Die Sabbati, 27 Augusti, 1642;
Pass for Soubera, &c.
ORDERED, That Lawrence Soubera, a French
Gentleman, and a Protestant, shall have Mr. Speaker's
Warrant to transport himself beyond the Seas into France.
Ordered, That Jo. Aldersey, of London, Merchant,
shall have Liberty to transport himself, One Horse of
Barbary, of such a Price as is not saleable here, and
One Servant, beyond the Seas, for the Exercising of his
Profession of Merchandize.
Prayer said by Speaker.
Mr. Rous, Mr. Marten, Mr. Strode, Mr. Gourdon,
Mr. Hatcher, Sir H. Ludlowe, are to consider of the
Prayer said every Morning, by Mr. Speaker; and to add
unto it, and to alter it as they shall think fit.
Proceedings concerning Colepeper.
Mr. Speaker informed the House, That he had received
a Letter from Sir Jo. Colepeper, Chancellor of the Exchequer; which doth express, that he was coming with a
Message from his Majesty: That, in regard of an Order
of the House, he durst not presume to come to the House,
until he had the Leave of the House.
The House fell into Debate of the Business: And after
some Consideration thereupon;
The Question being put, Whether the Question for
Disabling Sir Jo. Colepeper to sit as a Member, should
be now put;
|The House was divided.
|Sir Ro. Harley,
||Tellers for the Noe, 69.
|Sir Jo. Finch,
||Tellers for the Yea, 26.
|The Question passed with the Negative.
Instructions to Kent Committee, &c.
The Instructions for the Committees of the House of
Commons, and Deputy Lieutenants for the County of
Kent, and other Deputy Lieutenants of that County,
for the Preservation of the Peace of that County;
which were the same with those general ones for other
Counties, except some small Alterations and Additions;
were this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question,
assented unto; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for
Message to Lords.
Sir Ro. Harley is appointed to carry up to the Lords
the Instructions for Kent; the Order concerning Cables
to be sent to the Fleet; the Order concerning the Ship
Clara, at Southampton; the Order for repressing the
Disorders and Insolencies of Soldiers.
Members accede to Covenant.
Mr. Glyn, Captain Long, Sir F. Knollis, Sir Wm. Ogle,
Sir H. Vane junior, Mr. Ven, Lord Cramborne, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Sir Sam. Luke, Sir Jo. Harrison.
Sir Tho. Bowyer declared himself in the Affirmative
to the Question, in toto composito.
Sir Simonds D'Ewes declared himself in the Affirmative.
Mr. Jo. Alford, Mr. May, Sir Wm. Morley, Sir Ralph
The Vote of the 11th of August, concerning the Assisting the Earl of Essex with Life and Fortune, in the Defence of the true Protestant Religion, the King's Person,
the Laws of the Land, the Liberties and Property of
the Subject, &c. was read: And these Members before
recited did all declare themselves in the Affirmative.
Message from the King.
Mr. Solicitor acquainted the House, That Sir Jo.
Colpeper was without; and desired him to acquaint Mr.
Speaker, and the House, That he had a Message from
his Majesty to deliver to the House; which he could not
deliver, but as a Member of the House.
The Serjeant is appointed to go to Sir Jo. Colpeper, to
tell him, That the House is informed, that he has a
Message to deliver to the House from his Majesty; and
that he . . . sent by the House to bring him in.
Sir Jo. Colpeper being called in; Mr. Speaker told him,
by the Command of the House, That the House has
received Information, that he hath a Message from his
Majesty: And the House gives you Leave to deliver it.
Sir Jo. Colpeper acquainted the House, He had received no other Commands or Instructions from his
Majesty, than a Message in Writing: Which he delivered
in; and then he withdrew.
And then the Message was read:
Sir Christ. Yelverton is appointed to go to the Lords,
to desire them to sit awhile.
Sir Christ. Yelverton brings Answer, That the Lords
will sit awhile, as is desired.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House cannot
give Answer to this Message from his Majesty, until the
Proclamations and Declarations be recalled, whereby the
Earl of Essex, and both Houses of Parliament, and their
Adherents and Assistants, and such as have obeyed and
executed their Commands and Directions, according to
their Duties, are declared Traitors, or otherwise Delinquents; and until the Standard set up in pursuance of the
Proclamations be taken down.
