DIE Veneris, 18 Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Calamy.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Comes (fn. *)
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
L. Viscount Hereford.
Ds. La Warr.
Letter from the Commissioners with the Army.
A Letter from the Earl of Nottingham, dated at St.
Albans, 17th June, 1647, was read, with Copies of
Two Petitions inclosed. (Here enter them.)
Petitions from Counties to be sent to them, to own.
Ordered, That Copies of these Petitions, and the
former Petitions received from Sir Tho. Fairfax, shall
be sent to the several Counties, inclosed in Letters, to
know whether they do own them.
Answer from the H. C.
Mr. Hakewill and Mr. Dr. Heath return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Governors of the Garrisons
and Forts, fully, as their Lordships sent them down;
and that Commissions be granted to them, as their
Lordships desire; and they agree to the Pass for the Lord
Letter from Bristol.
The Earl of Manchester reported a Paper from the
Committee at Darby House; which was read, as followeth:
"Die Jovis, 17 Junii, 1647.
"At a Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at
"That the Letter from the Mayor, and some Aldermen and others, of Bristoll, of the 14th Instant, be
reported to both Houses.
Capt. Fisher offers to raise a Troop for Ireland.
"That it be also reported to both Houses, That
Captain Henry Fisher offers a Troop of Horse, to
consist of Seventy, besides Officers, to march forthwith to the Water Side, to be transported for the
Service of Ireland; and desires One Month's Pay and
Twenty-eight Pair of Pistols, and to have Commissions for his Officers: To offer it to the Houses, for
Col. Birch will raise supernumerary Horse for Ireland.
"That it be reported to both Houses, That whereas
Colonel Birch hath some Horse more than the Two
Troops (to consist of Two Hundred) for which he hath
formerly contracted with this Committee, which Horse
he is willing to bring to the Service of Ireland; and
that all that he shall so bring shall consist of Sixty in
each Troop, upon Condition that he may receive for
all that he shall so bring (besides the Two Troops formerly contracted for, as aforesaid) One Month's Pay,
according to the Establishment of that Kingdom: To
desire to know the Pleasure of the Houses, whether
they do approve it or not."
Ordered, That this House approves of these Offers of Captain Henry Fisher and Colonel Birch; and
that the same be sent to the House of Commons for
Letter from Scotland, for Satisfaction for their Officers in Ireland.
A Letter from Scotland was read, in Behalf of the
Scotts Officers now in the Kingdom of Scotland, that
have served the Parliament, and many Arrears due unto
And it is Ordered, To be sent down to the House
of Commons, with Recommendations, that some Course
may be taken to give them some Satisfaction.
Col. Midhope's Regiment for Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee at
Derby House for Irish Affairs, to perfect the Contract
made by the Committee for Affairs in the Star-chamber with Colonel Middupp, for his Regiment to go for
Persons contracted with for Ireland, referred to the Committee at Derby House.
Ordered, That all such Persons as the Committee
for the Affairs of Ireland sitting in the Star-chamber
have contracted with, for the Service of Ireland, are
hereby referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland sitting at Derby House, to finish and perfect their
Contracts; and either to give them Dispatch, or to disband them.
Servants of the King, Prince, &c. to be relieved.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the House of
Commons, that some Course may be taken, for giving
some Relief to such poor Servants of the King's, and
the Prince's, and the Duke of Yorke's, that have not
taken up Arms against the Parliament.
Letter to the Commissioners with the King.
A Letter to be sent to the Lord Mountague, by Sir Peter
Killegrew, was read, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Wheeler:
To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance, for adding
Treasurers to the issuing out of Monies for the Soldiers.
(Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees to this Ordinance now read.
Ordinance to issue Money in the Isle of Wight.
The Ordinance concerning issuing Monies in the Isle
of Wight, was read the Third Time, and Agreed to,
with the adding of the Earl of Pembrooke.
Wood and Deer belonging to Delinquents to be preserved.
