigned Charge or Accusation of
Next, an Order of both Houses was read, for putting
the Navy and Ships of this Kingdom into Repair, for
the Defence of the Kingdom.
Order for rigging of Ships for Defence of the Kingdom.
"The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, having received Advertisement of
extraordinary Preparations made by the neighbouring
Princes both by Land and Sea, the Intentions whereof
have been represented as to raise an Apprehension in
both Houses, that the public Honour, Peace, and Safety
of His Majesty and His Kingdom cannot be secured,
unless a timely Course be taken for the putting of
this Kingdom into a Condition of Defence at Sea as
well as Land; it is therefore Ordered, by the Lords
and Commons aforesaid, That the Earl of Northumberland, Lord High Admiral of England, do forthwith
give effectual Direction and Order, That all and every
the Ships belonging to His Majesty's Navy, which are
fit for Service, and not already abroad, nor designed
for this Summer's Fleet, be with all Speed rigged and
put in such a Readiness, as that they may soon be
fitted for the Sea; and that his Lordship do also make
known unto all the Masters and Owners of Ships as
now are in or about any the Harbours of this Kingdom, and may be of Use for the public Defence thereof, That it will be an acceptable Service to the King
and Parliament, if they likewise will cause their Ships
to be rigged, and so far put in a Readiness, as they
may be at a short Warning set forth to Sea, upon any
emergent Occasion; which will be a Means of great
Security to His Majesty and His Dominions."
Ordered, That this House approves of this Order
now read; and that it be sent down to the House of
Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein; which
was accordingly done, by Sir Robert Rich and Mr.
Order to adjourn this House till Friday, and a Committee to meet at Merchant Taylor's Hall.
Ordered, That this House shall be adjoured until
Friday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock; and that the
Committee appointed for to consider of the Declaration
to lay down the just Causes of the Fears and Jealousies
given to the Houses of Parliament, and to clear them
from any Jealousies conceived against them, and to consider of all Matters and Incidents that may arise upon
this Message of His Majesty's, and to declare their Opinions thereupon, shall meet To-morrow Morning, at
Merchant Taylors Hall, in London, at Nine of the Clock:
And likewise the said Committees shall have Power to
take into their Consideration the Safety of this Kingdom, and the Affairs of the Kingdom of Ireland; and
that all Members of this House as will come thither
shall have Votes.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Doctor Bennet:
Message to the H. C. about rigging of Ships;
To communicate to them the Order made concerning
rigging of Ships, for the Defence of this Kingdom;
and to desire their Concurrence therein.
and for Committees to meet at Merchant Taylor's Hall, concerning the King's Answer about the Militia and the Prince.
Also to let the House of Commons know, that their
Lordships have Ordered this House to be adjourned
until Friday Morning, at Nine of the Clock; and to acquaint them that this House hath appointed the Lords
Committees to consider of the King's Answer to meet at
Merchant Taylors Hall, To-morrow Morning, at Nine of
of the Clock; and to let them know the Power given to
the said Committees by this House, as aforesaid; and to
desire that the House of Commons would adjourn their
House accordingly, and appoint their Committee to meet
the Lords Committees at Merchant Taylors Hall, with the
The Messengers return with this Answer from the
House of Commons:
That they do agree with their Lordships in the Order concerning the rigging of Ships for the Defence of this Kingdom; and concerning the Second Part
of the Message, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message from the H. C. with the Ordinance for the Militia, with Amendments.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Walter Earle, Knight; who brought from the
House of Commons the Ordinance of Parliament concerning the Militia, with some Amendments agreed upon by them; to which Amendments the House of Commons desires their Lordships Concurrence.
The said Ordinance, with the Amendments, were read
presently; and it is Ordered, That this House agrees
with the House of Commons in this Ordinance, with the
Amendments now read.
The Answer returned to the Messengers of the House
of Commons was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House hath considered of the Ordinance
and Amendments, and do agree to them.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Strode:
Message from the H. C. for a Committee of both Houses to meet at Merchant Taylors Hall.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons having received a Message, that their Lordships
have appointed to adjourn this House till Friday next,
at Nine of the Clock in the Morning; and that they
have appointed their Committee to meet To-morrow, at
Merchant Taylors Hall, at Nine a Clock; the House of
Commons have adjourned their House till Friday next,
at Nine a Clock, and have likewise Ordered their
Committee to meet To-morrow, at Merchant Taylors
Hall, with the same Power which their Lordships have
given to their Committees.
A Petition of Mr. Attorney General was read, as
Attorney General's Petition about his Counsel.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
"The most humble Petition of His Majesty Attorney General:
"That, whereas, upon the 17th of this instant February, your Lordships were pleased to Order, That
Mr. Lane, the Prince his Highness's Attorney, Mr.
Recorder of London, Mr. Chute, Mr. Fountaine, Mr.
Trevor, and Mr. Hales, should be of Counsel with
your Petitioner, in his Cause depending before your
Lordships, upon an Impeachment against him brought
up from the Honourable House of Commons:
"May it please your Lordships, Mr. Lane, Mr.
Fountaine, and Mr. Trevor, are out of Town;
and of the Residue of the said Counsel your
Petitioner is not sure, by reason of their own
"Your Petitioner, therefore, in all Humbleness, beseecheth your Lordships, That
Sir Tho. Bedingfeild, Knight, Mr. Herne,
and Mr. Adams, may be assigned of his
Counsel. And your Petitioner shall ever
pray for your Lordships."
New Counsel assigned him.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That Sir Tho. Bedingfeild, Knight, Mr. Herne, and Mr. Adams, shall be added
to such of Mr. Attorney's Counsel as have been already
appointed by this House for him; and that the Cause
shall be heard in this House on Monday next.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Edward Leech and Doctor Bennett:
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with the Day fixed for his Trial.
To let them (fn. *) know, That whereas their Lordships
had appointed Mr. Attorney General's Cause to have
been heard on Friday next; now, upon the humble
Petition of the Attorney, desiring some further Time, in
regard his Counsel are out of Town, this House hath
assigned Monday next for the Hearing of the said
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris,
videlicet, 4m diem instantis Martii, hora 9a Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.