This to be a Head of the Conference.
Mr. Long went up to the Lords, to desire a Conference
with the Lords, by Committees of both Houses, concerning a Message this Day received from his Majesty.
Another Head of the Conference to be, to desire the
Lords to join with this House in a Direction to the Lord
General, that he advance his Forces, with all possible
Speed, for the Defence and Safety of the Kingdom. This
the House doth not out of any Apprehension of any
Backwardness in the Lord General; but to give Satisfaction, that this Message doth not render them any way
slack in their Duties, for the Preservation and Safety of
Mr. Pym, Mr. Glyn, Sir Ph. Stapilton, Mr. Strode,
Mr. Marten, are appointed Managers of this Conference.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Prideaux shall
have Liberty to go into the Country.
Declaration, &c. from Scotland.
Ordered, That the Declaration, and other Instructions,
from the Assembly in Scotland, be taken into Consideration
on Monday Morning, the first Business.
Mr. Long brings Answer, That the Lords will give a
present Meeting, as is desired.
Removing a Prisoner.
Ordered, That Sir Basil Brooke shall be removed out
of the Serjeant's Custody into the King's Bench.
The humble Petition of Tho. Melhevish, Francis
Burroughes, and Wm. Speed Constables, was read;
Resolved, &c. That these Three Persons shall be
forthwith discharged from any further Imprisonment or
Restraint, without paying any Fees.
Member to reprehend them.
Resolved, &c. That Captain Venne do give these Three
Men a Reprehension for their Carriage to Mr. Ash, a
Member of the House.
Answer from Lords.
Sir Robert Harley brings Answer; the Lords do agree
to all the Things he carried up; and to the Instructions
for Kent, as to the other Counties.
Resolved, &c. These Words, "and in Orders," shall be
omitted in the Order for Lecturing in Barking Church.
Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and
That the Lords have conceived an Order for the Prevention of those that do, of their own Heads, plunder or
pillage any Houses; and to bring them to condign Punishment: And desire the Concurrence of this House; and
that it may be printed.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
The Order was read.
Whereupon it was committed unto Mr. Rigby, Sir
Arthur Hasilrig, Sir Hugh Cholmley, and Sir Henry
Mildmay, or any Two of them: And are to meet this
Afternoon at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Message from the Lords, by Dr. Aylett and Dr.
That the Lords do desire a present Conference, by a
Committee of both Houses, touching the Matter of the
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That .. his
House will give a present Meeting as is desired.
Answer to King's Message.
Mr. Pym reports the Conference; That the Lords have
conceived the Form of an Answer to the King's Message:
Which was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto;
with the Amendments of Two Words, viz. "or with."
Ordered, That Mr. Pym do go with a Message, and
carry it to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence; and
that it be sent by Sir John Culpeper.
Preserving Houses from Plunder.
Ordered, That the High Sheriff of the County of Essex
go down to preserve the Lady Mildmay's House in Danbery, from Plundering; and other Houses in that County.
Grant to O Connally.
IT is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons,
assembled in Parliament, That, in Discharge of the
Promise made unto Owen O Connally, by the House of
Commons, for Service done in Ireland, to give him Two
hundred Pounds a Year, until the same were otherwise
settled on him in Lands, the said Owen, or his Assigns,
shall therefore underwrite Twelve hundred Pounds, as
Money adventured for Ireland; for which Sum he shall
have such a Proportion of Lands and other Benefits, as
other Adventurers have for the like Sum of Money, by
the last Act of Parliament in that Behalf made; and this
to be in Lieu and Discharge of the said Two hundred
Pounds a Year for ever, from Midsummer last past: And
the Treasurers, and other Officers for the Subscription,
are hereby required to pay unto Owen O Connally, or his
Assigns, the said Sum of Twelve hundred Pounds; and
to receive the same back again, for his Subscription
Safety of Dorsett.