Ordered, That no Deer belonging to any Papist or
Delinquent shall be killed by any Warrant from any
Committees, nor their Wood felled.
King's Footmen to attend Him, and be considered.
Ordered, That the Petition of the King's Footmen
shall be sent to the House of Commons, with a Recommendation; and that they may be permitted to go and
attend the King.
Countess of Exeter, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Countess of Exeter shall have
a Pass, to go to her Country-house, and back again,
as often as she shall have Occasion, with her Coach and
Horses, and her Company and Servants.
Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, with Petitions from Hertfordshire and Bucks to Sir T. Fairfax.
"For the special Service of the Parliament.
"For the Right Honourable Edward Earl of
Manchester, Speaker of the House of
"Haste, Haste, Post Haste.
"May it please your Lordship,
"The General sent us last Night the Copies of Two
Petitions that Day presented to him; the One from
divers Knights, Commanders, Gentlemen, Freeholders,
and others, in the County of Hertford; the other from
the County of Buckingham; which here inclosed I
send you. We shall endeavour, according to the Commands of Parliament, that the Army may remove
their Quarters farther from the City; which, as soon
as we can bring to any certain Resolution, shall be
made known to you by
St. Albones, 17th June, 1647, Two in the Afternoon.
Petition from Hertfordshire, to Sir T. Fairfax, with a List of Grievances, which they desire he would see redressed before the Army be disbanded.
"To the Right Honourable his Excellency Sir
Thomas Fairefax Knight, Captain General of
the Forces raised for the Preservation of the
"The humble Petition of divers Knights,
Gentlemen, Freeholders, and other Inhabitants, of the County of Hert.
"May it please your Excellency,
"We do with much Thankfulness acknowledge the
great Care and Pains that have been undergone by
these our faithful and well-betrusted Worthies of
Parliament, who, even in the saddest of Times, when
deserted by many of their own Members, have not
spared the Hazard of their Lives, Estates, and Fortunes, for the Preservation of the just Liberties, Immunities; and Franchises, of the Free-born Subjects
of this Kingdom, being desperately and strongly invaded by a powerful and malignant Party; and have
also made many solemn Protestations and Declarations
of their Aims, Intention, and Purposes, whereby we
have been greatly encouraged to yield all chearful
and due Assistance in so necessary a Work: Yet now
to our great Grief observing, by reason, as we conceive, of the Machinations and Contrivances of some
desperately ill-affected to the Weal and Quiet of the
Public in general, and to the Honour of the everhonoured Army in particular, many Obstructions
daily to intervene and fall in, whereby both they and
we (notwithstanding the still real Intentions of the
aforenamed Worthies) are as yet clearly debarred
the Fruition of those our often-promised, muchwished-for, prayed-for, fought-for, Rights and Privileges, whereof we had well hoped long since to have
"Wherefore we your said Petitioners do most
humbly entreat and beseech your Excellency,
whom God hath eminently and highly honoured, and we well know to have a tender
and compassionate Care over the Distresses of
this miserable afflicted Kingdom, to use your
utmost Endeavours, and with all Expedition,
before the Disbanding of the Army now under your Excellency's Command, those Firebrands and Incendiaries who have endeavoured to raise new Divisions in the Kingdom, or
by their slanderous Tongues to fix undeserved
Reproaches on the Army, may be brought to
condign Punishment; and that we your Petitioners, with the rest of your faithful Brethren in (fn. *) your Kingdom, may have a certain
Relief in our Grievances hereunto annexed.
"And, as in Duty bound, we shall not fail
to yield our best Assistance, with our Persons, Purses, and Prayers.
