DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 13 die Aprilis.
A Bill from the King concerning settling the Militia.
The Lord Keeper signified to the House, "That Mr.
Attorney General acquainted him, that he had a Bill
to offer to their Lordships, by Command of the King,
for the settling of the Militia of the Kingdom; and
he desired to know their Lordships Directions to
whom he should deliver it:" Hereupon the House
Ordered Serjeant Ayliff and Serjeant Glanvile, Two of
the King's Counsel, to go to the Door, and bring it in;
which they did accordingly, and delivered it to the Clerk
of the Parliaments.
A Letter to E. Salisbury to attend the King at York.
The Earl of Salishbury acquainted this House, "That
he had received a Letter from His Majesty, under His
Sign Manual, to command him to give his Attendance
on His Majesty at Yorke, with a Letter of Dispensation
and Licence to be absent, and give his Proxy; and,
according to the Duty he owed to this House as a
Peer, he humbly desired to know the Pleasure of the
House herein, whether he should go or not."
Then the House commanded the Letter to be read;
which was done, in hæc verba: videlicet,
"Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousin and
Counsellor, We greet you well. We have thought
good, by these, to second Our former Commands of
the 23d of March last, for your Attendance upon Us
here (as one of Our Prime Officers of Our Household) at St. George's Feast, which We have appointed
to keep here the 18th of this Month; not doubting
but, when you shall let Our Parliament understand
that you have received Our Second Command for your
Attendance, they will readily dispense with your Absence for so short a Time; to which Purpose We have
likewise herewith sent you a Licence, as hath been
usual in such Cases. We are so well persuaded of
your Obedience to this Our just Command, as We believe that you will not fail Our Expectation herein.
"Given at Our Court at Yorke the 10th of April
"To Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved
Cousin and Counsellor, William Earl of Salishbury, Captain of Our Pensioners."
E. of Salisbury commanded to attend the Parliament.
Hereupon this House took the same into Consideration; and commanded and Ordered the said Earl of
Salisbury, That he shall attend this House, in regard of
the present great and urgent Affairs now depending in
M. Howlet, presented by Archbishop of Cant. to the Living of Lachenden approved of.
Upon reading of a Petition of the Archbishop of Canterbury, wherein Mr. Richard Howlett, Batchelor of Divinity (having lost lately a good Preferment in Ireland
by the Rebellion there), was nominted by his Grace
to be preferred to the Rectory of Lachenden, in the
County of Essex, with the Approbation of this House;
as also upon a Certificate of the Lord Primate of Armagh,
"That the said Mr. Howlett is a Man esteemed of
sound Doctrine, and uncorrupted Life, and very industrious in the Ministry:" It is Ordered, That
this House doth approve of the said Mr. Richard Howlett, and do recommend him to the said Archbishop of
Canterbury, to be collated and instituted to the aforesaid
Rectory of Lachenden, with what convenient Speed he
Deputations for Colonels and Captains in the Militia.
Ordered, That the Lord Admiral, the Lord Pagett,
the Lord Kymbolton, and the Lord Brooke, shall consider
and perfect the Deputations to be given to Colonels and
Captains, etc. and report the same to this House speedily.
Information concerning the Duke of Vendosme's Manner of living at Worsop.
The Earl of Clare acquainted this House with a Letter, which he received out of Nottinghamshire, from one
Mr. Holmesteed; shewing, "That they are informed,
that the Duke of Vendosme hath an Intent to come
and live at Worsop, a House of the Earl of Arundle's;
and the Speech is, that he will keep a Hundred
Horses there, and intends to lay in Three Hundred
Tuns of Wine, and have a great Recourse of Company; which the Country doubts may be a great
Cause of Fears and Jealousies, in these Times of Distractions:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That the
Earl of Clare do write to the Gentleman that gave this
Information, to encourage him herein, and to desire him
to be vigilant and careful to observe further this Business; and, if he knows of any Occasion of Danger, that
he would further inform this House of the same.
Next, the House took into Consideration the King's
last Message, declaring His Resolution of going into
Ireland against the Rebels.
The Message was read; and, after a long and serious Debate of it, it was Resolved, upon the Question,
Vote concerning the King's going into Ireland to be unsafe.
That it is most dangerous and unsafe; and that this
House cannot consent unto His Majesty's going into Ireland.
The Vote to be communicated to H. C.
This being done; it is Ordered, That the aforesaid
Vote be communicated to the House of Commons; and
that they be desired to appoint a Committee, to join
with a Committee of Lords, to take into Consideration
this Vote, and the King's Message, in all Parts excepting that concerning the Militia; and that they offer
their Opinions to the Houses as they shall think fit.
Committee to consider of the King's Message concerning His going into Ireland.
The Names of the Lords Committees were these:
The L. Privy Seal.
The L. Admiral.
L. Viscount Saye et Seale.
Their Lordships, or any Five, to meet with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock,
in the Painted Chamber.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
Message to H. C. with the Vote against the King's going into Ireland.
To acquaint the House of Commons with the Vote,
touching the King's going into Ireland; and that the Lords
have appointed a Committee of Sixteen Lords, to take the
said Vote into Consideration, and the King's Message, in
all Parts excepting the Militia, and to offer their Opinions thereupon as they shall think fit; further to desire,
that the House of Commons would nominate and appoint a select Committee of their House, to join with
the Lords Committees, in the Consideration of this Business, and to meet at Four of the Clock this Afternoon,
in the Painted Chamber.
Letter from the King to Lord Savile, to attend Him at York.
The Lord Savill acquainted the House, "That he
had received a Letter from the King, commanding him
to give his Attendance upon Him at Yorke; and his
Lordship, being a Member of this House, desired to
know the Pleasure of the House therein:" Hereupon
this House Ordered, That the Lord Savill shall attend this House, in regard of the great, present, and
urgent Affairs now depending in Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Bretheridge and Mr. Pynchbacke
shall have Notice to attend the Earls of Bathon and Pembrooke To-morrow Morning, at Eight of the Clock, in
the Painted Chamber.
Baker's Sermon at Exeter, brought in by Justice Foster.
Mr. Justice Foster this Day acquainted the House,
"That, at the last Assizes in the City of Exon, one
Thomas Baker preached before him, who made a
Sermon which he conceived to be very scandalous;
and, having sent for him, demanded the Copy of the
said Sermon;" which was delivered by the said Judge
into this House: And these Lords following were appointed Committees to peruse the said Sermon, and report
the same to this House: videlicet,
L. Viscount Say et Seale.
Any Two of their Lordships to meet when they
Baker to be attached.
Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher attending this
House, his Deputy or Deputies, shall attach the Body of
the aforesaid Thomas Baker, Clerk, and forthwith bring
him before the Lords in Parliament, to answer such Matters as he stands charged with in that House.
Thanks given to Justice Foster.
Then the House directed the Lord Keeper to give
Thanks to Mr. Justice Foster, from this House, for his
Care in this Business, and Respect shewed to this House;
which accordingly was done.
Benyon to be brought.
Ordered, That George Benyon, now a Prisoner in
The Tower, shall be brought before the Lords in Parliament, on Thursday the 14th of this Instant April, at
Eight of the Clock in the Morning.
Stanley, a Witness against him, to be brought.
Ordered, That Henry Stanley, now a Prisoner in
The Fleet, shall be brought before the Lords in Parliament, to testify his Knowledge as a Witness, on the Behalf of the Lord St. John, against Geo. Benyon, on Thursday the 14th of this Instant April.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 14m diem instantis Aprilis, 1642, hora 9a Aurora,
Dominis sic decernentibus.