Ordered, That the Treasurers in the City of London,
appointed to receive the Monies and Plate that come in
upon the Propositions, shall forthwith pay unto Denzell
Hollis Esquire, or to Sir Walter Earle Knight, or either
of them, the Sum of Eight hundred Pounds, to be
disbursed by them, or either of them, upon Account, for
the Safety of the County of Dorsett, and the Town of
Message from the King.
WE have, with unspeakable Grief of Heart, long beheld the Distractions of this Our Kingdom: Our very
Soul is full of Anguish, until We may find some Remedy
to prevent the Miseries which are ready to overwhelm
this whole Nation by a Civil War. And though all Our
Endeavours tending to the Composing of those unhappy
Differences betwixt Us and Our Two Houses of Parliament (though pursued by Us with all Zeal and Sincerity), have been hitherto without that Success We hoped
for; yet such is Our constant and earnest Care to preserve the publick Peace, that We shall not be discouraged
from using any Expedient, which, by the Blessing of the
God of Mercy, may lay a firm Foundation of Peace and
Happiness to all Our good Subjects. To this End, observing that many Mistakes have risen by the Messages,
Petitions, and Answers, betwixt Us and Our Two Houses
of Parliament, which happily may be prevented by some
other Way of Treaty, wherein the Matters in Difference
may be more clearly understood, and more freely transacted; We have thought fit to propound to you, that
some fit Persons may be by you enabled to treat with the
like Number to be authorized by Us, in such a Manner,
and with such Freedom of Debate, as may best tend to
that happy Conclusion which all good Men desire; the
Peace of the Kingdom. Wherein as We promise, in the
Word of a King, all Safety and Encouragement to such as
shall be sent to Us, if you shall chuse the Place where
We are for the Treaty, which We wholly leave to you,
presuming of your like Care of the Safety of those We
shall employ, if you shall name another Place; so We
assure you, and all Our good Subjects, that, to the best
of Our Understanding, nothing shall be therein wanting
on Our Parts, which may advance the true Protestant
Religion, oppose Popery and Superstition, secure the Law
of the Land (upon .... is built as well Our just Prerogative, as the Propriety and Liberty of the Subject),
confirm all just Power and Privileges of Parliament, and
render Us and Our People truly happy, by a good Understanding betwixt Us and Our Two Houses of Parliament. Bring with you as firm Resolutions to do your
Duty: And let all Our good People join with Us in Our
Prayers to Almighty God for his Blessing upon the Work.
If this Proposition shall be rejected by you, We have
done Our Duty so amply, that God will absolve Us from
the Guilt of any of that Blood which must be spilt. And
what Opinion other Men may have of Our Power, We
assure you, nothing but Our Christian and pious Care to
prevent the Effusion of Blood, hath begot this Motion;
Our Provision of Men, Arms, and Money, being such, as
may secure Us from further Violence, till it shall please
God to open the Eyes of Our People.
May it please your Majesty,
Answer to the King.
THE Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
having received Your Majesty's Message of the 25th of
August, do, with much Grief, resent the dangerous and
distracted State of this Kingdom; which we have, by all
Means, endeavoured to prevent, both by our several Advices and Petitions to Your Majesty, which have been
not only without Success, but there hath followed that,
which no ill Counsel in former Times hath produced, or
any Age hath seen; namely, these several Proclamations,
and Declarations, against both the Houses of Parliament,
whereby their Actions are declared Treasonable, and their
Persons Traitors: And thereupon Your Majesty hath set
up Your Standard against them; whereby you have put
the Two Houses of Parliament, and in them this whole
Kingdom, out of Your Protection. So that, until Your
Majesty shall recall those Proclamations and Declarations, whereby the Earl of Essex, and both Houses of
Parliament, and their Adherents and Assistants, and such
as have obeyed and executed their Commands and Directions, according to their Duties, are declared Traitors,
or other Delinquents; and, until the Standard set up in
pursuance of the said Proclamations, be taken down;
Your Majesty hath put us into such a Condition, that
whilst we so remain, we cannot, by the fundamental Privileges of Parliament, the publick Trust reposed in us,
or with the general Good and Safety of this Kingdom,
give Your Majesty any other Answer to this Message.