"1. That divers Counties and Corporations in
this Kingdom, videlicet, Devon, Cornwell,
Wales, &c. formerly in open Hostility, and
for the present wholly disaffected to the Proceeds of Parliament, have notwithstanding
retained equally with the most cordial to the
State their Privileges of electing Members;
a Thing very destructive to the Safety of the
Commonwealth, which is the chief Ends of
Parliaments; and One main Cause of many
present Grievances: Wherefore we desire
that such Elections may be revoked, and the
Places declared uncapable of any such Privilege during the Sessions of this Parliament,
or until such Time as it shall appear that their
former Enmity and Rancour be laid aside.
"2. That whereas the Honourable Houses have
raised up the Expectations of the Well-affected, by promising the Improvement of their
Time and Care to apply Remedies against
their pressing Evils, as appears most fully in
their Declaration of the 17th of April, 1646;
yet the said Commons have, to their great
Grief, been frustrated of their Hopes, and,
instead of being relieved, have, to their great
Grief, been vexed, imprisoned, and otherwise molested.
"3. Our Petitions to the Parliament are not, as in
former Times, either received or answered,
whereby no Redress can be had to our pressing Grievances; as in particular those against
Tithes, that for the Enlargement of our Fellow Commoners, long and (as we humbly
conceive) unduly detained in Prison.
"4. The putting in the Malignants, Neuters, and
Persons who have not shewn any Affection or
done any Service for the Parliament during
these Troubles that have lain upon the Kingdom, unto Places of Honour, Trust, and Profit, as Governors of Towns, Castles, Forts,
Justices of Peace, Commissioners of Excise,
Committees of Accompts, &c.; whereby the
most cordial Friends of the Parliament are
slighted and disregarded; and, upon very
slender Causes indicted, imprisoned.
"5. That the Body of the Kingdom, consisting
much of Copyholders, who for the most have
been very cordial and faithful to the Parliament, may not now be left finable at the Will
of the Lord; in regard the Generality of them
have been very malignant, and much disaffected to Parliamentary or thorough Reformation, and from whom they cannot but expect
very severe Dealing.
"6. That all Men that have received any State's
Money, as well Parliament Men as others, may
be called to an Accompt for such Money; and
that Committees (not as now for the most Part
Neuters and Malignants) but of approved Fidelity, may be elected for that Purpose.
"7. That one Cordwell, a Man of a most notorious lewd Life and Conversation, and withal a most desperate Malignant, did procure a
Warrant, for the apprehending Three Soldiers
under the Command of Colonel Albon Cox;
brought them before one Kinge at St. Albans,
a Justice of Peace; where their said Colonel
did appear with them, and made it very clear
and apparent to the said Justice, that what they
did was by Command from their Captain, and
no more than what was expressly contained
within their Ordinance; which the said Justice
did acknowledge, and was fully satisfied in
their Ordinance authorizing them thereunto:
Yet, notwithstanding, the said King would
have committed them to Hert. Gaol, had not
their said Colonel and Captain became bound
for their appearing at the next Sessions. And
the said Cordwell did prefer a Bill of Indictment against them; and had it not been for
Two or Three honest Men that served of the
Grand Jury, the said Bill had been found, to
the great Peril of the Lives of the said Soldiers; there being but little Favour or Mercy
to be had for Parliament Soldiers by the
Justices of our County."
Buckingham Petition to him, to mediate with the Parliament for a Redress of their Grievances, and that they will support him.
"To his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight,
Captain General of the Forces raised for the
Defence of the Kingdom.
"The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the
County of Buckinham.
"May it please your Excellency,
"We bless God for you, as the Instrument whom He
hath raised up and made eminent in putting an End to
the sad and dreadful War wherein this Kingdom was
involved not many Months since. Our Eyes are still
upon you; and our Prayers for you, that God would
crown your Labours with a happy Period of our
Miseries, ending in the Enjoyment of our due and native Liberties, which are the Things we have chosen
our Fellow Subjects serving in Parliament to obtain
"They are the Things for which we have adventured
our Lives and Estates freely, being the First County
that appeared for them.
"They are the Things we have so often petitioned,
and could not have so much as expected a Delay of
Answer to these our just Desires.
