DIE Lunæ, 21 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Letters from the Commissioners with the King.
A Letter directed to the Speaker, from the Lord
Mountagu, brought by Sir Peter Killegrewe, was read,
with some Papers inclosed. (Here enter them.)
Another Letter from the Lord Mountague, was read.
(Here enter it.)
E. of Denbigh to attend Him.
Ordered, That the Earl of Denbigh shall repair to
give his Attendance upon the King forthwith.
The Question being put, "Whether to have a
Letter sent from both Houses to the King,
with the Votes inclosed, for His coming to
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Letter to be sent to the King, with the Votes for His going to Richmond.
Ordered, That a Letter be sent to the Commissioners with the King, to give them Thanks for what they
have done in this Business; and to let them know, that this
House thinks well of their shewing the Votes to the King.
And the Speaker is appointed to draw this, and the Letter to the King.
Letter from Officers of the Army to the Masters of The Trinity House, and their Answer.
The Earl of Warwicke presented to the House some
Papers from the Committee for the Admiralty, concerning a Letter sent to the Masters of The Trinity House,
from some Officers of the Army; and the Answer of the
Masters to it. (Here enter them.)
Ordered, That the Committee for the Admiralty
do return Thanks, from this House, to the Master and
Wardens and Brethren of The Trinity House, for their
Faithfulness, and discreet Answer to the Letter from
some of the Captains of the Army.
Letter to the King:
The Letter to be sent to the King, was read, and approved of by this House; and Ordered to be sent
to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence
Letter to the Commissioners with Him.
The Letter to be sent to the Lord Mountagu, was
read, and Agreed to (Here enter it.)
Message to the H. C. with the Letter to the King; and about the following Particulars.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To deliver to them the Letter to be sent to the
King, wherein to desire Concurrence.
2. To deliver the Report about The Charles Frigatt
for a Packet Boat, being the Lord Inchequin's Frigate;
and desire their Concurrence therein.
3. To put them in Mind of the Ordinance for putting
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, with an Account of the Proceedings between the King and them and Col. Whalley, concerning the King's Removal to Richmond.; and that they now wait to hear from Sir T. Fairfax.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"This Morning we received the inclosed, from the
General; Colonel Hamon and Colonel Lambert being
arrived here last Night. That which they gave me
in Answer to the Letters we had written to his Excellency, concerning His Majesty's Remove to Richmond, according to the Votes of both Houses, is contained in the Paper inclosed, which was by our Secretary taken by themselves, and after assented to in
our Presence; which, because it seemed not to express any Thing concerning the King's Person, in
such Manner as your Votes require, we desired they
would give us a more particular Answer thereunto
But they replied only, "That we might have any
such Mistake rectified by a new Letter to the General;
for themselves, they had nothing else in Commission
to say unto us, unless perhaps Colonel Whalley had
some Order therein." Hereupon we spake with Colonel Whalley; who told us, "That he could not
answer further until he knew the King's Pleasure and
the General's, having received no new Orders as
yet." And we pressing for further Satisfaction; he
immediately went in to speak with the King about it;
and His Majesty was pleased to send for us also;
where it being recited what had already passed betwixt us and the Colonel, His Majesty asked him,
"Whether, if He declared His Willingness to go to
Richmond, He should not be by him hindered therein?" Colonel Whalley replied, "That, when he
knew His Majesty's Pleasure, he should forthwith acquaint the General; and believed that He might
march thither, or to any other Place He pleased."
Then the King told us, "That there was not as yet
any Address made to Him on this Behalf by the
Houses; and it concerned His Honour, not to be in
such Manner posted from Place to Place." We replied," That indeed we had no particular Address
at this Time to His Majesty from the Parliament;
but the Letter which we received with the late Votes
from the Houses did require us to take Care to see
them fully observed as far as in us lies. And since
the Answer which we expected did depend upon His
Majesty's Consent, by virtue and in Pursuance of that
general Power given us by both Houses, we humbly
took the Boldness to make our Address to Him there
in, His Majesty having often declared His Desire of
being at some of His Houses near the Parliament."
The King replied, "That indeed He had often desired it of the Houses, and would always keep His
Word; that He was very sensible of the present Distractions; and, in Hope to further the composing of
them, and to settle a happy Peace in the Kingdom,
He would accept of the Address we had made to Him
by Authority from the Houses, and dispense with
that Point of Civility which was due in more express
and more particular Way, and which otherwise He
would have stood upon;" and then declared to Colonel Whalley, "That He would willingly go along
with us to Richmond." The Colonel desired His Majesty to name the Day; which the King appointed to
be upon Thursday next: And Colonel Whalley undertook to give the General a speedy Account of His
"We thought it also our Duty to give you present
Notice hereof; and to desire that the House at Richmond may be fitted for His Majesty's Accommodation; and further to acquaint you, that we have sent
into Lincolneshire, to command Colonel Rossiter's Regiment to attend upon this Service; having some Information that they are in those Parts. But because we are told that it is not known at the Army
where that Regiment is, we hold it necessary to advertise you thereof, believing they will not be ready
here by the Time prefixed for His Majesty's Remove.
