DIE Dominico, 6 Junii.
Prayers, by Mr. Gibson.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Hereford.
Ds. La Warr.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairefax was read, with a
Paper inclosed. (Here enter it.)
Report of the Meeting between the Committees of both Houses and the Scots Commissioners.
The House commanded the Speaker to make Report
of the Meeting with the Commissioners of Scotland
And his Lordship acquainted the House, "That the
said Commissioners delivered a Paper; but the Lord
Lauderdaill said, He had omitted some Expressions
in the Paper which was in his Preface, which he
would add, and deliver to his Lordship on Monday
But it was moved, "That the Paper now delivered
in might be read."
And the Question being put, "Whether to respite
the Reading of this Paper till the whole Report be made?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
The said Paper of the Scotts Commissioners was read.
(Here enter it.)
Vote for bringing the King to Oatlands.
The Question being put, "Whether to send down
to the house of Commons now, to put them
in Mind of that Vote for bringing the King to
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to the H C. to remind them of it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To deliver the Message abovesaid.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, about the King being removed from Holdenby.
(fn. *) The Paper mentioned in this Letter is entered Friday Morning, 4 June: It was inclosed in the Commissioners Letter, Holdenby.
"This Day I received Advertisement from Holdenby,
That the Soldiers of that Party formerly assigned to
attend the Commissioners there, together with some
others belonging to the Army (of whose Number or
Quality I had no Account, nor how they came thither),
have of themselves undertaken, by placing other and
stronger Guards about the King than formerly, to
secure His Majesty from being secretly conveyed
away. The Grounds they alledge for such Proceeding your Lordships may gather from the inclosed,
which is a true Copy of a Paper sent to me in a
Letter from thence; being, as it seemeth, a Kind of
Declaration presented to your Commissioners there by
the Soldiers, to set forth their Grounds and Intentions
in the said Undertaking. I understand withal, that
Colonel Crevis is hereupon secretly slipt away: And
therefore I have immediately ordered Colonel Whallye's Regiment to march up thither; and himself, in
the room of Colonel Grevis, to attend the Commis
sioners, and take the Charge of the Guards necessary
to be kept there, for the Prevention of any Danger
or Inconveniency that might ensue. I thought it my
Duty to signify unto your Lordships, that I might
understand the further Pleasure of both Houses
thereupon. I remain
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
Kenford, June 4th, 1647.
"For the Right Honourable Edward Earl
of Manchester, Speaker of the House
of Peers pro Tempore."
Paper from the Scots Commissioners, about the King being removed from Holdenby.
"When, in January last, the Honnorable Houses
did desire, that the King (then at Newcastle with the
Scottish Army) might come to Holdenby, they did declare to the Kingdome of Scotland, they would take
Care of the Preservation of His Person, in the Preservation and Defence of the true Religion and the
Libertyes of the Kingdomes, according to the Covenant;
and that, when the King should be at Holdenby, and
the Scotts Army gone out of this Kingdome, they
would be ready, according to their former Declarations, to joyne with the Kingdome of Scotland, in
imploying their best Endeavors to procure His Majesty's Assent to the Propositions of Peace: And when
the Parliament of Scotland did give their Concurrence
for His Majesty's goeing to Holdenby, they did declare
against all Harme, Prejudice, Injury, or Violence, to
be done to His Royall Person. Wee have attended
these Six Weeks past, in a Readines to joyne with
the Honnorable Houses, according to their Declaration, for procureing His Majesty's Assent to the Propositions: And whilest wee were expectinge that an
Application should have bin made to His Majesty by
both Kingdomes for this Effect, wee understand that,
in a violent Manner, His Majesty is carryed away from
Holdenby, against His Will, by a Party of Sir Thomas
Fairefaxe's Army; which, wee are confident, is without any Warrant from either House of Parliament.
The Parliament of Scotland, to manifest their Confidence in the Houses of the Parliament of England,
did consent to His Majesty's comeing to Holdenby;
and now, by an open Breach against both Kingdomes,
He is carryed from thence, wee know not whether;
which Action will certainly be highly resented by the
Kingdome of Scotland, and doth engage us, according to the Duty wee owe to them who have entrusted
us, to represent our Sense of this violent Act, which
must needs be dangerous to both the Kingdomes;
and to desire that the Houses, in their Wisdome,
would take such Course as the King, may be brought,
from those that have taken Him away, unto some of
His Houses neere the Parliament, that soe a joynt
Application may be made to Him by both Kingdomes,
for the setling of a just and solid Peace: And wee
doe assure the Honnorable Houses, in the Name of
the Kingdome of Scotland, that, if there shal be
Neede, they will be ready to the utmost of their Power
to joyne with this Kingdome, as for the Ends of the
Covenant, soe for rescueing and defendinge His Majesty's Person, in the Preservation of the true Religion and Libertyes of the Kingdomes, and for maintayning the Priviledges of the Parliaments, according
to the Covenant; wherein wee shall have regard to
the Honnor of this Kingdome as well as our owne.
Wee cannott thinke that all who are of that Army
are accessory to such wicked Designes, or will knowingly disappoint the Trust reposed in them by the
Parliament: Some, wee beleeve, have gone along
in the Simplicity of their Hearts: such we doubt not
but the Clemency and Wisdome of the Honnorable
Houses may and will reclame to their Duty: And,
upon the other Part, wee trust, the Prudence and
Care of both Houses will, in such a Way as they
thinke fitt, provide against the present vissible Dangers, which doe more then threaten the Parliament
and Citty. These Things the Conscience of our
Duty hath moved us freely to declare; and as wee
would have accounted it Guiltines for us to be silent
at such a Tyme, soe, if a speedy Remedy be not taken
against this Deluge of the worst of Evills, wee trust
that wee have hereby exonered our Consciences
before God and the World.
5th June, 1647.
"By Comaund of the Commissioners for
the Parliament of Scotland.