"But, to our Grief we speak it, we have been rejected, and are become hopeless of Satisfaction, by
some Men, who have not only prevailed in discountenancing our just Petitions (the proper Way of the
Subjects Address), but have almost made it a Fault
for the Subjects to petition even for Things that are
due to them both by Common Birth-right and the Law
of the Kingdom, and which frequently have been
confirmed unto us by several Ordinances and Declarations of Parliament. We are not ignorant that even
some Men amongst them, whom in due Time we shall
not stick to name, are such as by their subtle Slights
have endeavoured to render the Army odious to the
Parliament and Kingdom; which rather than they
shall not obtain, they will not stick to inflame the
Kingdom in a Second unnecessary and unjust War;
that being the only Obstacle to their wicked Designs,
and the only Help under God left us of having a
firm Peace settled in this Kingdom.
"These Things being come to this Pass, we take
the Boldness to beseech your Excellency, you
being a Person whom your Justice, Courage,
Fidelity, and Zeal for the common Good,
have made eminent, and given so great an Interest in the Hearts and Affections of all Men
who have any Sense of their Common Good
and just Liberties, that you will be pleased to
mediate on our Behalf to the Honourable
Court of Parliament, for the obtaining of our
so dear and near Concernments; without the
Enjoyment of which, even our Lives will be
uncomfortable to us.
"And although this our Address may seem
strange or hazardous unto you, we doubt
not but the Justness of our Desires will
preserve you. As for our own Parts,
we are resolved, in the Mediation hereof,
to assist you to the uttermost of our
Letter to L. Mountagu Commissioner with the King to know if he is in Want of any Thing.
"The Lords have commanded me to give you Thanks,
for the great Care and Constancy which you have expressed, in the Discharge of the Trust reposed in you;
and, in regard that they have not heard from you
lately, they have sent this Gentleman, to enquire of
you in what Condition you are; and to know whether
you have received the Votes which were sent unto
you upon the 15th of this Instant. This is all I have
Ordinance for adding Treasurers for issuing out Monies for Soldiers.
"Whereas, by a former Ordinance, bearing Date
the 16th of this Instant June, 1647, 'tis Ordained,
That the Sum of Twenty-Two Thousand Pounds, to
make the Five Thousand Pounds formerly charged
upon Weavers Hall Twenty-seven Thousand Pounds,
be paid, by Alderman Bunce and the rest of the
Treasurers at Weavers Hall, unto Mr. Pocock, Mr.
Greenhill, and the rest of the Treasurers at Christ
Church, to be issued by the said Ordinance, is appointed; and whereas divers of the Treasurers aforesaid are not in Town, which hinders the Execution of
the Service: It is therefore Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons, That Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Ashurst,
Citizens of London, shall be, and are hereby, added
to be Treasurers, for the receiving and issuing the
Money aforesaid, together with Mr. Greenhill and Mr.
Pocock; and that the Acquittances of them, or any
Two of them, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the
said Alderman Bunce and the rest of the Treasurers at
Weavers Hall: And it is further Ordained, That the
said Treasurers shall have the Allowance of One
Penny in the Pound, for Performance of the said Service, and for Satisfaction of the Officers and such as
they shall appoint under them in such Manner as they
shall think fit.
"And whereas, by another Ordinance of the same Date,
divers Field Officers and Auditors are nominated and
appointed, to view and examine the general Accompts
and Certificates of the Officers which are to receive
any Monies from the said Treasurers; 'tis further
Ordered and Ordained, That any Three Field Officers, with any One of the Auditors nominated in the
Ordinance aforesaid, signing such Certificates, Tickets,
or Accompts, it shall be a sufficient Warrant and Discharge unto the said Mr. Pocock and the rest of the
Treasurers by this and the former Ordinance appointed, for the issuing out and paying the Money aforesaid
unto the Officers, according unto the several Ordinances already passed in that Behalf.