"Thus, hoping you will allow of what we have done
in the Premises for your Service, I remain
Newmarkett, 20 Junii, 1647.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, that he has appointed some of his Officers to attend them.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I received your Letter last Night; and shall not
trouble you with any Answer as to the Particulars at
present, having appointed some Officers of my Army
to attend His Majesty and you at Newmarkett, from
whom you will receive an Account more fully; and
St. Albones, June 19th, 1647.
"For the Honourable the Commissioners attending His Majesty
Col. Rossiter's Regiment to guard the King.
"That whereas Colonel Rossiter's Regiment of Horse
was appointed by Parliament to be His Majesty's
Guard, his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax did therefore conceive that it was not their Intentions that His
Majesty should have any other Guard; neither could
he appoint any other, except he had Directions for
Letter from Ld. Mountague, Commissioner with the King, that he has not yet received Sir T. Fairfax's Answer about the King's Removal:
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"I have received your Letter of the 18th Instant,
by Sir Peter Killigrew. Yesterday I acquainted your
Lordship, that we had received the Votes of both
Houses, concerning His Majesty's Remove to Richmond, and of our Proceedings thereupon, which I
hope before this Time is come to your Hands. The
Messenger we sent to attend the General for an Answer is not yet returned to us, so that I cannot as
yet give your Lordships any farther Account; but
shall not be wanting, as far as in me lies, to obey
your Lordships Commands; being, besides the Duty
that therein lies upon me, much encouraged by the
Acceptance of my Service, and the Care you are
pleased to express of me in your Letter, whereby I
am obliged to remain
Newmarkett, 19 Junii, 1647.
Most humble Servant,
Letter of Thanks to him, inclosing One to the King about His Removal.
"I am commanded, by the Lords in Parliament,
to give your Lordship Thanks, for your great
Care and constant Endeavours to give Observance to
their Orders. They very well approve of that prudent Carriage, in communicating the Votes unto His
Majesty, concerning His coming to Richmond. They
have now written unto His Majesty, and have sent
unto Him the Vote, that so the Application of the
Houses to His Majesty may not be omitted. This
they desire may be delivered unto Him by you and
the rest of the Commissioners.
Westm. this 21th of June, 1647.
"This is all I have in Command, as
Most humble Servant."
Letter from some Officers is the Army, to the Masters of The Trinity House, impeaching the Justice of the Houses, and endeavouring to draw them over against the Parliament.
"Die Sabbati, 19 Junii, 1647.
"At the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.
"Whereas a Letter, directed to the Masters of the
Society of The Trinity House, and signed with the
Names of divers Officers of the Army, was this Day
transmitted to this Committee, from the said Corporation: Ordered, That the said Letter, together
with the Papers left with this Committee by the Clerk
of the said Corporation, be reported to both Houses
"Rob't Coytmore, Secretary."
"We have been long silent, but must now speak;
because Silence may prejudice both you and us. We
suppose you have heard (whether rightly or no we
know not) of those Things which have fallen out
amongst us, at and since our intended Petition to the
Parliament, and their declaring against us for it;
which, that you may know more fully, is as followeth:
"We were oppressed, and had a Way prepared
by the Parliament in such Cases for our Ease,
unto which we did address ourselves; (to wit,) by
Way of Petition; not imagining that we should have
been blamed for, much less declared against as Enemies, for doing that which we were allowed and
directed to in case of Grievances. But thus it was;
while our Petition was but only an Intention, we are
declared Enemies to the State, Disturbers of the
Peace, and Obstructers of the Relief of Ireland (if
persisting); all very heavy Charges to be laid upon
innocent Persons. And this necessitates us (being
not, as we conceive, guilty of the Crimes aforesaid)
to draw (fn. *) up something by Way of Vindication;
which proved but little useful to us, we lying still
under the aforesaid Charges, and in this Condition,
as Persons marked out for Destruction. Then we
address ourselves, by Way of Letter, to our Three
Chief Officers then in London; (videlicet,) the General,
Lieutenant General Cromwell, and Major General
Skippon, hoping that they might be heard to speak
for us, when we might not be permitted to speak for
ourselves: But this Letter was judged to be of a
high Nature and dangerous Consequence by Major
General Skippton, and by him was presented to the
House, and divers Debates about it; the Results of
which were, to send down Commissioners to the Army, to enquire after the Distempers reported to be
in it, and to take a View of the Grievances of it, and
present them to the House (as we thought) to the
End that they might be redressed. But they who
had begun to lay our Destruction (by getting us declared Enemies) now as much hasten the End and
Execution of it, by getting us disbanded piece-meal,
and apart one from another, so as never any faithful Army was, being still in that declared Condition
of Enemies; and by this Means the Hearts of the
People endeavoured to be stirred up against us, to
execute the intended Malice of these our Enemies
upon us: We, to preserve ourselves (thus designed
to Ruin), drew a Petition to our General, for a Rendezvous, which was granted accordingly; at which
we entered into a Contract (a Copy of which we
