DIE Lunæ, 8 die Martii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Perne.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. La Warr.
E. of Peterborough to take the Covenant.
Ordered, That the Lord North and the Lord Grey
are appointed to tender the Covenant to the Earl of
Letter from the Commissioners with the King; with a Letter from Him.
The Speaker acquainted the House with some Letters
he hath received from the Earl of Denbigh, &c. with a
Letter inclosed from the King; which were read.
(Here enter them.)
We received this Letter inclosed from the King
this Morning; which we thought fit to send, having
heard nothing of your Dislike upon our sending the
last, nor any Directions, which were then, and are
still, earnestly desired by
"Your Lordship's humble Servants,
Holdenby, 6 Martii, 1646.
None of His Chaplains, which He desired, to attend Him:
The Question being put, "Whether their Lordships will allow any of these Number, that
the King desires in His List, to go down to
Him to Holdenby, to reside there for Twenty
And it was Resolved in the Negative.
Message to the H. C. with His Letter.
Ordered, That the King's Letter, received this
Day, shall be sent down to the House of Commons;
which was sent down, by Sir Edward Leech, &c.
Dr. Love to attend the King.
Ordered, That this House thinks it fit that Dr.
Love be sent to the King.
Committee to prepare an Answer to Him.
Ordered, That the Ds. Wharton, Ds. North, and
the Lord Willoughby, are appointed to draw up an Answer to the King's Letter received this Day, according
to the Sense of this House; and report the same to this
E. Rivers and Rudgely, about the Earl's Goods.
Upon hearing the Counsel of the Earl Rivers, and
the Counsel of Rudgley, concerning the Goods of the
said Earl of Rivers which the said Rudgley bought of
It is Ordered, That the Resolution of this House
be respited for a while.
Woodcock sent for.
Upon reading the Affidavit of John Newman: (Here
enter it.) It is Ordered, That the Persons mentioned
therein shall be sent for as Delinquents, to answer their
Contempt to this House.
Ordered, That the Business between Mr. Ruthin
and shall be heard this Day Sevennight.
Bellasis to compound for his Father.
Upon reading the Petition of Mr. Bellasis; desiring,
To have Leave to compound for his Father's Delinquency:"
It is Ordered, To be sent down to the House of
Commons, that he may be admitted to compound for
Message to the H. C. about it; and with the Hampshire Officers Petition.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Heath, &c.
1. To deliver to them (fn. *) the Petition of Mr. Bellasis;
and desire their Concurrence, that he may compound for
2. To deliver to them the Petition of the Officers for
Newman's Affidavit of Woodcocks refusing to obey the Lords Order, for quieting Sole the Earl of Thanet's Tenant in his Possession.
John Newman, of Steaning, in the County of Sussex, maketh Oath, That, on the 16th Day of this
Instant February, he shewed the Order, of the 4th
of this Instant February, of the Right Honourable the
Lords assembled in Parliament, to Francis Woodcocke,
mentioned in the said Order, and to another then with
him his Assistant, and left a true Copy of the said
Order with them; and, on the 23th Day of this
Instant February, he shewed the said Order unto Henry Woodcocke, Son of Thomas Woodcocke, mentioned in
the said Order: And this Deponent further saith,
That the said Henry Woodcocke did tell him this Deponent, That the said Thomas Woodcocke, Father of
the said Henry, being informed of the said Order, by
reading the Copy thereof which this Deponent left
as aforesaid, he the said Thomas Woodcocke then said,
That his Sons had not kept the Possession of the
Lands in the said Order mentioned all this Time for
nothing; and also said, That they should continue
on or near the said Lands, and the Possession thereof, notwithstanding the said Order; or Words to the
same Effect: And accordingly the said Francis and
Henry Woodcock, with their Abettors, yet remain on
or near the said Lands, and will not suffer James
Sole, the Earl of Thannett's Tenant, mentioned in
the said Order, to put his Cattle on the said Lands,
or make any Use thereof; and also say, That they
will continue the keeping the Possession of the said
Lands, and cutting down the Woods there.
"Jur. 26 Febr. 1646,
Letter from the King, renewing His Desire for some of His Chaplains, mentioned by Him, to attend Him, to settle His Opinion about Church Government.
Holdenby, 6 Martii, 1646.
It being now Seventeen Days since I wrote to you
from hence, and not yet receiving any Answer to
what I then desired, I cannot but now again renew
the same unto you: And indeed, concerning any
Thing but the necessary Duty of a Christian, I would
not thus at this Time trouble you with any of My
Desires. But My being attended by some of My
Chaplains whom I esteem and reverence, is that which
is so necessary for Me (even considering My present
Condition), whether it be in relation to My Conscience
or a happy Settlement of the present Distractions in
Religion, that I will slight divers Kinds of Censures,
rather than not to obtain what I demand: Nor shall I do
you the Wrong, as in this to doubt the obtaining of My
Wish, it being totally grounded upon Reason; for,
desiring you to consider (not thinking it needful to mention) the divers Reasons which no Christian can be ignorant of, for Point of Conscience, I must assure you
that I cannot as I ought take in Consideration those
Alterations in Religion which have and will be offered
unto Me, without such Help as I desire, because I can
never judge rightly of, or be altered in, any Thing of
My Opinion, so long as any ordinary Way of finding
out the Truth is denied Me: But when this is granted
Me, I promise you faithfully, not to strive for Victory
in Argument, but to seek and submit to Truth (according to that Judgement which God hath given Me);
always holding it My best and greatest Conquest, to
give Contentment to My Two Houses of Parliament
in all Things which I conceive not to be against my
Conscience or Honour; not doubting likewise but that
you will be ready to satisfy Me in reasonable Things,
as I hope to find in this Particular concerning the Attendance of My Chaplains upon Me.
To the Speaker of the House
of Peers pro Tempore; to be
communicated to the Lords
and Commons in the Parliament assembled at Westm'r."