"And whereas Mr. Pocock, Mr. Greenhill, and
others, have formerly been appointed Treasurers, by
an Ordinance of the Date aforesaid, for the receiving
and issuing out of Ten Thousand Pounds to the Private
Soldiers; forasmuch as, in regard of other Employments, they cannot conveniently attend that Service, it
is therefore Ordained, That Colonel Gore, Mr. Anthony Bickerstaffe, Mr. James Storry, Mr. Maximillian Bard, Citizens of London, shall be, and are hereby, nominated and appointed Treasurers, for the receiving, issuing out, and paying, the Ten Thousand
Pounds aforesaid; and that their or any Two of their
Acquittances shall be a sufficient Discharge unto Mr.
Alderman Bunce and the rest of the Treasurers at
"And it is further Ordained, That the said Colonel
Gore and the rest of the Treasurers hereby appointed
shall be allowed One Penny in the Pound, for themselves and their Officers employed in this Service, in
such Manner as they shall think fit."
Order to quiet Col. Fox in the Possession of Middlemore's Estate, in Edgebaston &c. in Warwickshire.
Upon reading of the Petition of Colonel Fox; shewing, "That both Houses have granted him an Ordinance
of Parliament, for enjoying the Estate of Mr. Midlemore, a Papist and Delinquent, in Edgebaston, Kingsnorton, Yardley, and Northfeild, in the County of
Warwick and Worcester, in regard of his good Service
to the State, until he should be satisfied his Arrears
and such Monies as should be due to him from the
Garrison of Edgebaston; notwithstanding which Ordinance of Parliament, one Robert Porter and others
have put the Petitioner out of Possession of the said
Premises: And further the Petitioner shews, That he
cannot get his Accompts audited and transmitted by
the Committee of the County of Warwicke, and
therefore his just Debenture cannot be granted; which
if his said Accompts were audited, there would appear
due to him near Four Thousand Pounds:"
It is therefore Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament
assembled, That the said Robert Porter, and others who
have put the Petitioner out of Possession of the Premises,
shall, upon Sight of this Order, yield up and restore to
the Petitioner his former Possession of the said Premises;
and if they shall refuse so to do, then the Sheriff of the
County of Warrwick is hereby required to settle the Petitioner in Possession, and assist him in the quiet and peaceable Enjoyment thereof, until the contrary shall be
ordered by this House: And it is further Ordered,
That the said Porter, and others who put the Petitioner
out of Possession, shall attend this House on the Day
Fortnight after serving of this Order upon them, or
leaving a Copy of it at their Houses, to shew Cause why
the Petitioner was put out of his said Possession of the
Premises: And it is lastly Ordered, That the said
Committee of the County of Warwick shall state the
Accompts of the Petitioner, and return the same to this
House within a Fortnight after the Sight of this Order:
And hereof all whom it may concern are to take Notice,
and yield a ready Obedience hereunto, as the contrary
will be answered to this House.
Thomas versus Goodeere and Deacon.
Whereas, upon the Petition of Mrs. Frances Thomas
Widow, against Edmond Goodyere Esquire, and Thomas
Deacon Merchant, Defendants, and their Answers thereunto, it appeareth upon the whole Matter, and by the
Oath of John Catchmay Gentleman, "That the said
Complainant was in actual Possession of Thirty-two
Tons Eleven Hundred Three Quarters and Two
Pounds of Lead, then lying near the River Dovey, in
the County of Cardigan; and that the same Lead was
taken and shipped away from Dovey aforesaid, as
Delinquents Goods, by Major General Langherne:"
Now, forasmuch as the said Frances Thomas is not convicted, or any Way charged with Delinquency, it is
thought fit, and so Ordered, by the Right Honourable the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the said
Major General Langherne shall forthwith, upon Sight
of this Order, make Restitution of the said Lead, or the
Value thereof in Money, to the said Frances Thomas,
or otherwise shew Cause to the contrary to this House,
within Twenty Days after Sight hereof.
House adjourned till 9a cras.