have sent you). Since that, there hath been Commissioners sent down, with other Votes; for an Answer
to which we refer you to our Declaration, dated
14 Junii, 1647, which expressed the Cause of our
Dissatisfaction; and we the rather do it, because we
know it is noised abroad, that great Things are done
for us, especially calling in of the Declaration
against us: But we desire such to consider, that, if
the Effects be but removed, and that the Cause still
remaining, that Cause will beget the like or worse
Effect for the future; and we desire you to judge
also what Safety we or any of the Free People of
England can be in for the future, whilst these Persons that were the Cause of this Declaration are
still remaining as our Judges, who can presently
undo all they have or shall do for us, or do as much
against us as they have in their foresaid Declaration; so that the Cry of the Army and Kingdom
also is for Justice against them, and the removing of
them, as the Petitions of several Counties brought
in to the General have and do daily testify. So
this is the Work that we are about; and hope
that we shall have the concurrent Assistance of all
rational Men, who love Justice and Freedom, and
hate Tyranny, which is the Thing which both you
by Sea, and we by Land, for these Five Years last
past, have given sufficient Testimony of our Love
to the one, and our Hatred to the other, by letting
out our Bloods, and hazarding our Lives, in many
a desperate Encounter; and all to oppose Tyranny,
and to endeavour to set up and establish the just
Rights and Freedoms of all Estates and Persons in
this Kingdom, which are yet the Ends we seek
"Thus you have our Case before you. We beseech you, seriously weigh and consider Things; and
God direct you to take Heed of all the false Suggestions of Men, given in by any to you against us;
and be assured, that as we were, so we are, the
Kingdom's and your real Friends, though unjustly
declared to be the State's Enemies: And we shall
never desire any to own us, or to adhere to us, any
longer or further than we shall be acting to these
Ends, (videlicet,) equal Right and Freedom, and common Safety to all.
"So, hoping we shall stand right in your Apprehensions, against all the false Suggestions
of any, tending to divide between you and
us, the better to raise themselves on the
Ruins of both, we leave you to that God
whom we hope will never leave you while
you are prosecuting of that (which is pleasing
to Him) which is Justice, and opposing that
which is contrary to Him, namely, Tyranny
and Injustice; which is the Desires, and
shall be the Endeavours, of those who are
yours and the Kingdom's innocent and faithful Servants, whose Names are here sub
scribed, chosen to agitate in the Behalf of the
Albones, June 18th, 1647.
|"James Berry, Captain.
Thomas Ireton, Captain.
Jo. Carter, Captain.
Lewes Audley, Captain.
Daniell Abbott, Captain.
Alex. Brafield, Captain.
Ral. Knight, Captain.
Jo. Clarke, Captain.
Edm. Rolfe, Captain.
Henry Cannon, Captain.
Francis White, Captain.
Bart. Willcock, Captain.
"To our Honoured Friends the Masters of
the Society of The Trinity House, these
"Ex. Rob't Coytmor."
Answer of The Trinity House to them.
"The Answer of The Trinity House, as it was delivered by the Two Soldiers that brought the
Letter, in these or the like Words.
"That it was not in the Capacity of the Corporation
to give any Answer in Writing to the said Letter
(though by the said Messengers it was earnestly desired), by reason Half the Corporation were not then
"That we were only a Private Corporation, to determine of Differences between Man and Man and
Naval Affairs; and not in the same Condition as
those of the City of London were (unto whom, as
they said, they had made their Addresses.)
"That it shall be our earnest Prayers to God, to send
a right Understanding between the Parliament and
the Army; for the Settlement of the Privileges thereof,
the Liberty of the Subject, the Administration of
Justice, and Peace of the Kingdom.
"That what by us was from Time to Time done, in
or concerning the Naval Affairs of the State, was
by Order and Warrant from the Right Honourable
Committee of the Admiralty, and not from any Power
of our own.
"And when they urged, "That their Intentions by
that Address by a Letter was but to clear themselves
from all Misinterpretations and Misrepresentations (as
in the Letter is set forth) which might be thrown
upon them;" it was answered," That, so far as
that or the like Address might consort and suit with
the Judgement and Sense of the Parliament, it should
be our Opinions also.
"And these or the like Words were delivered, or
to this Effect.
19 June, 1647.
"Ex. Rob. Coytmor."
Officers of the Army desire The Trinity House will prevent Ships being sitted out against them.
"Besides the verbal reciting of divers Particulars
mentioned in the Letter, these or the like
Words were by One of the Messengers
"That, as they hoped, having fully satisfied the
Corporation, as they had done those of London and
others unto whom they had made the like Addresses,
with their pious and just Intentions, they did likewise hope that the Corporation, being as they conceived intrusted with the Naval Affairs of the Kingdom, would, as much as in them lay, oppugn and
resist the raising of any Naval Force which might be
intended against them; or to this Effect.
Ex. Rob. Coytmor."
Petit to be instituted to Whapload.
Ordered, &c. That Doctor Heath do give Institution and Induction unto Edmund Pettit Clerk, unto the
Vicarage of Whapload, in the County of Lincolne, void
by the Cession of the last Incumbent, salvo Jure cujuscunque; the said Mr. Pettit taking the National League
and Covenant, and producing his Presentation thereunto under the Great Seal of England.